The Jade Monkey Crew
Jimmy Lee Isburg
Jimmy Lee Isburg from Chamberlain SD rocks on lead guitar and vocals with 22 years of experience playing, writing and recording. Jimmy has 8 songs currently getting radio air play in the South Dakota region and has released his fourth cd "Outta My Head" in 2014. His third cd "Tip of the Isburg" has also hit the airwaves in Europe and is requested non-stop on WKYR. Jimmy has written and recorded with the Grammy nominee James House and Michael Peterson recorded a large number of his songs with many famous musicians down in Nashville. Jimmy’s former bands have won the Wheel Jam Battle of the Bands, Signature's Budweiser Battle of the Bands, Golden Buffalo Casino Battle of the Bands and the Lode Star Casino Battle of the Bands twice. Jimmy’s former bands Midnite Highway, Stomp Box, Red Edge and Jimmy on the Rocks have played many Biker Rallies, street dances and events all over South Dakota.
Laurriee "LKat" Bentson
Laurriee Bentson has performed with numerous bands over the years in Arizona, Florida, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa and has been onstage as a musician for over 28 years singing mainly lead vocals moving from rock to country and back to rock. She has performed on several album cuts with a number of former bands and currently plays keyboards and sings lead and harmonies with Jade Monkey, the band she formed with Jimmy Isburg in 2011. She also promotes and manages the band's calendar and crew. Laurriee has also played numerous Biker Rallies in Daytona, Sioux City and Sturgis, street dances and events over the years. In 2010, she started KAOTIC Entertainment booking entertainment for venues and events. Jimmy and Laurriee currently reside in Mitchell, SD.
Neil "Schlimmy" Schlimgen
Neil Schlimgen - From Mitchell, Neil has been playing bass and guitar in several music organizations including jazz ensembles, funk/jazz combos, musical and show choir pits, marching bands and pep bands since he was 12 years old. He has been awarded several musicianship and solo awards from jazz competitions at local universities and was a 2 time All-state Jazz bass player. He is currently playing in two Jazz groups at South Dakota State University, where he will be starting his Junior year. Although he has found great success playing jazz, his real passion is Rock N’ Roll. Starting with his first rock group Jade Monkey at the age of 19, he is excited to continue gigging and being involved in music for many years to follow.
Mark "Rock" Hardy
Mark Hardy from Yankton SD started playing drums at the age of 12. His first gigging band [The Drifters] was a country band from 1976 – 1978. In January of 1978 he signed in with “The Jokers 5” a 5 piece club variety band. In 1979 The Jokers dropped to 4 piece band and became “The Jokers” from 1979 to 2000. The band was the house band the Chateau and the Quarry [both in Yankton] in the early days. He later on branched out to conventions ; street dances; weddings and festivals all over SD. The Jokers headlined Yankton's Riverboat days twice and played many weddings and benefits over the years. In 2000 The Jokers morphed into “The Go Figure Band” and took on a more Rock and Roll edge at that point playing music from the 70’s into 80’s - 90”s rock. As the band and show got bigger so did the following. Go Figure played steady from 2000 to 2015 and has performed with Great White; Bernard Allison, Hairball, Quazy, and Kory and The Fireflies. Go Figure also headlined Riverboat Days concert series and helped in the initiation of running and organizing Yankton’s Rockin’ Ribfest which has turned into a huge event in recent years and now draws 15,000 people a year. Mark has also been been active in yearly benefit shows for Make-A- Wish SD from 2006 to the present. After taking 3 weeks off from the Go Figure Band’s retirement Jan. 1 2015 Mark joined forces with “Jade Monkey” from Mitchell SD and continues to fulfill his passion for performing since 1976.