The Fonkeys are a funk/rock collaboration featuring Steve Raible, soulful player of blues, funk, R&B and reggae on guitar and vocals, humorous musical mogul, the legendary Rob Moitoza on bass and vocals, and smokin’ seasoned veteran Matt Williams on drums.
Over the years Steve Raible has been a faithfully solid member of The Charles White Band, Chris Steven’s and the King-A-Lings, high energy reggae posse Psycotasia, R+B rockin soul band Freddy Pink and the Hightops, who opened for national acts Tower of Power, Sly Stone, and Johnny Rivers. Steve also has worked with Rod Cook and Toast, Nick Vigarino, Miles From Chicago, Steve Trembley, Robin Moxey, Alice Stewart, Cool Ray and the Shades and numerous other Northwest show and club bands. When he’s not busy with The Fonkeys, he also fronts his own group “Steve Raible and the Newscasters”.
Rob Moitoza has performed in bands with Kiki Dee, The Sons of Champlin, Cold Blood, Holly Near, Spencer Davis, Sam Andrew, Tim Weisberg, and locally with Jerry Miller, Annie Rose and the Thrillers, and over ten years with Nick Vigarino. He produced “On A Journey” for Duffy Bishop and performs with her annually at the Jam For Cans fund-raiser event. He was awarded “Best Bass” by the Washington Blues Society for 2002, 2004, and 2008. He currently performs in the Northwest with “Snake Oil” featuring guitarists Rod Cook and Mark Riley, and “House of Reprehensibles” with drummer Marty Vadalabene. His latest “Cavalcade Of The Stars” character creation “Granddaddy Flash” has been bringing crowds to fits of liquid spitting laughter on every stage performed.
Matt Williams has performed or recorded with an impressive array of artists including Keb Mo, Bobby Caldwell, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, the Plimsouls, and Morris Day and the Time. When the L.A. quake hit in 1994 he high-tailed it to the Northwest where he was soon picked up by Dick Powell, Little Bill and the Bluenotes, Fat James, Mark Whitman, and many others. He is a master of groove that few can touch.