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New song "Aria" with ESCP 



Two of my favorite people on the planet, whom also happen to be incredibly talented, have a Chicago-based band together called ESCP.  We wrote a song together that means a lot to us called "Aria".  I hope you'll take a few moments to have a listen to this tune and support ESCP.  Much love all around.



Photo by @flynnworks


MONAKR tour w/ MEW wrapped up; Upcoming Midwest Dates 

After a month on the road opening up for Mew, it's safe to say that MONAKR is tighter than ever.  Back in Chicago, we are preparing for a short, Midwest run opening up for Dessa, while backing her up as her band during her set.  See upcoming dates in "shows" section :)

Photo: @entranced_media


Chicago!!! Playing at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park 6/22 FREE 

After 16 wonderful, fulfilling years living in the city of Chicago, I find myself called to move Westward to try my luck in the city of angels. I love you Chicago, always will, you've been very good to me as an artist/human.  New chapter ahead, nothing but love and appreciation in it's wake.  

Join me and the band at Pritzker Pavilion for our final Chicago show while I can still claim residency here.  It's a free show, June 22nd, 6:30pm sharp.  I'm grateful for such an amazing way to bid farewell to a city that has given so much to me.  

Hope to see you there Chicago!!

Photo: @zach_rees

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Live EP from The Lyric Theatre

Matthew Santos

Yours free when you sign up for email list! A live, acoustic EP from a June 2014 performance, courtesy of the fine folks at The Lyric Theatre in LA--showcasing some new songs and old in a stripped down, intimate setting.

Recorded and mixed by André Paxton. Photo by Micheal Mabborang. Featuring violin from Chihsuan Yang.

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Previous events


Craig Anderson Benefit Concert / Silent Auction

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Medina Ballroom, 500 HW 55, Medina, MN 55340

My cousin suffered a serious injury about a month ago and is faced with a mountain of medical bills. The whole family is coming together to put on a benefit concert to aid in his recover, and I hope you'll join us if you're in the MPLS area. I'll be performing my set sometime around 3:30-4pm.

See ticket link for more details, and please read Craig's story here:


Thank you! -Matthew

Matthew Santos Thanksgiving House Concert

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3837 Oakland Avenue , akland Avenue, Powderhorn, Minneapolis, 55407

Hello Minneapolis Friends and Family!

Hope this finds you well. I'm excited to announce that I'll be returning to my roots both musically and domestically with an exclusive, intimate, acoustic ALL AGES performance for the hometown folks on November 27th, 2015!

Since it's the day after Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to do a leftovers potluck style hang in the comfort of "home" as opposed to a club show. This way you can bring whatever goodies you fancy and have a much more intimate experience with those who share the same great taste in music and art as you do ;)

Since it is a living room show there are extremely limited seats available (only 50) and we anticipate they will go quickly. As a little more incentive (and as thanks for being so awesome and supportive) I will be recording the musical performance live and offering a link to all attendees for download!

Since it's such limited seating, the ticket price is a little higher than usual, but considering you will be saving on drinks and parking, and will be getting a recording of the performance, hopefuly that will balance out the equation.

So mark your calendars and pick up your tickets ASAP. Can't wait to see you all on the 27th!

Special thanks to John Morson for hosting the event!

Matthew Santos


Oxbow Art School Annual Picnic Fundraiser

Oxbow Art School, 530 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559

Matthew will be returning to the beloved Oxbow Art School where his creative endeavors were conceived as a student back in 2000, to help raise funds to keep the vision alive and well. Details TBA.

Age limit: All ages


Schubas Tavern, Belmont and Southport, Chicago, IL

MONAKR is a collaboration born in Chicago from members Hey Champ, Gemini Club, and Matthew Santos. The sound is rooted in dark #RnB / #80's / #synth / #pop / #rock and is meant to fulfill your wildest dreams. https://facebook.com/monakrofficial https://twitter.com/monakrofficial http://instagram.com/monakrofficial https://soundcloud.com/monakr

Age limit: 21+


Matthew Santos Live in La Crosse, WI !

Wine Guyz, 122 King Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

Matthew will be busting out the one-man-band set up for two 60 min sets in the lovely La Crosse, WI. 18+, doors at 7pm. Advanced copies of new CD and t-shirts for sale and for signing.

Age limit: 18+

Matthew Santos and Zach Heckendorf

1st Ward / Chop Shop, 2033 North Ave, Chicago, IL

Matthew will be joined by the hyper-handed, super groove machine Jonathan Marks (Hey Champ, MONAKR, Cheap Trick) on the drums, and virtuosic powerhouse Matt Nelson (Lupe Fiasco) on the keys. Of course Emma Dayhuff will be telling you all about that bass as well. Sharing the bill with the ever-talented Zach Heckendorf!

Age limit: 18+

Matthew Santos Trio live at CIMM Fest

Martyr's , 3855 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago, IL

CIMMfest is the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, taking place April 16-19. Join us for four jam-packed days & nights of film premieres, live concerts and incredible parties with artists from around the world. CIMMFest presents over 100 events (music documentaries, concert films, live Scores, music showcases, and more) running along Milwaukee Ave, and is centered in the city's WIcker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, as well as in venues throughout Chicago.

Matthew Santos The Damn Choir Fletcher Scotch Hollow Elle Casazza

Show starts at 7pm, Matthew Santos Trio starts at 11pm.

Age limit: 21+