Darcy Menard

Darcy Menard

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Delivering an honest blend of groove-laden funk, soul, and blues, Darcy Menard grips audiences with a powerful modern spin on his musical roots. The well-crafted songs are infectious, energetic, and straight from the gut.

Biography

Delivering an honest blend of groove-laden funk, soul, and blues, Darcy Menard grips audiences with a powerful modern spin on his musical roots. The well-crafted songs are infectious, energetic, and straight from the gut. For the past two years, Menard toured the San Francisco Bay area playing solo acoustic shows, building a local following and honing the material for his upcoming CD, In Flight.

He is now armed with a new backup band, and the addition of this Bay Area rhythm section solidifies Menard's musical textures and emotional diversity. He remains fluent in a wide range of musical tongues, which always makes for a captivating live performance. Menard combines elements of classic soul singers, blues revivalists, Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Jimi Hendrix, and '90s jam bands like Blues Traveler, and Phish—which means that he is embraced by traditionalists and college kids alike.

Menard has been writing and performing throughout the United States and Canada since the early 90's. A native of Sudbury Ontario, he grew up listening to blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock. The son of a school board curriculum music director, he traded in his ukulele for a guitar and began to perform regularly as a preteen, playing hometown bars long before he was of legal age.

Menard produced three independent CDs, honing his musical skills through extensive touring of the United States and Canada with the 90's Canadian rock group, Terra Cain. At the end of the decade, Menard formed Cassius King, an acoustic based alternative rock band that toured and parted ways after recording 2 CDs.

Menard refers to his songs as mood snapshots. As he explains, "I want the listener to resonate with the same mood I was in when I wrote the song." Judging from audience reactions, he achieves this goal.

Discography

"In Flight" (in progress)
"A Smattering of Applause"
"Cooking at the Trolley"

Set List

Our sets can range from all originals to all covers, and we can play from one to four hours -- depending on your needs. For a taste of the originals check out the Audio section of this EPK.

Covers include:

Bring the Funk (Ben Harper)
Steal My Kisses
Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
Honky Tonk Woman
Satisfaction
When the Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin)
Pride and Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Use Me (Bill Withers)
Come Together (The Beatles)
Santeria (Sublime)
What I Got
Waiting For A Bus (ZZ Top)
Tush
Me and Julio (Paul Simon)
Late in The Evening
I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley)
Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
Casey Jones (The Grateful Dead)
I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ray Charles)
What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
Inner City Blues
Mercy Me
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Feeling Alright (Joe Cocker)
Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)