The Menus - The 2014Tour
The Menus are still on the tour circuit, bringing quality music and energetic performances
to the greater Ohio area since 1983. An Ohio staple, the Menus will be playing Toledo, Columbus, Cincinatti, and Put-In-Bay
for multiple shows in the coming months. They'll also venture out of the homeland and into the unknown playing shows in Lawrenceburg,
IN and Newport, KY. Whether you're seeing them at a bar or at a concert hall, The Menus put on a show that you will not want
About The Menus
The Menus formed in the summer of 1983, in the basement of longtime drummer Brandon
Ryan in the suburbs of Cincinatti, Ohio. Brandon was joined by Mark Willis on bass and Steve Perrman doubling up on guitar
and vocals. Mark and Steve would move on early in the bands lifetime, leaving Brandon to scramble to find members to fill
out the now depleted Menus. Keeping the spirit and attitude of the band alive, he recruited bassist Barry Taylor, Jim Doyle
on guitar, and Tim Goldrainer as a frontman. They later would add Gary Salsbury (affectionately nicknamed "Steak") on keyboards.
the toughest part of keeping a local band with that local vibe alive is keeping people around. The Menus would go through
more talent swaps. Goldrainer and Brandon Ryan would remain the core of the band, eventually joined today by Jimi Orwig on
keyboards and backup vocals, Steve Chiodi on lead guitar, and Adam Scovanner on the bass. Even though players in the band
have come and gone, the spirit of the Menus has always remained, with drummer Brandon Ryan always there to hold the band together.
Time and time again, the Menus have shown that they're in it for the long haul.
have a diverse group of influences that push their music to many different places, from the vocally driven crowd favorite
"Suspicious Minds" to heavy synth rock sound of "Long Time". From new age to 80s hair-rock, there is a little of something
for everyone in the Menus' set catalog. At times Goldrainer sings and gallops around the stage like the second coming of Freddy
Mercury; at other times you might feel like you're listening to a progressive union of Peter Frampton and the Talking Heads.
At their heart of hearts the Menus are a musician's musician, with obvious and hearty appreciation for the classics they grew
The Menus breakout performance - rocketing the Menus into Ohioan stardom and giving the band members a real
opportunity to make livings playing local music - was their first performance. Playing in a small Cincinnati bar called Destiny
One, after their first show the boys were given a constant gig to play every Sunday and Monday. This first steady gig would
give the members the motivation and the hope to be able to become professional musicians.
thing the Menus care about more than the music is the crowd. Frontman Tim Goldrainer spends most of his shows dancing in vintage
sweater vests and short shorts. The luckiest of the lucky, or the people up front in the audience having the most fun, often
get to receive a gift of clothing from Tim. Any gifts received are required attire at your next Menus show!
holds a costume competition at every show - against himself. From cheerleader to bunny rabbit to Daisy Duke, Tim's dress and
antics are a surprise at every show.
The band is not at all shy about playing cover songs - from John Mellenkamp to
Neil Diamond. There's always at least one song you'll be able to sing along with.
The Menus Concert Experience
can't fully appreciate the Menus without seeing their live show. After all, they are more than just musicians, they are entertainers
- and very good ones at that. The number one focus for Tim, Brandon and the band is to make sure that everyone is having a
great time. Tim Goldrainer himself has said, "[he] believes that if someone has left a Menus concert without the dancing,
laughing, and entertainment of a lifetime, he didn't succeed in his goals". Don't head out to a concert if you're not ready
to have a good time.
A big part of the Menus experience is crowd participation. Frontman Tim Goldrainer has a knack
for high fives and remembering faces and names. If he can't capture your heart from on stage with his moves and singing, he'll
head into the crowd - doing a handstand, on his skateboard.
While the band definitely has fun on stage, it's impossible
to forget how very talented these musicians are. They put their heart into every show. Get ready to be taken on a rollercoaster
of a show where you won't be able to keep yourself from dancing, clapping, and singing along - even if you don't know the