Join us for our first concert in our 2018 Backlot Bash Summer Concert Series outdoors in the backlot of the Napoleon Civic Center. We promise this night will be full of music, tasty food, beer, and community!
We open this season with one of our favorite bands returning from last year’s concert series and coming all the way from Cincinnati, The Menus.
Formed in 1983 by drummer Brandon Ryan, The Menus have been and continue to be one of the most popular and sought-after groups in the local and regional market. The constant draw of fans and followers has pleased many club owners and concert promoters, breaking many records at a majority of their shows. Their high energy and visually staggering stage show has them in such demand that many times there are not enough days in the year to perform everywhere they are requested.
Frontman and lead singer, Tim Goldrainer is the key ingredient in capturing their large audience, with a crazy, colorful wardrobe, kicking confetti-filled balloons hoisted high over his head, as well as a strong, warm singing style. The excellent guitar work of Stephen Chiodi and unmovable bass lines of John Castetter add an outstanding mixture in the band’s chemistry.
So grab your colorful shirts and high kicking boots and join us Saturday, June 9, 2018.
8 PM – 11 PM | GATES OPEN AT 6:30 PM
$15.00 At the Gate
Kids twelve and under free!
NAPOLEON CIVIC CENTER 303 W MAIN ST, NAPOLEON, OH 43545
FREE PARKING!! Click for Parking Information
Please note: There are No coolers, outside liquor, glass containers and food are not permitted. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair to the event; however, there is a picnic area available.
Current Food Vendor: Big Daddy Sausages and More
Interested in selling food at our Backlot Bash? Find out more information and fill out our Food Truck Application here!
All proceeds benefit the Napoleon Civic Center renovation project
Sound Provided by: Big Fish Sound
MORE ABOUT THE BAND:
The Menus (www.themenus.org/)
The Menus were formed in 1983 in Brandon Ryan’s basement, on the west side of town in Cincinnati, OH. The lineup consisted of Brandon on the drums, Mark Wills on the bass, and Steve Perman on guitar and vocals. Steve named the band “The Menus” because he collected menus from restaurants all over the world, so the story’s told.
A few months later, Steve quit to get married and Mark quit to join the Service. Along came Barry Taylor on bass, and a spunky little fellow named Tim Goldrainer on the vocals. In search of a guitar player, Tim and Brandon (friends since grade school) hooked up with Jim Doyle, and the nucleus of The Menus was born. After a few months of rehearsal and a big push by Brandon’s father Steve (mainly to get the guys out of his basement), the band played their first gig together in a small bar on the west side of Cincinnati called Destiny One. The place was packed, mainly due to Brandon and Tim’s friends from LaRosa’s Pizzeria. After the show, the owner asked the band to play every Sunday and Monday night.
After a few months at Destiny One, the band was hungry for more work. Another player was hired, Gary Salsbury, a.k.a “Steak” a.k.a. “Harry Strawberry.” An excellent vocalist and fine keyboard player, Steak brought to the band something very important it was lacking–experience. He convinced the boys that a tighter rhythm section was absolutely necessary. Hence, Mr. Taylor was handed his walking papers. Barry’s shoes were filled with one of Steak’s old buddy’s, Kenny Farmer. Kenny was an incredible bassist with a voice to match. Soon afterwards The Menus were playing in much more exotic places, such as Norwood, Beechmont, and Clifton. Thus began their 6 year stint at Hot Shotz in Clifton. On the road to fame and fortune…
Steak was becoming too much to handle (you’ve got to watch out for people with more than one nickname!) The band decided that some “corporate downsizing” was necessary, so Mr. Strawberry was given his walking papers. He was not immediately replaced, as the band decided to continue playing as a 4-piece. This worked fine for a while, but change was in the air again. In June of 1989 Jim Orwig was hired for his keyboard and vocal ability. In the midst’s of bringing him into the band, Kenny decided he had had enough and put in his “2-minute’s notice.” Strapped but determined to go on, word quickly spread that The Menus were in search of a new bass player. Patrick “Rerun” Linville to the rescue! On July 14th, 1989, the new and improved Menus played their first gig together at Hymie’s in Cheviot, OH, as they are today, nearly seven years later.
It was from here that this present roster would successfully transform a once shaky, rookie type band into professional, polished musical veterans. Winning many local awards and filling every bar on a no less than a five nights a week work schedule, The Menus built a loyal fan base and their earlier natural chemistry ignited even more. They played in Cincinnati for almost every job, with the same array of faces present almost every night. In the fall of 1990, the owner of the most popular bar in downtown Cincy, Caddy’s, declared he was opening another side to Caddy’s, a nice little room he called Sleep Out Louie’s. He offered The Menus a house gig on weekends, they gladly accepted, sparking one of the most successful 6 year stints in Cincinnati history. But as always, all good things do indeed come to an end. With the desire to conquer new markets and the impending destruction Sleep Out Louie’s in lieu of a new Bengal stadium, The Menus began some regional travel. Already dabbling briefly in Columbus, Lexington, and Louisville, the band developed a huge following outside their hometown. Things were still going incredibly well.
But then a sad thing happened. In the winter of 1997, Jim Doyle, after 14 years of excellent guitar work, decided to hang up his picks. Jim, a computer wizard, announced he was leaving the band for a job to utilize his hard-earned degree in computer science. The band was shocked and slightly devastated, but understood his decision and wished him all the best in the world.
After much confusion and several tryouts, the band hired its new guitar player. Enter Stephen Chiodi. A well-seasoned veteran of the business and an astounding player, Steve fit in nicely with The Menu’s sound and style. Traveling increased and success continued for the band, as the once frightening crisis had been subdued.
Next crisis, please. Just less than a year later, after bouncing back to their feet, the boys were hit another damaging blow. Rerun, a crowd favorite, announced he also had his fill of roadwork and craziness and decided he too, was resigning from the Menus. The band’s future was indeed shaky at this point. They survived one longtime member leaving the team, could they make it through another? Tim and Brandon, the foundation of the band, decided the answer was yes. On Jan 6, 1998, John Castetter strapped on his bass for the first time as a Menu, and filled some shoes some thought were once unfillable. John, a Columbus native and also long time professional, clicked immediately with his solid playing and his matching personality.
It was at this point The Menus continued their regional work, capturing new venues, drawing new crowds, and proving it is possible to make a good living playing in a band.
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- June 9, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm