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Amanda Menasco

Hello! I am 42, and the Drummer for Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco. About 7 years ago, I started playing congas for fun, then started playing shows as a duo with my husband, Milton (in addition to managing his band). I started sitting in with the band whenever I could, and in mid-2019 started playing drumset. I worked hard on the basics and am proud to now be the drummer for the band. The timing, of course, was terrible. I played 2 shows before everything was cancelled due to Covid. So, we started playing live online to bring good vibes to everyone at home & provide a short break from the stress of life during a pandemic. We call it Good Vibe Friday and have played weekly for a year.

My favorite genres are reggae, rock, and funk. There are too many influences to name, but a few are Carly Barrett, Clyde & Jabo, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie.

This video is from our live New Year’s show in our home studio. It’s an original song by Milton with a semi-open structure. I tried to focus on a simple groove. You will notice he sets a loop on his guitar, and as I settle in, it opens things up for Milton. My goal musically is to support the songs and bring solid groove and energy to the music.

IMPACT: We dedicated some of our shows to charities this year, including an employee support fund for a favorite local venue, a wildfire relief fund for displaced families, the Montana Food Bank Network, Holiday Backpacks for homeless teens, and Suffer Out Loud for suicide awareness & prevention.

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10 Comments

  1. Irisevans on April 19, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Hi, Amanda! It is so cool that you chose to jam live together with a guitarist. I totally enjoyed it. Good luck! xoxo

    • amenasco on April 20, 2021 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much!!

  2. cfee on April 20, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    hello Amanda, your musical path is very interesting, keep it up drumming !

    • amenasco on April 23, 2021 at 8:42 am

      Thank you!

  3. anicamontanica on April 21, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Amanda, you rock!! Montana proud!!

    • amenasco on April 23, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you!! Hit Like a Montana Girl! LOL.

  4. BigNellie on April 21, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Amazing!

  5. kacopaco on April 23, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Go Amanda! You are awesomely talented!

  6. amenasco on April 23, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you!!

  7. luannlane on April 24, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Amanda, you are a rock star. We have enjoyed the Good Vibe Fridays this past year!

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