For the past 8 years, the Merry Mac band has seen its share of creating fun parties, wine events, weddings and club dates around the Sacramento region with no signs of letting up. They are known for playing a really fun mix of classic rock, sultry blues and country cover songs, in addition to acoustic performances from artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gretchen Wilson, Linda Rondstadt, Adele, Aerosmith and , Shania Twain,to name a few.
Originally formed back in 2012, a round of Craigslist ads set out by guitarist Adolfo Galindo led to finding drummer/vocalist Kevin Madsen, lead vocalist Shaina Kennedy, and keyboardist/vocals Ed Denz. The original concept of the band was to branch out from just being “another classic rock or country band”, but rather, covering music favorites crowds, young and old, can appreciate. While onstage, the band keeps it's sense of fun and music edge, and their performances never fail to deliver a great time for the crowds.
Whenever Merry Mac gets together to rehearse, there’s a lot of joking around and sometime a spontaneous” jams session finds its way around to a flurry of covers ranging from Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga.. It’s in this process the band explores almost every genre of music, including the B sides (for those of you who still remember vinyl records) and other fun covers most band miss out. In addition, the members of Merry Mac enjoy a strong music camaraderie and friendship while keeping a balance between family, work and performing. Rehearsing truly becomes something the band looks forward to during the week to cut loose, have fun, and prepare for the next gig date.
In case anyone is wondering where the band got the its name, "Merry-mac" originated from an old children’s limerick found in an Aerosmith song titled “Walking the Dog”, and oddly enough, was the only way vocalist Shaina Kennedy could remember what the song’s real title was since groups like Aerosmith, Boston and Queen came before her time. Shaina is the youngest member of band and only very recently has caught on to listening to other great classic rock groups. Shaina also has the unique ability to transcend her vocal abilities to her own style, which can sometimes be described as Linda Rondstadt meeting Aretha Franklin meeting Kelly Clarkson. (try that one for size!) Her parents encouraged singing and performing early on, and while studying law, she used singing as a way to cope with the stresses of college exams and courses. When not rehearsing with the band, Shaina enjoys reading and being with family. Merry Mac is her first band.
Drummer Kevin Madsen is a veteran of the Bay Area club scene and former member of “The Likes”. An extremely versatile percussionist and vocalist, Mr. Madsen is greatly responsible for keeping the band on steady ground and arranging vocal harmonies. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Adolfo Galindo , takes care of the rock 'n end of things with his array of guitars and amps. Finally, there's Ed Denz, an optometrist by profession, has done session work on piano and keyboards and has an incredible talent for quickly organizing a song into its musical and harmonic parts and vocals. Audiences at a Merry-Mac performance can't get enough of the band and they are favorites everywhere they go. Check them out!