Mon Chéri grew its roots in late 2008, when Patrick McHenry and Caroline Francis started a musical collaboration. Kurt Olson soon joined on upright bass and Brandon Vasquez added drums, with the band fully formed, writing, and performing live in early 2009. Pat and Caroline harmonize incredibly well. Their on-stage rapport might lead one to believe they're a couple deeply in love, but no, they just share a musical intuition coupled with stellar stage presence. They write some smart love songs and back them up with solid musicianship from all members. Patrick coaxes jazzy chords with a warm, reverberated tone. Kurt keeps the groove on the upright bass...one of the few in town. Brandon has a tasteful, responsive drum style, always listening to the rest of the band.
They have played numerous shows since their start. On any given night they are most likely performing in Spokane. They will soon hit the road, touring in support of their new EP "Mélange," following up from last year's album "Colors of Love." With their skills and relentless itinerary, it's no wonder they have a strong fan base. They swept at the 2010 Sommy Awards in Spokane last month, winning Best Album, Best New Artist, Best Live Performance, and Band of the Year...plus, Caroline won the Best Dressed Sommy! This Sunday they will come by the Local Lounge and perform 4 songs live as a full band plus spin cuts from their new EP, just two days after its official release.
Hear the dreamy sounds of Mon Chéri on Spokane's 103.1 KCDA Local Lounge this Sunday, March 21st at 10
pm PDT. Tune your radio to 103.1 FM in the
d'Alene area or listen live to the on-line audio stream at this
website. Just click on the "Listen Live" link in the upper-left corner
of this page. You can also listen to the live broadcast on your iPhone or Blackberry with
the iheartradio app!
Here's a video of their song "Outlaw"
You can see Mon Chéri perform live at their "Mélange" EP release party
at The Empyrean Coffee House (171 S Washington St.)
UPDATE 03-22-2010 Here is their entire show as high-quality streaming audio: