Sticks & Stones
A recent graduate of Bucknell University, Darren filled on-campus venues, coffee shops and wineries on his way to building a fan base who has compared his style most commonly to Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz. Mastropaolo's influences aren't far off from that including Dave Matthews, Bob Marley, and Bill Withers. He approaches song-writing with an ear not bound by one genre. This gives his music a broad range of possibilities but one thing is certain, the message is always there. With his fall 2008 release "Sticks & Stones" Mastropaolo hopes to evoke feelings of hopefulness and love in the listener while providing a powerful base to evoke a positive change in their thinking. Standing 6'8" Darren already commands attention but when the music starts, there is a connection between audience and performer that is rare in the modern music scene. His live performances include live looping of rhythms and melodies that back the singer/songwriter vibe to create a unique expression. This provides the solo performer with songs big enough to fill any room with a full band sound.