One Man band
Acoustic Guitar and vocals with professionally recorded, awesome sounding backing tracks
Hits from the decades from the 60s to today, with well known and loved "sing along" songs, as well as carefully chosen and cool songs for variety. And I may throw in some fun novelty songs and sound bytes!
State of the art sound system and equipment that sets up in 20 minutes and fits in a 5 X 5 space.
Totally volume controllable, from speech level to concert level.
Experienced, friendly and accommodating professional musician with over 35 years of experience.
As much as I enjoy performing with just an acoustic guitar, having a "rhythm section" behind me provides another element of interest and fun. And the ability to have a full band sound but control the volume level from speech level to concert level addresses one of the biggest concerns of many venues. Although not quite the dynamics of a full band, it does add that extra element (I also perform with the Adult Rock Band program that I run in conjunction with Bach 2 Rock of Ridgefield, CT, so I still get to crank it up and rock out, but that's a different gig). I decided to stick to acoustic guitar instead of electric to maintain the more "intimate" feel that an acoustic guitar gives, and provide a unique "texture" to the sound.
The backing tracks are professionally recorded versions of the original song. Every effort is made to mimic the sound and timbre of the original artist's recording. Songs are downloaded from Karaoke-version.com as separate "tracks", with each track a unique instrument. I remove the guitar and vocal tracks, leaving just the rhythm section and harmony vocal tracks. Depending on the song, I may leave other non-rhythm instrument tracks if I believe there is a recognizable element of the song that is necessary for the song. When I perform, I simply replace the guitar and vocal tracks with my own guitar playing and vocals. The result is an 'acoustic with a groove' version of the song.
The setup is simple (I can usually set up in about 20 minutes) and although I am happy to play a 40 foot by 30 foot stage with a 12,000 watt light system, the only actual requirement is a 5 foot by 5 foot square of real estate with one 120 volt outlet, which means the corner of a bar or restaurant, the rental hall, your family room or deck, or wherever the event is taking place. It's optimal to have the single "tower" PA speaker 5 or 6 feet behind me or behind and to the side, but not necessary. See the "Equipment" page for more information pertaining to the gear that I use.
The performance can be designed however you like, or you can just leave it to me. It can be one long set, or multiple sets separated by breaks. I can also mix it up a bit and have the first set be acoustic guitar and vocals only (during dinner, for example), and then add the backing tracks in later sets. Whatever you want! See list below for more information on songs performed.
If you want a high-energy rock band for your event, this may not be the best choice. Likewise, if you want a full compliment dance/funk band for a raucous wedding reception, probably also not a good choice (although if you want a more low key reception, it would be perfect). But if you want a fun, sing along, relatively easy going performance with a little more kick than a singer with a guitar, this is perfect. Great for Bars, Restaurants, Cafes, Corporate events, Birthday parties, Anniversaries, Kentucky Derby/Superbowl (etc.) parties, that awesome summer party that the rest of the neighborhood looks forward too, or whatever! And it's more affordable than you may think! Depending on when, where, how long, etc. performances typically range from $250 to $750 (possibly less for revenue generating venues such as bars and restaurants. Call or email for more information). Check out the "Multimedia" page to see what it's all about. And of course, if you have any questions or comments, or would like to set up a time to talk, visit the "Contact" page and drop me a line! I am available for events in the Southern CT area.
The songs in the list are thoughtfully selected with a certain percentage of songs from each decade, a certain number of slow songs per set, a certain number of songs that are considered 'sing-alongs', and a certain number of songs from different genres. They are chosen by level of popularity and how well they work with backing tracks accompanied by a singer and an acoustic guitar. There is also a number of 'novelty' songs that can be performed if appropriate to the venue, as well as fun sound clips. If you would like a certain song(s) performed for your event that you don't see on the list, let me know and I'll do my best to add it if possible. Or, if you would just like to suggest a song that you think would work well, I welcome the input! Just go to the "Contact" page above and send me a message. Make sure to visit the Multimedia page to see videos of selected songs. Songs performed for the One Man Band performances utilize backing tracks downloaded from Karaoke-Version.com and licensed for public performances by their partner, "Tency Licensing". The song list changes from time to time as new songs are added and some are retired based on audience feedback.
Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson
Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Under the Milky Way - The Church
Brandy - Looking Glass
Diamonds On The Inside - Ben Harper
Melissa - Allman Brothers
Last Dance with Mary Jane - Tom Petty
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti
Desecration Smile - Red Hot Chili Peppers
One - U2
End of the Line - Traveling Wilburys
Everybody Wants to Rule The World - Tears for Fears
One Headlight - The Wallflowers
New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
Layla - Eric Clapton
Ballad of John and Yoko - The Beatles
Brilliant Disguise - Bruce Springsteen
Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
Beryl - Mark Knopfler
You and Me - Lifehouse
Learning To Fly - Tom Petty
6th Avenue Heartache - The Wallflowers
Come Up And See Me - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
I'm a Believer - The Monkees
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
It’s the End of the World - R.E.M
The Addams Family Theme
Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Spirits - The Strumbellas
The Weight - The Band
Jessica - Allman Brothers
Small Town - John Mellencamp
Turn the Page - Bob Seger
Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
Dead Flowers - The Rolling Stones
Cab - Train
Only Wanna Be with You - Hootie & the Blowfish
The Way - Fastball
Buy Me a Boat - Chris Janson
Run-around - Blues Traveler
Pink Houses - John Mellencamp
The Breakup Song - The Greg Kihn Band
Bad Things - Jace Everett
Georgia - Willy Nelson
Stuck in the Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynrd Skynrd
Stray Cat Strut - The Stray Cats
Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison
Johnny B - Hooters
Only God Knows Why - Kid Rock
Man on the Moon - R.E.M
Days Like This - Van Morrison
Bright Lights - Matchbox 20
Springsteen - Eric Church
In Color - Jamey Johnson
Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger
Knock, Knock - Jack Savoretti
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band
Various audio clips (for playback, not performance): Mission Impossible, The Love Boat, Inspector Gadget, The Jeopardy Theme, etc.