I provide personalized performances for my clients, whether adding a unique and elegant atmosphere, or giving a solo concert performance. For weddings, I can perform with classical/acoustic guitar for ceremonies, and switch over to jazz guitar for a lively cocktail atmosphere.
With every song I learn, I listen closely to the melody and harmony, take in the lyrics and rhythm, and try to understand the emotional content of the composer. Then find the best way to arrange it, drawing from years of jazz, acoustic rock, and classical influence. In a given set, you could hear mix of J.S. Bach, Gershwin, Elvis, Lennon and McCartney, and much more. My electric material is greatly influenced by my classical and finger-style acoustic playing, which helps me to include a nice bass line. Sometimes, people even get up and dance.
Book me for your event, and I will take every step to ensure that everything goes smoothly and you and your guests appreciate the music.
All The Best,
From Internationally Renowned Guitarist, Friend and Instructor, Martin Taylor
"Kevin, The word that comes to mind is delightful. It is just so musical ... just what I love to hear. This is a real musician playing ...One of the most delightful things I've heard in a long, long time. ..Brilliant"
Some Client Testimonials
"I can't tell you how great it was to have you play! Your music added so much to the atmosphere of the event, and so many folks complimented us on the music. So I'm glad to pass on the accolades, Randi"
"Every bride wants their special day to be delightfully memorable. Kevin selected and played a beautiful display of music that delighted the entire crowd. His professionalism and excellent communication throughout the wedding preparation process was seamless and stress free. Kevin went out of his way to learn and play a special song that I requested, and would sing to my husband during the event. I was extremely appreciative, and my husband was touched by the surprise. I highly recommend Kevin to play at any event. He is well rounded and a great person to work with.
All the best,
"Yes, you got rave reviews! Everyone loved your playing and I really appreciate the use of your microphone. The night was a complete blurr, but I think everyone had fun and the venue was a huge hit. Thanks again for everything and I will extend your well wishes to the kids. I will put a very positive review on gigmasters. I would be glad to refer you to others and will be in touch when the wedding roles around next year, we are thinking of maybe having a big band.
Happy New Year and Thanks again! Mary"
Kevin played trumpet, cello, piano, and guitar by age twelve. As a young guitarist, he was the one in the band, counted on to figure out by ear, how to play the cover songs of the time. The various bands to which he contributed in the early years, performed in schools and clubs around central Illinois, Indiana, and along the Mississippi River.
Kevin studied music and electronics in college, while he worked as a solo guitarist, taught guitar privately, free lanced with several variety bands and in the studio. He was a member of the Central Illinois Jazz Society house band, The Dick Benson (organ) trio, Jhaptal: a 10-piece jazz/percussion ensemble, and Slipstream, a popular club band led by Kevin.
In Denver, he performed as a free lance guitarist and band leader, working for the popular and upcoming Moments Notice Entertainment company. Kevin performed for weddings and fund raisers, at times with guests including presidents, well known recording artists, and Hollywood figures.
After a time working primarily as an electronics and software engineer, Kevin started gigging again, first in Portland, Oregon in the late 90s, for a couple years, then in Colorado, where he founded Archtop Music LLC. Besides a steady stream of solo guitar gigs, other projects included an all-original CD, Sweeter All The Time, and the creation of the nostalgic jazz and dance band, Swing Essence.
Kevin's focus on solo guitar has increased in recent years, which has opened up some new and creative avenues. He is now back in Oregon, continuing to manage and develop Archtop Music.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
And I Love HerLennon-McCartney
Here Comes The SunLennon-McCartney
Here There and EverywhereLennon-McCartney
If I FellLennon-McCartney
In My LifeLennon-McCartney
When I'm Sixty-FourLennon-McCartney
Chez FernandMartin Taylor
Christmas Time Is HereVince Giraldi
Linus and LucyVince Giraldi
Mood For A DaySteve Howe
Little MarthaDuane Alman
Lewis and ClarkTommy Emmanuel
That's The SpiritTommy Emmanuel
La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful)Nicola Pavioni
Bright Size LifePat Metheny
So May It Secretly BeginPat Metheny
You've Got A Friend In MeRandy Newman
Angels Whispering In Your EarKevin Karrick
I Dig SnowKevin Karrick
The Happy GuitaristKevin Karrick
Swingin' HighKevin Karrick
Air On A G StringBach
Bourree from Lute Suite 1Bach
Jesu Joy of Man's DesiringBach
Menuet in AmBach
Menuet in GBach
Prelude from Cello Suite 1Bach
Wachet Auf (Sleepers Awake)Bach
Air from Water MusicHandel
Ode To JoyBeethoven
Canon in DPachebel
O Come EmanuelStandard
SELECT JAZZSWING ARTISTS
Don't Get Around Much AnymoreEllington
In A Mellow ToneEllington
Satin DollDuke Ellington
Freddie The FreeloaderMiles Davis
Seven Steps To Heavenrec by Miles Davis
Tune UpMiles Davis
Girl From IpanemaJobim
One Note SambaJobim
Blue MoonRodgers and Hart
Have You Met Miss JonesRodgers and Hart
I Could Write A BookRodgers and Hart
My RomanceRodgers and Hart
Our Love Is Here To StayGershwin
They Can't Take That AwayGershwin
Bessie's BluesJohn Coltrane
Giant StepsJohn Coltrane
Moment's NoticeJohn Coltrane
Joy SpringClifford Brown
All The Things You AreJerome Kern
The Way You Look TonightJerome Kern
My One and Only LoveGershwin
Like Someone In LoveJimmy Van Heusen
Darn That DreamJimmy Van Heusen
Here's That Rainy DayJimmy Van Heusen
Polka Dots and MoonbeamsJimmy Van Heusen
Georgia On My MindHoagy Carmichael
Con AlmaDizzie Gillespie
The DolphinLuis Eca
Green Dolphin StreetStandard
My Little Suade ShoesParker
Night and DayCole Porter
The Night Has A Thousand EyesStandard
The Shadow Of Your SmileStandard
Softly As In The Morning SunriseStandard
Song For My FatherStandard
St. ThomasSonny Rollins
Ain't Misbehavin'Fats Waller
Alice In WonderlandStandard
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New OrleansStandard
Joe Pass, Chet Atkins, Martin Taylor, Howard Roberts, Steve Howe, Stephen Stills, Wes Montgomery,
V Morrison, Sinatra, N King Cole, H Connick Jr., Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Brian Setzer
D Ellington, B Goodman, M Davis, Jazz Messengers, Bill Evans
Reunion in Portland, OR on 08/03/2013
"I would highly recommend Kevin for any event. He is a very talented guitarist and easy to work with. "
- Jana B.
Wedding in Boulder, CO on 06/29/2013
"Kevin was amazing to work with. We planned our wedding in Boulder while living in California. Through emails and phone calls we talked about the wedding and chose our music for the ceremony and cocktail hour. He had great ideas and even learned a new song for a special moment in our ceremony. Kevin was on time, professional and our guests loved him! We highly recommend Kevin for any event."
- Catherine F.
Corporate Function in Vail, CO on 06/25/2013
"Kevin was easy to work with and flexible to accommodate our budget. Definitely would call again when back in the Denver/Vail area."
- Niccole R.
Christmas Party in Castle Rock, CO on 12/18/2012
"Kevin was wonderful! Personable, respectful, and an exceptional guitar player. I will want to hire him again for our next office party!"
- Christel O.
Fundraiser in Denver, CO on 12/08/2012
"Kevin performed beautifully and added so much pleasure to our event. He provided a beautiful background to our Holiday Tea, the music was never over powering but a very special addition to our afternoon. His selections invited all to listen and be part of them. I would definitely hire Kevin again.
Epsilon Epsilon Chapter
Epsilon Sigma Alpha"
- Kathy G.
Wedding Ceremony in Denver, CO on 09/09/2012
"Kevin Karrick was great as a musician and as a professional, during the reception I was asked by majority of the guests who the ceremony musician was, and told how much they enjoyed the music to the ceremony. I have already recommended him people getting married or needing a musician."
- Joshua N.
Wedding in Avon, CO on 09/02/2012
"Kevin came out to Bachelor's Gulch for my daughter's wedding. It was an outdoor ceremony. Even though it rained in the middle of the ceremony and Kevin had to get all his equipment to a dry place for about 15 minutes. He then set up again, and continued to provide wonderful background music.
I loved the sound he produced...it was a perfect for our event. His playlist complemented the beautiful mountain surroundings.
If we had another event in Colorado where we needed a guitarist, I would not hesitate to call Kevin again. "
- Pamela S.
Wedding in Denver, CO on 09/01/2012
"Kevin was perfect for our wedding ceremony and reception in Beaver Creek! He is an extremely talented musician and the music he played was beautiful. I didn't have time to select the music I wanted Kevin to play, so I asked him for his recommendations and to proceed with that playlist. He chose the perfect song progressions for our wedding and reception which took a huge load off of us: Classical for the wedding ceremony and Jazz for the reception. He was extremely professional from the beginning to the end of the entire process, great communicator and extremely responsive. I highly recommend Kevin for your wedding or future events!"
- Joshua D.
Wedding Ceremony in Rapid City, SD on 07/28/2012
"He was amazing! Everyone enjoyed his music so much that we asked him for some additional time :-) a fabulous musician with tremendous talent! Totally wowed us and our guests. "
- Heather D.
Corporate Function in Denver, CO on 07/22/2012
"Kevin was very accomodating and went with the flow of the evening. We had to make last minute changes due to weather and he was very flexible. His music was a nice touch to the evening and we appreciate he being available."
- Debra V.
Wedding in Boulder, CO on 06/30/2012
"Kevin was such a wonderful addition to our wedding ceremony. He was prompt, professional and played everything we asked along with many more songs that added to the day. Our guests were so impressed and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs an excellent guitarist! Thank you Kevin!
Patty and Rob Stetson"
- Patty K.
Cocktail Party in Denver, CO on 06/09/2012
"Kevin was great. Responsive, professional and enthusiastic. His music helped complete the party and create the atmosphere we wanted."
- Kathy A.
Wedding Reception in Estes Park, CO on 05/27/2012
"This surely was an easy part of my planning! When my first band told me they could not fulfill their obligation and play at my wedding, I was in a slight panic; however, when I found Kevin on gigmasters.com and had some correspondence with him, I was completely at ease! I can't emphasize how grateful I am to Kevin and his band! They did a terrific job and all of the guests enjoyed the music. His communication is great, he understands your style and gives great suggestions! I had great comfort knowing we will get what we've asked for...but they exceeded our expectations! I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends! Thank you gigmasters for hooking us up:)"
- Avelina K.
Engagement Party in Denver, CO on 12/23/2011
"I had nothing but compliments about Kevin's beautiful guitar playing from my guests. He was very professional and yet very accommodating. His music was a perfect addition to my dinner party and I highly recommend him to others."
- Mary H.
Wedding Ceremony in Vail, CO on 12/17/2011
"Kevin was a pleasure to work with. He listened, was responsive (even proactive), which gave us a lot of comfort while planning a wedding a few thousand miles away. Additionally, he is very internet savvy. Kevin's online library of work really gave us a great level of comfort and made the decision to use him pretty easy.
Beyond that, he is quite talented both vocally and on the guitar. What we appreciated most about his guitar skills is how smooth his sound is. For example you don't hear shifting on the neck nor does he pick the strings harshly -- it was really great for the jazzy, bluesy, lounge-like music we were looking for at our wedding."
- Mike B.
Wedding Ceremony in Denver, CO on 10/23/2011
"Kevin was a pleasure to work with. He is so gentle and humble, when he really is a very talented artist. He did for us a very good job. He was flexible to our needs, open to the novelty and cooperative, and he was willing to learn new songs just for us. As an artist Kevin has the ability to play very complex songs with great technique and a very very rare lightness on the guitar strings. He is also a harmonious singer. With gratitude, Francesca and Stephen.
- Francesca C.
Wedding Reception in Morrison, CO on 08/26/2012
"Kevin was fantastic!! Great to work with through entire wedding experience, extremly organized and professional. Wanted to make our wedding a special experience for us and he did. Would highly reccomend him to others!!!!!"
- Lisa H.
Celebration in Hillsboro, or on 10/10/2013
"In addition to Kevin's obvious talent as a musician, he was easy to plan with and flexible with minor changes in the flow of the event. He chose music that was appropriate for the event and for the crowd, and easily accommodated the unique acoustic situation of the facility. He was punctual, highly professional, very easy to work with and perhaps most of all, simply pleasing to the ear."
- Katie E.
Wedding in Portland, OR on 08/25/2013
"Kevin was professional and talented! We even asked him to stay longer!"
In addition to Wilsonville, Kevin Karrick (Acoustic, Jazz, Classical Guitar) will also travel to Tualatin, Sherwood, Canby, Aurora, Donald, West Linn, Lake Oswego, King City, Tigard, Rivergrove, Marylhurst, Hubbard, Oak Grove, Oregon City, Gladstone, Saint Paul, Newberg, Woodburn, Milwaukie, Dundee, Mulino, Beaverton, Aloha, Beavercreek, Happy Valley, Clackamas, Molalla, Portland, Gervais, Mount Angel
and many other locations in and around the Wilsonville area.
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