Neil Dixon Smith

Classical Guitar from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 200 miles
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I am a solo classical guitarist based in Chicago. I've been performing professionally since 2004 for all sort of events, parties and get-togethers: private dinner/cocktail parties, banquets, corporate receptions, gallery openings, memorial services, weddings, and increasingly, concert performances.

At the core of what I do, I perform a unique repertoire of classical, popular and folkloric music of Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, etc.), stemming from a longtime apprenticeship with a master guitarist from Chile. I can play sets of "high energy" music for cocktail parties, as well as more "mellow" sounds for background music for dinner. I consider myself to be a very empathetic musician as a background music artist, playing to the energy of the room.

I love playing for weddings, and I'm equally comfortable performing traditional wedding music as I am more non-traditional choices - including learning any requests you might have for ceremony music.

For events and parties, I'm happy doing 50-minute sets with 10 minute breaks. Three sets is common, four is no problem! My ethos is always to "play to the event, not the clock".

If you are further interested in my music, I hope you might check out my debut solo guitar album, The Panamericanist.

I love what I do, and I think you'll enjoy my friendly positive demeanor and professionalism as much as my musicianship.

Thank you for your consideration!
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Thanks so much!! I truly appreciate your music, talent, thanks for such a fantastic time!!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Neil provided the music for our garden wedding ceremony. He was professional, prompt, reliable, and easy to communicate with during the planning process. He accommodated our specific song requests with ease, and was happy to fill the rest of the time with his own unique selections. He's an extremely talented guitarist and our family & friends raved to us about his music at our ceremony. We are so happy that we found him, and we would strongly recommend him for any event!!

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Family Reunion

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I cannot count the number of compliments I received for picking such an incredible musician! We were so pleased with Neil's playing. He came early and was ready to go exactly when we needed him. The music was perfect for the occasion and made the afternoon and evening an absolute pleasure! Nancy Guenther

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2017
Nov
5
Birthday Party (Adult)
Orland Park, IL
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2017
Oct
28
Halloween Party
Grayslake, IL
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Sep
30
Wedding Ceremony
Madison, WI
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Jul
21
Family Reunion
Skokie, IL
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Jun
29
Trade Show
Chicago, IL
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Jun
17
Memorial Service
Oak Park, IL
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Canon in D
Johann Pachelbel
Bridal Chorus
Richard Wagner
Wedding March
Felix Mendelssohn
Over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Francicso Tarrega
Lagrima
Francisco Tarrega
Romanza
(anonymous)
La Malagueña Salerosa
(traditional)
Son de la Loma
Miguel Matamoros
Lagrimas Negras
Miguel Matamoros
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Classical Guitar
Reggae Guitar
Latin Guitar
Brazilian Guitar
World Music Guitar
Ambient Guitar
Folk Acoustic Guitar
Latin Acoustic Guitar
Brazilian Acoustic Guitar
Ambient Acoustic Guitar
Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
Proms
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Bar Mitzvahs
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Happy Hours
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Bachelorette Parties
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Bat Mitzvahs
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Bachelor Parties
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Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Neil Dixon Smith will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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