Neil Dixon Smith

Classical Guitar from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 300 miles
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$250 - $800 per event
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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Wonderful guitarist. Best part of the party!

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Wedding Ceremony

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It was a pleasure working with Neil. He was very helpful planning the music and logistics involved with our outdoor wedding ceremony. Neil tailored and sang for our first dance to close the ceremony. Everything was perfect. Thank you Neil!

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Neil was amazing from the time we booked him through the event. He was extremely accommodating and helpful throughout the planning process. My husband is Venezuelan and Neil did a fantastic job of tailoring our music towards both the Americans and Venezuelans present by incorporating a number of folkloric Venezuelan songs into his set list. He learned a new song for our ceremony a couple of weeks prior, no problem. He also brought along a singer, Leanne, to our cocktail hour and she was also FANTASTIC. Neil is a very talented guitarist who brought a wonderful energy to our ceremony and our cocktail hour, and we are so glad we found him!!

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2016
Feb
4
Corporate Function
Orland Park, IL
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Aug
19
Birthday Party (Adult)
Galesburg, IL
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2015
Aug
8
Wedding Ceremony
Milwaukee, WI
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2015
Jul
3
Wedding Ceremony
Lake Geneva, WI
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2015
May
25
Private Party
Glen Ellyn, IL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2015
May
2
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
12:00 PM - 2:00 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
Classical Guitar
Reggae Guitar
Latin Guitar
Brazilian Guitar
World Music Guitar
Ambient Guitar
Mariachi Guitar
Folk Acoustic Guitar
Latin Acoustic Guitar
Brazilian Acoustic Guitar
Ambient Acoustic Guitar
Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
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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