I offer personalized, solo performances for special events, such as festivals, wine tasting, parties, weddings, and corporate functions. For weddings, I perform with classical/acoustic guitar for ceremonies, and usually switch over to jazz guitar for a lively cocktail atmosphere.
Music and Video Samples
Check out the videos for past solo guitar performances, live and in the studio. The audio samples include ensemble recordings.
The song list here is a sampling of the tunes in my library. Special requests are welcome.
I can provide a quote for music for your event, including a reasonable rate for additional time, and any travel required. For your event, I will take every step to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and you and your guests love the music.
Testimonials (in addition to gigmasters testimonials)
"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"
- Internationally Renowned Guitarist, Friend and Teacher, Martin Taylor
"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."
- Bonni R."
"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 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!"
- Avelina K.
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 how to play the cover songs of the time. The various bands to which he contributed in the early years, performed in college functions, festivals, and night 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, free lanced with several bands and as a studio musician. 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 R&B band, led by Kevin.
In Denver, he performed as a free lance guitarist and band leader, working for the popular Moments Notice Entertainment company. Kevin performed for many events, at times with guests including presidents, well known recording artists, and Hollywood dignitaries.
Kevin later founded Archtop Music, LLC, as a platform for his music business, which launched his original recordings, and the band Swing Essence, a nostalgic jazz, rock, and swing band.
Kevin is in Oregon now, performing, teaching, and managing Archtop Music.