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Steven King Solo Guitar &/or Variety Band

Variety Band from Spokane, WA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$275 - $2700 per event
Steven won the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, performs at Spokane's Bing Crosby Theater with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and has even performed at the Fox Theater with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Steven plays a vast variety of songs and styles, including classical, jazz, popular from every era, show and movie themes, dance music that you can actually dance to (with just his solo guitar!), and ALSO leads his own variety dance band, his jazz trio and quartet, and even his mariachis for Cinco de Mayo parties. Among his previous performances are Governor Gary Locke's wedding, Bill Gates' private dinner, Pigout in the Park and 4th of July on stage at Riverfront Park, and countless weddings and private events. His solo guitar work and his variety band performances, have all received consistent 5-star reviews when previously enrolled in Gigmasters. The following press accolades reveal the special world-class level of Steven's musicianship:

"And I thought Joe Pass had chops. I still remember hearing Pass's Virtuoso album for the first time, wondering how one guy with two hands could play so many parts at once. Now, along comes King, transforming his lone guitar into an even fuller ensemble capable of playing more complicated arrangements. Listening to these songs, it's hard to believe a guy can achieve such division of brain waves. You'll swear there's a bassist, rhythm guitarist, and lead fretman on hand... King plays up the tension between signature bass line and melody, or strums chords that are so mellow, full, and sustained that they almost sound like a piano..." ---Published review by Dirk Sutro, former jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times and author of Jazz for Dummies

"...From 1968-1982 I wrote 33 articles for 'Guitar Player.' I have more than 8,800 jazz guitar recordings and nearly 2000 jazz guitar videos...I feel qualified in saying Steven King is the greatest solo guitarist I've ever seen or heard!!"... ---Robert Yelin, jazz columnist and music professor

"It is amazing, the things he plays on the guitar. Steven has demonstrated a mastery of the individual approach to guitar playing. The guitar/bass voicings he uses are unique and entertaining. Steven King is a very musical guitar player and a joy to listen to." ---Al Hendrickson, master Hollywood session guitarist, the most recorded guitarist in the world from 1947 to 1980 (he is the guitarist playing those intro riffs in the MASH TV Theme)

"We've heard our share of Beatle covers, including guitar-oriented ones, but we have to say, in all honesty, that King's guitar work on these songs is some of the most beautiful we've ever heard. No song is repeated over the [7 Steven King's "Beatle-ing" albums] CDs..." --Steve Marinucci, Abbey Road Beatles News

"Steven King has a knack for making his intricate solo guitar arrangements of jazz, pop, and bossa nova pieces sound right at home on the fretboard, as though tunes like Charlie Parker's "Anthropology" were written for the guitar. This piece and others on Meandering get the deft, simultaneous bass-harmony-melody treatment for which King is known. He makes it all sound so effortless that it's easy to get lost in the music. Highlights include his treatment of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" and a beautiful version of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed." " -Ron Forbes-Roberts, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"One is always tempted to compare the treatments different artists give the Beatles tune... Yesterday". Chet Atkins plays it solo with his electrified hollow-body Gretsch to great effect, playing an upbeat version of his Fab-4 classic. There is no better description than it is classic Chet Atkins style. Manuel Barreucco plays Yesterday solo but at a much slower paceā€¦ more pensive and dramatic than Chet's version. The clarity of the nylon strings gives this arrangement a definite classical feel. Laurence Juber's version of Yesterday has the melody played in lower register giving the song a slower, sadder feeling... Steven King's arrangement of Yesterday has a much more positive feel. It is more upbeat, the melody is played in higher registers, and he inserts variations off the original melody giving some nice counterpoint to the song. They all are different, all masterfully arranged and performed, and all are my "favorite" versions! King's web site is where he has all of his "Beatle-ing" CD's, as well as instructional videos... Finally, if you want to literally hear John and Paul's voices in the guitar strings and again, exquisitely well-played guitar music, put on any one of the Steven King CDs. You will not be disappointed by any of these CD's." --James R. Webb, comparing Chet Atkins, Laurence Juber, Manuel Barreucco and Steven King's guitar playing, web guitar review.

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Ceremony music for $125 when purchasing reception band
Starting at $125
  • Ceremony music (solo guitar) for $125 when purchasing reception band
12th Street Rag
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47th St
A Certain Smile 168
A Day in the Life of A Fool 164
A Walk in Black Forest
Achy Breaky Heart 412
Africa
Aint Too Proud to Beg 3301
Air on A GString 184c
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Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Steven King Solo Guitar &/or Variety Band will also travel to Fairchild Air Force Base, Mead, Veradale, Valleyford, Colbert, Greenacres, Nine Mile Falls, Cheney, Medical Lake, Mica, Otis Orchards, Liberty Lake, Spangle, Newman Lake, Chattaroy, Airway Heights, Rockford, Deer Park, Fairfield, Reardan.
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