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For weddings I have several options for hire:
Instrumental guitar, ukulele or steel drum while guests are being sat.
Bridal entrance song, vocal or instrumental.
Additional ceremony song, example sand ceremony.
Bride/groom exit song.
CEREMONY & COCKTAIL HOUR
After Ceremony sing and play easy listening music for length of the cocktail hour. Typically 1-2 hours.
CEREMONY, COCKTAIL HOUR, & RECEPTION
After Cocktail Hour cover all the Reception music & MC announcements. Typical length 3-5 hours.
Option 1) One-Man acoustic band show, alternating with DJing dance music.
Option 2) Full band show: 4-piece band, male and female vocals, full sound and lights.
J O H N - B A L D W I N
Solo Acoustic variety entertainer, Virginia's top-performing GIGMASTERS artist , GRAMMY-AWARD-nominated songwriter, heard by millions on "AMERICAN IDOL."
John performs as a one-man band, but he sounds like 2 or 3 people. He sings while playing guitar and looping additional guitars, percussion, ukulele, and steel drum. He plays up and down the East Coast; playing weddings, parties, festivals, and clubs.
John will learn new songs for a wedding ceremony, will play exactly what is requested, and will play what is appropriate as the event progresses. He is happy to MC where needed and to wait where needed. He is reliable, flexible with location and time, and most important very personable and fun for the guests.
John can play instrumentals or sing special songs during the wedding ceremony. He can then play music for the cocktail hour. He can then step up the energy for the reception if desired. And he will learn any special songs for couple dances and MC wedding guest introductions. He will DJ music on the ipod during his breaks.
John has been entertaining professionally for over 20 years. He performed nightly for 10 summers at the VA Beach festival Beach Street USA, playing for crowds of thousands. In 2010 he performed for 7,000 people on the main stage at the VA Beach Amphitheater. He performs largely on the East Coast. He has opened up for Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Gary US Bonds, Rusted Root, Smokin' Joe Kubek, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton & Sinbad the comedian.
John has performed his music live on FOX TV mulitple times. His music has appeared on the TV shows "American Idol"(FOX), "Dateline"(NBC), "Crossing Jordan"(NBC), "CMT Cribs"(CMT), "Engaged and underage"(MTV), "Parental control"(MTV) and in the films "Knocked down" and "Play on."
John has released several music videos and 2 full-length albums. He has recorded with Will Lee, Tommy Newsom, Bob Bain, Saundra Williams, Kellie Rucker, Dan CiPriano, Ivan Bodley, James Dower, Dennis Wage, & B.J. Leiderman.
John has won the ASCAPlus award from ASCAP the past 3 years. He also won the Best Blues Artist award from PortFolio Weekly Magazine.
Bose L1 Compact P.A. system. Martin DM acoustic guitar. Shure SM58 microphone. Boss rc-300 triple loop pedal. Steel Pan. Ukulele. Percussion. Apple ipod & ipad (sequences, lyrics, DJ music). Wireless power source. Compact lights. Backups for all equipment.
"For almost 10 years I ran the Beachstreet USA program in Virginia Beach, VA. I auditioned and employed over 160 musicians and specialty acts. Among those musicians was John Baldwin. John was with us from the beginning, and over the 9 years he was with us I have seen his talents as a musician soar. He has become a seasoned musician with a style all his own. John was always on time, always looked appropriate, always willing to go the extra mile when it was necessary. If you are seeking a fine musician, dependable, with great morals and work ethics, John is your man! I feel totally confident in recommending him."
-2010, Regina Marscheider, Director of Spectrum Entertainment, VA Bch, VA