Dave Byron

Why book Dave Byron?

Dave has received the "Best of 2013" award. He has been playing guitar and performing all over the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe for various events for over 30 years. His blazing speed and pleasing tones captivates audiences of all ages. His ability to successfully use loop pedals and his creativity with the Roland GR33 guitar synthesizer, he can create the sound of a full band. Dave can perform Jazz, Rock, Classical, Latin, Spanish, Flamenco & DJ Services. Dave has performed for ExxonMobile, Salt Creek Ballet, Brussels, Belgium, Fairmont and Trump Tower. His talent and full sound will add the fininshing touches to your Wedding, Dinner, Corporate, Assisted Living, or any occassion.

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Fantastic!

Dave and Deb were just a pleasure to work with! They were contacted at late notice and were very accommodating, adaptable, and versatile. They are both very genuine and caring and made my daughter's birthday party so memorable for us. Don't hesitate to contact them and include them in your party/event celebration, you won't be disappointed! Thanks so much again to you both!

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Reviewer: Laura D.
Event: Birthday Party in Lake Barrington, IL
Event Date: Mar 8, 2014
Hired As: Classical Guitarist, Event DJ, Guitarist, Spanish Entertainment

Our holiday party was a hit!

Dave was fantastic! Our guests are still raving about the music at our party! He was not only a fabulous musician but professional, on time and gracious to our guests!
He and his wife were excellent to work with! We will definitely book him for any events we have in the future!

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Reviewer: Debra G.
Organization: Bema, Inc.
Event: Holiday Party in Schaumburg, IL
Event Date: Dec 13, 2013
Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Incredible Artist!

We have never had so many compliments on the entertainment at our holiday party! The guests were in awe of Dave's talents. Dave and Deb can "read" the crowd and adjust the music accordingly. Cannot say enough great things about Dave and we hope we can work with him again!

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Reviewer: Joyce M.
Organization: Emmi Roth USA
Event: Holiday Party in New Glarus, WI
Event Date: Dec 7, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Guitarist, Classical Guitarist, Composer, Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist, New Age Music

Amazing!

My husband and I hired Dave to play at our wedding ceremony. Dave and his wife catered to our specific needs/wants. They were incredibly friendly and answered any questions that we had very promptly. We even had a skype session to go over specifics, and he played some pieces for us. I wanted something a little different for my entrance, and he created two youtube videos with two different versions for me to choose from.
I had confidence that he would do a great job at the ceremony, but he blew me away. Almost every guest at my wedding mentioned how well he played. The songs that I had specifically picked were flawless and I am so thankful!
Everything he played was very well done, he obviously has a lot of talent! We are so glad we chose him to play on our special day!

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Reviewer: Katie D.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in St Charles, IL
Event Date: Jul 3, 2013
Hired As: Guitarist

Great performance

Dave and Debra showed great professionalism. They arrived earlier than expected and ready to rock. Great guitarist and very reasonable with price. They made everything on their end painless and executed everything that was expected of them and more. He communicated well and was very organized. Dave is an excellent musician and easily played what I had requested. They definitely added the perfect musical touch to my occasion. I highly recommend him and would definitely use his services again. Juan David Pulido

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Reviewer: Juan P.
Event: Other in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Jun 2, 2013
Hired As: Classical Guitarist

Dave's performance made our wedding a lifetime of memories!

It was the best thing we could have done, having Dave perform live as well as DJ for our dance portion of our wedding reception. We are grateful and honored to have him share his amazing talent with us as well as our family and friends. He gave such a variety of music selections and we couldn't have been happier. I have a feeling our wedding will be talked about for years to come in remembering the great time we had and how he was able to get everyone to interact in some way. I highly recommend booking Dave for any special event!! Thank you Dave and Deb, you two have done an excellent job and we are so blessed to have you in our lives!! -Billy & Lori Brown

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Reviewer: Lori B.
Event: Wedding Reception in Warrenville, IL
Event Date: Oct 8, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 480 minutes
  • Fee: $200 and up
  • Insurance: 3,000,000 - Performers of the U.S.
  • Languages: English

Overview

I perform with passion and feeling. My focus is on making you and your guests happy with the music I'm performing. I pay attention to what you and your guests are enjoying and then keep the music in that groove, mood, and feeling to ensure everyone is having a great time.

Since I perform various styles: Classical, Jazz, Bossa Nova Jazz, Blues, New Age, Rock, Latin, Celtic, Spanish & Flamenco, you may custom design the music to your event or have me perform a variety of music to please your guests off all ages.

All performances are professional and my dress attire is a black tuxedo. My acoustic guitar is a Cordoba which is handmade from Spain. My electric guitar is a Les Paul. I usually arrive 1 hour before start time to set up, get dressed in my tuxedo and have everything ready for me to begin performing by the time your very first guest arrives.

Additional Booking Notes

My price includes me brining out my own P.A. System.
I have systems to accommodate various size events, from small to large, ranging from 10pp to over 500pp.
I also have a small system that runs on battery, (this is great for outdoor wedding ceremonies) so if no power is available, it won't be a problem for me.

Past Booked Events

09/21/13 Wedding Ceremony & Cocktails - Goldner Walsh Nursery, Pontiac, MI
09/20/13 Wedding Ceremony - Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL
09/06/13 Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn, WI - Fish Fry
06/29/13 Corporate Dinner - Maggiano's, Chicago, IL
06/01/13 Wedding Ceremony - St. Andrew Golf Club, West Chicago, IL
05/26/13 Wedding Ceremony & Cocktails - Marriott Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, IL
05/17/13 Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn, WI - Fish Fry
05/11/13 Wedding Cocktail Hour - Esplanade Lakes, Downers Grove, IL
02/23/13 Private Birthday Party - Aurora, IL
02/14/13 Orchard Valley Golf Club, Aurora, IL. Valentine's Day Dinner Event
10/20/12 Wedding Cocktail Hour - Mt. Prospect, IL
09/22/12 Wedding Ceremony - Kohler Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
08/04/12 Wedding Ceremony - Morris Country Club, Morris, IL.
05/12/12 Wedding Ceremony - Kalona, Iowa
02/11/12 CityGate Grille, 2020 Calamos Ct., Naperville, IL. 60563. 8:30pm - 12:00am Open to the public
01/28/12 CityGate Grille, 2020 Calamos Ct., Naperville, IL. 8:30pm - 12:00am Open to the public

Dave Byron

At the age of twelve, Dave’s dad bought him his first electric guitar. One year later his dad, being so impressed with Dave’s playing, bought him a Les Paul guitar.

Dave took no other guitar lessons after grade school, he studied on his own, teaching himself how to read and write music. He would spend up to 8 hours a day practicing from albums and teaching himself.

At the age of 14, Dave joined his 1st band and they played at The American Indian Center in Chicago and won 1st place.

At 16, Dave purchased his 1st acoustic guitar and began teaching himself finger picking. Within less than a year, Dave developed on his own, the tremolo technique that flamenco guitar players use. On the advice of a friend’s dad, who watched Dave play and said he has the technique of Segovia, suggested that Dave purchase a classical guitar.

At 18, Dave purchases his 1st classical guitar. At this time Dave has heard Al DiMeola play and knew that was the style he wanted to challenge himself to learn and master. Within 6 months, Dave had successfully mastered the alternate picking technique and offers to join bands pour in.

In 1982, Dave joins the band, Exit, they play original songs and Rush covers; this band plays the Chicago area.

In 1987, Dave joins the band, Blue Ox, they are a top 40’s band. Dave had 2 weeks to learn 40 songs and be ready to play 6 nights a week, 5 -6 sets a night, all while working a full-time job. Dave tours with this band full-time playing venues which included the Holiday Star Theatre. While at the Holiday Star Theatre the band, Cameo, were also playing and their guitar playing said to Dave, how amazed he was to see Dave play with speed, accuracy, and with a strong sense of melody.

In 1998, Dave joins heavy metal band Shadowlord. They play cover songs by Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and originals.

In 1999, Shadowlord released their self-titled album, and it makes the European charts. Dave gets married and appoints his wife as his manager.

In 2000, Dave forms his own heavy metal band Legend. They play Dio, Yngwie, Ozzy, Savatage and originals. Dave also embarks upon his solo career, releasing his debut album, Passionate Fire, which is a Spanish & Flamenco instrumental CD. Borders Books & Music book Dave to perform at various store locations throughout Illinois.

In 2001, Dave Byron’s Legend releases their 1st album and brings the house down with their CD release party at the PC Lounge in Bolingbrook, packing the club for one awesome night of pure metal. Dave also releases his 2nd solo album, Autumn, which is a New Age style with a Classical flare. In this same year Dave performs on Royal Caribbean’s, Voyager of the Seas, talent show and packs in 2500 people for his acoustic guitar performance. Borders Books & Music continue to book Dave.

In 2003, Dave Byron’s Legend, performs benefit shows at the Leo’s in Romeoville and the PC Lounge in Bolingbrook. Dave also releases his 3rd solo album, Tropical; this CD is a Jazz style of instrumental music which Dave incorporates the Roland GR33 guitar synthesizer. In May of 2003, Dave has the honor to perform for Paul Henry (a former student of Andres Segovia), who said, he has the gift of music. Paul Henry is on the faculty at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. Borders Books & Music continue to book Dave adding Indiana locations.

In 2004, Dave releases his 4th solo album, Forgotten Path; this CD is an ambient melodic rock style. Dave also performs and conducts a seminar for the Conference of Self Employment, hosted by North Central College in Naperville, IL. Borders Books & Music continue to book Dave adding Wisconsin locations.

In November of 2005, Dave performs a solo show at the Barrington Library in Barrington, IL. The room is set for 125 people; however, 175 people show up for his performance and extra chairs are rushed in to accommodate all the guests. Dave receives a standing ovation and cheers for an encore performance.

In 2006, Dave performs on the Italian Cruise Ship, Costa Mediterranea’s, talent show packing the theatre for his performance and receives a standing ovation. Dave also releases his 5th solo album, Blues & Ballads, which is a blues style of instrumental music. Dave performs at the Grand Opening for Seattle’s Best coffee at the Borders Books & Music in Oak Park. Dave releases his 5th solo album, Blues & Ballads; this CD is a Blues style of instrumental music.

In 2007, Dave performs at Addison Community Days Festival and for NATO in Belgium. Dave releases his 6th and 7th solo albums; Melia is a Latin style Bossa Nova Jazz CD and Entrance To Paradise is a relaxation CD with nature sounds of waterfalls and chirping birds.

In 2008, Dave releases his 8th CD; Uno, is a Latin Fusion Rock style of music. Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, IL find Dave’s music on the internet and book him 3 performances for the guests of the casino. Riding For A Cure, also find Dave’s music on the internet and book him to perform for their cancer research fund raiser.

In 2009, Dave releases his 9th & 10th CD’s, Blues Rockin’, is a smoking rock blues instrumental CD complete with shredding and stunning guitar effects. Merry Shredding Christmas, is Dave’s first Christmas CD release. This CD is packed with Dave’s versions of these very popular Christmas songs with both acoustic and electric guitars, guitar synthesizer and all the magic he injects into his music. Dave continues to gig all over the U.S. and Canada.

In 2010 - 2014, Dave releases his 11th CD. Dave Byron AXperience, is his Melodic Rock instrumental CD and full-blown shredding and 6 string singing throughout this incredible masterpiece. Dave goes on a 2 month tour that takes him to Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. The increase in Dave’s popularity rapidly increases the amount of students who want to take guitar lessons with him.

Dave’s music is played on radio stations in Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, France, Germany and the U.S. His music is also available for digital downloading with 42 on-line companies which includes: Apple itunes, Ruckus, Napster, Sony connect, and Rhapsody.

Dave’s music can be purchased on CDBaby.com/artist/davebyron, cdunsigned.com as well as his website: www.davebyronmusic.com and at his live performances.

Dave performs approximately 150 shows a year which include, cafe’s, clubs, wedding ceremonies/receptions, private parties, colleges, corporate events, retirement parties, dinner parties, cocktails, assisted living facilities and has sold thousands of CD’s.

Dave also teaches guitar lessons in his private studio in Aurora, IL. as well as on-line via Skype and FaceTime.

Dave Byron’s music is registered with BMI and is copy written with The Library of Congress Copyright Office.

The team providing the talent:

Debra A. Byron

Manager

Set List

Performance set list is custom designed for each event from the list below or you may request songs for me to perform.

Gulf Of Mexico - Dave Byron
If Only I Knew - Dave Byron
...And We Shall Meet Again - Dave Byron
Blues & Ballads - Dave Byron
Blue Heart - Dave Byron
Spain - Dave Byron
Fire In Her Eyes - Dave Byron
Premonition - Dave Byron
Forgotten Path - Dave Byron
Forever - Dave Byron
Virgo - Dave Byron
Lake Front - Dave Byron
Whatever Happened To You - Dave Byron
As We Embrace - Dave Byron
Dance At The Inn - Dave Byron
Farewell - Dave Byron
Rain - Dave Byron
The Lost Unicorn - Dave Byron
As Our Journey Begins - Dave Byron
We've Only Just Begun
You Are So Beautiful
You Light Up My Life
Bridal Chorus
The Wedding March
Canon In D
Ave Maria
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
Theme From Ice Castles
Water Music
Romanza
Scarborough Fair
Passionate Fire - Dave Byron
Spanish Classical Guitar - Dave Byron
The Prophet's Dream - Dave Byron
Steel String Virtuoso - Dave Byron
September - Dave Byron
Spirit Of The Wind - Dave Byron
Pain and Sorrow - Dave Byron
Crystal Heart - Dave Byron
Drifting Away - Dave Byron
Reflections In The Waves - Dave Byron
A Song For You - Dave Byron
As I Watch Over You - Dave Byron
With You In Mind - Dave Byron
As The Tides Wash By - Dave Byron
It Sooths The Soul - Dave Byron
MoonLight Serenade - Dave Byron
As My Guitar Cries - Dave Byron
Night Fall - Dave Byron
A Voice From The Distance - Dave Byron
Carol Of The Bells - Dave Byron
Little Drummer Boy - Dave Byron

Influences & Inspiration

Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Joe Pass, Jeff Linsky

Setup Requirements

I bring out everything I need to perform, so all I need is an outlet. I do have a system that runs on battery, so if no power is available, it won't be a problem for me.

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