An acoustic guitarist, who found his roots in Singer/Songwriters such as James Taylor, John Denver, Jackson Browne and the like. An optimistic, angst-free, and relevant music style with a lot of fingerpicking and some moderate strumming.
Available for your backyard parties, corporate events, Family Reunions, weddings, get-togethers, festivals, or even your living rooms. Very versatile and able to design a set according to the needs of the audience. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Obviously, I will rate the "normal items" first: professional--YES, courteous--YES, timely--YES, great music--YES, communicated well--YES. Dan played a back-yard, neighborhood party. He took the party to a new level through his great music. I felt guilty taking the accolades for a great event---when in reality it was Dan's music and interaction with our guest. Now nearly a week after the party, I am still having guests tell me how he made the night special. And perhaps the best compliment---his songs are still going through my head! I would definitely recommend for your event---but if you can't wait that long--go watch and listen to him play when he is out and about! I am---and I know many of my guests are going to do the same!
My wife and I first encountered Dan at the 2015 German Village Art Crawl and were immediately captivated by the beauty of his music and the sincerity of his style. We stood mesmerized as each tune rolled off his guitar perfectly complemented by his dulcet voice. We purchased a copy of "The View from up Here" and vowed to have him play at a future event in our lives. I played the CD regularly and introduced the songs to my grandkids, especially my all time favorite, "Treehouses".
Well the event appeared. Once a year my company hosts an international conference and learning event, the Powder Coating Summit. We hold it downtown in our lab and across the street at the Westin Great Southern. Our guests were entertained by a couple sets of lovely music performed by Dan in our lab after the more formal reception at the hotel. We received compliment after compliment for arranging such a great performer that brought smiles to their faces.
Response from Dan Heidt:
Thanks so much Kevin. It really was a treat for me to be with you all!
Dan made our daughters wedding ceremony more then special. His timing was impeccable and his music was absolutely beautiful. We received many, many compliments!
Thank you Dan for a flawless performance and we're sooo happy that you were there!
Dan performed for a private event at our home this past weekend and was phenomenal! From the moment he arrived, he was professional, knew how to handle the area with setup and such (he doesn't need much room!) and just knocked it out of the park! In fact, the following day one of our neighbors who was not at our event came over to thank us for having such a wonderful concert - she had opened her doors and windows to enjoy Dan's music!! We will definitely be asking Dan back for another event!! Highly recommend him if you are in the market for some excellent singer-songwriter (think Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Jim Croce, John Denver) performances!
Dan played excellent background music for our outdoor portion of the wedding reception He was very professional, on time and reasonable I highly recommend him for entertainment and would hire him again in a heart beat
Dan Heidt is such an amazing talent and great to work with!
Hired Dan for a house party. He's an incredible musician, singer, and entertainer. Flexible to work with and a great guy. Everyone loved him - I will hire him again.
Response from Dan Heidt:
Thanks, Patrick! So glad to have had a chance to play for you and your great family and friends. It really was a great time!
Dan played at our end of summer bash party the last two years and he is absolutely phenomenal!! His voice is so incredibly clear his guitar playing fantastic. We'be already asked for him to come
back to play for our Christmas party as well. Truly a naturally gifted musician and a great person. We consider him an awesome musician and friend....
Book him!! (Just not on any days we're considering...lol)
Response from Dan Heidt:
Thanks, Danielle! It really was a blast. Looking forward to December! :-)
Dan was all around excellent! He responded to emails in a timely manner, learned "our song" for us, and arrived early to be ready for our wedding. I appreciated being able to listen to some examples of his work on YouTube prior to booking. The day was beautiful and the music flowed beautifully through the ceremony. I would definitely use Dan again for a future event and HIGHLY recommend him!
Response from Dan Heidt:
Thanks, Denny! What a perfect day! Congrats and best wishes to you both for happy life together!
Dan was awesome, crowd loved it! Sound was perfect and music was relevant, I plan on booking Dan again.
Birthday / Anniversary event. 54 guests. We are very pleased with Dan Heidt. On time. Pleasant, professional, friendly. Very good singing voice. Performed the songs we requested. All our guests enjoyed his singing and guitar playing. We would hire Dan again.
Dan performed on 6/28/14 for my company party - around 15 individuals. Dan's performance was exceptional, bringing both orginal and hit tunes to the venue. Dan is an accomplished guitar player and has an amazing voice. Dan was the consumate professional and had my guests dancing in the isles within minutes. He's truly amazing.
Dan did a fantastic job on a cover of a not well known song for our daughters wedding (father/daughter dance)! A true professional, easy to work with, etc. Not to mention, he is an excellent, innovative guitarist with a strong yet melodic voice. An excellent choice for any function. Thanks Dan!!
We have actually had Dan out for two different events. Both times, he was absolutely fantastic, leaving our guests raving about the entertainment and asking where they could find his music. In regard to the booking process, Dan was easy to reach, quite pleasant to work with, always professional, and his rates were very reasonable. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dan Heidt for any event you are planning.
Dan Heidt is a class act. An amazing finger style acoustic player with a voice like James Taylor. I can't wait to hire him again! Definitely a crowd please'r!
Dan is an excellent performer. The crowd agreed with that assesment.
What to Expect
I am a singer and songwriter. My range is wide, meaning I can keep it at a low and level with fingerpicking softer melodies, or can strum up some blues or folk with heavier lyrics and tone. I am versatile and can adjust the set according to the needs of the audience. I take every performance seriously and professionally, but I also truly have fun each time I play. I make it a rule to be at least 30 minutes early in order to be completely set up and ready to play when I am scheduled to begin.
I am a guitar player and singer/songwriter who has a handful of originals, but mostly play covers of songs from that Singer/Songwriter genre. My style is positive. I don't get political and I don't get depressing. The music can be summed up as "optimistic", I guess.
I have had great opportunities over the years to play in really neat venues. From Small Town Celebrations to Backyard Bonfires, I've played them all. Most notably, I was fortunate enough to provide the music for the James Taylor/Carole King Pre-Show Party in 2011 at the Schottenstein Center, here in Columbus, just before their concert, and then again when James brought his solo act to Columbus in 2014.
I have been playing guitar since I was about 11 years old. My father showed me the G, C, and D7 chord, and I took it from there. I listened to a lot of music growing up, and can remember long car rides as a kid on vacation in the backseat listening to John Denver, Kenny Rogers, and Loretta Lynn telling vivid stories through music, which I was able to play back in my mind's projector. I remember really liking what I was hearing, and today I am happy that I am able to tell others' stories and my own stories through music.
I would love to hear from you concerning an event you might have that I could be a good fit for.
Additional Booking Notes
In terms of equipment, I use at least one acoustic Taylor guitar (714CE, sometimes I bring a second Taylor 610CE LTD , with additional tunings), one 60 watt amp (or one 200 watt amp, depending on the venue size), one mic stand and mic, plus a small harmonizing effects pedal and a small sound mixer. I pack pretty light, and can normally get from my car to the setup spot in one trip without assistance.
Past Booked Events
|April 14, 2018 • 7:30pm - 8:15pm||Dinner Party|
|November 04, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|January 23, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 18, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|May 23, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 29, 2015||Fundraiser|
|June 22, 2014||Anniversary Party|
|June 07, 2014||Private Party|
|September 07, 2013||Wedding Reception|
By No Means in any order.... Here is a list of some of the songs I perform:
The Weight: The Band
Wildflowers: Tom Petty
Last Dance with Mary Jane: Tom Petty
Up on the Roof: Carole King
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: Carole King
You’ve Got A Friend: Carole King / JT
America: Simon & Garfunkel
Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard: Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge over Troubled Water: Simon & Garfunkel
Under the Boardwalk: The Drifters
Lighthouse: James Taylor (JT)
Carolina in My Mind: JT
You can Close Your Eyes: JT
Sweet Baby James: JT
Fire & Rain: JT
Something in the Way She Moves: JT
Frozen man: JT
Country Road: JT
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight: JT
The Water is Wide: JT / Traditional
We are Each Other’s Angels: Chuck Brodsky
Letters in the Dirt Chuck Brodsky
Jack & Diane: John Cougar Mellencamp
Into the Mystic: Van Morrison
Rocky Mountain High: John Denver
Country Roads: John Denver
Poems, Prayers & Promises: John Denver
Sunshine on my Shoulders: John Denver
At Last: Etta James
Marry Me: Train
All Of Me: John Legend
All Of Me: Frank Sinatra
When I Say I Do: Matthew West
What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong
Peaceful Easy Feeling: Eagles
Take it Easy Eagles
Heartache Tonight: Eagles
Hotel California: Eagles
I Want to Hold Your Hand: The Beatles
Come Together: The Beatles
Let It Be: The Beatles
I’ve just seen a Face: The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun The Beatles
Hey Jude: The Beatles
Something in the Way She Moves: The Beatles
When You Say Nothing At All: Allison Kraus
Paradise: John Prine
Angel From Montgomery: John Prine
For a Dancer: Jackson Browne
Song for Adam: Jackson Browne
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Trad.
Wasted on the Way: Crosby Stills & Nash
Superman: Five for Fighting
Come Monday: Jimmy Buffet
Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffet
Friend of the Devil: Grateful Dead
Gon’ Down The Road Feeling Bad: Grateful Dead
Old Time Rock & Roll: Bob Seger
Turn the Page: Bob Seger
Piano Man: Billy Joel
Live & Die: The Avett Brothers
You Swept me Away: The Avett Brothers
Murdered in the City: The Avett Brothers
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: U2
Fishing in the Dark: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Knee Deep: Zac Brown Band
You Were Always on My Mind: Willie Nelson
After the Goldrush: Neil Young
Unknown Legend: Neil Young
Rockin’ in the Free World: Neil Young
Blue Moon: Rogers & Hart
‘Til there was You: Meredith Wilson
Vincent: Don McLean
Imagine: John Lennon
Sweet Home Alabama: Lynyrd Skynryd
The Joker: Steve Miller Band
Have You Ever seen the Rain: CCR
Mightnight Special: CCR
Ramblin Man: Allman Brothers Band
Your Wildest Dreams: Moody Blues
Drift Away Dobie Gray
To Make You feel My Love: Bob Dylan
Caledonia: Dougie MacLean
This Love Will Carry Me: Dougie MacLean
Your Song: Elton John
Happy Together: The Turtles
I’ll Be There: Jackson 5
Lady in Red: Chris DeBurgh
Summer in the City: Lovin’ Spoonful
Folsom Prison Blues: Johnny Cash
Ring of Fire: Johnny Cash
Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Green Day
Overkill: Colin Hay
Send Me on My Way: Rusted Root
Should I Stay or Should I Go: The Clash
All Along the Watchtower: Bob Dylan
I’m Sailing Away: Styx
Rocky Top: Traditional
The Dance: Garth Brooks
Lovesong: The Cure
People Are Strange: The Doors
Love Me Two Times: The Doors
Roadhouse Blues: The Doors
Treehouses: Dan Heidt (DH)
Frosty Panic: DH
The Dream: DH
Another Song From That Summer: DH
Go Down Moses: DH
On Your Side: DH
Life to Life: DH
|Dan Heidt||Guitar, Vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
James Taylor, John Denver, Jackson Browne, David Wilcox, Graham Nash, Carol King, Chuck Brodsky, so many others.
no specific requirements other than access to an electrical source.