Often dubbed "Cat Stevens meets Adam Levine," David is a pop/rock singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area who has shared the stage with/opened for an eclectic mix of acts both solo and with his full band, including Maroon 5, Toby Keith, Owl City, Journey and Eric Hutchinson, to name a few. He has also been a featured act for the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals and the Citi Open (formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic). With a repertoire of over 500 songs when playing solo, including acoustic top 40 from the '60s to now, as well as original material in the singer-songwriter realm, he performs with any format from solo to a 4-piece rock band.
Dave was a big hit at our condo's cocktail event. Everyone enjoyed his music, both covers and originals. He was on-time and very professional throughout the event and we'd love to have him back.
David was a pleasure to work with. He is an extremely talented artist, great to have at any event.
I booked David to perform while I proposed to my girlfriend. It took a fair amount of coordination between him and the photographer I booked and David came through with flying colors. He was battling a sinus infection, but still managed to perform brilliantly. Highly recommend his services; very professional and talented musician for a great price.
He was a life saver. Was a last minute gig for him but he cane 150% through. Learned three new songs in hours for my planned surprise for my husband. He was just the best surprise not only for my husband but for me. Was a great pleasure to meet David and see him perform by himself and with my husband. Will be booking him again. A must hire for any event.
David is a great artist to have at your party! I hired him for my corporate event, and he kept the party going with fun music all night long! He made the atmosphere of the party more lively and happy. He was also very professional, and very easy to work with!
David was perfect for our house party. Very flexible and even played longer than originally scheduled. Great catalog of music and good with song requests. I would definitely recommend David and would have him play again. Thanks.
David was professional, happy, showed emotion for us on our wedding day, and even changed up the set list last minute as we ran out of time. A total pro! Thank you David!
We had a crab feast for around seventy people. David was outstanding. He paid close attention making sure that he did not disturb the conversations going on and yet loud enough to be heard. Everyone loved the music which seemed to fit listeners who come from all different walks of life with many different tastes in music. He was a big hit at our party.
David performed at our four-year-old's birthday party and we could not have been happier with his performance. Not only was he a polished professional with smooth vocals, but he was also so pleasant and accommodating throughout the entire process.
He provided us a song list in advance that gave us hundreds of songs to choose from, and he gave us the option to select songs in advance or collect on-the-spot requests at the party. Because his performance was sort of a gift to our son in itself, we helped select the song list in advance, and chose our son's favorites. Even though our son enjoys a number of classic rock hits, we wanted to also cater to the greater audience and David suggested a handful of kids songs he could weave into the set. He even learned Wheels on the Bus at our son's request. He also learned Get Off of My Cloud at my son's request (and yes, we realize this is your atypical request combo).
David could not have been a more perfect fit for the party. David confessed to being new to this age group, but he was a natural and the kids adored the live concert he played. And, because he wasn't your typical kiddie performer, he was far more tolerable to the adult guests (particularly our au pair who instantly developed a crush when he started his first song).
We only have great things to say about David and would hire him again in an heartbeat. We had a number of guests also asking about him, so it looks like we'll be fighting our friends for his service in the future! If you're looking for a seasoned performer who has a spectacular singer-songwriter-style voice, expansive experience on the guitar, and is just a nice all-around guy, you will not disappointed by reaching out to David.
What to Expect
This really depends on what's needed at each particular venue/event. David always makes an effort to try and fit with the flow/feel wherever he's playing. Some performances, like many wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours he's performed, require a more intimate, laid back type of performance, sometimes as background music. Others, like bars and clubs, tend to need something more driving, upbeat, and "up front," so people can dance. He can provide both of these, or something in between even, depending on the circumstances and what's desired.
After studying music composition and performance at Salisbury University, David migrated from the small-town atmosphere of his youth on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, where he has since been playing music for a living. He now performs regularly along the mid-Atlantic region of the US, occasionally touring in other parts of the country as well. In the process, he has developed a strong fan base and attracted attention from many well-known names in the music industry and beyond, from Performing Songwriter magazine to Dean Dinning of Toad the Wet Sprocket to Ben Stein.
With his addictive melodies, a soulful vocal style and an off-the-beaten-path kind of pop-sensibility, David is steadily becoming a well-known performer on the East Coast. He has shared the stage with/opened for an eclectic mix of acts both solo and with his full band, including Maroon 5, Toby Keith, Owl City, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Night Ranger, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Graham Colton and Virginia Coalition. He has also been a featured act for the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals and the Citi Open (formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic).
Additional Booking Notes
David is able to provide all the production (lights, staging, sound, etc), but if some or all of that is provided, that works as well. The specifics would depend on whether he's being hired as a solo performer or with the duo, trio, or 4-piece band. He's pretty flexible and easy to work with in this area, and this can be discussed depending on the scenario. Feel free to inquire about more specifics, though, if needed.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 27, 2018 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
Past Booked Events
|February 28, 2018 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 14, 2018 • 10:00pm - 10:15pm||Surprise|
|February 10, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|January 31, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 23, 2017 • 7:00pm - 7:15pm||Christmas Party|
|November 20, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|November 11, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||House Concert|
|November 04, 2017 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|October 28, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 14, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||House Party|
|September 27, 2017 • 5:30pm - 10:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 09, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Holiday Party (Other)|
|August 26, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||House Party|
|July 18, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|May 23, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Surprise|
|November 08, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:30pm||Corporate Event|
|October 11, 2016 • 7:00pm - 7:30pm||Cultural Event|
|October 01, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||House Party|
|September 17, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Surprise|
|June 18, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Graduation|
|May 31, 2016–June 01, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||Seacrets, Ocean City, MD|
|May 29, 2016 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Pusser's, Annapolis, MD|
|May 28, 2016 • 6:00pm - 11:30pm||Wedding, Washington, DC|
|May 27, 2016–May 28, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||Quincy's, Gaithersburg, MD|
|May 24, 2016 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm||Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, DC|
|May 22, 2016 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding reception, Falls Church, VA|
|May 21, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|May 20, 2016–May 21, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||Quincy's South, Rockville, MD|
|May 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Daniel O'Connell's, Alexandria, VA|
|May 15, 2016 • 3:00pm - 7:00pm||Happy Harbor, Deale, MD|
|May 14, 2016–May 15, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||The Greene Turtle, Gambrills, MD|
|May 13, 2016–May 14, 2016 • 10:00pm - 1:00am||World of Beer One Loudon, Ashburn, VA|
|May 13, 2016 • 3:00pm - 7:00pm||The Jetty, Grasonville, MD|
|May 12, 2016–May 13, 2016 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Federal House, Annapolis, MD|
|May 11, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Westwood Shpping Center, Bethesda, MD|
|May 10, 2016–May 11, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||Seacrets, Ocean City, MD|
|May 08, 2016 • 2:00pm - 6:00pm||Tim's Rivershore, Dumfries, VA|
|May 07, 2016 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Seacrets, Ocean City, MD|
|May 06, 2016–May 07, 2016 • 10:00pm - 1:30am||Bushwaller's, Frederick, MD|
|May 05, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Union Jack's, Annapolis, MD|
|May 04, 2016–May 05, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||Ned Devine's, Herndon, VA|
|May 01, 2016 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm||Hidden Brook Winery, Leesburg, VA|
|April 30, 2016–May 01, 2016 • 9:30pm - 12:30am||John Strongbow's, Alexandria, VA|
|April 29, 2016–April 30, 2016 • 10:00pm - 1:30am||Daniel O'Connell's, Alexandria, VA|
|April 28, 2016–April 29, 2016 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Federal House, Annapolis, MD|
|April 27, 2016 • 10:45am - 12:00pm||Funeral, Gaithersburg, MD|
|April 24, 2016 • 2:00pm - 6:00pm||Dockside, Tracys Landing, MD|
|April 23, 2016–April 24, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||Seacrets, Ocean City, MD|
|April 23, 2016 • 10:30am - 11:15am||Birthday (Child)|
|April 22, 2016–April 23, 2016 • 9:00pm - 1:00am||Quincy's South, Rockville, MD|
|March 31, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Federal House, Annapolis, MD 8p-12a|
|March 27, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, VA 1p-5p|
|March 26, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Seacrets, Ocean City, MD 9p-1a|
|March 26, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wegmans, Germantown, MD 12p-3p|
|March 25, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Bushwaller's, Frederick, MD 10p-1:30a|
|March 18, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Quincy's South, Rockville, MD 9p-1a|
|March 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Daniel O'Connell's, Alexandria, VA 5:30p-1a|
|March 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Greene Turtle, Gambrills, MD 9p-1a|
|March 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, Washington, DC 9a-12p|
|March 11, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Daniel O'Connell's, Alexandria, VA 10p-1:30a|
|March 09, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ireland's Four Courts, Arlington, VA 9p-1a|
|March 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Greene Turtle, Annapolis, MD 8p-12a|
|March 04, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Quincy's, Gaithersburg, MD 9p-1a|
|March 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||World of Beer, Reston, VA 9p-12a|
|March 02, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ned Devine's, Herndon, VA 9p-1a|
|February 27, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Seacrets, Ocean City, MD 5p-9p|
|February 26, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Quincy's South, Rockville, MD 9p-1a|
|February 24, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Greene Turtle, Pasadena, MD 5p-9p|
|February 21, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, VA 1pm-3pm|
|February 20, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, VA 1p-5p|
|February 20, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||World of Beer, Arlington, VA 10p-1a|
|February 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Brickside, Bethesda, MD 10p-1a|
|February 18, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Daniel O'Connell's, Alexandria, VA 7p-11p|
|February 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ireland's Four Courts, Arlington, VA 9p-1a|
|February 14, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Bidwell, Washington, DC 6p-8p|
|February 13, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Greene Turtle, Gambrills, MD 9p-1a|
|February 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Bushwaller's, Frederick, MD 10p-1:30a|
Recent sample set list:
BUBBLE TOES - JACK JOHNSON
OB LA DI - THE BEATLES
SLIDE - GOO GOO DOLLS
HO HEY – THE LUMINEERS
WONDERWALL – OASIS
ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU - HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH
WAGON WHEEL - OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
WAKE ME UP - AVICII
HOME - PHILLIP PHILLIPS
BROWN-EYED GIRL - VAN MORRISON
JACK N DIANE - JOHN MELLENCAMP
FAITH – GEORGE MICHAEL
COUNTRY ROADS - JOHN DENVER
BLISTER IN THE SUN - VIOLENT FEMMES
LAID - JAMES
TAKE ME TO CHURCH - HOZIER
ROYALS - LORDE
FORGET YOU - CEE LO GREEN
VALERIE - MARK RONSON FT. AMY WINEHOUSE
RUDE - MAGIC!
SANTERIA - SUBLIME
IGNITION (REMIX) - R. KELLY
POMPEII - BASTILLE
BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP - THE FOUNDATIONS
RUN AROUND - BLUES TRAVELER
ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG - BILLY JOEL
TWO PRINCES - SPIN DOCTORS
SWEET CAROLINE - NEIL DIAMOND
HEY JEALOUSY - GIN BLOSSOMS
I WANT YOU TO WANT ME - CHEAP TRICK
INSIDE OUT - EVE 6
ANIMAL - NEON TREES
GET LUCKY - DAFT PUNK
CAN’T FEEL MY FACE - THE WEEKND
I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES) – THE PROCLAIMERS
COUNTING STARS - ONEREPUBLIC
SUMMER OF ’69 – BRYAN ADAMS
I'M SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON - DROPKICK MURPHYS
TAKE ME OUT - FRANZ FERDINAND
SEMI-CHARMED LIFE - THIRD EYE BLIND
THE MIDDLE - JIMMY EAT WORLD
UPTOWN FUNK - BRUNO MARS
SHUT UP AND DANCE - WALK THE MOON
AMERICAN GIRL - TOM PETTY
MY OWN WORST ENEMY - LIT
*Full song list of about 500 songs available upon request. David also passes out this list at solo and duo performances for people to make song requests, when appropriate.
Influences & Inspiration
When playing covers with the band, one could say they add a slight '90s tinge to everything. Where original music is concerned, some of David's biggest influences are Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles, Nirvana, Tool, Incubus and many other '90s groups.
Access to power
Preferably a tent/cover of some sort for outdoor performances