“Greg Despins is an all 'round, great entertainer. Music and vocals were well received by our full house! “ - Louise W. Owner of Jef's Cafe.
Greg Despins is new to GigSalad! He is a one-man-band who uses looping and effects pedals to make his guitar also sound like drums, bass, and keyboards. He layers these different parts together live and then sings and plays lead guitar on top of that, which is an art form on its own. Greg is the resident musician at CU29 Cocktail Bar in downtown Austin. His sets include mostly 80’s, 90’s and modern pop cover songs. Greg is getting great reviews playing gigs around Austin where he creates a larger than life atmosphere at different clubs and events.
We hired Greg for our hotel's Grand Opening event and he was absolutely amazing, definitely one of the highlights of the event. Guests enjoyed it, complementing Greg and his talent.
Response from Greg Despins:
Thanks for the great review, Aliya! I had a fantastic time performing at the Grand Opening! It’s a beautiful hotel and the guests were really fun :)
(Hilton Homewood Suites - Downtown Austin)
Greg plays an amazing mix of new and old school. He has an amazing sound! We were so lucky to experience him live in Austin. A pleasant surprise!
Greg is great! He plays every Sunday, he gets people laughing and dancing all night! We love Greg and hope to see him back soon!!!
Greg really knows how to read his audience and plays/sings music to please the crowd
Greg has played at Tannins a few times, and each time delivers a professional, customer appreciated, and visual entertainment that fits our ambiance. Definitely someone to book for your next event.
Price Range: $125-500
Gig Length: 30 - 200 minutes
What to Expect
"My favorite local musician! Absolutely amazing at what he does. We've actually hired him to play at our wedding next year!" - Lauren Page
My performances deliver a great mix of the '80s, 90's and modern pop songs with the occasional song from other genre's (country, blues, rock, R&B). I can play small intimate venues by dialing back the volume and singing with a more gentle, lounge type vocal. Or... I can crank it up and get people dancing in small and large venues. Some people are very much entertained by just watching me "build" each song live with the loop pedal while others just enjoy the music.
I typically play two or three 50 minute sets with a short break between sets, however, I can play for 2 hours straight if need be.
I like to dress up for my performances (unless it's really hot). My photos show what I will basically look like at your event.
You can expect me to be on time, courteous, professional and..... entertaining :)
“We had the pleasure of having Greg Despins perform at our bar and he did NOT disappoint. What an incredibly talented and kind soul. We received a plethora of compliments from attendees for the next week after he played. Marvelous. “ -Live City Staff
Greg hails from the small northern town of The Pas, Canada but eventually found his way to Texas after earning a degree in Engineering. He soon after fell in love with music and began writing songs. After receiving some airplay, he became focused on performing with a uniquely engineer inspired approach. Experimenting with loop pedals and effects, he was able to create a one man band. Greg now resides in Austin where he sings, plays guitar and creates a larger than life atmosphere at clubs and events all over.
Additional Booking Notes
I will bring the following to every performance:
-Small, single tower type PA system,
-Some very basic lighting for the "stage" area,
-A mic and mic stand. which you can also use if needed for announcements etc.
For larger venues and audiences, I can bring a full size PA system (includes sub-woofers) for an additional $200.
You are also welcome to use all my sound equipment to play recorded music before and after my performance as long as we work out the general details at the time of booking. The equipment is Bluetooth compatible. I don't really DJ but I can run a playlist of songs through it and dial in the sound for you.
Past Booked Events
|April 10, 2019 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Grand Opening|
No Diggity - Black Street
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Castle on a Hill - Ed Sheeran
Chandelier - Sia
Doses and Mimosas - Cherub
Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Broken - Lovely the Band
Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
With or Without You - U2
Young Dumb & Broke - DJ Khalid
Like a Stone - Audio Slave
Slow Hands - Neill Horan
I Think I'm in Love - Beck
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
Puttin on the Ritz - Taco
Chainsaw - Nick Jonas
Hang me up to Dry - Cold War Kids
Rip Tide - Vance Joy
Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Islands in the Sun - Weezer
Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt
She's a Mystery - Roy Orbison
Wicked Game - Chris Issac
Goodbye Horses - Q Lazarus
Heartbeats - The Knife
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cindy Lauper
I Cant Feel My Face - The Weekend (acoustic version)
Never There - Cake
New Orleans is Sinking - The Tragically Hip
Love Song - The Cure
Billy Jean - (Acoustic Version)
For small shows I bring a single speaker tower PA which only requires a single power outlet.
For larger shows / venues - I can bring a full size PA system for an additional $200. It requires at least two power outlets.