“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.
Greg was fantastic! We wanted an upbeat and cool vibe for a company party at our office, and he was perfect for the gig. Very professional, prepared, and has a great sound.
We hired Greg for my husband's 50th birthday party/pre-ACL Fest party. We loved him! Absolutely fun, polite, and talented. When I found him on GigSalad he was so fast to respond to my inquiry and sent me additional videos without being asked. He was great with touching base leading up to the event and showed in plenty of time to set up and was ready to go as guests arrived. If we could name it, he could play it. Guests watched in shock that there wasn't background music playing with him. It was all done via his foot pedal and hands. I highly recommend Greg for any event. You won't be disappointed.
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)
I planned a surprise birthday party for my husband’s 50th birthday and Greg was absolutely amazing. He is easy to talk too and his response time for booking was immediate. He went above and beyond to accommodate our needs during the surprise. He was early and stayed late. Greg is a very talented musician, and every single guest commented on how awesome he was. I highly recommend him for your next event, be it big or small Greg fits right in. I can’t wait to hire him again!
Greg did a fantastic job at our event! Looking forward to having him out again next year!!
Greg was easy to work with and put on a great show. My attendees enjoyed hearing him loop his own background music, it really added to the experience and the show. His set up was smooth as he came with all of his own equipment and lighting too! Can't wait to have Greg back for next year!
Greg is incredibly talented and an absolute pleasure to have at my event. My guests loved him, he was super engaging and should really have a record of his own out.
We had Greg play at our National Night Out event this year, and he was a hit! Our residents really enjoyed the song selection, and the unique way he made the songs come to life. Greg showed up on time, with the equipment needed, and even performed a little past our ending time. Super friendly, very professional, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great musical act for their event.
- Ben Junot, Lifestyle Director
Bryson Community Homeowner's Association
We threw our friend a birthday party at our house; Greg was a welcomed addition to the festivities. He played a wide range of music (great voice) and everyone raved about how great his performance was. This was easily money well spent. I’d book Greg again in a heartbeat.
Greg was so professional, genuinely nice, and had an amazing sound! He really added to our event and residents Loved him!
Greg did such an amazing job. He was early, accommodating, affordable, and engaging. Everyone felt like they were at a concert. Upbeat and popular songs were played. Would book in a heartbeat!
We hired Greg for an outside party for entertainment. He was on time and ready to go with all the equipment. He’s very good, seeing the situation and taking control and understanding what was needed. I can’t say enough about his entertainment value. We had many customers asking about him and saying how great he was! Will absolutely have him back for more events in the future.
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.
What to Expect
"My favorite local musician! Absolutely amazing at what he does. We hired him to play at our wedding!" - 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 watching me "build" each song live with the loop pedal while others just enjoy the music.
I like to dress up for my performances. My photos show what I will basically look like at your event. You can expect me to be on time, courteous, professional and..... entertaining :)
“Fantastic performance with a large range of music that kept everyone entertained and dancing. Greg was playing on a boat and even easily moved to the open air upper deck once the sun set. He set up quickly and is very professional. For those who throw parties-you know that MUSIC is one of the most IMPORTANT aspects.. Hire Greg, take the stress off, as you WON'T be disappointed.”
Review by Lisa W.
“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 Array Type PA system (JBL Eon One) that has plenty of volume for most lounges, parties, restaurants and small bars.
-Some very basic lighting for the "stage" area,
-A mic and mic stand. which you can also use if needed for announcements etc.
- For large venues and audiences, I can bring a full size PA system (includes 2 sub-woofers).
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 can run a playlist of songs through it and dial in the sound for you.
Past Booked Events
|February 20, 2020 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|December 07, 2019 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||House Party|
|November 12, 2019 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|November 11, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:30pm||House Party|
|October 27, 2019 • 6:30pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event|
|October 11, 2019 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|October 05, 2019 • 11:00am - 1:30pm||Birthday Party|
|September 27, 2019 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||House Party|
|August 17, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||House Party|
|July 19, 2019 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Corporate Event|
|July 05, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 30, 2019 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Product Promotion|
|April 10, 2019 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Grand Opening|
Style - Taylor Swift
Better Now - Post Malone
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
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
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Stuck in the Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
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
Doin Time - Sublime
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.
I do require a well shaded area to perform under if the gig is outdoors during daylight hours. This is simply so that I can see the indicator lights on my loop station foot pedals. They are very difficult to see in direct sunlight.