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Marc Dobson

Marc Dobson

2 reviews

About Marc Dobson

Picture the opening of Mary Poppins with Dick Van Dyke as a One Man Band, except on steroids. Called by done as a “musical illusion” performing a variety of music from the 50’s thru today, Marc may be the most advanced Real Standing One Man Band in the world. With interactive improv comedy, no two shows are alike.

Most of the summer & fall I travel performing at fairs across USA.

Also perform as:
- Just a guitar player/singer



April 1, 2012...Family gathering in Orlando,FL

By Terry R. on April 14, 2012

What a spectacular entertainer!!! with spectacular entertainment!!! to complete such a spectacular gathering of family!!!

Review by Sean M.

By Sean M. on June 16, 2010

Leave it to Mark to come up with an ingenuitive entertainment concept like this! Be it his solo act, variety bands or now his "One Man Rocs" mechanical/acoustical/musical contraption (How else do you describe it?), Mark will "ROC" your event!

Hired as: One Man Band, Caribbean/Island Music, Classic Rock Band, Cover Band, Guitarist, Harmonica Player, Jimmy Buffett Tribute, Multi-Instrumentalist, Neil Diamond Tribute, Singing Guitarist, Wedding Band

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: $600 to $4,000
  • Insurance: $5,000,000 - Liability Insurance
  • Languages: English


The One Man Band... a true novelty act One Man Band, all live and mechanically controlled. A variety of serious music performance with sketched and improv comedy.

DUO, BAND and TROPICAL: much of the solo act aspects carry over depending on buyers request to stick to a format.

NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE: Typically this is a full on Tribute show. I stay in character. No webcast or requests. I give audience and interactive presentation of Neil Diamond.

Additional Booking Notes

I have self contained production for audiences up to 300 people ***depending on venue and buyer requirements***

Front speakers: 2,000 watts total.
Lights: 6 small par cans.

Power requirements:
Small PA (100 people or less) 1- 20amp circuit
Big PA (100 people or more) 3- 20 amp circuits or a 60amp drop.

* For Solo Neil Diamond Tribute Shows, preference is additional sound and light men.


I remember day dreaming of being a one man band around age 14, I think. About 24 years later, in March 2010 I decided to become ‘The One Man Band’ after seeing a rare gig lead for one. I did not just decide to do it and learn it. It’s taken a combination of skills I am passionate about and am lucky to have reason to work on. The learning has not taken a specific amount of time. I’ve more or less “morphed” into it from a life time of performing music for a living. At age 17 I became busker (street performer) and attempted to build a backpack drum kit but did not have resources to make it work. Then, I got a partial BA of Music and gigged… on streets to arenas and every venue type in between. I’ve worked solo (with drum machines and backing tracks before the word “Karaoke” existed), in bands, in comedy troupes and even with a few national acts. Fast forward to 2010, armed with a garage full of power tools, steady solo bar gigs to test run and a belief I could do something most people can’t comprehend, I built a backpack drum kit that has worked beyond my expectations. I added harmonica to my tool belt and successfully experimented with guitar effects to produce a bass line while playing guitar. For now, I play 9.5 instruments at once and truly rival the performance of a 3 or 4 piece band.

Past Booked Events

May 03, 2013 Convention

The team providing the talent:

Marc Dobson

The One Man Band

Set List

There is not enough room in this Gig Salad field to list all the songs I cover. Please see:

Influences & Inspiration

Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Eagles, Beatles, Eric Clapton, John Cougar, CCR and many more.

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Marc Dobson to find out what their setup requirements are.

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