Phil Hodges offers a wide variety of music genres for whatever event you've got going on.
In addition to instrumental solo classical guitar for events such as weddings, art shows, or restaurants, he also plays and sings acoustic covers of popular songs ranging anywhere from 60's classics and 80's new wave to 90's and 2000's alternative rock. He also plays indie, jazz, and contemporary pop.
Let Phil know how he can make your event better!
Phil was really great! We booked him last minute within less than 24 hours and he showed up with the type of music we needed for our event. He was quick to get set and knew exactly how to play for our group. He was fantastic! Very talented and we all really enjoyed listening to him.
Response from Phil Hodges:
Thanks, Meg! I had a great time!
Phil was the perfect touch for our company dinner party. Timely, professional, friendly, flexible, and of course very talented.
Price Range: $150 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Here's what you can expect when you book me for a gig:
It'll probably take about 30 minutes or so for me to set up my equipment and get a quick sound check in. Once I get everything up and running, I'll start playing and/or singing - whichever one you hired me for.
As a kid, I liked oldies from the 60's and classic rock from the 70's. At 15, I began taking classical guitar lessons and started listening to bands like Radiohead and Beck. Recently, I've come to enjoy not just classics from the 1960's such as the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, but also more recent groups and artists from the 1990's and 2000's on.
As I mentioned in the general information, in addition to playing the acoustic guitar and singing popular songs, I also play the classical guitar (solo, instrumental).
Additional Booking Notes
I don't take up that much room by myself. :)
However, for most gigs, I'll need to set up a sound system - which, right now is comprised of a medium-sized (but weighs a ton) mixer, two speakers and speaker towers, one (or two) mics and mic stands. I'll also need a chair - I can stand if I'm playing and singing, but for some songs I prefer to sit, and for classical guitar, I'll definitely need to sit. And I'll bring a music stand.
In addition to the mixer, the speakers, the mic(s)/mic stand(s), a chair and music stand, there are also a few cables that go along with everything. As long as I'm able to set up near an outlet, the cables and wires should be localized and out of the way.
Upcoming Booked Events
|March 29, 2018 • 8:30am - 9:00am||Personal Occasion|
|April 14, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm||Surprise|
Past Booked Events
|March 22, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Corporate Event|
|March 22, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Corporate Event|
|January 27, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Dinner Party|
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I'm always learning new songs. This merely serves as a core list of songs that you may or may not hear at a gig. Please feel free to make requests.
Also, there are TWO lists here. The first is comprised of covers that I'll sing and play on the guitar, if that's what you hired me for. The second is comprised of instrumental classical guitar pieces that I play.
In no particular order...
Stone Temple Pilots: Lady Picture Show, Interstate Love Song, Plush, Creep
Alice in Chains: Rooster
Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun
Elton John: Someone Saved my Life Tonight, Rocketman, Yellow Brick Road, Daniel
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under the Bridge
Billy Joel: Piano Man, Movin’ Out, Italian Restaurant, New York State of Mind
Simon & Garfunkel: Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer, America, Only Living Boy in New York, Bridge Over Troubled Water, I Am a Rock, Homeward Bound, Fakin’ It, Hazy Shade of Winter, Old Friends/Bookends, For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her, Kathy’s Song, So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright, Scarborough Fair
Van Morrison: Moondance, Brown-eyed Girl
Jazz Standards: Fly me to the Moon, Autumn Leaves, Black Coffee, Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars), Cry Me a River, All of Me
Coldplay: Fix You, Clocks, Viva la Vida
Jason Mraz: Lucky, I’m Yours
Ed Sheeran: Thinking Out Loud
Beatles: If I Fell, She’s Leaving Home, Fixing a Hole, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Yesterday, I’m So Tired, Hey Jude, We Can Work it Out, In My Life, Blackbird, Hello, Goodbye, Here Comes the Sun, Strawberry Fields Forever, Eleanor Rigby, Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Penny Lane, And I Love Her, Baby, You’re a Rich Man, Back in the U.S.S.R., Because, Dear Prudence, Girl, Get Back, The Fool on the Hill, For No One, Free as a Bird, Golden Slumbers, Help, Here, There and Everywhere, Honey Pie, I Me Mine, I Saw Her Standing There, I Will, I’m Only Sleeping, Lady Madonna, The Long and Winding Road, Magical Mystery Tour, Michelle, Norwegian Wood, Something, Ticket to Ride, Till There Was You, Two of Us, When I’m Sixty-Four, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Your Mother Should Know, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, With a Little Help From my Friends
Grizzly Bear: Two Weeks
Radiohead: Creep, Fake Plastic Trees, No Surprises, Karma Police, Exit Music (for a film), High and Dry, Just, Nice Dream, Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was, The Tourist, Knives Out, Paranoid Android
Beck: Lonesome Tears, Lost Cause, Paper Tiger, Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime, Girl
Tropicalia, Guess I’m Doing Fine, Nobody’s Fault but My Own, Jackass, Sing it Again, We Live Again, O Maria, Golden Age
Weezer: Say It Ain’t So, Only in Dreams, My Name is Jonas, Island in the Sun, The World Has Turned and Left Me Here, Susanne, Devotion
Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah
Elvis Presley: I Can’t Help Falling in Love, Love Me Tender
One Republic: Apologize
Flaming Lips: Race for the Prize, Flight Test, Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
Andrew Bird: Imitosis, Souverian, Fiery Crash, Armchairs, Effigy, Fitz and the Dizzyspells, Sovay, Oh No
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Fortunate Son, Who’ll Stop the Rain?, Long as I Can See the Light
Beach Boys: Wouldn’t it be Nice?, God Only Knows, Sloop John B., Warmth of the Sun
Caroline, No, Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), Forever
Fleetwood Mac: Landslide
Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams
Joe Cocker: You Are So Beautiful
Band of Horses: Is There a Ghost, No One’s Gonna Love You, Marry Song, Detlef Schrempf, Window Blues
Everly Brothers: All I Have to Do is Dream, Bye Bye, Love, Let it Be Me
John Denver: Leaving on a Jet Plane
James Taylor: Carolina on My Mind, Fire and Rain
Tom Petty: Free Fallin', Learning to Fly, Wildflowers
Neil Young: Harvest Moon, Old Man, Heart of Gold, Needle and the Damage Done
Phantogram: 16 Years
Jump, Little Children: Cathedrals, Mexico, The Dim and the Dark
Smashing Pumpkins: Today, 1979, Disarm
The Fray: How to Save a Life
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs, Wasted Hours
Bill Withers: Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone, Lean on Me
Nirvana: All Apologies
U2: Mysterious Ways, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for, With or Without You
The Police: Roxanne, Walking on the Moon, Every Breath You Take, Fields of Gold
The Animals: The House of the Rising Sun
The Association: Never My Love
Stevie Wonder: Superstition, Livin’ for the City, Isn’t She Lovely
Tears for Fears: Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Pink Floyd: Us and Them, Comfortably Numb
REM: Losing my Religion
Cat Stevens: Wild World, Morning Has Broken
Norah Jones: Don’t Know Why, Come Away With Me
Monkees: I’m a Believer
David Bowie: Space Oddity, Starman
Violent Femmes: Blister in the Sun
21 Pilots: House of Gold
Otis Redding: Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
George Ezra: Budapest
Black Crowes: She Talks to Angels
Don McClean: American Pie
CLASSICAL GUITAR REPERTOIRE...
Anonymous: Catalonian Song, Spanish Romance
J. S. Bach: Air on a G String, Prelude 1 in C major (BWV 846), Prelude from BWV 998, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Prelude in D minor (BWV 999), Prelude from Cello Suite 1
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
Jorge Cardoso: Milonga
Francois Couperin: Mysterious Barricades
Vincenzo Galilei: Saltarello
George Frederick Handel: Sarabande and Variations
Francis Kleynjans: Arpege, Humoresque, Petite Valse Intime et Sentimentale, Simple Melodie, Valse
Jorge Morel: Danza Brasilera in A minor
Manuel Ponce: Prelude 1
Franz Schubert: Ave Maria
Fernando Sor: Estudio 1 in C major, Estudio 2 in C major, Estudio 5 in B minor, Estudio 6 in D major,
Francisco Tarrega: Capricho Arabe, Lagrima, Prelude 1, Prelude 2, Endecha, Adelita
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Mazurka, Schottish Choro, Valse, Prelude 1, Prelude 5
Yuquijiro Yocoh: Sakura Theme and Variations (trad., arr. Yuquijiro Yocoh)
Influences & Inspiration
My influences definitely include the Beatles, as is the case with most musicians today. They were what I listened to the most as a 12-year-old as I learned to play the guitar.
Around the same time period, I also loved Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simon & Garfunkel, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Nirvana, Beethoven and Bach. Quite the variety, I know. But I loved them all for different reasons, and altogether they influenced me in my formative years as a musician.
A little later as a 15-year-old, I started taking classical guitar lessons, and my influences changed a little. I found that I really loved the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian classical guitarist/composer of the early-to-mid 20th century. He was an intense and eclectic mix of classical and jazz music (particularly bossa nova). From there, I found that I loved bossa nova and other jazz genres.
As great as the Beatles had been as a musical influence, probably my foremost influence has been Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, with whom I started to develop a special fascination when I was about 19 after I first heard Heroes & Villains. I of course knew of the Beach Boys, but I was only familiar with the radio songs. It wasn't until I listened to Pet Sounds and a little later snippets from SMiLE that I truly began to appreciate - to the point of obsession - Brian Wilson's vocal/symphonic arrangements and recording studio prowess.
I continue to find more influences the more music I listen to. I listen to the Bad Plus (a progressive jazz trio), Grizzly Bear (an indie group from Massachusetts...I admire the guitarist especially, Dan Rosen), Andrew Bird (virtuoso violinist/whistler and indie artist), and many others.
So, when you listen to me sing and play, you'll probably hear bits and pieces of all these artists I've mentioned and more. You'll hear a little classical, some jazz...and lot of soul. :)
A chair with no arms would be nice. If you can't provide one, I'll bring my own.