Steven King is the big fish on guitar in the Inland Northwest USA, no one comes close to his expertise, repertoire, precision, and fine musicianship. His solo guitar work, perfectly amplified not to overpower, is compelling and beautiful, easy on the ears, and he sounds like a trio just by himself. Styles include classical, jazz, pop, show tunes, ballroom variety. Available for ceremonies, parties, ambiance, dance music, special events. Will travel up to 150 miles from Spokane.
For weddings, your solo guitar ceremony music is half price when you also order Steven's band, SWEET MUSIC, for the reception or cocktails or both. A small combo with a big complete sound, all styles, delightful.
Steven King was "FANTASTIC" with his sweet soft guitar playing. From Steven's easy-listening sets, one could get thrills from his supple melodic work, his precise runs, and his occasionally offkilter surprises. The warm, seductive tones Steven King gets from his guitar are quite beguiling, as well. One could call Steven's guitar playing a seminar on how to attract a listener’s ears with subtle beauty, rather than brashnesse. Steven was also gracious enough to extend his stay and entertain all in attendance with his wonderful guitar playing than was originally agreed to.
Response from Steven King, full variety guitarist &/or Sweet Music band:
Thanks Jim! Happy to serve. SK
Steven played at the 95th Anniversary Dinner for the VFW Post 889 in Coeur D'Alene. The music selection was excellently chosen for the people attending and well played. It was not overly loud where people couldn't talk and socialize, but you always heard beautiful music playing in the background. Absolutely lovely. There was also a nice array of patriotic songs as well that Steven played at the appropriate times. Steven seemed to know exactly when to bring that into the mix.
It's been two days since Steven played at our event, and we have gotten excellent feedback from those in attendance. We look forward to working with Steven again for future events. This gentleman is a very accomplished musician.
Steven was awesome. He is very talented and knew exactly what kind of music to play for my Mom's birthday. All of the guests commented on the entertainment. Thank you!
Response from Steven King, full variety guitarist &/or Sweet Music band:
Thanks Anji. It was a joy to play and sing for your mom, and family. Steven
Price Range: $200 and up.
Gig Length: 15 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
• Your ensemble is led by master guitarist Steven King, International Fingerstyle Championship winner!
• Microphones and PA system, so music, speeches and toasts are heard and appreciated.
• Non-overbearing emcee service, guiding scheduled events smoothly to keep your timing as planned.
• Early arrival and set up so you know everything is perfectly on schedule. Never a set up fee.
• Professional musicians that can play classical, jazz, rock, swing, country, ballroom, latin, ethnic, & broadway.
• Your musicians are dressed in tuxedos and black tie, unless you prefer a more casual or theme attire.
• Atmosphere MP3 music played softly on breaks when requested. We have music or you can supply it.
• A repertoire that is UNMATCHED in the industry. If you don't see your special song on our website list, just ask!
• You may peruse our web song list and formulate ALL the music we will play, or let us choose from your styles.
• Optional cocktail music segment with Fingerstyle Champion Steven King on solo guitar.
• Your choice of instrumental dance music, atmosphere music, or include female and male vocals with harmony.
• Hire your Steven King reception band and you get a discount on your ceremony music.
Steven King, World-acclaimed champion Solo Fingerstyle Guitarist, and his dance band “Sweet Music” is unmatched in variety repertoire & expert musicianship, with a mix of contemporary, jazz, show tunes, classical and big band swing, and covers dance music from the 1920’s through present day!
Available for ceremony, cocktails and reception dance music. Wedding Music Specialists, both ceremony & reception! Sweet Music will bring back your cherished childhood and school memories with his selections of music from past eras... songs to make your guests and relatives want to sing along and dance! Whether solo, duo, trio, quartet or quintet, SWEET MUSIC ensemble, will charm and entertain!
Solo Guitar accomplishments:
Winner of the coveted World Fingerstyle Championship, Winfield KS 1994;
21 CDs recorded and sold online, many still in print via CD Baby, iTunes. etc.
ACTUAL PRESS ACCOLADES:
"I've never heard anyone play bass lines, chords and melodies simultaneously, with such precision, as Steven King..." -Wayne Johnson, guitarist for the Manhattan Transfer.
"...I wrote 33 articles for ‘Guitar Player.’ I have more than 8,800 jazz guitar recordings and nearly 2000 jazz guitar videos...I feel qualified in saying Steven King is the greatest solo guitarist I’ve ever seen or heard!" -Robert Yelin, music professor and Guitar Player Magazine columnist
"And I thought Joe Pass had chops… Now, along comes King, transforming his lone guitar into an even fuller ensemble capable of playing more complicated arrangements…He has no apparent peers..." - Dirk Sutro, former jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times; author of Jazz for Dummies; and host of "The Lounge"
on KPBS-FM San Diego.
"...If you want to literally hear John and Paul's (The BEATLES) voices in the guitar strings and again, exquisitely well-played guitar music, put on any one of the Steven King CDs. You will not be disappointed by any of these CD's" .-web review published article "Four Fabulous guitarists play the FAB FOUR!" By James R. Webb
"It’s hard to top Steven King... He knocked us silly with solo acoustic renditions of the Benny Goodman staple 'Sing, Sing, Sing' and Dave Brubeck's odd-meter workout 'Blue Rondo A La Turk'." - Guitar Player Magazine
Additional Booking Notes
I have the "technical" stuff covered. I bring love of music, appreciation and joy, and love of people. I know that since I sincerely feel these things myself, and since I so enjoy playing good music and creating a wonderful ambiance and sound, that it helps make my music enchanting and uplifting. I am also very particular about playing very fine instruments, using fine sounding amplifiers, making the sound as amazingly good as I can.
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 01, 2018 • 6:30pm - 9:00pm||Retirement Party|
Past Booked Events
|July 01, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|February 04, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
My repertoire is unmatched, as far as I have seen, by any other musician. You may peruse the song list on my website and that will give you a good portion of what I can play.
|Steven King||Solo Guitar &/or Band Leader|
Influences & Inspiration
Bach (and most other great classical composers), Gershwin, Porter, Miller, Goodman, Beatles, Gillespie, Wonder, CSN, Manhattan Transfer, Jerry Reed, Joe Pass, Loesser, Irving Berlin, Tommy Gumina
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