Neil Dixon Smith

Classical Guitar from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 200 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2010
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$250 - $800 per event
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About
I am a solo classical guitarist based in Chicago. I've been performing professionally since 2004 for all sort of events, parties and get-togethers: private dinner/cocktail parties, banquets, corporate receptions, gallery openings, memorial services, weddings, and increasingly, concert performances.

At the core of what I do, I perform a unique repertoire of classical, popular and folkloric music of Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, etc.), stemming from a longtime apprenticeship with a master guitarist from Chile. I can play sets of "high energy" music for cocktail parties, as well as more "mellow" sounds for background music for dinner. I consider myself to be a very empathetic musician as a background music artist, playing to the energy of the room.

I love playing for weddings, and I'm equally comfortable performing traditional wedding music as I am more non-traditional choices - including learning any requests you might have for ceremony music.

For events and parties, I'm happy doing 50-minute sets with 10 minute breaks. Three sets is common, four is no problem! My ethos is always to "play to the event, not the clock".

If you are further interested in my music, I hope you might check out my debut solo guitar album, The Panamericanist.

I love what I do, and I think you'll enjoy my friendly positive demeanor and professionalism as much as my musicianship.

Thank you for your consideration!
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50+ GigMasters Bookings
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

Wedding

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What an amazingly talented guitarist. His repertoire seemed boundless! We used him for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Classical pieces were played for the ceremony. During the cocktail hour he played current pop pieces, classical Spanish guitar and Argentinian and Colombian ballads and current Latin pieces. In short, we could not have been more pleased. All our guests commented how much they enjoyed his music! You will not be disappointed if you hire Neil Dixon Smith!

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The music was everything I imagined. Neil was wonderful and helped make the evening an experience to remember. Loved the Latin guitar and my guests were very impressed. Thank you!

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Neil was amazingly accommodating, professional and talented! He did an amazing job at our wedding!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Neil was amazing. He was extremely accommodating. He worked with our vocalist. He also followed up to make sure all would run smoothly and it did!! Highly recommend.

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Bar Mitzvah

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Neil was wonderful! He touched base several times prior to the event to ensure things would go smoothly. He was there early and ready to play when the guests entered the venue. Neil’s playing was lovely and flowed seamlessly from melody to melody. We received multiple positive comments from our guests about his music. He was a true pleasure to work with!

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Corporate Function

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Neil was fantastic! We hired Neil for our corporate event and were not at all disappointed. I have to start by saying that he really worked with us as our schedule was pushed back. He was very understanding and professional. Even as our event went over our scheduled time he had no problem working with us. He is very talented and read the feel of the event well and played the perfect music to fit the mood. I would recommend Neil to anyone and we would be happy to hiree him for future events as well. Thanks so much Neil!

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Trade Show

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Thanks so much!! I truly appreciate your music, talent, thanks for such a fantastic time!!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Neil provided the music for our garden wedding ceremony. He was professional, prompt, reliable, and easy to communicate with during the planning process. He accommodated our specific song requests with ease, and was happy to fill the rest of the time with his own unique selections. He's an extremely talented guitarist and our family & friends raved to us about his music at our ceremony. We are so happy that we found him, and we would strongly recommend him for any event!!

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Family Reunion

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I cannot count the number of compliments I received for picking such an incredible musician! We were so pleased with Neil's playing. He came early and was ready to go exactly when we needed him. The music was perfect for the occasion and made the afternoon and evening an absolute pleasure! Nancy Guenther

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2019
Oct
13
Wedding
Rockton, IL
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Oct
12
Wedding
Brownsburg, IN
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Sep
14
Wedding
Naperville, IL
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2019
May
26
Wedding Ceremony
Beach Park, IL
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2018
Jun
2
Bar Mitzvah
Northbrook, IL
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2018
May
22
Corporate Function
Chicago, IL
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
May
4
Rehearsal Dinner
Notre Dame, IN
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Nov
5
Birthday Party (Adult)
Orland Park, IL
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2017
Oct
28
Halloween Party
Grayslake, IL
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Sep
30
Wedding Ceremony
Madison, WI
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Jul
21
Family Reunion
Skokie, IL
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Jun
29
Trade Show
Chicago, IL
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Canon in D
Johann Pachelbel
Bridal Chorus
Richard Wagner
Wedding March
Felix Mendelssohn
Over the Rainbow
Harold Arlen
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Francicso Tarrega
Lagrima
Francisco Tarrega
Romanza
(anonymous)
La Malagueña Salerosa
(traditional)
Son de la Loma
Miguel Matamoros
Lagrimas Negras
Miguel Matamoros
La Flor de la Canela
Chabuca Granda
Granada
Augustin Lara
One Note Samba
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Girl from Ipanema
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desafinado
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Manha de Carnaval
Luis Bonfa
La Cumparsita
Matos Rodriquez
El Choclo
Angel Villoldo
Lamento Borincano
Rafael Hernández Marín
Uno
Mariano Mores
Guitar
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Reggae Guitar
Latin Guitar
Brazilian Guitar
World Music Guitar
Ambient Guitar
Folk Acoustic Guitar
Latin Acoustic Guitar
Brazilian Acoustic Guitar
Ambient Acoustic Guitar
Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Neil Dixon Smith will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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