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Chris Vogt

Singer Guitarist from Columbus, OH - Will travel up to 10 miles

$100 - $500 per event

I'm a singer-songwriter playing the Columbus, OH metropolitan area, with over four hours of material--including a number of covers and some original material. I've been performing for fourteen years, playing at dozens of venues around town, on top of playing instruments for twenty two years. I'm available for live shows and recording sessions, so please contact me for more info!


My passion for music began as early as I can remember. I loved hearing my dad sing and play his guitar, mostly while recording his songs onto a Yamaha 4-track tape recorder in his bedroom, and I just wanted to learn how to play. My mom loved listening to the radio and singing along with what came on over the speakers of our 1988 Toyota Tercel, being anything from The Beach Boys to Michael Jackson, which only created a deep appreciation of music within me--not to mention my own desire to sing along. The first thing I ever wanted to learn how to play was the saxophone; I'm not sure why I did, but I clearly remember wanting to learn that first. My parents couldn't afford to get me a saxophone, but they could at least afford music lessons at the small private school I attended, so I finally started taking them at the age of ten. My first instrument? The piano!

From there, my musical interests only sprouted. I joined my school choir within a couple of years, and by my fifth year of piano, I started learning clarinet. That last one wouldn't last long, and after five years of piano and not really growing in it as much as I should have been, I decided to stop those lessons, too, because there was an instrument that I had always been keen on playing and desperately wanted to learn how to play--the guitar! Because my parents were separated and my mom had very little money to spare, I wouldn't learn how to play initially until I was at a Lutheran youth retreat at a Holiday Inn. One of the other boys there had brought his guitar...and three chords later, I was finally on my way to learning the instrument of my dreams.

I've now been playing guitar for over fifteen years, with experience as an acoustic player, an electric player, and a bass player. I still dabble on piano, but I'm more competent with several other instruments, like mandolin, banjo, drums, and some percussion. I started dabbling in writing my own songs within the first couple of years of playing guitar, though the bulk of songs I've written have been within the past eight years or so. My latest EP, "Nihilistic Romance," was recorded mostly by myself with the help of my best friend Seth Ellsworth at Scissorband Studios, and mixed and mastered by my good friend and current bandmate Brian Skeel. It's currently available for listening and purchasing at bandcamp.

My solo shows are typically about two hours and involve a good mix of interesting covers along with some original material. There are over sixty cover I've performed in past shows on top of the dozen or so of my own songs, so I can play a wide range of times (from a half hour up to four hours!). I like to cover my favorite artists, which include The Beatles, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, The National, Pink Floyd, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gillian Welch, Wilco, and many, many others. I've performed at number of places around Columbus, most notably at King Avenue 5, Columbus Commons Pavilion, and The Basement.

I've been a musician for the better part of my life (in more ways than one), and most of which I've performed alongside my good friend, Ron Freeman. I had the privilege of helping him record our last two albums, "Deaf Kids EP" and "Assassins EP," which were released in 2010 and 2013, respectively, and can be purchased on bandcamp and iTunes. We are currently in a band together called Lost Orchards with his wife, Savannah, our friend Brian, and Tyler Boych Birch, a newcomer to our circle who is one pretty awesome dude. I've played in a number of other bands with Ron, including Ron Freeman and The Revelators, Ron Freeman and The Deaf Kids, Better For Nothing, and The Brannock Device. I've also had the privilege of playing with The Moralists, The Magdalenes, and The Get Outs.

Lastly, if there's anything specifically you'd love for me to learn, just ask! I'm more than willing to accommodate anyone with their requests. All I ask is for patience to learn something if it's new or unfamiliar to me, and some understanding if I'm unable to learn it exactly the way it is (or at all). With that said, I'll always try my best--and I'll always look forward to learning something new!
A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles
All I Want Is You
American Girl
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Jim Croce
Billie Jean
Michael Jackson
Blister In The Sun
Violent Femmes
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Deep Blue Something
Pink Floyd
Brown-Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Chasing Cars
Snow Patrol
Closer To Free
The Bodeans
Closing Time
Conversation 16
The National
Counting Blue Cars
Counting The Scars
Crash Into Me
Dave Matthews Band
Dear Prudence
The Beatles
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Bobby McFerrin
Foo Fighters
Everything You Want
Vertical Horizon
Falling Slowly
The Swell Season
Free Fallin'
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
F*** Her Gently
Tenacious D
High And Dry
If You Could Only See
The John Wayne
Little Green Cars
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Bob Dylan
Lay Lady Lay
Bob Dylan
Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters
Lonely Boy
The Black Keys
Look At Miss Ohio
Gillian Welch
Ryan Adams
The Middle
Jimmy Eat World
My Girl
The Temptations
The Old Apartment
The Barenaked Ladies
The Alternate Routes
Men At Work
Pumped Up Kicks
Foster The People
Gillian Welch
Say It Ain't So
The Scientist
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
Jack Johnson
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
The Monkees
Still Alive
Jonathan Coulton
Use Somebody
Kings Of Leon
Walk On The Ocean
Toad The Wet Sprocket
What I Like About You
The Romantics
What Light
When Will I Be Loved
The Everly Brothers
Who'll Stop The Rain
Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd
Toad The Wet Sprocket
You're A God
Vertical Horizon
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
The Beatles
The Smashing Pumpkins
Singer Guitarist
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Happy Hours
Bachelorette Parties
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Bachelor Parties
Halloween Parties
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Chris Vogt will also travel to Westerville, Blacklick, New Albany, Worthington, Lewis Center, Reynoldsburg, Galena, Dublin, Powell, Groveport, Hilliard, Pickerington, Johnstown, Pataskala, Amlin, Grove City, Canal Winchester, Sunbury, Unionville Center, Alexandria, Galloway, Lockbourne, Croton, Marysville, Baltimore, Delaware, Plain City, Centerburg, Carroll, Broadway.
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