"My first gig was at a restaurant called Wallace's. It's long gone but the memory remains. I was playing in a 5 piece, playing tunes like "Heatwave," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," several Fleetwood Mac hits and some originals. We were called the Keystone Band and I thought I had arrived at the age of 16, playing in the band as a professional musician.
From there I went on tour with a circuit band, playing towns from Pennsylvania to Montana, Minnesota to Texas and into the Florida panhandle. There was no tour bus (wouldn't that have been cool!) We all drove-sometimes all night. But it was worth it. At that time INXS, the B-52's, MC Hammer got the people on the dance floor. That was enough to keep me logging 24,000 miles a year!
Since then I have played in symphonies and jazz quartets as a double bassist, played with the guitarist from Percy Sledge ("When A Man Loves A Woman,") played lead guitar in a jazz duo, rock trios (my favorite,) classical guitar at dozens of weddings and so it continues.
You know what I love about performing? It's always different: Different crowd, couple, location, event-rarely is it the same. There is nothing more exciting than taking a ski-lift up a mountain for a wedding, playing on a cruise ship on Lake Winnepesaukee, or playing in the produce isle of the new Price Chopper (...How many musicians will admit to that!)
At any rate it always comes back to the people that I have met through my music, both past and present. May I play on as long as I possibly can, so that others may enjoy whatever gift of music I/we can make, and may those not with us any longer smile down upon the joyous sounds we create."
Steve Organek is a professional musician based out of Sarasota, Florida and also serves as the orchestra, guitar and piano teacher at Venice High School.
Steve's approach to public performance encompasses the dynamics of performing, staging and attention to volume within the context of the setting. If you are looking for dinner/ambient music, Steve plays classical guitar from the Baroque and Classical Era. If it's a younger crowd then he can perform instrumental versions of today's hits. If you are hosting a cocktail party, happy hour or evening event, Steve sings a whole evening of upbeat classic rock with an assortment of some jazz and country, per request.
When choosing a musician for your event there are a few guidelines to follow.
1. Check for musician availability if you like the music samples presented.
2. Consider if this musician will best serve your special event. Do you want strictly instrumental music or would you like the flexibility of added vocals later in the evening or during the cocktail hour of your reception?
Contact Steve with any questions.