RonNicolai Creative Page

EXPERIENCE:

Associate of Arts Degree w/a Major in Music from Almeda University.

Recorded/produced CD of 12 original songs titled “Waitin' for the Sun”.

Played w/Country Connections' band of the year at San Dimas Holiday Inn.

Performed for Chevy Chase Country Clubs' annual summer award dinner, Ca.

2 Private parties at Malibu Racquet Club & stars' homes in Malibu, Ca.

1 Concert with Rosalind Grahams' Gospel group for an L.A. charity.

Televised on PBS Ch. 58, "Coffeehouse" program, Marina Del Rey, Ca.

Performed at Woodland Hills, Ca. Ruebens' Steak House lounge.

Solo performance at Horseshoe Casino lounge, Bell Gardens, Ca.

Performed w/the Viva Fresh Cantina lounge house band in Burbank, Ca.

Performed at Highland Grounds, Stageleft & Know Where coffee houses Ca.

Performed W/Hubbard Orchestra, at the New Haven, Ct. Yacht Club Party for the Americas Cup Winners.

Televised w/PEGASUS Ch.3 Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, E. Hartford, Ct.

Performed at New London Holiday Inn lounge & the Mystic Steak Loft, Ct.

Televised on Ch. 22 “STARSTRUCK" talent program, Springfield, Ma.

6 concerts, Hubbard Park MPTF Summer Music Concert Series, Meriden, Ct.

Performed at New Haven, Ct. Country Clubs' annual summer barbecue party.

2 concerts for the Hartford Institute of Living, Hartford, Ct.

Performed at The Tavern on the Green, New Haven, Ct.

4 concerts, C.S.A. Songwriters' Showcase, soloist & w/my band "PEGASUS".

Performed for wedding party at Southington Pine Valley Country Club, Ct.

3 Band performances at Palisades Park, N.J. summer music concerts.

Performed at the Province Town Yacht Club, Cape Cod, Ma.

Performed at Powder Ridge and Mt. Southington ski resort lodges, Ct.

Played w/house bands at N.Y. Catskill Mountains' ranch & ski resorts.

Performed at Brannigans', The Broken Wheel and Mauris' lounges, in Ct.

Performed at Groton Holiday Inn, Augustinos, Pancho O'Briens, in Ct.



RECENT LOCAL PERFORMANCES:

Crawdaddy's Tiki Bar, 1949 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, Fl.

East Ocean Bistro, E. Ocean Blvd., Cedar Pointe Plaza, Stuart, Fl.

Merrotica's Bar & Grill, 4745 S.E. DeSoto Ave., Stuart, Fl.

Jilly's Grille & Tiki Bar, US 1, at the Ramada Inn, Stuart, Fl.

Mickey Finns' Tiki Bar, Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Fl.

Petes' Bar & Grill, 529 N.W. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Fl.

Venetian Arcade & Restaurant, US 1, Port St. Lucie West, Fl.

Indian River Drive Park Falcon Fest, Indian River Dr., Jensen Beach


SONGWRITER - Catalog of 22 copyrighted, formatted, all original songs, all styles. Lead-Sheets, lyric sheets, CD Demo disks and N.A.S. song evaluations are available. 6 Songs have won National & International songwriting awards, Semi-Finalist to Honorable Mention. Several songs published. Member of the Songwriters Guild & the Recording Academy. C.S.A. Song Screening/Evaluation Committee, Executive member. I produced several Songwriter Showcase Concerts for C.S.A. Lyricist.


MUSICIAN/GUITARIST - Acoustic/Electric Ovation and Fender Electric 6-String guitars main instruments, Fender 4-String Precision electric bass guitar second instrument. Back-up chords on Korg electric piano. All styles; Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Country. Lead, rhythm and bass guitar. Live performances and recording experience. Member of A.F.M. #655 and the Recording Academy. 20 years experience teaching guitar and bass guitar. I authored beginners and intermediate guitar method books.


SINGER - Tenor to Baritone Range, All Styles; Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, Blues. Lead singer and back-up singer. Live performances and recording experience. Shure microphones, Fender 250 Watt, 6 Channel sound system. Sang lead and background vocals on other artists' recordings.


WRITER - 4 Movie Scripts; 2 Comedies, 1 Sci-Fi, 1 Ghost. All original, copyrighted, WGAw Registered, properly formatted and on computer disk. One page synopsis on each, including some referral letters. Wrote 4 Paper Back Novellas; 2 Comedies, Short Story Collection and 1 Sci-Fi. 17 Short Stories, all original, copyrighted. Several poems published. For past seven years attended screenwriting seminars, writers groups and collaborated with other writers. I authored several technical manuals. Two scripts Semi Finalists in “Fade-In” Competitions.


ACTOR - Non-union, Male, Caucasian, 55–65, Eyes – Hazel,

Hair – Gray, medium length, Weight – 160, Height – 5'8”,

Waist – 32, Inseam – 29-30, Jacket – 40 R, Shirt – 16 Medium, Shoes – 8, Hat – 6 7/8, Can wear glasses and/or earring. Principal, supporting or day player. Resume and 8”X10” b/w head-shots available on request. Produced and directed 2 Industrial/ Training videos. 35 years stage experience as an entertainer.



BIOGRAPHY/RESUME

Associate of Arts Degree w/a Major in Music, Almeda University.

ITTT TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification.

ITTT TEFL Teaching English to Young Learners Certification.

I taught an advanced poetry writing seminar at the University of Hartford, Ct. for Professor Paul S. Stacy of the English Department.

1 poem published in the “America at the Millennium” Poetry book.

1 song lyric published in the “On the Road” Lyricists Anthology book.

6 songs published in the “Ct. Songwriters Association Songbook”.

My movie script “GETTING AWAY” won a Semi Finalist award in the 7th Annual Fade In Screenwriting Competition.

My movie script “THE AGENDA” won a Quarter Finalist award in the 6th Annual Fade In Screenwriting Competition.

One of my songs won Semifinalist in the American Song Festival Lyric Competition 7, professional category.

One of my songs won a Top 10% Merit Award in the UNISONG International Song Contest, professional category.

One of my songs won Top 10% Honorable Mention in the Music City Song Festival, professional category.

3 of my songs won Honorable Mentions in the World Music Song Contest, professional category.

I've written 4 unpublished, Shunn formatted, WGAw Registered, copyrighted novellas w/a one page synopsis on each.

I've written seventeen copyrighted, unpublished, Shunn formatted, true-life experience short stories; three ghost stories, a travel comedy, a road trip story, three religious stories, an alien encounter story, a buried treasure story, two funny family children stories, a buddy story, childhood friend story, a drowning story, a school pranks story and a hitch hiking story.

I've written 4 Movie Scripts; 2 Comedies, 1 Sci-Fi, 1 Ghost. All original, copyrighted, WGAw Registered and formatted w/a one page synopsis on each.

I've written 22 original, copyrighted songs; both lyrics and music.

I authored a beginners and an intermediate guitar instruction manuals.

Co-authored the Ct. Songwriters Association songwriter showcase concert production procedures manual.

Served on the C.S.A. Songwriters song screening and evaluation committee.


WEBSITES:

www.reverbnation.com

www.myspace.com

www.ourstage.com

www.bandmix.com

www.grammypro.com

www.soundcloud.com

www.berkleemusicnetwork.com


PERFORMANCE REVIEWS


“Nicolai displayed a wide range of styles…quiet ballads mix with solid rave-ups and only a quick guitar change breaks the action. His original songs are brisk and tight, with a feel for that AM radio sound that breeds success.” – Jim Zebora, Meriden Record-Journal, Ct.


“Ron Nicolai is an outstanding singer, guitarist and entertainer, who has a carefully crafted performance which appeals to all age groups. I find him extremely likeable and that he possesses a great audience rapport.” – Ivan Hubbard, Watstein/Hubbard Entertainment Agency


“Ron Nicolai is an exciting, professional, solo performer, guitarist and singer of contemporary music, from the fifties to the eighties. His performances range through a variety of styles including Rock, Jazz, Blues and Pop, with humor, sing-alongs and audience participation. From flat-picking Country/Rock songs of the Grateful Dead and James Taylor, to the mellow acoustic sounds of Neil Diamond and Jim Croce, to the driving electric Rock of Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Kenny Loggins; Nicolai maintains control over a vocal range of softly whispered phrases to belting powerful and soulful Rock and Blues vocals. Rons' concerts are also interspersed with musically intricate Jazz instrumentals and emotional, thought-provoking original songs.” - Ivan Hubbard, Watstein/Hubbard Entertainment Agency


From 1964 to 1998, I performed and played guitar, bass guitar and sang lead and background vocals with various Rock, Jazz, Country, Pop, Blues, Wedding, Dance and show bands in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Florida and California.


From 1980 to 2012, I also performed solo, just voice and guitar, in concerts, lounges, coffee houses, clubs, casinos, yacht clubs, country clubs, restaurants and televised and video performances, playing Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Jazz and standards.


Updated:  December 1, 2016

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