| RON NICOLAI ________________________________________________________________________________
VOCALIST GUITARIST SONGWRITER MUSICIAN
Associate Arts Degree w/a Major in Music from Almeda University.
Recorded/produced CD, 12 original songs titled “Waitin' for the Sun”.
Produced 2 Songwriter Showcase concerts for Connecticut Songwriters.
Authored beginners and intermediate guitar instruction manuals.
Acoustic/electric, bass guitar & vocals for artists' recordings.
Served on C.S.A. Songwriters song screening and evaluation committee.
Taught guitar, bass guitar & music theory privately & studios 20 yrs.
Semifinalist, American Song Festival Lyric Competition 7, professional
Top 10% Merit Award, UNISONG International Song Contest, professional
Top 10% Honorable Mention, Music City Song Festival, professional
3 Honorable mentions, World Music Song Contest, professional category.
Played w/Country Connections' band of the year, San Dimas Holiday Inn.
Performed for Chevy Chase Country Clubs' annual summer awards dinner.
2 Private parties at Malibu Racquet Club & stars' homes in Malibu.
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' restaurant 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.
W/Hubbard Orchestra, New Haven Yacht Club Party, Americas Cup Winners.
Telethon w/"PEGASUS" Ch. 3 Hartford, Ct. Annual Muscular Dystrophy.
Performed at the Holiday Inn lounge, New London, Ct.
Televised on Ch. 22 “STARSTRUCK" talent program, Springfield, Ma.
6 concerts for Hubbard Park MPTF summer music concert series, Ct.
Performed for New Haven 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/band "PEGASUS".
Performed at the Southington Country Club lounge, Ct.
Band performances in Palisades Park, N.J. summer music concerts.
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, Ct.
Performed at Merroticas, Jillys, Crawdaddys, Mickey Finns & Petes, Fl.
The Songwriters Guild of America East, Associate member, New York
The Recording Academy, Associate member, Miami, Florida
American Federation of Musicians Union, Local # 655, Florida
Lenny Pugliese, Professional Musician, Performer & Guitarist, Four Seasons
Bill Leavitt, Berklee College Music Instructor/Author, Musician and Performer
Al Faraldi, Professional N.Y. Musician, Performer and Teacher
Emile DeCosmo, Professional N.J. Musician, Performer, Teacher and Author
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
“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, Wa
Updated: February 26, 2018
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