Event Testimonials

Dave is one of a kind. He’s organized, timely, talented, friendly, professional and sincere. He gave an absolutely outstanding performance for Monterey County Free Libraries’ Summer Reading Program, to a crowd of over 30 kids and adults. One can tell immediately that he is a musician of rare beauty and skill, both in spirit and talent. It was more than amazing, it was perfect. -Julia Mazerik

The Duo was originally scheduled to play in the background for a wine pick up party, but as soon as they started playing they gathered in the crowd. They were so talented and they completely changed the atmosphere of the tasting room. They opened it up and added class with their own sense of style.  I would love to have them again and again and again! -Ally Fisher, Georis Tasting Room

The Dave Holodiloff Trio was an excellent group to have at the Champions of the Arts 2014. They are accomplished musicians, playing Gypsy Jazz, that is especially fun to hear because of its rarity. We boarded a “Caravan” that visited the diverse rhythms of Spain and France, with compelling stories and colorful melodies. This group was flexible and worked with the needs of our program. They pleased the spectrum of ages at our event and were a pleasure to work with. And they were snappy dressers. I will no doubt hire them again! -Jaqui Hope (Arts & Education Director, Arts Council for Monterey County)

Dave is a great musician and adds joy where ever he shows up. I hired him to come to play at my book launch party and he added to the festive delight of everyone there!  -Elizabeth Murray

As a local music lover, I have seen Dave perform at many functions and events over the years both as a solo artist and with many combinations of amazing musicians. He’s just so talented that he attracts and nurtures other talented musicians too, which is a real gift in itself. As the Executive Director of Arms of Angels Grief Counseling, I had always wanted him to play at our Annual Benefit Concert (held in June every year). He’s become such a popular performer and has been booked so heavily that it took 2 years for us to finally get him into the lineup of our show. He was great to work with ahead of time, always responding quickly to questions and also making sure his trio’s involvement in our Benefit was mentioned in all his own publicity and marketing. At the concert itself, the trio showed up, set up – and then wowed the audience – many of whom had not seen them before. I wish him every success in the future, and can only hope that we might be able to have him at another Benefit – if he will ever have time for it again -Leigh Susan Fitz (Executive Director, Arms of Angels)

Dave Holodiloff is an amazing artist. He adds elements to his act that enhance the listeners experience… We approached Dave with short notice the past two times he’s performed and he has been extremely accommodating and generous with his time. One the best mandolin players I’ve ever heard and an overall great guy. -Cody Compau (Whole Foods Market)

Dave’s professional attitude and kind nature made planning our event a breeze. He and Gene rocked our library and our patrons are still talking about the good time that they had. Mandolin playing while beat boxing??!!! That was awesome. -Amy Rector (Circulation Supervisor,  Harrison Memorial Library)

It was wonderful having both your music and your delightful spirit at our art reception. The presence of the Jazz Trio made the opening a fantastic success. You guys have a casual, yet musically skilled way about entertaining that makes everyone want to join in the fun. -Robin Sawyer

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There are lots of great players out there and plenty of wonderful human beings that I have been fortunate to meet and do business with, but it’s rare to find an individual with virtuoso musical abilities to also be kind, humble, totally responsible and truly professional in their musical endeavors. David Holodiloff is one such musician. It is my fortune to know him and to be able to employ his talent. The client loved the band and their music. -J.P. Mosoff (Owner/President, BackBeat Talent)

Dave Holodiloff and Peter Mellinger are masters on their instruments individually, together they are synergetic – creating more excitement and fun for dancing and listening. -Elizabeth Todd (Programmer and President, Monterey Country Dance Community)

Dave Holodiloff really made the party joyous with his lively, toe-tapping, hip-swinging music. You can’t listen and keep a smile from your face! Terrific musicians! I was delighted they played for my book launch event. They made everybody happy. -Patrice Vecchione


Dave is a very accomplished and personable musician. Dave recently played my daughter-in-law’s baby shower champagne reception. He was amazing. I was impressed by his very diverse song book, including “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! He brought so much joy and warmth to a milestone event in our lives. -Martha DeYoung

Dave and his Bluegrass Trio made my birthday really special. I received so many comments from friends about what great musicians they are and now much fun they are to listen and dance to. -Susan Hubbard

We loved having you as an integral part of the ambiance last night!  Thank you for being so professional, yet easygoing for such a long set. I enjoyed your music, as I know everyone did. The compliments poured in throughout the evening! -Elizabeth Manning (2nd Annual Red and White Wine Tasting Gala at Anton & Michel, benefiting the Carmel Foundation)

I really enjoyed Dave Holodiloff’s Grateful Dead Tribute. The mandolin, bass, and banjo combination was fantastic. The extended sets during which the three played seamlessly from one song to the other was like gliding, floating, swooping, and dancing on wind chimed with musical notes. I particularly enjoyed the more obscure Garcia tunes. -Timothy Barrett

Dave Holodiloff’s band was great! Just what our Parent’s Place Open House needed. -Gail Root

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Thank you so much for the lovely background sounds the Dave Holodiloff Duo provided at my Grand Opening. I really appreciated how you stayed in touch throughout the process, listened to the 
type of music I wanted, and provided paperwork for my records. At the event, I appreciated that you were punctual, professionally dressed and performed superbly. The selection of music was perfectly suited for the feeling of the event with just the right touches of holiday tunes. Your wonderful accompaniment to my talented opera singing friend led to a spontaneous mini concert that will be long remembered. I will definitely hire you again anytime live music is called for to make a party extra special. Hiring you for my grand opening was the best thing I could have done to enhance and elevate my party to a memorable event! -Anna Marie Lopez (Indigo Seas Spice and Trading Company)

Dave Holodiloff’s Gypsy Jazz Trio are amazing talents, cheerful and personable. They were a great addition to the festivities, and played with great positive energy, skill and creativity. Even non-musical people would recognize their abilities.  All my guests loved them. -Rudy Patton

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The Cowboy BBQ is such a fun event, but without the right tunes it can be a little boring. Dave Holodiloff’s Bluegrass Duo did a great job filling the air with beautiful Bluegrass sounds that were so fitting for the environment amongst the redwoods, cowboys and cowgirls! -Jen Anello (The Santa Lucia Preserve)

Dave Holodiloff and his band were absolutely fantastic! I left it up to them to decide what to play, and they read the crowd perfectly and performed a really nice combination of new and old tunes. They absolutely made the party the success that it was! -Plasha Will

Our Tribe just loved Dave Holodiloff Band’s mix of fantastic music during the Winter Solstice Gathering. Thank you for making what was an incredible and memorable event even more amazing! So many folks complimented your fun, tight, and talented band. -Nikki Nedeff

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Everyone was raving about Dave Holodiloff Band’s music afterwards and it was just perfect. Thank you for playing “Further on Down the Road”. That song is really special to us and I love how you guys played it. There is nothing better than having good friends, good food and good music all wrapped up in a beautiful place filled with sunshine. You made our day. -Renata Abma

Dave and Steve were terrific and put on a show that delighted the group. -Sharon Sue 

I enjoyed the contra dance Dave Holodiloff Trio played in Felton a few weeks ago. You did a nice job. I especially enjoyed the bass work- nice combination of plucking, bowing, and soloing that really added a lot of interest to the sound. Looking forward to seeing you at another event. -Jim Schibler

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