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DSC_0192When my fiancée and I decided we were going to have a down-to-earth yet personal wedding day that represented the best of our local community, the choice for music entertainment was easy. Not only did Dave Holodiloff’s Bluegrass Quartet knock everybody's socks off at the reception, but having Dave’s duo accompany the wedding ceremony brought an elegant touch to our special event. I would recommend their energized brand of bluegrass for any occasion where life needs to be celebrated. -Jeremy Moulton Thank you a million times over! You were so great to work with and everyone loved the music. As soon as you started playing that everything came together and all the ideas and planning gelled. -Natalie Moitoso Working with Dave in planning wedding music was an absolute pleasure, from start to finish. Dave is a consummate professional of the highest degree. From our first email contact, he was engaged, responsive and full of ideas. He helped steer us with the flow of the day and how the music would enhance each aspect. We trusted in his expertise relating to the timing and trajectory, and were surely not disappointed. He provided ample lists of music from which to choose, and was very open during our conversations regarding the tone and mood of the party. And what a party it was! We really wanted live music to be a focal point of the event, and with Dave's guidance, we were able to manifest our vision - from the ceremony duet, to interim playlists, to a rocking quartet barn party! He allowed ample time for set-up and was meticulous in his preparations. Even though we chose not to have a wedding coordinator, we were able to maintain our overall vision due in large part to his organization and foresight. We danced for three straight hours! Everyone we spoke to loved, we mean LOVED, the music and went to great lengths to tell us so. We will always fondly look back on the care and passion behind the band's entire approach to making our night indelibly etched in our memory. -Casey and Tristan Thank you once again for an awesome performance. It was really wonderful and I’ve received tons of praise for you guys. -Benjamin Steel Wedding Shilov 1In addition to being a great musician, Dave is one of the kindest people and easiest individuals to work with. He is accommodating, respectful and communicative. His Gypsy Jazz trio made our wedding day a truly memorable and joyous occasion. Our guests were very moved by the wonderful energy Dave's group brought and the diverse range of songs they played, from the Beatles to Hava Nagila. They received numerous compliments from young friends and grandparents alike. We are very grateful to have found Dave and highly recommend him for his musical abilities, his friendliness, and his professionalism. -Robert and Cristelle Shilov Thank you so much the music at our ceremony and wedding reception. Everybody had such a great time and raved about it! You guys made it such a wonderful night for both of us and we really appreciate it! - Shannon Highfield Evolution-1Dave Holodiloff’s Bluegrass quartet played my wedding, though it would be a disservice to classify them as a “wedding band.”  Their repertoire is broad and they have original material and musicianship that vastly surpasses that tired stereotype. The all-acoustic sound suited our intimate venue perfectly.  The weather was actually quite bitter, but the band setup on the leeward side of one of the buildings, and had dozens of people dancing, forgetting all about the cold wind.  Lots of guests asked, “Who are these guys, they’re great?!”  The song selection flowed, great energy was maintained and the band was connected to the audience.  Mundane but important things like being on-time, being prepared, and communications before and during the event were flawless.  I highly recommend them for events, and even more so just as a source for great live music. Experience it! -Dave Dostal People loved your Jazz duo and the music was the perfect touch to our cocktail hour! -Amy Cale Peterson Trio Black and WhiteWe wanted to create an unforgettable experience for everyone visiting Big Sur. The mingling hour before the ceremony was made magical with the hot Jazz and Bluegrass tunes played by Dave Holodiloff’s jazz trio. Most of the first remarks I received after the wedding were about how great the band was. The trio even learned a song that was special to me and my husband, and I surprised him by having them play it during the ceremony. It went off beautifully and he was so touched! Moreover, they are professional, flexible and great to work with.  -Courtney Thank you for the care, attention to detail and quality of you and your band's performance at my daughter's wedding Saturday evening. I really appreciate the time and effort spent by you in preparing for and presenting it and I will recommend you anytime the need for quality music arises. -Bob Cushing The music from Dave Holodiloff’s Jazz Duo was just beautiful and perfect! We are especially grateful that you learned our song for the processional and played it with so much heart. Your song selections were all fantastic and my 85-year-old great uncle was delighted that you played one of his requests. We got so many compliments from our guests and just couldn't be happier with having asked you to provide the music for our most amazing day on the beach. You were gracious, welcoming, relaxed and so professional. We really appreciate how accommodating and talented you are. It made our day that much more wonderful knowing that not only did we have one less thing to think or worry about, but that we had definitely made the right choice when it came to our entertainment. -Sarah and Oliver

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DSC_0249We got floods of compliments for your Bluegrass quartet! Much love and respect going your way! -April Allard We knew we wanted our first dance to be “Lovin’ in my Baby’s Eyes” by Taj Mahal and were hoping for a live band, but worried it would be hard to find one that knew the song.  Dave Holodiloff’s Bluegrass Quartet was playing at a work event, when all of a sudden they started playing the Taj Mahal song we wanted for our first dance. The music is great and they do a wide range of traditional and contemporary songs. They even learned a new song for our ceremony, which we really appreciated. Several people came up to us during our wedding reception to ask us, “Where did you find these guys? They’re great”! It was so much fun! -Lindsay 16724950580_88d98b4556_oDave Holodiloff enabled me to pull off the surprise marriage proposal I envisioned for my fiancé. I was in need of somebody that was creative, talented, and enthusiastic about a unique proposal. Dave Holodiloff was willing to think outside the box and help me pull off a fun and very special marriage proposal.  During a hike out in Carmel Valley, Dave was there to serenade us during the proposal.  He went above and beyond to make it an exclusive, one-shot moment.  Dave was willing to learn and perform the song of my choice and hike out 45 minutes to the destination.  He is extremely professional, genuine, talented, and accountable.  He came through big for me on that day and my fiancé loved it. -Daniel Phillips Dave Holodiloff’s Bluegrass Quartet play a wide variety of tunes in different tempos that were great for a variety of dances. They were definitely a hit with the crowd and the highlight of the reception! A friend who spent a lot of time dancing remarked that though the music was new to many of the guests, they couldn't keep themselves out of the rhythm and quickly learned that any move goes. How often does the wedding dancing include couples swinging, waltzing, hopping, lift contests, hand clapping, foot stomping, occasional break-dancing, and basket tossing the bride and groom? They kept us so busy we hardly had the time to grab a drink. -Steven dancersThank you for being a part of our special day at the Santa Lucia Preserve. We so appreciate the flavor you brought to our celebration. You were great to work with and we loved having you there. -Dafna Soloman We had Dave Holodiloff’s duo play for a couple hours at our rehearsal dinner, and he was incredible! We were looking for some casual bluegrass music after dinner. Dave played a combination of some of his own music, and some classic covers. They did an amazing job, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for some great bluegrass/folk music. My only regret was not having him play longer! -Ryan Payne You made the event!  Everyone loved your music. -Virginia East Village 1 23 15-7I was grateful for how well Dave Holodiloff took the day in stride and provided such great music with little direction or management on our part. The photographer sent us a follow up e-mail that closed with, "You guys sure know how to throw a party!", but I would say that we just had great luck in picking a band! -Katy Decker Dave Holodiloff and band kept us dancing and their sound fit the mood of the event perfectly.  Our first dance song choice of "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison, was a tribute to my father, and he would have definitely approved of this version.  They played songs that we know and love; which kept us dancing all night.  Some of the trio played multiple instruments which brought complexity and diversity to the set.  The guests had great things to say and even the neighbors came over to enjoy the music (and not to complain).  Dave was easy to work with, professional and quick to respond to my emails.  I felt confident that he understood our vision, and I was right. Dave and the band were on-time, transitioned the party from food to fellowship, and even brought on some magical moments on the dance floor. Talented yet humble, experienced but fresh, and able to "go with the flow" when needed; the group rocked our small wedding and kept the guests talking about the good times they had for weeks.  -Cat and Casey Peterson  

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