Check out one of my latest songs. "Oskaloosa" is about a little town in central Iowa, and maybe a few other things.
Welcome to the official page for Dan Van Vechten and my music projects! I am a local singer/songwriter who grew up listening to folk and country music, then returned to it to find my sound after being influenced by the folk music I heard when I moved to Cincinnati. A few years ago I started writing songs, and then I started inviting local musician friends to join me while I played them. We will often play songs written by local folk bands out of tribute to their influence. Performances range from solo sets for coffeehouses or smaller spaces to a folk trio with bass, banjo, and sometimes more.
My 2014 album, "Simply Dan String Band", features nine songs I wrote and performed for the recording. Folks adding their talent to the album include James Funk, Pat Kennedy, Hank Becker, Jeremy Pittman, Suzanna Barnes, Johnny Castetter, Rob McAllister, Jeff Roades, Aaron Hedrick, Jeremy Francis, and Sleepy Andy Tracy.
In 2016 I followed up with "Get Right", a collection of songs performed primarily with a folk trio including Will Kimble on mandolin and Johnny Castetter on bass. The album is a collection of original songs and two tributes to local songwriters. Most tracks feature myself on guitar and vocals; Will Kimble is on mandolin and vocals, Johnny Castetter is on bass and vocals. Featured guests include Heather Buckley Pauley on vocals; Hank Becker, banjo; Jeremy Francis, resonator guitar; Aaron Hedrick, harmonica; Joe Macheret, fiddle; Rob McAllister, guitar.
My go-to band of late has been Elia Burkhart on bass and Henry "Hank" Becker on guitar. We love our folk and bluegrass, but we stray from the norm enough times that you'll probably hear some songs you know in one interpretation or another.
Hudy 17k Road Race
Check course information for routes. I'll be placed somewhere along the course to cheer you on!
Solo at Third and Main
Patio dining at its finest. I'll be the guy playing chill tunes for you.
Solo at Lucius Q Barbecue
Bring a few friends and your appetite to Lucius Q for some barbecue and tunes!
Live acoustic tunes while you enjoy a big ol' breakfast!
Front Porch at the Friendship Tavern
Come on down to the Valley of the Unconcerned. The Friendship Tavern has great food and a full bar, but the front porch is where the real atmosphere is. Grab some dinner or just enjoy your drinks while we serenade you!
Dan Van Vechten on Fountain Square
Watch this space - the rest of the lineup is gonna be lit!
Patio pickin' in the Indiana evening.
Dan Van Vechten and Hank Becker at Third & Main
Some of my favorite tunes with one of my favorite buds at one of my favorite places.
Solo Show at Lucius Q BBQ
Check out the menu and bring your appetite or just hang out at the indoor/outdoor bar!
Solo on Fountain Square
I'll be playing some tunes all by myself in the spring sunshine. Come hang out!
solo at Wunderbar Covington
I'll play some solo songs for you in the outdoor area while you sip some breakfast beer and relax. See you there!
Duo at Second Sight Distilling with Hank Becker