We are up on Spotify, YouTube Music, iTunes, Apple Play, and a variety of other platforms now, so get to your favorite app and put us in your algorithm!
Welcome to the official web 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 sound is always described as warm an soulful - although I can and do play some bigger stages, my best fit is often a restaurant, patio, or parties where enjoying each other is as important as the music.
My go-to duo partner for the past 5 years ago has been Henry "Hank" Becker on banjo. He knows my songs and has been a part of all three of my EP/LP releases. 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. In December 2022 we celebrated 100 live performances together and we do not plan on slowing down anytime soon! Also in 2022, Hank and I teamed up with Elia Burhart on bass and several local friends to record and release my third studio project titled “Stringtown Sessions”, which can be found on Spotify here.
Stringtown Sessons EP Release!
Photos from the Get Right CD release at SGHR
Get Right CD release is almost here!
Check out our entry for NPR's Tiny Desk contest!
New pics posted on CincyGroove.com
The Simply Dan String Band joins Jerry Springer at the Folk School Coffee Parlor
Simply Dan String Band to be featured on CincyMusic Spotlight
Details TBA. Check Taste of Cincinnati entertainment information regarding locations, etc.
Hank and I recruited Johnny Castetter to join us for a few shows on his big ol' bass. We'll have a pleasant evening somewhere in town, so check back for details!
Just little ol' me playing folky original songs for Kentuckians.
Just playing some pleasant tunes with my buds for a little outdoor plant supply sale. Food truck expected as well :)
Corner of 5th Street & Central Avenue, cheering you on!
This will be a quick set among a day long lineup of local entertainment. Plan on hanging out for a while!
Hank has some deep connection to this old place, and I sure like playing here too.
Wunderbar Brunch with me on guitar and Hank Becker on the banjo. Family friendly.
Dan Van Vechten duo at North Second
North Second Tap & Bottle, 134 N. Second Street, Hamilton, OH
Live tunes in one of our favorite local hangouts! Come on up to Hamilton, OH to hear me and Hank.
Duo at Third Street Market (Petersburg, KY)
Live in the middle of nowhere? Let's hope it's somewhere near this little spot, because it is rural and full of fun locals! Close to Rabbit Hash, KY and Lawrenceburg, IN.