Looking for the perfect ambiance for your next
event? Look no further.
I've performed at dozens of weddings,
receptions, cocktail parties, and other functions.
A classical guitar graduate of Ithaca College School
of Music, I have a wide repertoire of classical music, pop arrangements, jazz standards, and original compositions, and am always happy to arrange new songs for special occasions!
I can travel far, provide my own sound equipment,
and have flexible rates for nonprofits.
Interested? Contact me for a free consult!
Private performances are offered for:
birthday and anniversary parties
funeral and memorial services
what event hosts say
“Beautiful music. Last week Russ played at a party celebrating the 60th Anniversary of our business. He is a really nice guy, arrived in plenty of time and he looked great dressed in a suit and tie. He played beautiful and diverse background music, perfect for the occasion. Our guests really enjoyed his music, I highly recommend him and would call on him again. Thank you Russ!.”
Diane, Scituate, MA
“A soulful artist. R.D. played at the celebration of life memorial service for our daughter. He is a fantastic guitarist. During the service he played Hereafter and Lover Lingers and it was incredibly moving. During our search for a musician for our event we discovered his marvelous songs. If you have the opportunity to hire RD for whatever event you might have just do it! You won’t be disappointed.”
David, Waltham, MA
“Absolutely wonderful. R.D. King is so incredibly talented and an absolute professional. Having him perform at our party absolutely made the day. I cannot recommend him highly enough!.”
Heather, Harvard, MA
“Russ is very talented and he was very professional and responsive. Our guests enjoyed his music and we were very pleased with his work. We would definitely hire him again and would highly recommend him.”
Kathleen, Rye, NH
“Russ played at our wedding during the ceremony and the cocktail hour. He was incredible! Prior to our wedding he had sent us a few clips of him playing his guitar so that we could decide if he was what we were looking for. He is so talented that we chose one of the songs he sent as an example to be played during our processional. We had never heard the song prior to and absolutely fell in love with it. He was easy to communicate with, reliable, and we had no issues at all on our wedding day. He was a pleasure to work with. Many of our guests are talented musicians and have gone out of their way to tell us how impressed they were with Russ. We HIGHLY recommend him!”
Shannon and Barry, Rye, NH
“Russ is an amazing guitarist, he was flexible with last minute changes. He plays beautifully and it added such a beautiful element to our daughter's small intimate wedding. He did an awesome job and was professional, polite and accommodating every step of the way from start to finish. We loved him so much we asked him play longer!”
Felicia, Boston, MA
“From our initial call with him through the wedding day itself, we knew we were in good hands with R.D. King. He was warm and kind, has a great repertoire, and was willing to learn new music if it meant making our day more special. A consummate professional and talented musician, anyone would be lucky to have R.D. King perform at their wedding.”
Connor and Lauren, Wolfeboro, NH
“Provided wonderful dinner music for a high end board dinner - would absolutely book again.”
Deirdre, Boston, MA
“R.D. King performed for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour this past June. I had listened to him play on iTunes and YouTube, but hearing him perform live was incredible! He played a number of Bach pieces for our ceremony and Beatles/contemporary music for our cocktail hour. He was super easy to work with, showed up prepared with his own equipment and really made our wedding special! If we ever have another occasion where we need to hire a guitarist, we would certainly love to hire him and hear him play again! Thank you, Russell!!”
Rachel and Matt, Brewster, MA
“R.D. King performed beautifully for our wine tasting event. On time, professional - would hire again.”
Michael, Westbrook, CT
“Russ was amazing! He is a very talented guitarist and did a great job for a private party. I will hire him again when we do more entertaining. We were so lucky to have found him!!!! I received many compliments on his behalf. Great job Russ! thank you!”
Ann, Boston, MA
“Russ, wow -- you were so wonderful yesterday. Your music was gorgeous, you set the tone for the entire event, and I’ve already gotten several compliments from the guests on your playing. I am so grateful to you. Thank you, again.”
Kelsey and David, Thompson, CT
"R.D. King's music is seamless, he effortlessly flows from one song to the next so much so that you find yourself completely lost in the music and the ambiance he creates. He is punctual and flexible with special requests. R.D. King is a real professional, who you would be lucky to have at any of your parties. This was our second time having him at our nursing home and we will be sure to have him back very soon."
Katie, Waltham MA
"R.D. delivered above and beyond what we had hoped for in our wedding ceremony. He played the songs we selected with thoughtfulness and wonderful skill, and he could not have been easier to work with -- very professional and kind. The gorgeous quality of his performance will stay with us in our memories of the day. We are so grateful!”
Morgan and Jack, Newport RI
"When planning our wedding, we knew music would be a key ingredient. We wanted simplicity, yet something that captured how meaningful it was to have a second chance at a happy marriage. We had heard R.D. King play many times at our local coffee house and were impressed with his skill and his passion for bringing music alive on his guitar. He agreed to play acoustic Beatles songs for the reception and truly gave us the magical wedding we wanted. We even included one of his original compositions during the ceremony! We are fans!
Susan And Gregg, Groton, MA
“R.D. King has played at multiple events that we had in our office: Open Houses and Teacher Appreciation nights. He has always been very professional, on time, a pleasure to work with and his music is exceptional! Truly. I highly recommend his services.”
Pam, Groton, MA
“R.D. helped with requested music for the ceremony and sent it in advanced so we could approve it. He was a pleasure to work with and everyone complimented on the ceremony music and music leading up to the ceremony!”
Michelle and Dan, Peabody, MA
“R.D.'s music added immeasurably to our event - everyone was impressed and his music was perfectly appropriate for this cocktail-style party event for about 100 attendees. He is a very talented musical artist who is clearly passionate about his music and exhibits extraordinary guitar skills. R.D. was very professional and most accommodating in all communications both in planning and during the event. I'm eager to hear him perform again and may need to plan another party for just that purpose!”
Dennis, East Greenwich, RI