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Story behind NEW SINGLE "This Is My Surrender" (scheduled to be released Tues. October 17th, 2017!!) - October 5, 2017

Hello, you beautiful soul!

In case you happen to run across this website before I make the official announcement, here is the story behind my forthcoming NEWEST single "This Is My Surrender:"

"This version of 'This Is My Surrender' is what I heard in my head when I first wrote the song. It was this energy as to where I saw the music video (which has yet to be done,) the energy, the soul, the essence of this story and the pain therein.

"I was recently listening to a shuffle on my iTunes mix while driving one day. This recording of the aforementioned song came into the mix. The drums were pulsating. The bass line was grooving. I thought 'why, in God's name, have I never released this?!? This is too good!! And, it's perfect as to where I am at in my life (yet again.) THIS has got to be the next single - the next release!!!'

"I had always wanted to release this mix of 'This Is My Surrender.' However, when I was putting together the tracks for 'Look Into My Eyes,' the vocal line was completely buried. It was so quiet to the point as to where you could barely hear what I was singing. However, I always knew that the song needed to be heard. The original engineer, Bryan Price, had moved and I could not get another mix down to my satisfaction. Hence why I re-recorded a simpler yet concise version of this song on my sophomore solo release 'Better You Here Than Alone.' The acoustic version with Jen Porter on backing vocals captured another feel that I had not intended. Therefore, I released it with the faith of the unknown and let it go at that.

"Many years later, I hear a version that is mixed to perfection. This mix captures the spirit and energy that I had always liked in the song. Of course, it features Nik Wielgus on the drums. The drum set that he used for this recording had some incredible dynamics. The bass drum and the toms are reverberating and full. (Many thanks to Bryan Price for letting us use his kick-ass drum set - for this song and for ALL of the drum tracks on LIME.)

"While mixing and layering all of the other instruments for this song, I saw that Bryan had a cool-looking bass guitar sitting there amongst the mixing board. He stated that it was a piccolo bass. I asked him if I could play around with it and lay down a track with it for the song. What I came up with made me sound like I could actually play bass guitar. I mean - I'm no Bill Syniar of Classical Blast and formerly of Survivor by ANY means. However, the bass line is not boring, it moves and it actually complements all of the other instruments and sounds that you hear in this very mix of the song. I play acoustic guitars, piccolo bass and vox for the track.

"After all of this time, I present to you a song with a message of coming to a crossroads, making a decision, surrendering and seeing hope after going through the dark valleys which we all go through from time to time. I hear the difference in this mix. I hope you do as well. In addition, I hope that you enjoy this tune and that you get something positive out of this jam. "As always, thank you so much for listening and for your support."

If you follow me on Facebook, I'll be doing a live video chatting about this song, playing music, talking about life at this time AND talking to YOU! Time/date of video TBA. Follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidkav for more info!

See you very soon!  So excited!!!

Peace, love, music, light,

David Kav

Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY (Aug. 19th, 2017) - August 18, 2017

Hello again!

Just a quick note: I'll be playing at the Farmers Market TOMORROW (Saturday, August 19th, 2017) from 7am to noon!  I'll be at the corner of Court Ave and 3rd St (right across the street from Legends!)  It'd be great to see you there!  

The weather should be perfect.  Sunny skies (a few clouds) and in the upper 80s.  New songs?  Maybe.  Won't know unless you stop by, right?  :p

See you there!

Peace, love, music, light, art,

David Kav

THANK YOU Best Buddies Iowa and to Mickey's Irish Pub!!! - August 14, 2017

Hello again, you!

I'd be remiss if I did not mention as to how much fun I had playing for a great cause and for wonderful people at Mickey's Irish Pub this past Sunday!  Thank you ALL so much to those who came out to support a great organization (for those who were not there, you truly missed out!)  I have to give huge shout-outs to Blake Campbell (President of Best Buddies Iowa and a fantastic gentleman,) and to Mollie McCollum.  Without Mollie's grace and help, I would never have been introduced to and have had the opportunity to meet these great people and to play for them.  Blake and Mollie, thank you SO MUCH for a wonderful time!

Best Buddies Iowa was also recently featured on KCCI news for their "Bikes For Buddies" event.  They also raised $13,000 for this event alone!  I am SO PROUD of them!  Yes, this is a great amount that has been raised.  However, Best Buddies Iowa has a LONG way to go before they become a household name.  

Want more information and/or would like to help them out?  Please visit www.bestbuddies.org/iowa in order to gain access to their page.  They are also on Facebook as well:

https://www.facebook.com/bestbuddiesia/

Really looking forward to (hopefully) doing more events for this group in the future.  Thanks again, to Best Buddies Iowa, for the opportunity.  And, as always, thank you for YOUR support!

Peace, love, music, light, art

David Kav

Playing for Best Buddies Iowa at Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee, IA on Sunday, August 13th! - July 11, 2017

Hello, all you musical brothers and sisters (old and new!)

Yes, yes, I know.  LONG time!  However, you know it's not like me to post just "anything" here.  (Some say that I should.  Nonetheless...)

I met with Blake Campbell yesterday about this gig.  He is the State Director for Best Buddies Iowa.  Really great guy who is running a really cool organization.  Best Buddies Iowa partners up youth volunteers with other children of the same age group with learning disabilities which  includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.  

I am honored to be the musical guest to help fundraise such a noble cause as stated up above.  I'll be playing at the "home stretch" of the 26-mile Bike Ride (if you will) from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee, IA!  Tickets for the Bike Ride are $35 if you would like to participate.  There will also be a raffle and prizes that can be won.  

More details can be found at their site.  I'm including the link to the Bike for Buddies page:

https://www.bestbuddies.org/blog/2017/05/10/2017-biking-buddies/

Check out more about their mission statement, all of the wonderful help that they have given thus far.  If you're intrigued (just like I am,) you can also hook up with them on Facebook as well:

www.facebook.com/bestbuddies.ia

As more details unfold about this event, I will be sure to update this page along with my FB page and Twitter account (which I need to blow the virtual dust bunnies off of.  HA!)  There may be radio and TV appearances about this wonderful cause.  Please stay tuned (as always!)

Good to see you again!  Take care and I will see you at the show!

All my best,

David Kav

THANK YOU Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market!!! - May 30, 2017

HEY THERE!

Yes, I know I'm Yelling!  I can't help it!  Last weekend's Downtown Farmers Market show was such a success!!!  Honestly, I did NOT pick Memorial Day weekend.  They picked me for it and I couldn't have been more grateful for that opportunity.

Friends - I hadn't had that much fun playing music in a long time (if ever!)  Really.

The people of Des Moines are so friendly and so GENEROUS.  I asked for a bottle of water at one point.  I received 6 of them on the spot...for free...without a bat of an eye.  Couldn't have asked for more.  Granted - the sky did split open with that downpour during the last half-hour of the Market.  But, I was grinning ear-to-ear like a drowned rat.  Thank you thank you thank you!

I'm playing it again on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 7am to noon.  If you're game, please come and join me and all of us at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market on that date.  I can assure you, a LOT of fun will be had.

See you at the show - and again, THANK YOU!

All my best,

David Kav

Happy Holidays from David Kav - December 20, 2016

Seasons greetings, music lover and tribal member!

A LOT of changes have happened for me this past year.  (That's stating the obvious - I know.)  I have had people reach out to me about my music.  I can assure you - even though my path may have changed, my music is just beginning with the next chapter set to unfold in (hopefully) early 2017.  As I told a former band member last night via Facebook:  "It's cooking."  

Honestly, I can not tell you how grateful, thankful and hopeful I am for you.  Yes, you!  You - the one who is reading this right now.  You - the one who has listened to my music no matter what medium I may be playing it in.  I wish and hope for you, your family, your friends and your loved ones a joyous, gratuitous and Happy Holiday season.  I hope that the love and joy of this season lasts for you and me throughout 2017 and beyond.

Happy Holidays!

With love and thanks,
David Kav 

 

With two solo albums, one album with KAVUS and 2.25 albums with Classical Blast, David Kav is no stranger to the music world.  He has been playing acoustic guitar and singing for nearly two decades.  David has collaborated with other artists and is featured as a guest musician on other recordings as well to include Dawn Xiana Moon, Ian Narcisi.  David has been featured on WGN Channel 9 Morning News as well as featured on Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez on WGN Radio Chicago.  David has opened for many national acts with his last band Classical Blast to include Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Michael McDonald, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Don Felder of the Eagles, Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO II.) As a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan (and David would like to point out that he has always been a Cubs fan - EVEN when they were the "butt-end of MANY a joke,")David had the utmost pleasure and privilege to play the National Anthem at Wrigley Field three times with his aforementioned former band.  David's next step is new music to (HOPEFULLY) be released in (early) 2017.  David's musical path may have changed.  However, it is just beginning with the next chapter that will unfold in the coming year.  David is thankful for the friends, family and tribal members that have tirelessly supported him - both quietly and with gusto.
With eternal gratitude and many thanks,
David KavDavid is thankful for the friends, family and tribal members that have tirelessly supported him - both quietly and with gusto.With eternal gratitude and many thanks,David Kav

 

New single, "Reason," is out now! - September 15, 2016

Hello, again!

As I stated in my last message, my very first single and first release in over 8 years - "Reason" - is coming out soon.  Well, change that...because it's out NOW!  For a limited time, you can hear the song in its entirety BEFORE you buy it.  And it's RIGHT HERE:

https://davidkav.hearnow.com/

Check it out and let me know what you think.  Lo-fi, home recorded, no B.S.  Just straight up, good old-fashioned rock with attitude and a message.  Leave me a comment in my comment section OR...leave one on my FB page:

www.facebook.com/davidkavmusic

See you in a little while!  Hopefully over the radio waves on Monday, September 19th!  Again, we'll be featured on Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez for her Music Mondays segment between 11pm and 2am.

www.wgnradio.com


In Chicago, 720AM.  You can also download the WGN Radio app onto your smartphone and hear us "on the go."  

In addition, you can sign up for her show page on FB:  (https://www.facebook.com/PattiVShow/)

She WILL take LIVE video of our band while we are playing.  This is good...because...you know...we'll be too busy rocking out to see how we look.  So, we need YOU to tell us.  :) 

The band that I have cooked up for this show is geared up and ready to go.  I would have taken pictures and placed them on my Instagram page (@davidkavmusic) and/or on Facebook.  However, we were busy working hard to make sure that we rock out to our best ability.  This show will be epic.  I guarantee it!

Thanks for your support!  Hope you enjoy the music!

Peace, love, music, laughter, life forever,

David Kav 

David Kav returns to SOLO MUSIC (no...really...he's serious this time!) - September 8, 2016

Hello, you beautiful person, you!

It's good to see you again. It's been way too long (again.) So much to tell...so let's get right to it!

You may or may not have heard the news. However, due to life, family and personal circumstances, the time has come for me to leave Chicago (and Illinois.) In short, I am leaving Classical Blast. This is, by no means, done with any malice in my heart or in my soul. CB, as a whole, has had some of the best and most talented musicians that I've ever had the joy, privilege and honor to work with, to create with, to share the stage with, and to know. Classical Blast has definitely helped me to be a better musician, a much more patient person and a better human being all around. I will definitely miss each and every one on that team. My last gig with them (tentatively) will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 (show still TBA.)

And yes - I have been stating that I will officially release some new solo material for years and years now. In fact (after counting and not to include any works with KAVUS or Classical Blast,) it has been over 8 years since I have released ANY albums or solo work...

...until NOW!

My first and newest single, "Reason," is currently being processed! It is set to be released (fingers crossed) on Tuesday, September 13, 2016! It features my good friend and talented drummer, Nik Wielgus! "Reason" will be available for digital download on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming outlets very soon!

To celebrate (and to "kill two birds with one stone," per se,) I am excited to announce that I will be making my return to solo music in as well as making my debut appearance on WGN Radio 720AM! WAHOO! I'll be appearing on Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez for her Music Mondays segment on Monday, September 19, 2016! In addition, I'm bringing a full band - to include Thomas Rocha on electric guitar AND Nik Wielgus on drums (FULL kit, thank you!) :p Be sure to spread the word and to tune in! In Chicago, 720AM radio. You can also download the WGN Radio (Chicago) app on your smartphone and listen live. You can also hear us on the web at: www.wgnradio.com. Wanna call in that day? Call us at 312-981-7200! Again, I'll be on WGN Radio via Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez from 11pm to 2am on Monday, September 19, 2016. Tell everybody!

So, see? LOTS going on! I'm planning on releasing other singles this year before the end of 2016 as well. As always, if you want to keep updated with my whereabouts, upcoming shows, etc, just sign up for the email list (which I'll get better at updating and sending, btw...) You can also sign up at my musician page on FB: www.facebook.com/davidkavmusic. On Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidkav Vine: @davidkav.

Hope to see you at a show (or over the radio waves soon!)

Peace, Love, Music, Laughter Forever!
David Kav

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