Born in the swamp land of Chicago, IL, Dan began pluckin’ a guitar at the tender age of 6 minutes and thus sealed his destiny as a struggling, penniless artist.
Although, along the way he did make many a friend and occasionally enjoyed a few moments of hope and glory (in his own mind.)
For those of you interested, you can find Dan performing in saloons, hole-in-the-wall dives, honky-tonks, juke joints and parking lots all over the world as well as the occasional rock tour and Broadway show.
Dan has recorded two albums & tours with his roots-rock, power trio The West Side Winders (original music available on iTunes & Amazon – http://www.westsidewinders.com,) performs weekly solo acoustic shows and also plays festival, theater & club dates with both Chicago Tribute Anthology (Chicago tribute) & Diver Down (Van Halen tribute.)
In 2014/15, Dan starred & played lead guitar in the debut of (Twisted Sister frontman) “Dee Snider’s Rock N Roll Christmas Tale” at The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, IL. From 2012 to 2014, he was a semi regular performer on lead guitar in the long running Broadway musical Rock of Ages (with additional productions in Ft Worth, TX 2017, Chicago, IL 2017 & Pittsburgh, PA 2019.) Most recently/2019 in Chicago, Dan played lead guitar in the Drury Lane Theater production of Mamma Mia. In 2013, Dan worked/performed on the development of the “EMO” project, a new rock musical with Blue Man Group Productions in NYC. He was the original guitarist for classical/rock fusion PBS touring project Rocktopia. He also records for video game companies Zynga and Incredible Technologies. His guitar can be heard all over the popular arcade game Golden Tee. Finally, Dan is a busy guitar instructor and produces demos for up and coming singer/songwriters.
His other credits include work with: Kristin Chenoweth, Under The Streetlamp, The Rock Tenor, Broadway Rox, The Chicago Bulls (performance of Star Spangled Banner & O Canada,) the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Joe Piscopo, Echoes of Etta, the touring production of Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Wicked on Broadway, Jools Holland, Otis Rush, Steppenwolf Theatre Co., The Chicago Children’s Choir.
For a further glimpse into the demented psyche of Dan, check out his blog. It is updated on a weekly basis. Or at least when he’s feeling coherent.
Maybe someday you too can hire the A-Team (I mean Dan) if you can find him…