Saint Patrick's Day 1988, as a 5th year Senior at East Stroudsburg University of PA, I, along with my Yamaha RX-17 drum machine, and Ovation Celebrity acoustic electric guitar, played my first paid live performance at the famous (and formerly) Dansbury Depot (Trackside Pub now sits on that site). Over the next 18 years, I honed my craft in hundreds of establishments in the northeastern PA region, with a good number of appearances in the surrounding states of NJ, NY, VA, DE, and MD. I've been the entertainment at many hundreds of private and company affairs, including weddings, graduation parties, Christmas parties, neighborhood events, block parties, and the list goes on. I've taken the "stage" an estimated 5,000 times, give or take a few hundred.
Since April of 2006, I've been based in Saint Pete Beach, FL in the heart of the Gulf Beaches/Tampa Bay region. I've been regularly performing 5-6 nights per week at a few select venues, including the Bamboo Beach Bar (Madeira Beach), The Pub Waterfront Restaurant (Indian Shores -currently every Tuesday and Wednesday evening), On The Rocks (Indian Rocks Beach), the Sirata Resort (Oceanfront in St Pete Beach), and the Blue Parrot in St Pete Beach, where I've established Sunday Funday. Other occasional venues include the St Pete Yacht Club, O’keefes Tavern (Clearwater), the American Legion #273 (Madeira Beach). Before that, from April 2006 - April 2010 I was, for 5-6 nights per week, the house entertainer at the popular Woody's Waterfront in Saint Pete Beach. During that time I also entertained part time at The Rum Barrel in Key West. During these past 7 years (about 1500 performances), I have acquired a consistent following of quality folks (snowbirds and local) - many who even seek me out for their night(s) out. I provide these folks and customers with great music, some laughs, some dancing, and a feeling of community. Many of my following have been with me for all five years and have formed friendships with each other. Please refer to the gig schedule at the top of this page to find my immediate whereabouts. If you are a venue manager of owner, I offer your establishment instant credibility in terms of the entertainment you provide.
Many weddings, birthday parties, fairs, and events of all kinds. Other venues of note are the Mark 2100 Hotel, Fort Lauderdale Beach, - house entertainer six nights per week in 1991-1992.
Thirsty Camel, Camelback Mountain Ski Area – house entertainer 5 nights per week 1989-1991.
The Quarter (Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City)- Three nights per week 2002-2004.
Carnival Pride cruise ship, Los Angeles-Mexico, 2004-2005.
Many other establishments on weekly or monthly basis.
What does Tom Davis do?I perform classic primarily pop/rock hits- a few from the 50's, a bunch from the 60's-90's, and some more current. I take pride in adding songs that are not performed by most acts, such as Jay and the Americans' CARA MIA , The Left Banke's WALK AWAY RENEE, CCR's HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN, The Kingston Trio's SCOTCH AND SODA, The Turtles' SHE'D RATHER BE WITH ME, among others. I will also throw in a few country songs (Johnny Cash, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Brooks and Dunn). My theme is sort of "happy rock" that you can sing along with, or even associate a certain time or your life with. Click on MY SET LIST for an incomplete, but representative, song list. I am a MIDI pioneer, using backing tracks to augment my vocals/guitar/harmonica since the inception of the Tom Davis Solo Rock and Roll Show in 1988. I am an expert at creating very tasteful tracks that do not overwhelm the integrity of the live performance. I also can do an acoustic gig with just me, a guitar, and harmonicas. I am an excellent vocalist, and at times utilize a light touch of a vocal harmonizer to add depth to the chorus of some songs. Please check out my youtube videos to see and hear what I do. Let me add that I know how to keep volumes to an acceptable level. As my friend DannyB says "I've never know anyone to leave because its not loud enough" - but we all have left venues because the music was too loud. I KEEP VOLUMES APPROPRIATE FOR THE VENUE- your customers will be able to talk to one another.
I understand that the music itself is not all that matters - My act is VERY family-friendly and child-friendly- I enjoy banter with the kids, too. Many times I've heard a parent say "we brought (our child) here because they just want to hear Tom Davis". I never use vulgar language or dirty song parodies. A keen and clean SEINFELDIAN sense of humor is included with the performance at NO EXTRA COST. I've never used used drugs or smoked anything- and very rarely drink alcohol. I consider myself a professional and conduct myself accordingly.