Bon Tone Lesson Studio

 

Rates:

Instrument Instruction:

In-Studio Price In-Home Price
½ Hour Instrument Lesson (Weekly) $25 ½ Hour Instrument Lesson (Weekly) $35
1 Hour Instrument Lesson (Weekly) $35 1 Hour Instrument Lesson (Weekly) $45
½ Hour Instrument Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $30 ½ Hour Instrument Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $40
1 Hour Instrument Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $40 1 Hour Instrument Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $50

Songwriting/Production Instruction:

In-Studio Price In-Home Price
½ Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Weekly) $20 ½ Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Weekly) $30
1 Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Weekly) $30 1 Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Weekly) $40
½ Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $25 ½ Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $35
1 Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $35 1 Hour Songwriting/Production Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $45

Art Instruction:

In-Studio Price In-Home Price
½ Hour Art Lesson (Weekly) $25 ½ Hour Art Lesson (Weekly) $35
1 Hour Art Lesson (Weekly) $35 1 Hour Art Lesson (Weekly) $45
½ Hour Art Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $30 ½ Hour Art Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $40
1 Hour Art Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $40 1 Hour Art Lesson (Bi-Weekly) $50

Group rates available for band coaching.

Discount available for prepaid lesson packages.

Lesson rates are sometimes negotiable based on proximity and student attitude.  ;P

Sample Lesson: “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt

BIO:

Lead instructor Evan Gavry grew up around music (his father plays guitar, fiddle, and accordion) and studied alto saxophone from 4th grade to 12th grade.  He also took piano lessons from 6th grade to 8th grade.  Evan played saxophone in the award-winning Amsterdam Marching Rams marching band all four years of high school, as well as the high school concert band. He started playing guitar when he was a junior in high school and is largely self-taught on the instrument (although obviously informed by his formal woodwind and piano studies); at the same time he was learning punk, heavy metal, 90’s alternative, and classic rock in high school garage bands, he picked up bluegrass, country, and Irish fiddle tunes playing with his dad at festivals and jams.  Evan played guitar with the high school jazz band and began playing out with rock bands his senior year. He hasn’t stopped since. 

Evan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies (focused on TV and Radio Production) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  He mixes live sound (front of house and monitors) and engineers, mixes, and masters for recording.  He has set, operated, struck and stored a full range of event production materials: stage deck, pipe and drape, audio, lighting, video, projection, band backline, and recording.   He has done some regional tour management for national touring artists and managed a college nightclub (staffing, technical staffing and training, security, and artist/backline management seven nights a week).  He has worked door/security in a high-volume tourist area (400+ capacity brew pub across the street from Fenway Park in Boston and a seafood restaurant/bar directly on Mardi Gras parade routes in New Orleans) and worked merchandise at club shows and large festivals. He’s designed promotional materials for web, digital displays, and hard copy posters.  Evan has experience designing and producing screen-printed posters and t-shirts.  He has booked and promoted shows in the greater New Orleans LA, Boston MA, and Albany NY areas and was on the planning committee for the 2014 New England Americana Festival in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

INSTRUMENTS:

Proficient (in practice and ready to play out; comfortable soloing and improvising)

Guitars (electric & acoustic), banjo, dobro, lap steel guitar

Competent (out of regular practice and prefer rehearsal; comfortable playing rhythm and written parts)

Keyboards (piano, organ, synth, accordion, melodica), harmonica, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar

Familiar (out of regular practice and need rehearsal; comfortable playing written parts)

Pedal steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, upright bass

TOUR MANAGEMENT:

Valerie June – Tour managed singer/songwriter (solo and quartet) on multiple weekend tours, including Newport Folk Festival and Freshgrass bluegrass festival

John Fullbright – Tour managed solo singer/songwriter on weekend tour including CBS This Morning national television appearance

SOUND/PRODUCTION:

August 2017-November 2018

Audio Engineer, Hi Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA

Mixed FOH and monitors for live entertainment in nightclub; live music, comedy, and burlesque

September-December 2017

Audio Engineer, Maison, New Orleans, LA

Mixed FOH and monitors for live entertainment in nightclub; live music

June 2017-September 2017

Audio Engineer, Dragon’s Den, New Orlean

Mixed FOH and monitors for DJs in nightclub

May 2017-August 2017

Audio Engineer, B.B. King’s Blues Club, New Orleans, LA

Mixed FOH and monitors for live entertainment in bar/restaurant venue; live music

August 2016-January 2017, ACES (American Concert and Entertainment Services) Troy, NY

AV Technician/Stagehand for full service event production

July 2013-June 2015, Northeastern University – Boston, MA

Senior Event Manager

September 2008-September 2011, Northeastern University – Boston, MA

Interim Coordinator of Events and Scheduling

Event Technician

May 2007-August 2008 PSAV Presentation Services – Boston, MA

Event Technology Specialist

May 2004 – May 2009 Comcast – Boston, MA

Freelance camera and television production

May 2006 – Present – Self Employed

Freelance live sound production

Please request additional “Production Resume” for individual job details

BAND RESUME:

Captain Bunny & the Crash Landings (New Orleans, LA) – QUARTET – Garage rock, Swamp pop, Blues

                Played out monthly locally

  • Played rhythm/lead electric guitar
    • Fronted and sang lead on 3/4 of catalog; sang harmony on remaining 1/4
    • Arranged almost all of catalog, wrote all but one of the original songs: probably 1/3 originals to 2/3 cover/traditional songs

Knuckles & Bunny (New Orleans LA) – DUO/TRIO – Bluegrass and Americana

                Played out monthly locally

  • Played rhythm/lead acoustic guitar, banjo, and dobro
    • Fronted and sang lead on 3/4 of catalog; sang harmony on remaining 1/4
    • Arranged almost all of catalog, wrote all original songs: probably 1/5 originals to 4/5 cover/traditional songs
    • Produced 6 song EP “One-Hitter” (5 original songs/1 cover), available on iTunes and Spotify

Born Thirsty (Albany NY) – QUARTET – Blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, Dixieland

Played out monthly locally

  • Played rhythm/lead acoustic guitar, banjo, and dobro
    • Fronted and sang lead on 3/4 of catalog; sang harmony on remaining 1/4
    • Arranged almost all of catalog, wrote all original songs: probably 1/5 originals to 4/5 cover/traditional songs
    • Produced 5 song EP “Born Thirsty” (4 original songs/1 traditional), available on Soundcloud

Dark Don’t Catch Me Here (Boston MA) – DUO – Folk and old-time

Played out bi-weekly locally

  • Played rhythm acoustic guitar, banjo, and dobro
    • Fronted and sang lead on 3/4 of catalog; sang harmony on remaining 1/4
    • Arranged almost all of catalog, wrote all original songs: probably 1/3 originals to 2/3 cover/traditional songs
    • Produced 3 song EP “Merry Christmas from DDCMH”  (1 original song/1 cover/1 traditional), available on Soundcloud

American Beauty Band GRATEFUL DEAD TRIBUTE (Boston MA) – QUINTET – Jam, psychedelic, Americana, classic rock

Rehearsed six months, did not play out (included as stylistic reference)

  • Played bass guitar

Three Day Threshold (Boston MA) – QUINTET – Americana, punk, rockabilly, bluegrass, Irish

Played out bi-weekly locally + several short tours (see notes below)

Local festival appearances + opening slots for national touring acts (Dick Dale, Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band, Trace Adkins, Old Crow Medicine Show for a few examples)

  • Played mostly lap steel guitar, lead electric guitar, and banjo (and sometimes rhythm acoustic guitar, bass guitar, or accordion, depending on lineup and setting)
    • Sang harmony on 1/2 of catalog; sang lead and fronted on 3-5 songs per set (3 of those originals)
    • Helped co-write originals and arrange covers; sole writer of 3 original songs in regular rotation
    • Played on 1 album, 2 EPs, and 2 compilations (including lead vocals on 3 original songs and 1 traditional song), available on iTunes and Spotify

                Three Day Threshold – St. Patrick’s season-

For around 2 weeks every March preceding and including the weekend or day of St. Patrick’s day, Three Day Threshold becomes “Kier Byrnes and Friends” and switches to a more traditional Irish catalog and pub “session” format (more acoustic instrumentation with the players facing each other around a pub table).  This band plays daily/nightly in the Boston metro area during the St. Paddy’s season.  Evan mainly played banjo and accordion on these gigs and sang lead on maybe 1/5 of the repertoire (harmonies on probably 3/5)

                Three Day Threshold – Middle East tour-

The full electric quintet has done several Armed Forces Entertainment tours of US Armed Forces bases overseas.  Evan played lead electric guitar and banjo on a two-week tour of Djibouti, Kuwait, and Qatar with them.

Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen (Albany NY) – SEXTET – Alt-Country, jam, jazz, bluegrass

Played out weekly locally

  • Played lead electric guitar, lap steel guitar           
    • Hosted weekly residency

Evan Gavry & the Tin Stars (Albany NY) – SOLO (One-Man Band) – Classic country, bluegrass, folk

                Played out monthly locally

  • Played rhythm acoustic guitar, banjo, and dobro + guitar effects + live drums (kick drum/porch board and high hat/tambourine/shaker
    • Arranged all material
    • Sang lead and fronted

John Colvert & the Great Brighton Fire (Boston MA) – QUARTET – Folk-rock, songwriter, Americana

Played out monthly locally

  • Played lead electric guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo
    • Played on 1 album “Songs For The Northern Belle” (including sole writer of 1 original song), available on Bandcamp   

The First Third (Boston MA) – DUO – Soul, R&B, blues, roots-rock

Played out weekly locally

  • Played rhythm/lead electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, banjo
    • Hosted/booked weekly residency
    • Hosted weekly open mic

Mike MacDonald & the Widowmakers (Boston MA) – QUARTET – Alt-Country, honky-tonk, songwriter

Played out weekly locally + organized 3 annual Honky-Tonk Extravaganza festivals

  • Played lead electric guitar, lap steel guitar
    • Played on 2 albums, available on iTunes and Spotify

Shades & Whispers (Boston MA) – DUO – Folk, songwriter, roots-rock

Played out quarterly locally

  • Played rhythm/lead electric and acoustic guitars
    • Produced 3 song EP “By Fits And Starts” (3 original songs)

Too Drunk To Dream (Boston MA) – QUARTET – 90’s alternative, hard rock, classic rock

Played quarterly at house parties

  • Played rhythm/lead electric guitar
    • Sang lead/fronted

Mayflower Descendants (Albany NY) – TRIO – Songwriter, bluegrass, indie rock, Alt-Country

Played out monthly locally

  • Played rhythm acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, harmonica
    • Sang 1/2 lead, 1/2 harmony
    • Produced 1 EP (2/5 were original songs)

Susan Surrenders (Albany NY) – QUINTET – Post-punk, emo, prog, metal

Played out monthly locally

  • Played bass guitar (original lineup)
    • Played rhythm/lead electric guitar (final lineup)

Amsterdam HS Marching Rams (Amsterdam NY) – MARCHING BAND – Popular songs, marches

Played weekly halftime shows, monthly parades, + yearly out of state parades/halftime shows/competitions

  • Played alto saxophone
    • Marched in parade formation and choreographed field routines