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“His vocals are pristine! He's fantastic!”
— Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional
“7/31/2020 was my first time to hear Steve Hartmann. What a gift. As soon as he began my body and spirit just relaxed. How would I describe his voice? Haunting.” - new fan
“I was blown away... speechless.”
— Livingston Taylor
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When asked to describe his music, Jericho Vermont based singer-songwriter Steve Hartmann usually hides behind the closest fan or friend to help him out despite his 30+ years making music. As with most singer-songwriters, he’s hesitant bordering on uncomfortable categorizing his sound, boxing it into a genre, or comparing himself to more readily familiar artists, but to provide a point of reference, his most flattering description was bestowed upon him by a fan after her first Steve Hartmann show. “You’re like the ‘grey’ between an acoustic Dave Matthews and Damien Rice; I wanted to dance one minute, cry the next, and in the moments in between, I couldn’t help but find myself gently swaying back and forth. I was captivated the whole time.”
Steve started playing classical piano at age 12. The agreement between he and his mother was that he agreed to pay for them, and she agreed to drive him to his lessons. That continued for 6 years. In the meantime, at age 15, Steve’s mother also taught him the three most important basic guitar chords every beginner should know: G, C, D… in that order. Steve took it from there, pulling lyrics from his journal and putting music to them like a soundtrack. For years, this was his process… how he dealt with his adolescence. He always felt better after a song was finished, but he knew this is what he wanted to do the first time
Like a lot of aspiring musicians, Steve found himself in the restaurant business early. He attended The Restaurant School of Philadelphia right out of high school and graduated with a culinary arts degree, and went on to be a chef, which enabled him to play most nights. In between carefully preparing Chateau Briand and escargot, he met bassist Drew Breder. They formed the band, Simon, named after one of Steve’s closest friends. They released their first EP; a live recording on cassette tape, called Live ’97.
In his mid 20’s, Steve took a leap of faith and applied, and was accepted, to Berklee College of Music. He moved to Boston where he was a piano principle and double majored in stage performance and songwriting. He met and was taught by the incomparable Livingston Taylor, where Taylor said, “I was blown away… I’m speechless”. During his time in Boston, Steve met 5 other musicians to help him carry on the Simon name… so much to the point, that fans started calling Steve, Simon. They recorded and released Simon’s first, and only, full length studio album called, Sweet Angel. They started gaining traction in the Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia areas, and were being scouted by major labels, but after about 4 years of touring relentlessly throughout New England and the greater Philadelphia tri-state area, Simon dispersed, and Steve went on as a soloist.
Steve moved to Colchester, VT to be closer to his then girlfriend who was from South Burlington. After getting a quick lay of the musical landscape in VT, Steve went right to work, winning The Advance Music Singer-Songwriter Contest. Since then, Steve has married, has had a son, released his first solo studio album called Waking Up the Echoes, won Vermont’s Original Music Competition, books talent for 2 of New England’s largest festivals, and continues to grow his musical community through his love of playing and writing.
“Sometimes, the life we dream of it tends to fall asleep”, Steve sings of the things we dared to dream we could be when we were kids. “And sometimes, in the faces we meet, you can hear them cry for sweet release”, Steve speaks to the hope we can find in the people we meet along the way… hope for us all, that we can still dream, and achieve, together.
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This marks the first of four shows this Summer season at this beautiful winery in Milton, VT. Come make some memories while sipping on some fine wine and eating delicious appetizers while listening to the sun set against some tasty tunes.
I'm back at The Burren listening room for my sophomore appearance, and, boy, is it going to be special - Frank Viele is stopping by to play a set! If you don't know him, check him out! https://frankviele.com/ This is going to be epic! $15 advance tickets/$20 day of. Tickets: https://24hourconcerts.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1096 https://www.facebook.com/events/595269672572037
$15 advance $20 dos. OR $13 w/ 24HOUR Coupon Code or STUDENT Coupon Code (w/Student ID)
This beautiful room complete with baby grand piano, full bar with delicious libations, light fare, full lights and sound, is the perfect spot to come enjoy some cocktails, small plates, wonderful company, and great music!
This marks Steve's first performance at this legendary venue in the heart of Saratoga Springs, NY, opening for his friends, duo Rock act, Sirsy. They'll be performing a rare acoustic set after Steve sets warms up the stage. Come out and enjoy these two acts in an amazing performance space.
This marks my first time at this beautiful brewery on the waterfront in Burlington, VT. Come have some tasty brunch with me!
I'm delighted to announce my first house concert at the Pitman's! Click the link below for tickets! An email will be sent to you the week of the event with an address, parking instructions, etc. BYOB, BYOC.
I'm so happy to announce that I will be returning to the Boston area for my first extended show in that area in over 15 years. I'll be double headlining with the lovely and talented Chelsea Berry! Proof of vax and ID are required to attend in person and you'll have to wear a mask at your table, but fear not, it will be live streamed as well! Come out and support live, local music IN-PERSON or online. I can't wait to see you all! It's been WAY. TOO. LONG! I can't tell you how excited I am for this show! Ticket link and online FB streaming link is attached. See you there!
$20/adv, $25/dos, $18 w/ Coupon Code 24Hour
I'm back for one last installment for Stevurday! - a virtual concert with me, my guitars, some stories, wine, and good friends.
Steve returns to this magical venue in Brandon VT for DINNER AND A SHOW! Admission is $60, which includes a "posh" (as Edna - the co-owner describes) three-course meal, and the concert. Everything about this experience, from the moment you arrive, to the moment you are seated for dinner, to the moment the concert ends, is what every listening room experience should be. Call for reservations NOW as these seats typically sell out well in advance. 802-247-4295 You may email for reservations as well. email@example.com We'll see you there! Cin Cin!
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This will be my last IN_PERSON show for the Summer, and I'm laying it down at Halvorson's - a perfect venue in the heart of Burlington's Church Street Market Place. Come have some tasty drinks, grub, and tunes to close out the Summer!
Steve returns for a sophomore performance at this beautifully renovated church in the heart of Westford VT. Join him as he reflects on the songs of his youth, and the stories yet to unfold.
With all the help Rallysound has generously provided to so many, it's time we give a little to them. This is the first concert to help Rallysound be able to continue doing good in their community. I'm honored to Rally and do some more good with Will Evans, Whiskey Treaty Road Show, Kali Stoddard-Imari! See you there! Cin Cin!
The Underhill Food Truck Night - Moore Park, 15 Pleasant Valley Rd, Underhill, VT
The last Food Truck Night for the season! Come hang out with some of the best food truck goodies and music before we wrap up the season!
Come celebrate the last days of Summer with me! Grab some tasty grub, delicious libations, and take in the tunes!
Here it is, folks - The. LAST. SHOW. FOR THE SUMMER. Come hang out one last time before we pack it up for the Fall. Let's celebrate ourselves, the community we have, and the music that binds us.
I'm honored to be a part of this community and benefit concert put on by the Adam Ezra Group to help homeless veterans get off the streets and into permanent, dignified housing. More details to come!
Kick off the 10 best days of Summer with me at The Champlain Valley Fair!
The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452
Winding down to the last few shows this season! Get 'em while you can!
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