Nick Antonaccio is an endorsed artist with Kaman Music Corp. and uses Takamine nylon string guitars and Hamer instruments. Nick earned a masters degree in guitar studies from Indiana University (BA 1993, MM 1995 ), and has been performing professionally for over 18 years. He has taught and created curriculum for IU, and has performed regularly in downtown Indianapolis for the past ten years. His book “Guitar Study” was published and adopted as the required text for all guitar courses at Indiana University, and his video "Guitar Techniques" has helped numerous students learn a unique approach to playing guitar. Nick can be heard playing on a number of recordings and media publications, including radio commercials, film music, and a Grammy award winning group. Below are just a few highlights:
(Note: Nick recently moved from Indianapolis to Newtown, PA. For booking information, or to schedule a lesson in the Newtown area, please use the Ask A Question page, or call 215-552-8998).
American Cabaret Theatre Performances:
One of Indianapolis' unique live music venues, ACT has received rave reviews from major publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, NBC TV, The Associated Press, and The Indianapolis Star. Nuvo called ACT "The best musical entertainment in town". Nick has been the principal guitarist for ACT since January, 1998. Below is a brief listing of performances:
Decades: January 8 - February 22 1998, 20 performances. ACT's super hit ran for two years off-Broadway and has appeared across the country. Time called this musical portrait of America "Excellent!", and NBC described it as "one of the best!".
Rockspell: March 5 - April 25 1998, 19 performances. Rock operas of the '60s and '70s forged in a new direction.
Come a Little Closer: May 1 - May 28 1998, 15 performances. An evening with Brenda Williams and Shannon Forsell.
Old Time Rock and Roll: May 12 - August 28 1998. 60's and 70's Hits: Motown, the Mamas and the Papas, the Rolling Stones, etc.
Man of La Mancha: September 11 - October 30 1998. The Broadway musical.
Take This Job and Shove It: November 6-21, January 8-30. A musical tribute to work and its pleasures and pains.
The Best Songs of the 20th Century: February 5 - 27 1999.
Broadway Meets Hollywood: March 5 - April 28 1999. Favorite stage and screen hits.
Millennium: September 10 - November 20 1999. A look at music at the dawn of the new millenium.
Summer Lovin: January 7 - February 14 2000. Popular transistor hits of the 50's and 60's.
Swing, Swing, Swing: February 19 - April 15 2000 and June-August 2001, 45 performances. A bandstand favorite, what swing was like then ... and now.
Televisions: May 26 - August 26 2000, 45 performances. Music of all types reflected in the mirror of TV.
Holiday Christmas Cabaret 1999, 2000, 2001: November 24 - December 23. Indy's favorite seasonal celebration compares contemporary celebrations of Christmas with those held over the years.
Best of Cabaret Theatre, Part 1: November 3-18 2000, January 12-20 2001, 13 performances.
Best of Cabaret Theatre, Part 2: January 26- February 24 2001, 12 performances.
Cole and Noel: March 2 - April 28 2001, 21 performances. Songs by two of Indiana's most sophisticated songwriters.
Little Shop of Horrors: September - October 2001. The Broadway musical.
French Cabaret Masters: February 2002
America's Best Composers: March - April 2002
Indy in Revue: (Yearly Matinees) April/May/June 1998 - 2003, 50 performances. A musical look at the history of Indianapolis.
May Madness: May 4-May 26 (Yearly), 40 performances. A musical look at the history of the Indianapolis 500 race.
The Fabulous Fifties: June 11 - August 28 1999 and June - August 2003, 80 performances. A trip back to America's favorite decade. ACT has presented over 3500 performances of this show across the country.
Other rock, jazz, and ethnic music groups and performers of note, with whom I've performed:
Lindsey Ridener - see http://lindseyridener.com (2003-2004)
Shannon Forsell - national recording artist for Hal Leonard and Bob & Tom (1998-2004)
Jimmy Guilford - original Motown recording artist and legendary performer with the Ink Spots (1998-2004)
Sean Baker - national composer, recording artist, and writer for Natalie Cole
Patti Labelle - national recording artist (in recording at the Indianapolis Speedway)
Jes Richmond - formerly with Jackson Browne's group (2003-2004)
X-Factor with Phil Hampton (2001-2002)
SoulShine, with Charlie Bushor and Michael David Smith of The Why Store band (2004)
Brenda Williams (1998-2002)
Benito DiBartoli, of the Black Voodoo Band (2004)
Shake and Bake (2004)
The HouseMarys (1996-7)
Marcos Cavalcante’s Brazilian Choro Group (1993-4)
Theatre on the Square (Indianapolis)
Mahna Mahna/Ground Zero (1994-5)
Face Value (1992, 1993)
No Pun Intended (1993)
Antonaccio/Kukavica classical guitar duo (1990 - 1992)
Antonaccio/Inojosa classical/jazz flute and guitar duo (1995)
Raiz/Antonaccio flute/guitar duo (2000)
Antonaccio/Kane jazz guitar duo (2003)
The Singing Hoosiers (1991 - 1995)
Various Performance Highlights:
World Premiere of “Ammal and the Night Visitors”, by Juan Orego-Salas (Bloomington, 1991)
Chichester Psalms, Performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Bloomington, 1990)
Taste of Chicago - FOX stage (w/ Housemarys) (1996)
Duet tour of NJ and PA with Igor Kukavica, televised on NJN Network (1992)
World Music Festival (1994)
In concert with Kathleen Hacker (Indianapolis, 1993)
WFHB live radio performance (Bloomington, 1994)
First Night Montclair (Montclair, NJ 1991, 1992)
Indy's Theatre on the Square presentations of Man o La Mancha, Das Barbecue, and Best Little Whore House In Texas
Numerous club and college performances throughout the Midwest with the bands listed above
Numerous solo concerts and performances across the US
Numerous commercial recordings and performances for events and businesses in Indianapolis.
Antibus - rock album with the Housemarys See all of Nick's currently available publications here.
The Women of My Life - songs of Billy Mure, arranged for solo guitar
A Christmas Gift - solo acoustic guitar album
Classic - Solo acoustic recording: classical and new age favorites
Movie Sound Track for "Blessings From the Food Court" (1998)
Soundtracks for off broadway productions of "The Best Little Whore House in Texas" and "Man o La Mancha"
Numerous private label recordings, radio spots and commercial studio recording sessions
"Guitar Techniques" instructional guitar video (see the Free Online Text Lessons pages on this site for a large collection of instructional matterials by Nick).
Listen to a variety of freely downloadable live recordings here.
Nick's dog - like one of the family