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Absolute Exhibits Inc.

American Cancer Society
Avalon at Newport
Backbay Bistro, Newport Dunes
Balbao Village Community
Balboa Bay Club
Bella Terra Entertainment Complex
British-American Business Council
Caldwell Banker Residential Brokers
City of Aliso Viejo
City of Newport Beach
Corona Del Mar Chamber of Commerce
Dana Wharf Sport Fishing
Deacon Jones Foundation
Discovery Land CompanyFalkner Winery
First Team Realty
Five Crowns Restaurant
Fox Sports Grill
Harrah’s Rincon
Harvey and Company LLC
Hoag Hospital

Hotel Irvine
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Irvine Spectrum Center
Khoury’s Restaurant, Seal Beach
Kia Motors USA
Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
Lake Forest City Council
Langham Hotel
Mark IV Capital, Newport Beach
Mission Inn, Riverside
Monarch Bay Club
Moss Adams Capital
Mozambique, Laguna Beach
Newport Beach Breakers
Newport Beach Cultural Arts and Cultural Services
Nolet Spirits U.S.A. Headquarters
Pachenga Resort
Pacific Development Group
Pacific Meridian Real Estate
Pelican Point Community Assoc
Port Restaurant
Royal Hawaiian Restaurant

Ritz Carlton
Saddleback ChurchSantiago Seniors
Sawdust Art Festival
Shady Canyon Co Club

Sea Country Senior Center
Sherman Library & Gardens

So Cal Pilots Association

The Bungalow Restaurant
The Chaparosa Grill
The Crystal Cathedral
The Deacon Jones Foundation
The Irvine Co.
The Islands Hotel, Fashion Island
The Kaleidoscope
The Nixon Library
The Radisson Hotel Newport
Tijeras Creek Country Club
Turnip Rose
Via Verde Country Club

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach
Waters restaurant, Irvine

Welbrook Arlington
Wind & Sea restaurant
Ziani Community Assoc

References & Testimonials

Venues and clients

The best!
"Don was communicative, professional, and so talented! He crushed it at our party and absolutely made it. I received many compliments about him! Will definitely hire him again. Perfection in every way!"
  Reviewer: Adrienne Stiefel
  Event Date: March 17th, 2023
Gigsalad Rating: 5 out of 5


"Thank you, Don! We all had a great time and your timing with everything was excellent! Thank you so much for bringing joy to our office holiday party..."
Kayla Grossman, Director of Coordination and Logistics
Mark IV Capital, Inc.Newport Beach, CA


"...many thanks to you DON!!  You are a true professional and a great addition to our event. Will definitely keep you in mind for future events."
Angela Cortright | Principal
Spa Gregorie's | Live Well. Be Well. Spa Well.

"Don, It is always a pleasure working with you and I so appreciate all you do to make each event memorable for our members and their guests."

Victoria Mattedich, Catering Manager

Shady Canyon Golf Club

  Irvine, CA 92603


"Thank you Don! You certainly contributed to the wonderful celebration. Mike truly enjoyed your music and we will definitely reach out to you in our future events both personally and professionally.Looking forward to seeing you again,"


PAM HUITT, Director

Seven Gables Realty


"Don – you were an unadulterated hit!  Everyone loved you and your made the party – eternally grateful – cannot wait to see you again."

- Jan Koren / President

Absolute Exhibits, Inc.

"Thank you Don for your services!! Residents always love your music!'

Michelle Fortunato

Loyalty Program Manager 

Irvine Company Apartment Communities

"Don: You were terrific! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed you.

Always happy to refer and support!"

Kindest Regards
Rose Hancoch, Laguna Beach Consulting Group

(former Laguna Beach Chamber President)


“A true renaissance musician…"

OC Weekly


“Don Covel is a one-man show. He can change his performance to suit the needs of theAudience. His warm personality and musicianship complement our shows and events.

He is a delight to work with."

Jana Barbier, Newport Beach Arts and Cultural Services

Newport Beach, CA


Hello Don, ”I can't thank you enough for all your support in making

"Let's get Wild with Chili's" a HUGE success!

I received enormous amount of positive feedback

from residents on how much fun they had…” Thanks again.

Lea Garay Event Director,

Santa Rosa Apartment Homes, 500 Cardiff Irvine, CA


Thank you Don. We are still hearing people talk about how great the event was and it had

a lot to do with your music. It really made the night so thank you again.

I hope to work with you again soon. 

Rommel J. Manio,

Leasing Consultant

Woodbury Lane Apartment Homes


Hi, Don! Just wanted to let you know (again) that everyone at The Village loves your style of music that you play during the weekends. The leasing office is especially excited,

since it really adds that special feeling to an already resort-like environment.

Joann Martin-Douk,

Activities Director

The Village at Irvine Spectrum Center


"Don Covel is a unique and talented musician. He is a perfect complementto our social activities. Our residents love having him perform at ourevents." . ..

thank you for doing such an awesome job! The residents loved you.

It is always a pleasure having you at my events..”-

Maggie Sanders,

Villa Sienna Activities Director


Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce

Hi Don, I just wanted to thank you again for all your help & support last night!

You were a huge hit! Thanks again!

Mary Visconte

Spectrum Specialties & Awards


Republican Party of Orange County

Dear Don, "...Thanks for the splendid music. You made the party!"

Thomas A. Fuentes,

Chairman Emeritus,

Republican Party of Orange County


California Newport Beach Arts and Cultural Services Shady Canyon Golf Club, Irvine

“Don,T hank you so much for providing the wonderful entertainment for the Art of Dining event. You are such a talent! You were certainly the perfect person to start off the party.

Our members are still talking about your music!

Everyone was thrilled to have you play for them again.

We look forward to seeing you more often.”

Alexis Wensman,

Director of Catering Shady Canyon Golf Club,



Corona Del Mar Chamber of Commerce

“Talk about talent and you are talking about the smooth sounds of Don Covel "

Village Voice,

Corona Del Mar,


CA Bella Terra Marketing Director, Huntington Beach

"Don Covel is a consummate musician and entertainer. He has a rare ability to connect with audiences at all levels and ages. His unique combination of classic rock

and smooth jazz make him a favorite at our events.

Pat Rogers -

Bella Terra Marketing Director,

Huntington Beach, CA


The David Deacon Jones Foundation

“Dear Don, on behalf of the Deacon Jones foundation we want to thank you so very much for your all of your support. We hope you had a good time

and that you had an opportunity to meet and talk with our celebrity guests.”

David & Elizabeth Jones (L. A Rams Hall of Fame)


Joanne C. Sokolski Chief of Protocol, County of Orange

”Dear Don, Congratulations! Your music is wonderful …

I enjoyed your talent and music very much. Keep up the good work!”

Warm regards,

Joanne Sokolski


Irvine Chamber of Commerce

“Don, We really enjoyed having you at the Board Installation Dinner. Your music and style were perfect for the event and I'm glad you also felt it was a valuable experience. I look forward to working together again and will be in touch as future opportunities come up.Thanks again!

Rachael Bishop, Irvine Chamber of Commerce Irvine


Rodney Allen Rippy, Actor, Producer

Dear Don:On behalf of WIGWINE

Thank You for your time and the wonderful music you provided.

You are a true skilled talent and I look forward to hearing you play again real soon.

Rodney Allen Rippy, Ambassador WIG Foundation


Womens International Group (WIG Wine)

Hi Don!I want to thank you again for spending the afternoon with us.

We all enjoyed listeningto you. You are a talented musican!

You made it very special (as you are)… Support like yours is what keeps us going!

Leanne Sabo and Margie A. Padavan, Founders WIG Wine & WIG Foundation



Tammy Ford, Food & Beverage Director

" ... awesome, loved by all!! "

Tammy Ford, Food & Beverage Director

Back Bay BistroNewport Beach, CA


Margo Brask Five Crowns Restaurant

Hi Don, Thank you for your kind words. I have your brochure, but if you would like to bring a holder with business cards I can place them in my office.

I enjoyed your music and I think everyone had a wonderful time.

Margo Brask

Sales and Marketing Manager

Five Crowns Restaurant


City of Corona

Hi Don, I got your letter with flyer and business card.

We truly enjoyed your music and appreciate the follow up to our conversation.

I would like to give out a couple of the flyers …and I'll distribute them to restaurants we frequent.

Councilman Jason Scott

City of Corona


Valerie Blackholly, British American Business Council

Don: Thank you for entertaining our guests at the recent BABC FANiCO event at Chaparosa Grill. Your music was the perfect addition to the evening and everyone enjoyed listening…

I will be happy refer you to other groups I work with.

Best wishes

Valerie Blackholly, British American Business Council

Executive Director


Langham Hotel event

wedding client To:

Don, Everything was perfect.

You helped make the entire day a huge success and one of the best days of our lives.

Everyone complimented us on every part of the wedding, starting with you.

You did a great job. We hope to see you at many more weddings!

Thanks, again.Ellen

Welbrook Arlington

"Don, ..The residents really enjoyed your show yesterday! We will definitely look forward to having you back...Thank you again – it was a pleasure hearing you sing and play yesterday"
Emily Turner
Director of Resident Enrichment

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