Neil Van Dorn is a musician, singer and songwriter based out of Rochester, New York. A self described “normal dude” striving to bring you killer grooves, Neil is a product of his humble, ”sub”- suburban beginnings. A natural born (occasionally reluctant) optimist with busy hands; Neil pushes boundaries by infusing his upbeat, often unorthodox guitar stylings, with his own uniquely recognizable brand of "stream of consciousness" storytelling. Ever motivated to try and make sense of the world around him, Neil follows the footsteps of some his greatest influences; Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jack Johnson and John Mayer to name a few, and sees every song and stage as an opportunity to both narrate and paint a portrait of his own inner monologue.
Often accompanied by his supreme supporting cast of compadres and collaborators; The NVD Trio and NVD Band combine to effortlessly elevate and transform Neil’s honest songwriting into a tasty blend of jam based, indie pop-rock infused grooves. In Studios and on Stages a like, Neil Van Dorn (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Jason Mlyniec (Lead Guitar), Adam Whiting (Keys & Background Vocals) and Paul Towsley (Bass) channel their inner “Jackson Pollock” and combine their wide array of personal influences and diverse musical backgrounds to create their own rhythmic brew of spacey instrumentations, catchy hooks and unique melodies.
While most often compared by its fans to the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, Guster and OAR, the Band feels most at home when transcending many genres to create a jam centric, ever evolving musical experience that can satiate even the most diverse of musical palates. While primarily an original project, the Band also surprises listeners with eccentric mashups and their truly original takes on popular music, from all genres. Music lovers and showgoers can expect to hear an array of their favorite songs in ways not imagined.
Since their formation in 2014, the Band has released three “EP’s” as well as played many notable festivals and venues in Rochester and across Upstate, New York. Other successes include playing in support of national touring acts and being featured on three of Rochester’s major television news outlets, as well as extensive radio and print coverage.
“Out of the Woods", NVDB's third and most extensive "LP" to date, was released on all streaming services on July 20th, 2019.