Welcome to DaveSalwitz.com!


If you need a bass player for live performance or recording, please feel free to contact me by clicking on this link!

I'm playing a concert with Invisible Touch: A Tribute to Phil Collins & Genesis at the Auburn Avenue Theater in Auburn, WA on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 P.M. Click here to get tickets! 

Please note that the Phil/Genesis concert on March 24 will be our last show for the next few months. (One of our band members will be convalescing.)

Then on Saturday, April 21, Second Hand Newz - Tribute to Fleetwood Mac is playing a 7:00 P.M. show at the Cle Elum Eagles Hall in Cle Elum, WA. $5 cover charge at the door.

On the recording front, I'm nearly done laying down bass tracks for the upcoming Christoper Todd Davis album. Every song has a hook that will stick in your head after 1-2 listenings. I'll post the album release details asap!



Please check out my audio and video pages (menu at top) for examples of music I've played live and recorded. If you like what you hear and need a bassist, please feel free to contact me at the link above.

I've been playing bass since 1974. I started out playing rock and progressive rock, and in 1977 I co-founded the progressive rock cover band, Mantis. Like my previous couple of bands, we played venues such as Lake Hills Roller Rink in Belleveue, WA and numerous colleges and high schools in Washington. In 1978, Mantis morphed into an original progressive rock album. One of our biggest shows was at the Seattle Concert Theater that used to be across the street from 13 Coins in Seattle. All of Mantis' original music was written by Roger Halvorson, Dave Bartley, and Janet Johnson (RIP). Other bands I've played in include Stubborn Puppet, Indigo Soul, The Grand Delusion, and FireMonkey.

As a player, I'm collaborative with an eye on what's the best bass part for the song. I feel that the right bassist and bass part will always elevate everyone else's performance. I don't play a lot of notes, unless actually necessary for the music (e.g., progressive rock). As such, I love to be melodic but am equally at home playing simple grooves with just a few notes. I also lock in quickly with drummers, which is a big time saver. When I arrive, I'm always prepared to play the music start to finish. I do this for my sake as well as for others'. I don't like to waste anyone's time.

In terms of genre, I can play pop bass with the fewest notes necessary, classic rock with just the right riffs, or I can work with you to craft just the right bass part for your song. I can also play in the blues, funk, and country styles.

It all depends on what you want.

I regularly play live in the Seattle area and am also interested touring and traveling to recording studios or live shows wherever they may be.



Previous events

The Rumor

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Oxford Saloon, 913 1st St, Snohomish, WA

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl and Poker Walk culminating in a great night of rock 'n' roll at the Oxford by The Rumor!!!

$15 adv. / $20 day of show Age limit: 21+

Petty Thief at Tribute Tuesdays at Amante's in Issaquah!!

Trattoria Amante, 131 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027

Petty Thief is again honored to be playing Tribute Tuesdays at Amante's. This show will be a special treat as we'll be debuting some new songs from the new Tom Petty album, Hypnotic Eye, including U Get Me High! Reservations are highly recommended.

$3 per person cover added to your bill Age limit: All ages

Performing with Petty Thief

The Brick, 100 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn, WA

Petty Thief is the Pacific Northwest's premier Tom Petty tribute band! We're dedicated to providing you the greatest show you can experience short of going to a Tom Petty concert!

NO COVER Age limit: 21+

TerraNova w/ Red Stone Sinners

The End Zone, 1023 Bethel Ave, Port Orchard, WA

TerraNova writes and perform songs that are melodic, rocking and thought provoking. Fans have described us as sounding a bit like a combination of very early Yes and Steely Dan, and sometimes there's a hint of Nirvana thrown in for good measure!

Age limit: 21+

Battle of the Tribute Bands (with Petty Thief, Second Hand Newz, Creedence Rising, Borrowed Time and Midnight Rambler

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Swiftwater Cellars Amphitheater, 301 Rope Rider Dr, Cle Elum, WA 98922

It's not Woodstock or Bonnaroo, but it'll be grand fun hearing this classic music performed as it was intended!

Performing are Second Hand Newz (Fleetwood Mac), Creedence Rising, Petty Thief (Tom Petty), Borrowed Time (Styx) and Midnight Rambler (Rolling Stones).

$29 Age limit: 21+ or w/adult


Highway Run (a tribute to Journey) opening for a Huey Lewis and the News tribute (actual name coming soon)

The Jet Bar and Grill, 800 164TH ST SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!! Highway Run (aka The Grand Delusion, when we were also a Styx tribute) is reuniting for one show only on June 13th at The Jet Bar. Fronted by tribute king, Arny Bailey, the band features Craig Coleman on guitar/vox, Kevin Trau on keys/vox, Roger Baldwin on drums and Dave Salwitz on bass, bass pedals & vox.

$10 (to be confirmed) Age limit: 21+


Lucy Wu Band / Stayin' Alive (Bee Gee's Tribute)

Pearson Park Amphitheatre, 401 N. Lemon Street, Anaheim, CA 92805

East meets West with the Lucy Wu band! We are opening for Stayin' Alive. This is an amazing and unique musical venture. Renowned jinghu player, Lucy Wu, is joined by band members David Salwitz (bass), Jonathan Sindelman (keys), Donn Garrett (drums) and Karl Haug (guitars) for an evening of international rock music!

$20-$50 Age limit: All ages