First, a bio, for when it’s needed for a program.
“Adam Overacker is a consummate bassist, performing and teaching a wide variety of music from Broadway, country, rock, pop, bluegrass, classical, and jazz. Starting in 2018 Adam began touring North America with the Broadway music The Book Of Mormon. Adam isn’t great at writing bios, but he does love to play the bass.”
Next, a silly bio that I try to have printed any time I can talk people into it.
“Adam Overacker likes playing the bass, it seems to make him happy. He showed up and wasn’t too bad so we let him stay - it’s just bass after all. He’s not great, but he smiles a lot and talks like he knows what he’s doing, so that’s good. If anybody in the audience teaches bass please let us know, we’ll comp your tickets in exchange for lessons for Adam. Or for any of the crew really, how hard could it be, it’s just bass.”
All right, some more thorough background.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. I earned my bachelor’s degree in music in 2005 from the University of Utah. I make my full time living from music and have for many years. I primarily play upright bass and bass guitar, but also arrange, book/contract, and lead bands.
I studied with Evan Coombs, David Yavornitzky, Matthew Larson, Gary Karr, James Fugett, and Deborah Gamero.
I performed and toured with Charley Jenkins late 2013 - early 2017.
I have performed in over 100 musical productions including touring shows, regional premiers, Utah premiers, and original productions. A list of highlights is at the bottom of this page.
I own and manage several of my own groups including:
String Love - Classical and Rock String Quintet (Owner, Arranger, Bassist)
Take 3 - Jazz Trio (Owner, Arranger, Bassist)
Unbranded - Country Dance Band (Owner, Bassist)
Utah String Quartet - classical string quartet
I am a proficient reader and improviser, fluent in standard notation, chord changes, and Nashville notation.
I have experience as musical director. I have also created several successful groups which I contract, book, arrange music for, musical direct, and perform with, including String Love, Take 3, The Patsy Cline Show, Unbranded, and The Utah String Quartet.
I have extensive studio recording experience having worked at Counterpoint, Metcom, Barking Pig, Abstract Sound, B-Side, and many others.
I am experienced in booking, management, librarian work, and payroll including Quickbooks, Paychex, and Wagepoint.
I am an avid bass instructor, having taught private lessons, workshops, and masterclasses since 2001, leading students to get scholarships, perform in the Utah all-state jazz band, and even start their own bands.
Important theater selections:
The Book of Mormon, National Tour March 2018 – present**
Pioneer Theatre* (30+ productions) 2002 – present
Grand Theatre (30+ productions) 2003 – present
Salt Lake Acting Company 2008 – 2010
Peery’s Egyptian Theatre (10+ productions) 2005 – 2013
Les Miserable* – regional premier (150+ performances)
Beauty and the Beast* – regional premier (50+ performances)
Beautiful the Musical** - Boise, ID
The Last Ship* – regional premier
Urinetown – regional premier
Ring of Fire – Musical Director
Saturday’s Voyeur (250+ performances)
The Count of Monte Cristo* – America professional premiere
Elf The Musical* – Utah premier
Next To Normal*
West Side Story*
In The Heights*
Paint Your Wagon*
Rocky Horror Picture Show*
Wizard of Oz
The Light in the Piazza*
A Chorus Line*
School House Rock
Hedwig and the Angry Inch*
Fiddler On The Roof*
*equity **national tour