Daniel Kalicki - AKA - DownRiver Dan - Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter


The question is often asked of me, 'Why did you start playing guitar?' My answer is... I had to.


It all started in 2004. My life, and many others were changed forever. The loss of my best friend, and source of inspiration, my mother. Heartbroken and lost, I found shelter in music i.e. the Guitar.


I began playing guitar and later singing, which eventually led me to writing songs. Always having an ear for the rock and blues records in my Dad's collection, it was a natural direction for me to go. I've been performing several nights each week to audiences everywhere from bars and restaurants to street fairs and summer festivals since attending my first 'open mic night' at age 16. Exploring anything that peaks my interest, I'm not afraid to mix things up. My studies have, and continue to include, blues, many styles of rock and roll, country and even jazz. At age 21 I released my debut original album, 'Without You.' Consisting of 10 original songs, the album has received widespread acclaim from fans and radio show hosts across North America. On Nov. 15th 2019 I released the much anticipated album 'Here To This' and have recieved amazing feedback.  


"DownRiver Dan, a modest name for an unassuming young player on the Motor City Blues scene. Like the industrial area he calls home, he’s served his apprenticeship working the jams and graduated to regular gigs in the tough blues bars of Detroit. With his second CD of all original material “Here To This” Dan Kalicki and his band of Billy’s, Reyna on drums and Salisbury on bass, Dan has given his songs a modern middle class edge. He’s not laying down his mojo hand or bragging about the back door man but with a calm inter-strength and burning guitar licks Dan takes on modern blues conflicts with an air of confidence earned in the streets."
Roger & Margaret White (CJAM FM)

In late 2017 I joined forces with veteran musicians Billy Reyna/Drums (Toledo, OH), and Bill Salisbury/Bass (Dearborn, MI), whom have performed with numerous acts from California to New York and toured globally. Together we are the "group of three that sounds like ten" - 'DownRiver Dan & The Billies'

See YOU at the show!