Ian Eric's Acoustic Entertainment

Mesa, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I bring a unique sound to my performances, using live-looping techniques to build multi-layered songs with no pre-recorded backing tracks. I am available for all kinds of live-music events, from weddings and corporate functions, bars and restaurants, to backyard cocktail and birthday parties, or just a "kegger" - if you want live music, I've got you covered! I perform everything from beautiful instrumental background music for wedding ceremonies and elegant gatherings, to hard-rocking versions of classic and alternative rock music loaded with energy. I can also emcee charity events, handle raffles and giveaways - whatever your amplified music and vocal needs are, I can get the job done. I use a full suite of professional-grade equipment, including high-quality guitars and Bose sound systems. Quality gear is essential to a seamless performance, and I routinely maintain and upgrade my equipment to keep it sounding its best. I take pride in performing song selections that are often bold and unexpected. While I can - and do - play many of the more 'standard' acoustic favorites, the thing I enjoy most is surprising the audience with tunes they recognize but have never heard performed by a solo acoustic artist. For example, I've got hard-rocking selections from Rush and Iron Maiden (yes, you read that right!), all the way to live-looping versions of songs by Prince, Michael Jackson, and even TLC. I use my digital looper to live-record and play-back various guitar parts, percussion sounds, etc. Sharing such unexpected songs - and performing them well - could be considered my "stock-in-trade".

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love performing - but most of all, I love meeting people and being able to entertain them. Whether it's a simple bar gig or an ultra-elegant wedding, there's no better feeing than making someone's night special and memorable. The fact that I love what I do has helped me maintain numerous long-term clients, both privately and in bars/restaurants. They know I'll always be "on", and they'll get an entertaining and enthusiastic performance - every song, every time!
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Location

Mesa, AZ 85204

Years in business

23

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

3

Reviews

2 Reviews
  • Laura G. Aug 24, 2016
    Music Duo Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Ian was outstanding and very professional. We hired him to play at a conference event for 300 people and he was exactly what we were looking for! His range of music was varied enough to appeal to all of the attendees. He was on time, dependable and very professional. We plan to have Ian back for future events.
    Ian E. Aug 27, 2016

    Thank you for the glowing review, Laura - I had a great time at your event, and hope to see you again in the future for more!

  • Martha K. Mar 30, 2015
    Ian played at our wedding and reception, and was the star of the show. He was absolutely GREAT to work with and was so respectful of what how I wanted the wedding and reception to look. He learned special songs for me and was flexible with our uncertain plans since it was raining. Loved his generous personality and terrific music! He was AWESOME!. I felt like he was more of a guest than a hired musician. You can't go wrong with Ian Eric.
    Ian E. Apr 4, 2015

    Thank you so much, Martha. It was an honor to share your wedding day, and you and your guests were incredibly gracious and a whole lot of fun!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Constantly! I love learning new songs and practicing to get them performance-ready. Also working with my looping device which allows me to layer multiple guitar and vocal 'tracks' together in a live situation. It's great fun! I also like to stay on top of innovations in equipment and technology that can enhance my sound and performance, particularly new guitars and updated looping devices.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Chance, really. I've played guitar and sang since I was a teenager. In my early 20's, I heard a guy playing at a bar who, sadly, was not very good. In a moment of boldness, I stated that I could do better - which was within earshot of the bar manager. He 'hired' me to play for free a few days later. That led to me replacing that other guy and a regular paid gig. I've been doing it ever since! First, as a side job, playing occasional gigs. And now, music is my living, and I'm constantly humbled and amazed that I have the opportunity to do what I do!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my work is bar and restaurant gigs. 3 or 4 hour shows on weekends, weeknights, and happy hours. But I also play plenty of house parties, weddings, corporate functions, and other private events, and also host Open Mic Nights.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently landed a gig playing at Gila River Arena (formerly Jobing.com Arena), playing music before and after Arizona Coyote's hockey games at their Coyote's Terrace Lounge. I had the opportunity to play at three games toward the end of this season, and I'm looking forward to more for next hockey season. Go 'Yotes!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
That while many performers - myself included - know literally hundreds of songs, your favorite might not be one of them! But I will definitely learn anything I can with some advance notice.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
They should know that I've spent more than half my life honing my craft, and I never stop learning.