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Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 776 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
Verified review

Albert did a phenomenal job with my wedding video! He was also a delight to work with! He was so patient and worked ever so hard (my wedding was a 12 hour event!) I think the hardest part for him was editing the video and making sure all the highlights I wanted were included in my video. He did not disappoint! I got every clip I wanted, and he incorporated all my favorite music and did everything I had requested. It's been a year since my wedding and recently watched the video again and all the best memories were captured! Thank you Albert for being the most responsive, patient person to work with and developing a quality wedding video that my husband and I (and now our daughter) will always enjoy!!!!

Clifford Lamb Music
4.7
from 90 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 173 hires on Thumbtack
Steven C.
Verified review

Clifford's band was professional and wicked good. Hire them, they will not let you down.

Kelly Keys
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 44 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia I.
Verified review

Kelly did so well at our wedding reception. He played classical, 90s and some slow jazz. Our guests really enjoyed their cocktail hour serenaded by live music. Thanks again Kelly!!

Guitar Tutor
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Simone G.
Verified review

My fiance and I asked Garrick to play at our wedding...and I'm so glad he could add beautiful music to our special day! We hired Garrick to play soul and classic rock to liven up our outdoor cocktail hour and he did not disappoint. He was a true professional and working with him was smooth sailing. We are still receiving compliments from our guests who enjoyed his music! We would not hesitate to hire Garrick again...and will definitely recommend his services to our friends in the Bay Area! Thank you, Garrick!

Donna Stoering
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Steven C.
Verified review

My second time taking a class with Donna, and once again, she was able to help me improve my singing in preparation for a wedding. Thanks so much!

Citizens Jazz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie W.
Verified review

This band was perfect for our wedding. We had them play during the dinner with some light jazz then they had us all on the dance floor for the cocktail party playing Latin and Brazilian. I highly recommend them for any event, party or wedding. Very professional and extremely talented.

  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Martina P.
Verified review

Luck was definitely on my side when I saw an ad posted on Craig's List for Diediet's acoustic guitar services! I was impressed by his background in music and that his self taught talent was further perfected through study with other artists later in adulthood. My communications with Didiet, whether by text, email, or phone was always very professional and cordial. Didiet never missed a beat (pun intended) and always followed up timely so he didn't worry the bride! The icing on the cake for my husband and me was that Didiet learned two of our favorite songs to play during our wedding processional. I didn't want to walk down the aisle with the traditional bridal march and thank goodness I didn't have to. The two things that really stood out in my mind as I walked down the aisle on my wedding day was my husband's smile and Didiet's beautiful music as he strummed Unchained Melody! I highly recommend Didiet for you wedding or other special event if you want acoustic music you and your guests will remember for many years.

Top Pro
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jim P.
Verified review

Ilana was very responsive to my messages, and was connected to a large network of musicians. When we asked her about having two musicians at our wedding ceremony, she had no problem in making it happen. Since we were very specific on the type of music we wanted, we were pleased to see how receptive she was to this. We were all very pleased with her performance and professionalism. Thanks Ilana!

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Azure Entertainment
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hillary K.
Verified review

Jessica has been wonderful to work with. I look forward to having her as a part of our wedding next month.

Groovy Judy
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Michael C.
Verified review

I hired the Groovy Judy Band for my wedding and was thoroughly impressed by their professionalism, musicianship and choice of songs. They really kept the pace going and everyone - Millennials through Boomers - were dancing and had a great time. I highly recommend Groovy Judy for any event. :-)

  • 15 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Ona O.
Verified review

He was awesome! He was able to make our wedding sooo..beautiful.

YouROK! Music Lessons
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
Verified review

Seth is a terrific teacher for both adults and children. Both of my children learn from Seth, one in a personal setting and the other in a band setting and both are thriving and loving playing their instruments. I am taking an adult rock band workshop under Seth's tutelage, and I've never had more fun playing music in my entire life. I look forward to each week's jam session.

Michael Wynar/ Groove Lab
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amy K.
Verified review

My daughter took guitar lessons from Michael for years. He was great and she learned a lot. She played jazz guitar in Albany middle and highschool jazz bands and continues to play in college.

Paula Harris Music
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 24 years in business
Gigi L.
Verified review

We’re been big fans of Paula for years! And, having attended as many concerts and shows as we could, she was our choice to sing at our wedding July 7, 2018 She is easy to work with, her players are phenomenal, and the show she puts on is second to none. We love the classics- jazz, blues, soul, R&B, even FUNK! And it is amazing that Paula can deliver this with only 3 musicians and herself. It’s a small ensemble that really packs a wallop. Everyone was dancing, even my grandmother! Yet, the dinner music was the perfect level for conversation. Her voice is second to none, it’s like having Etta James sing at your wedding. Her musicians are the same guys we’ve seen on stage with Greg Allman, Van Morrison and Boz Scaggs. (Amazing we had them at our wedding!). Paula learned a special song “ I believe in you and me” for our ceremony and Whitney herself could not have sung it any better. Paula even acted as emcee to make sure the scheduled events flowed smoothly from the cake cutting to toasts, the garter toss and first dance. She took the stress of knowing we had a great band to set the tone of our wedding off my shoulders. I highly recommend her!

Amaya Voice Studio
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bong W.
Verified review

Natalie has been fantastic to work with! Her instruction through exercises, general tips/suggestions, and specific ideas when working on a particular song has all been stellar and on point throughout my work with her. I feel like I have improved dramatically over the course of our lessons, and my band members have made several comments about my improvement as well. She has an uncanny knack for knowing what I am doing with my breath, diaphragm, throat, mouth, etc., and being able to suggest just the right adjustments to make things sound better and more comfortable to sing. Natalie is a wonderful person, too, very encouraging, supportive, and respectful. I highly, highly recommend her!!

  • 13 years in business
Mang S.
Verified review

Anish was a phenomenal dholi at my wedding - he provided the energy, charisma, and swagger necessary to elevate the party! He truly is a (Dholi) Legend.

The Hitmen
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Larry D.
Verified review

The band did an amazing job. Our event was for 1000+ people in San Francisco. The band played from 10pm to 1am and the crowd could not have been more energized and excited. The band was extremely professional and flexible with venue and event requirements. Highly recommend them for future events!

The Timebandits
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Randy R.
Verified review

This is the best band in Solano County. They can play any style of music and really get the crowd involved in their performance. You cannot go wrong with this band!

Isabella L.
Verified review

Eleonora is a great professional. She played at our wedding in September 2018, during the ceremony, in a duet with violin. She helped us along the way giving us suggestions, following us with attention and experience and quickly replying to our e-mails. Her repertory includes modern, Classic and religious tracks. We wanted some specific songs to be played during the wedding like Time by Hans Zimmer( Inception soundtrack ), A thousand year by Christina Perri, Spring recomposed by Max Richter from Vivaldi, Four Seasons.It wasn’t a problem for Eleonora !! We told her our preferences and she worked on them giving us exactly what was on our mind. Eleonora is ready to help and clear any doubts you may have. The atmosphere she created during our wedding was fantastic, each piece she played is still in our memories and hearts. That day was wonderful also thanks to her contribution. Moreover, she is so nice, helpful, friendly and gave us the certainty of her long experience. Isabella and Simone

  • 42 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Richard M.
Verified review

Great job. Everyone loved the band and the members were so polite. I will use them again.

All Star Jukebox
5.0
from 1 review
  • 16 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kris C.
Verified review

We asked a lot with a quick turn around; Brian and his band came through for us and over delivered. They were professional, courteous and played some great music for our engagement party/surprise wedding reception. I would highly recommend them.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

How much does a mariachi band cost?

A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

  • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
  • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
  • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.

How many mariachis can a band have?

A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

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