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Lake Forest Bands

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Emo Alaeddin
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Audrey S.
Verified review

Thank you so much for making my birthday party a fabulous night to remember. You were awesome and everyone raved at what an awesome band I had found! I will definitely hire you again!!!! Living Cover Band Rocks!

Starliner Music
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Lars T.
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I have been taking guitar lessons from Kimberly via Skype for about six years. I really like her teaching style which is systematic and focused. She tailors her lessons to my goals and time. Her teaching method is to help you gain insight and skill through patient practice of gradually changing exercises. She doesn't snow you with theory, but presents it to you in digestible amounts just when it will make sense. She welcomes questions and I always learn from our discussions. She has led me to learn techniques on the guitar that I was absolutely sure I could never learn. For something to seem impossible at the start, to seem possible a week later and to be routine a month later is amazingly uplifting. Kimberly's background was first a life of teaching herself and playing gigs with all kinds of bands in all kinds of places. She has also deepened and strengthened her knowledge by gaining academic degrees in guitar and jazz and also by studying under masters. This gives her an incredibly deep understanding of learning and teaching music, an immense skill in playing guitar, and an appreciation for the challenges of playing with other people. I especially love her continued enthusiasm for guitar and that she really enjoys teaching. I have found in Kimberly the best of teachers and highly recommend her without reservation.

Eddie Montana
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Donna F.
Verified review

I hired Eddie to work with my High School Son to assist him with the Jazz Band. Eddie was extremely helpful, patient and adjusted his schedule for my busy teen. I would highly recommend Eddie to someone looking for an excellent tutor!

Top Pro
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janet P.
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We hired Tyler for my sister's birthday party. He was extremely professional throughout the entire process... from the first time we contacted him to the end of the actual event. He responded immediately to any of my queries via text or email. The contract and payment process was very straightforward and easy. The set up was a breeze because he provides everything. He encouraged us to be involved in choosing the music and asked for direction on our desired "mood" for the party. He was very keen on making our evening exactly how we envisioned it!! He showed up on time. He wore a suit which added a touch of class. Most importantly, his sax playing was simply beautiful. We are music lovers and some of our children are professional musicians so I think we are pretty good judges when it comes to musical ability. Tyler was top notch!! Thanks to Tyler, our night turned out exactly how we envisioned it!! Only thing disappointing was that I had to be a host. I would have preferred to just sit and listen!! Thank you, thank you Tyler! Hope to be able to hire you again sometime soon.

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Grant S.
Verified review

Michael is a very knowledgeable and skilled guitarist, as well as a great teacher. He's very patient, and can answer any questions I have about various techniques and theory. I feel like I've made a lot of progress while studying with him.

Reckless
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Martha G.
Verified review

The Sweet 16 party was a blast and Reckless was a hit! The music was fantastic and the vocals were so Rock n' Roll. We had both teens and adults and so many of my guests asked me where I found the band and commented how amazing and fun Reckless was at the party. The band was overall just fantastic. Only one drawback, in between sets we played iPod music that our guests danced too as well. Often when they began the next set the iPod song was cut off right in the middle. Other than that, absolutely no complaints. They were on time, did a great job and created a great fun experience for the guests. The highlight of the night was their grand finale with show-stoppers like "Rock n roll all night," "Don't stop believin" and "Livin on a prayer." To top it off they got my daughter on stage (who the party was for) and had her rockin' out. They gave her an experience and birthday she will never forget. Old and young alike, Reckless was a hit and a favorite. They put on an excellent show and were very professional. I will definitely have them back again for other parties.

Boombox Heroes
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
K.E. E.
Verified review

These guys were awesome. Showed up several hours before show time to get everything set up and sound checked, etc. They also brought their own sound engineer and some cool lighting. Everyone in the band sounds great, the music is crisp, and they can pretty much play anything from classic rock like AC/DC to current top 40 hits and anything else you might want to hear. Every song they played over 3 sets sounded great. Louise, the singer, has amazing vocal range. Could not have asked for a better band for our event.

Music lessons with Steve
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Br J.
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My son started formal drum lessons with Steve two and a half years ago. Steve set the bar on professionalism, flexibility, communication, and has the patience to teach music to younger kids. My son went from a kid banging on a toy drum, to a musician that could play drum set rhythms in an elementary school jazz band. We've had other instructors since Steve left the Los Alamitos area but none of them compared to his high level of attributes listed earlier.

Skip Johnson
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lynne P.
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I hired Skip Johnson and The Zippers for a Benefit Concert with a "70's" theme. They were the BEST! Wonderful band and experience!!! They were everything and plus!!! I would recommend this group for any event and occasion! The audience is still raving about them! Thank you "Zippers" for making it a night to remember!

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ellys D.
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Hugo is very responsive to all my questions and answer it very quickly. Initially I was looking for a band but Hugo sent me email and I liked his video so I decided to hire him. It's 1 of the best decision I've ever made.Everyone at the party is impressed with Hugo. He is really a good singer and I'm really satisfied with his performance which is way better than his video. I will definitely hire him for future events. You hit a jackpot when you hire him so stop looking and just hire him!

HeroMusic Productions
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
Verified review

Worked with my son to improve for school band. Worked with him on his level. Was patient, reliable and my son loved him.

  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
I-Fan G.
Verified review

Chase has taught my high school son electric guitar for 2 years. Apart from being extremely knowledgable about music, Chase is also an excellent educator -- something that I have found to be a rare quality in guitar teachers. On top of that, Chase really cares about his students -- both in terms of musical progress and general well-being. He is genuinely committed to his students. His broad smile when his students perform says it all!

Ken Weiner
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Vaibhav P.
Verified review

I used Ken's band at Beethoven Elementary's annual fund raiser. He and his bandmates came on time and played very good music in spite of some of the constraints of the venue. Everybody loved the music. I will certainly hire then again!

The Mark Tate Band
5.0
from 1 review
    Carol M.
    Verified review

    Great band very professional they went above and beyond for us and made the entire evening I would highly recommend them!

    DJ. BAND SOUND ENGINEER
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Jess M.
      Verified review

      He has the latest state of the art equipment including lightings

      Marlena/Mischief
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Jeanne B.
      Verified review

      Mischief made my event. We had a dance floor and the band kept it full all evening long. They had great groove, had varied song list. Marlena not only has great voice - truly star quality - but was amazingly varied in style for music she sang and she certainly kept the guys attention. If she wasn't so nice I would hate her :-) the lead guitar player clear knows his craft - his solos were crazy good and fantastic job singing. Harmony amount the members was impressive often in 4 parts! They showed up on time, were professional, interacted very well with my friends, and put on an amazing show in addition to the amazing sound. I would definitely hire them again!

      About

      DaVerse The Band is the difference between a truly memorable event and a party. DaVerse The Band is based in Los Angeles and plays venues throughout Southern California. Our repertory draws from your favorite rock 'n' roll, R&B and country music. Nothing replaces live music, and no one performs live music better than DaVerse The Band. From parties, corporate events, weddings, DaVerse The Band amps up the fun and enjoyment. We're happy to work with you to make certain your favorite songs are included in your event. We are ready to give some fun. Are you?

      • 13 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      We are a duo of musicians who DJ, emcee, and furnish live bands for events across southern California. We specialize in weddings and corporate parties and have done all kinds of parties and fund-raisers as well. A deep knowledge of all genres of music, along with a huge library of music, makes us a great choice for any event. We also field a jazz band who performs classic standards a la the Rat Pack -- great for cocktail parties!

      About

      We are a husband-and-wife cover band. We perform English and Spanish rock and roll songs from the 50s to the 90s. We also do Cumbias and ballads.

      About

      We play to the crowd, playing dance-friendly rhythms that span the ages, from the 1920s to 2010. All ages can get up and have fun, but we're even better in a honky-tonk setting. Our current cover list includes: Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, U2, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, The Traveling Wilburys, The Pogues, Van Morrison, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Pixies, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Old Crow Medicine Show, Chuck Berry, Faces, AC/DC, Queen, Bob Marley, T-Rex, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Talk Talk, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, Stray Cats, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Eddie Vedder, The Doobies, The Allmans, Concrete Blonde, Counting Crows, Crowded House, Bruce Hornsby, and more!

      • 3 years in business
      About

      I am easy to work with, listen to the needs of my clients and provide mature and professional musicians perfect for your event.

      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 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.

      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.
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