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J-Mann Music
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Renee P.
Verified review

The main spokesperson always replied promptly and with enthusiasm whenever we had a request. As far as the music goes they were everything we expected and more. Great sound, great music, everyone at the party commented on how much they enjoyed them. This was an anniversary party, and the person we were celebrating wanted mainly 60's and 70's and that's exactly what was played. We even added a special request song at the last minute, and Jason was glad to accomodate. Definitely would recommend them to anyone looking for a great band!

Bill Jones
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen J.
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I have worked with Bill at countless live dates and recording gigs, especially as part of the Erick Macek band. Bill is a professional and serious musician who gives his all every moment of every gig. He knows when to hold back and when to unleash, tailoring his performance to the nature of the audience and the venue. As a sideman he is invaluable, and if I am ever in need of solo guitar performance I know who I am going to call.

Virginia A.
Verified review

When I arrived at Berndog's party, band was playing "Mustang Sally!" ....an alltime favorite for the ages : ) The only thing better was watching the Guest of Honor dance poolside in his brand new Raiders TuTu--what an awesome combination!

Marcela Mendez Duo
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Adam S.
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We got married July 2013 outside in La Jolla overlooking the ocean. Marcela and her band did an incredible job playing music for the reception and the insane dance party that ensued after dinner. I could not have been happier with the combination of beautiful melodies during the reception and dance hits during the party. We had a crowd of all ages there and every single person was dancing for hours, even my 84 year old Grandfather! They played an essential role in making our wedding a night to remember and for that I am forever grateful. Timely, professional, honest, giving, flexible, accommodating, excellent.

Kicks Band
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Bill Y.
Verified review

Gary was extremely professional and easy to work with. The band put on a fantastic show, the feedback from my guests was 100% positive.

Republic of Music
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa C.
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Josh and I married September 6th at the Scripps Forum in La Jolla and Republic of Music (ROM) made our wedding day the BEST DAY EVER!!!! Since I had been planning our wedding from Washington, I didn't get to see the band live prior to our wedding. My dad and siblings went to see ROM play at Club M in Del Mar and they were blown away!! I was already impressed by the reviews and YouTube videos I had seen and read. I knew they were going to be the perfect match for our wedding day and I was totally right!! ROM is professional, fun, amazing and freakishly good at their craft! Vocals were ON POINT and the musicians brought the funk!! We opted to splurge on horns two weeks before the wedding and it was a great decision!! Our guests LOVED the band and their personalities and stage presence set the mood for the night. I cannot say enough about Tiana and how amazing she is to work with. She eased my way from the moment I spoke with her. (I had already booked another band but changed my mind once I was told about ROM) She provided me with piece of mind and made our day run so smoothly. The band did an excellent job keeping our day on schedule and emceed the entire event perfectly. It was really comforting to know that our families could enjoy the evening and not have to worry about making announcements or keeping the night on schedule. Dinner music was amazing, slower songs really allowed you hear just how amazingly talented the vocalists are. As the evening progressed Josh and I did not stop dancing all night along with our guests! My sisters and I also got to be band mates for the day and sing with the band which was pretty epic!! My dad is a man of few words, but he couldn't stop talking about the band for days!! He already said he wants to book ROM for their 40th wedding anniversary!! If you're looking for a band for your big event, stop looking!!! You have found who you are looking for!! ROM will not disappoint! I wish I could crash all the weddings they performed at so I can sing and dance the night away. That's how awesome they are! Thank you ROM for everything!!! Your forever fans, Mr. & Mrs. Calkins!

Bell Music Services
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Katrina N.
Verified review

Ron and his musicians were outstanding!! I hired them for a '40s Big Band Pary for 2 hours and did the deliver! They were very much accommodating to our residents and the staff. Very upbeat group of men who sang and danced with our residents, which made all the ladies very happy!The music was spot on and made us all feel like we really were in the 1940s. Very happy with the performance and their attitudes, absolutely one of the best!

Uncle Boogie
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Andi M.
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The band was so professional!! Arrived on time, dressed appropriately and sounded great! My party was over one hundred people and people were dancing from the moment they started until the very last song. The music selection was varied and appealed to all age groups. Overall an A+!!

Picking Frenzy
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Terry C.
Verified review

My son Max has been taking lessons with Ed for several years now and we couldn't be happier. Ed is an awesome music teacher with many talents. His knowledge of playing in a band has been a great help for my son. Ed will jump in and play the bass line with Max if needed. I love that he can teach vocals, guitar, bass, and drums and get in there and jam with my son, too. Ed's awesome! I'd highly recommend him if you're looking for a music teacher. Terry

  • 11 years in business
Anita S.
Verified review

Groove Factory was a great band at our corporate holiday party! From the initial coordination to the day of the event, they were a pleasure to work with. Our guests enjoyed the entire evening - the music, the interaction, live karaoke, the dancing. I highly recommend them.

Chicken Wire
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Nancy H.
Verified review

Hired Chicken Wire for a friends birthday party and they were a major hit! We had a blast dancing to old time rock songs. The band was engaging and entertaining! Our friends had a great time but most especially the guest of honor, our friend, whose birthday we were celebrating, said it was one of the best nights of his life. He got to sing with Chicken Wire! Highly recommend them for your event!

Josie Day Band
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Jon D.
Verified review

Josie Day is the best in biz. Pure natural talent. This lady is going places in the world. Keep up the great work Josie!!

Salsasteel
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 28 years in business
Scott S.
Verified review

I would like to tell anyone looking for a professional and talented person, duo, or group of musicians to enhance or lead an event to look no further Bill Harris can most certainly fill the bill for you. Bill & Stephanie individually or as a duo have been and continue to entertain my clients and guests for a couple of years now. They are currently performing weekly here for me at the Old town Tequila Factory. They do a fantastic job jamming on the Steel Drums on our outside patio or moving inside to the enclosed patio for a lighter marimba and oboe sound. Bill has also taken care of our needs for our special events and on location catering functions. Bill and Stephanie have performed in period costume for us at Christmastime performing music and singing carols looking like they just stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Bill has also brought in additional drummers, guitarists, and a bassist to make the band for our event at the Sheriffs Museum. They are great performers and truly great people. I always look forward to the next appearance.

  • 36 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kim K.
Verified review

Jesse and the band did a fantastic job for our birthday party. Played the music that we requested and were very professional. Came on time, started on time and sounded great. I would certainly hire them again for another event.

  • 6 years in business
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For over 15 years, Emerald River, as a Top 40-country and classic rock band, has been a San Diego country music scene favorite. They have regularly appeared at several private events and local venues, and the background of the band includes opening for major country acts, such as LeAnn Rimes, Pat Green, The Mavericks, and Blake Shelton. Their unique blend of high-energy performances, contemporary country hits, rich harmonies and time-tested country standards keep their audiences on the dance floor until last call!

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Make a memorable fiesta with our help! We have a variety of Latin music, cumbias, rancheras, corridos, valadas, rock en Espanol, oldies, rock en Engles. Call and ask if we play your favorite type of music! We bring the speakers, lights, and mic. Rudy Lizarraga Musical has the music; all you need to do is party! We also offer the famous "taquizas" (carne asada tacos) with all the trimmings.

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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!

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“Kicks” performs the largest variety of music of any band making them the perfect choice for any event. We play everything from Sinatra to the Black Eyed Peas, from the greatest Motown classics to your favorite 80’s hits. From the Disco Funk era to all the current hits. “Kicks” covers it all! ”Kicks” has performed over 1000 private events. We have played dozens of events for Fortune 500 companies. We also play many charity galas, weddings, private resident parties, just about any type of event you could imagine, we've played. We also give special discounts for military functions. Our relationship with the military spans more than 20 years.

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We are a high-energy, fun and entertaining country western band. We play both new and old country. The likes of Johnny Cash, George Strait and Luke Bryan! We will play for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, and retirements. You name it; we will play it!

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We are a wedding, corporate, private and cruise band. We offer configurations from 4 musicians to 6 musicians. We are extremely professional with a significant amount of experience (all have at least 20 years of experience). We play what the client and audience want to hear, and we have complete volume control. We play at the appropriate volume that not only the event calls for, but also the volume the event requires at different times. We are known for our fun showmanship, getting people to sing and dance, and just generally have a great time! We will make your event and special day a great event, to be sure!

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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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