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Bill Jones
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen J.
Verified review

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.

Skip Johnson
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jacki A.
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I have had the pleasure of working with Skip Johnson on numerous high level corporate events, private events and VIP weddings over the last 16 years. Skip is a consummate professional - onstage and off. He is an extremely talented musician, and whether he's performing solo or with his band (who are also amazing musicians!), has always exceeded my client's expectations. Skip routinely goes above and beyond to make each event a huge success. Once my clients have worked with him, they request him again and again. Skip is that rare combination of talented artist and astute businessman, who understands the importance of the details and treats every event, big or small, as if it's the most important one he's ever done. I absolutely love working with him and would highly recommend him!

  • 28 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay M.
Verified review

This band is amazing! Couldn't have had a better band at our wedding. Mike is awesome and so helpful. Everything went perfectly and I am so very grateful for all that the band did for us on our special day. Love you guys!

The Cheez Whiz Band
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mackey V.
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Band was awesome and made the event the hit it turned out to be. Highly recommend. Photo booth was also a hit and well worth it.

Lee Koch Music
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Bart M.
Verified review

Lee and his band were outstanding! Total professionals and ruled the evening. Can't thank them enough for absolutely nailing it!

1 Man Band
5.0
from 1 review
    Vicki P.
    Verified review

    I have booked entertainment in Southern California for the last 23 years and Mikole Kaar is one of my favorite musicians. He is talented on Saxophone, Piano, Vocal, cello, etc. as well as performance of all styles of music, jazz, standards, pop, Motown etc. He is professional and on time. I can always count on Mikole.

    Palm Springs Society Band
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Carl R.
      Verified review

      Allan Alper has played piano at several of my holiday parties and has an extensive knowledge of the American song book that entertained my many guests. All of my guests were very complimentary of his excellent piano playing and performance. I recommend him for your up coming party to entertain your guests. Carl Rigoli

      • 48 years in business
      About

      Years of experience performing for all types of venues. Specializing in Weddings and Corp Events. Our Song list covers many styles and genre's of music.

      About

      We provide customized services in music and entertainment thru consulting with our clients for their special day.

      • 13 years in business
      About

      We have a passion for music and entertaining people to have a good time and experience.

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      Our customore service, reasonable prices, and fliexibility is part of what sets us apart fromother groups. Though there are many talented musicians out there, most do not pay enough attention to the finer points of providing live entertainment. Many also charge unreasonable prices for a product that is substandard. We focus on being responsive to our clients, attentive to the flow and needs of the event, and flexible with changes while also providng great music!

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      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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