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Clifford Lamb Music
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
Ad-min A.
Verified review

Fantastic music, easy to coordinate with, and arrived early to make sure the event started on time. Our employees had AMAZING feedback, so we will absolutely hire Clifford in the future.

Citizens Jazz
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Naomi S.
Verified review

I had the opportunity to have this awesome band play at my house party! They were really talented and played a really good mix of jazz and latin which was perfect for our guests. You won't be sorry if you hire this band:)

Groovy Judy
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Marie H.
Verified review

We hired Groovy Judy and her band to perform at a biker event. She was extremely professional and the band was great! They played well and their song selection was perfect. I highly recommend her.

Rob Bennion
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lori T.
Verified review

Rob Bennion's band, Gold Standard, recently performed at our daughters wedding. They were incredible! I was hoping they would live up to their promotional videos but they were even better!! Every moment of their performance from the cocktail hour, to background music during the program, to the dance portion of the evening lived up to, and surpassed every expectation we had. Rob was also very easy to work with. He answered every email quickly and worked closely with our wedding planner to make sure the evening was the memorable event we wanted it to be. I would highly recommend Rob and Gold Standard for any event you might be planning. You won't be dissapointed!

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

My son and his band have been working with Seth musically and creatively for several years now and we all value his mad skills as a talented musician and engaging coach/mentor. Seth communicates a passion for music as he encourages all of his pupils to work hard and reach for their potential - always from a place of compassion and fun!

Fog City Jazz
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jon S.
Verified review

A skilled and multi-talented musician, composer, and arranger, Jeffery has collaborated with me on a number of projects including notating some of my own pieces. I was extremely happy with the quality of his work. Additionally, he was the band leader and composer-in-residence for San Francisco’s beloved Pickle Family Circus and consistently wrote music of great charm and invention. Highly recommended.

Tropical Hideout
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Sam F.
Verified review

I'm a beginner to guitar, having played a little piano and drums before. Been working with Chris for a few weeks now and it has been a blast. He's a talented musician who is connected to the music scene. I wanted a guitar teacher who was connected to the local music scene, and so I've really enjoyed working with Chris and even going to see his band perform. I also love how Chris walks through songs and is able to write out the tabs and chords on the fly, and then on top of that show me multiple ways of playing the same song. Highly recommend.

Music Teacher
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Karthi K.
Verified review

Patient, professional, and knows his stuff. What else do you want in a guitar teacher?

OrKestra International
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia F.
Verified review

I was recently married on June 17, 2017 in L.A. California! Upon planning for the wedding I was slightly worried about finding the proper music to accommodate my husband's family. They are from France and I wanted them to be able to recognize and connect to the ceremony through the music. On the other hand, my family is Jewish. After doing some research I stumbled across Barbara Ochoa and her band OrKestra International. She sings in several different languages, was so personal and accommodating over the phone I thought I have to listen to her sing and prayed that I would love it. Lucky for me and my fiance, we did just that. We fell in love with her voice and knew instantly we had to book them.  She explained how she could do a French song at the ceremory, a trio of European favorites for dinner and an American party band with horns that included the Hora for the dancing portion. On the wedding day Barbara and her band were beyond prepared. She told me “I have all the music covered, don’t worry” at first I though it’s my wedding so I’m going to worry but everything went so smooth all night. Funny everyone was singing along when they did "Volare." So many of the guests that came up to us had the same thing to say: they danced and had a blast. I think she must have handed out about 20 of her cards that night. Thank you Barbara for such a genuine experience that none of us from that night will ever forget.

Laura L.
Verified review

As wedding and event planners, it is crucial to find bands that set the perfect tone for the event. Los Boleros was fabulous. For this wedding, they created an atmosphere that got the guests up from their chairs, dancing all night long. The entire process; from booking through perfmance was professional and exactly what we hoped for. I would strongly recommend working with Rudy and this band. It was a great experience all around....not to mention that the band is just AMAZING!

Martan Mann
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Fred B.
Verified review

Martan has been doing a wonderful job teaching my teenage son jazz piano for the past few years. Martan has a proven approach starting at the basics and advancing to very sophisticated techniques at a pace the student can handle. The techniques my son is learning are also directly applicable to playing jazz on other instruments such as the saxophone that my son also plays in his school band.

  • 16 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Pauli G.
Verified review

Ralph is a remarkably intuitive and efficient one man studio to record with. Being a world class guitarist and teacher doesn't hurt. Also having played in excellent bands for so long gives him range. I recently did a recording with him that was a rush job of sorts with lots of fixes and he was amazing. He can actually tailor whatever recording project to the wants and needs of the artist. In short: He gets it. He works really hard, puts the project first and is more than fair to say the least in what he charges. I give him the highest of recommendations. You won't regret working with him. Ps. He is calm and friendly as well. He puts the client at ease knowing we're in safe hands.

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!!

Michael Wynar/ Groove Lab
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire 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.

Jacqui T.
Verified review

Love the versatility of the band and how you can play various genres of music. We also really enjoyed the dance routines that band performs with the songs - this is truly unique to FSE and all our guests loved it!

The Timebandits
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 24 years in business
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!

  • 33 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lorrie M.
Verified review

The GTS Band has been my favorite for years, so I was thrilled when I was asked to contract with them for a high school reunion. Rick was great and easy to work with. We placed the band centrally in the room to give the lead singer an opportunity to work the room as he performed--which he does so well. As always, the music was fantastic!

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The Refugees are the most authentic Tom Petty tribute band in the nation! The band was named the top tribute band in the entire SF Bay Area in 2009 on KFOX 98.5 FM.

  • 12 years in business
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Our services is outstanding and professional...we cater to whatever the client need...we are on time, perform on time and make sure our client have a great time with our music. Our music program cater to the type of venue..

  • 3 years in business
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Brett Hunter Band provides a classy wedding band that is accessible to the variety of people who attend your wedding; ranging from sentimental love songs to songs that grandma would love to dance to the late night pop/ R&B jams. We've played ceremonies, first dances, cocktail hours, receptions and late night dance parties. Generally, our style is Soul, Pop, R&B, Folk with some Top 40 mixed in. If you have special requests, we handle that too. When hiring a band, it's important to find someone reliable. We have a full time manager who is available to answer any questions that you have to plan the music for your big day. For weddings we play mostly covers but take a listen to our original music and see if you like what you hear. Looking forward to working with you 👰 🎩 -Brett Hunter Band

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Electric Americana: What is Electric Americana? It's any and all classic American roots music, beginning with blues, early r and b, vintage country, soul, on up to modern Americana. Hip Hug-Her plays lost hits and hidden gems. Anything is fair game. You can expect quality musicianship with a deep respect for the tradition of these great genres of music. The band: Hip Hug-Her is: * Kari Danskin - vocals * Ralph Rodriguez - guitar and vocals * Brent Leever - keyboard * Shawn Burrell - upright bass * Peter Hockman - drums What people are saying: "Thank you Hip Hug-Her, for helping us in celebrating Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics 25th Anniversary at Lagunitas! You are fantastic! We look forward to having you back for round two of our celebration!" - Renee Thompson, Sonoma State University "Lively and fun! Hip Hug-Her had me on my feet and moving. Can't wait to see them live again soon!" - Paul Finn, analyst, Constellation Brands "The band is tight and was enjoyed by all." - Sonoma County Blues Society Hip Hug-Her is available to play your party, corporate function, street market, winery, wedding, etc. Rate depends on travel distance and whether or not we need to provide the PA. We may also provide discounted rates for non-profit organizations or benefit events.

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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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