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Tucker Dale
5.0
from 127 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nohea A.
Verified review

The kids at my daughter's 5th birthday party loved it. He brought little music shakers for all the kids so they felt like they were in a band. And great music to listen to as you're eating and hanging out with friends. Thanks Tucker

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Emo Alaeddin
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 82 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!

Doc Rock-It
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Judy H.
Verified review

We hired Doc Rock-It for our wedding and they were amazing. It was the best decision we made to book them for our wedding. These musicians are not only great artists, they are industry pros and know how to run a wedding so that it is smooth and efficient. So many guests told us they loved the music, and this band is very versatile playing music that spans almost 100 years with ease. They played a jazz set for cocktail hour, an easy listening set for dinner, and a dance set. We had 231 at our wedding young and old, and they all enjoyed the music and many got on the dance floor. John is effective, communicative, and works hard to exceed all of your expectations. All of the musicians in the band were great to work with, nice and down to earth, and enthusiastic and happy to be there. We could not be happier with their services and I highly recommend them for your wedding or special event.

Cliff Targum Music & Lessons
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Benson S.
Verified review

Cliff is such a TALENTED MUSICIAN! He's an excellent performer with top quality skills on the guitar! When he puts together a band for an occasion you can be sure that he will arrive prepared and surpass your expectations! He's also a fine composer. As a teacher he is kind, compassionate and truly gifted. He's warm and an excellent communicator. BEST IN LA!!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Victor A.
Verified review

I was in love with reggae music. I finally decided that I wanted to play it. I had seen Kipp as a guest musician playing at a festival called Doheney Days, with a prominent international reggae band called Third World. She rocked it. Sometimes I played bass for my lessons, and sometimes guitar. She taught me how to recognize chords and bass lines by listening to a song, and to know when they changed. She was always on me about groove –– my playing had to sit "in the pocket"! I like that she kept me focused on what I needed to do to be a real musician.

  • 32 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca F.
Verified review

The band was excellent ! Great music throughout, on time, and kept the party going. Everyone was so professional and the Communication was very easy.

Taylor Carroll
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Linda K.
Verified review

Taylor created a very professional, radio ready song for me. He works extremely fast and knows how to construct modern music that sounds like he hired a full band. The mix was fantastic music and singer alike. I highly recommend Taylor for your project.

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

We loved rock band Reckless. They have a great repertoire and well rehearsed. Voices and talents are excellent. I could not have asked for more. We hired them for a surprise birthday party and our guests loved them. Kim the band leader has her act together and responded promptly to any and all questions. Super easy to work with and a wonderful addition to your party. Would hire them again in a heartbeat.

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

  • 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!

  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nadine C.
Verified review

Nico sang at my husband's birthday party last month, and it was just so wonderful to have him. Him and his band got there exactly an hour before to set up and they were all very friendly and professional. All the guests had a great time, I would hire him again in a heartbeat!

Rebel Souls
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Kim D.
Verified review

Great band and very professional. They sound just like the artists too. We had a blast with them. Highly recommended

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!

Christopher CJ
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Carmen M.
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I first heard CJ and the Palmer Jazz Band performing at a friend's birthday party. I am not a big blues fan, but I was so intrigued by their sound, and stage presence, that I texted a friend and sent her a picture of them performing. They were/are awesome. I later hired the band to perform at that friends surprise party. She was speechless, we all, danced, cheered, and sang with the band. We all had the best time. Mr. Palmer and the band are timely, helpful, entertaining, friendly, accomodating, talented and professional. My friends and I love listening to, singing along with and dancing to their music. CJ makes it even more engaging as he serenades the crowd while playing his saxaphone.

Masatoshi Sato
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Alex S.
Verified review

I am a beginner guitar student and cannot say enough about Toshi's teaching style! In my first week, he taught me all of the basic notes, and by the end of the first month, I was learning chords & scales and playing songs! Every week is structured and Toshi always has new exercises for me to practice between lessons. I would recommend him to anyone!

The Old Fashioned
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eline A.
Verified review

GREAT BAND, GREAT SINGERS, GREAT PERFORMERS. super professional, they will sing pretty much everything you ask. I had them for my wedding lunch and everybody loved them. I will for sure have them again on my next event.

Jonah Levine
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gwen L.
Verified review

Jonah has been tutoring my son on the trombone for 4 years. My son has made great progress, joined a jazz band, and is inspired by Jonah's talent to practice which is key! Jonah is always a pleasure to work with and has very fair rates. He is also easy to comminicate with and punctual, hence the 5 stars.

RebbeSoul
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Shlomit L.
    Verified review

    I had been looking for the right producer for a long time. I worked with many but it wasn’t until I started working with RebbeSoul that I understood what true musical chemistry is. He was very intuitive to my needs as an artist and had great ideas and musicality that came from his musically diverse background. He was able to craft the right music for me and help me refine my own sound, a sound I’d been pursuing for years! For live performances, he guided and taught me how to interact with the audience on stage and I now have a riveting show from beginning to end, as a result. RebbeSoul is a pleasure to work with - easy and fun and always pushed me beyond my boundaries to the next level. I am very proud and happy with my first official album RebbeSoul produced and got great reviews! I recommend working with RebbeSoul to any artist looking to find a musical home, direction, and inspiration.

    One To Record
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    Jerry S.
    Verified review

    I went into their studio to simply lay down a few guitar ideas for some songs I was writing. I mentioned how I heard drum parts in my head to go with my guitars but I don't play drums. The audio engineer suggested I "beat box" my drum ideas and he tracked exactly what I had in mind. I came back home with a legit sounding demo to show my peers in hopes of forming a band. Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend. Great atmosphere, good time!

    CALJAMROCKS Entertainment
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 15 years in business
    Kris L.
    Verified review

    This band was amazing!!! Non stop dancing and they got the crowd going! I would recommend this band anytime at any occasion! Awesome!!!

    Ismail's Guitar Lessons
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    Rayane T.
    Verified review

    Very skillful with his guitar and has a very accurate ear, which is very important when you play in a band. He has been teaching me and my friend for two years on a weekly basis, focusing on how to play together in a band. I definitely recommend him to anyone who really wants to improve. He does not appreciate when you come without practicing the current song a little bit at home

    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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