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Santa Monica Wedding Bands

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

We hired Tucker to be our guitarist for our wedding ceremony. I highly recommend him if you are looking for entertainment in your event! He went out of his way to do rehearsals to make sure everything is on point. He is very easy to work with and he did an amazing job!

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Emo Alaeddin
4.9
from 42 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!

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Pianist On Call
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashley F.
Verified review

I love this guy! Vince is so welcoming and easy going. If you want your wedding or event to have beautiful music you must hire him! He's a professional who knows how to make sure your event is what you want! I will be recommending him to everyone I know! :)

Wright Way Music
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Dustin D.
Verified review

Jamie played fantastic music for our wedding ceremony. She was a pleasure to deal with, very friendly, and came to our rehearsal to ensure everything went smoothly. Would highly recommend for future events!!

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lydia H.
Verified review

Thank you all my wedding team! They provided me everything I need for a perfect wedding. Joanne and her team know this industry very well and assigned the wedding coordinator, photographer, stylist, venue, DJ to us. They helped me get rid of all time consuming vendor calls!!! Also, they have very stylish app to make everything organized and trackable. Very cool!!! Highly recommend the whole team!!!

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  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ted K.
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We hired Mr. Varnell for our wedding and could not have been happier with his performance! Not only a true musical talent, but an honest professional who can walk you through the "in's and out's" with ease on an already hectic day. I was so happy we did not hire a tacky DJ or the same old organ/piano player for our wedding...but instead brought the elegance and uniqueness of the saxophone. We received so many compliments from our guests. Would most definitely hire him again!

Forrest Fire Entertainment
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Janice R.
Verified review

They were fantastic they made our party so great. They were so easy to work with, flexible, upbeat and great entertainers. They knew how to get the party stared. We had terrible hot weather to deal with and they never skipped a beat. They're interaction with the guests coming out into the crowd making everyone have fun and feel included. If you are lucky enough to get this band you can know your party will be a success and fun. I'm already trying to think of another party just to have them back.

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!!!

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.

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

Boombox Heroes
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mike M.
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WOW! What an amazing band! We were absolutely blown away by these amazing musicians it is clear that they are all at the top of the field. We chose to book the 6 Piece with both male and female singers and boy! can they really really SING. They sounded amazing, looked fresh and fun and had such energy every single person at our wedding was on there feet even my dad who is 83. We had an absolute blast and everyone could not stopped raving about the band they asked if we stole them from American Idol!!!! I can tell you from the moment we were in contact they were communicative professional and handled everything, even thinking of things we haven't even thought of yet like lighting and sound requirements. The MC was charismatic, funny and charming and was able to tell our story with such class that my wife and I were in tears. We looked around for 6 months before choosing a band most great wedding bands were way way out of the budget, they were reasonably priced and for what you get which is one of the best bands i've ever seen at a wedding I actually think we should have been paying double or more like some of the bands we first looked at that weren't even as good. So thats my rant. Amazing. Blown Away. Memories for a lifetime. They do book up early were lucky we had our wedding on a Sunday so it wasn't a problem. If it was on Saturday we may not have been as lucky!

John Brown Entertainment
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

John Brown is a talented musician. I hired him for my parents 50th wedding anniversary party. He was amazing! Played all of the songs we asked and sounded great. He even let my dad, who enjoys singing and playing the guitar harmonize with him for a few of the songs. My dad was over the moon about the experience. I will hire John again and again if I am in need of live music. Thank you John for making my parents 50th extra special!

Natalie Wattre
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Herbie P.
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My wife and I initially heard Natalie playing in a wine bar in Las Vegas. Her sound was incredible and so unique. Her library of songs is extremely diverse and ranges from modern hits by artists like John Legend, Adele, Beyonce & Ed Sheeran to classics from Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Janis Joplin & Bob Dylan. We love getting to hear Natalie play wherever we can and even hired her to play at our wedding last year! I can't recommend Natalie enough. She is an incredible talent with contagious energy and you'll very quickly find yourself singing along to every single one of her songs. No matter what the occasion, Natalie is the perfect hire.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ellys D.
Verified review

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!

Emanuela Bellezza
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Monika Z.
Verified review

Don't hesitate to hire Emanuela. I had her sing at my wedding and my birthday and it was the best thing I could have done. She is very professional, accommodating, sweet and most of all so talented! Everybody had fun and all of us danced so much. We loved her. I will definitely contact her for future events!

Gaku Murata Entertainment
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth R.
Verified review

I hired Gaku and Dwayne to perform at my wedding ceremony. They were AMAZING!!!! It was a Catholic ceremony, so they had to learn a few new songs. It was as if they had performed those songs a million times- you would've never known that they had just learned them. They sounded so beautiful together and really added something extra special to my BIG day. The highlight was definitely "Ave Maria." I cried because it was the most beautiful version I had ever heard. Do yourself a favor and hire them for an event!

  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rebecca E.
Verified review

Molly was amazing! She was professional from start to finish! She is amazing! We were lucky to have found her on such short notice and not only was she our officiant, but she sang our first dance as husband and wife. She did a beautiful version of "Sabes" by Reik. It left everyone at the wedding surprised. Not too many people have someone sing while the couple dances. But it wasn't just that, she gave us a ceremony that everyone was talking about. Thank you Molly for your great service. Definitely recommended.

Organic String Quartet
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nick L.
Verified review

The Organic String Quartet was fantastic! They were punctual, professional, and very talented. We had so many of our wedding guests say how much they loved the music. There is a wide variety of music to choose from and the quartet was very accommodating. I must say, one of my personal favorite highlights was coming out with my groomsmen to the Star Wars theme. They really helped make our wedding truly special and memorable. Thank you, Organic String Quartet!

Jennifer Deirmendjian
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
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I have known Jennifer Deirmendjian for 12 years now and worked with her musically on solo projects off and on as well as performances in bands. She plays and writes violin beautifully. I have learned so much from her musicianship in rehearsals on a professional level more than anyone I have ever worked with. She is patient, kind and disciplined. I highly recommend her teaching experience as she has been my mentor and inspired me in so many ways!

Sunset String Quartet
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie F.
Verified review

The booking experience has been very enjoyable and professional! We sampled their work online and loved their flexibility and responsiveness. They work with your budget and are very knowledgeable and share that knowledge. I look forward to having them play at the wedding and will provide an updated review afterward.

Absoulute
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Christina T.
Verified review

Absoulute has played for California Yacht Club's biggest regatta party two years in a row, and both times, the crowd wouldn't let them stop. The band was perfectly tuned in to the vibe of the crowd and everyone was dancing. As the organizer, they could not have made my life any easier. They were all super to work with -- on time, professional, easy going, and eager to please.

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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