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Mike Strausbaugh
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
Verified review

My son Shane wanted to take heavy metal guitar lessons, and my friend recommended Mike. I never wanted to pressure Shane to stay with lessons, but I didn't need to; not only did he learn songs from the rock bands he loved, but he ended up falling in love with jazz. Mike was always so friendly and knowledgeable, and it was nice to hear Shane playing heavy metal one day and jazz the next. Michelle B.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike J.
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Kevin, You ROCK!! We had so much fun listening to your music the other evening at the birthday party bash. We especially enjoyed when you played oldies by the great artists of the 60's and 70's. The Beatles are my favorite group and you played their songs to a tee....Their "Birthday" song was so appropriate. You're quite the entertainer!! Thanks for a wonderful time. Everyone had a blast because of the joy your music brings. I can tell you really love playing music because you kept the audience wanting more. You're awesome and fun!! We're amazed that you can play so many different music types. Will you please play at my wife's birthday party next month? We would recommend you to anyone. We'll be watching for your public gigs and will try to attend all of them! Your very ADMIRING FANS.....Mike and Genie

Brooks'n'Friends
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Brian D.
Verified review

David Brooks is a quality entertainer and excellent showman. I've always had a good time whenever his bands have played. A highly skilled lead guitarist and band leader. A must hire for any venue.

  • 16 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Charles G.
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I've worked with Aural Elixir on many recorded and live music projects since 2001. The band and its leader, Jesse Maclaine, are always professional, creative, and willing to make every project an outstanding experience for everyone involved. I highly recommend this musician and band!

Modern Music Studio
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tyler F.
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Nothing but positive stuff to say about Jeremy and his staff! I love going to his studio for practice and to jam. It feels wonderful showing up knowing I’ll get top notch treatment and experienced instruction. If you’re looking for a place for instruction, to record, band practice etc. THIS IS THE PLACE TO DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wasted time and money at Guitar Center! Never again! Modern Music Studio is the place to be!

Sydney Burnett Music
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah H.
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I would most definitely recommend Sydney's piano lessons! She is a very helpful and patient teacher; not to mention, she is also a very skilled musician. Her piano lessons have set a great foundation for me in music. The knowledge that I have from her lessons helps me to play with other musicians and to play in my school marching band. I have learned much about music theory from Sydney as well as a love for playing piano. If Sydney hadn't moved away, I would still love to have her as my piano teacher today.

Steve Manshel
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Carl G.
Verified review

Warning! Only hire Steve Manshel if you want you and your guests to have a great time! Don't blame me if the dance floor gets crowded and people get sweaty dancing. There is a danger that people who shouldn't be dancing still will! Hire him at your own risk!

Nick G.
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To much to share! John sang at my wedding and I will remember it always! One of the best singer/songwriter you will ever meet. If you need any kind of musical lessons or performance and you don't hire this guy then you are missing out!

Scott Slay and the Rail
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Jeff P.
    Verified review

    I would hire Scott again in a heartbeat!

    BlueStoneMojo
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Laurie M.
    Verified review

    Bob Neuwoehner & his band Blue Stone Mojo performed at an event at Vi at Highlands Ranch Sr. Living for a 'Walk to Remember' fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association, CO Chapter. They gave us a deep discount as part of their donation for this great cause! Both the residents & staff enjoyed the band very much. Folks were dancing and those who were not, it was obvious that they were enjoying the music! It was a very hot day and the band didn't complain and just played on...even beyond the time that we had requested! Thanks so much Blue Stone Mojo!!!

    • 6 years in business
    Jill M.
    Verified review

    Kevin was a great private lesson teacher for my 8th grade percussionist! He was very flexible and accommodating with scheduling, and the wise instruction he provided allowed my son to get the highest rating possible at Solo and Ensemble, win a distinguished scholarship award at the end of the school year from his band, and earn a coveted position in the high school drumline as only a freshman. Kevin provided insightful coaching which expanded my son's repertoire of instruments and technique.

    The Funky-Bots
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Eddie S.
    Verified review

    All night long during my wedding reception, the praise was relentless: "Where the hell did you find this band? They are incredible!" The Funky-Bots absolutely slay! I'm a musician myself, so it was really important to me to find a band that was tight and fun and played music with a real groove that will make people dance at my wedding. I sampled dozens of bands and got tons of quotes, but the clip Stephen sent me of his bandmates playing stuck out immediately. This isn't some corny neighborhood bar band with a rigid list of songs to choose from. The Bots are impeccably trained professionals, and everyone at my wedding could sense they were different. From the first meeting with Stephen, I felt at ease with his professionalism and confidence. He and his band never balked at a request, and were willing to try out anything, and everything they tried succeeded. Paige, the singer, has unbelievable poise and soul in her voice; she is a rare talent that you aren't going to find in most wedding bands. I could tell the band spent a lot of time practicing our songs, and they had fun with the arrangements. That energy and looseness carried over to the crowd; people can sense when the band is having fun, and it just makes the whole show exponentially better. The Bots came on time, were prompt with setup and flexible with the schedule, and were all around kind and gracious people. My only regret is that they couldn't play longer. I will recommend them to everyone I know till the day I kick the bucket. Thanks so much, y'all!!!

    The Icons
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Lisa S.
      Verified review

      Something for everyone, and astoundingly good! Nothing but praise for Longmont band The Icons. I heard them last summer at a festival in Leyden Rock's neighborhood park, and was blown away by their covers--not just by the diversity of their set list (Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars), but by their sheer musicianship. Vocalists Ted Reedy and Jim Simmons (also lead guitar) can convincingly sing just about anything, while band members Will Robison on drums, David Bergner on bass, and Egemen Kesikli on keyboards complete the sound in a cohesive blend of talent and energy.

      • 2 years in business
      Kevin D.
      Verified review

      This Band is amazing. They are professional and know how to get people dancing.

      Vi Wickam
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 9 years in business
      Cynthia V.
      Verified review

      Vi Wickam is an exceptional and versatile musician. He is a rare musician who is equally at home in a tuxedo playing for an elite soiree or in blue jeans playing in a bluegrass jam. Last summer I contracted Vi Wickam to perform for 200 guests at the Opera Fort Collins "Songs in Summer" garden party at the Hixon home. As a strolling violinist he played everything from classical violin melodies to old time and Celtic fiddle tunes. Vi is also the founder and first violinist with the Fort Collins String Quartet. His traditional music includes guest appearance with bluegrass and old time music bands and recordings. He is also releasing a much anticipated solo CD this Spring! I highly recommend Vi The Fiddler for any event. He is reliable, courteous, and professional. Quality matters!

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Karen J.
      Verified review

      My son wanted to take flute lessons over the summer in anticipation of school band. David worked well with my kid (who had no musical experience) and related well to him. Really enjoyed working with him, getting to know him a little, and never had any problems. Great with kids, would highly recommend him!

      About

      When It Was is a jazz band, dedicated to playing timeless standards in the styles of Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Chet Baker, etc. Although the band is a full seven pieces with a horn section, we offer our clients different sized groups based upon budget and need, from quartets to trios or even duos, to fit virtually any budget. We are available on mornings, afternoons, and evenings, seven days a week. With some of the top musicians in town and a variety of instrumentation combinations, clients could have us in week after week and never hear the same song twice! We are happy to work up a detailed and specific playlist to guarantee that clients get exactly what they're looking for and help make their event flawless and memorable.

      • 19 years in business
      About

      Mature, professional, experienced, seasoned. Mobile live musicians and DJ's are largely a fly-by-night bunch. I have been doing this at a serious top-shelf level for over 15 years, and I take every event as seriously as though it were my own. Music and entertainment are one of the most important aspects of your function and the quality will reflect on you for years to come; don't cut corners with a budget-priced newbie.

      • 8 years in business
      About

      Sugar Shack has worked with brides and grooms for over a decade. We have also worked with florists, photographers, officiants, venues, wedding planners, fathers, mothers and even parents and grandparents!!!! We are respectful, accommodating, and do our best to make your special day as stress free as it can be. Sugar Shack will not only provide you with a musical experience designed to enhance YOUR celebration, we will also: * Work directly with all your other vendors to help provide a seamless experience * Draw on over 20 years of wedding and event experience to insure a flawless performance * Integrate perfectly with your wedding planner, or provide wedding planning services as necessary * Act as emcee for introductions, toasts, special events and more * Handle all details of event production including stage, lighting, dance floor, sound and ambiance (please ask us about pricing) * And, most importantly, Liza is always available to provide moral support and encouragement in helping you throw an amazing party!

      • 8 years in business
      About

      About

      Mr. J & the Smooth Expressions is the Premiere Variety Band in Colorado! We are the perfect choice for your corporate event, wedding or festival. For your wedding with Mr. J & the Smooth Expressions, we will provide: I will work hand and hand with you till the wedding is finished. We provide up to 3 hours of live music. We will learn up to 3 songs of your choice. We will provide 9 members, a sound tech and stage crew. If you would like we can do all of your announcements. We will provide sound & lights. The Smooth Expressions trio can provide dinner & cocktail music for you. The Smooth Expression can also provide ceremony music for your wedding. You can check out some nice videos of the Mr. J & the Smooth Expressions by clicking on the link below. Mr. J & the Smooth Expressions Youtube Channel Facebook- Mrjandthesmoothexpressions Call today to book your event!

      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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