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Chris Hamel Productions
from 19 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Linda L.
Verified review

Chris Hamel is an amazing DJ, Musician and Lighting Technician. Two years ago I founded Affordable Affairs, a network group of wedding and event vendors, and aggressively pursued Chris to join us as our DJ. I have never known anyone more professional in his field. He is just a class act through and through and I speak for all my partners in Affordable Affairs when I say he is as good as it gets! We hire him, and will continue to hire him, as a DJ, Musician and Lighting Technician as often as he can work with us!

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Tommy Furdon
from 13 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dexter W.
Verified review

Tommy has been an amazing guitar, bass, and audio engineering teacher. Recently, we've been working together on some college auditions involving jazz bass, which I knew little of in terms of techniques and terminology. With Tommy's help, I've learned what would have taken me forever, and I feel a lot better about the audition process.

Malorie Leogrande, Singer
from 12 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Charlie L.
Verified review

We were invited to a wedding reception about a year ago and she was there as a solo artist doing easy listening backround music then when it came time for dancing she lit the room up with a great variety of 50's -current music so we went on line to look her up for an anniversary party we were planning and she was already booked for that night so were we lucky to push it back to the following Saturday when see was avail. This woman really knows how to entertain a crowd and is very easy on the eyes too!! After talking with her she also told us she tours with a 12 pc. horn band all over the country, I talked her into giving me their latest CD its great. If I were interested in vocal lessons I would definitely call her.

The O-Tones
from 9 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy C.
Verified review

I have listened to, danced to, and worked with the O-Tones for a very long time. They have played at several swing dances I've attended, played at my wedding, and played at several events over the years. Most especially I appreciate Mary's excellent vision for celebrations and events. For example, Mary and I created a fundraiser for the Northampton Community Music School a couple of years ago. It was my 50th birthday celebration with the goal of raising money for scholarships at the Music School. Mary had great ideas about how to organize the event and make it work with music. The Tones played some of my personal favorites and also catered to my guests. It was a fabulous time with dancing, easy listening, and a lot of celebrating! Exquisite vocals---hot harmony, jazzy sax, and sassy tunes make for a dancers dream. Lots of opportunities to "shine" on the dance floor! Dance "sideliners" also have plenty of toe tapping opportunities. The O-Tones have been around for a while---and there is good reason for their continued success and demand throughout the Northeast and beyond. Even though I am not looking forward to turning another decade, I'm really looking forward to have the O-Tones play at the party!

TC Entertainment
from 7 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Anne W.
Verified review

The best DJ our group has ever used! On time, in fact early, continuous music for the tastes of Our crowd (and that is quite rare...a DJ assess the audience? What a concept!) Very 0ersonable, quick response to requests, great selection of music! Definitely hiring him again!

Music Services
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Dupe A.
Verified review

Jonathan and his and band played at my birthday party.Omg, it was beautiful. My guests were wondering where I had heard them play and could not believe I just discovered them online. We had the dinner hour under such ambience, it felt like we were in an expensive lounge! If I need a band, I will definitely be calling Jonathan again!!! *Ps. I had a last minute request for an additional song and they made it happen!!

  • 20 years in business
Leslie S.
Verified review

My husband and I were guests at a wedding for my friend's daughter and we thought Emotion was fabulous! They had energy, the lead female singer's voice was so true to the original artist's and the band was great! The music selection was also spectacular and I know they assisted with it. I'd see them again any day!

Emily Joy Marcello
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen D.
Verified review

Emily Marcello and her violin talents have greatly enriched my musical project, 'Plywood Cowboy'. Her intelligence and spirit is greatly appreciated not only by fellow band members but by entire audiences. Sincerely, Stephen Dedman plywoodcowboy@gmail.com 869-510-8174

  • 34 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin F.
Verified review

Everyone enjoys Dave Mack solo or with his band. Has a good play list and plays request too. He is consistent on keeping people entertained while having dinner and drinks or out with others having a few pops and a good time.

Elana Zabari
from 2 reviews
    Eric M.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Elana in a full band environment for 5 years and also as a recording partner on her original material. During this time I have found her to be very creative in her ability to put her own twist on material. She has a wonderful personality that shines through to her audience during her performances. She engages people with a marvelous sense of humor. Finally, she is an absolutely superb vocalist, with a very rich, sultry tone to her voice. I whole heartedly recommend her.

    GCleph Productions
    from 1 review
    • 12 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jewlie B.
    Verified review

    Randy came highly recommended from a friend. We have used him for my husband's 40th, a Christmas party and a few corporate events. He and his groups are extremely talented and even play different kinds of music. I will continue to hire him whenever I need a band!

    Lyghtin’ Up
    from 1 review
    • 16 years in business
    Chris E.
    Verified review

    Lyghtin Up and their catalog of classic rock songs are unmatched by any tribute band out there. The singer had me believing I was listening to the actual band! Would hire again and definitely recommend for your musical gatherings.

    New London Big Band
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Haneef N.
    Verified review

    I hired the New London Big Band for my weekly live Jazz event in Hartford, CT. Not only were they very professional, they played an excellent show. It was so great that one of my recurring customers told me it was the best time they have ever had at the event, and they have been a recurring customer of mine for more than 6 years. I would highly recommend the New London Big Band to anyone that is looking for a great live Jazz act for any occasion.

    Merchants of Rhythm
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    SCOTT W.
    Verified review

    Professional, fun, talented, and with a very cool and impressive array of awesome, and dance-able tunes, Merchants of Rhythm is my new go-to band for hire for when I throw a big party and want to impress my guests. Hire them today!


    We are The Ghost is Alive and Well, a four-piece Indie rock group from Vernon, CT. We provide great live, local, and original music to our surrounding town and states. We don't charge for gigs and will play any event anywhere. We are professional in what we do, but still have a great time and make sure everyone else does, too.


    We provide musical entertainment for both dancing and listening. We perform from three to five pieces depending on the event and venue. Genres include rock, country, blues and original material. Besides great instrumentals, we pride ourselves on our vocal skills and the ability to harmonize.


    We are classical and klezmer musicians who are superb in every way. We are made up of conservatory-trained symphony musicians, professors of colleges, and full-time folk artists, who specialize in performing music in the concert hall, and equally enjoyable at celebrations. We are strolling table to table or stationary. Small to large ensemble, our customers enjoy our interaction with guests, via dancing and (for kids) our games. We enjoy what we do. Yes, it's "work" to do it right, but we do love this work.


    We are entertainers as well as musicians. Our shows feature lots of interaction with the audience, down home country humor and the stories behind the songs.

    • 7 years in business

    We are a versatile band that covers many genres of music. We get great harmonies and have a very talented line-up of young musicians with lots of experience. We are the area's premier dance band!


    This band is made up of 4 talented musicians that know how to entertain! Male and female vocalist, keyboards, bass, guitar and drums rock out over 50 cover songs from artists such as Taylor Swift, Evanescence, Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Three Doors Down, Creed, The Fray, AC/DC, Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Third Eye Blind, Lit The All American Rejects and more. Everyone will be up singing and dancing - the energy is electric!

    • 5 years in business

    Our music speaks for us. It is a different, but cool fuse of different genres, and jazz. Everything we play, wether our material or not, we play with discipline, education and understanding of the genre.

    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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