High Caliber DJ & Karaoke with Richie Hodge

Tampa, FL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I've been a professional singer/musician/entertainer all my adult life. I have great sound and lighting. I have up to 5 wireless mikes for group singers. I recently purchased an expensive lighting effect backdrop to add to the looks of the show. I have the experience and equipment it takes to help make your event a success.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Working with people and music.


Tampa, FL 33625

Years in business


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Times hired on Thumbtack



31 Reviews
  • Brenda L. Aug 14, 2017
    Verified Review
    He did a very nice job for our function. He took requests and was accommodating.
    Richie H. Aug 14, 2017

    Thanks Brenda, I think everyone including the birthday boy Bryan had fun! Look forward to working with you on future events as we discussed!

  • Aaron S. Jun 1, 2017
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Richie was everything you could hope for and really made the party come alive!
    Richie H. Jul 17, 2017

    Thanks Aaron! That was a fun night!

  • JJ D. May 21, 2017
    Verified Review
    He was awesome. I've heard great compliments from my guests on the fab job he did. Would definitely recommend him to others having events.
    Richie H. Jul 17, 2017

    Thanks JJ, Although it was hot, I think fun was had by all!

  • Andrea S. Apr 25, 2017
    Verified Review
    I hired Richie for my sister and her fiancé's surprise engagement party and it was definitely a great idea! He's a great DJ and even was able to set up karaoke for anyone to participate in, which was definitely the hit of the party! I highly recommend Richie's services for anyone looking to have great music and professionalism! Thanks again Richie!
    Richie H. Jul 17, 2017

    Thanks Andrea, Glad everyone enjoyed themselves! Best wishes to the happy couple!

  • Rhonda F. Mar 2, 2017
    Verified Review
    High Caliber Karaoke with Richie Hodge
    Excellent service and professionalism. Hire him NOW!
    Richie H. Mar 12, 2017

    Thanks Rhonda! I'm glad this turned into multiple events, Look forward to doing New Year's Eve as well as other events with you!

  • Amy Z. Feb 5, 2017
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Add kids parties to your resume!
    Richie had the patience of a saint with more than 50 kids and at least 30 teens and adults! A GREAT time was had by all and there are already demands for a repeat next year! We can't thank Tichie enough for making all these kids "stars". Almost $1000 raised in gift cards for groceries and gas for the Children's Cancer Center!!!
    Richie H. Mar 12, 2017

    Thanks Amy! I couldn't have done it without all your help! Glad it was such a success! I look forward to working with you again in the future!

  • Christina F. Jan 1, 2017
    Verified Review
    New Years Eve celebration
    Richie Hodge did such an excellent and professional job. He was very personable and friendly. The guests were so happy with the music that he selected and with the Karoeke. So many guests commented that having Richie as the DJ really added to the fun of the party. I was impressed with also the lights that he set up. I am very serious when I say that I want him to save next New Years Eve to come back and do it again.
    Richie H. Mar 12, 2017

    Thanks for your kind words Christina. Tammy & I had fun doing your NYE Party! Hope we can do future parties!

  • Sandra G. Dec 19, 2016
    Verified Review
    Kept the party going
    Kept the party going and was willing to stay late. I would recommend and hiring again!
    Richie H. Dec 29, 2016

    Thanks Sandra, I'm glad that everyone had a great time!

  • Brent D. Dec 17, 2016
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Great job !!! Set up on time and was top notch. Welcome addition to our party,
    Richie H. Dec 29, 2016

    Thanks Brent, It was fun! Hope we can do it again soon!

  • Paul R. Dec 14, 2016
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    BenefitHub Holiday Party
    My name is Paul Rosen, Director of Human Resources at BenefitHub, a benefits technology company in Tampa. We hired Richie for our Holiday Party on December 13th and he was excellent. So many of my team said to me how great the music Richie was playing. He was also great with the Karaoke and once we finished dinner, many of the staff were singing and out on the floor dancing. He also worked with us when we gave out our fun company awards and when we conducted our "white elephant" gift event. When the party continued for another hour, Richie was a pro and kept on playing because our company was having a great time. I would recommend Richie without hesitation for any party and our CEO even gave his music a "10." I would hire Richie for our next holiday party.
    Richie H. Dec 29, 2016

    Thanks Paul, It was quite a diverse group so I'm really glad everyone was pleased with the music. It would be my pleasure to do your party again next year!

  • Sandra O. Dec 12, 2016
    Verified Review
    Excellent entertainment by Richie Hodge!
    Richie played for our wedding and was great! We asked him to stay for another hour, because everyone was having such a wonderful time! Thank you Richie. Anytime we have a celebration, you're the one we'll call. Great job!
    Richie H. Dec 29, 2016

    Thanks Sandra! Glad everyone enjoyed themselves! Look forward to working with you again on your next event!

  • Janie B. Nov 16, 2016
    Verified Review
    Outstanding job Richie Hodge!
    Richie Hodge did a wonderful job of playing music that was relevant to the group attending our dance. We had a small group since our season has just started but he did a great job of getting people on the dance floor. We will definitely bring him back to our Resort.
    Richie H. Nov 20, 2016

    Thanks Janie, Everyone was very friendly, It was fun singing with you too! Look forward to doing it again!

  • Meriwether M. Oct 26, 2016
    Verified Review
    Great Entertainment for our Oktoberfest!
    Richie arrived in plenty of time to be set up for our party which started around 5 pm. He also provided his own colorful lighting which was a nice addition. We had some children at the party who wanted to sing and he was very patient with them while they sang over the microphone. The parents were thrilled! I had provided Richie with of list of songs in advance, and he played these plus some fun selections of his own. He also sang a tune or two himself, and he is good. We really could not get many at the party to do the karaoke, but everyone had a wonderful time and there was plenty of dancing! We would definitely recommend Richie and have him return for any future events.
    Richie H. Oct 26, 2016

    Thanks Meriwether, I can't let this go without mentioning what a great host you were, I watched as you tirelessly made sure all your guests were well taken care of. Helping the kids ride your pony, making sure there was plenty of snacks, buffet food & drinks, you didn't sit still the whole night. You have a beautiful new ranch and I look forward to doing future events there! Call anytime!

  • Liz R. Oct 18, 2016
    Verified Review
    80th BD party.
    Richey came and he is vey down to earth and kind person. He played the songs that I told him my husband likes. The music was great for my husbands 80th birthday party. We were entertained well and enjoyed every Minuit Our group was an older group that does not dance much but it was wounderful singing along to the old songs. We had a few sing karaoke which our community never did before. That was fun. This was a private party but I am going to talk to our board members about having Richie for some of our civic party events. Thank you Richie great job and I appreciate that you did take on this party. Thank you so much. Liz Reed
    Richie H. Oct 25, 2016

    Thanks Liz, Hopefully we can do future events like we discussed! Feel free to call anytime!

  • Paula B. Sep 19, 2016
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    A Good Time Was Had By All
    The group had a great time. Richie was a great DJ - interacted well with the group. His wide variety of music allowed all of our multi generation group to find something they like.
    Richie H. Oct 25, 2016

    Thanks Paula, Hope we can do it again soon! :)

  • Marisol S. Sep 12, 2016
    Verified Review
    Richie did a great job at our company event this past weekend. He played a great variety of music, had a great set up and did a great job at encouraging people to get up and do karaoke! We will definitely use him again!
    Richie H. Sep 12, 2016

    Thanks Marisol, It was fun! Looking forward to the next event!

  • Barbara D. Aug 28, 2016
    Verified Review
    Richie Hodge definitely knows how to blend in with people and make his job supplying personal service. I was so busy, I kind of depended on Richie to run the show and he did not let me down. Due to the weather, a lot of people didn't show........Richie never let the music and fun slow down. I would recommend him to everyone, and will definitely hire him again when needed. Thank you Thumbtack for referring him. Sincerely, Barb Davis
    Richie H. Aug 28, 2016

    Thanks Barb, You were a great host! Looking forward to doing it again!

  • John G. May 9, 2016
    Verified Review
    Richie was on time, had the variety of music requested, knew when to nuance the volume and stayed longer than the contract stated. Excellent DJ!!
    Richie H. May 9, 2016

    Thanks John, Happy 90th Birthday to your mom Lena. It was fun, Hope we can do it again!

  • Vickie D. May 1, 2016
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Richie did a great job as dj for our party last evening. He had a huge selection of our favorite songs for our guests to listen and sing along with. He arrived early to set up and was ready when our guests arrived. It was a fun evening!
    Richie H. May 1, 2016

    Thank You Vickie & Jim, It was fun working with great hosts as yourselves! Hope we can do it again soon!

  • Doris M. Jan 29, 2016
    Verified Review
    Richie made my husband's Birthday Party. He knew which songs to play to engage the most number of people. We would highly recommend Richie has a terrific Kareoke leader. In fact, several of my guests asked for his card so they can hire his expertise,
    Richie H. Feb 3, 2016

    Thanks Doris, Looking forward to doing it again.

  • Alex V. Dec 13, 2015
    Verified Review
    Very friendly and flexible. Goes out of his way to give you an excellent experience. Came early to set up. Tried to gather guest preferences and was able to work a rather difficult party crowd into action.
    Richie H. Dec 17, 2015

    Thanks Alex, It was a wonderful Christmas Party and I look forward to working with you on future events.

  • Linda K. Jun 16, 2015
    Richie always has the best and most variety of music of any karoke I've heard. also probably some of the best singers.
  • Tina B. Jun 15, 2015
    I would refer richie Hodge to anyone who is thinking about having karaoke entertainment at a party or any event. Our experience with Richie Hodge as event entertainer has been a wonderful experience.Richie Hodge is versatile, reasonably priced and has a great personality
  • Dona Hathaway A. Jun 13, 2015
    Top KJ...Most entertaining, most complete song listings. Richie always goes a step beyond! Billy & Dona
  • Do L. Jun 8, 2015
    Always a Great time. As a professional DJ KJ myself, Richie's music is always makes the singers sound the best they can be. When I'm not working I always attend his Gigs
  • Michael W. Jun 7, 2015
    always follows an accurate rotation. makes sure everyone gets to sing
  • Janee V. Jun 7, 2015
    This KJ is a talented musician that knows how to tweek the sound for each individual singer. He runs an organized show and keeps the singers rotation going without wasting time in between singers. I've been going to karaoke shows for many years and this is one of the best. Richie Hodge runs a professional show and we appreciate him.
  • Dennis C. Apr 5, 2011
    Having been a KJ in the Tampa Bay Area for 11 years, it has been hard to find another show that I would endorse but Richie does an excellent job, has a good sound and great selection. I highly endorse High Caliber Karaoke and Richie Hodge for a good time. Sincerely Karaoke with the Captain
  • LouisDeborah T. Apr 4, 2011
    Richie does a great show very intertaning to all ages. We have know Richie's family for years and have gone out of our way to listen to him and others sing. He has a hugh list of songs that are for all. Thank you you Richie for the great times.
  • Don F. Apr 3, 2011
    i had an occasion to spend some time at one of Richie's shows, and he puts on a super-good show. Great sound system, and lots of older and newer songs. He helped me to sound the way I want to sound. Thanks Reggie
  • Sharon H. Jan 31, 2011
    He makes singing alot of fun, totally recommend Richie for anyone's Karaoke needs.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
For private events, I typically ask $100 per hour ($300 minimum) which also includes karaoke at no extra charge. However, Weddings and some certain events are more depending on what's required, (insurance, formal dress, location, extra lighting, etc). I can be flexible with my fee if I have to, I would hate to lose anyone's business over a few dollars. I'm reasonable & negotiable, Give me a call! Let's talk it over!
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Agreeing on a fee for the job and then going over details of the event. What songs would you like played? What announcements?, etc. Pretty much going over a game plan of what you expect for your event and making sure that I am prepared to deliver my best services. I typically don't require a deposit or contract (unless you want one). Just your commitment is fine with me.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've been a professional musician/entertainer all of my adult life. I've been a DJ and hosting my own karaoke show full time since 2002. I can do straight DJ music and also include karaoke if you wish. Karaoke is usually a nice addition to any party but purely your option.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have a very rich musical heritage. My father was a featured singer on the Grand Ole Opry, my dad, brother and I are accomplished musicians. I love music and enjoy being around it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Bars and private parties
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently hosted a "Disco" Karaoke Party at a private home. Everyone was dressed up (including myself). Everyone had a blast! Looking forward to doing it again next year with a new theme.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
It would be a good idea to meet in person so that you can discuss your event in detail. Get to know the dj, ask about his experience, and equipment. Decide if you want this person to do your event and come to an agreeable price.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
As with most services...you get what you pay for. If you find someone who will do it cheaper, that's what you will usually get. Someone with little or no talent, experience and equipment.