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Jon Novi
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andres P.
Verified review

Jon provided the music for the cocktail hour of our wedding on Sunday, September 18, 2016. We must start out by saying that, because the entire wedding was one big whirlwind, we did not have the pleasure of being able to hear a majority of Jon’s performance. However, we did hear through word of mouth that the guests really enjoyed the music that Jon provided. We communicated exclusively through e-mail. He was very kind and patient with us as we tried to figure out what types of music we wanted to play. Jon was able to send us a list of songs that he was well-versed in and that accommodated the genres we ultimately decided on (latin, jazz, bossa nova, R&B). This made our lives easier as it helped us to focus and eventually narrow our choices down to a small selection of songs. We finally got a chance to meet face to face at the wedding venue. He was very sweet and very formal (and he speaks Spanish too!). We did have a bit of confusion regarding whether or not Jon would use his own personal keyboard or the piano provided by the wedding venue but thankfully everything worked out in the end. Jon was VERY reasonably priced; however, he does not provide a contract (but because Jon is such a professional, this was not an issue at all). We would absolutely recommend Jon. And like we had mentioned to him at the venue, hopefully we have another opportunity to hire him so that we can listen to and enjoy his musical talents in its entirety. Thanks again Jon!

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laurie U.
Verified review

Bob is great! Patient and fun. We have worked with him for over a year and he even organized four 6-year-olds for a band for the school talent show in a very short time.

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Jerry D. Tiberi
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maureen F.
Verified review

I hired Jerry to play background music at a business dinner I hosted at The Langham Chicago. Jerry showed up an hour early and played beautiful background music for 3 and 1/2 hours . He was a pleasure to work with and very accommodating. Having Jerry play live music at my event added a special twist that was so unexpected. It took my event to the next level of sophistication. I would definitely hire Jerry again!

The Band Sundance
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jamison A.
Verified review

Dollar for dollar, hiring The Band Sundance was the best decision we made in our wedding budget. The band gave us a great experience from beginning to end. We had numerous guests say we had the best or one of the best receptions they have ever attended because of the music and our dancing (obviously aided by the music). They kept asking where I found them and how much I must have paid to book them. As great as the band was, they did not detract from us as a couple. Jim and the band planned everything to cater to us. They provided a DJ for the breaks, and a few songs we wanted outside of their repertoire were played on break. They even let me sit in for a song. I found them through this site, and did a lot of other research on them before booking. We wanted a band who could provide the 1940s big band sound for swing dancing and also play contemporary rock, pop, and country with everything in between (50s, Elvis, 80s, polkas, waltzes, etc.). Moreover, we wanted a band who played both “In the Mood”and “Uptown Funk” well. Hard to find, huh? Well, here they are. They read the crowd well and knew what songs to play to keep people excited and on the dance floor. They have a full sound with keyboards, drum set, lead guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, sax, and vocals, and they blended very well as a ensemble. They helped give our reception such an amazing energy. This praise might seem effusive from anyone who has not seen them, but you cannot go wrong with these guys.

Artist Collective
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Alicia D.
Verified review

Working with Artist Collective has been great! I appreciate the quality and value they bring to the table. Artist Collective has created a fantastic lineup of musicians to meet our needs.

Krusin' Music
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Gary M.
Verified review

Pete and I regularly performed, wrote music and recorded albums together in Shenzhen, China from 20012-2014. I've traveled the world and have performed/collaborated w musicians from all walks of life. Without a doubt, Pete is one of the best. His unique melodic & harmonic guitar colorings are essential in what set him apart from other composers. Pete knows how to listen to each song and write to meet the needs of that song. Pete's written well over 3 albums worth of music and has produce a few of his own music videos. Pete is also a seasoned music teacher, having 3-5 years of classroom teaching of guitar, ukulele in China as well as private lessons in the US over the last decade. And then there's performing: Pete's performed in all manner of venues, all types of bands and with eclectic and unique musicians. Theres very little he hasn't experienced. Whether you want to develop your guitar chops, learn how to song write, pro tips and pointers on performance - Trust me, Pete Kruse is your mentor. I'm his peer and I have learned countless skills from him. He gets my full recommendation.

Max Bessesen
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Joseph P.
    Verified review

    I took lessons with Max in the summer of 2014 and 2015 and learning and hanging from Max has been one of the main reasons I decided to dedicate my life to working on music. He challenged me with life and music concepts that have been a big part of my life. Max was extremely committed to our lessons. For example, I would pick a transcription for both of us to learn and we would play it together and he would help me with certain rough spots, break it down and talk about the history. I've never had a teacher do that for me before. Max gave me essential information in a very open and informative way and was very down to earth and friendly in the way he taught. I flourish when the people I study with are open to work on what interests me and give me essential things to work on that I haven't been thinking about. If I wanted to work on Katy Perry songs, he would take me seriously and do whatever he could to help me play Katy Perry songs. Too often teachers assume I know things, but he was very thorough and made sure I had everything I needed. Max showed up on time to every lesson and was the type of teacher that was so invested in helping me that he wouldn't be looking at the clock every five minutes. My brother was on the ultimate frisbee team at my high school as a freshman when Max was a Senior. My brother told me that Max was a role model and inspired him to be on the ultimate frisbee team at his college. That makes two of us! Max was one of the key people in my high school years who inspired me to pursue my passion. Studying with Max has made me a deeper, more creative, and more down to earth person and musician.

    Dave Brandwein Music
    5.0
    from 10 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    Claudia M.
    Verified review

    Dave is a fantastic drum instructor. He has a gift for making the basic fundamentals of drumming really fun to keep the interest level very high. We are big fans!

    Nick Roach Music
    5.0
    from 8 reviews
    • 19 hires on Thumbtack
    Carlos C.
    Verified review

    Nick and his mate, Sam showed up on time....ready to work and continued to play three sets during a three hour period. This is my first time hiring a band for my personal party and I could not have worked with a better pair. I will definitely use him again. Well worth the money. Nice guys and open to my inexperienced suggestions. Lol! And I haven't even mention the quality of their music (jazz) was outstanding. They were the hit and highlight of the party.

    Camerata Studios
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Jackie S.
    Verified review

    I studied with Tracey while working on auditions for high school groups and musicals. She was very flexible with my schedule and was always willing to help me with new music. She is very knowledgeable about singing and how the voice works.

    The B-Side Band
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Ted S.
    Verified review

    The band has played at private events events that I hosted and I have seen them dozens of times at public venues. I keep coming back for more because they get better every performance

    Music Lessons
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 22 years in business
    Brad R.
    Verified review

    Steve is a great guy and a wonderful musician. Steve graduated the year before I started high school. He came back to help the saxophone section learn music for marching band and along the way, gave many valuable pointers to help us all know our instruments better and grow as young musicians. Almost 20 years later and I still regard him as an inspiration to my musical endeavors.

    J.A. Hermanny Studios
    4.5
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Kate S.
    Verified review

    My daughter, Piper, started her 1st music lessons with Miss Jessica at age 7. She laid the foundation for love of music which continues to this day. Her thoughtful lessons designed to suit Piper's ability, made learning fun and easy. Her uncanny patience brought them through periods when faced with greater music challenges. I appreciated her approachable demeaner and willingness to keep an open dialogue. Piper passed from piano to French horn in 5th grade when school band was offered. With the benefit of lessons from Miss Jessica, it made for a smooth transition. Thanks for 4 great years! Kate (Piper's mom)

    Rock Boxx
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 13 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Evelyn K.
    Verified review

    We had a birthday party for my husband's 55th and Rock Boxx could not have been more perfect! Their energy level accommodated the pace at which we love to celebrate! Family and friends have nothing but excellent comments about the social band members and their music! Can't thank them enough!

    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Sarah R.
    Verified review

    Shannon got back to me quickly and we went and met her and had a lesson to see if it would be a good fit with her and my daughter. I would do nothing to change my experience it is nice to be able to have a trial lesson to make sure it is a good match. My daughter has only had 3 lessons and I can already hear a big difference in her voice. My daughter loves going and has learned a lot in her few lessons. Also Shannon has been flexible with our busy schedule as long as we can give her some notice. I would not change anything about our experience it went very smoothly.

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    The Full Circle Cover Band has been booked for weddings, concerts, parties, and private, public and corporate events. Our band features a five-piece instrumental arrangement and four singers sure to give you the live performance that's expected. Our showmanship is shown through our many selections and genres of music. There is nothing we can't cover. Our vocal cover band covers blues, R&B jazz, neo soul, pop, reggae, gospel, hip-hop, classical, rock, inspirational, and spiritual music. If you would like to put a list together of songs or requests, we are willing to accommodate your party. Our goal is to leave you with a song in your heart and a beat in your feet. If you are looking for a band who will make musical memories that is sure to last, Full Circle Cover Band is just whom you have been looking for. Book us, and we will become your go-to cover band for all upcoming events. Book us now; events are booked daily.

    • 10 years in business
    About

    We are a live band. We do jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop, soul, neo-soul, gospel, vocal, and instrumental. We will travel to you!

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    We are an 8-man rockin' R&B/blues band with a dynamic frontman/harp player, a rhythm section that's "tight as rope", two funky guitar players, and an amazing horn section. With more than 200 years of cumulative musical experience among us, we craft sets that get the crowd up and dancing, from twenty-somethings to folks in their seventies. We'd love to play your club, corporate event, casino or festival. Call us today for availability!

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    The Big Eagle Band was established in Chicago, IL, in January 2008. Covering a range of jukebox favorites from the 1970’s to present day, The Big Eagle Band sets its sights on recreating what is in your establishment’s jukebox, live on stage. The Big Eagle Band features John Beniacs on bass and vocals, Matt Stone on guitar and vocals, Mark Sibincic on drums and Phil Valenti on guitar. All members are in their early 30's, jamming the music everyone loves. John, Matt, Mark and Phil have a long sordid history of playing in original bands dating back to the mid-90’s (most recently Mark and John in Government Warning and Matt and Phil in Killie McGee and Point 08). While styles and genres fade in and out, hits remain, and this idea brought the four members of The Big Eagle Band together. With everyone’s prior experience, it was a matter of weeks before the band was armed and ready to bring its show to the masses. The Big Eagle Band’s performance is guaranteed to electrify and stimulate any crowd with their diverse catalog of jukebox favorites and humorous banter — the perfect ingredients that make any show not just fun, but a blast! The Big Eagle Band is professional and is available for booking not only for bar gigs, but also for corporate events, festivals and public or private parties. Offering well over 6 hours of music, The Big Eagle Band can provide entertainment all night long.

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    Chicago's Skip Towne & The Greyhounds personify hard-driving, heartfelt classic blues, jazz, swing, ballads, and downright good time rockin' blues that you can't refuse! The band has been regularly performing acoustically as a 3-piece up to an electric 10-piece band around the Midwest and frequently in Chicago area clubs, such as The Park West, Buddy Guy Legends, Famous Dave's, Beale Street Blues Cafe, Frankie's Blue Room, Penny Road Pub, The Brat Stop, Porter's Oyster Bar, Cubby Bear North, Flatlanders, Port of Blarney, Blarney's Island, Pete Miller's, and The Firkin. The band also plays for any type of concert, festival, wedding, private, and corporate event.

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    Need Band Entertainment for a Graduation Party

    Palos Hills, IL

    • Music genre desired
      Pop / Rock
    • Details
      Hi, I am having a high school graduation party for my daughter on Saturday August 10. I am located in Palos Hills IL. We are 20 minutes directly south of downtown Chicago. Anyway, I am looking for 70's to current cover band. Something for all ages. I am not looking for the best band in the world, just decent at an affordable price. Maybe a band that is looking for a small gig to get some live audience experience. Come have fun with us! Food is included, and also beverages. Please email me with the rate, phone number and possible a demo. The families of the Band are also invited! The band will be covered by a tent if it rains and we have a pool to cool the Band off if it's too hot. Be Here or Be Square!!
    • $575
      Average price
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