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South Elgin Blues Bands

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Jon Novi
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bruce D.
Verified review

Our daughter (Kivi) started with the recorder in 4th grade, and soon graduated to clarinet. By Middle School, she was taking lessons from a classical teacher who advanced her skills markedly. Upon reaching high school, she was in demand by the jazz band - whose leader persuaded her to take up the saxophone. Kivi loved the sax, and loved jazz, but clarinet remained her first instrument. I thought of the great jazz clarinet players: Pete Fountain at the top of a substantial list. But we could find no one who could teach jazz clarinet. Finally, we attended an event at VanderCook, and one of the presenters gave us Jon's name. Kivi studied with Jon for about two years. I was disappointed with the amount of time Kivi had to spend practicing Jon's lessons - what high schooler has time for anything? Nevertheless, Kivi learned a great deal from Jon, and was the only student to ever perform a clarinet solo in our high school's jazz band history ("Jack the Bear"). Jon was unique in my experience in that he taught what Kivi wanted to learn - rather than imposing a rigid course of instruction. If you are considering private lessons that offer something both valuable and unique, please look no further than Jon Novi.

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 32 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.

Matthew Steiner
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Paul K.
Verified review

Not just an accomplished guitarist but an actual teacher. Very adaptive but actually has a sense of scope and sequence to his instruction which, in my experience, is tough to find in a guitar teacher outside of college level instruction. Can really teach authentic rock, blues, and jazz styles.

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

Jerry and the trio were a perfect fit for our event. They provided excellent music and adjusted their volume to the room perfectly. I would highly recommend the trio to anyone looking for solid jazz musicians! Our cocktail party was a huge success and I know Jerry and the gang played a huge role in this. Thanks again guys!

Matt's Music Lessons
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Pete D.
Verified review

Best guitar instructor ever! Matt helped me improve my skills enough to play in a great band, and we performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Matt helped me learn to count and feel the ups, downs and skips. Thanks, Matt!

Matt Brown's Guitar Studio
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Dani S.
Verified review

I've been taking lessons with Matt for a few months now. I'm already playing some blues, rock, and folk songs and writing some of my own! Pretty soon I feel like I'll be confident enough to start playing with others, which was my main goal all along.

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

Krusin' Music
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rich S.
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I was a beginner guitarist when I met Pete. Six months later I was already playing through some of my favorite pop and classic rock songs. Pete's also taught me how to write my own songs, and we've also recorded on occasion. I'd have to say that songwriting is my favorite part about playing guitar, and I'm glad that I've got a few originals "under my belt" now.

Nick Roach Music
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 20 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.

United Talent Coordinators
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anna J.
Verified review

He gave me a huge list of wedding bands to choose from. Each band was unique and different from the rest. He also included a variety of price points so I could find exactly what I was looking for. Tom was extremely quick to respond which I really appreciated! I look forward to working with one of his bands for my wedding!

Jeff's Guitar Lessons
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Malia A.
Verified review

Loved the Jeff Alterio Band! Jeff is well versed in our favorite rock guitar classics, they expertly executed Stevie Ray, Stones, Eagles, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Skynard, Muddy Waters & Hooker in that jamming guitar style you remember from the greats. They do not disappoint! These guys are fun & very talented musicians. Hope to have them play again soon. I'm sure they'll just get better over time, Now I'd like hear a little more of his original work Trash Opera.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Chrissy D.
Verified review

Vinny has been giving Slide Trombone lessons to my son for 3 years now. My son is doing a great job with the Trombone and about to enter high school to march in the band! On a side note my son is high functioning autism. Vinny has been amazing and incredibly patient with him. He helped develop my sons love for music. I could not recommend him enough! Vinny in wonderful in all aspects of teaching.

La Fuerza Versatil
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Clemente L.
Verified review

La Fuerza Versatil is a perfect example of what a well committed and disciplined band is all about. They also play all kinds of music, from Banda, rancheras to cumbias and zapateados. Their performances are always great. The crowd really enjoys their music.

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Sid & Hala
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angie R.
Verified review

I am so pleased with Sid and Hala. We had them play for my mom's 80th birthday party last weekend. Beginning with my first correspondence with them up until they left the party, they were wonderful. I have never used Thumbtack before or even heard of Thumbtack so I didn't know what to expect. I put in the information to Thumbtack a few months ago looking for a live band for my mom's birthday party. I had no idea what a live band would cost and if there was anything available where I was looking to have the party. (The party was a good hour from any major city). So once I entered the information into the Thumbtack website, within maybe an hour or so Sid and Hala contacted me. They introduced themselves, informed me about the type of band they were (acoustic), type of music they played and told me costs in the first correspondence (quite reasonable I thought). We went back and forth several times with questions of mine and their answers and they always answered within an hour. Can you believe they were willing to drive 2 hours to my event! I couldn't believe it. No extra charge for drive time either! So we had a verbal/email commitment with them and the next week they emailed a contract that I signed and sent back to them. We emailed back and forth a couple of times over the following few months up until the event. The emails were mainly regarding song selection. They have a good sized list of songs they play on their website. I had two song requests that they didn't currently play but they were more than willing to learn for me. The day of the party they were right on time-1 pm sharp. They were professional and polite. They gave themselves an hour to set up and started right at 2 pm like we planned. They checked in with me prior to starting to ask about when they should play the songs they learned special for me. They asked if it was okay if they took a break in the middle. (Of course it was okay!) The quality of performance was 5 star and then some. Their voices are beautiful and work really well together. I had listened to several of their songs on you-tube prior and the internet quality of the music was not the greatest for some of the songs. Let me tell you that in person they are fabulous!! So much sound and talent from two people. My family threw in some song requests that they were not expecting and they accommodated beautifully. They could play the music and just looked up the words on their smart phones so they didn't make any mistakes. That was the only time they had to read lyrics. If you had not been looking at them you would have never known they were reading the music. I received compliment after compliment from our guests on how great the music was. I cannot recommend this acoustic band enough. You will not be disappointed. Well worth the money.

JD Klatt Music
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Meredith L.
Verified review

JD Klatt and friends performed for our fundraising event at Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant on Sunday, October 25. The music was great! We always enjoy his music and his friendship and we greatly appreciated his involvement in our event. John plays a variety of music - from folk to rock to blues - something for most tastes.

Outpatience
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
Verified review

I hired them for my boyfriends birthday party ....they are an amazing band and great ppl....everyone liked them so much that the bar owner where we had the party contacted me for their Info so they can hire them to play on band nights......I would recommend them a million times.....I just want to thank them for making his birthday memorable. ...awesome band awesome members....

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 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Casselyn F.
Verified review

They were great!!! It's now 5 days after our wedding and we're STILL getting comments from guests at how wonderful the band was. We just smile, nod, and said I know! When in reality, we were also blown away. They were personable, got the guests into the music and dancing, and sounded amazing. They were great leading up to the wedding, letting us know what we needed on the music front, so we were rushed or flustered beforehand. We would not only recommend them for a wedding, we'd also recommend them for any event which needs a band.

Twangdogs
5.0
from 1 review
  • 7 years in business
Chuck C.
Verified review

The Twangdogs are of the finer gigging Americana bands in Chicagoland. They feature top flight musicians who emerged from various ensembles at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The Twangdogs offer an extensive and varied repertoire. Always up front is a focus on rock and country, but a twinge of R&B is also evident in their DNA. They’ll swap instruments and vocals frequently during their sets, which can give their gigs something of a hootenanny type of vibe. Excellent harmonies with a lively beat! When they perform, you can tell they are having fun which translates to their audience having just as much fun.

TONY BERNARD SHOW
5.0
from 1 review
  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Peggy F.
Verified review

This band is awesome! I hired them for numerous parties, as I am an event planner and assistant. I have gotten rave reviews and have hired them myself for a party. They do everything from oldies to Motown and so much more! They are professional, affordable and really make the event! They even play music while they are on break. They customize their music to your needs and event.

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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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