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B Street Benny
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
Verified review

Love going listen to you sing and listening to this awesome band! This band knows how to really entertain a crowd!

  • 39 years in business
Kenneth B.
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Steven Hawkings was the DJ at my wedding and gave a awesome experience. When my brother in-law got married Hawkings was the guy he wanted. Steven not only plays the best music to get the event going, but gets involved "live" on the dance floor with the crowd. If you want a DJ that will provide you with top notch entertainment - DJ Hawk Man is the man.

Music by Fine Arts Ensemble
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Arielle C.
Verified review

Very professional and skilled musicians. I am a violinist, my mother-in-law a pianist, and my brother-in-law a Jack of all trades musician, and not a complaint or suggested alteration could be found between us, nor any of our other family members. They added the necessary touch that added to our intimate wedding being perfect for us! Would hire them again and I strongly recommend them to others for their events.

Kris Hitchcock
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Ellis G.
    Verified review

    Kris Hitchcock is punctual, prepared, and professional. From his solo acoustic shows to his sets with a full band, he never fails to deliver a quality product. Very few artists, in my experience, consistently perform at the level Kris does each time he steps on stage. His repertoire of cover songs is stellar and his original songs are equally impressive. His knowledge of the industry is extensive and he is always willing to answer questions or offer advice. You would be hard pressed to find a better musician, performer, or human than Kris Hitchcock.

    • 37 years in business
    Helen P.
    Verified review

    My husband and I attended two deb parties in New Orleans this year. JMO - The Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra was drop-dead fantastic.The music and professionalism was unrivaled. Non-stop fun – pure vocals and hard hitting instrumentals. I do not have plans for a debutante party or wedding reception, but am trying to come up with a reason to hire the band for an event in the future!

    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jamie L.
    Verified review

    Very talented group of musicians-everyone at our event could not stop talking about how great the band was. We will definitely use them again!

    Eudora and Deep Soul
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      John L.
      Verified review

      Enjoyed seeing this group perform at the BMC in New Orleans. We liked them so much we went to see them again a second time. Great "Big Band" sound and Eudora has a great set of pipes. She can really sing! Some of the best music we heard on our vacation to the Big Easy. John & Linda from Nevada

      Nomad Theory
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 6 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Jacqueline S.
      Verified review

      Great band to work with and they had no problem learning a particular song that we requested.

      Pianist Nat Lawrence
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Kennedy M.
      Verified review

      My husband and I hired Nat for our wedding reception! Him and his combo were amazing! I gave him just a general outline for what I wanted to be played at the reception. (Jazz music of all kinds) He pulled this off without a hitch. We also told him what we wanted our first dance song to be and he picked a very nice version to play for us. My mom wanted to sing at the reception and with only one run through of the song he had it down and did an amazing job! He was very fun to watch play and also brought a very uplifting feeling to my reception. He did everything we expected him to. He announced my husband and I coming into the reception, announced what was going on, and had a fun time doing it! As the reception drew to a close we were privileged to listen to Nat sing as well. That was a very nice surprise! He has a very good voice! Overall, Nat went above and beyond for our reception! He portrayed the feeling we wanted to have through his vast extent of music knowledge! I would highly recommend Nat for any function you would need live music at.

      Kim R.
      Verified review

      Had a great time dancing to Bnf at my cousins wedding. Can't wait til y'all play our wedding in May 2013.

      Esplanade Jazz Band
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Blair G.
        Verified review

        We hired the Esplanade Jazz Band for our corporate event last year and were very pleased with the experience. They had a great vibe and were so good to work with. Would highly recommend them for events, both private and corporate.

        About

        We offer live music for parties, private party, weddings, picnics, business luncheons, executive meetings, conferences, and convention. We play top 40 classic rock, and music for all occasions.

        About

        We do oldies, swamp pop, etc. Louisiana Roadhouse Band is a popular Louisiana band that plays too many venues to list them all. But, to name some, we have played venues such as corporate functions, casinos, weddings, festivals, fairs, and lounges. With that said, whatever your event is, we'll be glad to play it. To get a free quote, simply contact Carl. Feel free to contact us 24/7, by phone or website.

        About

        We are bringing the sounds of New Orleans to any event. Basically, the name says it all. Big Fun is a New Orleans-style brass band comprised of nine music students from Southeastern Louisiana University. The group is dedicated to bringing the music and atmosphere of New Orleans to events of any kind. All of our members are classically trained and have performed with multiple jazz groups on and off campus. We perform dixieland standards, popular brass band charts of today, and everything in between. The members of Big Fun are dedicated to bringing the great music and relaxed atmosphere of New Orleans with us wherever we go!

        • 14 years in business
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        I play all kinds of music from soul, rock, country, oldies. Also can DJ parties. No high cost of a band but with the same professional sound.

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        Salvarla is a cover band playing classic rock and modern rock. We're just making the band; we are very eager to show you what we can do.

        About

        I have a bachelor's degree in music composition from Portland State University as well as a master's degree in music composition from Stephen F. Austin State University. I have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. I have also taught music privately and through the William James Association's Prison Arts Project.

        • 6 years in business
        About

        One Love Brass Band is a reggae and ska brass band, specializing in wedding receptions, cocktail hour sets, or any other private event. One Love Brass Band is also available to do traditional New Orleans parades and second lines for weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, bachelor parties, and anything else you can think of. We cater to you! Whenever you demand professionalism, ask for One Love Brass Band.

        About

        I do makeup for a great price. I am also in a wedding band, so I can provide services for that too. I take last-minute bookings as well!

        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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