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1. Louis Pettinelli Music
4.8
from 36 reviews
4.8
(36)
4.8 (36)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 20 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Cambridge, MA

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"Louis Pettinelli Entertainment is a full service musical booking agency that has among the highest number of bookings and reviews of any live booking agency on Thumbtack in the United States. We provide live entertainment for over 500 events per year. Some of the ensembles we can provide include the following: Solo Jazz Piano, Solo Jazz Guitar, Jazz Duo, Jazz Trio, Jazz Quartet, Jazz Quintet, Jazz Sextet, Wedding Top 40 Band, DJ Services, Acoustic Top 40 Duo, Solo Violin, and much more! Our jazz band, The Louis Pettinelli Jazz Ensemble stands out with its unwavering professionalism, tasteful musicality, flexibility, and diverse song repertoire. We perform jazz standards by seminal composers such as Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin, as well as uniquely funky and jazzy renditions of compositions by Stevie Wonder and many other pop artists, and much more. The Louis Pettinelli Jazz Group is available anywhere from 1-6 pieces in various configurations, and is composed of highly trained musical professionals that are at the forefront of their field. Our top 40 band, The Suyat Band, is an energetic ensemble available from 5-7 pieces that is guaranteed to keep the dance floor alive! The band is fronted by our lead vocalist Matt, who comes from musical royalty! His uncle is the noted Hawaiian singer and performer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, whose name you might recognize from his timeless rendition of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"! In addition, Matt and the lead guitarist also comprise The Suyat Acoustic Duo, which is the ideal fit for events seeking a smaller top 40 ensemble! The duo can be expanded to a three or four piece ensemble. Lastly, we also provide classical ensembles for wedding ceremonies, as well as a variety of other musical groups that fit any occasion! We enjoy satisfying the aspirations of individuals looking for that extra special something to make their event all the more memorable and intimate."

$150/Hour

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$150/Hour

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$150/Hour

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2. Sam Woolf
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
5.0 (2)
Responds Quickly
Responds Quickly
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Cambridge, MA
"SAM WOOLF is a singer-songwriter who gained national recognition as a Top Five finalist on American Idol's 2014 season. Best known for his original compositions and pitch perfect vocals, Sam has been hailed as a "natural singer whose soul and passion are undeniable in every note he sings." With the support of his strong network of fans, dubbed the "Woolfpack," Sam's live performances and recordings have garnered millions of views on social media. Sam was born in Detroit and lived in West Bloomfield, Michigan until he was 10. Sam then lived in Florida and he graduated from Braden River High School in June of 2014. Sam’s father, Scott Woolf, introduced him to acoustic folk-rock music when he was a young child. Sam’s grandfather (“Papa Roy”) sent him to singing lessons with opera singer Bob Lischetti for several years, and Sam taught himself guitar. During high school, Sam began performing locally in Bradenton at restaurants and cafés and was a mentee of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which booked him for performances at local events. In the summer of 2013, Sam attended a five week program for high school students at Berklee College of Music (the world’s premier contemporary music school) in Boston. He was one of four students chosen to perform live in the “winners” showcase as well as one of four students selected to perform in the theater-in-the-round singer/songwriters performance. He was also one of the Berklee students referred to American Idol for auditions. In 2014, Sam released his debut EP Pretend, produced by Grammy award-winner Danny Blume. The album, which was released independently, debuted at #9 on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart. Most recently, Sam released two new singles, "Stop Thinking About It" and "Fast 'n' Dirty," which he co-wrote with Stephen Puth (brother of singer-songwriter Charlie Puth) and Orion Meshorer. Additionally, he recorded "On It" with the Como Brothers at Germano Studios in New York City with Grammy Award-nominated engineer Kenta Yonesaka. Sam co-headlined the Lakewood Ranch Winterfest in 2015 with the Doobie Brothers, War, and Jefferson Starship, opened for We The Kings during their 10th Anniversary Tour, and was a featured performer at an Alex Preston concert in New Hampshire. Independently, Sam has performed extensively at public and private venues in Florida and the Northeast. Sam is currently based in Massachusetts and performs in the Northeast. He gives performances in Florida and Michigan as well. Sam provides an intimate performance singing with acoustic guitar for private parties and special events. He sings a variety of pop covers and originals. For public concerts, Sam performs solo at small venues to large amphitheaters. He is available for meet and greets after the show for photos and autographs. He can perform with a guitarist or a band. He is based in Boston, and gives performances from his hometown in Bradenton, Florida and Detroit, Michigan where he was born."

$400/Hour

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$400/Hour

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$400/Hour

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3. Cristina Vaira
5.0
from 19 reviews
5.0
(19)
5.0 (19)
Responds Quickly
Responds Quickly
  • 9 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Cambridge, MA
"I prepare my students to succeed as performers and human beings, guiding them to find their true potential, going beyond their self-limitations. I work ONLY with WOMEN, of any age as young as 4/5 years old till adults, no matter what is their previous experience with music. As Alumna of one of the best music school in the world, Berklee College of Music, majored in Songwriting as a Vocalist, I teach my students Berklee's method combined with my personal experience and international background, since I'm originally from Milan, Italy. I prepare students for auditions, (I saw some of them winning music competitions), I teach them breathe management, healthy vocal technique, how to efficiently practice and learn songs, stage presence, performance skills, and anything the students want to work on. I teach also Piano for Beginners, and for the ones who aspire in pursuing a professional career in the music field, I teach contemporary harmony, ear training, songwriting and music business, since I also completed a Master in Music Business at the Catholic University of Milan, and worked at major label EMI Music Italy. I love to see my students growing their skills and witness their joy in singing, and as a teacher, I learn from them too! I love to give my best to all of them, and I love the challenge of knowing that is also my responsibility to grow their motivation and engagement as coach! I never understood the true importance of a mentor, till the moment I became one, and I witnessed the incredible empowerment for students who started to believe in themselves only because a mentor was believing in them first."

$200/Hour

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$200/Hour

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$200/Hour

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7. Junling's Piano Studio
5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
5.0 (8)
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Cambridge, MA
"Hi everyone, I hope this message finds you well! I am Junling and am a professional pianist working at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. I have been play piano for 20+ years and have a Masters degree in Piano Performance. I love performance, but I am more passionate with teaching piano. “A teaching artist, by definition, is a two-career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist is they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refinement of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education. Achieving a meaningful balance between these two professions, whereby one feeds the other, is an ongoing process that requires a deepening awareness for the teaching artist of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning.” My goal is to become a better teacher by having a chance to teach students with different interests and tastes in music like Classical, Jazz, Pop, or Broadway and to help students to approach their goal in music. I always believe that creating a good bond with my students is the most important aspect of teaching. Ever since I had my experience with the teacher that changed my life, I have always not only had a love for playing piano but also a love for teaching. I have tried my absolute best to replicate her formula to share the wonderful experience I had with my current students, and it's something I plan on doing for the rest of my life."
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a bounce house?

Bounce houses, inflatable castles, moon bounces, inflatable slides and jumpy castles are all large-scale inflatable houses made for interactive entertainment. Commonly intended for children, bounces houses are made of PVC or other durable materials such as nylon or vinyl that when look like a house or castle when inflated. Rental companies deliver bounce houses to birthday parties, festivals, fairs and other events. The companies have industrial-grade blowers that fill the large structures with air to make them bounceable. A common size for a bounce house might be 15 feet by 15 feet by 13 feet. Bounce houses often have a flat, inflatable bottom pad and inflatable walls so that kids can jump and bounce without being hurt, along with a netting door and windows so that kids can see out and adults can see in. Bounce houses are suitable for both indoor or outdoor events, depending on the venue. For large events, rental companies often have a staff member who stays with the structure to monitor safety and keep it properly inflated. There are also wet/dry bounce houses with slides that you can hook up to a hose on hot summer days. A bounce house can be a fantastic addition to a party with kids, keeping them both entertained and contained.

Are bounce houses safe?

Bounce houses can be safe if operators and parents take proper precautions. Before renting from a company, confirm they are a legitimate company and hold any licenses and insurance required by your state. Ask to see reports of bounce house safety inspections provided by third parties, to make sure the equipment is in good operating condition to prevent injuries. If the rental company does not provide a staff member to oversee the bounce house for the duration of the rental, make sure you are properly trained on how to oversee the equipment. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for parents to help keep their kids safe when using a bounce house:  

  • Follow guidelines for safe installation including anchoring. Position away from fences, greenhouses, branches, etc., which would be dangerous should a child fall onto them.
  • Consider limiting use to children 6 years of age and older.
  • Have kids take off footwear, eyeglasses and jewelry before playing.
  • Take sharp objects (pens, keys) that could cause puncture injuries out of their pockets and hands before playing.
  • Don’t let kids of significantly different sizes into the bounce house at the same time. Smaller kids can get hurt by colliding with or falling under an older child.
  • Heed the height and weight regulations of the inflatable.
  • Food, drink, bottles, glasses, etc., should not be taken onto the bounce house.
  • Supervision should be maintained all the time. Supervision means watching constantly, not just being in the area.
  • Do not allow children to push other children off the inflatable. If it is a flatbed, this is especially important to avoid broken arms and legs. If the bounce house is walled, don’t let kids bounce against the walls and crash into one another — this can result in collision injuries.
  • Don’t exceed the maximum number of children at one time in the bounce house.
  • Don’t let kids climb onto the outside walls. Flips and rough play should also not be allowed.

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 much does bounce a house cost to rent?

Bounce houses are a fun way to keep kids entertained during birthday parties and other events. The national average cost for renting a bounce house ranges between $160 and $200. Cost will be affected by the size, design and functions of the bounce house you rent as well as the length of the rental. A three-hour rental will likely cost less than an eight-hour rental. Many rental companies offer fun additions like popcorn machines or cotton candy makers, and provide packages with discounts on multiple items. Another item that you may want to rent with your inflatable is a generator to keep the bounce house inflated. Here are some examples of average inflatable rental costs, packages, and common add-ons that many companies provide:

  • Bounce house, 10x10x13-foot: $95.
  • Bounce house, 15x15x13.5-foot: $125.
  • Wet/dry slide, 14-foot: $150.
  • Wet/dry slide, 20-foot: $250.
  • Combo bouncer and slide, 24x10x13-foot: $140.
  • Combo bouncer and wet/dry slide, $175.
  • Folding chairs: $1.50 per chair.
  • 6-foot folding table: $8.
  • Snow cone machine: $45.
  • Popcorn machine: $55.
  • Cotton candy machine: $55.
  • 2300-watt generator: $75.
  • 3000-watt generator: $100.
  • $299.95 package: includes a 20-foot dual slide ($250), table ($8), 10 chairs ($15), and a popcorn machine ($55) — $29 savings.
  • $450 package: includes a double water slide ($350) and bounce castle ($130) — $30 savings.

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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