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Party Makers USA
4.9
from 140 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 351 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy C.
Verified review

I had a WONDERFUL experience working with DJ Mark and Party Makers. I was a real difficult client! I insisted on making the play list and not straying from it. Mark totally listened to me but used his creativity in mixing the tunes. Now that I know him, I'd be a lot more flexible. Mark has great taste in music! I asked him not to speak much, which he followed. But when he spoke, he was funny! His equipment was great, he was extremely professional. Mark arrived on time, set up quickly, broke down quickly. Consummate professional. My husband has another July 4th birthday next year, I'd LOVE to hire DJ Mark again!!! I've received SO MANY compliments on the DJ from my guests. Everyone asked where I found him! Thank you Thumbtack!!!

  • 23 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
William C.
Verified review

I was a voice student of Julie's for several years. In that time I grew in my skill and confidence as a singer. I learned how control my instrument, and event after the lessons ended, the impact carries on! She also helped me feel comfortable in many genres including country, blues and rock. Julie was always patient with me, even when I was being thick-headed. I always felt encouraged through by her teaching and mentoring. I can say with full confidence that I would not be the singer I am today without Julie!

Adam Rice Music
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Kayla P.
Verified review

Loved that Adam is both a musician and a DJ! He was able to play acoustic for our ceremony and then turn our reception into a party as a DJ. Took the decision of band or DJ completely out of the equation because he is truly the best of both worlds. He was easy to work with about song choice and various other customizations. He also MC'ed our reception and kept everything flowing. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a musician and/or DJ.

  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Diana F.
Verified review

We feel so very lucky to have Kris's talents available to us. Where else could you find someone who has toured and played with well-known drummers and bands so close to home? Our son has taken his playing to the next level with Kris and learned new skills and gotten familiar with the different styles of drumming. Kris also passes along his extensive technical knowledge so that students learn to maintain their sets themselves. Besides being a true professional, Kris is a wonderful person whose teaching style and over-all personality makes learning from him both fun and enjoyable. He loves what he does and it shows!

Josh Weinberg Music
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Kahlil O.
Verified review

Josh is extremely knowledgable and fun to work with. After our first lesson, I already felt confident in playing basic rock-and-roll grooves, and I'm extremely excited to see where we go from there!

  • 20 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa M.
Verified review

Mike was an excellent DJ and MC at my 40th birthday dance party in Franklin, MA. He accommodated all of my music and scheduling requests, and charged a reasonable price. Many of my guests complimented him during and after the party. If I were to hire a DJ in the future, I would certainly contact Mike.

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nadia C.
Verified review

I have been taking advance piano lessons from Christie for about five years. I had completed a music education program before meeting Christie and then had a long break from music. Christie took my piano playing from a hobby to a profession. She had challenged and inspired me in many ways - from believing I could learn and perform advanced classical pieces to letting me perform with a professional jazz band. Christie motivated me to learn musical theory on a deeper level, prepare for rigorous Royal Conservatory examinations, explore voice lessons, and most importantly inspired me to teach music as well. It was Christie's belief in my abilities that helped me become an educator myself. I am now teaching piano to almost 30 students, and find that I often think of "how Christie would do this" when I teach. She is an inspiration.

Red Velvet Sounds
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lori R.
Verified review

What an amazing night we had listening to the wonderful songs so elegantly played by the band and sung by this incredibly talented artist Gabriela Martina. I would recommend that you hire this band immediately for your event!!! I listened to many demo tracks from local arts for our corporate event in Boston and Gabriela and her band members stood out immediately. They were the perfect choice. Throughout my time dealing with Gabriela, her professionalism and response time were fantastic and was so easy to work with. Our guests were extremely complimentary of the band’s talent and song selection. This group has a bright future!

YourMusicGigs
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Andrew A.
Verified review

I can't say enough about YourMusicGigs.com. They are amazing under deadlines and always have access to top notch talent. We hired them for a BBQ cook out and they sent us an incredible band. I highly recommend you checking these guys out.

Chris The Mobile DJ
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Lee T.
Verified review

Great DJ, versatile with his music, can rock any crowd.

Private Lessons
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ben F.
Verified review

After taking piano lessons from a traditional piano teacher for 6 years, I needed a change. Steve was the perfect choice. He played at a local piano bar at the time, and I wanted to hone my skills so I could play in bands, too. I assumed he would teach me the ins and outs of chords and then send me off to conquer the music scene, but it turned out he had a real mastery of musical theory, and he held it to a very high importance. He began each of our lessons with music theory - all the basics that make a solid foundation for any musician. Then, he introduced a new concept to something I had been doing all along. He gave me sheet music to learn - tough teaching songs - then after a time, began blocking my view of my hands with paper while playing. Eventually, he'd block my hands and take away the music, teaching me a very important part of playing anything in front of people. You have to know the music inside and out. You can't rely on the sheets in front of you. That's the only way you can truly immerse yourself in the song and let your fingers do the playing. His fees were reasonable and the time was very well-spent. You have to do the work between lessons to get the most out of them. Steve has a true mastery of live performance on every level, and it would behoove any musician, young or old, beginner or skilled, to spend a year in his teaching. We can all benefit from it. I certainly did. I've been in various bands, ever since, and I haven't looked back except to remember who helped me get here.

Boston Premier Band
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Jeff W.
    Verified review

    Kat, You guys are the best. Thank you for the nice music and for running songs during the breaks...running club music for the party really helped to make the night non stop dancing.it was like having a DJ and a live band at our party! We loved the mix of music, first Ella Fitzgerald, than Marilyn Monroe, and Whitney too? And thank you for letting me sit in, that was really fun. You guys are MUST HIRE. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Daddy-O!
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Melissa C.
    Verified review

    Easy, quick, I hired a band using this service.

    Dave Hines
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 32 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Leslee C.
    Verified review

    Dave Hines is an excellent, talented musician. I have had the opportunity to hear him on several occasions, and he has also played for me. He is the consummate professional, an accomplished musician, with an extensive repertoire. Ether as a solo musician or, with a band, Dave Hines will not disappoint!

    Louis Pettinelli Music
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Aria C.
    Verified review

    We worked with Louis's band for our restaurant's anniversary party. Everything went out great! The band is really professional and punctual. We had a great night! Will definitely work with them again for our future events.

    Respectful Beats™
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 23 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Eric P.
    Verified review

    I picked Steve to give lessons to my 14-year-old daughter after having a quick chat with him. He informed me that he instructs differently depending on what the student wants to achieve which I liked since it shows a student focus approach. Since my daughter has never played before, I was nervous about picking someone off of the internet but it has been a very good experience. I do not have any music ability so I can only review Steve as a parent of a student. Steve has a great demeanor which is perfect for working with kids. He is very encouraging and appears to very knowledgeable. He uses his experience and knowledge of bands and drummers as well as song bites as examples which easily keeps my daughter’s attention. I have learned a lot just by listening in. By the second class, he had my daughter playing along with a Beetles song while explaining how to keep tempo and to make the different drumming sounds which she really enjoyed. Steve is also very good at writing down homework assignments that she understands and can easily follow which I like. I have not yet invested in a drum set at home until my daughter shows a long-term commitment and this is not just another fad. Steve has her practicing nightly using the pillows which is working out so far. However, given how well this is going, I can see a drum set in the not too distant future. This is in no small part due to Steve and his efforts.

    Men In Black
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 23 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jen L.
    Verified review

    amazinggg wedding band

    About

    We play any genre of music. We are a 7-piece band who plays jazz, pop, rock, and top 40s. We are great for weddings and private functions.

    About

    We are an eclectic rock qquartet who performs live classic and modern rock covers. We are available for clubs, taverns, weddings, corporate functions or any type of private event you may be hosting that might require live entertainment. The members have between 32 and 42 years of live performance experience individually. We are a tight, professional, but always fun band whose goal is to keep people on the dance floor all day or night. Our services are reasonably priced, and we will always try to work within a client's budget if possible. Check us out, and give us a call.

    About

    Transcending the boundaries of genre, Insigniya has hit the ground running since the band’s start in January 2009. Taking influence from a vast range of musicians, Insigniya has been breaking down barriers in creating original music that cannot be classified simply as jazz, rock, or funk. Insigniya is centered on the concept of channeling a special energy through an audience, creating a feeling of freedom and self empowerment, while giving people sounds to bob their heads and move their bodies to. This energy is found full force at shows, and getting it recorded is the ultimate goal when the band is in the studio. With a constantly growing loyal fan base, Insigniya is attracting more and more people to shows, each providing a senses-saturating experience full of high energy. In their third year, the band is unleashing their unique electro-funk-jazz sonic explorations throughout the northeast, having performed at venues, such as The Middle East Downstairs (Boston), Nectar's (Burlington, VT), Sullivan Hall (NYC), and Cafe Campus (Montreal, QC). In Summer 2011, the group made their debut on the festival circuit, performing at festivals, such as StrangeCreek & Wormtown (MA), Disc Jam (MA), Camp Coldbrook (MA), The Big Up (NY), Liberate (VT), Bella Terra (NY), Evolvefest (NJ), Heads In Harmony (ME), Magnetic Gathering (NH), and Lesphestival (NY). Insigniya is ever-increasingly devoted to creating a unique music that pushes the envelope in all genres, while sharing a collective love for music, positive progression, and good times with the masses.

    About

    Your wedding is a reel of memories, let us provide the soundtrack! Let us help you find the perfect entertainment for your wedding! Boston Eventworks has qualified wedding bands and DJs that know how to keep your wedding as entertaining and fun as possible. Whether you need a band or DJ for your wedding, we are here to help! Contact us and one of our qualified agents will be in touch with you as soon as possible to start your search! Happy planning!

    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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    Need a Rock Band for a Party

    Rochester, NH

    • Number of guests
      76-100
    • $450
      Average price
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