Dave The Karaoke Guy Karaoke DJ & Rentals

Rockville, MD

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have a very unusual background in music. Besides my many years of karaoke experience, both in front of and behind the equipment, I have 30+ years of serious classical training through the graduate degree level as a performer and composer, plus all kinds of gigs as a rock and wedding band keyboardist. I combine all of that experience in just about every genre of music imaginable with humor, a sense of real enjoyment, and a desire to make everyone comfortable next to a microphone.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The opportunity to work with what I love most in life - music. Also, and more importantly, getting to see people who are shy, nervous, or aren't great singers develop self-confidence in front of a room full of people. That's how karaoke can actually change someone's life!

Location

Rockville, MD 20848

Background check

Complete

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

125

Reviews

66 Reviews
  • Tiffany B. Nov 9, 2016
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    Excellent
    Excellent
  • Aaron K. Oct 31, 2016
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    Wonderful job for birthday party
    Great job, thanks Dave.
  • Will M. Sep 27, 2016
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    This is Serious Karaoke!
    Dave really connected with the crowd and he has an amazing pride in what he does. Would highly recommend. Very well organized and self sufficient.
  • Alexis M. Sep 26, 2016
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    Professional Quality Service
    Dave is EXTREMELY professional and takes his job very, very seriously. His equipment and set up are top quality, like being at a real karaoke bar. If you are looking for something lower key, or have a bit of a fluid schedule, I would make sure you are up front about this so that everyone is on the same page.
  • Cyndi K. Aug 28, 2016
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    Dave texted me to let me know what time to expect him even though it was in the contract, was prompt, set up everything in 90+ degree heat, showed us how to work the equipment and came back to pick it all up exactly when he said he would. Everything worked great and our guests had so much fun! Absolutely recommend!
  • Kirsten S. Jul 26, 2016
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  • Marcelo S. Jun 5, 2016
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    Awesome service and customer experience - highly recommended!
  • Jeanny L. May 22, 2016
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    Dave made my daughter's Sweet Sixteen party outstanding. He came promptly to set up the equipment and explain how everything worked, and he came back when it was convenient for our schedule to retrieve the equipment (which in our case was the next day). His equipment is top-notch and every song that the kids requested was available. The kids were singing all night, and we are planning on using his services for all of our subsequent parties. I couldn't speak more highly of Dave.
  • Kate S. May 2, 2016
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    Dave was punctual, professional, and very supportive in teaching our team how to operate the equipment. We had a ton of fun and the song selection left nothing to be desired. We would absolutely use his services again and recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality karaoke experience! Thanks Dave!
  • Mary W. Apr 11, 2016
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    Dave is a consummate professional and his equipment is top of the line. He takes all the time needed to explain everything to his customers. I would highly recommend his services.
  • Kalee C. Mar 20, 2016
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    Great selection of music and he was flexible with the time and crowd that we had on our first night. Looking forward to many more kareoke nights!
  • Catherine M. Feb 2, 2016
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  • Shauna A. Dec 24, 2015
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  • Christopher B. Dec 18, 2015
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    Dave was awesome. He was helpful and very personable. I would hire him again without a second thought. He was on time and kept the schedule he said he would with regard to pick up. Paying for service was also easy.
  • Nancy H. Dec 17, 2015
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    Dave did a great job setting the karaoke system up and explaining how it works. He was very nice to work with. Everything worked perfectly and our party was a blast! I would definitely recommend Dave!
  • Terri D. Dec 10, 2015
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  • Laura R. Nov 30, 2015
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  • Kristen G. Nov 13, 2015
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    I rented a karoke machine from Dave for an office party of about 30 people. We had a blast! Dave was super fast to respond to messages, was on time and speedy with set-up, and flexible with pickup time. The equipment was easy to operate and worked seamlessly. Thanks Dave!!!
  • Sonya H. Oct 24, 2015
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    Standard Karoke package. Dave was able to come on short notice for a 16 year old party. It was perfect as the kids didn't want an adult "watching" them so an unmanned Machine was perfect. Dave came out earlier, setup, and was able to hook to our speakers and TV. Usage is simple and the kids played all night. Great price, great use, great time.
  • Chris L. Sep 1, 2015
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    David was timely and courteous. His directions concerning the use of the equipment were thorough and easy to follow. We would definitely use him again.
  • Christi R. Aug 24, 2015
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    Dave arrived early for our event and was very meticulous about set up. Overall, the event went well and everyone enjoyed the karaoke.
  • Stacie G. Aug 10, 2015
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    It was great working with Dave. He responded very quickly to any questions I had. Dave arrived on time to set up, and thoroughly went over how to use the karaoke machine. The karaoke machine was a big hit at our event. We had so much fun. I highly recommend Dave the Karaoke Guy!!!!
  • Steve M. Jul 22, 2015
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    As an audio professional myself I needed this service to be spot on for my daughter's 13th birthday celebration. Dave did not disappoint. First, because I already have a lot of audio gear (mixer, speakers, wireless mics and more I did not need Dave's usual full setup. Right off the bat, he was very accommodating and put together a quote for only what I needed... the disc player, the flat screen and a few cables... At a very reasonable cost. Next, he showed up early on the day of the event and finally his Song List and inventory was outstanding. He had EVERY song these 14 girls were looking for and then some. Hats off to Dave. I would use him again and I highly recommend his services. Steve
  • Adam G. Jul 19, 2015
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  • Joshua H. Jul 15, 2015
    Dave was meticulous in setting up the equipment and extremely helpful in showing how to use it. He responded very quickly to the online inquiry as well as subsequent email and was incredibly pleasant to deal with.
  • Robin W. Jun 28, 2015
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  • Dasha K. Jun 20, 2015
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    I've hired Dave for my son's Karaoke party, which we arranged for their school a Capella group. From start to finish I've had a very good experience. The estimate was clear and I received all the services listed. The music list was enormous. Dave brought almost 700 CDs, wonderfully organized. There were all recent top songs, which kids were choosing more frequently. Could never give them same experience with home music library. Would definitely recommend him for both adult and kids parties.
  • Betty C. Jun 1, 2015
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    We had a great experience with Dave. He is extremely thorough with the set up, maybe a bit too long with detailed instructions. Overall, would highly recommend his services. The party was a HUGE hit!!
  • Omari F. May 30, 2015
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    It was great working with Dave! He is very cordial and easy to work with. He knows what sound equipment and setup is best in order to provide top quality sound for event attendees. I would recommend him to anyone that needs karaoke or sound rental services.
  • Natasha R. May 4, 2015
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    We were expecting a fancy boom box, but got a full karaoke setup that Dave delivered, set up, and then packed afterwards. The song selection is over 110 pages of music. We could have sang MUCH longer than the two hours. Price is extremely reasonable! Would highly recommend.
  • Christel C. Apr 26, 2015
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    Dave and his equipment were great! Super fun! Will do it again soon!
  • Ricky H. Apr 14, 2015
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    David was prompt and very professional! It was my last night at my job and it was a night I will never forget! He had songs that everyone enjoyed and I will recommend his services to everyone!
  • Tim T. Apr 3, 2015
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  • Jari F. Mar 29, 2015
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    Dave's service was amazing. The price is affordable and the karaoke had my guest feeling like a star. It truly broke the ice for my guest!
  • Chris B. Mar 9, 2015
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    Dave is great and knowledgeable and his equipment is of high quality and easy to use. He was prompt and extremely helpful. We will both recommend him and use him again.
  • Allison M. Mar 2, 2015
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    Top notch selection, easy setup and flexible, timely service.
  • Michael S. Feb 21, 2015
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  • Caitlin H. Feb 9, 2015
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    Arrived on time and was quite professional. However, I was a bit disappointed he only came with one HDMI cable so we weren't going to be able to use a second TV - but luckily we were able to call a party attendee who brought one and was therefore able to fix the situation. Otherwise, flawless night and great equipment!
  • Margaret H. Jan 11, 2015
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    Dave made the entire karaoke experience simple and fun. The 12 and 13 yr olds loved the range of music and spent 2 hours of the party (without break) belting out their favorite hits. We would definitely recommend Dave and hope to use his services again. Thanks
  • Jon B. Jan 5, 2015
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    David was very easy to deal with and professional. He set up quickly and broke down the same way. He showed up when promised both when setting up and breaking down. no longer than 30 minutes on either end. His instructions on using the equipment were to the point and accurate. We were very pleased and would use his services again.
  • Rachel N. Jan 1, 2015
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    What a great company! Dave came (on time), set everything up for us, showed me how to use the equipment and was gone in about 30 minutes. He was very respectful of my home and explained everything he was going to do before doing it. I was very impressed with this company. We would definitely recommend him and use him again!
  • Melina L. Dec 16, 2014
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    Mr.David was really polite and friendly. He was prompt and organized. He took his time to show me how everything worked. Would definitely recommend him.
  • Memphis V. Dec 15, 2014
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    Very professional and great at what he does. We will definitely be having him back for our future events.
  • P. T. Dec 8, 2014
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    Dave was great. He is experienced and detail-oriented which makes working with him easy. He was the right choice and I would recommend him with enthusiasm to others looking for a KJ.
  • Mike W. Nov 6, 2014
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    David did a great job. He was prompt and very accommodating to all our party guests. I would highly recommend him, and we will be using him again in the future.
  • Pandora O. Nov 5, 2014
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    My experience was great, we used this machine at my church's annual harvest festival and it was a huge hit among old and young. Would highly recommend. Very professional.
  • Chiara A. Sep 18, 2014
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    Dave was outstanding! He showed up early and even though there were small technical issues (none of which he could control) no one from my group even noticed. We do a lot of events like this one and I will diffidently use Dave in the future and highly recommend him!
  • Jennifer M. Aug 25, 2014
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    Dave answered all questions I had in detail prior to the event. He showed up on time, set-up, and provided a great night of fun for all.
  • Thomas J. Aug 23, 2014
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    Dave was prompt, explained all the equipment and was very helpful.
  • Andrew L. Aug 10, 2014
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    I rented the basic karaoke machine from Dave for my 40th birthday party. Dave was great to work with - he provided extra songs that I requested, completed the full set up of the equipment, and gave me thorough instructions on how to use it. He communicated well throughout the rental process. He will be my first call next time I have a karaoke themed celebration.
  • Samantha N. Jul 15, 2014
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    Great service, prompt, courteous, and knowledgable... and can sing! haha :) Would definitely use Dave's services again. Awesome guy.
  • Andrea B. Jun 23, 2014
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    I booked Dave for a family reunion and I'm so happy I found him here. Very professional and reasonably priced. Thank you again. If we ever have another event in the DC area we will book you!
  • Julie G. Jun 23, 2014
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    We recently used David for my daighter's 8th birthday party. He set up everything, clearly explained how to use the equipment, and came back later to pick it up. The kids had a blast and I barely had to do anything. I highly recommend him.
  • Kristina M. Jun 9, 2014
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    We had an all-around great experience with Dave the Karaoke Guy. He was responsive from the very beginning and helpful in picking out a package. His equipment and song selection were great - no problems at all. Nice guy, too!
  • Juliet O. Jun 9, 2014
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    Dave did a great job given my complicated situation. I wish him the best and I look forward to another great karaoke party!
  • Heather G. May 27, 2014
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  • Bonnie D. May 12, 2014
    Great selection of music, punctual, friendly¬Ö2 thumbs up!
  • Jerry C. Jan 26, 2014
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    Dave the Karaoke guy was awesome. He delivered the equipment on time & as promised, and picked it up when he said he would. His library of karaoke tunes was extensive & diverse. We will definitely use him in the future. Thanks to Dave,we had a great Karaoke experience.
  • Tiffany B. Dec 10, 2013
    After posting a need on Thumbtack, I spoke to Dave less than 24 hours before our office holiday party for karaoke services and he was available and his prices were reasonable. He quickly sent me the contract and I called and finalized details and paid the deposit. The whole process was seamless and he was easy to work with. Our team loved having the karaoke - it was a great addition to the party. I highly recommend Dave for your karaoke party.
  • Kristine H. Dec 9, 2013
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    Hi, Dave. Thanks so much for a great time at our company event on Friday. Everyone enjoyed the music as well as the karaoke, and I am hearing positive feedback. Kristine
  • Maria N. Dec 9, 2013
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    We highly recommend Dave The Karaoke Guy, we enjoyed the whole system, it was easy to use and with lots of great song choices and fun for all ages.
  • Nada O. Dec 9, 2013
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    Working with Dave was great, he was punctual and brought all the equipment needed as well as equipment that might have been needed, which as ended up using in the end. He had songs from every genre, old and new. We had a great time and will definitely use his services again.
  • Victoria T. Oct 15, 2013
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    David G. Oct 21, 2013

    Hi Victoria, thanks very much - hope to see you all again next year. :)

  • Adam G. Oct 12, 2013
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    David was easy to work with, accomodating of our guest's karaoke requests, had just the right amount of equipment, was fairly and reasonably priced, and kept the performers coming in and the stream of music flowing. In short, if you are looking for Karaoke, I highly recommend him.
    David G. Oct 21, 2013

    Thanks Adam, I really appreciate it! Good luck with your organization!

  • Sally H. Oct 1, 2013
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    Not only is David a professional, but he's also a really nice guy. He was very accommodating and created a Springsteen track my husband asked for. He is punctual, played just the kind of music our group was looking for and we would recommend him to anyone. Thanks again David!
    David G. Oct 12, 2013

    Hi Sally, thanks so much for your kind words. I had an awful lot of fun at your event. Hope to work with you and your friends again. :)

  • Peter H. Dec 12, 2012
    David is a great host. He has a fine system and creates and exciting and memorable event. He did a gig at my house on a Sunday afternoon which went way past midnight. No one wanted to leave even with work the next day.
    David G. Oct 21, 2013

    Hi Peter, belated thanks for your kind review and hope we can make it an annual event. :)

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
40 years of on-hand professional and semi-professional experience with all aspects of music creation, production, and performance in genres ranging from classical and folk music to rock and jazz to electronic music. Bachelor of Music (theory & composition), Northwestern University School of Music Master of Arts (music composition), American University Doctor of Musical Arts, Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
*FOR RENTALS* I have packages with fixed rental fees. Deliveries for rentals are free within 20 miles of my home, with a per-mile charge added beyond that. There are also additional charges if the rental involves my driving during DC or Baltimore weekday rush hours or if there's no elevator or lift and equipment needs to be carried up a stairway to an upper floor (Full system only), *FOR KJ BOOKINGS* My KJ fee is based on how many hours your event will last, how far the venue is from my home, how much equipment I need to bring, how many people will be attending, the venue's load-in requirements, time of year & if a holiday weekend is involved, etc. There are many variables so it's best to visit my website. Click on the KJ QUOTE tab on the menu bar at the top, and fill out the form you'll be taken to as completely as you can so I can quickly send you an accurate quote. Please note that I don't provide KJ fee quotes over the phone.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Many years ago I was browsing through the Sunday newspaper ads and my girlfriend at the time pointed to an ad for a $50 karaoke machine at Target. She said "your dad would love that." I agreed, and he did, and I got such a kick out of the whole experience I decided to take karaoke on as a hobby and began collecting the discs (special CD's with a graphic track so you can see the lyrics displayed on a TV or monitor). Now you could say it's a hobby that has gotten way out of hand!
What types of customers have you worked with?
A typical karaoke event for me would be a birthday party, graduation celebration, or an office holiday party.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm always proud when something goes wrong and I'm able to think on my feet and either fix it on the spot or come up with alternative quickly so that basically no one notices and the event proceeds as if nothing had happened. When your work depends on a large number of things that require electricity and have lots of moving parts, it's not unusual for unexpected things to happen. Going with the flow and staying calm is a DJ/KJ requirement!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
1. Learn about what karaoke involves & how it works if it's something which you've never experienced before. It's a lot more than the preconceptions people have about it. 2. Find out what types of events the person you're looking to hire has done in the past: mostly small ones? large ones? all sizes? 3. Tell the potential provider what type of music you and your guests prefer to sing, and ask what kind of karaoke collection he or she has. 4. Let your potential KJ know as much as possible about the event and the people attending. Are they aware that there will be karaoke or will it be a surprise? Do they like to sing or will most of them need to be encouraged? If it's outdoors, will you be renting a tent? Sidewalls? Is there easy access to power? Think about all of the details involved and let the person know in advance. This will eliminate or at least reduce surprises on event day.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That there's a lot more to karaoke than the stereotypes people have. It can also be more than just an evening's entertainment. I've seen some world-class, high level musicianship at karaoke events, and I've seen very introverted, reserved people light up when they muster up the courage to sing in front of an audience and get a big round of applause.