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DJConnectionLive.com
4.7
from 259 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 512 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily S.
Verified review

We hired Nick to DJ an event we had in New Haven, CT and he was great! He arrived early and was completely set up at least 30 minutes before the event started - which was greatly appreciated! He even brought his own DJ booth and lights. I should have given him more of a heads up on the type of music we wanted, but once I gave him a few examples of some bands to play he did a great job keeping it up. He also did a wonderful job making announcements throughout the event to keep the attendees in the loop. In our original agreement Nick said he would bring a photographer and would leave us with a thumb drive of all the pictures. We thought this offer was ABOVE and BEYOND so knew he would be great to work with. Unfortunately the photographer wasn't at the event, but Nick did have a nice camera that we were able to take photos with. I'm waiting for Nick to mail me those photos on a thumb drive and as long as I get those soon I am comfortable leaving a 5 star review! Nick was a great guy so I know they will be in the mail any day now. And as an added bonus: he sings! If you're event go-ers are into Frank Sinatra, make sure to let Nick know and he'll put on a show. ;-)

Top Pro
Delicous Music Performance
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacy G.
Verified review

It was wonderful to be able to have a live musician at our wedding. Ivan did an excellent job and knew all the songs we requested.

Jimi Durso
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Alexander M.
Verified review

I've played with Jimi since the first time I picked up the instrument (bass for 11 years). Lessons with him enabled me to play in big bands and small ensembles at the college level, as well as have a steady stream of gigs when I was in school. His method of teaching is sadly growing rarer and rarer in private lesson study. Rather than mandate to the student rote musical examples which are a.) boring and b.) relate nothing about learning actual music, Jimi's approach is a holistic one that has faith in pupil's drive and intelligence. He demonstrates aspects of music theory fundamentals, and then has the student utilize the formulas he has imparted to extrapolate the rest, with his guidance of course. If the student has trouble, Jimi instructs to fill in the gaps but never spoon feeds. This method insures the student actually learns and internalizes the information, rather than becomes an automaton. Moreover, Jimi encourages the students to bring in pieces that they actually like to play! So instead of spending months hammering out a highly diluted version of a Bach morning song, the student can bring in pieces by Zep, the Strokes, the Black Keys, Rihanna, whatever! Jimi then instructs through elucidating the music theory fundamentals within the songs that drew the student to the instrument in the first place! Jimi is professional, yet laid back. I have continued my friendship with him after studying and going on to professional life. He's just a good dude to know. Lastly, and this should be the last thing you consider. Jimi's rates are always reasonable. For private study in college, I paid 3-4 times as much for a lesson as what I paid when taking a lesson with Jimi. I hope you Long Islander aspiring musicians realize what a gem you have there.

Josh's Music Lessons
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jason H.
Verified review

I briefly took guitar lessons from Josh. I wanted to learn to play with other musicians and improvise, and his jazz background is what caught my attention. The sessions were informative and Josh was very encouraging. I had to stop unexpectedly but what I learned in the few lessons I took was very helpful and got me out of the rut I fall into while practicing on my own.

Top Pro
  • 1 year in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Divya A.
Verified review

Soulful Sounds were the perfect choice for our son's graduation party! It was an amazing night with thunderstorms, rainbow & music ! They played to a large gathering of over a 100 people. A very professional band who adjusted to the situation and played remarkably. Highly recommend!

Jonathan L. Segal
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Mark S.
Verified review

Taking lessons with Jonathan has been a blast. While I'm not a "new" person I'm a pretty new player and the variety of music I've learned has kept it interesting and challenging. We've worked on classical pieces, Beatles, bluegrass and jazz and blues. He's taught me a lot of theory as well as practical technique. And how to practice. The past few years have changed the way I listen to music.

Emanuela Bellezza
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Monika Z.
Verified review

Don't hesitate to hire Emanuela. I had her sing at my wedding and my birthday and it was the best thing I could have done. She is very professional, accommodating, sweet and most of all so talented! Everybody had fun and all of us danced so much. We loved her. I will definitely contact her for future events!

Nico Padden Music
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy B.
Verified review

I follow Nico's gigs as regularly as possible and have been doing so ever since her fledgling days as a singer song-writer. I love her original music as it has captivating melodies and heartfelt lyrics . She is quite tenacious in getting herself "out there" and in so doing, she leaves me breathless with all the things she does to promote her talents at any one time. I like to go with friends to hang out at her various gigs and be entertained by her while casually enjoying good food rather than a cover band with very loud music. Nico is a very talented singer and musician who plays different instruments equally well.

Bassoon in the Wild
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
Verified review

I hired Bassoon in the Wild Band for my wedding. The music was great especially the bassoon playing in the background, it is definitely one of a kind. Highly recommended

Sound Heights Records
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jer H.
Verified review

Great place, clean, good location and amazing Hammond organ! Perfect for live bands and recording sessions.

Select Jazz
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Alex H.
Verified review

Elegant and sophisticated music! The band was very professional and kind. I would definitely call them again!

The Jersey SureCats Band
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mike L.
Verified review

This is one of the best bands I have heard. They have a nice variety of songs, and don't play too loud. Unlike other bands, they aim to please.

Jonathan Kalb
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dmitry B.
Verified review

Thank you, Jonathan to you and your guys for playing such a good music with exceptional quality. All guests (young and older ones) gave me very good comments about the performance. We all enjoyed the selection of songs, the quality of play as well as the fact that all guests could sing and play together with the band. Also, appreciate your guys help with the little hiccup on the event schedule we had and adjusting yourself to our needs! Thank you again for the unforgettable night!

Peter Lin (The Lintet)
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Marcy T.
Verified review

Peter is a great teacher! He's very attentive as a teacher, incredibly knowledgeable about jazz in particular, and is a fantastic teacher of technique. He is also a very kind, talented person with a great capacity for understanding his students' goals.

Sarah Goldstone
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca M.
Verified review

I came to Sarah with a goal of wanting to accompany myself as a singer, instead of having to rely on a guitarist or a band. In less than a year I played my first solo show. Sarah has prepared me to play solo, with a band, how to rearrange songs, how to read sheet music and so much more. Every lesson I learn something different. She’s made learning piano fun and interesting. Sarah is very patient, kind and extremely talented. I’d never go anywhere else!

Andrew Monohan
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 33 years in business
Kelly H.
Verified review

Andrew was absolutely delightful! My daughter's wedding celebration was made perfect by the classic, elegant touch he provided. He journeyed far from Brooklyn to perform on the east end of LI but he kept us updated on his traveling so we didn't worry. He played unplanned requests beautifully and was very accommodating to us and all our guests. I very much look forward to our next event for which we will definitely hire him and highly recommend him to anyone seeking a cellist for their event!

  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Eugenia B.
Verified review

Rebekah and Tim provided live music at my Wedding Ceremony a week ago. Not only are they extremely talented and understood my style and what I was looking for - but they were professional and a delight to work with. I will certainly hire them again when I have an appropriate opportunity!

Helene's Notes
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon W.
Verified review

Helene was my piano teacher from kindergarten through high school. She taught me how to read, understand, play and love music. Furthermore, my early -and in-depth- start with piano prepared me for years of trumpet in various advanced bands. Although I am not currently taking lessons, I still sit down to play piano whenever I get the chance. I'll play anything from Bach to Beethoven to Josh Groban to new and classic Disney - really anything I'm in the mood for. Helene's teaching has made me proficient enough in piano and music in general such that I can truly enjoy playing. Thanks Helene!!

Ryan Slatko Music
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alix & Matt K.
Verified review

Ryan and his assembled band (a singer + upright bass) were an incredible addition to our special day. He accommodated all of our requests, even when it was down to the week before our wedding. All in all he pulled together the trio in great time as we planned this all in short order and completely delivered! They looked great and sounded great and we heard rave reviews throughout the evening. Highly recommend Ryan for any music needs.

Hank Machuga Piano & Vocal
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph C.
Verified review

A true professional!!!! I am an event planner and about 5 months ago I found myself in a difficult position with a last minute cancellation by a scheduled entertainer for a wedding. That exact day the piano teacher came by to give piano lessons to our boys. While Hank was giving me feed back on the kids' progress, he sensed that I was stressed. As I explained my plight, this guy rose to the occasion. immediately! Two weddings and one 50th wedding anniversary later, Hank Machuga remains on my list of service providers. Great to work with, flexible, an all-around good person and someone who knows his craft. Thank you!!!!!! Joseph Coston Weddings & Events

  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Seth B.
Verified review

I hired Andy to play at my restaurant many times. I have known Andy for over a decade now, and I associate him with some of the best bands in town. When he plays solo he is respectful of his audience and plays an excellent range of music. He is definitely a crowdpleaser. And I can always count on him to arrive on time and play for as long as we agreed that he would play. I recommend him highly – and look forward to working with him again.

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 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.

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.

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