How much does hiring a rock band cost?

National average: $705


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The average cost for a classic rock band is $705. You are likely to spend between $350 and $1,425 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Hiring a classic rock band can turn up the volume on an event. Professional bands can be hired at various price levels, from garage bands just starting to out to highly professional local outfits with managers and popular national acts that charge tens of thousands of dollars for their services. Cost factors include the group’s cost structure (pricing based on the duration of the event, size of the band or the size of the event), the size of the band, any gear that’s needed and travel expenses.

Cost structure

Many classic rock bands charge based on the length of the event. For all-day affairs where the band needs to play multiple sets, costs will be higher than for one 45-minute set. Some bands set pricing based on the size of the expected audience at an event or on the number of musicians in the band. Special song requests might cost extra because the band will need to learn them.

Size of the band

Generally speaking, a four- or five-piece band costs less than a band with multiple backup singers. However, a larger band may have the flexibility to play a wider repertoire of songs.

Sound and lighting gear

Almost all bands have their own musical instruments and amplifiers, but not all of them have a public address (PA) system, microphones, lighting and other typical gear needed for a musical performance. Clients may need to provide this equipment. Some event venues include sound gear in their rental fees or can add on this equipment to a contract. Otherwise, many companies specialize in renting music gear.


Transporting all of a band’s equipment and personnel can be expensive. Some bands charge travel fees, depending on how far away they are from an event.

Cost-saving strategies

It’s easy to see and hear a band’s work in advance of hiring them, thanks to sites like YouTube, Bandcamp and SoundCloud. Many up-and-coming bands or those just starting out don’t have management and tend to be less expensive. Some very good bands are happy to play for a low fee just for the fun or the experience. Just remember that, in these cases, you may end up making sacrifices in the area of professionalism. Hiring a DJ might be more appropriate and cheaper for some events. Avoid bands with booking agents who, as middlemen, run up the price.

Recent reviews

J Silverheels Classic Rock 'N Oldies Band

Great job. Everyone loved the band and the members were so polite. I will use them again.

Cool Change

We were so proud to have Cool Change at our Grand Opening! They sounded terrific. Their covers were spot on. It felt like having the Eagles perform! The quality of their musicianship and vocals was outstanding. They were friendly, fun, professional and supportive of our event in every way possible! We would love to have them at any future event we might hold.

Rock Boxx

We had a birthday party for my husband's 55th and Rock Boxx could not have been more perfect! Their energy level accommodated the pace at which we love to celebrate! Family and friends have nothing but excellent comments about the social band members and their music! Can't thank them enough!