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Louis Pettinelli Music
4.8
from 138 reviews
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Porsha W.
Verified review

Wonderful Band! We hired Louis Pettinelli for my husband's birthday party. Everyone loved the music! They did a fabulous job! Can't wait to see them perform again!

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Matt Santry
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
GERRIE S.
Verified review

Matt was fabulous and I cannot wait until I have another event to hire him again. He arrived as promised on-time and prepared to perform for the wedding ceremony for our daughter. He played beautifully and then performed flawlessly during the cocktail hour. I loved his guitar playing skills and vocals! Before hiring him we were able to view his singing skills on-line and we were confident he would be great. The truth is, he is even better in person! 5 stars for Matt Santry!

Pristine Raeign
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Zenab A.
Verified review

In one word to sum up this band is PHENOMENALl!!! I hired Pristine Raeign for a corporate brunch event that took place at the Four Seasons Inner Harbor Baltimore. I asked for the band to perform the top billboard hits in a post modern jukebox style. I drove to Delaware where they put on a full on performance for me...down to the attire. I was blown away! I hired them immediately and the compensation was very reasonable. Tina the band lead was professional, responsive and was open to all of my suggestions. Super easy to work with. They showed early and was prepared well before start time. Needless to say the crowd LOVED them. The vocalists were on point, drums, pianist, and guitarist were amazing. There was a brass player who played at least 6 different brass instruments and the violists was a delight. I would certainly hire this band again for another event. The hotel also asked for their information to recommend the band to clients for other functions. So did some of our VIPs in attendance. My boss was pleased with the entire brunch and it definitely turned the heads of our VIP clients and executives. Trust me, this band will not disappoint!

David Joel Guitar Studio
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ken K.
Verified review

Testimonial for David Joel, Guitar Instructor: My name is Ken and I have been playing guitar for 43 years since the age of 12. I took lessons for about 2 years at the very beginning. I never learned how to read music in the traditional sense, just tab. I have played in classic rock bands over the years. Several years ago I reached a point in my playing that I felt I could not get any better and was playing the same music, leads over and over again. I was convinced that all I could learn was what I could hear or was shown by other musicians. I knew I developed bad technique habits over the years as well. I wanted to get better and began looking for an instructor on-line and found David Joel. A brief review of David’s web-site indicated he was well-versed in all styles on electric, acoustic and classical guitar. The backbone of David’s approach is based on the Berklee Series Modern Method books by William Leavitt. It requires the guitarist to read and play music…something I never did and as it turns out contributed to my “illiteracy” or lack of language or “data” as David refers to music. In the 2 ½ years that I studied with David he completely changed my technique, increased my potential to play a variety of styles and improvise and helped me to achieve many of my goals as a player. He is amazingly encouraging and very real when it comes to students of all ages. I currently enjoy playing in a number of classic rock bands and praise band at church. Thanks David!

Rad and Kell
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Bobby W.
Verified review

Rad and Kell played our wedding with their full band and the performance was spectacular. From the acoustic set during the cocktail hour, to the full band/DJ combo during the reception, each song sounded great and had everyone out on the floor dancing! Whether they cover songs or play original content, their unique sound makes each experience enjoyable and memorable. I can't wait until I can catch their next gig!

Philly Heart & Soul
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Larry S.
Verified review

I'm a video cameraman and have taped many bands over the years. Philly Heart and Soul ape the best. Great sound alll around from the horns to the vocals they have an incresdsble full sound. For weddings, corporate events or just about anything they would fit the bill

Gary Reed Musician
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
John J.
Verified review

Gary performed for a surprise birthday party at our home for about sixty guests. I received many complements for his music throughout the night and days later, so I know the guests enjoyed his music very much. He set the right mood through his song selection and playing style - it was great listening and really made the party a special event. I would hire him again in minute and recommend him strongly.

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

The band I hired originally fell through and the jersey shore cats were right there to pick up the pieces. The music they played was very relaxing and a good party vibe. Great voices. The lead singer can preform himself at your event and every one would still love it. Great guy! Value was awesome they were Worth every penny! Would definitely hire them again!

All Tuned Up
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 28 years in business
Cherene P.
Verified review

Talk about a GREAT TIME BAND!!! I can't say enough about how surprised and pleased I was seeing this band for the first time!! When I say this is a band for ALL ages I truly mean that!! One minute we are dancing to today's Top Hits that my son could even relate to...(You wouldn't think a band could pull off the Cupid Shuffle but think again!!) And next minute we were on the dance floor with my older family members singing "Don't Stop Believing!!!" by Journey... I can't say enough about the whole night with this band!! Never a dull moment and the whole band is enthusiastic in getting the crowd off their feet!!! Every time I hear they are playing a venue I try to rally up my friends and go out for a great night!!! Again...this band ROCKS!!!! Love you guys!!! I'm a forever fan and same goes for my whole family!!! We love you All Tuned Up!!!!! Keep on rockin!

Liquid A
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Jen S.
Verified review

Great band! Music played always gets the audience up and dancing! I would recommend anyone to go see them play!

Matthew Mitchell Music
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Ed E.
    Verified review

    Sat in with the band at my daughter's wedding and hit it out of the park! Great musician, great guy.

    Big Bleu Band
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    Carol N.
    Verified review

    A big thank you to Big Bleu Band for making our recent rehearsal dinner a spectacular event. They were professional and accommodating to our requests and those of our guests. Big Bleu made the party and kept us dancing all night. I would not hesitate to hire Big Bleu for our next affair. They made the evening memorable for us and our guests.

    About

    We are a 3 to 7-piece django-style gypsy jazz band and French musette available for concerts, weddings, corporate, swing dances, etc. and all size venues. We have played at the Kimmel Center, World Cafe, and Sellersville Theatre. We are musicians of any style -- Klezmer, strings group, classical guitar, etc. We also offer gypsy jazz guitar lessons (private and group), transcriptions, etc.

    About

    We are a team of singer/guitar player and singer/bass player. We play in coffee houses doing a mix of cover songs and originals, mostly light, folk-y, ballad, and easy-listening songs.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    Expert Planning - Communication and organization are of the upmost importance when working with your event music partner. GBS's Event Coordinator, John LaPalomento, will be by your side as consultant from day one, on stage as your Master of Ceremonies on your event day, and everywhere in between. John has been helping clients plan their dream events for years, and has the experience it takes to make your dreams come true. You can lean on John for tasteful suggestions when you aren't quite sure what you want, and he's only a phone call or email away as the big day gets closer. Complete Customization - From classy elegance to throw-your-hands-in-the-air fun, GBS will set the mood that you want for your wedding or event. You hold the keys to your big day, and our expert consultation will help unlock the best. Amazing Flexibility - No matter how much planning you put into your event, variables happen! That's why it's so important to have a Master of Ceremonies and performers that have the flexibility it takes to run a smooth event. When the caterer is running 15 minutes behind for dinner service, or the best man is nowhere to be found for his toast, GBS has the experience and know-how to work around any delay or behind-the-scenes issue. You and your guests won't even know anything was ever out of place. 100% Live Music - It may sound crazy, but many of the top bands are playing against prerecorded backing tracks. GBS delivers only top entertainers performing 100% live music. Really talented musicians make really amazing music - all the time. Non-Stop Music - GBS proudly features mega-medleys of today's hits and timeless classics for non-stop entertainment. Once the dancing starts, there's no stopping! While other bands are playing 15 songs in an hour, you'll hear over 25 from GBS! Amazing Value - Simply put, GBS delivers the very best value for live event music - hands down. While other similar bands are charging $7,000 to$10,000 or more, you'll be surprised at how affordable your dream wedding or event can be with GBS.

    About

    About: The FM Band is the premier party band of Pennsylvania, NJ, and Delaware. Biography: We go up and down the FM dial playing every genre of music for the ultimate celebration. The FM Band is the supreme entertainment band in the Tri-state area. We don't just play the music; we bring it to life. Our song list features a plethora of music spanning 7 decades from Big Band to Beyonce. Let our first-class entertainment turn your special occasion into a distinctive affair. Our quality musicians bring professionalism and create an atmosphere of fun and excitement that your guests will be talking about for years to come! Pat Parise, the bandleader, is the founder of FM. The band has been together for more than 20 years now. The members have a combined experience of over 125 years! Some of the players and singers have played across the United States and around the world, from the smaller stages of Disney World to some of the biggest venues in the world including Madison Square Garden. We are now the premier party band of the Pennsylvania, NJ, and Delaware areas. We also play several clubs and casinos, from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore Points. Band Interests: Obviously music -- we love to play music and love to see familiar faces singing along and dancing. We love spending time with family and friends, and in our little spare time, we take time out for a little vacation.

    About

    I am a traditional African drummer and performing artist of 15 years, playing conga, djembi and assortment of percussion instruments. I teach drum lessons for all ages and with individuals of special needs. Students with no prior exposure with music will find my lessons fun and easy to catch on.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    We are a live band playing music from the 70's-today - if it rocks we play it. Covering everything from the Police to the Ramones and a little in between. We also bring a complete DJ set up so the party can continue in between sets- we get them rocking then keep them dancing.

    About

    The Riverside String Band has been providing a great music for parades, townsquare concerts, park band shells, summer concert series, retirement communities, nursing homes, and private parties since 1929. Our music makes you tap your toes, snap your fingers, clap your hands, sing, and even dance. You can always depend on everyone talking about your band. Call or email us.

    About

    Band 4 Higher is a 5-piece band — a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and 2 keyboardists). Band 4 Higher specializes in a variety of genres including the following: * R&B/soul * Gospel * Hip-hop * Old school * Top 40 Philadelphia musicians are known worldwide for the talent, creativity, and skill, and Band 4 Higher lives up to the expectation. Like many Philadelphia musicians, these men began (and continue) in the church circuit and are grounded, inspired, and driven by God. They have been playing together for over 7 years — this is important as the band's unity is unmistakable on stage. Though relatively young in their careers, Band 4 Higher has many enviable performance experiences. In addition to private gigs, they have played on some of the area's most popular and coveted performance stages such as the following: * Viacom (MTV/VH1 — Online Music Awards) * WAWA Welcome America * TLA * Roots Picnic * Union Transfer * SOBs * Blockley * LOVE Park The band has been backing uprising talent like hip-hop artist Chill Moody, R&B singers Suzann Christine and Beano, and R&B diva Angie Stone! Let Band 4 Higher make your special event memorable.

    About

    Stone Age is a rock and roll band that can make your club, party or event a rocking good time. Our music captures the sounds of the '60s, '70s and '80s, featuring classic songs, as well as original compositions, great vocal harmonies, and tight musicianship. We have a distinctive blend of pop, country, soul, blues, and good old, straight-ahead rock and roll. Stone Age was formed by musical veterans with a wide variety of performing experience ranging from bluegrass to Broadway. The result is a sound that is eclectic in style and an experience that is guaranteed to touch the heart, the soul and the feet! We are proud to announce the soon-to-be release of our first CD entitled, Down Every Road (with 11 original songs). Stone Age is all about heart and soul and rock and roll!

    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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