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

Louis was great. He showed up early to rehearse with my singer, the rest of his bands repertoire sounded great, and overall he was very professional and super easy to work with.

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

The Matt Santry band did a wonderful job. They were a perfect addition to our event and I would definitely use them in the future. Everyone at the party kept telling me how good a band pick Matt Santry was!

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

The Whitehouse Rescue Squad recently held a community event that was attended by approximately two thousand local residents on May 17, 2014. The entertainment included music by Pristine Raeign. The band played for us in a morning session and again in an afternoon session. We were very impressed by their extraordinary talent and showmanship. They had a diverse selection of music which included country music in the morning set and more traditional music in afternoon set which well served the broad spectrum of guests at the event. We received several unsolicited compliments on our booking of Pristine Raeign and their noteworthy performance is enthusiastically recommended. Pristine Raeign shows exceptional talent and has demonstrated their ability to adjust their selections to the demographics of the group they entertain. We were fortunate to have them for this engagement and will certainly seek them for future events. Should you have any questions regarding their performance or your consideration for engaging them for an event, I would welcome a call. Sincerely, Patti Kousoulis, Vice President Whitehouse Rescue Squad

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
Megan Z.
Verified review

Matt and Kelly are not only wonderful, kind hearted people but they are also a huge reason why our wedding was so memorable. We hired Rad and Kell for our wedding in November of 2017 at Everly at Railroad. This duo, along with their band, gave us the night of our dreams. The dance floor was packed, every second of every song. They were the highlight of the night and my guests could not stop talking about them. They kept everyone moving, from my grandparents to my 4 year old niece. Each person had a reason to dance and a song they HAD to get up for. Everyone loved singing along to Rad and Kell. A few lucky guests even got the chance to be part of the band, getting pulled on stage and relishing in their share of the spotlight for a song. Matt and Kelly were so easy to work with. They had our night mapped out musically for us, from ceremony instrumentals, to upbeat cocktail hour tunes, to introductions and traditional dances, Rad and Kell did not disappoint. When the dance floor opened, it filled up quickly. I remember even having to fight the crowd to find space, as the bride! Our guests were mesmerized by them! Working with Matt and Kelly was so seamless. Everything was easy and I knew I could trust them with the most important part of our day, the entertainment. They were excited, upbeat and they truly enjoyed playing for our guests. It was evident that our guests loved Rad and Kell just as much as they chanted “one more song” at 11pm as the venue was kicking us out. Thank you Matt and Kelly for all you did to contribute to our wedding. We will always remember the amazing time had by all, thanks to you and the band.

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

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.

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!

Big Bleu Band
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Michelle H.
Verified review

We could not have asked for anything better than Big Bleu!! They made our Halloween Bash/Benefit a success! Still getting compliments and rave reviews of this band! The music is perfect for all ages and they get the audience involved with the fun and make them want to get up and dance! I recommend them for any event or just a fun night out! Thanks Big Bleu!

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.

    About

    Music performance and entertainment for all occasions. We are the best source for live entertainment in the Philadelphia region. We provide exceptional talent on location for your event! Services range from weddings and formal events to happy hours at commercial venues and private parties. We also provide remote custom production services.

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    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

    BVTLive! is one of the premiere agencies for Philadelphia wedding bands. With ten exclusive bands, there is sure to be one that is a perfect fit for your event's style and atmosphere. Among our other talented bands is the award-winning Jellyroll. In addition, BVTLive! guarantees that any band or DJ you hire for an event will meet your expectations, and more. Our website is equipped with information, testimonials, and videos for each of our bands as well as a schedule of dates when you can see our bands live for yourself. That way, you won't have to worry about what you're getting. To eliminate all the stress that comes with booking live entertainment for your important event or wedding, give BVTLive! a call today and partner with us.

    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!

    • 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

    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.

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    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.

    • 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

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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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