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  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Diana F.
Verified review

We feel so very lucky to have Kris's talents available to us. Where else could you find someone who has toured and played with well-known drummers and bands so close to home? Our son has taken his playing to the next level with Kris and learned new skills and gotten familiar with the different styles of drumming. Kris also passes along his extensive technical knowledge so that students learn to maintain their sets themselves. Besides being a true professional, Kris is a wonderful person whose teaching style and over-all personality makes learning from him both fun and enjoyable. He loves what he does and it shows!

David Moorhead
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Bill P.
Verified review

I'm an adult student. David has been working with me since 2009. He's amazing. He has me playing songs I never thought I'd be able to play. He has a real knack for getting to the heart of the matter when it comes to musical expression on the guitar. He's great. Hire him!

Tom Bruhl DJ/One Man Band
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Cat J.
Verified review

We met with Tom about a year before our wedding and knew within minutes that we wanted to hire him. We had complete confidence in his abilities. Tom is extremely talented, charismatic, and professional. He respectfully made suggestions while prioritizing our vision. The live music adds a whole new dimension to any event. We had a pretty diverse guest list and Tom kept everyone happy. Not only did our guests compliment his performance, but other vendors did as well.

  • 20 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa M.
Verified review

Mike was an excellent DJ and MC at my 40th birthday dance party in Franklin, MA. He accommodated all of my music and scheduling requests, and charged a reasonable price. Many of my guests complimented him during and after the party. If I were to hire a DJ in the future, I would certainly contact Mike.

Kim McHale Music
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa D.
Verified review

Kim is a dynamic personality and gifted vocalist. She has performed at our special events and functions for years. She works with musicians who share her passion for music and performing. In my experience, having Kim McHale means that our guests will be engaged and excited about the event because of Kim's contagious enthusiasm about every gig, large or small. She is a consummate musician, and I would recommend anyone hire her. Just not on a day that I want her!

  • 33 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jim G.
Verified review

I studied with Felix for a couple years, and it was an amazing experience. After studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he went on to play in several noteworthy bands including Shockra and The Heavy Metal Horns and plays professionally frequently today. Felix is equally at home with rock, jazz, funk, and folk and will take the time to understand your guitar-playing goals. Want to learn to play by ear? Check. Read music and play from scores? Check. Immerse yourself in theory? Check. Felix's knowledge of the guitar is encyclopedic, he's patient, and he will make the journey fun. But most of all, with your commitment, you *will* learn to play the guitar.

TC Entertainment
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Anne W.
Verified review

The best DJ our group has ever used! On time, in fact early, continuous music for the tastes of Our crowd (and that is quite rare...a DJ assess the audience? What a concept!) Very 0ersonable, quick response to requests, great selection of music! Definitely hiring him again!

Boston Premier Band
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Jeff W.
    Verified review

    Kat, You guys are the best. Thank you for the nice music and for running songs during the breaks...running club music for the party really helped to make the night non stop dancing.it was like having a DJ and a live band at our party! We loved the mix of music, first Ella Fitzgerald, than Marilyn Monroe, and Whitney too? And thank you for letting me sit in, that was really fun. You guys are MUST HIRE. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Hipshot Band
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jen C.
    Verified review

    John, Sharlene and the rest of the Hipshot band were such a pleasure to work with! They catered to our vision and were so professional and prompt. They were one of the best vendors we hired for our wedding, and our guests are still raving about how awesome the band and the music was at our wedding--over six months later! Do yourself a favor and hire the Hipshot band!

    Private Lessons
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Ben F.
    Verified review

    After taking piano lessons from a traditional piano teacher for 6 years, I needed a change. Steve was the perfect choice. He played at a local piano bar at the time, and I wanted to hone my skills so I could play in bands, too. I assumed he would teach me the ins and outs of chords and then send me off to conquer the music scene, but it turned out he had a real mastery of musical theory, and he held it to a very high importance. He began each of our lessons with music theory - all the basics that make a solid foundation for any musician. Then, he introduced a new concept to something I had been doing all along. He gave me sheet music to learn - tough teaching songs - then after a time, began blocking my view of my hands with paper while playing. Eventually, he'd block my hands and take away the music, teaching me a very important part of playing anything in front of people. You have to know the music inside and out. You can't rely on the sheets in front of you. That's the only way you can truly immerse yourself in the song and let your fingers do the playing. His fees were reasonable and the time was very well-spent. You have to do the work between lessons to get the most out of them. Steve has a true mastery of live performance on every level, and it would behoove any musician, young or old, beginner or skilled, to spend a year in his teaching. We can all benefit from it. I certainly did. I've been in various bands, ever since, and I haven't looked back except to remember who helped me get here.

    Daddy-O!
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Melissa C.
    Verified review

    Easy, quick, I hired a band using this service.

    The GroovaLottos
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    Winston B.
    Verified review

    I first heard them at the 2014 Boston Jazz Fest and I hired them for a reception. They were a last minute fill in for the original band we hired. We were all really glad they were able to do the thing. They were amazing. They supplied a range of jazz for the cocktail and dinner period and easily moved into some funky Motown and Isaac Hayesish tunes that kept the dance floor moving.

    Java Jive Band
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 36 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Lauren P.
    Verified review

    We absolutely loved Java Jive. We were so lucky to have them at our wedding! They were so flexible and learned a number of new songs for us. The customer service and care was as if we were their only customer. Throughout the planning process they were incredibly responsive and flexible (as our ideas about the wedding music changed). They walked us through the whole process identifying things we hadn't even thought of. They had played at our venue, the Popponesset Inn a number of times and knew just exactly what we needed for setup and for best sound quality. Java Jive is also so affordable in comparison to other wedding bands. By far the absolute best value and price that we could find, yet the quality of their music was outstanding. We totally love this band and have recommended them to everyone!

    New London Big Band
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Haneef N.
    Verified review

    I hired the New London Big Band for my weekly live Jazz event in Hartford, CT. Not only were they very professional, they played an excellent show. It was so great that one of my recurring customers told me it was the best time they have ever had at the event, and they have been a recurring customer of mine for more than 6 years. I would highly recommend the New London Big Band to anyone that is looking for a great live Jazz act for any occasion.

    Keturah's Dream
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Anthony J.
    Verified review

    I have seen this band many times and they are just great. Great musicians and Keturahs voice is just one of the best around. Very professional and they have a lot of fun entertaining. You won't be disappointed with this band!

    About

    An energetic, fun and authentic band, The French Connection: Contra Dance Music is an RI-based band that plays traditional contra dance music with a French accent. Members of the band are Deck Nieforth on feet, harmonica, and spoons; Dan Lanier on his handcrafted 5-string Dexter Fiddle and guitar; Mike Fischman on guitar, mandolin, and bodhran. Sound system is available for rent.

    • 19 years in business
    About

    We are a band for all events. We play Latin, jazz, salsa, merengue, bachata and DJ with the music you want for your party or events.

    About

    The Band Formed in 2005, Songs for Ceilidh combine Irish, Scottish, and Canadian Maritime Celtic influences with American heartland roots and acoustic pop/rock. Their original music includes traditionally inspired Celtic melodies and modern narratives, with an emphasis on high energy, upbeat rhythms. Their name says it all; Ceilidh [Kay-Lee] is a foot-stomping, high-energy party. In other words, a rip-roaring good time! “You are never quite sure what they are going to throw in,” says a fan. “One minute, they are playing ‘Whisky in the Jar’, and the next the fiddle is belting out the solo from ‘Stairway to Heaven’. It makes for a very interesting show!” The four band members each bring their own specific influence. Hailing from Canada, Scott sings and plays the acoustic guitar, bodhran, and tin whistle. Bryan plays fiddle with a blend of American and Celtic styles, sings backup, and plays guitar. Chuck keeps the music moving with his steady twelve-string and banjo strumming, while Jon ties it altogether with Djembes, bongos, and any other percussion the music needs. The four unite to bring a truly unique sound to the music. The Philosophy Songs For Ceilidh was not formed to be a cover band. Their interpretation of traditional Celtic classics owes more to Cape Breton influences than it does to traditional Irish. While respecting the original music, their arrangements reflect a modern sensibility and desire to ‘keep it moving’! Their ever growing body of original works reflects this same balance of tradition and innovation. While they bring a solid repertoire of traditional Celtic classics, don’t expect to hear ‘Danny Boy’ or ‘Irish Eyes’. Lively and fun is the emphasis. Upbeat classics and originals, with the occasional love song or ballad, provide a sound, which appeals to all. “We’re looking for people to enjoy themselves as much as we do! That’s what it’s all about!” The Resume Since 2005, Songs For Ceilidh has become a local favorite in Massachusetts and are known in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine. Performances include the Worcester Irish Festival, the Worcester St. Paddy’s Day Parade, and the 2008 Worcester Flag Day Festival. They have also performed in numerous town concerts and local pubs and have been featured on the Internet, local radio, and television. The Music In 2009, Songs For Ceilidh released their first full-length CD “Beneath the Waves”. Highlander Radio called it ”...a swell of deep-sea musical Celtic heaven...ten tracks of Celtic bliss.” In 2008, Songs For Ceilidh’s demo CD was released. Two of the songs, ‘Jolly Rover’ and ‘The Catch’, both became most requested songs in the month of April on Highlander Radio. In St. Paddy’s Day 2008, the Band’s performance at Mickey Cassidy’s Irish Pub was recorded, and selected tracks are available at their website. Today, the band is actively writing and preparing for their second CD. Songs For Ceilidh is available for all types of engagements. Contact the band using the information below.

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    Two Great Bands... Straight Pipes Band... Allman's to Aerosmith... ZZ to Zepp... SRV...STP...Stones...Black Crows...Skynyrd and more... 3Sum... A mix of Rock...Blues...Country...R &B...

    About

    Johnny's Basement is the finest in classic rock! We are a 4-piece classic rock/dance rock band playing hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today. From Kiss to Kings of Leon, The Doobie Brothers to Daughtry, there's something for everyone. We pride ourselves in coming as close to the original as possible and then throw in a few versions of our own. It's always a great time rockin' out to your favorites with Johnny's Basement. Give us a call.

    About

    We are a one- and two-man band playing smooth jazz, classic R&B, pop, Latin, and standards for dancing and listening. We feature Mike G on the saxophones and lead vocal.

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    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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