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Newport Reggae Bands

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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
Cait S.
Verified review

Tom was absolutely outstanding to work with from beginning to end! We couldn't have selected a better DJ/ musician to work with. From offering suggestions in the beginning on songs to playing live music at the wedding. Our friends and family haven't stopped talking about him! If you want to get everyone out on the dance floor he is your man! He was so great to work with and very responsive! Some people at the wedding couldn't believe it was him singing when they heard him! Definitely book him for your wedding you will not be disappointed! He helped make our day even more perfect!

  • 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.

RadioHoney.com
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chris N.
Verified review

Radio Honey is a truly professional quality live music act. Mike and his band of musicians know their material quite well. They put on a great live show and have very good stage presentation with tasteful lighting and good crowd interaction. I would hire them for any event looking for quality upbeat music with a festive vibe.

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

The Kimberly McHale band is a wonderful group of talented, professional musicians who take their craft very seriously and have a great time doing it! From the first note played, you can tell they are well prepared and want you to have a great time. I would recommend anyone to see them and promise you'll be hooked!

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!

  • 33 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michael H.
Verified review

Felix is a great guitar instructor! He has the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity to teach students of all ages and levels. Personable and enthusiastic, Felix communicates concepts and techniques very well. He is an amazing and inspiring guitarist who teaches the fundamentals while, at the same time, encourages exploration and personal expression. I have been taking private lessons from Felix for a number of years and I know first-hand of his ability and willingness to provide exceptional instruction in a wide range of musical styles and genres tailored to the individual student’s interest. In my case, due to having an eclectic musical taste, Felix tutors me in various categories which include: folk, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, reggae, both classic and contemporary rock, and even some classical. I learn from him using both acoustic and electric guitar. Very soon after first taking lessons from Felix he began teaching me soloing techniques right alongside strumming rhythms. Felix, a Berklee School of Music alum, is an incredibly talented and passionate guitarist held in high regard among his peers. He is a natural teacher capable of effectively instructing the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level student in equal measure. With his vast knowledge Felix offers informed instruction on reading and transcribing music, theory, and composition for those students who wish to delve that deep in their study. Felix is patient, thorough, and encouraging in his teaching approach. As a long-term pupil of Felix’ I give him my highest recommendation.

  • 24 years in business
Christine E.
Verified review

Chad was easy to work in planning music and lights for my birthday party. He was open to suggestions and allowed my personality, specific song selections and vibe to shine through ~ Kept everyone dancing all night long with a nice flow of upbeat energy throughout the evening. Everyone had a blast.

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.

Boston Premier Band
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Jackie S.
    Verified review

    My husband and I for our wedding went back and forth on DJ or live band, and boy am I glad we went with this duo! They sounded incredible and made our night very special. They were very professional and sounded great! If I have another event in the future I will be booking these two again!

    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!

    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 Concept
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    Linda M.
    Verified review

    I have friends who have highly recommend this band to me. I finally had the opportunity to listen to them at the Tipsy Siegel. I have to say, I was very impressed and I'm truly looking forward to the next event that I can attend. They sounded fabulous!!

    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.

    Cosmic Jamz DJ Services
    4.7
    from 3 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Jackie M.
    Verified review

    Dan and Nick were amazing! Really took control of the timeline and made sure everything ran smoothly. They had all of the music we requested and were able to respond to special requests from the guests. Everyone was up and dancing until the last song. We highly recommend them!

    Boston Premier Band
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 12 years in business
    Janelle R.
    Verified review

    We booked the Boston Premier Band and they were better than we could have imagined. You can't go wrong booking this band for your reception! Every member of the group was extremely professional and seemed very excited to be playing our event. Ceasar, the band manager was an absolute delight to work with. We spoke at length prior to the wedding discussing the timeline, intros, music, etc. He covered it all. The introductions were very smooth and polished. Also, the band played all the songs we requested and even took the time to learn a few selections they did not know. One of my absolute must-have requests was “Getting’ Jiggy With It,” which is an old song that my college friends still go crazy for. The band’s rendition was spot on and the dance floor exploded!!! It made our night! A month later, our guests are still raving about how wonderful Boston Premier was! Thank you, Guys & Gal for making our reception so incredible!!!

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

    Java Jive is the band you MUST hire for your wedding or other event. They are extremely professional and incredibly easy to deal with - available quickly and easily by phone and email. Don was a pleasure to work with, and his experience shows through his careful attention to detail in how you want your event to go. The band is AMAZING, and your guests will want to dance and do anything except sit down!! Their repertoire is impressively extensive, and they can learn anything. We absolutely loved them at our wedding, as did our guests, young and old. We had the pleasure of hearing them perform and two prior non-wedding events, and every time, guests have left saying, "wow that band was amazing!" You simply must hire them - they did a fantastic job!

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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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    Newport, RI

    • Number of guests
      76-100
    • Details
      We like Oldies, Motown and a few current covers.
    • $1950
      Average price
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