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  • 5 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer K.
Verified review

Jessica is incredible! Skilled as a singer and a teacher, but even more important, supportive and encouraging. I'd had one or two Groupon voice lessons but couldn't really sing with those teachers. But with Jessica, I felt comfortable on the very first day. Already after just 3 lessons I've gained enough confidence to sing into a microphone and have been asked to sing harmony on stage with a band! I recommend her very highly to anyone looking to take that leap into singing because she will truly make developing g your potential a personal quest.

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

David Moorhead
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 12 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!

  • 24 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

Gary Gramolini Music
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Christina G.
Verified review

I had not picked up a guitar since I was nine years old, which is more decades ago than I'd like to admit. After just five lessons have got back all I had forgotten and moved on to playing melody lines and started finger picking. In addition to a long and distinguished track record as a performer as lead guitarist with Beaver Brown and other musical combos, Gary has studied music academically, so is able to teach beginning students like me, break things down to fundamentals and answer all my questions in a comprehensive way. I am studying folk, country and rock, it helps that he performs and can teach everything, acoustic and electric. I could not be more pleased.

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.

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

Tom is truly a one man band - he is the BEST! I've used him twice now for parties and all of my guests love him. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ! Super professional, always on time, and always great music!

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!

The GroovaLottos
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

  • 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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rob H.
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I am front of house engineer at the Hard Rock Cafe; Elly and the Bear are my absolute favorite performers hands down. They are extremely kind and humble and have a phenomenal sound! I always look forward to working with them, and you will never be disappointed or unentertained by their performances!!

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!

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.

New London Big Band
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

Daddy-O!
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa C.
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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.

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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.

  • 19 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Say "hello" to your premier wedding and event variety band. We play what you want to hear. Period. Atlantic Ave's party professionals specialize in weddings, private parties and corporate events. With both male and female lead vocalists, Atlantic Ave's professional, 7-piece variety band is a powerhouse for 100% dance music! From today's Top 40 dance and hip-hop to rock, R&B, disco, easy listening, classic rock and Motown hits, we know how to keep your guests on the dance floor all night! You won't be surprised; Atlantic Ave is one of the top event variety bands in the region! We offer the following services: * Full Service Event Band * Wedding and Event Coordination Assistance * Ceremony Music * Cocktail and Dinner-Hour Entertainment * Dance and Party Band, All Genres

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