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Alexandria Blues Bands

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Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter G.
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My 15 year old daughter has being "playing" with a guitar for a couple of years now. I wanted her to get some proper training and Steve is an inspiration for her. His love of guitar and music is infectious and he knows how to teach the technical side, without it becoming boring. I also grabbed my guitar and joined in. We have now set up a weekly schedule and I hope to be the dad of a serious rock and roll guitarist in the near future. Thanks Steve!

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Don Bruce
from 24 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alex W.
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Don knows his stuff, he's easy to get along with and overall a really nice guy. He has an impressive repertoire of musical skills and a lifetime of experience in music to draw from. As far as instruments he can play a little bit of everything, he can basically teach you any instrument you'd find in a regular rock band, folk, country, pop, blues etc. He's probably most proficient on the guitar and piano but he also knows quite a lot about vocals. If you struggle with theory he does a great job demystifying some of the fundamentals of music theory that are useful to beginners. Whether you're an absolute beginner or long time musician Don will be able to help you out. Highly recommend.

Top Pro
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hannah B.
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It's always unique when the band beats the caterer to setup. I was very impressed. Very professional!

The Satyr Hill Band
from 9 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Dee R.
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Baltimore's Best Bluegrass band!! Fun, affordable great for any event.

Joel Michael-Schwartz Music
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Franca M.
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Joel is an incredible teacher! He helped me and 2 other friends (who also take classes with him around the same time) to put together a band that was playing live shows after 6 months of lessons. All of us were completely novice musicians. He even learned how to play a new instrument, the Andean charango, so he could teach one of our band members how to incorporate it into our playing. Joel's lessons are fun and disciplined. Exactly the combination you want for making progress and staying invested in learning how to play your instrument.

Piano Lessons
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Dana I.
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Scott Schoem is a wonderful piano teacher who has worked with my children for four years. He is a talented musician himself who shares his skills and love of music with his students. Scott always is upbeat, patient and encouraging. My children enjoy their lessons with Scott and have learned to play piano well under his tutelage. He varies the songs they learn from classic pieces to jazz, rags and blues to holiday music to keep practice time fresh and fun.

The New Dominion Band
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael S.
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Great local band, with a larg repertoire of songs that most people know and enjoy.

from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Paul G.
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From the first gig that I worked with Jay and Trackside, they treated me as part of the group as we worked together to create video and photos worthy of a first class regional band. He and the group have always had my requirements as a priority and keep me informed about the things necessary for me to function in My role with the band. Love working with these guys. One of the best local rock bands ever!!

The Bob Band
from 2 reviews
    Sharon H.
    Verified review

    We had a great time when you were at Dogfish. We loved it! Funny but my friend Arlene tried to dance to "Dillon" (her quote!). I hope we get to go back there on the 11th. It was a great trip down memory lane. You guys rock! Sharon

    Fake Flowers Real Dirt
    from 1 review
    • 6 years in business
    Mike M.
    Verified review

    Billy and co are top notch. I've known Mr. Martin for a long time and he's played many events at my place in a couple different bands. He's a consummate professional and a good dude. FFRD is unique because they don't really sound like any one band. They're a combination of quite a few different genres, people of all ages will get what they do and they are super tight for such a big band. Hire them.

    Good Kemistry Band
    from 1 review
      Michelle H.
      Verified review

      Michelle and her band were amazing. The singers and band members really put on a spectacular show. I would recommend them to anyone. I can't wait to see them perform again.


      The Retro-Rockets, an oldies/variety dance band, is all about making and bringing back memories. Specializing in the music of the '40s, '50s, and '60s, the Retro-Rockets can also blast off to the '70s, '80s, and beyond to bring the kind of music to your event that everyone can dance to and sing along with. The Retro-Rockets perform its unique blend of driving rock and roll songs, smooth ballads, R&B music, classic instrumentals, and even country, big band, standards, and blues numbers in venues, large and small, throughout the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Discover the Retro-Rockets: the perfect band for any event, where people want to dance, sing, and simply enjoy themselves. They will have the audience on their feet, dancing the night away. The Retro-Rockets is available for concerts, sock hops, swing dances, fairs, festivals, dances, service organization, senior centers/programs, and church programs. Let the Retro-Rockets create some special memories at your event by gearing the playlist to the ages and interests of your audience.

      • 12 years in business

      Hi, folks! We are The Readys, a Baltimore based pop, rock, and Americana cover band. The Readys can accommodate your solo, duo, trio, and full band performance needs. We are also available to provide pro lights, sound, and video tailored to your venue or event. We thank you kindly for swinging by our website and reviewing what we have to offer. Thank you again for your time and consideration, and we look forward to bringing you some of Baltimore's most accomplished and talented musicians!

      • 15 years in business

      What makes my organization unique is that we are a MULTI-CULTURAL group of musicians with the ability to cater to a plethura of different genres of music.


      We provide diverse live band entertainment for lounges, weddings, and social gathering. We do live performances for all genres of music!


      We provide the best DJ and band show that personifies professionalism. Everyone has a great time, and we exceed the customer's expectations every time.


      We provide live band music for all occasions ranging from weddings to house parties, birthday parties, family re-unions, cooperate and business events, church anniversary and yearly events as well as supplying P.A systems for all events. We also render still photography and video coverages and editing, projector services as well chauffeur services.

      • 30 years in business

      Bad Influence, the premier Washington, DC band, has been playing their style of blues-infused, high-energy music since 1988. Ever-growing crowds turn out for the band's scorching hot and sinfully addicting shows, which are charged with a masterful blend of sensuously rough edges wrapped in soulful smoothness, riveting rock currents and potent shots of swing and American roots music. All this is signed, sealed and delivered in a suggestive, in-your-face style guaranteed to captivate even the most stoic of mind, body and spirit. The award-winning Bad Influence features Bob Mallardi on bass and vocals, Hohner endorsed artist Roger Edsall on harp and vocals, Epiphone endorsed artist Michael "Jr" Tash on guitar and vocals, and Sonor endorsed artist David Thaler on the drums.


      We specialize in classic rock and roll music. We play hits from the '80s to the current day. The band has been together for many years, and we are a favorite on the local scene. From live events to late-night dancing, Thinking with Richard can provide the live concert that your fans will love.

      • 18 years in business

      We are a nine-piece band that plays New Orleans funk and blues along with some Motown and '70s funk. We costume up and bring the party. Think jazz fest meets Mardi Gras.


      I am an R&B artist from Baltimore. I am currently finishing up my first album by multi-platinum producer Herb Middleton. I sing, write song, arrange and produce. I honestly have a gift for melody creation. I also have my own band. We perform songs ranging from classic soul, i.e. Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Eddie Kendricks, Stevie Wonder to contemporary, i.e. Maxwell, D'Angelo, Chris Brown, etc. Most people in the area call my sound "New Age Motown".

      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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      Alexandria, VA

      • Event type
        General event/party
      • Number of guests
      • Music genre desired
      • Performers needed
        No preference
      • Music styles or songs client would like performed
        Jimmy Buffet/Island sounds or classic rock covers
      • Vocals and instrumentals needs
        Singing and instrumentals
      • Emcee needed
      • Stage location
      • Sound system provided?
        No, professional will need to provide their own sound equipment
      • Details
        It's our 2nd annual street pig roast and we felt that live music was really missing from our event last year. The party is very casual.
      • $860
        Average price
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