Stan Hamrick - Event Guitarist and Stan's Jukebox Junction

Charlottesville, VA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Two Service Options! +++++++++++++++++++++++ - Instrumental Solo Guitar For your business event, wedding ceremony/cocktail hour, or fine dining establishment, Stan's solo finger style acoustic guitar will set the right tone. His broad repertoire includes instrumental arrangements of: • Beatles tunes • Sinatra covers • Jazz Standards & Great American Songbook, • More modern artists like Norah Jones and Sting The songs are sure to be fun and familiar, adding a pleasing ambiance to your venue or event. In addition to extensive experience for country clubs, weddings, and business events, Stan has been a regular at such fine establishments as Laporta's and Bistro Royal in Old Town Alexandria, Sala Thai in Bethesda MD, and Creighton Farms in Aldie, VA. ++++++++++++++++++ Stan's Jukebox Junction Like being at the diner or roadside bar with all the tunes from the vintage Jukeboxes! Great for parties, restaurants and other venues seeking a fun upbeat atmosphere. And Stan will bring his Song Menu - so your guests can choose - just like a real Jukebox. Stan covers the time-tested hits that everyone knows from the classic artists like: • Johnny Cash • Frank Sinatra • James Taylor • Monkees • Tom Petty • Tony Bennett • Willie Nelson • The Drifters • Patsy Cline • Merle Haggard • Elvis Presley • Beatles • Everly Brothers • Eagles • Billy Joel

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Developing a connection and a bond to the audience through the shared love of great songs. Smiles, singing along, and tapping feet of the audience is a great satisfaction!
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Location

Charlottesville, VA 22901

Years in business

13

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

19

Reviews

24 Reviews
  • Wendy M. Aug 29, 2017
    All of the above. I especially appreciate his flexibility in working with the few others who performed.
  • Irene R. Aug 28, 2017
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan played guitar for our son's wedding ceremony & cocktail hour. He was very easy to work with, was always helpful in answering any questions I had. He showed up early to set up, dressed in his smart looking black suit. His rates were extremely reasonable, much more so than many other instrumentalists. He went above and beyond, allowing us to use his microphone & amp for the ceremony! I would hire him again in a minute!
  • Terry G. Aug 24, 2017
    Stan gave us a song list that let the residents pick out which songs they wanted to hear him play. It was a great way to encourage interaction and enthusiasm for a great performance. Everyone enjoyed the session and gave a thumbs up to have Stan come back in the future. Thank you Stan for an entertaining and lively hour of music. Stan definitely gets my recommendation.
  • Katelyn S. Aug 23, 2017
    Stan is our "go-to" for business events in DC. Great music, very talented, punctual, and professional. I highly recommend.
  • Penny G. Aug 23, 2017
    We thoroughly enjoyed having Stan perform for our residents. We're counting the days until his return. We feel as though we have music's best kept secret in Stan Hamrick!
  • Megan B. Aug 22, 2017
    We booked Stan to play during a picnic for residents of our assisted living facility and their family members. Stan provided excellent entertainment and interacted well with the audience. We will definitely book him for future performances.
  • Elaine A. Aug 22, 2017
    Stan was absolutely amazing to work with! My family hired him to play at my Father's birthday party that had over 300 guests. His band sounded amazing, really livened up the party, but they weren't too loud; people could somehow hear the ban AND the person they were talking to! Before the party, I gave Stan a general idea of the kind of music we wanted and how the party would go, and I didn't have to worry once! I wholeheartedly recommend him!
  • Ashley I. Jul 14, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan did a great job and was a pleasure to work with
  • Sarah C. May 31, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    We have had Stan perform a few times and had enjoyed each performance! Our Membership truly enjoys his talents.
  • Marissa C. May 22, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan provided music before, after and during our wedding ceremony. He was professional, on time and helped create the setting we were hoping for. Thank you!
  • Precy J. May 2, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan Hamrick was awesome! My family and friends had a great time listening and participating. It was a nice touch to the party to have him perform. We will definitely hire him again.
  • Michael H. Jan 20, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan was awesome! He was very friendly and professional and accommodated a few last minute changes with complete ease. He also helped me with deciding on songs/genres and made the entire process stress free for me. His performance at our resident reception was stellar - he is very talented and was a big hit!
  • Pam M. Dec 21, 2015
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    I am very pleased with the performance done by Stan Hamrick in entertaining my guest, if he can add some singers from the 50s and 60s like Jim reeves, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, Nat king Cole etc. that will be great.in his list... Pam
    Stan H. Dec 21, 2015

    Good suggestions. Pam... Thanks!

  • Narjis A. Dec 4, 2015
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan was remarkable. He was there ahead of time to set up and not just played the guitar but sung beautifully. He encouraged the guests to join in the singing and was an amazing professional solo performer..I am glad to have met him
  • Jo G. Nov 14, 2015
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    He arrived early and set up before the event began and entertained the staff while the event was getting ready. Was very professional and played beautifully. When our guests became to loud he got an amp from his car so that you could still hear his delightful music. Me and my guests were extremely pleased and recommend Mr. Hamrick for your private wedding or party!
  • Kristi T. Aug 25, 2015
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    We hired Stan for our wedding through Thumbtack using their guidelines for our venue. He was exactly what we were looking for. Our wedding reception (about 75 people) was at a local brewery and he sat up and performed in the corner while the guests mingled. He looked great, sounded great, and performed great. He was professional but friendly with the guests and brought along song lists so they could request their favorites - which they did - they loved dancing to their favorite songs. He announced the first dance and the toast, and he kindly opened up the mic for a bridesmaid to sing along to a couple of songs! It was great having him at our reception and we highly recommend him. Thank you Stan! Kristi and John Norton
  • Annette C. Jun 17, 2015
    Music Duo Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan was excellent! I highly recommend him. He was professional, he arrived early. He played one of our favorite songs. This song was a Catholic hymnal that he learned and played for my processional. He made the moment special.
  • Alysia R. Jun 9, 2015
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan was great! We wanted a quality solo musician at an affordable price, to provide music for our tiny wedding ceremony in an outdoor park. Stan provided all of that, plus top-notch professionalism and friendliness. He was always quickly responsive to our questions leading up to the event, clear and direct in our interactions, and prepared two songs outside of his repertoire especially for us. Stan was also very relaxed and personable both beforehand and day-of, which was critical when we had a number of other things to stress about. Thank you Stan!
  • Rhona A. Jun 1, 2015
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan is very easy to work with. He communicated via email on a timely basis and showed up at our event right on time. He brought his Song Menu for us to make requests. He is also very reasonable.
  • Rachel H. May 4, 2015
    Stan and the Potomac Jazz Project provided an evening of jazz for my daughter's wedding reception. (4 hours, 4 musicians) The music was SUPERB and my guests raved about it. Stan's group took the time to learn two new songs, and worked with me on a request list. Our party was fantastic and much credit goes to Potomac Jazz.
  • Carman H. May 2, 2015
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Stan was a pleasure to work with. I was in need of live music for our wedding ceremony. We wanted a variation of classical, jazz standards and contemporary music. Stan more than delivered. Our guests loved the variety! I will be sure to book Stan for our next function.
  • Lori C. Jan 26, 2015
    The Potomac Jazz Project and Stan Hamrick are an excellent group. I have contracted with them for two events. Both events were a success. The professionalism and musical style of Potomac Jazz Project and Stan Hamrick played a major role in that success. I look forward to working with them again soon!
  • Kent S. Jan 26, 2015
    Stan did an outstanding job for my wedding -- first in organizing the event; then as leader of a trio for the cocktail hour; and later as leader of a big band (seven pieces w/ brass and vocals) for dancing. Very professional at every step! Exceptional "American Songbook" music, which was great across all generations. Surprisingly good value for a quality, traditional big band. No regrets.
  • Ken S. Jan 25, 2015
    Outstanding! Stan Hamrick and the Potomac Jazz Project made our wedding an event to remember. They were fantastic and a complete pleasure to work with. Extremely professional and amazingly talented. We highly recommend them.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Performance, lessons, theory classes, ensembles at UVa, UMd and GMU. Perpetual student and performer!!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Getting my first guitar in the 8th grade, then studying and performing music on and off ever since!!
What types of customers have you worked with?
My most common work: Wedding ceremonies, Wedding receptions, birthday and anniversary parties, business events (background music or for entertainment), restaurants and coffee shops.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Talk to the people who will actually be playing the music!