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The Fun Factory
4.6
from 103 reviews
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
Steve K.
Verified review

We selected Jan to be the DJ at our 40th high school reunion. He showed up two hours early to set up and had everything ready to go an hour before the party started. He did a great job keeping the right songs coming one after another and the dance floor was packed the entire time. I would highly recommend Jan for any type of party where a DJ is needed. I look forward to working with him again the next time we hold an event.

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Jacob Hessburg
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Chas F.
Verified review

Jacob is a virtuoso. He focuses well on letting the student develop their own techniques to achieve desired expertise. Amazing at distilling students’ favorite songs/music into versions that are playable at a range of ability.

The Aqua-Nets
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tim B.
Verified review

Premier 80's band!

The Michael Benson Band
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Lauren R.
    Verified review

    Before we ever started wedding planning, I always thought we'd go the DJ route when it came time for our big day. For some reason, I didn't think most bands could do my favorite songs justice. Then, we saw the Michael Benson Band in action. When we finally got to planning our wedding, one of our "must-haves" was a good dance party, so it was never a question that MBB would be part of our day. We even tried to keep it a surprise to our guests, many of whom are familiar with Michael and his performances, but once we let it slip, our friends could barely contain their excitement, knowing that an especially fun wedding was ahead of them. Michael was an absolute professional from day one, humoring my bridal anxieties and accommodating some very special requests, including our first dance -- a Phish song covered by Dave Matthews (the perfect song to appease both bride and groom!). And what a dance party it was! High heels were removed, jackets and ties taken off, Gangnam Styles and lassos appeared, and guests who claim they "never dance" were mysteriously summoned out to the floor. We never wanted it to stop. Thank you, Michael Benson Band, for being such a huge part of what made our day so perfect!

    Free Rain
    5.0
    from 10 reviews
    • 25 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    David O.
    Verified review

    I am a bit of an audiophile so I'm picky about music and bands. These guys are excellent musicians. They have an extensive list of songs they cover and each song was played extraordinarily well. Definitely recommend them to a friend; but I don't have to because my friends were here and they loved the band too. Dave Orr Kelso Wa

    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Meg C.
    Verified review

    I have worked with David as a teacher of a Rock Band class and related Music Theory. He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, enthusiastic, and fun. He wrote his own theory book about improvisation which has been very helpful in making something which could be scary, both accessible and possible. In Rock Band he works with many kinds of instruments quite effectively.

    Harpist Lauren Grace
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Cynthia S.
    Verified review

    Lauren was able to accommodate a last minute request to play at my son's rehearsal dinner, when the musician we had hired had a medical emergency. As it turned out, I was SO much happier with Lauren and her harp than I would have been with a Jazz band - she provided the perfect accompaniment to an intimate gathering of close friends and family of the bride and groom. She plays beautifully, and I highly recommend her!

    Music Performance
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
      Todd P.
      Verified review

      Band was absolutely amazing and with much better musicians at a lower price than other bands we checked out. They were able to learn and master our first dance songs on a last minute basis, play some unexpected live requests, and even allow our friends to join and sing on a couple tunes. Many people complimented the vocalist and the band in general at the end of the night as well. Highly recommend. I have background in music, and these guys know how to play.

      Pyramid Scheme
      5.0
      from 5 reviews
      • 18 years in business
      • 5 hires on Thumbtack
      Wendy G.
      Verified review

      Pyramid Scheme is a very talented trio of musicians that are able to deliver quality music from any era. They displayed the ability to execute country, rock, R&B with seamless ease. I highly recommend them for your event.

      Rafael Tranquilino Band
      5.0
      from 5 reviews
        Eric G.
        Verified review

        One of the best Blues bands I have ever seen. I will travel to see them. Great Music and Great Fun! Always a great time!

        Max Holmberg
        5.0
        from 5 reviews
        • 12 years in business
        • 11 hires on Thumbtack
        Eve N.
        Verified review

        Max was great to work with and I would love to hire their band again in the future!

        Good Co
        5.0
        from 5 reviews
        • 6 years in business
        • 5 hires on Thumbtack
        Jeff C.
        Verified review

        Good Co played the reception at our annual conference and did a great job setting the mood. Our event was smaller than we had originally expected, but the band played on like it was a packed house. Everyone in attendance really appreciated their performance and I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere than what Good Co created. Great music, a great presence, and worth every penny!

        Ed Mays Groove Kitchen
        5.0
        from 4 reviews
        • 7 years in business
        • 2 hires on Thumbtack
        Lara P.
        Verified review

        They literally made the party and everyone talked about how awesome the band was. Great musicians, great people, flexible and fun. Would recommend them in a heartbeat and will definitely hire them for my next party (whenever that will be)

        Outta Control
        5.0
        from 4 reviews
        • 8 years in business
        • 2 hires on Thumbtack
        Erika S.
        Verified review

        Kind and friendly band with great sound and set up. It was a surprise for my Dad's birthday and y'all were on board and fantastic to work with and listen to. Great classic rock set list!

        The Highsteppers
        5.0
        from 3 reviews
        • 4 years in business
        Jeremy G.
        Verified review

        They did the best classics, and new stuff too, it was so fun! So nice to have a real live band and not a DJ. We were getting compliments on the band all night. Such a great time! Thanks Highsteppers, you rock.

        Bloomfield Music
        4.3
        from 3 reviews
        • 3 hires on Thumbtack
        Olivia P.
        Verified review

        We are very happy with Bloomfield Music's service! The 3 piece band we requested included piano, flute, and cello. They sounded wonderful, were very professional, accommodating, and well prepared. They played a mix of classical and contemporary/pop pieces for my husband's 50th birthday party. Highly recommended!

        BLEEDING TREE
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 3 years in business
        Jennifer B.
        Verified review

        I hired Detour Band for a private party in Everett! They had a lot of energy and I loved how the songs were mixed together. They did a great job at playing music in between their sets and had awesome lighting! I was very satisfied and would definitely hire them again and would recommend them to everyone!! I loved how the singer got out and danced with the crowd in between her sets.. So much energy!! I love Detour!!

        About

        I guess that would depend on which service we're referring to here; as far as karaoke goes I feel that it's because I add to the performance of the singer by playing assorted instruments, backing vocals, and an above average mix. These things combine to create a much more authentic feel for a singer. As far as instruction, I use a much more informal and flexible style that I feel is less rigid for a new student and allows for more creativity and enhanced advancement.

        About

        We provide a full-service band for weddings and events as well as the DJ and sound. We want your party or event to be the best it can be, and we are here to help.

        • 34 years in business
        About

        The Craig Lawrence Band is the Northwest's premier party band and has been creating the elements of great dancing and good times for private functions since 1984. We pride ourselves in providing the perfect music selections for your function, whether it is a wedding ceremony/wedding reception, private party, or corporate event. We are able to play everything from soft background dinner music to high-energy rock, including the most current hits. Our band was just selected as the best wedding band of 2013 at Mywedding, and we were in the winning category for Evening Magazine's best wedding/party bands for Western Washington. We are known for pleasing the crowd and packing the dance floor from the very start of the evening until the final dance. We appeal to all ages because of our ability to perform such a large variety of music, which includes the following: current hits, classic rock, oldies rock, big band, swing, Motown, disco, funk, country, jazz, Latin and ethnic music.

        About

        Visualize your event with our vintage, classy and sophisticated music drawn from the 1920s and 1930s. We bring alive the Gypsy Jazz of France and the American Swing standards of prohibition era Harlem, and we also have Latin sambas and bossa novas, all to swing dance and sway to. Our music will make your event special. We have performed for weddings, corporate functions, anniversary receptions, birthday parties, festivals, restaurants, swing dances and more.

        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 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.

        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.

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