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from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Jimmy J.
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Very fun band. Highly recommended. Good humor, great play, and songs you'll recognize and sing along with all night.


The Pumps calls Eau Claire, Wisconsin home. The band with guitarist Steve Dwyer, bassist Buck Barrickman, and drummer Frank Juodis plays an upbeat style of rock n roll blues. They feature tunes from their latest album "Cover to Cover" and bands like Eric Clapton, The Lamont Cranston Band, The Hoopsnakes, Stray Cats, BoDeans and Animals. "We like to get 'em movin" is the goal when selecting tunes done by the band. "We try to select the most upbeat rockin' blues tunes out there to put a party spin on every gig." The Pumps was recently featured at this year's Willow River Blues & Brews Fest opening for Corey Stevens. Guitarist Steve Dwyer, an alum of the UWLC music and arts, is a well-known musician out of the LaCrosse and Midwest Wisconsin area. He has honed his skill in some of the finest Twin Cities bands and has a solid blues base influenced by guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Frank Juodis holds down the band on drums with a style honed while growing up near Chicago. A mainstay of the local blues open jam bands, Frank has sat in with the area's best rock and blues artists. Buck Barrickman, on bass and doing lead vocals, has been hanging around the Eau Claire music scene since forever, playing in a ton of local bar bands. His style on bass has evolved over the years to the rock bottom feel that rounds out the trio. He and Frank give the band a well-grounded sound that shakes up the crowd.


The D-Boys are a Menomonie, Wisconsin-based, top 40 rock-n-roll, top 40 country, high-energy show band! They provide the best live music and entertainment for any occasion from a nightclub, casino, to a fair or festival, or concert. They are also the perfect band for wedding receptions and perform on a regular basis in Wisconsin, WI and Minnesota, MN. You can't go wrong going to one of D'Boys shows. Whether you like to dance to your favorite songs, or just sit back and watch the show, you will love the way D'Boys deliver the songs and stage show to you. D'Boys will have you captivated in the way they change and switch instruments (guitars, bass, drums, fiddle, keyboards, steel guitar), to their huge harmonies (4 lead vocalists), and keep you wondering what is coming up next! They perform the songs remarkably close to the originals but yet put in their own flavor to add to the overall sound and energy of the songs they perform. They strive in making you have the most fun as humanly possible and always have you leaving the show with a smile on your face and a schedule of where they'll be next in your hand! If you want to have fun, this is your band!

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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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