Bands to Hire at Parties

Couple things first…. 

What kind of party are you having? 

80’s Party 

90’s Party 

Art Showcase Party 

Baby Shower 

Bachelor/Bachelorette Party 

Bar, Bah Mitzvah 

Birthday Party/ Other Celebration 

Cinco de Mayo 

Corporate/Company Party 

Costume Party 

Dance Party 

Graduation Party 

Holiday Party 

Luau 

Pool Party 

Product Release Party 

Retirement Party 

Sports Party 

Themed Party (Toga, Nerds, Black Light, etc) 

Wedding 

Here are the best fitting band types for these occasions with a list of what parties each one works with best! 

 

One Man Band/Looping Artist 

A relaxed, fun and familiar performance with a unique twist.  Usually this is one person with an acoustic guitar, a great sounding P.A. and a mic stand performing laid back versions of songs you know and setting a warm, memorable mood for the event.  The looping makes that one person sound like a whole band and people will be mesmerized at how all those beautiful sounds are coming from one person. 

Baby Shower 

Birthday Party 

Corporate/Company Party 

Graduation Party 

Retirement Party 

Wedding 

 

What do they sound like? 

A good one will sound like this: CLICK HERE

Where can I find one? 

Gigmasters, Gigsalad, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Thumbtack, Youtube or (if you're in the Southern California area) HERE

 

Party/Pop/Variety Band - 

High, high energy!  Be ready to dance, sing and go wild. These are the loudest, most intense, move fun kinds of bands around.  They are not for low budget events.  Usually 4+ members, sometimes up to 15 (if they have a horn section) and they usually have HUGE song lists.  Think of them as a DJ on steroids. 

80’s, 90’s party 

Bar, Bah Mitzvah 

Corporate/Company Party (only very big events) 

Costume Party 

Dance Party 

Holiday Party 

Pool Party 

Themed Party 

Wedding (for large budget weddings) 

 

What do they Sound like? 

A Good one will generally sound something like this: CLICK HERE

 

Where can I find one? 

GIGMASTERS

GIGSALAD 

 

Mariachi Band 

Joyful, pleasant and traditional, Mariachi bands are a long time favorite for many cultural events and smaller celebratory events.  They can perform with or without amplification and 

Birthday Party/Celebration 

Cinco de Mayo (also Dio de los Muertos) 

Graduation Party 

Pool Party 

 

What do they sound like?  

CLICK HERE

 

Where can I find one? 

GIGSALAD 

GIGMASTERS

 

Bluegrass/Country Band: 

Don’t think bro-cowboys with sleeveless denim singing “girl I want you in mah pick-up”.  These bands are more traditionally themed and usually have a stand up bass player, acoustic guitars, mandolin and lots of harmonies.  They can play with or without amplification and create an instant feeling of being somewhere else, far away from the non-stop to do-ing of the city life. 

Art Showcase 

Birthday/Celebration 

Retirement Party 

Themed Party (Country, Tractor Pull, Taste of the South, etc.) 

Wedding 

 

What do they sound like? 

CLICK HERE

 

Where do you find one? 

CLICK HERE

You might have noted “sports party” was left out.  That is very much intentional.  Sports and bands mix like cats and water.  It’s generally a hodgepodge of overstimulation.  The audience is generally too distracted to enjoy either when a venue is broadcasting a sports event and having live music.  I have personally experienced this both as a patron to an establishment and as a member of a band on countless occasions.  It just doesn't work.  The sports people are annoyed at the volume of the band and the people who want to watch the band are annoyed at the sports people taking up good space.  In most situations, avoid having live music during a sporting event, unless the music act is actually a half-time show or pre/post show entertainment for the event itself, but never, EVER have them both going on at the same time.  It just doesn’t work well.

Dylan Galvin (Dylan like “Bob Dylan”, Galvin like “Calvin and Hobbes” with a “G”) is a singer/songwriter and live performer in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on Instagram, Youtube and Facebook.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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