Nix the karaoke machine for the wedding reception and hire a wedding singer instead. Pick one of the five top-notch Los Angeles entertainers, vocalists and musicians. Who says that nuptials have to follow a tried and true pattern? Dare to be different!
Top-Notch Quartet for a Barbershop Quartet Experience
Liven up your wedding reception with a highly skilled barbershop quartet. The Top-Notch Quartet is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Southland favorites, these four vocalists have entertained audiences at the Orange County Fair, the West Covina Lions Club, the Bixby Knolls Business Association and a host of other venues and occasions.
Music choices focus on barbershop quartet tunes, 1930s and 1940s oldies but goodies as well as associated vocals. The Top-Notch Quartet’s Gig Salad listing shows that the minimum engagement fee is $300, although it would not be unusual to budget in $600 for lengthy wedding reception entertainment.
Da Capo Players for an Ensemble Performance
The Da Capo Players feature a flute, two violins, bass, cello and guitar, a viola and a harp. They have also added a couple of vocalists to their ensemble. Entertain guests at your wedding reception with classical string music, pop renditions and even rock. It is important to note that these wedding entertainers are professionals, not amateur musicians.
Although it is possible to pick and choose off a repertoire list, these musicians can put together a specifically themed arrangement. By the way, if Celtic tunes are to your liking, this is ensemble to hire! Depending on the number of players, length of time and types of tunes you desire, costs for hiring these entertainers for your reception may fall between $300 and $3,000.
Mariachi Fiesta En Jalisco for a Joyous Wedding Reception
Los Angeles is home to Mariachi Fiesta En Jalisco. The group was founded about 15 years ago and specializes in the original ranchero tradition. The band’s average rate is about $300 to $450 per hour. Past clients rave not only about the music — did you know that they take requests? — but also comment on the spectacular mariachi costumes. Remember: true mariachi musicians are every bit as visually spectacular as they are an auditory feast.
Marston Smith: Wedding Singer, Musician, One-man Show
If you are unconventional and would love to have a bona fide showman who brings an electric cello to the wedding reception, Marston Smith is your musician on duty. A prolific recording artist, he has rubbed elbows with the rich and famous during his tenure as a backup and main event musician. Smith performed with and for Tony Blair, the B-52s, KISS and Warner Brothers. Not surprisingly, he is not cheap. Expect to pay between $750 and $5,000 for the sight and sound spectacular this wedding musician offers.
Musician Dave Champagne and His Bagpipes
Wedding entertainers do not usually play the bagpipes, but Dave Champagne is an exception to the rule. Although he does not rule out playing for the wedding reception, the musician highlights that the occasions that most lend themselves to bagpipe music are the processional, recessional and prelude entertainment. Depending on the extent of the job, this wedding entertainer charges $175 to $500 per job.
Los Angeles Wedding Singer Resources:
Top-Notch Quartet: (818) 400-8879
Da Capo Players: (714) 612-6951
Mariachi Fiesta En Jalisco: (877) 343-7882
Marston Smith: (310) 456-6333
Dave Champagne: (818) 755-2966