The Rusty String Express

Acoustic Band from Oakland, CA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2013
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$400 - $8000 per event
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About
The Rusty String Express celebrates string band traditions of the past while stretching into the unknown. Creating original music with unique and familiar flavors - The RSE is an exciting mash up of acoustic excitement, bubbling creativity, and excellent musicianship. Best of all are the original tunes coming out of this creative quartet.

Aaron Balano on dobro, Alison Bailey Streich on violin, Greg Dunn on bass and Joe Ridout on guitar. These four magnetic musicians run the gamut with their playing, and all four are masterful wielders of their instruments. Their music ranges from sensitive and soulful interpretations, to wild and unexpected music you've never heard before.

Their repertoire is very original, with each member contributing unique compositions. Interspersed throughout their set are exciting versions of tunes the listener has heard before. They tip their collective hat to Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, The Meters, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Van Morrison, The Cramps....and, of course, a handful of ragtime, Irish, old time, bluegrass and American tunes. There's something for everyone!

Equally at home on stage in a concert venue, or at a party in a client's backyard, The Rusty String Express provides the perfect music for any setting. And these four pro players are able to rise and rock at the break of dawn, or play late into the wee hours. Or both! Any place that needs music....The Rusty String Express is ready to go!

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25+ GigMasters Bookings
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

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My wife and I booked RSE to play our co-50th Birthday party. What a great decision! Allison and the band were extremely professional and collaborative and immediately understood our objectives for the event. We were seeking music occupying that elusive sweet spot between background music and full blown wedding/party band and RSE delivered. The musicianship was first rate with the band playing songs ranging from traditional Irish tunes and Van Morrison to Herbie Hancock and The Violent Femmes. Our guests, including musician friends, thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment but were still able to connect with friends and converse throughout the evening.

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ABSOLUTELY THE PERFECT STRING BAND!!! From start to finish, the The Rusty String Express were JAMMING, accommodating, excellent communicators, and even learned a special song to make our day truly magical. It felt like having really good friends at our wedding performing and we were sincerely grateful for how they took care of us. They went above and beyond to help us out! We recommend this band for ANY occasion and will hire them again someday!

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I cannot say enough good things about the Rusty String Express!!! They performed for the first 2/3 of our wedding including a ceremony where they performed a song that requested they learn alongside a friend of ours who is a singer. They well exceeded our expectations in learning the song and rehearsing it with our friend so that it was perfected by the time of ceremony. The music that they played throughout the rest of the wedding was perfection and I would highly recommend them to anyone!!!

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We hired The Rusty String Express for our wedding at Roaring Camp Railroads this past weekend, and all I can say is wow, these guys were perfect in every way! Allison was the sweetest person to work with, and I got so many compliments from people saying how wonderful the music was. I couldn't have found a more perfect band to play at our wedding, seriously. Thanks you guys!

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We're so glad we hired the Rusty String Express for our wedding reception! They were easy to work with, friendly, lively, and super-talented musicians. They showed up right on time, despite traveling pretty far, and rocked our party. Lots of us were dancing, and everyone enjoyed the music. We hope we get the opportunity to hear them play again. We had to make a lot of decisions while planning our wedding. Looking back, there are some things we nailed, and other things we could have done without. Booking the Rusty String Express was a great decision, and we're so glad we did.

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Being able to talk with someone over the phone is very important to me. Allison was always available and made me feel very well taken care of. I would recommend this band to anyone having a country wedding. Ours was perfect and the band played a big part of it.

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They were amazing and I would definitely use them again. Can't thank them enough for making out wedding truly memorable!

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The Rusty String Express played for our wedding reception and created an amazing, fun and chill atmosphere with their dynamic music. The musicians are wonderfully talented and have a great vibe with each other as well as the audience. They were so great and easy to work with and made this aspect of our wedding event super enjoyable. We look forward to dancing and celebrating at future events with the Rusty String Express.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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These guys (and gal!) were fantastic to work with! Great communication throughout the process, super easy going and incredibly talented. They really made our event so much more fun and I would have them back in a heartbeat!

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The Rusty String Express played at our rehearsal dinner and we couldn't be happier with their performance. They are a talented, professional, and easy to work with group. I heard many compliments about them from my guests.

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2019
Jul
20
Wedding
Yosemite National Park, CA
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Oct
20
Wedding Reception
Napa, CA
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2018
Oct
15
Celebration
Pleasant Hill, CA
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Sep
23
Wedding
Sausalito, CA
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2018
Aug
3
Wedding Reception
Orinda, CA
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
May
25
Event
Napa, CA
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Oct
14
Wedding Reception
Mendocino, CA
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Sep
30
Wedding
Healdsburg, CA
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2017
Sep
16
Wedding Ceremony
Petaluma, CA
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Aug
12
Celebration
San Francisco, CA
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Mar
16
Birthday Party (Adult)
Greenbrae, CA
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Sep
11
Dinner Dance
Oakland, CA
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sea Pod
Balano
Behind The Green Shed
Dunn
Chalet of Lies
Streich
Goo Goo Muck
The Cramps
Fourth Dimension
The Rusty String Express
Toothless
Balano
Hubba Royale
Balano
Marty's Jig
Streich
Lapel
Balano
Rasputin's Reel
Streich
Boyfiend
Streich
Birthday Suit
Streich
Bow Legged
The Rusty String Express
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Ellington
Planxty Irwin
O'Carolan
Caravan
Tizol
Cantaloupe Island
Hancock
Over The Waterfall
Trad. Bluegrass
Take Five
Brubeck
Pig Ankle Rag
Trad. Tag
Red Apple Rag
Trad. Rag
Moondance
Morrison
Manpanion
Streich
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Ellington
Zapolito Mojado
Trad.
Swallowtail
Trad. Irish
Midnight in Moscow
Trad. Russian
Canon in D
Pachelbel
Cissy Strut
The Meters
Footprints
Shorter
Old Joe Clark/Cluck Old Hen
Trad. Bluegrass
Harvest Home
Trad. Irish
Ladies Quadrille
American
Bluegrass Band
Celtic Band
Jazz Band
Ragtime Band
Irish Band
Americana Band
Acoustic Band
World Music Band
Gypsy Band
Roots Band
Folk Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note The Rusty String Express will also travel to Alameda, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Emeryville, Moraga, Berkeley, Hayward, Orinda, Rheem Valley, Canyon, San Francisco, South San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Belmont, Albany, Lafayette, Brisbane, Alamo, Danville, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Mateo, San Ramon, Union City, Burlingame, Daly City, Diablo, Dublin.
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