GigMasters Reveals 2008 Rising Star Award Winners


The results are in!, the #1 online entertainment booking service, today revealed its annual "Rising Star Award" winners for 2008, based on outstanding achievement in live music and event entertainment bookings. The 154 winners were selected from GigMasters nationwide database of over 5,500 top-quality, client-rated entertainment acts.

GigMasters' entertainers earned $13.7 million dollars in 2008, while performing at weddings, special events, clubs, parties, and other venues. The winners today represent the highest earning GigMasters entertainers throughout North America. Here are just some of the GigMasters' 2008 Rising Star Award winners:

Acoustic Guitarist Pino De Fazio Austin, TX
Bagpiper Michael Lancaster Denver, CO
Beatles Tribute Band Magical Mystery Tour Los Angeles, CA
Clown Sunny The Clown Yonkers, NY
Comedian Chris Linn Los Angeles, CA
Cover Band The Trip Laguna Beach, CA
DJ In the Mix USA Cartersville, GA
Elvis Impersonator Rick Torres Santa Clara, CA
Face Painter Face Painting By Jazzana Oakland, NJ
Harpist Melody: A Winning Combination of Harp & Voice Daytona Beach, FL
Hypnotist A Touch Of Magic Comedy and Hypnosis Entertainment Saint Paul, MN
Jazz Band B.D. Lenz Hackettstown, NJ
Juggler Matt Jergens Westerville, OH
Latin Band Jose Conde Y Ola Fresca Brooklyn, NY
Magician Keir Royale Denver, CO
Mariachi Band Acapulco Mariachi Trio San Jose, CA
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Janet as Marilyn Monroe Las Vegas, NV
Motivational Speaker Jon Petz Columbus, OH
Pianist J P Daine Houston, TX
Psychic L'Oracle Charlottesville, VA
Santa Claus Santa Don Medina, OH
Steel Drum Band The Caribbean Crew Longwood, FL
String Quartet Tom Crowl Denver, CO
Ventriloquist Rick Torres Westminster, MD
Violinist Jennifer Argenti Los Angeles, CA

To see the complete list of winners go to: is the #1 online entertainment booking service, guiding party planners and hosts to the right entertainment for every event. With the Internet's largest nationwide database of client-rated performers for live music and variety entertainment, this Redding, CT-based business boasts a database of over 5,500 performers including live bands, wedding musicians, party DJs, impersonators, hypnotists, stand-up comedians, jazz trios, bagpipes, string quartets, soloists and more. has helped facilitate more than 50,000 bookings since its inception in 1997, including over 20,000 in 2008 alone. The site, which was founded by Kevin Kinyon and Michael Caldwell, attracts 20,000 daily visits*, throughout North America. is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, TRUSTe, and is also a VeriSign Secured website. For more information, please visit

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