Top Event Entertainers Receive GigMasters' 2009 Rising Star Award

3/22/2010, the number one event entertainment booking service, today revealed its annual "Rising Star Award" winners for 2009. The 129 winners represent the highest earning entertainers in their performance category. Winners were selected from GigMasters database of over 7,000 top-quality, client-rated event entertainment acts, across the United States and Canada.

“I am truly honored to receive the 2009 GigMasters Rising Star Award Winner for Top Rock Band. It feels like I have won a Grammy!” says Mike Dangeroux of Chicago, Illinois.

GigMasters' entertainers earned a total of $14.8 million dollars in 2009, while performing at weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, holiday gatherings, and other special events. Below are just some of this year's award winners. To see the complete list of winners go to:

Acoustic Guitar Matthew Cutillo Amityville, NY
Balloon Twister Bigred Balloon Art & Entertainment Los Angeles, CA
Comedian Jeff Havens with Uncrapify Your Life! Chicago, IL
Costumed Character Lil' Star Parties Studio City, CA
Country Band Jamie Pelfrey Band Atlanta, GA
Cover Band The Trip Laguna Beach, CA
Dance Band Charisma Newtown, CT
Dancer Sala's Polynesian Revue Orlando, FL
DJ DoubleTake Productions Dallas, TX
Elvis Impersonator Stingray New York, NY
Fortune Teller Valentina, The Fortune-teller Of Dallas Dallas, TX
Hypnotist A Touch Of Magic Comedy and Hypnosis Entertainment Saint Paul, MN
Jazz Band B.D. Lenz Hackettstown, NJ
Mariachi Band Acapulco Mariachi Trio-- San Jose, CA
Oldies Band Nationwide Coverage Huntsville, AL
One Man Band Owen Poteat Charlotte, NC
Pianist J P Daine Houston, TX
Pop Band Undercover Costa Mesa, CA
Rock Band Mike Dangeroux Chicago, IL
Steel Drum Band The Caribbean Crew Longwood, FL
String Quartet St. Charles String Quartet Washington DC
Swing Band Mike Hudson and Invitation Anaheim, CA
Tribute Band The Bluz Brothers Crete, IL
Variety Band Escalade Show & Dance Band New Orleans, LA
World Band JAM X BAND/Coral Sea Entertainment Group New York, NY

What the Winners Have to Say…

“Wow! Winning this award is fantastic and unexpected. GigMasters has been a wonderful website to promote myself. I'm very happy to be able to juggle for a living, because it's what I love.” says Laura Ernst of Baltimore, Maryland — 2009 Rising Star Award winner for Top Juggler.

“We are very excited to win this prestigious award. We love the professional arena and level playing field provided by GigMasters. We had a gig within two weeks of signing up, and have been getting steady inquiries and jobs ever since. GigMasters is fantastic for professional musicians and performers — we plan on being lifetime members!” says Laurie and Tom Reese of Muzette, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — 2009 Rising Star Award winner for Top Folk Duo.

“GigMasters has been an excellent way for my performing company to build relationships with new clients and to entertain at incredible events around the country. The web site is professional, clean, and easy to use, which makes booking gigs easy and stress free for both myself and my clients. Playing By Air is proud to receive this award and we look forward to another successful year!” says Jacob Weiss of Playing By Air Productions, Nashville, Tennessee — 2009 Rising Star Award winner for Top Circus Performer.

For more quotes from winners, contact is the #1 event 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 7,000 performers including live bands, wedding musicians, party DJs, impersonators, balloon twisters, stand-up comedians, jazz trios, bagpipers, string quartets, soloists and more. has helped facilitate more than 80,000 bookings since its inception in 1997, including over 25,000 in 2009. 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 DigiCert secured website. For more information, please visit Follow GigMasters on TwitterFacebook, and MySpace.

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