GigMasters Announces 2011 Rising Star Award Winners


Event entertainment booking service today revealed its fifth annual ‘Rising Star Award’ winners for 2011. The award recognizes the nation's top-earning entertainers in over 125 performer and vendor categories. Six new event-based award categories were added this year to recognize the performers who booked the most weddings, children’s parties and corporate events in 2011.

“The Rising Star Award is GigMasters’ highest honor and our way of recognizing our finest party entertainers,” said GigMasters' VP of Marketing, Marissa Latshaw. “It's a real point of pride among our members and a testament to their hard work, talent, and professionalism.”

Here are just a few of the winners:

Top Cover Band Nick Carver Band (Murfreesboro, TN)
Top DJ Alden Entertainment (New York, NY)
Top Folk Band Bluegrass Sound Band (Marietta, GA)
Top Hypnotist Dr. William Mitchell (Springfield, IL)
Top Magician Didi Maxx Magic & More!!! (Long Island, NY)
Top String Quartet St. Charles String Quartet (Washington, DC)
Top Tribute Act George Lyons (Boston, MA)
Top Variety Band Raising Cain (Denver, CO)
Top Wedding Entertainer Eva Murphy (St. Louis, MO)
Top World Band Matt Stedman Band (Chicago, IL)

To see the complete list of winners go to:

What the Winners Are Saying…

“GigMasters has completely changed the rules and the game for entertainers looking to make a career of their art form. Bravo GigMasters!” — Matthew Cutillo, 2011 Top Acoustic Guitarist

“This award has brought a smile to my face which allows me to pass on a smile to ALL of my wonderful clients. What GigMasters does behind the scenes to make thousands of customers happy…now that's juggling!” — Lou Johnson, 2011 Top Juggler

“I consider it a real honor to be chosen as the GigMasters Rising Star Award Winner for 2011 Top Comedian. My relationship with GigMasters has been great from the very beginning – financially rewarding and mutually satisfying on every level — unlike my marriage!” — Johnny Lampert, 2011 Top Comedian

GigMasters is the number one event entertainment booking service, guiding party planners and hosts to the right entertainment for every event. By combining the efficiency of the web with the personal touch of a private event planner, GigMasters has helped facilitate more than 148,000 bookings. With the Internet's largest nationwide database of client-rated performers for live music and variety entertainment, GigMasters boasts 10,000 performers including live bands, DJs, wedding musicians, celebrity impersonators, balloon twisters, stand-up comedians, jazz trios, bagpipers, string quartets, soloists and more. The site, founded in 1997 by Kevin Kinyon and Michael Caldwell, attracts over 25,000 daily visits* throughout North America. GigMasters is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, TRUSTe, and is also a DigiCert secured website. For more information, please visit

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