GigMasters Announces 2013 Rising Star Award Winners, Recognizing Nation’s Top Event Vendors


Awards given to the highest earning and most popular event vendors in over 152 categories including Top DJ, Top Photographer, Most Popular Wedding Band, Most Popular Corporate Event Entertainer, and more. 

South Norwalk, CT January 31, 2014

The #1 event booking service,, has revealed the winners of their seventh-annual ‘Rising Star Award’ for 2013. The award recognizes the nation’s top event entertainers, musicians, and vendors in over 152 categories.

In the past year, GigMasters has broadened its service to expand beyond entertainment, adding a wide variety of event vendors, such as limousine and party bus rentals, specialty photographers and videographers, event staff, and more. This year’s Rising Star list is the largest and most diverse yet, acknowledging top event vendors of all kinds, throughout the country.

“The Rising Star Award is our way of recognizing our most successful vendors. It’s great to see the list grow each year as we expand our services to include event vendors of all kinds,” said GigMasters’ VP of Marketing, Marissa Latshaw. “I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and thank them for their hard work and dedication to our clients.”

Here are a few of this year’s winners:

Top Cover Band - Jukebox (San Diego, California)

Top Caricaturist - Rafael Diez-Cartoonyou! (Orlando, Florida)

Top Jazz Bands - La Vie En Rose (Boston, Massachusetts)

Top Photographer - Lush Life Photography & Film (New York, New York)

Top Transportation Service - United Coachways (Washington, District of Columbia)

Top Magician - Magic of Marco (Weehawken, New Jersey)

Top Bartender - Custom Party Bars & Chocolate Fountain Pros (Torrance, California)

Top DJ - Palm Tree Sound Productions (Sacramento, California)

Top Costumed Character - Bubbles Productions (Bowie, Maryland)

Top Speaker - Dawn Holley (Columbus, Ohio)

To see the complete list of winners visit:

A Few Words from the Winners:

Watch videos of Rising Star winners showing appreciation for their awards and read some of their thoughts below:

"Joining GigMasters back in 2008 was honestly one of the BEST decisions I ever made!!! They say 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery', and while there are indeed many other companies out there TRYING to do what GigMasters does, none of them can even compare. GigMasters is by far the simplest to use, most consistent, and most professional online booking website out there. I LOVE what they have done for my business, and for the quality of gigs and clients they have brought my way. Thank you, GigMasters. I am forever grateful!" – Lisa Smith, 2013 Top Jazz Singer

“We are so glad we found GigMasters! We’ve only been members for about a year and a half, and we have done so many amazing gigs, and have gained many new fans through your website. We look forward to many more years of working with you. We love GigMasters!” Mike Dowd - The Fair Trade Irish Band, Top World Band

“I’m very pleased to receive this award from GigMasters! I’ve been a member of GigMasters for a number of years now and get more gigs every year through my membership. Every aspect of the site is well thought out – the profiles, bid forms, payment system, feedback, etc. Thanks GigMasters!” Steve Wood – Steve Wood Ensemble, 2013 Top Jazz Ensemble

About GigMasters is the web’s number one event booking service, guiding party planners and hosts to the right entertainment and vendors 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 220,000 event bookings: weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions and more. With the largest nationwide database of client-rated vendors and entertainers, GigMasters boasts 23,000+ members including live bands, DJs, wedding musicians, event photographers, celebrity impersonators, balloon twisters, stand-up comedians, jazz trios, photo booths, string quartets, soloists, limousines, event planners, and more. The site, founded in 1997 by Kevin Kinyon and Michael Caldwell, attracts over 30,000 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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