2009 Rising Star Awards

The 2009 GigMasters Rising Star Award winners represent the top-booked entertainers and party vendors in the U.S. and Canada.

The awards are distributed annually to those members who have earned the most revenue from GigMasters bookings.

Acoustic Band The Bernstein-Bard Trio New Paltz New York
Beach Band Tsunami Wave Riders Charlotte North Carolina
Big Band Yesterday Swing Orchestra Winchester Virginia
Blues Band The Blues Specialists Austin Texas
Country Band Jamie Pelfrey Band Atlanta Georgia
Cover Band THE TRIP - #1 GIGMASTERS BAND! Laguna Beach California
Dance Band Charisma Newtown Connecticut
Dixieland Band Wildcat Jazz Band New York New York
Folk Band Marc Silver & The Stonethrowers Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Funk Band Phat Hat Baton Rouge Louisiana
Jazz Band B.D. Lenz Hackettstown New Jersey
Mariachi Band Acapulco Mariachi Trio-- San Jose California
Motown Band The Moonlighters Alexandria Virginia
Oldies Band Nationwide Coverage Huntsville Alabama
Original Band Vince Lujan & the Vince Lujan Project Dallas Texas
Pop Band Undercover Costa Mesa California
R&B Band Good Foot West Chester Pennsylvania
Rock Band Mike Dangeroux Chicago Illinois
Soul Band Soul Purpose Lilburn Georgia
Steel Drum Band The Caribbean Crew Longwood Florida
Swing Band Mike Hudson and Invitation Anaheim California
Variety Band Escalade Show & Dance Band New Orleans Louisiana
World Band JAM X BAND/Coral Sea Entertainment Group New York New York
Animals For Parties Company Pretty Party Ponies And Pepperment The Clown Apopka Florida
Balloon Twister Bigred Balloon Art & Entertainment Los Angeles California
Children's Music Band The Blue Potatoes Belleville New Jersey
Clown Sunny The Clown Yonkers New York
Costumed Character Lil' Star Parties Studio City California
Face Painting Face Painting & Balloon Art By Jazzana & Co. Oakland New Jersey
Juggler Laura Ernst Baltiomre Maryland
Puppeteer Sparky's Puppets Cranston Rhode Island
Santa Claus Nationwide Santas Diamond Bar California
Storyteller Richard Stillman Musical Variety Shows Montclair New Jersey
DJ DoubleTake Productions Dallas Texas
Emcee Scotty Gunther Corporate emcee/entertainer Bay City Michigan
A Cappella Group Nu Millennium Brooklyn New York
Acoustic Duo Dustin And Adrienne: Acoustic Duet Atlanta Georgia
Barbershop Quartet The Four Leads (Barbershop Quartet) Cincinnati Ohio
Brass Ensemble DC Brass Quartet Washington DC
Choral Group The Late Show's Gospel Choir New York New York
Classical Duo Sweet Harmony ~ Live Music for Special Events East Windsor New Jersey
Classical Quartet Harmonia Strings Brooklyn New York
Classical Trio Amethyst Trio San Francisco California
Folk Duo Muzette Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Folk Trio Cuban Trio Los Angeles California
Jazz Duo Lori Spencer / Sultry Band / Lori & Friends Band Matthews North Carolina
Jazz Ensemble The Hot Sun Quartet Tampa Florida
Jazz Trio Lizz & Rex Jazz Duo, Trio or Quintet Dayton Ohio
Oldies Duo Whinin' Cheez New York New York
Oldies Trio Lisa Lindsley and Friends San Francisco California
Pop Duo Ross Costa & Stan Pomeroy Duo Laguna Niguel California
Pop Duo The Kevin Sax And Dave Read Duo Washington New Jersey
Pop Duo The Water Flow New York New York
Pop Trio 'Juliana Riccardi Music Group' Duos Trios New York New York
Rock Duo Not Even Brothers Spartanburg South Carolina
String Quartet St. Charles String Quartet Washington DC
Variety Duo Safe Harbor Jefferson Maryland
Woodwind Ensemble City Winds Trio East Rutherford New Jersey
World Music Duo Jim & Sylvia Guitar Duo Medina Ohio
World Music Trio Celtic Sands San Francisco California
Comedian Jeff Havens with Uncrapify Your Life! AWARD WINNER Chicago Illinois
Comedy Group Playback Improvisational Theater Virginia Beach Virginia
Fortune Teller Valentina, The Fortune-teller Of Dallas Dallas Texas
Hypnotist A Touch Of Magic Comedy and Hypnosis Entertainment Saint Paul Minnesota
Illusionist Joe Black Kirkland Washington
Impressionist Joey Vincent - Funny Man with a Horn Westmont New Jersey
Magician Close-up Magic Of Marco Rockaway New Jersey
Mentalist Sebastian Black Professional Mindreader & Psychic New York New York
Psychic Tarot Readings By Karen Venice California
Tarot Card Reader Gloria/Enchanted Tarot (New Orleans Tarot Reader) Walnut Creek California
Ventriloquist David Crone - I'm No Dummy Productions Columbus Ohio
Game Show Versus Live Quiz Show Leesburg Florida
Murder Mystery Entertainment Floriano Productions Cleveland Ohio
Party Rental Company Record-A-Hit Entertainment Chicago Illinois
Princess Party Magical Memories Entertainment Los Angeles California
Big Band Singer Matt Walch-Singing the Big Band Standards Jackson Michigan
Broadway Singer Sara's Songs & Strings Plano Texas
Classical Singer Nick Palance Classical, Romantic & More Los Angeles California
Country Singer Mark Hackley Charlottesville Virginia
Folk Singer Wayne Morrison Newport Rhode Island
Gospel Singer Tanya LaReese Saint Petersburg Florida
Gospel Singer The Minister John Butler Springfield Virginia
Jazz Singer Lisa Smith Las Vegas Nevada
Motown Singer The Sound Of Charles Lee Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Oldies Singer William Florian / 60s & Tribute To John Denver San Francisco California
Opera Singer Belle Voix - Available Nationwide New York New York
Pop Singer Adam Emil Chicago Illinois
R&B Singer Oya Los Angeles California
Rock Singer Mark Martin & 7 grams of Fat Royal Oak Michigan
Singer John Buccheri Staten Island New York
Soul Singer Janet McNeil - Aka - Te'Naj Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Variety Singer Susan Savia, Versatile Singer-Guitarist Wilmington North Carolina
World Music Singer micheal CASTALDO - Classical Crossover Pop New York City New York
Accordionist Steve Rice Seattle Washington
Acoustic Guitar Matthew Cutillo Amityville New York
Bagpiper Bagpipes For All Occasions Flushing New York
Cellist Jennifer Girone New York New York
Fiddler Faith Pyne Brockton Massachusetts
Flutist Kathryn Master Baltimore Maryland
Guitarist Rich Barry Baltimore Maryland
Harpist First Coast Wedding Studios -Deborah Pintaure Jacksonville Florida
Keyboardist Martin Gerschwitz (Martin Gerschwitz & friends) Laguna Niguel California
Mandolinist Jay Posipanko Princeton New Jersey
One Man Band Owen Poteat Charlotte North Carolina
Pianist J P Daine Houston Texas
Saxophonist Exceptional Music For All Occasions/Sax Houston Texas
Steel Drummer Splash Melbourne Florida
Trumpeter Frank Tamburro Andover Connecticut
Violinist Steve Gibons Solo/Duo/Trio/Quartet Chicago Illinois
Acrobat Silk Sisters Los Angeles California
Auctioneer Jim Ferrell's Fun Live Auctions Orlando Florida
Body Painter Cindy's Creative Celebrations St. Paul Minnesota
Caricaturist Caricatures & Comedy By Levi Chicago Illinois
Circus Performer Playing By Air Productions Nashville Tennessee
Contortionist Tara Quinn San Francisco California
Dancer Sala's Polynesian Revue Orlando Florida
Exotic Dancer Cleveland Strippers Exotic Entertainment Delivered Cleveland Ohio
Fire Eater Keith Leaf East Hampton New York
Henna Artist Holistic Henna (Artists, Entertainers & Events) San Francisco California
Mime Marti Cate San Francisco California
Singing Telegram Artistic Singing Telegrams Diamond Bar California
Speaker Motivational Inspirational Speaker - Jon Petz Columbus Ohio
Stilt Walker Noctunal Sunshine Santa Cruz California
Sword Swallower Pickled Brothers Sideshow Florence Kentucky
Temporary Tattoo Artist Tats R Us West Babylon New York
Elvis Impersonator Stingray New York New York
Impersonator All Star Showgrams Foster City California
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Jodi Fleisher Los Angeles California
Tribute Act Peter Oprisko--Chicago's Singing Sensation! Chicago Illinois
Tribute Band The Bluz Brothers Crete Illinois
Tribute Singer Voices of Legends Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania