2012 Rising Star Awards

The 2012 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. In 2011, six Event Awards were added to showcase the members who booked the most weddings, children's parties and corporate events. Congrats to the winners and happy gigging!

Acoustic Band The Clubhouse Band Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Beach Band CONCH REPUBLIC Lexington Kentucky
Big Band Swing Machine Fairfax Virginia
Blues Band The Special 20s Chicago Illinois
Brass Band St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band San Francisco California
Classical Band Patriot Brass New York New York New York
Country Band Nolan Pick Band Waco Texas
Cover Band Nick Carver Band Murfreesboro Tennessee
Dance Band Charisma Danbury Connecticut
Folk Band Banjocats Nashville Tennessee
Funk Band The Full Strength Funk Band San Diego California
Jazz Band Oh La La! New York New York
Karaoke Band Casual Encounters "Live-Band" Karaoke Los Angeles California
Mariachi Band Trio Sol De Mexico San Jose California
Motown Band 1st Generation Band Atlanta Georgia
Oldies Band The Instigators Austin Texas
Pop Band Uptown Band Feat. Erich Cawalla & Jenifer Kinder Reading Pennsylvania
R&B Band The Soul Sensations Northampton Massachusetts
Rock Band Mike Dangeroux Chicago Illinois
Roots Band Folksoul Music Bands--Tattoo And The Folksoul Band Greenfield New Hampshire
Soul Band The Adrian Duke Project Hillsborough North Carolina
Steel Drum Band Feelin IRIE New York New York
Swing Band Swing Cats Big Band Yorba Linda California
Variety Band Groove Knight Austin Texas
World Band Matt Stedman Band Chicago Illinois
World Music Band Andy Burr & Friends Winter Garden Florida
Animals For Parties Company Annie's Menagerie Petting Zoo Wilmington Delaware
Balloon Twister Caravan of Entertainment llc Runnemede New Jersey
Children's Music Band Birdie's Playhouse Venice California
Children's Music Singer Mariana Kids Music Astoria New York
Clown A # 1 Best Events & Entertainment Los Angeles California
Costumed Character Bubbles Productions Bowie Maryland
Face Painting Magical Memories Entertainment Face Painting Brooklyn New York
Juggler Lou Johnson Valley Stream New York
Puppeteer Penny And The Puppettes Brooklyn New York
Storyteller Debra Mims Burtonsville Maryland
DJ DJ Jamm New Rochelle New York
A Cappella Group The Tee Tones New York New York
Acoustic Duo Jon Sousa and Adam Agee Boulder Colorado
Barbershop Quartet Artistic Quartets Las Vegas Nevada
Brass Ensemble Dr. Gordon Mason Orlando Florida
Broadway Duo The Sassy Songbirds Long Beach California
Choral Group The Late Show's Gospel Choir Peekskill New York
Christmas Carolers The Music Companie Carolers Los Angeles California
Classical Duo Aleron Strings San Francisco California
Classical Quartet Art-Strings Ensembles New York New York
Classical Trio Con Brio Trio and Duo Boston Massachusetts
Dueling Pianos Ted Oliver Productions Waukesha Wisconsin
Folk Duo Muzette Mount Joy Pennsylvania
Jazz Duo Bright Moments Tucker Georgia
Jazz Ensemble Safari Jazz Newhall California
Jazz Trio Sam Graham Trio Los Angeles California
Oldies Duo Whinin' Cheez New York New York
Oldies Trio Class Act Smithtown New York
Pop Trio Bobby Alto Music Los Angeles California
Rock Duo Not Even Brothers Spartanburg South Carolina
String Quartet St. Charles String Quartet Washington District of Columbia
Variety Duo The Shoresyde Duo Brick New Jersey
Woodwind Ensemble City Winds Trio Pompton Lakes New Jersey
World Music Duo Spanish Guitar Duo Chicago Illinois
World Music Trio Celtic Sands San Francisco California
Comedian Dr Kevin Fitzgerald Denver Colorado
Comedy Group The Linebenders - Improv Comedians Fargo North Dakota
Fortune Teller Gypsy Landing New Jersey
Hypnotist Jeff Jay Awarded "Entertainer of the Year" Fishers Indiana
Illusionist Taylor (Pelican Trapper) Lewis Richmond Virginia
Impressionist Joey Vincent - Funny Man With A Horn Westmont New Jersey
Magician Keith West Magic & Illusion Show Des Moines Iowa
Mentalist Larry & Raven - Mentalist Team New York New York
Mind Reader Fred Zimmerman - The Chicago Mentalist Downers Grove Illinois
Palm Reader Psychic Palmistry Chirologist Phoenix Arizona
Psychic Soothsayers Psychic Entertainment Cheltenham Pennsylvania
Tarot Card Reader Psychic Readings By Eva New York New York
Ventriloquist David Crone - I'm No Dummy Productions Columbus Ohio
Bartender Custom Party Bars Torrance California
Limousine Cadillac Chauffeur Service Saint Paul Minnesota
Party Rental Company Madd Matt's Entertainment Carlisle Pennsylvania
Photographer Magical Memories Entertainment Thornwood New York
Theme Party Company The Murder Mystery Company New York New York
Videographer Whitstir Productions Videography Grapevine Texas
Wedding Officiant Mike Daly, Wedding Officiant Bloomfield New Jersey
Big Band Singer Matt Walch-Singing The Big Band Standards Ann Arbor Michigan
Broadway Singer David Meulemans Fort Lauderdale Florida
Classical Singer Nick Palance - Romantic, Classical & More Los Angeles California
Country Singer Les Vaughn Tributes Johnny Cash/Elvis Presley The Dalles Oregon
Folk Singer Kevin Toqe Walnut Creek California
Gospel Singer Valerie Dawkins Washington District of Columbia
Jazz Singer Kat Langdon Toronto Ontario
Oldies Singer Jennifer Mello Boston Massachusetts
Opera Singer Alyssa Staron, Classical Singer Langhorne Pennsylvania
Pop Singer Tom Cash Hoffman Estates Illinois
R&B Singer Oya Beverly Hills California
Rock Singer Carl Robinson St Peters Missouri
Singer Marieann Meringolo - Romantic, Standards & More New York New York
Variety Singer Stephen Lee Atlanta Georgia
World Music Singer Micheal Castaldo - Classical Crossover Pop New York City New York
Accordionist STROLLING ACCORDIONIST. Italian-Oktoberfest-French New York New York
Acoustic Guitar Matthew Cutillo Amityville New York
Bagpiper The Royal Piper New York New York
Banjo Player Mark A. Raborn Sullivan Missouri
Cellist Celloasis by Sharon Gerber Greenville South Carolina
Fiddler Alexander Mitchell Frederick Maryland
Flutist Elena Yakovleva College Park Maryland
Guitarist Jim Perona Wheaton Illinois
Harpist Eva Murphy Saint Louis Missouri
Keyboardist Jim Loftus Catasauqua Pennsylvania
Mandolinist Beth Mullaney Las Vegas Nevada
One Man Band Owen Poteat Charlotte North Carolina
Organist Scott Michael Olson Worcester Massachusetts
Pianist J P Daine Houston Texas
Saxophonist Edmond Baker, Jr./sax Houston Texas
Steel Drummer Sterling C Sample's Island Music Steel drums LLC East Orange New Jersey
Trumpeter Kenny John Hyde Park New York
Ukulele Player Josh Kekoa Cho - PURE Ukulele & Guitar New York New York
Violinist Sweet Harmony ~ Live Music For Special Events Woodland Park New Jersey
Auctioneer Jim Nye, The Benefit Auction Guy Placentia California
Caricaturist Darci Herbold - One Stop Events & Parties Laguna Niguel California
Circus Performer La Fiamma Entertainment Phoenix Arizona
Dance Group Gypsy Folk Ensemble Los Angeles California
Dancer Aloha Hula NYC New York New York
Escape Artist Jason Escape Boston Massachusetts
Event Artist Cindi Harwood Rose Houston Texas
Handwriting Analyst Ralph Zackheim, Handwriting Interpreter Long Beach California
Mime Chris Yerlig, MIME Amherst Massachusetts
Singing Telegram Company Artistic Singing Telegrams Las Vegas Nevada
Speaker Motivational Keynote Speaker Entertainer -Jon Petz Powell Ohio
Square Dance Caller Pat Cannon's Foot & Fiddle Dance Co. Sloatsburg New York
Stilt Walker Stilt Circus Los Angeles California
Elvis Impersonator Travis Allen #1 Young Elvis In Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada
Impersonator Barack-alike San Francisco California
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Camille Terry Palm Beach Florida
Tribute Act Phil Jeffrey Sherman Oaks California
Tribute Band The Bluz Brothers Crete Illinois
Tribute Singer Matt Walch - Tribute Singer Chicago Illinois
Children's Party Entertainer Theme Party Characters, Princess Visits, Superhero Marlton New Jersey
Corporate Event Entertainer Jeff Jay Awarded "Entertainer of the Year" Fishers Indiana
Corporate Event Entertainer Jason Love Thousand Oaks California
Corporate Event Entertainer Jeff Davis Djs Manassas Virginia
Wedding Band Nick Carver Band Murfreesboro Tennessee
Wedding DJ DoubleTake Productions Dallas Texas
Wedding Entertainer St. Charles String Quartet Washington District of Columbia
Wedding Variety Entertainer Travis Allen #1 Young Elvis In Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada