2013 Rising Star Awards

The 2013 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 Clubhouse Band Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Ambient Band Frank Camara La Crescenta California
Beach Band CONCH REPUBLIC Lexington Kentucky
Big Band Jump City Jazz Orchestra Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Blues Band The Special 20s Chicago Illinois
Brass Band St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band San Francisco California
Country Band Nolan Pick Band Waco Texas
Cover Band Jukebox San Diego California
Dance Band The River City Hit Squad New Orleans Louisiana
Folk Band Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats Nashville Tennessee
Gospel Band Strings of Victory China Grove North Carolina
Jazz Band La Vie En Rose Boston Massachusetts
Karaoke Band Rock Band Karaoke Des Plaines Illinois
Marching Band Patriot Brass New York New York New York
Mariachi Band Mariachi Trio Los Azulado San Bernardino California
Motown Band Sha'on And The Girls With Success Metairie Louisiana
Oldies Band Cuisine Metairie Louisiana
Pop Band Detroit Steel Austin Texas
R&B Band The Sensation Band & DJ Combo Memphis Tennessee
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 Charlottesville Virginia
Steel Drum Band Feelin IRIE New York New York
Swing Band The Smoke Rings New York New York
Variety Band Flashback, The Party Band Charlotte North Carolina
World Band The Fair Trade Media Pennsylvania
World Music Band Sole City Juke Band Oak Lawn Illinois
Animals For Parties Company A Farm To You Revue Poughkeepsie New York
Balloon Twister JLO Magic Lacey Washington
Children's Music Band Birdie's Playhouse Venice California
Children's Music Singer Miss Katie Brooklyn New York
Clown MoonOnTheWater: Face Painters, Balloons, & More Carteret New Jersey
Costumed Character Bubbles Productions Bowie Maryland
Face Painting Houstons Best Face Painting And Balloon Art Houston Texas
Juggler Lou Johnson Roslyn New York
Puppeteer Mister Kipley Magic & Puppets Glencoe Illinois
Storyteller Debra Mims Burtonsville Maryland
Children's Party Entertainer Bubbles Productions Bowie Maryland
Comedian JOHNNY LAMPERT, Premier Comedian New York New York
Comedy Group The Linebenders - Improv Comedians Fargo North Dakota
Impressionist Joey Vincent - Funny Man With A Horn Westmont New Jersey
Corporate Event Entertainer Rafael Diez-Cartoonyou! Orlando Florida
DJ Palm Tree Sound Productions Sacramento California
Emcee Chuck Dukas Studio City California
A Cappella Group Blue Jupiter New York New York
Acoustic Duo Royal Palm Strings Saint Petersburg Florida
Acoustic Trio Outrageous Fortune Trio Weston Massachusetts
Barbershop Quartet Barbershop Quartets USA Las Vegas Nevada
Brass Ensemble DC Brass Ensemble Washington District of Columbia
Choral Group The Late Show's Gospel Choir Peekskill New York
Christmas Carolers The Clarion Voices North Wales Pennsylvania
Classical Duo Aleron Strings San Francisco California
Classical Quartet Musical Heart Strings Martinez California
Classical Trio Amethyst Trio San Francisco California
Dueling Pianos Ted Oliver Productions Waukesha Wisconsin
Folk Duo Muzette Mount Joy Pennsylvania
Jazz Duo Lori Spencer / Sultry Band Matthews North Carolina
Jazz Ensemble Steve Wood Duo, Trio, And Quartet(ensemble) Detroit Michigan
Jazz Trio Sam Graham Trio Los Angeles California
Oldies Trio USO Show Troupe New York New York
Orchestra Steve Savran Orchestra Anaheim California
Pop Trio Heather Sullivan Issaquah Washington
Rock Duo Not Even Brothers Spartanburg South Carolina
String Quartet St. Charles String Quartet Washington District of Columbia
Variety Duo SweetLife Columbia Pennsylvania
Variety Trio Fran Dimmick Jazz Trio Henderson Nevada
Woodwind Ensemble Quartette Barbette Portland Oregon
World Music Duo Spanish Guitar Chicago / Spanish Guitar Duo Chicago Illinois
World Music Trio Celtic Sands San Francisco California
Bartender Custom Party Bars & Chocolate Fountain Pros Torrance California
Event Services Glamour-Booth Atlanta Georgia
Photographer LUSH LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILM New York New York
Theme Party Company Your Magical Party INC Los Angeles California
Transportation Service United Coachways Washington District of Columbia
Videographer Four Boys Productions Poughkeepsie New York
Wedding Officiant Mike Daly, Wedding Officiant Bloomfield New Jersey
Fortune Teller Mystic Kathryn and Associates Dallas Texas
Hypnotist Gabriel Des Moines Iowa
Illusionist Taylor (Pelican Trapper) Lewis Richmond Virginia
Magician Magic Of Marco Weehawken New Jersey
Mentalist David Lawrence Bay Shore New York
Mind Reader Lon Cerel Providence Rhode Island
Palm Reader Mariel the Palm Reader and Friends Portland Oregon
Psychic Soothsayers Psychic Entertainment Cheltenham Pennsylvania
Tarot Card Reader Psychic Readings By Eva New York New York
Ventriloquist Marc Rubben Dallas Texas
Beach Music Singer Melody MacDougall Toronto Ontario
Big Band Singer Matt Walch-Singing The Big Band Standards Ann Arbor Michigan
Blues Singer Ernie Southern "Blues Time Traveler" Sebastian Florida
Broadway Singer Christine Asero Bowie Maryland
Classical Singer Micheal Castaldo - Classical Crossover Pop New York City New York
Comedy Singer Jade Esteban Estrada San Antonio Texas
Country Singer Bobby Cool Franklin Tennessee
Folk Singer Shady Rill - Tom Mackenzie And Patti Casey Adamant Vermont
Gospel Singer Angela Missy Billups New York New York
Hip-Hop Singer K. Sparks Bay Shore New York
Jazz Singer Lisa Smith Las Vegas Nevada
Motown Singer The Sound Of Charles Lee Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Oldies Singer Jennifer Mello Boston Massachusetts
Opera Singer Nicolette Studio City California
Pop Singer Carla V New York New York
R&B Singer Athene Wilson Boston Massachusetts
R&B Singer Oya Beverly Hills California
Rock Singer John Thrasher Atlanta Georgia
Singer Glenn Carter Sonoma California
Top 40 Singer sunquaker Annapolis Maryland
Variety Singer Tomika Arnold Washington District of Columbia
World Music Singer Teo Thornwood New York
Accordionist Papa Bavarian ** #1 Accordion Player on GM New York New York
Acoustic Guitar Jason Liebman Whitestone New York
Bagpiper The Royal Piper New York New York
Banjo Player Richard Stillman Montclair New Jersey
Cellist Celloasis by Sharon Gerber Greenville South Carolina
Fiddler Susie The Wedding Fiddler Quinton Alabama
Flutist Jennifer Hunt Napa California
Guitarist Jim Perona Wheaton Illinois
Hammered Dulcimer Faser Hardin New York New York
Harpist Winifred Garrett Durham North Carolina
Keyboardist Craig Satchell Yeadon Pennsylvania
One Man Band Riley Wilson/Guitarist/Singer/One Man Band Frisco Texas
Pianist Mark Weiser/ ShakeRattle&RollPianos- Solo, Dueling New York New York
Saxophonist K. Chris Knight Lorton Virginia
Steel Drummer Sterling C Sample's Island Music Steel drums LLC East Orange New Jersey
Trumpeter Fanfares d'Elegance Los Alamitos California
Ukulele Player Josh Kekoa Cho **GM's #1 Ukulele Player** New York New York
Violinist Sweet Harmony ~ Live Music For Special Events Woodland Park New Jersey
Auctioneer Jim Nye, The Benefit Auction Guy Los Angeles California
Cabaret Dancer Diamond Beauty Dancers Studio City California
Caricaturist Rafael Diez-Cartoonyou! Orlando Florida
Circus Performer Dc-Circus Washington District of Columbia
Dance Group A-Max Entertainment Los Angeles California
Dancer Aloha Hula NYC New York New York
Event Artist ILoveAirbrush Brooklyn New York
Handwriting Analyst Diana Hall-Graphological Society Of San Francisco San Francisco California
Human Statue Daniela Viotti - Living Statue & Living Table Miami Florida
Mime CHRIS YERLIG, GIGMASTERS' #1 MIME Amherst Massachusetts
Singing Telegram Company Comedy Grams Seattle Washington
Speaker Dawn Holley Columbus Ohio
Square Dance Caller Pat Cannon's Foot & Fiddle Dance Co. Sloatsburg New York
Stilt Walker John Measner Chicago Illinois
Elvis Impersonator Travis Allen #1 Young Elvis In Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada
Impersonator Danny Jacobson - Singing Impressionist Long Beach California
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Camille Terry Palm Beach Florida
Tribute Act Matt Snow, Cincinnati Ohio
Tribute Band Woodie & The Longboards: Beach Boys Tribute Riverside California
Tribute Singer Michael Sonata Canton Ohio
Wedding Band Jukebox San Diego California
Wedding Band Flashback, The Party Band Charlotte North Carolina
Wedding DJ Bobby Smith Tampa Florida
Wedding Entertainer DJ Paul Young Minnetonka Minnesota
Wedding Variety Entertainer Travis Allen #1 Young Elvis In Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada