2016 Rising Star Awards

The 2016 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.

Most Popular Children's Party Entertainer Costume Characters & More Boston Massachusetts
Most Popular Corporate Event Entertainer DamonArts Event Caricatures San Diego California
Most Popular Wedding Band Those Guys Waterbury Connecticut
Most Popular Wedding DJ Go DJ Go Hurst Texas
Most Popular Wedding Entertainer Atlantic String Ensemble Los Angeles California
Most Popular Wedding Variety Entertainer Cartoons By Rob Smith, Jr. Orlando Florida
Most Popular Wedding Variety Entertainer Caricatures By Diane Oceanside California
Top A Cappella Group Backtrack New York City New York
Top Accordionist John Collins Souderton Pennsylvania
Top Acoustic Band Dan Walker Madbury New Hampshire
Top Acoustic Duo Los Deux Los Angeles California
Top Acoustic Guitar DAVID PAYTON: U.S.#1 Singer/Guitarist/One-Man-Band Marietta Georgia
Top Acoustic Trio Lilac Wine Atlanta Georgia
Top Animals For Parties Company Aly's Ponies & Traveling Barnyard Poughkeepsie New York
Top Astrologer Sister Glo Knows Houston Texas
Top Auctioneer Jerry Goldstone San Francisco California
Top Bagpiper I Pipe It-Bagpiper for Hire Fresno California
Top Balloon Twister SuperNovA West Nyack New York
Top Banjo Player Richard Stillman Montclair New Jersey
Top Barbershop Quartet Barbershop Quartets USA Las Vegas Nevada
Top Beach Band Pro Entertainment Bands DJs and more.... Cypress California
Top Beach Music Singer Kai Kalama San Juan Capistrano California
Top Big Band Moodswing Bands Milwaukee Wisconsin
Top Big Band Singer Matt Walch-Singing The Big Band Standards Ann Arbor Michigan
Top Bluegrass Band Four Bridges Plymouth Massachusetts
Top Blues Band The Special 20s Chicago Illinois
Top Brass Band St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band San Francisco California
Top Brass Ensemble Holy City Brass of Charleston, SC Charleston South Carolina
Top Broadway Singer Christine Asero Bowie Maryland
Top Cabaret Dancer Diamond Beauty Dancers & Celebrity Tribute Artists Studio City California
Top Caricaturist Dale Gladstone, Caricature Artist NY New York City New York
Top Cellist Michelle Packman Boston Massachusetts
Top Children's Music Singer Tracey Eldridge And Friends Joppa Maryland
Top Choral Group THE LATE SHOW'S GOSPEL CHOIR New York City New York
Top Christmas Carolers The Goode Time Carolers Los Angeles California
Top Circus Performer Mesmerizing Arts Raleigh North Carolina
Top Classical Band Music diva string quartet and more Dallas Texas
Top Classical Duo Grace Note Strings ~ Weddings, Beach & Church Stone Harbor New Jersey
Top Classical Quartet Arreaux Strings Cambridge Massachusetts
Top Classical Singer Romantic Music by Nicko, Opera, Standards & More Los Angeles California
Top Classical Trio Trio Maxim Fairfield California
Top Clown Sassi The Clown And Sassi Entertainment Unlimited New York City New York
Top Comedian JOHNNY LAMPERT, Premier Comedian New York City New York
Top Comedy Group Comedysportz Improv Theater Minneapolis MN Minneapolis Minnesota
Top Costumed Character Costume Characters & More Boston Massachusetts
Top Country Band Jake's Rockin' Country Band Freehold New Jersey
Top Country Singer Robert Abernathy-Acoustic/Live Entertainment Birmingham Alabama
Top Cover Band AMFM (Downbeat LA) Los Angeles California
Top Dance Band Those Guys Waterbury Connecticut
Top Dance Group Vixen Talent Productions Longwood Florida
Top Dancer Liz Watts And Company Los Angeles California
Top DJ DJ Seth Isaacs Boston Massachusetts
Top Dueling Pianos Ted Oliver Productions Waukesha Wisconsin
Top Elvis Impersonator Las Vegas Elvis Impersonators and Showgirls Las Vegas Nevada
Top Emcee Chuck Dukas Live Event Emcee and Auctioneer Studio City California
Top Escape Artist The Dangerous Fun Show Minneapolis Minnesota
Top Event Artist Sylhouettes By Sylvia-Silhouette Portrait Artist Fullerton California
Top Event Planning All Things Imagined Events Corona California
Top Event Services Photo Booth Parties Suffern New York
Top Event Staffing Behind The Glass Bartending Huntington Beach California
Top Face Painting Hi Note Party Chalfont Pennsylvania
Top Fiddler Plaid Menagerie Fort Bragg California
Top Flutist Jennifer Hunt San Francisco California
Top Folk Band Jes Raymond & The Blackberry Bushes White River Junction Vermont
Top Folk Duo Barton Hollow Charlotte North Carolina
Top Folk Singer Coventry Jones Milwaukee Wisconsin
Top Folk Trio Cuban Trio Burbank California
Top Fortune Teller Gypsy New York City New York
Top Funk Band Fantasy Band ft. Lady Patice & Motown Reflections Chicago Illinois
Top Gospel Band Waymasters Nashville Tennessee
Top Gospel Singer Symintha Phillips Dallas Texas
Top Guitarist Mike Wilson Laguna Beach California
Top Harpist Erin Hill - Harpist & Singer New York City New York
Top Human Statue Shirdance NY - Unique Living Statues New York City New York
Top Hypnotist Jeff Jay 5-Time "Top Hypnotist" & Magician! Chicago Illinois
Top Illusionist Noah & Heather Present MAXIMUM MAGIC Panama City Beach Florida
Top Impersonator Linda Axelrod - Joan Rivers Impersonator And More New York City New York
Top Impressionist Joey Vincent - Funny Man With A Horn Westmont New Jersey
Top Jazz Band The Bailsmen New York City New York
Top Jazz Duo Ian Hughes' Group Seattle Washington
Top Jazz Ensemble Dan Martin Music New York City New York
Top Jazz Singer Nicolette Studio City California
Top Jazz Trio The Alex Levin Trio New York City New York
Top Juggler Lou Johnson the Magical Juggler Valley Stream New York
Top Karaoke Band Bandaroke - Live Band Karaoke Chicago Illinois
Top Keyboardist David Zipse, Virtuoso Pianist Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Top Magician Magic Of Marco - 375 Reviews! Rockaway New Jersey
Top Marching Band BOOM! percussion entertainment Mesa Arizona
Top Mariachi Band Mariachi Trio Los Azulado San Bernardino California
Top Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Marilyn Monroe by Theresia Boston Massachusetts
Top Mentalist Jason Suran New York City New York
Top Mime Mimes! New York City New York
Top Mind Reader Robert Priest Hagerstown Maryland
Top Motown Band Another Level Ashland Virginia
Top Oldies Band Woodie And The Longboards Riverside California
Top Oldies Singer Steve Anthony New York City New York
Top One Man Band Riley Wilson- Guitarist/Vocalist/One Man Band Dallas Texas
Top Opera Singer Lucia Palmieri & Company New York City New York
Top Orchestra Casino Players Orchestra & Sinatra Tribute Show Cincinnati Ohio
Top Palm Reader MISTER VIBE: 4-Time "Best Entertainer" Winner! Chicago Illinois
Top Personal Style New Found Beauty Makeup Aristry Raleigh North Carolina
Top Photographer LUSH LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILM New York City New York
Top Pianist Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos Solo/Dueling New York City New York
Top Pop Band The Radio Band Denver Colorado
Top Pop Singer Tom Cash Hoffman Estates Illinois
Top Pop Trio ELECTRIA Louisville Kentucky
Top Psychic Divinata Jersey City New Jersey
Top Puppeteer Fizzical Fairytales Rockville Maryland
Top R&B Band The Sensation Band & DJ Combo Memphis Tennessee
Top R&B Singer Oya Beverly Hills California
Top Rock Band Mike Dangeroux Gigmasters' Top Rock Band Chicago Illinois
Top Rock Duo Not Even Brothers Spartanburg South Carolina
Top Rock Singer Bobby Fritz Warren Ohio
Top Roots Band Lazy Brad Lewis Anaheim California
Top Saxophonist K. Chris Knight Lorton Virginia
Top Singer Phil Thompson Pianist & Vocalist, Duos, Trios & DJ Chicago Illinois
Top Singer Guitarist Mike Wilson Laguna Beach California
Top Singing Telegram Company Artistic Entertainment Los Angeles California
Top Soul Band Roemen and The Whereabouts Seattle Washington
Top Soul Singer JMeel Atlanta Georgia
Top Speaker Mack Dryden Louisville Kentucky
Top Square Dance Caller Pat Cannon's Foot & Fiddle Dance Co. Sloatsburg New York
Top Steel Drum Band Feelin IRIE New York City New York
Top Steel Drummer Sterling C Sample's Island Music Steel drums LLC East Orange New Jersey
Top Stilt Walker Mike Weakley - StiltFun Orlando Florida
Top Storyteller Debra Mims Burtonsville Maryland
Top String Quartet International Strings Boston Massachusetts
Top Swing Band Half-Pack Live!!! Seattle Washington
Top Tarot Card Reader Readings By Eva Port Chester New York
Top Theme Party Company TV Game Shows/Photo Booths/Karaoke/DJ/Emcee Waupaca Wisconsin
Top Transportation Service Ultimate Party Bus of New England Boston Massachusetts
Top Tribute Act Sinatra Tribute Show, Starring Matt Snow Cincinnati Ohio
Top Tribute Band Woodie & The Longboards: Beach Boys/Beatles/Eagles Riverside California
Top Tribute Singer Conner Lorre Marietta Georgia
Top Trumpeter Evan Walsh Los Angeles California
Top Ukulele Player Troy Fernandez Reseda California
Top Variety Band Flashback, The Party Band Charlotte North Carolina
Top Variety Duo Seaglass Sound Boston Massachusetts
Top Variety Singer Steven Gary San Jose California
Top Variety Trio Twice Around The Sun Los Angeles California
Top Ventriloquist Kevin Horner Live: Ventriloquist/Illusionist Kansas City Missouri
Top Videographer RDPLEX Films Englishtown New Jersey
Top Violinist Sweet Harmony ~ Live Music For Special Events Woodland Park New Jersey
Top Wedding Officiant Wedding Officiant, bilingual Belleville New Jersey
Top Woodwind Ensemble Third Wheel Los Angeles California
Top World Band Grupo Warachando Newark New Jersey
Top World Music Duo Spanish Guitar Chicago / Spanish Guitar Duo Chicago Illinois
Top World Music Singer Smokey Starr - Turnpike Reggae Toms River New Jersey
Top World Music Singer Tommy Mulvihill Plainview New York
Top World Music Trio Ulster Landing Boston Massachusetts