2017 Rising Star Awards

The 2017 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 Las Vegas Elvis Impersonators and Showgirls Las Vegas Nevada
Most Popular Wedding Band Those Guys Waterbury Connecticut
Most Popular Wedding DJ DJ Buddy Holly San Francisco California
Most Popular Wedding Entertainer Atlantic String Ensemble Los Angeles California
Most Popular Wedding Variety Entertainer Caricatures By Diane Oceanside California
Top A Cappella Group Arete Singers San Francisco California
Top Accordionist Benjamin Ickies New York City New York
Top Acoustic Band Dan Walker Madbury New Hampshire
Top Acoustic Duo Los Deux Los Angeles California
Top Acoustic Guitar Lou Peragine Lindenhurst New York
Top Acoustic Trio Lilac Wine Atlanta Georgia
Top Animals For Parties Company Mobile Zoo Of Southern California Palm Springs California
Top Astrologer Sister Glo Knows Houston Texas
Top Auctioneer Jay Cash, THE Auctioneer Nashville Tennessee
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 Koka Philips Middletown New Jersey
Top Beach Music Singer Kai Kalama San Juan Capistrano California
Top Big Band South Coast Swing Laguna Hills California
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 The Demolition Brass Band New York City New York
Top Brass Ensemble Chamberlain Brass New York City New York
Top Broadway Band King's Jazz Quintet Minneapolis Minnesota
Top Cabaret Dancer Cabaret/burlesque/fire Performer Aisha Fair Lawn New Jersey
Top Caricaturist Caricatures and Silhouettes by Darci Herbold Laguna Niguel California
Top Cellist Boston Muza: Solo & Chamber Ensemble Event Music Boston Massachusetts
Top Children's Music Band Joy and The Toys Flanders New Jersey
Top Children's Music Singer Zev Haber New Rochelle New York
Top Children's Music Singer Aaron Short Children's Singer Woodside New York
Top Choral Group THE LATE SHOW'S GOSPEL CHOIR New York City New York
Top Christmas Carolers The Clarion Voices Lansdowne Pennsylvania
Top Circus Performer Firestorm Talent & Entertainment Los Angeles California
Top Classical Band YACHTY BY NATURE - Yacht Rock cover band Los Angeles California
Top Classical Duo Grace Note Strings ~ Weddings, Beach & Church Stone Harbor New Jersey
Top Classical Quartet Musical Heart Strings Martinez California
Top Classical Singer Stephanie Wright Laguna Niguel California
Top Classical Trio Amethyst Trio San Francisco California
Top Clown Sassi The Clown And Sassi Entertainment Unlimited New York City New York
Top Comedian Moody McCarthy Syracuse New York
Top Comedy Group Improv Unlimited - Clean Corporate Comedy & Shows Chicago Illinois
Top Costumed Character Nationwide Santas Diamond Bar California
Top Country Band Buck Ford Pure Country Band Vacaville California
Top Country Duo October Rose Riverdale New Jersey
Top Country Singer Robert Abernathy-Acoustic/Live Entertainment Birmingham Alabama
Top Cover Band THE TRIP Anaheim California
Top Dance Band Those Guys Waterbury Connecticut
Top Dance Group Jumpin Entertainment - Swing & Lindy Hop New York City New York
Top Dancer Liz Watts And Company Los Angeles California
Top DJ Supermix Entertainment Queens Village New York
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 Emcee Monica Bassi New York City New York
Top Event Artist Sylhouettes By Sylvia-Silhouette Portrait Artist Fullerton California
Top Event Planning Nicole Harris - Luxury Event Planner Los Angeles California
Top Event Services Photo Booth Parties Suffern New York
Top Event Staffing C R E M E D E L A C R E M E Baltimore Maryland
Top Face Painting Lacy Mason Atlanta Georgia
Top Fiddler Andy Lentz Oakland California
Top Flutist Jennifer Zhang - Chinese Instrumentalist & Singer Chicago Illinois
Top Folk Band The Local Boys Wilkesboro North Carolina
Top Folk Singer Allison Preisinger Seattle Washington
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 Lady Peachena New York City New York
Top Guitarist Tavi Jinariu, Los Angeles Classical Guitarist Los Angeles California
Top Harpist Sylvia Kowalczuk Forest Hills New York
Top Human Statue Statue Guy Johnstown Ohio
Top Hypnotist Hypnotist Jonathan Yeager Fort Worth Texas
Top Illusionist Edward Stone Toronto Ontario
Top Impersonator Brian Patrick Mulligan Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Top Impressionist John Morgan As President George W. Bush Orlando Florida
Top Jazz Band The Bailsmen New York City New York
Top Jazz Duo Gomez and Sadlon Newtown Connecticut
Top Jazz Ensemble Dan Martin Music New York City New York
Top Jazz Singer John G. Lewis & The Electrokoustic Band Washington District of Columbia
Top Jazz Trio Like Minds Trio New York City New York
Top Juggler Unique Circus Performer - Justin Wood Circus New York City New York
Top Karaoke Band Rock Band Karaoke Chicago Illinois
Top Keyboardist David Zipse, Virtuoso Pianist Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Top Magician Daniel Nicholas Magic & Mentalism West Sayville New York
Top Marching Band Patriot Brass New York Marching Band New York City New York
Top Mariachi Band Mariachi Trio Los Azulado San Bernardino California
Top Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Camille Terry Palm Beach Florida
Top Mentalist Jason Suran New York City New York
Top Mime MIMEALOT, GigMasters' Top Mime Greenfield Massachusetts
Top Mind Reader Robert Priest Hagerstown Maryland
Top Motown Band Crystal Clear Band Marietta Georgia
Top Motown Singer The Sound Of Charles Lee Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Top Oldies Band The Fabulous Philadelphia Mojo Kings Dance Band Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Top Oldies Singer Jennifer Mello Boston Massachusetts
Top One Man Band Riley Wilson- Guitarist/Vocalist/One Man Band Dallas Texas
Top Opera Singer Sarah Nordin Tampa Florida
Top Orchestra Casino Players Orchestra & Sinatra Tribute Show Cincinnati Ohio
Top Organist Matt Burke Saint Petersburg Florida
Top Palm Reader MISTER VIBE: 4-Time "Best Entertainer" Winner! Chicago Illinois
Top Percussionist Robert V Yonkers New York
Top Personal Style JILL CARMAN Miami Florida
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 Pop Gun Rerun - Live Musical Experience Newport Beach California
Top Pop Duo Tailored Soul Lake Worth Florida
Top Pop Singer Tom Cash Hoffman Estates Illinois
Top Pop Trio ELECTRIA Louisville Kentucky
Top Psychic Soothsayers Psychic Entertainment By Bethany & Co. Jenkintown Pennsylvania
Top Puppeteer Quality Entertainment Valley Village California
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 John Seitz Chicago Illinois
Top Roots Band Folksoul Music Bands--Tattoo And The Folksoul Band Greenfield New Hampshire
Top Saxophonist K. Chris Knight Lorton Virginia
Top Singer Kevin Laurence - Pianist, Vocalist, & Entertainer Miami Florida
Top Singer Guitarist Mike Wilson Laguna Beach California
Top Singing Telegram Company Artistic Entertainment Los Angeles California
Top Snake Charmer Snake Charmer Belly Dancer Katia Los Angeles California
Top Soul Band The Southpaw Preachers Dallas Texas
Top Soul Singer JMeel Atlanta Georgia
Top Speaker Chad J. Willett- "Smash the Box" Columbus Ohio
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 Captain Highwalker New York City New York
Top Storyteller Queen Emeralda Atlanta Georgia
Top String Quartet Atlantic String Ensemble Los Angeles California
Top Swing Band Half-Pack Live!!! Seattle Washington
Top Tarot Card Reader Readings By Eva Port Chester New York
Top Theme Party Company Game Show Sensation Brooklyn New York
Top Top 40 Singer Ariel Rose Miami Florida
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 Meet The Beetles Chicago Illinois
Top Tribute Singer Ben Agro Tribute to Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra Brantford Ontario
Top Trumpeter Las Vegas Horns Las Vegas Nevada
Top Ukulele Player Troy Fernandez Reseda California
Top Variety Band Traveling Riverside Band Waycross Georgia
Top Variety Duo Roo McGoo Jersey City New Jersey
Top Variety Singer John Prather Austin Texas
Top Variety Trio Jeff Perry Trio Saint Paul Minnesota
Top Ventriloquist Kevin Horner Live: Ventriloquist/Illusionist Kansas City Missouri
Top Videographer JMPhilms Videography and Photography Napa California
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 Left Coast Quintet San Diego California
Top World Band El Tumbao Miami Florida
Top World Music Duo Fernandez + Kimball Spanish Guitars Chicago Illinois
Top World Music Singer Steven O'Toole - Irish Pub Song Singer Washington District of Columbia
Top World Music Trio Trivah Los Angeles California