2018 Rising Star Awards

The 2018 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 The 'Big Joker' aka DJ FX Raleigh North Carolina
Most Popular Wedding Band Those Guys Waterbury Connecticut
Most Popular Wedding DJ Sam Lippert - DJ SamIJam Cincinnati Ohio
Most Popular Wedding Entertainer Those Guys Waterbury Connecticut
Most Popular Wedding Variety Entertainer Caricatures By Diane Oceanside California
Top A Cappella Group Clear Harmonies Washington District of Columbia
Top Accordionist PAPA BAVARIAN Accordion New York City New York
Top Acoustic Band The Clubhouse Band Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Top Acoustic Duo the[xma]project Maplewood New Jersey
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 Wild About Monkeys! American Canyon California
Top Astrologer Kate Wind Las Vegas Nevada
Top Auctioneer Duncan Schieb-Auctioneer/Fundraising Consultant New York City New York
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 Quatrain Barbershop Quartet Baldwin New York
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 Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats Nashville Tennessee
Top Blues Band Street Jaxkson Band Chicago Illinois
Top Brass Band Bon Temps Brass Band New York City New York
Top Brass Ensemble Patriot Brass Ensemble New York City New York
Top Broadway Singer Roberta Rehner- Vocalist/Entertainer West Palm Beach Florida
Top Cabaret Dancer SHOWGIRLS - Hire real Las Vegas Showgirls. Las Vegas Nevada
Top Caricaturist Caricatures and Silhouettes by Darci Herbold Los Angeles California
Top Cellist Rebecca Shaw, cello Somerville Massachusetts
Top Children's Music Band The Fuzzy Lemons Hoboken New Jersey
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 Christmas Matters Holiday Carolers Summit New Jersey
Top Circus Performer Dallas - Circus Dallas Texas
Top Classical Duo Otherwise Strings Redlands California
Top Classical Quartet Art-Strings Ensembles New York City New York
Top Classical Singer Francesca Sola - Classical, Broadway & More Beverly Hills 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 Jason Douglas - # 1 Booked Comedian! Birmingham Michigan
Top Comedy Group Improv Unlimited - Clean Corporate Comedy & Shows Chicago Illinois
Top Costumed Character Costume Characters & More Boston Massachusetts
Top Country Band 3 Chord Rodeo Austin Texas
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 Gatsby Entertainment | Charleston Flappers & Swing New York City New York
Top Dancer Liz Watts And Company Los Angeles California
Top DJ Silver Lining Entertainment Hoboken New Jersey
Top Dueling Pianos Piano Punch Conroe Texas
Top Elvis Impersonator Las Vegas Elvis Impersonators and Showgirls Las Vegas Nevada
Top Emcee Chuck Dukas Live Event Emcee and Auctioneer Los Angeles California
Top Escape Artist The Dangerous Fun Show Saint Paul Minnesota
Top Event Artist Sylhouettes By Sylvia-Silhouette Portrait Artist Fullerton California
Top Event Planning This Magic Moment Events ~ Event Planner Los Angeles California
Top Event Services Photo Booth Parties Suffern New York
Top Event Staffing Fluid Bartenders San Diego California
Top Face Painting Island Girl Face Art + Balloons & Tarot New York City New York
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 Coventry Jones Milwaukee Wisconsin
Top Folk Trio Cuban Latin Quartet Rosell, Cary, Yamila & Yalil 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 Jazzmen for Jesus Washington District of Columbia
Top Gospel Singer Ernie Hines/Baby Blue Records Forest Park Illinois
Top Guitarist Tavi Jinariu, Los Angeles Classical Guitarist Los Angeles California
Top Harpist KATRINA SAROYAN Burbank California
Top Human Statue Statue Guy Johnstown Ohio
Top Hypnotist Hypnotist Jonathan Yeager Fort Worth Texas
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 Clif & Nelda’s little BIG Band Seattle Washington
Top Jazz Ensemble The Creswell Club New York City New York
Top Jazz Singer Chicago Jazz Singer and Band Leader, Elaine Dame Chicago Illinois
Top Jazz Trio Like Minds Trio New York City New York
Top Juggler Justin Wood Circus - Unique Circus Performer New York City New York
Top Karaoke Band Casual Encounters Live Band Karaoke Los Angeles California
Top Keyboardist David Zipse, Virtuoso Pianist Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Top Magician Magic Of Marco - 412 Reviews! Rockaway New Jersey
Top Marching Band Marching Band Now New York City New York
Top Mariachi Band Mariachi Trio Los Azulado San Bernardino California
Top Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Mrs Monroe Entertainment North Hollywood California
Top Mentalist Jason Suran New York City New York
Top Mentalist Alan Chamo - Mental Magic Entertainer Miami Beach Florida
Top Mime MIMEALOT, GigMasters' Top Mime Greenfield Massachusetts
Top Mind Reader Fred Zimmerman - The Chicago Mentalist Chicago Illinois
Top Motown Band EPICSOUL Band Livingston New Jersey
Top Motown Singer The Sound Of Charles Lee Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Top Oldies Band Gatsby Now New York City New York
Top Oldies Singer Jennifer Mello Boston Massachusetts
Top One Man Band Riley Wilson- Award Winning Solo Performer Dallas Texas
Top Opera Singer Sarah Nordin Bronx New York
Top Orchestra Casino Players Orchestra & Sinatra Tribute Show Cincinnati Ohio
Top Original Band Brooks Dixon Band Greenville South Carolina
Top Palm Reader MISTER VIBE: 4-Time #1 Top Entertainer Winner! Chicago Illinois
Top Personal Style Makeup by Vesta Brooklyn New York
Top Photographer Sphotography Whittier California
Top Pianist Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos Solo/Dueling New York City New York
Top Pop Band The Breakfast Club Chicago Illinois
Top Pop Duo Chris and Laurann Los Angeles California
Top Pop Singer Tom Cash Hoffman Estates Illinois
Top Pop Trio Rockville Strings Rockville Maryland
Top Psychic Barbara G Meyer Chicago Illinois
Top Puppeteer Party Animal Productions Boca Raton Florida
Top R&B Band The Blue Tips Rhythm Revue Fredericksburg Virginia
Top R&B Singer Oya Beverly Hills California
Top Rock Band Mike Dangeroux Gigmasters' Top Rock Band Chicago Illinois
Top Rock Duo Blind Ambition Davenport Florida
Top Rock Singer Brian Moore Acoustic Crofton Maryland
Top Roots Band Lazy Brad Lewis Anaheim California
Top Saxophonist K. Chris Knight Lorton Virginia
Top Singer Kevin Laurence - Pianist, Vocalist, & Entertainer Miami Florida
Top Singer Guitarist Bruce Brill Oakland California
Top Singing Telegram Company Artistic Entertainment Los Angeles California
Top Snake Charmer Samantha Slithers - Snake Charmer New York City New York
Top Soul Band The Southpaw Preachers Dallas Texas
Top Soul Singer James Anaya Seattle Washington
Top Speaker Motivation. Time Mgmt. Team Building. Mindset. Devon Pennsylvania
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 Madeleine Belle Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Top Storyteller Queen Emeralda Atlanta Georgia
Top String Quartet Leesburg String Quartet Leesburg Virginia
Top Stuntman MIRROR SHOW New York City New York
Top Swing Band Half-Pack Live!!! Seattle Washington
Top Tarot Card Reader Tarot Fortune Teller Violette & Friends Dallas Texas
Top Theme Party Company Game Show Sensation Brooklyn New York
Top Top 40 Singer Ariel Rose Miami Florida
Top Transportation Service Falcon Tour & Travel Fresh Meadows New York
Top Tribute Act DANNY JACOBSON - Legends Impressionist Long Beach California
Top Tribute Band Woodie & The Longboards: Beach Boys/Beatles/Eagles Riverside California
Top Tribute Singer William Cintron - Tribute Singer Orlando Florida
Top Trumpeter Trumpeter Rich Wardlow Staten Island New York
Top Ukulele Player Troy Fernandez Reseda California
Top Variety Band The A-Town A-List Atlanta Georgia
Top Variety Duo BellaNova Electric Strings Mauldin South Carolina
Top Variety Singer John Prather Austin Texas
Top Variety Trio Etude Entertainment Atlanta Georgia
Top Ventriloquist Kevin Horner - Ventriloquist/Magic/comedian Kansas City Missouri
Top Videographer Andrew Chalence - Videographer / Photographer Brooklyn New York
Top Violinist Sweet Harmony ~ Live Music For Special Events Woodland Park New Jersey
Top Wedding Officiant Weddings Officiated by Rev Charlotte Worsley Jamaica New York
Top Woodwind Ensemble Third Wheel Los Angeles California
Top World Band The Latin Ensemble Boynton Beach Florida
Top World Music Duo Spanish Guitar Chicago / Spanish Guitar Duo Chicago Illinois
Top World Music Singer Teo Thornwood New York
Top World Music Trio Triváh Los Angeles California