Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats

Bluegrass Band from Atlanta, GA - Will travel up to 850 miles
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A fresh blend of remarkable, inspired instrumentals and Jennifer's sweet, pure voice. Bursting with talent. Gigmasters Awards: Best of 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012. The 4-piece band provides warm, professional sets to keep the energy up with upbeat bluegrass or relax to truly artistic background music. 

These have been incredible years for us! We were featured on NPR, PBS, RFD, WSM, and toured the U.S. with shows in 21 states: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, OH, PA SC, TN, VA and WV. We were honored to headline concerts and festivals in Glen Saint Mary, FL, Reading, PA, Marshall, AR, Blountstown, FL, Dallas City, IL, Caruthersville, MO and even had the opportunity to back Justin Rivers (from “The Voice”) at a show in Bowling Green, KY! 

Corporate Clients: IBM, U-Haul, Library of Congress, Aramark, Subway, Boy Scouts of America, Passport America, LifePoint Hospitals, Hanel Storage Systems, Graincraft, Insurors of Tennessee, American Dairy Sciences Assoc., Pruitt Health, Video Gaming Technologies, R.C. Mathews Contractors, Collegiate Paddlesport Symposium, Univ. of Kentucky, Vanderbilt Univ., Country Music Hall of Fame and the Western Kentucky Dragon Boat Races on the Ohio River in Paducah, KY. 

We work with very large, national clients and also small, private functions. We can easily travel to your event of any size. Ask us! 

Wedding Events:
We love the joyful atmosphere of weddings. Our goal is to contribute music that helps to make your special day extraordinary. We are glad to provide light instrumental prelude music while guests are being seated, light hearted songs for the cocktail hour where friends and relatives can celebrate and engage in conversation. For the reception, we pick up the pace with upbeat bluegrass and guests of all ages will enjoy dancing to music from Johnny Cash to the Beatles.

Corporate Events and Private Functions: 
We can keep the atmosphere light for the reception, provide upbeat bluegrass for the kick-off event, or entertainment on the main stage to warm up the crowd before your featured speaker. 

Community Concerts and Outdoor Festivals: 
We provide an evening of music in an artistic and engaging way. In this setting, we play more original material, share a bit of our personality and talk a little about the music we play. Specialty instrumental numbers include: The Lady of Spain (on 2 banjos), Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major and the Latin flavored El Cumbanchero (both on 5-string banjo). 

Professional Sound System Available: 
We can supply and run all of our own sound equipment and lighting. We have several configurations to fit venues from very intimate to large outdoor spaces. We have lots of experience with live sound and very high quality gear. We offer an exceptional value here. Please let us know if you would like us to take care of it. 

Bio: 
Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, CMA's Fan Fair, West Point's Eisenhower Hall, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, TNN, CMT, NPR, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.

Growing up, Michael performed with his family, the McLain Family Band all across the U.S. in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. For several years he toured and recorded as part of the Claire Lynch Band as well as with Dale Ann Bradley. He was featured on a CD with Claire Lynch that was nominated for a Grammy. For 13 years, he taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and bluegrass ensemble in the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 

A Virginia girl, Jennifer McLain (mandolin, banjo, vocals) was an artist on Pinecastle Records and has recorded as a harmony vocalist for major labels, indie labels and demos in Nashville. She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, West Point's Eisenhower Hall, CMA's Fan Fair, and on CMT, NPR and PBS.
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

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Love Love Love Jennifer and Michael! They were perfect for my event. Sound was excellent and they were wonderful to work with. I'm so grateful that they came all the way from Nashville for us. I couldn't recommend them more!!!!

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From start to finish, the Michael and Jennifer McLain Band was outstanding. They were prompt in every interaction, extremely pro-active and engaged in helping to plan the event, and the music was absolutely fantastic. We would highly recommend the band to anyone who is looking for a bluegrass or country band for any occasion.

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Anniversary Party

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CLASS ACT!!! Brilliant Talent! I couldn't offer a higher recommendation to any musical act I've ever seen. Sound, stage, and lighting was perfect. Their performance was joyful, and has truly been refined into an artful expression of classic bluegrass music and southern grace. Michael and Jennifer McClain themselves bring a joy to their music that made our event feel like something very special was be honored. The 50th anniversary party will be one of my family's most fond memories for years to come. Certainly, in great part to the genuine, heartfelt music the Banjocats offered our family. I felt we were VERY lucky to have found them.

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Outdoor Festivals & Concerts
 
  • Well-paced, professional sets
  • Artistic and engaging. Specialty instrumentals, Share our personality.
  • Professional website with EPK for promotion - photos, posters, bio and more
  • Visit "Concerts" page on our Banjocats website for details & recent clients
Corporate Events & Conferences
 
  • Upbeat and professional
  • 4-piece band, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, trio harmony
  • Artistic background music or main stage entertainment
  • See "Corporate Events" on our Banjocats website to see 35+ recent clients
Reserve our popular "Wedding Package"
 
  • Prelude, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Live Reception Sets, Dancing
  • Professional sound system included - years of experience
  • Visit the "Weddings" page on our Banjocats website for details
  • Booking is a breeze. Ask us!
Professional Sound System
 
  • 8 Mics, 2 DIs, full system EQ, 2 stage monitors, up to 4 house speakers
  • 3 hours needed to load in, set up, tune the system, and sound check
  • Years of professional sound experience
  • Playlists: light instrumental, pop, wedding classics, bluegrass
Wedding Ceremony Music
 
  • Violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass
  • 20 min. of prelude music during the seating of guests
  • Early American, traditional, instrumental hymns, country love songs
  • Joyful music for bridal party to finish exiting
Hit The Road And Go
JOHNNY CASH
Fluid, Smooth Fiddle Music!
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Carolina In My Mind
JAMES TAYLOR
I Will
ALISON KRAUSS
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO'OLE
Swept Away
AVETT BROTHERS
Banjo Showpieces
Featuring MICHAEL AND JENNIFER ON BANJO's
Visit Our Website To Hear Our New CD
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Here Comes The Sun
BEATLES - Acoustic VERSION
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Please note Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats will also travel to East Point, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Mansfield, Norcross, Thomasville, Decatur, Hampton, Mc Donough, Howard, Red Oak, Morrow, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Redan, Stockbridge, Clarkdale, Jonesboro, Rex, Locust Grove, Marietta, Ellenwood, Inman, Riverdale, Fayetteville, Forest Park, Griffin, Lovejoy, Conley, Jenkinsburg.
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