Michael and Jennifer McLain Band

Bluegrass Band from Asheville, NC - 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. The 4-piece band provides warm, professional sets to keep the energy up with upbeat bluegrass or relax to truly artistic background music. 

Gigmasters Awards: Best of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and Rising Star 2013, 2012, Top Folk Band 2012 

These have been incredible years for us! We were featured on NPR, PBS, 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, Marysville, OH, 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: U-Haul, Aramark, Subway, Boy Scouts of America (2014 National Meeting), Passport America, LifePoint Hospitals, Hanel Storage Systems, Graincraft, Insurors of Tennessee, Harry Norman Realtors, Keystone Financial Resources, 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.

Rounding out the band on upright bass and harmony vocals is Kori Caswell. She earned a degree in Commercial Bass Performance from Belmont University. in Nashville, TN in 2016.
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10+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

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This band is absolute perfection. They "made" our event. The music was at a level few can achieve, and their flawless command of the room was notable. Pitch Perfect in all ways! The musicality and harmonies were fabulous. I can recommend this band with great enthusiasm. Take a look at their credits, and listen to their sound. It cannot be better. I am indebted to Michael and Jennifer, Dan, and Kori for sharing their great talent with us. It is real music, and the best of the best. My thanks! MPW

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Wow! What an incredible performance. If you like Alison Krauss you are going to love Jennifer's voice. Both Micheal and Jennifer are outstanding musicians and I would highly recommend them both. They played at an employee appreciation type event and the team loved them. They really made the event. We only had Michael and Jennifer play but the duo was awesome. I can only imagine how good it would have been with the entire band. Check out their CD if you have never heard them!

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We inquired about Michael & Jennifer for our wedding that was just three months away; they responded promptly and amazingly, were available! They were reasonably priced, and agreed to let my musician brother play several songs with them. Talk about accommodating! Their music was the perfect backdrop for our Western North Carolina wedding.

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Outdoor Festival & Concerts
 
  • Well-paced, professional sets
  • Artistic and engaging. Specialty instrumentals. Share our personality.
  • Professional website with EPK for promotion - photos, posters, bio
  • Visit "Concerts" page on our Banjocats website for details & recent clients
Corporate Events & Conferences
 
  • 4-piece band, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, trio harmony
  • Main stage entertainment or artistic background music
  • Can coordinate with detailed planning
  • See "Corporate Events" on our Banjocats website. Over 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!
  • 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, bluegrass, wedding classics
Stage Lighting
 
  • A nice touch indoors or after the sun goes down outside
  • Low-profile rig for stage lighting
  • (4) Chauvet Par-VW Lights
  • Set up takes about 30 minutes
Wedding Ceremony Music
 
  • Violin, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, 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
I Will
Alison Krauss
Carolina In My Mind
James Taylor
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Here Comes The Sun
Beatles - Acoustic Version
Swept Away
Avett Brothers
Visit Our Website To Hear Our New #1 CD
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Banjo Showpieces
Featuring Michael and Jennifer on Banjos
Visit Our Website For Wedding Ceremony Selections
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Bluegrass Band
Americana Band
Acoustic Band
Roots Band
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Weddings
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Concerts
Events
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Adult)
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Commitment Ceremonies
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
Wine Tasting Parties
Please note Michael and Jennifer McLain Band will also travel to Edneyville, Enka, Skyland, Wilson, Flat Rock, Hendersonville, East Flat Rock, Gerton, Montreat, Naples, Saluda, Mountain Home, Ridgecrest, Bat Cave, Lake Lure, Mill Spring, Fletcher, Tryon, Dana, Chimney Rock, Fairview, Zirconia, Arden, Concord, Columbus, Chapel Hill, Etowah, Horse Shoe, Landrum, Tuxedo.
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