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Michael and Jennifer McLain Band

Bluegrass Band from Asheville, NC - Will travel up to 850 miles
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$1200 - $4500 per event
A fresh blend of remarkable, inspired instrumentals and Jennifer's sweet, pure voice. Bursting with talent. The band provides warm, professional sets to keep the energy up with upbeat bluegrass or create beautiful ambiance with acoustic guitar and fiddle.

Bluegrass Now magazine: "Jennifer's voice is sweet and pure, even angelic … smoldering guitar leads"

Bluegrass Unlimited magazine: "Jennifer absolutely shines … gorgeous guitar work by Michael"

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

2012-2016 have been incredible years for us! We were featured on National Public Radio, National Public Television, and toured the US with shows in 18 states: AL, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, OH, SC, TN, VA and WV . We were honored to headline concerts and festivals in Glen Saint Mary, FL, Marysville, OH, Scottsville, KY, Blountstown, FL, Dallas City, IL, and Caruthersville, MO. We had the opportunity to back Justin Rivers (from “The Voice”) at a show in Bowling Green, KY!

We provided live music for many corporate events including: U-Haul, Aramark, Subway, Boy Scouts of America (2014 National Meeting), Passport America, LifePoint Hospitals, Hanel Storage Systems, Graincraft Corp., Higher Education User Group, Harry Norman Realtors, Keystone Financial Services, Georgia Career Institute, Video Gaming Technologies Inc., Salvus Center, R.C. Mathews Contractors, University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt University, Country Music Hall of Fame, and 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!

Corporate Events and Private Functions:
We are glad to work with the needs of individual clients and can coordinate with detailed planning. We can include recognizable songs such as Rocky Top and Sweet Georgia Brown.

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 music for all to enjoy along with the rest of the party.

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. Details about our system are under the OFFERS tab. 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. Their concerts always include banjo music, but also prominently feature outstanding vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and upright bass. Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, CMT, RFD Television, NPR, and National Public Television.

Growing up, Michael performed with his family, the McLain Family Band all across the United states in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, 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.

Jennifer has recorded vocals for major label, independent label, and demo sessions in Nashville. She has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Richard Marx, and Justin Rivers (from “the Voice). At an early age, Jennifer won awards at banjo competitions such as the Galax Fiddler's Convention and went on to be a featured performer at Busch Gardens - Williamsburg and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Jennifer graduated from Elon University in Elon, NC with a degree in Music Performance (saxophone!) and holds a Masters degree in Counseling.
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Gold Member
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!

Rehearsal Dinner

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Michael and Jennifer were wonderful to work with. We hired them to play at our son's rehearsal dinner in Knoxville. Their music and energy was one of the biggest reasons the evening was so much fun. They even took the time to learn a new song I requested. I really cannot say enough good things about them. They definitely were 5 PLUS in every category! In addition to being professional and extremely talented, they are NICE, as well. I feel like we made two new friends. I would not hesitate to hire them again, and can recommend them Highly!!

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Fundraiser

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Mr. and Mrs. McLain were very accommodating and most of all very professional. They went above and beyond with providing much needed help with the booking process and and delivered a five star performance. I would most definitely consider booking them again and I would recommend them to anyone looking to receive a great performance!!!

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Wedding

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Michael and Jennifer and the others in the group were superb! True professionals and very talented! For my daughter's wedding, we wanted them to play on the farmhouse porch during the ceremony, then move and play from the barnhouse patio immediately afterward, then move again to the pavilion tent to play during dinner. None of this was a problem for them. Very accomodating! And everybody love them! Their musical talent and audio expertise was all top notch! I rated them all with 5's because they truly deserve that rating! Thanks Banjocats! (also very nice people!.. it was a pleasure meeting them!) Sincerely, Rick Howard

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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
Rocky Top
Traditional Bluegrass
Dueling Banjos
Traditional Bluegrass
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Banjo
Away Down The River
Alison Krauss
You're Just A Country Boy
Alison Krauss
Two Highways
Alison Krauss
Steel Rails
Alison Krauss
Down To The River To Pray
Alison Krauss
How's The World Treating You
Alison Krauss / James Taylor
I Don't Know Why
Alison Krauss / Shawn Colvin
Bluegrass Band
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Weddings
Celebrations
Picnic
Concerts
Events
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
Meetings
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Private Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
Church Services
Valentine's Day Parties
Anniversaries
Labor Day Parties
Memorial Day Parties
New Year's Eve Parties
Oktoberfest Parties
Thanksgiving Celebrations
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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