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2008 Rising Star Awards

The 2008 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.

20's Band The Shanghai Woolies Portland Oregon
40 Band Uptown Band Feat. Erich Cawalla & Jenifer Kinder Reading Pennsylvania
50's Band Bobby and The Blackouts Santa Monica California
60's Band The Fugitives Sacramento California
70's Band 8 Miles South Chicago Illinois
80's Band Airwave 80s Austin Texas
African Band Maya Soleil Woodinville Washington
Alternative Band Air 5 Nashville Tennessee
Beach Band Tsunami Wave Riders Charlotte North Carolina
Big Band Red Rock Swing Band Woodbury Minnesota
Bluegrass Band Drivetrain Atlanta Georgia
Blues Band The Blues Specialists Austin Texas
Brazilian Band Trio Buongiorno San Francisco California
Caribbean Band Oasis Island Sounds Washington DC
Celtic Band No Strings Attached Blacksburg Virginia
Christian Rock Band Bread of Stone Sioux City Iowa
Country Band The Rupert Duncan Band Rio Linda California
Cover Band THE TRIP - #1 GIGMASTERS BAND! Laguna Beach California
Cuban Band Yamila. Cuban Rumbera Burbank California
Dance Band Love Jones Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Dixieland Band Uptown Lowdown Jazz Bellevue Washington
Doo-wop Band The Devotions Stony Brook New York
Folk Band C Pez North Cumberland Rhode Island
Funk Band Phat Hat Baton Rouge Louisiana
Hawaiian Band A L O H A Hawaiian Entertainment Santa Barbara California
Irish Band Bell/Blake Duo New York New York
Italian Band Emiliano Loconsolo Providence Rhode Island
Jazz Band B.D. Lenz Hackettstown New Jersey
Klezmer Band The New York Klezmer Ensemble New York New York
Latin Band Jose Conde Y Ola Fresca Brooklyn New York
Mariachi Band Acapulco Mariachi Trio-- San Jose California
Motown Band The Moonlighters Alexandria Virginia
Oldies Band Klassyc Tymes Band Monticello Kentucky
Pop Band James Raymond Orlando Florida
R&B Band The Barry Sea Paradox Houston Texas
Reggae Band Therapyband/KaptainProductionsInc New York New York
Rock Band Mike Dangeroux Chicago Illinois
Rockabilly Band The Knuckle Dusters Holtwood Pennsylvania
Salsa Band Hector Jr Y Su Orquesta C.A.N.I. Bronx New York
Soul Band Austin Hot Trax Austin Texas
Steel Drum Band The Caribbean Crew Longwood Florida
Swing Band Swing On ! Asheboro North Carolina
Variety Band Escalade Show & Dance Band New Orleans Louisiana
World Band Matt Stedman Band/Quartet/Trio/Duo/Solo Chicago Illinois
Zydeco Band Nawlin's Po' Boy'z Citra Florida
Balloon Twister Bigred Balloon Art & Entertainment Los Angeles California
Children's Band The Blue Potatoes Belleville New Jersey
Clown Sunny The Clown Yonkers New York
Costumed Characters Lil' Star Parties Studio City California
Face Painting Face Painting By Jazzana Oakland New Jersey
Juggler Matt Jergens - Comedy Juggler Westerville Ohio
Puppeteer Scott Land Marionettes Los Angeles California
Santa Claus Santa Don Medina Ohio
Club DJ Pro Karaoke & DJ Service Washington DC
DJ IN THE MIX USA Cartersville Georgia
Emcee Scotty Gunther (Scotty Says..) Bay City Michigan
Karaoke DJ Karaoke&DJw/Donna&Friends/CircleCityEntertainment Indianapolis Indiana
Mobile DJ Tampa DJ: # 1 Rated Best Value! Tampa Florida
Party DJ Greg Lissauer (dj Greg) Bethlehem Pennsylvania
A Cappella Group The Clarions New York City New York
Barbershop Quartet Top-Notch Quartet Los Angeles California
Brass Ensemble Transcendental Brass Band Portland Oregon
Celtic Duo The Irish Minstrels New Haven Connecticut
Celtic Trio Celtic Sands San Francisco California
Classical Duo Amethyst Trio San Francisco California
Classical Trio Chamber Music Unlimited Houston Texas
Folk Duo Castlebay St Augustine Florida
Folk Trio The Bernstein-Bard Trio New Paltz New York
Jazz Duo Lori Spencer / Sultry Band / Lori & Friends Band Matthews North Carolina
Jazz Trio The Tom Cabrera Trio Orlando Florida
Pop Duo Jim & Sylvia Guitar Duo Medina Ohio
Rock Duo Melonbelly Acoustic Guitar Duo Raleigh North Carolina
String Quartet Amadeus String Ensembles Denver Colorado
Woodwind Ensemble Quartette Barbette Portland Oregon
Comedian Chris Linn: Clean Comedy Entertainment Los Angeles California
Fortune Teller Valentina, The Fortune-teller Of Dallas Dallas Texas
Hypnotist A Touch Of Magic Comedy and Hypnosis Entertainment Saint Paul Minnesota
Impressionist Houston MacPherson Toronto Ontario
Magician Keir Royale Denver Colorado
Mentalist Lance Campbell - An ESP Experience Seattle Washington
Psychic L'Oracle Charlottesville Virginia
Ventriloquist Tom Crowl Westminster Maryland
40 Singer Thomas Edwards Biloxi Mississippi
40's Singer Brian Tennyson Lakewood Ranch Florida
50's Singer Johnny G Fort Lauderdale Florida
70's Singer A One Man Band Mundelein Illinois
Big Band Singer Matt Walch-Singing the Big Band Standards Jackson Michigan
Blues Singer Owen Poteat Charlotte North Carolina
Cabaret Singer Jeanne Sullivan Evans Providence Rhode Island
Caribbean Singer Stoney Savanna Richfield Minnesota
Celtic Singer Joe Monahan Crestwood Illinois
Classical Singer Nick Palance Romantic Music, Classical and more Los Angeles California
Country Singer Mark Hackley Charlottesville Virginia
Disco Singer Tricia Kelly Los Angeles California
Folk Singer Wayne Morrison Newport Rhode Island
Gospel Singer Lady Peachena New York City New York
Italian Singer Maristella Little Falls New Jersey
Jazz Singer Tim Patrick, Sinatra-style Singer Minneapolis Minnesota
Motown Singer The Sound Of Charles Lee Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Oldies Singer Jerry Armstrong Chicago Illinois
Opera Singer Elizabeth Harmetz Los Angeles California
Pop Singer Susan Savia, Versatile Singer-Guitarist Glenville Pennsylvania
R&B Singer Athene Wilson Boston Massachusetts
Reggae Singer Smokey Starr - Turnpike Reggae Toms River New Jersey
Rock Singer 7 grams of Fat Royal Oak Michigan
Soul Singer Janet McNeil - Aka - Te'Naj Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Variety Singer Eric Kearns Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania
Accordionist Steve Rice Seattle Washington
Acoustic Guitar Pino De Fazio Austin Texas
Bagpiper Bagpiper & Guitarist- Michael Lancaster Denver Colorado
Banjo Player Richard Stillman2 Montclair New Jersey
Cellist Isabel Fairbanks New York New York
Classical Guitarist Gaku Murata Solo Guitar/String Duo/String trio Boston Massachusetts
Fiddler Faith Pyne Brockton Massachusetts
Flutist Kathryn Master Baltimore Maryland
Guitarist Will Robbins Charlotte North Carolina
Harpist Melody: A Winning Combination of Harp & Voice Daytona Beach Florida
Keyboardist Craig Satchell Yeadon Pennsylvania
Mandolinist Scott Bickford Portland Oregon
One Man Band Thomas Langmaack North Plainfield New Jersey
Pianist J P Daine Houston Texas
Saxophonist JP Marquez, the Stranger with a Sax! Irvine California
Steel Drummer Steel Drum Soloist Atlantic City New Jersey
Trumpeter Frank Tamburro Andover Connecticut
Violinist Jennifer Argenti Los Angeles California
Acrobat Chinatown Acrobatic Group Los Angeles California
Belly Dancer Marta Brooklyn New York
Body Painter Glam Rock Art- Airbrush Tattoos & Body Art Washington DC
Caricaturist Rafael Diez-CartoonYou! Orlando Florida
Exotic Dancer Dancing Beauty Miami Florida
Hawaiian Dancer Aloha Islander Dancers Miami Florida
Hula Dancer Sala's Polynesian Revue Orlando Florida
Latin Dancer Brazilian samba Dancers in Los Angeles Los Angeles California
Mime Chris Yerlig, Mime and Clown Amherst Massachusetts
Motivational Speaker Motivational Inspirational Speaker - Jon Petz Columbus Ohio
Singing Telegram The International Singing Telegram Company Akron Ohio
Barbra Streisand Impersonator Carla DelVillaggio - Barbra Streisand Impersonator Lake Mary Florida
Beatles Tribute Band Magical Mystery Tour Los Angeles California
Bill Clinton Impersonator Scott Rogers as Bill Clinton Hartford Connecticut
Billy Joel Tribute Act Billy Joel Tribute featuring Jeff Brewer Toronto Ontario
Blues Brothers Tribute Band The Bluz Brothers Crete Illinois
Bob Marley Tribute Band One Drop Redemption Bob Marley Tribute Band Claremont California
Elvis Impersonator Rick Torres Bay Area's #1 Elvis Impersonator Santa Clara California
Frank Sinatra Tribute Act Mike Hudson and Invitation Anaheim California
Grateful Dead Tribute Band Reflections Oakland New Jersey
Hillary Clinton Impersonator Hillary & MARILYN By Sharon Lee/ Mae Co Prod Cherry Hill New Jersey
Impersonator All Star Showgrams Foster City California
Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band Capt. Josh Orlando Florida
Johnny Cash Tribute Act Cash Tribute Featuring James Garner Lodi California
Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band Street Survivor Wichita Kansas
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Janet as Marilyn Monroe Las Vegas Nevada
Neil Diamond Tribute Act Diamond Eyes Sacramento California
Pink Floyd Tribute Band The Division Bell aka Muffy and the Divers Beloit Ohio
Rod Stewart Impersonator Steve Crews as (nearly) ROD STEWART Jasper Indiana
Rodney Dangerfield Impersonator New England's Own Rodney Dangerfield Hingham Massachusetts