From San Diego to New York, we've created unforgettable celebrations for guests of all ages, working tirelessly with a crew of A-list musicians and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. With a partial client list that includes Nike, Microsoft, LinkedIn, IBM, Yahoo, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Shell, Allstate, Kaiser Permanente, and countless brides and grooms, we combine musical talent with event planning expertise to create spectacular parties. From beautifully articulate ceremony music, to rocking dance parties with extraordinary finishes, our live bands perform popular music from 1950 thru today.
Where to even begin!? From start to finish, Ben has been absolutely amazing and better than we could have ever imagined! When we got engaged, one of the first things we knew we wanted for our wedding was a fun band that brings the energy and gets everyone dancing and having a great time. When we were researching bands and saw Ben’s video we knew instantly they were the band for us. Ben was extremely quick in all of his correspondence and was so nice in making sure he was customizing everything to make it the experience we wanted. Knowing they were the band for us, they were our first booking and we were so beyond excited that they were available for our special day! For our cocktail hour we had beautiful acoustic music and then for the reception we had Ben Mallare Signature Plus Horns. Not only are they an amazing band but Ben was an awesome emcee. One of my favorite moments from the day and what stands out every time I think of our wedding, was his announcements of the wedding party getting introduced and then him introducing us! Ben then sang our first dance song perfectly and learned a new song for the Father / Daughter dance that was beyond amazing and meant so much to me and my Dad. It made our day so special! It may sound over the top, but I am 100% serious when I say the Ben and Band truly made our wedding. I had a smile on my face the whole time because they made it such a fun time, were amazing performers, and truly cared about making our day so special. Ben knows how to read the crowd and there was never a dull moment with our guests on the dance floor - it was always packed! Every guest I talked to at our reception was raving about how great they were and that they were the best they have ever seen - and I could not agree more! They made our reception everything we could have asked for and I would say the best decision we made for our wedding was having Ben and Band! I wish I could do it all over again just to relive the night - I can easily say I have never had more fun or danced more! Ben, thank you so much for making our wedding the best day we could have ever imagined!!! I will never forget closing out the night dancing to Shout!
If we had to do it all over again there is only ONE wedding planning thing we would do differently. We would save all the hours we spent searching for our band and we would simply contact Ben Mallare and ask: What dates do you have open? Great, we’ll plan around you!! This was absolutely the most fun we have ever had dancing to live music and it was our own wedding reception! A month later our guests are still talking about the band and asking how to find them for their own events! Even the venue personnel were taking note as they said they had not seen a reception band as great as this, ever! In addition to being an incredibly talented performer, Ben is the consummate professional who surrounds himself with the best musicians in the business. He was super responsive from initial contact, a pleasure to talk to and most importantly captured every detail we requested for our event. Andy Inglat was our lead vocalist and we cannot stop raving about him! He lead the most amazing band all evening including stellar lead guitar/vocals, bass, female vocals, drums, keys, horn that we had requested. His diverse vocals covered such a wide range of songs and sounds so perfectly, it blew us all away. Initially the band played a background vibe during our cocktail hour, then absolutely outstanding music during our dinner service and ultimately rocked it for the high energy dance hours. Andy knew exactly how to read the crowd and the situations for perfect song selection. He was super appealing on stage and together with the other musicians who were all incredibly talented, they brought so much energy to their performance that it was contagious! We booked Ben's band relying on so many others' 5 star reviews and are thrilled to add ours to his long list of accomplishments. Our recommendation - don’t waste your valuable time agonizing over other band options or hesitate until someone else books your event date with Ben and you miss out. Just do it and enjoy the time of your life. (We can’t say thank you enough, Ben!!!!)
Ben Mallare and his band are the BEST band you could have. I will continue and get long-winded but if you only read one part: he communicates like a boss, sings like an angel, rocks the house, and will make whatever event you have one that your guests will talk about FOREVER.
I will start an actual quote from a groomsman:
“Usually at weddings I dance and they take some songs off to go chat with people and get drinks, but they just kept playing my jams and I couldn’t leave!”
My husband and I know that a dope band takes an ordinary wedding and elevates it like crazy. That is why picking a band was so important to us as we started planning our wedding. Ben Mallare and his band travelled to Colorado to perform for us, and nearly all of the 100 people at our wedding said that they were the best band they had ever seen. They played beautifully for the ceremony, adapting “Everybody Dance Now” to an amazing recessional that really set our tone just the way we planned it. Then they played the cocktail hour, getting to know the crowd, then dinner, then pumped up the JAMS in the tent for a dance floor that was never empty. And when I say never empty, I don’t mean weird cousin Eddy was milling about trying to scam on my friends who were too nice to say no, I mean people would try to leave for a second to go to the bathroom or get a drink but they would RUN back because they didn’t want to miss a song. Actually my cousins loved the band so much that they were practically in the band, they were dancing so close.
Starting at dinner when we were going around saying hello and thanking people for coming, people would respond with comments about how much they liked the band already. Congratulations, whatever, they were loving being serenaded as they ate and getting excited for more. Then, Ben had an outfit change from his classy dinner jacket to a sequin party jacket and we all knew it was on. They were great when it time to seamlessly flow from the father-bride dance to the mother-groom dance but the mother of the groom was nowhere to be found. Not mentioning the hiccup, but playing the background intro of the song to be ready when she was there. We decided to not have a formal cake-cutting because we wanted to get some pics quick as possible of the cut and then get back to the dance floor ourselves.
So you know they are great when they get there, but Ben is a great at email and the phone. He is a true professional and was such a great person to plan with. He really made me feel like he cared about me, despite not meeting until after the ceremony because they flew in for our wedding. I believed that he wanted to create the type of musical atmosphere that we wanted and would enhance every part of the day. That feeling made the planning and execution that much better. So much so that I invited the band to the after-party and they came! And a bunch of our guests talked to them and wanted to know more about them and their thing because they were so amazing playing.
In summary, if you want a band for your event that will be everything you want it to be and more, choose Ben Mallare. I can’t say enough good things about them and our experience and I am excited to continue to hear, for the rest of my life, how awesome the band was at our wedding.
Ben Mallare Entertainment (BME) exceeded all expectations and performed beyond our wildest dreams! BME played at our wedding in St. Michaels, MD in April 2021 and was the best decision we made when planning our wedding. It was the number one compliment from our guests – everyone LOVED them! We got an 8-piece band and were blown away by the quality of the performance. Both Ben and Samantha ROCKED it as lead vocalists! Ben Mallare has a gift for leading all the guests into creating a fun party atmosphere and kept everyone dancing and engaged all night long. We were a thrice-rescheduled COVID wedding and Ben and his planning team were engaged, supportive and sympathetic every step of the way. They are a well-oiled machine in terms of communication, logistics and noticing the small details. If you’re looking for the best of the best, a show-stopping band and a night to remember – book Ben Mallare Entertainment!
I would give Ben Mallare the highest possible recommendation for event entertainment. They are lovely to work with. And the night of the event they were on time, efficient in setting up and beyond talented! From the time they started performing the dance floor was packed. They can play just about anything which appealed to young and old at our wedding. I definitely plan to use them again in the future!
The Ben Mallare Band is truly amazing and worth every penny!!! We had our wedding in Maui, and The Ben Mallare Band was by far the best decision I made for our entire wedding! I had seen their YouTube clips and knew I had to have specifically Ben sing at our wedding. His voice is amazing and the perfect pitch for any song. I also had two other female vocalists, a guitar, bass, and percussion. We requested a song by the Avett Brothers for our first dance, as well as a slow Taylor Swift song, and both were amazing!! The band judged the crowd perfectly and picked the perfect songs to play throughout the night that I couldn’t have picked better myself! Every time someone I know gets engaged I can’t refrain from calling them to tell them they have to have the Ben Mallare Band at their wedding because it will be the best decision they have ever made! I can’t wait until the day I get to hear them play again!
Response from Ben Mallare Entertainment:
Kameron! Wow, we are truly humbled by your kind words and praises! We had an amazing night with you and your friends & family. With all of the options you had, we are so glad & grateful that you chose us. I hope our paths cross again someday - and if you happen to be at an event where we're playing, PLEASE come up to the stage and make your presence known! We'd love to see you again and say hi :)
We wish you and Kevin the very best!
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Ben Mallare band is the ultimate BEST! They made our wedding SO MUCH FUN!!! They're all so talented and pick fun songs for all ages to enjoy....all of our guest were on the dance floor! They're easy to work with and respond back within minutes. I can't say enough good things about them!!!
Response from Ben Mallare Entertainment:
Thank you so much for your kind words, Mackenna! We are so grateful that you chose us to provide the music on your big day. We had a blast! It was a joy to work with you and the team as we put all the details together.
All the best to you and Mike!
Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment
We were thrilled to have hired Ben Mallare & Band for our wedding in October and couldn’t have been happier with their performance and professionalism. From the outset Ben and his coordinators were very responsive to any questions we had leading up to the day of. We asked for some last minute changes to song selections and they were more than happy to accommodate and played them perfectly. Their energy the entire night and ability to read the crowd was fantastic and kept people on the floor the entire time they were playing. We also used Ben as an MC which made for a seamless transition during the speeches and breaks. We received so many comments on how impressive their song selection range was and how lively they kept everything. When we saw family and friends over the holiday’s people were still commenting on how amazing the band was. Do yourself a favor and don’t overthink it – book Ben and his talented team for your special day!
Response from Ben Mallare Entertainment:
Hi Pete! Thank you so much for your kind words! We were so thrilled to be part of your big day, and very thankful that you chose us. All the best to you in 2020!
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My husband & I can't speak more highly of Ben & his wonderful team. After attending a friend's wedding that had a band, we decided we absolutely NEEDED a band for our special day too! Ha :) When we started searching for a band in the California area, we had no idea what to do or what we were looking for. Long story short -- We stumbled upon Ben Mallare & we couldn't be more grateful. From start to finish, the whole team has been a dream to work with. On our wedding day, we wanted acoustic / live music during our ceremony & cocktail hour; every song that was played & sang was beautiful. Then, it was party time! During the reception, family & friends were dancing the WHOLE time & couldn't stop talking about how awesome the live music was. Both of us LOVE to dance & have a good time -- Choosing Ben Mallare and his band was one of the best decisions we made, hands down. Screaming a special shout out to Andy Inglat, who was our lead band member!!! THANK YOU all so much, from the bottom of our hearts! B & L.
Response from Ben Mallare Entertainment:
Hi Brittany! Thank you so much for your kind words! We were so lucky to have been a part of your big day, and we're thrilled that you loved our music. We had an awesome time as well! All the best to you and Lawrence.
The Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment Team
Ben Mallare absolutely ROCKED at our daughter's wedding in Malibu! They were WONDERFUL to work with and accommodated every one of our requests from learning the father/daughter dance to providing the prelude, processional and recessional music! They kept everyone on the dance floor the entire evening! I can't say enough about Symeon Tzvetkov, the executive coordinator! He was incredibly professional and coordinated every detail perfectly! We had so many wedding guests remark on our AMAZING BAND! I highly recommend them and hope to use them again one day!
Response from Ben Mallare Entertainment:
Hi Anne Ferrell! Thank you so much for your kind words. We were honored to be a part of your daughter's wedding day, and we're so happy that you enjoyed our music. We know that you had several options for great wedding bands, but we want to thank you for choosing us. We hope to work with you again!
The Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment Team
We hired Ben Mallare Signature Band plus horns for our wedding in July and we couldn't be happier! I cannot tell you how many guests came up to us to tell us how amazing our band was. Ben kept everyone dancing all night with back to back hits ! We are still so blown away by the band's musicianship, professionalism, and overall performance - we hope someone we know hires him so we can see them perform again! In all honesty, Ben and his team were outstanding from start to finish. They nailed our first dance song that we asked them to learn, they handled all our questions leading up to the big day, and truly made our reception a night to remember. Thank you Ben and the band!!
This band is the real deal! They were great to work with and went above and beyond to make our event unforgettable! Every guest was asking about them for future events! Would highly recommend them and I will absolutely be using them again for future events!
Ben Mallare and his talented group was a HUGE hit at our wedding. They got everyone dancing the entire time. Guests are still raving about it over a month after our wedding. They played music that was good for all ages too. Ben was super easy to work with leading up to the wedding too. He responded to all inquires very quickly, which is so helpful when planning a wedding. I would hire them again in a heart beat!
Wow, what a time we had with Stefan and his band! We went with the 9 piece band for our wedding and boy do they put on a show! They keep the crowd engaged and dancing all night! We had the wedding of our dreams and we're so happy to have chosen them! From their stage set up, to their outfits, dancing, Singing, etc, they were Perfect. Not to mention that booking them was a breeze, we were in contact with Ben throughout the whole process and he was so easy to communicate with and fast to reply! We would choose them over and over again and would recommend to all! :)
We booked Ben Mallare’s All Star Band for our wedding and we cannot say enough good things! When we were looking around at different bands, the first thing that made us choose Ben Mallare was his responsiveness! He was so easy to communicate with and always offered his honest opinion to help us decide what size band we needed etc. Throughout the whole process his team was great, even through some base access issues due to the wedding being held on a naval base. They were amazing the day of the wedding! We wanted both a band and a DJ and they seamlessly transitioned and read the crowd to play songs that everyone wanted to dance to. As the bride, I never had to worry about the band or DJ the whole night they just kept playing one great song after the next. Would highly recommend the Ben Mallare Band!!
Stop wasting time scouring the Internet for the right live band and just book The Ben Mallare Band. Trust us! If you need more convincing, then here's our full review...
A fun, memorable wedding usually comes down to a few things...the venue, the bar and the music. My wife and I were extremely lucky to have found Ben Mallare and his band, and even more fortunate to have been able to book them for our wedding in Palm Springs, CA.
Communication with them leading up to, during and after the event was always seamless. Their rates were right in line with other options, even lower than some bands that were nowhere near the same quality but still proposed higher prices. And, most importantly, their ability to perform all types of music to keep everyone out of their seats was second to none.
Having been to well over 30 weddings, we can honestly say that Ben and his band were the best live group we've seen and were worth every single dollar and minute we spent booking them.
The first thing our guests tell us about the experience they had at our wedding is always "Wow, the band was amazing!" Your guests will say the same thing too, we have no doubt about that.
Thank you to Ben and his team for making our day even more special than we thought it would be. We'll never forget it.
Ben provides a wonderful singing guitarist for the event.
Ben and the crew were the highlight of our wedding. Not only was the music flawless, the emceeing, the atmosphere, and their interaction with the guests were on point. We trusted them to learn all of our wedding dance songs and they performed them very well. We had so many compliments on the band and many people said it was the most fun they had at a wedding! Worth every penny.
Ben Mallare was a pleasure to work with! Ben is attentive, professional, and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best wedding possible. Evan's Band (part of the entertainment group) sounded amazing, were upbeat, and brought the fun to our wedding! They honored all our special requests for both the ceremony and the reception. Evan has a beautiful voice along with Jennifer and the other talented musicians. We would HIGHLY recommend them and have already had guests reach out to us for to book the band!
Ben Mallare & Band were absolutely amazing! They were easy to work with, professional, talented and entertaining. I would recommend this band for anyone looking to add value to their special day. It's definitely a difficult task to choose music options for your big day. You want to make sure your money is well spent and that the band helps make your big day feel like the party of the year.
I have been to many weddings where it feels like you are dancing with 2-4 other guests the entire night or the DJ does nothing more then play a preset playlist or you don't remember one song the band performed well.
Thankfully, Ben and his team nailed the entire night and our dance floor was packed until the last song. We even hired their manager to stick around until 2:30am to play music as nobody wanted to leave.
As a Bride, I wanted to have a surprise for my Groom and ended up taking drum lessons for a few months prior to our Wedding Day. Ben was so accommodating and allowed me to preform "Livin on a Prayer" on the drums during my wedding night and it was a HUGE hit.
I can't thank them enough for keeping everyone moving and singing along the entire night + MC'ing the flow of the evening so that everything went smoothly.
Ben and the band ROCKED it. Ben (the MC for the evening) made sure the event ran smoothly from start to finish. The venue was tricky in terms of size and sound but Paul (sound/tech) was able to accommodate perfectly, keeping the sound levels and energy just right throughout the event. And that's to say nothing of the band--two sets of nonstop hits that kept the energy up and the dance floor full. Comments from guests were along the lines of, 'love the song selection!', 'I can't believe they've played 6 songs straight in a row--and I haven't stopped dancing!' and 'this is the best wedding band I've ever seen!' Highly recommend!
When planning a destination wedding, it becomes difficult to make decisions about everything, since you are not there to see, listen, feel, taste and touch many of the options available to you. When we hired Ben and his band for my daughter's wedding in Maui, it was not any different, we didn't hear them live, we didn't see them perform, we went by the vibe and the connection we had from their online videos and read a large number of the positive reviews they had in various sites. We had searched for months, got many recommendations, reviewed many online videos and eventually decided on Ben Mallare Band.
Once we signed our agreement, everything went through so very smoothly. Unbelievable responsiveness and flexibility from Ben to accommodate our requests, so far we were feeling good about having made the right decision. But we still had not seen them live, so the jury was still out!
Then came 8/10/2018, the day of the wedding, our guests gathered from New York, Los Angeles, DC, Connecticut, New Zealand, Australia, UK, just to name a few, at Andaz Maui in Wailea and when the band started to play, they just blew us away. They sounded so so so very amazing, sooooo much better than the videos we had reviewed. Ben's voice has an incredible range and the entire band is so well coordinated. Song after song after song, all sounded phenomenal. They nailed every single song, even those they had to learn at our request.
Our guests, one after another, kept asking us about the band, where did we find them, how did we find them, who recommended them? Even the event manager at Andaz, who has witnessed many, many weddings, mentioned several times how amazing the band was.
They are a sensational band and would recommend them over and over again and would hire them in a heartbeat when we plan another event. We had Ben + female vocal, guitar, base, keyboard, drums, sax and trumpet!
My wife and I decided to retain Ben’s services and it was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding. We received so many compliments from our guests saying that the entertainment was the highlight of the night.
Pre-event communication was flawless, the performance could not have been any better, and their song selection is current and relevant. We have no regrets and will be hiring Ben again for our next engagement!
The band is the one that can make or break your wedding night. They are the ones that provide the entertainment. Ben and his band will definitely keep your guests wanting more! Everyone raved about how good the band was and the dance floor was never empty. They were incredibly fun and so talented! Ben and the female singer were AMAZING. The musicians were also wonderful, and even the sound quality of their sound system was good! They make everything so easy for you. Their list of songs is endless and they sing them all WELL! We were so glad to have booked them for the wedding. I highly recommend them for yours!
We hired Stefan Poole Band (with female vocalists and horns) for our wedding and they were amazing! During the planning stage, they responded to any of our questions quickly and helpfully, and were very flexible with our schedule. They learned the songs for the father/daughter and mother/son dances and played them excellently, then per our request they learned "Bye Bye Lil Sebastian" from Parks n Rec which closed out the night in awesome fashion. I'm still getting compliments about them weeks after the wedding, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a wedding band.
They are simply THE BEST! I can't imagine having had a better band!!!!! My whole family is still raving about them! Seriously, AMAZING! If you're reading this, BOOK THEM NOW!
Our client from Japan was so happy to have Ben Mallare Entertainment. The corporate event schedule was so tight and the band had only 15 minutes for the performance. But they played 8 songs including the CEO's special request. I wish I could hear more songs, though. lol
It was very easy to work with the band and the audio tech and I really recommend this band for your special event!!
Best decision we ever made was hiring Ben Mallare. My Wife and I were married last month and having a band at our wedding was top on our to do list, finding the right back was the task. I found Ben online and I was very interested. After meeting with him, I knew this is the band we wanted. We knew he would provide us exactly what we were looking for. He and his band are very professional and absolutely amazing. Besides my wife, they were the hit of the wedding. Ben and group brought so much energy and knew the right songs to sing at the right times. Our dance floor was never empty, and he fed off the crowd and knew exactly how to make it a memorial event. Ben was also our MC and he couldn't have done a better job. I recommend Ben and group with full confidence you will not be disappointed, trust me, this will take your event to the next level. I can't tell you enough how happy we are we hired Ben Mallare. Stop searching and hire him now! Ben, thank you for making our wedding the best night of our lives.
I booked the Andy Inglat band for my summer wedding in San Diego. I had the pleasure of working with Ben Mallare during my wedding planning, that he ended up being my fave vendor to collaborate with. From the initial contact of requesting for a quote, he was very professional and he always responded to my emails right away. After seeing several video samples of his band and the sample sets listed on his website, I knew I had made the RIGHT DECISION!
Ben is very tech-savvy and organized, and about a couple months before your BIG day, he'll send you a Google Word doc to input all your music preferences from the grand entrance, first dance, garter toss, bouquet toss, cake cutting, to "MC Notes" and the "Timetable" for the schedule of events.
I wanted something classy, but energetic at the same time. And the Andy Inglat Band did just that! I had the "Small But Mighty" package, which consisted of 3 people: the lead singer, drummer, and base player. But honestly, it sounded like a 10-piece band! That's how incredible they were!
Andy was the lead singer and did such an AMAZING job!!! Andy was very versatile, as I had instructed for the Standards to be played (Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra) for the cocktail half-hour and luncheon part of the reception. During open dance, he easily transformed my reception into a dance party, where my dance floor seemed to always be packed, playing the top 40 (Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell) along with some 80's (Michael Jackson)! They do cater to their clients' preferences. They even learned 6 songs for us based on our input. The transition from one song to another was seamless. And I loved how Andy incorporated my name (the Bride) into the song, "Brown Eyed Girl," as that was an awesome surprise!
Practically every guest came up to us saying how GREAT the band was and asked where did I find them.
We would definitely hire them again in a heartbeat! It was THE BEST DECISION we made and am so happy we chose the Andy Inglat Band for our wedding and you will too!!! We wouldn't have had it any other way. They truly did create the energetic, but unforgettable wedding day that we wanted! Thank you so very much!
How do I begin to convey how amazing Ben and his team is?! From first correspondence to the last dance—he was so professional, talented, and SO FUN! We had a pretty complex venue to navigate with the different ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing areas, and he executed flawlessly.
Ben learned all of my favorite songs, from country to pop— and catered to the entire crowd!
His music was perfect for every part of the evening, and he had every wedding guest dancing the night away! I had quite a few friends ask for Ben's information so they could recommend him to their fellow engaged friends, because he honestly provides the best entertainment any bride could ask for!!
I booked the Ben Mallare Band for the evening reception during a conference we were hosting at the Hyatt Regency. Ben was easy to work and super friendly! Everything from start to finish was a breeze. They kept the crowd entertained and paid attention to the volume, which is a huge deal when it comes to a corporate event. Ben and his band were such a hit I'm booking them for 2 more conferences. Don't miss out - book them!
There are simply no words to describe how incredible Ben Mallare and his band members were for our wedding: it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is a reason why they have such high marks - it's because they care about the music, care about the guests, care about feedback, and genuinely care that every single person attending our wedding walked away with their mind blown at how good the music and entertainment was at the event. From the first moment we spoke with our wedding planner and Ben, we knew we were in good hands. His professionalism and attention to detail showed how well-rounded he was, and how good a musician he was at the same time. He gave us so many helpful suggestions that molded and shaped our event in such a positive way. And, not to mention, his voice is extraordinary -- we LOVED listening to him at our wedding because it felt like we merged a live concert with all of our friends and family with a group of incredibly talented musicians. Ben was also kind enough to let me and a close friend of mine play a few tunes on their instruments to please the crowd -- when we least expected it, the band jumped on it and joined us, creating this magical moment that our guests have been talking about nonstop since the event. I can wholeheartedly say that from the music played at the ceremony, all through the very last encore, Ben Mallare and his talented group of musicians made our wedding the most memorable, wonderful occasion -- we are already thinking about having our vows renewed just so we can do it all over again!! Thank you Ben Mallare & all of your band members for showing us that you cared and for inspiring us with your music.
Thank you Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment for an incredible and unforgettable evening. When I look back at my wedding day, my favorite moments were seeing how much fun my family and friends were having on the dance floor. Ben and his band are so talented and their music caters to people of all ages – even older family members were letting loose during the reception. My 5-year old nephew was an especially huge fan and danced nonstop for 2 hours!
We chose Ben’s Standard package (vocals, guitar, drums & bass) for 5 hours, starting with cocktail hours and for the duration of our reception. Ben was great about working out the logistics of the set-up in our venue and was able to set up in 3 locations – an outdoor courtyard for cocktails hours, inside the reception hallway for dinner, and lastly in a separate room for dancing.
From the very first email correspondence with Ben, he was always so friendly, responsive and informative. One of the characteristics about Ben that I truly appreciate is his willingness to help us with what we needed. Two weeks leading up to the wedding, I realized that I needed a mic and speakers for our ceremony and Ben gladly provided the equipment. I also made a last minute request to have Ben facilitate the "Shoe Game" during our reception and he also gladly said yes. He has such a positive and can-do attitude, which was very reassuring during the planning process. Ben provided us with a song list, which included a wide range of songs from different genres; we were so impressed with the list and simply just noted a few of our favorites songs and gave Ben the freedom to choose what to play (we loved everything that he played at the wedding). However, we did make specific song requests for our first dance, introduction and last song of the evening, which he fulfilled.
My husband and I have already started to recommend Ben & his band to my family and friends who are getting married because we selfishly want another opportunity to celebrate with Ben!
I highly recommend Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment. You won’t regret it!
We hired Ben and his group for our Cinco de Mayo party based on his numerous videos I'd viewed and his willingness to accommodate not only our special music requests, but the number of band members I wanted as well. Absolutely loved!!! the entire 9 piece group and additional staff members. The 4 vocalists were incredible, the musicians outstanding, and the percussionist added the perfect touch to complete the total package. Their entire performance far exceeded my expectations and surpassed any of their online videos I'd seen.
Ben was so easy to work with and an incredibly charasmatic, electric performer with non-stop energy!! I've never had so many of my guests saying "Where did you find this group? They're Amazing!" I highly recommend Ben and his group. You won't be disappointed! Thanks Ben for making my party such a special event!
I booked Ben as our band for our wedding. Not only was Ben professional and timely with his responses but on the day of the wedding, he and his team wad even better than we imagined. We gave him little to no direction and he was A-MAZ-ING. We received raving reviews from our guests and he accommodated our request to have our middle school friend sing with him during our first dance. Book this band - you won't regret it. Thanks again Ben and team for making it a memorable night for us. Hope to see you soon! I'm a fan.
I agree with the other reviewers here - stop your search, and book Ben Mallare - no joke! Booking the entertainment for our wedding was assigned to me, and let me tell you, I stressed and stressed and listened to and watched so so many youtube videos trying to pick the best wedding band for the price, and that was so much time wasted! I should have just paid attention to these reviews and stopped my search early with Ben, because they were amazing. Everyone loved them and their awesome variety of music! Ben learned a country song for our first dance, and it was beautiful. He also performed with his guitar player at our ceremony and the music brought tears - it was so touching and perfect. His natural stage presence was so impressive and the chemistry with his band seemed effortless. Besides the perfect selection of music, he was also so good about announcing things on time - first dance, cake cutting, etc. while also being flexible, which was so appreciated by me and my wedding coordinator! On top of all the incredible performance, he was incredibly attentive and responsive in communicating with me prior to the event, which I cannot thank him enough for! We even added a keys player just three weeks before the event, which was no problem for Ben - he just made it happen. Please do not waste your time, and book Ben and his band for your next event!
Ben and his band really wowed!! The music was excellent - top notch musicians and vocals - but even beyond that, they really did a great job getting the entire crowd engaged and out onto the dance floor. Their energy was contagious and they had a great set list with seamless transitions that kept everyone dancing all night long. Ben was extremely professional and great to work with - I can't recommend him enough!
I have helped friends and family plan weddings and parties for years and was lucky enough to find this band for an event (semi-formal birthday party). Ben Mallare Entertainment is absolutely wonderful! Not only are they easy to work with, they are great entertainment. They are professional and added not only fun vibe to the event but could play any genre of music (and sound fantastic). They had a great read on the crowd and had everyone dancing. They were able to help announce the order of events (dinner being served, cake service etc) which helped keep the flow of the evening which is critical for a seamless event. Their music was fantastic, they were professional & great to work with. After hiring them, I would not only recommend them to anyone but encourage it. I would use them again and again. My only regret is I didn't discover them earlier!
The Ben Mallare Band was absolutely amazing in every way! From our very first correspondence, Ben was always helpful, quick to respond, and answered any question. In addition to their amazing repertoire of music, Ben and his band were even able to learn up to 6 additional songs of our choice. They performed thoughout our entire wedding, from pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception. They were fantastic throughout and we've received countless compliments on their music,performances, professionalism, and presence. They even allowed my brother to sing along with the band for our first dance and did all of our dj-ing. The Ben Mallare Band was one of the best decisions we made on our wedding and we would highly recommend them to anyone else- you won't be disappointed!
When I first contacted Ben Mallare Entertainment I was hoping to get Ben as the lead singer. As the bride with a vision to get serenaded on her wedding and after I saw their videos on FB and Instagram, I told myself, we got to have them! We wanted their "Small but Mighty Trio" package. Ben was willing to work with our budget and politely referred a different singer for us. At first, I was really hesitant but after Ben shared some videos of Andy I decided to book them. I didn't really know what to expect but I trusted my instinct. My then fiance was impressed so it was a plus! All I had was Ben as the contact leading up to the wedding and relaying to Andy our song preferences. Fast forward to the wedding.... I was really blown away the moment I heard Andy sing our processional songs. It was a very emotional moment for me and as I walked down the aisle, everything just seemed right! It made all the difference having the band play at the ceremony. All throughout the reception, the band played and accommodated our requests and more. We got a lot of compliments from our guests. I was really glad that we decided to have a live band instead of a DJ at our wedding. Andy and the team were very professional. I made an effort to thank them personally because they were really that awesome. Andy served as our emcee as well and even though we had some last minute changes, he was quick to his feet and was able to make things run smoothly for us. I highly recommend this band and you won't go wrong with either Andy or Ben as your singer. Nothing but love for this band! THANK YOU guys!!!
Ben absolutely made our wedding celebration one to remember! Would recommend to anyone looking for someone with unreal range and variety in a wedding singer. Thanks Ben!
I agree with the other reviewers here - stop your search, and book Ben Mallare now - no joke! Booking the entertainment for our wedding was assigned to me, and let me tell you, I stressed and stressed and listened to and watched so so many youtube videos trying to pick the best wedding band for the price, and that was so much time wasted! I should have just paid attention to these reviews and stopped my search early with Ben, because they were amazing. Everyone loved them and their awesome variety of music! Ben learned a country song for our first dance, and it was beautiful. He also performed with his guitar player at our ceremony and the music brought tears - it was so touching and perfect. His natural stage presence was so impressive and the chemistry with his band seemed effortless. Besides the perfect selection of music, he was also so good about announcing things on time - first dance, cake cutting, etc. while also being flexible, which was so appreciated by me and my wedding coordinator! On top of all the incredible performance, he was incredibly attentive and responsive in communicating with me prior to the event, which I cannot thank him enough for! We even added a keys player just three weeks before the event, which was no problem for Ben - he just made it happen. Please do not waste your time, and go ahead and book Ben and his band for your next event!
This will be the best and easiest decision you'll make. We just had Ben & his band play at our wedding in Seattle, WA and can not say enough good things about them!
We booked Ben online from the UK and he was always friendly and quick to respond. We were confident he'd be good but he and the band surpassed all our expectations. They are all our guests are talking about!!
They played at our ceremony, throughout cocktail hour and our dance party without missing a beat. They are one slick professional outfit of top musicians & in Ben, you have an A-lister as lead singer. If you want a fantastic band that will make the party, keep the party going all night, and do so with the utmost professionalism do not hesitate in booking these guys! You won't regret it!
Thank you so so much,
Mike & Laura Sharp
I heard about Ben and his band through a friend who hired them for their wedding. Originally, I had a DJ, but when my friend said Ben and his band were the BEST part of the whole wedding, I knew I needed to hire them. Entertainment plays a key role in having a successful party. And, let me tell you, EVERYONE was raving about my wedding because of THE band. It was money well spent... 100%. Ben's voice is amazing, he is a great performer, professional, quick to reply via email, and I would hire him in a heart beat. Again and again! Seriously, he WAS the best part of the wedding.
After months of planning and agonizing over every detail of your wedding, the last thing you want is to hire a lackluster band to play for 3 hours.
This was not the case with Ben and his band. They were incredible! Many of our guests were floored at how amazing they sounded. The icing on the cake (pun intended) to a monumental wedding day is a band such as this that keeps the joy flowing and the dancing going.
Regarding Ben personally, I cannot praise him enough for his professionalism, energy, kindness, and patience. He was accommodating in how we wanted our first dance to go. He was unphased by an overenthusiastic flower girl. Request a song for him to sing and he can do it. Particular highlights of our requested songs were his renditions of "Like a Prayer" by Madonna and "Disappear" by INXS
Your wedding will be complete if you have this band play.
Ben's group did an incredible job! From start to finish, they were very professional, easy to communicate with, and gave us great recommendations. Our wedding was on a yacht (where the band had never performed), but they worked with the yacht coordinators and everything went incredibly smooth. We heard from many of our guests about how the band just tied everything together perfectly....and we agree!
Before the big day, Ben was quick to respond to all of our questions and requests. We're so happy to have had BMAE at our Las Vegas wedding. Our guests, and even the vendors, had great things to say throughout the evening.
The music was perfect. The MC skills were on point.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! I saw The Ben Mallare Band perform as a 3-piece band at a private party and they nailed it. I knew they would be perfect for an event I was coordinating with over 550 guests. Ben brought a 7-piece band and again, they were incredible! They provided background music during dinner and then cranked it up and kept the dance floor full of people with their lively performance, expansive play list, and perfect mix of music genres. The Ben Mallare Band was very professional, the perfect touch for the evening, and they received unanimous rave reviews from the guests. Without a doubt, book them now!
Ben Mallare is amazing and his band made our wedding night absolutely unforgettable! The band's music during the ceremony added so much emotion to that special moment when I saw my husband as I walked down the aisle. During the reception, the energy that he brought and his ability to read the crowd ensured that the dance floor was always packed by guests of all ages.
Not only is Ben talented, he is also extremely kind and professional. Leading up to the big day we emailed back and forth and he was always responsive and brought so much positive energy. Wedding planning with him was easy!
Ben’s vocals are incredible and his band’s musical range allows him to cater to your personal tastes. We had guests coming up to us all night praising Ben’s performance and telling us how amazing the band was. Beyond the music, his introduction of the wedding party was fantastic and he directed the reception perfectly. Ben Mallare was key to making our wedding ceremony and reception one of a kind. Hiring Ben and his band will be the best decision you make for your event!
Let me start by saying, stop your search and hire Ben Mallare and the band to perform for whatever special occasion you are going to celebrate.
Here are the important elements for us that are top of mind when determining an overall review.
1. Clear communication
5. Music selection
6. Musical performance
7. Guest feedback
Amidst the various things that we needed to plan and prepare for, determining the plans for music on our wedding day was never stressful. Ben was quick to respond to all of our questions and open thoughts. When we asked for suggestions regarding aspects that we were unsure of or didn’t have strong opinions on, he had a clear stance on what he thought would be best to ensure an enjoyable musical performance.
Ben and the band performed acoustically for our outdoor wedding due to the city’s noise restrictions. There was initial concern across the board – for us, Ben, and the wedding coordinator – regarding whether or not our guests were going to hear the acoustic music and vocals. There were 4 primary areas of the outdoor venue where the band performed – the ceremony area, the cocktail area, the dinner area, and the dance floor area. The beauty of playing acoustically was the band was able to move where the action was happening.
The music selection list that Ben and the band can perform is quite extensive and it ranges several decades. For songs that were not on the list, Ben was absolutely willing and able to take requests for him and the band to learn. We requested specific songs for the walk down the aisle once we were announced as husband and wife, the father-daughter and mother-son dances, and our first dance. Instead of worrying about what songs we wanted to be played for all the other aspects of the wedding, i.e. cocktail hour, dinner, and dance time, we left the selection in the capable hands of Ben.
The musical performance was absolutely amazing and fitting. Ben and the band played the right music based on the mood and energy of our guests. Feedback from our guests began at dinner and didn’t stop for several days following our wedding day. The common statements from our guests were, “How did you find these guys?” and “The band is amazing!”
Ben and the band truly added to the experience for us and our guests on our very special day. We can’t imagine the day without their amazing and enjoyable musical experience. HIRE THEM!
Can’t say it enough… Thank you Ben, Lucas, Nick, and Will!
All Our Best,
Jason & Kendyl
Ben and Dan are truly amazing! They performed for a Wedding Shower I was hosting and I can't get over how talented these guys are. They are extremely professional, flexible and accommodating. Their ability to read the crowd was outstanding. Every song was sang with ease and sounded absolutely incredible. They had the crowd involved and dancing throughout the entire day. I will definitely hire them again to perform at future events!
As a friend, we had used Ben for another special occasion and could not wait until his 2nd performance at our special family dinner party. He failed to disappoint as he carries terrific vocal range, incredibly professional to work with and a genuinely nice person.
Ben brought along a very sweet and talented guitarist in Arianna, who did not miss a beat while they rang out all of our hand picked songs.
We will always recommend him for any occasion.
Til next time Amigo!!
We had a WONDERFUL experience with this band! During the planning stage they were quick to respond to our questions and flexible about choosing songs we wanted for the first dance, etc. They even learned two new songs just for us that were a little off the beaten path. On our wedding day, the band looked sharp in stylish/classic suits and performed superbly. The singing was especially smooth. Their selection of contemporary songs, with some older tunes mixed in, was a lot of fun to dance to. The band really made our wedding come alive.
Additionally, to the guests, the band members were professional, cheerful, and extremely accommodating.
After a lot of research to find a great band, we found Ben Mallare's ensemble and couldn't be happier. These guys are the real deal!
The best decision we made for our wedding was hiring Ben Mallare for live entertainment. We received so many compliments and excitement asking us how we found Ben. All guests were at awe during his performances!
Ben and his mates sing everything from pop, rock, old time classics to new age. For our first dance, he learned a song that very few people have ever heard of, and sang it on tune with ease. His vocals are amazing. We enjoyed every second of it.
Ben also did a fantastic job directing the reception. Introducing us to the dance floor as Mr. and Mrs., leading up to the cake cutting, bouquet toss, father / daughter dance, etc. I don't know what we would have done without him! He kept the night flowing and the crowd dancing all night long. No one wanted to leave!
Ben is professional, responded to emails in a timely manner, met with us prior to our wedding date to finalize details and was a pleasure to work with.
Ben gets an A++ for the fantastic job him and his mates did at our wedding. I can't say enough good words about the entire experience. I hope I get the pleasure of seeing him perform again. He was that good.
Ben and his group were terrific and made our event in Sonoma, CA even more special. It was our annual fundraiser for art in public schools and this being our 12th year, we wanted to make it a "must be there" evening. Ben was fabulous and the kind of music that everyone enjoyed. They were easy to work with and in all of the years we have been doing this, by far the best entertainment we have enjoyed.
Ben and his band were fantastic! They were so friendly and easy to work with, not to mention amazing musicians. We had over 100 people at our event (mix of children and adults) and they kept everyone entertained. I would highly recommend them for your event. You won't be disappointed!
Response from Ben Mallare Entertainment:
Natalie - thank you for the kind words and for putting on such a beautiful event. We wish you and Carl the best and look forward to working with you again very soon!
I approached Ben about our wedding in Big Sur around 6 months ago. Ben was incredibly flexible with his approach to our wedding and allowed us to choose 6 new songs that we wanted to include which weren't already part of his repertoire. From the ceremony, to drinks, dinner, speeches and after party, nothing was too much trouble. More importantly Ben and his band got our guests into the mood early and we had almost all of our 45 guests on the dance floor for most of the night. Incredible voice and a genuine entertainer. I couldn't recommend highly enough.
I was hired by Ben to accompany him at a private event. We played for over 1,000 people at a corporate conference downtown Los Angeles, which was held on a rooftop of a luxurious hotel. The crowd loved Ben - what an incredible voice! Ben was able to tailor the show to the crowd, switching between current Top 40 and more classic, older tunes. I will absolutely be calling Ben for more events in the future!
We hired Ben to perform at our company holiday party and he was fantastic. He performed with Brad Wray and the vocals were so amazing that I would forget they were live. Everyone really enjoyed them. We will definitely hire them again!
Hired Ben and his music partner, Ethan for an acoustic performance in a private dinner setting. All hand picked songs they rehearsed the week prior. Incredible vocals matched with stellar acoustic guitar playing made for an unforgettable evening. They killed every song as it was their own and blew us away. Thank you Ben.
My wife and I hired Ben Mallare and Emma Kurman-Faber to sing at our wedding. We had a small, intimate wedding with about 30 guests. The music Ben and Emma provided was spot on and sounded great. We were able to choose which songs to play during the ceremony, and more for the reception. Their taste in music was very similar to ours. They played a great mix of slower and up-tempo music. Our friends and family are still commenting about how great they were and ask us- “Where and how did you find them?!” We only wish we could have listened to them longer! They were professional, on time, personable and made us feel at ease. We would recommend them to anyone! LOVED them!!!
I hired Ben to record one of my songs. It didn’t take him long to learn it, so he was ready to record almost instantly. He showed up in the studio spot on, and the first take was flawless. We recorded another couple of takes just in case, and the whole session took less than 30 minutes. He managed to sing the song as written, yet at the same time adjust the performance to his personal style. I didn’t really have anything that I wanted him to do differently, but if I did have requests, he always responded openly and professionally. Ben is really easy to work with. No drama whatsoever. My song sounds so good now, that I almost don’t even recognize it. I’ll probably have him record some more songs.
Ben Mallare was a guest performer at one of my own shows, and he was an excellent addition! He sang a variety of styles with a good mix of well known songs and newer ones. I especially enjoyed his cover of "Winter Song" originally performed by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.
I had Ben and Emma at my party and they were fab. They seriously were the best part of my whole event- my guests loved them. They played all of the current hits, from Justin Timberlake to Bruno Mars to Rihanna. Ben sang lead with Emma on backup and keyboards. They were competitively priced, really professional and just great to work with. You should hire Ben!
Attack & Release is what comes to mind when I think of Ben Mallare's music/performances. As an artist who's ready & willing to take off and ascend the steps to pop stardom, Mallare approaches his art with genuine confidence and flair you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere these days. His stage presence is lively & engaging all the while maintaining a tone that is always on point. The audience is both built up by the excitement as it is allowed to totally let go. Mallare is a definite showstopper for any occasion.
Ben Mallare has performed at my venue, Sidebar Bistro, several times since November 2012. From his first performance he has been able to effortlessly entertain our ever-evolving crowd; winning them over with his powerful vocals and charismatic stage presence. Unbeknownst to Ben, the owner of the establishment was dining in during his first performance and was so impressed that he called me the following day to try and get Ben back to perform every week. His covers of iconic songs sound just as original as the breathtakingly fresh songs he pens himself. All of this is a testament to Ben's striking voice and ability to entertain and interact with his audience. I would highly recommend him for any venue.
We saw Ben at one of his shows up in Boston and we thought he was incredible! His set had a good mix of songs, starting out slow and softer and eventually easing into a whole list of high-energy pop and rock classics, including some original songs which the crowd loved. And he made it all look so easy! The kid can sing the pants off anyone I've seen live, professional or amateur.
Excellent live performances and incredible songwriting. His storytelling songs makes the listener pay close attention to the meanings of the song. The music is both catchy and thoughtful.
Ben has an amazing voice & is a great performer. Every time he has performed at our venue, he has been a hit with the crowd; they can't take their eyes of him.
Ben and Emma performed a great set at our bar (All Asia) in February. The booking was a last minute fill for a canceled act...they were very flexible and took an earlier slot. Ben has an amazing voice, and his live recordings were much better than the studio recordings I heard before the performance. Overall, very professional group. Wish I had gotten to hear the full band!
What to Expect
We specialize in all-inclusive weddings and events, where we provide the music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. We like to start the evening with our bassist on upright bass and our drummer on cajon drum to cast that special glow for the evening. We switch to our pop/rock setup for dinner and reception, providing high energy dance music to keep you and your guests dancing for hours. Ben's ensembles have been consistently praised for their ability to create a full experience over the course of an evening.
Our most popular packages:
THE STANDARD // vocals, guitar, bass, drums // $6,250+
THE PREMIER // vocals, guitar, bass, drums, female vocals // $6,950+
THE SIGNATURE // vocals, guitar, bass, drums, female vocals, keys // $7,650+
THE SIGNATURE PLUS HORNS // vocals, guitar, keys, bass, drums, female vocals, sax, trumpet // $8,850+
COMPLETE ALL-STARS // four lead vocalists, guitar, keys, bass, drums, sax, trumpet, trombone // $8,450+
COMPLETE ALL-STARS PLUS // five lead vocalists, guitar, keys, bass, drums, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, latin percussion // $12,450+
*starting rates listed are for events local to Southern California
From beautifully arranged ceremony music, to tried-and-true dance sets that keep guests on the floor until the very last song, Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment creates unique, sophisticated and memorable events for couples and other clients looking for an amazing and fun event their guests will rave about for years to come.
Past clients include: Nike, Yahoo, eBay, Allstate, Edward Jones, IBM, LinkedIn, Mercedes-Benz, Healthline, PG&E, Kaiser Permanente, and many more.
Past venues include: Hotel Del Coronado, Terranea Resort, The Pelican Hill Resort, Bacara Resort, Turtle Bay Resort, Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, Andaz Maui, The Montage Laguna Beach, Ritz Carlton Laguna-Niguel, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Westin Bonaventure, The Four Seasons Las Vegas, Santa Barbara Beach Club, Santa Monica Beach Club, Neon Museum, San Ysidro Ranch, Wind & Sea Estates, Sea Ranch Lodge, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, The Carneros Inn, Harvest Inn, Sonoma Mission Inn, and many more.
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