For the last five years, Carlos David has been performing as a solo musician in the Grand Rapids Area entertaining hundreds of people through a variety of private events. Now he is moving into a new direction of motivating through speaking and performing for your next event. Speaking and motivating young people has always been a passion of his along with music performance. As a teacher by trade and gifted communicator, he specializes in reaching young people with energy, charisma, humor and courage to keep reaching for the best.
Carlos was awarded a third place finish in 2013 Grand Rapids Got Talent and uses a combination of musical performance and engaging words to capture audiences.
Carlos sang and played guitar at our wedding May 30. We had rain, and because of it, switched up the ceremony plan on him a few days out. He handled it with grace and really made the ceremony with his beautiful singing/guitar playing. Having him there really made our ceremony.
I hired Carlos to play my wedding on August 29th, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI. Everyone was raving about his guitar playing and singing throughout the entire night. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone planning any type of event. He will not disappoint! My family spontaneously asked for Arabic music on the spot and not only did he allow it, but he played guitar beautifully alongside the music. He was such a great sport about everything, and provided the perfect atmosphere throughout the whole reception. He's a real professional. As I said, we would recommend him for any type of event, he's awesome!
Outstanding musician and extremely professional, made our son's wedding go to the next level. Our guests did not want to leave and commented how good he is. Took the event to the next level, we plan on having him back at our next function.
I am so happy that Carlos was available to perform at our fundraising dinner. I will definitely ask him back to perform at other events. Carlos was on time and professional. He is very talented! People kept coming up to me and telling me what a great performer he was. The evening was upbeat and positive. Loved his choice of songs for our event. I will without a doubt recommend Carlos for any event.
I would first like to say that Carlos was more than what I expected. I knew that he was a great singer and guitarist but I did not know that he was THAT good. I personally didn't get to greet him being how as I was the bride but when I first heard Carlos starting to sing, I was completely in awe. Carlos was professional and prompt in responding to e-mails and my requests. He provided a great list of songs to choose from and was also open to letting me choose songs of my own request. He played them perfectly and was right on time with them all. I had SO many guests ask where I found Carlos at and where he had played before and they were all so impressed with him! I would have to say that Carlos' voice is a perfect mix of smooth and charming and goes so well for a relaxed wedding ceremony for any bride! Thank you Carlos!
Carlos played the cocktail/dinner portion of our wedding and did an amazing job. I could not have asked for a more talented and professional individual. Our guest raved and he even played an additional hour upon our request. What is more, Carlos was kind enough to learn a couple songs that were special for my wife and I. He truly helped make it a magical night for us and I would recomend Carlos for ANY occassion. Also, at $90 per hour he is a steal! I am looking forward to having Carlos play at our 1 year Aniversary. Thanks again Carlos.
My husband and I decided to go with a three piece band and we were not disappointed! Carlos David did such an amazing job at our wedding. They showed up on time and were ready to get started. The music was amazing, I had absolutely no changes to the set list that they had chose for the night. They played all of our dances with personality and it was awesome! We also used them for our ceremony and were not disappointed. I would suggest anyone and everyone using them for an event! All three guys were very nice and the reception just wouldnt have been the same without them.
Carlos is a very talented artist who is professional, and easy to work with. He allowed our wedding ceremony to be extremely personal, singing and playing songs that had meaning to us. He also provided music entertainment over dinner. He had a great song selection and everyone enjoyed his time at the wedding venue. I highly recommend Carlos for any wedding or special event!
We hired Carlos for our annual summer family bbq in Milford. Carlos was awesome to work with and is an excellent performer. He definitely brought the entertainment to this years party ! He is easy to work with, comes prepared and on time with all the professional equipment, has great song choices and is reasonably priced. We received a ton of positive feedback from our guests and they thought Carlos was the reason this was our best party yet. I would definitely recommend Carlos to anyone looking for entertainment for their party or event. We are certainly looking forward to having him back next year…
Carlos performed as a singing guitarist for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. I wasn't picky about which songs he played, so I asked for his input and I loved all of his ideas. Several guests came up to me after the cocktail hour to tell me how great Carlos was. Not only did he sound great, but communicating with him before the event was easy, and his prices are much lower than I would have expected. Carlos was the last vendor that I booked (kind of at the last minute), but I was so very happy that I did! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone!
I love acoustic music and knew I wanted to have a guitarist for my wedding ceremony. When I came across Carlos' website, I was impressed by his talent and his genre of music was exactly what I was into. When the wedding day came around, I was more than happy with his abilities and choice of music! Carlos has amazing talents and he made my wedding ceremony even more special! Thank you Carlos!!
Punctual, easy going, professional, talented, accommodating, and generally amazing--These are only a few words to describe Carlos David! I saw his videos and profile on gigsalad.com and knew he would be perfect for our wedding! I received so many compliments about his style, sound, and presence that I am certain he will get many referrals from my event alone! He was also very willing to Skype with my husband and I to work out our goals for the wedding which was extremely helpful! I cannot say enough great things about Carlos! If you have questions email me but be prepared for me to give rave reviews.
I found Carlos online for my husband's 40th surprise birthday party. I had listened to him online and was pleased. He was awesome!!! Carlos really made the event! He set the tone for the evening, was professional and very friendly. My guests were very pleased, and are still talking about the evening.
We hired Carlos for our company holiday Christmas party. We couldn't have been more pleased! He was very professional! His play list was diverse enough for our extremely diverse crowd and he had a great stage presence. You couldn't beat the talent for the price and I would most certainly hire him again.
I recently hired Carlos David to play at an engagement party. He arrived at on time and dressed appropriately for the occasion. He was the perfect extra touch for the party. Everyone enjoyed the music and using his sound equipment was helpful for the toast. I would use Carlos again.
We hired Carlos to be the entertainment at our church's Oktoberfest event last weekend. He was AWESOME! He played his first song and got a vibe for the crown and catered the rest of the selections to our group. There was serious dancing going on by the time he was done!! We had our meal prior to him starting and invited him to join us. We were all so impressed that he didn't just get a plate and go sit by his equipment and eat. He joined our congregation and sit with us and ate, which was such a cool thing!!! My husband and I plan to have a summer backyard party next year and are already planning to book Carlos because we were so impressed!!!
Incredible value for the money. Carlos has a beautiful voice and was just so fun to have!! He arrived plenty early and set up efficiently. Very professional! Can't recommend him highly enough!
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My husband & I hired Carlos for our 15th anniversary party. He arrived on time, set up, and blended well into the party:) He started off nice and easy thru dinner and as the crowd grew larger & louder his music did as well:) Carlos even played a song that we suggested that wasn't on his playlist! :) We would highly recommend Carlos David for any gathering/party... Our guests loved him! Will hire again:)
Carlos was professional, courteous, and very flexible in working with us. Our customers enjoyed having him here and enjoyed his music. We got some really nice compliments and had a some sales we would not have otherwise.
Carlos performed at our Rehearsal Dinner for my son's wedding. He did an awesome job and I would highly recommend him for any type of event in the future. We received several compliments as did he on the event and the performance. He made this event exceptional for all of us. Thank you Carlos for your time and helping to make this event even more special for our family and friends.
Carlos came as the entertainment for our 5th annual Cinco de Mayo party in our backyard. We had around 40-50 people and everyone said that Carlos made the party complete. He was great! So polite, very attentive, AWESOME voice, and excellent taste in music choice. I really had to do nothing! We are already requesting that he comes back next year. I think Carlos is perfect for any event big or small and you can't find talent at this price. Thank you so much, people are still sending me emails today with comments about your talent. :)
Carlos played at our wedding. He was on time, professional, easy to work with and fit perfectly in our wedding. He was exactly what we were looking for. We had many compliments about our music from guests and had people asking about him for their upcoming weddings. I would definitely recommend him for any wedding. He is a very gifted artist!
Carlos played at our wedding in October, and I think he did an amazing job! I wanted something for my low key wedding, and a guitar soloist was the best addition to the atmosphere. He played several songs before the actual ceremony - including my requests. And then had a beautiful solo during the ceremony. He was there way before the time we requested to set up in time. He played our requested songs and everything was perfect! I would definately recommend to anyone looking for a beautiful soloist for any event!
I am the owner of The Edge Banquet and Conference Center in the Grand Rapids area. In searching for talented and professional musicians I interviewed many as I typically like to provide my customers with a list of highly skilled and qualified people to enhance their event. Carlos certainly exceed all of my expectations and not only is he a truly gifted musician, but he also is a true professional. I have used him for a number of events and have recently decided to hire him for my own person reception. I will continue to use him and would highly recommend his services to anyone.
Everyone really enjoyed Carlos and his music. He was very personable & professional, set up efficiently and even moved from indoors to outdoors part way through to accomodate us. Great sound and variety. Many guests took his information for future consideration. Carlos exceeded our expectations and we would bring him back again without a second thought!
My husband and I hired Carlos to perform at a "backyard patio" party this fall. He was such a big hit! His music was very welcoming and relaxing. He plays a wide variety of music, sure to please every guest. He played well into the night, longer than we even hired him for! He arrived early and was able to mingle with our guests before he started, he's got a great personality, very easy to talk to. I would definately recommend him for any occasion!
Carlos was hired to perform at the Grand Opening of my real estate company's new office building located in historic downtown Deland, Florida. Not only did he set the tone for the event, as we were all a bit nervous, he soothed our souls with his songs.
As people entered and received the "grand tour", they were greeted by the sound of a beautiful acoustic guitar playing and Carlos singing various songs from country to pop with everything in between.
He is an extremely talented artist with a phenonminal gift that envelopes the listener and surrounds them with cool acoustic rythyms and softly flowing lyrics. His price for the gig was very reasonable and I ended up having many inquire as to who he was and how I was able to find him.
Carlos is a loving and giving family man whose demeanor personifies integrity, which eloquently comes through in his musical performances. I highly recommend him to anyone requiring the services of this talented musician.
I've seen Carlos play several times for local outdoor events and once in a coffee shop. As a musician myself, I've also played with him several times.
His did a range of musical genres from country to rock to folk. His personality is quirky, fun loving, and joyful. He engages his audience and creates a relaxing environment. Very professional and considerate. On time to every event. He's incredibly humble, very easy to work with, and a joy to watch.
Carlos Esquivel is not only a great musician but He is one of the best entertainers I have worked with. He is a great singer with a unique tone of voice that catches people’s attention right away. My customers loved the variety of English and Spanish songs that Carlos offered. He has the positive attitude that makes people have a great time. I recommend Carlos for any event (private or public) for the quality of his performances and because he becomes an asset when it comes to marketing your event.
Price Range: $300.00 per event
Gig Length: 120 - 240 minutes
Insurance: $1 - Commercial general liability for all events
What to Expect
Once a deposit is secured the date is set, a contract will be agreed upon by both parties that detail all expectations.
The contract will spell out all the details and requirements needed by speaker.
Most important information will be what the employer is looking for in terms of themes and message that audience need to hear. Carlos will have a positive and entertaining angle on the theme based on pushing through adversity and having a dream.
As a 1st generation son of Guatemalan immigrants, Carlos brings a diverse perspective of mixing the best of the two worlds he grew up in. This experience comes out in his music, message and humor. Professionally, He has worked as a Graphic Designer and currently teaches Printing and Graphic Design in Holland, MI. With endless creativity and insight, Carlos delivers a sound message of hope and strength encouraging young people that they have what it takes.
What to expect when hiring Carlos-
After initial contact with host or coordinator a contract will be sent with all details and information about responsibilities for both the speaker and "employer".
A deposit fee of $50 is required to book Carlos for available dates. Once contract is returned by client, final amounts due will be paid on date of performance. Payments can be made out to artist with CASH or CHECK.
Lodging- Depending on location and time of event lodging may be included in total fee for employer. Please contact for more details.
Equipment- Depending on location and size of audience. We can provide sound equipment for any size event upon request with additional rental fee. Usually there is already equipment available at your location.
Additional Booking Notes
Most schools have sound reinforcement availble for speech and musical performance. Speaker will bring instrument/mic/stand/cables. Employer will be responsible to provide sound. Sound equipment is also available for additional cost if host employer doesn't have any.
Past Booked Events
|September 28, 2012||Private Party|
Influences & Inspiration
My influences are varied and pulled from many sources. Feel free to contact for more information
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