I'm a classically trained musician who also loves karaoke! I've been presenting karaoke around the D.C. area for almost ten years - at all kinds of private events as well as at bars + nightclubs - and I'm available to provide YOU with a karaoke show or a karaoke system rental!
No event is too small! My venues have ranged from a home basement rec room to a Baltimore Hilton main ballroom.
* Wedding receptions/after-parties
* Employee incentives
* Picnics & reunions
* Conference entertainment
I bring the equipment you need, thousands of songs, and a big smile - you bring the voices! Let's make you and your guests the stars at your next event!
We booked Dave for a birthday party and had a great experience. Dave is prompt in responding to any questions, and Very professional from beginning to end. He arrived early to set up, has multiple binders of every song imaginable, and you can even ask him to adjust tempo and keys.
Response from Dave The Karaoke Guy:
Thank you so much, Betty - what a fun group and some great singing talent as well. Looking forward to working with you again in the future!
Dave did a good job and the party was a success - we would hire him again.
Dave dh'd our family birthday party on July 4th. He was easy to work with and played whatever we requested. He had about six books to look through and every generation found songs to sing. He was amenable to whatever we requested. Just a really nice guy! Would definitely recommend him and will definitely use him again. :)
Many thanks to Dave for helping us ring, I mean sing in the new year. Those who joined in thoroughly enjoyed themselves and others really enjoyed the entertainment. Dave was timely, professional and has a pretty good song library. We look forward to another opportunity.
Response from Dave The Karaoke Guy:
Thanks, Jade! I had as much fun as you all did and was happy to make some new friends. Hope to see you all again soon!
Price Range: $300 - $800
Gig Length: 120 - 360 minutes
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Standard DJ/KJ liability coverage - will provide a Certificate of Insurance on request
What to Expect
A karaoke DJ is a cross between a game show host, a master of ceremonies, a disc jockey, and a ringleader! I introduce singers, perhaps ask them a couple of questions to put them at ease, occasionally walk through the crowd to break the ice, announce the song, and keep the music going as smoothly as possible in between singers. I might also suggest songs to people based on their musical interests or what kind of voice they have. Overall, the more people who participate (singing talent NOT required) and the more they and I interact with each other, the more fun everyone will have.
David Gaines (a.k.a. Dave The Karaoke Guy) is a classically trained musician with over 35 years of experience in all aspects of music and audio. A recipient of Thumbtack BEST OF 2015 & 2016 awards as well as Thumbtack's exclusive Top Pro designation in 2017, he has been hosting karaoke with his unique blend of humor, encouragement, and friendly banter at private events around the Washington/Baltimore area since 2009. David has also been the house KJ at D.C.'s Uptown Tap House and Sign Of The Whale, the American Tap Room in Rockville, Md., Charlie's Bar at Mangia Italian Grill & Sports Café in Annapolis, Md., and Rams Head Dockside in Glen Burnie, Md.
Why hire Dave?
• Solid reputation as a reliable and ethical music professional who is super friendly and easy to work with
• Years of karaoke experience in nearly all types of venues and with all age groups
• KJ bookings carry full liability insurance (COI provided to clients on request)
• Many thousands of songs from all genres and time periods -- 1940s standards to this year's top 40 hits -- with more added every week....special requests are no problem!
• All songs purchased as downloads from reputable commercial karaoke distributors or as original CD+G discs - no pirating or illegal copying
• Repeat clients receive a 10% discount
• My KJ services are built around a professional, computer-based PA system custom designed by me specifically for high quality karaoke audio and video
• My rentals feature pro quality machines packed with features but very easy to use — delivery*
and setup included!
• I provide karaoke exclusively - not as a sideline or add-on to a DJ business
** Rental system deliveries are free within 20 miles of
Rockville 20851 - each additional mile is $2.50 (up to 30 miles)
Additional Booking Notes
I have a complete PA system designed by me specifically for karaoke audio/video. It includes a professional, laptop-based karaoke hosting program, stand-mounted flatscreen TV with HDMI inputs, and various small accent lights. I can configure the PA system either on the small side (for private homes, bars, apartment complex community rooms, small conference rooms) or the larger side (for corporate cafeterias, hotel ballrooms and large conference rooms, outdoor events, etc.). I also have a 2nd video output available by way of an HDMI splitter in case your venue has a TV for the audience to view. I'll bring the appropriate system for your needs after consulting with you.
Past Booked Events
|February 16, 2019 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Birthday Party|
|October 05, 2017 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm||Corporate Event|
|July 09, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:30pm||Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party|
|January 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||American Tap Room, Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD|
|January 08, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||American Tap Room, Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD|
|December 18, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Rockville, MD|
|December 16, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Damascus, MD|
|December 16, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 13, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Washington, DC|
|December 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Gaithersburg, MD|
|December 10, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Potomac, MD|
|December 09, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Gaithersburg, MD|
|December 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Chantilly, VA|
|December 04, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Washington, DC|
|July 28, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|July 04, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|December 30, 2013||Private Party|
I need at LEAST two hours, and frequently three hours, prior to start time for loading in, parking, setting up, and doing a soundcheck. If there's no elevator or lift and I have to load in up a stairway to an upper floor, that requires even more time (and
I carry a handcart with me but if you or your venue have a large dolly or luggage cart available, that is always helpful.
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