I am an experienced singer/guitarist who's been performing live in the greater Sacramento area for over 10 years. I also play other instruments including piano, violin, and pedal steel. I specialize in house parties, corporate events, weddings.
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I used Ryan for a client holiday party and he and Brian were a huge hit! Ryan was super easy to work with and we were so happy to have him join us to create a wonderful vibe for the event. He was willing to run with the flow of the event and play what worked for the crowd and he read them very well! They have such an array of talents and were completely versatile. Both with fantastic instrument ability as well as being able to sing anything! Guests were blown away by the party and both Ryan and Brian are a huge part of that.
I highly recommend them and looking forward to booking with them again.
Thanks so much!
Ryan's professionalism and performance exceeded all expectations. He performed at our wedding and made us feel at ease and that all was handled and even recommended our wedding coordinator who was a gem. He provided our ceremony mic and sound, MC'd the reception, and performed during our cocktail hour, first dance, and reception. What I love is that Ryan can play the classics and unconventional music- from 90s R&B and grunge to video game montages. We received so many compliments on the music, which made it memorable for us and our guests. Ryan and his counterpart, Kaz, were really a key component of this day. Their flow was seamless and his and Kaz's musical skills are phenomenal- voice and instrumental. Couldn't recommend more highly. Skip the cliche DJ and opt for something much more special and unique.
My husband and I hired Ryan for our indoor wedding. We needed an Emcee, wanted live music during dinner, and I wanted people to dance more than anything at the end of the night. I had seen Ryan play at local venues for nearly 10 years and never once heard him have an "off" night. I knew Ryan was who we needed for our wedding and fortunately, he was available for our event. His professionalism extended from his point-of-contact email to his follow up and follow through leading up the event, his early arrival and set up in formal attire, his adaptability of the songs we chose to be performed live for the first dance, mother/son dance, and father/daughter dance (which we requested to be modified - he NAILED IT!), to his ridiculously awesome playlist for the recorded music that had the PERFECT blend of fast and slow songs, generational classics, new hits, and the resources to accommodate every request flawlessly. His ability to Emcee was spot-on with a charismatic and experienced stage presence. His performance of the live dinner music had a blend of romance, love, and laughter that enhanced the evening while still allowing our family and friends to converse. I trusted Ryan from the beginning and he did not let me down. He is one of the nicest people you will ever have the pleasure of working with. Our guests are still raving about the music and I cannot speak highly enough about such a talented artist who is truly a master of music.
As someone with a musical background. I’ve heard Ryan sing multiple times and different venues and I must say there is nobody better in town. He knows a diverse selection of tracks for any type of event and his voice and guitar skills are stellar. He knows how to read a crowd and throws in whitty jokes to keep it fun. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a memorable experience from live music.
Ryan and Kaz were unbelievable at our wedding! Ryan took the liberty of learning our favorites song to be performed at the wedding and made it an unforgettable experience. Everything from the ceremony to the reception was so well prepared. Ryan met with us prior to the wedding and really wanted to understand our vision. Well, he nailed it. If you're looking for the perfect musical addition to your big day, look no further and book Ryan NOW. Thank you both for an incredible day. We'll remember it always.
We hired Ryan to perform at our recent wedding and he absolutely did not disappoint! We hired him on a whim after doing some research on wedding bands in the Sacramento/Reno area- we saw his phenomenal reviews and hired him without even meeting him. Probably one of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding!
Ryan performed acoustically during our ceremony and cocktail hour and then he got the full band going (including saxophone!) for a lively dance party for the reception. Everyone had an awesome time- at one point, our photographer mentioned to us how only 10 of our guests were not on the dance floor! Ryan was easy to work with, extremely communicative and friendly and accommodating of my last minute song requests.
If you are looking for a great wedding band- hire Ryan! He is insanely talented and has the unique ability to do both acoustic and full out wedding band perfectly!
I have hired Ryan and Kaz now twice for my events, as they are both extremely talented musicians and can play a variety of music that everyone enjoys. When they played one of my bosses' favorite tunes, he knew we had picked the right musical duo. I won't hesitate to recommend Ryan Hernandez Duo for any event where you want to impress your bosses and please your guests. The bosses and I are already interested in having Ryan and Kaz play at our 2020 reception that is out of the area -- they are that good! I would buy their CDs if I could. Did I mention that they are the nicest guys too?
Omggg Ryan and Brian killed it on Wednesday night while performing at my husbands surprise bday party last Wednesday night. They brought their guitars, bass, violin, percussion and harmonica and depending on the song chose which instrument to play. As we walked into the Pink Martini where the party was held they started jamming to DMBs #41, our fave song, and brought tears to our eyes! Everyone at our event was floored at how great they sounded. Thanks again guys for an incredible evening, we can’t wait to follow you around this summer 💗🙌🏼🎉 🎶
This is the second year that Insure the Uninsured Project used the musical services of Ryan and Kaz. They were great! They played acoustic guitar with vocals at a pre-conference dinner. They showed up on time, with positive attitudes, and played a relaxing set for over 260 attendees. Ryan was easy to work with leading up to our event and they were responsive onsite. We received numerous compliments on the song choices and ambiance created by this dynamic duo. I would recommend Ryan and Kaz for a reception or dinner entertainment in a heartbeat.
We were looking for live music for our wedding ceremony and courtyard cocktail hour, and came across Ryan and Kaz on Thumbtack. We loved the sound of his voice and the instrumentals on his website so we sent a message to him. Ryan was incredibly responsive and the quote was within our range, so we set up a phone call. We talked with Ryan about what we were looking for, and the kind of music and vibe we were envisioning, and he immediately was providing suggestions and input on the ideas we had, and we knew he was the right fit. He even played and sang for us over the phone so we knew what the songs we wanted would really sound like. Without ever meeting him in person or hearing them play, we signed a contract. The day of the wedding, Ryan and Kaz played music as guests were arriving...and immediately set the mood for a romantic and unique wedding ceremony. It was all acoustics for pre-ceremony and ceremony, with vocals added for the cocktail hour. This was a great transition and surprise for guests as their voices really got the party started. The acoustic version of Here Comes the Sun they played as I walked down the aisle to my husband-to-be was something I will never forget - they nailed it!
ALL of our guests raved about the live music cocktail hour, and a month later people are still asking me who played at the wedding because they were so great. I would recommend Ryan and Kaz to anyone looking for live music for their wedding or other special event. They were great.
We are so thrilled that Ryan Hernandez performed at our Wedding reception. He and Kaz were excellent. They covered all the songs we requested . They added some acoustic choices that were very appealing to our venue. Many guests commented on the quality and expertise of the group.
We would strongly recommend choosing Ryan to perform at your venue.
Ryan and Kaz were absolutely amazing at my wedding. I had seen them perform previously a few times and was thoroughly impressed by their performance. However, at the wedding, they seemed to kick it into an even higher gear. They did a stellar job with ceremony music and keeping people dancing until the very end. I can’t give these guys enough praise for making our wedding unforgettable.
Would have them do my next wedding, but I am only getting married once.
Ryan provided a one-man acoustic guitar & vocal set for our product launch party, and we were looking for a "chill vibe" to the event - he executed this perfectly! We were amazed by his talent, and hope to listen to him at a future event instead of working next time. Thank you Ryan, for your skill, expertise and professionalism. Very easy to work with!
Ryan and the band are such a fun and talented group of musicians! We have had them perform for 2 of our Wine Club events. Our members rave about them and keep asking when we are going to have them back! I highly recommend booking him for any occasion!
I heard Ryan and Kaz play at Scribner Bend one day when I was there wine tasting. It was a beautiful day, made even better with their amazing music. We asked for their card and contacted Ryan about playing at our Welcome Party the night before our wedding. Ryan was so easy to work with and was willing to hop on the phone and talk through song suggestions and hear what we liked. Fast forward to the day of, everyone at our Welcome Party LOVED the music. We heard so many compliments throughout the night, and after that Ryan and Kaz did such an amazing job and added the perfect touch to our cocktail party. HIGHLY recommend, and I can't wait to see them perform again next time I'm in Sacramento!
Ryan has surrounded himself with great musicians. The bands he puts together are professional and know how to read a crowd. He played on consecutive nights for 350+ wine club members and they LOVED it. We will be booking Ryan again for sure!
Ryan did an unbelievable job for us at my daughter's high school graduation party. We gave him a song list of a lot of material that was new for him and he put the preparation work in to perfecting the music. He's super adaptable and hip and just all around star. You can't wrong with him!
We had Ryan and his band play at the Lodi ZinFest and they were awesome! They sounded great and the crowd loved them. I would highly recommend the band for any event!
Ryan and Kaz performed at my wedding on April 29th and The Firehouse Restaurant and it was AMAZING. It was my dream to walk down the aisle to "A Thousand Years" on piano and Ryan made that dream come true. He performed during cocktail hour and everyone commented on how amazing the music was. I didn't give them any direction on the music to play during cocktail hour since I had seen Ryan live many times and trusted him to take the reigns and it was perfect. Also, one less thing to worry about. He also helped with the microphone for the ceremony, which was awesome. Having them play at my wedding was a dream come true. Book them!
The strongest of 5 stars, four thumbs up and any of the best ratings I can give. First, Ryan is a great communicator. He’s responsive and when you’re planning an event you want and need someone who gets back to you right away. All the way up to the wedding he was engaged and very much part of our wedding team and made the best suggestions and helped make everything perfect even with last minute switches. We already knew he was great but to hear our guests rave about him from the ceremony music all the way through to the end with great dance music, we could not have been more pleased. It was fun having Ryan and Kaz there and we were so comfortable with them it felt like our friends were doing our music. He clearly had our best interests at heart.
Ryan was not only an amazingly talented performer but also a warm, friendly, and thoughtful DJ who lead the entertainment festivities seemlessly!! I would recommend him for any event requiring music. Ryan even learned our song we wanted performed as we walked down the aisle. He made our wedding day unique and meaningful every step of the way. He made what we dreamed of possible. Thank you Ryan and Kaz for the attention to detail and bringing out your talents for us.
I cannot recommend Ryan Hernandez enough. I had never heard him before and hired him on short notice for our buffet style wedding reception at La Venadita in February 2018. We are so lucky to have found him and that he was available.
This is hard to write because I almost have no words to describe how special and perfect everything was. The soundtrack Ryan provided really made the night. We provided him a few favorite songs and artists to play live (including our first song "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran) and he took it from there. He and Kaz played beautiful acoustics while people started to arrive and then they began the live vocals. They were absolutely incredible, every guest came up to ask where I found them and comment on how phenomenal they were. Their music elevated the ambiance of the event to such an unexpectedly magical and romantic level, we were blown away. He did his versions of many of our favorite songs live and they were all incredible. After a few hours he transitioned into a DJ set for dancing (after everyone had a couple margaritas) no one really wanted them to stop playing live but then he started playing hit after hit and had created the perfect dance playlist. We had ages 3 to 90 dancing and singing for hours.
Ryan, thank you, you created the perfect soundtrack to our evening and we will be forever grateful for the memories you helped create.
Originally I contacted Ryan for live music only and figured we would do that for a couple hours and then plug in a playlist. Then I read another review that said he DID IT ALL, live, MC, and DJ and I figured I'd spring for the whole package, I am so glad that I did. Ryan is incredibly personable and professional. He made announcements throughout the night, introduced us as a couple, announced the first dance, and passed a mic around for toasts. We had a casual taco reception and he provided the exact amount of structure that the event needed. Hire him. We are currently working on figuring out what we can hire him for next....
I am a marketing manager and events coordinator and I hired Ryan to perform at a company holiday party. I found Ryan to be very professional, super easy to communicate with, and most of all: very talented. I have seen Ryan perform three times now and I am so impressed by the variety of music and instruments he plays. I had several compliments from our guests and Ryan and his accompanist Kaz truly made our party a hit! We would hire Ryan again for future events.
Ryan performed/DJ'd our wedding on 10/7/17. He acted as DJ, Live Performer, and MC, and did each task perfectly. Our ceremony started at 4pm and Ryan arrived several hours in advance to set up, mic check, and tie up any last minute details. Once the ceremony began, he made sure everything ran smoothly and on time (which never happens at weddings). From there, he made a seamless transition to the reception space and began playing acoustic renditions as well as making general announcements to ensure all of our guests were made aware of the nights festivities. By far the BEST part of the night was his live acoustic singing of our first dance. EVERYONE in attendance loved it. Throughout the evening, he kept the party going with music and even interacted with our guests whenever they approached him.
If you are still looking for a musical performer/DJ/MC, stop. No matter the event, Ryan is the best choice that you can make. His professionalism alone was enough for us to hire him, but when you add that to his musical talent, you simply cannot find anyone better. Everything from start to finish was perfect.
I have been listening to Ryan and Kaz play for many years & I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted them to play at my wedding! Ryan was on top of every aspect of the music. I didn't make it easy by selecting a few Ceremonial Hymns for our church service, but Ryan picked it up immediately. Ryan adapts to any situation, and besides being immensely talented, he captured everyone's attention! He knew the exact segment of each song that should be played during the ceremony to get the fullest effect.
Ryan & Kaz then played accoustically during our dinner service, and although my venue challenged us by not allowing amps or microphones outside, Ryan & Kaz still delivered the vocals and music for all to enjoy from their seats. Anyone should be honored to have these two amazing gentlemen play for their events. This was one piece of my special day that I never worried about. I let Ryan take the lead, choose the songs he wanted to sing, and I enjoyed it all. You always want to make sure you have the best, and THEY ARE the BEST!! Thank you Ryan & Kaz for such an amazing day & memory I will cherish forever!
My husband and I can't say enough wonderful things about Ryan! He was the perfect touch to our summer wedding. Ryan sang before and during our ceremony, throughout cocktail hour, and he serenaded us during our first dance.
Ryan was extremely thoughtful, kind, and attentive before, during, and after our wedding. He was very responsive and genuinely interested in making our wedding day perfect. We will never be able to thank him enough for making us feel so special!
Ryan and his partner played for our wedding celebration in Davis last month. There were about 50 guests and it was outside on a patio at a restaurant. We wanted a relaxed but fun vibe - they played background music during dinner (even the super mario brothers theme song to everyone's delight!) and then transitioned to great on-request dance tunes for an hour afterwards. Ryan was an absolute pleasure to work with - very flexible, enjoyable, and a fabulous musician. Would recommend him for anything!!
Ryan has performed in our upscale hotel lobby for various events for the last 10 years. He is always professional, courteous, entertaining, and on time. He plays a nice variety of music, and plays it well. Our guests love it when he's here and we truly appreciate the atmosphere he creates.
Ryan has played a few of my events and has always been easy to work with and professional. Whether he is a solo, duo or sometimes a band, Ryan delivers every time!
We needed some live entertainment for our Company Holiday Party and during our meeting the first person that popped up in our head was Ryan Hernandez. Not only did he make it work around his busy schedule, he was very communicative and extremely professional. He showed up way before our event to set up and make sure he was ready to go, he delivered an amazing performance which had everyone up and dancing while taking request, and he was extremely friendly and interactive with our entire staff.
We are already looking forward to having Ryan at our next event this summer. If you need an incredible musician, look no further! Keep up the great work Ryan!
My mother means the world to me she had been battleing cancer for a year now and her and I shared a love song (Let her go, by the group Passanger.) I contacted Ryan Hernandez and explained how I needed this to be special if he could sing this song for my mother. I expected every one to enjoy the song but I could not expect how great it would be. thank you Ryan yes, you sang our song better than the original, everyone loved it. I would like to ad that it was easy to arrange no hassles or worrries I told him what I needed and it was done at a time like this in my life it was nice to not have to worry. Thank you again for such a great performance. I recommend Ryan for any social event his music is on you tube that is how I was able to hear his voice but if he can't help you he will make sure to find the right artist for you.
We found Ryan through a prior performer we had at our antique event who was booked for our next one. Ryan understood our need to have someone not be the center of attention but still have a presence for wandering at our event. He had his own book of music for our fall event and returned for Christmas. Both times the customers loved him asking him to return with rave reviews. He is not flashy, and is professional, timely and priced well for the high level of talent he offers. I would love to hire him for any private family functions that come along.
We hired Ryan to play at Oak Park Brewing Company in Sacramento and he was an absolute hit with our clients. From guitar to violin he played it all but his voice is where he really shines. We would absolutely hire him again.
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Ryan Hernandez, a lifelong native of Sacramento, has been delighting audiences with his voice and his musical abilities for many years now. Performing unique renditions of everything from Pop, Folk, and R&B hits of today to yesterday's Nostalgic Rock and Soul Classics, Ryan covers a wide variety of genres.
Ryan and his band have a wealth of experience playing in many personal and professional settings and will perfectly suit any function in sound and style. His music provides the perfect background entertainment for receptions, private events, corporate events, holidays events, fundraisers, and for restaurant and bar atmospheres.
Ryan is not only an incredible vocalist, but he also plays the guitar, piano, upright bass, pedal steel, violin, and began his musical career as a percussionist. With Ryan comes a wealth of other incredible musical colleagues and friends who can fill out any stage, for any sized audience.