Based in Los Angeles, Ben Mallare services all of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii
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From San Diego to Seattle, Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment performs gorgeous wedding ceremonies, classic cocktail hours, and rocking dance parties with epic finishes with their talented crew of A-list musicians.
They'll work tirelessly to customize a unique celebration just for you and your guests. With four affordable live bands, they've got every musical genre covered—from today's top 40 hits to classic rock to country, and everything in between. Including that special song you'd like them to learn JUST for your celebration.
Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment is a one-stop shop for industry-level musicians on every instrument, state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, and an “on-the-fly” dance party formula. They have everything you need to turn your wedding reception into the event of a lifetime.
Prices and/or Package Info
Reception bands range from $6,250 for a standard 4-piece to $12,450 for their 14-piece show band (based on four-hour performances in Southern California). Ceremony & Cocktail Hour ensembles are available a la carte.
For more info, go to their website and click on the “FREE QUOTE” button at the top of the page!
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"We were beyond thrilled with their performance. The dance floor was never empty, no joke."
"He learned FIVE songs for me including first dance, and really played a wide range that had everyone singing along."
"We felt Ben Mallare truly cared about making our wedding day a special event. He consistently asked us what we wanted and how we wanted it. He was willing to do whatever was needed to be done to accommodate our needs."
"After our wedding, we knew we picked the best band possible. They brought so much energy, fed off the crowd, and knew exactly how to make it a fun, memorable event. They went above and beyond."
"They know how to read a crowd and when to play the right song."
"I had a decent amount of requests and our venue was pretty unique with the setup and Ben went above and beyond to accommodate us."
"The guests were wowed by Ben's voice, range and versatility."
"They know how to bring the energy and make sure the party is always going and everyone is having fun."
"Trust me when I say, besides my beautiful wife, the band is what everyone was talking about. It was great."
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Tell us about your company name.I chose to keep the business name straightforward and personal, because nothing else felt quite as authentic to me. I enjoy taking personal responsibility for each of my clients' events, which I've noticed builds extra confidence and security for my clients. Many couples also want to know who their lead singer/MC is in advance of the big day, so beyond the Ben Mallare Band, each of our other bands are also named after its lead singer/MC.
Why should someone hire you?We care about what we do – a lot! Each wedding is one-of-a-kind, and it's the biggest day of our clients' lives. We pay careful attention to detail to make sure we haven't missed anything, and there's nothing that makes us happier than a full dance floor of guests celebrating our clients.
What are the common misconceptions about your services?Ask Adam Sandler! Truthfully, there ARE many tacky wedding bands still working today, and while a certain demographic may like the old norm, the younger generation doesn't appreciate it as much. Our look and performance style is about as current as it gets, but we do still take on many classic party hits from the 50s through 80s.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started?I moved to Los Angeles in 2013, and I had – as the old adage goes – nothing but a dream! The goal was to pursue a career as a singer, and I wasn't picky about what that looked like. I joined another wedding band right out the gate, and after a few months realized that my dual business and music degree had already given me the expertise I needed to start my own operation.
What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work?Musically, my inspiration draws from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Adele, and Kelly Clarkson—singers with big voices who have connected with audiences on an emotional level. In terms of business inspiration, there is another company called Wayne Foster Entertainment that inspired me to pursue excellence in the field of events and entertainment.
What makes a wedding memorable for you?Emotional moments stick with me. Witnessing the love between family members and friends is an honor, and it's hard not to tear up after an especially sweet toast or dance.
What have weddings taught you?Unsurprisingly, they've taught me a lot about relationships! There have been many weddings where I've listened to our couples' vows pondering my own experience. I've had the privilege to watch my own relationship grow over the last several years, and I can think of many hallmark moments during vows and toasts over the years where I drew some parallels to my own experience.
What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding?Hire the best professionals, and then let them be the best! I know that for some couples, the urge to micromanage is REAL, and I do understand why. However, this can seriously jeopardize the quality of service a vendor can provide. For instance, we used to accept edited song lists from our couples, but they would sometimes choose only songs they would listen to themselves at that moment. Unfortunately, this has no bearing on what makes an amazing dance party for family and friends. We now ask our couples to trust our judgement. We have years of experience reading our crowds and selecting the best songs to play to make that particular party the most fun and memorable it can possibly be.
If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be?To get Grandma out on the dance floor!
What's your favorite quote?"That which does not kill us, makes us stronger." —Friedrich Nietzsche
Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment Covers These Areas:
- Bay Area
- East Bay
- Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
- San Francisco
- San Jose / South Bay
- Beach Cities / Palos Verdes / Long Beach
- Los Angeles
- Orange County
- Palm Springs / Palm Desert / Coachella Valley
- Paso Robles and the Central Coast Wine Country
- Riverside / Inland Empire
- San Bernardino Mountains / Lake Arrowhead
- San Diego
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley / Pasadena
- Santa Barbara County
- San Luis Obispo and Central Coast Beach Area
- Santa Clarita Valley / Antelope Valley
- Temecula Wine Country
- Ventura County
- Las Vegas
- And other areas by special arrangement.
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