Below are some client testimonials, raves and references from corporate events, wedding receptions / ceremonies, and parties.  Raising Cain encourages you to contact any of them.


• Peggy, mother of the bride for a recent wedding at Della Terra emailed:
Mike and Raising Cain - Thank you again for making our daughter's wedding day so very special. Mike you're amazing!  Pulling everything together even though you are still recovering from surgery is not only incredible but extremely admirable!  Your dedication to client satisfaction is second to none and very much appreciated!  Our family was  so pleased with your violin performance during the ceremony and the band's music during dinner and the dance.  Guests were raving about how much they loved it!  We will definitely be recommending you to anyone we know whose planning an event! Thanks again for helping to make our "Big Day" beautiful and filled with great memories"


Gary Ellison of Longmont, CO agreed to be a reference and wrote:
“I saw the Raising Cain Band last night, Friday December 28th, at the Isle Casino in Blackhawk. The Raising Cain Band is amazing!!!!

There are bands, and there are bands, but you guys are the best of the best. Every song you guys did was spot on. And the energy that each of the band members generates could light up New York City.

I made it a point to tell a couple of the band members, while they were on break, what a great band you are. Not sure if one of them was you. I even sat in front of the bandstand and listened to you guys play for like 20 minutes. I even played the slot machines near the bandstand so as to not miss any of your songs.

I was at the Isle with a friend of mine who does not share the same interest in music that I do. And I was shocked when she really got into your music and wanted to sit and listen to your music. A gentleman playing a slot machine next to me also enjoyed your music very much. We were all tapping our toes to the tunes.  

Please pass on my comments to the band members. What skill, and talent, they all bring to the band and the music they create. 

I hope to see the Raising Cain band again at another venue in the not to far distant future. Makes me want to go out and get married just to have you guys play at the celebration. I guess that is a rather drastic move just to hear you guys play again. lol."


• Brynn Swanson of Save The Date Events:
“You can absolutely list me as a reference!"
(303) 910-4139


• Danielle Wilskonson, bride client:
Yes, you definitely can [use me as a reference]! I would be happy to talk with anyone about our great experience working with you & Raising Cain"


• Corrine Ekle, wedding client:
I would be happy to share my wonderful experience with Raising Cain."


• Lacey Allman, bride client:
Yes, please feel free to use us as a reference. I will recommend you a million times over if asked!!"


• Unsolicited online review from a wedding client:
“Mike was incredibly helpful throughout the planning process and the day of.  We corresponded via email and on the telephone, and he always answered all of my questions and offered tons of helpful advice as we put together our plans for the day.  The band did a classical duet during our ceremony and cocktail hour, and a 5 piece variety band for our reception.

When the weather threatened to derail our entire day, Mike and the band remained very flexible and worked around the logistical difficulties to help us have the wedding and reception of our dreams.  Honestly, he was the most helpful and accommodating of all of our vendors.   The guests all had an absolute blast and can't stop talking about how much fun the band made the party.  We can't imagine our day without Raising Cain, they really made the reception, and we recommend them to anyone looking for a fabulous band for any event - you can't go wrong with these guys!”

- C.C., Lawrence, KS


• Unsolicited email from a wedding client:
“Dear Mike, you and the band are fantastic!  Thank you.  I can't believe I actually had the energy to fill out a survey on Gigmasters - I never do that and am still decompressing; but I did and wanted to share with you what I wrote: “Raising Cain is a fantastic band with a fabulous sound.  There is no doubt these guys and pretty woman are true musicians.  Having several of the band members sing - and can they sing! - gives their sound a versatility throughout the night that kept our guests on their feet the whole night.  With just the right mix of music, great energy and enthusiasm, their performance kept us going 'til the lights went out!  We would recommend them for any event that is meant to be a Fun celebration!””
- Jennifer Bess (and Chuck), Crested Butte, CO


• Review from wedding client at the Denver Art Museum:
“The band was responsive to our requests and did a good job in a challenging venue.  Their sound is very polished and clean.  I can't think of any other single wedding where there were people dancing for EVERY song.  You will pay a little bit more for Raising Cain, but what you get in terms of repertoire and professionalism is well worth it.”
- Andy J, Pinecliife, CO


• Email from a wedding client at Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge:
"Mike and the rest of Raising Cain - It's been almost 2 months now and we're finally getting around to sending out thank yous to the people that made our wedding day perfect...the vendors!  We just wanted to let you know that we were really impressed with Raising Cain and so were all of our guests.  So many people commented on how great you guys were.  You really did a wonderful job!  Your rendition of "Bless the Broken Road" for our first dance was terrific and we'll remember it forever.  Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding exactly what we dreamt it would be.  Thanks again!!”
- Lauren & Erik B.


• Email from a wedding client who offered to be a reference:
“Hi Mike and all of the Raising Cain band.  You were all absolutely wonderful!  You exceeded our expectations!  Tina, the wedding coordinator at the Red Lion said she will only recommend you and one other band in the future.  I hope our dancing energy helped!  I look forward to coming back to Colorado and catching another one of your shows.  The happy couple is honeymooning in Sonoma right now.  They were totally thrilled with all 3 segments of the music that day.  Feel free to have prospective clients/customers contact me if you would like for me to give them a recommendation  :-) Have a wonderful summer!”
- Cindy Falor, 


• Email from a Boulder “Bands On The Bricks” concert attendee:
“I had never heard your band before, but saw "Raising Cain" scheduled for band on the bricks.  Went to your website and read extensively about your band and listened to samples.  I'm impressed by the fact that the musicians are classically trained, which immediately puts the band MANY notches above the average pop band that started in their parents' garage.  My suspicions were confirmed last night when we heard you perform. Everything you perform is excellent.  The high skill level of the musicians is immediately evident; you guys are WAY above average.  A band that can play pop music, jazz standards, and classical is a very unique band.  We were very impressed.  I bought your CD.”
- Tevis, Eldorado Springs, CO


• Email review from a Gigmasters wedding client:
“It’s quite nerve-wracking choosing a band on line, sight unseen, but we couldn’t have picked better.  Our guests couldn’t wait for dinner to be over and the fun to begin.  Everyone was on the dance floor till the final song.  Thank you!”
- Maureen F, Wedding Ceremony, Estes Park, CO


• Email from an audience member at a Nissi’s performance:
“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Raising Cain performance at Nissi's.  The new material is great, band energy very cohesive, impeccable arrangements and performance, vocals and instrumentals amazing, every member superb without the "prima donna" syndrome that plagues so many groups.  So much fun to see you all having a great time onstage.  It translates to the audience who can't help but join in and dance.  We loved it!  Bravo to the entire group!”
- L.C. Wigle, Longmont, CO  (Click HERE to email L.C.)


• Letter from Senator Michael Bennet:
“... Based on their excellent reputation in [the] community and Denver music industry, my campaign selected Raising Cain as the official band for President Barack Obama’s February 18th trip to Colorado.

The band was chosen based on their repute as entertaining, skilled performers as well as true professionals.  President Barack Obama’s visit on February 18, 2010 was a momentous occasion for me personally and my campaign.  It was an honor for me to have Raising Cain ... perform at this important event.

... I hope to have the opportunity to engage Raising Cain in future campaign events. Sincerely, Michael F. Bennet” -
(303) 433-0022


• Feedback from a party client:
“[Raising Cain] played at our home.  It was an outdoor 50th birthday party and the band was fabulous.  All of our guests thought they were the best band they had heard in Denver.  The lead female singer is terrific.  I would highly recommend them to anyone...  I was very happy with the entire experience.”
- Dr. Kathy V., M.D., Morrison, CO


• Thank You note from a wedding client:
“Dear Raising Cain - With our appreciation and enjoyment, we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU for your outstanding and entertaining performance.  We had a truly fantastic & memorable wedding day & all our wedding guests still rave on about the band.  So even [people] in Australia & England now know of Raising Cain!  You managed to perform the few songs we had requested with so much enthusiasm & energy - you certainly know how to get a room full of people up dancing!  For the record, Raising Cain ROCKS!  Anya - your support & professionalism throughout the course [of the] wedding up to our big day is a credit to you.  You were more than accommodating & obliging to any & all suggestions to keep the reception running smoothly.  We thank you once again for all your help.  With fond memories - ROCK ON!”
- Mat & Jacqui Olsen


• Wedding client reference:
- Valerie Granere Eddy


• Professional Talent and Entertainment Agengy:
- Terri Fisher


• Professional Talent and Entertainment Agengy:
- Emily Lenich -


• Email from a wedding client:
“I would be happy to be a reference for you.  We were delighted with the job you did.  You and the group are talented, entertaining and prompt, and very professional.  Go ahead and forward our information to your potential client.”
- Mickey Smith -


• Dick and Marci Lanning, Della Terra - Estes Park wedding clients wrote:
“Raising Cain was the perfect band for our daughter's wedding!!  They were absolutely awesome for both the ceremony and the reception.  We had a rather eclectic group of people, and the entire group (from young, hip professionals to cowboys to my parents who've been married over 50 years) danced and danced all night long.  We are continuing to hear from our guests what a great time they had ... and how terrific the music was.  We cannot thank Mike and the band enough for their flexibility and ability to "nail" the song selections!” -


• David Vendt and Mary Hardt Vendt, Broadmoor Hotel wedding clients wrote:
“Dear Bill - Thank you and Raising Cain for being such an integral part of our daughter’s wedding.  You guys were so wonderful!  Everyone thought you were just the greatest band!  Such FUN!  Thanks for playing all the music we asked for and ending with Jason Mraz.  Fondly, Mary Hart Vendt.”

Brice & Mary Asher Johnson (groom & bride) wrote: “Raising Cain was absolutely amazing!  They learned a song for our first dance and did a fabulous job.  The music was all great and everyone had a blast dancing all night long.  I would reccomend Raising Cain to anyone planning an event.  They were absolutely perfect and made our wedding a wonderful day we and all our guests will never forget!”


• Joel Weinstein, Red Lion wedding client wrote:
“Raising Cain did an excellent job at our wedding this summer.  Before the event, they were responsive and professional in all their interactions with us.  At the event, they really rocked and were completely self-sufficient.  The crowd loved them - many people commented afterward about what a great job they did.”


• Email from a corporate client:
“I just wanted to say a quick thank you for your 4 July show for us at Keystone: nice music professionally delivered under non-ideal circumstances.  Please pass my thanks on to the other members of the group.  Hope the rest of the summer goes well for you all."
- Joe Maclennan, University of Colorado, Boulder


• Transcription from a phone message from a wedding music client:
"This is Mimi Gates, formerly Mimi Hall, calling.  You did an incredible, incredible job at our wedding April 14.  Finally I'm getting back to you... thank you so, so much for the glorious, glorious time that you facilitated our reception to be.  It was all because of your incredible music that kept it all so lively and just in the spirit that C. and I were so excited to have.  The dancing, the music, and everybody had a great, great time.  And you are a talent, and it was so much fun.  So, just endless, endless thank you's...if you ever need a referral, (I'm sure you've got a boat load of them) but count me in.  Thank you from the bottom of both our hearts.  It was just what C. and I had dreamed and you helped realize.  So thank you, take care, bye-bye."

Click the PLAY button to hear Mimi:   


• Email from Cassie B., Castle Rock, CO
“We hired Raising Cain to play at our wedding reception and they helped to make it a lot of fun.  Raising Cain played so many different genres/styles of music that it appealed to all of our guests and both younger and older people really enjoyed it.  I didn't feel as organized as I would have like to have been but Anya really took care of us.  She emceed and helped keep things moving.  They had a vast repertoire and also played a list of songs we requested.  They were even able to learn a song with barely a week left before the wedding day!  It was a Billy Joel song with just the acoustic guitar and Anya's voice and it was really amazing.  Great band.  Two thumbs up!”


• Email from Christa M., Colorado Springs, CO
“Raising Cain was fabulous!  They were exactly what we wanted for our wedding reception.  They are fun, energetic and played the full range of danceable tunes as well as perfect dinner music before the party began.  We love live music, and listened to a ton of Denver and C. Springs bands before making our selection, and Raising Cain had by far the best vocals and musicians we found.  Our wedding guests' ages ranged from late 20's to mid 70's and Raising Cain played something for everyone -- they even personalized the prerecorded tunes they played in between their sets per our request.  We got tons of compliments from our guests about how wonderful the band was, and we recommend them highly!!  Huge thanks to Anya and the whole band.  They were wonderful to work with and extremely professional.  We'd use them again in a heartbeat!”


• Email from Jamie B., Brighton, CO
“Raising Cain did an amazing job playing our private party.  We really wanted a band that could play cover songs and interact with the crowd.  These guys were GREAT!  Each of these musicians are so talented!  They were very professional and a real pleasure to have play at our party.  I whole heartedly recommend Raising Cain to others looking to book a band that will make you happy you spent the money on live entertainment.”


• Email from Brooke Joey Martin, wedding client, Cherry Hills, CO
“Thank you so much.  Everything was wonderful and you even sang Sesame Street for my little cousin.  That was great!  He had so much fun dancing he wore a blister in his foot. We all had a wonderful time...  We will certainly recommend you to our friends.”

Email from Joyce Martin, wedding client, Cherry Hills, CO
“The wedding and music was fabulous!!  Your band was all we could have wished for!”


• Email from Christin Jeffers, wedding client, Breckenridge,CO
“Thank you so much for making our reception a blast!  We had an amazing night and the music was fantastic.  You guys were great at reading the crowd and knew exactly what to play.  Our family and friends had nothing but wonderful things to say about you.  We'll always remember how great the music was that night!”


• Email from RoniLee Reynolds, Event Planner, Kelli’s Kitchen (
“You have a great group and your flexibility was so nice.  I will definitely keep your information on file and pass along to future brides looking for live music.  Have a great rest of your summer and I look forward to working with you again in the future.”


• Email from Jacqui Jessop, wedding client, Lyons, CO
“Raising Cain managed to learn the few songs we had requested - namely our bridal dance song and their performance was so spot on and sung with so much energy and enthusiasm.  They really know how to entertain and get a room full of people up dancing!  They were open to any and all of our suggestions throughout our correspondence.  For the record - Raising Cain ROCKS!!”


• Feeback from Carol Needham, corporate Christmas party client, Denver Marriott, CO
“Hired Raising Cain for the holiday party for my company and everyone thought they were absolutely fabulous.  They played something for everyone.  Would definitely hire them again.”


• Eliza Rayner, wedding client who desired to be a reference
728 Four Mile Canyon
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 440-4180 or (303) 718-1485


• Ginger Bunch, wedding client who desired to be a reference
3201 Wright Ave.
Longmont, CO 80301
(303) 204-8239


• Bill McCarren, wedding client who desired to be a reference
1485 Cassin Court
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 440-6855


• Dean Haakenson, wedding client who desired to be a reference
617 Gay Street
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 682-9506


• Drew Adams, wedding client who desired to be a reference
909 LaFarge Ave.
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 663-5821