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Ceremony Music in Carlsbad, CA,
(760) 687-6772
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    Tony Rodríguez

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  • We have enjoyed Desi’s performances at Bali Hai happy hour which he transported to our home to give us Hawaii in Port Loma with our favorite tunes. One of the best parties we ever had with friendly and talented entertainment that thrilled our friends and family. Thank you and can’t wait to enjoy this again.

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    Thank you so much Tony & Tracy for this awesome review! I enjoyed being a part of your anniversary celebration- what a great party! I truly appreciate the business and your kind words!

    Holly Wallace

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  • Desi is professional, entertaining, and on-time. I have worked with him for the last 2 years for my corporate events. He also plays weekly at my favorite bar/restaurant Bali Hai. On top of it all he is affordable!

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    Thanks so much Holly! It's always a pleasure working with you. I really appreciate your business and this great review!

    Chris Kinney

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  • Desi is a phenomenal musician! Although his focus is Hawaiian music, he does pop and some country also. The music ranges from easy listening to more lively. Whatever he plays, all of his renditions of songs that I've listened to on YouTube are better than the originals. Desi is very friendly and professional. We go down to Bali Hai every 2 or 3 weeks and always look forward to seeing him perform! A wonderful time...

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    Mahalo nui loa Chris for the 5 stars and such a great review! And thank you for taking the time to write a review. Hope to see you again soon at Bali!! -Desi

    Cathy Brazee

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  • We saw Desi perform at the Bali Hai during happy hour and knew immediately that we wanted to hire him for our ceremony and reception. Our wedding was only 3 months away but we contacted him and we was available for our date! Our wedding was a lunch reception at the Bali Hai and Desi was wonderful! His music and ambiance was exactly what we were looking for. He was very professional, early and on time to set up, and provided a mic stand for our officiant as well. He contacted us after we hired him and went over details of the day and any particular songs we wanted played; he will sing and DJ :) He sang somewhere over the rainbow for when I walked down the isle and he nailed it! Everyone at the wedding kept saying how amazing he was! His energy and experience with performing at weddings is what will set him apart from anyone else. Do yourself a favor and Hire Desi for your wedding or any event for that matter!

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to review my music and services! I really appreciate all of your kind words and specific highlights of your experience. It was a pleasure playing for your wedding! Mahalo nui loa for the love! And Mahalo nui for your generous gratuity!

    Alycia Martin

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  • Desi was everything we hoped for for our wedding!! He was very communicative, and shows he truly cares for his clients. Our wedding plans changed a few times due to Covid and he was there for us the whole way along, adapting to and supporting us in the madness. We went from a big wedding in May to an immediate family backyard ceremony in July. Desi was on board and beautifully played a song he learned for us for my walk down the aisle. His music truly made our day, and our families were amazed by him. He took the time to meet everyone and knew them by name when he left. He is not only a fantastic performer, but a person of great character and happiness that will make your day magical!

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    Aloha Alycia, Wow, thank you for such an awesome review and for the 5 stars! Your wedding was a pleasure to play at and you and Omar are great clients! Mahalo nui loa, Desi

    Kiana Morris

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  • Desi is incredible! My husband and I had our original wedding canceled because of the pandemic. When we decided to get married in September, we were so lucky to find Desi!! In only a few weeks, he helped make our dream wedding come true. He played a wonderful mix of Hawaiian and reggae music. As a present to my husband, I danced hula accompanied by his music. Happy tears all day! Mahalo nui loa, Desi!!

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    Thank you Kiana for such a great review of my services! Your wedding was fun and your hula was beautiful! It was a pleasure for me! -Desi

    Mel Scott

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  • What a voice! Man, that guy can really play guitar! The compliments just kept pouring in all night long from our wedding guests. Seriously, I think he made our wedding so much more awesome with his music. Desi is the consummate professional and knows how to read and play for a crowd. We would totally recommend Music by Desi to anyone looking for the perfect music for their wedding.

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    Thanks for the kind words! Your wedding was a pleasure and I enjoyed playing at your fun reception! I appreciate your time and aloha writing this review.

    Staci S.

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  • We hired Desi for our wedding reception Jan 2020, he was a key factor in creating the relaxing, warm, welcoming vibe we were looking for. Extremely professional, kind, punctual and talented. The booking process was effortless, we received immediate contact/responses. Desi came early to the event, accommodated our needs in more ways than we originally requested. We received numerous comments from our guests that he was the best musician. Would highly recommend Desi.

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    Aloha Staci, Thank you so much for the positive comment and 5 stars! So happy you were pleased with my music. Best wishes to you and Daniel!

    David Manor

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  • Desi’s performance at out wedding was perfect! He was easy to work with and was able to accommodate exactly what we wanted. We were very impressed with his singing and the timing of the music we requested, and we received many compliments about Desi from out guests also.

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    Thanks for the kind words David! Your wedding was a pleasure and I enjoyed playing at your fun reception! I appreciate your time and aloha writing this review.

    Elise

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  • So amazing!!!!! He made our wedding day and our guests loved him! So very talented.

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    Thanks for the kind words Elise! Your surprise wedding was a first for me; I enjoyed playing at your FUN reception! I appreciate your time and aloha writing this review.

    Dana

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  • Live guitar and vocals and Ukulele! Hawaiian favorites AND he deejays all the popular stuff. And he blew the conch shell at the ceremony for an authentic Hawaiian touch. Very knowledgeable and respectful of our selections. Desi made the party. Thanks!

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    Thanks for the kind words Dana! Your beachside ceremony was memorable- beautiful wedding! It was fun reception too. I appreciate your time and aloha writing this review.

    Elle Conwell

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  • We first saw Desi perform while enjoying cocktail hour at Bali Hai restaurant. We decided we couldn’t celebrate our big day without having him preform. It was a great decision and We cannot speak highly enough of Desi! He was quick to answer or questions and learned several songs for our wedding, even putting his twist on Tom Perry’s “Here Comes My Girl” for me to walk down the aisle. Our guests loved him and he created the perfect atmosphere for our cocktail hour. If we didn’t live far away we would be visiting him weekly at Bali Hai!

    Courtney Davidson

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  • We feel so lucky to have found Desi to play for cocktail hour of our wedding. Having Desi play at our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. Everything about the experience was wonderful from his incredible musical talent, to his awesome, laid back, happy vibe. Desi plays a wide range of songs and covers them very, very well. I love that he plays such a variety of styles from Jack Johnson to traditional Hawaiian music and lots in between. Desi played All You Need Is Love by the Beatles while my dad and I walked down the aisle...I definitely saw a few tears. We had so many compliments from our guests who loved Desi's music as much as we do. Cannot say how special he made our big day and we are truly thankful.

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    Aloha Courtney & Mike, Thank you for the great review! I really appreciate your kind words. So happy to be part of your incredible wedding day. Mahalo nui loa!

    Kim S

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  • Do yourself a favor, and book Desi!!! My husband and I booked him for our island themed wedding. I'm from Maui so having a local vibe was really important to me. Desi, the island guy he is, 100000% delivered. The atmosphere he created for the ceremony with his vocals and ukulele was exactly what we dreamed of and the guests could not stop raving about his performance during cocktail hour. He was one of the best decisions we made for our magical wedding!!! He will make your event epic. Thank you Desi!!

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    Mahalo Kim for the great review! I appreciate you taking the time to write and post such positive feedback. Your entire wedding, start to finish was beautiful and a lot of fun. Thanks for making me part of your big day.

    Lydia Atchison

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We were planning out wedding from afar, in hopes of creating a tropical island vibe for our big day. In choosing our venue, Bali Hai, we stumbled upon Desi while clicking through Instagram. He and his manager were quick to reply, had a simple rate card to understand and the booking process was a piece of cake as well. Leading up to the wedding week, we had a great call with Desi to go over all the details and he was not even phased by the challenge of the songs we wanted played acoustically at the wedding. From "Thinking Out Loud" to "Love Story" to "I'm Yours", Desi nailed it! My friends and family continued to enjoy his performance through cocktail hour and then he emceed the reception where we ended up dancing the night away. It felt like we had family running the show, which made it fun. Thanks Desi for making our special day such a blast!

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    Thanks so much Lydia! I appreciate you taking the time to write and post such positive feedback. So glad everything met your expectations. What a fun wedding! Thanks for making me part of your big day.
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