Top-rated wedding bands in Santa Barbara

Stunning, secluded and deep, Santa Barbara's wedding venues combine rustic beauty with elegant amenities. You get to chose how you'd like to celebrate with your guests: up in the hills at San Ysidro Ranch, by the ocean at Bacara Resort, or maybe at a magnificent hotel in downtown Santa Barbara or an amazing winery in nearby Santa Ynez, like the Roblar Winery..

Santa Barbara is Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment's flagship metro area. Our clients love the way our aesthetic blends with the natural richness of Santa Barbara. Combining our acoustic sound with over sixty years of popular music, we add the right touch to each element of the evening: beautiful love songs to start the evening, singer-songwriter favorites for cocktail hour, classic standards for dinner, and finally the best dance party you'll ever enjoy to close out the evening.

Surrounding areas: Santa Ynez, Carpinteria, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Goleta, Solvang, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Cayucos


Couple: Alexa & Andrew

Date: May 19, 2018

Venue: Rancho San Antonio

Reviewed On: WeddingWire

We cannot say enough good things about Ben Mallare, Stefan, and everyone from their team. I do want to highlight four things that really struck me:

First and foremost the band is sounded incredible. I was beyond impressed with their musicianship, energy, and professionalism. I highly recommend Stefan as a lead singer and Samantha as your female pipes!

Secondly, Ben is incredible as the leader of this operation. He is super responsive and professional. Even when there was a potential issue arose, Ben solved the issue in a beyond satisfactory way.

Thirdly, the band’s flexibility was everything that we hoped for. They can learn up to four songs and played them to perfection. They have an impressive diversity in their repertoire, which satisfied the youths and the conservative grandparents (no small feat!!)

Finally, we want to make a note on the value. Initially we had budgeted less for music at the venue. We had to think long and hard if we wanted to reallocate the budget to get these guys... and we strongly believe it was worth every penny. The band added so much to every stage of our wedding. The ceremony music (they played my wife’s walk down song live & acoustic!) to MCing the grand entry and speeches, and the music during the reception were all incredible. I cannot articulate enough the value they added to our wedding day!

TLDR; Totally worth it!! Book them!!

Client: Allstate

Date: February 8, 2018

Reviewed On: Yelp

From the very first contact I had with Ben to seeing the whole crew off after their performance, this was a top-notch experience. I'm a musician myself and also an executive event planner for a major corporation and was looking to do something different for my team, who needed something a cut above a game-show night for our gala event at an annual conference. Tough year in the business, my group needed some good medicine and MUSIC is the very best- Ben and his band more than delivered! Each point of contact through planning was timely and detailed. Ben graciously coordinated with other event team members and the venue itself. Payment was easy, the music selections available blew my mind on range and the cherry on top was his band. These folks were on time, ridiculously professional, looked like rock stars and sounded even better than most do these days. Self-contained sound and light techs made it all flawless and efficient. I wondered if my attendees might grow bored with 3 hours of live music and this band not only played to the room but we had to drag our folks off the dance floor at the end of the night. A heck of a lot of bang for your buck for any type of event- there's no way another band of this type could rock your wedding or large scale event Ben will customize band and production size to your needs with a smile. Only one problem for me, my team is still talking about do I top this for next year's event??

Recent venues

  • The Fess Parker
  • Four Seasons The Biltmore
  • San Ysidro Ranch
  • Bacara Resort & Spa
  • Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
  • Roblar Winery

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The best decision we made for our wedding was hiring Ben Mallare for live entertainment. I don't know what we would have done without him! He kept the night flowing and the crowd dancing all night long.
Dana C. (Los Angeles)
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