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Frequently Asked Questions: LS Music

What is the cost for hiring you?
Our work can change greatly by event type and client's expectations. Regardless of the performance length, to most special occasions for us it's a whole day commitment from preparation to completion.
We ask well thought rates that reasonably reflect the overall amount of work involved to each event. 
Taxes, travelling and other costs are also taken into account before we can give out a final quote for an event.

As examples of what fee to expect, for week days regular residencies work  to club/hotel/wineries, rates can be as low as $350++, whilst special events on a Friday/Saturday evening, including sound system and 2 hours of travel commonly range $600-1000 (depending on the features). 
Packages including DJ services range from $1000 (basic set up) to $1800 for a complete set up including lights, wireless microphones and a multi speaker sound system. 
A full band, including a sound engineer, lights and a multi speaker set up starts at $5000.

How far do you travel?
We would travel anywhere that is safe and reasonable travelling to.
Travel time is calculated starting from the San Francisco City Hall to your event address.
For local travel under 75 miles, we commonly consider the fair cost of gasoline, tolls and other costs like parking.
Travelling long distances, uneasy routes, like up hill bendy mountain roads, and heavily congested roads, is charged based on the total travel time spent on the road (two-ways). 
For events ending after 11:45pm, an over night accommodation is required in most cases, for travelling times greater than three hours. 

What do you require from us?
For outdoor events we require appropriate cover from rain or wind (if any), and excessive exposure to the direct sun light, as equipment gets damaged and musicians too! 
 
A power outlet is required within reasonable distance from the performance area. A separate 20amp  circuit may be needed for some type of  light installations. If any restricted access is in place at your chosen venue, we require a loading/unloading permit, and a secure parking for all band member's vehicles. Light meals and refreshments are not expected unless the musicians are hired for events of two hours or more.

How far in advance do I need to secure your services?
LS Music accepts bookings up to fifteen (or so) months ahead of the event. Ten months in advance is the average, and recommended, especially if you are planning of having an event on a popular date. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days of the week, at least in the summer time.

How much is the deposit and when is it due? When is the final payment due?
We commonly ask an initial 25% deposit to hold the date, 50% within 4 months of the event, and 100% due two weeks before the event date. In the eventuality of any remaining balance, we require to be paid on the day of the event prior the performance start.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash or check on the day of the event. 
Credit cards and bank transfer payments are also accepted prior the event date, for an additional 3% fee ($15 minimum).

Do you use a written contract? What is your cancellation policy?
Yes, once you are ready to go ahead with the booking, all final details will be confirmed in a written agreement.
You will find LS Music's full terms of booking on this (PDF) file available on this address:
www.ls-music.info/terms.pdf