Creating Ambiance for Life's Celebrations - Instrumental Background Music

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Cleveland HotList 2018 Winner - Top Acoustic Guitarist - Wedding Ceremonies
Blossom 50 Music Festival
Event Testimonials
Thank you so much Rick for being part of our wedding day! From the moment you arrived, you set the mood and the tone for the day. You played peaceful and romantic wedding music that added to the perfect atmosphere to the day. You helped make our dream of a romantic backyard wedding come true with your music. Even the neighbors who were at home were entertained and enjoyed it!!! You were so accommodating and easy to work with. You were able to play music that made our day so amazing! Thank you so much for your kindness and professionalism. Everyone enjoyed you!

Steve and Gina Strausser

We were very pleased with Rick's beautiful acoustic guitar music at our son's socially-distant backyard wedding. Our family and guests really enjoyed his playing before, during and after the wedding ceremony, as well as during the meal. He was very professional, talented and accommodating. We highly recommend him for any special occasion.

Pat Strausser, mother of the groom

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My wife and I recently had a socially-distant wedding ceremony and dinner in my parents' backyard. Our wedding planner thankfully recommended acoustic guitarist Rick Iacoboni to provide ambient music. Rick was a crucial part of our special day. He captured the mood, and his music added a touch that made the day amazing. He played specific requests of our favorite songs. I would recommend using Rick for any event – especially wedding ceremonies.

Aaron and Alison Gross

Just couldn't let the day go by without thanking you for your help in providing beautiful ambient music for Aaron and Alison's backyard wedding. It was a beautiful day and your music created the perfect atmosphere for their celebration. I truly appreciate all your effort, which showed in your work. I look forward to working with you again!

Ginny Sukenik, Wedding Planner

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We loved having Rick play for my husband's 40th birthday dinner party! The music was wonderful, and he can play absolutely anything. Several of our friends spontaneously started singing along with Rick's guitar, which added lots of fun to the night. Having Rick at our event helped to make it a night none of us will forget!

Halle Rengers

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Due to COVID-19 I moved up the timetable for my wedding, downsized the event to 30 people and booked Rick 10 days in advance of our event. Rick was a pleasure to work with, and did a wonderful job helping us celebrate our wedding day. He was very accommodating and quickly learned a special song for our ceremony. His music was the perfect touch to a perfect day. I highly recommend him!

Alex and Michaella Evans

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We were so glad that Rick played at our daughter's wedding. Rick was easy to work with and played excellent music at her ceremony. He was also very professional throughout the whole process. He notified my daughter to customize the ceremony playlist to her liking. If you are considering an acoustic guitarist for your wedding, look no further!! He has a very large repertoire and we were all so pleased with how he added such a special touch to my daughter's wedding day!!

Pat and Bonnie Ward

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At the last second I booked Rick to provide background music to celebrate my wife's 45th birthday. I only gave him three days' notice, but he quickly learned one of her favorite songs. His massive songlist included many other of both her and my favorite songs. Rick is very talented and professional, but above all he was SO personable and SO sweet. He made us feel very comfortable during our private, backyard, birthday concert event.

Izzy and Tress Morales

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Rick played at our wedding. First he played our outdoor ceremony. Afterwards he quickly moved his equipment inside our venue and began playing immediately. He did an amazing job! Very professional and easy to work with. He even went out of his way to learn a special song for us. His playing really tied everything together. Highly recommended.

Jonathon and Catherine Cherevko

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Rick was a perfect choice for our wedding. He was so professional and accommodating! He was impeccably dressed in his tuxedo, arrived early and played an amazing variety of music to entertain our guests that were of all ages. He played specifically-requested songs for our ceremony. We would definitely recommend him for any special occasion.

Rick and Jan Davis

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Rick was amazing! I asked him to play acoustic guitar for me and my partner's one-year anniversary. He replied quickly, was punctual and was able to play my song requests beautifully! I will definitely ask him to play at any other event I have in the future, and suggest him for anybody looking for live music at their event.

Sarath Kareti

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We had a "COVID-19 wedding" -- meaning that it was very small: 15 people with 4 under age 8. Just immediate family. Rick was adaptable and really brought joy to the reception. He played songs that were familiar to all generations, and our guests commented about the accessibility of his music. We danced and laughed and had a great time! Rick was professional, responsive and really cared about making our wedding a special and wonderful day! I highly recommend him for any special event!

Susan Clark

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Rick was an absolute pleasure to work with for our summer, social-distant wedding. He was prompt in responding to our initial inquiry and subsequent messages leading up to the big day. He is an excellent musician. He was professional both in manner and dress; and was just a wonderful guy to work with. His music provided the perfect ambiance for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Highly recommend!

Kevin and Rachel Downes

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It was a pleasure working with Rick. He is a very talented musician and a true professional. Rick responded quickly to our inquiry and was very accommodating with his schedule. He provided wonderful entertainment for our shoppers during the holiday and I would certainly recommend him for future performances.

Diana Lewis, Great Lakes Mall

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My mother surprised me by booking Rick to play background music for my 30th birthday party. Because of COVID there was just four of us. She called him the day before, and he responded ASAP. So happy he was available! It was beyond an incredible experience. He was very warm and gracious, and played some of my favorite songs. Highly recommended.

Jasmin Pettaway-Solano

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Rick was perfect! He provided the sound I really wanted for our wedding. He played a wide array of songs over different decades that everyone could enjoy and went out of his way to learn one I had requested. I am so grateful he was available. He is extremely talented and really helped to enhance the evening for our guests. I appreciated his professionalism before the event including his quick responses to my questions. I hope I get the opportunity to work with him again! Thanks Rick!

Ken and Chris Kilgore

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You could not get a more professional musician or a more personable guy. Not only was his music flawless, he was kind and considerate and most importantly, patient. I will hire Rick again, whenever I have the need.

Ann Nestor

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Thanks again for the great job you did at our wedding. Your music was perfect! It was exactly what we wanted for our ceremony and cocktail hour. You were very professional – you were formally dressed, you arrived early and the volume of your music was just right. You played every song we requested beautifully and were a great addition to our special day!

Charles and Kelly Pompey

Rick played for my Mom's 90th birthday celebration and his entertainment fit the event just perfectly. He provided that certain ambiance where the guests felt welcomed when they entered the room. His volume was perfect so that the guests could talk to one another without screaming across the table. We had so many positive comments. People ranged from ages 2 to 95 years old. His wide repertoire was pleasing to all. On short notice he even prepared a certain song that my mother likes. Being a musician myself, I am very picky and enjoyed Rick's "classy" entertainment.

Benita (Bo) Sullivan

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Twice this summer our parish hired Rick to entertain our members in an outdoor setting. We could not have been more happy with the entertainment provided by Rick. The playlist was eclectic, satisfying everyone's tastes. His presentation style was non-intrusive and casual. His wandering minstrel approach was the perfect touch for the garden setting. The volume of his music was perfect, greatly facilitating our members' interaction. We will gather in the garden again next summer and will be sure to invite Rick to entertain once more.

St. Clarence Parish

Recently had the pleasure of hearing Rick Iacoboni at a friend's garden wedding. Rick is amazing at taking an ordinary occasion and turning it to extraordinary! His sweet music is unobtrusive, yet permeating - Rick is the answer for any event, large or small!!!

Genny Costanzo

Bride and Groom

Years ago I heard Rick play at my niece's wedding and remembered he was an excellent guitarist with a very professional demeanor. He came to mind when planning my aunt's memorial event. From the moment he returned my call, I knew I made the right decision because he was most interested in what he could do for me and offered good suggestions. Rick's performance was flawless! The banquet room was small (40 people) and his music was at the right volume, which was so important in a small venue. He took the time to learn a song which was very special to both my aunt and to my family. Rick knows a wide range of musical selections, made appropriate choices for us, and played songs we all know. We couldn't have asked for more, he is extremely talented, resourceful, professional and fit in like a member of the family who truly cared. He has our whole-hearted recommendation for any event!

Jan Basel

Rick performed at our daughter's engagement party and exceeded our expectations. He is a talented musician and his music was wonderful. Our guests were still talking about him the next day. I most appreciated his sincere caring to provide us an exceptional experience, and he did! Punctual, flexible and prepared, he skillfully played crowd favorites, blended in, yet was the highlight of our evening.

Julie Wharton, Mother of the Bride
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I employed Rick to perform at my wife Joan's celebration event. Finding Rick to play his music at our event was the perfect touch. My family and I are so blessed to have connected with Rick. His music was just what our event needed to celebrate my wife's life. Organizing this event would have been much more difficult were it not for Rick always being available to me to answer my questions. He was reliable, professional, caring and the highlight of my wife's ceremony. I know she was smiling down as we celebrated her life. I would not hesitate to recommend Rick to anyone in need of his services.

Jim Baron

I had an amazing experience working with Rick. He played beautiful guitar for my ceremony. He wowed us! Rick was delightful to work with in planning the ceremony. He was very quick to respond and had no problems rolling with any changes I made. After our wedding, he sent a very sweet thank you card with a picture that he took of us. I highly recommend hiring Rick for your special events.

Kelly Chen

Bride and Groom

I recently booked Rick for a small house patio party, and he did a great job! He was very personable, and handled personal requests from guests with ease. Rick was very talented, professional and accommodating. I would recommend Rick for any type of occasion. Hope to use him again soon.

Richard Hunn

Rick is a talented musician and is a joy to experience. His fabulous repertoire can entertain crowds of all ages. Whether it is a small intimate gathering, or a large celebration, people will remember that Rick was the entertainment!

Helen Hebert, Cruise Masters
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Although the day went by so quickly, I thoroughly enjoyed your music during Allie and Jake's wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. You were extremely professional to deal with, and accommodated all our special requests. I would highly recommend you to anybody needing acoustic guitar music at their special event. Thanks for sharing your gift of music with us on my daughter's wedding day.

Kristi Harper

We booked Rick to play at my daughter's outdoor graduation party. He was a great addition to our event. His variety of music matched up with the vast age range of our guests – high school to seniors. He was on time, professional and even played overtime to the delight of our guests. We would recommend him for any event.

Tim and Andrea

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We have had the pleasure of engaging Rick at both our parents' 50th wedding anniversary and, more recently, at our daughter's wedding celebration. It was so nice having relaxing music during this portion of the reception. It created the ambiance we were looking for during a fine dining experience. His repertoire is vast and has something for every age group and genre. Rick is a true professional and we would highly recommend him for making a celebration most memorable!

Linda Reder

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From formal to casual celebrations, Rick Iacoboni's style provides the perfect backdrop for any occasion. This versatile virtuoso's performance pops with everything from classics to jazz. Mr. Iacoboni's smooth contemporary music and unobtrusive demeanor delights and entertains with a class all his own. Whether you're hosting a benefit, wedding, anniversary, club or corporate event, Rick Iacoboni's Acoustical Guitar is the perfect accompaniment.

Joan Bottger-Venaleck,
MERITEC Corporation and Director of Development for Maple Leaf Community Residences, Inc.

We wanted to thank you very much for performing at our wedding. We have heard from so many of our guests how wonderful your music was. It was perfect! Thank you for making our wedding day so special. We will have such great memories to think back on year after year. We will be recommending you to everyone.

Victoria and Markus Steinberger
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As I stood in the back of the church waiting to walk down the aisle, I couldn't see inside, but I could hear my dreams coming true. Rick's repertoire included songs I have loved my whole life and wanted to share with my guests on my wedding day! Rick was easy to work with, genuine and his passion for music could be heard when he played. He was the perfect accompaniment to our special day! Thank you!

Nina Lockard

My husband and I were looking for the perfect musical addition to our recent wedding. Having read Rick's wonderful reviews while listening to his sample music, we booked him to play during our ceremony and reception. What a great decision! Not only was Rick responsive during the planning, but he was very professional, prompt and reliable. Additionally, his repertoire impressed our guests of varying ages and included songs that span several decades. Contracting Rick was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning, and we will be requesting him to play at future events, as well.

Sarah Thompson

Bride and Groom

Thank you for helping to make our wedding ceremony everything we could have hoped for! We loved the variety in your repertoire and how you were able to tie together our eclectic tastes -- from modern popular hits to Motown to rock classics! And throughout, we appreciated the excellent level of professionalism and the peace of mind that came with knowing you had the experience to handle every planned and spur-of-the-moment detail of our event. We'll recommend you highly to all our friends!

Bob and Carolyn Hinkle

Last fall I was given the task to find event musicians to provide background music at our dealership for catered weekly events. I gave Rick a chance and was blown away by his talent! He plays a variety of music, is friendly and personable. He follows up on every engagement and pays attention to detail. Rick goes above and beyond in his professionalism. Both our customers and staff thoroughly enjoy his music. We continue to use him regularly.

Skylar Lippiatt,
Brand Ambassador of Jay Auto Group
and BMW of Akron

Bride and Groom

Thanks again for the great job you did at our wedding. Cathy and I both really enjoyed the music you provided. We also heard numerous compliments about you from our guests. I will definitely recommend you to others who are planning events.

John & Cathy Blackiston
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Thank you again for providing the music for our wedding. As a fellow musician, I was most impressed by your professionalism, preparation, and the quality of your playing. From the well-known melodies of popular favorites played during dinner to the gentle tones expertly placed underneath our ceremony and readings, your warm sound and elegant song repertoire contributed greatly in achieving the mood we wanted to capture at our ceremony.

Jim and Leah Bakula

Rick played for our outdoor wedding and did a wonderful job! He was on time, which was a major relief since several of our vendors were late and created unnecessary stress. For our ceremony, Rick did a great job playing the songs we chose from his extensive songlist, and the volume was right on - not too loud, not too soft. For the cocktail hour, it was so nice having him play background music as well. I would recommend him to any of my friends getting married in the Greater Cleveland area! He went the extra mile in sending us a card with our picture on it after our wedding, thanking us for having him play at our special day. Definitely great to work with!!

Cole and Audrey

Bride and Groom

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed hearing Rick play at the recent memorial service in the Amasa Stone Chapel. How beautiful to have a "celebration of life" accompanied by a "soundtrack of life". It's a perfect way to personalize a service! Everyone has special songs we remember fondly that were part of our lives. This is a meaningful way to have people know and remember us through our music choices. Rick's acoustic guitar music is peaceful and a beautiful touch for a funeral or memorial service as well as other lifecycle events.

Karen Cohen, Amasa Stone Chapel

The Cleveland Women's Journal celebrated its 5th anniversary with clients, vendors, family and friends. To complement the food, wine and conversation, Rick Iacoboni provided acoustical guitar background music. It was the perfect blend of music from several eras. The music was loud enough to recognize but soft enough so that it didn't interfere with the conversations. Rick chose the right kind of music for our specific occasion. We would highly recommend him for your next celebration.

Barbara Daniel and Linda Lutz,
Publishers, The Cleveland Women's Journal

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Thank you for creating ambiance at my sister's bridal shower! Your musical talents were a wonderful added touch. We received many compliments on what a wonderful job you did. You really are very talented and I will continue to pass your cards on.

Jennifer Henneman

Rick Iacoboni was an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. He went above and beyond our expectations and really added such an amazing touch to our wedding ceremony. He was very professional every time we interacted, as well as on our day. He showed up early, dressed in a full tux for our outdoor summer ceremony and cocktail hour, and played every song we requested beautifully. We have received so much positive feedback from our wedding guests about Rick, and I am so glad we chose to include him in our celebration.

Michelle and Doug Harper

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Rick has been playing our employee holiday parties for the last 7 years and does a wonderful job. He accommodates venues of all sizes. He plays a mix of secular and holiday tunes on acoustic guitar beginning at the cocktail hour and going to the very end of the party. He also has obliged us with back-up music for Christmas carols. He is very professional, always on time and is a great musician. Rick is always sensitive to the size of the group, adjusting his volume accordingly. We highly recommend Rick to anyone wanting a good entertainer for their event. You won't be disappointed!

Karen Pahner, Nexus Engineering Group, LLC

Rick was an absolute joy to work with for our ceremony. He had an extensive repertoire of songs, however there was a particular song that we wanted played, and Rick learned the song and played it wonderfully. He showed up early, was well prepared, and came dressed in a wonderful tuxedo. His music was the capstone to our ceremony and gave it that extra flair that we were looking for. Even though it was an extremely small event, Rick treated it as if it was the biggest event of the year with complete professionalism. He was great to work with and we would certainly have him for any of our future events.

Kevin and Lindsay

Bride and Groom

Rick played at my husband's 40th birthday party. Rick was very professional and flexible. I was impressed by the diversity of his playlist. I asked him to play a variety of songs. He played all genres fabulously. The party was a big hit and Rick was a big part of the reason why. He really helped to create the perfect ambiance for the party. I highly recommend him for any event!

Wendy Weiss Asher, Attorney at Law

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Just a note to say thank you for your performance at my daughter's wedding ceremony. We were so pleased with your playing. You were dressed so nicely and professional too, which added a touch of elegance to the wedding stage! I was also very satisfied with your easy-to-work-with attitude. You were part of our wedding day that went exactly as planned! I will be sure to recommend you to any friends or family looking for a musician for their wedding or other special event.

Lorene Lash, Mother of the Bride

Everything was just perfect for my wedding! Rick was on time, impeccably dressed and professional from the moment he picked up the phone. Unlike other vendors, he was easy to reach and responded quickly and with great detail. He learned a special song for our ceremony, and performed it beautifully. His performance truly added to the overall experience I was hoping our Wedding Day would achieve. Definitely would hire him again. Thank you so much!

Ashley Huff

Bride and Groom

Rick's acoustical guitar playing provided the perfect backdrop for our family gathering to celebrate and memorialize my mother's long life. His large play list allowed me to preselect both classic and more popular music at a point where planning time was limited. His demeanor was professional and his playing was both soothing and uplifting. He is a consummate guitar professional. His music was the special touch that I was seeking. I would recommend him for any occasion.

Janet R. Beck, Attorney at Law

Thanks so much for performing our wedding ceremony. It was beautiful, perfect - everything I could have imagined and more. You were so professional, the music was perfect and gently echoed throughout the church perfectly. It really made our day special!! Thank you so much. Really, we couldn't have dreamed of anything better. Thanks again.

Melissa and Tom

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Rick is my first choice for creating ambiance for our events at the Akron Art Museum. Very professional and nice!

Sue Parker, Akron Art Museum

I have a retail jewelry store and hired Rick to perform for our holiday client party. He selected just the right kind of music. He set the mood perfectly and only took one very short break. The event took on a classier tone with his beautiful music. I will certainly be looking to hire him again for our upcoming events.

Theresia, Peter & Company Jewelers

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A true professional and very talented. Always a hit and very reliable.

Ned Welc, Mayfield Country Club

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your participation in my son's rehearsal dinner and wedding. You provided the perfect music for a background environment and the main part of the ceremony. You are an artist and I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on song selection and at the actual events. Your music was amazing. You exceeded our expectations. Thanks so much for all!

Chris Griffith

Bride and Groom

We asked Rick to perform at a Memorial Service for a beloved member of our campus community. He did a wonderful job! His music provided a warm and comforting ambiance for the service; heartfelt and inspirational. He is very professional and accommodating; easy to work with and has a wide repertoire to suit all tastes. We would highly recommend him for any event.

Sharon Burke, Case Western Reserve University -- Center for International Affairs

Rick recently performed his guitar magic at the grand opening for our branch in Fairlawn. He is very talented and his music adds to the atmosphere of the event and is "below the conversation level". I would highly recommend having Rick perform at one of your events.

Mark Seward, Seward Wealth Management
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I have had the pleasure of working with Rick on more than one occasion, and he delivers beautifully every time! I have received the highest of compliments from guests and clients at the events he has performed at for me. I will continue to recommend Rick to my clients and colleagues, and I hope to do more work together soon!

Amy Nixon, Owner and President at Amy Nixon Events LLC

We have had Rick perform at several Chamber events. We found that his music adds to the overall ambiance, attractiveness and excitement of the event. Many attendees comment that the music was very delightful and a nice touch!

Wayne Lawrence, Executive Director of the
Beachwood Chamber of Commerce

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I recently had Rick play for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, and was very pleased. He was very easy to communicate with and listened to our preferences with his musical selections. His repertoire is quite extensive, so we were able to choose a variety of songs which were performed perfectly. Rick was very sweet; he was very congratulatory and even sent us a nice thank you note for having him play! Overall great experience and good value.

Alison Verba - Beattie

Bride and Groom

I just wanted to say thank you for providing such a pleasant backdrop to our Women, Wheels & Wine event. It's always a bit of a challenge to turn an auto repair facility into an event facility. Your background music was a warm greeting as the ladies arrived for our evening and a nice gentle backdrop throughout the rest of the night. Thanks again for making our event a tremendous success!

Leigh Anne Best, Mighty Auto Pro

Rick is as instrumental in his networking with others, as he is with his guitar for his business. When talking with Rick, you hear his music coming thru in the way he describes his passion for creating ambiance for corporate events, weddings and more. He is successful in creating an atmosphere that will make your event memorable. I recommend Rick Iacoboni to anyone looking for this valuable service.

Laura Schrader, Pro Vision Painting

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I hired Rick to play guitar at my office opening. He was terrific. He was on time, dressed professionally and provided excellent entertainment. I would hire him again, in fact I keep trying to schedule another party in order to have him come back. He is versatile and can perform in most any situation.

Rachel Kabb-Effron, The Kaab Law Firm

I hired Rick to provide background music at the annual Right to Life of Summit County Dinner and Auction and he did a fantastic job. The selections he chose to play and the volume of his performance were perfect for "dinner music". It made such a nice difference having live entertainment at our event and he did a beautiful job for us. Thanks again, Rick!

Karen Becker, Becker Signs

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Thank you so much for playing at our wedding ceremony. Your talent was admired by all who attended! From the beginning to end you were so personable and a joy to talk to. Your concern for making sure everything was just how we wanted it was so appreciated. You made our day so extra special, and the musical touch you added will be something that I will remember forever!

Jessica and Joe Veselenik

Rick performed at my outdoor June wedding and I was impressed immediately. Being a bride and all, I was understandably nervous and preoccupied, but Rick's playing at the prelude to our ceremony was beautiful and I couldn't believe how clear and beautiful he sounded. Rick was very polite and professional and was very eager and willing to work with my fiancée and myself. He offered ideas for songs to be played at certain parts in the ceremony when I had no clue what song to choose. We were very satisfied with the music and Rick's professionalism, I would recommend him to anyone planning an elegant event.

Katie Lukesic

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Rick made our wedding so special and so intimate. He was very accommodating. All our guests and vendors loved his music. There were a few people who inquired to hire him for there own personal events! Rick is extremely talented and we will never forget how special he made our wedding day !!!

RJ and Alisa Baldwin

Bride and Groom

It was an absolute pleasure having Rick play at our wedding. After listening to a few audio track samples on his website, we knew acoustic guitar was the sound that we were after. We were intrigued by Rick's vast song list -- especially the fact that he didn't only play classical music, but a mix of 50's, 60's and 70's all the way up to the current music of today. Knowing we didn't want traditional music for our wedding, we were able to personalize every aspect of the ceremony with music that was special to us. We received many compliments on the live music during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Rick was a big hit with our guests! Thanks again for making our day so special, Rick!

Carrie Parkhill Wallace

Colleen and I can't thank you enough for the tremendous job in providing the music for both our wedding ceremony and reception. Your beautiful music was the perfect backdrop for our very special day. Your variety of music made our wedding just that much better. Our guests commented on how much they enjoyed your music. We recommend you to anyone looking to provide background music for a special event. Thanks again for helping make our wedding day just a little more special.

Larry and Colleen Varnick

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Your musical performance was very wonderful for our parish Christmas dinner. You certainly are a very talented individual and it is no wonder that you are invited to play for so many activities. It was the perfect background music. You provided musical ambiance at a volume that allowed gentle strains of reflection for conversation. Most certainly I will keep you in mind for the future.

Sister Mary Cordell, St. Paschal Baylon

I was very lucky to find Rick for my husband's surprise 65th birthday party. He was punctual, looked professional and played beautifully during the party. He played just the right mix of music at the appropriate times. Our guests commented on what a wonderful guitar player he is. Thank you Rick for making our memories even better.

Bonnie Gary
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Rick's acoustic guitar music brings a sense of class and style to our social events. Never overpowering or overstated... the perfect background for lively conversation, laughter and fun.

Jeff Griff, Lowe's Greenhouses, Florist & Gift Shop

I hired a wonderful musician for my wedding. His name is Rick Iacoboni, and he was absolutely great. He played classical acoustical guitar at our wedding and then picked it up with hits from everything from Sinatra to The Eagles during our reception. No vocals, just great guitar sound. I would recommend Rick for any of our UH events that required a live, very prompt and professional musician.

Chris J. Burdon, Senior Development Officer, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Bride and Groom

Your musical selections and performance was excellent and greatly appreciated at our church's recent 50th anniversary luncheon. Our guests enjoyed listening to your music while still being able to have a conversation. There were many comments on how much they enjoyed listening to you perform. The music added something special to our event. Our Bishop commented that he enjoyed your version of "Puff the Magic Dragon". He was listening! Thank you again!

Gloria Zabala, Christ the Saviour Church

I can't thank you enough for entertaining the guests at my daughter's wedding on a busy Thanksgiving weekend. I have received numerous compliments from our friends and family on your performance and the variety of music that you played. You made our cocktail and dinner time extremely enjoyable. You were very professional and complimented our DJ well. Do not hesitate to use me as a reference.

Bill Stasuk

Bride and Groom

It was certainly a privilege to have Rick entertain our members at Rustic Hills Country Club again. His presence is always appreciated not only by myself but enjoyed by guests of all ages. I appreciate his professionalism and wide range of music. I don't need to request a specific selection – I just let him know what kind of event he's playing for, and he picks the music selections that are most appropriate, and nails it every time! Thanks for making that part of my job so effortless. I look forward to having you perform again soon.

Sarah Zoker, General Manager, Rustic Hills Country Club

Rick was a wonderful addition to our wedding. I was thrilled when I reviewed his repertoire, he had such a variety! He is so easy to work with and extremely detail-oriented which, as a bride, made my life so much easier. Throughout the reception, so many of our guests complimented us on his playing, he is very talented. Thank you, Rick, for making our day so special! It is a night that we will remember fondly for the rest of our lives.

Allison Urbanek - Jarrard

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Congratulations on an A+ performance! Your guitar music at Stan Hywet last Wednesday night really added great ambiance to my client's customer appreciation event. Your playlist was awesome. It was a wonderful trip down memory lane for the guests, staff and me.

John Tedesco, Event Coordinator, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Thank you so much for providing background music again this year for our new life dinner and auction. Event guests are always impressed by your music, and highly complimentary of the wonderful warmth and feeling it ads to the ambiance of our event. We really appreciate your support. God bless!

Stephanie Devers, The Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County, Inc.

Our wedding ceremony turned out exactly as we had hoped thanks in part to Rick's beautiful acoustical guitar playing. He knew just how to transition from each song to make it go very smoothly. The music before and after the wedding helped set the perfect tone for our very special day. Thank you Rick!

Caitlin and Richard Boswell III

Bride and Groom

Rick Iacoboni's wonderful guitar playing, added the right ambiance to our Christmas party, for which many of ours guests are still talking about. I highly recommend Rick to play for your next event; as he is prompt, courteous and practices great business communication. Thank you, for making our evening so special!

Beverly Weaver, World Information Network (WIN)

We greatly appreciated the acoustical guitar music you provided for our daughter's wedding ceremony. It added so beautifully to the very meaningful ceremony, and took everything planned to the next level. I couldn't imagine not having you there. Thank you so much. You were absolutely excellent!

Charlotte Hoagland, Mother of the Bride

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Thank you for providing live music for our annual Open House. We had several attendees comment on your wonderful performance. Your professionalism and kindness, along with your diverse playlist and ability to create just the right ambiance, was much appreciated. We have enjoyed having you over the years and look forward to working with you in the future.

Maureen O'Hanlon, Sales Manager, Hilton Garden Inn

We would like to express our appreciation to Rick for his services during our annual Alumni Association Board of Directors cocktail reception. He is very professional, easy to work with and adapts his style to meet the needs of the event. Our guests always remark on how nicely he plays. His music sets the town for our program and the evening. We are very well pleased and continue to ask Rick to come back year after year.

Melinda Stroh, Director – Office of Alumni Relations, Cleveland Clinic

When we started looking for ceremony music, we were referred to Rick and his website. After listening to his audio samples and reading such positive reviews, I gave Rick a call. He was so polite and friendly, and gave us advice on music that he knew would be perfect for our wedding. We are so happy with our choice. Hearing him play as I walked down the aisle helped ease my nerves. Every song and note was perfect! We will not hesitate to recommend Rick for any event we have in the future!

Ray and Cara Salacienski

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Rick does a fantastic job providing background music for our cocktail and dinner hour events at the Club. He always offers a great variety of music for any theme. He has been here on several occasions and has really been accommodating for all of our events, including member and private parties.

Bob Hon, Shaker Hts. Country Club

Rick was wonderful, very professional. He arrived in plenty of time for set-up and began playing prior to our guests' arrival. His acoustic guitar music was beautiful and was able contribute to our vision for our ceremony and the style of music we both enjoy. We would highly recommend him for any occasion.

Chris and Jessica Mathys

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Rick exceeded all of our expectations and helped make our wedding day truly exceptional. In addition to being an incredibly talented musician with a crisp and elegant sound, he was easy to work with, thoughtful and professional. Rick maintains an impressive song repertoire that includes music fit for any occasion. He even learned a new song just for us! We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Rick and highly recommend him!

Spencer and Rebecca Case

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Thank you for playing at our wedding. We had such a blast and everything went smoothly. Rick did such a nice job working with us. He was on time and is very talented. The guests at the wedding complimented us for hiring Rick to play during the ceremony and dinner reception. Thank you!

Mike and Jessica Kloscak

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We are so glad we chose Rick to play acoustic guitar at our wedding ceremony. We wanted to book him as soon as we listened to his website audio samples. His interpretations of our favorite music were lovely, and gave our ceremony a unique touch. Rick was friendly and professional throughout the entire planning process. He was always prompt when responding to our questions. Many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music. We would recommend Rick for any special event.

Navid and Alex Faraji

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I've been booking Rick at the annual Akron Arts Expo since 2008. Beyond being a consummate professional, Rick commands a vast musical library that seems to span every genre there is. He has transitioned effortlessly from pop to standards to the delight of our events' visitors. What's more, he has always been very flexible when the weather (or any other situation) has thrown us curve balls in the many years in which we have become acquainted.

Greg Obringer, Akron Arts Expo - City of Akron Recreation Bureau

Rick was so great! We booked him for our engagement party and a birthday celebration. He had to play in an odd-shaped room with a lot of people talking. His music was the perfect backdrop to our conversations and mingling. We will definitely book him again for future events!

Aseem Garg

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It was a pleasure having Rick as our "surprise" for a 50th birthday party for a family member. We enjoyed the music as the afternoon unfolded. Rick was a true artist and a gentleman who added flavor to the tone of our event. Such was the pleasure. I am sure we will book with him again.

Marilyn Hiltabidel

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We used Rick's services for a corporate event and he did an amazing job! He was professional and very entertaining. This event had a lot of moving parts and he showed up on time and ready to play. He's able to read the mood of the crowd and know exactly what to play. I would HIGHLY recommend him. It was one part of the event that I didn't have to worry about micro-managing. I'm getting married out of the state, but if it was in Cleveland I would hire him without hesitation. Thank you Rick for making everything so easy!!!

Mandy Scheider, Cleveland Clinic - HVI

Thank you again for your great performance last night at our customer appreciation event. I know all of my clients enjoyed the ambiance you created with your music and the great variety of musical genres that you present. I have used you previously and look forward to using you at future client events. Thanks again Rick!

Joel Mille, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Rick played the music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. His music sounded fantastic! Our guests reached out to tell us how nice his acoustic guitar sounded, and how they really enjoyed his music selections. Rick was very easy to work with. He arrived early at the ceremony venue and started playing as our guests were arriving. During the planning process Rick was very responsive, which was a huge relief when juggling so many different vendors. Rick Iacoboni is a wonderful music choice to your wedding. Thank you!

Jackie Mueller

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We have been blessed to have Rick provide background music for our Swing Into Spring Gala two years in a row. Rick's talent and professionalism lend a special air to the event. He is non-intrusive and very intuitive to what is going on throughout the evening and gauges his music selections accordingly. I would highly recommend Mr. Iacoboni for any type of event you are planning. You will not be disappointed.

Cindie Schneider, Executive Director, HANDS Foundation

Rick and his acoustic guitar were the perfect addition to my Gala Grand Opening. His music was the right touch to keep the atmosphere convivial and upbeat. Rick has a vast selection of genres in his repertoire to choose from, so there was a nice variety of music as well. Rick totally exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend him for either a professional function or a home party as well.

Cheryl Norman, Owner, Flagship Capital Advisors, LLC

My brothers and I want to thank you for playing at our mother's 85th birthday party. We all found your playlist amazing and your performance was accomplished, yet subtle, as we requested. We also found you to be reliable, easy to work with and added exceptional value to our family's milestone. We look forward to seeing you at our next family event soon!

Scott Baker

Kudos to Rick Iacoboni and his acoustic guitar! Rick played all evening, on a dark and stormy night, in a houseful of celebratory, laughing, talking people -- adding to the fun and joy of my BIG 85th birthday party. Rick selected appropriate music, played at a level that encouraged guests to talk and mingle. He was an asset to our party.

Ruth Baker
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Just wanted to thank you again for the amazing job you did with the music for our daughter's wedding ceremony. You set the mood so beautifully as guests were arriving. The music added such a nice touch and it really helped to create the atmosphere we wanted. Our daughter and new son-in-law both really enjoyed it. We highly recommend you for any special occasion. Thanks again!

Ellen & Bruce Noggle

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I recently planned my retirement party and hired Rick as our entertainment. He was top notch with quite a repertoire! From the feedback I received from my guests, his music was fabulous! Rick's choice of songs made everyone feel comfortable, joyful and relaxed, which is how you want your guests to be!

Frank Dowling

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Rick made the whole wedding ceremony process as easy as can be. He helped pick out music that would be just right for our ceremony. We couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful! His music added an element and uniqueness that stood our wedding apart from others, which was what I wanted. We were beyond delighted with Rick and his music. We also had tons of compliments. We highly recommend Rick for any special occasion. Thanks for making our wedding day so memorable!

Jim and Trisha Laheta

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We first heard Rick's acoustic guitar music at another event prior to booking him for our wedding. I knew immediately that his music would create a special ambiance for our wedding day, and we weren't disappointed. Rick played our desired song list for both our ceremony and cocktail hour, and it was beautiful! From initial contact through all communication leading up to the wedding, Rick was always professional and easy to work with.

Laurie Rini

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We booked Rick for our wedding after listening to his numerous sampling tracks on his website. It added certainty that the talent we were choosing matched what we envisioned for the service. In addition to his already large catalog, Rick exceeded our expectations by learning a special song for our processional, which he played to perfection. I highly recommend Rick for any special occasion. It's one thing to have that kind of talent, but the amount of time and effort he puts into ensuring your day goes as planned means he also cares deeply about his clients.

Brad Rehker

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Over the past several years I have booked Rick for our annual tenant appreciation luncheons, held outside of our properties. He is courteous, timely and professional. Our tenants thoroughly enjoy his vast musical repertoire – covering the 50's right through today's popular songs. He's very entertaining and sets the perfect mood for our events. I highly recommend him for any personal or business event.

Ira Krumholz, president of BPS Mgmt / NAI Daus

Rick performed at the 50th reunion of Ursuline Academy. He played acoustic guitar music of the sixties and seventies, which was from our era. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it! He was prompt, courteous and dressed appropriately. I would certainly have him play at another event in the future.

Barbara Swaine, Reunion Committee

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Rick played for our daughter's wedding a few years ago. He is amazing! Everyone commented how unique and fitting his style of playing was for this special occasion. His song selections were perfect. He was also very professional and accommodating.

Bob Palumbo

Rick plays beautiful instrumental acoustic guitar music for any occasion. His huge playlist has something for every musical taste. Book him for your holiday gathering, open house, party, event... your guests will feel so comfortable with the ambiance he creates.

Karen Becker, Becker Signs

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Rick, thanks so much for making our wedding day special. Everyone loved the music and it was exactly what we hoped for. I will certainly recommend you to everyone I meet going forward. Best of luck in your future engagements.

Evan McFarland

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Rick was absolutely amazing! He was so professional, on time and played the most amazing music. Everyone kept asking where we found him. Hearing his guitar while walking down the aisle was everything I could've ever dreamed of. Thank you so much Rick for everything!

Nicole Kemmett

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Rick is a constant professional and excellent acoustic guitarist that can complement any type of event you may have. For many years we have had Rick play for numerous events at our private yacht club setting. His music is well-received by our membership. It is my pleasure to highly recommend Rick for any upcoming event you may have.

Marc Dallas,
General Manager, Cleveland Yachting Club

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Rick was incredibly easy to work with for our wedding. He provided the list of songs from his website we could choose from, but he also let us know if we had something else in mind he would learn it. Everything turned out exceptionally well. Rick was set up and ready to play as soon as guests arrived, and the music was beautiful. Thanks so much for helping us with our special day.

Erik Weber

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I've worked with Rick Iacoboni through my chamber of commerce. Very professional. He is a master of the acoustic guitar. I highly recommend him for your special occasion music.

Pat Krizansky,
former Executive Director of the Broadview Hts.
Chamber of Commerce

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Rick was great! He played beautifully for our wedding and reception. Very professional and accommodating. He played a wide variety of music. Our guests of all ages raved about him. We would definitely recommend him for any occasion.

Dawn Kuhn

I booked Rick for my 65th birthday party. We all had a wonderful time! I had a great experience with Rick. All my guests loved his music. He was punctual, professional and played a great variety of music. Great addition to my party. I would definitely have him again!

Julie Miller

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