Percussionist Crystal Vargas is no stranger to the stage. Whether she’s performing in the hottest clubs or playing for world-renowned artists, Crystal's showmanship has made her one of the most sought after percussionists in the industry.
As a four-year old, she was captivated by her father's (Glen Vargas) Salsa band. His keyboardist, Juan "Pops" Santos, gave her a partly broke güiro and it was then her musical journey began. By the age of 5, Crystal suddenly had the Salsa rhythm down on congas and by age 6 she became a featured performer on both Sabado Gigante and El Show de Medio Dia. Over the next 10 years, Crystal continued performing with her father and her own band, No Limit. After graduating from Marist High School (Bayonne, NJ) where she was a 3-sport athlete, Crystal enrolled at Rutgers University on scholarship to play softball.
During her senior year in 2005, a chance meeting with Robert Aaron (keyboardist/saxophonist) led to an impromptu performance with Grammy-Award artist, Wyclef Jean at a Rutgers concert! A mentorship was quickly born as Aaron chose Crystal to join his band backing artist, Kat Deluna.
Crystal has showcased her talents on shows such as “Live! With Regis And Kelly”, BET's Black Girls Rock Awards Show, and Rihanna's music video "What's My Name?". She has performed alongside Paul Simon, Bernie Williams, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott, and Sheila E., to name a few. This recognition led to endorsement deals with Toca Percussion and Gibraltar Hardware.
As an independent percussionist, Crystal currently performs alongside radio DJs from Hot 97, Power 105, and La Mega 97.9. While playing percussion is her first passion, Crystal's versatility in the entertainment industry has led her to MC'ing, DJ'ing, and musical production.
As a freelance percussionist, Crystal may perform with the DJ of YOUR CHOICE!
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Jessica G. · Married on 11/13/2020
So many amazing things to say about Crystal. I first saw Crystal at my friends wedding and at the end of the night I approached her for her info, she was that good. The energy she brought and additional flare to the dance floor was just what I wanted for my guests. The first time I reached out she was booked but due to the pandemic a few months leading up to my day , I reached out again and she was free. I WAS THRILLED
Any bride looking for something extra to make their guest enjoy themselves and something people won't forget, reach out to Crystal.Sent on 12/25/2020
Crystal Percussion's reply:Thank you, Jessica! I am so happy to have been part of your celebration! I appreciate are your kind words. God bless you both. :)
John M. · Married on 11/15/2019
She’s just the best.
I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Crystal for over a decade rocking events all across the tri-state area. When it came down to my wedding, I called Crystal on the ride home from booking my venue. There was no question we wanted her there and just like always, every guest asked me where I found her. Crys you’re not only super talented but you’re a great person. Thank you!!Sent on 01/06/2020
Jeannette · Married on 09/13/2019
The Percussionist you never knew you needed at your next event!
I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Crystal, she is that awesome. She is a high energy, amazing spirit who is always upbeat and gives off great positive vibes. She is such a down to earth and genuine person that my wife and I felt like we had known her for years, way before our big day.Sent on 01/03/2020
Throughout the whole process leading up to our wedding, the day of, and beyond, she was always willing to answer any questions without hesitation. She is as real as it gets and it is truly refreshing the level of honesty, integrity and straight forwardness you get from her in a competitive environment such as the wedding industry. As great a person she is, it is only matched by her extreme talent as a musician. She can liven up any party and get any group of people moving and grooving. She is a true musician and talent that can play off anything thrown her way musically. The added atmosphere she creates is something you never knew you needed at your wedding, but truly do need. The guests at our wedding could not stop talking about her throughout the night. In fact, she is still mentioned to this day!
If you never really considered a percussionist before, you MUST, I repeat, MUST hire Crystal Vargas for your wedding, event, corporate party, anything really. You will NOT be disappointed. You have my word! We cannot recommend her enough!
one of the best in the east coast area
In an industry that craves originality, ingenuity, and excitement; you cannot go wrong with Crystal Vargas providing the hottest beats of the night. She's excellent to work with, and an incredible addition to any event.
Working with Crystal is a great experience, she brings the live band feeling to any event. Great energy, great personality and awesome percussionist.