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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Kimberly · Married on 01/11/2019
I booked Crystal as a surprise for my now Husband and he was extremely happy! Crystal was the star of our wedding! All of our guests are still raving about her! She brought such a fun atmosphere to our celebration. She was amazing with each song she played along too! She was super personable and sweet from the first time we spoke and just as sweet when we finally met in person. I honestly can't imagine having chosen a better percussionist and I honestly don't think a better one exists lol! Thank you, Crystal, for sharing your amazing talent with us on our wedding night!Sent on 01/23/2019
David G Treichler · Married on 12/15/2018
Would hire Crystal 10000000x over. Wow!!!!
Crystal brought such a positive vibe and spirit to our wedding, allowed me to highlight my own love for drums, and played beautifully throughout the night! Crystal is so very tasteful in how she complements the music & contributes to the overall party! A true professional entertainer & great addition to any wedding!!!!Sent on 01/15/2019
Melissa Lucciola · Married on 10/21/2018
The greatest of all time.
Crystal is absolutely AMAZING! Everyone was blown away by her. I fell in love, after seeing her at my sister in laws wedding. I’d definitely plan another one just to have her perform again !Sent on 11/12/2018
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.