Offering THE Best Regional Bands in the Southeast!
They range in many styles of music so we can help you with any kind of event.
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Alternate Take is a group of four talented musicians that have joined forces to make one of the most impressive bands on the east coast. Each member has played professionally since their teen years and educational backgrounds include music degrees and Masters degrees. Not only are they well versed in contemporary party and dance music, but also jazz standards of yesteryear, and classical music of centuries past.
This is not just your typical wedding or cover band; this group of songwriter/composers can write a theme for your event that will appeal to almost any crowd. If there is a song you want performed, Alternate Take can do it. Some of the famous stages these musicians have played include Jazz Fest of New Orleans, the famous Cotton Club of New York, Carnegie Hall, Bobcats Arena, and Panther Stadium to name a few. Members have shared the stage with national acts like Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, and Sister Hazel. Spencer does an amazing one man solo act playing over 200 shows a year on the east coast. Grant plays sax and keys with Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs when not working with this band, and Howl the Moon dueling piano show in Charlotte, NC. Ryan and Sean both cut their teeth playing in the New York jazz, rock, and gospel scene. Alternate Take knows how to adjust the music they play to fit the crowd. One of the advantages of knowing so many songs and styles is the ability to customize the performance to the mood and occasion at hand. Corporate events, private parties, and festivals are performed with energy, enthusiasm, and style.
If you’re looking for an experienced group of musicians that are still in touch with current music to play your wedding…look no further. Alternate Take’s musicians have done hundreds of weddings, and know the ebb and flow of the event. Although each wedding day is unique, the experience of doing so many helps them to be prepared for anything that might happen. Your cake cutting, flower toss, and garter toss will be announced by the band as needed, so you don’t have to worry about that. A wireless microphone will be provided for any announcements for your special day. Your job is to enjoy yourself, let Alternate Take care of the music.
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Charlotte based, "Baby Black" has all the edge, energy, and crowd appeal at the most affordable price around, whether it’s weddings, corporate/private events, clubs and colleges. See why everywhere we play wants us back, and why we’re chosen to do many large events such as headlining several years at Hickory’s and Charlotte's Oktoberfest, Hickory Alive at 5, 7 years of the "Hickory Hops beer festival", tons of private events, and too many more to list. They want you to know their commitment to giving you a quality product with a strong interest in making your event a huge success. Baby Black is comprised of all professional musicians, and will consistently deliver the highest quality product always with the crowd in mind. As a core 3 piece band, we’re able to expand the band from 3 up to 6 depending on the budget and request of the client. The additional instruments can be saxophone, keyboard, or a 2nd guitarist.
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The Band of Oz was formed in 1967 as a part-time band playing fraternity parties and high school proms all over the South. In 1977 the band went on the road full time. Since that time the band has made an exceptional name for itself throughout the Southeast by playing the top clubs and corporate parties, and getting excellent reviews along the way. For several years the group has been a guest on most of the major beach concerts in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia.
The Band of Oz is one of the most successful groups in the Southeast, and continues to get the very best reviews from the top people in the entertainment business. The band now features a full horn section to total a dynamic eight-member group. They still perform well over two-hundred shows per year for corporate events, festivals, concerts, wedding receptions, and many other public and private events.
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The BigTime Party Band, born in 2003, has quickly become one of the hottest Beach/Variety bands in the Southeast. Playing traditional beach music, motown, rhythm and blues, & classic rock, along w/a wide variety of party favorites perfect for clubs, festivals, weddings and corporate events!
BigTime has enjoyed three (3) songs achieving Top 10 status on 94.9 FM The Surf's (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) beach music charts, with one going all the way to #1 and another to #4. This breakout recording and performing group has quickly solidified its position as one of the most requested in the area. Their very successful "Drink Up" shag dance/party anthem, along with their "Do Ya' Like", were recently inducted into The Surf 94.9 FM Hall Of Fame, stamping their elevation to Beach Music "royalty" status!
With eight (8) active performers, BigTime displays vocal range and strength many other bands cannot easily match. Running the entire gamut from the tenor voices of John Wilson, an energetic and charismatic front man/seconday guitar player, and Johnny Wilson on guitar, the falsetto of keyboardist Bill Hancock, to the mellow stylings of Tiff Wheeler Hancock, herself a standout performer, they personalize each song, impress you with their differences, yet wow you with their harmonious blend.
Together they are the BigTime Party Band, always bringing the party to you!
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A musical and family tradition that began its musical trek in June of 1972, four young siblings started out imitating Motown artists such as The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye as well as James Brown and the Beatles. Over the past 30 years, this group of brothers have seen many acts come and go, both on the national and regional music scene. The Brothership however remains strong and just as dedicated as ever to loyal music fans over the years. The group is still among favorites at festivals, wedding receptions, frat parties and corporate affairs throughout the United States as well as destinations abroad.
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No other band from the Carolinas, or the entire Mid-Atlantic region for that matter, dares attempt the intricate fusion of rhythm-section funk, 4-horn firepower, and soaring vocals this band throws down each time they play live. They bring back the power horn songs from yesterdays with a "true" sound replicating the way those songs were meant to be heard.
Featuring the Bull City Horns on their front line, Bull City Syndicate has been building a loyal and ever-growing following featured not only at the top area restaurants and clubs, but also statewide at music festivals, colleges, weddings, private and corporate parties, as well as many local and national charity events.
It will be worth your effort to check out why Bull City Syndicate is more than just a cliché wedding/corporate band, and why they are one of the most in-demand bands in the Mid-Atlantic states, and why the crowds at their public appearances are always filled with musicians from other bands.
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Cafe' Mars consists of an all-star line-up of Raleigh/Durham musicians, and can be found most any night of the week at area restaurants and clubs, or regionally at corporate and private events delivering a unique fusion of Top-40 hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and today - including everything from contemporary jazz to funk to bluegrass to rock-n-roll, all filtered through an unusually high-level of experience and musicianship.
Musically-speaking, this is not a cliche' wedding band . . . not even close. While they are regularly hired for high-end weddings and corporate events, it is because of the quality, versatility and uniqueness of their live sets, . . . not because of stereotypical expectations. If you want a band that can keep 'em on the floor dancing, . . . no problem. If you need them to create a more sophisticated "listening" environment, these guys can even deliver that as well, at a level unmatched by typical cover bands.
While some bands make a "claim" of versatility, it is usually at the expense of the music itself. With Cafe' Mars, "versatility" is delivered at an uncompromising level of musicianship and performance. A brief resume' of each member bears out the quality, experience and professionalism comprising Cafe' Mars. These guys are not only full-time musicians, but they are also music teachers and clinicians:
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Since the Catalinas formed in Charlotte in late 1957, over 60 accomplished guitarists, keyboardists, trumpet players, drummers, bass players & singers have been a part of the band.
Gary Barker one of the founding members, attributes the band’s long success to the ongoing popularity of beach music & the tunes the band has composed, Particularly the Hit Song, "Summertime’s Calling Me" in the 1970s.
A Mainstay along the beach circuit and festivals around the Southeast, these guys are still humping it up and down the highway every week, bringing their uptempo, entertaining show to the masses. If you want a great Beach & Variety Dance band for your next event, look no further than the Catalinas!
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Chunky Daddy, "The Hunky Chunky Funky Party Band" is made up of 5 amazing musicians who have traveled the world and played alongside artists such as: Lionel Richie, James Taylor, Zac Brown, ZZ Top, Tom Petty, Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Dave Matthews, Goo Goo Dolls and many more.
Featuring on vocals, Matt Stratford (voted top vocalist in 2012 by wcnc and the carolina entertainment network), playing songs from all over the map and throughout the history of music, this band can go from Johnny Cash to Stevie Wonder to Maroon 5, Temptations to Classic Rock and back again in the blink of an eye. They have been described by many as the "perfect party band for all occasions."
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COMPLETE DESIRE is a high-energy, electrifying group of fun-loving, experienced & professional entertainers that can satisfy your musical desires. They have an extensive repertoire of sounds from the 1940s through today, including R&B, FUNK, POP, SWING, SOUL, BEACH, HIP HOP, KLEZMER, REGGAE, COUNTRY, BLUES, JAZZ and ROCK & ROLL.
During its thirteen years of performing, the group HAS PROVEN to be one of THE BEST in the business. COMPLETE DESIRE persistently WORKS HARD at keeping up its reputation for SATISFYING AUDIENCES of all ages.
The group is under the leadership of RODNEY "FLASH" EPPS, a veteran in the music business. He has toured and performed in six countries and forty states with such renowned artists as THE DRIFTERS, THE TAMS, THE SHIRELLES, MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS, CARLA THOMAS, CLARENCE CARTER and THE PLATTERS.
Over the years of learning from such mega-artists, he knows what to do to SATISFY THE AUDIENCES along with the top-notch entertainers he uses to make the show a SMASH SUCCESS.
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DA THROWBACK BAND has become one of the most exciting live bands around!
Their live performance will put you in the party mood for sure. The vocal harmony and choreography not only make a complete show, the high energy flow keeps you wanting more!
A Throwback show takes you back to the days of big showy horn bands with dancing and extraordinary showmanship! Our show gives everyone what they want from all the great songs from the 70’s & 80’s era of R&B, Top 40 & Old School Funk.
Our full production consists of the 10 piece band along with professional sound and lighting. We can downsize the group to a 7 or 8 piece when needed. We can come in full costume or for the more formal affair and/or wedding, we have tuxedos and gowns. We can provide everything you need for a full night of music including a jazz dinner set, DJ to fill in the breaks and then the Throwback show which gives you a full night of musical and showmanship like you've never seen!
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DELTA FIRE is a Charlotte-based cover band stacked with some of Charlotte's most respected musicians, playing a wide range of genres including Party Rockin' Hits from the 70's to today, Top 40, R&B and much more! With that many songs to perform, they can cater the set-list to fit your needs for ANY type of event or play a great mix of it all to appeal to all ages!
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Guaranteed to get any party started Charlotte North Carolina's Diverse Groove has been rocking live music scene for many years. Front Man Lamar Brace is a true entertainer. Along with a cast of excellent musicians/singers that is a great plus to any event.
Playing all types of music from R&B, Beach, Pop, and many more genres you can believe after their show you'll be begging for more.
Playing all types of venues as well. Diverse Groove has played Weddings, Corporate events, festivals, proms etc. So knowing what to bring for the occasion is their Forte.
SO LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I PRESENT TO YOU "DIVERSE GROOVE"!!!!!!
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The Doug Burns Band has been the South’s most versatile band for over 15 years. Playing everything from Motown, to Funk, to Rock and Beach to the elegance of Big Band, Swing, Standards or Jazz. They can literally play whatever your events call for! You can be sure that your party will be exciting and the dance floor will be packed the entire night.
The musical entertainment at your event will be the difference in a "ho hum" party to a GREAT party. So no matter what styles of music your party requires, we can cater our songlist to meet your needs and appeal to everyone for you. You will know that a good time was had by all.
They have performed at the Carolina Panthers games, Charlotte Bobcats games, The Grove Park Inn's New Year's Eve Gala, hundreds of weddings, corporate events, class reunions, conventions and many other events. They have played on stage with and backed many of Americas biggest stars including Ray Charles, Josh Grobin, The Temptations, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Linda Rondstadt and Natalie Cole.
The Doug Burns Band will work with you to ensure your event is a huge success.
From Glenn Miller to Earth, Wind & Fire, you will love the music.
For the larger events they can add more performers
and come as a 12 piece traditional Big Band.
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Empty Pocket is a dynamic five-piece band based out of Greensboro, NC that feeds on a diet of funk, soul, and rock. Their repertoire includes cover songs spanning from the sixties to modern day, as well as some catchy original material. Each member is a skilled professional with years of performing and education, resulting in high-level musicianship and a high-energy performance.
Empty Pocket has a vast repertoire of songs that span myriad styles and eras, guaranteeing a good time had by all. They're also more than capable of accommodating special requests, whatever the occasion. Seasoned pros with a youthful spirit and energy, this band is dead set on entertaining with the utmost professionalism; but they're an awful lotta fun too.
For booking information on Empty Pocket or to book or hire this band for your wedding reception, college event, corporate function or concert.
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Beach Music has long been a tradition in The South, and The Entertainers are proud to have shared in that tradition for over 30 years.
The Entertainers were founded In 1980 and scored their first regional smash hit with "Living For The Summer" that same year. This song helped propel the group to the forefront of beach music, which led to their playing the finest clubs along the grand strand of Myrtle Beach, corporate conventions, weddings and festivals from Washington, DC to Naples, Florida.
While staying true to their R&B and Beach Music roots, the group also satisfies the most diverse audiences by playing selections from the latest Top 40, Classic Rock & Roll and Country music. The group's years of performing experience and recording prowess culminated in the release of their latest album entitled, "The Inside Story". This record, which contains the #1 Beach Music hit, "Thank Goodness She Cheated" and Classic Beach and Soul hits, will surely lead you to the dance floor with a smile on your face.
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For top-notch, quality live music at its finest, look no further than ENVISION.
Having built a strong reputation in the Southeast as a first-class, dynamic vocal group, ENVISION has garnered much success and delivers a dazzling, high-energy stage show…complete with professional choreography, tight musicianship, silky-smooth harmonies and powerhouse lead vocals.
Formed in 1997, ENVISION consists of three vibrant female vocalists and one male vocalist. The group is backed by a strong band of talented, versatile and dedicated musicians, consisting of Keyboards, Drums, Guitar, Bass and Saxophone. The versatility of these musicians allows the band to be packaged in different combos, adjustable to accommodate most budgets.
ENVISION’s stage show is as exciting to watch as it is to dance to, covering a wide range of hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, up to the contemporary sounds of today’s Top 40, also includeing a wide range of musical styles including R&B, Beach, Dance, Funk, Pop, Jazz and even Gospel upon request.
Whether you’re planning a special private event or you’re the owner of a nightclub in need of quality entertainment, you will find ENVISION eager to please and easy to work with to help make your function a success. From wedding receptions to corporate functions…from class reunions to fraternity/sorority galas…from nightclubs to outdoor festivals, ENVISION is your choice for first-class entertainment.
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The Mission Statement is a simple one - ROCK THE HOUSE!
The Swingin' Richards came about January 2001. Their debut show was Feb 2, 2001, in the plaza of the Bank Of America's "Founder's Hall" opening for the late, great “Godfather of Soul”, “Soul Brother #1”, the one and only Mr. James Brown.
Now you may say that’s pretty good for a debut, yet there’s good reason the guys were able to float their boat on something like this. Dues and persistence. The guys have been in some of the Southeast's most beloved, reveled party bands: The MegaPhonics, Daddy Blue, Mo Money... do these ring a bell? If not, either you just moved to the area, or are unaware of what’s been shaking musically in the Southeast.
"A friend of ours who works in promotions, was looking for a strong local act that would work nicely opening for James Brown. Our past bands had expired, so he suggested the five of us get together and have a go. Only to do this one show. It really came together so well...the rest is history. "We've been friends a long time and play well together. So why stop?" - Johnny Wads
What’s this band about? GREAT MUSIC and a REAL GOOD TIME!
“Each member of the band realizes that everyone in it is indispensable. It takes all of us to take care of the musical business. The byproduct being, cohesiveness and interplay. It produces something greater than our individual selves. For myself, it doesn’t get better than this when it comes to being in a band."
Equally accessible to each other, they are accessible to the folks they play for.
"How are you gonna be any good without a good crowd of people to play for? The whole synergy thing plays into the people we perform for. Maybe I should rephrase that, and say, the people we perform with. It takes two to tango. It’s always the energy of the crowd that tells us what to do. When the crowd starts kicking, it makes us want to contribute that much more. So, it really creates a circle where everyone is grooving, and becomes quite a joyous event." - John Wads
Lead Singer, Steven Engler replies, "It’s really about the band and the crowd in the moment."
They have gone on to share the stage with David Lee Roth, Darius Rucker, and have even backed up Edwin McCain on several occasions.
This is the real deal baby! If you find yourself checking these guys out, and a smile begins to grow on your face, your toe starts tapping, or your butt begins to shake a bit, then HALLELUJAH!
FUN!......You remembered didn’t you, and it didn’t hurt a bit!
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Beach, Variety, Dance
The third week of September, 1978, was marked the beginning of an era, the formation of THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS, known as the "South's Finest Show Band." Since the inception of the band, the have performed over 6,000 engagements including over 400 wedding receptions, 700 conventions, and clubs too numerous to mention. The band's summer home and their hit single "Myrtle Beach Days" catapulted The Shakers to the top of the Carolinas musical groups.
This combination of experience and longevity has allowed THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS to possess a level of versatility few other groups can match. With five lead vocalists and up to three horns, they can perform almost any style of music from up-tempo dance and rock to the smooth easy listening for the more subdued occasions. The music is GREAT but what sets THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS apart is the personality of the group. From start to finish every performance becomes a PARTY! The fun starts at the first note and doesn’t stop until the last. A performance by THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS is not just a party, it is an EVENT!
Special attention is given to appearance, with over $80,000 spent on custom-made wardrobing. Tuxedos are always available for the formal occasion. This Shakers' carry a state of the art JBL P.A. that is powered by over 16,000 watts of QSC amplifiers. The lighting system features 16,000 watts of power controlled by NEL multiplex controllers. An ultraquartz spotlight is used to highlight the floorshow. This flexibility allows them to accommodate any size event from a small reception to a large outdoor event.
So, you say "what makes The Shakers different?" Personality! Fun! Charisma! From start to finish, an engagement with THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS is one big party. Don't misunderstand, the music is great, but The Shakers are here for you to have a good time. The boys will keep you entertained from start to finish.