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The Ward Eights were absolutely fantastic!!! Dave was amazing to work with from day one and the band totally tailored the experience to exceed our expectations. They were attentive, aware of our needs, and AMAZING musicians. They played a wonderful cocktail hour, Dave MC'd dinner/speeches in a quietly confident and wonderful way, was funny, unobtrusive, and totally on board with our timeline and needs!! But most importantly, the Ward Eights played an incredible show. Their Hava Nagila was out of this world, they were on point in terms of keeping the crowd going, and we danced until they were forced to stop! Friends and family (most of whom have been to MANY-a-wedding, kept coming up to ask how we found our band and who they were! Now THAT'S a compliment. We feel so lucky to have had the Ward Eights play at our wedding, and would unequivocally refer them/hope we find an event to invite them back to in the future!
The Ward Eights played our wedding reception in Portland Maine in August 2015. There really aren't enough ways for me to say how awesome they are. My husband and I had a really hard time finding a band that we both agreed upon - we wanted more than a typical wedding band. Ward Eights did not disappoint and somehow their pricing was much more agreeable than the other local (dare I say boring?) bands. All of our guests said they were the best band they had ever heard at a wedding. Dave was super easy to communicate with from day 1 and he worked seamlessly with our wedding planner so I could step out of the day of planning process. Dave kept the reception moving along and kept our guests entertained with the perfect amount of humor. There we so many points when the reception almost turned into more of a concert because you couldn't keep your eyes off them while they were playing. A couple weeks before the wedding, I had mentioned to Dave that if they happened to know any Taylor Swift, my girlfriends would really appreciate it. He said that they didn't and I didn't think twice about it. My husband and I walked into the reception space prior to the ceremony to check everything out. The band was rehearsing and to my surprise, it was a Taylor Swift song that Dave said they had learned for our wedding. That is honestly one of my favorite moments from the entire day and when they ended up playing it later that night, it was a huge crowd-pleaser. Do yourself a favor - book the Ward Eights. You won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see them play again somewhere!
The Ward Eights played at our cocktail hour and reception in April 2015 in Newport, RI and were amazing!!! We spent a lot of time researching bands for our wedding since this was of huge importance to us and we wanted to ensure we threw a really fun party with good quality music and The Ward Eights delivered just that. They are fun, talented, have an awesome song list, will learn a few songs for you if needed and were so fun. Everyone of all ages was dancing and having a great time, which is just what we wanted. I highly recommend The Ward Eights- no need to think twice.
Holy crap was this band AMAZING! They were so fun and entertaining, getting everyone (even normal wall flowers) up on their feet dancing! They even surprised me with a 3 song ska/punk medley that they learned just for our wedding since I mentioned my family loved that kind of music! My mom even dropped everything to get out there to mosh to Rancid. Even my photographer (that has been photographing weddings for years upon years) said that, hands down, the BEST wedding band she's ever seen! And for a 9 piece band, very reasonably priced! I'd recommend them for ANY event! They made my reception amazing!
The Ward Eights are an incredible band! The second I saw them perform live in one of my favorite bars, I knew I had to have them for my wedding. They kept everyone dancing all night, playing some Motown classics to a hip hop through the ages mash-up. My guests were chanting for an encore! The Ward Eights are not only fun, talented and entertaining, but absolutely professional and easy to work with. They accommodated ALL of my crazy requests.
Thank you so much for really making my day!!!
I'll keep this short and sweet. The Ward Eights = The Best Wedding Band of All Time! Every person at our wedding said, "This is the best band I've ever seen at a wedding!" They have an amazing setlist that continues to grow by the day. Very professional and helped MC as well. My wife and I can't wait to see them play around Boston this winter. I can honestly say that our wedding wouldn't have been what it was without The Ward Eights. Cheers!
We recently hired The Ward Eights to play music at our wedding in rural Vermont. They played an eclectic mix of music which kept party-goers on the dance floor. We had requested them to play a Polka. They not only played one, but proceeded into a 3 polka song set after the first was enthusiastically received by the crowd. The Ward Eights will fantastically exceed your expectations!
The Ward Eights made our wedding day very memorable! Our guests were blown away at how good they were and many tell us they made our wedding the best they have ever been to. The dance floor was packed most of the night as each song kept getting better and we didn't want to sit down.
We hope we get a chance to work with them again because they were informative, accommodating and truly fun to work with from the beginning. Their rendition of the History of Rap will never be forgotten!!
The Ward Eights are absolutely amazing. They are so talented, play together so well and are so much fun. We were thrilled to have them play at our wedding two weeks ago. They went above and beyond with our personal requests and made our wedding truly special and unique. Our guests were blown away by how great these guys are and they're still raving about how much fun they had dancing. Thank you!!
The Ward Eights are fantastic!!!
We had only heard them online (be sure to check out their youtube videos) before our wedding in September and were a little uncertain about what we were getting into-- but were so happy with our choice! They played great jazz during our cocktail hour and rocked it during the ceremony! All of our guests wanted to know who they were and where we had found them. They did such a great job with the songs they learned for us and even made Thrift Shop PG enough for my mother!
Thank you Ward Eights!!
Unanimous response from our guests was: "YOUR BAND WAS AWESOME." Would definitely hire them again. Music was a blend of classics (think: motown and the Beatles) to modern. Even learned a song just for my bride to sing. Showed up on time, set themselves up (just needed to point to where the ground-level stage was going to be), and rocked all night.
We hired the Ward Eights to play at our wedding and they absolutely made the night. They have a great range of music and can comfortably jump from Lionel Ritchie to Cake to 'Thrift Shop' without missing a step. They even learned some new songs that we requested! They are all amazing musicians and have tons of energy and enthusiasm - no problems with getting everyone up on the dance floor with these guys! Hire the Ward Eights, I guarantee all your guests will be talking about how yours was the best wedding all year!
The Ward Eights are a phenomenal band and we were so lucky to have them play at our wedding in July! We first saw them perform at All Asia in Cambridge back in the summer of 2011 and knew right then and there that they were destined to play our wedding in 2013. The Ward Eights are the quintessential wedding band and entertained our friends and family (163 guests) well into the night! They set list is varied with lots of Michael Jackson, classic rock, soul, and funk hits as well as modern pop songs. The front man is a great entertainer and was able to get everyone on the dance floor having a ball. They're all talented musicians and clearly love what they do. The guitarist had an amazing solo during Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and the keyboardist knows how to rap! He nailed it with "Thrift Shop"! This band is so AMAZING that they learned four new songs of varied styles (classic rock, pop, and R&B) and they killed them all! They learned Go West--"King of Wishful Thinking," Whitney Houston--"I Want to Dance with Somebody," Lionel Richie --"You Are," and Van Halen--"Jump". These guys should rightfully be at the top of the charts on WeddingWire. You and your guests are GUARANTEED to have an amazing time with The Ward Eights. Hire them--you'll be happy you did!
The Ward Eights have an incredible energy and can rock any occasion. They are a fun, incredibly talented, down-to-earth group of musicians whose diverse range of hits are sure to entertain any age group or music taste. I live in California but was lucky enough to see the Ward Eights play at a wedding I went to this summer just outside of Boston. I'll be sure to look up their upcoming shows anytime I am back in the Boston area! All of my friends at the wedding agreed that the Ward Eights are a MUST for any celebration!
I cannot express what an amazing job The Ward Eights did at my wedding, it is beyond words!
-They got EVERYBODY dancing (even grandparents and great-aunts) and the guests did not want to stop even when the venue was closing down
-They have a full band complete with saxophone, flute, trumpet, etc. so they can perform for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing.
-They will learn a song or two for YOU. They learned a Led Zeppelin song for me and NAILED IT!
-They played for hours and only tool a break when we insisted they eat something!
Some of the acts they cover are: Stevie Wonder, Cee Lo Green, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jackson Five, Michael Jackson (the lead singer, Dave, is amazing!), Rick James, Kool and the Gang, Beatles, Temptations, house of pain, living colour, Bryan Adams, JT, James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Cake, and loads more!
At the end of the night the staff was waiting around to start cleaning up and the singer, Dave cracked a joke for them, and the staff asked them to do more songs! Also The Ward Eights are great at crowd control, my biggest rule for them was, do not let anyone make a speech or sing, and they stopped all attempts! AND all of my guests kept telling how amazing the band was! OUTSTANDING!
We hired Ward Eights for our daughter's reception this year and we were blown away by their talent, professionalism, energy and range. They played Motown standards, Rock standards, R & B, Soul- took requests and have a full horn section. The lead singer is also the band leader and he kept a banter going that was up beat, engaged with the guests, humourous, but was never intrusive. The energy they bring to their music is unbelieveable. Our guests were all up and dancing, even the elders! I can not recommend them higher. Book them while you can.