Erin Harkes is a professional wedding musician operating out of Albany, NY. Available to soundtrack every stage of your once-in-a-lifetime occasion, Erin offers an array of musical services for couples to choose from. She has been performing since she was a teenager and has won numerous awards as well as appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show.
From your walk down the aisle to the last dance of the night, Erin has an impressive repertoire of songs to choose from. She is available to perform either solo or with her talented backing band and will help you create the perfect setlist to make sure your day sounds amazing. Bringing years of experience and passion to every celebration, she never fails to get a crowd on their feet and onto the dance floor.
13 Reviews for Erin Harkes Inc.
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Kristen Scanlon · Getting married on 02/09/2022
The Band that Made Our Wedding Unforgettable!
Without a doubt, BOOK THEM! I want to take my time in writing this review because I seriously couldn't have asked for a better experience that will continue to be a true highlight of our wedding memories for years to come.Sent on 11/18/2020
First: Quality of Service. I have not heard a live band like this in a very long time - maybe ever. It's been 2 months since our wedding and people are still talking about the band! We had a backyard wedding and in the days following the wedding, neighbors were telling us that they came outside, started a fire, lit up cigars, danced, and felt like they were listening to Janis Joplin sing (Erin's voice will give you chills...so, SO beautiful). Since the wedding, I've been asked several times who they are, how to get in contact with them, and I know they are already booked for a 2021 event because of the performance they put on at our wedding. The sound quality, selection of songs, energy and sheer God-given talent of all 7 band members + the sound engineer - 10/10.
Responsiveness: Hands down, Erin was more on top of planning than any other vendor. We got lucky with an opening on her calendar! When we initially contacted her in January 2020 for our September wedding, another couple had just backed out of the date and we were JAZZED to be able to book them. We found out about the Erin Harkes Band from my best friend's parents who had seen the Band play live in Saratoga. We don't live in the area so we were only able to see clips online, but it only took a 30 second clip of Erin's rendition of Proud Mary to sell us. Also, do yourselves a favor - book the horns. Non-negotiable. Incredible, incredible musicians.
Professionalism & Flexibility are a combined category this year: Of course 2020 can't go by without a mention of COVID, but this is where the character and integrity of Erin really stuck out. Like many other couples in 2020, we went through round after round of do we or don't we, and we wound up changing venues to accommodate an outdoor event and drastically reducing the guest list. It's no secret that so many wedding vendors have suffered from cancellations and postponements this year, yet even still, Erin couldn't have been more helpful, accommodating, encouraging and most of all patient throughout this time. She truly listens, offers valuable feedback & helpful ideas & a whole lot of humor.
Value: Best money we not only spent for our wedding, but probably in my whole life. I'd book again and again and again and then I'd eventually be happily bankrupt listening to incredible live music over and over and over. Affordable, yet second to none entertainment. Not to mention, Erin was a gem and hustled over to our ceremony which was at a separate location to handle the sound and music there, then hustled back over to the reception. She also MC'ed the reception, set up a killer song list (our request was to keep everyone dancing all night long), AND the whole band surprised us by learning and playing our favorite Brandi Carlile song! Priceless.
When we got in the car to leave town the day after our wedding, Erin was the first call we placed because we couldn't wait to RAVE about the Band's performance. Absolutely 100% made our wedding. Stellar, amazing, incredibly wonderful performance - we could not be any happier if we tried....still!
Long way of saying - book them today. Don't hesitate. Don't weigh other options. They are a "move your wedding date to an opening on their calendar" kind of band. You will not find any group of musicians better than the Erin Harkes Band!
Marmo Gregg · Married on 04/07/2020
We hired Erin for a private event and she was top notch all the way around. She was very accommodating to our musical tastes, extremely professional and most importantly, rocked! One of our friends at the party booked her for their wedding reception on the spot. I make it a point to try and see her at her numerous live events and will absolutely work with her again.Sent on 02/18/2020
Robin Bouplon · Married on 02/17/2020
We booked Erin for our summer event and from beginning to end it was perfection! Besides being talented, Erin was professional, fun, timely and completely attentive to our needs. Can’t wait to work with Erin again!Sent on 02/17/2020
Erin Harkes Inc.'s reply:Thank you, Robin! It was truly my pleasure to play your party! It didn't hurt that your precious children drew "rockstar parking" in chalk on the driveway! I felt spoiled! Looking forward to working with you again!
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