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J. · Married on 10/19/2013
I'm a professional musician. So is my wife. And our families. We've been playing music all our lives. Picky is an understatement, and we must've screened at least 30 bands until we found The Moonlighters. Unlike most others out there these days, they actually play their music live. Why spend the money on an actual band if they're just sequencing everything and laying vocals on top??? Plus, these guys actually read an audience, take requests and interact. There's nothing fake/canned about their performance. It's exactly what we were looking for, and we recommend them without any hesitation.Sent on 02/06/2014
Donald · Married on 06/15/2013
Outstanding performance, we received several congratulations from attendees about the Moonlighters. Helped us with annoucements and scheduling during reception while putting on a first class show that had folks dancing all night. Highly recommend.Sent on 12/01/2013
Jonathan · Married on 05/18/2013
We wanted a band that could play it all but we didn't want one of those dreadful "cheesy" wedding bands. These guys not only play it all but they do it with such style and finesse, sounding just like the actual singers while still making it their own, dancing and getting everyone all fired up...the PERFECT wedding band, indeed!Sent on 02/07/2014
Lisa · Married on 09/27/2008
The Moonlighters were AWESOME! We got the 6 piece band and played swing and jazz music all night. Everyone was on the dance floor from little kids to 80 year olds! It was so nice to have old-school, fun, celebratory music instead of the latest beats blasting out "baby got back" from some speakers. My husband and I even took swing dancing lessons for 6 months leading up the the wedding so we could step out in style!Sent on 01/27/2009
I found it odd that The Moonlighters themselves didn't have a website...but rather I found reviews and descriptions on other informational websites and then booked through their manager, William Goldman. He answered all of my questions quickly and professionally. The only thing that I wish were different was I wished I had gotten MY act together sooner to get our first dance request in. It was a song by a local swing band, that The Moonlighters said they would have happily learned--if I had given them a little more notice than the week before the wedding! (My bad!)
Josh · Married on 04/22/2007
The Moonlighters are a great band and a professional one. They arrived before an event that was off the beaten path and played a fantastic set of funk and motown songs to get everybody on the dance floor for my wedding. I highly recommend them!Sent on 01/03/2014
Stacy · event on: 06/22/2013
SENSATIONAL!!! Is one word to describe The Original Moonlighters. Working with them was a truly wonderful experience day of and in the months leading up to my engagement party. Vance was extremely helpful!! Thank you, guys!Sent on 02/07/2014
User4288252 · 2+ years ago
Music was the biggest deal to me and my husband on our wedding day. The band is extremely talented but did not follow the list I prepared for months. Confirmed it several times that the band could perform and comply with the list. They did not follow instruction. My maid of honor even gave them hard copy AGAIN at set break and they still failed to play what we wanted. I would say they played 5 out of 30 songs that were vital. I still look back pretty disappointed on how our music selection turned out.Sent on 07/30/2014
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Mya · Married on 06/09/2018
We decided to go with the Original Moonlighters after reading multiple reviews and speaking directly with some people who had them play at their wedding. We had never personally heard them before, but we had heard such good things about them and they seemed like just the kind of vibe we were going for.Sent on 07/19/2018
Unfortunately we were extremely disappointed. I will say that communication with William (the band's rep) was quick and easy. The ceremony music sounded nice. That's pretty much where the positives end.
One of the most important jobs a wedding band has (in my opinion) is the timing of their music and getting the crowd excited. Unfortunately the Moonlighters's timing/enthusiasm throughout the night was lacking. The lead singer was extremely unenthused, I don't think she cracked a smile all night. There were times when the band should have played music (such as parent and wedding party introductions, an impromptu well known beatles song that was part of someone's speech, a request for another well-known song by Stevie Wonder) that they did not play any music or refused, saying that they didn't know the songs. There were a few times throughout the night that I was signaling to them to start playing music-- isn't that their job?! Pretty sure I shouldn't have to be the one worrying about the music. They sounded okay once they finally did start playing, but at points their sound was messed up. I truly don't know why we paid them as much as we did, seeing as they probably only played a total of about an hour and a half of music the entire night.
Additionally, we had spent A LOT of time reviewing the timing of a prerecorded song that we wanted them to play through their speakers as a surprise first dance medley. Somehow that managed to get messed up too.
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time at our wedding, but it wasn't because of the band. I would not recommend.
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Bonnie · Married on 03/26/2017
To say that this band plays motown music is a complete joke. We hired them for our wedding. They spent the whole night playing pop and oldies. We heard everything from Bruno Mars, to Maroon 5, to Pharrell Williams, to The Wobble, to disco music. I was asked to provide the band a list of song requests from their website. Although I confirmed with them several times, the band COMPLETELY IGNORED MY REQUESTS. I specifically asked for no disco music in our contract. They literally closed the night playing a RECORDING OF THE ELECTRIC SLIDE. That was the "last dance".Sent on 03/29/2017
I was told I could provide an Ipod with music for the band to play when they took a break. I took forever selecting motown hits so the dancing would be uninterrupted. They didn't even bother to hook it up. The full band for dancing was supposed to start after the dinner. We had booked three of the band members to play background instrumental jazz during the dinner hour. Instead, almost the whole band got up, started singing, and some people thought it was time to dance when dinner was just starting to be served! We asked them twice to turn the music down during dinner so people wouldn't have to scream at each other, to no avail.
I had so been looking forward to a wonderful night dancing with my new husband to my favorite songs. I was completely devastated at this band's lack of care and attention to my requests.
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