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Whether you want your wedding to be an epic dance party or a more staid celebration, the band you choose will set the tone for the evening. From sultry jazz ensembles to rocking cover bands, here are some of the best wedding bands in San Francisco.
The Speakeasies are a retro-inspired bad that performs in a number of configurations, ranging from two to six people, and specializes in 30's and 40's Swing as well as Soul and Blues from the likes of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. Dressed up in retro suits with vintage instruments and an old-fashioned mic, they exude period charm and a swingin' 40's vibe.
The Cosmo Alleycats specialize in jazz, Motown, classic R&B, and contemporary music, but can also get the crowd dancing with rock, pop, and folk music, depending on the clients' tastes. Among their repertoire are songs from a diverse range of artists, including Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, and Nora Jones. They frequently play open shows around the Bay Area so prospective clients have plenty of opportunity to get a preview before booking. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Lucky Devils perform around the world, playing alongside legends like Alicia Keys and Prince, but they make frequent appearances in San Francisco and throughout the west coast. Their signature sound is a mix of Funk, old-school rock, jazz, soul, swing, disco, '80s pop, and current Top 40 hits. As a self-managed band, they also boast a lower price point than competitors of similar caliber. Read real brides' reviews here!
Cover Me Badd
Cover Me Badd plays everything from wedding standards to modern hits, with a little country, '70s funk, '80s rock, '90s pop and hip hop in between. They'll even tailor their on-stage look to match the mood of your event. For classic event, it's black tie, but for something a bit more funky they'll go with fun party wigs and flashy rock star attire to create a high-energy atmosphere that ensures the dancing lasts all night. Read real brides' reviews here!
Lori Carsillo, Jazz Vocalist & Ensemble
Jazz vocalist Lori Carsillo is the Lana del Ray of the San Francisco wedding scene. With a unique blend of sultry and sweet, she performs jazz standards, swing ballads and Bossa Nova as part of a duo, trio, or quartet for the reception, ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. There's also an option for a quintet with vocals, guitar, bass, drums and saxophone or other horn, for that classic big band sound. For a preview, you can check out her music stylings at Café Claude of Bimbo's 365 Club, where she performs monthly.
With a playlist spanning sixty years, Pop Fiction can play just about any style of music from the modern age: '70s disco hits, '80s new wave and rock classics, and techno, hip hop and club hits from the '90s through today. The eight-piece band prides itself on constantly refreshing its repertoire so if the ability to play the most recent hits is a priority for you, this band is a great option. Covers include Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, Depeche Mode, Michael Jackson, Madonna, AC/DC, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna. In addition to dance music, they'll also perform more classic tunes for cocktail hour or dinner, and beyond music, they'll provide computer-controlled stage lighting and dance floor lighting.