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The "Original" Moonlighters ®

"DC's #1 Motown and Variety Dance Band"
Often Imitated...Never Duplicated!, Washington, DC 20007
202-857-8700
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4.8
35 Reviews

Since 1990, The Moonlighters ® have been performing throughout the United States as one of the country’s best-loved and most authentic Motown and variety bands. Averaging over one hundred appearances per year, we offer affordable quality, specializing in weddings, corporate functions, private parties, festivals and concert appearances, with an emphasis on strong, soulful vocals and solid instrumentation.

Just close your eyes and you’ll swear the original artists are performing. But don’t close them for too long or you won’t be able to enjoy our outstanding dance moves and showmanship. Famous for getting guests out on the dance floor and more importantly, for keeping them there, The Moonlighters ® are experts at reading the crowd and gladly take requests, making our performances highly entertaining and interactive as audiences just feed off the band’s energy and vice versa.

We can also be booked in several different combinations to fit any budget and venue from just two or three musicians to as many as ten or twelve, including one of the tightest horn sections in the country and some of the finest male and female vocalists anywhere. Meticulously-groomed and costumed, whether it’s for ceremony, cocktail or dinner music, a casual outdoor reception or a classy black-tie affair, The Moonlighters ® have a show custom-tailored to best suit any theme.

Featuring HUNDREDS of songs in a wide variety of styles, we do it all very well. Critically-acclaimed, we have performed an unprecedented seven times at The Kennedy Center, for countless political and business leaders, at various foreign embassies, and other prestigious venues, covering well over a dozen different states, including: DC, MD, VA, WV, DE, PA, NJ, NY, KY, TN, OH, IL, NC, SC, GA, FL, and MT.

As seen again and again in our many rave reviews, thousands of appreciative listeners and hundreds of satisfied talent buyers all agree, The Moonlighters ® are dedicated, professionals truly committed to making each and every show an event to remember. But of course, we're in heavy demand with a schedule that always fills up fast, so don’t delay…please contact us today!

DC: 202.857.8700 l VA: 703.822.9800 l Toll-Free: 1.800.428.7262 l Email: info@14kmusic.com

Hilary
9/22/17
Categories: Bands,
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The Original Moonlighters is hands down the BEST motown/variety band in the DC area! They recently played at our wedding reception in Old Town Alexandria and absolutely brought down the house - everyone is still raving about how they are the best wedding band they have ever seen. They truly made our wedding the best day of our lives and the most fun party we have ever been to! The male and female vocalist have incredible voices and would come into the crowd during songs which added to the fun. All of the musicians are so talented, and they performed each song as good if not better than the original. They are also great at feeding off the crowd and always seemed to play the right song at the right time. The booking process with William was straightforward and easy, and the price was excellent value for money compared to other bands in the area (that aren't as good!). We can't recommend this band highly enough to future brides and grooms - you are guaranteed to have the most fun wedding of your dreams!!
rebecca
9/2/17
Categories: Bands, Ceremony Music,
4.7
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 4.5
The "Original" Moonlighters were great! I had a lot of compliments from our guests about how good the band was. They arrived early, set up within their space, played great music and engaged the "Crowd." They were really kind to us on our wedding day. They could be a bit more responsive about plans for the day of, and they seem to nickel and dime a bit when it comes to making verbal announcements during a reception. All in all a really great band to hire; they're fun.
Julie
6/24/17
Categories:
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The best decision I made for my wedding, besides choosing my partner, was selecting the Original Moonlighters as our band. Our wedding was somewhat intimate with 60 guests, ranging in age from 18 to 77. We were concerned about finding a band that could appeal to such a broad age range with eclectic musical tastes, but this band more than appealed to our guests. They had everyone on the dance floor smiling and having a spectacular time. The band included two vocalists and four instrumentalists for a three-hour event that included the dinner hour and two hours of dancing. For the dinner hour, the band played beautiful jazz music, which allowed the guests to enjoy their dinner and conversation with soothing music playing in the background. The dancing portion of the night kicked off with the song, At Last by Etta James that was beautifully performed by their female vocalist. In fact, I think she sounded better than the original artist. From there, the band transitioned smoothly from one genre to the next with pure talent. Almost all of the guests were on the dance floor throughout the night dancing, laughing and having a great time. Not only was the music by this band flawless but they were also very professional, fun, easy to work with and even attired themselves in my wedding colors. You cannot go wrong in hiring this band; they will make your wedding event the talk of the town. Dave and Julie Kruse - June 17, 2017
Julie
6/17/17
Categories:
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The best decision I made for my wedding, besides choosing my partner, was selecting the Original Moonlighters as our band. Our wedding was somewhat intimate with 60 guests, ranging in age from 18 to 77. We were concerned about finding a band that could appeal to such a broad age range with eclectic musical tastes, but this band more than appealed to our guests. They had everyone on the dance floor smiling and having a spectacular time. The band included two vocalists and four instrumentalists for a three-hour event that included the dinner hour and two hours of dancing. For the dinner hour, the band played beautiful jazz music, which allowed the guests to enjoy their dinner and conversation with soothing music playing in the background. The dancing portion of the night kicked off with the song, At Last by Etta James that was beautifully performed by their female vocalist. In fact, I think she sounded better than the original artist. From there, the band transitioned smoothly from one genre to the next with pure talent. Almost all of the guests were on the dance floor throughout the night dancing, laughing and having a great time. Not only was the music by this band flawless but they were also very professional, fun, easy to work with and even attired themselves in my wedding colors. You cannot go wrong in hiring this band; they will make your wedding event the talk of the town. Dave and Julie Kruse - June 17, 2017
User7971189

Categories: Bands, Ceremony Music,
0.5
Quality of Service: 0.5
Responsiveness: 0.5
Professionalism: 0.5
Value: 0.5
Flexibility: 0.5
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". 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.
The "Original" Moonlighters ® responded with the following comments:
As this is our first and only negative review in yrs., here's the bandleader's side: "I can't even believe that this is the same person I was talking with during the reception. Each time I saw her, she was smiling, and/or dancing with her guests. I spoke with both Bonnie and her husband at least four times and they just shook my hand, telling me how everything was GREAT! As for the jazz set - Yes, we did have five musicians playing. We were actually giving her more than she requested, which I thought would be a nice bonus. And maybe she didn't want guests dancing during the jazz set, as we're now finding out. But what are we to do, if the music sounds good and they want to get up? Bonnie's iPod didn't work, and Kelvin (who knows this stuff) tried to get it to work. Yes, at the end of our show (after the last dance as the band was starting to break down equipment), Kelvin played a little bit of Electric Slide as folks were leaving. Again, trying to do a little bit extra. But then she complains (go figure). As for the Motown music, at the start of the last set, Bonnie asked if we could just play a few more songs, because it was getting late for a Sunday and people were starting to leave. Again, she was very pleasant and "seemed" happy with the way things were going. Of course that's what I did to "accommodate the bride's wishes". So I moved up some of the 25 Motown songs we planned to play, and naturally, she didn't get to hear the others. I'll accept a negative review, if I think it's warranted. But that was not the case here. I just can't believe this is the same woman who was smiling to my face all night long, complimenting the band and saying how great we were. Most gigs go super smooth, clients are more than satisfied and everything falls right into place. But this time was it the Band, or the Bride??? Maybe her fun-loving, dancing all night long guests can tell us?!"
Krystal
10/9/16
Categories: Bands,
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The Original Moonlighters are a legend. People talk about bands that elevate a mere party to the status of a mythical event. People talk about bands that can speak to everyone: young, old, white, black, local, and foreign; bands that transcend these separations. In my life as a former wedding caterer, I’ve seen dozens of wedding bands and DJs show up, play some music and leave. Very rarely does a band even manage to make any kind of difference, let alone transcend division. The Original Moonlighters not only manages to transcend, but now exists in the mind of our wedding guests of our mixed-race wedding as the band responsible for creating the best time many of us have ever had. Their musical knowledge and skill are considerable and impressive, but even skilled musicians are a dime a dozen. What sets The Original Moonlighters apart is their openness, attentiveness and care. They willingly learned our favorite song for our first dance and it was amazing! They have mastered the elusive and subtle skills of reading the room and caring about what each person actually felt is a good time. Everyone at the reception from 90 year old world-traveling grandmas to down-south country cousins to hard-working family from the mid-west to teenagers to 5-year-olds who have never heard most of the songs previously got up and danced until their legs went out. They helped us to see that even though we all may be from different places, have vastly different experiences, and different skin colors, we are all one family. The band wasn’t just folks who played at our wedding --they were a true part of it. We are deeply grateful for their performance, care, and emotion. We wholeheartedly recommend them for your wedding. Their music is beautiful and the emotional memories it will leave in your heart are easily worth their reasonable and fair booking fee. Don’t wait, book them now.
Colleen
7/9/16
Categories: Bands
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The band absolutely made our wedding a fabulous party! Everybody was raving about them that night and continues to rave about them afterwards. They are very reasonably priced and had wonderful talent and energy!
Victoria
4/16/16
Categories: Bands, Ceremony Music
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The Moonlighters absolutely made our wedding the most amazing night of our lives. ALL of our guests were dancing the entire night, and they all raved about how amazing the band sang/played/danced. Not a single person was sitting once the music got started. The band had the most incredible energy, and as the bride, made me feel like they were singing all of their songs just for me. Literally ... they played every song I requested, kept the music on schedule, and most importantly, kept everyone dancing. They ended the night with such a great energy, no one wanted to leave! We are SO HAPPY they were available for our wedding ... thank you Vance and the Moonlighters for making our wedding so much fun. We wish you the best, and please don't ever stop playing!
Michael
10/24/15
Categories: Bands
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Cannot say enough about how amazing The Original Moonlighters were at my wedding! We had 190 people at the wedding and as soon as dinner was over everyone was up and dancing for the entire reception. We had the 9-piece band and highly recommend them. We were thrilled with how many genres they could cover from oldies to Motown, pop, funk, rock, etc. Their musicians handled cocktail hour with a solo keyboardist and a dinner jazz trio as well. It could not have been easier working with the band as they were always accessible by phone and email. My wife and I could not be happier with the band, don’t hesitate to book them! Thanks to The Original Moonlighters for making our day that much more special.
User5566359

Categories: Bands
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The "Original" Moonlighters made our wedding 'party' come alive!!! D.J.'s can be great, but you can't beat a LIVE band to keep your guests on the dance floor. The "Original" Moonlighters have a massive playlist- from oldies to UpTown Funk!! Your guests of all ages will be WOW'd. They also handle all of your D.J. needs and are very flexible. Thanks from a VERY satisfied M.O.B.
Caitlin
10/10/15
Categories: Bands
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Trust me, you want to book this band! We were a bit nervous about the band for our wedding just because we had booked them without ever having heard them play - always a bit of a risk. We had absolutely NOTHING to worry about. The Original Moonlighters had everyone on the dance floor all night long! They were engaging, fun, not to mention they sound incredible. If you're looking for a classic wedding band that plays all the best songs, this is absolutely the place to go. We would do it all again in a heartbeat! It was the perfect vibe for our reception - book them now!
User4154799

Categories: Bands
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The original moonlighters played at my wedding in September and they were amazing. I was a little nervous as I never heard them in person and picked them based on wedding wire reviews but I was not disappointed. They got everyone on the dance floor and made the wedding so fun. Will their manager was also really great to coordinate with, being extremely responsive prior to the date. Highly recommend!!!
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Bands
Are you an agency or a band?
Band
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
4-6, 7+
What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?
Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock, Swing, Top 40
What music services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learning New Songs, Liability Insurance, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Vocals, Willing to Travel
What items are available?
Fog Machine, Lighting, Microphones, Sound/PA System
Ceremony Music
What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Acapella, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Trio
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Liability Insurance, Microphones, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sound/PA System, Vocals
What is the appropriate age range for your audience?
Adults 18+, All Ages
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