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Bands and Ceremony Music in Washington, District Of Columbia,
(202) 855-1010
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 62 Reviews


    Erica

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  • OMG! Where do I even begin? These guys are sooo talented...and they play everything from swing and oldies during dinner for the grandparents to Motown/classic rock that totally fills the dance floor non-stop!!! And then late into the night they break out the JT, M5 and Bruno for all the younger folks...partaaay, lol! Working with them was super easy, they're extremely talented, VERY nice, and reasonably priced. So don't hesitate...you must book this band!!!

    Phillip

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  • Planning our own wedding, budget was a major issue. But our #1 priority was having a dynamic live band for getting everyone out on the dance floor. Our wedding planner recommended the Original Moonlighters, and after checking out their online reviews, emailing some past clients and talking with their manager we were totally sold. The keyboardist learned several songs for our ceremony and played them beautifully. And when it was time to party, the band had all our guests out on the dance floor non-stop!!! In fact, the musicians only took one short break during the entire three hrs. Otherwise, whatever we wanted played they were totally on point! We hired the 8 piece, and that package was surprisingly affordable, including stage lights and MC services. They looked great in their matching suits and our guests can't stop talking about how friendly and talented everyone was. Thank you, Moonlighters, for making our wedding a dream come true!

    Francis

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  • The band was awesome. Everyone loved them. They played the right music and got everyone dancing. Can't say enough good things. Our wedding was a black tie affair and they came all decked out in tuxes. Would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants an epic wedding.

    Katie

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  • LOVE this band!! They made the wedding so special, put up with us changing the first dance days before, and helped everything go so smoothly. Our guests were dancing the entire time and everyone is asking me who they are, wanting to book them. Best wedding decision we made!!

    Becca

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  • We hired the Original Moonlighters from a google search for Motown wedding band in DC. They were the first to pop up, and boy did we make a good choice. They brought such a fun party to our wedding. Will (manager) was incredible to work with-- super responsive, and worked hard to make your timeline fit. The band was talented, played a good assortment of fun music and mixed in a few slower tunes too. My mom and I sang a song with them (You Can't Hurry Love) which was SO much fun. During the ceremony, they let us use speakers (and we were supposed to have a mic but that wasn't there) that hooked up to an ipod for our ceremony music. They offer piano soloist, but we wanted specific songs. We had a jazz trio during cocktail hour too.

    Rachel

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    5 out of 5
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  • So we decided to splurge on our wedding band, hiring The Original Moonlighters after seeing them at a friend's wedding back in 2014...I've been to over 20 weddings in DC with live bands, and nobody even comes close for playing all the tunes, bringing the energy, keeping everyone on the dance floor, etc. Hiring the 10 pce. band with full horn section was surprisingly cheaper than what we expected too!!! Working with their manager was super easy, and let me tell you, they all put on a SHOW!!! Family and friends are still talking. So keep on doing what you do b/c you guys are AWESOME!!!

    Ken

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  • The “Original” Moonlighters performed at our daughter’s wedding reception on May 5th at the Potomac View Terrace. We first learned of the band when they played at our goddaughter’s wedding a few years ago. The "Original" Moonlighters perform a broad range of music as you can tell by viewing their website. We have received many favorable compliments about the band’s performance from our guests, as well as our daughter and new son-in-law. In addition, we found their manager to be responsive to our inquiries and requests and would highly recommend you consider the them for your event. We are sure you will be pleased.

    Hilary

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  • 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 ... Read more

    Julie

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  • 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 fr... Read more

    Julie

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  • 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 fr... Read more

    Krystal

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  • 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 ... Read more

    Colleen

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  • 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!

    Mya

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    2.7 out of 5
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  • 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. 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 r... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    These comments are troubling as your wedding guests didn't seem to feel the same. Everyone was extremely complimentary and dancing all night! * But as for the sound system, we agree that the venue's acoustics were somewhat challenging. * Usually a wedding planner is on site to cue the band, and we again agree, that will definitely make a performance flow much smoother. * For 3 hrs. of reception time, there are usually 2 hrs. of live music. And that was the case here as we covered 27 songs at approx. 4 min. each. However, there were several lengthy toasts/speeches that cut into our performance. Also, the catering manager asked us to stop playing at one point as the dance floor was totally packed and servers weren't able to access the tables! * With 3-4 unusual requests being provided, those involved several hrs. of rehearsal time, plus driving round-trip, showing up hours in advance, setting up/tearing down equipment, including two sound systems and stage lighting for an event from 7pm-12mid, we committed over 15 hrs. So our rate was very reasonable and a few thousand less than most other wedding bands, actually! * While our repertoire is very extensive at 400+ songs, for more obscure material, we need time to rehearse. As you've noted, the 3-4 reception songs provided ahead of time were prepared just for you and sounded excellent. Had others been sent to us even a week prior we would've learned them too. However, we did play "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" with the bride's father on vocals. And then we accompanied the groom's sister on two other songs, as requested. All told, our reviews are excellent and most clients are extremely satisfied. So based on the above, clearly there were some unreasonable expectations. But we do apologize if our female vocalist wasn't smiling enough. Sadly, her mother had passed away the week prior, so she was still grieving, and the show must go on. So that's why our male lead singer was featured on most of the songs instead.

    Rebecca

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Bonnie

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  • 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, ... Read more

    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?!"

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