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(347) 699-7147
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    Beth

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  • When picking vendors for our wedding, the band was a top priority. We wanted everyone dancing all night and wanted music that appealed to us and our friends (late twenties) and to our older family members as well. Cafe Wha killed it. Our guests are still talking about how good the band was a month later. There was never a lull in the night. Every single musician is amazingly talented and brought so much energy to our wedding night. They are seriously unlike any other elite wedding band out there. Just to give you a sense of how epic they were - at midnight, when the reception ended, the entire 240 person room started chanting "one more song, one more song." And of course, they delivered! I could not recommend Cafe Wha more. Ben and Hap were so easy to work with, and made planning fun and seamless. They are 100% worth the price and more.

    Zach Nipon

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  • The Cafe Wha? band are truly the best at what they do. Since they spend so much time in the Cafe Wha? club, there is nobody better at reading a room, playing to that crowd, and bringing the party to life. They play all genres, create epic mashups, and are just generally great musicians. Every member of the band is a total professional. Quite literally every guest at my party came up to me at some point during or after our wedding to tell me it was the best wedding band they'd ever seen. They're not inexpensive, but they are also not even close to the priciest, so you definitely get your money's worth. Not to mention the whole process of working with hem was easy, seamless and very professional. Truly can't say enough good things about my experience with them.

    Darryl Macpherson

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  • All I can say is WOW!!! From start to finish, Ben Chuchinsky and the Café Wha Band gave my wife and me unbelievable comfort – just knowing we were in good hands. Wedding celebrations with family and friends can be stressful enough trying to manage all the details for an elegant affair. But having the peace of mind knowing you’ve partnered with true professionals allowed us to sleep at night prior to the event . . . and then party the night away during the evening. Café Wha’s excitement and energy set the tone for the room and all involved. Even before the wedding party was announced, we had guests out on the dance floor grooving to the tunes as soon as they entered the ballroom – it was awesome! The band never stops – continuous music throughout the various food courses . . . with soulful individual instrumental and vocal background music that allows for quality table conversation; combined with high-energy, full-sound dance music that keeps the momentum and love flowing ... Read more

    Rebecca Goldberg

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  • Cafe Wha!!!.... Everyone at the wedding could not stop talking about the band! "Where did you find this band? Who is this band?" We asked the same thing the first time we saw Cafe Wah at a wedding many years ago- way before we were even engaged. But one thing we knew was that whenever the time came we would be using Cafe Wah. Cafe Wah's performance is like going to a concert. They can play any song and make it their own and in a way you've never heard before. They were just amazing to work with and took our vision and made it come to life. They cater to the crowd and are the absolute best around. They made our wedding!

    Catherine Nagle

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  • Cafe Wha absolutely exceeded our expectations! We are still hearing from guests (young and old) that the band was the best they had ever heard at a wedding. People danced all night, and even some guests that we expected to sit down early were up dancing and having a great time late into the evening. The performance quality was excellent. In addition to technical skill, every single musician had incredible energy and kept the crowd dancing and excited. The song selections were also on point. Ben (the band leader) was fantastic to work with - he was organized, proactive, calm, and flexible throughout the planning process and executed seamlessly the night of the wedding.

    Sonali J

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  • Cafe Wha is an amazing band. Ive followed them for years after moving to NYC and when my organization decided they wanted a band at our annual gala, I rallied hard to get Cafe Wha there and it was by far the best use of our budget. This band is amazing. They know how to read a crowd and they know how to make the event even more special. If you are going to have entertainment at your wedding or event, this is the band that will appeal to everyone in your crowd and that is priceless! Expect a lot of dancing and a ton of compliments from your guests after a night of entertainment from the Cafe Wha Band!!

    Keith Singer

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  • I hired 3 pieces from the Cafe Wha? Band (Kim, Mike and Ben) to serenade my wife and I at a restaurant for our 25th anniversary celebration. They were FANTASTIC ! They certainly left us with a memory that we will cherish for a lifetime. And the hiring, planning, preparation, etc. could not have gone any better as well. It was top-notch--from start to finish.

    Danielle

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  • The Cafe Wha? band delivered a tremendous performance at our wedding at the Bowery Hotel. In terms of song selection, we largely deferred to the band’s discretion, and they did not disappoint. They managed to please all demographics and kept the dance floor packed throughout the night. In addition to being very easy to work with, there are a couple of factors that we thought differentiated the band from others we considered. First, they played continuously, without breaks, for the entire night. Second, you can see the band perform at the club in Greenwich Village before making your wedding band selection, which we did. Given the importance of choosing a wedding band, we found it surprising how few bands we could see perform live. Once we saw the band in person, we immediately chose them for our wedding. It was the best decision we could have made!

    Katie Flatley

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  • AMAZING performance from the Cafe Wha band at our wedding! They did an excellent job of reading the crowd and playing a wide genre of music, which kept the dance floor packed all night. Ben was very helpful throughout the entire process, he was patient with all of our questions and quick to answer us. The entire team did not disappoint. Music was really important to us and the band was AMAZING. Our guests are still talking about what an unbelievable job they did. Would highly recommend to anyone! Thank you to the entire Cafe Wha team!

    James Coker

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  • We had the Cafe Wha Band play our wedding on New Year's Eve in New York City. They were absolutely incredible. Our wedding had a lot of moving parts and various demands over the course of the night and they were more than accommodating. At our reception, the band infused the room with energy to keep us dancing past midnight all the way until 2AM. They were so good at reading the room for what it needed, whether it be something more upbeat or a chance to slow things down. Wedding guests of all ages were dancing and having a great time well into the late hours of the night. I cannot keep track of how many people told us how much they LOVED the band. Make sure to check them play at Cafe Wha in the Village to get a feel for what they are all about. You will not be disappointed.

    Cristen Latzoni

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  • We were lucky to work with the Cafe Wha band for our wedding on 12/15. They had a unique way of reading the crowd and playing the perfect songs for the moment. They kept the crowd beyond entertained and even came out onto the dance floor! We received endless compliments on the band. I wouldn't consider anyone else for a wedding band -- they are awesome. Throughout the process, they were easy to work with and very receptive to your needs and requests.

    Jessica

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  • If you're lucky enough that Cafe Wha has your wedding date open, book them. I was very hesitant to shell out the money for a band versus a DJ, but they MADE the party. From beginning to end, people were dancing and having a great time. The band leader, Ben, is a genius at reading the crowd and leading your event logistics. We didn't have to worry about anything, they just took care of the flow of our event and coordinated with all of our other vendors seamlessly. They make songs you love sound better than the original. The key thing is that every band member is a LEAD SINGER, so they never need to take a break. People are still talking about the party we threw and how great the band was. If you are looking to splurge on one wedding vendor, this is the one to do it on. People will rarely remember your flowers, but they will always remember how much FUN they had.

    Jodi & Kenny

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  • We could not have been happier with them...they asked us for a list of what music we liked/disliked and absolutely had our guests dancing all night!! We would not have changed anything about our experience w them...from start to finish a real pleasure to work with them...👍

    Jason

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  • We hired Cafe Wha? as our wedding band after having seen them perform in their club in New York City. Their preparation was meticulous and were willing to go above and beyond to meet all of our specific needs. It was imperative to us to have a great band, and we couldn't be happier to have selected Cafe Wha? The band was able to adjust music according to the vibe of the room and had most of the 260 person wedding dancing the entire night. We cannot wait to go back and see them perform at their club.

    Ryan Thomas

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  • Excellent band who blew us away. Not the cheapest but sometimes you pay for what you get.

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