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Bands in Newburyport, MA,
(617) 628-0400
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 92 Reviews


    Erica D’Atillio

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  • As a seasoned event planner for more than 15 years, and when it came time to plan my own celebration.... HOT MESS was hands down my first (and lets be honest.. ONLY) choice to celebrate. I have worked with Jason as a vendor partner on many occasions, and knew that his warmth and professionalism (and not to mention great humor) were a perfect match. Not only are Jason + Co some of the most talented performers I have worked with in my experience, he works with couples on a personal level to make sure that everything flows in a way that is seamless and keeps the party going! Every part of the planning experience - from working with Gail to putting the song list and details together with Jason leading up to the party is seamless. I am very particular when it comes to those details and knew that their performance would go above and beyond!! All of my friends and family still text me daily saying how they were "THE BEST BAND" they have ever heard. Do your self a favor and hire them. It will ... Read more

    Gina Lawrence

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  • My husband and I got married a few weeks ago and we still cannot stop talking about Hot Mess. Jason, Gail, and the rest of the band were amazing right from the start. We had a particularly long reception with a lot moving parts and Gail and Jason were so kind and devoted to putting together the perfect evening for us. We got a chance to speak with Jason over the phone the week before the wedding and go over everything and what shined through even more than his professionalism was his genuine excitement to be a part of our day! Jason was even more excited in person when we met him the day of! We were able to relax and enjoy our reception knowing that Jason and the rest of the band were going to bring the fun- and did they ever! We had family and friends coming up to us all night commenting on how amazing and fun the band was! Everyone loved the variety of instruments and the variety of songs played. The band even did a great job incorporating some traditional Italian music that my famil... Read more

    Christy Dunn-Houde

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  • I am willingly happy to give a good, great, over the top reference to eric grant and sugah rush band! We were more than pleased with the performance at our wedding 9-21-19 at the Margate! We had decided to have them play piano duo as the guests were taking their seats- it gave a romantic, pure vibe! Best decision I made!!! They also did acoustics for us during cocktail hour! Simply beautiful! When it came to the reception- he was promptly ready to get the bridal party in our places and start the party off right! He kept the crowd on the dance floor the entire night! - at several points I stepped back to take a look, and everyone was on the dance floor- it was amazing! Now for most people including myself, I tend to take breaks and sit down during some songs at weddings! Not this one, not with sugar rush- he had us all dancing all night long! Their entertainment, musicality, organization and communication throughout the wedding planning was top notch! I would not of wanted it a... Read more

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    WOW!!!! Sugah Rush had the most amazing time time with your MEGA dancing family & friends THANK YOU

    Alyssa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Everyone raved about Soul of Boston. They made the night SO FUN and kept everyone dancing all night. Thank you Apollo, Gail, and all for your help and attention to detail! We had an incredible night thanks to you!!!!! I’d hire them again in a second. Also they killed a few requests like Third Eye Blind and Shania Twain :)

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    Alyssa, your party was AMAZING, Apollo and the gang loved rocking out all night with you guys :) Let's do it again sometime.

    Zoe S

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    5 out of 5
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  • Unbelievable! Where do I even begin?! Book this band immediately! Hot Mess preformed at our wedding in Sept 2019 and blew my expectations out of the water. From the beginning, Gail and Jason were wonderful to work with. Jason even managed to keep me calm when we thought we might have a wedding amidst hurricane Dorian. I knew either way, they’d help us throw an incredible party. And that they did. The night of the wedding, they knocked it out of the park. I know people say this, but I mean it - they got EVERYONE dancing. Including my 91 year old grandmother. They truly and honestly made our wedding. It was such a joyous and FUN celebration. So so many guests have said Hot Mess is the best wedding band they’ve ever heard. All I can say is wow. My heart is bursting just writing this review because everyone and everything was so amazing. Don’t hesitate to book this band, it will be the best decision you make.

    Jacqueline Spates

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    5 out of 5
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  • Booked Hot Mess for our wedding on 8/24/19. I can't get over how much fun this band was. The dance floor was packed all night and we had received complements from everyone saying how great they were. The band was interactive in the crowd with the horns section and the singers coming out. Never annoying or in your face but just building up the energy! Jason was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. We had jumped on a call to go over the whole night and what we had hoped for. We were a little picky with what we did and didn't want to hear and with just a few questions from Jason he had come up with the most perfect set list. The band learned two songs for us and they sounded even better than the originals. Our first dance song we wanted to give a little twist from the original and Jason was nice enough to give us a sample of how they would play it so we could practice dancing to it prior to the big day. 10/10 would book again!

    Caroline Smith

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  • The Soul of Boston was the BEST. They made our reception AMAZING. They were fun, upbeat, and had the entire dance floor packed the entire night. They learned our songs for our first dances--it was beautiful. They even learned a fun twist on a song that my husband and his friends do back in Buffalo, NY. There was never a lull in the dancing -- everyone danced the entire night. They even stayed for two additional songs! They were dancing with us and had everyone engaged. After the wedding, everyone asked me about the band and raved about them. I love Soul of Boston and would recommend them to ANY BRIDE!

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    Caroline!!!! Soul of Boston had an awesome time with you and your family - thanks for letting us be a part of your Special day :)

    Tracy Russell

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  • We CANNOT say enough amazing things about this band and these people. If you Are lucky enough to book them on a day they are not booked you will have the most memorable wedding of your life. Jason and his band sang at our ceremony did acoustic at our cocktail hour and full on fun at our ceremony. They are so professional, so fun, so engaging oh and did we mention they are a complete HOT MESS at what they do (and that’s the best compliment!). We are so thankful to them all for making our day so beautiful and special and we are happy to call them our friends. Any questions please email me. We are jealous of everyone that gets to hear them play! Best of luck Tracy & Luke

    Alysandra

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  • SUGAH RUSH made my wedding! Hands down the BEST in the business. My guests will not stop raving about how awesome they were!

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    Alysandra, thank you so much for the kind words! We had a BLAST, hope to see you and your husband at one of our upcoming performances!

    Marybeth

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    5 out of 5
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  • I hired the band Honey Train for my Company Holiday Party. All I can say is WOW! from the first call to Tania at the Hank Agency to meeting Jason from the band - WOW!! They listened to what we wanted (quiet music during dinner) to opening it up after and getting the crowd going. Everyone was on the dance floor dancing. We had so much fun. They were great. I will definitely hire them again next year!!

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    Marybeth, thank you for having us! I don't think we could have asked for a better night! Gorgeous views, amazing food, and awesome guests! You made our job easy. Can't wait to do it again next year!

    megan

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    5 out of 5
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  • I was confident in our band selection but it was so nice to hear how much our guests enjoyed the music! The musicians were talented, friendly and engaging with the crowd. Good range of songs that kept four generations of guests happy. Agency was very easy to work with and always there to help and answer questions.

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    Megan, we had a blast performing for you and your guests! One of our favorite guests was the little "ROCK STAR" on the dance floor!

    Lindsay

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  • Liquid Courage was the most amazing band we could ever have imagined for our wedding reception. Their manager Gail was wonderful, responsive, and prompt. The band nailed the set list, vocals, arrangements, and kept our guests dancing all night long. We could not have been happier with them! Wish we could go back in time and re-live it all!!

    Lisa

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  • We have now celebrated 4 family weddings with Pandemonium! needless to say we LOVE them. They kept the dance floor packed all night long. Very easy to work with and fulfilled all my requests. Very flexible with songs and even learned 2 new songs for me. They are very talented and im so glad they played at my wedding. thank you!

    Cathy

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  • Soul of Boston performed at our nautical Newport wedding on July 22nd. They covered both the ceremony and reception. They are a fabulous group of extremely talented, fun musicians who know how to engage the audience. Their range is excellent and the variety of songs kept our guests very entertained and happy. We received many compliments about the band, and guests were always out there on the dance floor, even when it became a bit stuffy in the tent (it rained off and on so we had tent flaps down). They did a great job helping us with a special intro song/dance for the wedding party. My only very minor criticism is that I would have preferred the trumpet not muted but full blast as I walked down the aisle (in retrospect, this is something I should have communicated prior). Overall, we were very pleased and would highly recommend this band!

    Jacki

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  • We had Rick Express for our wedding. I thought that the band was good, not great. The working together process leading up to the wedding felt a bit de-personalized. I felt that the agency could have been more flexible in some of our requests. They are very rigid in what they will provide and also the form of payment seemed highly specific (cash or cashier's check). Rick and his musicians are clearly very talented but there are some areas for improvement. 1) Despite meeting him and taking him out to dinner, he mispronounced our last names 2) He agreed to learn a new song for our first dance and messed up the words and melody (he read the lyrics off his mounted iPad and it was evident he didn't practice) Overall, our guests really liked the band, but as the bride I noticed these issues. I also wish that someone had followed up from the agency to hear about our experience.
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