- from £1500 for 6 piece in North West
- from £1500 for 6 piece in Yorkshire & Humberside
- from £1500 for 6 piece in West Midlands
- from £1500 for 6 piece in Wales
- from £1500 for 6 piece in East Midlands
- from £1650 for 6 piece in North East
- from £1750 for 6 piece in South East
- from £1750 for 6 piece in London
- from £1800 for 6 piece in East of England
- from £1995 for 6 piece in South West
- from £1995 for 6 piece in Scotland
World-class, hard-hitting 6-7piece Manchester based pop, funk & soul party band, recreating and refreshing the classic soul sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s alongside modern R 'n' B hits! DJ service and acoustic duo set available.
Do you want to relive the magic of the golden era of soul without missing out on the coolest contemporary chart-toppers? Do you want to ensure your guests dance with their smiles high? If your answer to both the above is a resounding 'yes', then Downtown Underground (formerly known as The Jay Bees), are your answer! The band's line-up includes vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums as well as saxophone & trumpet for a knock-out horn section. The group has been playing together since 2004 and every member is a top class professional musician with a wealth of experience.
The band is fronted by a bona fide American soul star with 25 years experience performing around the world, including session work for the legendary Philadelphia International record label. The band's guitarist is famous for producing platinum selling albums by artists including Bjork, Jamiroquai and The Stereo M.C’s and their guitarist won BBC ‘Busker of the Year’ in 2005 and has toured with Chris de Burgh.
Downtown Underground's standard show is made up of two 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets. These can contain any combination of the material mentioned to suit your needs. You are also welcome to request other songs which are not on this list but requests need to be made at the time of booking. Shows of shorter or longer duration are also possible, and thanks to the wealth of talent within the band other “extras” are available. These include an acoustic duo or jazz trio for background music or a funk/party DJ to continue the music into the early hours. Off-stage the band is friendly, professional and discreet.
Downtown Underground is in our opinion the funkiest, most soulful and most thrilling cover bands/wedding bands in the North West, and come on our strongest recommendation. Whether you're planning a corporate function, wedding, engagement party, birthday bash, school reunion or anniversary, we guarantee that you and your guests will pile onto the dance floor, get on the good foot and have a funky good time!
Please note that due to extremely high demand costs will be higher than advertised for peak summer dates.
|Line-up||Male vocals; guitar; bass; sax; keyboards; drums|
|Performance duration||2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute sets|
|Interval music||Yes (included in price)|
|Arrival & set-up||From 6pm; allow 60 minutes to set up|
|Requirements||Space of 5 x 4 metres; power supply; rider|
|Requests (if not in repertoire)||First request free (subject to suitability)|
|Late performances/Use of PA||£100 per hour|
|Early set-up/sound-check||£100 per hour before 6pm|
DJ service (provided by act)
includes laptop with large song database + requests + mic for speeches + lighting
|Add 60-minute acoustic duo set||Add £250|
|Add trumpet to form 2 piece horn section||Add £250|
What people say
We booked The Smokin' Romas and Downtown Underground for our wedding. Both acts were very professional and did exactly as asked. The quality of the musicianship was second to none. Would definitely recommend both acts as a fabulous addition to your wedding day!
The band were spot on and all our guests kept commenting on how great they were. They even learnt and performed our first dance, Sam Cooke's 'That's Where It's At' for us which was very special. They were very easy to deal with when organising specific songs and extra bits and pieces and all of the band members were friendly and professional.
Downtown Underground were fantastic, when they first arrived to set up we were still finishing off speeches. The band had actually started setting up whilst the speeches were going on behind the partition wall and we didn't even notice, they were so quiet. We couldn't believe how many people were still there dancing at mid night to the band. Everyone on the night said how good they were and I cannot fault them, they made us feel so special!
We couldn't believe how many people were still there dancing at mid night to the band, everyone on the night said how good they were and I can not fault them for making us feel special.
We were thrilled with the band they did an awesome job. We had countless comments of how brilliant everyone thought they were. We couldn't have been happier!!
The band were absolutely brilliant. I would say they are the best live Funk & Soul band I have ever seen. 10/10. The lead singer held the stage well and the overall timing of the band was perfect. Every one of the guests were blown away by their quality.
Downtown Underground were absolutely fantastic at our wedding – they performed our first dance request and then launched into a floor-filling set-list that kept my wife and I and all of our guests rooted to the dance-floor for the whole evening... They took the time to learn a specific track to end the night with and all the feedback I’ve received from guests was glowing!!! When they played “Sex Machine” I thought the roof would come off, that had people up shaking their thang/tail-feathers – who never ever get up to dance... They even squeezed an encore in, as the crowd were wanting one more! They are brilliant musicians and I would simply say to anyone looking at booking these guys…. “Shake ya money maker”!!
Downtown Underground were very professional from the word go! They contacted us before the wedding to introduce themselves and got as much information from us as possible re: our first dance request, the songs we liked & interval music. On the day they started with 'Let's Stay Together' - Al Green, our first dance which we had spent weeks learning a choreographed dance to. They did it just as we asked so the dance would flow. Following this the band got everybody up dancing all night with their mix of funk & soul. We have had so many comments about them. Everybody said that they had never been to such a fantastic do. We were over the moon with the whole evening. Thank you!
Downtown Underground were amazing!! My husband and I couldn't get ourselves off the dance floor whilst they were playing! A lot of our guests commented on how brilliant they were, and how they would happily pay money to watch these guys perform! We are sooo pleased to have had them play at our wedding, they definitely made it a night to remember! Our experience of dealing with Function Central was all good. From my initial discussions with Alastair Lion, who put us onto Downtown Underground, to Beverley Davison who dealt with all the practicalities the service was always professional, friendly and helpful.
I cannot speak more highly of the band. They were extremely professional: they contacted the wedding venue well in advance to ensure there were no issues, which put our minds at rest that everything would go to plan; they arrived and set up in time so as to be as unintrusive as possible and, most importantly, they put their heart and soul into the music which created a great atmosphere and got people dancing. They were a lovely set of guys and I’d certainly hire them again.
The band were very flexible and willing to the learn a song for our first dance that was amazing, so good we requested it twice and they were only too willing to oblige. The music was great we danced the whole way through and they were helpful with all our requests. In relation to Function Central the service was very good, responding quickly to questions and willing to put us directly in contact with the band.
Just wanted to say how great Downtown Underground were for our wedding on 17th October. Although we obviously said thanks to them on the day, we wanted to pass on our official 'thanks' to them via yourselves and to say how brilliant they were. Could you pass this on to them? Many thanks!
I whole-heartedly recommend Downtown Underground, they made my wedding so special. All of my guests commented on how amazing they were. The genre of music suited the wide range of ages and musical tastes. The band were so friendly and overplayed as my guests were pleading for more! We were absolutely astonished that the lead singer was a stand in- he was phenomenal. The band and Function Central were fantastic. The band was well worth every penny!
Just had to contact you to thank you so much for providing us with such an excellent band! Downtown Underground were superb! From arrival, to performance, everything was totally professional and well executed. The guys were charming, discreet and easy to talk to and as for the music, as my daughters and their friends said, they were 'HOT'. All in all, the party was a great success and a huge part of that is due to Downtown Underground. Just trying to think of another excuse to hire them again! Thank you so much! Jacqueline & family x
Tight, soulful, dynamic and always funky. The band could have played all night long if you ask me.
You want relentless funk'til-you-drop delivered by one of the best outfits around? You've come to the right place... Downtown Underground have perfected the art of filling the dance floor with their seriously infectious feel-good covers. This is as good as it gets!
- Ain't No Stopping Us Now – Mcfadden & Whitehead
- Fly Away - Lennie Kravitz
- For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
- Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
- Green Onions – Booker T & The Mgs
- Hold On I’m Coming – Sam And Dave
- I Feel Good – James Brown
- I Wish – Stevie Wonder
- Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
- Lovely Day – Bill Withers
- Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
- Moon Dance – Van Morrison
- Mustang Sally
- My First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White
- No Diggety – Blackstreet
- Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
- Pass The Peas – The JBs
- Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
- Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
- Sex Machine – James Brown
- Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
- The Snake - Al Wilson
- Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
- Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
- Uptight – Stevie Wonder
- Word Up – Cameo
- (Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
- Is This Love - Bob Marley
- My Girl - Temptations
- We Will Rock You - Queen
- Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Picket
- Reach Out (I'll Be There) - Four Tops
- Use Me - Bill Withers
- Closer - Neyo
- Feel The Love - Rudimental
- Forget You - Cee Lo Green
- Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat Pharell
- Got You Money - Kelis & ODB
- Happy - Pharell
- Hey Ya - Outkast
- Latch - Sam Smith
- Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
- Never Forget - Take That
- Nobody To Love - Sigma
- Praying - Plan B
- Secret - Seal
- Sing - Ed Sheeran
- Stay with Me - Sam Smith
- Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
- Treasure - Bruno Mars
- Uptown Funk - Mark Robson and Bruno Mars
For all bookings please contact Function Central:
- 0845 643 2160
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