Downtown Underground

from£1,685

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Do you want to relive the magic of the golden era of soul era? Or dance the night away to the coolest contemporary chart-toppers? Whatever your musical preferences, Downtown Underground will tailor your dream set-list and ensure guests leave with their smiles high!

The band recreate 60s, 70s and 80s classics by the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Wilson Pickett, with stunning authenticity. For younger guests, they can perform a knock-out set of soul-infused pop and R&B hits by Outkast, Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, if required.

The group has been playing together for several years now and every member is a world-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 MC’s as well as winning "Busker Of The Year".

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! Rob D, Producer for Lisa Stansfield, London

Downtown Underground's standard show is made up of two 60-minute or three 40-minute 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.

Downtown Underground's standard line-up includes vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. For the biggest funk and soul sound possible, they can add saxophone and trumpet, for a 2-piece brass section.

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 soloist or duo, a jazz trio for background music or a funk/party DJ to continue the music into the early hours.

Off-stage the band are friendly, polite and discreet. On-stage they are, in our opinion, the funkiest band for hire in Manchester and the North West, and we can't recommend them enough.

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 dancefloor, get on the good foot and have a funky good time!

Performance info

Line-up Male vocals; guitar; bass; sax; keyboards; drums
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes (included in price)

Booking options

Song requests
Add £0
The band are happy to learn and perform a request (e.g. first dance), subject to suitability
Add trumpet
£250
Upgrade to a 2-piece brass section for extra impact
Acoustic background music
Add £250 for 1 x 60 minute set
Live lounge style sets by the band's acoustic duo, ideal for drinks receptions or meals
DJ service
Add £240
Upbeat, mainstream pop music from all eras, run from a laptop equipped with virtual DJ software. Requests taken and mic available for announcements

Classics

Ain't No Stopping Us Now – Mcfadden & Whitehead
All This Love That I'm Giving - Gwen McCrae
Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Ritchie
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins (Reggae Version)
Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Fly Away – Lennie Kravitz
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s
Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Hold On I’m Coming – Sam And Dave
I Feel Good – James Brown
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Kiss – Prince
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Picket
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Moon Dance – Van Morrison
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
My First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
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
Reach Out (I'll Be There) – Four Tops
Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Sex Machine – James Brown
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News
The Snake – Al Wilson
Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Uptight – Stevie Wonder
Use Me – Bill Withers
We Will Rock You – Queen
Word Up – Cameo

Modern

Cheerleader – OMI
Closer – Neyo
Drake – One Dance
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Feel The Love – Rudimental
Forget You – Cee Lo Green
Get Lucky – Daft Punk Feat. Pharell
Giant – Calvin Harris (Feat. Rag 'n' Bone Man)
Got Your Money – Kelis & ODB
Happy – Pharrell
Hey Ya – Outkast
Ignition (Remix) – R Kelly
Liquid Spirit – Gergory Porter
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Never Forget – Take That
No Diggerty – Blackstreet
Nobody To Love – Sigma
Praying – Plan B
Work – Rihanna
Rappers Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk – Mark Robson and Bruno Mars
World Hold On – Bob Sinclair

First Dances & Slow Dances

Secret - Seal
Hallelujah, I Love Her So - Ray Charles
I Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Van Morrison
That's Where It's At - Sam Cooke
Just The Way You Are - Barry White
Feeling Good - Nina Simone (Buble Big Band Version)
Thinking Out Loud - Sheeran
Lets Get It On - Sheeran/Gaye
You Are My Destiny - Lionel Ritchie
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
Son Of A Preacher man - Dusty Springfield
For Once In My life - Stevie Wonder
Moondance - Van Morris
Use Me - Bill Withers
Happier Than The Morning Son
Latch - Sam Smith (Live Version)
Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto Girl
Hallelujah (I Love Her So) – Ray Charles
Just The Way You Are – Barry White
L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole
Latch - Sam Smith (Live Version)
Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
My Girl – Temptations
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross (Ballad Version)

Hold On I'm Coming / Call Me Al / One Dance

Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“The 7-piece band were superb - we thoroughly enjoyed the act. All our guests commented on how magnificent they were and they got many guests up on the dance floor! The DJ was great, he played a mixture of our favourite tracks and kept the party going until 1:00am. Thank you so, so much. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Melanie & Vincent, Wedding, Well-being Farm in Bolton, July 2019

“Downtown Underground played at our wedding and they were absolutely fantastic, we would definitely recommend them to anyone getting married and looking for a band!! The dance floor was full the whole night and they really engaged with the crowd, everyone said how good they were. We had a quite a wide range of ages and the band catered for everyone and played music that made the whole party want to dance. There was definitely a chant for ‘one more song’ at the end of their second set. They also provided our DJ service between and after sets which made everything run smoothly and they played a good mix of music, they actually stayed a bit longer because people were still dancing which was great as we weren’t quite ready to hang up our dancing shoes! They were also extremely professional and having spoke to them prior to the event they were happy to be flexible on set up and sound check so they didn’t disturb the rest of our day. Thanks for making it such a great night!”

Felicity & Richard, Wedding, West Yorkshire, May 2019

“Excellent band, fantastic service and set up, very accommodating and delivered our special requirements perfectly. Everybody was talking about their fab music!! Thank you!”

Harriet, Wedding, Coniston Hotel in North Yorkshire, May 2019

“The band were exactly what we wanted, professional, fun and played great music.”

Lorna & Justin, Wedding, Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool, April 2019

“Downtown underground stepped in at very short notice to perform at the party after the band we had booked a long time ago pulled out at the last minute. They were very accommodating and travelled a long way to perform for us. They were excellent for our party and had a great randoge of songs, they were top class both musically and vocally. Wouldn’t hesitate to book them again. Function Central dealt with our booking very professionally and the booking process was very straightforward. Even more impressive was the way they stepped in to deal with the problem we had with the first band cancelling. Luckily for us, they were able to offer us Downtown Underground as an alternative, so accidentally I believe we ended up with a better band!”

Barry, 60th Birthday Party, Birstall Golf Club in Leicestershire, March 2019

“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.”

Nicholas, Wedding, Lancashire, November 2018

“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!”

Claire, Wedding, Manchester, October 2018

“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!”

Katie & Mick, Wedding, Accrington, September 2018

“The band were great. Excellent communication beforehand about the set list. The singer's voice was incredible and the musicians were amazing. All guests raved about the band!”

Hannah & George, Wedding at Pryors Hayes Golf Club, August 2018

“The band are just unreal. Cannot recommend them enough and were also super helpful when we had a bit of a delay. Just do yourselves a favour and book these guys!”

James, Wedding, August 2018

“Tight, soulful, dynamic and always funky. The band could have played all night long if you ask me.”

Matt W., Birthday Party, Cheshire, July 2018

“We booked Downtown Underground to play at our wedding in Manchester and they were fantastic. Everyone commented on how brilliant they sounded and they got everyone up dancing! They were great to deal with and did a brilliant job of playing "Son of a Preacher Man" with me up singing. A really cool wedding band, highly recommended.”

Jeff & Laura, Wedding, Victoria Baths in Manchester, June 2018

“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. 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”

Jackie, Wedding, Staffordshire, April 2018

“Fantastic band and very good fun too. All the guest loved them!”

Jonathan, 60th Birthday, Manley, Cheshire, March 2018

“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.”

Zoe and Steven, Wedding, Chester, March 2018

“There was only ever going to be one band we wanted at Stuart Walker's big birthday party and that was Downtown Underground and they didn't let us down, they were absolutely incredible. What a talented bunch of guy's, we can't recommend them highly enough, all our guests commented on how much they enjoyed seeing them perform. THANK YOU”

Karen, Birthday Party, February 2018

“Firstly our contact at the agency (Beverley) was brilliant and always came back to questions with full answers very quickly. Downtown Underground were amazing, got everyone dancing, played everything we asked for and more. So many people asked for their details. The dance floor was packed all evening!”

Louise & Dan, Wedding, Bagden Hall Hotel, West Yorkshire, January 2018

“The band were fantastic, brilliant music that had everyone dancing all night - would recommend them to anyone. Staff all said how great they were. Thank you.”

Gina, Christmas party, Caldy Rugby Club, Wirral, December 2017

“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 guy...shake ya money maker!!”

Danny, Wedding, Lancashire, November 2017

“The guests loved the band and their songs choices!”

Natalie, Charity event, The Mere Golf & Spa Resort, Knutsford, November 2017

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