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Downtown Underground


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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 soul and pop 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
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

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

Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson


Ain't No Stopping Us Now – Mcfadden & Whitehead
All This Love That I'm Giving – Gwen McCrae
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
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
Hard to Handle – Otis Redding
Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Hold On I’m Coming – Sam And Dave
I Feel Good – James Brown
I Want You Back – Jackson Five
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Kiss – Prince
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Picket
Le Freak – Chic
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
Stand By Me – Ben E King
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


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)

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.

“We absolutely loved Downtown Underground, they were lively and so, so talented. The band leader was especially helpful setting everything up and nothing was a problem. Lots of guests commented on what a classy choice the band were. We loved having the brass section, it made such a difference and we were so happy with our choice!”

Andrea, Wedding at Kingston Bagpipe House in Oxfordshire, September 2016

“Very good service and act!”

Rachel, Trident Christmas Party, Guildhall in Hull, December 2019

“They were nice, helpful and very good!”

Jonathan, Private Party, Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool, November 2019

“Downtown Underground - Absolutely Brilliant - Everybody commented on how great the band were and what a great wedding reception it was. Thank you so much Downtown Underground.”

John & Natalie, Wedding, Museum Gardens in York, September 2019

“The agency were great - Beverley was really responsive and gave me all of the info I needed. The band's performance was absolutely brilliant, everyone was up dancing and the music selection was perfect. We are still buzzing from this!”

Jen and Neil, Wedding, Mottram Hall in Cheshire, August 2019

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