The Essentials

Dance Band from Portland, OR - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$2800 - $18000 per event
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About
Gigmasters #1 rated dance band on the West Coast!

The Essentials, a large and loud soul band with fresh ideas and deep roots, is a west coast collaboration of nine highly talented and experienced musicians. The group's members, each with a music degree, have won and appeared at the top of national playing and song-writing competitions and recorded on multi-platinum albums. Covers of such artists as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Chicago join originals written by the group to make up the band's sound, a mixture of tight rhythm, heavy brass and soulful vocals.

The band has headlined dozens of nightclubs and festivals on the west coast from San Francisco to Seattle, frequented weddings and private parties, appeared at numerous college events, and performed with national acts such as Leon Russel and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. In the last four years the group has released three albums with solid reviews, landing #1 on the soul and funk charts of CDBaby, the national leader in independent music distribution. Every year the band adds new originals and classic soul covers to its repertoire.

"Downright perspiring" - Shotgun Reviews
"Make you weak-in-the-knees" - The Register Guard
"Soulful, timeless" - Oregon Daily Emerald
"Musical masterminds" - Eugene Weekly
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50+ GigMasters Bookings
A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

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BEST BAND EVER!!! We hired the Essentials to play at our wedding and they brought the thunder!!! Throughout the whole planning process they were extremely helpful and easy to get in contact with!! They had no problem accommodating any of our requests! The overall talent of these musicians is astonishing!! Their stage presence and positive attitude made our wedding that much more special!! I would book them again in a heartbeat!! We love you guys! Thank you for an amazing performance and the great conversation!!!

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The Essentials were the perfect band for our wedding. We love soul, funk and motown and they crushed every song. Aaron was very easy to communicate with and accommodating when we had to make some last minute changes. All in all a great wedding band who I highly recommend.

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The Essentials are simply fantastic, we cannot recommend them enough! From working with Aaron during the planning stages, to helping us pick first dances, to the the amazing three sets they provided - these guys are top notch! I'm secretly hoping they'll play the waterfront blues festival so that we can dance to them even more!

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The Essentials’s Response:

Thanks for the kind words Michael! Glad you guys had as much fun as we did. Congrats!

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The band is excellent !!! The music selection, the sound quality, the showmanship, and best of all, the fun aspect, all superb. Everybody had a fabulous time.

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The Essentials’s Response:

Thanks so much Sudeep. That was an AWESOME party!

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We could not have picked a better band to help us celebrate our wedding. The Essentials were a pleasure to work with, they are incredibly talented, and they were an absolute blast. I've gotten more colmlipments on them than on any other part of our wedding. I would not hesitate to book them again.

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We hired the Essentials for our September wedding. Aaron was so quick to respond to all many questions and concerns. He was always so professional in his communications. Everything went so smoothly on the wedding day. The band was set up and ready to go on time. But the best part of the experience was their talent - they are an incredibly talented group of musicians and truly made our wedding day so special. They had everyone dancing - even family members we thought we would never see dance! They even signed our guest book and took part in the sparkler send off - such a great group of people!

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The Essentials were the best choice we could have made for our wedding reception! They were absolutely amazing musicians and everyone loved them. We worked with the over almost a year to plan and they were extremely professional, flexible and accessible to work with the entire time. They even learned a song for the daddy daughter dance that was outside their genre. Couldn't be happier, except I wish I could hear them play more often!!!

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The Essentials were truly an 'essential' part to the success of our wedding! We received countless compliments about the quality of the music, and the band had everyone dancing throughout all three hours of their performance. I can't say enough good things about the band--which extend beyond just the phenomenal music they play. From day one, they were so easy to work with, incredibly professional and very responsive. They were very accommodating and patient as we figured out logistics and always willing to answer any questions we had. If you are looking for a live band of immensely talented musicians who will bring your party to the next level, look no further!

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These musicians really made the whole wedding a success. Everyone danced, young and old. My sincere thanks and appreciation to these talented men.

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We totally loved the Essentials!!! It was a win win situation for all of us at our daughter's wedding. We literally danced the night away to their wonderful music and were told by the band that we gave them energy! Ruxton, their contact man and fantastic lead guitarist was delightful to work with as well. THrough our multiple emails and texts throughout the months leading up to our event, he was able to help us create the perfect evening. I would highly recommend this fabulous group for any type of event that gets folks up on their feet to rock the night away!!!!

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2017
Aug
26
Wedding Reception
Bend, OR
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Aug
20
Wedding Reception
Poulsbo, WA
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2017
Jul
29
Wedding
Lincoln City, OR
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Jun
25
Wedding Reception
Portland, OR
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Dec
31
Wedding Ceremony
Portland, OR
8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
2016
Oct
29
Halloween Party
Portland, OR
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Sep
17
Wedding Reception
Priest River, ID
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM
2016
Sep
11
Wedding Reception
Happy Valley, OR
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Jul
24
Wedding
Bridal Veil, OR
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
2016
Jun
25
Wedding Reception
Medford, OR
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2015
Nov
14
Birthday Party (Adult)
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
2015
Oct
3
Wedding
Medford, OR
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Dancing in the Street
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Hard to Handle
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Brick House
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Rock With You
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Let's Get it On
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Forget You
Cee Lo Green
This Love
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At Last
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Musicology
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Let's Stay Together
Al Green
Some Kind of Wonderful
Grand Funk Railroad
I Feel Good
James Brown
What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
What is Hip?
Tower of Power
Superstition
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Use Me
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Down to the Nightclub
Tower of Power
In The Stone
Earth Wind and Fire
Me and Mrs. Jones
Billy Paul
Does Anybody Really Know*
Chicago
Shining Star
Earth Wind & Fire
On Broadway
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Hold on I'm Comin'
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Sunshine of My Life
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Valerie
Amy Winehouse
My First, My Last, My Everything*
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100 Yard Dash
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Soul Vaccination
Tower of Power
You Got the Love I Need
Al Green
Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton
I Thank You
Sam and Dave
Simple Song
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So Very Hard to Go
Tower of Power
You Know I'm No Good
Amy Winehouse
Sing a Song
Earth, Wind and Fire
Fly Me to the Moon
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What You Won't Do For Love
Bobby Caldwell
Let it Be Me
Ray LaMontagne
Pass The Peas
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Never Too Much
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The Chicken
Jaco Pastorius
Diggin' On James Brown
Tower of Power
What's Goin' On
Marvin Gaye
Will it Go 'Round In Circles
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You Are The Best Thing
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So I Got to Groove
Tower of Power
This Masquerade
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Ebony and Ivory
Stevie Wonder
That's How Strong My Love Is
Otis Redding
Here I Am
Al Green
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I Heard it Through the Grapevine
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Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding
You're Still a Young Man
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This Christmas
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Soul Trilogy
Chuckii Booker
Chain of Fools
Aretha Franklin
Fallin'
Jamiroqui
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
The Temptations
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Back in Love
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Come Rain or Come Shine
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Please note The Essentials will also travel to Beaverton, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Marylhurst, Clackamas, Aloha, Fairview, Gladstone, Gresham, West Linn, Camas, Troutdale, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Brush Prairie, Boring, Sherwood, Saint John, Wilsonville, Heisson, North Plains, Ridgefield, Washougal, Battle Ground, Corbett, Canby, Cornelius, Scappoose.
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