Josh & The Empty Pockets

Cover Band from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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ONE OF AMERICA'S 15 BEST WEDDING BANDS! (The Feast Wedding Special)

Chicago's Best Modern Event Band!

Specializing in today's hits and reinvented classics, the Empty Pockets offer a fun, dynamic musical experience sure to keep your event rocking all night long. Plus, we'll help you through every detail of the party planning process AND tailor our show to reflect your personal style.

Why Hire Us?

We're professional, we love what we do, and it shows. The Empty Pockets have headlined SXSW Music Festival, shared the stage with stars like comedian George Lopez, and musicians such as Dickey Betts, Jason Mraz, FUN, Dispatch, Jennifer Hudson, Portugal The Man, Traffic's Dave Mason and Buffalo Springfield's Richie Furay, had two singles chart on the Billboard top 100, and garnered appearances and song placements on major network and cable television programs. Six tracks from The Pockets' last two EP's have received significant airplay on multiple radio formats. We are a hip alternative to your traditional event band - no pomp and circumstance here, just straight up rock and roll.

"With a Buddy Holly tribute album, a record contract and a SXSW showcase under their belt, Josh and the Empty Pockets are, by most accounts, a successful indie band. But they also do local weddings, getting bodies on the floor with a rockabilly-heavy set that often deviates for a crowd-pleasing Michael Jackson medley." -James Jung, The Feast Wedding Special

"Huge young, talent... Terrific!"
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"They brought a fun energy and positive, upbeat presence to the stage for their very enjoyable set, getting the crowd primed for Dickey Betts. Initially gaining traction locally as a Buddy Holly tribute trio in 2006, and then with the subsequent addition of Erika on vocals, the band looks to have hit their stride. I highly recommend you checking them out."
-Rock Chicago Magazine

"The Empty Pockets have a bright future. They play intelligent, well-crafted pop/rock with substance that still manages to not get bogged down in its own importance. Buddy Holly would be proud."
-Duke Egbert, Daily Vault Album Reviews

"The songs are melodic and interesting and they're obviously talented musicians that work together... I guess the best word to describe this band is fun. They seem to be having the time of their lives, which is infectious..."
-Amy Lotsberg, Producer of Collected Sounds
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We strongly recommend booking Josh & The Empty Pockets. In fact, start here with your wedding budget and make cuts elsewhere, because they are worth every penny and made such a difference in the life of our reception. We had booked the band based only on Gigmaster reviews and video snippets, and were blown away by their talent. Best decision. Had a packed dance floor and a high volume of compliments on the band. We agree with an earlier review, that we would get married again just to enjoy this band with our friends. They honored our special requests and management made process easy. We can't thank you enough! Feel free to use us in further references.

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What can we say, every part of our day was impeccable because of the work done by all members of The Empty Pockets. Their energy and dedication to making our day a dream come true was always their priority. Every single family member was amazed by the performance. Sam and I wish we could get married again, only to have them play for us again. Wouldnt change our choice for anything!

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Josh & The Empty Pockets were amazing and the best decision we made for our wedding. They were definitely the hit of the night and we are still getting rave reviews on how much fun all our guests had. We had so many complaints from our friends and family of sore feet the next day from dancing so much. Erika was so helpful in the planning process; she sent email reminders and helpful tips for the dance part of the evening. Josh was a fantastic MC and was accommodating during our dinner and dance schedule. We highly recommend them to all of our friends and family who are looking for a band. Thank you for making our wedding day so special!

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The Empty Pockets were the highlight of our wedding. They went above and beyond when it came to accommodating our requests - they did a funky version of "Call Me Maybe" for us, adlibbed some Backstreet Boys to spice up a bridesmaid's speech and let the groom take the stage for the most romantic moment of the night - and were easy to reach via their manager Adam. We can't tell you how many guests raved about the band and asked where we found them! We have a feeling there will be more wedding business coming their way. Thank you, Pockets!

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The Empty Pockets were AMAZING for the wedding reception. Erika is great to work with before the event to make sure everything goes smoothly. You won't have to worry about them AT ALL on the big day which, when you get there, is much much much appreciated. Besides the logistics, they sound awesome!!! All my family and friends commented on their sound and everyone had a great time. Josh was a great MC during the wedding, keeping the timing of the event going. Can't praise these guys enough and I highly recommend them!

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Josh & The Empty Pockets were terrific to work with over the course of our wedding planning. Erika was very responsive and helpful with all of our requests. Their performance at our reception could not have been more impressive! Josh was a great MC and the band was a ton of fun. They are the main reason numerous people have told us we had the best wedding ever. I gave their nformation to numerous friends looking for a wedding band and I hope that they use them. We re so lucky to have found such an amazingly talented band to perform on our special day. Thanks again! Ali and Nick

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I'm having a hard time fitting within the character limit of all the great things I want to say about Josh and the Empty Pockets. Everyone in the band is an amazingly talented musician and an absolute joy to work with. They go above and beyond EVERY request to make sure EVERY detail is perfect. I can't even count how many people (young AND old) came up to me and my husband asking us where we found this band and telling us how awesome they were. They were absolutely phenomenal and we cannot thank them enough for everything they did and what an awesome wedding we had because of them - we love you guys!! BOOK THIS BAND!!! - Anna and Dave Jalensky

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Josh and the Empty Pockets are the BEST! Everyone's been commenting for weeks since our wedding about how fabulous the band was. The jazz set they did during dinner was sexy and classy and such a nice touch. The dance sets were absolutely rockin - they read the crowd and kept everyone dancing and happy. We had a special request to have them do a medley of our parent's "songs" and they said no problem and put together an awesome medley. Josh as an emcee was awesome. Everyone loved him and everything was so smooth... Erika's communication was so great through the whole process...very easy and comfortable and thorough. HIGHLY recommend!! THE BEST! THANKS GUYS!

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OMG, you guys ROCKED the house!!!!!!!!! I can't count how many fantastic reviews we have gotten since the wedding on how amazing you guys were! We wanted a band that was gonna play rock'n'roll, classic rock, and some current stuff, and you guys did an awesome job. So many people said that you guys were the best band they've seen at a wedding! Thank you for playing our requests and being so accomodating, flexible, friendly, and genuine. You MADE the wedding!!! It was a raucous party and NO ONE will forget it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

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They were AMAZING...laid back and funny. Our party guests kept tweeting all night about how fantastic the band was. I'd seen their video clips, but they were even better in person and played a wide variety of music. I will definitely look for occasions to hire them again.

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Too Late
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You Know I Do
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All I Need
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Find or Fail
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Nay Says and Maybes
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Ooh La La
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Roll On Home
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I Hear Your Voice
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