Motor City Beat

Cover Band from Detroit, MI - Will travel up to 300 miles
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26 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2006

$300 - $5000 per event
About
Motor City Beat is a dynamic and versatile, rhythm & blues and Motown band featuring from four to ten musicians, depending on the event and customer requirements. The core group features, keyboard, guitar, bass and drums, with the keyboard player and guitarist, singing and doubling on sax and trumpet respectively. Our most common configuration features one lead vocalist, male or female, but we often perform with both male and female vocalists, as well as a one to three piece horn section.

Enhance any ambience with Louis Johnson Jazz. LJJ features pianist Louis Johnson, acclaimed bassist Don Mayberry and renowned drummer Jimmy Ryan, playing swinging standards, ballads, bossa nova, as well as our own jazz versions of R & B, pop and rock tunes, from the Beatles to Earth, Wind & Fire. Ideal for cocktails and dinner, we offer some vocals are also comfortable playing dance music. We are often joined by female vocalist and/or one or more horn players, as customers require.

Our fees range from $300 to $5,000, depending on personnel, hours, and equipment required for the event (we charge a modest premium for early set up and for travel of more than 300 miles from Detroit).
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Christmas Party

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This was the best live band experience we have ever had. Louis Johnson and company did an outstanding job with the entire event. I have recieved fantastic response from my 90 guests. The level of jazz and blues mix throughout the night was perfect for our holiday party. We feel lucky even having them in our home. You cannot get better live talent than this for your event. - Ben Roush

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Corporate Function

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the band was perfect for our event. we received nothing but excellent comments about thier performance! Thanks again!

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Wedding

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I booked Motor City Beat to play my wedding reception they were outstanding. They're professional, punctual, talented, and versatile. As a musician myself, I was a very demanding client, and the band met my expectations on all levels. They allowed me to hand pick the set list, and they even let my old band and I get up and play a couple of songs with them! Everyone at the wedding had great things to say. They were able to please guests of all ages with their diverse song choices (ages ranges from 20 to 60). And their versatility was essential, as they were able to play a cocktail jazz set during dinner and an upbeat dance set afterwards. Book them now!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Motor City Beat was awesome!! My dad's 70th birthday party turned out to be "the party of the year". Two weeks after the party, people are still talking about how they absolutely loved the band. I will definitely use them at my next function!! I'm pretty sure my party guests will also. To Louis Johnson and Motor City Beat, thanks for everything. You guys ROCK!!!

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Anniversary Party

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Motor City Beat brought out the passion and romance of our youth on our 25th wedding anniversary. Their performance ROCKED!! They brought their own special sparkle to the music we all love so much, from Motown to Jazz to R&B/Blues. Their professionalism was paramount, from their black tie attire, to their prompt arrival and discreet departure. Everyone raved about them. It made my wife very happy. They were friendly, accomodating, passionate about their music, and entertaining. A First Class Act, and highly recomended.

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Private Party

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The band was excellent and very professional. They arrived on time and played the type of music that my guest liked and enjoyed. They stayed until the party was over. Some of my guest asked who were they and where did I get them from, I told them that I got them off the internet at gig master. If I were to give another party I would contact them.

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Club Event

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An excellent choice for "An Evening of Jazz at the Club", their song selection, musical abilities and talent, and presentation were highly professional and enjoyed. We look forward to having them return for another evening. JWW

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Community Event

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The band was terrific and very professional. They took our event to a whole new level.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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I was really pleased with the performance that I received from Motor City Beats. Thanks again for the experience, my Grandmother LUV IT!! I would hire them on my next function and highly recommend them to everyone.

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Wedding Reception

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Motor City Beat was phenomenal!!! They were so energetic and talented and I couldn't imagine a better band for our wedding. They knew what they were doing with their playlist, keeping the energy up. They are an amazing value, and we were so lucky that they were affordable so that we could make our wedding that much more special. They learned a song for our first dance and played requested songs. They had fun with it. Love this band!!

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2019
May
17
Picnic
Milford, MI
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2017
Jun
4
Birthday Party (Adult)
Detroit, MI
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2014
Aug
23
Wedding Reception
Detroit, MI
7:00 PM - 12:30 AM
2014
Jun
14
Festival
Defiance, OH
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2014
Apr
11
Fundraiser
Jackson, MI
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2013
Aug
10
Wedding
Cleveland, OH
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2012
Sep
19
Concert
Pleasant Ridge, MI
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2012
Sep
6
Convention
Detroit, MI
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2012
May
12
Dinner Dance
Battle Creek, MI
8:30 PM - 11:30 PM
2011
Dec
9
Christmas Party
Freeland, MI
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2011
Dec
2
Fundraiser
Lima, OH
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2011
Aug
13
Birthday Party (Adult)
Leland, MI
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
I'll Be Around
The Spinners
And I Love Her
The Beatles
Everybody Everybody
Black Box featuring Martha Wash
Just My Imagination
Temptations
Just The Two Of Us
Grover Washington Jr with Bill Withers
Chain Of Fools
Aretha Franklin
Misty
Sarah Vaughan
Who Can I Turn To
Temptations
Moondance
Van Morrison
Lady Marmalade
LaBelle
Lullaby of Birdland
Ella Fitzgerald
Dancing In The Street
Martha & The Vandellas
One Note Samba
Eydie Gormé
Gimme One Reason
Tracy Chapman
At Last
Etta James
Play That Funky Music
Wild Cherry
You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
We Belong Together
Mariah Carey
Got to Give it Up
Marvin Gaye
What's Goin' On
Marvin Gaye
Mustang Sally
Wilson Pickett
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
The Spinners
Always & Forever
Heatwave
Down Here Blues
ZZ Hill
My Girl
The Temptations
Tramp
Otis Redding
Unchained Melody
The Righteous Brothers
For the Love of You
Isley Brothers
Gonna Take You Higher
Sly & The Family Stone
Muddy Water
Shirtlifter
Stand By Me
Benny King
Let the Good Times Roll
B.B. King
Groove Line
Heatwave
You're Gonna Miss My Lovin'
Lou Rawls
Boogie Oogie Oogie
A Taste of Honey
Disco Inferno
The Tramps
Rub You the Right Way
Johnny Gill
Run Away
Dell Shanon
Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
Some Kind of Wonderful
Grand Funk Railroad
Lovin' Feeling
The Righteous Brothers
Low Rider
War
I Can See Clearly Now
Jimmy Cliff
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Iassac Hayes
Twist & Shout
Chubby Checker
Satisfaction
Rolling Stones
Takin' It to the Streets
Doobie Brothers
Johnny B. Good
Chuck Berry
Get Down Tonight
K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Stormy
Carlos Santana
Come Together
The Beatles
The World is a Ghetto
War
The Look of Love
Burt Bacharach
Europa
Santana
The Way You Look Tonight
Eric Clapton
Favela
Bloodwood
Fantasy
Earth, Wind, & Fire
Last Two Dollars
Johnnie Taylor
Cover Band
60s Band
70s Band
Blues Band
Dance Band
Funk Band
Jazz Band
Motown Band
Variety Band
R&B Band
Soul Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Please note Motor City Beat will also travel to Hamtramck, Dearborn, WINDSOR, Hazel Park, Warren, Ferndale, Grosse Pointe Park, Melvindale, Pleasant Ridge, River Rouge, Center Line, Drayton Plains, Harper Woods, Oak Park, Royal Oak, Eastpointe, Ecorse, Grosse Pointe Woods, Huntington Woods, Madison Heights, Allen Park, Berkley, Dearborn Heights, Lincoln Park, Southfield, OLDCASTLE, Redford, Roseville, Saint Clair Shores, Walled Lake.
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