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Medicine Ball Music

Variety Band from Oakland, CA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 5 Reviews
  • 12 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 1 Award or Badge
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $300 per event

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Medicine Ball Music represents one of the most exciting and eclectic ensembles performing in the Bay Area with all star entertainers from around the world assembled by founder and bandleader David Sturdevant. Known for his unique pairing of award winning multi-instrumentalists and first class vocalists, David personally arranges the band to produce a truly unique experience for fans and first timers at events of all kinds. Rooted in the feel good and danceable rhythms of New Orleans, the Medicine Ball brand of Americana offers a wide array of universally appealing music with an endless repertoire of Classic Rock, Jazz, Swing, Latin, R&B and plenty of Soul. Celebrated for its diverse ensemble groups of 2-10 musicians performing for just about every event imaginable, Medicine Ball Music prides itself on the perfect mix of fun and memorable hits from all over the map. With performances at live outdoor festivals like Sausalito's Jazz & Blues by the Bay, Sonoma's Valley Of The Moon, Oakland's Temescal Street Fair, the Marin Marathon and others, the ensembles of Medicine Ball Music specialize in creating one of a kind concerts for events of all sizes. This allows for a seamless transition from big stages like The Italian American Family Festa in San Jose with 25,000 people in attendance to the more intimate stages of popular Bay Area clubs, restaurants and cafes like Yoshi's Oakland, 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix in San Rafael, the Presidio Yacht Club, The Seahorse and even those funny little 'hole in the wall' places like The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. They've jazzed up house parties and rocked community events, played holidays and weddings, anniversaries, bon voyages and welcome homes, kept people company with mood music in Napa Valley Wine Country and brought them to their feet for money dances, New Years, Quinceanera's and Bar/Bat Mitzvah's all over Northern California - and beyond! Medicine Ball Music is a frequent draw at festivals and cultural events through out Northern California with national and international tours to England, Germany, France, Philippines and Switzerland. Never one to get comfortable, eager to mix and match on the fly, David changes the lineup as often as the band crosses Bay bridges – one night the band will showcase the blazing saxes of 'Queen of the Alto Sax' Ylonda Nickell and 'West Coast Jazz Musician of the Year' Nancy Wright with Two-time Grammy Award winning violinist Mads Tolling and Billboard Music Award winning Singer Leah Tysse; then it's sax great Richard Howell, "Mr. Clarinet" John Stafford and piano great Charlie 'Fairfax' Hickox with Oakland's own soulful vocalists Terrie Odabi. Add the incredible vocalist Chelle Jacuqes, keyboardist and vocalist extraordinaire Ms. Janice Maxie Reid and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Larry Vann on drums and sultry vocals and the possibilities are endless! Medicine Ball Music includes the Swing duo Stafford & Sturdevant "aka Medicine Ball Duo" featuring "Mr. Clarinet" John Stafford, also on Sax, Flute and percussions, with "Doctor" David Sturdevant on guitar, harmonica & vocals; Medicine Ball Triage featuring two time Grammy Award winning violinist Mads Tolling, John Stafford & David Sturdevant; Trio Davide featuring tenor David Miotke, who sings in Italian and English, propelled by his accordion, keyboard and piano talents, David Sturdevant and a guest performer chosen for every show. Additional arrangements are available by request. Make your next event an occasion with Medicine Ball Music.


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Review by Kristen W.

Grand OpeningReviewed on October 14, 2016From South San Francisco, CA

This is the second time I have hired Medicine Ball Music. They are always a pleasure to work with and my residents love to dance to their music! I would recommend hiring them for any occasion!

Medicine Ball Music :

Thanks so much!! You are always surrounded by great people and we always feel so welcome working with you and your staff!!

Review by Allison M.

Holiday PartyReviewed on December 14, 2016From San Francisco, CA

Dave and John from the Medicine Ball Band played as a duo at our Holiday Luncheon on Dec 14, 2016 and our group was totally satisfied with their performance. This is the 3rd or 4th time we've had them at our Holiday Luncheon and we wouldn't hesitate to hire them again. Unfortunately they didn't get to play as much as I would have liked because we had so many speeches and a surprise last minute presentation, but the time they did play was just what we ordered, enjoyable holiday music played on a variety of instruments and they sang some songs too!

Medicine Ball Music :

Thanks so much, Allison. Very nice event, great food and wonderful comments from several guests!

Review by Heidi W.

Holiday PartyReviewed on December 13, 2013From Sunnyvale, CA

Hired a duo from this group to play at our office holiday party, and everyone was quite pleased! Email communication was prompt, showed up nice and early to set up - by the time people started to arrive, they were ready to go! Everyone really loved the music - especially the kids. Would book them again, for sure!

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  • **Partial List** | Of Our Popular Song Choices
  • California Dreamin' | The Mamas & the Papas
  • Mercy Mercy Mercy | Cannonball Adderley
  • Signed | Sealed & Delivered
  • Misty | Erroll Garner
  • Larry Vann's Blues | Larry Vann
  • Chain Of Fools | Don Covay/Aretha Franklin
  • Hold On | Wilson Phillips
  • House Of The Rising Sun | Woody Guthrie
  • You Won't See Me | The Beatles
  • Blue Skies | Irving Berlin
  • Sweet Georgia Brown | Ben Bernie
  • Found A New Baby | Jack Palmer/Spencer Williams
  • I Can't Keep | Terrie Odabi
  • Evolution Of The Blues | Terrie Odabi
  • My Blue Heaven | Walter Donaldson/George A. Whiting
  • Dancin' In The Street | Martha and the Vandellas
  • Baby What You Want Me To Do | Jimmy Reed
  • Teach Me How To Boogie Like You | Lady Bianca
  • Let The Four Winds Blow | Fats Domino
  • St. Louis Woman | W.C. Handy
  • What'd I Say | Ray Charles
  • Careless Love | Fats Domino
  • Blues Mojo | One Times Four
  • Mean Old Woman Blues | Larry Vann
  • Down By The Riverside | Various
  • Do You Hear | Noel Regney/Gloria Shayne Baker
  • Kansas City | Fats Domino
  • When The Saints Go Marching In | Louis Armstrong
  • God Bless The Child | Billie Holiday
  • Wang Dang Doodle | Willie Dixon
  • Don't You Just Know It | Huey “Piano” Smith
  • Girl From Ipanema | Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Mean To Me | Fred E. Ahlert/Roy Turk
  • Stand By Me | Ben E. King
  • Everyday | Buddy Holly/Norman Petty
  • I've Got A Right To Cry | Hank Williams Jr.
  • When You're Smilin | Larry Shay/Mark Fisher/Joe Goodwin
  • Ain't Misbehavin' | Fats Waller
  • After You've Gone | Marion Harris
  • Avalon | Al Jolson
  • I Double Dare You | Louis Armstrong
  • Dr. Jazz | Joe King Oliver
  • Black & Blue | Fats Waller
  • Lulu's Back In Town | Fats Waller
  • Up A Lazy River | Hoagy Carmichael
  • This Little Girl Of Mine | Ray Charles
  • Georgia On My Mind | Hoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell
  • 12th Street Rag | Euday L. Bowman
  • No Regrets | Tom Rush
  • Don't You Know Yokomo | Huey “Piano” Smith
  • Dinah | Harry Akst/Sam M. Lewis/Joe Young
  • I Love You Baby | Frankie Valli
  • Fever | Eddie Cooley/Otis Blackwell
  • Stagger Lee | “Stag” Lee Shelton
  • Honeysuckle Rose | Fats Waller
  • Rosetta | Bob Wills
  • If I Had You | Irving King
  • Baby It's Cold Outside | Frank Loesser
  • Let The Good Times Roll | Shirley Goodman/Leonard Lee
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow | Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg
  • Orange Colored Sky | Milton DeLugg/Willie Stein
  • Half As Much | Curley Williams
  • If It Ain't One Thing | Richard “Dimples” Fields
  • Crazy | Willie Nelson


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Past Events

March 1, 2022 • Celebration
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