America’s 15 Best Wedding Bands

Sure, you can go with a DJ to keep everyone happy, but where's the enjoyment in watching someone cue songs behind a laptop?

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New Yorkn
nHaving performed with the likes of the Walkmen, graced indie rock temples like The Bowery Ballroom and appeared on MTV, Brooklyn's The Dexter Lake Club Band don't fit the typical 'wedding entertainment 'profile. The talented six-piece eschew cheese by sticking to a set list of classic rock covers, 80s hits and early soul.
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Los Angelesn
Though The Durrell Coleman Band will cover most crowd-pleasing favorites, the group primarily sticks to disco and R&B…and if every wedding we've ever attended serves as an indicator, that's a good thing. Expect jazzy covers of Prince and not one but two Gap Band medleys.
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Bostonn
nBig City reaches into its 1,000 song-strong catalog to get everyone moving to sounds from big band to disco, all of it backed by the gang's powerful horn section.
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Connecticutn
nChosen by The Knot readers as Connecticut's best wedding band for the fourth straight year, Heartbeat Dance Band tackles everything from AC/DC to inevitable but somehow still spirited Black Eyed Peas covers.
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Miamin
nLooking to add some Latin flavor to your south Florida wedding? Not only does the family-run Juniors cover classic tunes from Etta James to Stevie Wonder, but the massive, orchestra-backed band -- stacked with horns, congas, a DJ and three sexy singers (pictured above) -- sounds like the second coming of Miami Sound Machine.
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San Franciscon
Every wedding band covers Michael Jackson, but how many boast a lead singer who can moonwalk with the same finesse as the almighty gloved one? San Francisco's Busta-Groove are light on their feet and keep the crowd moving with dance-heavy tunes, from The Beatles to Kanye West.
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Dallas-Fort Worthn
nWhether performing with his 14-piece big band or a three-piece trio of piano, acoustic bass and drums, Hunter Sullivan adds some Vegas-style swing to your wedding with his spot-on Sinatra covers.
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San Diegon
nWayne Foster Music connects you to a stable of musicians whose eclecticism would put the finest iPod playlist to shame, from classy classical acts to down and dirty Bon Jovi impersonators.
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Washington D.C.n
nDistinguish yourself from the usual prom/bar mitzvah/wedding musical schtick of Top 40 covers with some retro rockabilly and honky tonk from J.P. McDermott and Western Bop.
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Chicagon
nWith 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.
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Philadelphian
nBilly Joel, Faith Hill and Kenny G. all appear on the Janis Nowlan Band's song list, but the presence of Outkast, Cole Porter and Steely Dan keeps the mix interesting.
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Dallas-Fort Worthn
nIt's one of the biggest days of your life, but Emerald City probably won't share your nerves: the band was asked to perform at the White House twice by George W. Bush.
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Chicagon
nHigh Society gives you control of the soundtrack without stressing you out. Simply tell them your favorite artists and tunes and their encyclopedic music knowledge will craft the ideal setlist.
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Bostonn
nGroove Authority has honed their arsenal of funk and pop covers by playing over 150 gigs throughout New England annually. The lineup -- which includes male and female vocalists, plus a horn section -- even made a cameo appearance in last summer's Tom Cruise flick "Knight and Day."
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San Franciscon
As their name suggests, The Cheeseballs aren't above sacrificing their dignity to make you party, whether that's rocking wigs or interjecting Lil' John style shouts into Usher covers. Their unwavering commitment has lead to onstage appearances with pop luminaries like P-Funk's George Clinton.
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