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Bill's Toupee

Poughkeepsie , NY
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4 Eldorado Drive
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 US (map)

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845-485-4226

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ABOUT US

Bill's Toupee has been the Hudson Valley's #1 most recommended dance/cover band by brides, grooms, photographers, event planners, and caterers since 1994.
No props, no cheesy... Read more
Bill's Toupee has been the Hudson Valley's #1 most recommended dance/cover band by brides, grooms, photographers, event planners, and caterers since 1994.
No props, no cheesy stuff, no excessive emceeing. Just the right music, played at the right volume, at the right time.
We play generations of great dance music that sounds like the original artists performing live. From Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, Dynamite to Don't Stop Believing, Motown to Maroon 5, All Summer Long to a cappella, Bon Jovi to Bruno Mars, Sweet Caroline to Summer of '69, we've got something for everyone to love! It's all performed with contagious enthusiasm guaranteed to keep the dance floor movin’ and groovin’.
But don't take our word for it. Take a look at what hundreds of folks have taken the time to share with us on our web site's endorsement page. Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Medium (4-6 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Tuxes or solid black dress cloths unless otherwise requested.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
2 hours
How much space do you usually require?
About 200 sq. feet. 20x10
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Yes, unless otherwise requested
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
LED stage lighting, laser lighting.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
We do emcee but avoid talking between songs unless we need to make an announcement
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
By playing the right music at the right time and at the right volume. We NEVER talk people onto the dance floor. We're a great dance band. If they wnat to dance, they will. If they don't, then it's simply not about us at that moment.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We try to break during the natural breaks, during dinner and during dessert unless the situation dictates otherwise. Yes, we require meals.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
We play recorded music during our breaks and will also make personalized break music mixes based on client preferences.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
In 16 years it's never happened and we've all played while under the weather. We all sing so it's easy for us to shift the singing from one player to another.
What is your overtime rate?
Typically $500/per 1/2 hour.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel is included in our pricing.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$1,000

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Victoria
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We first found Bill’s Toupee when looking at photographers’ pictures of other weddings at our venue. We preferred a band for multiple reasons, and it was good to know that they had already used our venue. They looked fun and the guests looked like they were having a great time. I looked up their reviews and was amazed to see how many people loved them. We assumed that they would be very expansive but decided to call anyway. We were surprised that they were relatively affordable. Mike was awesome and so helpful and he didn’t mind our multiple questions. We felt so comfortable with him that he was the first vendor we officially booked (yes, even before the venue). They were great throughout our engagement, getting in touch with us to finalize things as it got closer to our wedding. On the day of they were INCREDIBLE. The dance floor was packed the whole time (in fact, the wait staff had trouble getting food to the tables because there were so many people dancing). They were really great with reading the crowd and playing all different types of music. For the special songs we wanted for cake cutting and first dance, they downloaded and played an mp3 so that we could have the exact song. They let my sister-in-law sing a song with them and even let my husband and his friends play a song on their instruments. A few days after the wedding they even emailed us a wonderful picture they had secretly taken of all of us from above as we were putting the boutonnieres on the groomsmen and fathers. It was super awesome because it was such a special moment that not even the photographers had gotten. Two weeks after the wedding I realized that I loved the songs they had played so much that I wanted to make a wedding mix tape. I emailed them and they were so nice about it, they all brainstormed and gave me the list as best as they could remember. It was so sweet and something they didn’t have to do.
Thanks to them we had the most fun night of our life!! We are still hearing complim
We first found Bill’s Toupee when looking at photographers’ pictures of other weddings at our venue. We preferred a band Read more...
We first found Bill’s Toupee when looking at photographers’ pictures of other weddings at our venue. We preferred a band for multiple reasons, and it was good to know that they had already used our venue. They looked fun and the guests looked like they were having a great time. I looked up their reviews and was amazed to see how many people loved them. We assumed that they would be very expansive but decided to call anyway. We were surprised that they were relatively affordable. Mike was awesome and so helpful and he didn’t mind our multiple questions. We felt so comfortable with him that he was the first vendor we officially booked (yes, even before the venue). They were great throughout our engagement, getting in touch with us to finalize things as it got closer to our wedding. On the day of they were INCREDIBLE. The dance floor was packed the whole time (in fact, the wait staff had trouble getting food to the tables because there were so many people dancing). They were really great with reading the crowd and playing all different types of music. For the special songs we wanted for cake cutting and first dance, they downloaded and played an mp3 so that we could have the exact song. They let my sister-in-law sing a song with them and even let my husband and his friends play a song on their instruments. A few days after the wedding they even emailed us a wonderful picture they had secretly taken of all of us from above as we were putting the boutonnieres on the groomsmen and fathers. It was super awesome because it was such a special moment that not even the photographers had gotten. Two weeks after the wedding I realized that I loved the songs they had played so much that I wanted to make a wedding mix tape. I emailed them and they were so nice about it, they all brainstormed and gave me the list as best as they could remember. It was so sweet and something they didn’t have to do.
Thanks to them we had the most fun night of our life!! We are still hearing complim Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Everyone LOVED Bill's Toupee! They played a great variety of music and had everyone up on the dance floor. To this day people keep telling us how great the band was and how much fun they had at our wedding. My father (who originally told me I was silly to hire a band) told me during our father/daughter dance that the band was really good and everyone was having a blast. My most cherished moment was our first dance. We took dance lessons and had listened to our song at least a hundred times. To finally hear "Wonderful Tonight" live was amazing. My husband and I are so glad we hired Bill's Toupee for our wedding. They are a fantastic group of people and talented musicians. They were also so sweet to let my 4 year-old nice play tambourine with them for over an hour.
Everyone LOVED Bill's Toupee! They played a great variety of music and had everyone up on the dance floor. To this day Read more...
Everyone LOVED Bill's Toupee! They played a great variety of music and had everyone up on the dance floor. To this day people keep telling us how great the band was and how much fun they had at our wedding. My father (who originally told me I was silly to hire a band) told me during our father/daughter dance that the band was really good and everyone was having a blast. My most cherished moment was our first dance. We took dance lessons and had listened to our song at least a hundred times. To finally hear "Wonderful Tonight" live was amazing. My husband and I are so glad we hired Bill's Toupee for our wedding. They are a fantastic group of people and talented musicians. They were also so sweet to let my 4 year-old nice play tambourine with them for over an hour. Read less
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J &
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill's Toupee was fantastic! They sounded great and their set list was a perfect mix of older and newer songs that everyone knows and can sing and dance to. The dance floor was full from the first song until the end of the night. We got tons and tons of compliments from our wedding guests about how great the band was. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Bill's Toupee was fantastic! They sounded great and their set list was a perfect mix of older and newer songs that Read more...
Bill's Toupee was fantastic! They sounded great and their set list was a perfect mix of older and newer songs that everyone knows and can sing and dance to. The dance floor was full from the first song until the end of the night. We got tons and tons of compliments from our wedding guests about how great the band was. I can't recommend them highly enough. Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
We just got married this past weekend and I can't say enough great things about Bill'sToupee! They were amazing and even dealt with a time change due to rain without any complaints. Here is the email that I sent to Mike, who was also awesome to work with! There was never a moment that the dance floor was empty. I wish I had another reason to plan a party so we could hire them again!

"Thank you so much for playing this weekend and being so flexible with the time change and staying late. We received so many amazing compliments on your professionalism, ability to play songs that fit all ages and reading the crowd.  We couldn't have asked for a better band to top off our already amazing weekend."
We just got married this past weekend and I can't say enough great things about Bill'sToupee! They were amazing and even Read more...
We just got married this past weekend and I can't say enough great things about Bill'sToupee! They were amazing and even dealt with a time change due to rain without any complaints. Here is the email that I sent to Mike, who was also awesome to work with! There was never a moment that the dance floor was empty. I wish I had another reason to plan a party so we could hire them again!

"Thank you so much for playing this weekend and being so flexible with the time change and staying late. We received so many amazing compliments on your professionalism, ability to play songs that fit all ages and reading the crowd.  We couldn't have asked for a better band to top off our already amazing weekend." Read less
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tom
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Being in the wedding business for over 35 years Bills toupee is on the top of my list for live wedding bands. There sound & vocals are authentic to the original song. I was blown away by the band & I highly recommed them. Tom Nicchi Owner of The Stateroom Albany NY
Being in the wedding business for over 35 years Bills toupee is on the top of my list for live wedding bands. There sound Read more...
Being in the wedding business for over 35 years Bills toupee is on the top of my list for live wedding bands. There sound & vocals are authentic to the original song. I was blown away by the band & I highly recommed them. Tom Nicchi Owner of The Stateroom Albany NY Read less
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Bill's Toupee responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Tom. Your kind remarks are greatly appreciated. I'd certainly put The State Room at the top of my list as well. I look forward to working with you again in the near future.
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Katherine
Wedding:
9/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill's Toupee is an awesome band! Family members and wedding guests came up to me during the wedding just to ask about them! They have great energy, and stick really close to the original versions of songs - almost like listening to a more awesome, live version of the radio! Mike was super helpful from start to finish, calling me to discuss what I wanted and making changes and accommodations when I needed them. A+!
Bill's Toupee is an awesome band! Family members and wedding guests came up to me during the wedding just to ask about Read more...
Bill's Toupee is an awesome band! Family members and wedding guests came up to me during the wedding just to ask about them! They have great energy, and stick really close to the original versions of songs - almost like listening to a more awesome, live version of the radio! Mike was super helpful from start to finish, calling me to discuss what I wanted and making changes and accommodations when I needed them. A+! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
We've been having a family reunion (150+ people!) for 33 years now, and Bill's Toupee was one of our best bands yet. People came up to me the next day to compliment the "amazing band" we chose for the event... so YES, I recommend them for any event. Mike is very accommodating and they are great at sizing up the crowd and knowing what works. They rock ; )
We've been having a family reunion (150+ people!) for 33 years now, and Bill's Toupee was one of our best bands yet. Read more...
We've been having a family reunion (150+ people!) for 33 years now, and Bill's Toupee was one of our best bands yet. People came up to me the next day to compliment the "amazing band" we chose for the event... so YES, I recommend them for any event. Mike is very accommodating and they are great at sizing up the crowd and knowing what works. They rock ; ) Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill's Toupee was absolutely wonderful! I really can't say enough about how great they are. No matter what your taste in music they are very adaptable, and get your guests moving! They played our song "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin flawlessly. I highly recommend them for your wedding or event.
Amanda
Bill's Toupee was absolutely wonderful! I really can't say enough about how great they are. No matter what your taste in Read more...
Bill's Toupee was absolutely wonderful! I really can't say enough about how great they are. No matter what your taste in music they are very adaptable, and get your guests moving! They played our song "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin flawlessly. I highly recommend them for your wedding or event.
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Kara
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
This band is AMAZING!!! I will just copy and paste the note I wrote to them after the wedding:

Mike,

I wanted to send you a quick email saying THANK YOU for the awesome music last night. You guys are amazing! The sound was so good, and you did a great job with reading the pulse of the crowd/song selection. Everyone in the band is so talented. The MC'ing was perfect - enough to keep it fun but not cheesy. The music was the #1 thing we were complimented on by our guests. Many people told us it was the best wedding band they've ever seen and we agree.

Thanks for making our night so special, fun, and rockin'!
This band is AMAZING!!! I will just copy and paste the note I wrote to them after the wedding:

Mike,

I Read more...
This band is AMAZING!!! I will just copy and paste the note I wrote to them after the wedding:

Mike,

I wanted to send you a quick email saying THANK YOU for the awesome music last night. You guys are amazing! The sound was so good, and you did a great job with reading the pulse of the crowd/song selection. Everyone in the band is so talented. The MC'ing was perfect - enough to keep it fun but not cheesy. The music was the #1 thing we were complimented on by our guests. Many people told us it was the best wedding band they've ever seen and we agree.

Thanks for making our night so special, fun, and rockin'! Read less
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Barbara
Wedding:
12/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill's Toupee entertained over 400 guests at our annual Gala, and they had them dancing the entire evening. Tremendous talent, great vocals, and they know how to entertain audiences of all ages. We look forward to having them back next year - rave reviews from our attendees. Barbara Klassen, Benedictine Health Foundation
Bill's Toupee entertained over 400 guests at our annual Gala, and they had them dancing the entire evening. Tremendous Read more...
Bill's Toupee entertained over 400 guests at our annual Gala, and they had them dancing the entire evening. Tremendous talent, great vocals, and they know how to entertain audiences of all ages. We look forward to having them back next year - rave reviews from our attendees. Barbara Klassen, Benedictine Health Foundation Read less
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