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Hot Einstein

Oakland , CA
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Oakland, CA 94610 US (map)

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510-845-2957

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Hot Einstein will get everyone up and moving on the dance floor! We are not your run-of-the-mill, corporate wedding band. We are a group of pro musicians (and good friends) who play... Read more
Hot Einstein will get everyone up and moving on the dance floor! We are not your run-of-the-mill, corporate wedding band. We are a group of pro musicians (and good friends) who play together all the time and have a tight group chemistry, and the kind of energy and love of what we do that will enhance the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is your wedding day.

The group plays covers of rock, pop, soul, funk and dance tunes from artists such as Michael Jackson, The Talking Heads, David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, The Pretenders, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, to modern favorites like Daft Punk, Wilco and Cee-Lo!

Hot Einstein has a diverse repertoire that is inviting to all different types of crowds and ages!

The musicians will learn and play live the songs you pick for the first dance and the father/daughter dance and we invite your input for the band's song selection for the evening if you like, Plus, this eclectic band has extensive live performance experience and takes pride in reading the audience to keep everyone up and dancing!

Hot Einstein is flexible, professional and reliable and happy to work with you craft the perfect wedding soundtrack. Additionally, we can provide a sound system and DJ, play ceremony music, background dinner music, emcee your reception, provide sound or music for your ceremony, and run your iPod playlist for your wedding.

For more information, check out our website at www.hoteinstein.com.

Better yet, come see the band at one of their regular public performances at Tupelo in North Beach, San Francisco, typically on the 2nd Thursday or 4th Friday of each month.

Questions? Contact Matt: (510) 845-2957 matt@hoteinstein.com Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
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What is the size of your band?
Medium (4-6 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Classic Rock, Dance, Funk, Gospel, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock
Do you have liability insurance?
No
What is your band's usual attire?
That's really up to the wedding party...we honor the request of the bride and groom, which has ranged from formal to casual.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes. Copy and paste the following link into your browser to hear some samples from our party repertoire and to view a partial song list:
 http://hoteinstein.com/weddings_private_events_parties
 also this video is a great way to get a feel for the live show:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqKojUz368w
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes....we love doing that, especially when it's a song we really like!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
1-3 hours depending on the size of your wedding and the wedding site.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Wouldn't it seem a little tacky to advertise at your wedding? Although, we've been asked to in the past!
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
We are always willing to emcee the event at the hosts' request.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
We bring a full sound system and always invite the host to play some prerecorded music from their iPod, etc.

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Alex
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
I first saw Hot Einstein when they played my good friends' wedding. I was really impressed with how fun they were without seeming like cheesy wedding band. When, a year or two later, it was time to find a band for my own wedding, I thought of them right away. Turns out they're not only good, they're a deal too!

Leading up to the wedding, Matt was accommodating and responsive. He provided us with a list of songs and let us pick ones we absolutely wanted to hear as well as ones we absolutely didn't :) On the day of, they completely exceeded my expectations. During the cocktail hour, they played some awesome funk and jazz instrumentals. And then for dancing, Queen, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Stevie Wonder, and a bunch of other awesome tunes. I had remembered them being a lot of fun, but they really rocked it. Guests were coming up to me all night and telling me how great they were.

Highly recommended!
I first saw Hot Einstein when they played my good friends' wedding. I was really impressed with how fun they were without Read more...
I first saw Hot Einstein when they played my good friends' wedding. I was really impressed with how fun they were without seeming like cheesy wedding band. When, a year or two later, it was time to find a band for my own wedding, I thought of them right away. Turns out they're not only good, they're a deal too!

Leading up to the wedding, Matt was accommodating and responsive. He provided us with a list of songs and let us pick ones we absolutely wanted to hear as well as ones we absolutely didn't :) On the day of, they completely exceeded my expectations. During the cocktail hour, they played some awesome funk and jazz instrumentals. And then for dancing, Queen, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Stevie Wonder, and a bunch of other awesome tunes. I had remembered them being a lot of fun, but they really rocked it. Guests were coming up to me all night and telling me how great they were.

Highly recommended! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When my wife and I decided to get married we were certain that we would be hiring a band. In fact the three most important elements of our wedding (in order of priority) were the venue, band, and food. We spent countless hours scouring wedding band websites, watching videos, listening to demos, and talking to local musicians and friends in search of the right band. After a few months of searching, we found Hot Einstein, who had recently played at a friends wedding. Glowing reviews from our friends and seeing them in person at Tupelos was more than enough to make us feel comfortable hiring them to play at our wedding. Simply put, they are not a wedding band, they are a band of musicians that play at weddings. That said, they are incredibly talented, solid musicians that can play a crowd and put on a show. Throughout the whole process, Matt was responsive and flexible. With his help we worked together to create a setlist that would create the high positive energy we were looking for at our wedding and the band more than delivered! Our guests were thrilled and we were thrilled! We will be recommending Hot Einstein to all of our friends and would recommend anyone thinking about hiring a wedding band to at the very least check them out live or reach out to the band. You will not be disappointed!
When my wife and I decided to get married we were certain that we would be hiring a band. In fact the three most important Read more...
When my wife and I decided to get married we were certain that we would be hiring a band. In fact the three most important elements of our wedding (in order of priority) were the venue, band, and food. We spent countless hours scouring wedding band websites, watching videos, listening to demos, and talking to local musicians and friends in search of the right band. After a few months of searching, we found Hot Einstein, who had recently played at a friends wedding. Glowing reviews from our friends and seeing them in person at Tupelos was more than enough to make us feel comfortable hiring them to play at our wedding. Simply put, they are not a wedding band, they are a band of musicians that play at weddings. That said, they are incredibly talented, solid musicians that can play a crowd and put on a show. Throughout the whole process, Matt was responsive and flexible. With his help we worked together to create a setlist that would create the high positive energy we were looking for at our wedding and the band more than delivered! Our guests were thrilled and we were thrilled! We will be recommending Hot Einstein to all of our friends and would recommend anyone thinking about hiring a wedding band to at the very least check them out live or reach out to the band. You will not be disappointed! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Other than who I married, and where we got married, hiring Hot Einstein was the best decision we made. We were debating between a DJ and live music, and we are so thankful that Hot Einstein won that debate. They were easy to work with, helpful, funny, and amazing performers. They learned songs upon request (including a Metallica song for my husband), had a good range of music, and had people dancing all night. We loved the music, but were also happy to hear that our guests also enjoyed Hot Einstein.

We corresponded with Matt, who always replied promptly. I really felt like we were in good hands as they know what they are doing. They were also helpful with figuring out cocktail music, and stepped up as MC when necessary. Overall, they are top of the line and we were so happy to have talented musicians who enjoy what they do.
Other than who I married, and where we got married, hiring Hot Einstein was the best decision we made. We were debating Read more...
Other than who I married, and where we got married, hiring Hot Einstein was the best decision we made. We were debating between a DJ and live music, and we are so thankful that Hot Einstein won that debate. They were easy to work with, helpful, funny, and amazing performers. They learned songs upon request (including a Metallica song for my husband), had a good range of music, and had people dancing all night. We loved the music, but were also happy to hear that our guests also enjoyed Hot Einstein.

We corresponded with Matt, who always replied promptly. I really felt like we were in good hands as they know what they are doing. They were also helpful with figuring out cocktail music, and stepped up as MC when necessary. Overall, they are top of the line and we were so happy to have talented musicians who enjoy what they do. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
We initially heard about Hot Einstein from a coworker, whose daughter had had them at her wedding, and then from a friend, who had hired them for a corporate event. With two enthusiastic endorsements, we still took the job of selecting a band very seriously; we visited one of their performances to check them out, and we were sold.

Matt, who plays the keyboard and interfaces with clients, is a TOTAL GEM. He met with us over a beer to discuss what we wanted. When we decided on a first dance, the band learned the song. We got to know Matt fairly well over the course of wedding planning, and eventually hired him to also play keyboard for the ceremony processional. Matt understood how important our wedding day was to the two of us, and took great care in helping us set the right vibe.

We danced and danced at our wedding. Hot Einstein's music appeals to many generations, and this got a lot of people to boogie. Many thanks to all the members of Hot Einstein for a great night on the dance floor!
We initially heard about Hot Einstein from a coworker, whose daughter had had them at her wedding, and then from a friend, Read more...
We initially heard about Hot Einstein from a coworker, whose daughter had had them at her wedding, and then from a friend, who had hired them for a corporate event. With two enthusiastic endorsements, we still took the job of selecting a band very seriously; we visited one of their performances to check them out, and we were sold.

Matt, who plays the keyboard and interfaces with clients, is a TOTAL GEM. He met with us over a beer to discuss what we wanted. When we decided on a first dance, the band learned the song. We got to know Matt fairly well over the course of wedding planning, and eventually hired him to also play keyboard for the ceremony processional. Matt understood how important our wedding day was to the two of us, and took great care in helping us set the right vibe.

We danced and danced at our wedding. Hot Einstein's music appeals to many generations, and this got a lot of people to boogie. Many thanks to all the members of Hot Einstein for a great night on the dance floor! Read less
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Olivia
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
We highly, highly recommend the band Hot Einstein! They played at our wedding in November this year, and they were fantastic! Hot Einstein traveled from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara for our wedding.

They were very organized and extremely helpful in planning an amazing event. Matt, the band leader, was wonderful to work with and helped choose our music selection, including our first dance. Our other vendors also expressed how great they are to work with and what a great wedding band they are.

All our of guests raved about the music and danced all night. But most importantly, Matt also helped me surprise my husband by allowing me to sing with them! It was incredibly memorable for everyone. It was a spectacular wedding, made particularly fabulous by Hot Einstein.
We highly, highly recommend the band Hot Einstein! They played at our wedding in November this year, and they were Read more...
We highly, highly recommend the band Hot Einstein! They played at our wedding in November this year, and they were fantastic! Hot Einstein traveled from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara for our wedding.

They were very organized and extremely helpful in planning an amazing event. Matt, the band leader, was wonderful to work with and helped choose our music selection, including our first dance. Our other vendors also expressed how great they are to work with and what a great wedding band they are.

All our of guests raved about the music and danced all night. But most importantly, Matt also helped me surprise my husband by allowing me to sing with them! It was incredibly memorable for everyone. It was a spectacular wedding, made particularly fabulous by Hot Einstein. Read less
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Andrew
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
We had Hot Einstein play our wedding in August and they were fantastic. They were really flexible with our schedule during the whole day and Matt was really responsive to all questions I had leading up to the event. They learned two songs for us for our first dance and father/daughter dance. They are all such good musicians and had the dance floor going all night long. Closed with The Weight and American Girl- it was awesome. Couldn't have been happier with them!
We had Hot Einstein play our wedding in August and they were fantastic. They were really flexible with our schedule during Read more...
We had Hot Einstein play our wedding in August and they were fantastic. They were really flexible with our schedule during the whole day and Matt was really responsive to all questions I had leading up to the event. They learned two songs for us for our first dance and father/daughter dance. They are all such good musicians and had the dance floor going all night long. Closed with The Weight and American Girl- it was awesome. Couldn't have been happier with them! Read less
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Jean
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Matt and his band Hot Einstein were one of the best parts of my wedding. I booked the band before anything else, within 2 months of getting engaged! I heard about them from a good friend because they had played at her brother and sister's weddings. Over the next year of planning, Matt was extremely responsive and professional by email, always offering help and words of encouragement during the process. The band learned new songs for the first dance, father/daughter and mother/son, and they pulled them off terrifically. They were able to read the crowd during the night and changed their playlist accordingly. Our guests were half Irish, which means they usually prefer to hang out at the bar. But Hot Einstein kept the dance floor packed. Our night would not have been nearly as amazing if Matt and Hot Einstein weren't there. If you're looking for real music from a real band, these are your guys.
Matt and his band Hot Einstein were one of the best parts of my wedding. I booked the band before anything else, within 2 Read more...
Matt and his band Hot Einstein were one of the best parts of my wedding. I booked the band before anything else, within 2 months of getting engaged! I heard about them from a good friend because they had played at her brother and sister's weddings. Over the next year of planning, Matt was extremely responsive and professional by email, always offering help and words of encouragement during the process. The band learned new songs for the first dance, father/daughter and mother/son, and they pulled them off terrifically. They were able to read the crowd during the night and changed their playlist accordingly. Our guests were half Irish, which means they usually prefer to hang out at the bar. But Hot Einstein kept the dance floor packed. Our night would not have been nearly as amazing if Matt and Hot Einstein weren't there. If you're looking for real music from a real band, these are your guys. Read less
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Ruth
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Hot Einstein was the best part of our wedding, hands down.*

We'd seen them play a couple times in Oakland, and were always impressed. A friend suggested I call them up, but after having seem them perform (these guys are legit performers, with excellent original material) I was worried they wouldn't even want to bother with clunky weddings. I'm so glad I was wrong.

Matt was a dream to work with. I initially requested Styx's Come Sail Away and Led Zeppelin's Over the Hills and Far Away. No problem. Then I asked to see their whole catalog so I could hand pick my favorite songs. Then, maybe two weeks before the wedding, I requested Daft Punk's Get Lucky. Every time, Matt responded super quickly, and accommodated all of our requests.

We also had some weirdness on our end with a really tight schedule. Again, Matt and the band were awesome, communicated clearly, and put us at ease.

Basically, of all the hectic stuff happening, my husband and I went in 100% certain that if nothing else, the music would be awesome.

And how it did go? SO UTTERLY FANTASTICALLY WELL. Hot Einstein rocked it. The best part of the day was halfway through Come Sail Away when the tempo picked up and all our friends joined us on the dancefloor. Then it was just another two hours of David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Zeppelin. I'm pretty sure they went 5-6 songs over, just because everyone was just having such a fantastic time. They closed it out with an original arrangement of Get Lucky for their instruments, and just absolutely nailed it.

I don't have the words to heap enough praise on these guys. Several times on the honeymoon, Josh and I mused about future excuses to pay these guys to put on a show. If only. We're dedicated Hot Einstein devotees now.

*Technically second after marrying my husband, but going into the whole thing that looked more certain.
Hot Einstein was the best part of our wedding, hands down.*

We'd seen them play a couple times in Oakland, and Read more...
Hot Einstein was the best part of our wedding, hands down.*

We'd seen them play a couple times in Oakland, and were always impressed. A friend suggested I call them up, but after having seem them perform (these guys are legit performers, with excellent original material) I was worried they wouldn't even want to bother with clunky weddings. I'm so glad I was wrong.

Matt was a dream to work with. I initially requested Styx's Come Sail Away and Led Zeppelin's Over the Hills and Far Away. No problem. Then I asked to see their whole catalog so I could hand pick my favorite songs. Then, maybe two weeks before the wedding, I requested Daft Punk's Get Lucky. Every time, Matt responded super quickly, and accommodated all of our requests.

We also had some weirdness on our end with a really tight schedule. Again, Matt and the band were awesome, communicated clearly, and put us at ease.

Basically, of all the hectic stuff happening, my husband and I went in 100% certain that if nothing else, the music would be awesome.

And how it did go? SO UTTERLY FANTASTICALLY WELL. Hot Einstein rocked it. The best part of the day was halfway through Come Sail Away when the tempo picked up and all our friends joined us on the dancefloor. Then it was just another two hours of David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Zeppelin. I'm pretty sure they went 5-6 songs over, just because everyone was just having such a fantastic time. They closed it out with an original arrangement of Get Lucky for their instruments, and just absolutely nailed it.

I don't have the words to heap enough praise on these guys. Several times on the honeymoon, Josh and I mused about future excuses to pay these guys to put on a show. If only. We're dedicated Hot Einstein devotees now.

*Technically second after marrying my husband, but going into the whole thing that looked more certain. Read less
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claire
Wedding:
4/8/2013
5.0/5.0
We booked Hot Einstein for our wedding in april 2013 in Berkeley. Right from the start Matt was willing to work with us to meet our budget and time frame, answering emails promptly. The band were happy to learn our first dance request and even added new songs to their repertoire for our British guests.

Hot Einstein kept the dancefloor filled all night and since the wedding we have had many compliments on what a great band they were.

If you aren't sure, go and check them out at their monthly gig in oakland - we took some friends last year when we were looking for a wedding band and it was a great night!
We booked Hot Einstein for our wedding in april 2013 in Berkeley. Right from the start Matt was willing to work with us to Read more...
We booked Hot Einstein for our wedding in april 2013 in Berkeley. Right from the start Matt was willing to work with us to meet our budget and time frame, answering emails promptly. The band were happy to learn our first dance request and even added new songs to their repertoire for our British guests.

Hot Einstein kept the dancefloor filled all night and since the wedding we have had many compliments on what a great band they were.

If you aren't sure, go and check them out at their monthly gig in oakland - we took some friends last year when we were looking for a wedding band and it was a great night! Read less
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ashley
Wedding:
12/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Hot Einstein was amazing! They went out of their way to learn our wedding song - Ray LaMontagne's You Are The Best Thing and also BOTH of our Father-Daughter dances! A great thing about them is the music sounds great in either setting; inside dancing or outside under the heat lamps and stars talking with family! They had everyone up on the dance floor at one point or another. Our wedding was on New Year's Eve and they ended the evening with their own funky rendition of Auld Lang Syne - it was a highlight of our evening!
If i were to give any negativity, it would have to be that their song list does not encompass any of today's hits - which are fun to dance to. However, we were able to mitigate that during their set break with an iPod of some dance tunes, which turned the beautiful Brazilian Room into a mini dance club.
Hot Einstein was easy to work with, has amazing vocals and musical talent and will be worth your money!
Hot Einstein was amazing! They went out of their way to learn our wedding song - Ray LaMontagne's You Are The Best Thing Read more...
Hot Einstein was amazing! They went out of their way to learn our wedding song - Ray LaMontagne's You Are The Best Thing and also BOTH of our Father-Daughter dances! A great thing about them is the music sounds great in either setting; inside dancing or outside under the heat lamps and stars talking with family! They had everyone up on the dance floor at one point or another. Our wedding was on New Year's Eve and they ended the evening with their own funky rendition of Auld Lang Syne - it was a highlight of our evening!
If i were to give any negativity, it would have to be that their song list does not encompass any of today's hits - which are fun to dance to. However, we were able to mitigate that during their set break with an iPod of some dance tunes, which turned the beautiful Brazilian Room into a mini dance club.
Hot Einstein was easy to work with, has amazing vocals and musical talent and will be worth your money! Read less
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