Lucky Penny

Tampa , FL


610 W. DeLeon St
Tampa, FL US 33606 (map)




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We are wedding specialists and have played everything from formal wedding receptions at the Ritz Carlton, to beach weddings -- literally on the sand in Sarasota, so we can tailor a plan... Read more
We are wedding specialists and have played everything from formal wedding receptions at the Ritz Carlton, to beach weddings -- literally on the sand in Sarasota, so we can tailor a plan for your wedding.

You can appreciate how the right band either makes or breaks an event and how important it is to hire a band that knows the wedding reception and ceremony territory well. The Knot magazine does a Best of Weddings issue each year and we were named "Best Wedding Reception Band 2010" in West Florida and we again for 2011. We are also Wedding Wire rated. We know how to PRODUCE the show for the entire evening. We usually start out with some lighter, acoustic-oriented music and then segue to dance music, and the place gets very FUN. We play everything from Elvis to Lady Gaga and we get hired most often for our ability to please a crowd of all ages. From 60's to today -- we got 'em covered. We strong 80s and 90s with killer Journey, Bon Jovi, as well as Top 40 hit dances songs from artists like Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, and even Kings of Leon. What we play is hit music that people LOVE to dance to.

Very few bands have a five-star rating on the Gigmasters site, and with 50 testimonials, no one has a longer list of satisfied customers than we do. We have Bose Professional Sound, full lights, and even a DJ machine for break music. We have a professional announcer in the band so we do all your MC work. The bottom line is when you hire us for your reception the band is one less thing you will have to worry about. And, of course, our Band Coordinator will make sure all your special dances and events happen on schedule so you can RELAX and enjoy the evening. Lucky Penny is a Florida corporation and carries $2 million in liability insurance, important to you and important to your venue. Turnkey all the way. Read less




Are you an agency or a band?
What is the size of your band?
Medium (4-6 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Classic Rock, Country, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock
Do you have liability insurance?
What is your band's usual attire?
We dress according to the occasion. Most weddings we are in a more formal look with black outfits but some custom colors for the front people. For more informal occasions we dress accordingly.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes. We have both video and audio samples
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes. Up to two per occasion as long as they fit our instrumentation and vocal range. We also have a DJ rig so we can run any song on mp3 during the show or during breaks. We produce the evening so it is seamless.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
2-2 1/2 hours. We have top of the line equipment and a light show so setting up takes some time, but it's worth it!
How much space do you usually require?
It varies. We have played many small spaces. 12' X 16' is ideal.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
It depends. Not at more formal events like weddings, usually. For some others, we do.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We have pro LED lighting rigs. Wireless mics for presenters and toasts. DJ rig for break or dinner music.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes. We have a professional announcer in the band so we do all the emcee work you desire.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Our female lead singer is very good at going into the crowd and getting people up and dancing. It's usually not a problem with us though!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
One break per hour. 15 minutes. But, we vary that if the dance floor is really humming at the moment.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes. We have a big library. You can also choose your own.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We have back up musicians for all our positions.
What is your overtime rate?
It depends on the contract terms. Usually we stay longer when requested and people take care of us with a tip.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We build that into our quotes.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?


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This is an outstanding band! We had such an amazing night and created so many unforgettable memories (and videos!) Everyone had a great time dancing and singing along to the outstanding playlist/song selection. Each member, from the lead singer to musicians to sound crew really made our event special. The talent and professionalism is top-notch! They really topped our expectations and we can't thank them enough for making our daughter's wedding a night to remember!
Services Used: Band
The Lucky Penny Band did such an amazing performance for our wedding at the Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, FL! They play everything from Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga, our wedding guests did not sit down all night we were having so much fun on the dance floor. Jim Hopes was amazing, he responded to my emails and calls within a few hours and the band so accommodating to all of our requests! My husband and I live in Baltimore and did a lot of wedding planning from afar, Lucky Penny Band could not have made the process easier. I could not have asked for a better wedding band to play for us, our guests are still talking about the Lucky Penny Band, I would recommend them for anyone getting married in Florida!
Services Used: Band
We are delighted that we selected Lucky Penny to play at our wedding at the Post Card Inn in St. Pete Beach. They did a great job from the classical guitar player at ceremony straight through the reception. Once dinner was over, the dance floor was packed for the entire night. We couldn't have been happier with the performance. I would say the same for our guests as they broke out the "One More Song" chant at the end of the night. It was a wonderful wedding and an even better party thanks to Lucky Penny. I would highly recommend them for your event!!!

John Pfeifer
Services Used: Band
Lucky Penny played at our wedding ceremony and reception on October 6, 2012 at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in St. Pete, FL. My husband and I truly lucked out with Lucky Penny. They are by far, the best wedding band out there!! It is always something you worry about during the days leading up to the wedding... will by guests enjoy themselves. With Lucky Penny, I didn't have to worry at all. They stole the show and everyone danced all night. I am so grateful, they made our wedding that much more amazing and fun. Thank you!!
Services Used: Band
Lucky Penny is PHENOMENAL! They made our wedding ROCK! Laine, the lead singer, is an absolutely amazing talent! She set the tone and got everybody up dancing. The men playing drums, guitar, sax and percussion have an incredible sound! Lucky Penny has 200 songs to choose from and they made them all sound fresh and new. It is the single best decision we made for our wedding!
Services Used: Band
The band was excellent and very professional. They worked with us every step of the way and accomodated our requests regarding instruments, accoustics, playlists, etc
Services Used: Band
Great value! Everyone loved them and Alisa is super easy to work with!
Services Used: Band
If you're considering Lucky Penny - read this entire review - I can promise if you choose them for your wedding, you will not be dissappointed!
First, I selected Lucky Penny by reading reviews from other Brides. We had a destination wedding so it was difficult to pick a band in Florida from Pennsylvania. After a great conversation with Jim, we signed a contract. A few months before the wedding, my MOH and I went to see and hear the band and I was pleased with my decision. I must say that they are a bit slow to respond to emails but do eventually respond and are eager to please. On the day of the wedding, they were all set as discussed but I have to be honest and say that the first hour of the wedding was very troubling. I sent notes and we spoke numerous times about what songs we would start with and how the timeline would work. Jim began to announce the names without lining anyone up. Then when my husband and I came out for our first song, the band played a different song for about 30 seconds which was really embarrassing. Then they seemed to just stare at me after that waiting for some kind of cue even though we had gone through the timeline several times. I was getting really worried about how the rest of the night would go until my husband spoke to them and got us all on the same page. And THEN, THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Honestly, the band was off the charts, everyone is raving about them still and although the first dance was a bit botched (and everyone noticed) the band MORE THAN made up for it by keeping the dance floor full for the remainder of the night. I'm very picky when it comes to music and gave them a very specific play/do not play list which they never deviated from. The music was awesome and I highly recommend Lucky Penny!
Services Used: Band
We were planning a wedding in Florida from NJ - we only had the internet and reviews to help us choose our music. I had been set on a band but we were very nervous being that we would not be able to hear any of the bands live before having to make a choice. Jim Hopes was my initial point of contact and he was kind enough to send us some videos so we could get a better idea. On our second planning trip we were able to come see them playing at a wedding and we immeditaly knew we made the right choice. The day of the wedding was somewhat of a blur but I do remember a lot of compliments on the music! They even busted out some instruments and let my guests and I join the band. I have a 4 year old niece who practically became a permanent member of the band that night! They were so sweet and kind to her - the ony thing that got her off the stage was the cake pops and candy buffet! All the guys were great and Laine was beautiful, high energy and fun. There was a little issue with getting them to agree to shorten our first dance songs but this was ultimately worked out. It also seems that quite a few of the songs we chose for our play list were swapped out for other tunes but we did get a lot of our picks. I would highly recommend this band and only wish we had another reason to hire them again!
Services Used: Band


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