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Soulsystem Orchestras

New York , NY
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LOCATION

1650 Broadway, Suite 503
New York, NY US 10019 (map)

PHONE

800-466-7685

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Rob Affuso

As the founder of Soulsystem Orchestras Music & Production, and the leader of the band Soulsystem, I take great pride in providing world class entertainment and... Read more
Rob Affuso

As the founder of Soulsystem Orchestras Music & Production, and the leader of the band Soulsystem, I take great pride in providing world class entertainment and production drawn upon from my many years of performing for millions of people at sold out stadiums, arenas and events around the world.

You may know me best as the drummer from Skid Row, the immensely popular rock band during the 1980's and 90's. Skid Row delivered the first rock album in history to debut as the number one album in America, selling over 22 million albums worldwide. We also had four Billboard Top 100 songs including two in the top three on the charts and seven number one videos, including the longest running number one video of MTV's history at the time. Skid Row also was the recipient of the American Music Awards "Best New Artist" award.

In addition to playing with a multi-platinum band, I have been featured in many drumming and musician magazines including Modern Drummer, Rhythm and Rolling Stoneand toured the country giving instructional performance concerts on drumming. I am immensely honored to continue to receive numerous letters and emails from young drummers around the world asking for musical advice.

I graduated from New York University in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. This degree, with my music experience, provides me insight and skill in coordinating entertainment events that result in spectacular memories for our clients. I proudly hang my degree next to my platinum albums! Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Agency
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians), Medium (4-6 musicians), Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Calypso, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Elegantly Hip! See our photos!
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes! A Soulsystem Orchestras band performance is special! The closer you look, the better we are.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes. We are boutique entertainment company that offers customized entertainment to suit your whim!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Prefer 3 hours. Can do in 1 hour with additional crew.
How much space do you usually require?
Varies greatly with the size of the ensemble. We can generally make every space work.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We have a lighting and production department of the company that can handle all of your special lighting and design needs.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes. We emcee as necessary. However, our musical presentation is that of a LIVE JUKEBOX! We don't stop if you don't stop!
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
THIS has never happened. BUT...Our bands are highly engaging, visual and friendly. We do it with just that. Energy on the stage, smiles and encouragement for the audience and they ALWAYS join us on the dance floor!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Our bands play continuous live music. WE transition into smaller ensembles to perform background music as predicated by the food service.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Never!!! Unless requested specifically by the client.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We are a company with several musicians available for each position. This has never been an issue in 15 years. We have made it through blizzards, hurricanes and accidents!
What is your overtime rate?
Pro rated by the half hour
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Yes. Always based on distance traveled above 90 miles from NYC
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
20%

INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Motown, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Neal
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
This is the best , I mean the best wedding band ever
Music singing dancing
All fantastic
This is the best , I mean the best wedding band ever
Music singing dancing
All fantastic
This is the best , I mean the best wedding band ever
Music singing dancing
All fantastic Read less
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Brad
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
SoulSystem was the BEST! From the contract process to the performance they were so easy to work with. They learned a bunch of songs we wanted and they played everything we requested and then some! They have a great understanding of how to handle the flow of the party and they truly were amazing.

The guests never stopped dancing and all anyone can talk about from our wedding is how great the band was. They definitely made the party and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to have a blast at their wedding!
SoulSystem was the BEST! From the contract process to the performance they were so easy to work with. They learned a bunch Read more...
SoulSystem was the BEST! From the contract process to the performance they were so easy to work with. They learned a bunch of songs we wanted and they played everything we requested and then some! They have a great understanding of how to handle the flow of the party and they truly were amazing.

The guests never stopped dancing and all anyone can talk about from our wedding is how great the band was. They definitely made the party and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to have a blast at their wedding! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Joseph
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Soulsystem Orchestra was superb! They set the tone for an amazing evening. The energy of the performers radiated throughout the crowd and made our wedding even more special than we could have imagined. The professionalism of Rob and his staff made what could otherwise be a very stressful event so smooth and calm. The quality of their sound is unmatched.
Soulsystem Orchestra was superb! They set the tone for an amazing evening. The energy of the performers radiated Read more...
Soulsystem Orchestra was superb! They set the tone for an amazing evening. The energy of the performers radiated throughout the crowd and made our wedding even more special than we could have imagined. The professionalism of Rob and his staff made what could otherwise be a very stressful event so smooth and calm. The quality of their sound is unmatched. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Hiring Soulsystem was the best vendor selection we made for our wedding. Rob was a dream to deal with...he totally understood what we wanted to hear on our big night and he and his band delivered. Not only are they amazing musicians (the songs they play sound as good if not better than the original versions!) but they are awesome at engaging the crowd and interacting with the audience....our guest danced non-stop and had an absolute blast.
Hiring Soulsystem was the best vendor selection we made for our wedding. Rob was a dream to deal with...he totally Read more...
Hiring Soulsystem was the best vendor selection we made for our wedding. Rob was a dream to deal with...he totally understood what we wanted to hear on our big night and he and his band delivered. Not only are they amazing musicians (the songs they play sound as good if not better than the original versions!) but they are awesome at engaging the crowd and interacting with the audience....our guest danced non-stop and had an absolute blast. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Soulsystem was absolutely incredible! Working with Rob throughout the process could not have been less stressful. He took the time to get to know us and figure out what "vibe" we were going for. We could not have been more pleased with how everything went on "the day of"! I truly hope to experience them in the future as they helped make June 7th the best night of our lives!
Soulsystem was absolutely incredible! Working with Rob throughout the process could not have been less stressful. He took Read more...
Soulsystem was absolutely incredible! Working with Rob throughout the process could not have been less stressful. He took the time to get to know us and figure out what "vibe" we were going for. We could not have been more pleased with how everything went on "the day of"! I truly hope to experience them in the future as they helped make June 7th the best night of our lives! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Dennis
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
The band was perfect. They played the right mix of music and had everyone dancing
The band was perfect. They played the right mix of music and had everyone dancing
The band was perfect. They played the right mix of music and had everyone dancing Read less
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Juliet
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Soulsystems was easily the best wedding band I have ever seen! They made the event- their energy level is absolutely incredible! Thank you Rob!
Soulsystems was easily the best wedding band I have ever seen! They made the event- their energy level is absolutely Read more...
Soulsystems was easily the best wedding band I have ever seen! They made the event- their energy level is absolutely incredible! Thank you Rob! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Brandon
Wedding:
12/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Look no further. You have found your wedding band. Whatever money they ask for, pay. Your guests will walk away saying "that was the best wedding I've ever been to." Rob and his crew make sure that everyone in the room is dancing from start to end. They're professional, answer all e-mails and calls within 24hours, they listen to your playlist needs, and are just all around great people. Awesome.
Look no further. You have found your wedding band. Whatever money they ask for, pay. Your guests will walk away saying Read more...
Look no further. You have found your wedding band. Whatever money they ask for, pay. Your guests will walk away saying "that was the best wedding I've ever been to." Rob and his crew make sure that everyone in the room is dancing from start to end. They're professional, answer all e-mails and calls within 24hours, they listen to your playlist needs, and are just all around great people. Awesome. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Kara
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Greatest event band ever!!! Would highly recommend them to anyone! Rob, the band manager, is fantastic and very easy to work with. Our guests have been talking about them ever since.
Greatest event band ever!!! Would highly recommend them to anyone! Rob, the band manager, is fantastic and very easy to Read more...
Greatest event band ever!!! Would highly recommend them to anyone! Rob, the band manager, is fantastic and very easy to work with. Our guests have been talking about them ever since. Read less
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Sherri
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Soulsystem ROCKED our wedding!! I cannot say enough great things about these guys. Rob and the rest of the crew were the talk of our wedding and the dance floor was full the entire night!!! My brother-in-law loved them so much he just booked them for his wedding next year and we cannot wait to be guests at another Soulsystem wedding!!! Thanks again for such a special night. :)
Soulsystem ROCKED our wedding!! I cannot say enough great things about these guys. Rob and the rest of the crew were the Read more...
Soulsystem ROCKED our wedding!! I cannot say enough great things about these guys. Rob and the rest of the crew were the talk of our wedding and the dance floor was full the entire night!!! My brother-in-law loved them so much he just booked them for his wedding next year and we cannot wait to be guests at another Soulsystem wedding!!! Thanks again for such a special night. :) Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rob A. was the drummer of Skid Row, which lends this band extra cred. They are amazing with soul & motown. Great band that kept the party going all night.
Rob A. was the drummer of Skid Row, which lends this band extra cred. They are amazing with soul & motown. Great band that Read more...
Rob A. was the drummer of Skid Row, which lends this band extra cred. They are amazing with soul & motown. Great band that kept the party going all night. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/2/2007
5.0/5.0
This band was awesome!! We never heard them before, but we liked their DVD and decided to go for it. 10 months later we are still hearing about how great they were from people, some not even at the wedding who just heard them play. People down the street were dancing on their balconies they were that good! We even know 2 people who have already tried to book them for their weddings. Two things you can't skimp on at the wedding are alcohol and music. We had the entire 11 piece band and they were well worth every penny.
This band was awesome!! We never heard them before, but we liked their DVD and decided to go for it. 10 months later we Read more...
This band was awesome!! We never heard them before, but we liked their DVD and decided to go for it. 10 months later we are still hearing about how great they were from people, some not even at the wedding who just heard them play. People down the street were dancing on their balconies they were that good! We even know 2 people who have already tried to book them for their weddings. Two things you can't skimp on at the wedding are alcohol and music. We had the entire 11 piece band and they were well worth every penny. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
BEyond what was expected. Thank you!
BEyond what was expected. Thank you!
BEyond what was expected. Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Band
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michele
Wedding:
10/28/2007
4.3/5.0
They were fantastic, they had the entire wedding up and dancing! We were very concerned about the kind of music they were going to play, and they ended up doing what we asked and beyond. The only issue was that our wedding song was played very slow, so we had a dance we had to modify on the spot.
They were fantastic, they had the entire wedding up and dancing! We were very concerned about the kind of music they were Read more...
They were fantastic, they had the entire wedding up and dancing! We were very concerned about the kind of music they were going to play, and they ended up doing what we asked and beyond. The only issue was that our wedding song was played very slow, so we had a dance we had to modify on the spot. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Kathleen
Wedding:
10/6/2007
4.1/5.0
Our DJ actually got into a car accident on the way to the venue for our reception. He wasn't injured, but he was pretty shaken up. The communication on the day of the wedding was a little spotty, but that is sort of understandable. And in spite of the accident, the DJ eventually arrived. Of course, our reception was more than half over by the time he got set up. So I think he played for about an hour. He was great, very friendly and professional. I cannot fault the DJ for a thing. But the company was a bit tetchy about refunding our money. We had agreed to pay $1,500 for a DJ for 4.5 hours, and, as I say, he played for about 60 minutes. So we had to have several rounds of phone calls with the owner of the company to secure a refund. He eventually agreed to a 80% refund, which seemed fair to us, but it took longer than it should have, given the way the day played out.
Our DJ actually got into a car accident on the way to the venue for our reception. He wasn't injured, but he was pretty Read more...
Our DJ actually got into a car accident on the way to the venue for our reception. He wasn't injured, but he was pretty shaken up. The communication on the day of the wedding was a little spotty, but that is sort of understandable. And in spite of the accident, the DJ eventually arrived. Of course, our reception was more than half over by the time he got set up. So I think he played for about an hour. He was great, very friendly and professional. I cannot fault the DJ for a thing. But the company was a bit tetchy about refunding our money. We had agreed to pay $1,500 for a DJ for 4.5 hours, and, as I say, he played for about 60 minutes. So we had to have several rounds of phone calls with the owner of the company to secure a refund. He eventually agreed to a 80% refund, which seemed fair to us, but it took longer than it should have, given the way the day played out. Read less
Services Used: DJ

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