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The Free Downloads

Providence , RI
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Providence, RI US (map)

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401-617-8378

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Led by vocal sensations Neil Letendre and Sheree Dunwell, The Free Downloads have been receiving rave reviews over the past 7 years for the tremendous energy they bring to each... Read more
Led by vocal sensations Neil Letendre and Sheree Dunwell, The Free Downloads have been receiving rave reviews over the past 7 years for the tremendous energy they bring to each performance, and for their professionalism and attention to detail during the wedding planning process. The group has performed at over 200 weddings, corporate and college events, and is featured in the upcoming film The Comedian Starring Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann.

During a typical evening, you can expect to hear every style of popular music well represented--current top 40, classic rock, 80's, motown/soul, 90's, disco, and of course classic jazz and swing. The Free Downloads are very open to taking requests, and are always willing to be flexible about creating a specific song list that reflects your musical tastes.

The Free Downloads also provide a wide range of options for Ceremony and Cocktail Hour.

For information on rates and availability, please contact Manager/Guitarist George Leonard at the phone number or email address listed on this page. Be sure to mention that you found the band on Wedding Wire!!! Read less
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Are you an agency or a band?
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How many musicians are in your band(s)?
7+
What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?
Acoustic, Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock, Top 40
What music services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learning New Songs, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Sample Performances, Vocals, Willing to Travel
What items are available?
Lighting, Microphones, Sound/PA System

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Melissa
Wedding:
11/25/2016
5.0/5.0
We hired a jazz trio (piano/keyboard, acoustic bass and sax) led by Greg Takemoto, the saxophonist of The Free Downloads, because we wanted jazz and bossa nova for our daytime wedding. With music aficionados, pianists and Brazilians at our cocktail and lunch reception, the band was faced with quite a harsh audience to please -- and they did so with aplomb. They even managed to stick in a hava naguila, slowly ramping up the tempo, and then transition (we have no idea how) into more traditional bossa nova and jazz. The guests raved, and the band's performance went far beyond our expectations. Also impressive was the fact that they played pretty much three hours straight before taking a break (unplanned on account of not receiving the vendor meals on time), showing impressive flexibility and grace. We were so very very very very very (very!) happy with the band and their excellent skill in both playing and reading the audience and would recommend them in a heartbeat!
We hired a jazz trio (piano/keyboard, acoustic bass and sax) led by Greg Takemoto, the saxophonist of The Free Downloads, Read more...
We hired a jazz trio (piano/keyboard, acoustic bass and sax) led by Greg Takemoto, the saxophonist of The Free Downloads, because we wanted jazz and bossa nova for our daytime wedding. With music aficionados, pianists and Brazilians at our cocktail and lunch reception, the band was faced with quite a harsh audience to please -- and they did so with aplomb. They even managed to stick in a hava naguila, slowly ramping up the tempo, and then transition (we have no idea how) into more traditional bossa nova and jazz. The guests raved, and the band's performance went far beyond our expectations. Also impressive was the fact that they played pretty much three hours straight before taking a break (unplanned on account of not receiving the vendor meals on time), showing impressive flexibility and grace. We were so very very very very very (very!) happy with the band and their excellent skill in both playing and reading the audience and would recommend them in a heartbeat! Read less
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Future Mrs. Schopp
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Best wedding band of all time! Trust us on this one, we've been to MORE than our fair share of weddings! The Free downloads completely exceeded our expectations. From the initial email up until the day of our wedding, George (the band leader) was patient and quick to respond with any questions we had for him. They even took the time to learn "our song" which was above and beyond! We had a fairly rowdy crowd but they kept the pace and had everyone engaged the entire night. Best decision we made for our wedding day was booking the Free Downloads! From one bride to another....Don't second guess yourself, or bother looking at other Boston based bands, these guys are IT!
Best wedding band of all time! Trust us on this one, we've been to MORE than our fair share of weddings! The Free Read more...
Best wedding band of all time! Trust us on this one, we've been to MORE than our fair share of weddings! The Free downloads completely exceeded our expectations. From the initial email up until the day of our wedding, George (the band leader) was patient and quick to respond with any questions we had for him. They even took the time to learn "our song" which was above and beyond! We had a fairly rowdy crowd but they kept the pace and had everyone engaged the entire night. Best decision we made for our wedding day was booking the Free Downloads! From one bride to another....Don't second guess yourself, or bother looking at other Boston based bands, these guys are IT! Read less
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
8/20/2016
5.0/5.0
If the Free Downloads are still available, book them. They played for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and we could not have had a better wedding. These guys MADE our wedding. They kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night (guests ages 19-93) and everyone loved their style, energy, and how they got everyone involved. Their rendition of Shout could have been some of the best minutes of my life - it was SO fun. But every song they played was like this and we could not have asked for a better band. Our guests were screaming for an encore at the end of the night and they jumped right into the middle of a Journey or Springsteen song (can't remember because I think I blacked out with joy) and played up until the last second they were allowed to. I seriously can't say enough about these guys. Guests at our wedding said they were better than the other high priced Boston bands we were considering so don't look any further than The Free Downloads!
If the Free Downloads are still available, book them. They played for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and we Read more...
If the Free Downloads are still available, book them. They played for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and we could not have had a better wedding. These guys MADE our wedding. They kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night (guests ages 19-93) and everyone loved their style, energy, and how they got everyone involved. Their rendition of Shout could have been some of the best minutes of my life - it was SO fun. But every song they played was like this and we could not have asked for a better band. Our guests were screaming for an encore at the end of the night and they jumped right into the middle of a Journey or Springsteen song (can't remember because I think I blacked out with joy) and played up until the last second they were allowed to. I seriously can't say enough about these guys. Guests at our wedding said they were better than the other high priced Boston bands we were considering so don't look any further than The Free Downloads! Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
I first found The Free Downloads by their stellar reviews on wedding websites. I contacted George, the band leader and he responded immediately. We set up a time we could see the band play a showcase and they were awesome! We were sold! I emailed George to hire the band and they were so easy to work with. George spent time getting to know how our wedding would run and what our preferences were. The day of the wedding we had a guitarist and violinist for our ceremony. It was the perfect background music for our ceremony. We had the full band for our reception and they were amazing! They knew how to play to the crowd and we loved how interactive they were with our guests. The dance floor was packed the entire evening until the place was ready to shut down around us. If you are hoping for a fun celebration where people are on their feet, tearing up the dance floor all night, then this is your band. Call George and hire the Free Downloads!
I first found The Free Downloads by their stellar reviews on wedding websites. I contacted George, the band leader and he Read more...
I first found The Free Downloads by their stellar reviews on wedding websites. I contacted George, the band leader and he responded immediately. We set up a time we could see the band play a showcase and they were awesome! We were sold! I emailed George to hire the band and they were so easy to work with. George spent time getting to know how our wedding would run and what our preferences were. The day of the wedding we had a guitarist and violinist for our ceremony. It was the perfect background music for our ceremony. We had the full band for our reception and they were amazing! They knew how to play to the crowd and we loved how interactive they were with our guests. The dance floor was packed the entire evening until the place was ready to shut down around us. If you are hoping for a fun celebration where people are on their feet, tearing up the dance floor all night, then this is your band. Call George and hire the Free Downloads! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
I can honestly say that the Free downloads made our wedding. From the very beginning, George was so helpful in making sure that everything went smoothly, and was exactly how we wanted it. They were extremely easy to work with, and very accommodating. I couldn't say enough good things about their actual performance. Out of everything from our wedding day, I got the MOST compliments on the band. They were energetic, and had the entire wedding dancing. I highly recommend this band to anyone looking to book for their wedding day.
I can honestly say that the Free downloads made our wedding. From the very beginning, George was so helpful in making sure Read more...
I can honestly say that the Free downloads made our wedding. From the very beginning, George was so helpful in making sure that everything went smoothly, and was exactly how we wanted it. They were extremely easy to work with, and very accommodating. I couldn't say enough good things about their actual performance. Out of everything from our wedding day, I got the MOST compliments on the band. They were energetic, and had the entire wedding dancing. I highly recommend this band to anyone looking to book for their wedding day. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/24/2016
5.0/5.0
The Free Downloads were amazing! George was so easy to work with and so accommodating with all of our requests. All of our wedding guests raved about the band. They were definitely a key component to making our special day so phenomenal!!
The Free Downloads were amazing! George was so easy to work with and so accommodating with all of our requests. All of our Read more...
The Free Downloads were amazing! George was so easy to work with and so accommodating with all of our requests. All of our wedding guests raved about the band. They were definitely a key component to making our special day so phenomenal!! Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
The Free Downloads are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! A family member had the Free Downloads play at their wedding first - and wow! When it came to our wedding, we knew without a doubt we had to have them! They were so accommodating and quick to respond from the very beginning. We had an absolute blast during our reception and our guests couldn't say enough about the band! They accommodated every request we had, and our guests are still talking about them! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
The Free Downloads are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! A family member had the Free Downloads play at their wedding first - and wow! When Read more...
The Free Downloads are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! A family member had the Free Downloads play at their wedding first - and wow! When it came to our wedding, we knew without a doubt we had to have them! They were so accommodating and quick to respond from the very beginning. We had an absolute blast during our reception and our guests couldn't say enough about the band! They accommodated every request we had, and our guests are still talking about them! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Read less
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Moira
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Three days ago, I experienced the wedding of a lifetime. The whole day, start to finish, was perfect. In large part, this was due to our amazing band, the Free Downloads. We knew on day one that we wanted a live band to play at our wedding. What we didn't know was that a band we had heard and loved (at our friends' wedding, 4 years prior and hundreds of miles away) was local. When we found out and went to hear them play, we were greeted by George, the band leader -- in a full suit. We were brought to an acoustically pleasing room with the full band, all in formal attire, and were entertained for 40 minutes with an entire set of music from all major genres. My husband and I joked with one another about whether we should just stop them and make a deposit already, but we decided to just continue enjoying ourselves. After we secured the band, they were terrific in keeping touch with us, learning the music we wanted played for the major aspects of the evening (announcements, special dances, etc.), and getting acquainted with our reception timeline so that they could usher our party through the whole night with ease and style. It started with cocktail hour. We had someone on piano and another on saxophone. I actually made it to my cocktail hour, so I got to hear them play -- I was so impressed and immediately put at ease that we'd have exceptional music all night. Our guests were on their feet the *entire* evening. People were raving about the band from the first song until, well, now. Today. Still going strong. Securing the Free Downloads Band was a decision we will never regret. Thank you guys!!!!! We love you and will use you again if the occasion ever calls for it!
Three days ago, I experienced the wedding of a lifetime. The whole day, start to finish, was perfect. In large part, this Read more...
Three days ago, I experienced the wedding of a lifetime. The whole day, start to finish, was perfect. In large part, this was due to our amazing band, the Free Downloads. We knew on day one that we wanted a live band to play at our wedding. What we didn't know was that a band we had heard and loved (at our friends' wedding, 4 years prior and hundreds of miles away) was local. When we found out and went to hear them play, we were greeted by George, the band leader -- in a full suit. We were brought to an acoustically pleasing room with the full band, all in formal attire, and were entertained for 40 minutes with an entire set of music from all major genres. My husband and I joked with one another about whether we should just stop them and make a deposit already, but we decided to just continue enjoying ourselves. After we secured the band, they were terrific in keeping touch with us, learning the music we wanted played for the major aspects of the evening (announcements, special dances, etc.), and getting acquainted with our reception timeline so that they could usher our party through the whole night with ease and style. It started with cocktail hour. We had someone on piano and another on saxophone. I actually made it to my cocktail hour, so I got to hear them play -- I was so impressed and immediately put at ease that we'd have exceptional music all night. Our guests were on their feet the *entire* evening. People were raving about the band from the first song until, well, now. Today. Still going strong. Securing the Free Downloads Band was a decision we will never regret. Thank you guys!!!!! We love you and will use you again if the occasion ever calls for it! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Gregory
Wedding:
5/7/2016
5.0/5.0
The Free Downloads are amazing!

We emailed and called 30 local bands, and The Freedownloads were far and away our top choice. We knew from their website and from Facebook that they would be great, and they are even better in person!

George (Bandleader and Guitarist) played classical guitar for our ceremony, and he did a wonderful job! George is a very talented guitarist and perfectly accommodated our musical needs.

And The Freedownloads gave us the reception of our dreams! They had not performed at our venue in the past, but they sounded like they had played there hundreds of times. The instrumentals and vocal were fantastic, and the band brought tons of energy! The band played the perfect variety of music, and everyone was dancing. Nobody wanted the music/dancing the end, and everyone was raving about the band throughout the night and throughout the following day.

And George was a pleasure to work with! George is very kind, and he was very prompt and thoughtful with his communications. He made the process enjoyable and easy!

We will definitely be recommending The Freedownloads to all of our family and friends! The band provided both quality and value, and we would choose them again in a heartbeat! Thank you for the perfect wedding night!
The Free Downloads are amazing!

We emailed and called 30 local bands, and The Freedownloads were far and away our Read more...
The Free Downloads are amazing!

We emailed and called 30 local bands, and The Freedownloads were far and away our top choice. We knew from their website and from Facebook that they would be great, and they are even better in person!

George (Bandleader and Guitarist) played classical guitar for our ceremony, and he did a wonderful job! George is a very talented guitarist and perfectly accommodated our musical needs.

And The Freedownloads gave us the reception of our dreams! They had not performed at our venue in the past, but they sounded like they had played there hundreds of times. The instrumentals and vocal were fantastic, and the band brought tons of energy! The band played the perfect variety of music, and everyone was dancing. Nobody wanted the music/dancing the end, and everyone was raving about the band throughout the night and throughout the following day.

And George was a pleasure to work with! George is very kind, and he was very prompt and thoughtful with his communications. He made the process enjoyable and easy!

We will definitely be recommending The Freedownloads to all of our family and friends! The band provided both quality and value, and we would choose them again in a heartbeat! Thank you for the perfect wedding night! Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
3/19/2016
5.0/5.0
The Free Downloads were the highlight of our wedding! They kept everyone dancing from the time dinner was over until the end of the night (they even played one last encore song). We went to two of their showcases in Pawtucket, RI and absolutely fell in love with their sound. They have amazing energy that gets the crowd going and they have such a great range of songs that there was something for everyone. They were so accommodating that they let some of our family members who are musicians play along with the band for a few songs. We had so many compliments on how great they were and would hire them again in a heartbeat!
The Free Downloads were the highlight of our wedding! They kept everyone dancing from the time dinner was over until the Read more...
The Free Downloads were the highlight of our wedding! They kept everyone dancing from the time dinner was over until the end of the night (they even played one last encore song). We went to two of their showcases in Pawtucket, RI and absolutely fell in love with their sound. They have amazing energy that gets the crowd going and they have such a great range of songs that there was something for everyone. They were so accommodating that they let some of our family members who are musicians play along with the band for a few songs. We had so many compliments on how great they were and would hire them again in a heartbeat! Read less
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