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The "Original" Moonlighters ®

Washington , DC

LOCATION

Often Imitated...Never Duplicated!
Washington, DC US 20007 (map)

PHONE

202-857-8700

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Since 1990, The Moonlighters have been performing throughout the United States as one of the country’s best-loved and most authentic Motown and variety bands. Averaging over one hundred... Read more
Since 1990, The Moonlighters ® have been performing throughout the United States as one of the country’s best-loved and most authentic Motown and variety bands. Averaging over one hundred appearances per year, we offer affordable quality, specializing in weddings, corporate functions, private parties, festivals and concert appearances, with an emphasis on strong, soulful vocals and solid instrumentation.

Just close your eyes and you’ll swear the original artists are performing. But don’t close them for too long or you won’t be able to enjoy our outstanding dance moves and showmanship. Famous for getting guests out on the dance floor and more importantly, for keeping them there, The Moonlighters ® are experts at reading the crowd and gladly take requests, making our performances highly entertaining and interactive as audiences just feed off the band’s energy and vice versa.

We can also be booked in several different combinations to fit any budget and venue from just two or three musicians to as many as ten or twelve, including one of the tightest horn sections in the country and some of the finest male and female vocalists anywhere. Meticulously-groomed and costumed, whether it’s for ceremony, cocktail or dinner music, a casual outdoor reception or a classy black-tie affair, The Moonlighters ® have a show custom-tailored to best suit any theme.

Featuring HUNDREDS of songs in a wide variety of styles, we do it all very well. Critically-acclaimed, we have performed an unprecedented seven times at The Kennedy Center, for countless political and business leaders, at various foreign embassies, and other prestigious venues, covering well over a dozen different states, including: DC, MD, VA, WV, DE, PA, NJ, NY, KY, TN, OH, IL, NC, SC, GA, FL, and MT.

As seen again and again in our many rave reviews, thousands of appreciative listeners and hundreds of satisfied talent buyers all agree, The Moonlighters ® are dedicated, professionals truly committed to making each and every show an event to remember. But of course, we're in heavy demand with a schedule that always fills up fast, so don’t delay…please contact us today!



DC: 202.857.8700 l VA: 703.822.9800 l Toll-Free: 1.800.428.7262 l Email: info@14kmusic.com Read less
Band , Ceremony Music , DJ

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Matching Suits or Tuxedos.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
With a repertoire now approaching 500 songs, we probably already know them. But we're always willing to learn more!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Approx. one hour.
How much space do you usually require?
Since we range anywhere from 4-12 pieces, space requirements will vary, depending on the size of band requested.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Our Moonlighters logo is prominently displayed on the bass drum head and/or music stands, providing a very polished and professional appearance.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Enhanced sound, lighting, portable dance floor, stage, DJ and even professional dancers/dance instructors can all be provided, upon request.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Emcee services are offered at no additional charge!
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Honestly, that has NEVER happened in any of our many hundreds of performances. We skillfully read the audience, take requests and provide such irresistible dance music that the floor will be filled at all times...guaranteed!!!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Breaks are designed around the client's schedule of events, and meals are typically requested or alternate arrangements can be made.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Of course! And that can either be provided by the band or bride/groom if they have their own special playlist.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
When you hire The Moonlighters, you're hiring more than just a band. We're a professional organization of dedicated, responsible musicians with a 99.9% reliability rate. However, in the unlikely event of emergency or illness, we have several equally-talented fill-in players available at just a moment's notice.
What is your overtime rate?
Overtime is pro-rata, based on the number of pieces being hired for a particular event.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
All expenses are included within a 150 mile radius. Beyond that, depending on the distance involved, there could be additional fees for vehicle rental, gas, lodging or even airfare, ground transportation and equipment rentals for those special cross-country events.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
Per industry standard, fifty percent (50%) is required along with the signed Engagement Contract in order to finalize the booking and reserve the date. Our balance is typically due on the night of the event. And we accept all major credit cards for added convenience.

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Acapella, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin

INFO FOR DJ

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

REVIEWS

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Peggy
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
You can stop your search for a professional, rocking, get-'em-up-and-dancing band right now.
The Moonlighters were sensational. They exceeded our expectations and kept the party going until the absolute end. Nearly everyone stayed until the final note. I can't say enough!
Services Used: Band
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Laura
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
WOW! We were beyond thrilled with the quality and sound of the Moonlighters at our wedding. They were professional, extremely talented, and had everyone raving about what a great band they were. We are so glad that we hired them as our band and have great memories of our evening and they were a big part of it!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Laura
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
WOW! We were beyond thrilled with the quality and sound of the Moonlighters at our wedding. They were professional, extremely talented, and had everyone raving about what a great band they were. We are so glad that we hired them as our band and have great memories of our evening and they were a big part of it!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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LaShawn
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Who is that band??? That's what all my guests kept asking. We hired all 12 pieces. And their performance just gave me goosebumps from beginning to end!
Services Used: Band
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
1/5/2013
5.0/5.0
The Moonlighters were a highlight of our wedding and kept everyone dancing for hours. They did a great job as emcees for the night, and played a variety of music -- perfect for a mix of ages and cultures. Can't say enough good things about the band!!
Services Used: Band
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Elisabeth
Wedding:
12/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing!! Everyone loved them!
Services Used: Band
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KYRA
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
They made my wedding. Velvet voices, soothing sounds, dressed in tuxedos. Everyone loved, loved, loved the band. They sung every request we asked, effortlessly. The band was prompt, and professional. After my groom, gave me a toast.....they played a song that reflected the moment perfectly. It was a great time. If you want a stellar Motown band do not hesitant to contact the Moonlighters. I am already planning to hire them for my party next year. Great Band.
Services Used: Band
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Abigail
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Many thanks to this band for bringing fun & enthusiasm to our recent wedding! The music was perfect for the mood we were trying to achieve and the band members were all incredibly professional. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you to the band for your understanding and patience at the end of our reception - I know it got a little wild! Another thank you for providing music during dinner and at the end of your set. We had brought our own but there seemed to be some miscommunication with our wedding planner as to getting it played. We are so grateful you were well prepared!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Amos
Wedding:
10/6/2007
5.0/5.0
The Moonlighters simply ROCKED. Our crowd was up and dancing BEFORE they served dinner. They met all of our needs and played the songs in the right order and at the correct times. Towards the end of the evening, they played Sweet Home Alabama right on cue. It brought the house down! Our guests were amazed at their performance and we're still receiving great feedback from people weeks later. The Moonlighters took our wedding to the next level. I would suggest them to anyone. William Goldman and the band are top-notch professionals. We'll use them again. Best, Amos and Whitney Snead (Washington, D.C.)
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Sean
Wedding:
9/2/2006
5.0/5.0
The Moonlighters were great. They were very professional, and helped us out with all the wedding announcements as well as playing great music. We received many compliments on how good the band was. If people weren't dancing, they had the reception chairs pulled up concert style to watch the guys play. Thanks fellas.
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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J.
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.7/5.0
I'm a professional musician. So is my wife. And our families. We've been playing music all our lives. Picky is an understatement, and we must've screened at least 30 bands until we found The Moonlighters. Unlike most others out there these days, they actually play their music live. Why spend the money on an actual band if they're just sequencing everything and laying vocals on top??? Plus, these guys actually read an audience, take requests and interact. There's nothing fake/canned about their performance. It's exactly what we were looking for, and we recommend them without any hesitation.
Services Used: Band
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Donald
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.6/5.0
Outstanding performance, we received several congratulations from attendees about the Moonlighters. Helped us with annoucements and scheduling during reception while putting on a first class show that had folks dancing all night. Highly recommend.
Services Used: Band
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Jonathan
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.6/5.0
We wanted a band that could play it all but we didn't want one of those dreadful "cheesy" wedding bands. These guys not only play it all but they do it with such style and finesse, sounding just like the actual singers while still making it their own, dancing and getting everyone all fired up...the PERFECT wedding band, indeed!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/27/2008
4.6/5.0
The Moonlighters were AWESOME! We got the 6 piece band and played swing and jazz music all night. Everyone was on the dance floor from little kids to 80 year olds! It was so nice to have old-school, fun, celebratory music instead of the latest beats blasting out "baby got back" from some speakers. My husband and I even took swing dancing lessons for 6 months leading up the the wedding so we could step out in style!

I found it odd that The Moonlighters themselves didn't have a website...but rather I found reviews and descriptions on other informational websites and then booked through their manager, William Goldman. He answered all of my questions quickly and professionally. The only thing that I wish were different was I wished I had gotten MY act together sooner to get our first dance request in. It was a song by a local swing band, that The Moonlighters said they would have happily learned--if I had given them a little more notice than the week before the wedding! (My bad!)
Services Used: Band
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Josh
Wedding:
4/22/2007
4.6/5.0
The Moonlighters are a great band and a professional one. They arrived before an event that was off the beaten path and played a fantastic set of funk and motown songs to get everybody on the dance floor for my wedding. I highly recommend them!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music

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