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The Smokin' Section

Metuchen , NJ

LOCATION

2 Talmadge Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840
Metuchen, NJ US 08840 (map)

PHONE

732-906-9184

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Experience the Smokin Section for your party or affair!! The Smokin Section has been getting audiences up and dancing at wedding receptions, corporate parties, bar/bas mitzvahs and clubs... Read more
Experience the Smokin’ Section for your party or affair!! The Smokin’ Section has been getting audiences up and dancing at wedding receptions, corporate parties, bar/bas mitzvahs and clubs since the mid ‘90s. From elegant, refined gatherings in Newport, RI to wild blowouts in Chicago, the Smokin' Section has been an integral part of hundreds of memorable parties and weddings. We have also performed at clubs throughout the metro area, and we've played in front of audiences of over 5,000 people. Comprised of some of the metro NYC area’s finest and most versatile musicians; the Smokin’ Section is a rehearsed band ranging from 4 - 11 pieces. We also offer Band/DJ combos.

When we go out with our full 9 piece unit, Smokin' Section features 3 dynamic, multitalented vocalists upfront (1 female, 2 male), a tight 3 man horn section (not an afterthought or add-on, but an important part of the band) and a rhythm section of keyboard, bass and drums that will make you and your guests want to get up and dance. (We will tailor the band to the specifics of your particular party and can go out with more or less pieces in the band based on your needs.)

We know how to get people on the dance floor and keep them there! The Smokin’ Section treats each party we do individually; we monitor what’s going on at that specific party and play the right mix of music to keep the guests happy. Rest assured that the Smokin' Section does not mistake volume for energy; we are very aware of dynamics and know how to groove at a comfortable volume level for you and your guests.

The Smokin’ Section has become well known throughout the tri-state area for its unique combination of versatility, excitement and musicality. We enjoy playing the full range of dance music and take pride in being able to perform many different styles of music the right way and with spirit! This enthusiasm never fails to connect with our audience and helps to fill up the dance floor. From Classic Rock to Club, Swing/Society and Sinatra to Salsa and Merengue, Ballads to Boogie, Rhythm ‘n Blues to Rhumba, Top 40 to Tarantella and much, much more, the Smokin' Section plays its music with energy, grace, passion and sophistication. Read less
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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), Medium (4-6 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Calypso, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Annalisa
Wedding:
12/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Excellent band! We heard them at a friend's wedding and booked them immediately. We were very happy with our decision. Everyone at our wedding raved about the music. The band made the party and got everyone out on the dance floor! Great job reading the crowd and playing the right songs.
Excellent band! We heard them at a friend's wedding and booked them immediately. We were very happy with our decision. Read more...
Excellent band! We heard them at a friend's wedding and booked them immediately. We were very happy with our decision. Everyone at our wedding raved about the music. The band made the party and got everyone out on the dance floor! Great job reading the crowd and playing the right songs. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
8/25/2013
5.0/5.0
They were great, easy to work with, and definitely made our wedding a blast!
They were great, easy to work with, and definitely made our wedding a blast!
They were great, easy to work with, and definitely made our wedding a blast! Read less
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Corey
Wedding:
7/26/2013
5.0/5.0
The Smokin' Section was a true highlight at our wedding. Everyone I spoke to had great things to say. They listened to our requests, took our direction and felt the room appropriately during the the entire event. They performed the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in great form. You could tell they enjoyed themselves and it carried over into their performance. They were easy to work with, responsive and at a competitive price. I've never scene a better wedding band. It was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a great band at their event.
The Smokin' Section was a true highlight at our wedding. Everyone I spoke to had great things to say. They listened to our Read more...
The Smokin' Section was a true highlight at our wedding. Everyone I spoke to had great things to say. They listened to our requests, took our direction and felt the room appropriately during the the entire event. They performed the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in great form. You could tell they enjoyed themselves and it carried over into their performance. They were easy to work with, responsive and at a competitive price. I've never scene a better wedding band. It was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a great band at their event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The Smokin Section was a hit at our wedding! They played everything we asked for and more! They really know how to read a crowd too. My friend loved them so much, she booked them for her wedding, and, once again, they were fabulous! The Smokin Section is THE band to book for your event. You'll be glad you did.
The Smokin Section was a hit at our wedding! They played everything we asked for and more! They really know how to read a Read more...
The Smokin Section was a hit at our wedding! They played everything we asked for and more! They really know how to read a crowd too. My friend loved them so much, she booked them for her wedding, and, once again, they were fabulous! The Smokin Section is THE band to book for your event. You'll be glad you did. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
11/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Mike and the Smokin' Section were so great to work with. They sounded great and were friendly and accommodating in the months leading up to our wedding. Everyone loved the music, and our guests danced all night! We were extremely happy to have such a talented group of musicians play at our wedding!
Mike and the Smokin' Section were so great to work with. They sounded great and were friendly and accommodating in the Read more...
Mike and the Smokin' Section were so great to work with. They sounded great and were friendly and accommodating in the months leading up to our wedding. Everyone loved the music, and our guests danced all night! We were extremely happy to have such a talented group of musicians play at our wedding! Read less
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Joe
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
The Smokin' Section absolutely made the night, and the compliments on the band have not stopped - even more than a year later! From our friends and family to our parents' friends - multiple generations and age groups - there has truly been nothing but rave reviews. The mix of songs played was EXACTLY what we were looking for - and the packed dance floor ALL NIGHT proved that it's what our guests were looking for, as well. Everything sounded great with the jazz trio they put together for the cocktail hour, too. It just sounded so smooth...so classy.

As a drummer, it's rare that a fellow drummer lets you use his gear to fill in for a song. No issues there with these guys. They allowed me to play a song - Stevie Wonder's "Boogie On Reggae Woman" - with the full band. The guests loved it and I loved it. That is true flexibility in a band.

We had an incredible, unforgettable night - and we couldn't have done it without The Smokin' Section Band.
The Smokin' Section absolutely made the night, and the compliments on the band have not stopped - even more than a year Read more...
The Smokin' Section absolutely made the night, and the compliments on the band have not stopped - even more than a year later! From our friends and family to our parents' friends - multiple generations and age groups - there has truly been nothing but rave reviews. The mix of songs played was EXACTLY what we were looking for - and the packed dance floor ALL NIGHT proved that it's what our guests were looking for, as well. Everything sounded great with the jazz trio they put together for the cocktail hour, too. It just sounded so smooth...so classy.

As a drummer, it's rare that a fellow drummer lets you use his gear to fill in for a song. No issues there with these guys. They allowed me to play a song - Stevie Wonder's "Boogie On Reggae Woman" - with the full band. The guests loved it and I loved it. That is true flexibility in a band.

We had an incredible, unforgettable night - and we couldn't have done it without The Smokin' Section Band. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I am a little late in writing this review - but this should go to show how great the Smokin' Section was: me and my wife still talk about how perfect they were on our wedding night! Even more, our relatives and friends still ask us who the band was at our wedding and comment how they never had so much fun dancing etc., than they did at our wedding (we usually get these comments at other weddings or parties hahaha). Mike worked with us and played a great mix of music that suited both my wife's family and mine. They played everything from Latin to classic rock, old hits and new....it was unreal. Mike and the Smokin' Section even learned how to play a new song just for us - and they did it great! For any bride or groom to be that is worried about picking the perfect band, I can say this: I am extremely picky and want everything to be perfect, and Mike and the Smokin' Section delivered, and delivered at a fair price. We are so happy we chose them...Thanks Smokin' Section!!
I am a little late in writing this review - but this should go to show how great the Smokin' Section was: me and my wife Read more...
I am a little late in writing this review - but this should go to show how great the Smokin' Section was: me and my wife still talk about how perfect they were on our wedding night! Even more, our relatives and friends still ask us who the band was at our wedding and comment how they never had so much fun dancing etc., than they did at our wedding (we usually get these comments at other weddings or parties hahaha). Mike worked with us and played a great mix of music that suited both my wife's family and mine. They played everything from Latin to classic rock, old hits and new....it was unreal. Mike and the Smokin' Section even learned how to play a new song just for us - and they did it great! For any bride or groom to be that is worried about picking the perfect band, I can say this: I am extremely picky and want everything to be perfect, and Mike and the Smokin' Section delivered, and delivered at a fair price. We are so happy we chose them...Thanks Smokin' Section!! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
We used The Smokin' Section for our wedding last Oct. 2012 after I reviewed many bands online for our wedding. The many bands I reviewed online didn't meet our standards and I was about to give up on the whole band thing (most of the bands online were so cheesy and tried to do covers the way the original bands/singers did them). Then my cousin suggested The Smokin' Section: they truly made the tunes their own and did covers justice!!

They went above and beyond and made our day even more unforgettable!!

From the beginning, Mike was open to communicating and talking about any details that were important to us. He was patient when there were changes and additions and in accommodating the songs that we requested the band learn for our special day. I am a musician as are many of my friends who attended our wedding. The band was very generous in allowing my friends to sit in on their respective instruments which really made our day even better! They also graciously accommodated my request to friends play samba music in the beginning while the wedding party was announced and walked in.

Our first dances were done so well; they played the Pretenders, Tina Turner, and Billy Joel with their own special spin. Later on and at our request, they played soul and motown flawlessly; the Bruce Springsteen renditions were awesome as were the 80's tunes they played. We specifically didn't want any pop music from the radio and they were fine with accommodating this request as well. I love salsa music and they played this too!!

They kept our dance floor packed which was great since the heat lamps at our reception didn't fully keep everyone warm. The hottest place to be was on the dance floor!

I could go on and on….our reception was great and the Smokin' Section truly made it unforgettable. You will not regret having them at your special occasion!
I would love to have a 10th year anniversary party and have them back!!
We used The Smokin' Section for our wedding last Oct. 2012 after I reviewed many bands online for our wedding. The many Read more...
We used The Smokin' Section for our wedding last Oct. 2012 after I reviewed many bands online for our wedding. The many bands I reviewed online didn't meet our standards and I was about to give up on the whole band thing (most of the bands online were so cheesy and tried to do covers the way the original bands/singers did them). Then my cousin suggested The Smokin' Section: they truly made the tunes their own and did covers justice!!

They went above and beyond and made our day even more unforgettable!!

From the beginning, Mike was open to communicating and talking about any details that were important to us. He was patient when there were changes and additions and in accommodating the songs that we requested the band learn for our special day. I am a musician as are many of my friends who attended our wedding. The band was very generous in allowing my friends to sit in on their respective instruments which really made our day even better! They also graciously accommodated my request to friends play samba music in the beginning while the wedding party was announced and walked in.

Our first dances were done so well; they played the Pretenders, Tina Turner, and Billy Joel with their own special spin. Later on and at our request, they played soul and motown flawlessly; the Bruce Springsteen renditions were awesome as were the 80's tunes they played. We specifically didn't want any pop music from the radio and they were fine with accommodating this request as well. I love salsa music and they played this too!!

They kept our dance floor packed which was great since the heat lamps at our reception didn't fully keep everyone warm. The hottest place to be was on the dance floor!

I could go on and on….our reception was great and the Smokin' Section truly made it unforgettable. You will not regret having them at your special occasion!
I would love to have a 10th year anniversary party and have them back!! Read less
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Suzanne
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
I really loved working with this band. Their sound is amazing. They were 100% responsive to what we did and didn't want played. They were flexible with timing on the day of the event, which wound up being much longer than they'd planned for. Our guests raved about the music, and I would absolutely recommend them/hire them again.
I really loved working with this band. Their sound is amazing. They were 100% responsive to what we did and didn't want Read more...
I really loved working with this band. Their sound is amazing. They were 100% responsive to what we did and didn't want played. They were flexible with timing on the day of the event, which wound up being much longer than they'd planned for. Our guests raved about the music, and I would absolutely recommend them/hire them again. Read less
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Erik
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We cannot recommend the Smokin' Section enough! They were professional, arrived on time, provided live music during the entire wedding (which many bands do not do) and, best of all, had our guests dancing non-stop. Some more accolades - they sounded great, were very nice people to work with and even learned new songs that we wanted played at the wedding. They are also gay-friendly. You won't be disappointed!
We cannot recommend the Smokin' Section enough! They were professional, arrived on time, provided live music during the Read more...
We cannot recommend the Smokin' Section enough! They were professional, arrived on time, provided live music during the entire wedding (which many bands do not do) and, best of all, had our guests dancing non-stop. Some more accolades - they sounded great, were very nice people to work with and even learned new songs that we wanted played at the wedding. They are also gay-friendly. You won't be disappointed! Read less
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mrsesq
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
We were married in Manhattan on a Saturday night. I saw the Smokin Section about 7 years ago and never forgot them. I referred them to a close friend, and got to see them perform at her wedding also. They are awesome. They were also insanely awesome at my wedding. Everyone was dancing all night and raved about the band. The price point (if you read my other reviews you will see I am really into value for the cost) was fabulous. They may be from Jersey, but they are just as good, if not better, as the big NY bands and cost less. 100% satisfied.
We were married in Manhattan on a Saturday night. I saw the Smokin Section about 7 years ago and never forgot them. I Read more...
We were married in Manhattan on a Saturday night. I saw the Smokin Section about 7 years ago and never forgot them. I referred them to a close friend, and got to see them perform at her wedding also. They are awesome. They were also insanely awesome at my wedding. Everyone was dancing all night and raved about the band. The price point (if you read my other reviews you will see I am really into value for the cost) was fabulous. They may be from Jersey, but they are just as good, if not better, as the big NY bands and cost less. 100% satisfied. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Then Smoking Section was awesome. Our wedding was three years ago and people still tell us on a regular basis that it was among them best weddings ever. We highly recommend them
Then Smoking Section was awesome. Our wedding was three years ago and people still tell us on a regular basis that it was Read more...
Then Smoking Section was awesome. Our wedding was three years ago and people still tell us on a regular basis that it was among them best weddings ever. We highly recommend them Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend the Smokin' Section to play at your wedding. They were absolutely wonderful, everyone at my wedding loved this band. I had variety of age groups attending and the old and the young enjoyed the band very very much. Mike Kaplan, who is the person in charge of the band is so pleasant to work with. The band even learned three different songs for us and were glad to play and sign them on our special day. They were so lively and upbeat everyone danced throughout the night. I am Polish and my husband is Italian, they played music to satisfy both of our backgrounds. They very reasonably priced, considering that it is a 9 piece band and normal bands of that size are a couple of thousand dollars more. If you choose the Smoking Section, I promise you will not be disappointed, in fact, you will get many compliments from your guests as how awesome the band was. My husband, especially liked Tommy, the black guy, his voice is beyond amazing. Tommy sang our first song "Always and Forever" and sounded just like Luther Vandross. The Smokin Section will absolutely do an incredible job performing on your special day!
THEY ROCK!!!!!!!! The best band I have ever experienced. Such a talented group of people.
I highly recommend the Smokin' Section to play at your wedding. They were absolutely wonderful, everyone at my wedding Read more...
I highly recommend the Smokin' Section to play at your wedding. They were absolutely wonderful, everyone at my wedding loved this band. I had variety of age groups attending and the old and the young enjoyed the band very very much. Mike Kaplan, who is the person in charge of the band is so pleasant to work with. The band even learned three different songs for us and were glad to play and sign them on our special day. They were so lively and upbeat everyone danced throughout the night. I am Polish and my husband is Italian, they played music to satisfy both of our backgrounds. They very reasonably priced, considering that it is a 9 piece band and normal bands of that size are a couple of thousand dollars more. If you choose the Smoking Section, I promise you will not be disappointed, in fact, you will get many compliments from your guests as how awesome the band was. My husband, especially liked Tommy, the black guy, his voice is beyond amazing. Tommy sang our first song "Always and Forever" and sounded just like Luther Vandross. The Smokin Section will absolutely do an incredible job performing on your special day!
THEY ROCK!!!!!!!! The best band I have ever experienced. Such a talented group of people. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Amazing band!!! Kept the party going all night and my guests all thought they were incredible!! Highly recommend them!
Amazing band!!! Kept the party going all night and my guests all thought they were incredible!! Highly recommend them!
Amazing band!!! Kept the party going all night and my guests all thought they were incredible!! Highly recommend them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Great band. Everyone had a blast
Great band. Everyone had a blast
Great band. Everyone had a blast Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
We can not say enough great things about this band... they have a fabulous sound, extentive song list, high-energy, accomodating to last minute requests, easy to work with, and willing to learn a new song for our first dance. Months later, we are still receiving compliments on this band.
We can not say enough great things about this band... they have a fabulous sound, extentive song list, high-energy, Read more...
We can not say enough great things about this band... they have a fabulous sound, extentive song list, high-energy, accomodating to last minute requests, easy to work with, and willing to learn a new song for our first dance. Months later, we are still receiving compliments on this band. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Smokin' Section is an amazing band. People didn't want our wedding to end because their overall enjoyment was enhanced so much by the band's top notch music and entertainment. We would recommend them to others with the highest endorsement!
The Smokin' Section is an amazing band. People didn't want our wedding to end because their overall enjoyment was enhanced Read more...
The Smokin' Section is an amazing band. People didn't want our wedding to end because their overall enjoyment was enhanced so much by the band's top notch music and entertainment. We would recommend them to others with the highest endorsement! Read less
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MonicaVazquezLoConti
Wedding:
8/13/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are both musicians and would settle for nothing but the best- and the Smokin' Section is it! Mike absolutely GOT US and what we were looking for. They learned two new songs for our first dance (which was a slow song with a fakeout into a bust-out Salsa dance) and they totally nailed it!

Mike and the Smokin' Section were spot-on, stuck to our preference list, and Mike checked in with us periodically (but not too much) to make sure things were going they way we had hoped.

The latin unit is fantastic; however I wish the sonero would sing songs more like they are done by the original artists, I felt as though he had butchered our bridal party Salsa song by changing the timing- they couldn't get into a rythm of it. But, it was a song that he had learned for us, and he got the first dance Salsa and all of the songs on their repetoire were fabulous.
My husband and I are both musicians and would settle for nothing but the best- and the Smokin' Section is it! Mike Read more...
My husband and I are both musicians and would settle for nothing but the best- and the Smokin' Section is it! Mike absolutely GOT US and what we were looking for. They learned two new songs for our first dance (which was a slow song with a fakeout into a bust-out Salsa dance) and they totally nailed it!

Mike and the Smokin' Section were spot-on, stuck to our preference list, and Mike checked in with us periodically (but not too much) to make sure things were going they way we had hoped.

The latin unit is fantastic; however I wish the sonero would sing songs more like they are done by the original artists, I felt as though he had butchered our bridal party Salsa song by changing the timing- they couldn't get into a rythm of it. But, it was a song that he had learned for us, and he got the first dance Salsa and all of the songs on their repetoire were fabulous. Read less
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jennifer
Wedding:
12/31/2009
5.0/5.0
They were the best!
They were the best!
They were the best! Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
We added the Spanish singer to the band and loved it!
Mike was so easy and a pleasure to work with. Everyone still talks about our wedding to this day and the band is the reason part of it!!
We added the Spanish singer to the band and loved it!
Mike was so easy and a pleasure to work with. Everyone still Read more...
We added the Spanish singer to the band and loved it!
Mike was so easy and a pleasure to work with. Everyone still talks about our wedding to this day and the band is the reason part of it!! Read less
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susan&kerry
Wedding:
8/7/2009
5.0/5.0
The Smokin' Section was amazing! They did a great job providing music for our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Mike was very helpful in planning all the details and always available during pre-wedding planning. I never stressed over the band! We heard great feedback from our guests after the wedding. Everyone really enjoyed the music. They played all different types of music, learned songs just for our wedding day, and they were accommodating to a special request that we had to let one of our family members perform with them! I highly recommend the Smokin' Section for your wedding day or any other occasion that you need a band for.
The Smokin' Section was amazing! They did a great job providing music for our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Mike Read more...
The Smokin' Section was amazing! They did a great job providing music for our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Mike was very helpful in planning all the details and always available during pre-wedding planning. I never stressed over the band! We heard great feedback from our guests after the wedding. Everyone really enjoyed the music. They played all different types of music, learned songs just for our wedding day, and they were accommodating to a special request that we had to let one of our family members perform with them! I highly recommend the Smokin' Section for your wedding day or any other occasion that you need a band for. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
They were great! 4 years later, people still tell me that they loved the band at my wedding!
They were great! 4 years later, people still tell me that they loved the band at my wedding!
They were great! 4 years later, people still tell me that they loved the band at my wedding! Read less
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kcohen
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
We went and heard a few bands, but I was very excited to hear the difference that the horn section added. They were very responsive to the styles I liked to hear, and offered a great range to choose from. In the end leaving it to the bandleader Mike to follow the crowd was the best choice. My friends, my husband's friends, and both of our families danced all night. I was absolutely thrilled with the whole evening, and received compliments that night and ever since on our great band. Highly recommend...
Kara
We went and heard a few bands, but I was very excited to hear the difference that the horn section added. They were very Read more...
We went and heard a few bands, but I was very excited to hear the difference that the horn section added. They were very responsive to the styles I liked to hear, and offered a great range to choose from. In the end leaving it to the bandleader Mike to follow the crowd was the best choice. My friends, my husband's friends, and both of our families danced all night. I was absolutely thrilled with the whole evening, and received compliments that night and ever since on our great band. Highly recommend...
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amy and mike
Wedding:
9/27/2008
5.0/5.0
The Smokin' Section was amazing! They went above and beyond learning songs for us and then nailed them when they played them! Our guests are still talking about how awesome our band was. We highly recommend them!
The Smokin' Section was amazing! They went above and beyond learning songs for us and then nailed them when they played Read more...
The Smokin' Section was amazing! They went above and beyond learning songs for us and then nailed them when they played them! Our guests are still talking about how awesome our band was. We highly recommend them! Read less
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Geeky23
Wedding:
9/26/2008
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be more pleased with the band I chose for my wedding. The Smokin' Section Band made our reception so personal, getting a feel for the mood of the guests and running with it. We gave them a general idea of what we wanted to hear and what not to play, and they exceeded our expectations. My friends and family could not stop talking about the band for months after the wedding. I would (and do!) recommend them to anyone!
I couldn't be more pleased with the band I chose for my wedding. The Smokin' Section Band made our reception so personal, Read more...
I couldn't be more pleased with the band I chose for my wedding. The Smokin' Section Band made our reception so personal, getting a feel for the mood of the guests and running with it. We gave them a general idea of what we wanted to hear and what not to play, and they exceeded our expectations. My friends and family could not stop talking about the band for months after the wedding. I would (and do!) recommend them to anyone! Read less
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emi
Wedding:
8/23/2008
5.0/5.0
I first became familiar with the Smokin' Section several years ago when interviewing bands for my sister's wedding. They were, by far, one of the best parts of her wedding. They are a pleasure to work with and very professional, but most of all, their music is incredible. It's very hard not to spend your whole night on the dance floor when the Smokin' Section is playing. From motown to rockn-roll to contemporary - they do it all and very well! Since then, not only has the Smokin' Section performed at weddings for many of our family and friends, but also at my own wedding last summer. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a really outstanding band for their event.
I first became familiar with the Smokin' Section several years ago when interviewing bands for my sister's wedding. They Read more...
I first became familiar with the Smokin' Section several years ago when interviewing bands for my sister's wedding. They were, by far, one of the best parts of her wedding. They are a pleasure to work with and very professional, but most of all, their music is incredible. It's very hard not to spend your whole night on the dance floor when the Smokin' Section is playing. From motown to rockn-roll to contemporary - they do it all and very well! Since then, not only has the Smokin' Section performed at weddings for many of our family and friends, but also at my own wedding last summer. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a really outstanding band for their event. Read less
Services Used: Band
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flora79
Wedding:
4/11/2008
5.0/5.0
Smokin Section was WONDERFUL! We held a Spanish-Italian wedding with a family that DEMANDS great music...& Smokin Section did just that. They also learned 2 new Latin songs & allowed my brother (who used to be in a band) to top off the night with Tom Petty's "American Girl". Mike was awesome, he listened to what we did & did not want & stuck to it. I HIGHLY recommend Smokin Section!
Smokin Section was WONDERFUL! We held a Spanish-Italian wedding with a family that DEMANDS great music...& Smokin Section Read more...
Smokin Section was WONDERFUL! We held a Spanish-Italian wedding with a family that DEMANDS great music...& Smokin Section did just that. They also learned 2 new Latin songs & allowed my brother (who used to be in a band) to top off the night with Tom Petty's "American Girl". Mike was awesome, he listened to what we did & did not want & stuck to it. I HIGHLY recommend Smokin Section! Read less
Services Used: Band
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heather
Wedding:
5/20/2007
5.0/5.0
The Smokin' Section was the perfect band! We had so much fun as did our guests. They provided our ceremony, cocktail hour & reception music. We've been married two & a half years & friends still rave about them! You can't go wrong with The Smokin' Section! My husband & I want to have a big party just so we can have them back!
The Smokin' Section was the perfect band! We had so much fun as did our guests. They provided our ceremony, cocktail hour Read more...
The Smokin' Section was the perfect band! We had so much fun as did our guests. They provided our ceremony, cocktail hour & reception music. We've been married two & a half years & friends still rave about them! You can't go wrong with The Smokin' Section! My husband & I want to have a big party just so we can have them back! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Marianne
Wedding:
11/11/2006
5.0/5.0
OUTSTANDING!!! The Smokin' Section were the hit of the reception! We couldn't have asked for a better band! They kept the dance floor packed all night and guests continue to rave about them! They were a pleasure to work with too!
OUTSTANDING!!! The Smokin' Section were the hit of the reception! We couldn't have asked for a better band! They kept the Read more...
OUTSTANDING!!! The Smokin' Section were the hit of the reception! We couldn't have asked for a better band! They kept the dance floor packed all night and guests continue to rave about them! They were a pleasure to work with too! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Crystal
Wedding:
10/15/2006
5.0/5.0
We have used the Smokin Section for several weddings and they always deliver. They appeal to all ages. Very professional. Will do ceremony and reception music. Nice sound level, never too loud, you can actually talk during dinner! Highly recommended
We have used the Smokin Section for several weddings and they always deliver. They appeal to all ages. Very professional. Read more...
We have used the Smokin Section for several weddings and they always deliver. They appeal to all ages. Very professional. Will do ceremony and reception music. Nice sound level, never too loud, you can actually talk during dinner! Highly recommended Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/30/2004
5.0/5.0
They were excellent.
They were excellent.
They were excellent. Read less
Services Used: Band
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ecastillo217
Wedding:
10/23/2004
5.0/5.0
The Smoking Section made our wedding an event that people STILL talk about 5 years later. We'd definitely use them again!!
The Smoking Section made our wedding an event that people STILL talk about 5 years later. We'd definitely use them again!! Read more...
The Smoking Section made our wedding an event that people STILL talk about 5 years later. We'd definitely use them again!! Read less
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Nmlss102
Wedding:
7/24/2004
5.0/5.0
Mike and The Smokin' Section, with the Latin extension, played at our wedding in Upstate NY in 2004. I am Hispanic with a love for Salsa, Merengue, 80s tunes and Motown classics. My husband is Jewish and followed Phish around for years and prefers classic rock. The Smokin' Section went above and beyond to please us and our families. They played some obscure old Spanish song for my dad, and an amazing Hava Nagila that got everyone dancing together. They truly complimented our interfaith ceremony.

We gave Mike a rough outline of what we wanted played and he pretty much went with whatever pleased the party in between (even when the caterer sprung an extra "special" newlywed dance on us, they improvised flawlessly). I can't remember anything but praises for the band even months after, everyone had an awesome time.

I know it's not review related but a little tip for the brides & grooms, feed your band, keeps everyone happy. I still remember Mike coming to me at the end of the party and letting me know they had a great time too.

And can't forget the value! We looked at other bands, even one that played at Tony Soprano's daughter's wedding. They wanted to charge lots of money for their celebrity connection but their sound and versatility...not so great.

Go with The Smokin' Section, your party will thank you!
Mike and The Smokin' Section, with the Latin extension, played at our wedding in Upstate NY in 2004. I am Hispanic with a Read more...
Mike and The Smokin' Section, with the Latin extension, played at our wedding in Upstate NY in 2004. I am Hispanic with a love for Salsa, Merengue, 80s tunes and Motown classics. My husband is Jewish and followed Phish around for years and prefers classic rock. The Smokin' Section went above and beyond to please us and our families. They played some obscure old Spanish song for my dad, and an amazing Hava Nagila that got everyone dancing together. They truly complimented our interfaith ceremony.

We gave Mike a rough outline of what we wanted played and he pretty much went with whatever pleased the party in between (even when the caterer sprung an extra "special" newlywed dance on us, they improvised flawlessly). I can't remember anything but praises for the band even months after, everyone had an awesome time.

I know it's not review related but a little tip for the brides & grooms, feed your band, keeps everyone happy. I still remember Mike coming to me at the end of the party and letting me know they had a great time too.

And can't forget the value! We looked at other bands, even one that played at Tony Soprano's daughter's wedding. They wanted to charge lots of money for their celebrity connection but their sound and versatility...not so great.

Go with The Smokin' Section, your party will thank you! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
The Smokin' Section were phenomenal and our guests could not stop talking about how great the whole band was, especially James Alexander on vocals. Everyone stayed on the dance floor the entire night due to the band's energy and great set list selection.
The Smokin' Section were phenomenal and our guests could not stop talking about how great the whole band was, especially Read more...
The Smokin' Section were phenomenal and our guests could not stop talking about how great the whole band was, especially James Alexander on vocals. Everyone stayed on the dance floor the entire night due to the band's energy and great set list selection. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
They where Fantastic and great to deal with!!
They where Fantastic and great to deal with!!
They where Fantastic and great to deal with!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
4/2/2011
4.8/5.0
All of the guests at my wedding complimented at how awesome the band was. They kept everyone dancing!
All of the guests at my wedding complimented at how awesome the band was. They kept everyone dancing!
All of the guests at my wedding complimented at how awesome the band was. They kept everyone dancing! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
The Smokin section did a fantastic job at our wedding. They played all songs requested, played great atmospheric music during courses, and were on time, courteous and professional.

I am a musician by trade and they even honored my request to let me band play a few songs during the wedding, and even let us use there instruments,

Great night that my wife and I will never forget with a big thanks to the Smokin section for helping us make it a great wedding
The Smokin section did a fantastic job at our wedding. They played all songs requested, played great atmospheric music Read more...
The Smokin section did a fantastic job at our wedding. They played all songs requested, played great atmospheric music during courses, and were on time, courteous and professional.

I am a musician by trade and they even honored my request to let me band play a few songs during the wedding, and even let us use there instruments,

Great night that my wife and I will never forget with a big thanks to the Smokin section for helping us make it a great wedding Read less
Services Used: Band
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kelstar
Wedding:
7/24/2009
4.8/5.0
Fabulous band. We highly recommend them. We picked songs for our first dance and parent dance that were not on their play list and they quickly learned them (Ray LaMontagne and Sam Cooke). As mentioned by other reviewers in earlier posts, we had the opportunity to review a very long play list and the band stuck to our DO NOT PLAY songs and our MUST PLAY songs, and they used good judgment in playing to the crowd. We had planned to make a play list on our iPod for the band to play during their breaks, but we ran out of time and never did this. To our surprise, on one of the breaks, one of the band members continued to play on his own and did an amazing Sam Cooke medley (they knew we were Sam fans). I'm glad we did not give them songs to play on breaks, because what they did was so much better!
Fabulous band. We highly recommend them. We picked songs for our first dance and parent dance that were not on their play Read more...
Fabulous band. We highly recommend them. We picked songs for our first dance and parent dance that were not on their play list and they quickly learned them (Ray LaMontagne and Sam Cooke). As mentioned by other reviewers in earlier posts, we had the opportunity to review a very long play list and the band stuck to our DO NOT PLAY songs and our MUST PLAY songs, and they used good judgment in playing to the crowd. We had planned to make a play list on our iPod for the band to play during their breaks, but we ran out of time and never did this. To our surprise, on one of the breaks, one of the band members continued to play on his own and did an amazing Sam Cooke medley (they knew we were Sam fans). I'm glad we did not give them songs to play on breaks, because what they did was so much better! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Janet
Wedding:
5/31/2008
4.8/5.0
I would highly recommend the Smokin' Section to any bride that wants every guest out on the dance floor. They had everyone from 5 to 95 rockin out. They have a tremendous range of genres they do, and they sound amazing. People are still telling me how amazing the band was!
I would highly recommend the Smokin' Section to any bride that wants every guest out on the dance floor. They had everyone Read more...
I would highly recommend the Smokin' Section to any bride that wants every guest out on the dance floor. They had everyone from 5 to 95 rockin out. They have a tremendous range of genres they do, and they sound amazing. People are still telling me how amazing the band was! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Kendra
Wedding:
9/16/2006
4.8/5.0
To this day, we still get compliments from the guests at our wedding about how great the band was. People were up dancing almost the whole night (except when they were eating) and everyone enjoyed themselves.
To this day, we still get compliments from the guests at our wedding about how great the band was. People were up dancing Read more...
To this day, we still get compliments from the guests at our wedding about how great the band was. People were up dancing almost the whole night (except when they were eating) and everyone enjoyed themselves. Read less
Services Used: Band
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tammygirll
Wedding:
6/25/2005
4.4/5.0
Great music, really soulful, they sound great. Very friendly too.

Here was my only issue: they gave us a 5 page questionaire asking us our likes and dislikes as far as music goes...and what we'd like done as far as announcements and cake time...then they didn't follow it. During our photo time they came running up asking us questions about first dances, etc, that we had just discussed with them the day before. They played "the bride cuts the cake" during cake time even though we'd previously arranged for something different. Go figure!
Great music, really soulful, they sound great. Very friendly too.

Here was my only issue: they gave us a 5 page Read more...
Great music, really soulful, they sound great. Very friendly too.

Here was my only issue: they gave us a 5 page questionaire asking us our likes and dislikes as far as music goes...and what we'd like done as far as announcements and cake time...then they didn't follow it. During our photo time they came running up asking us questions about first dances, etc, that we had just discussed with them the day before. They played "the bride cuts the cake" during cake time even though we'd previously arranged for something different. Go figure! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Kate
Wedding:
7/21/2007
4.0/5.0
We loved the Smokin' Section! And so did all of our guests! They provided a great band for a really competitive price (at least in our market). I had the opportunity to go through hundreds of songs ahead of time and mark "must plays" and "never play", which they stuck to at the actual event. Everyone was up and dancing the whole time!
We loved the Smokin' Section! And so did all of our guests! They provided a great band for a really competitive price (at Read more...
We loved the Smokin' Section! And so did all of our guests! They provided a great band for a really competitive price (at least in our market). I had the opportunity to go through hundreds of songs ahead of time and mark "must plays" and "never play", which they stuck to at the actual event. Everyone was up and dancing the whole time! Read less
Services Used: Band

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