We booked Hot Einstein for our wedding in april 2013 in Berkeley. Right from the start Matt was willing to work with us to meet our budget and time frame, answering emails promptly. The band were happy to learn our first dance request and even added new songs to their repertoire for our British guests.
Hot Einstein kept the dancefloor filled all night and since the wedding we have had many compliments on what a great band they were.
If you aren't sure, go and check them out at their monthly gig in oakland - we took some friends last year when we were looking for a wedding band and it was a great night!
Hot Einstein was amazing! They went out of their way to learn our wedding song - Ray LaMontagne's You Are The Best Thing and also BOTH of our Father-Daughter dances! A great thing about them is the music sounds great in either setting; inside dancing or outside under the heat lamps and stars talking with family! They had everyone up on the dance floor at one point or another. Our wedding was on New Year's Eve and they ended the evening with their own funky rendition of Auld Lang Syne - it was a highlight of our evening!
If i were to give any negativity, it would have to be that their song list does not encompass any of today's hits - which are fun to dance to. However, we were able to mitigate that during their set break with an iPod of some dance tunes, which turned the beautiful Brazilian Room into a mini dance club.
Hot Einstein was easy to work with, has amazing vocals and musical talent and will be worth your money!
I was already a big fan of Hot Einstein before our wedding. They are a super-talented group of musicians that are among the best the Bay Area has to offer. I am particularly a huge fan of one of their vocalists, Karyn Paige. They were super-responsive and really easy to work with, They asked for my input on song selection, and were able to accommodate my requests for everything from Prince to Hava Nagila! They were completely fantastic and all of my guests had a blast. One of my favorite songs is a Hot Einstein original, written by Matt Berkeley: "You Know I'll Always Love You." We chose the song for our first dance, and even choreographed a little dance to it. They truly provided an outstanding performance, and made the event unforgettable!
Hot Einstein ROCKED. The dance floor was packed the whole night I never wanted to leave! Dealing with Matt was always easy and couldn't be more professional. They were extremely flexible, even when dealing with our other vendors and coordinating setup times and other details. Music is very important to us and our friends and family, and we saw this as a priority when planning our wedding. I was relieved when I realized this immensely important factor was also going to be the easiest aspect to arrange! Every member of Hot Einstein was incredibly talented and together they really brought down the house. Their range of songs was great, and they were even flexible on the fly when I asked for the father daughter dance to be abbreviated since my dad hurt his foot the day before. Anyhow, pick Hot Einstein - you won't be sorry. The last song, Tom Petty's American Girl, actually ended with an epic group hug of 50 people on the dance floor. Enough said.
Hot Einstein played our wedding last weekend and was FANTASTIC. We were looking for a band that could play classic funk and soul songs including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, Carole King, etc. After researching dozens of bands based everywhere from San Francisco to LA, I decided to hire Hot Einstein, even though they had to come down to Ojai from the Bay Area. It was the best decision we made for the wedding. No matter where you are having your wedding, I would highly recommend this band. Here are a few bullets that might help you make your decision:
**Matt Berkeley, the band leader, was professional and kept in consistent communication with me for the months leading up to the wedding.
**They were able to grow the band to an 8-person funk/soul ensemble with horn section, bass, guitar, keyboards, drum kit, and 2 lead vocalists, making for an incredible performance.
**They were willing to drive down from SF to Ojai for the show, and put in extra work to find lodging accommodations that made it affordable for their trip.
**All the band members are INCREDIBLE musicians, and also smart, interesting and fun people to have around.
**They gave me and my wife an extensive list of cover songs to choose from covering a wide range of styles and eras. They were even able to add a few of our favorite songs that weren't on the original list!
**The band learned our first dance song, Frank Sinatra's "The Best is Yet to Come" and played it perfectly. We had choreographed a dance to the Sinatra tune, and it was awesome to have it re-created with the same tempo and accents. Also, on the spot, Matt was able to end the song right on our finishing dip move, making it seem like we had rehearsed for weeks.
**Most importantly: the band had the ENTIRE wedding party dancing all night! My wife's 80 year-old grandmother even ditched her cane and danced for some of her favorite Michael Jackson songs.
**Cost-wise, I feel we got an incredible value. It can be a significant expense to hire a good band, and Hot Einstein was far and away worth every penny. We even gave them a big tip because they rocked it beyond our expectations.
I can't say enough good things about Hot Einstein. Hire them! If you want to hear more about them by phone, I told Matt Berkeley he could give out my number as a reference.
My wife and I watched several bands play before we found, and immediately decided on, Hot Einstein. We were looking for solid musicians, who would perform something a little more original than the standard 70's-through-today top-40 hits.
Hot Einstein delivered. The band is exceptional. The singers were soulful and the musicians were tight. I am writing this more than a month after my wedding passed, and I still have friends telling me how much they enjoyed the band.
I met with Matt (the band leader) in the weeks leading up to my wedding. I reviewed their song list before meeting with him and asked him if the band could bring along some additional Stevie Wonder and Beatles songs that were not on their list. They did, and blew me away with their performance. They even brought along a trumpet player to perform some of the songs, much to my surprise, in response to an off-hand comment I made to Matt about how much I loved horns in rock bands.
They accommodated my requests, and were very responsive in the weeks leading up to the wedding. They exceeded my hopes and expectations by a long shot, and set the tone for a fun-filled party that everyone loved.
I highly recommend Hot Einstein for your wedding if you are looking for an exciting, crowd-pleasing band.
Extremely professional and courteous. Guests were having a great time and the couple was extremely happy with Hot Einstein's services.
These guys are great! We got married June 19th, 2011 at Casa Larga Vineyards. Hot Einstein exceeded our expectations throughout our interaction with them. Before the wedding, they were attentive and responsive to our wide-ranging questions and requests. The band showed up on time and conducted themselves professionally throughout the event. We also greatly appreciated how the band dealt with our inept wedding planner and shifting time schedule. I'd highly recommend Hot Einstein for any event as they truly made ours outstanding.
We had Matt Berkeley from Hot Einstein play our wedding and he was AMAZING! He was one of the best vendors we had. He was prompt, reliable, incredibly talented, open, flexible based on our needs, dynamic, engaging, really ridiculously musically talented (did I say that already?), and he was just the ideal musician to play at our wedding. He played a variety of jazz inspired Stevie Wonder tunes, Beattles covers, some Steely Dan by request, and a lot of his original stuff. This man is so fun to watch on the piano.
To top it off, we are still hearing about the EPIC sing a long he lead on the shuttle back to the hotel. It's so wonderful when people remember how much fun they had at your wedding! Hire Matt and his band, and they will!
This is a band with a lot of energy and fun tunes! They will keep the crowd dancing all night, def worth a good listening too!
When you think about the Heart and Soul of the City & Bay Area - these guys & gals have it all !
Great vocals - soulful tones that move you out of your seat.
Solid, solid pocket players with the right gear to create fat sounds while keeping the volume in check.
Very good song selection with interesting material that bridges the gaps between old & new.
Plus they're funny !
"Hot Einstein" - book-em while you can
Hot Einstein has everything you need to get people moving and feeling good.
The group plays classic covers of rock, pop, soul, and rhythm & blues tunes. Artists covered include: The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin, The Talking Heads and many more.
Hot Einstein has a diverse repertoire that is inviting to all different types of crowds and ages!
The musicians will learn and play live the songs you pick for the first dance and the father/daughter dance and we invite your input for the band's song selection for the evening if you like, Plus, this eclectic band has extensive live performance experience and takes pride in reading the audience to keep everyone up and dancing!
Hot Einstein is flexible, professional and reliable and happy to work with you craft the perfect wedding soundtrack. Additionally, they can provide a sound system and DJ, play ceremony music, background dinner music or run your iPod playlist for your wedding.
For more information, check out our website at www.hoteinstein.com.
We can't wait to celebrate your special day!
also this video is a great way to get a feel for the live show:
While Hot Einstein typically performs as a six-piece band doing classic cover songs that get people dancing, we are flexible and ready to help you find the perfect soundtrack to your big day!
Here are some of the additional options we offer:
•perform as a instrumental quartet providing jazz and blues background music during your wedding dinner
•Hot Einstein will learn and play live the songs YOU CHOOSE for your first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/groom etc.
•perform and an 8 or 9-piece powerhouse band by adding our amazing horn players
•Hot Einstein can be a one-stop shop for all your wedding music: providing the sound system, lighting and even an amazing DJ.
• play iPod mix of all your favorite songs
•Anything else you can think of? Let us know, we're happy to work with you to create a memorable experience you and your guests will remember for years to come!