Austin Motown Band for Hire

One of the Best Local Austin Motown Bands for Hire

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One of Austin's Favorite Bands

And Top-Rated Motown Band in Texas

The Grooves is the best of Austin Motown bands for hire, This spectacular affordable Motown band is the best show and dance band you will find in town. Ever since The Grooves were formed in 1991, they’ve captivated audiences across Texas and have become the number one band to hire when you want to have the event of a lifetime. The Grooves consistently provide the most stellar Motown experience any crowd can find in Texas with the right combination of gusto and swagger that keeps everyone on the dance floor all night long. The band travels statewide performing the greatest Motown hits for countless events including wedding receptions, corporate parties, Holiday parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, Bar Mitzvahs and reunions. Corporate parties are always on the band’s calendar and these companies love The Grooves and have them back year after year. The Grooves are a high energy variety show band and can add exciting costumes to turn your party into a truly outrageous dance extravaganza with the right mix of Motown and today’s favorite dance music!

Your Go-To Motown Band

About Our Austin Motown Band

The Grooves are the perfect Motown band that was formed in Austin back in 1991 and immediately rose to the top of Austin bands. With such a huge song selection and the unique ability to play what the crowd wants to hear, The Grooves are able to keep the dance floor packed with high energy and the party jumping all night long. Motown hits always keep the crowd yelling for more, especially when the The Grooves play songs from artists like Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, Glad ys Knight on so on. Being from the “live music capital of the world” with more bands per capita than any other city, The Grooves know what it takes to shine above the rest and bring the ultimate live Motown party to your audience and beyond.

The Grooves have played the hottest Motown hits since their inception in 1991

The Grooves’ mission is to deliver the perfect laid back dinner set if needed and then come out with a high energy show that electrifies all ages. The Grooves offer a small version of the Motown group for small functions, or a custom size to meet budget or space requirements, going from 3 piece band all the way up to a 10 piece super group. In effect, The Grooves can provide more than just an amazing Motown experience for even the most eclectic crowds that need a little more diversity throughout the night. The band can transform from a Motown act into a band that plays whatever style of music the night demands such as country, rock, standards or even disco. With an exciting variety of hit songs in their repertoire, The Grooves band is one of the hottest party bands in Austin TX consisting of some of the most amazing musicians Texas has to offer. Don’t take a chance on your entertainment! Instead, guarantee a rocking good time with the band that’s proved year after year to get the crowd off of their seats and on the dance floor!

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Reviews from Our Happy Clients

We had a 50th Anniversary party scheduled in March for my parents and when Covid hit and everything closed down Ron made sure we did not worry that they would work with us on rescheduling. We finally... rescheduled for July and we had such a great time. The band checked with us ahead of time for all the plans, they showed up on time and ready to perform, they were so kind and made sure we had a great time. The music was fun and kept the dance floor full. All of our guest loved the band and made sure to comment on them. We would highly recommend The Grooves and would use them again for any event they are fun, full of energy, and sound amazing..read more
Staci Roberts
Staci Roberts
15:35 15 Aug 20
Awesome wedding band! The Grooves really rocked the dance floor at my cousins wedding in Houston at the Houstonian. Love the vocalists. They sounded just like the original artists and the band played all... the classic wedding favorites and a good variety of new hits and a few country songs too. Highly recommend!read more
THE PAIN-APPLE
THE PAIN-APPLE
15:28 12 Aug 20
The Grooves made my 40th birthday party such a blast! They are so talented and played great music that everyone danced the night away to. I highly recommend them as they will help take your party or event... to the next level!read more
Kelly Light
Kelly Light
00:18 13 May 20
The Grooves Dance Band was AMAZING! They played perfectly to our wedding guests and made our reception a blast! They provided a wide variety of song styles and were able to play everything from vintage... jazz to modern pop songs. The band leader was very easy to get in touch with and communicated clearly and professionally. We would highly recommend hiring them for any event you're looking to make fun and enjoyable for your guests!read more
Claire Bauerlein
Claire Bauerlein
00:17 19 Feb 20
We worked with the Grooves for a corporate event and all I can say is WOW! Beyond talented, they were incredibly professional, and extremely accommodating for our group. They took our event to the next... level - thank you!read more
Laine Graham
Laine Graham
22:49 23 Jan 20
Great band with fantastic energy and everyone at the party really enjoyed them. Ron, the manager, is very responsive and helpful and the band does a wonderful job curating their playlist to fit your... event. You can't go wrong hiring this band! Highly recommend.read more
Lauren Webster
Lauren Webster
16:20 09 Jan 20
The Grooves were awesome! We had them play our company Christmas Party. They played it all...and had everyone up dancing and have a great time. We cant wait to have them play for us again next year!
jamie phillips
jamie phillips
15:28 19 Dec 19
Hired this band for a fall festival and they were fabulous!! It was outdoors and cold, they didn't complain once. They did such an amazing job. Each one of their performers were fabulous. Highly... recommend The Grooves to anyone looking for a band.read more
Monica Cuellar
Monica Cuellar
23:38 25 Nov 19
Love, love, love this band. They had our entire group on their feet and knew just what an over-55 group likes. Can't wait to hear them again!!
Marcia D
Marcia D
21:58 26 Oct 19
The Grooves played at our daughter's wedding at the end of August. We had never met and/or heard the band in person until the day of her wedding. Our daughter and now husband listened to their clip that... was on Gigsalad and the venue also recommended them. We were highly impressed with their vocals as well as their song choices plus the songs that we had requested. They were prompt, professional, and reasonable. If you are searching for a band (not a DJ), we would highly recommend that you seek out this group. We had a wonderful time as did our guests and were very pleased with The Grooves!read more
Donna London
Donna London
00:40 09 Oct 19
Here's Your Wedding Band!We can't say enough positive words about The Grooves! They are absolutely fantastic! Ron was so easy to work with and very responsive to all our questions (even while he was on... vacation!). During the reception, our dance floor was packed! We heard so many great comments from our guests such as "they are the best wedding band" and "they're so awesome!" Book them today!!-Amanda and Ed Austinread more
Amanda Austin
Amanda Austin
01:35 19 Sep 19
What an amazing night! The Groves were fan-fabulous! If I heard once, I heard multiple times what a great band we booked. Having the ability to accommodate an age group ranging from 25 years old to 85... years young, playing what was requested, adjusting to the crowd, mixing things up, exceeding my expectations in loudness, softness, having quality singers with superb musicians dressing the part were all factors in our Opa Social being a wonderful success. The quality customer service from the moment of that first inquiry call to the final verbal conversation of ‘thank you’, was not only professional but extremely impressive. Individuals who do not entertain booking The Grooves are missing a reasonably priced wonderful guaranteed fun time experience. Keep being cool.Randy Rust, President Elect of WurstfestKay Rust, Crazy Fan of The Groovesread more
Kay Rust
Kay Rust
10:23 09 Sep 19
They played for my sister’s wedding and totally rocked it!! Everyone was on the dance floor the entire night! This band is amazing!!! I would highly recommend them to everyone I know! They are the... best!read more
Kristen Dillard
Kristen Dillard
14:57 09 Jul 19
Look no more for Bands!. The Grooves played at our daughter’s reception in the Grand Ball Room at the Adolphus on June 29,2019.They were fantastic- I checked out all the bands listed on The Knot and... WeddingWire - not one could touch The Grooves- if you want a band that will play Any type of music- interact with your guests- keep your friends and family on the dance floor Please give The Grooves a call! You will not be disappointed. We rate them a 10 in every category!read more
Gina Strieker
Gina Strieker
16:34 06 Jul 19
The Grooves Dance Band played for our corporate event at Salt Lick BBQ and they put on a great show! They sang a variety of different songs from country to pop/rock. It was a memorable evening! I will... definitely hire them again if ever back in the Austin, TX area.read more
Valerie Briseno
Valerie Briseno
14:39 21 Jun 19
We hired the Grooves Dance Band as the closing entertainment for our Annual Conference in Austin and they did not disappoint. The band looked and sounded great! The music was amazing and when my members... were too shy to dance, band members joined them in the audience to encourage them to participate and they did! A good time was had by all and I would definitely recommend the Grooves Dance Band to anyone who asks!read more
Cassandra Smoot
Cassandra Smoot
20:08 29 May 19
We've had The Grooves play for several of our events over the years and they never disappoint! Our association is known for their fun social events and The Grooves keep our members on the dance floor to... the bitter end! They are one of the best party bands around and I highly recommend them!read more
Lynn Fisher
Lynn Fisher
14:30 01 May 19
Ron was very easy to work with as was the whole band. They sounded great!!!
Ranee Cress
Ranee Cress
13:55 01 May 19
The Grooves are a great cover band! They played at a friend’s birthday party and everyone danced the night away! The singer would sometimes perform on the dance floor within the crowd, which was super... fun! I hope to book them for a party of my own someday!read more
Lindsay Browne
Lindsay Browne
16:51 28 Apr 19
Beyond fantastic and fun. The Grooves were a hit at our corporate party and the sponsors were more than thrilled with their performance. We highly recommend this very talented group to any organization,... individual or corporate outings. We certainly will call on them for future events.read more
Nancy McCain
Nancy McCain
19:33 25 Apr 19
We hired The Groove Dance band to play at our wedding and absolutely loved them. They are very friendly, the singers have awesome voices, their song list is long, they bring a ton of equipment with them.... Will us them again in the future.read more
Anastasia B
Anastasia B
02:54 25 Apr 19
Ive hired a number of bands and DJs. The grooves was the best. They are a very energetic group which helps keep a party going PLUS their music is excellent. Try them you won't be disappointed
Paul Dabney
Paul Dabney
16:37 24 Apr 19
The Grooves were an amazing Austin band! They kept the crowd going and dancing. Not only were they amazing at performing, but very easy to work with and responded immediately to my inquiry. I work with a... lot of bands being an event producer and I would definitely recommend this band!read more
Ellie Little
Ellie Little
15:37 17 Apr 19
The Grooves recently played for my birthday party. Everyone commented all night long how great the band was and how they seemed to play a variety of music "just right." Indeed, the music was great, but... I appreciated the professionalism in their pre-engagement and post engagement business. They answered every phone call, e-mail and inquiry promptly. Every communication was candid regarding discussions of costs, number of musicians to perform, and types of music to be performed. I was never disappointed and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.read more
Douglas Chaves
Douglas Chaves
19:42 15 Apr 19
This group was amazing! We hosted our National User Conference in Allen, Texas April 2019 for over 316 folks and this group really got the crowd rocking. They were super communicative during the... engagement process, energetic, great range of vocals, large playlist. They even took on learning a new song at our request prior to the event and played it as the opening song at our finale event. Couldn't have hoped for a better experience. Definitely will be hiring these folks again and highly recommend them to anyone. If you are on the fence, take the plunge, The Grooves are totally worth it. You won't be sorry.read more
Mindy Payne
Mindy Payne
12:05 15 Apr 19
The Grooves are AWESOME! They recently performed at a showcase event at our appliance store in Dallas, TX. They were super easy to work with and did an amazing job! We could not be more thrilled with how... everything turned out. Everyone had a blast and they did a wonderful job picking songs! We highly recommend them for your next event.read more
Candice Countryman
Candice Countryman
18:59 03 Apr 19
Great band. They were the soul of the party!
Nevena Bentz
Nevena Bentz
01:48 25 Mar 19
The Grooves played for Radians at our 2018 VIP Party. Their energy, showmanship, and fantastic song list, made our party a hit! They even dressed up to match our Gatsby Roaring 20's theme at Prohibition... Theatre in Houston, TX. They were easy to do business with too. I highly recommend them as they will add so much entertainment to your party or wedding reception.read more
Mary Padron
Mary Padron
16:19 04 Mar 19
You would have thought you hired a DJ because The Grooves play such a wide variety of genres with an awesome catalog of songs that will be sure to attract people to dance floor. Definitely look forward to... seeing them again at my company's next major event.read more
Raul Altamirano
Raul Altamirano
20:10 03 Mar 19
Not only is the Grooves band awesome, but Ron is fantastic to work with. Most bands will not play all of the songs that are requested, but Ron makes sure your special selections are played. Our party was... for a dance club whose members like a variety of music from oldies to current, and this band can play it all. The Grooves had played the year before, and were so popular, we booked them again for our Jan. 2019 party. From their playlist, we selected 39 songs which was approximately 3 hours of music, and I think they played every one! People who normally would have left before the end of the party were still dancing to the very end. Countless members have said it was the best party the club has ever had. Not surprisingly, we have already signed a contract to have the Grooves back in January 2020!read more
Jamie Barrere
Jamie Barrere
00:46 22 Feb 19
We hired The Grooves for an event and they were great. The venue changed last minute due to weather and we had other complications with the venue because it was a last minute switch. The Grooves were very... flexible and accommodating and helped us pull off a great event even under difficult circumstancesThe music was great and they got the whole crowd involved. I highly recommend them for your next event.read more
El Paso Chamber TV
El Paso Chamber TV
19:42 21 Feb 19
Had the Grooves play for our company party and they were great. Everyone loved the variety of music they played. Had a great time. Highly recommend these guys.
sabra reyes
sabra reyes
13:58 20 Feb 19
Highly recommend them! They did a great job at my wedding, and my sister saw them at a Houston wedding and loved them there as well.
Megan Block
Megan Block
21:08 17 Feb 19
At our Christmas Gala, over 500 folk danced the night away to the strains of The Grooves. Together with their talented and sexy vocalist, this group will make your party to pop. Their music is through... the ages - they can read the crowd and keep them dancing. Bravo!read more
Brenda Gutierrez
Brenda Gutierrez
21:39 07 Feb 19
"I heard about The Grooves through a co-worker who raved about this band that played at his daughter's wedding. I was intrigued so I went ahead and booked them. It was the best decision of my entire... wedding (besides the groom of course). This band is absolutely fantastic. Months later and my family and friends are still raving about the band and how much fun they had dancing all night. One of my aunts actually said The Grooves were so good she'd go to see them in concert. I hired the full band to include the wind instruments, and the music and energy was nonstop all night. I just can't rave enough about them. If you want to have a blast at your wedding and be the talk of family and friends for years, hire The Grooves."read more
Erin Hanlin
Erin Hanlin
19:21 07 Nov 18
As a wedding planner, I have worked with many bands. The Grooves not only impressed me by their amazing performance, but they were extremely friendly to work with, arrived on time, had everything set up... early, tore down and cleaned up after themselves - which helped me save time focusing on other aspects of the wedding day! If you need a vendor that will bring 120% to the stage (the crowd was WILD while they played - the energy was electric) and respond promptly, then you should definitely book The Grooves! I look forward to recommending them to clients and working with them again soon!read more
Weddings by Weaver
Weddings by Weaver
20:22 01 May 18
Choosing The Grooves as our band was the best choice! All of the band members were so awesome! They knew exactly what to play for our crowd to keep them on their feet all night. I’ve had SO many guests... come up to me asking me about the band because they loved them SO much! Thank you for helping making our night the best!read more
Alexandria Saams
Alexandria Saams
14:11 07 Dec 17
Wow, just wow. Played our corporate conference party and they were incredible. Best fun I've had in a long, long time. They're super high energy, incredible.
Brendan Murphy
Brendan Murphy
01:02 25 May 17
Wonderful, generous, amazing lyrics covering decades. And all with great enthusiasm. They GIVE a show.
Jeff Wolfe
Jeff Wolfe
05:18 18 Jun 16
We booked the Grooves for our wedding in September and absolutely loved them!!! They kept everyone dancing all night long! Great song selections for both our younger and older guests!!! If you are looking... for your guests to dance the night away and sing along to every song the Grooves are the band for you!read more
Sally Dahlstrom
Sally Dahlstrom
15:38 08 Oct 14
Awesome, awesome, awesome. If you want your party or reception to be incredible, memorable and downright fun, we highly recommend The Grooves. It was an absolute pleasure working with Ron and The Grooves... for our wedding April 6, 2013 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center. The Grooves MADE the reception. They read the crowd and kept them partying all night long. Ron’s advice on the play list was invaluable. He definitely knows which songs are ‘cleaners’, thus we culled through 100s of songs picking the best ones that would keep the dance floor hopping and folks of all ages comfortable on the dance floor. That effort paid off as the dance floor was never empty. The dinner set was perfect because people could still converse and hear each other while many of the folks actually got up to dance between meal courses. We had 80 year old to 6 year olds dancing the night away with most of the 180 guests staying until the end of the reception. We never thought so many folks of all ages would be there at the end. The costume changes added to the energy and was well worth it! Folks commented on how great it was at a certain point where a few band members got down on the dance floor to amph the party up another notch. The evening went seamlessly from introductions to first dance to speeches to our exit song. Ron kept things moving in a tasteful and classy manner. Everyone RAVED about the band, saying it was one of the best bands they have ever experienced at a wedding.– Steve and Leah Jonesread more
StevenAndLeah Jones
StevenAndLeah Jones
02:22 13 May 13

How People Find Us

When you’ve been gigging all over Texas as long as we have playing for crowds and clients of every type, people find you all kinds of ways! Some through Google reviews, some through wedding planning sites like WeddingWire and The Knot, some more on Facebook, and a great many through referrals from past clients and audience members. Some find us by searching Google for specialized professional bands such as:

Looking for an Affordable Motown Band?

The Grooves are a favorite of affordable Austin Motown bands for weddings, corporate events and fund raisers. The Grooves Motown review is perfect for all the different age groups at wedding receptions and corporate parties and can make your event a smash! There are countless Austin bands but none with an awesome Motown recipe like The Grooves.

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The Four Fatal Mistakes Made When Hiring Austin Bands For Your Corporate Event, Wedding Or Fund Raiser

Having a live Austin band at your party is the best way to show your party-goers the best time possible and insures that a great time will be had by all provided you hire the right band. It’s not as easy as just finding a group of talented musicians that sound great together. There are certain types of bands that are custom made for the different age groups and demographics that attend weddings, corporate events and fundraisers. There are also certain pitfalls that planners fall into when they hire a band for these events. I’ll cover each one of these in detail to ensure that your choice of band ensures a home run at your event.

First and foremost, if you want people to dance, don’t hire an all-original band, there are lots of Austin bands that play all original music but you want to hire a cover band that specializes in dance music. Even if your crowd is not going to be dancing, your best bet is to have a band that plays radio favorites that everyone knows and loves rather than having a band that plays music that no one knows. Even if the original band has one hit on the radio, most folks will not know the majority of the songs which will make for a very dull night.

Another major pitfall that I’ve seen other Austin bands make all the time in my 25 years of performing for these types of events is that the planner has a theme and tries to match the band to the theme of the party. Currently, for example, Great Gatsby themed events are very popular and the planner will try to hire a 1920’s band to match the time period of the theme. While a great roaring 20’s theme band might be entertaining for 30 minutes or even an hour, most parties have the band playing for four hours and after the first set, everyone will be sick to death of roaring 20’s music that they have never heard before and this will result in an empty dance floor and guests leaving the party early. Other theme bands that I’ve seen fall flat at events include 50’s tribute bands, Woodstock themed bands, and Beatles Tribute bands. These bands can work for a very limited audience demographic but rarely work at 99% of events. A variety Austin band that covers lots of different eras and styles is your best bet to ensure that the dance floor stays packed all night and that everyone stays and has a ball till the end of the event. Some bands even pick eras and styles of songs based on crowd response and that band that does this is your ace in the hole at insuring a super successful event.

Don’t pick the songs for your band by guessing what your crowd wants to here or what your favorite songs are. Only experience performing tells you what songs work for what demographic of people. Most professional Austin bands see night after night what songs go over for what age groups and will know exactly what to play by merely looking at the age group of the audience. When you pick what songs your cover band can play, you stop them from being able to pick the appropriate songs that they know from experience will get the people on the dance floor and get the energy of the party hopping. Any professional cover band will know what songs to play and what songs not to play to get the energy up and ensure that your party is a home run, so trust their experience and expertise. If they are a working band that has years of experience then they are professionals and will know what songs to play at what time.

Last, make certain that the band is not too loud. This can be done by viewing the band ahead of time or just seeing if the band uses electronic drums. May Austin bands use acoustic drums which can be quite loud. Electronic drums sound perfect at all volumes whereas acoustic drums are very loud and require a very loud volume through the sound system to make them sound good. Unless the band has a very light hitting drummer, electronic drums is the professional route to sounding great at all volumes and being able to turn down very quietly for cocktail hours or dinner sets. Having a band that is very loud not only makes it impossible for your guests to talk but also will make lots of your guests run for the door, especially older guests.
To recap, hire a band that has a good variety of very popular hits, don’t pick the songs that your band can play, don’t try to match the band to the theme of your event, and make certain the band performs at a comfortable volume. These tips will help you knock it out of the park at your event.

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