Reviews

 
If you take one thing from this review, have it be that YOU MUST HIRE THE HOOK CLUB BAND FOR YOUR WEDDING! Seriously they made the evening and so much more magical and spectacular than it would have been with any other music. They are hands down one of the best bands I’ve ever heard and worked with, “wedding” band or otherwise. They are unbelievably talented and I would pay lots to listen to them anytime! As for actually working with them: Dan, the band leader, is incredibly professional, hardworking, accommodating, kind and super communicative. The entire process was a piece of cake and he took all of our suggestions and played everything we suggested, as well as provided a plethora of songs for us to choose from from day one. Dan truly went above and beyond to make this not only super easy and non-time consuming during the planning process, but the evening one of the most beautiful, well-scored nights of our lives. Even my dad was blown away by them, and he’s a professional musician. So seriously: Hire The Hook Club!!!
— Danielle S.
The Hook Club made our wedding the best party ever! My husband and I eloped, then had a wedding party a few months later. We wanted a lively, fun atmosphere and music was one of the most important things for us. When we started searching bands (we really wanted a band vs a DJ), I was shocked at the prices. We wanted the full band (6-7 members) but I didn’t think we could make it happen, until we spoke with Dan at the Hook Club! He was so accommodating for the band to learn music we wanted - almost 20 songs! They were able to do classical wedding covers (Brown Eyed Girl, Oh What a Night, At Last, etc) but also were able to perform some not as common ones we really wanted (I Want to Dance With Somebody, Rosalita, I Had the Time of My Life, Dancing On my Own, etc). I cannot stress how awesome they were on developing and delivering the song list. It wasn’t a ‘pick from this list’ kind of thing - it was a ‘what songs would you like to hear and we’ll do our best to make it happen’. And they ROCKED IT the night of. The vocalists brought such great energy to the crowd, the saxophone was an amazing addition, and everyone in the band knocked it out of the part. They were so great many of our guests said they were the best part of the night. I’m glad I paid attention to the quality of reviews not just quantity. This band was the best decision I made for our party. If music is important to you and you want to work with the band to create the best night ever, work with The Hook Club!
— Sarah C.
The Hook Club will be the best decision you make in the wedding planning process, trust me! After hearing these folks play and seeing what they do to a room, we didn’t consider not booking them. The band completely transformed the energy and joy of the reception, I shudder to think what lackluster merriment would have happened without them. From the amazing setlist to their terrifying stamina to their palpable joy, I’m tearing up just thinking about the amazing job they did at our wedding. They even coordinated a surprise with my husband to have him up with the band to play and sing! They’re not just another wedding vendor for you, they /are/ the party and the energy. The vibe of our first dance was perfect (Ella Fitzgerald’s Cheek to Cheek), it was romantic and warm. The floor thumping dancing later (LCD Soundsystem’s Dance Yrself Clean, R Kelly Ignition Remix, Hamilton’s Helpless, Michael Jackson, Salt n Pepa, Aretha Franklin, and much much more!) was everything we could have hoped for. At the end of the night, the band went acoustic and joined us down at the bonfire with some impromptu singalongs with our guests. It was the perfect end to the wonderful night. I don’t know how they do it, but they had more energy after two sets and 7 hours after the beginning of the wedding than I thought possible! Dan and the band worked with us to create a setlist that was perfectly us without batting an eye at our weird requests. I can’t imagine our wedding without The Hook Club. Quick, book them before they’re booked for your date!
— Sarah M.
This group is pretty much the definition of pro. After I proposed to my now wife and started actually thinking ahead to what I hoped our wedding would look like, music was just about my top concern. I knew I wanted live music, and I wanted a band that could play a wide array of classics and wedding staples as well as some more newer, more niche selections. When we decided to work with The Hook Club, I made sure that the group would be able to handle my special requests and more, and in the end we couldn’t have been happier. Whether it was a jazz standard, some 90s R&B, modern indie, or a song from Hamilton, the banded absolutely nailed it. Most of all, they kept the energy high from the start and had my friends and family dancing from start to end. I received so many comments after talking about how great they were and how it made them realize how much they also want live music at their own weddings. Don’t even hesitate to book The Hook Club because it’s a guarantee that you and your guests will have the time of their lives.
— Nick C.
The Hook Club was absolutely fantastic at our summer wedding! They created a set list that perfectly balanced my husband’s favorite bands with my own, while also delivering dance floor favorites. The band was incredibly easy to work with, full of energy, and super professional. They created an environment where everyone was having fun. Our wedding guests still talk about how incredible the music was and many have said it was the best wedding band they’d ever seen. I would book them again in a heartbeat!
— Rachel H.
Book this band. Seriously. They are the best band for any occasion. We booked them for our wedding and their versatility made planning the setlist a breeze. First, we wanted John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”. Other bands didn’t have the skill to play it, but the Hook Club didn’t hesitate. Second, we wanted fun music that everyone - all generations - would want to dance to. They covered anything from Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin to Nelly, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson. Third, my family has a special connection to Phish, but admittedly they aren’t the best wedding music. The band hid Phish melodies in other songs that only Phish fans would notice. Overall, the amount of energy, creativity, and care the band put in was overwhelming. Thank you so much, The Hook Club!
— Adam K.
The Hook Club is the real deal! We hired them to play the melodies for our ceremony, a jazz ensemble for the cocktail hour, and an entire set for the reception. The Hook Club was a huge reason why our wedding was such a success. Our guests had so much fun dancing to their songs and were so impressed by their performance. The band is usually the first thing our guests bring up when talking about the wedding. This group of musicians not only sounded and looked amazing but they were also extremely accommodating to what we wanted to hear. This was in part due to the fact that their repertoire is so expansive, being able to play almost any genre from any decade. Dan and the rest of the band worked tirelessly to perfect the set-list and make sure our day was perfect and I cannot thank them enough for what they did for us. If you are looking for quality and incredible talent, The Hook Club has it.
— Matt C.
We had The Hook Club play at our wedding and we absolutely loved them! Not only are they extremely talented and super fun, but they are so kind and down to earth. Our guests didn’t leave the dance floor the entire night. After the wedding ended, our friends kept raving about how amazing the band was. Even in the months prior, they dedicated so much time rehearsing our song requests, and working with us to make sure the set list was perfect. They exceeded our expectations tremendously and truly made our wedding the best night of our lives. I totally recommend booking them if you want your guests to be blown away!
— Kelsey C.
The Hook Club is such a great band. Dan is extremely personable and easy to work. They learned multiple songs for both our ceremony (guitar and vocals) and reception (six piece band) which was awesome. They had a perfect read on the crowd and kept everyone engaged and dancing the entire night. They also did a good job MC’ing the reception. Book these guys if you want a fun, charismatic band who will play everything from Motown, to Amy Winehouse, to Missy Elliot, to you-name-it.
— Nicole K.
The Hook Club provided us with ceremony music on our big day and we could not have been more pleased. From the start of the planning process through until the wedding, Dan got to know us as a couple and our vision for the ceremony. Together we selected the perfect “guest arrival” playlist and procession music via a collaborative Spotify playlist. We had no worries come wedding day as Dan orchestrated the set up, microphone/sound equipment and timing with our coordinator and officiant. It was wonderful to know things would go off seamlessly. The musicians themselves were fantastic. I was even told one of our musicians shed a tear during the ceremony which added to the overall experience for our guests! Thanks Hook Club!
— Rebecca L.
« Simply the best » is the best song to describe The Hook Club ! From the minute I’ve watched their videos on YouTube I felt in love with this band from Brooklyn and wanted to have them at our destination wedding in New York ! They did such a great job to bring emotions during our rooftop ceremony with an acoustic duo playing all our favorites Soul & RnB love songs during processional, recessional but also betweens interventions, people had chills when hearing the amazing voice of their lead singer Bree. And during cocktail hour, the band (bass, drums, keyboard, guitar & vocals) did an amazing show with a lot of energy and cool vibes to entertain our guests ! All our friends and family were impressed by their performance, especially when the band started rapping on Alicia Keys & Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” or Lauryn Hill’s « Doo Wop”! As huge fans of Hip-Hop, we had special song requests that not all bands can’t do, and not only The Hook Club were really accommodating about the playlist, they are also super talented. Dan, their band leader was so easy to work with, always available to answer our questions and prepare the big day with us with excellent ideas. He even offered to bring sound equipment for our DJ at a really good price. Beyond being talented, professional and affordable, they are super nice people you would love to party with ! If you love music, you will love The Hook Club ! MERCI BEAUCOUP, you guys are the best !
— Elodie D.
HIRE THE HOOK CLUB BAND! This was the best decision we made in our wedding planning. Everyone at our wedding said it was the best band at a wedding they’ve ever seen (and some of our friends have had 16 piece bands). One friend who is a big Amy Winehouse fan thought that their rendition of “Valerie” was a recording at first, that’s how good it is. Their demo tape really does not do them justice. We had the band for the wedding and also a singer and guitarist for the ceremony, which was a really special touch. Dan was an absolute pleasure to work with and felt more like a friend than a vendor. He also served as the logistical coordinator during the ceremony which was incredibly helpful. He told us that the band had no limit to songs that they would learn for us, which was awesome because my husband is really into indie music that more traditional bands wouldn’t have played. They even learned how to do an instrumental version of “Grow Old with You” from the Wedding Singer for our ceremony. Everyone danced the whole night and had the best time because of the Hook Club Band. We can’t wait to go back and see them at Groove!
— Eddie G.
The Hook Club was absolutely amazing at our wedding on August 5th! They were very affordable and incredibly responsive and accommodating throughout the planning process, working with us on our somewhat unconventional set list and first dance! A couple members of the band played beautifully during our ceremony and then the band absolutely killed during the reception, both as musicians and MCs. Our guests were blown away by the music and repeatedly told us so during the reception. I’ve already referred them to some friends getting married next summer! Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these guys! PS Shoutout to the bandleader Dan, who was so great to work with. Also, shoutout to the band for playing the Hora for almost 20 minutes straight! Amazing energy!
— Jonathan W.
These guys crushed at our wedding! They played during our cocktail hour and the reception and almost seemed like 2 different bands. We already have a few friends who want to hire them for their own weddings! They were also very flexible with our playlist choices (even when we made several changes in the weeks leading up). Thanks again, Dan and Co.
— Ricky G.
Everything about our experience with the Hook Club was superlative. My wife and I wanted a wedding band with energy, personality, and talent, and that didn’t feel like just a cover band. We were sold on the Hook Club when we went to see them perform a show in downtown Manhattan. They played for four hours straight and had every person in the bar on their feet the entire time. Their skill and dedication was apparent in the way they threw themselves into each and every song to make it special. Working with the band for our event was also wonderful. The band leader Dan was very easy to coordinate with and worked with us to dial in the type of music we wanted to be played (or not played). The band’s repertoire is extensive and they do an excellent job of reading the energy of the room and tailoring their set to what people want. Dan also put together a playlist of music for dinner and to play before the ceremony, and had a jazz duo play during our cocktail hour. We put our trust in Dan and THC to set the tone of our night musically, and they absolutely nailed it. Everyone from my grandmother to my college friends complemented us on the band. I highly recommend them.
— Colin D.
These days it’s near impossible to find a band that is both spectacular and extremely affordable - especially in New York City. Fortunately, for us, we found the Hook Club. Dan and THC surpassed all of our expectations and delivered on every single one of our requests. Not only do they play a wide variety of music (ranging from oldies to modern-day hits), but my husband and I had requested several songs that were off their already long set list that they were delighted to learn for us. Additionally, THC is essentially a triple threat: they can do a string quartet (or any combination of things) for the ceremony, a jazz band for cocktail hour and light the dance floor up with a full 10+ piece band for the reception. They are versatile and know how to read the crowd, which is exactly what you need as weddings are often extremely unpredictable! I’d recommend THC to just about anyone because I am confident they will make your event flawless, just like what we experienced.
— Erika B.
Band Manager Dan Vernam and the Hook Club were a total home run for our wedding in NYC at The Foundry. They provided a classically trained string quartet for the ceremony and an energetic, fabulous nine piece band for reception music and dancing. Their lead singer sounds like Etta James! Dan was so easy to work with and so professional in how he put together the program for the evening for our review to make sure we were totally happy. He came to our rehearsal and was extremely flexible in meeting and consulting throughout the planning process. We would recommend them for any occasion - they are talented and versatile and have a fabulous repertoire of music for all tastes! No one wanted the evening to end!
— Carla B.
People are still talking about this band! I’ve sent their info to at least 3 couples who were at my wedding who LOVED our band/DJ hybrid! We went for the DJ + drummer/sax combo and it was perfect. They were super easy to work with leading up and we met in person a few times before the day which was super helpful since we’re very picky about the type of music we wanted played. We had an acoustic band set up for the cocktail hour where they played instrumentals of Bob Marley, Rihanna, Jay Z, The Gorillaz etc. People couldn’t believe the more modern/less traditional songs were being played so well. The same happened when we went into the reception with more upbeat music— they mastered every song we asked for and were super flexible when we had some changes leading up to the day. The dance floor was always packed which was exactly what we wanted. Would definitely recommend Dan and his team for any event!
— Rossana M.
The Hook Club crushed it. Dan was a pleasure to work with. We were impressed by how involved he was throughout the process and how we went out of his way to make sure everything was just right. We had a string quartet for the ceremony and a ten piece band for the reception and requested several special songs from both groups. They not only delivered but exceeded our expectations. These guys are real musicians and are not afraid to take on challenging songs or learn something new. They seamlessly transitioned from oldies to contemporary hip-hop and pop, and got both the older and younger generations out on the dance floor. If you’re looking for great music and a personalized touch, look no further than the Hook Club.
— Nate M.