Function Band

Empire State

Empire State perform famous soul, blues and rhythm and blues and dance classics with remarkable style and energy. In the beginning the band started by covering the Commitments and The Blues Brother's tunes. Now they incorporate all the popular dance/groove numbers.

With three powerful vocalists, razor sharp brass and superb rhythm section, the sound is tight, the groove is irresistible and the performance is spectacular.

Empire State are also in demand for corporate & society events and regularly play the big hotels, castles, stately homes and conference centres.

Empire State have performed on TV with John Landis, the director of 'The Blues Brothers' movie.


James Brown - Aretha Franklin - Wilson Picket - Martha and the Vandellas - The Blues Brothers - The Commitments .

All the soul you need played loud and proud by the Empire State Band.

A ten piece quality music show . Featuring the superb soulful voices of the Plant Brothers and the stunning Dottaye (Aretha Franklin eat your heart out).

Lead guitar, Drums, Bass guitar, Blues harp, Keyboards, Harmony vocals, Saxaphone - Trumpet - Trombone. . Empire State give you a full two hour music spectacular.

All the sounds of 'The Commitments', 'The Blues Brothers' and more. . "Gimme some lovin" "Everybody" "Respect" "Soul man" "Nowhere to run" "Knock on wood" "Midnight hour" "I can't stand the rain" "I feel good" "Walking on sunshine" "Love shack".

The Best Dance Band in London have appeared on TV playing with John Landis - director of The Blues Brothers movie.

Past Clients include:

American Airlines, HMV, Channel 24, The Big Breakfast, Hasbro, Arthur Anderson, Anderson Consulting, Schroeder's, Goldman Sachs, National Opinion Poll, The Showman's Show.

They've also played at:

Park Lane Hilton, Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane Hotel, Bath Hilton, Reform Club, London Zoo, Wembley Conference Centre, Birmingham ICC, Edinburgh ICC, Disneyland Paris, Amberley Castle, Castle Ashby, Lidney Castle, Hurstmonceux Castle, Alexandra Palace, Marriot Hotel. Inner Temple - Inns of Court, CentreParcs, Grand Hotel Brighton, Sandhurst, Churchill College-Cambridge, Queens College-Oxford.

Repertoire includes:-

Peter Gunn * Everybody * Midnight hour * You can't hurry love * Mustang Sally * I ain't got you * Respect * Nowhere to run * Funky music * Signed, sealed, delivered * Tailfeather * Lady Marmalade * Shouldn't say that * Hey, hey, hey * Who's makin' love * Rescue me * Hold on I'm coming * Long train running * Let's stick together * Gimme some lovin * Take me to the river * Dancin in the street * I can't stand the rain * Dark end of the street * I feel good * Going back to Miami * Walking on sunshine * Knock on wood * That's the way I like it * Land of 1000 dances * Love shack * Mr Pitiful * Sweet home Chicago * Soul man

What past clients say about them:

It's been great working with you! John Landis (Director of the Blues Brothers movies)

Corporate Events:

I would like to extend my warmest thanks to Empire State for the Brilliant Entertainment....The feedback from the evening was outstanding. Katie Mackrill (Hewlett Packard, Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden). 

'Brilliant', 'fantastic', 'the band made the evening a resounding success'. (Computercenter at the Grosvenor Hotel, Mayfair). 

Just a note to let you know how much our clients enjoyed The Empire State Band....The whole set-up was extremely professional and they were so helpful and friendly. Mark Hutchinson (Event Manager, Pinewood Studios). 

The band were excellent and I'd like to have them for the next event! Laura Fine Fereres (Turner International at Knep Castle). 


...It was a great help to me that you liased with the Hurlingham Club yourself so well and that I had one less worry in the run up to the big day. Once again, thanks from both of us and I shall sign off with the greatest possible compliment from my 75 year old non-dancing father (as he boogied around the floor) - "Very good band, darling!" Hannah Colehan (Wedding at The Hurlingham Club, London). 

..thanks to the band for playing so amazingly well at our wedding. It absolutely made the party and people who were there have been raving about it....... Actually the next door neighbours apparently went out on their patio and started dancing too. Ziyad Marar. (Bridegroom). 

What a band! In the evening I remember looking around and seeing empty tables everywhere because everyone was up dancing. The band were good fun, totally professional and really made the evening one to remember. Nick Felker (wedding Amberley Castle). 

...So many of our friends commented on how impressive the band were and we are ever so grateful. Fred and Shirani Syed (wedding Harrow School).


The evening was an absolute success. 2Lt John Craddock (1st Royal Tank Regiment)

Thankyou for doing such a brilliant job. The client was happy with the whole event which was due to you guys for getting everyone going. Event manager (Welsh Guards, Wellington Barracks). 


The management were impressed by how co-operative and unobtrusive they were behind the scenes... should the band be playing in our area you kindly let us know, as my staff would like to see them perform away from a working environment. Carole Wilkin (Manager Swan Hotel Southwold).

Private parties:

Our party on Saturday night at the Reform (Club, Pall Mall) was a huge success. A very large part was the contribution of the Empire State Band. They provided an atmosphere of driving, throbbing beat that was irresistible to most of our guests - regardless of age. I really appreciated their positive attitude to the evening. All our guests left wishing there had been a little more to the evening - the perfect outcome for a host. They were incredibly nice people as well - a double bonus. Richard La Mat (60th birthday party at the Reform Club, Pall Mall).

Company Do's:

Thankyou very much to you and all the band for a tremendous performance at the Christmas Party. John Culverhouse (MD Fantastic Fireworks).

Thank you for a wonderful evening. The guys were so helpful. Gill Harris (British Medical Journal).

A note to thank you and the band for a superb performance, as always the dance floor was full. Events agent for the BBC.

Thankyou so much for your fantastic performance at Claridges....the client was thrilled. Your act is dynamic enough to get any audience going. We look forward to working with you again as soon as possible. Pippa and Louise - Event Managers (Harlow Butler at Claridges, Mayfair, London.


I can't tell you how impressed I am with the band. Larry Price (Dover St Wine Bar).


Tell the manager I'll hit him if he doesn't let me sing with you! Vinnie Jones (Footballer).

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