MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters is Cover Band 2.0. Set out to evolve a stagnant industry, MIXTAPE offers a fresh and fetching approach to rocking parties in every way; from the way they engage with clients, to their look, and most importantly to the songs they play.
Actively not your parents' wedding band while still being a band your parents will love, MIXTAPE is a disco-free zone with a mantra of "No Bee Gees, no Black Eyed Peas, but everything else is fair game!" The band's infinite repertoire runs the gamut: Modern indie darlings like Phoenix, MGMT, Arcade Fire and Beck, Motown and Soul classics like Sam Cooke, Etta James, Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder, Classic and Glam rockers like The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, AC/DC, and Queen, ’80s and New Wave gems like Hall & Oates, The Cure, Billy Idol and Talking Heads, ’90s and grunge favorites like Weezer, Pavement, The Pixies and Nirvana, and those special pop hits that we can all agree are awesome like Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and, of course, Michael Jackson.
On the scene since 2011, the band has attracted the attention of VOGUE, earned "Best of the Knot" in Manhattan in 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 as well as WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice 2015, 2016 & 2017, blogged for Huffington Post Weddings, and has appeared in New York Magazine, BRIDES, Modern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, WellWed, Loverly, Brooklyn Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, Carats & Cake, the Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings and USA TODAY. They even rocked the 2013 US Open and appeared on PIX11 News! Feel free to check the "News" page for postings about public performances.
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A little about us...
Andrew Neesley, who transcribes and arranges our songs, has arranged and played on three Grammy-nominated albums, and Jeremy Viner, who leads one of our bands, plays on a Grammy-nominated album as well.
(We are no joke.)
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The band’s most basic six-piece configuration includes female vocalist, male vocalist and rhythm guitarist, lead electric guitarist, electric bassist, keyboardist and drummer. From there, MIXTAPE can add strings and horns for a fun and full sound and look. Comprised of conservatory trained musicians, the band can also provide classical music for ceremonies and jazz or bluegrass or cocktail hours, making for very slick one-stop a la carte shopping for wedding music.
We're all working musicians outside of MIXTAPE, with our own projects and as sidemen/women with other artists (and often with each other in the band Jesus on the Mainline, among others) and through our personal careers we've played big New York venues like Bowery Ballroom, Joe's Pub, Mercury Lounge, Terminal 5, Brooklyn Bowl and Gramercy Theater as well as television shows like the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with Dave Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, Fuze and Saturday Night Live, and great gigs outside of NYC like Fuji Rock, Wells Fargo Arena, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.