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, MIXTAPE is a disco-free zone with a mantra of "No to the Bee Gees, Yes to the Black Keys!" The band's infinite repertoire spans from modern indie darlings like Phoenix, MGMT, Arcade Fire and Beck, to classic and glam rockers like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, AC/DC, and Queen, to ’80s and New Wave gems like Devo, The Cure, Talking Heads and The Clash, to ’90s and grunge favorites like Weezer, Nirvana, The Pixies and Pavement to those special pop hits that we all (including material your parents will remember) can agree are awesome like Paul Simon, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder and, of course, Michael Jackson.
On the scene since just 2011, the band has already attracted the attention of VOGUE, earned "Best of the Knot" in Manhattan in 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017, blogs for Huffington Post Weddings, and has appeared in BRIDES, Modern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, New York Magazine, WellWed, Brooklyn Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, Carats & Cake, and Martha Stewart Weddings. MIXTAPE has played some of the most stunning and prestigious venues such as Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Osborn Castle and Cipriani Wall Street, as well as the hippest and Brooklyn-est venues around like the Bell House, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Santos Party House and City Winery. They even rocked the 2013 US Open! 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 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.