Formed by the rhythm section of the acclaimed soul/reggae
rockers known as Daylow; The Uptown Getdowns were born. Drummer;
Steve Dans, bassist; Benjamin Earl, and guitar man; Jake Nowak wanted
to try something other than the original music scene. They wanted
to create a quality act that can play the music they grew up loving
and apply it in almost any setting. After adding female vocalist
Mary Niewola and vocalist/pianist; Peter Bellomo, what they got
was something beautiful and undeniably funky. Since the five members
share such a love of music from the 60’s & 70’s funk, soul &
Motown era, it was decided that they would be covering that style
of music. Avoiding limitations, you’ll also hear them play a diverse
mix of the most popular rock and pop tunes from past to present.
These five highly experienced and extremely tasteful musicians/singers
can lay down a groove that’ll demand you get up and boogie. Having
played venues that range from Carnegie Hall, small coffee shops,
wedding receptions and cocktail hours, they know exactly how to
play to the room. The Uptown Getdowns are a fun-loving, party style,
feel good band, and you really can’t go wrong!!
Shannon B., bride quote - Thumbtack (June 15, 2015)
"Hiring Steve and the Uptown Getdowns was easily the best
decision I made for my wedding! Guests are still talking about how
great the band was, and how much fun they had! Everyone danced the
whole night. Steve was so helpful and friendly from the first time
I chatted with him, and he really helped to make the wedding a truly
unforgettable event. He worked with me on the songs, and was so
accommodating. Absolutely professional, but lots of fun! I could
not recommend Steve and the band enough!" 5 Stars!
Melissa, bride quote - Wedding Wire (June 14, 2014)
The Uptown Getdowns were so awesome! All of my guests had a great
time! They got the party dancing instantly! They will learn up to
5 songs for your wedding! We had a blast !
Jahnavi U., Yelp (Aug. 18th, 2013)
My review is based on Bea McNally's awesome musical entertainment:
The Uptown Getdowns band who played there Friday night. My girlfriend
and I were tavern hopping and landed there at the end of the night.
The band was popping and the crowd loved them. They rocked the night
and we enjoyed it very much.
Marlene Borruso, bride quote (June 21st, 2013)
"Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful night of music
at our wedding. You guys were awesome! You had the entire room up
and dancing. We enjoyed every minute!! Couldn't have asked for a
Cat Mollitor, bride quote - Wedding Wire (Jun 11, 2011)
"If you want excellent music at an affordable price for your
wedding The Uptown Getdowns are the way to go. They made my wedding
awesome. People who don't dance on a regular basis were up dancing
at my wedding. They are very accommodating with learning new songs.
Honestly they will make your wedding day so remember-able and fun!!!!"
Renee, bride quote - Wedding Wire (July 24th, 2011)
" More than any other professionals we hired, I wish I could
give our band, The Uptown Getdowns, SIX
out of five stars. They were absolutely amazing. Steve was the
point-person--what a great guy! So down-to-earth, organized, professional,
and friendly. Their website was very helpful too. I wanted to surprise
my husband by singing a song to him and I wanted to perform it with
the band. The band was totally down! They even let me drop in during
one of their rehearsals to practice the song with them. And they
were so friendly and supportive during the rehearsal; I really appreciated
it. On the day of the reception, they were at the venue hours beforehand,
set up and ready to go. They looked great and they were calm, cheerful,
and confident. I've recommended this band to four of my friends
already. They made the party vibe exactly what we wanted. You won't
Frank & Jaclyn Sperrazza, newlywed quote (Sep 03, 2011)
"Hey Just wanted to let you guys know we had a fantastic time
and you guys were incredible. We still keep hearing from friends
and relatives what a good job you guys did and how great you sounded.
Thanks again for the fantastic performance and if you ever need
a recommendation just let us know. Hopefully we will be able to
make it out to Jersey to see you guys play again sometime"
James Lashway, brother of the bride (Oct 29, 2011)
"These guys are great. The best wedding band I have ever seen.
Very professional (looks and sound). I hired them for my sisters
wedding. They played a very wide variety of music that had everyone
dancing. You will not find a better band than these guys in the
Jeremy Manjorin - wedding guest (May 30, 2011)
"They played a lot of 60s,70,80s stuff...mostly funk, R&B and
Motown...and they were fantastic. The band was tight, versatile
and enjoyed what they were doing. Genuinely enjoyable to listen
to (and their mix wasn't overpowering which is a rarity with bands
that do their own audio...we were still able to chat at our table
while they played)."
Jenn Schilling-Horvath, bride quote (May 27, 2011)
"My husband and I got married Memorial Day weekend of 2011. We
wanted a band that would fun, funky and soulful that would get everyone
wanting to hit the dance floor. We made the perfect choice with
The Uptown- Getdowns. Everyone from my younger cousin to my grandmother
were up dancing!"
Chris Renne, Groom quote (May 07, 2011)
“I can't say enough great things about The Uptown Getdowns. Extremely
easy to work with and handled every one of our requests with professionalism
and ease. The vibe they bring as a group is equal parts classy and
fun. As a musician, I appreciate the incredible level of talent
they bring to the table, and even songs I don't really like are
somehow made enjoyable by these awesome people .”
-Back to Questions-
-Who are The Uptown Getdowns?
The Uptown Getdowns are an affordable wedding / cover band from
Northern New Jersey. We specialize in weddings, but we are a perfect
fit for corporate and private parties, birthday and retirement events,
high school reunions and college dances, or any gathering that you
would like quality live entertainment for all ages. We are also
always looking for new local bars and restaurants that want live
music that people are familiar with.
-What style of music does
the band usually play?
The Uptown Getdowns play almost every style of music. We mainly
stick to fun danceable music like Funk, Soul, R&B, Disco, Rock,
80s, and modern Pop. We even play a little Reggae, Blues, Classic
Rock, Country, Latin, and Jazz. We specialize in dance music from
the fifties (50's), sixties (60s), seventies (70s), eighties (80s),
nineties (90s), 2000s, 2010s-today. Basically if you can tap your
toe or shake your bum, we will play it. Check out our Song
-Do you want a live band to dance to?
Great! The Uptown Getdowns love to get you and your guests off their
chairs, into the isles, and up front to dance the night away. We
play well known music that is easy to dance to and we will keep
the dance floor packed all night. Not only will you and your friends
have a great time, but we will have your teen ager and Grand Parents
on the dance floor as well.
-Do you need a lounge act
for back ground dinner music?
No problem! The Uptown Getdowns are very versatile and can play
to almost any room. We have a full repertoire of quiet down tempo
R&B tunes that won't be obtrusive or abrasive. The band will feel
elegant and blend seamlessly into the mood of your event.
-Are you looking for rocking
entertainment that will melt your face off with talent?
Yes we can do that too! Don't think we are limited to the booty
shaking and the sultry grooves. We can rock! The Uptown Getdowns
can entertain the masses and even awe the most unimpressed musician
guru. We've got the skills to pull off some of the most difficult
progressional / classic rock tunes, and we learn them because sometimes
it is just fun to show off. If you want, we can captivate the audience
and be the center of attention
-Do you want a band
a looks as professional as they sound?
The Uptown Getdowns always dress up. We are the entertainment and
we don't think jeans and T-shirts are entertaining. We can dress
formal, semi formal, or costumed. Our usual dress code is semi formal
with matching ties and Mary wears a dress. Check out pictures and
video in the Gallery
-Do you need the band
to learn a song or three?
Yes we do that too! The Uptown Getdowns can learn songs for your
grand entrance and your special dances. Or we can just learn a few
songs that you must hear during your special event. We've learned
Christmas songs, Irish songs, Halloween songs, etc. Once we even
learned a song to perform with a bride to serenade the groom. Special
requests are encouraged! We will also play your special song any
time you come out to see us perform before or after your event.
-How come your not the
typical run-of-the-mill wedding / cover band?
We try to be unique even though The Uptown Getdowns are a cover
band. Yes we play popular music, but we try to keep it fresh with
a few lesser known tunes from the artist we all love. We try not
to play anything that is too over played or just annoying. We also
refrain from some of the more horrible "Jersey" cover
band songs. We are definitely a breath of fresh air compared to
the status quo.
-How can your band be so affordable?
The answer is simply because we are a smaller band. We are a small
5 piece band with a huge sound. We have 3 strong lead singers who
multitask and play other instruments. Technically we have one female
singer, two male singers, two keyboard players, guitar, bass, drums,
and percussion. We are five musicians who sound like nine. Fewer
people = fewer wallets. Call or email us to discuss how we can work
with your budget.
-Are you a venue that doesn't have a
sound system, but you want a band?
No problem! The Uptown Getdowns have a full pro audio sound system
that will sound great in small, medium, and large rooms. We can
also perform out side on a patio or in a tent. We are very versatile
and can adapt to any room large or small.
-What do you need if the venue provides
The Uptown Getdowns need:
3 vocal mics
2 boom stands and 1 straight stand (or 3 booms)
3 DI boxes for keyboards (or a board that excepts 1/4" cables)
Vocal/keyboard monitors are a must!
Any backline for amps and/or drums is great!
-Do you have a special
performance during your event?
We can help! The Uptown Getdowns are experienced audio engineers
and can provide sound for almost anything. Do you want to sing a
song to your spouse? Play a classical piece with your string quartet?
How about a dance troupe or traditional cultural performance? We
do it all.
-Does the band provide lighting?
Yes! We always bring a basic lighting set up to make the party more
fun. We can light the band and the dance floor!
-Can the band DJ too?
Yes! Well, sort of. We can provide high quality music through our
amazing sound system, but we are not the wiki wiki scratching vinyl
kind of dudes. We have all the new popular tracks and an array of
killer old school tracks. If we can't play it live, then we can
try to spin it during our break!
-How do I contact you?
-Will you play in my town
/ city / state?
Yes! We perform regularly in Northern & Central New Jersey (NJ),
New York City (NYC), Eastern Pennsylvania (PA), but we are willing
to travel anywhere! (please contact us to discuss long distant rates)