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The Uptown Getdowns are a reincarnation of the funky, soulful, smooth and groovin sounds of decades spanning from the 50’s to today. When it comes to the music, there’s something for everyone. They methodically select tunes that are recognized and loved by your typical audience, as well as unique lesser known tunes that keep those in search of fresh sounds satisfied. Regardless, they’ll have the shy folks boppin their heads, and the unreserved folks dancing the night away. Whether you're a bar/club looking for quality entertainment, a newlywed couple looking for the perfect wedding band or just someone who needs entertainment for an event; contact us and we will provide the atmosphere you are looking for!

Booking contact:
Steve Dans


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 better night!!"

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 be disappointed!"

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 area."

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 .”

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-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 List

-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

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-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 sound?
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?
Steve Dans

-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)

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Let us know if you know of a good place for us to play! We will travel to all the following areas and maybe further!

New Jersey:
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Salem County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County

New York City:
Bronx County
Kings County
New York County
Queens County
Richmond County

New York State:
Albany County
Allegany County
Broome County
Cattaraugus County
Cayuga County
Chautauqua County
Chemung County
Chenango County
Clinton County
Columbia County
Cortland County
Delaware County
Dutchess County
Erie County Essex County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Genesee County
Greene County
Hamilton County
Herkimer County
Jefferson County
Lewis County
Livingston County
Madison County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Nassau County
Niagara County
Oneida County
Onondaga County
Ontario County
Orange County
Orleans County
Oswego County
Otsego County
Putnam County
Rensselaer County
Rockland County
Saratoga County
Schenectady County
Schoharie County
Schuyler County
Seneca County
St Lawrence County
Steuben County
Suffolk County
Sullivan County
Tioga County
Tompkins County
Ulster County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
Westchester County
Wyoming County
Yates County

Adams County
Allegheny County
Armstrong County
Beaver County
Bedford County
Berks County
Blair County
Bradford County
Bucks County
Butler County
Cambria County
Cameron County
Carbon County
Centre County
Chester County
Clarion County
Clearfield County
Clinton County
Columbia County
Crawford County
Cumberland County
Dauphin County
Delaware County
Elk County
Erie County
Fayette County
Forest County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Greene County
Huntingdon County
Indiana County
Jefferson County
Juniata County
Lackawanna County
Lancaster County
Lawrence County
Lebanon County
Lehigh County
Luzerne County
Lycoming County
McKean County
Mercer County
Mifflin County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Montour County
Northampton County
Northumberland County
Perry County
Philadelphia County
Pike County
Potter County
Schuylkill County
Snyder County
Somerset County
Sullivan County
Susquehanna County
Tioga County
Union County
Venango County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
Westmoreland County
Wyoming County
York County