Shakedown puts on an energetic show to keep everyone, young and old, on the floor dancing and singing along. Our dynamic band of talented musicians, who have decades of performing experience, includes female and male lead vocalists that allow us to cover an impressive range of genres. We specialize in the pop and rock and Motown dance hits of the 70s and 80s, from Michael Jackson to Joan Jett to Journey, and we frequently add to our already extensive list of country songs and current hits by artists like Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Megan Trainor, Elle King and Daft Punk. For any event - corporate party, wedding reception, charity gala, or fraternity party, we've got your party music!

Why Choose Shakedown?




Live Music Performance

Get what you're paying for; live music played by real musicians without the use of backing tracks!

Experienced

Shakedown has been performing in Central Texas for more than 5 years; its members (all veterans of many Austin bands) have played thousands of gigs and several hundred weddings and other private parties.

Accommodating

We're flexible, and work closely with our clients on party planning. For example: Don't see your must-have song on our list? No worries, just let us know in advance so we can rock it at your party!

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Sample Song List


  • R&B - Motown - Disco

  • Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Brick House - The Commodores
  • Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
  • Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas
  • Disco Inferno - The Trammps
  • Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band
  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk
  • Get Ready - Temptations
  • Hard to Handle - Otis Redding / Black Crowes
  • Hold on I'm Coming - Sam & Dave
  • I Feel Good - James Brown
  • I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Knight / Gaye
  • I Want You Back - Jackson 5
  • I Wish - Stevie Wonder
  • Lady Marmalade - Patti LaBelle
  • Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  • Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  • Lovely Day - Bill Withers
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Queen Latifah
  • In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
  • Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight
  • Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
  • On the Radio - Donna Summer
  • Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
  • Proud Mary - Tina Turner
  • Respect - Aretha Franklin
  • She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
  • Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
  • What I Say - Ray Charles
  • Country

  • All My Exes Live in Texas - George Strait
  • Alcohol - Brad Paisley
  • Amarillo by Morning - George Strait
  • Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not - Thompson Square
  • Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
  • Call Me The Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Could I Have This Dance? - Ann Murray
  • Crazy - Patsy Cline
  • Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
  • Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
  • I Loved Her First - Heartland
  • Man I Feel Like a Woman - Shania Twain
  • My Wish - Rascal Flatts
  • One Hundred Percent Texan - Kevin Fowler
  • Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson
  • Toes - Zac Brown
  • The Fireman - George Strait
  • Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
  • Oldies

  • Don't Be Cruel - Elvis
  • Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
  • Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
  • House of the Rising Son - The Animals
  • Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
  • La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
  • Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
  • Jazz Classics

  • All Blues
  • At Last
  • All Of Me
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Black Orpheus
  • Blue Bossa
  • Chile Con Carne
  • Equinox
  • Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
  • Footprints
  • Freddie The Freeloader
  • Little Sunflower
  • Sleepwalk
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Take the A Train - Glenn Miller
  • What A Wonderful World
  • Current Hits

  • All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
  • California Gurls - Katy Perry
  • Cupid's Shuffle - Cupid
  • Everybody Talks - Neon Trees
  • Ex's & Oh's - Elle King
  • Forget You - Cee Lo Green
  • Gangnam Style - PSY
  • Happy - Pharrell
  • I Got a Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  • Moves Like Jagger - Maroon Five
  • Poker Face - Lady Gaga
  • Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
  • Classic Rock

  • Black Velvet - Allanah Myles
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Call Me The Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Devil in a Blue Dress - Mitch Ryder
  • Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  • Gimme Some Loving - Spencer Davis Group
  • Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
  • Hard Days Night - Beatles
  • Hard to Handle - Otis Redding / Black Crowes
  • Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
  • Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
  • House of the Rising Son - The Animals
  • I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett
  • I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett
  • I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
  • Jessica - Allman Brothers
  • Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
  • Listen to the Music - Doobie Bros.
  • Livin on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
  • Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' - Journey
  • Mony Mony - Billy Idol
  • Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
  • Open Arms - Journey
  • Proud Mary - Tina Turner
  • Rock 'n' Roll All Night - Kiss
  • Runaway - Bonnie Raitt
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
  • Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
  • Pop - Dance

  • All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Call Me - Blondie
  • California Gurls - Katy Perry
  • Everybody Talks - Neon Trees
  • Ex's & Oh's - Elle King
  • Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band
  • Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
  • Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
  • I Want You Back - Jackson 5
  • It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  • Lady Marmalade - Patti LaBelle
  • Love Shack - B-52s
  • Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
  • Sweet Dreams - The Eurythmics
  • To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
  • Walk like an Egyptian - The Bangles
  • Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
  • We Are Family - Sister Sledge
  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • Would I Lie to You - The Eurythmics
  • 99 Red Balloons - Nena
  • Wedding Favorites

  • At Last - Etta James
  • Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis
  • Could I Have This Dance? - Ann Murray
  • Hava Nagila
  • I Loved Her First - Heartland
  • Loving You - Paolo Nutini
  • My Wish - Rascal Flats
  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Trust Your Wedding To Shakedown



Shakedown specializes in weddings. We love working with brides, grooms and wedding planners, customizing our performance for each client's big day. Shakedown can: MC the party; learn new songs of your choosing for your first dance, father/daughter dance and mother/son dance; back up your cousin who needs to sing Don't Stop Believin'; and work with you to make sure you get just what you want at your ceremony and your reception. Please see our FAQ page for more information on having Shakedown perform at your wedding.


Reviews



  • "Shakedown is FANTASTIC! Met them first for one of our corporate events in 2013 and loved them so much they performed for our wedding in 2015 and my sister-in-law has just hired them for her wedding in 2016! Incredibly professional and so much fun! Really, really loved working with this group!" - Kate B., Bryan, TX


    "Shakedown was the highlight of our wedding reception!!! They kept the party going until midnight and everyone had a blast!!! Their performance of Sharp Dressed Man for our father daughter dance was incredible!!!! I could not be happier and more thankful that we hired Shakedown. I'd recommend them to anyone!!!!" - Kinsey M., Lubbock, TX


    "Shakedown was absolutely wonderful. They were great to work with leading up to the wedding in coordinating songs for the wedding and accommodating our wedding schedule. Once the wedding started, they blew our guests out of the water. Just about everyone came up to me and told me how great the band was. They were a lot of fun and had great crowd interaction. They used their lighting system well to enhance the party. They have a wide variety of songs that they can play and play well at that. I would recommend the Shakedown to anybody planning a wedding or a party." - Blayne R., Austin, TX


    "You were by far our most seamless vendor in this whole deal and I cannot thank you enough for delivering exactly what you said you would, and, more importantly, communicating clearly throughout the whole process. You guys rock, have great sound and equipment, and I would certainly book you again. Our guests keep mentioning how the dance floor was the place to be, and that was our goal the whole time." - Ben D., Austin TX


    "We could not be happier with how Shakedown contributed to our wedding reception. We made some additional requests, and Joe was very accommodating. We received hundred of comments on the quality of their performance, and our guests filled the dance floor right up to the last note." Gary G. Austin, TX


    "Shakedown was wonderful from start to finish! They kept in constant contact throughout the wedding planning process and they put on a GREAT show! We danced all night and the only downside was that it had to end! They have a great variety of music and will learn special songs for you as well. I highly recommend them and I know you will not be disappointed!" - Taryn T., Austin TX


    "You and your group were just SPECTACULAR! I have heard nothing but compliments over the quality of your music, the incredible talent of the singers and the general appearance and musical energy of the band. We were absolutely thrilled with you." - Susan R., Italian Cultural Association


    "This band was AWESOME!!! Everyone walked out at the end of the night dripping with sweat from dancing to their songs."- Jessica W., San Antonio TX


    "Thank you for playing at our Gala fundraiser. We have received many compliments about your performance. We hope to have you back at our next event! You are awesome!! Thanks - The Bee Cave Police Benevolent Foundation Board of Directors


    "Shakedown is an excellent band that delivers a quality professional performance. I am looking forward to hiring them again!!" - Mike S., Caldwell TX

  • "Wedding planning is stressful. If you do not wish your band to add to this stress, book Shakedown. They were dependable, responsive, prepared, on time, were EASY to deal with, EASY to pay, and most importantly, coach you through the whole process. As far as the music itself, they kept the tempo up, had all their ducks in a row, were practiced and tight, and I know without a doubt that ALL of our guests had a great time. There are a lot of crooks in the wedding/event business who disappear after you give them your deposit, only to reappear just in time to throw things together. Not them. Don't pay $5K for a band! Book Shakedown and spend the rest on booze!" - Erica E., Austin, TX


    "These guys were incredible performers. The band was very accommodating. They learned three new songs for our event and performed them flawlessly. Finally, their showmanship and charisma had every single person on the dance floor. They were interactive (our best man played cowbell on stage) and fun. I highly recommend them!!"- Catherine M., San Antonio TX


    "Wanted to thank you all for doing such a great job Saturday night at the St. Anthony hotel in San Antonio for Catherine and Aaron's wedding. Y'all were totally rockin, and it was exhibited in the reaction of the crowd. The dance floor was totally crowded all night...all the way to the last dance. What a great party, due , in part, to your professionalism. Hope y'all had as great a time as we did. Thanks again." - Mary M., San Antonio TX "P.S. I would hire y'all again in an eye blink!"


    "I was extremely impressed with the Shakedown band. They were extremely professional. Shakedown had everyone up and dancing. The singers were wonderful."- Lou A., Italian Cultural Association


    "Shakedown's performance at our wedding reception was great. The band provided high energy entertainment and music that everyone enjoyed." - Isaac and Susan G., Austin TX


    "Shakedown ROCKS! Put on a great show with very little notice. Very easy to work with and absolute pleasure to listen to." - Nick C., Kempner TX


    "Y'all were so flexible and gracious...such a fun reception...y'all are amazing!" - Vickie T., Salado TX


    "Wow!!! Just Wow!!!! Get down with Shakedown, a phenomenal band of talented musicians providing an extensive list of songs that will bring an extraordinary level of supreme verve to your special event! The group is courteous, helpful, is great at communicating with you, and they're professional when negotiating. They take the time to have the right song list for your event. On the day of the party, they are there with an energy that carries through the night. I highly recommend this band that performs with brio! I know that our community of It's Boomertime enjoyed dancing to all of the music that they played. I heard rave reviews as I visited with all of our guests. Thank you!!" Krissi S., It's Boomertime Meetup Group





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In addition to weddings and private events, Shakedown performs at public venues in the Austin area. Here are some of the clubs and restaurants we've played: Cafe Mueller (Austin), Table 620 (Lakeway), Hill Country Golf & Guitar (Bee Cave), Hardtails (Georgetown), Crossroads (Fredericksburg), Lone Star Grill (Georgetown), Baby Acapulco (Austin), Strange Brew (Austin)!


  • * Upcoming Shows *

  • Spec's Fest

  • Sat. May 14th 12:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Brodie Lane

  • 4970 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78735

  • Make plans now to enjoy Austin's 'Fest' Saturday ever! From wine and gourmet food samplings to live music by Shakedown and cool prizes, Spec's Fest is the tastiest way to experience our Lone Star hospitality and Texas-sized selection. Bring your family, tell your friends, and share the fun of a flavor-filled Saturday social at Spec's!






Weddings and private events are not publicized. Only shows open to the public are listed. Please contact us for availability.

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Frequently Asked Questions



  • Q: At what kind of parties/events does Shakedown play?
  • A: We play at all kinds of parties and events, including weddings, birthday parties, holiday parties, corporate events, town festivals, and even fraternity parties. We also play club and restaurant shows. These are great opportunities for interested clients to check out the band. We can play for groups of 25 people or 5,000 ( or anywhere in between)

  • Q: How far will you travel?
  • A: We are based in Austin, but will travel for gigs. We frequently play in San Antonio, and we are happy to travel to Houston, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Waco, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and all points in between. Under the right circumstances we will travel as far as Lubbock, Midland/Odessa and Louisiana.

  • Q: What kind of music does Shakedown play?
  • A: We are a variety band, which means we will play just about any style of music you want. We specialize in music that appeals to all ages and keeps people on the dance floor, be it new or old, pop, rock, Motown, disco or country. We're also happy to satisfy just about any song request made in advance.

  • Q: Do you take requests?
  • A: Absolutely! We will take requests made in advance of the event. For weddings, we typically will learn new songs for the first dance, father/daughter dance and mother/son dance. In the rare case when we don't believe we can do a song justice (that hasn't happened yet) or you really want the original recording, we can play the original from an iPod.

  • Q: How many people are in your band?
  • A: We perform as a 5-piece band with one female lead singer, male lead vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards/synths. We also perform as a 6-piece band with two female lead singers instead of one. Both line-ups can perform the same material -- think of the difference as Grande versus Venti, if you're a Starbucks fan.

  • Q: Can we work with you to choose the music you play at our party?
  • A: Yes. We are happy to work closely with you to ensure you get the entertainment you want at your party. However, we've found that it's usually best to just tell us what kinds of music you like, and what kinds you don't like, and then let us create the set lists, based on our experience in keeping everyone on the dance floor and maximizing the excitement level and momentum of parties. We will also read the crowd throughout the party and choose songs on the fly that keep everyone moving.

  • Q: How do we hire Shakedown?
  • A: Just send us an email or call us. Tell us about your event and we'll give you a price quote. Once you're happy with what we're going to provide and we agree on a price, we'll send you a contract

  • Q: Do we have to give you a deposit?
  • A: Yes, your deposit (typically 50% of the total fee, refundable at the band's discretion), locks in the date on our calendar.

  • Q: OK, so you've given us your price; what's included in that price? Are there any other charges?
  • A: The price we quote is always all-inclusive. It includes the fee for our performance and all travel costs. We provide a top-quality modern sound (PA) system and stage lights. All you need to provide for us is a place to set-up (24' wide x 12' deep is standard, but we can work with less), and electrical outlets so we can plug in our gear. We can provide a stage plot, which includes electrical requirements), if needed.

  • Q: Can you play the music for our wedding ceremony?
  • A: Yes, we can provide a keyboard/piano player for your ceremony. If you'd prefer something else, we can help you find other performers for your ceremony.

  • Q: Can you play soft music during our dinner/cocktail hour?
  • A: Yes, we typically play soft instrumental jazz at weddings during dinner and/or cocktail hour.

  • Q: What happens if we book Shakedown for a wedding that's nine months away and someone quits the band or gets sick before the wedding date?
  • A: We will be contractually obliged to perform at your event. We have substitute professional players for each position in the band. You will receive the performance you expect at your event.

  • Q: Why should we hire Shakedown instead of just getting a DJ?
  • A: Look at it this way: one year, or five years after your big day, when your friends and relatives talk about your wedding reception, what are they going to remember? How delicious the steak was? The floral arrangements? We're willing to bet it will be the entertainment and how much fun they had dancing and partying. That's the key difference between a band and a DJ. A good wedding band does more than just play music. They put on a show, and they work the crowd to bring your guests into the show. Shakedown will read the crowd: If everyone is dancing wildly to a particular song, the band can extend that song to keep the energy level at a peak. If Uncle Bob is on the dance floor moving like Jagger and singing along, the band can bring him up on stage and hand him a mic. We can also act as a DJ too! If you really need to hear the original version of the latest hip hop classic, we band can play it on an iPod just as a DJ would.

For more information, email or call our booking manager, Paula Barkan, directly at paula@shakedownaustin.com (512) 771-8950. For a quick rate quote simply use our bid request form below. Either way we look forward to hearing from you!