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Our dynamic band of talented musicians, with decades of performing experience, includes female and male lead vocalists, allowing our repertoire to range from current hits to the 80's songs you used to tape off the radio, groovin' 70's disco/soul tunes that make you want to get your boogie on, timeless 60's classics that bring the house down, as well as country favorites. From Aretha and Michael Jackson to Journey, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Cee Lo, Garth Brooks and George Strait, we've got your party music. For any event - corporate party, wedding reception, charity gala, or fraternity party, Shakedown rocks everyone!

Why Choose Shakedown?

A True Live Music Performance!

Absolutely NO pre-recorded tracks or midi sequences! We have the flexibility to adjust the set list on the fly, for a request, for a change in the agenda or to fit the mood of the crowd.


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.


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!

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.






  • * 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
  • To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
  • 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
  • Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
  • Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight
  • Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
  • On the Radio - Donna Summer
  • Proud Mary - Tina Turner
  • Respect - Aretha Franklin
  • She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
  • What I Say - Ray Charles

  • * Country *

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

  • * Wedding Favorites *

  • Shout - Isley Brothers
  • 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
  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  • * Jazz Classics *

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

  • * Current Hits *

  • Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
  • All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
  • California Gurls - Katy Perry
  • Cupid’s Shuffle - Cupid
  • 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

  • * Classic Rock *

  • Hard to Handle - Otis Redding / Black Crowes
  • Proud Mary - Tina Turner
  • 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 - Mitch Ryder
  • 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
  • Rock 'n' Roll All Night - Kiss
  • Runaway - Bonnie Raitt

  • * Pop - Dance *

  • All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
  • California Gurls - Katy Perry
  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band
  • I Want You Back - Jackson 5
  • Lady Marmalade - Patti LaBelle
  • 99 Red Balloons - Nena
  • Call Me - Blondie
  • Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
  • Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
  • It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  • 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
  • Would I Lie to You - The Eurythmics

  • * Oldies *

  • House of the Rising Son - The Animals
  • Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
  • Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis
  • La Bamba - Richie Valens
  • Louie Louie - The Kingsmen


Don't Stop Believin'

Don't Stop Believin'

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At Last

At Last

Posted by Shakedown Band Austin on Sunday, September 28, 2014

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 gigs, primarily as a showcase for our private clients. Currently, we most frequently play weddings. 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 6-piece band with two female lead singers, male lead vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards/synths. We also perform as a 5-piece band with one female lead singer instead of two. Both line-ups can perform the same material -- think of the difference as 'Better' versus 'Best' (or 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 and dance floor 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, your band can play it on an iPod just as a DJ would.


  • "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 V., 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

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

    “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

  • "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

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