Uptown Drive | Event & Wedding Band

Your New Favorite Dance Band

Variety band perfect for weddings and events in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and beyond. We feature non-stop dance medleys from Motown to Top 40 and everything in between!

Why There's No Comparison For Live Entertainment At Your Wedding

Live music is the unwritten law of celebration since music & hilarity began. Even with today's modern day music capabilities such as a Texas-based DJ or your own personal Spotify playlist, the art of live Entertainment cannot be beaten. Learn why there's no comparison at your wedding or special event! 

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5 Reasons To Plan A Fall Wedding In Texas

Fall wedding season is drawing near with desired temperatures & warm Autumn colors, there is no better time to celebrate your special occasions in the great outdoors than this coming season. Though there are many benefits to celebrating in the Fall, we have gathered 5 short examples to help you seal the deal. 

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7 Tips On Planning Your Wedding In Hurricane Season

Hurricane Harvey has shown no remorse as it’s swept over the state of Texas with catastrophic force. As a wedding band, we know that Harvey may have drastically altered plans for your big day. That’s why we want to provide any future bride & grooms seven key tips needed when planning a wedding in high risk areas during hurricane season. To anyone experiencing the despair from this storm, know you are in our thoughts.  

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Tips On Planning An Outdoor Summer Wedding In Texas

Texas is a top ranked wedding destination with it's scenic landscape & rolling hills. This  all makes planning an outdoor summer wedding or special event extremely enticing. Whether it be Austin, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio it's essential to not overlook the heat during the planning process & take some key things into consideration for your guests, party band & most of all your own sanity.

 

Hydrate:

Dedicating a distinct area for guests to refuel & hydrate will do wonders in helping the party thrive until the bands last song. Unique & customized water dispensers are available for purchase or rent that are able to tie in with your event colors & party theme.

 

Giveaways

Custom printed hand held fans are not only a fantastic way to cool down under the Texas sun but their sharp colors & event specific designs make for the perfect keepsake for guests to take home. Another fun wedding favor to defeat the sun are colorized & custom sunglasses with the Bride & Grooms name & wedding date on the side. 

 

The Outdoors

Provide your party with sunscreen to protect from the suns rays.  If your reception is outdoors make sure to have Insect Repellent handy for when the sun sets as well. 

Lawn Games

Break out the lawn games & add some extra fun for all ages to your reception or special event. Bag toss, yard jenga, checkers & more. 

 

 

Alternate Option

Though it rarely happens, Texas does sometimes rain in the summer months. Make sure to have an alternative option whether it be indoors or under a tent for cover if the weather ends up not being on your side on your wedding day. 

 

Entertainment

The band needs love too! After a high energy show in the Texas Heat, a case of water & a room full of AC is almost dream worthy. Please take into consideration your entertainment, catering company & wedding vendors hustling hard to make your dream day what you always hoped for.

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5 Tricks for a Stress Free Wedding

Whether you live in Houston, Austin or San Antonio planning a wedding can be a hectic time. Here are 5 key tricks in helping to make your wedding as stress free as it can be...

 

1. Don't handle all the dirty work 

Delegate! Wedding coordinators are there to help make your planning process easier. They can confirm your vendors, make weather related decisions, assist with seating assignments, & any other last minute necessities. 

 

2. Wedding Entertainment

It's important you love the music being played at your reception. List the songs you have to hear prior to your big day via the wedding entertainments set list. Your band will be sure to construct a playlist to please everyone in the room at some point throughout the night. They should have a detailed timeline and the ability to execute all your customizations with the perfect flow.

 

3. Time is valuable 

Plan ahead & stretch out your wedding events to leave time to breathe prior to the big day.

 

4. Take care of yourself

Relieve stress and relax before walking down the aisle with an hour of early morning wedding yoga either a one on one session or you & all your bridesmaids. It's important to allow yourself a chance to step away from the hustle & bustle of prepping to go for a run, take a fitness class, read a book or meditate. 

 

5. Love the one you're with 

Don't lose sight of the reason you're planning a wedding to begin with.  Make time for each other & although you may be pulled in different directions on the big day, always find your way back to one another.  Love is all you need! 

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Welcoming Adrian Martell!

January 1st 2017 kicks off an exciting new chapter for the band as we welcome the phenomenal vocalist / frontman Adrian Martell into our musical family! Our original male vocalist Quiesean is moving on from Uptown Drive to answer his calling to lead a music ministry and, though we hoped we’d enjoy more time together, he’s confident in his decision to serve and we wish him all the best. Our management team received a high volume of talented applicants to audition for this vacancy largely due to our reputation amongst event professionals and the local music community - and could not be more confident in choosing Adrian. His vocal ability, dancing (especially Michael Jackson) and overall stage presence is a GREAT fit with Uptown Drive and we've added some new dynamic elements into our show to really highlight his talent! 

We’ve got some work to do updating our online media and creating a new promotional video to feature this new lineup and will post new material as it becomes available. As always, our upcoming events page is updated about a month ahead if you’d like to try and find an opportunity to see us in action.

Congrats to Angie and Ryan Davis!

We're thrilled to report that Angie (and her husband Ryan) have safely rolled through the first trimester and are expecting their second child sometime this November! We couldn't be happier for this awesome young family and will be in full support during the transition into a maternity leave this Fall. The anticipation and excitement of the growing Davis family has been coupled with an audition process to find the perfect fill-in... 

The entire Uptown Drive family wants to thank all the applicants and welcome Detroit, Michigan's Alyssa Simmons to the team! Alyssa was in the front line of a powerhouse Detroit party band The Killer Flamingos and is a singer-songwriter with four original albums to her credit. She was nominated for two Detroit Music Awards in 2015 for ‘Best Rock Songwriter’ & ‘Best Rock Album’ for record ‘Now Or Never.’ Her latest release has also scored her the award for Best Pop/Rock Album at the Akademia Music Awards based in Los Angeles California.

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Alyssa Simmons

• "Alyssa Simmons wields a potent combinations of exceptional vocals, tight rock arrangements and fiery lyrics that take listeners on an exhilarating interpersonal journey."- Akademia Awards; LA, California  

• "Alyssa Simmons is a voice to be reckoned with. This girl is a powerhouse talent" - Christy Arboscello; Detroit Free Press  

• "Certainly a joy to watch perform. A phenomenal talent, Simmons is definitely a rising star." -Detroit Rock Review  

• "Once you hear the powerful vocals of this talented & fascinating women you'll be hooked."- Jordan Sarah Vittow; Detroit Live

CMA Fest '15 Recap

Nothing grabs a festival crowd's attention like live music... after all, that's exactly what #CMAfest fans come to Nashville to celebrate! Our interactive activation gives guests the opportunity to sing with a band on a real rockstar stage. We invited festival-goers to choose from 200+ songs, sign up to sing and opt into our new highlight video takeaway. This new tech setup from Ohsome Interactive captures video highlights of the performance and automatically integrates custom-branded bumpers and event hashtags before sending to the participant's device. They receive it by the time they've left the stage. Our guests are motivated to engage their social networks with these takeaway video and we encourage even more sharing through various voting-style contests throughout the day. This live band karaoke experience is a favorite for CMA Fest, SXSW Interactive, Formula 1 FanFest and we're currently working towards more great brand partnerships in the Fall. 

Fun props, friendly hosts, outstanding musicianship and the right amount of showmanship really set us apart. Check out all the great videos and pictures by following hashtags #UverseCMAfest and #UptownDrive

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Crawfish Fest '15 Recap

According to Shane Welch their boots were knocked off their feet. Shane indicated he said to the other two, “You had better book them now.” Everybody got along and the act came to find a new fan base in Crosby. Uptown Drive out of Austin played, “Chain of Fools” so much like the original version this reporter was unsure if it was the most clear radio ever or live until walking near to discover it was being played by the performers on stage. The group played for hours without a drop in the vibrant energy or waiver in tonal quality.

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Uptown Drive Interactive @ CMA Fest 2015

We're thrilled to be representing AT&T U-Verse at their CMA Fest '15 activation from June 15th in Nashville, TN! This is the second consecutive year for an interactive festival activation and we're bringing the full 6-piece dance band to keep the energy going all day long. Keep tabs with us as we live tweet (@UptownDriveBand) and stop by if you're in town - we'll be posted up outside the Rock Bottom Brewery on Broadway.

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