Hank Lane Reviews
“Music is key to establishing a mood, an ease and a feeling of comfort and celebration. Music should be motivational at a wedding. I told Hank Lane, who produced the music at my wedding, that I wanted irresistible music - that even if you were shy or not particularly up for dancing, you just couldn't sit down. You just wanted to get up on the dance floor. And that's exactly what we had. There was one number after another where people were clapping and screaming and having a really good time!”
- From “My Formula For A Fun Wedding” by Vera Wang - InStyle Weddings
Sean (Diddy) Combs
"Thank you for your priceless contribution to my birthday celebration. Your band helped bring my vision to light!"
- The world of music, hip hop and fashion came together as more than 1,500 guests gathered at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City to celebrate Sean “Diddy” Combs’ birthday bash including, Mariah Carey, Bruce Willis, Usher, Jay-Z, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger. Diddy personally planned the music selecting a 24 person Hank Lane Music band.
“We first saw Michael Hart and his band perform at my cousin's wedding and knew we absolutely had to have them at ours! Michael has an amazing energy and is a consummate professional, we could not have been happier. Our guests are still raving about the excellent music a month after our wedding! Even with some obscure songs during our ceremony and reception they delivered an amazing performance. You simply can't go wrong with a Hank Lane band!” - Sarah, WeddingWire
“Wow. The Frank Simmons Band. My husband and I just got married last night, and we are still almost at a loss for words about how incredible they were. Our friends and family were coming up to us all last night and this morning absolutely raving about how amazing the Frank Simmons Band was. From the moment we first met with Frank, we told him that we wanted our wedding to be an epic party, and we wanted all of our guests out of their seats and on the dance floor all night. And they delivered! They were absolutely incredible. They hit the songs we requested (which considering the varying genres was pretty incredible (Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, ACDC, Frank Sinatra, Zac Brown Band, etc.), and then read the crowd all night. They could belt out Top 40s, country, 70s/Motown, 90s pop, etc., and knew exactly what to play next to keep the night going. And they interacted with the crowd perfectly, which is something that we wanted them to do. They keep the music going without any full break, from start to finish. We used their keyboardist for our ceremony and cocktail hour and he was incredible. Without the Frank Simmons Band and Hank Lane, the party would never have been as amazing as it was. Trust us, you will have no regrets if you book them!! Thank you, Frank and the rest of the band, for an INCREDIBLE NIGHT!!!” - Jessica, WeddingWire
“Carlos Estrella and his band were beyond amazing. Music was one of the most important things to my husband and I as we had a really high energy and love to dance crowd. We knew the dance floor would be packed all night long so we had to make sure that we had a band that would accommodate this. We met with Spencer who showed us different bands according to what was important for us. Spencer was helpful, practical and accommodating during the entire process. Before we signed the contract, my husband and I had a conference call with Carlos to let him know our expectations for the day. Carlos assured us we were in good hands, and we ended up being in great hands. After the initial phone call with Carlos, we not only trusted Carlos, but had no worries that they would be amazing. We met with Carlos prior to the wedding to go over all the day of details. We had asked him to learn two songs (one being our first dance) which he did, and not only did they learn the songs they absolutely KILLED it. We are still receiving calls that Carlos Estrella band was the best wedding band they have ever heard. Their energy and musical repertoire did not disappoint. I would highly recommend!!!” - Alyssa, WeddingWire
“We hired Erik Marshall's band through Hank Lane Music. We love to dance and it was really important to us to have a band who would inspire everyone to get out on the dance floor. Erik and his band delivered on this beyond our wildest expectations. They are the best cover band I have ever heard, anywhere. I felt like we were at a private concert--everyone in the band was so talented, and great entertainers who are truly excellent at pumping up a crowd. Most importantly--Erik has a ridiculous talent for reading the crowd and figuring out what songs to play. Spotify would surely pay millions for an algorithm half as good his abilities, but a computer could never truly replicate what he and his band can do. We gave him an overview of our musical preferences, and some "make sure to play/definitely don't play" guidance on some specific songs. By the time they had finished the first set, the band had locked onto the crowd's taste perfectly. Everyone had such a great time dancing. The only issue was major exhaustion the next day! Hank Lane was great to work with while picking a band and figuring out logistics--especially Stephanie who diligently chased us down and made sure all of the last-minute details were finalized in the week leading up to the wedding.” - Kathleen, The Knot
“We hired LUXE for our wedding in late August. They were AMAZING! Our guests were on the dance floor the entire night, raving about LUXE. Frank, the band leader, was super fun to plan with, and really understood that we wanted a high-energy, packed party. He delivered! They played an awesome mix of current pop songs with a few classics sprinkled in. I mean, they played I Like Big Butts toward the end of the night and the crowd went WILD. I wish that we could hire them again asap and will actively pressure friends and family members to do so in the future.” - Jennifer, WeddingWire
“The Jenna Wynne band was the best!! If you are looking for an incredible band with amazingly talented musicians and an entirely hassle-free experience look no further! Jenna was so easy to deal with and played the exact songs we were hoping for. Our families and guests were blown away and everyone thought our first dance song was a recording! Jenna was great to deal with beforehand and is an amazing performer. All the musicians were so talented and kept our guests dancing till the very end!” - Emily, The Knot
“We used Hank Lane for our wedding on 8/19/17. The Nick Campbell band was AMAZING at our wedding. They were high energy and kept the party going all night long - just what we wanted! I would highly recommend the Nick Campbell band to anyone looking to have an amazing time at their wedding.” - Samantha, WeddingWire
“Carlos Estrella Band played at my daughter's wedding this August, 2017. They were one of the best things about the wedding. They are so good and they can play any genre of music from Latin to 50s through today's top music. They were amazing and Carlos, the bandleader, is such a gracious, professional and nice person to work with. I absolutely would recommend them for ANY event. My guests could not stop coming up to me to ask me about the Band and how great they were. I can't wait for the opportunity to be able to work with them again.” Mother of the Bride, Katie, The Knot
“We were lucky enough to have the Marcus Reid Band perform for our wedding. One of the main things we wanted for our event was that our guests were on the dance floor having a great time the entire evening. Marcus and his band ensured that this happened playing hit after hit with such incredible energy and enthusiasm. I cannot recommend this band enough, and hope that they're performing at one of the future weddings my wife and I attend.” - Mike, WeddingWire
“We used Hank Lane for our wedding, specifically the JEFF LUBIN Band. They were amazing and exceeded all of our expectations, by a lot. We had set a fairly eclectic playlist - Michael Jackson and Motown hits to 80's dance music, 90's rap, current top 40 hits, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and more. Everyone was on the dance floor all night, and they kept the party going. It was so great, it's almost hard to describe in words. They are all fantastic musicians and singers. If you book this band and you want an eclectic set list that spans many different eras of music, then this is your band. The music they re-create is very close to the originals and how it actually sounds.” - Adam, WeddingWire
BAR & BAT MITZVAHS
Give your kid...and their friends...the time of their life! Dazzle guests with spectacular lighting, talented dancers, amazing dance floors and a DJ that gets everyone out of their seats.
“Dear Harris, In regards to my son Brandon’s Bar Mitzvah on June 9th, I wanted to express my gratitude. As you know I have been in Catering for more than 25 years and been a part of thousands of bar and bat mitzvahs and finally to have one for my son was a change. I had the pleasure to work with Jared and he truly exceeded all of my expectations. They were set high and I felt so comfortable with Jared ultimately responsible for the entire event. He bonded so well with my wife, son and two younger daughters. The rest of your team including Hector seemed to go above and beyond and looked like they were having fun doing what they do best. Lighting makes events. Coupled with your white dance floor the venue looked amazing and I was so happy. All events should have a higher concentration on lighting as it adds an element to the event that is invaluable. As a company Hank Lane Music is next to none. More than Music your DJ company is right in line with being the best as well. I am not saying that because it was for my son but my entire life I have watched DJ companies in action, now I was dancing thanks to you! Once again on behalf of my family thank you so much for creating such life long memories..” - Jason (Brandon’s Bar Mitzvah at the Jumeirah Essex House)
“Thank you for all the hard work – the event was perfect and Sammy had the time of her life. The family could not have been happier – so thank you so very, very much I look forward to the next one!” - Vanda, Vanda High Events (Samantha’s Bat Mitzvah at The Pierre Hotel)
“Hi Amanda and Heather, I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on Sunday. The team assembled — DJ Gil, MC TL, Jessica, and Amato — were fantastic. Skilled, fun, high energy, attuned — perfect. The t-shirts and shorts were terrific — great quality and nice looking. And, the two of you were a pleasure to work with as well. Thank you for helping to make this such a special day for my family. I am a huge fan of More than Music and will be looking for your help in 2014, when it’s my younger daughter’s turn!) ...P.S. My guests loved you guys too!!!” - Nancy (Cassandra’s Bat Mitzvah at Beauty & Essex)
“Dear Kevin and Colleen, Thank you so much for pretty much making my party what it was Colleen. [MC] Kevin, there would never be a party without your music!” - Kate (Kate’s Bar Mitzvah at 24 Fifth Avenue Ballroom)
“Thank you very much, and thanks to Marcus, and the rest of the team. Everything went smoothly. Dancers, music all were great. And TL is simply the best – please tell him I said so.” - Scott (Bar Mitzvah at Hempstead House)
“Heather - I guess you must have a crystal ball, because you said I’d email you on Monday and tell you how happy I was and guess what–totally right!! TL was incredible. Absolutely incredible. I could go on and on...but suffice it to say that he was the best emcee we have seen. Thank you for managing the event - and my anxiety.” - Erika (Ella Bat Mitzvah at Manhattan Penthouse)
“Dear Vicki, Thank you so much for Saturday! I am sure you are as wiped out as we are, or at least I am… I think it was a really fun and successful affair and Carolyn and her friends had a great time, AND the adults as well, from what they tell me!” - Jane (Carolyn’s Bat Mitzvah at 360 Degrees)
“Colleen I just wanted to say how FABULOUS everything went last night... Kevin was FANTASTIC the dancers were INCREDIBLE..We couldn’t ask for a better night.” - Holly (Joshua’s Bar Mitzvah at Club Posh at Garden City Hotel)
“Amanda, Thanks again for your help in making Julia’s Bat Mitzvah beautiful.” - Mark and Nina (Julia’s Bat Mitzvah at Columbia University Faculty House)
“Colleen, Everything was great. [MC] Kevin outdid himself-he was absolutely fantastic! The music and dancers were perfect. We all had a great time-and I have received rave reviews from our guests. You and your team are professional and reliable - and a pleasure to work with.” - Ricky, Flo, Jason & Jamie (Bat Mitzvah at Rodeph Shalom)
CORPORATE & CHARITY EVENTS
If having guests rave about the entertainment is the kind of corporate or charity event you want to host, you’re in the right place.
“Hi Harlan, It was so lovely meeting you too, thanks so much for all your help, the musicians, Rat Pack group and DJ Lu were all amazing, we have had so much great feedback on them all and I can’t thank you enough! I look forward to working with you again next year!” - Debbie Shaw Financial Operations and Events Manager at Credico Marketing
“Hi, I just wanted to say thank you so much – we had our gala in January at the Garden City Hotel (was postponed from October). Our guests RAVED about the band – they really did a great job. So much energy and the music was amazing. We look forward to working with you all again later this year. We will be in touch as soon as we reserve a date for the fall gala. Thanks again…” - Laurie Schaefer of ACDS (A Charity Gala at the Garden City Hotel)
“Hi Harlan, Thanks for following up. Overall, Fleur Seule was a big hit – I felt like having the live performers drew people into our suite which was exactly what we wanted to do. My only regret is that we were space-constrained…and I would have liked to have more pieces in the band. However, given the circumstances, the trio was perfect for our reception.” - Peter Foytlin (A Corporate Event at the Waldorf-Astoria NY)
“I just wanted to say thank you for hosting such a rocking good time at our gala...The [Mike Herman Band] was amazing and our guests had a blast - every year you seem to outperform yourself and this was no different. Thank you as always - we really enjoy working with Hank Lane.” - Bess Chazhur
“ Hi, Heather/Vicki! [DJ] Ryan did a great job at our event on Saturday evening at Capitale, and I wanted to thank the both of you for making this happen for us. Hopefully, we will work together again in the future. Thanks, again…” - (A Corporate Event at the Capitale)
“I’m overdue in getting this email to you, but I wanted to thank you all for your help with the music for the party we hosted last Thursday night at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Russ Bennett and his group were fantastic! They really set the tone for the evening and our guests had an incredible time. People are still raving about how hot the music was. He was also great to work with. Consider him booked for next year’s holiday party! Thanks, again.” - Jim (A Corporate Event at the Lincoln Center)
“Wow Colleen, West End Revue was awesome. We had such a great time. Everyone at the affair loved them, all 207 people!! Thanks for your work in setting this up. I’m sure we’ll be contacting you for next year.” - Robert (A Corporate Event at the Metropolitan Club)
PARTIES & PRIVATE EVENTS
Want to know how to throw a party where guests shout for “one more song”? Hire a Hank Lane band of course!
“Good morning, Ian. And thank you for a fantastic event – folks are raving about the band and from what I hear, they were chanting “one more song!” at the end of the night. Nobody wanted it to end. Hopefully we can all work together again on future events. Thanks for everything and have a great weekend!” - Sue (A Holiday Party)
“Good morning, The party was great and the band was excellent. Quite a few people asked me about the band (we have a few newly engaged couples). When I mentioned Hank Lane they all weren’t surprised that it's one of your bands. I’ll be surprised if they didn’t reach out to you. I will make sure I sent them your contact information. Please let me know if you need anything from me. Thanks for everything. Something tells me we will be contacting you every year going forward :). Have a wonderful holiday season and we’ll be in touch.” - Maria (A Holiday Party)
“Dear Spencer: Just wanted to thank you and your staff for this weekend. The Kenny Ford Band was awesome, they totally made the party. You guys are all such professionals, made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. Really appreciate it. The band and all of you were absolutely fantastic! I think you’ll be getting a few referrals based on our party – people were blown away by how versatile and talented the band was. Thank you again!” - Rebecca & Daniel Seidenstein (A Birthday Party)
“Dear Stephanie, Saturday night was a blast! The Paula Atherton Band had everyone on the dance floor from the beginning to the end. They were fabulous! I don’t remember the last time I had so much fun! Perhaps it was when Harris played at my daughter’s wedding two and a half years ago! Hank Lane is truly the best! Please let Erik know how much fun we all had and I thank him very much. Happy Holidays!!” - Ingrid Gallo (A Holiday Party)
“Hi Ian! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Wanted to say thank you for recommending The Frank Simmons Band! They totally rocked the house! They were wonderful to work with and we are looking forward to having them again at future events! Thanks again for everything! Happy Holidays!” - Tina Papetti-Noll (A New Jersey Birthday Party)
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