"GREAT experience with Fresh Take!"
We had a great experience with Fresh Take! Anita has an amazing voice, and Daniel was very easy to work with before the wedding. They learned a new song for our first dance and that was much appreciated. Although our wedding was on the smaller side, the band got everyone dancing until the very end. Many guests complimented the band in the days following the wedding.
Kate & Ryan
- married 4/29/23
Fresh Take was everything we'd hoped for and more. I could tell from the videos that they were talented and versatile performers, but I was even more impressed in person. My guests were blown away by the talent of the vocals, the wide repertoire of genres, and their ability to keep the dance floor active even with a small reception size. Daniel (the band leader) was extremely communicative, professional, and easy to work with. They learned a special song for us, which is very near and dear to my heart, and pulled it off perfectly. Would highly recommend to anyone seeking a crowd-pleasing musical experience!
Julia & Dane
"BEST BAND EVER!" - everyone at my wedding
From the pre-wedding planning to jammin out the entire night of our wedding, Fresh Take Band was the absolute best! If you're looking for a band that is organized, energetic, talented, and personable, look not further. We had Fresh Take perform at my wedding with the addition of 2 horns & they were truly exceptional! Daniel, head of Fresh Take, was amazing during our planning process and the band was absolutely phenomenal during our wedding! We had seen this in a previous review so we asked the band to have the horns lead everyone outside to our cake cutting & had surprise fireworks. The 2 horns played a melody leading my husband and I, and our other guests outside. I will never forget the look on everyone's faces as the horns played - amazing! At the end of the night the trumpist and saxophonist also guided our guests out to the sparkler exit. It was the perfect extra touch to really - WOW- our guests! They even included some personal touches with our first song- learning the lyrics to "Love like crazy" and changing a few words making it increasingly intimate! Throughout the night and in the days after our wedding, it was a consistent theme that everyone LOVED our band - obviously my husband and I did too! I cannot thank Fresh Take Band enough for bringing the energy & intimacy on the most magical day of our life!
Mary Kate & Nick
Fresh Take went above and beyond to make our reception a hit and to keep everyone on the dance floor all night long. They learned a few special requests with short notice and knocked them out of the park. We added the horns and were so glad we did. They have a great song repertoire and Daniel was very responsive and easy to work with. Hire them!!
"Kept Everyone Dancing All Night Long"
Fresh Take was amazing!! We had a small wedding (70 people) with people mostly in their 30s and 60s. They played an awesome mix of genres that kept everyone dancing all night long. We keep hearing from everyone how much they loved our band. I also want to note how great they are to work with. Daniel was so professional and enthusiastic. He made us feel special and accommodated our preferences. The vocalist is absolutely stunning. She sang a "last dance" song for us that had everyone in tears. Very highly recommend.
Becca and Daniel Married 10/01/22
"BEST BAND EVER!"
Sarah & Adam Married 9/17/22
WOW, Fresh Take was incredible! We hired Fresh Take for our September wedding at the Inn at Little Washington. I feel like we were SO lucky to have discovered them! Finding a wedding band took me hours and hours. I just couldn't decide! I was worried the band would sound good on their website and that I'd be disappointed in person. I listened to many bands that were OK, but when I listened to Fresh Take, I was immediately excited about their sound, energy, and talent-- but I still worried that they might not be that great on the day. They absolutely EXCEEDED our expectations. Fresh Take is so professional. They were easy to get in touch with, they have a great repertoire, and they kept everyone dancing all night! This band KNOWS what they are doing! They did a phenomenal job MCing during the reception. Our friends kept asking where we found them! Fresh Take was a major reason our wedding was so fun- I would recommend them to anyone planning a wedding and looking for a wedding band
"The Perfect Wedding Band"
Josh & Michael - Married 7/30/22
Fresh Take was the perfect choice for us. They were able to curate the perfect cocktail hour DJ-style music and then absolutely killed the reception live band time. The initial booking and planning was great, and as we got closer to the wedding, Daniel ensured we had all the details ironed out. You get a great song list to choose from, across multiple genres and decades. They don't include many country songs, which was perfectly fine for us but might be a surprise to others. We did add a brass player for an addition cost and it really was the icing on the cake. You could add two if you'd like. They include a sound engineer which keeps balance and adds another level of professionalism. They are one of Virginia's best wedding bands for a reason. You will not be disappointed.
"Fresh Take includes the best of both DJ and band"
From booking to wedding day, Fresh Take was absolutely wonderful to work with. Daniel was a pleasure to coordinate with and ensured that all pertinent details were accounted for and determined well beforehand—huge stress relief! Fresh Take includes the best of both DJ and band, MC-ing the reception, switching from pre-recorded tracks to live performances seamlessly. The 2 things people remember from weddings are the food and the music; i am so glad Fresh Take was available to make my dance floor exceptional! I received so many compliments on the amazing band. If you’re looking for a band that mixes the best of todays hits and party classics, look no further! Highly recommend Fresh Take band.
Kathleen O. - Married 6/11/22
We could not have been more pleased with Fresh Take playing at my daughters wedding. Daniel was great to work with in planning. They even learned a new song just for us, and it was the hit of the night. Entire evening was filled with great music played and sung by real pros. I’d highly recommend them!
J. Barber - 6/4/22
Fresh Take was so great to work with. They knocked the reception out of the park. We had numerous guests tell us after the wedding how great our band was. 10/10 recommend them for your next event!
"HIRE_FRESH_TAKE! _ DO_ IT_NOW"
They were the highlight of our wedding. Dozens of our guests commented after the wedding about how great the band was. We worked with Fresh Take on our ceremony music, cocktail hour music, and reception music. The music was fabulous! What's more, Fresh Take was easy to work with and executed perfectly. For the ceremony, Fresh Take both provided excellent recommendations and was open to our ideas. Their pianist played a combination of classical music and pop music that made it a truly special event. Fresh Take also provided all of the audio for our officiant and other speakers. For cocktail hour, they offered to play their playlist or play a playlist we construct ourselves. We made our own playlist, and it played throughout the duration of the cocktail hour. The best part was the reception. Fresh Take ROCKED IT! This band is made up of incredible musicians - from vocals to guitar to bass to drums to keys. It is incredibly rare to find a band that can execute classic rock, pop, soul, and motown. Fresh Take's covers were as good, if not better than the originals. We danced for hours and had a blast!! They also worked with us to have a performance by some of our guests. Another highlight of working with Fresh Take was Daniel (the band leader's) MC-ing. Daniel took care to specifically request name pronunciations for our wedding party and flawlessly guided the reception with his MC skills. We would hire Fresh Take again in a heart-beat! They were by far our best wedding vendor - providing amazing service throughout wedding planning and phenomenal music during our wedding. Fresh Take does a great job and they make it so easy to work with them. We can't recommend them enough!
K. Givens - married 5/28/22
"So Much Fun and So Professional!"
We hired Fresh Take for our wedding reception and they were awesome! They played such a great variety of music, learned my two favorite songs and listened to our music taste to cultivate a perfectly curated setlist for us. Our family and friends had such a great time, everyone was raving about the band, especially the amazingly talented lead vocalist, and their energy! Fresh Take really stepped our wedding up a notch and we are so glad we booked with them!!
"VERY PROFESSIONAL AND FUN BAND"
Fresh Take just played my wife and I's new years wedding reception re-do that was originally cancelled due to COVID-19. They were great. They learned two songs for us, and played a great collection of funk, classic rock, and modern favorites. Some of the songs they played were: Shout, Mr. Brightside, Shut up and Dance, Uptown Funk, etc. All of which were crowd pleasers and had everyone on the dance floor. If you book them, be sure to spend the extra money to add the horns section! It was totally worth it. Daniel is the band leader and he was very responsive and amenable to our needs. Highly recommend.
"Fresh Take is exceptional"
Even as an ex-band member I was hesitant to hire a band for my wedding. When East Coast Entertainment reached out to me, they were very professional and hooked me up with exactly the right band. I felt very secure through the entire transaction. Fresh Take is exceptional! First of all, Anita's voice is beyond words. As a bride, every brief moment I snagged during my ceremony or during our reception to just pause and enjoy was filled with the best music. With every memory made, Fresh Take was there. As crazy as wedding planning can be, working with Daniel in the months before our event were some of the most grounded planning sessions we had. These guys know what they are doing, have such a creative spirit and helped me pull off a great processional. My new husband didn't stand a chance! All tears even before our ring bearer walked. With Dan as our emcee he steered the evening in all the right directions. As a business person, I can safely say, hiring Fresh Take was one of the best purchases I have made in 10 years.
Alexandra & Jeff - married 10/23/21
"Fresh Take was great every step of the way!"
Band or DJ? It wasn't the first question to come up between me and my then-fiancé, but it was one of the first. I would have been fine with a DJ. My bride, however, spent her graduate school years in Nashville, where live music plays every day of the week. She wouldn't budge, and I'm glad she didn't.
Fresh Take was such an amazing addition to our wedding. They really were an integral part, and helped keep the energy high all night. The band rocked it musically, but were also flexible with our schedule and getting our guests where they needed to be. Our first interaction with Daniel, the band leader, was via email. We asked if they could learn Lean On Me, a song that was an important closing moment at the summer camp where I met my bride. They enthusiastically agreed. Our next meeting with Daniel was on Zoom, where we just chatted about music. We said we didn't have a ton of song preferences, and that we wanted them to guide the feeling of the night. But we wanted it high energy and the dance floor rocking. He agreed, and then on the day of, the whole band delivered. They even took it upon themselves to learn an additional 80's song when I said that was my favorite. One final anecdote I think is worth mentioning. We watched the promo video, and the lead vocalist Anita really impressed both of us. On the night of the wedding, the band was doing slower songs during dinner. I was facing the band and many other guests who had their back to the band. At one point, the band started playing Etta James' "At Last," and I saw a sea of faces stop eating and turn their faces as Anita sang the first note. The rocking energy was a blast, and those slow moments were just icing on an already great cake. If you're still shopping around, stop, and book this band!
Sarah and Dustin - married 9/18/21
"Incredible, Stress-Free, and Fun Band!"
Fresh Take was absolutely amazing at our wedding! We knew early on we wanted a band instead of a standard DJ service, as we hoped people would be dancing all night. Fresh Take exceeded all of our expectations! We can't think back to a single slow moment at the wedding once they started playing as the dance floor was packed all night long! They have a great mix of new and classic hits to keep audiences of all ages involved, and know exactly when to play them. They even took time to learn a new song for us as it is one of our favorites, "Higher Love," which was a big hit with our guests! Working with these guys and specifically Dan was extremely easy and stress-free. We felt bad that we barely even had the chance to talk to them the night-of, but they took care of everything so seamlessly, including MC'ing the event. If you want a fun, stress free, and memorable wedding with music for everyone, Fresh Take will exceed your expectations!
Nicole and Josh - married 9/25/21
"This band is extremely talented, energetic, and really puts in the effort to make your night as fun as possible"
They were amazing. The tunes went perfectly with the flow of the night. They listened to our suggestions and followed the vibe of the crowd. The lead singer was just awesome. And they were all nice as can be. Daniel was amazing as our emcee and was so careful to make sure the night went just as we wanted it to go. It was so fun to have Fresh Take as our wedding band - they really took the event up several notches and made our reception so much fun. We got tons of compliments from our friends and family! We'd recommend them to anyone who wants a fun wedding.
Katherine & Daniel - married 9/10/21
From talent to musicality, personality, and communication, Fresh Take Band was incredible!! We truly enjoyed working with them on Kelsey & Chris’ Wedding. Not only were they professional, they created an inviting and dance-all-night atmosphere and read the crowd with ease. We can’t wait for the next opportunity to work with Dan and FTB!!
Jennifer w/ Sculptable Design
Event Planning & Design (MD, DC, VA)
The band was absolutely incredible - they were easy to work with, are unbelievably talented, and helped create different experiences throughout the night, which is exactly what we wanted. We received a detailed outline of the music a few weeks before the wedding to help envision the flow from dinner, parent dances, and opening the dance floor which was helpful to ensure the experience matched what we were looking for. I even had a special request (a solo dance to wrap up the night with just my husband and I while the guests were getting sparklers ready) which they accommodated with ease. We had guests who thought some of the songs were recordings because the band was That good- everything was actually live. I cannot recommend them enough, do yourself a favor and hire them for your wedding.
Katherine D. - married 6/26/21
"Fresh Take Rocks"
Fresh Take FAR AND AWAY EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS! Dan and the rest of the band were absolutely phenomenal, communicating regularly with us to plan out our song list, learning our first dance song and playing it beautifully, and BLOWING OUR GUESTS AWAY the entire night at our reception! They had such good energy and stage presence. We opted to add one trumpet and were extremely happy with how much it rounded out the sound and experience. While they sound great on the videos posted to the Fresh Take website, my wife and I cannot tell you HOW MUCH BETTER they were in person. We could not have been happier with their performance! Thank you for an amazing night, we highly recommend Fresh Take!
John and Rebecca - Married 5/28/21
"You hire Fresh Take for your wedding!!"
I cannot say enough positive things about Fresh Take! Dan was absolutely wonderful to work with. We had to change our wedding date twice because of Covid, but Dan made the process so easy and was so understanding about our situation. Because of the date changes, we no longer had a group to play our ceremony music, but Dan offered Ken on keyboard and it was just was perfect!
For the actual party, they were AMAZING! Every song was the perfect choice. They had everyone on the dance floor all night, including our parents, which had me shocked! They knew when to play newer songs and when to play older songs. Our guests could not stop talking about how good they were, especially Anita on vocals. One guest said they were the best band he'd ever heard, and I would have to agree!
They also helped with little personal touches. They learned our first dance song. They led a trumpet processional to the lobby bar after the party was over. Our guests are still talking about that!
If you're debating between a DJ and live band, go with the live band (specifically Fresh Take)!! It is 100% worth it and makes the evening so much more memorable for you and your family and friends.
Cheryl W. - married 6/12/21
We are so so pleased with Fresh Take, their awesome energy and musical talents made our wedding extra special. The have an incredible range of music and play each category so well. Our guests were obsessed with their vibe and on the dance floor the entire night. Working with them was a breeze, they listened to our interests and curated the perfect experience for our wedding. I recommend Fresh Take for any event for which you need a band. Thank you Fresh Take!
Maria C. - married 5/22/21
"Fresh Take is Phenomenal !"
"Fresh Take is our favorite band"
"We absolutely adored working with Fresh Take, both as a planner and having them out at Lakeside at Welch Estate! They rocked it out start to finish and from the MC moments (where they were able to adapt quickly and seamlessly to changes), to the great song selection (I don’t think I stopped moving once the music started), and SUPER quick load out at the end of the night (which is an amazing feat in and of itself). It was an absolute pleasure start to finish and I can’t wait to work with them again soon!" - 5/20/21
Jami P.H. - Owner/Lead Planner at Our Curated Design - Richmond, VA
"Fresh Take was the perfect wedding band in every way! Daniel is outstanding to work with and great with communication. They were very focused on attention to detail and making sure our day was exactly as we dreamed of! This band is beyond talented and can play every type of music! Highly recommend."
Megan & Brian F. 5-8-21 - Weddingwire.com
I am a corporate events planner and hire lots of musicians for corporate events however Fresh Take knocked it out of the park for our daughters wedding a few weeks back. The couple custom listed every song they wanted and FT performed! The female vocalist is incredible, their tempo, their rhythm and their delivery and stage presence was simply wonderful! I have kept their information for my upcoming events as really good talent is hard to find. You MORE than get your money's worth with Fresh Take. Make sure to listen to their demos too as that's part of what sold me. Look no more!
"What a band! Look no more!"...
Fresh Take absolutely made our Welcome Party the best ever. At one point every one of our friends was out on the dance floor dancing!! The music selection was perfect. A good time was had by all."
-Lisa B. 12/30/19
"Your search stops here...
Fresh Take hit the nail on the head! They were one of the easiest vendors for us to work with. The only upfront work required was a few emails, one fun phone call with Dan, and a little playlisting. The band took it from there and put on a great show. They had the whole place rockin!"
Kevin E. married 10/19/19 - weddingwire.com
"Left guests chanting for ONE MORE SONG!"
Fresh Take is the band to book if you want an unforgettable evening of music, dancing, and fun! We still have guests talking about how enjoyable/great our wedding was because of this band!! From the beginning they were extremely professional, easy to work with, personable, and excited to be a part of our big day.
Their energy was infectious and their talent unparalleled with any other wedding band we have seen and we were given this exact feedback by all of our guests. One of the reasons why we picked the band was because of the amazing voice of their lead singer and we were obviously right. All the guests raved about her voice all night and even days after!
Their playlist covers all genres and as the night continued and they had a feel for the energy of the crowd, they were able to keep the party going by selecting the right songs for us and our guests. Everyone was on the dance floor the entire evening singing, dancing, and jumping, even the grandparents! Our legs literally hurt the next day. The energy was so high and the excitement that we all felt from this incredible band literally left the guests chanting for one more song at the end of the night, which they kindly gave us.
We would highly recommend Fresh Take to anyone planning an event that wants an unforgettable evening with seamless transitions, high energy and enthusiasm, and tailored entertainment.
Thank you Fresh Take for making our wedding reception an unforgettable night for us and our guests!!"
Nick & Laurel - weddingwire.com
“Exceeded our high expectations..."
"Fresh Take put on a 5 star performance at our wedding at the Hay-Adams and exceeded our high expectations. They kept our guests on the dance floor all night and were very professional and accommodating—from our initial discussion through the last song at the reception. Weeks later our guests are still commenting on how good the band was.”
Kate & Mike F. - married 9/21/19
"Fresh Take Delivers a Show!"
I first saw Fresh Take at a gala event....Wow! Over the years I've seen dozens of bands play these events, and weddings in general. This band stood out to me in a big way. As a fellow musician, I am always paying attention to individual musicianship and general stage chemistry. Right away, it's clear these guys are very seasoned musicians. For example, some cover bands shy away from certain songs due to the high level of production the original song versions have in them, or they make them their own version. That's fine, but what's great about this band is that they authenticate every song and their own influences naturally shine through the music during their performance. One minute they're rocking Tom Petty, the next, the subs are thumping with Lady Gaga. If you want a tight band with killer vocals, look no further! Oh yeah, they also have their light show programmed to their live performance. Super cool! To top that off, they're very personable musicians. In between sets, they were talking with event goers. A true sign of professionalism."
- Luke Z. - weddingwire.com
"Best night ever! Fresh Take was phenomenal from start to finish!"
"I cannot say enough great things about Fresh Take. They played at our reception and they definitely made the party! Dan sat down with us a few months before the day and helped us pick out sets. The band even learned a few our favorite songs and they were incredible! Fresh Take worked seamlessly with our vendor and coordinator and made our lives so easy. They are so talented and so much fun! Our day would not have been nearly the same without them. I can't recommend them highly enough!"
- Ruthie B. - weddingwire.com