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With the ability to tailor our show for your event, we offer a number of "theme shows" that are sure to please. First you have the option of a full variety show, which is a little bit of everything from the 40's to the 80's. Other options include a full set of easy listening jazz standards and swing music for a dinner set. If it's 50's Doo Wop and 60's rock 'n roll or Motown you want, 5 Guys Named Moe can do it. And, for a full-blown "Dance-'Til-You-Drop" party, we can do an entire show of 70's & 80's Hits and Disco. Whatever you need for your event, we've got you covered!
About Five Guys Named Moe:
5 Guys Named Moe is a fabulous 12-piece horn-driven show band that's sure to be a hit at your next party or event! With the ability to tailor our show for your event, 5 Guys Named Moe offers a number of “theme shows” that are sure to please. First, if it’s 60’s rock ’n roll, soul or Motown you want, check out our ultra-cool "Rock 'n Soul" show. Or, for an entire show of 70’s & 80’s retro dance hits and disco we'll fire up our full-—“Dance-’Til-You-Drop”—party! Other options include a full variety show which is a little bit of everything from the 40’s to the 80’s as well as a full set of easy listening jazzy standards—perfect for a dinner set, whatever styles of music you need for your event, 5 Guys Named Moe has got you covered!
Why "5 Guys Named Moe"? ... there's 12 people in the band!
With lyrics like "who's the greatest band around?" and "who makes the cats jump up and down?" 5 Guys Named Moe was originally named after the 1943 hit song by Louis Jordan and started out as a 5-piece. Over the next twenty-four years however, the band has grown into a slammin' 12-piece show band that is as much fun to watch as it is to listen and dance to! 5 Guys Named Moe is patterned after the larger, visually creative bands of the 1960’s which used horn sections and back-up vocalists. The resulting full sound—combined with a variety of dynamic lead vocalists and their unique visual energy—sets 5 Guys Named Moe apart from other dance bands and can best be described as the “Ultimate Dance and Show Band”.
A 5 Guys Named Moe performance includes:
12 entertainers on stage, including a four-piece horn section, groovin’ rhythm section, back-up vocalists and as many as 6 lead singers throughout the event!
Retro-style costumes and choreography creating visual impact and excitement!
State-of-the-art sound reinforcement and sound engineer as well as lighting system with operator included in the performance fee.
A professional and business-like attitude toward all aspects of the performance.
A vast repertoire from which to select that is a compilation of retro rock, motown, soul, r & b and retro disco dance hits that is sure to keep the dance floor packed and make your party a smashing success!
Highlights of our variety show feature rock and soul hits from the '60s...dance to hits by Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The O'Jays, The Temptations and more! Later, it’s back to the 70’s for a funky retro soul and disco set with hits by Al Green, Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band and many more! Also featured are some of your favorite '60s and '70s rock, funk and horn band hits by groups like Chicago, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire. We have also recently added a full set of hits from the '80s. 5 Guys Named Moe has something for EVERYONE and is your perfect entertainment package for events such as corporate parties, conventions, class reunions, fairs, festivals, concerts and wedding receptions.
Recent clients include: NIKE, Coldwater Creek, Jeldwen Tradition Golf Tournament, Ghost Tree Invitational, Sun Valley Resort, Portland Trail Blazers, Gozzer Ranch Club, Columbia Sportswear, Mentor Graphics, American Express, Lockheed Martin, Champagne Ball, Snap-On Tools, American Heart Assoc., Coca Cola, ADP Corp., PG & E, Coopers & Lybrand, Harley Davidson, Oregon State Fair, Nature's Fresh Northwest, Chinook Winds Casino, The Tonkin Corporation, Fort Vancouver 4th of July Celebration, The Bite of Seattle, The Bite of Beaverton, The Bite of Salem, The Taste of Vancouver, Georgia Pacific Corp., Cool Desert Nights, Wild Horse Casino, Muckleshoot Casino, 7 Feathers Casino, The Rose Festival, Experience Music Project, and many more!
Your important event deserves the best in live music entertainment. Let 5 Guys Named Moe make it your most memorable occasion ever!
Over the years 5 Guys Named Moe has shared the stage with: The Grass Roots, The Supremes, The Kingsmen, The Ventures, Stephen Stills, Johnny Rivers, Billy Preston, Glen Frey, Danny Gans, The Smothers Brothers and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.
Five Guys Named Moe bio:
Vocalist, Sean Holmes: Boasts an extensive list of credits and has performed live with the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Randy Porter, Reinhard Melz, Dick Titterington, Nancy King, Louis Pain, Eddie Martinez, Liv Warfield and Shirley Nanette among others. Sean has appeared at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Cathedral Park and Rose Festivals as well as Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival with Curtis Salgado. Sean can be heard on two of Curtis Salgado's albums incuding the live "Benefit for Curtis" with Steve Miller. Sean has done session work—from jazz and gospel to blues, r&b, funk, latin and soul—with notables such as Bobby Torres (formerly with Tom Jones), Gino Vannelli and Patrick Lamb among others.
Vocalist, Cheri Wells: Formerly of the popular 80’s band “The Mary Jane Girls”, whose hits included “In My House”, “Candy Man” and ”All Night Long”. During her multifaceted career, Cheri has made appearances on The Tonight Show, Soul Train, The American Music Awards and Top Of The Pops-London in addition to many other appearances in national television commercials, musical theater and on film in “Jo Jo Dancer Your Life Is Calling”, directed by Richard Pryor. With 5 Guys Named Moe, Cheri’s solid vocal ability, showmanship and stage presence combined with her passion for performance are sure to please on hits such as The Emotion's "Best of My Love ", Martha Reeves' "Dancin' In The Street ", Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody", Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" and many more!
Vocalist, Willow: Willow will take you back to such hits as "Keep Me Hangin' On", "Car Wash" and "Mr. Big Stuff". Along with Cheri and Britnee, they make a dynamic dancing team on hits such as "Freak Out", "Good Times", and "Love Shack"!
Vocalist,Britnee: an absolute powerhouse of vocal and dancing entertainment. From Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools", Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money", Katrina and the Wave's "Walkin' On Sunshine" and even some country with Shania Twain's "I Feel Like a Woman "—you'll love Britnee's dancing and versatile vocals. Britnee recently won the nationwide "Sing Like Taylor Swift" contest!
Bassist, Gary Fountaine: Has recorded with such diverse artists as legendary jazz/rock drummer Bernard Purdy (Aretha Franklin Steely Dan), innovative blues guitarist Joe Lewis Walker (BB King, James Cotton) and hard rock greats CC Deville (Poison) and Bobby Borg (Warrant). Gary first rose to fame in the mid eighties with the band Nu Shooz. Nominated for the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 1986, New Shooz went on to earn a gold record the following year for their Atlantic Records release "Poolside". While the album's hit single,"I Can't Wait," climbed to number two on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts, the band toured the world and made several television appearances including MTV, American Bandstand, and Solid Gold.
Drummer, Marty Higgins: Was an original member of the band "Nu Shooz", who had a #1 hit in 1986 with grammy nominated "I Just Can't Wait". As a member of Nu Shooz (alongside Gary),Marty toured the U.S. and Europe. The band also made numerous TV appearences including, the Johnny Carson Show, Merv Griffin and American Bandstand. As well as playing with 5 Guys Named Moe, Marty is a sought after teacher in the Portland area. Along with Gary, Marty is the "driving force" behind 5 Guys Named Moe!
Keyboardist/Vocalist Fred Stickley: Fred was keyboardist/vocalist with John Haitt and has done studio dates at American Recording with a variety of Rock's elite. With 5 Guys Named Moe, listen for Fred's lead vocals on tunes such as Huey Lewis' "Power of Love", Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" and Stevie Winwood's "Gimme Some Lovin" to name a few. For that dinner set or wedding dance Fred also sings standards by Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra such as "The Best is Yet to Come" and "Fly Me to the Moon". He has accrued credits as a composer for radio and TV production along with two CDs of his own original music. Some credits include: "Dateline NBC, The Tyra Banks Show, NFL Videos, numerous infomercials, along with music for Canadian and Australian TV.
Guitarist, Brian Pelky: Learned to play guitar, banjo and the bass when he was 12 years old by listening to his father’s folk and bluegrass records. He’s been playing ever since. He also plays drums, keyboards, and the pedal steel guitar. After receiving “most outstanding musician” award in high school, Brian went on to the University of Washington where he enjoyed playing trumpet for the Husky Marching Band. In 1988 he joined the Portland-based 12-piece show band, 5 Guys Named Moe where he still delights audiences with his talent. He has played with various other artists including Jaybird Koder, Jamie’s Rock n’ Roll Legends, Marilee Rush, Jim Fischer and The Stellar Fellars. Brian has produced and performed on a series of children’s music CD’s by The Rockaroos and also produced 5 Guys Named Moe’s Dancin’.
Mark Davey, baritone sax: Has been heard on a variety of recordings as well as live shows, including the Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bill Withers, Nu Shooz, Body & Soul, Linda Hornbuckle, the Kicks Band, Jackson/Mills Big Band, Portland Saxophone Quartet and the Woody Hite Big Band. He has worked on recordings featuring the California Raisins, Linda Hornbuckle with No Delay, Portland Saxophone Quartet, the Kicks Band and others. He is also a member of the Northwest Saxophone Collective and the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony. Mark attended Mt. Hood Community College and has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the prestigious University of North Texas and a master’s degree from the University of Portland. He teaches band at Shahala Middle School and Illahee Elementary School in the Evergreen School District. Mark plays both tenor and baritone saxophone with 5 Guys Named Moe and can be heard wailing away on tunes such as Love Train and Pick Up the Pieces!
Mark Neshyba, trombone: Has been an active player in the music scene in Portland/Vancouver area for 30 years. He has played with the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Kicks Band, the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony, Border Patrol, the Swingphonics, Art Abrams Swing Machine, Woody Hite Big Band, Kris Conrad Big Band, Cascadia Brass Ensemble, Obo Addy and Kukrudu, the Bobby Torres Ensemble and more. With music teaching degrees from both Oregon State and Portland State, Mark is an acclaimed band director at Wy' East Middle School in Vancouver, Washington. His bands have appeared as concert-hour performers at State and Northwest Music Educator conventions, and he is also in high demand as a much-respected adjudicator and clinician for school band festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
John Granger, saxophone: Received his degree from the University of Washington where he also studied with legendary saxophonist Johnny Jessen. Over the last 21 years John has performed with Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Linda Hornbuckle, Dave Stewart, Larry Pindar, Mike Cross and Chris Mercer (John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers) among others. John also played with big band blues group "Pin & the Horn-It's" for 15 years and can be heard on their two cd releases: "Stinging the Blues" and "One Shot Deal" as well as on Burnside Records' recording 1993 PORTLAND WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL. Live show credits include the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz as well as appearances at Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival.
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Dear 5 Guys Named Moe,
The band was terrific... ALL DAY! Wow! Three sets... filling time when we got too far ahead... keeping the crowd engaged and energized... reacting to our every need. The song selection was terrific. The band was great. It kept the hectic nature of backstage upbeat and on task. I'm glad we have you back tomorrow afternoon and evening for the very first playoff game in six years!
Thank you so much,
Your band made an evening that many will remember for a lifetime and made our daughter's dream wedding come true. Thank you is so small..... Your band is amazing. I don't know how you have the energy but I guess the music keeps you going. In October we went to a wedding in the Berkshires that cost over a million dollars. The band was based out of Great Neck, NY. I talked to some of the members and they get paid over $50,000 for a gig for x hours and then it goes up in large increments. You guys were better. No question. And the volume was perfect. Didn't blast the old people out. Phil's grandparents are in their 80s and danced a good portion of the night.
Mindy, mother of the bride
Your band was a huge part of the success (of our holiday party). Everyone is asking today where they can get your CD. I knew once they heard the group they would like the music! We had folks from all over the United States at the party. We had many people say that this was the best party they had been to due to the band.... please tell everyone in the band "THANK YOU"!
Coldwater Creek Headquarters
"Our group has had the best time having 5 Guys Named Moe perform at our events. We've never had a better time dancing and being entertained. With all the different singers, you never know what's coming next....they are our favorite band!"
Vikki DeGaa, Meeting & Events Coordinator
Dear 5 Guys Named Moe,
It is with great pleasure that I write to thank your for an absolutely wonderful performance in support of Columbia Helicopters' 50th Anniversary party. 5 Guys Named Moe brought professionalism, fun and great energy to our party, truly making our celebration entertaining, exciting and memorable... I mentioned to you that I had heard 5 Guys Named Moe perform in the past, and I had always enjoyed your show. What I did not recognize previously was how closely you pay attention to your audience, and then quickly and seamlessly adapt your play list to the tastes of the crowd. This meant that our employees and guests quickly took to the dance floor and enjoyed themselves immensely. Only an established band with a strong catalog of songs could have coordinated something so complex so easily...I have heard only very positive comments from our guests regarding your performance, and I only regret that the time passed so quickly. I have no doubt that our group would have stayed and danced as long as you were willing to perform... In closing I again thank you and the entire band for an absolutely wonderful performance. I offer my strongest endorsement to anyone thinking of hiring 5 Guys Named Moe and I am willing to speak with anyone on your behalf.
Dan Sweet, Media Services Manager
Columbia Helicopters, Inc.
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........That's all I can say........What an incredible musical performance you guys put on Saturday night.........All of my family and friends have been calling and saying that they've never attended such a fabulous wedding celebration.......I can't wait to see the video of the wedding .......... Please extend my warmest and most sincere thanks to each and every person in the band......Depite the incessant heat, you guys played on and played with emotion and spunk........I will most assuredly be recommending your wonderful band to anyone needing a top quality entertainment group........Put me at the top of your referral/recommendation list..............Cheers to an unforgetable evening!!!!!!!!!!!!
Father of the Groom
To whom it may concern:
"I have been involved in the music business for over 30 years as a musician, producer, manager, songwriter and agent. When I get a call for a great band the first band that I contact is 5 Guys Named Moe. They define excellence with great stage presence, high energy and stage production. I always look for the best with all my clients and when I work with 5 Guys Named Moe I know that's exactly what the client will get."
"I would say that they are simply the best that there is when it comes to getting a show that will stand head and heels above the rest of the pack. Simply put, I love 5 Guys Named Moe and I'm sure you will too!"
"So when you want your event to have that special flair there's only one call you should make...say it loud... 5 Guys Named Moe!"
Music Management & Production
"We would like to extend a very overwhelming THANK YOU ... we absolutely enjoyed the music and your great talent! W look forward to having you play for us again!"
Jeff Howe & Dave Spotts
"Thank you for making our 75th anniversary celebration a huge success. Everyone is raving about the performance and your staff is great to work with!"
To whom it may concern:
"5 Guys Named Moe were absolutely fabulous! They played all the music we requested and sounded terrific. They have a big sound, great singers and musicians and interpreted all our favorite songs perfectly throughout the evening...Our guests never sat down, but danced all night. Everyone has commented on 5 Guys Named Moe asking us where we found them. They all said they are the best dance band they have heard here in Portland...
...5 Guys Named Moe surpassed our expectations and everyone had the most wonderful fun dancing to their music."
mother of the bride
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