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​​Funk Monster Band

Tampa Area Disco, Party and Wedding Band


As the big day approaches, stress levels can rise. Funk Monster Band relieves the anxiety by keeping the lines of communication open. When we arrive onsite - from setup to tear down - we work quickly and efficiently to create an environment of professionalism and expertise.
By their nature, wedding receptions are very fluid; things change from moment to moment. Funk Monster Band is flexible enough to make adjustments throughout the evening, so your guests only experience a smooth, well planned party.


Wedding Jan, 2015

It is over the top that there are not hundreds of reviews for THE Funk Monster Band. Because let us tell you - The FM's blew everyone, old and young, out of the water at our January 2015 Key West Wedding Jam. If you're into old-school rhythm & blues, funk, classic rock, etc., please, keep reading. We are both avid music lovers, we wanted to bring something DIFFERENT to the stage and researched endlessly in hopes of finding the right group for us. We put our complete trust into the hands of The FM's starting with the actual ceremony. To say they were 100% spot-on, would be a severe understatement. This band makes Marvin, James, and Carlos, incredibly proud. The FM's were incredibly easy to work with and understood exactly what it was we were looking for. We were a little late in getting song choices into their hands, but it didn't matter; Richard already came up with a setlist - which had 15 of the 18 songs we chose. Considering they have a menu over 200, that only goes to show that Richard's talent and understanding is spot on. We even threw some Soundcloud Remixes their way and they hammered them all with the air of true artistry (search JB's "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by DJ Stan-Ley & "I Feel Good" by PaysBass). As for the traditional wedding tunes of Etta's, "At Last" and The Isley's, "Shout", Funk Monster's pipes alone had passersby at the Key West Garden Club, literally crashing our Jam. What truly made the night most memorable though, was the band's rendition of Louis Armstrong's, "La Vie En Rose", that we chose for the walk down the aisle. Richard & Funk Monsters - We both cannot thank you enough. It was a performance that will be remembered and treasured, forever. Thank you, Richard, and please share our thanks with each and every member of your band for you all truly made the night magical.   CALL FOR CLIENTS NAME AND CONTACT FOR REFERENCE




Cuban Club

Ybor City, Florida

October 11, 2014

Funkmonster was fantastic! Everyone danced and sang along and had a great time. Tina did a tremendous job and really worked the crowd. I have only good things to say about the entire show and their professionalism. Richard is a great bandleader and we'd love to see them perform again.

David Voykin





Wesley Chapel, Florida 33543


Dear Richard and Funkmonster Band members:


I am not sure words can ever express how magnificently you performed at Susanna’s 
wedding reception. 

I started reviewing bands last September.  I listened to so many bands that my head was spinning but I kept coming back to your band and your sound.

I never had the chance to hear you perform live, and I had other friends and agents trying to persuade me otherwise but I stuck with my gut feeling.  I was right!  What I did not know was that not only were the music and vocals incredible but your stage performance is way beyond anything I could have imagined.

Trust me, the guests were asking me where did you find the band?  They enjoyed the music and liked the fact that the music you play and sing can be understood.  Now beyond all of this being so incredible, Richard, you are wonderful.  We e-mailed, we talked on the telephone.  You spoke with all of us and reassured us that you would deliver and you certainly performed your hearts out!

I so enjoyed meeting all of you Saturday evening.  You are just such wonderful folks.
I wish you the very best and if there is anyway that I can promote you I will. (Almost
wish I had another daughter for a repeat performance)! 

Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a fantastic, incredible wedding reception.




Hi Richard, and everyone else in Funk Monster --

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the great job you did at our wedding last weekend! You guys were fantastic and we are so glad that we chose Funk Monster. We received many compliments for you and there were a lot of people out dancing who I have never seen dance at weddings before. By the 8th or 9th minute of the hora when I was about to fall over from exhaustion I was thinking that maybe I was a little overambitious when I said that I wanted it to be at least 12 minutes! Thanks for putting up with us and also with our crazy wedding planner. I will definitely recommend you to others.

Thanks again,

Robin and Matt



Bride Shirley Davenport MacKarvich Wedding ----- They were just great!  We chose Funk Monster band due to the range of music they could play and they were very accommodating on songs I requested.  They were fun and kept our guests engaged and on the floor dancing!  Talent was wonderful, we just can't say enough good things about them.  On time and professional.  We felt they had it all and would highly recommend for your event. email: shirley 


I am happy to recommend the Funk Monster Band --------- I am a wedding planner in Key West, Florida and I have worked with the Funk Monster Band on a few different occasions.  The group is always on time for setup, efficient, punctual, responsive, professional and above all extremely talented.  Music is one of the top three things that make an event successful and the Funk Monster band always delivers.  It is a pleasure working with you all and I will continue to recommend you HIGHLY to all of our Simply You clients.
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Donna Brown Valentine Party - Overall a wonderful experience with the band.  They accomodated my special request with little notice. - - - 


DANA AND DANNY K.  BAT MITZVAH Funkmonster has an amazing sound! The singers and musicians were all excellent! I've already had calls asking for their webpage! They have a great vibe and go with the flow. They are the perfect addition to any party, fun and high energy! -Dana K, Sarasota, FL ---


Courtney Conley Wedding - The FUNK MONSTERS were so nice to work with. They catered to our crowd and everyone danced all night!! They are the life of the party and you will not go wrong with the FUNK MONSTERS!! Thank you so much for everything!! You made our day so special!! I would highly recommend the FUNK MONSTERS! 


RENASSIANCE WORLD GOLF RESORT - ST AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA - NEW YEARS EVE PARTY  - Nothing but Positive Feedback from our Customers excellent band.----


The Pier St Pete, The Funk Monster never disappoints us in their performances here at The Pier.  They are professional, talented and get the people UP and dancing!  I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a band that can give them a good time! Susan Robertson   ---


Venessa Grant Wedding - Richard and the Funk Monster Band were simply amazing!  FMB played at my wedding, and I was so impressed with not only their sound (which was top notch), but their overall professionalism. 


Richard James was incredibly responsive and so prepared.  He put together a script and timeline for our reception.  I had told him we would not need the FMB to play during the cocktail hour because our guests would not be in the tent.  I turned out to be completely wrong, and guests were all over the place.  FMB took the initiative and played beautiful jazz during the cocktail hour, without being asked.  That sort of service is tough to come by.  - - - -


Their music was absolutely perfect.  They had a sense of when slow songs were appropriate and what songs would get people to the dance floor.  EVERYONE was dancing, from my 80-year old grandmother to college friends to toddlers.  We had the best reception, and so much of that is due to FMB. 


They were so good and everyone was having so much fun that we asked them to play longer than the 5 hours (which FMB was more than happy to do).  I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a special event! * * * Clear Channel 107.9 WSRZ - - 


The Funk Monster Band are not only a pleasure to work with but an absolutely fantastic band.  This is truly a class act in every way.  People have not stopped raving about the performance and we are immediately booking them for two events next year.  Bottom-line, if they are not available on the date you need to book, change the date! 


Richard, You guys were awesome!  The costume changes, the sets.  I have seen hundreds of show and worked with hundreds of bands but you guys are really something special.  you guys were absolutely awesome. Thanks so much Richard.  If you ever need a reference, please provide my info.  Best, BPK Bryan P. Kelly Director of Sales Clear Channel Sarasota Online Music & RadioType your paragraph here.