wedding band playing in the background, wedding band picturesLive, Award-Winning Wedding Band Ready to play your Wedding Reception!


Memphis Train Revue is an award-winning wedding band located right here in  Austin, TX. What makes us different from other wedding bands is the “three P’s”:

  • Passion
  • Professionalism
  • Punctuality

We work with you to make sure you’re getting the optimal playlist you want, plus the performance options that will make your wedding ceremony or reception the best it can be. Memphis Train Revue is a dance band with R&B/Funk flavor. We boast a full horn section and a great group of vocalists. 

With more than 10 years in the wedding industry, and managed by Mark Grossman, one of the best in Texas (just check out our wedding band reviews!), you’re guaranteed to have an outstanding experience when you book our band for your wedding.

We’re constantly combing through our wedding song playlist to update it to the most popular hits of today and the golden era of funk, so you’re sure to be happy. 

Why Choose a Wedding Band that’s won multiple Award winning wedding band, dance band for weddingsAwards? Isn’t that going to be Expensive?

Picking your wedding band isn’t easy. We are dedicated to excellence, and that’s why we’ve won so many wedding industry awards. Here are just a few:

  • WINNER:  2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award
  • WINNER:  2016 Wedding Industry Experts Top 3 Live Band in the World
  • WINNER:  2016 Wedding Style 2016 Best of Austin Award
  • WINNER:  2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award
  • WINNER:  2015 Wedding Industry Experts Most Popular Musicians in the United States Award
  • WINNER:  2015 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award
  • WINNER:  2014 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award
  • WINNER:  2014 Wedding Industry Experts Top 5 Best Musicians in the United States
  • WINNER:  2013 Wedding Industry Experts Top 5 Best Musicians in the United States

Live Wedding Band or DJ?

Once you’ve decided to book a wedding band instead of a DJ, it’s time to find the right talent. Before you jump in, we recommend taking a few steps to prepare.  As you know, your wedding reception music sets the tone for your guests and the entire event, so it’s important to choose a live wedding band carefully. 

Ideally, you’d go to multiple wedding receptions in 2019 at great wedding venues with memorable music and research who performed at them. That would be great, but who has the time?

We can provide a list of vetted professional wedding planners we’ve worked with so you can discuss your needs with them. You may not want a dance band for your wedding, and that’s ok. These wedding planners will know how to guide you well. 

Not every bride is so lucky, and there are plenty of horror stories you can look up online where band members show up drunk, late, without instruments, etc…

Not with us. Again, we’re a highly professional wedding band hailing from Austin, and we’ve played hundreds of weddings together. 

Why Not Hire My Favorite Bar Band for my Wedding?

Just because the band at your local bar is great for that crowd doesn’t mean that they’re prepared to entertain at an occasion like a wedding. Ask if they’ve played weddings before, then check their reviews. You only get one shot at hiring the right band, so the research is worth it.

Type of Wedding Band to Hire and Cost

There are different types of bands you can hire for you wedding. Determine the type of music you want played – Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Usher, the list is virtually endless.  

There are some bands that are set up to play a wide variety of music to accommodate the variety of guests with various ages and tastes in music. Other bands are niche bands that only play one type, like a tribute band that plays only Led Zepplin.

This is where talking to a wedding professional like a wedding band manager or a wedding planner can really save you. They have done hundreds of weddings, where you’re planning your first. Scheduling a free 15 minute conversation can literally save you thousands of dollars, but more importantly, can save you from making a disastrous decision for your wedding day. 

Know the Music that you want

While many brides have an idea of what music they want in mind, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they’ll have a detailed playlist on hand. Take advantage of our extensive wedding music playlist. Our manager, Mark Grossman, works directly with you to design a list of songs for your wedding that will keep your guests out on the dance floor all night (or as long as you want to be there!). 

Hire a wedding Band like Memphis Train Revue that can entertain

Here we’re including some thoughts on hiring a local Austin live music wedding band, even if it’s not us! There are best practice thoughts to keep in mind that will help you find the right fit. We’re biased, and think we’re the best, but you might need a different band!

First, You don’t need us to tell you how important your music is, but we belabor the point to offer as much help as possible. Our passion truly is for you to have the best wedding you can possibly have. 

  The music played at the wedding reception will determine how much fun your guests have at your wedding. Of course, you’ll have fun too, but really, the band is there to entertain your guests and let you just let go and have fun.

Obviously, it’s important for the couple to hire the type of Austin wedding band that can get guests up on their feet and keep them on the dance floor.  

“A great band has an incredible visual and aural energy,” says Jim Eppolito, president  of West Coast Entertainment located in Beverly Hills, California. “Seeing musicians playing instruments and singing — creating music — for many can be magical.”

Do you know theRight Questions to ask your Austin Wedding Band?

Before you book, know what to ask, and get your questions answered. Aside from the basics like availability, you should figure out the size of the band since that impacts the cost and whether they can even play at your Austin wedding venue.. 


Knowing which instruments they play is also valuable, as it’ll help you decipher if they can deliver the sound that you want. 


And inquiring about their flexibility is crucial. Do they always work the same way, or can they adjust their performance to suit the flow of your celebration?

On the topic of flexibility, ask the band where you can find their most up-to-date song list and how they can handle special requests. Some bands are fairly restrictive in allowing the client to pick out specific songs and will push for the freedom to do ‘their’ show. 

That may be great as many really good bands have very rehearsed and choreographed shows, but if you want to hear the songs that are important and meaningful to you and not just the show that the band has rehearsed so make sure that you have informed them of the music that you want. 


Know what you want from Your Live Wedding Band 

Be clear on what you want from the band. Many live wedding bands in Austin like to take an active role in the proceedings, so be sure to find out if this is the case. 

Do they play background music, will they announce the bride and groom to the reception on the wedding first dance song or is the master of the Ceremony?  Will they communicate with the audience or play a set list without interruption for the night? 

Do you want them to take an active role in getting people involved or simply create an atmosphere of bliss that envelopes the event? Get these initial questions right and you’ll be well on your way to making the ideal choice.

Know what you can afford


The price you can expect to pay for a live wedding band varies dramatically, ranging from hundreds of dollars (most likely not a good choice) all the way up to ten of thousands. In general, the more band members in a band, the more you should expect to pay. 


The Best Live wedding band in Austin

At Memphis Train Revue, we make it our mission to deliver the best live music in Austin. By reading the energy in the room, we know how to engage every crowd and give guests exactly what they want.

 With expertise in their respective genres, and a willingness to adapt to their audiences, our artists will ensure the dance floor is never empty leaving guests raving about your wedding for years to come. 

If you’re looking for the best  dance band in Austin, our live band Memphis Train Revue will supply the vibes and will have your guests grooving all night long at the reception. 

ur Our talented performers create a tasteful ambiance adding an extra element to any event or wedding ceremony.

We understand that entertainment is a must for any unforgettable event. 

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