WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING:
Just wanted to say thanks for such a great performance. You guys rocked! Everyone had a blast, and the term "best band ever" was thrown about multiple times.
The Loyales were the best wedding band ever because they weren’t a wedding band. They were just a really great band.”
-Joel Stein, Time Magazine
Possessing a musical depth and sonic chemistry rarely seen in a cover band, The Loyales are “like a living, breathing jukebox.” (New York Magazine.) They love digging into obscure deep cuts, but always lean towards serving up recognizable, classic songs, that everyone can sing along to. They can go in nearly any musical direction, and they customize their setlist around your musical tastes.
Originally formed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Milton as his backing band, The Loyales soon found themselves taking on a flourish of private party invitations from Milton’s fans. Milton & the band’s list of cover songs grew almost as quickly as it’s client list. They have since gone on to pick up event industry awards and countless happy client reviews, but perhaps the strongest indications of the band’s talents are the referrals from fellow industry vendors who endorse the band for their own clients, year after year. The Loyales are truly different from the traditional, cookie-cutter cover bands.
The Loyales have played multiple events for Daily Candy, the NYC Food & Wine Fest, and backed Chef Tom Colicchio of Top Chef on Martha Stewart’s radio show, as well as for the opening of one of Tom’s venues in NYC.
Milton himself has played with Norah Jones, Al Kooper, Joan Osborne, James Hunter, Shelby Lynne, & Steve Earle. He also wrote the score for an HBO movie.
Julia can often be heard singing songs for the show 30 Rock. She won an Independent music award for best female vocalist and she’s sung harmony with Michael McDonald.
Bass player, Jeff has played and recorded with Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker, Air Supply, and Rick Springfield to name a few. He’s also is well known for the records he has produced going back to the 80’s.
Keyboardist Bennett has performed original music in the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Central and South Asia and throughout Europe. He has been a featured performer with jazz stars Wallace Roney, Keb Mo, Robben Ford, Kurt Elling, Rufus Reid, Bill Stewart, Billy Hart, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ndugu Chancler and Yosvany Terry among others. Paster has done three international tours as part of the prestigious US State Dept. The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. He’s also a senior faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University.
Lead guitarist Martin started playing high society balls at Oxford University before bringing the good times to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and weddings in Barcelona and throughout England. After moving to the US, he’s played weddings up and down the East Coast and parties as far south as Mexico. He’s appeared on the BBC and Channel 4 (in the UK), CBS, HBO, NPR, Sirius, and local radio stations such as WFUV, with recording credits either side of the Atlantic spanning decades.
Drummer Rob is a drummer/percussionist originally from Los Angeles with over 25 years professional experience. He worked extensively on the west coast before moving to New York City in 1998. He has performed in Canada, South America, the Caribbean and China. He teaches percussion in private lessons and New York City schools and plays a wide range of music with groups in NYC in clubs, theaters, recording studios and at private events.
Ask the Loyales what their weddings are like and they’ll say the phrase “heart and soul” a lot. They go with the flow like a living, breathing jukebox, full of expertly curated 45s, from the chug-a-lug chords of Johnny Cash and British Invasion breakdowns of the Beatles to soul and R&B standards like James Brown, Etta James, and the O’Jays. Personalizing the party’s set list is no problem, but if you want a gang of multi-instrumentalists who aren’t afraid to tackle a few tangents, they’ll be able to read the room all night.”— NY Magazine
The Loyales were the best wedding band ever because they weren’t a wedding band. They were just a really great band. We threw them several requests that were off the map, and they followed through like it was no problem. You should have total confidence in their talent, performance ability and general rocking-ness.”
-Joel Stein, Time Magazine
The Loyales truly blew us away on SO MANY levels!!! Music was our number one priority when it came to our wedding and we could not have been more thrilled with the party they created with their energy! The more chill music they played was perfectly timed and beautifully done, but the fact that they also kept every single one of our 400ish guests dancing and dancing hard was just amazing!! And it’s important to say they kept everyone dancing for hours without having to pump up the crowd…that was not necessary with the way they naturally lured everyone to the dance floor. They are such a unique wedding band who we would hire over and over again!!!! It is the number one thing everyone is still talking about from our wedding…THE MUSIC, THE DANCING! No wedding guest wants to hear another wedding party band…they want to hear the songs they’ve loved for years and years, but unfortunately never get played at weddings because the industry has become so one note. The Loyales are what your wedding needs if you care about music in the slightest. We cannot express our love for you all enough. We are forever grateful for the PARTY you brought to our wedding. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!”
Best wedding band ever!!! We spent our entire evening on the dance floor along with everyone else!”
Six years later, people are still talking about the fabulous music at our wedding party. Milton and his band The Loyales played and sang their hearts out to Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Etta James, Prince, James Brown, and more. No one could resist the urge to get up and dance. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all!”
I can’t say enough positive things about the band. We wanted a soulful, rootsy, heartfelt vibe at our wedding and that’s exactly what the Loyales delivered. We had a trio for the ceremony and cocktail hour, along with the full band for the wedding. The Loyales played all of our requested songs ( and PERFECTLY at that ) and got everyone up on the dance floor. The band is first class, extremely talented and a true gem to have at a wedding, their sound is full of character and they deliver on the style of band they market themselves as — they made our wedding and we are so grateful! Enjoy the dance party and book the Loyales!
I can unreservedly say that having The Loyales perform at our wedding was a lasting highlight. Not only did the band perform countless songs from their reserves, they played personal requests that truly ‘made the night’.”
No touching this band. They had every person in room was up and dancing for 3 hours. Songs were done like it was the real band. The singers were impeccable and band people could play!!!
Would hire them tomorrow if I had an event!
Been to 100 weddings but this was the best beyond words. Father of Bride…. “
Milton and his cronies played our wedding in June and it was fantastic! They had a very wide range of songs and styles including many of our personal requests including from Beatles, Velvet Underground, Hot Chocolate, Eddy Grant, and The O’Jays. We had many guests young and old, mellow and rockin’ comment that our band was outstanding! We highly recommend them for their versatility and ability to hit just the right mood.”
The Loyales played at my 50th birthday party in December, 2009, for about 80 people, in a private room at a nice bar/restaurant. I cannot say enough about how successful the event was, thanks to The Loyales. Almost the entire room was dancing for three straight hours — no exaggeration! They pleaded with the band not to leave the stage for any breaks! I received so many compliments afterwards from people who had never seen Milton before asking where I had found such a great band and how excellent they were. Of course I knew that would be the case, since I was personally already a fan. Milton is a pleasure to work with, learned a few new tunes at our request, and presents a quality of musicianship (and fun) that is unparalleled. He made many new fans that night who have subsequently come to his gigs around town. Trust me, if you like excellent music in the country-rock style, with a bit of honky-tonk and a nice dose of New Orleans soul in the mix, you will be thrilled to have The Loyales play your party. Call me anytime for a reference.”
It was a joy and a pleasure to have The Loyales entertain my guests at several parties. They enjoyed listening, and dancing and the music appealed to all ages. The guests all told me how much they enjoyed the music and hoped to have the opportunity to be entertained by The Loyales another time. Milton and his band were easy to work with and, even though they already had a long play list prepared, they were very accomodating about adding more songs at my request.”
The Loyales played at my private party and were great! They received rave reviews from young and old alike. I can’t recommend the band too highly.”
I have seen Milton and his band in different clubs and venues in New York City, the Philadelphia area, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland. Whether a solo, a trio ,or the full band, the performances have always been top notch and hugely entertaining. In my view, his songwriting and showmanship will soon place him in the upper echelon of entertainers in this country. I have also seen Milton at a graduation party at my brother’s house near Princeton, New Jersey. Without detracting from the party’s focus, he introduced his music in a way that genuinely enhanced everyone’s experience on that special occasion. In sum, if you can get Milton and his band in a private showcase, you will have a great party!”