Specialties include Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, bluegrass, Irish, 'oldies' rock, and classic country. We're professional and easy to work with, and we like to joke around and have fun. Our rates are very reasonable. Let me send you song lists, references, and reviews.
My band 'The Porchdogs' has been playing authentic Louisiana Cajun and zydeco and New Orleans pop standards since 1992. 'Mountain Brew' specializes in folk, bluegrass, classic country, and/or Irish music. 'The Retro Ramblers' specializes in 1950s-'80s popular music and Christmas music. 'Pickin & Grinnin' is a kids and family comedy music act for parties and Fairs and Festivals.
What to Expect
We offer various lineups of musicians to suit your needs and budget. Solo, duo, or trio groups usually are accompanied by bass and drum 'tracks,' which allows the musicians to present a full (and danceable) sound while keeping volume -- and budget! -- under control. Andy solo can play a wide variety of pop, country, tropical, irish standards, and holiday music and jazzy standards. Add Sara on mandolin, and we can do all the above plus bluegrass and old-timey music. Fiddle also works very well with this combo. Our squeezebox player, Greg, is one of the best Cajun and zydeco musician in the Southeast US, giving us an authentic Louisiana sound. For a full band, add bass and drums. No matter the lineup, the musicians are professional, personable, and easy to get along with. We dress to fit the theme. We welcome requests and like to joke around and have fun with audience members. We love children, and often hold 'open mic' for kids.
I'm Andy, and I play guitar and harmonica and sing. I perform solo and in different bands, any of which can be duo, trio, or quartet. My band 'The Porchdogs' has been playing authentic Louisiana Cajun and zydeco and New Orleans pop standards since 1992. 'Mountain Brew' specializes in folk, bluegrass, classic country, and/or Irish music. 'The Retro Ramblers' specializes in 1950s-'80s popular music and/or Christmas music. 'Pickin & Grinnin' is a family act for parties, Fairs, and Festivals. It's two farmers who are outstanding in their field, mixing silly comedy and audience participation with barn-dance music.
Among the many places we've performed: repeat performances or long-term engagements at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando; daily at the Florida State Fair (Tampa) 9 of the past 25 years; South Florida Fair (3 years); multiple days annually (15+ years) at the Iron Horse Saloon in Daytona during Bike Week and Biketoberfest. We've had repeat multi-day performances at Cypress Gardens, Silver Springs, The Villages, and at many, many community events and festivals, weddings, picnics, and house parties.
With our battery-powered wireless PA system, we're able to transition from stage act to roaming / mobile grounds act, putting the show and the music where you need it without having to worry about supplying electricity -- great for Fairs and Festivals! Costume can be important in helping set the theme for events. We wear special outfits (when desired) for Mardi Gras, Swamp theme, Country/Western, Farmer, Hillbilly, Bluegrass, Pirate, Irish, and Christmas.
As performers, we love doing what we do. We're easy to work with, we like to help everyone have a good time, and we don't take ourselves very seriously. We're fully equipped with professional sound and lights (as little or as much as needed) and we're very volume-conscious -- we believe your guests shouldn't have to SHOUT in order to speak with each other. Please ask me for details!
Here are just some of our many positive reviews:
Absolutely professional and punctual and an excellent performance. We will look to book them again as well as recommend them to others! -- Crush E., Melbourne, FL
Andy and his wife were perfect for our surprise 50th birthday party! Our theme was "Blue Ridge Country" so there music was the perfect accompanienment for the evening. The guest of honor even clogged for all in attendance to the music they played. Great fun! They even learned a new song that was requested for the evening! I would definitely consider them for any party I would be hosting for the future. Thank you both for making the night special! -- David, Hollywood, FL
Great couple...perfect music for our party! -chris m, Lakeland, FL
Exactly as promised. On time, played well and adapted to the conditions of our event. Very responsive and pleasant despite very last minute booking! Our guests loved the surprise -Denise G, Winter Park, FL
Andy was just wonderful for my moms 60th party.... i am so happy that i booked him! -Rebecca F, Mount Dora, FL
Andy Burr and Friends did a great job for us at the 90th birthday party for my stepdad! We were very pleased with their performance. I would highly recommend them. Andy was very easy to work with and the group was very talented! -Tom S, Douglasville, GA
Andy and friend were awesome. We had several special requests (for he's the jolly good fellow), and 5 or 6 songs to be sung by one of our guests with Andy and friend accompanying. They were gracious, accommodating and a hit with all. Several of our guests went so far as to ask for Andy's contact information. I think that says it all.... -Jack S, Lake Park, GA
Additional Booking Notes
We have several PA systems available. For most occasions a small but professional system is all that's required. I don't know about you, but I prefer not to have my ears blasted with loud music -- I like to be able to speak to people without having to shout. That's what we aim for in performance. I'd much rather be asked to 'turn it up' than to 'turn it down!' We have a very simple light system; all that needed for small to medium gatherings. It generally takes us under an hour to set up and be ready to play. Power requirements? Just a normal household electrical receptacle.
Past Booked Events
|April 25, 2020 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Birthday Party|
|November 08, 2019 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Festival|
|May 30, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|October 20, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Fundraiser|
|October 22, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Festival|
|May 13, 2017 • 6:30pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Engagement|
|March 28, 2014||Other|
Too many songs to list -- close to 400 songs to choose from. Tell me what you like and I'll put together a list of related songs.
|Andy Burr||vocals, guitar, harmonica, bandleader|
|various musicians as needed||mandolin, fiddle, squeezebox,bass, drums|
Influences & Inspiration
We've been doing this for over 25 years, but our influences come mostly from before then. Classic country and traditional rural music; pop, rock, blues, and reggae from the 1950s, 60s and '70s; jazzy standards and Christmas music from the '40s and '50s. We can play quite a bit of music from the '80s, '90s, and 00's, but it's not really our specialty. Some artists we especially like: Bob Dylan, The Band, Creedence, Patsy Cline, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Fats Domino, Charlie Daniels, JJ Cale, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, Tom Petty, Grateful Dead, numerous Cajun and zydeco artists, and... the beat goes on.
Depends on what you want. All we need is a place to stand.