The Funky Gators Zydeco Dance band is composed of Cajun/Zydeco and R&B veterans that have been playing in the Bay Area for over 30 years. They combine elements of funk, R&B Soul and Disco into the infectious, foot tapping sounds of Zydeco. The funky Gators know how to add fun to your event and keep the beat going to keep the dance floor filled. The Funky Gators are one of the few Zydeco bands that have the musical flexibility to play Zydeco, and also toss in Jazz, funk, New Orleans and old school R&B to meet your needs without missing a beat.
The core band is Accordion, Rubboard, Keyboards, Drums, Bass, Guitar. Additional musicians can be added as needed to fill out the sound.
We just hosted our annual Lobster Feast, and this year we did it with a Mardi Gras theme. We had over 100 attendees and Funky Gators had everyone dancing.
They showed up and started playing on time, had great professional attitudes and totally rocked the house. I'm super picky about bands, because I'm a musician too, but this band gets my honest five stars. I would highly recommend them for any event, but they better keep that Saturday in September open for my event next year!
Hired Dana & Co. for a Mardi Gras fund raiser. Awesome guy to work with before, during and after the event. He went out of his way and plugged the local high school jazz band into the first number and got a high-energy combined-band second line going! The party never stopped after that.
Every time I looked up, the dance floor was full. Bright, colorful, dynamic performance that engaged the audience.
Big sound chasing a song selection that transported the event right into the heart of Mardi Gras. Every aspect of the music from rhythm to vocals and everything in between was dead-on hot perfection!
Nothing but compliments and kudos followed on after the party for the music!
The Funky Gators entertained the students of Kresge College, UCSC and left us wanting more. Very professional, very fun - positive beat, reasonable charge for their services. I would highly recommend this band to anyone planning a Louisiana themed event or any dance event.
What to Expect
The Funky Gators Play Zydeco and other Louisiana and Mardi Gras style music for dancing and listening pleasure. The Funky Gators are experienced at playing all types of events and may have excellent recommendations to allow your event to be at it's best.
The Funky Gators are a group of professional musicians that will show up on time before the performance, properly dressed for the requirements of the event. The band understands your desire for engaging entertainment and work hard to make your event the best event ever!
All band members are responsible individuals that do not solicit, harass or knowingly annoy attendees at any event. You can expect a fun, professional, sober, performance free from drugs or other influence (except alcohol explicitly provided to the band by the client) The band can accommodate requests, special songs should be arranged before the performance.
The Funky Gators will provide the best possible entertainment for your event within reasonable bounds at a volume level suitable to your requirements. We want to make your event better by our performance!
Check out the audio and video clips and/or visit the funky Gator website for additional information.
Additional Booking Notes
Stage lighting available for an additional fee.
Stage plot available by request
The Funky Gators are not responsible for damage to any venue or performance area by patrons, or fans
Past Booked Events
|October 24, 2015||Corporate Event|
Some of the songs we most commonly play are listed below.
Don't Mess with My Toot Toot - Rockin' Sidney
Mardi Gras Mambo -
Zydeco Boogaloo -
Bad, Bad Whisky - Amos Milburn
Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You -
Mardi Gras Second Line - Trad.
Turn On Your Love Light -
Saints Go marching in -
Going to New Orleans -
Don't You know that I love You - Morris Ladet
Deacon Jones - Boozoo Chavis
Uncle Bud - BooZoo Chavis
Can't Find Love - Rosie Ladet
Bernadette - Keith Frank
Comin' Home - Clifton Chenier
Waiting in Vain - Bob Marley
Proud Mary -
Jealous Man Two Step -
Heat Wave -
C C Rider - Trad.
They All asked for You - Meters
Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas
Big Mamou -
Chain of Fools -
Used to call me - Trad.
Joy to The World - Three Dog Night
Come on Down - Funky Gators
Loup Garou (werewolf) Song - Funky Gators
BBQ Song - Funky Gators
Many more... - By request
Influences & Inspiration
Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, The Meters, Chubby Carrier, Rockin' Dopsie, Rockin' Sidney, BeauSoleil, Doug Kershaw, Queen Ida, Al Rapone, Zydeco Flames, Gator Beat, and more
15 amp, 110v grounded AC outlet
Protecion from rain or sun if playing outside.