THE NICHE - a dynamic musical group! Two live musicians and two full-time lead singer/entertainers perform combined with professionally produced rhythm tracks to provide performances that sound more like the original recordings - but with LIVE band energy! With two vocalists out-front, there's high engagement with your guests and the dance floor. THE NICHE's smaller footprint means social distancing and better control over volume and performance. We offer a very popular 5th piece - a DJ/MC which switches with the band as you prefer - and that DJ comes at an amazing price! THE NICHE is a Gigsalad "Top Performer".
Omg you guys were spectacular !!! You really made her birthday one she will never forget. And thanks again for playing her favorite songs. Came early quick setup and kept safe social distancing with masks I rate them a 10 and recommend them all the way !!! We really felt like we were at a concert !!! Such a legendary epic night it was an honor !!! So happy we found and can't wait till the next one !!! God bless and thanks again !!!!
Response from The Niche:
Thanks Pablo - It was great fun and an honor to play for Sasha's Birthday! Thanks for your great review. John from The Niche
The experience with Niche band was perfect. From prior planning to the night of the event.
John was perfect. The band kept us up all night. I even extended to set by an hour , nobody wanted the evening to end.
They exceeded my expectation for my children’s wedding.
Thank you to Mel and John and the band
Response from The Niche:
Thanks Elizabeth - Amanda and Matt's wedding was spectacular - we were honored to be part of it! Looking forward to the next party at your beautiful residence! John from The Niche
My wife and I had the pleasure of having The Niche be our wedding band. From start to finish, it was an overall great experience. There was easy and open communication between us and the group from the beginning right up until the wedding. They scheduled time to talk with us whenever we had a question or concern. At our wedding, they were incredible. They had everyone on the dancefloor the whole night. Our friends and family can't stop talking about it.
From the ceremony to the reception, the music was on point!!! And very very accomodating!! Everybody really enjoyed the music and the energy was unreal!!!! Would recommend them to other couples!!!
Since we first talked with John and Mel from The Niche, we knew we would have a fantastic experience. John and Mel's attention to detail, organization skills, and patience made my wife, and I feel calm through the wedding planning part of the event.
Honestly, sometimes you work with amazing people during the pre-production phase of an event but not so much during the actual event. This was not the case with The Niche. To say that we - and all of our guests - were blown away is the understatement of the year.
The Niche is, hands down, one of the best wedding bands we've ever had the pleasure of listening/dancing to - and we've been to many weddings these past two years. Every guest we've talked to mentions the music as being one of the highlights of our wedding. John, Mel, the DJ - everyone in the band - were professional, talented, patient, kind, and had terrific performances. They did a fantastic job mixing all of our favorite genres of music, and everyone was either singing along or dancing to their songs.
Please do yourself an immense favor and stop looking for options. The Niche is the band you need to hire.
I booked them for a 4th of July party. They were a huge hit with all age groups 13-86. Very easy to work with. Punctual, professional, and highly skilled singers and musicians. I will definitely book again. I have had many bands do this annual party, this is the only band that literally satisfied EVERYONE.
A month from my wedding has passed and I still have people calling me, texting me, and emailing me trying to get the name of the band that played at my wedding: The Niche band was absolutely incredible!!
Communication: John was supremely organized, responsible and easy to communicate with. He is on top of his emails and almost always immediately available via phone. He knows the flow of weddings so well he has a systematic and extremely effective way to gather all of the information he needs!
Quality of Music: Wow!! Sometimes I wasn’t sure if I was at a wedding or at a concert in Madison Square Garden. The Niche delivers an incredible sound. They are very versatile, able to cover anything from Frank Sinatra to Justin Bieber. My wedding guests ranged in age from 8 year old children, to a collection of you 20-30 somethings to my 90 year old grandparents. Every single person got up and danced at the wedding. My grandmother in a wheelchair who could not dance asked to be wheeled out to the floor to clap along to the amazing sound of the Niche.
I would 100% recommend this band to anyone who can book them. I am so proud that they played at our wedding. They were so easy to work with and delivered a sound and energy unparalleled by any I’ve ever experienced at a wedding. Thank you The Niche for making my day so special!
John and Mel were an amazing duo for our dinner party. They were so good and had everyone swinging all night. I can’t praise them more highly! I would hire them again and again!
Response from The Niche:
Thanks so much, Tina , for the 5 star review - we had a great time playing at your dinner party! Fantastic time.
Mel & John from The Niche
Excellent and professional service
I hired Mel to surprise my husband with a sax dinner set at our wedding and he also just so happened to be hired by the venue as well for the ceremony! Mel was great and my guests raved about his performance! Thanks so much Mel! Would definitely recommend booking him!
Even though they weren’t available to do my event they pointed me in the right direction and helped me find the best services for my event and where extremely helpful throughout the whole process without there help wouldn’t have been able to find an amazing singer and make my dreams a reality
Mel & John played for my moms 75th birthday party and we could t be more happy with their performance! They were professional, came along with a wonderful sound system and have a wonderful group dynamic. They were also very accommodating to all our song requests with both old and new music. We will definitely book them for our business and family future events! Thanks again. Tip notch!
the group was on time and very professional and started on time even with our heating not keeping them warm enough .but they prevailed and gave us wonderful music and we would hire them again .thanks for a great night even the cold couldn't keep you from doing a great job
Response from The Niche:
THanks Carol and we enjoyed your warm personality and kindness!
This duo is genius. They create magic and add life to any party. Book them and you will have a blast. Guaranteed!
Everyone at our party asked for there contacts and wanted to book them for the next gig (wedding, Diwali, thanksgiving etc etc..).
John is amazing to deal with and is a professional. So lucky have found them and will book them again for sure. Thank you so much for the music Mel and John!
Mel did a great job at my party! He was able to improvise when he had to and even took a big risk by lending his sax to a few guest for a photo opp and participating in our photos. He was a great sport. Thanks Niche and Mel!
We could not believe our luck finding The Niche, which delivered 100% for our party. All of our guests were thrilled, remarking all night about the quality of the band and how they engaged with all the guests. Our corporate event consisted of senior officers all the way down to our younger staff, all of whom had a great time. Live music is always a hit, but the Niche became part of the event itself with their extremely talented and personable band members. The collective talent of the band was evident from the first song until the evening wrapped up. We will be hiring the Niche again next year!
Response from The Niche:
Thanks Anthony! It's always a pleasure playing for your family or company events! We're looking forward to that cruise around Manhattan for your firm in the spring! John from The Niche
The Niche played at a family event and they were awesome!!! Band members were professional, on time, and really knew how to gage the crowd! Music selections were great and they kept the party going!
I had so much fun at my friend’s wedding, the band was so great that everyone was off their seats and dancing away.
They sound great and they take requests and get people to dance.
Obviously these guys and gals are talented, but they really bring the energy every time they play together. Wow!!
The Niche played for my sons college graduation party and I am still getting compliments a year later from people saying how much they enjoyed the band and what a great party it was.
This is a very talented group of musicians led by an amazing band leader who plays the keyboards Like nobody’s business !!! I love this group and highly recommend Them ! You’ll dance all night long!! A party you will never forget!!!!!!!
I have had the privilege of meeting "The Niche Band" back when they referred to themselves as "Shawn, John, & Mel" ( I kind of miss that name ) I have worked with them professionally for over 6 years as a hospitality F&B Manager, which has been my career for almost 15 years. They came in modest, but they have no reason to be, as they are an EXCELLENT group with incredible talent & professionalism. I have managed both small private run restaurants with weekly entertainment, as well as high end magnificent rooftop hotels on the New York waterfront (truly spectacular). They were really a perfect fit for both. The small private operated restaurant had an older clientele who expected more mellow dinner music (the Classics if you will), and the Rooftop was a trendy, sassy, sexy clientele who wanted exactly that type of music. "The Niche Band " never disappointed in terms of performance, promptness, professionalism, & especially attitude. I look forward to working with them in my new position running a country club. I would give them 10 stars if I could. Working in this business you meet many personalities in the musician department, & they were always a true pleasure to work with. One of my favorites! I HIGHLY recommend them and can promise you will not be disappointed!
I really love to dance and I know a lot of music and everytime, they nailed it!!!
I've heard this group several times and they don't disappoint. Can't go wrong hiring them!!!
The Niche Band played at our wedding, and they were phenomenal! Our guests never left the dance floor, and the music appealed to guests of all ages. The Niche Band is comprised of talented musicians who are very professional to work with. I highly recommend The Niche Band!
What to Expect
Unlike most smaller bands- THE NICHE always has two dedicated full time front-line vocalists - male and female - to ensure a concert style look and premium quality of singers. Our music director runs DJ tracks and plays live keyboards and sings back-up, our sax player also sings backup and plays percussion. It's a dynamic look - in a smaller package. You'll see our singers and sax player out on the floor with your guests and you can customize by adding a live DJ or any extra pieces. We come with special stage lighting, state-of-the-art sound gear and a clean, contemporary look. THE NICHE videos are literally LIVE - most bands record their video and lip-sync their vocals- but our video is 100% live, just as we sound. Contact us with any questions and a no-pressure, professional experience!
THE NICHE consists exclusively of full time singers.musicians working in the NYC area, all of whom have touring and recording experience with multiple major stars. We are not an agency - we are an actrual group of musicians who know each other, and love working regularly together. We are not "plugged in together" like big bands in fancy agencies - we are a small collective of top drawer performers who have all known each other for years. We have collectively done hundreds of weddings and corporate events over time. In the Niche, we fuse together live performances with our proprietary recorded tracks in a smaller package - typically 4 or 5 pieces. We expand to a big band, with 10 - 12 pieces under the name NEW YORK SOUL. Whatever our clients prefer, we customize and deliver. We're excited to play together for your special event!!
Additional Booking Notes
We come complete with full lighting, sound gear and musical equipment. We can set up for ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions and parties all at once, since we often provide full service for weddings and corporate events. We are fully insured and any of your logistical requirements will be professionally handled.
Upcoming Booked Events
|February 25, 2023 • 5:00pm - 10:30pm||Wedding Reception|
Past Booked Events
|October 15, 2022 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 29, 2022 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|September 03, 2022 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|August 21, 2022 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|August 06, 2022–August 07, 2022 • 7:00pm - 12:00am||Wedding Reception|
|June 24, 2022 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|May 21, 2022 • 1:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|April 15, 2022 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Dinner Party|
|October 23, 2021 • 2:00pm - 6:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|October 02, 2021 • 10:30am - 4:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 27, 2021 • 8:00pm - 8:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|November 22, 2020 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm||Birthday Party|
|November 14, 2020 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|October 23, 2020 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||House Party|
|September 19, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|September 12, 2020 • 6:00pm - 10:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 06, 2020 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Personal Occasion|
The Niche covers a very wide repertoire in very-close to the record fashion. From Sinatra and the swing standards through the late 50's and 60's rock classics to Motown, 70's disco and pop, the 80's MTV Hits and the 2000's up to the current year. it's about the music that will keep all your guests dancing. The list below is a partial one- these are the most often played and requested songs and artists. Keep in mind, The Niche will also learn your special requested songs and help you if you're considering music for a wedding ceremony, cocktail hour or special situation.
MOTOWN & 60's HITS
Dancin In The Street
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Brown Eyed Girl
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Georgia On My Mind
Heaven Must've Sent You
Hold On, I'm Comin'
I Feel Good
I'm A Believer
Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay
Stop in the Name of Love
Stand By Me
What's Going On
CLASSIC ROCK and 70's HITS
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
How Sweet It Is (To be Loved By You)
I Want You Back
Into The Mystic
Isn't She Lovely
Let's Get It On
More Today Than Yesterday
Oh What A Night (Dec. 1963)
Sweet Home Alabama
Takin It To The Streets
DISCO & DANCE HITS
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
Boogie Oogie Oogie
Don't Stop Till You Get Enough
Get Down Tonight
Give it To Me Baby
Got to Be Real
I Will Survive
Never Too Much
Play That Funky Music
Shake Your Body Down
We are Family
All Night Long
Born To Run
Dancin' In The Dark
Don't Stop Believin'
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
I Love Rock N Roll
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
I've Had The Time Of My Life
Late In The Evening
Like A Prayer
Livin' On A Prayer
Pour Some Sugar On Me
ROCK In The USA
Rock With You
Walking On Sunshine
What I Like About You
You Shook Me All Night Long
You're My Best Friend
Everybody Dance Now
Its Your Life
Jump Jive N Wail
Let's Get Loud
Livin La Vida Loca
Mo Money, Mo Problems
Pump Up The Jam
This is How We Do It
Waiting for Tonight
We're Having A Party
Crazy In Love
Get This Party Started
Hot in Heere
I Gotta Feeling
I Like The Way You Move
Just The Way You Are
Please Don't Stop The Music
Put Your Records On
Save The Last Dance (Michael Buble)
Viva La Vida
You Are The Best Thing
All About That Bass
All oF Me
Cake By The Ocean
Can't Stop The Feeling
Call Me Maybe
Don't Start Now
DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love
Empire State of Mind
Give Me Everything
Good As Hell
Hold My Hand
I Don't Care (I Love It)
Locked Out of Heaven
Moves Like Jagger
One Last Time
Party Rock Anthem
Raise Your Glass
Shake It Off
Shape of You
Shut Up And Dance
Take Me Home
Thinking Out Loud
Wake Me Up
We Found Love
Die A Happy Man
Friends in Low Places
From this Moment On
God Bless This Broken Road
God Bless The USA
Humble and Kind
It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere
It's Your Love
My Best Friend
Take Me Home Country Roads
To Make You Feel My Love
When You Say Nothing At All
The Cup of Life
Girl From Ipanema
La Negra Tumbao
Quando, Quando, Quando
Oye Como Va
Song For My Father
Bei Mir Bistu Shein
Simon Tov and Mazel Tov
A Thousand Years
All Of Me
Because You Loved Me
Can't Help Fallin' In Love
Come Away With Me
Don't Know Why
Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Have I Told You Lately
I Put A Spell On You
Just The Way You Are
Killing Me Softly With His Song
Let's Stay Together
New York State of Mind
Over The Rainbow
Thinking Out Loud
What a Wonderful World
You Are So Beautiful
You Raise Me Up
AND MANY MORE.....
Influences & Inspiration
THE NICHE members all have PRO touring and recording experience. We have worked with major stars in the music business, as opening act, as band members and as singers. We bring you those PRO influences in our business and performance.
Electrical power. We do the rest!