The Motown Funk Soul So You Can Have A Great Night Band! Class Act Band is one of the best kept secrets in Virginia. Playing together since childhood, this band has close ties of family, friendship, and a common gospel-rooted heritage. From simmering ballads to fiery funk, Class Act specializes in bringing soulful renditions of your favorite Motown and 70's classics to you.
Bandleader Stephon Hurt always goes the extra mile to ensure that the dance floor stays full. Don't be surprised if you find yourself the star of their famous "shake yo money maker contest" or if your favorite uncle's goofy dance moves win the "soul man search." Class Act's guiding philosophy is that their performance is centered around making your special day memorable. A client's complete satisfaction is their gift to any bride or event planner, and Stephon's attention to detail assures that the pre- and post-show workings of the band are as well-choreographed as their on-stage dance moves.
Hi Lynn - Class Act was absolutely fabulous!!!! Everyone loved them.. I wish the party could have lasted all night! I enjoyed talking to Stephon for a few minutes at the end, and he said they had fun too. The bride & groom were smiling all night as well as all their friends and family! The dancing never stopped...Many thanks for your strong recommendation of them. We were very pleased and have recommended that CCV hire them for a club function if possible! Wish we could have another party!!
Mary M. (April 28th, 2012)
Hi - This weekend went flawlessly and Class Act was such a hit. Everyone loved having them play for us, especially because they were such a lively and interactive band. Spottswood fell through on providing the stage that they had promised would be there but this didn't seem to be a problem for the band at all. We were all very pleased and working with Stephon was really easy! Thank you so much for helping me with the event and I look forward to working with you again in the future!
Brittany F. (James Madison University)
March 24, 2012
I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know what a fantastic group you have in Class Act.I worked with them on Saturday night at a wedding reception and beyond their talent, they were super easy to work with and get along with, which for a planner, is sooooo nice. I can't tell you how many bands I've worked with that roll in late, don't want to talk to me about the timeline, and act like an act "on tour". It's so refreshing to work with a group who "gets it" - that there's an event going on and if we work as a team, it'll come off so much nicer for everyone -especially the client. I will DEFINITELY recommend them to other clients looking for a band. Please pass this on to the band for me.
Oh my gosh-the band was AWESOME! They were so accommodating; I've worked with some bands that are not flexible on schedule, break times, etc. and Class Act was Truly a CLASS ACT!All they kept saying was "this is your event, we will do whatever you want us to do,we want your guests to enjoy themselves". I LOVE them! Secondly, they really engaged the attendees and did a whole audience participation thing which I am STILL hearing about! People had so much fun (there was a conga line of doctors at one point-truly a sight to see...I thought we were on a cruise ship).They got EVERYONE up on the dance floor and everyone had a fabulous time. I will recommend them to anyone I know. Several people are already talking about hiring them for their own events..we loved them.
Thank you for all your help and for recommending such a great group!
May 29, 2009
Class Act was a class act as always. We've had them provide music for our date parties each semester for the past few years and for good reason. Their music selection is a great mix of Motown and oldies with some newer music mixed in to change things up. They are very accommodating and easy to work with. They even moved inside mid show when we needed to cut the noise outside. They sound awesome and we always have a great time with them. Everyone was dancing non-stop. They even let brothers join in for a few songs and play with the band. They have the perfect sound and style for our date parties and sororities are now trying to book them after attending our event. I highly recommend Class Act and we will definitely have them back.
Stewart D. (Virginia Tech)
April 7th, 2012
Hi!!! We had a great time! Class Act did a wonderful job! They were very entertaining and really got the crowd going! We really had a great time!!! They helped to make the night wonderful! Thanks again for all your help.
Brooke P. (Wedding Bride)
October 29th, 2011
Our formal was awesome! I received a lot of compliments about Class Act, so make sure to hype them to other greek organizations. Thanks for your help!
Laura H. (UVa Kappa Kappa Gamma)
April 17th, 2009
Hi - This weekend went flawlessly and Class Act was such a hit. Everyone loved having them play for us, especially because they were such a lively and interactive band. Spottswood fell through on providing the stage that they had promised would be there but this didn't seem to be a problem for the band at all. We were all very pleased and working with Stephon was really easy! Thank you so much for helping me with the event and I look forward to working with you again in the future! Sincerely,
Brittany F. (James Madison University)
March 24, 2012
Hi Mark - Have been traveling cross country and just returned to AZ.
Regarding Class Act: 1- There is nothing they wouldn't do if they were able, to make the event as special as possible. For instance, not only did Stephon play during the processional, his lead singer added vocals. AMAZING!! 2- They not only played with style and energy, they were energized and moved and rocked the house down! 3- Even his wife sang a whole bunch.
In other words, they were beyond description. The comments were not just positive, they were euphoric. One friend of ours is a booking agent for professional acts. He was beside himself with praise. You should know that their internet site sells them so so so short. Our videographer thought they were so dynamite that he is sending them the recording of the many sets of the night. Mark...these folks are gold Much thanks
Mark R. (May 29th, 2011)
I think both Chloe and I agree that Class Act was instrumental (no pun intended) in making the wedding a huge success. So many people came up to us during and after the wedding and just raved and raved about the band. They literally had the ENTIRE room dancing - young and old alike. They came down onto the dance floor and danced with us; they invited us on stage to do some solos on the keys - it was awesome. We got so many great pictures of Chloe and I on stage with her dad and the best man playing keys. Stephon was incredibly helpful and a joy to work with. He helped us through some iPod trouble we were having and the band ended up playing the first dance for my mom and I, which was a last-minute change, but it worked out great. They just had so much energy and enthusiasm and kept it moving for us well past midnight. They also played Auld lang sein (sp?) at midnight and did a count-down, which was fun for all. Honestly, we have nothing but glowing reviews. They were super easy to work with, and easily the most memorable part of the reception. Chloe and I owe them a big thank you letter, which we haven't quite gotten around to writing yet (there are so many to do!), but it's on the list. Also, we really want to say thanks to you Graham for putting us in touch with such a fantastic band and making the whole process go smoothly. Couldn't have done without you and EastCoast!
Thanks again for everything.
December 31st, 2009
Class Act was absolutely wonderful at our party. As you know this was a surprise party for my dad, and we were able to keep it that way until he arrived at the party location that evening. My father is not the type to show emotion. And, in my thirty years I can only remember him crying once and that was in sadness. Now I can say that I have seen him cry twice, and this time was with joy. He actually had tears in his eyes when he saw all those people there for him and especially when he saw the band. They sang Happy Birthday to him with my sister and I at each side. He was overwhelmed with joy. It was wonderful!
Once the band got started so did the party! Stephen made sure the dance floor stayed full at all times. They are such a fun and talented group of people. We could not have chosen a better band for this party. Everyone is still talking about what a great time they had and how good the band was. Thank you so much for suggesting Class Act to me. I would certainly use them again and would recommend them to anyone else looking for a band.
Happy Daughter December 2008
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for helping to create the most perfect wedding reception. You and the band were absolutely AMAZING. Everyone including us have said "That was the most fun we have ever had at a wedding." We had never seen a dance floor at a wedding so full the ENTIRE evening! We loved the "Shake Your Money Maker" dance and getting up on stage with you. It was all perfect.
Also, thank you so much for learning the song for our first dance. The entire time we were dancing we kept saying to one another how wonderful you guys are.
We will definitely be recommending you to everyone!
Alyson and Christopher S.
October 11, 2008
"With their love for music bringing them together, the couple was intent on incorporating their unique musical affections into the wedding day. The couple shared a first dance to Van Morrison's, "Into the Mystic. Early in the evening, jazz tunes were piped into the speakers that would later give way to a party! The band "Class Act" managed by EastCoast Entertainment, warmed up quickly and put on a fabulous show. This eclectic mix of Motown, funk and soul kept the crowd on their feet until the midnight hour finishing up with a dance-off that would put Soul Train to shame. At one point in the evening Robert, something of a guitar virtuoso, jumped up on stage and had an impromptu jam session with the band. The crowd cheered and clapped with captivated smiles on their faces while the bride stood on the front row almost as an audience of one for her groom!"
reprinted from 2008 Spring / Summer issue of Soiree Magazine /"Tamara & Robert"
Thank you Katie! Everything with the band was absolutely amazing! We had a great time and Stephon was super easy to work with. He called me a couple times before the wedding to go over details and they got everything just right. I loved how they got all the guests involved!
Mary P. (May 18th, 2013)
Class Act was fantastic! Thanks so much for the recommendation. The music sounded great and the entire "band experience" was amazing. I think that you might remember Kurt Klinke (he was around your year Pika I think). Well he was breaking down the dance moves with all of the senior guests who also loved the group. One of my Uncles told me that the wedding was great and that he was only mad that his ride left early because he loved the band so much and that you never hear great groups like that at weddings anymore.
Thanks so much for everything,
Jack L. (June 22nd, 2013)
The Class Act band was wonderful! The kids loved them and I am sure will have them again...
Thank you it was a wonderful evening, I think they could have gone all night!
Molly H. (March 22nd, 2014)
Thank you so much! This band was above & beyond! There's just no way any other band could have done as well. We're overwhelmed by the incredible job Stephon, Ernestine and the whole band did Saturday night. The dance floor was filled immediately and they kept everyone dancing the whole time! Thank you so much! We're going to do this again when our next daughter gets married!
Claire R. 4/5/14
Mother of the Bride