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The Midnight Movers are a powerhouse of authentic soul and Motown sounds, led by the dynamic trumpeter and vocalist Curtis Pope.

There are arguably no continuously working groups more intertwined with American soul music. Like the "Funk Brothers" - the collective of musicians who played on all the recording sessions at Motown Records, the Midnight Movers made their mark behind the scenes, backing up, touring with, producing, and arranging many of the genre's most famous artists. You've heard the famous wah pedal guitar work of original member Charles "Skip" Pitts on Isaac Hayes' "Theme to Shaft," as well as Curtis Pope's signature horn lines on the Isley Brothers crossover hit, "It's Your Thing." The band produced legendary Stax vocal duo, Sam & Dave, and its members have recorded with countless groups in all the major centers of American Soul music--Detroit, New York, Memphis, and Muscle Shoals--receiving national acceptance in an era marked by distinct regional sounds.

The band is perhaps most famous, however, for its decades-long collaboration with "Wicked" Wilson Pickett. It was on the road with Pickett that the band perfected its compelling stage show with high-stepping choreography, seamless medleys, and playful approach to performance. Wilson Pickett's famous song, "I'm a Midnight Mover" was the inspiration for the band's name--a name under which the band released two full-length records of their own--'Follow the Wind' (1964) and 'Do it in the Road' (1970). "Wilson Pickett and the Midnight Movers" performed all over the world until 1997, when the Movers struck out on their own. Since then, the Movers have continued to hone their reputation as the best live soul band in the world playing outdoor festivals, weddings, corporate events, and private engagements of all kinds.

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  • Classic Soul / Motown
    Aretha  Franklin - Chain Of Fools
    Aretha  Franklin - Natural Woman
    Aretha  Franklin - Respect
    Booker T. & the MGs - Green Onions
    Four Tops - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
    Four Tops - Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
    Ides of March - Vehicle
    Ike & Tina Turner - Finger Poppin'
    Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary
    Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing
    Junior Walker - Shotgun
    King Curtis - Groove Me
    King Curtis - Soul Serenade
    Otis Redding - Can't Turn You Loose
    Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long
    Otis Redding - Mr. Pitiful
    Otis Redding - Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
    Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
    Ray Charles - I Just Can't Stop Loving You
    Ray Charles - What'd I Say
    Sam & Dave - Hold On, I?m Coming
    Sam & Dave - Soul Man
    Sam & Dave - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Tracks Of My Tears
    Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
    Temptations - My Girl
    Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
    Wilson Pickett - Funky Broadway
    Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett - Land Of A Thousand Dances
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Al Green - Let's Stay Together
    Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music
    Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces
    Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
    Cheryl Lynn - To Be Real
    Clarence Carter - Slip Away
    Commodores - Brickhouse
    Donna Summer - Last Dance
    Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove Tonight
    Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star
    Isaac Hayes - By The Time I Get To Phoenix
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
    James Brown - Sex Machine
    Jean Knight - Mr Big Stuff
    Kool & the Gang - Jungle Boogie
    Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
    McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
    Parliament - Tear The Roof Off
    Parliament - We Want The Funk
    Rick James - Superfreak
    Rick James - You And I
    Sly & The Family Stone - Dance To The Music
    Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
    Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
    Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  • Oldies / Rock n' Roll
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
    Chuck Berry - Sweet 16
    Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
    Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
    Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee
    Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
    Rufus Wainwright - Walkin' The Dog
    The Archies - Sugar Sugar
  • Modern, Alternative, and Classic Rock
    B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone
    Beatles - Hey Jude
    Beatles - Yesterday
    Benny Carter - Key Largo
    Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
    Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are
    James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
    Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
    Joe Cocker - You Are So Beautiful
    Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
    Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison - Domino
    Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
    Van Morrison - Moondance
  • Standards, Swing, and Jazz
    Blood Sweat & Tears - God Bless The Child
    Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine
    Duke Ellington - Ain't Misbehavin'
    Duke Ellington - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Duke Ellington - Take The A Train
    Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
    Frank Sinatra - More Today Than Yesterday
    Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
    George and Ira Gershwin - Summertime
    George Benson - Breezin'
    George Benson - Sunny
    Glen Miller - In The Mood
    Kenny Dorham - Blue Bossa
    Louis Armstrong - As Time Goes By
    Louis Armstrong - Mack The Knife
    Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
    Miles Davis - Green Dolphin Street
    Natalie Cole - Inseparable
    Paul Desmond - Our Day Will Come
    Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Danny Boy
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Hava Nagila
    Specialty Wedding Standards - L'chiam ? To Life
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Let Me Call You Sweetheart
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Londonderry Aire
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Never On Sunday
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Poco Pelo
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Sunrise Sunset
    Specialty Wedding Standards - Wild Irish Rose
    Stan Getz / Joao Gilberto - Girl From Ipanema
    Sting - My One And Only Love
    Tony Bennett - I Left My Heart In San Francisco
    Tony Bennett - Misty
    Tony Bennett - The Shadow Of Your Smile
    Tony Bennett - When I Fall In Love
  • Contemporary and Dance
    Blackstreet - No Diggitty
    Buster Poindexter - Hot, Hot, Hot
    E.U. - Da Butt
    Earth, Wind & Fire - Sing A Song
    Gap Band - You Dropped A Bomb On Me
    Michael Jackson - Beat It
    Nelly - Hot In Herre
    Neville Livingston - Electric Slide
    Outkast - I Like The Way You Move
    Prince - Kiss
  • International
    Benny Carter - Key Largo
    Bob Marley - Stir It Up
    Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
  • Country and Bluegrass
    Lyle Lovett - You Can't Resist It
    Shania Twain - Still The One

Bride & Groom

The Midnight Movers played at our wedding in Annapolis, Maryland. We are writing you this letter to let you know that the performance that we received that evening and the professionalism that we had leading up to our wedding was outstanding. Curtis Pope was available when we had questions for him, he always returned our phone calls or emails timely, and was extremely pleasant and personable. The night of our wedding, the Midnight Movers were amazing. They had every wedding guest on the dance floor from the minute they started playing music. The music was exactly what we loved and wanted to be played. It was a special night for us. We are so happy that the Midnight Movers were a part of it. We would recommend them for any couple who desires a fun and memorable evening. Thank you very much.

Ryan and Kelly C.
Bride & Groom


The band was fantastic and we have received tons of compliments. I would recommend them to anyone. Curtis Pope was a tremendously nice guy and easy to work with. He talked with me multiple times over the week before the wedding just to make sure we were comfortable and that he had all the details right. On the day of the wedding, he showed up when he said he would and they rocked the house!!

Marshall S.


The Midnight Movers were the best band in the universe! EVERYONE, and I mean everyone loved them. My father in law and his college buddy even got up with them and did a rendition of Wilson Pickett "In the Midnight Hour," it was fabulous. When they left at 130am no one wanted to leave so my cousin started playing Billy Joel and Lady Gaga on the piano and we sang until 2am in the club lounge until our parents kicked us out. BEST NIGHT EVER!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth B.

Special Event

Thank you again for a great night on Saturday. I have gotten nothing but compliments on the band- great dancing music. I also must add that you were very professional to work with and all of the band members seemed to want to make sure everyone had a good time. A band can make or break a party like that, and the The Midnight Movers were very good and made the party. Your horn play in particular was terrific. Best regards,



The band was THE BEST EVER. Literally. I've had innumerable emails from guests telling me it was the "best wedding band they have ever heard." People were on the dance floor all night. They were courteous. They were on time. They were easy to work with. They learned our songs perfectly, and the addition of the female singer was a definite win. She really put them over the top. They were so good, in fact, that if there is anything I can to do help you by way of referrals or writing up a review or, really, anything at all, let me know. We just fell in love with them. Now we're just trying to convince our friends to pool $ to get them to play for a Christmas party! :) Thanks so much for all of the help with everything. We were just dead on in our decision, so it was all worth it!



Event Coordinator

I want you to know that The Midnight Movers did a great job for my client in Williamsburg, VA on June 5, 2009. This was an upscale but fun party and they fit the bill perfectly. Curtis Pope advanced the date thoroughly, arrived to set up on time, and had the dance floor full from the first song. The band had to face tough traffic jams en route to the party and had to react to a very heavy rain storm at the event. Curtis and band remained professional throughout all of the adversity delivering a wonderful performance and creating a satisfied client. I will be glad to book them again and will be happy to offer a recommendation whenever needed. Thanks a million to you, Curtis and the band.

Chris C.


Chris will probably want to add to this, but just got your email and wanted to respond to say that the Movers were awesome! They played everything we wanted them to play and were so flexible and generous to let me- and our friends- get up onstage to sing and play drums. We couldn't have been more pleased. Everyone loved them! We highly recommend to others. Feel free to quote me on all of this on the eastcoast website :) A HUGE thanks again to you for helping us book them, also for coordinating everything and helping it to run so smoothly on the wedding weekend.

Katie K.
Midnight Movers