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The mission statement is a simple one: ROCK THE HOUSE! The Swingin Richards came into fruition January 2001. Their debut show was Feb 2, 2001, in the plaza of the Nations Bank Center in Charlotte, N.C. opening for James Brown.

Now you may say that's pretty good for a debut, yet there's good reason the guys were able to float their boat on something like this. Dues and persistence. The guys have been in some of the Southeast's most beloved, reveled party bands for over 10 years. MegaPhonics, Daddy Blue, do these ring a bell? If not, either you just moved to the area, or are unaware of what's been shaking musically in the Southeast.

"A friend of ours who works in promotions, was looking for a strong local act that would work nicely opening for James Brown. Our past bands had expired, so he suggested the five of us get together and have a go. Only to do this one show. It really came together from that. We've been friends a long time and play well together. So why stop?" - John Wads

What's this band about? GREAT MUSIC and a REAL GOOD TIME!

What makes this band work? SYNERGY, the whole being greater than the sum of its individual parts.

"Each member of the band realizes that everyone in it is indispensable. It takes all of us to take care of the musical business. The byproduct being, cohesiveness and interplay. It produces something greater than our individual selves. For myself, it doesn't get better than this when it comes to being in a band."

Equally accessible to each other, they are accessible to the folks they play for.

"How are you gonna be any good without a good crowd of people to play for? The whole synergy thing plays into the people we perform for. Maybe I should rephrase that, and say, the people we perform with. It takes two to tango. It's always the energy of the crowd that tells us what to do. When the crowd starts kicking, it makes us want to contribute that much more. So, it really creates a circle where everyone is grooving, and becomes quite a joyous event." - John Wads

Steven Engler replies, "It's really about the band and the crowd in the moment."

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  • Beach Music
    Bruce Channel - Hey Baby
    Chairmen of the Board - Carolina Girls
    Drifters - Broadway
    Drifters - Some Kind of Wonderful
    Drifters - Under the Boardwalk
    The Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man
    The Temptations - Just My Imagination
    The Temptations - My Girl
    The Temptations - Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
  • Blues
    Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
    BB King - Everyday I Sing the Blues
    BB King - Gonna Get A Little
    BB King - Thrill Is Gone
    Cream - Crossroads
    Electric Flag - Wine, Wine, Wine
    Eric Clapton - Alberta
    Eric Clapton - Before You Accuse Me
    Eric Clapton - Further On Down the Road
    Eric Clapton - Hand Jive
    Eric Clapton - Nobody Loves You
    Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Workin'
    Muddy Waters - I'm Ready
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Cold Shot
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride and Joy
  • Country
    Allman Brothers - Melissa
    Allman Brothers - One Way Out
    Allman Brothers - Statesboro Blues
    Heartland - I Loved Her First
    Jimmy Buffet - Margaritaville
    Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
    Johnny Cash - Jackson
    Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Ballad of Curtis Lowe
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
    Rascall Flatts - Bless the Broken Road
    Rascall Flatts - My Wish
    Zac Brown Band - Chicken Fried
    Zac Brown Band - Whatever It Is
  • Folk
    Ben Harper - By My Side 
    Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses
    Bob Marley - I Shot The Sheriff
    Bob Marley - Jammin'
    Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry
    Bobby Gentry - Ode to Billy Joe
    Grateful Dead - Friend of the Devil
    Grateful Dead - Truckin'
    Mongo Jerry - In the Summertime
    Neil Young - Heart Of Gold
    Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel
  • Rock and Pop
    AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
    Aerosmith - Walk This Way
    Beatles - All You Need Is Love
    Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
    Beatles - Something
    Big Head Todd - Bittersweet
    Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
    Black Crowes - Hard to Handle
    Black Crowes - Jealous Again
    Black Crowes - Remedy
    Bob Seger - Old Time Rock N' Roll
    Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
    Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
    Bryan Adams - Heaven
    CCR - Proud Mary
    CCR - Suzie Q
    Cheap Sunglasses - Jesus Just Left Chicago
    Cheap Sunglasses - Waitin' For The Bus
    Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me
    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
    Chuck Berry - Maybellene
    Dave Matthews - Steady As You Go
    Deep Purple - Hush
    Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me
    Doors - Love Me Two Times
    Doors - Roadhouse Blues
    Dr. John - Women Are Smarter
    Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
    Elvis Presley - I Can't Help Falling In Love
    Elvis Presley - Little Sister
    Elvis Presley - That's All Right Mama
    Elvis Presley - You're Always On My Mind
    Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
    Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
    Jimi Hendrix - Fire
    Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
    Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
    Jimi Hendrix - Wind Cries Mary
    Joe Cocker - Feelin' Allright
    Joe Cocker - Unchain My Heart
    Joe Cocker - You Are So Beautiful
    Journey - Don't Stop Believing
    Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times
    Led Zeppelin - Hey, Hey What Can I Do
    Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
    Little Richard - Lucille
    Little Richard - Rip It Up
    Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
    Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
    Paul Simon - She Loves Me Like A Rock
    Paul Simon - Slip Sliding Away
    Pink Floyd - Money
    Pink Floyd - Time
    Pink Floyd - Us and Them
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Prince - Kiss
    Prince - Raspberry Beret
    Ray Lamontagne - You Are The Best Thing
    Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Woman
    Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
    Rolling Stones - Not Fade Away
    Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
    Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
    Santana - Black Magic Woman
    Santana - Evil Ways
    Santana - Oye Como Va
    Steelers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle
    Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild
    Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
    Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle
    Steve Miller - The Joker
    The Stray Cats - Rock This Town
    The Troggs - Wild Thing
    The Who - My Generation
    The Who - Squeeze Box
    Tom Petty - Breakdown
    Tom Petty - Last Dance With Mary Jane
    U2 - With or Without You
    Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison - Crazy Love
    Van Morrison - Domino
    Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
    Van Morrison - Moondance
    Van Morrison - Right Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison - Stone Me
    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
    Van Morrison - Wild Nights
    Young MC - Bust A Move
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
    Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands
    Bill Withers - Use Me
    Billy Preston - Circles
    Cee Lo Green - Forget You
    Commodores - Brick House
    Commodores - Easy
    Dobie Gray - Drift Away
    Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
    Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams 
    Jackie Wilson - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
    James Brown - Cold Sweat
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    James Brown - Sex Machine
    KC & the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
    KC & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
    KC & the Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
    King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew
    King Curtis - Shotgun
    Marvin Gaye - Grapevine
    Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
    Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On
    Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
    Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On
    Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    Ohio Players - Fire
    Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
    Otis Redding - Hard to Handle
    Otis Redding - Respect
    Outkast - Hey Ya
    Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
    Ray Charles - Georgia
    Ray Charles - Let's Go Get Stoned
    Ray Charles - Mess Around 
    Ray Charles - Unchain My Heart
    Ray Charles - What I'd Say
    Sam & Dave - Soul Man
    Sam Cooke - These Arms of Mine
    Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    Sly & the Family Stone - Everyday People
    Sly & the Family Stone - Thank You
    Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
    Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
    Stevie Wonder - Superstition
    The Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing
    The Meters - Cissy Strut
    The Temptations - Can't Get Next To You
    The Temptations - Just My Imagination
    The Temptations - My Girl
    The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
    The Temptations - Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
    The Temptations - The Way You Do
    Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason
    War - Low Rider
    Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
    Wilson Pickett - Can't Stop a Man in Love
    Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • Standards, Swing, and Jazz
    Billie Holliday - God Bless the Child
    Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look
    George Gershwin - Summertime
    John Coltrane - Blue Bossa
    John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
    Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
    Miles Davis - All Blues


I just wanted to let you know that The Swinging Richards were absolutely awesome! Everyone loved the band. It was the best Tryon Hounds Hunt Ball in twenty years! These guys were fantastic to work with. They engaged our audience and had everyone rocking like they used to back in the 60s. What a blast. We are looking forward to working with them again!

Again, many thanks for making every aspect smooth. I have personally enjoyed working with Eastcoast Entertainment, in particular Elli Schwarz. Thank you Hank for stepping in for her. You were fantastic!

Candy C.
Lake Bowen Commons


Ric and I cannot thank you guys enough for contributing to what we truly believe was one of the best nights ever.  You were absolutely amazing and our guests loved you! 

Please let us know how we can provide feedback via reviews or comments.  You deserve all the recognition you can get!

Ric and Somers F.
Westin Poinsette Hotel


I can't tell you enough how much we LOVED The Swingin' Richards!! They were so great to work with from the very beginning.  They have a fantastic talent and kept our crowd moving the entire night!  Their song selections were perfect for our wedding, and they handled every detail of the announcements, cake cutting, garter toss, etc.!  They learned a new song for our first dance, and it was just like listening to the Eagles sing it live.  The communication with Ken was always very prompt and accommodating.  We will recommend them for years to come!

Leann Y.
Rolling Hills Country Club

50th Birthday Celebration

You guys were outstanding Sunday! The party was a blockbuster and I coin you guys "the weapon of success". All of my friends and family are still talking about the band. They want me to have a 51st birthday party now. You guys have a great sound and Steve as the front man was quite a performer. You guys kept the crowd engaged and delivered pure entertainment. All of you are very talented and gotta be proud leaving parties with the crowd wanting more. I had some guitar buddies at the party who played with bands in their past and were floored with Dustin's guitar playing. He shredded those solos. Now if me and the brother could do the same on the horns that would be cool. Ha ha.

Steve, thanks for all the kind words at the end of the event. I will never forget it.This truly was the best birthday bash I was ever part of.

We'll get on the write up to EastCoast Entertainment and rate you guys 10+, A+.. I look forward to future parties with you guys and hope to attend some future gigs around town and say Hi.

Thanks again, you guys are the BEST!

Dave L.

Personal Celebration

They were incredible!

Scott H.

Mother of the Bride

Dear John,

Just want to let you know that we are beyond happy with the band Swingin' Richard. People went wild dancing and they are exactly what we wanted-more than fabulous. I would recommend them to anybody and all of our guests went wild over them.  I especially want to recommend  them since there was some confusion among the people we had managing the venue and my husband. My husband didn't and couldn't tell us from where he was (with the groomsmen) that the band had texted him what time they would arrive. I had forgotten their cell phone, so there was no emergency.

Our guests went crazy over Swingin' Richards. Everyone danced even after the bride and groom left. They interracted well with all of our guests. Can't thank you enough. Very impressed.

Susan P.


I wanted to shoot you a note as our wedding occurred this past Saturday and the Swingin' Richards performed at the reception. I don't know if I can put into words how incredible these guys were. We had all of our friends there going nuts the entire time and these guys were just phenomenal from the beginning to the end.

First, I had sent Ken, the band leader, three songs for our first dance, father-daughter and mother-son dances and they performed them flawlessly. We were so happy with how well they did with those songs.

Then, once the party started they were everything we wanted and more! It seemed like they would just go with the flow and genuinely had fun with whatever non-sense we were doing. They even had a bunch of us end the night by singing a Journey song. However, even though myself and the other 10 guys could probably tell you the majority of those lyrics right now, no one in the group could really put it together at that particular moment so the singer gave us his phone with the lyrics pulled up. Ha! They are the best wedding/party band around and I feel like you really couldn't even make a legitimate case that that statement is not true. Certainly the best that I've encountered and I think I've seen quite a few. I'm more than happy to be reference or provide any endorsement that I can for the Swingin' Richards. Our reception could not have been as awesome as it was without them. Hopefully none of the band members decide to retire after that night of insanity.

Thanks so much for your help in booking them. They were perfect. Heck, I may go crash the next wedding the perform at!

Nick K.

Private Party

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I was with the Swingin' Richards. They did such an awesome job. Everyone LOVED them. They were so attentive and responsive to everything I wanted. I couldnt have been happier with the band selection!

Thank you for your help!

Shelly J.


I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how ecstatic we were to have Swingin Richards play at our wedding last Saturday. They were extremely accommodating to our dance song requests and overall seem to be good hearted, fun people in general. Did I mentioned they rocked it as well!!! These guys have some serious talent and everyone raved about them. They really read the crowd well and kept people on the dance floor all night. The encore presentation capped it off for us and for people thinking of hiring this band, I would say no question....don't hesitate to book them. You wont be dissapointed. Thanks for your help making our day so special. We'll be sure spread the word about your agency and the Swingin Richards for future events!!!!

Daniel G.


Thank you so much for your email and for being such a big part if our wedding day! Y'all did an amazing job and everyone has been talking about what a great band we had :) thanks for making it so much fun! We had the best time!

Hope to see you all again soon! Thanks so much again for helping to make our special day so perfect!

Courtney C.


Just wanted to reach out to say thank you...I could not have asked for a better band for the wedding - you guys were amazing. Everyone commented over and over on how much they enjoyed all of you. And the song for the ceremony was perfect. Please let all the band members know how much Nick and I appreciated the music.

Louise F.

Private Party

They were great! Music was wonderful and they were extremely easy to work with from a professional/setup perspective. Please let them know how much we enjoyed having them return to play our Music in the Park!! Thanks again for your help Ellie! ~

J. Charlotte K.
Baxter Village, Activities Director

Bride & Groom

I just wanted to say thank you so much for getting the Swingin Richards for us, they were absolutely amazing and "made" the whole reception! The party was strong from 8-12-30 am! Everyone was on the dance floor the entire time, which is what Jay and I wanted!! They were so fun, professional and easy going! They let my husband play a song on their harmonica while they were playing a Johnny Cash song, and then gave him the harmonica as a souvenir, which he loves!! They also let my cousin sing a few songs on the mike. The last song they let my cousin, a bridesmaid and myself sing and it was like a concert...everyone had the time of their lives!!! Anyway, I would recommend them to anyone who wants a memorable night of a lifetime! Everyone was saying how wonderful they were:)

Katie & Jay C.
Bride & Groom

College Party

The band far exceeded my expectations. I'm used to the fraternity days when I worked with a larger budget, but Ken and the guys were excellent. I've received lots of praise for picking them. Thanks so much for all your help. You can rest assured I'll be calling again and that I'll be sending more business your way.

J. Buice
Medical College of Georgia

Wedding Reception

Thank you thank you thank you! You guys were awesome! I think it was definitely fate that brought us together!! I couldn't have been more pleased and have been told over and over again how fun you all were AND what great musicians you guys are. I am sorry that I missed the jazz set in the beginning, I heard that was a really cool set by multiple people. And I know day weddings can be challenging to get people dancing, but I think it worked out well. Ya'll definitely worked it! Jonathan and I particularly loved the rendition of "Sweet Home Texas". Oh, and I liked what you added to the table decorations - we should have thought of that earlier but used Lone Star beer caps instead. . . ;-) If you need one of those 'testimonials' for your website, we would be happy to help you out. Have a great week,


Sorority Formal

Formal was awesome and I cannot tell you how pleased EVERYONE was with the band. They were GREAT. They were on time, very professional, and a real crowd pleaser. Everyone agreed that they were the best band we've ever had for a function! I would definitely use them again, thanks so much:) Thanks again! I look forward to working with you and East Coast in the future!

Katie C.
Kappa Kappa Gamma - Clemson University

Corporate Event

Thanks again for helping us put on what people are calling around here the best holiday party in the history of this agency. That might sound a little over the top, but that's the word on the street. Apparently there have been some real stinkers in the past. And thanks for letting me get up and jam with you guys.

Kris K.
Mullen Corporation

Wedding Planner

They were perfect for this bride and groom! The groom is a musician and actually ended up knowing a few of the band members.

Reagan K.
Wedding Planner - Kristin Newman Designs


Robby and I really enjoyed you guys at our wedding reception last week (at providence country club)! You are a great band! Thank you so much! Hope you had a good time! Please let everyone know that we absolutely loved you guys and the guests thought ya'll were the best!

Megan H.


I want you to know how wonderful The Swingin Richards were! They were so flexible and accommodating. The music was AWESOME. They were exactly what I was looking for, and they far exceeded my expectations! They interacted so well with my guests, and they were a blast to have at the wedding!
They were open to song requests that were not on their "play list" and played exactly what we asked for. I would invite them to play at another event for me, hands down. If someone asks you for a "band suggestion," I would highly recommend that you suggest The Swingin Richards! Steven has an AMAZING voice and sounds like whoever he is singing! We had planned on playing Louis Armstrong from the iPod for our first dance. He sang the song and everyone thought it was the original track from the iPod! It was perfect!!

I could not have asked for better. My fiance and I were so happy with The Swingin Richards, and we hope to work with them again in the future!

Kathy A.


Just wanted to send you an email and say thank-you for performing at our wedding. In the future, I will happily suggest your services to anyone seeking excellent, and enjoyable musical entertainment for any occasion. Your band was great to work with and I appreciate you being so accessible during the planning stages. 

Danny V.


You guys were fantastic!! We had such a great time at our wedding - as did all of our guests! The groomsmen want to form their own band after singing Bon Jovi (I think we all can agree that's a terrible idea after hearing them belt out that song!). Nick and I are glad to be a reference for y'all or write a review - just let us know where to send something. I can't believe y'all actually got Nick on stage to play! It may have gone to his head...During our honeymoon, he wanted to be able to play with any band (including the reggae one at our hotel) that happened to be performing. As reluctant as he was to actually get on stage with y'all, he had a ball...and felt like a rockstar!

I have never seen my parents rock out to any band as much as they did to y'all. Thanks for the fantastic memories - it couldn't have been any better! 

Lauren B.
Swingin Richards
Swingin Richards