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Entertainment & Talent Booking

Accolade band specializes in elegant, fun, high-energy special events. Few other dance bands in the Midwest so flawlessly combine the energy and talent of a top concert or nightclub band with the professionalism and elegance of a top special event band. The Accolade band experience is guaranteed to give you and your guests an evening they’ll never forget.

Accolade is a 7-piece band performing popular dance music from the 60s through today, with a focus on Motown, Top 40, R&B/Soul/Funk, and Disco, as well as jazz and light music for dinner and cocktail hours. The word accolade means “an expression of the highest praise,” and the name Accolade was inspired by the consistently enthusiastic response the band received from their clients and audiences during their first ten years under a different name.  Accolade has two of the most extraordinary lead singers you’ll find anywhere, which may explain why their clients are routinely asked by their guests, “Wow! Where did you find this amazing band?”

In addition to their great music, Accolade offers many “special touches” to help make your event as successful and hassle-free as possible. For example, they work closely with their clients to customize their performances around their clients’ preferences, they provide professional emcee services, they often are consulted for suggestions to help their clients plan the entertainment portion of their evening, and they usually can honor special requests. For the benefit of their clients, Accolade has invested in customized state-of-the-art technology that gives them a superior sound and maximum control over their volume, which is especially important for low-volume dinner music. They also pay detailed attention to the visual aesthetics of their performances, taking special measures to ensure that their stage area complements the elegance of your venue.

Whatever the occasion, Accolade is the perfect dance band to help bring your special event alive.

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Dance Songs

  • 1999 (Prince)
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye / Diana Ross)
  • Ain’t No Other Man (Christina Aguilera)
  • Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (McFadden & Whitehead)
  • Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)
  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations)
  • All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
  • Ascension (Maxwell)
  • Back in Love Again (Jeffrey Osborne & LTD)
  • Bad Girls (Donna Summer)
  • Bad Mama Jama (Carl Carlton)
  • Been Around the World (Lisa Stansfield)
  • Best of My Love (The Emotions)
  • Before I Let Go (Frankie Beverly & Maze)
  • Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
  • Black Cat (Janet Jackson)
  • Boogie Down (Al Jarreau)
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie (A Taste of Honey)
  • Burn Rubber (Gap Band)
  • Brickhouse (The Commodores)
  • Can’t Get Enough of Your Love (Barry White)
  • Caribbean Queen (Billy Ocean)
  • Celebration (Kool & the Gang)
  • Chain of Fools (Aretha Franklin)
  • Congo Square (The Neville Brothers)
  • Crazy in Love (Beyonce)
  • Dancing in the Street (Martha & the Vandellas)
  • December, 1963 (Oh What a Night) (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons)
  • Déjà vu (Beyonce)
  • Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) (The Contours)
  • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)
  • Early in the Morning (The Gap Band)
  • Emotions (Mariah Carey)
  • Everlasting Love (Natalie Cole)
  • Fantasy (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • Finally (Ce Ce Peniston)
  • Forget-Me-Nots (Patrice Rushen)
  • Forget You (Cee Lo Green)
  • Fresh (Kool & the Gang)
  • Georgy Porgy (Toto)
  • Get Down on It (Kool & the Gang)
  • Get Ready (The Temptations)
  • Give It to Me Baby (Rick James)
  • Good Times (Chic)
  • Got to Be Real (Cheryl Lynne)
  • Hey Ya (Outkast)
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye / Gladys Knight & the Pips)
  • I Feel for You (Chaka Khan)
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)
  • I Want to Take You Higher (Sly & the Family Stone)
  • I Want Your Love (Chic)
  • I Want You Back (The Jackson Five)
  • I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
  • I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
  • I’m Bringing Sexy Back (Justin Timberlake)
  • I’m Every Woman (Whitney Houston)
  • I’m Your Baby Tonight (Whitney Houston)
  • It’s Only Love (Bryan Adams & Tina Turner)
  • I’ve Gotta Feeling (Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night) (Black Eyed Peas)
  • Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
  • Jungle Love (Morris Day & the Time)
  • It’s Getting Hot in Here (Nelly)
  • It’s Your Thing (The Isley Brothers)
  • Kiss (Prince)
  • Lady (Lenny Kravitz)
  • Land of 1000 Dances (Wilson Pickett)
  • Lady Marmalade (Patti LaBelle / Christina Aguilera, et al.)
  • Last Dance (Donna Summer)
  • Le Freak (Freak Out) (Chic)
  • Let’s Dance (David Bowie)
  • Let’s Get It Started (Black Eyed Peas)
  • Let’s Go Crazy (Prince)
  • Let’s Groove Tonight (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • Livin’ On a Prayer (Bon Jovi)
  • Love On Top (Beyonce)
  • Man Eater (Hall & Oates)
  • Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera)
  • Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett)
  • My Guy (Mary Wells)
  • Never Too Much (Luther Vandross)
  • Never Gonna Get It (En Vogue)
  • A Night to Remember (Shalamar)
  • Paralyzer (Finger Eleven)
  • Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
  • Please Don’t Stop the Music (Rihanna)
  • PYT (Pretty Young Thing) (Michael Jackson)
  • Remember the Time (Michael Jackson)
  • Respect (Aretha Franklin)
  • River Deep, Mountain High (Tina Turner)
  • Rock Steady (The Whispers)
  • Rock With You (Michael Jackson)
  • September (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • Shake Your Body Down to the Ground (Michael Jackson)
  • Shake Your Groove Thing (Peaches & Herb)
  • Shame (Evelyn “Champagne” King)
  • Shout (Animal House Soundtrack)
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
  • Sitting Up in My Room (Brandy)
  • Soul Man (Sam & Dave / Blues Brothers)
  • Square Biz (Teena Marie)
  • Stay With Me Tonight (Jeffrey Osborne)
  • Sunday Morning (Maroon 5)
  • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
  • Thank You (for Letting Me Be Myself) (Sly & the Family Stone)
  • That Girl (Stevie Wonder)
  • This Love (Maroon 5)
  • Turn Your Love Around (George Benson)
  • Twisting the Night Away (Sam Cooke)
  • Upside Down (Diana Ross)
  • Vehicle (Ides of March)
  • Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
  • Wanna Be Starting Something (Michael Jackson)
  • We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
  • What a Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers)
  • What You Won’t Do (for Love) (Bobby Caldwell / Go West)
  • When I Think of You (Janet Jackson)
  • You Can’t Hurry Love (Diana Ross & The Supremes)
  • You’re the First, My Last, My Everything (Barry White)

Ballads/Jazz/Blues/Specialty

  • All I Do (Stevie Wonder)
  • Amazed (Lonestar)
  • Angel (Angela Winbush)
  • Another Sad Love Song (Toni Braxton)
  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Baby, Come to Me (James Ingram & Patti Austin)
  • Beer Barrel Polka (Traditional)
  • The Best Is Yet to Come (Frank Sinatra / Tony Bennett / Diana Krall)
  • Betcha By Golly, Wow (The Stylistics)
  • Biggest Part of Me (Ambrosia)
  • Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley / Ingrid Michaelson)
  • Careless Whisper (George Michael)
  • The Charleston (Traditional / big band)
  • The Closer I Get to You (Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway / Luther Vandross / Beyonce Knowles)
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (Ray Charles)
  • Crazy (Patsy Cline)
  • Crazy Love (Van Morrison / Aaron Neville / Brian McKnight)
  • Do Me Baby (Prince)
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me (The Mamas & the Papas)
  • Every Day (B.B. King)
  • Fallin’ (Alicia Keys)
  • For the Love of You (Whitney Houston)
  • From This Moment On (Shania Twain)
  • Friendly Pressure (Maysa)
  • Friends & Strangers (Ronnie Laws)
  • Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles)
  • Get Here If You Can (Oleta Adams)
  • Gimme One Reason (to Stay Here) (Tracy Chapman )
  • Giving You the Best That I’ve Got (Anita Baker)
  • Groove With You (Isley Brothers)
  • Grow Old Along With Me (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  • Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (Traditional / big band)
  • Hava Nagilah (Traditional)
  • Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You) (Rod Stewart)
  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Four Tops / James Taylor)
  • Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
  • I Believe in You and Me (Whitney Houston)
  • I Can’t Help It (Michael Jackson)
  • I Loved Her First (Heartland)
  • I’ll Be There (Mariah Carey / Michael Jackson)
  • Improvisation (Pleasure Groove)
  • In My Daughter’s Eyes (Martina McBride)
  • In the Mood (Glenn Miller Orchestra)
  • In the Still of the Night (The Drifters)
  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • Just My Imagination (The Temptations)
  • Just the Two of Us (Grover Washington, Jr.)
  • Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack)
  • LaLaLa Means I Love You (The Delfonics)
  • Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye)
  • Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
  • Look What You’ve Done to Me (Boz Scaggs)
  • L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole)
  • Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
  • Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
  • Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
  • Morning Dance (Spyro Gyra)
  • Mr. Magic (Grover Washington, Jr.)
  • My Girl (The Temptations)
  • Ooh Baby, Baby (Smokey Robinson / Linda Ronstadt)
  • One Love (Bob Marley)
  • Ordinary People (John Legend)
  • Pride and Joy (Marvin Gaye)
  • Sara Smile (Hall & Oates)
  • Saving All My Love For You (Whitney Houston)
  • Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye)
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
  • Slow Jam (Midnight Star)
  • Smooth Operator (Sade)
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)
  • Stand by Me (Ben E. King)
  • Sweet Love (Anita Baker)
  • That’s All (Jazz standard)
  • That’s How Strong My Love Is (Otis Redding)
  • This Masquerade (George Benson)
  • This Year’s Love (David Gray)
  • Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Eric Clapton)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
  • When Sunny Gets Blue (Jazz standard)
  • Where Do Broken Hearts Go (Whitney Houston)
  • Will You Stick With Me? (Mike Phillips)
  • Winelight (Grover Washington, Jr.)
  • Yearnin’ for Your Love (The Gap Band)
  • You and I (Stevie Wonder)
  • You Are the Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne)
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
  • You Go to My Head (Diana Krall)
  • You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
  • You Send Me (Sam Cooke)
  • You’re All I Need to Get By (Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell)
  • You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me (Gladys Knight & the Pips)

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