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The LustreLights is a dedicated group of professional musicians and entertainers who have performed in a variety of musical settings.  Whether it be a ceremony, a reception, an outdoor concert, or a corporate function, The LustreLights will always bring your party playlist to life.  From pop, rock, and dance, to classical and jazz, our versatility and years of experience will ensure that your event will be the talk of the town.  And how can you enjoy all of these talented musicians without a high quality sound and lighting system?  We have an on-staff sound and lighting engineer with a state-of-the-art system that is sure to enhance your experience.

Mission

  • Draw all generations to the dance floor by playing your favorite hits from the 50’s to current day
  • Entertain and engage you and your guests from cocktails and dinner music to the very last song
  • Deliver a professional sound and lighting experience by employing one of the area’s most in-demand sound and lighting engineers for every event
  • Offer customizable packages, thorough communication and a professional booking thanks to Contemporary Productions, who have over four decades of experience in producing unforgettable events
  • Deliver a dynamic and high-energy performance
  • Go above and beyond to ensure our client’s satisfaction

Band Leader – Kara Baldus

Kara has over eighteen years of experience playing in some of St. Louis’ most popular event bands.  She has used this expertise to assemble a group of talented musicians who she has worked with frequently throughout the years.  All of the musicians in the band have degrees in music and are well-respected throughout the community.  Kara has been a full-time instructor of jazz piano at Washington University in St. Louis since 2005.  Building on her valuable knowledge and versatility she and The LustreLights are confident that they can deliver an event for you to remember!

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Partial Song list

  • A-ha – Take On Me
  • ABBA – Dancing Queen
  • AC/DC – Back in Black
  • Adele – Hello
  • Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  • Adele – Rolling in the Deep
  • Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
  • Alessia Cara – Scars to Your Beautiful
  • Amy Winehouse – Valerie
  • Aretha Franklin – (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
  • Aretha Franklin – Chain of Fools
  • Aretha Franklin – Respect
  • Avicii – Wake Me Up
  • B-52’s – Loveshack
  • Beck – Dreams
  • Beck – Loser
  • Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison
  • Ben E. King – Stand By Me
  • Beyoncé – Crazy In Love
  • Beyoncé – Love On Top
  • Beyoncé – Single Ladies
  • Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
  • Blues Brothers – Soul Man
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
  • Britney Spears – Toxic
  • Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
  • Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  • Bruno Mars – Finesse
  • Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven
  • Bruno Mars – Marry You
  • Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Camilla Cabello – Havana
  • Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
  • Calvin Harris – Slide
  • Carrie Underwood – Last Name
  • Cee Lo Green – Forget You
  • Cheap Trick – I Want You to Want Me
  • Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
  • Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • Daft Punk – Get Lucky
  • Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel
  • David Bowie – Fame
  • David Bowie – Let’s Dance
  • DNCE – Cake by the Ocean
  • Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
  • Earth Wind & Fire – September
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
  • Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s
  • Elton John – Bennie & The Jets
  • Elton John – Tiny Dancer
  • Etta James – At Last
  • Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
  • Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
  • Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
  • Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
  • Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
  • Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
  • Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
  • Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams
  • Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love
  • James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
  • James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
  • Janelle Monae – The Way You Make Me Feel
  • Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me
  • Jill Scott – Golden
  • Joan Jett – I Love Rock ‘n Roll
  • Journey – Anyway You Want It
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
  • Justin Timberlake – Señorita
  • Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
  • Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie
  • Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  • Katy Perry – California Gurls
  • Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm
  • Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  • Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
  • Lady Gaga – Just Dance
  • Lady Gaga – Pokerface
  • Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
  • Lorde – Green Light
  • Lorde – Royals
  • Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  • M83 – Midnight City
  • Madonna – Material Girl
  • MAGIC! – Rude
  • Maren Morris – My Church
  • Maren Morris – The Middle
  • Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  • Maroon 5 – Sugar
  • Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
  • Meghan Trainor – Lips are Movin
  • Meghan Trainor – Me Too
  • Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  • Michael Jackson – PYT
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller
  • Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
  • Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
  • Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
  • New Radicals – You Get What You Give
  • Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
  • Outkast – Hey Ya!
  • Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
  • Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot
  • Patti LaBelle – Lady Marmalade
  • Pharrell – Happy
  • Phoenix – 1901
  • Pink – Raise Your Glass
  • Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
  • Prince – Kiss
  • Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
  • Ray LaMontagne – You Are the Best Thing
  • Rick Springfield – Jesse’s Girl
  • Rihanna – Diamonds
  • Rihanna – Umbrella
  • Rihanna – We Found Love
  • Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
  • Rose Royce – Car Wash
  • Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
  • Sister Sledge – We Are Family
  • Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
  • Stevie Wonder – Superstition
  • Sublime – What I Got
  • Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
  • The Beatles – In My Life
  • The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
  • The Cars – Just What I Needed
  • The Commodores – Brick House
  • The Cure – Friday, I’m in Love
  • The Isley Brothers – Shout
  • The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
  • The Lumineers – Ho Hey
  • The Outfield – Your Love
  • The Supremes – Baby Love
  • The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
  • The Temptations – My Girl
  • The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  • The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  • Tina Turner – Proud Mary
  • TLC – Waterfalls
  • Tommy Tutone – 867-5309/Jenny
  • Toto – Africa
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  • Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  • Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
  • Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
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Reviews

We found and booked the LustreLights before their first live performance, August 25th 2017. Our immediate reaction: “Holy crap, this is our band!” We had so much fun listening and dancing the night away that night, that we kept coming back, each time with more friends and family, to show off their amazing talent! Working with Lauren has been seamless and her response time was always very quick and professional.
Kara, you are so amazing! You always made us feel so special at all of your shows and we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding reception! From the Jazz at dinner, the horns accompanying the father/daughter dance, to the whole band rocking the house the entire night, we wish we could re-live it every single weekend!

If you’re on the fence about live music vs a band, we would always recommend live. And if you’re picking out a band, we would 10/10 recommend LustreLights!! I promise, they will not disappoint!

Erin M. – 10.20.18 Wedding

Well, what can we say. LustreLights absolutely rocked our wedding! We cannot possibly recommend them highly enough. Here are some things you should know about LustreLights:

1. Kara, Dan, and the whole band are total pros. Not only incredible musicians but also so courteous and respectful and willing to dial-in a set list and create a vibe that works with YOUR wedding.
2. There was never an air of "you're just another wedding for us". With LustreLights, they wanted to be there, they wanted to make it a special night for us. They did not act as if this was just another gig to get through and get paid.
3. LustreLights really listened to us and made every effort to accommodate song requests, timing of dances, and anything else we wanted to hear/do for the night. You will be in VERY good hands with them.

All in all, they helped make our wedding absolutely unforgettable and would recommend them to anyone out there looking for a band that can play damn near anything you're looking for. We had a mix of Motown, soul, country and pop and they nailed all of it.

Andrew B. – 6.22.18 Wedding

THANK YOU for helping give us the wedding of our dreams. You made the weekend and we cannot get over how incredible you were. Your energy, charisma, helpfulness, attentiveness, spunk, and talent truly turned the weekend into the best of our lives!

Our guests have not stopped commenting that you were the best wedding band/DJ they have ever seen. I feel so very lucky that we found you. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

Haley E. – 6.9.18 Wedding

The Lustrelights are by far the best wedding band I've ever experienced! They were extremely professional and the nicest group of people. They said yes to all of my crazy bride requests like: Can my best friend sing with you? Is it OK if I sing with you? Can we shoot off confetti canons at 10:30pm sharp? Our wedding reception was amazing but The Lustrelights made it 100% unforgettable!!!

Mary Catherine M. – 5.19.18 Wedding

As a first time groom and long time musician performer, I was keen in having an exceptional group play at our wedding. LustreLights is that exceptional group of musicians whose sole purpose is a successful event. Their repertoire consists of all the great songs plus your Requests! Their sense of volume vis a vis the space is excellent. Everyone could converse without yelling over the music. The one constant comment I got during the reception was » awesome band!

Armando L – 5.12.18 Wedding

One of the best elements of the wedding. So easy to work with from booking to performance. Guests of all ages were able to enjoy their incredible talents. They even let my brother join them for a song on the drums. Many guests have asked us about them and said they were their favorite wedding band. Can't recommend them enough!

Jamie S – 5.5.18 Wedding

The LustreLights were absolutely fantastic; the dance party was nonstop! The ensemble has a diverse list of songs that cater to all ages across many genres. They have great sound, groove, passion and energy and their performance was lively throughout the night. The use of their 3 part vocal harmonies was stellar. We used Kara, the keyboard player, for our ceremony and she was very talented and able to replicate a difficult and meaningful song for our procession. Everyone from the band manager to the band members were prompt in their communication, flexible with last minute changes and very professional. Our guests are still raving it was one of the best weddings they have been to and an unforgettable night of fun while on the dance floor. Thank you LustreLights!!

Brandon and Diane H. – 4.14.18 Wedding

Where do I begin?! We can not recommend The Lustrelights highly enough! Their energy, performance, and musical talent was the best I have ever seen at a wedding. In addition to every musician/singer being extremely talented, the band was wonderful to work with- flexible, professional, helpful, and friendly. Our guests are still raving about the Lustrelights and how much fun they had dancing and singing the night away. The Lustrelights put their heart and soul into making the dance floor and vibe come alive at our wedding- we are forever grateful!

Julia D. – 4.7.18 Wedding

The LustreLights played our law school formal ball and everybody loved the band! They were professional, amenable, and so very much fun! Starting the night with a Stevie Wonder classic was brilliant! Very highly recommend.

Jacob W. – 3.24.18

[The LustreLights] were FANTASTIC! Easy to work with, very professional, the crowd loved them, they sounded great -- I only have wonderful things to say!

I'm sure I'll be reaching out to you to book them again in the future :)

Stacy E., Event Planner – 11.3.17 Gala

The committee really enjoyed the band and heard a lot of great feedback from the crowd. “What a professional and engaging band” was said more than once. Lots of compliments for both of the lead singers – but big raves about the lead male vocalist! I must say – the help they gave me and those who used the stage and their microphone was the best.

They were truly just great people! Thank you for suggesting them.

Lee M. – 9.30.17

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