The Billionaires is a fun and foot-tapping party band emulating the sound and style of the great American dance bands, moving seamlessly from jump-jive to ratpack via some good-time rhythm & blues, with timeless classics from the likes of Louis Prima, Fats Domino and Sinatra to mention but a few. They are also inclined to add in the odd “swung up” contemporary tune a la Post Modern Jukebox.This is a very versatile band with an extensive repertoire of songs and styles to get the party swinging. For example they have played for themed events such as 1940s vintage festivals and Lindy Hop 50s functions, and from big stages to intimate house parties.
The Billionaires is a band of musicians that are passionate about this music, with each member having an impressive and diverse musical track record in their own right, such as:
- Supporting then dueting with Jools Holland at the piano (Bill, piano)
- Touring the UK with The Kings Of Swing (Paul, sax)
You can also book bandleader Bill to provide a disco to entertain guests after the band has played – a popular option that ‘covers all the bases’ genre-wise! This includes impressive light show and full range of tunes from oldies to current day. Personalised playlists welcomed.
The band is happy to be led by the clients in order to meet their requirements, though the classic two set format is what would normally be suggested:
- 1 x 50 mins, short break
- 1 x 60 mins
The Billionaires also comes with the possibility of adding a DJ package for after the live entertainment. If you are interested in this, please specify when enquiring.
Effortlessly transporting the countless audiences that they please back to an easier time, the Billionaires superbly fronted by the far-too-cool-for-his-own-health Boogie Bill Roberts, are one of the most competent swing, blues, jazz outfits that it has been my pleasure to book annually for our festivals.
Steve Middlesbrough, Kalimba Events
The Billionaires always create a fantastic atmosphere and offer the perfect combination of energy and fun.
Vicky Cruse, Midland Hotel event coordinator
We engaged the Billionaires for our wedding in June and we couldn’t have made a better choice, they gave us everything we needed, it was very professionally presented and performed and the music was exactly right for the very diverse age range (6 to 86) of our guests who, without exception were all extremely complimentary about our choice of band. We discussed everything with Bill beforehand and agreed on the programme and he couldn’t have been more helpful, everything we wanted, we got and at a very competitive cost.
We could not have asked for a better band that suited our needs perfectly, we have no hesitation in highly recommending the Billionaires to others and equally we will have no hesitation in engaging them again in the future should the need arise.
Maureen and Nick Baxter, Wedding, Midland Hotel Morecambe
Sample Set List
Bring Me Sunshine - jump jive reworking
Let The Good Times Roll
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan party song
Pennies From Heaven - Louis Prima version
Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline classic given Boogie Woogie makeover
Moondance – Van Morrison classic
Just can't get you out of my head – Kylie done Bossa Nova style
Sunny – Hebb / Stevie Wonder / Jamiroquai
See You Later Alligator – Bill Haley Rock n Roll classic
Bill’s Boogie - No holds barred piano boogie work-out
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan
Fever – Cool Peggy Lee classic, sexy floor-filler
I'm in the mood for love ska style, a la Skatalites / Jools Holland
Sweet Child Of Mine gospel RnB version a la Post Modern Jukebox
Makin’ Whoopee think Michelle Pfeifer version from Fabulous Baker Boys
Jump Jive and Wail – Ultimate Louis Prima jump jive song
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino 50s fave
King Of The Swingers – Louis Prima/Jungle book
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￼This is a typical set list with a wide, balanced mix of styles within the jazz/swing/jive genre, however as experienced musicians we have a wide repertoire and can specialize as befits the event. For example we can play the Charleston.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.
2 x 60 minute sets
Q: Are the Billionaires flexible on their set times?
A: Absolutely. The Billionaires will accommodate to every clients needs and work with the client direct to ensure the event is exactly as they wish.
Q: Do the Billionaires take request?
A: Yes, however these must be specified at the time of booking in order to give them time to learn the new repertoire.
Q: Can they play my first dance?
A: Yes, the same as above, this must be specified at the time of booking in order to give them time to learn the new song. If your first dance changes or you don't know it when booking, you need to let us know ASAP before the event. Minimum time for letting the band know is 4 weeks prior to the event.
Q: Do they provide their own sound and lighting?
A: Yes! As soon as we know what size venue and approximately how many guests are at the event, the Billionaires will do a tech spec for your event.