Hire a Vintage Pop & Jazz 1920s Themed Band

The Black Shakes

The Black Shakes Jazz Band deliver chart hits in a roaring twenties style! With comedy, audience interaction and tap dancers!



  • BIOG

    The Black Shakes – what can we say? Their eclectic style almost defies words. You really do have to see this band to believe them, they are, without doubt, incomparable.

    This act takes 1920s vintage jazz played at its best and mixes it up with the melodies and lyrics of today’s music, the result is comedic and delightful entertainment. We can almost guarantee you haven’t seen a performance like this one before!

    Classic 1920s instruments are played by talented live musicians in an authentic jazz style, but the lyrics and music are from other decades entirely: Abba, Beyonce, Arctic Monkeys, Prince or Taylor Swift – modern music played by a 20’s jazz band, in their unique, tongue in cheek manner. You’ve never heard Baggy Trousers by Madness played like this 5 piece live band do it. It’s a brilliant idea performed with great skill and amusement. The Black Shakes are a joyful addition to any 1920s or Great Gatsby Themed Event, they really will add a twist to your entertainment!

    The group are currently working on a brand new show that includes tap dancers, 1920s stage props, and traditional backdrops. This performance is ideal for larger venues and theatres, it re-enacts a roaring 20s party with plenty of audience participation, dancing, and general hilarity.

    If you are looking to hire a band that will give you live entertainment with a twist, then The Black Shakes are for you.

    To be amongst the first to see the Black Shakes new show, or book them for your special occasion contact us at the Big Foot Events office. Simply fill in the enquiry form on our website or call us directly on 01253 351100.

  • Set List

      • Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
      • All Of Me - John Legend
      • Baggy Trousers - Madness
      • Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) -
      • Bernie's Tune -
      • Black Space - Taylor Swift
      • Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Minogue
      • The Charleston -
      • Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
      • Close To Me - The Cure
      • Comes Love -
      • Crazy Stupid Love - Cheryl Cole
      • Crazy In Love - Beyonce
      • Dancing Queen - ABBA
      • Get Lucky - Daft Punk
      • Get The Party Started - Pink
      • Happy - Pharrell Williams
      • I Am The Walrus - The Beatles
      • I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
      • Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
      • Let's Go Crazy - Prince
      • Long Lie In - Original Tune
      • Mad About Me - Star Wars Cantina Band
      • Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
      • Tainted Love - Soft Cell
      • Take On Me - A-Ha
      • When The Saints Go Marching In -
      • Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

    “Without a horned gramophone in sight, this five piece were soon delivering today’s music in roaring twenties fashion. Abba’s Dancing Queen was performed in a tango tempo, turning a seventies disco anthem into a ripping musical yarn! Enough said!”
    – Mark Ritchie- UK Cabaret

    “The Black Shakes were invited to play through the Hazel Grove Carnival parade in 2019 – what an amazing act, we have never had so many positive comments about our parade.The Shakes stood out walking on stilts and playing vintage jazz tunes – they looked and sounded fantastic.The Shakes really impressed our judges and walked away with two rosettes on the day. Hazel Grove Carnival want to see them back for this years 2020 parade.”
    Hazel Grove Carnival

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