Jack Baldus (Soul Strutters)

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Bristol and the Southwest's most high energy, raucous party band!
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The Soul Strutters are a collective of professional musicians from Bristol who love nothing more than performing specially handpicked songs from the golden era of Funk, Soul, Disco and Rare Groove. Formed at last-minute in October 2012 for a cocktail function, The Soul Strutters gelled immediately after the first 4-bars of ‘Use me Up’ by Bill Withers was performed. From then on, the band were playing the circuit of live music venues near enough every weekend around the Bristol and surrounding area to the present day, solely through word of mouth. The group was founded on a mutual love and respect for the music they grew up on and have always wanted to perform, and from the sheer smiles on their faces from start to finish, it’s clear that the passion and enjoyment radiates through to the audience. Before long the band was approached to perform at a wedding and were delighted and honoured that a couple would want to have them perform at their special day. As the months went on full of gigs, the repertoire of Soul Strutters rapidly increased, as did the number of weddings and private functions. In 2014 – Soul Strutters completed 260 successful gigs. This included a yearlong weekly residency at one of Clifton’s premier cocktail bars, and over 30 weddings, which were situated across the entirety of England and Wales. Unlike many wedding and corporate function bands, the Soul Strutters formed absolutely organically, with the single intention of jamming together for fun. Since then, they have become a full-time band gigging at a variety of special events, including weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations and charity events. With a professional attitude towards all bookings you can be assured that the Soul Strutters will surpass your requirements, and put on a great show for your event, bringing all of their enthusiasm and passion to your stage. Whether it is a small intimate pub gig, a background entertainment in a restaurant, a live music venue or a wedding, it won’t be one that your guests will forget, and you’ll struggle to find a live performance tighter than The Strutters!

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Jazz, Jazz fusion, Funk rock, Funk, Disco, R&B, Soul, Motown, Covers, Pop, Blues
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Perfect pitch, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Aaron Neville - Hercules
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
Bill Withers - Just The Two Of Us
Bill Withers - Use Me
Bill Withers/Blackstreet - Grandmas Hands/No Diggity (No Diggity Medley)
Bobby Brown - Two Can Play That Game (90s Medley)
Bobby Caldwell - What You Won’t Do For Love
Bootsy Collins - I’d Rather Be With You
Charles Wright - Express Yourself
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
Daft Punk - Lose Yourself To Dance
David Bowie - Lets Dance
Dee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart (Superstition Medley)
Dennis Edwards - Don’t Look Any Further
Earth, Wind and Fire - Lets Groove
Ernie K Doe - Here Come The Girls
Eve - Let Me Blow Ya Mind (Return Of The Mac Medley)
Frankie Valli - Grease Is The Word
Freddie King - Going Down
George Benson - Give Me The Night
George Michael - Fast Love
George Michael - Freedom
Gil Scot Heron - Lady Day and John Coltrane
Gil Scot Heron - The Bottle
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
Hall and Oates - I Can’t Go For That (80s Medl
Jamiroquai - If I Like It, I Do It
Jamiroquai - Too Young To Die
Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic
Joe Cocker/2Pac - Woman to Woman/California Love (No Diggity Medley)
John Mayer - I Don’t Need No Doctor
Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You
Labi Siffre - I Got The Blues
Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love (Superstition Medley)
Luther Van Dross - Never Too Much (80s Medley)
Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mac (Return Of The Mac Medley)
Mark Ronson - Valerie
Marvin Gaye - Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues
Marvin Gaye - Lets Get It On
Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On
Mary J Blige - Family Affair
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Superstition Medley)
Michael Jackson - Gotta Be Starting Somethin’ (Love Rollercoaster Medley)
Michael Jackson - Remember The Time
Michael Jackson - Rock With You
Michael McDonald - I Keep Forgetting
Montel Jordan - This Is How We Do It (90s Medley)
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster (Love Rollercoaster Medley)
Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
Pink Floyd - Breathe
R. Kelly - She’s Got That Vibe (90s Medley)
Ray Charles - I Got A Woman
Ray Charles - Mess Around
Richie Havens - Back To My Roots (80s Medley)
Rick James - Mary Jane
Rick James - Superfreak (Superstition Medley)
Spencer Davis Group - I’m A Man
Steely Dan - Green Earrings
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Stevie Wonder - You Haven’t Done Nothin’
The Black Crowes - Hard To Handle
The Commodores - Brick House (Love Rollercoaster Medley)
The Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running
The Doors - Light My Fire
The Doors - Roadhouse Blues
The Isley Brothers - Footsteps In The Dark
The Isley Brothers - Who’s That Lady?
The Isley Brothers - Work To Do
The Meters - Cissy Strut
The Meters - Just Kissed My Baby
The Third Degree - Mercy
The Valentine Brothers - Moneys Too Tight To Mention
Tom Browne - Funkin’ For Jamaica
Toto - Georgy Porgy
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If it's not drastically different, then no problem at all

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes - Ipod service between sets is included in the price - If you would like to book a DJ set, please let us know and we can quote based on the hours you would require

How much time do you need to set up?

1 hour maximum

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?


Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes of course

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

If it's within the same genres as what we usually perform and we think we can do it justice, yes.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our high energy, high octane raucous performances, and we absolutely love playing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Wembley Stadium St Anton Ski Resort, Austria Almost every Wedding Venue in Bristol and the South West The Gherkin, London

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Stevie wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Earth Wind and Fire

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Wembley Stadium half-time performance
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From customers:

Paul J
3 years ago, for a Wedding in Hereford
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5 out of 5

Best wedding band ever!