About the YSH

Each week, ten musicians arrive at a former South Philadelphia funeral home where, one by one, they unload their old tube amps and vintage gear. Once inside, the classic sounds of the 1960s are reinvigorated, reenergized and reborn. Legends, like Stevie, Aretha and the Four Tops; lesser-known artists including Donny Hathaway, Arthur Conley and Betty Everett – all are given new life.

In a few short years the York Street Hustle has gone from filling tiny South Street bars to repeated sell outs of WXPN’s World Cafe Live. Their repertoire now spans over 80 songs including more than a decade worth of Detroit, Memphis and Chicago soul. This is not your typical Motown wedding band. With grit, sweat, and attention to detail, The York Street Hustle is the Northeast’s premier 10-piece 1960s soul tribute.

The York Street Hustle is:

Allison Polans, vocals
Imani Roach, vocals
Ryan Williams, vocals
Big Heat, guitar
Brendan McGeehan, bass
Alec Meltzer, drums
Hayden Wright, saxophone
Vince Tampio, trumpet
Nate Gonzalez, keys
Zachary Kuzel, percussion

Upcoming Shows

04 Apr 2020 Pheonixville, PA The Soundbank The Soundbank Buy ticket - TIX ON SALE SOON!
08 May 2020 Newtown, PA Newtown Theater Newtown Theater Buy ticket - $20
17 Jul 2020 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle Boot & Saddle Buy ticket - TIX ON SALE SOON!

Previous performances


American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Centre Bridge Inn, New Hope, PA
The Farm at Eagles Ridge, Lancaster, PA
The German Society, Philadelphia, PA
The Haddon Fortnightly, Haddonfield, NJ
John James Audubon Center, Audubon, PA
Mummer Museum, Philadelphia, PA
The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Shadow Lawn, High Falls, NY
The Smithville Inn, Absecon, NJ
Union Trust, Philadelphia, PA
Valley Green Inn, Philadelphia, PA
World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA


The Beer Runner’s Ball, Philadelphia, PA
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Philadelphia, PA
Camden Children’s Garden, Camden, NJ
Fairmount Fling, Philadelphia, PA
Girard Ave Street Fest, Philadelphia, PA
JDRF Gala, The Merion, Cinnaminson, NJ
Lansdale First Friday, Lansdale, PA
Penn Class of ’65 Reunion, Vie, Philadelphia, PA
Philly Beer Week Opening Tap, 23rd St. Armory
Quizzo Bowl XI, Philadelphia, PA
River City Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Shadfest, Penn Treaty Park, Philadelphia, PA
Spruce Street Harbor Park Tribute Band Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Young Professionals Night, The Barnes, Philadelphia, PA

Bars & Clubs

Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA
Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
Franky Bradley’s, Philadelphia, PA
Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
Kix-McNutley’s, Sea Isle City, NJ
Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
National Mechanics, Philadelphia, PA
Newtown Theater, Newtown, PA
Puck, Doylestown, PA
The Olde Bar, Philadelphia, PA
The Ruba Club, Philadelphia, PA
Tritone, Philadelphia, PA
Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Gaye/Terrell
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Ain’t That Peculiar – Marvin Gaye
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Band of Gold – Freda Payne
Bernadette – The Four Tops
Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Do Right Woman – Aretha Franklin
Everyday People – Sly and the Family Stone
Get Back – Doris Troy
Getting Mighty Crowded – Betty Everett
Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood
Heat Wave – Martha and the Vandellas
Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green
I Don’t Need No Doctor – Ray Charles
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
I’m In Love – Wilson Pickett
If I Could Build my World Around You – Gaye/Terrell
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You – Aretha
I Believe to my Soul – Donny Hathaway
I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations
I Got The Will – Otis Redding
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight
I Know I’m Losing You – The Four Tops
I Was Made to Love Her – Stevie Wonder
I’ll Keep Trying – Theola Kilgore
I’m So Tired of Being Alone – Al Green
Land of 1,000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Needle in a Haystack – The Velvelettes

Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells
Pass the Peas – The JBs
Reflections – Diana Ross & the Supremes
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
River Deep, Mountain High – Tina Turner
Shake Me, Wake Me – The Four Tops
Shout – The Isley Brothers
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Slip Away – Clarence Carter
Something’s Got a Hold on Me – Etta James
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays
Tainted Love – Gloria Jones
Tell Mama – Etta James
The House That Jack Built – Aretha Franklin
Think – Aretha Franklin
Too Many Fish in the Sea – The Marvelettes
Try a Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Try Me – James Brown
Twenty-Five Miles – Edwin Starr
We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder
What a Man – Linda Lyndell
Where Did Our Love Go? – The Supremes
Whole Lotta Shakin’ In My Heart – Smokey/Miracles
You Keep Running Away – The Four Tops
You’ve Been Cheating – The Impressions
You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me – Smokey/Miracles
You’re All I Need To Get By – Gaye/Terrell
You’re No Good – Betty Everett

… and many, many more …



Congratulations! You’re ready to hire live music for one of the most important days of your life. But as you browse performer after performer you realize that all of these wedding bands start to look and sound the same. What you want is an alternative.

Your search is over. The York Street Hustle is the Northeast’s only authentic 1960s soul and Motown band. With 10 musicians, our repertoire spans over a decade of some of the greatest music ever written including Detroit, Memphis and Chicago soul. We cover legends like the Temptations, Aretha Franklin and the Four Tops as well as lesser-known artists including Donny Hathaway, Arthur Conley and Betty Everett. The York Street Hustle performs classic soul the way it was intended: with grit, sweat and attention to detail.

Based in downtown Philadelphia, PA, the York Street Hustle can provide up to three hours of live music complete with professional sound, lighting and audio engineering. We can also perform ceremony and cocktail hour entertainment.

For booking information, availability or any other general information, please use the contact form or email us directly at info@yorkstreethustle.com.

Want to feel extra giddy and love-filled during your first few weeks of marriage?  Book York Street Hustle to play your wedding.  My new husband and I have been fielding “Your wedding was AMAAAAZING and SO FUN” comments for 3+ weeks now, and it’s not getting old.

Let’s start with the given: YSH’s repertoire transcends generations.  I’d say at least 75% of our guests were on the dance floor at any given time the band played.  Grandmas were groovin’, parents’ friends (Baby Boomers) were cutting a rug, our friends (30-somethings) rocked out, and the preteens/teens even left cell phones on the tables to dance for long stretches.

This is a testament to the music, absolutely.  But even more, it’s a testament to this amazing band.  Energetic, smiley, and ridiculously talented, we never once wondered if a musician might miss a note, botch a lyric, or phone it in.  They were ON from the second they got started to the moment they wrapped.  But – and I think this is important for weddings – not in a way that seemed like they were trying to upstage the event.  I can’t quite explain how, but it felt clear to me that these lovely musicians were there to support our evening, rather than make it a “show” in the traditional sense.

York Street Hustle even agreed to learn a new song for us – James Brown’s “Try Me.”  I will never forget the sound of them launching into it, strongly and perfectly, as we danced and our guests watched and cheered on.  It was one of the highlights of our wedding day, for sure.

Manager Sean and the entire band were friendly and communicative throughout the booking process.  They helped us come up with a music schedule that worked best for our 5-hour reception, and coordinated an on-site visit directly with the venue to double-check logistics beforehand (one less thing we had to coordinate!).

These lovely people play amazing music.  Coming from a couple that was hesitant to splurge on a band: Do what you need to do to book York Street Hustle.

These guys are not a traditional wedding band (thankfully!) but they did an incredible job. We got so many compliments on them! They played all of our requests and they even learned a few new songs for us. We couldn’t have asked for a better band.

At the wedding, despite the ungodly heat, the band delivered a stellar performance and never wavered. From the first song, ’til the last, people were dancing up a storm. Besides ourselves, our young nieces, college buddies, Aunts & Uncles, and 96 year old grandmother were all gettin’ down together to the amazing music YSH was pumping out. They are a truly talented bunch of individuals and one hell of a party band! Get out and see them or hire them if you can. People are STILL talking about our wedding band.

From start to finish, having York Street play our wedding was literally the best decision we made! Erik made the process easy and offered lots of helpful advice on scheduling out the evening. We had a few members do an instrumental selection for the ceremony and the entire band play throughout the ceremony. The band was worth every penny – I literally still have guests call and ask how they were and when/where to see them. From the minute they came on until the very end, the dancing never stopped. The newer lead singer is great and all members of the band are beyond talented and lovely people to work with. Book them NOW!!! You will be happy!

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