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 well over 70 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.


Upcoming Shows

16 Oct 2015 Philadelphia, PA Philly Soul Syndicate presents -- **BOOGALOO** | 1 year anniversary party | Kung Fu Necktie Philly Soul Syndicate presents -- **BOOGALOO** | 1 year anniversary party | Kung Fu Necktie
24 Oct 2015 Philadelphia, PA Wistar Institute Wistar Institute
18 Dec 2015 Philadelphia, PA 5th Annual Holiday Spectacular at World Cafe Live 5th Annual Holiday Spectacular at World Cafe Live

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
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
Fairmount Fling, Philadelphia, PA
JDRF Gala, The Merion, Cinnaminson, NJ
Lansdale First Friday, Lansdale, 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
Penn Class of ’65 Reunion, Vie, 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
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 Nothing Like the Real Thing – Gaye/Terrell
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
For Once In My Life – Steve Wonder
Get Back – Doris Troy
Getting Mighty Crowded – Betty Everett
Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood
Girl Don’t Make Me Wait – Bunny Sigler
Grazing in the Grass – The Friends of Distinction
Heat Wave – Martha and the Vandellas
Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green
Hurt – Arthur Conley
I Don’t Need No Doctor – Ray Charles
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
I’ll Be Doggone – Marvin Gaye
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 Can’t Help Myself – The Four Tops
I Don’t Know Why I Love You – Stevie Wonder
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
Jimmy Mack – Martha and the Vandellas
Joy Takes Over Me – Stevie Wonder
Land of 1,000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

Let the Good Times Roll/Feel So Good – Bunny Sigler
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
My Girl – The Temptations
My Guy – Mary Wells
Needle in a Haystack – The Velvelettes
Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Ooh Child – The Five Stairsteps
The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells
Pass the Peas – The JBs
Reach Out (I’ll be There) – The Four Tops
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
Something’s Got a Hold on Me – Etta James
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays
Soul Man – Sam & Dave
Tainted Love – Gloria Jones
Tell Mama – Etta James
Think – Aretha Franklin
Tighten Up – Archie Bell & the Drells
Too Many Fish in the Sea – The Marvelettes
Try a Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Twenty-Five Miles – Edwin Starr
Uptight – Stevie Wonder
We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder
The Weight – Aretha Franklin
What a Man – Linda Lyndell
Where Did Our Love Go? – The Supremes
Whole Lotta Shakin’ In My Heart – Smokey/Miracles
You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes
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



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.

Our bandleader will personally meet with you in advance to review all the details of your event to ensure that your day goes according to plan. All communications leading up to the event will receive a prompt response, often on the same day. On the day of the event we will work with you and/or your designated event coordinator to accommodate any unforeseen changes in schedule. By choosing the York Street Hustle, you can be sure that you and your guests will have an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind experience.

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

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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