TESTIMONIALS

Even Mom Friendly!
“Now let me just tell you, my mother was very nervous about the Funbags when I told her about them….Needless to say, she was not disappointed in the least on my wedding day! She even went up to the band herself at the end of the night thanking them for the amazing time we had all had!”

Kori Kollanda


I can’t thank you guys enough for making Olivia’s & Aarons wedding a day we will never forget.  Our guest were telling us that the wedding was off the charts and one of the best weddings they have ever been too. We have you to thank for that.  Everyone was on the dance floor from the second you started with the Tran-Siberian Orchestra and ended with “My Way”.
If couples are fans of yours and love your shows, they must know their wedding will be just as awesome.  You catered to the couple and played to all the guest, regardless of the age. Our guest were from the age of 14-81.   I believe the band/DJ will make or kill a wedding.  The music is something that people will always remember and will talk about.
Everyone will remember my daughters & son-in-laws because of you and again I can not thank you guys enough.
Thank you.. thank you.. thank you!!!!!!

Maria Cambra Bufalini
Olivia and Aaron Ishman
SEP 23, 2017


Vinny, Darik and Funbags family,

Derek and I cannot thank you enough for playing at our wedding. You all have no idea just how happy you made my husband (and myself, of course) by taking to the time to travel and celebrate with us. You all were so unbelievably helpful and accommodating. Having our intro song played live was certainly a highlight for us both. You all were such a huge part in making this “Woodstock Wedding” a success. We were having such a great time we totally forgot to cut our cake! Your professional yet relaxed demeanor was the perfect compliment to the other not-so-traditional components of our big day. Our guests cannot stop talking about your performance. We both hope you enjoyed yourselves too! I am sure we will see you all in the near future!

Thank you all again,

Lisa and Derek
JULY 2017


When we began the wedding planning process, we both knew that we wanted a band who would keep our guests entertained and partying all night long. We became super discouraged looking at video after video of cheesy wedding bands. Needless to say, we were incredibly thrilled when we got the opportunity to check out a Derik and the Funbags show. We immediately knew they’d be a good fit, and we can say with certainty that the day just wouldn’t have been the same without them. Vinny was incredibly professional in organizing everything and orchestrating the day-of events. We envisioned our wedding reception as a giant party to celebrate our day with the people we love, and that’s just what we got. The guys in the band made sure that everybody (and we mean everybody!) was out on the dance floor. The guys were all very nice and accommodating of all the little things that tend to pop up as the day goes on, and even helped us out by playing an extra hour when our timeline got thrown. If we had to do it all over, we’d 100% choose the Funbags again. Thanks, guys!

Best,
Stephanie and Brett Eagleson
MAY 13, 2017

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Hi All!

I would like to just say how amazing Darik and the Funbags are! I hired them to play at my wedding back in February 2017, but let me just tell you, they treated my husband and I like family! I never felt like I was a client dealing with a manager for my wedding band. Each time I had a question, I was directed to either Vinny the manager or a band member who would be able to answer my question the best. They worked with me to accommodate every aspect of music and entertainment I wanted to have in my wedding! They even dealt with me when I felt like I was asking dumb questions and made me feel as though I could ask anything else that crossed my mind. They were extremely helpful in making decisions for my wedding when I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted. They are incredibly knowledgeable about weddings and understand that this was my day and they wanted to make it the most special they could for me. At my actual wedding, I did not have one guest who did not tell me I had the best wedding they had been to and the band was one of the major reasons for this. Now let me just tell you, my mother was very nervous about the Funbags when I told her about them. She had looked them up on youtube and found lots of their videos of bar shows that are not entirely wedding appropriate. But I kept reassuring her that they were a professional band who has played plenty of weddings in the past and who understand the difference for their performances. She was not disappointed in the least on my wedding day! She even went up to the band herself at the end of the night thanking them for the amazing time we had all had! It truly was the best day I could have imagined and Darik and the Funbags truly made it the day I wanted to enjoy and remember! I would recommend them in a heartbeat and hire them again without hesitation! I truly hope they know how much their hard work and dedication meant to us! Thank you guys!!

We has such a blast that night and you guys made it exactly what we wanted. We couldn’t have asked for better service from you all! I hope this helps you guys out for you and future weddings that will be just as amazing as ours was! And we cannot wait to come out and see you guys all again soon!

Thank you all!
Kori and John Kollanda
FEB 17, 2017


So, I just woke up (1:15pm) which should tell u a little bit about the night I had… and I just want to make this abundantly clear! To ALL of you folks that work hard ALL week and are looking at that clock on Friday to ring in the weekend… if your looking to be entertained and have not a good night but, a GREAT night? Look no further than a band that calls themselves Darik and The Funbags!
Yes we are friends.. and YES we are dinosaurs (as Darik calls he and I) but, TRULY and HONESTLY I sat and watched how talented EVERY member is.. and how tight as a band they are… that ALONE should be enough… but, they don’t stop there… they’re funny, they play such a variety of songs that can appease young and old… they climb up on the bar, get on shoulders and even put a mic on the center of the floor for ANYONE to go up and sing!
People… As many of you know… I NEVER get out to see other bands because we are ALWAYS playing. (Thank You Paul Pedro for going to Iceland)… I drove home not impressed by the Funbags.. but, BLOWN AWAY!!! Literally, from all things FUN is what Darik Pearson and the boys are all about! Matt Chirsky is a BEAST on Drums… Steve Chams has more talent in his pinky then anyone this side of THE Mississippi (always wanted to spell that)… and Mr. Rock Starr (Freddy) just completes EVERYTHING… what an awesome guitar player… while Vinny lays down MAD raps and gets EVERYONE singing!!
I said it once and I’ll say it thirty more times.. if ANYONE wants to have a GREAT night out… go see Darik and The Funbags!!!
Oh and let’s not forget one of the BEST venues in the state.. HELL, the Tri-State area… The Shamrock in Waterbury… most venues can just have a stage… Michael Shamrock Pronovost goes above and beyond to make sure his clientele has a great experience! Top quality sound equipment, to the amazing light show and kick ass sound engineers!
Look I know it sounds like I’m licking ass right now… but, take a look at my past post’s over the last 7 years! I do NOT do this… (ever)
So again… thank you Mike Shamrock and THANK YOU Funbags!!!
(Side note) to all those peeps that argue about paying a cover charge… We here in the “Cover Industry” (most) work hard to insure you guys are entertained… when I arrived it was so late that they stopped charging! By the end of the night I found the owner and paid my $10 PROUDLY!
Anyway, not looking for bouquets for myself, just saying SUPPORT live music! Anyone can just press a button (hit play) we “Dinosaurs” work really hard and LOVE performing for you! (Mic drop)

Randal (Randy) Buttner – The ZOO
NOV 2016


My husband and I could not have been more satisfied with Darik and the Funbags, they made our wedding day complete. From the minute that we met Vinny and the rest of the band, they were personable and accommodated all of our needs. The entire band was very easy to work with and very open to our ideas. The band is very friendly and took the time to get to know our parents and bridal party.  We even booked the acoustic guitarist for the cocktail hour, which all of our guests enjoyed.  Vinny was extremely efficient in getting back to us on all of our questions and always had amazing suggestions. The band played songs old and new, getting every age group up and dancing. They learned our favorite songs without telling us and we were shocked when we hit the dance floor. Darik and the Funbags kept the crowd moving and the party jumping. Vinny was extremely helpful keeping the reception on schedule from the bridal party announcements, to cutting the cake, and the last song.They helped my sister out, making sure that she had the Prince of Bel Air back beat for her maid of honor speech. I would highly suggest hiring Darik and the Funbags for your next event, they will not disappoint!

Angela and Mike Torromeo
OCT 22, 2016
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We could not be happier with Darik and the Funbags as our wedding band! They truly made our wedding amazing by putting on a great show and getting everyone dancing and energized.  Their energy was contagious and they made our wedding so much fun! Not only are they fun and know how to get people on the dance floor, but they are SO talented! We got so much positive feedback from our guests about the band, everyone loved them. Darik and the Funbags were also so great to work with in terms of preparing for the wedding- they always emailed right back when we had any question and were true professionals. We are confident that we picked the very best band for our wedding. Thanks, Darik and the Funbags! We can’t wait to come to a show soon!

Jeanine and Robert Lambrecht
JULY 2016


Hi Darik and the Funbags!

We just wanted to thank you so much for being the perfect band for our wedding.  You guys went above and beyond for us and we keep hearing from all of our guests how much they loved you!  Your band truly made our wedding the amazing day that it was!

We could not be happier with Darik and the Funbags as our wedding band! They truly made our wedding amazing by putting on a great show and getting everyone dancing and energized.  Their energy was contagious and they made our wedding so much fun! Not only are they fun and know how to get people on the dance floor, but they are SO talented! We got so much positive feedback from our guests about the band, everyone loved them. Darik and the Funbags were also so great to work with in terms of preparing for the wedding- they always emailed right back when we had any question and were true professionals. We are confident that we picked the very best band for our wedding. Thanks, Darik and the Funbags! We can’t wait to come to a show soon!

Jeanine and Rob McCann
JULY 2016


My husband and a lot of his friends were are very familiar with the band. I had not ever been to any concerts but had heard good things from others. When I told my maid of honor that we were considering hiring them she said “oh my gosh don’t even look at anyone else, they are the best and are so much fun, your guests will love them at your wedding!” We went to a concert they were having at a local bar and both Vinny and Darik went out of there way to say hi and see if we needed anything and the music they played was awesome. Needless to say we did hire them!

Being a bride I knew exactly what I wanted. I reached out to Vinny and said, “I want them in business casual attire and I don’t want any drinking on stage and I want them to keep the swearing to a minimal”. They were very understanding and did exactly what I asked.

During the planning process Vinny reached out to check in frequently and whenever I would reach out he would respond back promptly which I appreciated.  The day of the wedding they were setup and ready to play exactly at the requested time and jammed out until the very end! The array of music they played and the involvement they had with my guests in the crowd was awesome. My husband and I even got to dance on the FUN boxes (which are some of my favorite photos needless to say 🙂

Thank you to the whole band for making our wedding a night we will never forget!!!

Rebecca and Richard Poggi
JUNE 2016


 

Hi! Sue and I just wanted to thank you, Darik, and the rest of the guys for making our wedding night rock!  Everyone I have talked to said it was the
best wedding they have ever been to. I can’t believe how many people were dancing. You guys were unbelievable. We knew when we booked you it
would be a great wedding. You definitely exceeded our expectations. Thanks again for making our wedding day an unforgettable experience!

My husband and a lot of his friends were are very familiar with the band. I had not ever been to any concerts but had heard good things from others. When I told my maid of honor that we were considering hiring them she said “oh my gosh don’t even look at anyone else, they are the best and are so much fun, your guests will love them at your wedding!” We went to a concert they were having at a local bar and both Vinny and Darik went out of there way to say hi and see if we needed anything and the music they played was awesome. Needless to say we did hire them!

Being a bride I knew exactly what I wanted. I reached out to Vinny and said, “I want them in business casual attire and I don’t want any drinking on stage and I want them to keep the swearing to a minimal”. They were very understanding and did exactly what I asked.

During the planning process Vinny reached out to check in frequently and whenever I would reach out he would respond back promptly which I appreciated.  The day of the wedding they were setup and ready to play exactly at the requested time and jammed out until the very end! The array of music they played and the involvement they had with my guests in the crowd was awesome. My husband and I even got to dance on the FUN boxes (which are some of my favorite photos needless to say 🙂

Thank you to the whole band for making our wedding a night we will never forget!!

Shawn and Susan Walsh
JUNE 2016

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 Darik and the Funbags!

Our best decision on our wedding day was marrying each other…our second best decision was hiring Darik and the Funbags as our band!! Scott and I woke up the day after our wedding and said, that was not only the best day of our lives but by far the funnest day of our lives. The band had EVERYONE and that means over 200 people on our dance floor for 2 plus hours!! They shortened their break and got right back out there rocking the night away. The band learned our first dance song “I’ll Be” which was SUCH a treat for us! They were gracious enough to allow our family and friends to step in and play/sing our father/daughter dance, “You’ll be in my heart”. My 89 year old grandmother danced the night away, people in our families who we’d never seen dance were jamming on the dance floor!

The band was flexible, with our timing because if you know us…especially me, we are always late. They were extremely responsive to our inquiries and kept things super straightforward and low key for us leading up to and on the day. There wasn’t a moment or circumstance they stressed me out…and as the Bride I will say, contrary to my expectations, many of our vendors stressed me out, leading up to or even on the day. The band was professional and also still brought their own flare to the event.

We loved that Darik and the Funbags paid attention to the crowd and played to them, changing things up based upon how song choices were received. It was a first for us to see a band bring props but our guests loved it! We saw guests from our wedding over the Holidays (3 months later) who were still raving about how much fun they had at our wedding and how fantastic the Funbags were! Scott and I didn’t have to worry AT ALL about our band which was fantastic. We loved the music, we LOVED the energy and couldn’t be more confident when we say that after deciding to say “I Do’ hiring the Funbags to rock our day was the best decision we could have made! We couldn’t have found a more incredible band to play at our wedding!! You won’t go wrong if you pick these guys, better yet it will be one of your best decisions of all!

Kelley & Scott Wilson #wottywedding
SEPT 2015


 

There is NO chance our wedding gets the rave reviews it did without Darik and the Funbags.  We didn’t leave the dance floor once and most of our guests were right there with us.  It’s one thing to think your own wedding is the best one you’ve ever been to, but when people of all ages are telling you this repeatedly in the days, weeks, and months following the event, you know it was good.  We have no doubt that we have Darik and the Funbags to thank for that.  

Outside of the fact that they 100% brought the house down, they were also great to work with throughout the entire process.  Organized, professional, detail oriented and responsive.  Vinny kept us relaxed as he emceed the event very professionally and wasn’t cheesy at all like some emcees can be.  Even when the photos and bridal party got delayed he never skipped a beat and figured out how to make things work which kept us from getting stressed.

Every member makes you feel like family and you just can’t beat that.  We’ve been to plenty of weddings with live bands and every single one feels like a wedding band.  We had a live concert at our wedding with back stage passes.  The set list they put together had every guest (from 6 year olds, to 20 somethings, 30 somethings all the way up to a 97 year old) rocking out; dancing and singing along whether from the crowd, up on stage or even with a band member on your shoulders!!  If you like fun, you’d be crazy to not have the Funbags play at your wedding and we’d be happy to give a personal reference at anytime.

Cait and Matt Cordaro
SEPT 2015


 

When John and I began planning our wedding there were a few MUSTS… Great Food, Friends and, of course, Music! Playing our wedding was no easy task; the Funbags had to make quite a road trip, take two ferries and stay overnight to play our venue. For which we are extremely grateful! They worked with us every step of the way and delivered on all the details and special requests. They really catered to our needs and listened to what was important to us, making our day stress-free and how we envisioned it. We could not have asked for a more lively, fun, musically talented and overall amazingly entertaining group of guys!

We Can’t Thank You Enough!”

John and Michele
The Pridwin Hotel & Beach Cottages
Shelter Island, New York
JUNE 28, 2014


 

If you’re looking for a good wedding band, you should keep searching…if you looking for an EXCEPTIONAL band to make your wedding a party beyond any expectation you could ever muster, stop here and look no further.  Darik and the Funbags blew us and all our guests away.  When they started playing after dinner I look at the room.  People were a bit confused and had a look like, is this really happening?  Within 5 minutes everyone was on the dance floor where they all stayed for the next 3 hours.  My wife and I wanted a party and Darik and the Funbags delivered amazingly.

Steven Y
JULY 2015
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“This is long overdue but we just wanted to tell you how amazing you were at our wedding!  Everyone loved you guys and we’re still hearing how you were the best wedding band ever!  And also how some of our friends would love to have you at their weddings down the road :I saw some testimonials on your website – we’d love to write a raving review for you guys!

Hope you’re having a great summer and you’ll definitely see us at your shows when you’re back in CT!”

Dina and Yuri
JUNE 6, 2015
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We could not give a more positive review for Darik and the Funbags! They were amazing! From start to finish Darik and Vinny were easy to communicate with, helpful, understanding, friendly, and professional. And of course, they are extremely talented! They were so accommodating and great in handling all of our requests before the wedding. They personalized everything we asked for – they shortened our first dance song just like we wanted and played the father/daughter song acoustic because it was too fast on the actual version. Vinny was so conscientious about making sure he pronounced every person’s name correctly during the announcements – a small touch that went a long way to show how much they truly cared and wanted to make our wedding as perfect as possible. Darik was so positive and informative in our conversations leading up to the wedding and his excitement for our wedding made us so grateful. The rest of the band was great whenever we talked with them and they were willing to help us have the best entertainment at our wedding. The most amazing part was obviously the music. They played an astoundingly awesome setlist and again, continued to add personal touches (like playing Tom Petty because they knew we met at his concert!). From our 4 year ring bearer to our 90 year old grandmother, the dance floor was packed all night long and people were devastated when we finally had to end the night! Now, months after the wedding, everyone still can’t stop talking about how amazing the band was (Our family and friends have even gone to their shows now because they want to see more!). They can play any and everything – which pleased all 175 guests and us at our wedding – but took into account our requests (no cheesy group dances but a little bit of every genre). Although they may be known as a club band, they played a professional and entertaining wedding set, which shows how talented and dedicated the entire band really is. Our wedding would not have been so amazing without Darik and the

Funbags. If you want a fun, upbeat, happy, memorable wedding, you have to pick Darik and the Funbags!”

Bri and LJ Spinnato
AUG 2014 Wedding


“Darik,

Just wanted to thank you again. You made our wedding so incredibly awesome…all of our guests are still raving about you guys and how great you are. Can’t thank you enough!! We’ll definitely be seeing you at your shows around CT and at Paddy’s.”

Carrie and Jesse Linthicum
JUNE 2013


“Me and my ENTIRE staff love every time you’re at Blackstone. We always know were getting a quality show”

Mike -Blackstone
FEB 2015


“I’m a big fan, originally from Rhode Island and see you guys just about every summer. Friends and I plan our trip around your show!..”

Meredith L
2015


“I’ve seen your band in action many times – always a great time. Now that we are engaged and have booked our wedding venue, we are looking for a band as great as you!..”

Jordan G
2015


“Hi, I saw both of your shows this weekend in Block Island and you guys were amazing! It may be a long shot but we are getting married in Ohio so I was just wondering if you traveled?..”

Cassie
2015


“Hello, thank you for taking the time to read this request. Me and my bride to be saw you all at captain nicks and then at Blu on the Water. We had an amazing time, and thought your band would really add a great atmosphere to our wedding…”

Dan W
2015


“Saw your band this May at Cheshire Fairgrounds. I still tell people about the show we saw that night. You guys are great entertainers! We would like to know if you would come back up to the Monadnock region of NH (Rindge) for a wedding party. We are OPEN to the dates because we already got married and now we have to invite all our crazy friends and relatives to party along with one of the greatest bands we have seen in years! Let me know. This is a serious inquiry. No BS

Jean and Mark Caputi, Rindge NH
2015


“Any dates to play at Captain Nicks on Block Island yet this summer? We NEED to book our vacation around your schedule, otherwise, it’s just NOT the same!! Thanks!!!


“I saw you guys last night in Newport. Had so much fun. I love you guys and am so excited that you do weddings. I live in CT and am getting married…. I have been a fan since highschool and would love to have you at my wedding. You would make my day perfect…..”