Best Cover Bands in North Jersey

Rachel Allyn Band
••• Rachel Allyn Band. Christopher Vanderyajt

Cover bands are no stranger to the New Jersey bar scene. Live bands bring an energy to the table that a DJ or jukebox just can't. Let's face it, it's pretty awesome to be able to make a request and hear your favorite tune, real-time. You've got the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the band—your own personal concert for your group of friends and the other bar patrons. Read about some of North Jersey's best below...

then go see them live!

Rachel Allyn Band

If you're a country fan, you must make it out to one of their shows. The band plays what they've dubbed "the other side of Top 40", adding their own flavor to songs by Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and Carrie Underwood, to the Beatles, Tom Petty, and David Bowie. They've opened up for Kenny Rogers and Trace Adkins, and recently played on the popular country music radio station, 94.7 NASH FM. For upcoming tour dates, click here.

Garden State Radio

This band brings the (self-described) "Ultimate Audio Visual Experience" to New Jersey. Though they can customize their set for a particular venue, the group specializes in Top 40, EDM, and dance/hip-hop hits. LED video walls line both sides of their stage set up, lasers are coordinated with their songs, and the the drum kit is illuminated. For upcoming tour dates, click here.

New Power Soul

With a genre as broad as "Frank Sinatra to Metallica", NPS doubles as an extremely popular wedding band.

Expect to hear lots of tunes from this extensive playlist at one of their gigs, often at Just Jakes in Montclair. For upcoming tour dates, click here.

The Bobby Lynch Band

Want an 8-piece band at your wedding or venue? This is your best bet, with a diverse set list from Earth, Wind & Fire to Eminem. Recently the band played the 95.5 PLJ holiday party, and regularly plays at Empire City Casino.

For upcoming tour dates, click here.

The Benjamins

The Benjamins perform over 200 shows per year, focusing on current hits. They've appeared on 95.5 PLJ, VH1, Fox News, and other television and radio outlets, and have performed at Madison Square Garden, IZOD Center, and The Prudential Center. For upcoming tour dates, click here.

Johnny Drama

Playing all over the Northeast, this high-energy band can put an intense rock spin on even the most sappy pop song. You really should take a minute and watch them perform their version of Baby Got Back. For upcoming tour dates, click here.

The Nerds

Think of The Nerds as the Grandfathers of New Jersey Cover Bands: they've been active for over 20 years, starting out playing a mix of soul, classic rock, and TV themes. They have shared the stage with Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow, Southside Johnny, and more. For upcoming tour dates, click here.

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