OpenRoad earned Gigmasters' "Best of 2012 Award."
We were nominated by KRON's Best of the Bay TV as one of 2009's "Best Bands in the Bay Area".
OpenRoad plays high-energy, instantly recognizable music that will pull you onto the dance floor.
The Band is "Open" to tailor music performance for each Client's guests or audience.
From Motown to Modern, we're your "Road" to Classic Dance Hits!
"The OpenRoad Promise"
Band members go the "extra mile" to make your wedding reception, private party or special event successful!
- Free planning consultation to best understand your event needs, preferences.
- We tailor our song lists, balance dancing vs. listening music, DJ songs during our breaks or for special requests, if needed.
- Songs for all special wedding moments: Wedding Party introductions, First Couple dance, Father Daughter dance, etc.
- We dress to suit your event; whether formal attire for weddings or even theme costumes, as needed.
- Male and female vocalists available for wedding ceremony performance.
OpenRoad plays everything from Classic Rock, 60's-90's, Motown/R&B, Standards, to Current Artist Hits from contemporary artists, e.g., Adele, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Train and more. For a dinner dance, wedding or special event we can play mellow music first and get your audience rocking later in the evening. Bring your dancing shoes!
The current instrumentation consists of two lead/rhythm guitarists, one that plays harmonica for blues and rock, one plays percussion, bassist, drummer, keyboardist that plays piano, organ, strings effects, acoustic guitar, trombone.
Our group showcases outstanding vocalists with a real flair for connecting with the audience. We feature up to five vocalists in our six piece group.
New Year's Eve Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Moves Like JaggerMaroon 5
Rolling in the DeepAdele
This LoveMaroon 5
I'm YoursJason Mraz
Ain't No Mountain High EnoughMarvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell
The Way You Make Me FeelMichael Jackson
I Want You BackThe Jackson 5
Hey, Soul SisterTrain
Just DanceLady Gaga
Walk AwayKelly Clarkson
Ants MarchingDave Matthews Band
Here For The PartyGretchen Wilson
Ain't No Other ManChristine Aguilera
Black Horse and the Cherry TreeKT Tunstall
Walking on SunshineKatrina and the Waves
Sunday MorningMaroon 5
Hella GoodNo Doubt
Say Hey, I Love YouMichael Franti & Spearhead
Livin' On a PrayerBon Jovi
You Give Love a Bad NameBon Jovi
Workin' for a Livin'Huey Lewis & the News
Heart and SoulHuey Lewis & the News
Two PrincesStone Temple Pilots
Hard to HandleBlack Crowes
China GroveDoobie Brothers
Long Train RunningDoobie Brothers
Listen to the MusicDoobie Brothers
Wild NightVan Morrison
Brown-Eyed GirlVan Morrison
Game of LoveSantana/Michelle Branch
No One To Depend On/E WaysSantana
Oye Como VaSantana
Black Magic WomanSantana
Get This Party StartedPink
I WishStevie Wonder
Signed Sealed and DeliveredStevie Wonder
Lady MarmaladePatty Labelle
Hit Me With Your Best ShotPat Benatar
Rock This TownStray Cats
Jump Jive and WailBrian Setzer
My GirlThe Temptations
Get ReadyThe Temptations
Unchain My HeartRay Charles
All Day MusicWar
Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye
Pretty WomanRoy Orbison
Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond
Let's Stay TogetherTina Turner
Proud MaryTina Turner
Hurt So GoodJohn Mellencamp
Mustang SallyThe Commitments
What I Like About YouThe Romantics
Mony, MonyBilly Idol
Shop AroundSmokey Robinson & Miracles
Don't Stop Believin'Journey
Sweet Home ChicagoBlues Brothers
Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd
Come Away With MeNora Jones
Turn Me OnNora Jones
Play That Funky MusicWild Cherry
Only Want To Be With YouHootie & the Blowfish
I Will SurviveGloria Gaynor
Chain of FoolsAretha Franklin
I Saw Her Standing ThereThe Beatles
Twist & ShoutThe Beatles
You Are The Sunshine of My LifeStevie Wonder
Save The Last Dance For MeMichael Buble'
Son of a Preacher ManDusty Springfield
Reach Out (I'll Be There)The Four Tops
If I Ain't Got YouAlicia Keys
A Thousand YearsChristina Perri
In My LifeThe Beatles
You're Still The OneShania Twain
Your SongElton John
UnforgettableNat King/Natalie Cole
At LastEtta James
Unchained MelodyThe Righteous Brothers
My Little GirlTim McGraw
When You Say Nothing At AllAllison Krause
Classic Rock Band
Top 40 Band
$900 - $2900
Lead Female Vocals
Lead Male Vocals/Guitar
Lead Guitar, Vocals, Harp
Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals
Bass Guitar, Vocals
San Francisco Bay Area bands such as the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Huey Lewis & the News, Journey. We also admire Motown/R&B and contemporary artists that play funk, blues and rock.
Wedding Reception in Livermore, CA on 09/14/2013
"After hiring Open Road, I understand all the positive feedback/ratings and "Top Band in the East Bay" label. You will want Open Road at any event like you would want a pro athlete on your team. They simply know what they're doing. I'm limited to only 675 characters so on to the highlights: All their recommendations from the schedule, songs, crowd involvement were spot on; They absolutely nailed a surprise rap/hip-hop song after I jokingly complained about not having my favorite music. Everyone loved it!; Couples that had DJs at their wedding told me they regret it after hearing Open Road; I saw people dance who I never thought I'd see dancing! Thank you Open Road!"
- Elisa A.
Wedding Reception in Pleasanton, CA on 05/25/2013
"Open Road did an amazing job at our wedding!! All of our guests were dancing the entire night, and even started chanting, "one more song," when our event was wrapping up. Ed and the other members of Open Road were gracious enough to continue playing. Ed was an absolute pleasure to work with and helped tremendously with the planning process. I highly recommend Open Road to anyone looking for a fantastic night with phenomenal live music!!"
- Ashley M.
Wedding Reception in Sunnyvale, CA on 06/08/2013
"What an awesome band! Everyone at the wedding loved them! Vocals, timing, instrumental solos, all spot on. They really felt the crowd and got everyone dancing, even my parents who NEVER dance! Even though they are not a swing band, they picked out some great swing/waltz songs to perform for us on our request. My fiancé was initially nervous about letting them perform our first dance live since we were choreographing it, but they really nailed the timing and sounded great! I also requested a married couples dance with only a vague idea of how it should work, and they cleaned up my instructions and pulled it off perfectly. To top it off, their fee was very reasonable!"
- Clare K.
Dinner Dance in San Leandro, CA on 03/16/2013
"OpenRoad’s high-energy live music was the highlight of our 2013 corporate crab feed dinner dance scholarship fundraiser. With the dance floor full, guests danced next to their tables. Even our high school student volunteers danced with our guests. This was our first ever scholarship fundraiser co-hosted by three of our Employee Resource Groups. OpenRoad’s “38 friends of the band” bought tickets to see them perform generating over $2,100. After reviewing our net proceeds our ERG's agreed to do this event again on 3-1-14. We booked OpenRoad a year in advance to help us promote next year’s event! I would highly recommend OpenRoad to help make any event a success!"
- MaryLou O.
Event in San Francisco, CA on 05/18/2013
"It was a pleasure to work with Open Road. Ed and the crew were professional, accommodating, and the show was a real crowd pleaser.
Big props to taking care "
- Pete R.
Corporate Function in Napa, CA on 05/24/2012
"Thank you OpenRoad for a fantastic evening! What a great band, everyone was rocking and just flat out enjoying themselves. We hired OpenRoad for the final night of a customer appreciation meeting. While the group has not had a band or dancing in the past, it didn't take long before people were out on the dance floor having a great time! The band members were so easy to work with and wanted to make sure our needs were met. You won't be disappointed if you go with OpenRoad!"
- Shari M.
Wedding Reception in Santa Rosa, CA on 10/06/2012
"Wonderful job! We thoroughly enjoyed working with Ed Vargas and the rest of the band. Our guests danced the whole evening!"
- Marie T.
Wedding Ceremony in Emeryville, CA on 07/14/2012
"Open Road is an amazing, accomodating, exciting & flexible band ever!!! On the day of my wedding, i was the typical frazzled bride but Open Road's professionalism kicked into gear, they flowed through the reception & got everyone on the dance floor by the end of the night!! Ed made sure that I was aware of any changes/delays in the schedule & took care of everything!! The lead vocalist flawlessly sang our first dance song that she had to learn from scratch and brought happy tears from everyone, including my husband and myself. We are so HAPPY that we booked Open Road! Their service, style and mannerism will make any bride & groom overjoyed and all the guests dancing!"
- Thu-Loan D.
Private Party in San Francisco, CA on 05/19/2012
"Open Road was so much fun! They sang great dance songs and our crowd from ages 21 to 71 loved every minute of it. They were so easy to work with and were extremely professional. We'll definitely be using them again in the future!"
- Pete R.
Fundraiser in San Francisco, CA on 03/17/2012
"Ed Vargas and the members of OpenRoad rock! They were so professional and accomodating with the ever-changing timeline I had. They even went the extra mile and dressed to fit our theme of St. Patrick's Day including a few special touches from Party City.
OpenRoad had my guests on their feet beginning with the first song and begging for more at the last song.
I would highly recommend OpenRoad for your next event."
- Kristine C.
Wedding Reception in San Francisco, CA on 10/23/2010
"OpenRoad was absolutely fantastic! They kept the crowd entertained and up and dancing all night long. They were completely accommodating with all our requests and were totally professional with our special opening introduction. I've received nothing but compliments on their performance and they "made the party". Our thanks go out once again to OpenRoad for being the consummate professionals that ensured our reception was the complete success that it was.
Mother of the Bride "
- James M.
Wedding Ceremony in Alameda, CA on 07/30/2011
"Thank you so much OpenRoad for everything! You were absolutely great! You kept the party going and was so easy to work with and accommodating. My wedding planning was so chaotic, and you were the only vendor I had no doubts you'd be able to pull through and you did. Ed, your schedule was timed to the second and I loved the organization! Also wanted to thank you for learning over five songs just for us! We really appreciate that! We got nothing but compliments regarding your performance. I cannot thank you enough for the professionalism and talent that OpenRoad performed for our wedding, you truly made it memorable. "
- Marissa W.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Pleasant Hill, CA on 09/11/2010
"OpenRoad was great! We all really enjoyed their performance. They played all the songs we wanted, and they were very fun. Highly recommended!"
- Pat J.
Wedding in San Francisco, CA on 03/07/2009
"OpenRoad and Ed Vargas are absolutely amazing. The band was fantastic, so fun to dance to and they learned new songs for my wedding. I was incredibly impressed and so were all of my guests. I'm so thankful they performed at my wedding. I couldn't have found a better band. Ed was continually professional on our dealings/coordination - and was very eager to please and make sure everything went smooth.
Thank you, OpenRoad.
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- Lisa B.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Los Altos Hills, CA on 11/14/2009
"Open Road was great! They played all the songs I requested and sounded wonderful.
I recommend them very, very highly."
- Linda F.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Santa Rosa, CA on 06/05/2010
"Open Road is an excellent dance band and very good to work with - they are very professional and helpful during the planning process (Ed is incredibly organized and detail-oriented) and they had everybody up and dancing throughout the evening. All of the guests had a great time and really enjoyed Open Road - they were a big hit!"
- Debra O.
Fundraiser in Livermore, CA on 01/09/2010
"We have used 'Open Road' during our Crab Feeds for many years and have found them to be an excellent band! They play great mix of dancing music and have been very accommodating to our needs. They even helped sell tickets!
I would highly recommend them for any venue! "
- Ed F.
Wedding in Pleasanton, CA on 07/04/2008
"Originally, we were unsure about having a band vs. having a D.J. because there were certain songs we really wanted that weren't on the song list of the band. After expressing my concerns to Ed Vargas, the band leader/contact, Ed agreed that the band would learn over 10 new songs, just for our wedding! (Most other bands we contacted were willing to learn two at the most.)
The band ended up being great and we're really glad we went with live music over a D.J. All of our friends and family raved about the band, saying their high energy kept the dance floor full throughout the night. As a result, the night flew by and everyone was disappointed when it was over. "
- Kristen H.
Dinner Dance in Livermore, CA on 01/17/2009
"We have booked with OpenRoad to play at our previous Crab Feeds which were held at the Church Hall accommodating 350 attendees. Our organization and attendees truly enjoy the performance that OpenRoad provides and this year was no exception. Though this year we changed venues to the Robert Livermore Community Center which provided a more favorable stage layout for the band as well as a better dance floor area. We received numerous comments on the success of our event and the band, the music they played were frequently mentioned as outstanding, great, and truly enjoyable.
Again Thanks for playing at our event again this year"
In addition to Walnut Creek, OpenRoad will also travel to Concord, Pleasant Hill, Alamo, Lafayette, Clayton, Diablo, Martinez, Moraga, Rheem Valley, Danville, Orinda, Pittsburg, Canyon, Berkeley, Benicia, Oakland, Piedmont, Port Costa, San Ramon, Antioch, Crockett, Castro Valley, Albany, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Rodeo, Dublin, El Cerrito, Pinole
and many other locations in and around the Walnut Creek area.
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