Alpharetta Private PartyThrough the fun expressed in their music and the way that they engage with their audience, Pam and Ric and the Loose Shoes Band have become friends, as well as a group that I (and my daughters) go out of our way to go and listen to. Their talent and large repertoire of songs - guaranteed to appeal across various generations, is impressive and something that their audiences can't fail to notice and enjoy. I have become such a fan that I even felt confident recommending them as the entertainment for our company Christmas party. We had a private function for around 170 guests in Alpharetta on Dec 14th 2012 and the Loose Shoes out-classed themselves. I have had so many positive comments from colleagues who were so impressed with the music and how much fun they had singing along and dancing to all manner of hits from the last 40+ years. Thanks Pam and Ric for making our party so much fun and a memory that will stick with all our guests. I look forward to more fun gigs in 2013 and if I have another opportunity to book you guys for a party I won't hesitate.
eSecuritel Holdings LLC,
firm fan and new found friend of the band!
Thank you Loose Shoes for playing at our Engagement Party! We wanted a good mix of music to appeal to all ages, and Ric and Pam definitely succeeded in delivering that! They were energetic and got the crowd out on the lawn dancing the night away. We would have kept them there all night if we could have! We can't thank you enough Ric and Pam for making our special night so much fun! I'm sure our guests will be talking about it for years to come; I know Stephen and I will!
-Betsy and Stephen
The Loose Shoes Band made my daughter's wedding! The food, the service, the ambiance, everything else was great. But the band made the wedding!
Since we have been fans for years, it was not surprising that my daughter asked to have the band play at her wedding. Actually, she told us that she wanted Loose Shoes to play at her wedding a dozen or so years ago (she was 17, I think), before she had met the man who would become her husband. For that matter, she did not even have a boyfriend at the time. But she knew which band she wanted.
Immediately after she became engaged she contacted them to see if they would play at her wedding and was delighted by their positive response. She even picked the wedding date based on their availability!
We have always been impressed with this band but could not believe how much they impacted the wedding, not only playing the songs my daughter loved, but appealing to our guest of all ages, from many different cultures and from all around the country. They had everyone up dancing (including her 82 year old grandmother). My husband and I, who never dance, spent most of the night on the dance floor (so much fun we forgot to eat).
Everyone who was there had something to say about the incredible music at our daughter's wedding! (we even heard this from some of the servers at the venue).
I cannot possibly recommend this band too highly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Bonnie Cohen-Greenberg 770-565-9979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loose Shoes Band at Iron Horse Steakhouse
By Mike Alton
The Loose Shoes Band took over the Iron Horse Steakhouse on Friday. They set up, plugged in, and aside from the time the band gave their friends Two Sixes to play a set, owned the room from start to finish.
Not a bad feat at all. Then again, Loose Shoes aren't your typical cover band. Their show is not some by-the-numbers recital. Instead, the band puts its own flavor into the songs, playing them in a way you haven't quite heard them before.
Separately, the members bring differing styles to the stage. Husband and wife Ric and Pam Cushenan share guitar duties (Pam also plays keys), with Pam playing Tom Petty to Ric's Mike Campbell. Drummer Jeff Pullen has a light, almost jazzy touch that makes everything sound a bit like the Grateful Dead with a sense of purpose. Bassist Niall Brennan nails everything to the floor with basslines that are at once sneakily sophisticated and deliciously farty, much like earlier McCartney (an impression only compounded by Brennan's fiddle-body bass).
The Loose Shoes Band tear it up at Iron Horse Steakhouse in Holly Springs. From left: drummer Jeff Pullen, bassist Niall Brennan, and guitarists Ric and Pam Cushenan. Pam also plays keys.
Together, the four musicians manage to sound like the elements they borrow from, while at the same time sounding nothing at all like them.
The Loose Shoes' stage presence is all early Beatles, sans the cheesy matching outfits (oh, and John's a woman). They project that bright, bubblegummy energy that had all the kids screaming back then, and it still gets the room moving. Right out of the box it is clear that the Loose Shoes aren't just paying some bills; they're enjoying themselves, and it's their goal for you to enjoy the night as well.
The show is extremely interactive. Pam is prone to grabbing her wireless microphone and venturing into the crowd, talking with people, getting strangers' names and making everyone feel like they're part of the show. Dancing is strongly encouraged, as is extra percussion - a tambourine is kept down front for anyone to shake.
The Loose Shoes brought over 35 songs this evening; they were taken from a variety of sources and styles, ranging from classic (Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode") to present-day (KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and Cherry Tree"), and just about anything between.
Next to the public tambourine is a ring-binder containing a list of over 100 songs that the band has ready to go at a moment 's notice; although some planning obviously goes into the evening, they are also continually taking (and making) song requests.
A Loose Shoes show wouldn't be the same without a pair of boots serving as planters. HGTV would heartily approve.
The Loose Shoes' ace card, however, is their vocal work. Pam, Ric and Niall take the lead at different times, but no one voice overpowers the rest. And their three-part harmonies are astounding. The harmonies, in fact, seem to be the fire around which everything else dances. If the power were to suddenly blow out, the Loose Shoes could just sing and still put on a mesmerizing show. Fortunately, the lights stayed on, so the crowd was treated to an extremely broad sonic palette - closing with a slow-and-sweet "Harvest Moon," a lovely way to leave them dancing.
“I’ve heard the Loose Shoes Band perform on a number of occasions. The first time was at my sister-in-law’s birthday party. Their performance was so much fun that I thought of them first when entertainment was requested for a large engagement party in Alpharetta. They were prompt in arriving, very professional in their performance, and the guests couldn’t say enough about how much they liked the entertainment. . I’ve had the pleasure to hear them a number of times since that first party, and highly recommend them for any event.”
Eric Rybka, Talk of the Town Catering
September 4, 2008
Sheet Metal Components, Inc. first had the pleasure of being entertained by The Loose Shoes Band about 3 years ago when they played at our annual company picnic. They were such a hit that they are asked back every year and the employees really look forward to hearing from them. We have some musicians in our employee group and the band welcomes them to “sit in” on a song or two. They are a very versatile band – they play everything from rock and roll to blues, pop, and gospel music. They even play some of their original songs. They have a wireless microphone, which allows Pam to mingle with the crowd and have people sing along, which is a lot of fun. It also comes in handy when it’s time for our service awards and presentations. They have become a part of the Sheet Metal Components family and we can’t imagine a company picnic without them.
HR Manager/ Event Planner
Sheet Metal Components, Inc.
The LooSe ShoEs Band made my husband's surprise birthday party unique and special. Their musical talent and song choices appealed to both the teens and the adults. We had a great time singing along and dancing - we look forward to seeing them perform as often as possible in the future.
IBM Americas Sales Transformation/ Sales Ops Reengineering
We want to thank Ric, Pam and the Loose Shoes Band for an outstanding performance they gave at our son and daughter-in-law's wedding reception. Before the reception date, Ric asked for any special requests we would like to hear. We wanted a mix of oldies and current songs and they delivered each and every song like the professionals that they are. Ric and Pam had everyone (young and old) out on the dance floor for hours dancing to songs everyone knew. I can't thank The Loose Shoes Band enough for the wonderful music, the non-stop fun they gave to all of our guests, and making sure everyone had an outstanding time. Everyone was talking about the band and how well they performed. Thank you Loose Shoes for helping to make our celebration the success it was!
Wanda & Gene Ramey
I need to tell you and the band that was the best performance that most people ever get to see at a wedding. My wife and I were beyond belief that this was our wedding. The music was perfect and the band members were awesome. There is no doubt that we will have you all back to play again. Words are hard to come by, I am so grateful to you all for making that night a special place in our hearts the we will remember for eternity.
God Bless you all.
Phil and Sherry
I decided to throw myself a 60 th birthday bash this year.I started a hunt for the perfect music as dancing is my passion and found it with Loose Shoes Band. I did not meet the band until 2 hours prior to my party- all the plans were made through Pam Cushenan via phone, text and e-mail. She is super charged with energy and saw to every last detail. And to think she does this in her spare time having a full time career! This accommodating group of 5 musicians traveled almost 2 hours each way for my 4 hour 'gig' and played concert quality music to a half empty room of my intimate group of family and friends. All my requests were granted and most guests danced which is usually rare with my group. So, would I recommend this band for an event or seek them out for a night of musical pleasure? As my dear friend from the mid west frequently says " You betcha"!!!!!!! Birthday gal