“I want to show that gospel, country, blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.” – Etta James

Diverse Music for your Diverse Group!! 

SAMPLES, updated monthly, of Artists whose songs we enjoy sharing:  KayBirds are Genre-Fluid, as are most musicians.  They interweave hits from multiple genres and decades, with sprinkles of Soul. However, we understand that your guests / customers may have a style preference.  To enable you to select the focus, here are some ‘Samples of Artists, by Genres’, that VKB Plays   A few are in multiple categories, depending on their songs. Some artists / bands/ musicians cross all genres, as do we! 

ROCK –Chicago, Joe Pastorius, Black Crowes, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Janis Joplin, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa, Smash Mouth, Cream, Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB), Candye Kane, Led Zeppelin, REO Speedwagon, Beatles, AC / DC, Bon Jovi, Steve Miller Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) , Earth Wind Fire, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Joan Jett, Dan Band, Huey Lewis and the News, Joe Cocker, Queen, Santana, Def Lepoard, Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf,  James Brown, Ritchie Valens, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Winter, Melissa Etheridge, Rare Earth, Wilson Pickett, Tina Turner, Brian Seltzer, Warren Haynes, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Chuck Berry, Widespread Panic, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Thorogood, Eric Clapton, Animals, Southern Culture on the Skids, Bruce Springsteen, The McCoys, Redbone, Pink

SOUL -  Etta James, Santana, Irma Thomas, Tina Turner, Redbone, Kool and the Gang, Otis Redding, Barbara Lynn, Bill Withers, Neville Bros., Billy Preston, Charmaine Neville, War, Dusty Springfield,  Sam & Dave, Janis Joplin, The Champs, Brian Seltzer Band, Blues Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke, Harry Belefonte, Jackie Shane,  Ben E. King, Lisa Stansfield, Barry White, Marion Black, Marvin Gaye, Cyndi Lauper, Temptations,  Roy Head, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Solomon Burke, Booker T & the MG's, Rufus Thomas, The Commitments, The Mar-Keys, Santana, The Drifters, James Brown, Quincy Jones, Nina Simone, Sly & Family Stone, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Aaron Neville, Barrett Strong, Martha Reeves & Vandellas, MOTOWN

BLUES– Etta James. Aretha Franklin, Beth Hart, Bonnie Rait, CCR, The Tractors, Eric Clapton,  Chris Thomas King, Koko Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Irma Thomas, S.R. Vaughn, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Otis Redding, Tab Benoit, Cyndi Lauper, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Tex, Barbara Lynn, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Bill Withers, Marvin Banks, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Tex, Melanie Safka, Neville Bros., Randy Garibay, Rich Felix, Blues Brothers, Sam & Dave, Tina Turner, Albert Collins, Marva Wright, Clarence Edwards, Johnny Winter, Trombone Shorty, etc

COUNTRY & POP & JAZZ Pink, Hank Williams, Buffalo Springfield, Elton John,  Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton,  Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Dusty Springfield, Anne Murray, Bonnie Tyler, David Sanborn, Julie London,  tta James, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, Tab Benoit, Chris Stapleton, Freddy Fender, Elvis, The Tractors, George Jones, Brian Seltzer, Pointer Sisters, Gloria Estefan, Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Dianne Reeves, Elvis, Charmaine Neville, Annie Lennox, Nina Simone, Merle Haggard, Carly Simon, Lynn Anderson, Cher, Don Williams, Keb’ Mo’,  Queen, Dean Martin, Animals, Fats Domino, etc.

Various mixes of Rock, Soul, Blues, Motown, Jazz, Pop, Country.  We mix for YOUR Event! 


1) A Joy-Inducing Music Mix - Our professional, researched blend of upbeat, optimistic, encouraging, cheerful tunes that are genre-fluid and decade-shifting.  These ‘Positive Vibe’ songs, featuring horns and lighthearted lyrics, will ignite listeners’ souls, to cause smiles, singing, dancing, and stress-escape occasions. It’s KayBirds’ “Escape Event” mix. Of course there is a Dance Contest, too. 

2) KayBirds Live Karaoke The VKB band’s mix of attendees joining the band as guest singers or back-up singers, mixed in between some of our songs.  Of course, it includes the VKB dance contests for adults and children. This Mix Crosses decades, genres, and generations and includes some well-known tunes. Contact us for list beforehand.

3) Smooth Soul Happening (Ssh)Easy listening Soul, Jazz, Blues Crossovers; old and new.  Perfect for Restaurants, Brunches, and Garden Parties; with the genre-fluidity of Jazz-Soul-Blues crossovers

4) Sassy Women Singers – Songs from the best female voices, such as Etta, Irma, Tina, Aretha, Janis, Nina, Rosemary, Melanie, Anne Murray, Koko, Dolly, Patsy, Bonnie, Carly, Barbara Lynn, Beth Hart, Dusty Springfield, Sharon Jones, Annie Lennox, etc.

5) Multi-Genre Mardi Gras Mix Party {MGMGM}– Louisiana & contiguous States; Mix of many genres, Beads, Contests, Dancing, Audience participation, Menu themes.  Includes diverse tunes about:  New Orleans, Voodoo, Southern Food, Bayous, Drinking, Mojo Magic, Dancing, Louisiana, & Good Times Rolling! Hear covers of Artists from Antoine 'Fats' Domino to ZZ Top, from the Animals to Johnny Winter.

6) Country - Rock Show- Self Explanatory

7) Irma and Etta Show – an evening to enjoy the timeless tune of Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New Orleans) and Etta James (Queen of R&B)