Five Oclock Shadow

A professional,sharply dressed,energetic Tauranga covers band who will take your event to the next level.

I can highly recommend Five O'clock Shadow, they are a fantastic group, very friendly and read a crowd extremely well. Eugene played acoustic guitar while we were having dinner, a really nice touch, far nicer than having standard music playing. After dinner they kicked into high gear and we had an absolute blast. I can't recommend them highly enough, we look forward to having them at another function.

Michelle Ford
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Weddings, Corporate Functions, Parties,festivals,'s a party every time they play!

An extremely versatile group with something for everyone....great clear vocals with hit songs from many eras that make people want to dance.....and sing!
Numerous satisfied clients from weddings, real estates,21st 30th 40th 50th AND 60th birthdays,Large festivals,anniversaries, pubs, clubs and even remote islands!
(great references available)
Popular school ball package incl DJ available.

Recent achievements include:
- Main Beach Stage, Mt Maunganui New Years Festival 07,08,09 and main street stage 2010!
- Tauranga Wine and Food Festival 09,10 and headlining 2011!
- Chatam Island Festival 09, 10.
- Realty group National awards.
- Katikati Avocado wine and food fest-Headline 2011.

Five O'clock Shadow are the band to hire if you want an experienced,professional outfit who can handle any size crowd and ensure a successful and fun night. Extra options available:
- Cocktail guitar set during pre-dinner drinks or dinner/dessert...smooth jazzy instrumentals (demo available).
Grroovy acoustic set to break the ice at your function...perfect after wedding ceremonys!
-Pro DJ to work in with band so no gaps and all styles catered for (ultimate package 6hrs)
-Different lineups available to suit small venues or budgets( starting from duo- check out "Figure 8" duo here on partybands)
-Top of the line sound system which includes mics for your speeches, coloured lighting etc

Total dedication to YOUR function....they are there to make your night memorable so flexibility and professionalism is high priority.

A huge range of material, mainly good time party hits that everyone young and old seem to know.Goal is to pack the dance floor and keep it that way!
The good times will roll with CCR, Eagles, Beatles, Doobie Bros and much more. Definitely something for everyone and the repetoire is constantly growing. Special requests can usually be catered for given enough time (1st dances for weddings etc)
Book them now for your special night!

Tried and tested hits that keep the dancefloor going!


  • 500 miles ­The proclaimers
  • Why Does Love do this to me­ Exponents
  • Sweet Home Alabama­ Lynard Skynard
  • Play that Funky Music­Wild Cherry
  • Sweet Child of mine­ Guns n Roses
  • Stuck in the middle with you­ Steelers Wheel
  • Steal my Kisses from you­Ben Harper
  • Have you ever seen the rain­CCR
  • Brown eyed girl­Van Morrison
  • Santaria­ Sublime
  • Sex on Fire­Kings of Leon
  • I love rock n roll­Joan Jett
  • All the Small things­ Blink 182
  • April Sun in Cuba­Dragon
  • Crazy little thing called love­Queen
  • Plus many many more by classic bands such as The Beatles, Eagles,CCR,Pink Floyd,Sublime
  • and The Rolling Stones just to name a few.
  • Modern Songs:
  • Happy ­Pharrel
  • Get Lucky­Daft Punk
  • Wake me up­Avici
  • Counting Stars­ One Republic
  • Let her Go­Passenger
  • Hey Brother­Avici
  • I Need a dollar­Aloe Black
  • Dont forget your roots­ Six 60
  • Lonley Boy­ Black keys
  • Ho Hey­ Lumineers
  • Love Love Love­Avalanche city
  • On top of th world­Imagine Dragons
  • Rhythmn of love­Plain White tees
  • Why gotta be so rude­Magic
  • Wagon wheel­ Old Crow Medicine Show
  • I'm Yours­ Jason Mraz
  • Also current artists like Bruno Mars,Jack Johnson,Cold Play, Ed Sheeran,John Butler and more
  • Acoustic:
  • Stir it up­Bob Marley
  • Love is What I got­ Sublime
  • You look Wonderful Tonight­Eric Clapton
  • Always on my mind­Tiki Tane
  • Me and Hulio down by the school yard­Paul Simon
  • Three little birds­Bob Marley
  • Where do the children play­Cat Stevens
  • Wish you were here­Pink Floyd
  • Time of your life ­Green Day
  • Plus many more by artists like The Eagles, Eric Clapton,Pink Floyd,Jack Johnson,Cold Play,Ed
  • Sheeran,Dave Dobbyn and U2.
  • Instrumental (''Cocktail Guitar")
  • Moondance
  • Fever
  • Girl from Ipanema
  • Reminiscing
  • Broadway
  • Roxanne
  • Sharing the night together
  • Smooth Operator
  • How deep is your love
  • More than words
  • Imagine
  • Plus more well known songs where the guitar does the main vocal melody­great background music.


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I can highly recommend Five O'clock Shadow, they are a fantastic group, very friendly and read a crowd extremely well. Eugene played acoustic guitar while we were having dinner, a really nice touch, far nicer than having standard music playing. After dinner they kicked into high gear and we had an absolute blast. I can't recommend them highly enough, we look forward to having them at another function.
Michelle Ford
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys were the best! All our guests have gushed about how good you guys were - best band ever! Along with a great playlist, you also read the crowd well and played the right tunes at the right time. Thank you so much Eugene, we loved having you help celebrate our wedding, from the ceremony right until the last drink was served, we couldnt have chosen a better band for our big day! Good luck with your new wedding venue, Im sure you guys will nail it!"
Harriet & Kalib
Thanks so much for playing at our party. You guys are really excellent, and it went down very well. Very impressed at how closely you did the styles of different bands. Having our Jamie singing with you was a highlight for us!" Thanks
Mike & Elsa
Five O'Clock Shadow played at our wedding and they were amazing, such a pleasure to deal with. We had lovely background guitar music while we had pre dinner drinks in the garden which created a lovely atmosphere and the dance music they played was awesome got everybody up on the dance floor. We highly recommend them
Sue & Kev
Hi Eugene and the band, thanks so much for playing at our wedding on 4 January, you guys were Amazing!
Emma Moss
Hi Eugene, thanks for the other night....really good tunes and good job on getting everyone up dancing. I was impressed with the professionalism and also as a bit of a muso myself I was impressed with the high level of musicianship.Everything you said you would do you delivered on which was impressive-good luck for the rest of the wedding season.It"s not often you see everyone on the dancefloor at a wedding but you guys did it! And made sure everyone had the best time, we sure did! Thanks
J Te Weehi
Five O'clock Shadow - we want to thank you guys for the amazing job you did at our wedding. It"s not often you see everyone on the dancefloor at a wedding but you guys did it! And made sure everyone had the best time, we sure did! Thanks
Stu and Kerry
Eugene and band, thank you so much again! You guys contribute so much to the success of our Awards Night, hope you travelled home safe.............until next time. Love your work
Hi Eugene, just saying a huge thanks again for the other night- we are getting awesome feedback so that is super! Many thanks, Hannah
Hey Eugene! Just wanted to thank you and your band for playing at our guys were awesome and you made our night! Lovely friendly people and great music - couldn't have asked for better! Thanks, Kylie and Tyron Wedding @ Daniels - 15/2/14
Kylie & Tyron
Hi Eugene, Thank you so much for playing at our wedding! We really enjoyed it and really appreciated your special efforts learning our song. We had quite a few people compliment you! Thanks once again, Kylie and Richard Te Puke Wedding 1/3/2014
Hi Eugene, Thank you so much for a great night- we had so many comments on how great the music was. We had an awesome day! Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band and should we be asked for a recommendation we will definitely pass on your details! Cheers! Holly and Matt Wedding - Acacia Bay, Taupo. 14/3/2104
Holly & Matt
Hey guys! It was a great night and you guys were awesome! Cheers Andy [15/3/14]
Hi Eugene, thank you to you and your band for the great evening/night on Saturday. Dan and I had a great time and your music definitely was a big part of it! You are all very talented...if you ever need a recommendation please give people my details. Thanks again, best wishes. Hannah, Wedding - Ohope Yacht Club. 29/3/2014
Hi Eugene and team, Thanks so much for providing such awesome music for our ball event on Friday night. You performed fantastically and for such a long time! It was so great to have a variety of music at different times throughout the night, and I loved the song choices. We have had lots of positive comments about your band, and hope that you continue to gig for a long time to come! Thank you for coming all the way and making the event so special. Alice Moody, organiser, Whakatane Hospital ball, Ohope Golf Club 4/5/21014
Whakatane Hospital Ball
Hi Eugene, I don't know what to say other than WOW! You and your team were awesome- Thanks so much you couldn't have done any better! Nathan Cohen, Wedding @ The Hilton Lake Taupo 19/4/2014
Nathan Cohen
Thankyou five o'clock shadow for making my 30th awesome everybody had sore feet the next day from ripin up the dance floor, would recommend you for any occasion. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!
Jessica Harris
Hi Eugene, Just had to let you know everyone at last weeks wedding thought you guys were AMAZING! We just had so many of our guests asking who you guys were. People couldnt believe you were local. You really got the party going, great song choices for young and old to get everyone (except one 91 year old) up on the dance floor dancing their little hearts out. Great vocals and loved the way you kept the party going with all your little comments to connect with our guests. Id heard Five Oclock Shadow before so as soon as we were organising a wedding, you were the band to book. Totally professional and great fun. The guitar music through dinner kept the whole atmosphere up, ready for the dancing, and it was great to see as the older ones rested their feet you really connected with younger ones to get a fabulous party going. Couldnt recommend you Eugene, Jordan and Chris highly enough. Best party Ive been to. Cheers Wendy Barton – mother, celebrant and host Wedding at home 4th Feb, 2012.
wendy Barton
Hey Eugene, Thanks so much for your playing on the 4th Feb at my parents house. We had such a blast and your band was awesome. I was worried no one would be up dancing as we only had 70 guests (many oldies too), but the dance floor was cranking most of the night. I particularly enjoyed Santeria by Sublime. Everyone said how good the band was, and the night in general. I have added your logo as a link to your webpage on Wendy's website Useful links page. Cool, well stoked that I booked you guys and I would recommend you to anyone. Cheers Mike, Wedding,Tauranga ,4/5/2012
Hi Eugene, Cliff and I want to say thank you to you and your band for such an amazing night on Saturday 28/2/12. You guys were awesome! We were particularly impressed at the way you read the crowd playing more classic rock songs early on in the night, and then picking it up for the younger crowd as the night went on. You created such an amazing vibe on the dance floor and really got all of our guests in the mood. Also, as feedback, your emails from booking your band through to the week before the wedding were always professional and reassuring. It was like you had done this millions of times before so we never had any doubt about what a fantastic night it was going to be. So thank you, and we'll definitely recommend Five O'clock Shadow to our friends. Regards, Charlotte and Cliff,Ohope Wedding,28/2/12
charlotte welch
Hi Eugine , A very big thankyou to you & your band for making Kate & Joshs wedding so amazing with your music up at the Red Barn last saturday night .We have had emails,txts and phone calls saying how every one had such a great time. So again thank you so much to you all & we look forward to hearing you again in the near future. Regards Janine & Warren Brooks Wedding,Red Barn Hinuera,17/3/2012
janine brooks
Hi Eugene, Just wanted to thank you for the great music at our wedding - everyone kept asking who the band was and kept commenting on how good the music was! It was an excellent mixture of old and new music and I will definitely recommend you to anyone getting married in the Auckland/Tauranga/Coromandel area. I had a lot of people telling me that it was the best wedding they had ever been to and I think that that was largely due to the music - great music = great night. You kept everyone dancing!! So yes, very happy, you are very talented musicians and sound much much better than just a "covers" band - you sound like the real thing! I especially liked it when you got us up on stage! I hope you had a good night :) Anyways the photographer got a few pictures of you so I will send those through when I get them (they are currently being sent to me on a disc). Thanks again, Beth and Simon Howarth Wedding,Whitianga hall, 16/3/12
Beth Howarth
Hi Eugene, Thanks so much to you and your band at our staff prize giving ball on 31/8/12, you were awesome! We have had a lot of really great feedback from staff so hope to recommend you for future events. Thanks again, Rachel Musgrave Event Coordinator Venues Wintec,Hamilton
rachel musgrave
Hi Eugene Can't thank you enough for last night, everyone has been raving about you! You made our night. Melanie Wedding, Daniels on the park,Tga- 23/6/12
Hi Eugene, Your music was fantastic! Our guests and ourselves had such an awesome time, thanks so much for coming out and playing, the songs you played were a hit with everyone. Hope to see you at another function soon :) Anna and Mark. Wedding, pauanui, 21.10.11
Mark and Anna
Hi team, my wife and I were at the wedding you guys played at last Saturday at The Mount, we thought you were brilliant, you really got the crowd up on their feet. Cheers, Bru & Linda Goldfinch. 27/11/2011
Hi Eugene, It was a fun night and I received some great feedback on the band, thank you! I look forward to using the band again in future events. Kind regards, Sasha- Zespri International 15/10/11
Eugene Thanks for a great night! Debbie Clarke Wedding, Olive tree cottage, Tga 8.10.11
Hi Eugene Thank you so much, you guys were awesome and had heaps of comments of how great you were. Thoroughly enjoyed the night! Regards , Linda McQuarry, senior associate BNZ Wedding, Charlemagne lodge Tga, 24.9.11
Hey Eugene, Just wanted to say a HUGE thanks to you and the other members of the band. You guys were AWESOME and we had a great night! Everyone at the party has been asking me what the name of the band was so no doubt you'll be getting lots more bookings! You were so easy to work with and made everything a breeze. All the best and we will be definitely be using you again in the future. Next big thing will be our 30ths!!! Kind regards, Sheree :) Wedding 18/6/11 Club Mt maunganui
sheree merrit
Hey Eugene We just wanted to send you an email to say a BIG THANK YOU to you and your band for the fantastic music and your professional service. You really made the night a huge success, all of our guests are still raving about the band. The songs you sang were fantastic and you really read the crowd. From what I can remember there wasn't a time when there wasn't someone on the dance floor. Will most definitley recommend you to anyone, you guys were just amazing. Thanks again Richard and Jacqui Thompson Wedding May 2011
Richard Thompson
Thank you so much for playing at the Bethlehem College Ball. The combination of the band and DJ worked really well for this occasion, providing continual great music that suited everyones taste. Five Oclock Shadow were so professional and easy to work with plus are such great musicians! Their set list has a good balance between new stuff and good classics, and along with their energetic stage presence they created a brilliant night. Thanks once again!
Part 2: Also thank you for the quick responses to our many questions, your calm personality allowed us to feel secure about that part of our day We have had soo many positive comments about your performance from our guests and we recommended you to all. We can't speak highly enough of you and what you do.Please use this as a testimonal, we wish you all the best for your future performances. We hope to dance to your music again one day! Kindest regards Rob & Kellie Scott Wedding, The Red Barn 12/3/11
rob scott
Hi Eugene, thank you so much for the amazing performance that you did for our wedding. It was the icing on the cake to an awesome day, you guys made it perfect! Thank you for playing earlier for the guests, it really set the mood for the rest of the night and we have had many compliments on the cocktail guitar set that you played through dinner. You read the mood and timing perfectly and made your music suit. The quality of sound that you produce is top level. The vocals of your band were really amazing, especially when you were belting out some trickier songs!The playlist that you chose was perfect. You read the audience so well and you had people dancing from the age of 18 months through to 65! You played music that suited everybody and I can't remember one person who didn't get up for a dance. The band interacted so well with the audience and made it a lot of fun! Kindest regards Rob & Kellie Scott Wedding, The Red Barn 12/3/11
rob scott
What a fantastic band! They played great music and had our wedding guests dancing to the wee small hours. Would highly recommend Five Oclock Shadow to anyone looking for a band that can entertain a crowd. You guys Rock!! Pete & Tina 26/2//11
pete and tina
Hi Eugene ,Thanks for a great night at my daughters wedding at Ohope on Saturday night ,you guys and your music made it a great success.Can you pencil in my sons wedding 24th March at Ohope Golf club next year. Thanks again, Rick Morris 11/3/11
Rick morris
Hi Eugene It was epic, you guys were great- everyone was up there dancing!! Thank you so much for an awesome night! Thanks Ayesha Morrow 21st birthday party 19/2/11
Ayesha morrow
Hi Eugene, You worked hard, and certainly made the day less stressful for me with your assurances, and the performance was absolutely outstanding. And I literally mean that was the best wedding performance I've seen, including your playlist on the night. Consequently since then I've been going out of my way to recommend you thoroughly, and I would be very surprised if you didn't get a lot more work from it. If you ever need a reference for a potential client, you should feel free to get them to contact me directly. I'll continue to recommend you guys. Thanks! You guys did an amazing job, Will Coltart- wedding 29/1/2011 Taupo
will coltart
To Eugene and the band: Had the most amazing night last, thanks to all of you. It couldnt have gone better! Everyones raving…….Thank you! Stacey, Wickham pre-school function 18/2/2011
Stacey Larnach
Hi Eugene, Nice to meet you last night. We thought you guys were awesome last night. Cheers Andrew & AJ 28/1/2011
Hi Eugene, Thanks! You guys did an amazing job, Will Coltart- wedding 29/1/2011 Taupo
will coltart
Hi Eugene, We hope you are well. Just wanted to drop you a quick email to express our sincere thanks again to you and the band for making our wedding an absolutely awesome day - it is so true that the music plays a massive part in how much people enjoy the wedding - from the acoustic set right through to the bands last song you guys were truly brilliant and there is no doubt our guests had a great time dancing the night away...we couldn't have wished for a better band. Many thanks again All the best for 2011 Sam & Kirsty 12/2/11
sam and kirsty
Eugene, Enjoyed your band, great thanks. Thanks Clive Berry Katikati Avocado wine and food festival
Mate it was an awesome night you fellas were the best!!!! Everyone has been saying all day about how good you were, will be happy to have you back anytime at our next party. Cheers Jeremy, 21st birthday , 13/12/10
These jokers were the best!!! Had them at my 21st bday party and had everyone of all ages up dancing all night and were so easy to deal with. Cant wait to get you back for our next party!!!! Thanks heaps party wouldnt have been the same without you really made the night
Jeremy O'Reilly
Everyone had a great time and the girls loved your music. I have only had good comments from everyone. Also for us oldies the volume was not too loud, so well done on that as well. I will send a reference later on. Thank you for making the ball a huge success. I will recommend your band to whoever organizes the ball next year (maybe me again) and get you back, I hope.
Janet Cornes
Thanks Eugene and band for an absolutely amazing evening. You guys made the night a complete success, playing a great mix of music to keep everyone up dancing the whole time. Everyone was so impressed with the quality of your music that people still haven't stopped commenting on how good our band was. They couldn't believe we'd found you guys off the web! We can't recommend these guys highly enough. Many thanks again,
Kath and Brad
Just wanted to say thank you once again for the input you and your team had into making Saturday night such a wonderful success for us. You have no idea of the number of people who commented on the performance of Five Oclock Shadow. I would be delighted to act as a reference for you if ever you need to convince a prospective client of your wonderful music. Thanks once again
Tony and Marg Mills
Without a lie one of the most nerve wrecking things about my wedding day was choosing the music! I knew Eugene through his previous band and every time we had been to a function we they were playing everyone in the room was up and dancing, so we put our trust in Eugene and left the playlist to his discretion . I couldnt have hoped for better! The music Five Oclock Shadow played was so well suited to our 160 guests and much to my delight there werent many sitting down. We had so many calls asking who the band was, I felt compelled to write a reference. The band was so professional and easy to deal with and if you choose Them to play for you I assure you, you will feel the same way!
Jill Astle
Hi Eugene, thanks again for a fabulous night last night.  It was great having Jo along as DJ and she really added to the night. You guys went to another level last night – thank you so much
Allison Stewart, Realty Group. April 2010
Hi Eugene You and your band did a great job and everyone had a great time. I have had lots of good feedback from your performance :) Thanks heaps Regards
Jess MacPhail
Five O'Clock Shadow played at the Sacred Heart Graduation Ball and they were amazing!! I was constantly having people coming up to me throughout the course of the night saying what an awesome band they were and how much they were enjoying the music. Their versatility was obvious as they had the teachers dancing just as much as the students! A great band, really nice guys would definetly recommend them to anyone. Thankyou so much for making it a great night
Five O'clock Shadow played at the first Chatham Islands Wild Food & Music Festival this year. They were such a hit the people want them back for more. This band was fantastic entertainment for the chatham island community and really added value to the festival. The band shared their musical talents by providing music sessions for children & adults and gave huge support and inspiration to the local island band 'Off the Cuff'. We are excited to have Five O'Clock Shadow return to the Chathams to perform at our next Festival on 6th March 2010. What a great band!! We reccommend you book them for any occassion as they will provide the best entertainment for your celebration. Thanks Guys, from all the people on the Chatham Islands. We had the Best time ever.
Five O'clock Shadow played at our wedding and in all honesty we could not have had a more slick,professional outfit at our service! All of our guests were blown away by their performance and we are certain it will lead to more gigs for them,judging by the interest they generated. If you too are looking for a quality band to set your event apart these are the guys for you-just Awesome!We would recommend them to anyone,cheers guys.Steve and Nic Roberts,Tauranga.
steve and Nic Roberts
I just cant thank you and your band members enough for your performance last night. All the guests have been raving about you guys. Everyone had a fantastic time. Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou.
Just wanted to drop a note to pass on sincere thanks to yourself and the band for the wonderful performance for NYE 2008. New Years Eve Mt Maunganui is one of the largest events in New Zealand and the entertainment is a crucial part in ensuring the success of the night. Five OClock Shadows line up of songs ensured all ranges of ages were entertained and a great and safe night was had by all. As the event is a huge logistical management exercise, I rely heavily on professional bands that work within the logistics. Many thanks to your band, as the professional showmanship you all presented ensured that the Beach Stage was run smoothly, and within the parameters of the night. I do hope you all enjoyed the night – feedback has been that the line up was perfect. We were especially impressed when you were able to work the start of your introduction in with the previous singer/beat boxer. You willingness to work with the many other bands and your flexibility with the time
Angela, TCC
I would like to say a special thankyou to Dearne from Casa del mare Boutique bed and breakfast for being such a wonderful hostess and Eugene from Five oclock Shadow for the wonderful cocktail guitar
Sarah Manwell, Funtasia events

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