From the Chuppah to the Dance Floor

In addition to his duties as an officiant, Rabbi Jon also has a full band that can play at your reception! 


Many wedding guests give him a double take as he moves from under the Chuppah to the reception area where he emcees, sings and plays bass guitar with his fellow musicians.  With hundreds of private and public performances under his belt, Rabbi Jon has the experience to make your reception perfect. You can feel confident you’ve hired the VERY BEST in the field!

Jon's band has an extensive song list, skillfully blending rock, pop, jazz, ballads, oldies and current hits with a bit of modern Jewish music.  Rabbi Jon and his band have vast experience performing many different styles & genres of music. They can customize their play list to your specific needs including the very best Hora in the business!

With rave reviews at Wedding Receptions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Community Concerts and Private Events across the country, the band will travel to you!  

Recent performance highlights include:

  • Private Wedding Reception - Denver, CO
  • Private Wedding Reception - Kennebunkport, ME
  • Private Wedding Reception - Newport, RI
  • Private Bat Mitzvah Celebration - Washington, DC
  • Boston Celebrates Israel - Gillette Stadium, MA
  • The Wexner Foundation Retreat - Snowbird, Utah
  • Steven Spielberg's Genesis Program - Waltham, MA
  • The Apple Corporation Retreat - Lake Tahoe, NV
  • State Street Financial - Boston, MA
  • The Disney Ampitheater - Orlando, FL

As a composer, Rabbi Jon has released ten CDs, with music that crosses genres and boundaries. His songs are heard on nationally distributed compilations and radio rotations in the United States, Canada, Israel and beyond. 

Please download The Jon Nelson Band's Song List by clicking the button below. The list is just a sampling of the songs we can cover. You can request any songs you might want at your event and we’ll prepare them for your reception. We will always accommodate ANY song requests. References available across the USA!

What's the Buzz?...

"Rabbi Jon and his band performed at our wedding last summer in Colorado. My family has worked with Jon several times in the past (my sister’s wedding, my bat mitzvah, and he never disappoints. He did a great job of bringing the dance floor alive and was a pleasure to work with. He was able to appeal to both me and my husband’s drastically different taste in music. Any couple would be lucky to have Jon's perform at their reception."  

- Leslie M. / Denver, CO

"Jon and his band were incredible. They let us choose the song list and even said they could learn any songs they didn't already know!  I asked for some Grateful Dead and my wife wanted the slow jams. Everything went off without a hitch and they even came to the after party! We couldn't recommend them more!   

- Tim H. / Denver, CO

“The Jon Nelson Band played a show at the Jewish Community Center. We just put them back on a plane to Boston, however, the entire community wishes we could keep them here!  Jon and the guys were quite possibly the easiest group I’ve worked with at the “J”. We would highly recommend them for any event." 

 - Corey A. / Austin, TX

“I want to personally thank you for our very successful community-wide music celebration. You had the entire assemblage of over 270 people clapping, dancing and singing. We WILL bring you back.” 

 - Jan B. / Andover, MA


The Songs We Play

Jon Nelson Band Song LIst (pdf)


The Band in Action

Check out a clip of Jon and the band playing a rock and roll set @ the famous Hi Hat Club in Rhode Island. 

The hora (sometimes called Jewish Dancing or Israeli Dancing) is a highly energetic Israeli circle dance. Danced to klezmer style, traditional & Israeli music, it’s usually the part of the wedding where you’ll see the happy couple lifted on chairs (equal parts exhilarating and terrifying)! The Jon Nelson Band prides itself on it's Rockin' Hora!

Drop Rabbi Jon a Line

Rabbi Jon would love to chat about your reception. Please send along a little info and he'll get right back to you!

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