Wedding Band - Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Wedding Band

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About The Band

Based in southeastern Massachusetts and formed in 2015 by some the area's most accomplished musicians, Hit Play has quickly earned a solid reputation as one of the hottest live wedding and event party bands in New England. The band’s leader, guitarist and singer, Ryan McHugh is well known in the Boston area for his ability to entertain a room by utilizing his 22 years of experience working professionally in the live music industry. Drawing on this experience, Hit Play performs in top club venues from Boston to Newport and at top wedding venues all over New England. The band is well known for their incredibly versatile repertoire - consisting of anything from rock, pop, funk, country, alternative and hip-hop to name a few. Ryan will work with you to select the perfect song choices for your event. Unlike most Boston wedding bands that have a set list of songs that vary only a little from one event to another, the band can call from a variety of genres during performances to perfectly fit the crowd and the vibe of your event. With nearly 400 songs to choose from and state of the art sound system and uplighting, Hit Play will make the night perfect. When you book Hit Play for your wedding you will not only get an incredibly energized performance, but also unparalleled service throughout the entire planning of your event. Hit Play promises to be here for you to answer any questions and make your event one you will never forget!

Meet the Band

The core members of Hit Play consist of drums, bass, guitar and male and female vocals. We can customize the band to suit your needs. We can add keyboard and or saxophone to add to the core sound and versatility allowing us to cover a wider range of music.

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Lynn Lavi

Lead Vocals

Ryan McHugh photo

Ryan McHugh

Band Leader
Lead Vocals/Guitar

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Andy Gulinello

Drums/Vocals

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Louis Ochoa

Bass/Vocals

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Jeff Calder

Keyboard

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James Calandrella

Saxophone

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Justin Esiason

Trumpet

If you’re on a lower budget but still want live music combined with DJ services Hit Play also does weddings as a duo! Ask about pricing. Also Off season rates available.

Services

Wedding Entertainment at it's Best. Our Packages go Above and Beyond all Massachusetts Wedding Bands.

Wedding Band

Next level, high-energy Boston wedding entertainment including ceremony and cocktail hour music. (optional)

Lighting

We can provide stage and dance floor lighting and accent up-lighting for the venue.

Ceremony Music

We can provide microphones, sound system and live acoustic or mp3 music for the ceremony.

MC / DJ

We can provide MC service for the entire event cocktail hour and reception and DJ music during band breaks.

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5 Star Reviews

★★★★ Kept everyone on the dance floor...

We had Hit Play perform at our wedding. Ryan was so easy to work with. He was professional, responsive and a great lead vocalist/guitar player!! The entire band made the night memorable. They made the night extremely personalized and even gave us the option of learning some new songs for our wedding that were outside of the set list. They played back up as my dad sang a punk rock song at the end of the night which he was so appreciative of. All of our guests commented on how they were the absolute best band they had seen at a wedding!! So many of the guests were asking for their info. The band played a wide variety of genres, kept everyone on the dance floor and were able to read the room the gage what the guests wanted to hear. Call them now! Reach out! Book them! They’re truly the best in the business!

- Marina N., July 2021

★★★★ Best. Wedding. Band. Ever.

I cannot say enough good things about Ryan and Hit Play. They were the talk of the night at our wedding. Every member of the band is incredibly talented and engaging, and Lynn is an absolute rockstar. We considered a lot of bands for our wedding, and absolutely made the best choice with Hit Play. Ryan was great to work with during the planning process as well, he was very accommodating to our unique requests, and even learned a specific song we love to add to our setlist! He was always responsive and professional and truly went above and beyond to make sure we had the perfect night. Thank you, Hit Play!!

- Kate T., December 2021

★★★★ The best decision we made

We had an absolute BLAST with Hit Play! They were so easy to work with and they were a crowd pleaser. Our guests literally danced the night away and had to be forced off the dance floor. Ryan was excellent about specifics and communication and such a pleasure to work with. We had some unique song requests for our ceremony and they fulfilled each and every one. We had the 6-piece band and would definitely work with them again. They play it all and they are SO MUCH FUN!

- William O., The Knot, July 2018

★★★★ I wish I could give 10 stars!

Ryan and his band absolutely blew all expectations I had out of the water. When it came to music and entertainment I didn’t have to worry about a single thing on my wedding day. Ryan was happy to help offer suggestions on intro songs when we couldn’t decide and it was exactly what we wanted. All of the guests danced the night away and had so much fun! I can’t wait to have an excuse to have another event so that we can have Hit Play come and perform again. Our day was absolutely perfect and a big part of that was due to Hit Play. Ryan and the band are excellent and absolutely made the night memorable. I would give them 10 stars if I could!

- Ashley, September 2019


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For Booking or for pricing info please fill out the form below. Our band leader (Ryan) will reply with pricing info and availability ASAP.

See Us Live

Here is the updated list of public gigs in Mass and RI to watch the wedding band live! Ask any questions, talk to the musicians, and get a really good feel for how amazing and different the band is compared to everything else out there.


- Weekly -

*Starting May 1st*
One Pelham East in Newport - Ryan solo acoustic

Every Sunday 9:30pm - 1am



- 2022 Schedule -

Liberty Tavern - Quincy, MA - Ryan solo acoustic

Sunday, June 26th 4pm - 7pm


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, June 27th 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Fisherman's View - Sandwich MA - Ryan Solo Acoustic

Thursday, June 30th 2pm - 5pm


Cabby Shack - Plymouth, MA - Ryan & Lynn duo

Thursday, June 30th 9:30pm - 12:30


Crossing Nines - Quincy, MA - Ryan solo acoustic

Friday, July 1st 4:30 - 7:30


Liberty Tavern - Quincy, MA - Duo Ryan & Annie

Sunday, July 3rd 4pm - 7pm


Fisherman's View - Sandwich MA - Ryan Solo Acoustic

Monday, July 4th 1pm - 4pm


Wequasset Resort - Harwich, MA - Duo Ryan & Lynn

Monday, July 4th 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Nash Bar - Boston - Ryan & Lynn Duo

Thursday, July 7th 10pm - 12:30


Bostonia Public House - Duo Ryan and Lynn

Friday, July 8th 10 - 1:45


Widowmaker Brewery - Quincy Center - Ryan solo acoustic

Friday, July 8th 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, July 11th 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


One Pelham East - Newport - Full Band

Thursday, July 14th 9 pm - 12:30


One Pelham East - Newport - Duo Ryan and Lynn

Friday, July 15th 8:30 p.m. - 12:00


ABington Ale House - Ryan solo acoustic

Saturday, July 16th 2:30 - 6


Nash Bar & Stage - Boston - Full Band

Saturday, July 16th 10pm - 1am


Shenanigan's - South Boston - Ryan solo acoustic

Sunday, July 17th 4pm - 7pm


Fisherman's View - Sandwich MA - Ryan Solo Acoustic

Monday, July 18th 12:30pm - 3:30pm


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, July 18th 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Shenanigan's - South Boston - Ryan solo acoustic

Thursday, July 21st 8 - 11pm


Crossing Nines - Quincy, MA - Ryan solo acoustic

Friday, July 22nd 4:30 - 7:30


Abington Ale House - Ryan solo acoustic

Sunday, July 24th 2:30 - 6


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, July 25th 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Nash Bar & Stage - Boston - Duo Ryan & Lynn

Thursday, July 28th 7pm - 10


Green Dragon - Boston - Full band

Friday, July 29th 9:30 - 1


Cabby Shack - Plymouth, MA - Ryan solo acoustic

Friday, July 29th 2pm - 5pm


Crossing Nines - Quincy, MA - Ryan solo acoustic

Saturday, July 30th 7pm - 10pm


Shenanigan's - South Boston - Ryan solo acoustic

Sunday, July 31st 4pm - 7pm


Fisherman's View - Sandwich MA - Ryan Solo Acoustic

Monday, August 1st 12:30pm - 3:30pm


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, August 1st 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Nash Bar & Stage - Boston - Duo Ryan & Lynn

Thursday, August 4th 10pm - 12:30


Carrie Nation - Boston - 5 piece band

Saturday, August 6th 9:45 - 1


Nash Bar & Stage - Boston - Duo Ryan & Lynn

Saturday, August 6th 5-8


Shenanigan's - South Boston - Ryan solo acoustic

Sunday, August 7th 4 - 7 p.m.


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, August 8th 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Abington Ale House - Ryan solo acoustic

Saturday, August 13th 2:30 - 6


Nash Bar & Stage - Boston - Full Band

Saturday, August 13th 10pm - 1am


Shenanigan's - South Boston - Ryan solo acoustic

Sunday, August 14th 4pm - 7pm


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, August 15th 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Fisherman's View - Sandwich MA - Ryan Solo Acoustic

Thursday, August 18th 6 - 9pm


Shenanigan's - South Boston - Ryan solo acoustic

Sunday, August 21st 4pm - 7pm


Wequasset Resort - Harwich - MA

Monday, August 22nd 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.


One Pelham East - Newport - Full Band

Thursday, August 25th 9 pm - 12:30


One Pelham East - Newport - Duo Ryan and Lynn

Friday, August 26th 8:30 p.m. - 12:00


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