A tribute act is a music group, singer, or musician who specifically plays the music of a well-known music act – sometimes one which has disbanded, ceased touring or is deceased. Most tribute acts are groups (tribute band or tribute group) and are tributes to a group.
A tribute band does not include members of the original band whose music is being honored. If a member is included in a band performing the music of their original group, the band is seen as a spin-off band rather than a tribute band. However, guest appearances do occur.
Tribute bands usually name themselves based on the original band’s name, some song and even albums.
A cover band (or covers band), is a band that plays mostly or exclusively cover songs. New or unknown bands often find the cover band format marketable for smaller gigs, and these bands may be known as a wedding band, party band, and function band. A band whose covers consist mainly of songs that were chart hits is often called a top 40 band. Many bands, however, start as cover bands and then grow to perform original material.
The main way in which a tribute band differs from a cover band that simply plays songs by other artists is that it strives to capture every nuance of the imitated artist’s actions and appearance for a perfect imitation. Some tribute bands resemble the appearance but re-interpret the original works in a particular genre or for comic effect.
We suggest that if your looking for a tribute band, you do your homework! You have choices; you need to understand your audience and the amount of money you want to pay for the performance. A good cover band may do the trick if your just looking for a band plays the songs within a set of music they perform.
We highly suggest you work with a reputable talent agent can provide you a full detail of the band's performances in the past as well as a price for your performance. Tribute Bands or Cover Bands is only a small detail in your overall guest experience. The challenge has always been to be able to blend all of the costs associated with your event into a profitable experience.