2021 WINNER: BEST COVER/TRIBUTE BAND IN MILWAUKEE! 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 Finalists (Shepherd Express 'Best of Milwaukee' and Milwaukee A-List). Failure to Launch is a popular high-energy cover band that have been rockin’ together for nearly two decades. You can expect to see a dynamic show of some of the most upbeat and danceable pop, rock, hip-hop, and country music of the past 60 years! Made up of three incredibly talented and engaging vocalists, an impressive two-man percussion section, an animated keyboardist, gifted guitar and bass players, as well as a multi-instrument horn player, FTL is unlike any other cover band you’ve seen! Starting from modest beginnings in our parent's basements, we've grown from playing our first show at Whitnall High School's Battle of the Bands to rocking out for huge crowds at Summerfest, Oktoberfest, and everything in between! We pride ourselves on an extremely diverse repertoire of songs and mashups, and make sure that there's something for everyone in the audience to dance to- from Backstreet Boys to Beastie Boys :) Get ready to party with us as we perform hits ranging from the 60's all the way up to current top 40. We can't wait to put on an unforgettable show for you!

  • *Weddings
    *Private parties
    *Local/statewide/regional shows

    We are proud to offer a memorable, customized experience that works best for you and your event- please contact us for pricing options!



  • Doo Wop (That Thing)
  • Land of 1,000 Dances
  • Born This Way
  • ABC -> OPP
  • Uptown Funk
  • What a Man -> Respect -> Satisfaction
  • Tootsie Roll -> Da Dip
  • Proud Mary
  • Ex's & Oh's
  • This is How We Do It -> Jump


Show Dates


FTL @ private wedding in Oconomowoc

FTL @ private wedding in Oconomowoc

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

Time:8:00 pm

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ private block party

FTL @ private block party

Time:5:00 pm

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ Riverfest in La Crosse

FTL @ Riverfest in La Crosse

Time:9:00 pm
Address:100 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601
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FTL @ City of West Allis 4th of July Fireworks and Grandstand Show

FTL @ City of West Allis 4th of July Fireworks and Grandstand Show

Time:8:30 pm
Address:640 S. 84th Street West Allis, WI 53214
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FTL @ private wedding in New Berlin

FTL @ private wedding in New Berlin

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ Wisconsin State Fair: Knucklehead Stage

FTL @ Wisconsin State Fair: Knucklehead Stage

Time:7:45 pm
Address:640 S. 84th Street West Allis, WI 53214
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FTL @ Milwaukee Downtown Concert Series: Heart(beats) Of The City

FTL @ Milwaukee Downtown Concert Series: Heart(beats) Of The City

Time:12:00 pm
Address:Red Arrow Park: 920 N. Water Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
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FTL @ Umbrella Bar at The Rock

FTL @ Umbrella Bar at The Rock

Time:6:30 pm
Address:7900 S. Ballpark Drive Franklin, WI 53132

FTL @ private wedding in Cambridge

FTL @ private wedding in Cambridge

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ Oconomowoc Fall Fest

FTL @ Oconomowoc Fall Fest

Time:7:00 pm
Address:105 N. Main Street Oconomowoc, WI 53066
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FTL @ private wedding in Oconomowoc

FTL @ private wedding in Oconomowoc

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ Oktoberfest La Crosse

FTL @ Oktoberfest La Crosse

Time:6:00 pm
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FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

FTL @ private wedding in Milwaukee

Time:8:00 pm

FTL @ Stolley’s Hogg Alley New Years Eve Party!

FTL @ Stolley’s Hogg Alley New Years Eve Party!

Time:8:30 pm
Address:2008 Venice Beach Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066
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FTL @ Shank Hall

FTL @ Shank Hall

Time:8:00 pm
Address:1434 N. Farwell Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202
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FTL @ private wedding in Delavan

FTL @ private wedding in Delavan

Time:7:00 pm

FTL @ private wedding in Brown Deer

FTL @ private wedding in Brown Deer

Time:7:00 pm

The Failures

  • Megan | Keyboard
  • Kyle | Guitar/Vocals
  • Ken | Drums
  • Eric | Resident Rapper/Vocals/Tambourine
  • Leah | Vocals
  • Jeff | Vocals/Egg Shaker
  • Drew | Bass
  • Kevin | Congas
  • Nathan | Horns


It is hard to describe how truly FANTASTIC Failure to Launch was at our wedding, but I am going to try. Music was very important to my husband and I so we really put a lot into deciding who to go with for our entertainment. First of all, they were very responsive - great at answering my 1001 questions. Made the process completely stress free. Their performance was absolutely OUTSTANDING. They had our crowd (ages 18-90) up and dancing the entire night and while everyone compliments your wedding, the compliments on our band have literally not stopped coming in. We lost count of how many times guests asked 'Where did you find this band??!!' We actually heard that more than "Congratulations on your wedding" :) Every single member had their own unique thing about them so when the song came around for them to flaunt it, they crushed it. I can't say enough about how they made our wedding that much more special. Absolutely phenomenal. If you're considering hiring this band, I suggest you book them immediately - you will most certainly not be disappointed. I would even go so far as to say if they were not available and live music is important to you - consider changing your wedding date. Not. Joking. :) -Jena and Matt

Scroll left to view more testimonials from a few of our satisfied "Failures"!

If you are looking for the best wedding band (or live band for anything, really) ever, Failure to Launch is it! Our guests were on the dance floor all night long and literally could NOT stop talking about how amazing the band was....and two weeks post-wedding, they are STILL talking about them, asking where they are performing, and making plans to try to catch them at a festival or other event. The band was super easy to work with, an unbelievable value, has great range in music offerings, does incredible mash-ups, and even added a full horn section at our request! If you are looking for an exception live band for your reception, you will not be disappointed - we can not recommend Failure to Launch enough! -Ryan and Angie

An absolute blast! The energy, the fun, the dancing.... Failure to Launch brought it all to our wedding reception! They were professional, personable, and detailed when planning the night. Flexible and adaptable- they took care of "wedding details" we didn't think about. Played music of all types to get all ages on the dance floor: non-stop dancing! Our guests complimented us on the music choice all night! We've seen FTL play in various venues and always have an absolute blast- they bring so much energy to a crowd! We are truly blessed to have had a wonderful, talented group of musicians help us celebrate our special day! -Abbe and Jared

If you are thinking of hiring a band for your wedding then definitely book with FTL!! They are so high energy, super interactive with the crowd, play oldies to today’s pop, and there is no way you will have a quiet or empty dance floor with them. They seriously made our wedding as great as it was. It was just a huge party and we had all age groups on the dance floor dancing out there together. They even learned how to do our first dance song and it was so fun and unique getting to do that dance to a live band. We had so many compliments afterwards about how fun it was and a lot of people were asking where they can see them again play. They have a DJ who we had for our ceremony music and the band’s break music, and he was so great to work with and keep us on track during the night with our timeline. You will not regret booking with them!! -Rachel and Mike

Failure to Launch played our wedding and we were blown away. The dance floor was the place to be all night long as everyone was energized by the enthusiasm of the band. FTL received many compliments from our guests and even the catering staff! They really exceeded all our expectations and we couldn't have been happier. -Tom and Alyson

I can't thank FTL enough for playing at our fundraising gala. They rocked it, and we got TONS of compliments on the band! If you're considering anyone else, don't! -Amanda

I have had so many people tell me that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been too, mainly because Failure to Launch was so fun and interactive. Young, old, male, female, everyone was on the dance floor...even my 95-year old grandmother-in-law! -Jess

This band was truly amazing at my birthday party. Very gifted musicians and talented vocalists. They pack a lot of energy into the show. It will be a night you'll never forget! Super easy to work with also. -Dan

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Set List

24K Magic - Bruno Mars

99 Problems - Jay Z

ABC - Jackson 5

About Damn Time - Lizzo

Africa - Toto

All About that Bass - Meghan Trainor

American Girl - Tom Petty

Bad Moon Rising - CCR

Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes

Born This Way - Lady Gaga

Burning Down the House - Talking Heads

Bust a Move - Young MC

California Love - Tupac feat. Dr. Dre

Can't Hold Us - Macklemore

Can’t Stop the Feelin’ - Justin Timberlake

Crazy - Gnarles Barkley

Crazy in Love - Beyonce & Jay Z

Da Dip - Freak Nasty

Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa

Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill

Drink in My Hand - Eric Church

Empire State of Mind - Jay Z & Alicia Keys

Ex’s and Oh’s - Elle King

Everybody - Backstreet Boys

Fight for Your Right - Beastie Boys

Fireball - Pitbull

Fly - Sugar Ray

Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Forget You - Cee Lo

Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks

Gettin’ Jiggy With It - Will Smith

Gimme Some Lovin - Spencer Davis

Gin and Juice - The Gourds

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

Gold Digger - Kanye West

Good 4 U - Olivia Rodrigo

Good as Hell - Lizzo

Good Feeling - Flo Rida

Good Vibrations - Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Hey Ya - Outkast

House Party - Sam Hunt

How Bizarre - OMC

I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston

I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys

I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick

I Wish - Skee-Lo

Ice, Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

Inside Out - Eve 6

Impression That I Get - Mighty Mighty Bosstones

It's Tricky - Run DMC

Jump Jump - Kriss Kross

Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink

Laid - James

Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett

Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool

Let's Go Crazy - Prince

Levitating - Dua Lipa

Livin On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers

Love Runs Out - One Republic

Mambo No. 5. - Lou Bega

Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain

My Own Worst Enemy - Lit

No Diggity - Blackstreet

No Scrubs - TLC

No Sleep till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys

O.P.P. - Naughty by Nature

Party Up - DMX

Poison - Bel Biv DeVoe

Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Respect - Aretha Franklin

Ride Wit Me - Nelly

S.O.B. - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles

Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon

Shoop - Salt n' Pepa

Song 2 - Blur

Spiderwebs - No Doubt

Stand By Me - Ben E. King

Still Into You - Paramore

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Take On Me - Reel Big Fish

This is How We Do it - Montell Jordan

Timber - Ke$ha and Pitbull

Tootsee Roll - 69 Boyz

Toxic - Britney Spears

Tubthumping - Chumbawumba

Twist and Shout - The Beatles

Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (Jitterbug) - Wham!

Walk This Way - Run DMC and Aerosmith

Wannabe - Spice Girls

What I Got - Sublime

What's Up - 4 Non Blondes

Whoomp There It Is - Tag Team

Wobble - V.I.C.

You Are the Best Thing - Ray Lamontagne

You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette

You're Unbelievable - EMF

Your Love - The Outfield