• Heidi Cuda, LOS ANGELES TIMES,
wrote that Good Cop Bad Cop's "renditions are gut-wrenching" (favorably, of course, as in dramatic and passionate), and that Kenny Beckenstein's (lead singer and leader) singing is "rad."
• John Powers, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, City of Torrance, CA; Mr. Powers booked the band for a park concert:
"GCBC is the best cover band in LA. They do great songs in a unique way. They discover the song in themselves, rather than trying to reproduce what has come before. And Ken is a great vocalist." (Click on VIDEO link, above, to see videos from this concert.)
•Daniel K. wrote about the duo and band playing his wedding at the Ponte Winery, Temecula CA:
Ken and the entire Good Cop Bad Cop Band were a huge hit at our wedding yesterday. The band learned several unique songs for us and had every detail down. The band excited the crowd and I had many requests for them to keep playing as our wedding was coming to a close. Ken and the band were kind and professional and we really appreciated how accommodating they were to our requests and schedule. The variety of songs was a hit with our very diverse crowd and we cannot thank them enough for really making our day very special. Best of luck in the future guys, we hope to hear you guys again sometime. -Very Satisfied Bride and Groom -- Daniel K, Temecula, CA, 6/30/2012
• Nathan hired the duo to play a corporate event for CBRE (a global realty company), Beverly Hills, June 26, 2012; he wrote:
"Ken (GCBC leader and singer) was able to read the crowd and play appropriate music, we felt they did a great job for our corporate function and definitely would have them back. Ken was very easy to work with and much more professional than other dj's or cover bands that we have had at building events.
•Gina Costello, Venice, wrote about the duo CA
"My husband and I hired Good Cop Bad Cop to play our St. Patrick's day house party. We could not be happier with our decision and cannot express enough what an amazing and talented band (she is referring to the duo) they are!! We had 75 guests at our party and they all raved about the band. Several of our friends commented that the band made the party!! It was so exciting for us to see all of our friends dancing, singing along and genuinely having a great time. They had great song selections and inspired our guests to get in a fun and festive mood; despite the cold and rainy weather. The band was very friendly, professional and organized! We definitely plan on hiring them for our future parties. We highly recommend Good Cop Bad Cop!! Warmly, Gina and Sean Costello"
• Chis Davis commented on the band playing his 30th birthday at the Waterfront, Marina del Rey:
"I cant even being to express to you how big of a role you and the band played in making my 30th birthday party the best birthday I have EVER had. I know people say that all the time and may not really mean it, but I do because it was! You went above and beyond before hand, checking in with us and telling us how much you were looking forward to the night. You and the band also put everything you had into the performance that night and it showed! Everyone that showed up was very impressed with your sets and truly entertained, not only by your style, but your performance and personal touch on the material. It was obvious that you really wanted to be there for me and it really meant a lot. I was and still am so happy you were able to help make my birthday so special!"
• Brian D. wrote about the band playing his wedding reception at the Malibu West Beach Club, Malibu, July 27, 2012:"
Kenny (Good Cop Bad Cop singer and band leader), thank you for a wonderful performance last night and for learning our songs. Everyone raved about you guys and several friends said you guys are the best band they've ever heard at a wedding. cheers, Brian.
• Brain's wife, Peggy, (same wedding as above) wrote:
Good Cop Bad Cop absolutely made our Malibu wedding. In fact, when our former venue couldn't accommodate a band we changed our venue 6 weeks out so that GCBC could perform on our special day. Kenny was great to work with from beginning to end -- extremely professional and a super nice guy who really knows his stuff with music and sound. The band complimented our event perfectly -- playing lively dance music, to a few ballads, to chill dinner music. They even learned four songs for our event at our request!! Every member of the band had a smile on their face the entire time and you can tell they are passionate about performing. They sounded amazing, and no one wanted the night to end because we were dancing so much. Every one of our guests who we've talked to since the party say that Good Cop Bad Cop is hands-down the BEST wedding band they have ever heard. Peggy D., Wedding, 7/27/12, Malibu West Beach Club
• Matteo B. hired the band to play the Rock the Soulstice Festival, June 24, 2012, Main St, Santa Monica; he wrote:
"Thank you, you guys killed it, awesome is an understatement. Everyone said our block blew away every other street, it wasn't even close."
• Maury, a father in the crowd at the above-mentioned Soulstice Festival, also wrote about the band's performance:
"YEAH! You guys Rocked It at Soulstice 2012! Even my Octogenarian parents and teenage daughter dug it! (Did you know you had multi-generational appeal?)"
• Amanda wrote about the duo playing her wedding at the Portofino Yacht Club, Redondo Beach, Sept 1, 2012:
"I cannot tell you how many compliments we have gotten about you. Your song choice for our entrance was absolutely perfect. I know our schedule was a bit sloppy so thank you for being flexible and going with the flow. Having you there really made it a memorable evening. I have been, and will continue to look up your schedule whenever we're in town. Thanks, and keep in touch! Amanda
•Crystal, for the Riverstone Residential Group, hired the band to play the Grand Opening of Circa 37, an "upscale" apartment complex in San Diego, July 21, 2012:
"You guys did a FANTASTIC job- We loved every bit of it!!! You seriously have such a good energy, great voices and awesome vibe." Riverstone Residential Group rehired the band to play a similar even on May 18, 2012
• Pat Hernandez hired the duo to play her son's law school graduation party, 4/28/13:
""We are very appreciative of your performance at our son's Law School Graduation! You guys made the party a success!! Everyone enjoyed your music from young to older family and friends, your variety of music was amazing! And thank you for driving out to Orange County. We will definitely be seeing each other again! Thanks again! Hernandez Family"
• Jerome, regarding the band playing his wedding at Tropical Paradise, Camarillo, May 25, 2013: "We just got back from our honeymoon and wanted to once again thank you for everything. It truly was our dream wedding and you made it very special for us. Everyone loved the band and thought it took it over the top!
• Christina Cavallero, Tasting Room Manager, Malibu Family Wines
("Malibu Winery"), Malibu, CA, regarding the GCBC duo playing the winery's Friday evening summer concert series:
"Thank you so much. I know everyone loved you guys! I will certainly get you back to our vineyard." (To date, the GCBC duo has played the winery 11 times, including two corporate events at the vintner's 4 square mile Saddle Rock Ranch. The duo has been invited back for its fourth summer season, four dates beginning May 24, '13.)
• Hector, Venice, CA, regarding the GCBC duo playing at his wedding reception:
"Just wanted to say thanks for an awesome performance at our wedding on Saturday. We received some great compliments on the music. It was a great blend of songs and the timing of each song was perfect for the progression of the event."
• Deena Suffin, Commodore, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, CA, regarding the band playing the club's New Year's Eve party:
"Thanks for a great job, the whole party came together really well and you guys were a big part of it. I'm getting a lot of comments like 'best band ever," and as you know some of our members have been club members for a long, long time. I will certainly keep you in mind. Have a great year."
• Charlotte commented about the GGBC Duo playing for her husband's 42nd birthday party at their home in Encino, CA:
"Hi Ken ! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. All of our guests cannot stop talking about how great the music was. In fact my neighbor (who was not invited) stopped me at the mailbox to ask who you were as she enjoyed listening to you in her backyard. So fun!! You have an amazing voice, vibe, loving spirit and thank you for helping me create an evening to remember. Warmest regards, Charlotte."
• Kristi McHugh, professional comedian, Los Angeles, CA, regarding the duo's performance in the Honeycomb Lounge, World Café, Santa Monica:
"You sounded great...really really good at World and everybody loved it. It was a Tuesday night and you had the place jumpin' You do a lot of good for people I hope you know. I was looking around the room and you give such a gift with your music. No one was thinking about their crazy job, relationships, etc...all that "noise" was shelved and you took them to another place."
• Mike Shaw, Owner, Brennan's Pub, Marina del Rey, CA. (Mr. Shaw has been booking bands at Brennan's for approximately 25 years.):
"Good Cop Bad Cop has performed at Brennan's Pub for several years on a monthly or bimonthly basis. During that period of time, this band and it's leader, Ken Beckenstein, have at all times demonstrated a high degree of professionalism. Ken is a tremendous vocalist and is a pleasure to work with from a business standpoint - not only does Ken possess a great deal of talent, but he also has a concern and feel for what will translate into the best possible experience for both patrons and the establishment. Ken always displays sensitivity to sound levels, tailors set lists to crowd response, and works hard to get people out to their shows. We always look forward to the nights this band plays at Brennan's and expect to enjoy continued success with them."
• Chester wrote about the band playing his 50th birthday party, Aug 11, 2012, at his home in Chatsworth:
"You guys KILLED IT. I've gotten nothing but great reviews about you, your band and your performance. Thank you for putting on such a great show. We're glad we had GCBC. We're gonna book you guys when Tee and I get married! :)
• Kirk D wrote about the duo playing a corporate event for his company, Inter Valley Escrow, in La Canada Flintridge, Nov 3, 2012:
"Kenny and his band mate were great and provided just the atmosphere we were after. I certainly want to hear them again and again."
• Tanya, membership director of the Tower Club, Oxnard wrote about the band playing their annual "Summer Bash," Aug 18, 2012:
"The band arrived on time, set up and started early upon our last minute request and were very accommodating… Our guests all loved them!
• Neil, from Australia, saw the duo in L.A.:
Hello from Melbourne Australia! What a cool band and a great singer, I travel around the world frequently and love listening to live music. I have to say that your band (he's referring to the duo) rocks man, what a great Vibe and fantastic atmosphere! I will be back in LA soon and will ensure I schedule when you are playing again! Checking the Web Site now!
• josh66694, United Kingdom, regarding the duo's posted version (You Tube) of "The Man Who Sold The World:"
Another brilliant cover, have to say I haven't heard many cover bands that make the songs their own so well as you guys do.
• James R. Daly, General Manager, Music Box Theater, Hollywood, CA, regarding the band playing a corporate event at the theater:
"Good Cop Bad Cop is a fun yet serious band- Fun in that guests were familiar with the material and enjoyed themselves throughout the night. Serious in that they are seasoned professionals. The leader of the band (Ken Beckenstein) engaged the crowd while delivering a powerful performance maintaining energy through the last song. The crowd viewed him in that same light. Ken's band mates followed his direction and maintained professionalism at all times. Ken handled the pre-show, show and post show in a professional manner. He was always available to discuss the show from beginning to end."
• Marnie, Marina del Rey,CA, wrote in about a band show:
"You guys created the most fun, high energy, entertaining show with excellent sounds...Thank you! Wow...was that fun!"
• Charlie Daniels, regarding the acoustic duo playing a party at his Mammoth Lakes estate:
"I want to thank you for your great performance at my party- and for traveling all the way up here! The guests all commented on your great talent- One even said that you couldn't be from this area because you're too good! You're performance greatly enhanced the party, thank you for helping make it a great success. I look forward to hiring you again for my next event.
• Elm, from Texas
, found GCBC online and wrote in: "I was just scrolling through some other band's web sites looking for some better music and saw Good Cop Bad Cop listed... I went to your page... listened to your music and just had to keep you close by on my page so I could find you again :-) I listen to a lot of music. I have a hell of a collection ... I like such a variety... but yours is inspiring and thats what I was looking for."
• Arlene, Los Angeles
wrote in: "What is the lead singer's name and his background? Does he have a sound engineering background? Just curious. For your information, he has the best voice on the Westside "local" circuit. The harmony with the guitarist is awesome too. (NOTE: Ken Beckenstein, lead singer and leader, has a bachelor's and master's degree in sound recording for music, and a minor in speech and audiology- GCBC
• Nicole, Los Angeles, wrote in about Ken's singing:
"Your awesome singing really lifted my spirits : ) What I loved most besides your tone was the fact that you enunciate so well... actually being able to understand you was great- Now that's a REAL singer."
• Gina from Detroit, MI:
"Your sound hits me exactly right! You go! The music you do and your sound and energy inspire me. YOU MAKE ME HAPPY!"
• Molly, Northern California, wrote about the band:
"I had a blast last Friday, you guys are awesome, great selection of songs and everyone I was with that night agrees. I live in Northern Cali, right outside of San Fransisco.. so if you all are ever in the area- let me know! My friends would love to check you guys out."
• Jodi, singer, Los Angeles, wrote about the GCBC duo:
"...It was great to see you last night, you guys did really fantastic! I didn't realize beforehand that it would only be 2 of you doing an acoustic type of show, but I think it suited you extremely well. I was totally into all the songs. All of us were. : ) You sounded a lot like the original artists giving it your own flavor with the percussion and the whistling. That was great!...Hope to see you again soon!"
• John, a drummer from Los Angeles
, wrote of Ken's singing: "...man alive you BLEW ME AWAY!!! You are the best male vocalist I've heard in ages!... I will DEFINITELY be coming to see you again."
• Ray, Thousand Oaks, CA:
"Thanks for makin' some DAMN FINE music. I've got your schedule- You'll be seeing me and the gang more often than you want to! Your bud Todd bangs the sh-t out o' that geetar! Love the tunes you choose to do. They're not always top of mind but by the time they're over they sure as hell are- You do polish off some gems!"
• Peter, bassist from Publius, Boston, MA:
"The vocals are captivating and creative with great effects! And a great range of covers! I had a mad good time listening!!!"
• Steve, Venice, CA:
"It was a lot of fun, not many bands are as good as you guys, even when you are with just the guitarist too. I look forward to you at the next event."
• Dina, San Francisco
, writes of Ken's voice: "Everything is enjoyable when Ken sings, he is very talented...It's always a pleasure to see him play...The whole sound was awesome."
• Kelli, Los Angeles, CA:
"You and your band kicked some serious butt the other nite, what a treat ... :) I truly did have a blast; next time I will get there earlier for that was just awesome."
• George, Greece, found GCBC on You Tube:
"I really like the music you play. I wish someday I can visit LA and listen to the nice music you people make."
• Larisa, musician from Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe, Los Angeles:
"Checked your stuff, you've got a terrific singing voice, Ken!"
• Rico of Venice, CA:
"Hey, your band is the rockingest band there is in Venice. I will always give a shout out!"
• Eric, percussionist from Los Angeles
, wrote of Ken's voice: "Don't get the big head , but that voice of yours is a talent."
• Laura wrote in about the GCBC duo:
"I live in Venice Ca. and I get to see these two guys a lot. They are both excellant and people always have a lot of fun when they are performing. Their music and vocal talents ROCK!!!!"