Frequently Asked Questions
What makes your band different?
Our belief is that we shouldn't have to play the exact same 50 songs every week to get a dance floor going. The music we play should reflect YOUR personality and preferences. The best thing we can hear from clients at the end of an event is, "you were the perfect band for US!" As a result, we take a personalized approach to understanding what type music you and your friends/guests LOVE. If you have any preconceived notions about what a wedding band has always been to get dancing going, go ahead and throw those away! Based on what they wanted, we've done weddings where most of the music we've played has been before 1980, others where we play a ton of 80s and 90s rock (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind), and of course weddings where everyone wants to get down so we do more top 40, 90s hip-hop, and funk. The music that can get a room of people partying and dancing so it doesn't always have to be the same! Between our 300+ song song-list, our experience in knowing what types of music different groups will respond to, and the amount of shows Danny plays on a weekly basis, we're able to cultivate something that is going to be a one-of-a-kind experience unique to you and your guests.
We also set ourselves a part through our consistency. We are not an agency where we have different musicians from week to week, so for 90% of our events, we have the same musicians as the week before. You can think of it as the difference between playing pickup basketball, where you show up and meet other basketball players, versus having a team that you practice and work on running plays together. This means that the band is tighter, song transitions are quicker, and the overall end result is that we're going to be having a blast on stage! If we want you to have fun, we should be having fun too!
What are the advantages of hiring a band?
Live music is a great way to connect with everyone and add excitement to any venue. Even before the dancing begins, live music adds energy to the room. Regardless of whether you're planning a wedding, private party, or some type of corporate event, the addition of great live music will ensure that everyone is still partying at the end of the night. In fact, for the majority of our private parties, there's such a good vibe going at the end of the night, that we're often asked to play later.
What equipment do you provide for an event?
Our goal is to make sure that we are one less thing to worry about, so we provide ANYTHING we can to make the event a success. This means a full sound system for the band at receptions and a smaller sound system for ceremonies; both set-ups are tailored to your venue. We always have wireless microphones at receptions for toasts and announcements, and if playing the ceremony, we can provide a wireless lapel microphone for the officiant and/or readers at no extra charge. We provide dance floor lighting and have a DJ set up for keeping background music going during dinner and dance music during band breaks.
For events greater than 500 guests, please let us know as we have several full-service sound and production companies with whom we work.
How long are the band’s sets?
A typical dance set is 50 minutes. The dinner and cocktail hour sets are usually shorter to accommodate other announcements. After booking with us, we work with you on the order of events for the evening and plan the sets accordingly. However, we understand that most events are fluid and it’s hard to anticipate how long a dinner or a toast will take. Our belief is that if something is running behind and playing one long set would be much more energetic than two shorter sets, then we will choose the longer set. There have been times when a dinner took longer than expected so we played a full hour and a half set to close out the night. Once the energy is up, there’s no sense in stopping it!
Do you need a stage and if so, what size?
We want whatever looks best for your event. There are many times (and many venues) where a stage might be too much within the room. There’s often more flexibility with set up being on the floor. However, a stage provides a nice framing to the room and the dance floor. If there is a stage, a 5-7 piece band requires a minimum of a 12 x 16 stage and an 8-10 piece band a 12 x 20 stage. For a large room, a bigger stage that extends the full-width of the dance floor, looks more appealing.
How do you decide what to play?
Music is crucial to setting the tone for the type of event you are having and it’s also very personal. We start with a consultation with you (whether by phone or in person) where we get an idea of your preferences, any special songs, and the energy you are wanting at the event. Just getting to know you helps. We also have a very easy "SETTING THE PERFECT MOOD THROUGH MUSIC - RECEPTION QUESTIONNAIRE" on the client-end of our website where you can let us know the types of music you like. This is the starting point where we know what you will respond to. We have a great repertoire of songs that we know work well for each occasion, but the biggest indicator is all visual. Watching what people react to and gauging the mood and feel of the room all play a part in determining both what to play and when to play it.
What happens when the band is on a break?
We have background music playing through a computer during any breaks. Danny’s years of experience DJing weddings comes in to play as he is uses his customized DJ software to keep the party going.
How do you accommodate multicultural weddings?
We've been a part of many weddings with a wide-range of cultures. One great way is to use the time when DJ music is playing (for example during dinner or on band brakes) to play a different style of music. Based on weddings we've done in the past where clients have sent us songs, we've have playlists made for Vietnamese, Persian, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, and French music. The band even has a few Spanish/Latin songs in the repertoire. They're guaranteed to get the dancing going!
What type of lighting services do you offer?
The appearance of the band and the room is always very important to us, so we always include dance floor and stage lighting with each reception/event package. We also offer wireless ambient uplighting as an additional package. We've developed a couple specific packages with some fantastic production companies to run everything from an elaborate light show with mounted movers, to something more decorative throughout the venue.
We would like to have classical music for the ceremony and contemporary music during dinner at the reception, would this be possible?
Absolutely, we can pick and choose what style of music you would like and when.
If you are playing at the reception and the ceremony, how do you transition between the two locations?
We use two sound set ups (a small speaker for the ceremony and a full sound system for the reception) and set up each in advance. This means that after playing at the ceremony, our instruments are picked up and moved to the next room and we can begin playing within a few minutes of your guests arriving. During dinner, or times when you wish not to have live music going, we always have background music running into the system through an ipod/laptop.
What size band do you play in most often?
We usually play in one of three sizes, a 6, an 8, or a 10-piece band (8 being the most common). A 6-piece band includes male vocals, bass, drums, lead guitar, keys, and saxophone. When moving to an 8-piece the performance gains another component with the addition of our female vocalist and the sound is expanded with our trumpeter for a 2-part horn section. As a 10-piece band we add another female vocalist (for 3 total lead vocalists) and our trombonist for a full 3-piece horn section.
Do you travel to events outside of the Houston area?
Yes. In addition to areas ALL around Houston, we've traveled to Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Ohio for weddings and receptions. We're still holding out for that reception in Fiji :).