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SUMMER 2017 - AN ENTIRE DIFFERENT LEVEL

Danny Ray

May-July of 2017 has been on an entire different level from anything we've ever done.  May had 8 big events, a couple of which were in Austin and San Antonio.  June was especially fun as we played as an 8-10-piece band most weekends and Danny spent some time in Colorado serving double duty as musician and best man at a friend's wedding.  After years of hearing best man speeches, he was really excited to give it his best!

 

In July, the National Association of Catering Events (NACE), of which we are proud members of the Houston chapter, held their annual national NACE Experience Conference at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.  With event professionals from across the United States coming to Houston, the Houston committee went all in with giving them an incredible showing.  We were fortunate enough to have played a part and were asked to play the opening night reception at the newly-opened Ballroom at Bayou Place.  

 

The show's creative director and long-time collaborator Kat Creech, brought in several types of entertainment elements; four 4-foot platforms on the dance floor with dancers on them, Cirque du Soleil-esque performers suspended in the air and serving drinks, 11 caterers, custom cocktails, the works!  We did not take on the responsibility of representing Houston lightly, and dove head-first into doing something on a completely different level from what we had ever attempted before.  The band developed an all-new 2 hour and 15-minute program for the night complete with mashups, breakdowns, choreography, and new horn parts as a 10-piece band.  The night was a whirlwind of energy and excitement and we are so excited to show you this teaser trailer of some of the fun:

FEATURED INTERVIEW IN THE HOUSTON WEDDING BLOG!

Danny Ray

As much as we are driven by couple's preferences, we love deferring to our expertise about what types of songs work best to really get a room going.  Had a great opportunity to sit down with The Houston Wedding Blog and talk about "The Ultimate Wedding Setlist."  Read more here:

http://houstonweddingblog.com/2017/04/the-ultimate-wedding-setlist-according-to-danny-ray-and-the-acoustic-production/

MARCH 2017 PUBLIC SHOWS

Danny Ray

Come see the band at two great venues this March!

Thursday 3/9/17 7:30-9:30 at Fox Hollow Houston - Playing as an 8-piece band at a great venue near Washington and Shepherd.  Always an incredible night!

Friday 3/24/17 6:30-9:30 at Hyatt Centric The Woodlands - Come check out a smaller version of the band at this great boutique hotel at The Woodlands Market Street.  It's a great intimate setting and is always a lot of fun.

JANUARY 2017

Danny Ray

We rang in 2017 and hit the ground running!  As a full-band, we've so far we've had two public shows, three weddings, and two private events/parties ... and more this coming weekend.  We started the first week in January with a showcase at Fox Hollow, played a Saturday and then a Sunday a weddings at the 1940s Air Terminal Museum and The Bell Tower on 34th and the following week played a ~500 guest wedding at Kim Son downtown.  We also had smaller corporate events at The Dunlavy and The Houstonian. We'll be back at one of our favorite spots, Hyatt Centric The Woodlands, on Friday before being back at Bell Tower again on Saturday.  

We were also awarded our fourth consecutive "Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award."  This was our first year receiving it while playing weddings and events exclusively as a full-band.  It's awarded to the top 5% of wedding professionals on weddingwire.com based on client reviews.  It's a testament to the hard work all the band members have put in and how we've worked to make sure that at each reception, we're able to make sure it's a night unique to that couple.   Honored to have received it!

FREE PUBLIC SHOWCASE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 7:30-9:00

Danny Ray

Come on out to Fox Hollow Houston to hear the full-range of what we do every week!  We will be beginning with some acoustic and jazz songs followed by a high-energy dance songs set as an 8-piece band. The event is FREE and is located 2 blocks off Washington & Shepherd (4617 Nett St.).

RELATIONSHIPS

Danny Ray

A great thing about being just one band is that there are times where we develop really fantastic relationships with our couples.  To the extent that after the wedding we kind of secretly expect to be friends for years to come. The couple find us online, come out and see us at a show, and then we meet to discuss the reception.  Once the wedding happens, we get to hear stories and toasts about the couple, and then we get the awesome responsibility of getting all their family and friends to lose it on the dance floor.  It's expected of us.  The feeling of delivering on those expectations is fantastic and as a result of the close relationship, we are honored to get some of the kindest emails, voicemails, Facebook posts, and texts.  Here's some that we've gotten in the past few months.

WEDDINGS AND ...

Danny Ray

While the majority of what we play is wedding receptions, we also play many other events and celebrations.  Here's a few highlights!

In March we had an incredibly fun show playing at the after-party for a group of professional international dancers who had just performed at the 2016 Dance Salad show at the Worthem Theatre.  The after-party at Hard Rock Houston ran right up until 2 AM and we couldn't have had any more fun.  

June brought us the privilege of playing at Texas Restaurant Association's annual awards show at Revention Music Center.  That stage and sound system was top-notch.  

In July, we played The Woodlands Township 4th of July Red, Hot, & Blue Festival at the Woodlands Waterway. 

In addition to the the events mentioned above we were a part of events at The Astorian, Irma's Downtown, Hilton Americas, St. Regis, & River Oaks Baptist, just to name a few.

 

JANUARY WEDDING

Danny Ray

"And in January, we’re getting married” -The Avett Brothers

Traditionally after the holidays, January is a slower month.  Based on our experience, it doesn’t seem to have the weather allure that March-April and October-November do for weddings in Houston (although it's currently sunny and 68 degrees as I'm typing this).  Everyone (including us) is probably getting back in to a regular schedule after a busy holiday.  Businesses are gearing back up for a new year.  Well, this year was the exception.  

After the band played a New Year's event in The Woodlands, Danny and Marilyn (cello) played a couple duo dates at the Magical Winter Lights festival at Sam Houston Race Park.  Outside from just being the musical entertainment at a fun-festival, they played a part in arranging a special song for a surprise engagement.  It was a super emotional moment (she said "yes" of course!) and they were honored to be in on the occasion.  Danny spent some time in Florida and on return, he and Jenny played two of their final Saturday events as a duet (rather than a full-band).  Both were lovely, unique, interactive, and fun, and because they were at Peli Peli and Brennan’s, everyone ate quite well.  

We were also honored in receiving our fourth consecutive "BEST OF" award.  This one came from Wedding Wire based on client reviews. 

In the final two weeks the band played two receptions as a full 9-piece band, and had a public show as a 6-piece at the Hyatt Centric.  The first reception at Bell Tower on 34th in Houston and the second had 500 guests in attendance, and took place at Harmonie Hall just outside of Brenham.  We were told it was the only venue in the area that could support that many people!   Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production's 6-piece includes lead vocals by Danny, bass, drums, lead guitar, keys, and 1 horn player.  The 9-piece band adds a fuller sound and more variety with 2 additional horns and female vocals. Both are great, bring lots of energy, and can fill a dance floor; it just depends on the venue and the event as to what works best! 

If you have questions about your event shoot us a line. Thanks for reading!