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This 3000-guests VIP event at Space Center Houston was an absolute blast. It was a young diverse crowd, so the set was heavy on not only top 40 and hip-hop songs, but also Latin music. As a result we flew in Latina Las Vegas headliner Noybel Gorgoy to join our full band consisting of 3 other vocalists, bass, drums, keys, lead guitar, a percussionist and 5 horns.
Venue | Space Center Houston
Designer/Coordinator | Sterling Engagements
Photos | Gavin Wegener
A note from the photographer, “You guys are the best band we have worked with and we have been doing this for 9 years now.”
Venue | The Houstonian
Coordinator | Something to Celebrate
Photographer | Edoo Photography ceremony and reception
First Dance | “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
Father/Daughter Dance | “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance | “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Grandparent’s Dance | “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
Moment of the night | Playing a mashup of 2000s jams that had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs!
Black and white stage and dance floor in front of a 10-foot video wall for Abigail’s Bat Mitzvah. The room and lighting looks stunning. The band is grooving and at about minute 59 of the cocktail hour and about to go on break.
Suddenly the light changes in the room and something has changed with the sound. We still hear the drums and horns so we figure something has muted the audio channels. We soon realize it’s just the candles and wireless uplighting that is illuminating the room. We find out there are hail storms throughout Houston and they have knocked out power to the entire neighborhood.
Kat Creech comes to us and asks if there is anything we can do to stall and keep people entertained. We remembered seeing a grand piano on the way in so we roll it out to the dance floor and start playing music. We can sense the anxiety building as Abigail’s parent’s are watching this day that they’ve planned for for so long seem like it could spiral downward. Guests from all over the country have come in and power is going to be required for not only powering the sound equipment for the band, but also the video wall presentation and just keeping the second floor ballroom cool.
Kat makes calls and gets a generator that should be there in an hour or two. We pick it up and start some sing-alongs on the piano. Every band member is playing different instruments (all acoustically of course) with us switching between drums and piano while the horns play the melodies.
An hour and a half later the generator is there. We’ve been keeping it going for about 2.5 hours straight. Scott our sound engineer runs 150 feet of extension cable down the stairs to the generator to get our system back up and running. And bam! The most nerver-wracking adrenaline-filled night we’ve ever been a part of. Maybe the most clutch performances we've had and in the end a HUGE HUGE success. Thank goodness for that piano and Kat Creech for getting a generator!
Venue | Northgate Country Club
Designer | Kat Creech Events
DJ and Lighting | Bradley David Entertainment
This will forever be one of our favorite events. Crazy diverse set (I mean, we opened the second set with Greenday) and a crowd that was with us for every step of the way.
Package | Guitar, cello, and piano cocktail hour, 8-piece band reception, uplighting
Venue | St. Regis
Coordinator | Skylar with Chancey Charm
Photographer | Angela Sostarich
First Dance | We created a custom mashup of “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters, “Be My Bay” by Ronettes, & “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Mother/Son Dance | “Days Like This” by Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance | “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie
Moment of the night | The encore “one more song” chant was answered by us playing a unique version “Shout” (by request). Our drummer CJ took the mic and got the crowd going before we tore into this one.
October-November 2017 represented a weekly raising of the bar for the most high-energy events we played! Beginning in October we had the highest-energy event we had ever played and it seemed that each following week topped the one prior.
Here’s a few highlights:
October 7 - Centennial Gardens - This group partied so hard. We’d been finished playing for 15-minutes and a guest was still talking to CJ (drums) and shaking his head and saying, “I can’t believe how good you are!”
October 14 - Junior League - Jenna and Michael wanted a classic vibe for their wedding and nothing but older soul and Motown songs. We gave it to them! We organically fell into a 10-minute funk mashup where at one point Quincy had lifted one half of his keyboard in the air with one hand whilst soloing with the other.
October 20 - Shirley Acres - ummmm, did we end up playing some Nirvana and AC/DC for Vallery and Jordan’s reception? Oh yes. Yes we did.
October 21 - Tremont House - The most fun we had had to date. Favorite moment might’ve been singing “We Are Young” by Fun. with Megan (the bride) and her sorority sisters singing along soooo excitedly. Also in the mid of “No Diggity” a guest put their phone in Danny’s face to show that the Astros had defeated the Yankees and asked him to announce it … Megan’s extended family had all traveled to New York. We announced it tastefully (but we were happy)
October 23-24 - Marriott Marquis Itron Corporate Event - Imagine the type of event that Apple hosts when they announce the new iPhones. This felt close. The band was set up in front of a 150-foot video wall and after playing a 30-minute set before the presentation, stayed on stage and played some introductory music as each featured speaker was announced to the stage.
November 4 - The Corinthian - Morgan and Nathan’s wedding was everything! It’s hard to pick a favorite moment: Getting to sing all the unique songs for the ceremony (“With a Little Help from My Friends” for the bridal party?), the glitter cannons going off in “Don’t Stop Belivin,” the incredible design, the 10-piece band with the perfect setlist for the group? If we had to pick one it was the moment we started playing “Waltz in A” (otherwise known as the song they play when the host is saying, “So that’s our show” at the end of SNL) right as they were about to leave for the getaway car and Morgan coming up, tears running down her cheeks, and thanking the band.
November 10 - The Laurels (Beaumont) - We were inside the reception room and the weather was perfect this night. The bar was located in an outside courtyard so we thought it might be a bit of a struggle to keep people inside and dancing. We were wrong. They partied until the very end.
November 11 - Beckendorff Farms - The bride mentioned to Danny on the phone that she’s a huge fan of Disney and Broadway musicals (and had selected “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid to be played as they left the ceremony). Danny got a little more information on what type of Broadway musicials … and unprompted, she mentioned that one of her favorites was Phantom of the Opera. It just so happened that we had Kristen singing with us for her wedding … who had played Christine in the Las Vegas run of Phantom for 6 years. So she performed a jaw-dropping rendition of “Think of Me” during dinner. Perfection.
November 18 - Pecan Grove - This night was just perfect. The band was so live but maybe not as much as the crowd. Sound engineer/DJ Aaron had a camera with him and shot some footage here and there which we cut together for a little highlight reel.
November 24 - Woodlands Resort and Conference Center - Tree lighting with Santa (SANTA!!!).
"How lucky we are to be alive right now?" ~Eliza Schuyler, Hamilton the Musical
Being in Houston brought many unique opportunities as well as trials this year. Houston hosted the NACE National conference, of which we were honored to play a very big role in, we hosted Super Bowl LI and as a result, we played some incredible SB related events and parties (one of which, the musician Sting was in the adjoining room), and represented Houston for events hosted by the Houston First Foundation. As the Houston business community has grown and diversified over the last ten years, it’s made Houston a prime destination for national conferences and corporate events of which we also played several. On October 21st we were on stage mid-reception when we announced that the Astros had defeated the Yankees and were headed to the World Series. (Coincidentally, the groom’s family was from Texas and the Bride’s family was from New York.) We were driving back from an event in San Antonio during the 5-hour marathon that was Game 5 and then we watched them deliver their first-ever MLB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP a few days later. Danny got to play a private event in the same room as the trophy.
But in looking back on 2017, the damaging impact from Hurricane Harvey (of which two band members were greatly impacted) leaves a big mark in defining the year. As bad as it was and as powerless as it felt while it felt like it would never end, the experience brought out a lot of true character. It took everyone coming together to handle the cleanup (which is still ongoing). As a band we mucked out some homes, donated our generator to cleanup efforts, and played two charity events to raise funds for recovery as well as a set at George R. Brown a few days after for those that were displaced.
In the end, we feel very fortunate to be a part of the Houston Small Business community, event community, and overall, just proud Houstonians!
We were very excited to celebrate “Weddings in Houston Magazine” 30th Anniversary Gala and Client Appreciation event at The Corinthian in September. We took the stage and celebrated with several other of the Houston event industry’s finest.
The evening began with a jazz set and our friend Jeff Richards from Green Leaf Film and his team helped us capture a promo video of Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” Since the first publication of their magazine was in 1987, our set featured a number of songs from that year and era. Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” were released that year. What a year for sing-a-longs! We also played our very-popular 10-minute “80s Mashup” and several contemporary hits.
But the highlight of the night was being joined by Wedding in Houston President (and former rocker) Vik Day who put on the guitar and shredded away.
As they put it on their press release: “30 years of brides. 30 years of grooms. 30 years of “I said, ‘Yes!'” and “It was the best night of my life!” 30 years of first looks, first dances, first newlywed kisses. 30 years of fairytale gowns and joyful tears and dreams come true.”
Chris and Kayla’s wedding was such a celebration! As Hurricane Harvey caused our wedding the week before to get rescheduled, we were probably all itching a bit to get back to playing. This was evident by the amount of partying we did with everyone on the dance floor! We handled all aspects of this wedding with Josh on acoustic guitar for the ceremony, Danny playing the cocktail hour in the foyer, and the full 10-piece band for the reception.
One of our favorite things about weddings is how we can incorporate into other cultures and traditions as a part of the celebration. Before the reception began in the ballroom, there was a traditional Persian ceremony at the Sofreh table. At any breaks during the reception, sound engineer/DJ Aaron (who we lovingly refer to as DJ A-Aron) DJ’ed some Persian dance tunes.
Once the dinner was complete, they were ready to party! It was a wide-ranging set with a little country, Motown, and some top 40 and hip-hop bangers. But the highlights were definitely the 80s and 90s rock sing-a-longs, the biggest of which was ending the night with the groom serenading his new bride to Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” while a few band members jammed along on stage (something he had done at karaoke on one of their first dates … baller move).
Bridal Party Processional | “Air on the G” by Bach
Bridal Processional | “Canon in D” by Pachabel
Recessional | “Wedding March” by Mendelsohn
First Dance | “All Around You” by Sturgill Simpson
Father-Daughter Dance | “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
Mother-Son Dance | “I’ll be There” by Jackson 5
Venue | Sugar Land Marriott Town Square
Coordination/Design | En Vogue Events
Photography | Joshua Tyi
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: