So, you have been asking your friends and family about which band you should pick.
- You have gone to the internet and shopped pages 1,2,3, and 4 on Google.
- You have gone to each band’s website and saw the pics, read the bios, and listened to the sound clips.
- After all this, you have created a list of about 5-10 bands...
All I can say is, “The proof is in the pudding!” Have a few date nights with your fiancé and go see these bands play live (FIRST - be sure to check out www.brandyband.com for our next public performance). Most bands have a Public Appearance/Club Dates schedule right on their website.
The best time of year is the off season (November through March)...This is the time when bands fill their schedule with club gigs to give brides, customers, clients, and the general public a chance to go see them in action. There are still public performances that occur throughout the season as well, but usually much less. Also, many times, you can make arrangements to come see them perform at a wedding. This is not the most convenient option, as they will need to ask the bride/groom for permission, and you will need to observe from a distance. Be mindful that this is someone else’s most important day, dress appropriate (as if you are a guest at the wedding) and stay near the back of the room...And, please...keep away from the buffet table!!! This, most likely, will not be a good time to talk to the band leader, as they need to focus on the gig.
At the club
Be forewarned – When a band is playing a club gig, it is usually a bit different than what their performance will be like at your wedding. They are probably playing different songs, dressed differently, and sometimes they even have different equipment or instruments, but you can still tell if these guys are good.
A couple of things you want to be looking for and should keep in mind:
- Are they professional? You can just take a look at them and tell that...What does the stage look like? Aside from wires everywhere, do they look well organized? Shiny equipment is not necessarily what you are looking for!!! As a musician, trust me, the best sounding stuff is the banged up guitar, worn down bass, and tarnished trumpet...That just means these guys are active!
- Keep in mind, at a club, the band is likely playing/practicing new tunes, tweaking set lists and trying out new equipment etc... So, this is not the finished product that you will see at your wedding, but you can get a real good feel for the band.
- This is an opportunity for you to meet one on one with the band leader and other members (during breaks between sets). What do you think? Do you feel comfortable with them? The band leader is the person you need to focus on, because this is the person who will be your partner.
- Don't blame the band for blown fuses!!! Every club, function hall, and venue has it's own personality...Just like at home, if you plug the coffee pot into the same outlet as the microwave, you'll be sitting in a dark kitchen! Lighting systems, amps, PAs...These things take some serious power.
Give us a call anytime and we can talk about availability and I can help answer any questions you might have.
Give me a call at 978.453.3337 or visit our website at www.brandyband.com!
Brandy is a high energy band that has been recognized throughout New England as one of the premier Boston Wedding Bands and has recently received The Wedding Wire 'Bride's Choice Award' for 2010 and 2011.
We have been a mainstay on the New England wedding band and music scene and have performed for numerous celebrities, charities, and dignitaries (even Presidential hopefuls). We still have a few dates available throughout the summer, and we are able to travel throughout New England including:
- Massachusetts (Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and out to the Berkshires)
- Rhode Island (Newport, Providence, South County)
- New Hampshire