When getting married, it’s helpful to have a positive state of mind about everything going right at the reception. One way to help ensure guests have a good time is to book the band Positive State of Mind Live. The group performs acapella or five-piece band numbers from the 1950s to 1980s and they specialized in Motown, classic R&B and 70’s dance party music. The band has a reputation for being professional and connecting with the crowd. The group has also been known to work on a special song for the happy couple.
In addition to setting the scene for a beautiful and serene wedding, at least one wedding groom credits Harmony Strings with helping him calm a case of pre-ceremony nerves. “When the music started playing, it relaxed me and I was able to walk down the aisle with confidence,” he wrote in a review for the Wedding Wire. That publication bestowed Harmony Strings with its 2013 Bride’s Choice Award. The string group also won a 2013 Best of Wedding award from the Knot. Couples can choose a duo, trio or quartet. Music options run the gauntlet from traditional to instrumental songs from well-known artists. Be sure to book plenty early as the group’s calendar of performances fills up quickly.
If dancing to dynamic rhythms and smooth melodies are a high priority at the wedding reception, KlockWork Band deserves some serious consideration. The eight-piece band specializes in funk due to its self-proclaimed “funkanizing” horn section. It also plays jazz, blues and Motown favorites. Natalie Dawley, owner of Two Be Wed wedding planning boutique, said KlockWork Band is seasoned and knows how to play to the audience. “They take their time and ease into the event and before you know it, the dance floor is completely crowded with hands in the air and smiles from ear to ear,” she said.
Known for creativity, professionalism and interaction, The StringBenders is an appealing choice for couples who want to liven up the party with country music and lots of dancing. The five-piece band has a large legion of satisfied customers from Houston weddings over the past seven years. The group plays country and southern rock favorites and dips into the cajun/zydeco genre. It also has some original material, even creating a song for one couple’s walk down the aisle.
If wedding expenses are climbing higher than anticipated, shelling out $7,000 for a top-of-the-line variety band may not seem viable. However, in the $4,000 neighborhood is a variety band that often gets repeat bookings because if its tremendous energy and customer satisfaction. Midstream is an eight-piece band with female and male vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, saxophone and drum. This band can throw down “Love Shack,” then slow it down with “It Had To Be You,” before getting everyone revved up on the dance floor with “Turn the Beat Around.”
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Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.