The music at your wedding reception sets the tone for the entire event. If you’ve decided to go with live music, the next step is to decide what style of music you want, based on your guest list and the mood you hope to create. Do you want the band to play mostly current top 40 hits? A selection of Rat Pack tunes, heavy on the Sinatra? Motown? Hard rock from the 80s? Then choose a band that can deliver the type of music that will get your guests’ toes tapping.
Rhythm Of The Nite
Rhythm of the Nite is all about variety. Possessing a song book of over 400 tunes, this four- to five-member outfit is comfortable in most genres and all eras. In the last five years, the band has experienced increasing popularity and will certainly be in demand come wedding season. Pricing can run $800 and up per event. Though a little on the higher price side, this band has proven to be one of St. Louis’s all-time favorites when throwing a wedding together.
The Spectrum Band
For polished entertainment, The Spectrum Band offers a full horn section, male and female vocalists and sends a sound and lighting engineer to make sure the technical aspects of the show are always perfect. With LED lighting and an experienced and well-trained group of musicians, this band offers an elegant presentation and flawless sound. The Spectrum Band wows with songs spanning pop, funk, disco, ballads and even swing. Pricing starts at $1,000.
If you’re looking for an old-school rock and roll cover band, call “Diamond” Dave Brandt and his trio. The group covers bands from Chuck Berry to The Black Eyed Peas and everything in between. The playlist includes lots of AC/DC and America tunes, but the band can croon Dean Martin and Sinatra classics on request. PartyRock is known for being versatile, danceable and willing to accommodate special requests.
Accolade is a seven-piece band specializing in dance music from the 60s through the present, including Motown, top 40, R&B/soul/funk and disco. The group provides a customized show for weddings, and can also provide emcee services. The band (which has played locally for 10 years as Pleasure Groove and only recently changed its name to Accolade) has a reputation for being easy to work with and professional.
Boom made a name for themselves in the 90s as the regular Friday night band for the Y-98 radio house parties at Kick’s Night Club and has been going strong ever since, performing at Harrah’s and the Casino Queen in addition to local weddings. Male and female singers can deliver anything from Frank Sinatra to Maroon 5 and Aretha Franklin to Beyonce. The band brings solid, danceable professional live music to weddings and events around the region.
Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.