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Bull City Syndicate

Raleigh , NC

LOCATION

1115 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603 US (map)

PHONE

919-844-1515

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ABOUT US

Bull City Syndicate is NOT just another "Beach" or "Blues" band with a horn section. This is a TRUE "Horn Band," which can deliver a full night of Hits from the 60's, 70's. 80's, 90's... Read more
Bull City Syndicate is NOT just another "Beach" or "Blues" band with a horn section. This is a TRUE "Horn Band," which can deliver a full night of Hits from the 60's, 70's. 80's, 90's and today, or can take you on a nostalgic journey featuring the Top-40 hits of the great horn bands. Beyonce' to Blood Sweat & Tears, Blackeyed Peas to Chicago, Maroon 5 to Tower of Power, Shania Twain to Earth Wind & Fire, Lady Gaga to Sinatra - all at the highest level of quality and musicianship. With literally hundreds of songs in their repertoire, BCS will work with you to tailor the show to your needs and expectations.

Bull City Syndicate has been building a loyal and ever-growing following for over 18 years - featured not only at the top area clubs, but also throughout the Mid-Atlantic at music festivals, colleges, weddings, private and corporate parties, as well as many national charity events. BCS has also just been selected as the main entertainment for the 2013 NC Governor's Inaugural Ball.

It will be worth your effort to check out why Bull City Syndicate is more than just a cliché wedding band, why they are one of the most in-demand bands in the region, and why the crowds at their public appearances are always filled with musicians from other bands.

Whether you need a top-notch performance act, or a band that can make your audience dance the night away, Bull City Syndicate is unlike any other band in the region. Experience, professionalism, talent, and musical selections that will appeal to the discerning listener and those who want to "shake it!"

Additionally, Bull City Syndicate can offer classical music for your ceremony, and jazz for your cocktail hour. The musical possibilities are nearly endless.

Finally, BCS is "scalable" to the budget of your event. The band can be reserved as a 6-piece, 9-piece, or even a 12-15-piece ensemble.

Contact us:

919-844-1515

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
For weddings, usually contemporary, dressy black - but, we'll adapt to the party's requests. We will NOT wear cheesy tuxes!
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes, we will learn up to two songs for each event.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
4 to 6 hours.
How much space do you usually require?
Staging area of 16' x 24' is preferred, but we can use 12' x 20' at a minimum.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Sound equipment and lighting, only.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
As required by the wedding party.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We generally require a meal before the reception, or if preferred, while the quests are having dinner. This is determined by the specific needs and schedule of the event.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
If requested.
What is your overtime rate?
$500 for any portion of an extra half hour, if requested. There is no charge if the band plays longer of their own accord.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
That depends upon the distance from Durham, NC that we are required to travel, and whether or not an overnight stay is also required. This is fully disclosed during upfront discussions.

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This band is absolutely incredible! My husband and I got married this past weekend and I could no be happier that we chose BCS Express (6 piece vs 9 piece band) for the music. They played during our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Steve, the manager, MC'd during the wedding, and he was professional and flexible. The ceremony/cocktail hour music was a perfect volume, and the pieces they chose were perfection. The reception was upbeat and fun, and there were always people dancing!! I could not recommend them any higher, I hope to see them at another wedding soon!!
This band is absolutely incredible! My husband and I got married this past weekend and I could no be happier that we chose Read more...
This band is absolutely incredible! My husband and I got married this past weekend and I could no be happier that we chose BCS Express (6 piece vs 9 piece band) for the music. They played during our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Steve, the manager, MC'd during the wedding, and he was professional and flexible. The ceremony/cocktail hour music was a perfect volume, and the pieces they chose were perfection. The reception was upbeat and fun, and there were always people dancing!! I could not recommend them any higher, I hope to see them at another wedding soon!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We engaged Bull City Syndicate to play at our daughter's wedding at Wrightsville Beach NC. It was a destination wedding with 120 guests. We wanted a band that was a little out of the ordinary and especially one with a lot of brass. Bull City Sndicate really delivered. They made the evening with their spectacular performance. They played an impressive selection of songs that kept the dance floor crowded all evening. They played songs that would be beyond the capability of most ordinary bands. The guests were blown away with the performance. We received compliments on the band all evening. If you're looking for a band that's beyond the ordinary you should consider Bull City Syndicate. The band is very experienced at playing weddings and the band leader, Steve Baker, is a perfect emcee. We were very pleased with their performance and highly recommend Bull City Syndicate
We engaged Bull City Syndicate to play at our daughter's wedding at Wrightsville Beach NC. It was a destination wedding Read more...
We engaged Bull City Syndicate to play at our daughter's wedding at Wrightsville Beach NC. It was a destination wedding with 120 guests. We wanted a band that was a little out of the ordinary and especially one with a lot of brass. Bull City Sndicate really delivered. They made the evening with their spectacular performance. They played an impressive selection of songs that kept the dance floor crowded all evening. They played songs that would be beyond the capability of most ordinary bands. The guests were blown away with the performance. We received compliments on the band all evening. If you're looking for a band that's beyond the ordinary you should consider Bull City Syndicate. The band is very experienced at playing weddings and the band leader, Steve Baker, is a perfect emcee. We were very pleased with their performance and highly recommend Bull City Syndicate Read less
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Almost Heaven
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Where do I start! I was actually the father of the groom and charged with providing the entertainment for the reception. I searched on-line for several months and narrowed my choices to a few bands. Then I decided a road trip was necessary in order to hear the bands live. We live in Southern West Virginia and made a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to hear Bull City Syndicate at a local night club. Within a few minutes we knew they were the one!! I signed my contract on the spot and wrote a check for the deposit.

On the day of the wedding at Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia a transformer blew and left the building without power. Glade Springs was totally unprepared for this disaster. Therefore, I sprang into action and contacted one of my friends who was a licensed commercial electrician. RW Electric quickly arrived on the scene with a diesel powered 100,000 watt generator and Bobby and I began the long process of providing power to the kitchen and to the band. The Glade Springs Resort staff provided candle lighting on all the tables and that was about it. Bobby and I completed the temporary power just in time for me to get to the church in time for the wedding. Keep in mind the resort had no power to any of their hotel rooms, the parking lot, or any of the grounds area. After the wedding, the band played softly in the background during most of the cocktail and dinner time. Then they took of their handcuffs and kicked the doors down!!!! The dance floor could not contain all the people - guests of all ages were shaking and moving till they dropped!!! I personally wore out my 53 year old wife, 71 year old aunt, and several of the college age young ladies!!! And the band kept on playing and playing and playing. No we were not just a bunch of dumb uneducated drunk hillbillies either. The party was made up many of my sons Ivy League classmates who had never been to West Virginia before. There were stockbrokers, doctors, teachers, consultants, bankers, accountants, contractors, electricians, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Baptists, Catholics, and Jews. We all had an awesome time!!! I couldn't tell you how many people commented that it was the best reception they had ever attended!! Bull City Syndicate stole the show!! At the very end of the night they downloaded John Denver's County Roads and everyone gathered around the dance floor in a large group hug and sang the words "take me home to the place where I belong, West Virginia" What a night!!!! I enjoyed them so much I also have them booked for our high school 70's decade (1970-1979) reunion in June 2012!! They were the best part of the wedding!!!! P.S. Glade Springs Resort is highly overrated. They agreed to pay for the generator and labor for the temporary power but have yet to pay the invoice. Take my advice and spend the extra dollars and go to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.
Where do I start! I was actually the father of the groom and charged with providing the entertainment for the reception. I Read more...
Where do I start! I was actually the father of the groom and charged with providing the entertainment for the reception. I searched on-line for several months and narrowed my choices to a few bands. Then I decided a road trip was necessary in order to hear the bands live. We live in Southern West Virginia and made a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to hear Bull City Syndicate at a local night club. Within a few minutes we knew they were the one!! I signed my contract on the spot and wrote a check for the deposit.

On the day of the wedding at Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia a transformer blew and left the building without power. Glade Springs was totally unprepared for this disaster. Therefore, I sprang into action and contacted one of my friends who was a licensed commercial electrician. RW Electric quickly arrived on the scene with a diesel powered 100,000 watt generator and Bobby and I began the long process of providing power to the kitchen and to the band. The Glade Springs Resort staff provided candle lighting on all the tables and that was about it. Bobby and I completed the temporary power just in time for me to get to the church in time for the wedding. Keep in mind the resort had no power to any of their hotel rooms, the parking lot, or any of the grounds area. After the wedding, the band played softly in the background during most of the cocktail and dinner time. Then they took of their handcuffs and kicked the doors down!!!! The dance floor could not contain all the people - guests of all ages were shaking and moving till they dropped!!! I personally wore out my 53 year old wife, 71 year old aunt, and several of the college age young ladies!!! And the band kept on playing and playing and playing. No we were not just a bunch of dumb uneducated drunk hillbillies either. The party was made up many of my sons Ivy League classmates who had never been to West Virginia before. There were stockbrokers, doctors, teachers, consultants, bankers, accountants, contractors, electricians, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Baptists, Catholics, and Jews. We all had an awesome time!!! I couldn't tell you how many people commented that it was the best reception they had ever attended!! Bull City Syndicate stole the show!! At the very end of the night they downloaded John Denver's County Roads and everyone gathered around the dance floor in a large group hug and sang the words "take me home to the place where I belong, West Virginia" What a night!!!! I enjoyed them so much I also have them booked for our high school 70's decade (1970-1979) reunion in June 2012!! They were the best part of the wedding!!!! P.S. Glade Springs Resort is highly overrated. They agreed to pay for the generator and labor for the temporary power but have yet to pay the invoice. Take my advice and spend the extra dollars and go to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
8/4/2012
4.8/5.0
They are absolutely unbelievable! They know how to get the crowd going. They play every genre of music, so everyone enjoys them. I genuinely hope I get to see them at one of my friends weddings or an event in the near future!
They are absolutely unbelievable! They know how to get the crowd going. They play every genre of music, so everyone enjoys Read more...
They are absolutely unbelievable! They know how to get the crowd going. They play every genre of music, so everyone enjoys them. I genuinely hope I get to see them at one of my friends weddings or an event in the near future! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
By far the best band in the Triangle area. Steve Baker and BCC made our wedding a night to remember. They allowed us to choose our Yes and "Heck No" song lists, and were talked about all night long. They knew how to use our event space perfectly, and their sound was a perfect fit for our style and musical tastes. This talented group of musicians really made our wedding extraordinary!
By far the best band in the Triangle area. Steve Baker and BCC made our wedding a night to remember. They allowed us to Read more...
By far the best band in the Triangle area. Steve Baker and BCC made our wedding a night to remember. They allowed us to choose our Yes and "Heck No" song lists, and were talked about all night long. They knew how to use our event space perfectly, and their sound was a perfect fit for our style and musical tastes. This talented group of musicians really made our wedding extraordinary! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
Bull City Syndicate was amazing! We knew we wanted a big horn band and they were the ideal band for our Durham based wedding. They played to the crowd and got everyone up dancing by the end. The whole experience with them was great and Steve asked us to trust him, we did, and he proved to be great! The best thing that happened was during the Mother Son dance, the CD we made did not have the full song (???) so it cut off half way through My Wish by Rascall Flats and the female vocalist picked up and finished the song! The band even caught on and played too! I thought it was planned until we talked to the band and realized she literally saved the song and dance impromptu!!!! That there proved how great they are!
Bull City Syndicate was amazing! We knew we wanted a big horn band and they were the ideal band for our Durham based Read more...
Bull City Syndicate was amazing! We knew we wanted a big horn band and they were the ideal band for our Durham based wedding. They played to the crowd and got everyone up dancing by the end. The whole experience with them was great and Steve asked us to trust him, we did, and he proved to be great! The best thing that happened was during the Mother Son dance, the CD we made did not have the full song (???) so it cut off half way through My Wish by Rascall Flats and the female vocalist picked up and finished the song! The band even caught on and played too! I thought it was planned until we talked to the band and realized she literally saved the song and dance impromptu!!!! That there proved how great they are! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/6/2009
4.2/5.0
Bull City Syndicate was awesome!! The energy they brought to the reception made the perfect dance party and a night to remember for everyone!!! I just wish they would have played a little longer...
Bull City Syndicate was awesome!! The energy they brought to the reception made the perfect dance party and a night to Read more...
Bull City Syndicate was awesome!! The energy they brought to the reception made the perfect dance party and a night to remember for everyone!!! I just wish they would have played a little longer... Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/3/2011
3.9/5.0
We hired Cafe Mars, which is a subset of the larger band Bull City Syndicate.

I have mixed feelings about their performance. The singer has a great voice and the band are all good musicians. They learned 2 new songs for us for our 1st dance and father-daughter dance.

BUT they played the wrong kind of music. We wanted stuff that people would dance to (e.g. Twist and Shout), but they mostly played disco and songs that no one knew. At one point, we asked them to shift gears and play more stuff people could dance to. That helped a bit, but still people weren't inspired enough by the song choices to get out on the floor.

Go ahead and hire them because they're a good band but don't make the same mistake we did of leaving the play list up to them. Tell them what you want!
We hired Cafe Mars, which is a subset of the larger band Bull City Syndicate.

I have mixed feelings about their Read more...
We hired Cafe Mars, which is a subset of the larger band Bull City Syndicate.

I have mixed feelings about their performance. The singer has a great voice and the band are all good musicians. They learned 2 new songs for us for our 1st dance and father-daughter dance.

BUT they played the wrong kind of music. We wanted stuff that people would dance to (e.g. Twist and Shout), but they mostly played disco and songs that no one knew. At one point, we asked them to shift gears and play more stuff people could dance to. That helped a bit, but still people weren't inspired enough by the song choices to get out on the floor.

Go ahead and hire them because they're a good band but don't make the same mistake we did of leaving the play list up to them. Tell them what you want! Read less
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Bull City Syndicate responded with the following comments:

First of all, Cafe' Mars is NOT Bull City Syndicate. There is some crossover in song list and band membership, but Cafe' Mars is unique from the larger group. After only ONE song, the mother of the bride was insistent upon us playing "classic" rock tunes, which is simply NOT a substantial part of the band's PUBLISHED set list - which the BRIDE and GROOM chose the band from. This was not a case of "leaving" it up to the band to decide, has stated in this review. This was a case of the 'mother of the bride' not approving of what the bride and groom chose.

Frankly, I could dispute this review, and have it removed, as this is NOT a review of Bull City Syndicate. But, I think it's instructive to potential buyers to understand a couple of things as they make their own decisions:

1 - Every crowd is different. For a myriad of reasons, the 'personality' of one wedding to the next can differ greatly. As such, it can take a song or two, or THREE(!) to gauge the audience's overall expectations, and adapt to the prevailing personality of that group - all the while bearing in mind, FIRST, the already stated expectations of the BRIDE and GROOM - even when it differs from the preconceptions of another family member!

2 - In this case, the band was chosen by the groom and bride, NOT the bride's mother, who was most vocal in her displeasure of the first couple of songs - and was demanding tunes by the Rolling Stones. Fact is, you can't please everyone in a wedding audience, and not even every family member. The best approach is to choose the band FOR WHO THEY ARE, not for who you HOPE THEY WILL BE. Every band has a personality - even variety acts. In this case, Cafe' Mars, is NOT a Rolling Stones cover band.

3 - Finally - at this event, they danced, and they danced all night - right up to the last dance. The 'mother of the bride's' own sister came to me and apologized for her sister's behavior. Because of the mother's overtly expressed displeasure, I asked the groom, during the first break, if we should be doing something different. His exact quote:

"No. It's perfect. Everyone's having a great time."

Well, everyone, except his new mother-in-law, that is - who said to me after only TWO songs, "I'm paying you, and you'll play what I want you to play."

Uh . . . ma'am . . . that's something to be dealt with BEFORE the band is hired - not after they are already on stage. There are literally billions of songs, and thousands which work nicely for most receptions, but NO BAND knows them all. If your own special request is not played, it does not mean the band is being belligerent or uncooperative. Is could be, out of the hundreds of songs we know, THAT is not one of them. It could be that the BRIDE and GROOM have already given us their "preferred play list," and their "please don't play list," in advance - and your request was on the 2nd list.

In closing . . . Both Bull City Syndicate and Café Mars are highly rehearsed, professional bands, with a long resume of hundreds of successful wedding and corporate events. Unlike many bands, these are not 'pick-up' acts, with rotating players, who barely know half the songs. As a result, the informed buyer is getting a high-level of musicianship, professionalism, and EXPERIENCE.

You see, we do this every weekend . . . Not just once or twice in a lifetime. As with this event, we will know within a few songs which musical direction is needed to appeal to the largest portion of the crowd - while filtering that through the stated expectations of those who matter most: the BRIDE and GROOM. And believe me, to us, THEIR opinion matters the most. Ultimately, it is THEIR day. Don't you agree?

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Bull City Syndicate is an unusually versatile band, in that several of its members are trained in other musical disciplines - (besides great dance music!) - such as jazz and classical. We can offer a total package of both ceremony and reception music. For your Ceremony: -Trumpet processionals and recessionals -Classical guitar as guests are being seated For your Cocktail Reception Hour: -Background jazz standards -Contemporary or Smooth jazz For your Reception's Dance Party: -Top-40 dance hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, Today -Tailored theme set lists -Special requests for your 1st dances Call 919-981-0303, for info about Package Pricing!
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