East Coast Soul
East Coast Soul were absolutely fabulous - I can't imagine a better wedding band. They really got the crowd up and dancing, and young and old alike enjoyed them. We had a slightly tricky venue space wise, and the band were really flexible in terms of making adjustments to their normal set up. They read the mood of the crowd really well, and everyone is still asking us where we found them.
Oh, do yourself a favor, and hire them! They were such good people and talented musicians. If they keep you in suspense with communication, just breathe, because they will follow through! They are exceptional musicians from Berklee, and other great music schools in Boston. So warm, fun, energetic, enthusiastic, great sound, very accommodating.
ECS was a hit at our wedding! Guests consistently raved about the band and the music was great. ECS is high energy and very talented; great set list. Professional and accessible during the entire planning process. We enjoyed working with them very much, highly recommend them, and look forward to seeing them in action again soon!
The best measure of any celebration is whether everyone had a fantastic time. The best way to make sure everyone has a fantastic time is to have an incredible band playing. And East Coast Soul is an incredible band!
They started out as a jazz combo during our cocktail hour—cool, sophisticated and tuneful. Then, when the full band took the stage, the party took off. Lead singers Eron, Sophia and Dan put on an astonishing show; the rest of the musicians were soulful, inspired and funky. The dance floor was jam-packed all night and, at the end, the revelers were begging for “one more song.”
East Coast Soul is the BEST. We checked out one of their live shows and knew they were the band for us. Sean is so easy to work with and they were really responsive to the music we liked. How can you go wrong with a 10 piece band including a horn section and three vocalists that provide amazing dance moves for free? They worked so hard to make sure our guests had a great time. It was definitely money well spent.
We could not have had a better experience booking East Coast Soul for our wedding party. In the months leading up to the event, their management was responsive and accommodating with requests and let us know exactly what they needed for their portion of the evening. They showed up on time, were set up on time and started on time. Honestly, I didn't have to worry about a thing when it came to the entertainment.
But hands down- the best part about booking East Coast Soul is that our dance floor was packed the entire night. I still hear from guests that this was 'the best band they'd ever seen perform at a party or event' and I happen to know some of my guests have gone on to see the band when they've played a few clubs around Boston. We got more raves over this band than we did the food (which was excellent), the venue or the desserts we served.
My only regret is that we can't have them play at every party we have...They are that good.
East Coast Soul rocked the party! The wedding would have been great anyway but the music put our celebration over the top. Everyone loved the music. East Coast Soul was a pleasure to work with I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great band fo any occaision
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A: Versatility is an important consideration. Not only should a good wedding band be able to cover a large variety of styles in their repertoire --- they should also be able to perform songs in a believable and convincing manner. When performing a rock and roll song, a band should sound like a rock and roll band. When performing a jazz standard, a band should sound like a jazz band -- not like a rock and roll band performing a jazz standard! A good band should be flexible enough to be able to perform at different volume levels, as may be appropriate for different times during the course of a wedding reception.Other factors to consider are reliability and stability. It is advisable to find a band that has been together for a reasonable amount of time, with its current personnel. Hiring a band that has a history of frequently changing band members can sometimes lead to difficulties.
Q2: Why is a band preferable to a DJ?
A: There is no substitute for the excitement of a live performance. Ask anyone if they would rather listen to their favorite artist's CD or see their favorite artist perform live. Perhaps the reason that many people prefer DJ's over bands is the cost -- or the fact that some bands are not diverse enough to adequately play the variety of music necessary for a wedding reception. East Coast Soul is equipped with its own DJ equipment, which enables us to accommodate your special requests to play original recordings of certain songs.
Q3: Can certain songs be requested to play / avoid?
A: It has always been our policy to encourage brides and grooms to provide us with a list of their special requests, as well as a list of songs they would like us to avoid playing. We will typically combine the bride's request list with our own expertise, in determining which songs would be the most effective to use at any given time during the course of a wedding reception.
Q4: What sort of experience should a wedding band have?
A: An experienced wedding band is usually well-versed in the flow of events at a wedding reception. It is the band's job to work with the function director and other professionals involved, in coordinating the different events that take place. For example, the band needs to make sure the photographer and videographer are ready, before they begin the cake-cutting ceremony. The band will usually provide the bride and groom with a sheet to fill out indicating all of the announcements, special dance selections and other details regarding the order of events that will take place during the reception. The band will then oversee the affair to ensure a smooth transition from one event to another, allowing the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their special day.
Q6: What should a bride ask the reception site with regards to the band?
A: That is a good question. Frequently a bride-to-be will coordinate matters separately with the reception site and the band. This can occasionally lead to unforeseen difficulties on the day of the reception. We often recommend that a bride consult with both the reception site and the band in determining matters pertaining to the setup of the band. Where the band would optimally set up at the site is often a variable that can best be determined by consulting with both the band and function facility. Also, the floor plan mapping out the setup of the guests' tables is something that the band can often be helpful with. We usually recommend that tables reserved for older guests be placed in areas that are not too close to the band's speakers.
Q7: How many breaks does a band usually take?
A: During a four hour reception, bands will typically play three sets, with two breaks in between. The first break generally occurs after the main course is served. During this break, background CD music (appropriate for dining) is generally played. Between the two dance sets, the band will often take a short break (around 15 minutes) to rest their voices. During this break, up-tempo dance music on CD's will generally be played, to keep the energy level of the party in tact. This is merely a suggested flow of events however, as we can tailor our breaks to the specific flow of your evening.
Q9: What factors influence the cost of a wedding band in the Boston/New York area?
A: Date, time and location of the event are the three biggest factors. There are usually specific times of the year that bands will consider to be "off-peak" with regard to wedding receptions. Generally, this will include the months of January through mid-April, and the month of November. If you do not yet have a specific date or venue chosen, it is often still possible for a band to provide you with a pricing estimate, if given some general information about the prospective geographic location and time of the year you may be considering.