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Pointers on Choosing the Best Local Austin Bands For Your Wedding Reception
Many local Austin bands are well known for their great versatility at making a wedding reception successful, but how do you find the right one out of the huge selection of Austin bands? An Austin cover band is always going to be far more successful than an original band at a wedding reception and hiring the best cover bands is going to be your mission for a successful reception. The following paragraphs will tell you exactly how to pick your band, just make sure your band has all the features that I've described in each paragraph and you will come out with a great band for your wedding reception.
For starters, you should check out the list of songs the local Austin band performs. Does the band have a huge selection of tunes to play from all eras? Remember, you will have everyone at your reception from your young cousins and nieces to your grandparents, so music from the fifties on up to current is needed. Another thing to think about is that even if the band has a ton of variety in the their song list, each of these songs needs to be one that all age groups can enjoy. Another point is when your guests are eating dinner during the reception, the band needs to have a softer set with more standards and slower music during this time, so check the band's song list to see if they have the right tunes for this.
Next, after the band passes the variety song list test, take a listen to the band's demos. Most professional Austin bands will have a live video to view and it's a great way to see and hear what the band sounds like live at the same time. After making your decisions to three or four bands, check their schedule and view a live show. This is the most critical test of all.
A little know secret is that it's important that the drummer is playing electronic drums in an Austin wedding band. When a drummer is playing an acoustic kit, his volume is extremely loud and this causes all the rest of the band to turn up to hear themselves over the den of the acoustic kit. Next thing you know, the band is at an incredibly loud volume and your guests are being deafened and the old folks are running for the door. A band with this trouble is unable to perform a set during the dinner hour as it will drive everyone out of the ballroom and seeking the nearest drug store to buy some ear plugs. Unless the drummer is a very light hitter on the acoustic drums (a rarity) electronic drums are far superior for weddings as they are far quieter and sound a lot better at a lower volume than acoustic drums.
Fourth, does your Austin band have a female vocalist? It's important to have a female vocalist to sing all the favorite tunes sung by women that your crowd is going to want to hear. Having those tunes in the band's arsenal can prove to be the key to a successful evening.
The end thing to look at and probably most critical in most people's opinion is what the cost of the band is. Most pro Austin bands are very talented and the cream of the crop is going to cost more than the bottom tier bands but in this arena, you get what you pay for. Wedding bands that earn less money usually get less money for a reason. There are few reasons that professional wedding bands command the higher dollar than amateur bands. One is that they simply sound incredible and often sound exactly like the record when they perform songs by the original artist which will always awe your guests and the compliments on your band will be coming for months to come after your reception. The second reason is that an experienced band will have a huge song list that allows them to judge crowd response to the tunes they play and use that to decide which styles they perform most during the night. This insures that the dance floor stays packed and your guests don't leave half way through the reception.
To add it all up, most Austin bands need a large number of popular radio tunes, have an awesome sound, have lots of energy while they are performing, have a drummer with electronic drums or a light hitter, come with a female vocalist and be the most professional band you can afford. Also, go out and see some of the live entertainment at some live music venues.
Ron Ronhaar is the owner and band leader of the "The Grooves" which is one of the well-known local Houston bands, well known for their ability to keep the dance floor packed all night with hit favorites from all genres. He has performed with his group for a living in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and throughout Texas for weddings, corporate parties, society parties and fund raisers. After Ron started the band in 1991, the band rocketed to the peak of Houston musicians and then took the state of Texas by storm. Ron and the Grooves Band are now in strong demand across Texas and are considered the finest of all Houston bands available for any event.
For pricing and booking call Ron at 512-507-0589
"Just wanted to tell you guys what a great time everyone had at the birthday party on May 25th. I got a zillion compliments on the band and already have requests from company employees wanting you all to play for our Christmas party in December! You guys are just GREAT; from your attire, to the great song selection, to the awesome voices of the girls (and guys), to the interaction with the crowd, to the overall sound of the band.....................you guys just really "MADE" the party. I can't compliment you all enough!"
"Thank you so much for your outstanding and energetic performance at our August 7th, 2005 wedding! When guests describe our wedding, they use the word "magic" a lot - and your talent and enthusiasm contributed and helped create that magic. We all had the most fun dancing to your songs and really cutting loose - you infused the room with so much Energy and excitement! You made the reception meaningful, memorable and lots of fun! we truly appreciated your professionalism too. You impressed us and our guests so much! Thanks for such a magnificent time!"
"Thanks to you and all of The Grooves for Saturday night. You rocked! All of our guests loved the music and as you could tell, had a wonderful time. We appreciate your talent and all you did to make the reception a huge success."
"I want you and the other band members to know how much our guests and family enjoyed your music at Mollie and GlennŐs wedding at Barr Mansion . So many people have commented on how great you all sounded. And another thing that has come up several times is that, although the music was jamming, people could carry on a conversation without having to scream to be heard. It really could not have been more perfect. Please be assured that we will happily recommend you to everyone, and as we have two more daughters to marry off, expect to hear from us in the future."
"Thank you so much for making our reception the party of the century! Your band was fabulous, and as you saw all our family and friends were cutting a rug all night long! Everyone in your band is so talented, and we loved your choices of music. I donŐt think the evening could have been more successful. I will definitely recommend you guys to all my friends who are getting married. Thanks again."
"I canŐt express how much we all loved your band at our reception at Barton Creek Country Club! Your band was the secret to the success of our party. I havenŐt seen my mom and dad dance like that in years! All your band members were so polite and professional. Your vocalists had the most wonderful voices! Your choice of music couldnŐt have been more perfect! Please tell the other members of your band how much we enjoyed them!"
"Super! Wonderful! Excellent! Every superlative adjective in the dictionary pertains to your wonderful sound. Thank you for being a key part of the Saturday, March 10 wedding of Kathryn Smith and Nicholas Tylutki. You were really super! Ron, you were particularly helpful to me by setting up a microphone for the vocalist and helping me walk through the schedule of events prior to the wedding. I didn't get a chance to say thank you in person, but please know that we will do our best to promote The Grooves in the future."
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