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Whether to Hire a Disk Jockey or Live Austin Bands for your Wedding Reception
What's the best form of entertainment for your wedding reception, a Disk Jockey or one of the great Austin bands? Without question it is always a live band! Live Austin bands will really impress and can add a great touch of class if they also have a horn section. A live band has far more energy and mystique than a Disk Jockey because the band members are putting on a show as well as playing music and the live get-up-and-go of the band often packs the dance floor far more than a Disc Jockey.
Unfortunately, its not the joyous union of you and your fiance that your guests recollect most but the entertainment of the evening. You will hear many more congratulates on the band you hired than you will compliments on what a lovely ceremony it was, and you will rarely hear compliments on what an unbelievable DJ that guy was. the entertainment of the evening is instrumental to a fabulous reception.
Some advocates of DJs will say that most Austin bands have a limited song list but this is not always true as professional live bands have over 16 hours or more of music and can easily pick and choose the strongest songs according to crowd response to make sure that the dance floor stays packed and the energy never fails. Also, many Austin bands act as a DJ on band breaks and this is a good time to have them play some of your favourite tunes that might not be in their song list. Also, during breaks should be when you do all your wedding activities such as garter and bouquet toss, cutting the cake, and best man and bride's maid toasts.
This will give your guests something fun to do while the band catches their breath in between sets and the remainder of time left on break can be filled with the band DJing your favorite dance tunes. You can also have the best of both worlds with a live Austin band DJing tunes on their breaks by having the band DJ special genres of music for relatives of particular ethnic groups that may be at the reception such as South American, Korean, Japanese, or whatever style of music your special nationality of guest favors.
Don't forget in your perusing of Austin bands, that there are many bands out there and they are all very different in how professional they are. Make sure you take a look at the band's song list to see if it is comprehensive and it should have a good assortment of songs from all musical styles. A group that has been around for a long time will recognize which songs work best at making people dance in the varying age groups at weddings and will know which songs are adored across all age groups. An instance would be Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison which is just as effective at getting guests in their mid 20's on the dance floor cutting a rug as it is getting people of 60 or more on the dance floor.
A good live performance will have all this information in advance and will wield it like the hand of Thor in keeping your reception rocking and rolling through the entire evening. As Well, most professional Austin wedding bands will have a band leader that acts as Emcee announcing the bride and groom, the wedding party, cutting of the cake and bouquet and garter toss. Check to make sure that the band has an emcee that will do this for you.
Now for the cons of a live band. Most professional Austin bands will almost always be far more pricey than one man spinning tunes. Great variety bands can cost anywhere from $1500 to $10,000 for the flag ship cover bands and DJs can cost anywhere from $300 to $2500. Most of the time, you usually get what you pay for. More high-priced bands are more expensive for a reason. They normally sound a lot better and have much more of a crowd pleasing performance than more low-priced bands.
In sum, hiring one of the famed Austin bands will always show you a much more successful reception than a DJ by sheer entertainment value and can also act as a DJ playing specific obscure songs you may want that are not on the bands song list. The groups emcee will always know what songs to play from his years of experience dealing with the diverse age groups at a wedding reception and know what songs are appropriate to play at different times during the event. If your entertainment budget allows a fabulous live show, the obvious choice here is a live dance band for your wedding reception.
Ron Ronhaar is the owner and band leader of the "The Grooves" which is one of the well-known Austin cover 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 Austin 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 Austin 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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