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Four Amazing weddings -Last weekend of August!!!

Four Amazing weddings -Last weekend of August!!! 150 150 adam Michael

August 2014 for Around Town Entertainment closed with a bang! Four amazing weddings!

August 30, 2014, the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment was the chosen New York wedding band for the wedding of Chelsea Stine and Steve Matson.
The couple chose the stunning property at Stone Tavern Farm for their ceremony and celebration. The wedding ceremony was in a beautiful open field overlooking the mountains and horse in the pasture.

For the wedding processional song, they chose “More than Words” by Extreme. For the bride’s wedding song, she chose “Kissin You” by Des’ree. And for the recessional, they chose “Lucky” by Colby Caillat and Jason Mraz.
After the wonderful ceremony and cocktail music, by Around Town Entertainment, the guests moved into the huge transformed barn, beautifully decorated for the wedding event!
The Bridal party and the Bride and Groom’s wedding entrance song was “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons. The couple’s First dance wedding song was “Best Days” by Matt White. Other selected wedding parent dance songs chosen were “I Need You To Turn In” by Elton john and”Just the Way You Are”by Billy Joel.
It was an ecstatic wedding celebration!

August 31, 2014 was the wedding of Monica Latowicki and Michael Rabin. The bride and groom were married at the New York wedding venue, The Renaissance Westchester Hotel.
They chose the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment as their New York Westchester wedding band.
The pianist from Around Town Entertainment played “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” “Rhythm of Love” by The Plain White T’s, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, “Falling Slowly” from Once and “Best Days of My Life” by American Authors as the chosen wedding ceremony songs.

The wedding cocktail music was played by Around Town’s jazz trio.
The guests moved to their reception and made their grand entrance to “I’m On Top of The World” by Imagine Dragons. The wedding First Dance song was “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band.
The guests then went crazy to a true wedding Hora!
Other songs chosen were “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers and “In My Life” by the Beatles as the wedding parent dance songs.
The brother of groom joined the band and sang “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. The band loved the guest performance and all the moments with the newlyweds!

August 31, 2014 was also the wedding of Jill Rubenstein and Andrew Buecking. The couple chose the stunning Garrison Golf Club as their New York Wedding Venue. http://www.thegarrison.com/

The A-List Band from Around Town Entertainment was chosen as the New York wedding entertainment for this wedding event.
The wedding ceremony music and wedding cocktail music was played by the Steel drums for weddings by Around Town Entertainment.
The ceremony wedding music chosen was “One Love” by Bob Marley, “All Of Me” by John Legend and “Happy” by Pherrell.

The couple had an amazing wedding reception, with the New York wedding music by Around Town Entertainment. The couple chose”Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine as their wedding entrance song and “Ain’t That Love” by Ray Charles as their wedding first dance song.
One of their favorite songs, “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder was a perfect cake cutting wedding song! The couple had a shining wedding event!

August 31, 2014 was also the wedding of Melissa Offenberg and Jordan Baron. The New York Wedding Band, The “After Party Band,” from Around Town Entertainment was also in Garrison at The Highlands Country Club.
The pianist from Around Town Entertainment played “All Of Me” by John Legend, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry and “I Do” by Colbie Caillat for the couple’s chosen wedding ceremony songs.

After an elegant cocktail hour, the bride and groom and their guests danced the night away at a wonderful wedding reception!
The bride and groom chose “Everything” by Michael Buble as their first dance wedding song, and “Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamkawiwo’ole and ” Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant as the wedding parent dance songs.
The guests joined in on a spirited traditional wedding Hora and danced to the selected wedding songs “Black Magic Woman” by Santana, “Killy Me Softly” by Roberta Flack, “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, “Burn” by Ellie Goulding and “Royals” by Lorde.
This was a spectacular New York wedding!

What a way to finish up August!
Four great celebrations with New York wedding music and entertainment by Around Town Entertainment.
Around Town Entertainment was honored to have been selected as the best New York wedding Band by the knot.com and weddingwire.com.
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June 20 weekend started early! Three weddings with Around Town Entertainment!

June 20 weekend started early! Three weddings with Around Town Entertainment! 150 150 adam Michael

Around Town Entertainment had three beautiful weddings on a weekend that started a bit early this week!
Our first wedding, on Thursday, June 19th started off the wedding weekend early!
Oheka Castle was the venue chosen by Aimee Kestenberg and Sean Elan for their New York style wedding.
The couple exchanged vows on the great lawn of this beautiful property.

Aimee and her bridal party walked down the aisle with a dramatic string quartet provided by Around Town Entertainment.
The guests moved inside, enjoying Around Town Entertainment’s jazz trio for their cocktail music.
For the reception, the guests moved into the main reception hall and danced the night away.
The Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment and Aimee’s favorite DJ, shared the stage, playing everything from the top radio and club hits to the client’s favorite Elvis songs!

Oheka Castle is the perfect setting for a fairy tale wedding!

Saturday, June 21, 2014, was the wedding of Aynsley Karps and Nathan Farber.
The couple chose the quaint and architecturally beautiful Foundry in Long Island City, New York as their venue.
The couple first enjoyed a very warm and touching ceremony in the Foundry’s main room.

The acoustic guitarist from Around Town Entertainment played their ceremony music.
Songs such as “Sparks” by Coldplay and “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne were chosen as the couple’s ceremony music.
The guests then moved outdoors on a perfect summer’s eve to enjoy their sit down dinner.
The live dinner music was provided by Around Town Entertainment. The guests enjoyed a formal dinner as the ensemble serenaded the guests.
Once dinner was fully enjoyed, the guests moved back inside for a wedding dance party!

The Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment was the chosen band for their wedding celebration.
Aynsley and Nathan started off the dance set with their official first dance as a married couple, with the song “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. The guests then danced to a variety of styles of music selected by wedding couple.
Songs like “That’s What I Like About You” by the Romantics, “I Feel Good” by James Brown really had the crowd feeling elated as they burned up the dance floor!
As the couple was congratulated and the last song of the night was played, the crowd cheered for more music. The band was thrilled to oblige! The party ended with a bang and it was quite an amazing night!

Sunday afternoon, June 22, 2014, the Around Town Band was at the Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, New York. This Westchester synagogue was the perfect place for a New York wedding!
Katie Dreskin and Mark Boonshoft had attended another wedding with Around Town Entertainment and knew right away they had to have them for their wedding!
This beautiful couple first exchanged vows in the synagogue as the piano player from Around Town Entertainment played their favorite, chosen Beatles songs on the grand piano.
The guests then enjoyed their cocktails outdoors on a perfect sunny day.
The jazz trio from Around Town Entertainment set up and played outdoors for the guests.
For the reception, the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment set the room on fire with a traditional Hora and then with the couple’s favorite chosen dance hits.

Songs from Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, and Huey Lewis filled the room along with today’s current hits, including “Call Me Maybe” chosen by the bride!
This was an amazing Sunday afternoon wedding with great vibes and love in the air!

Around Town Entertainment was thrilled to be chosen by extraordinary clients as the selected New York wedding music and entertainment.

Around Town Entertainment in Montauk! May 31, 2014

Around Town Entertainment in Montauk! May 31, 2014 150 150 adam Michael

Around Town Entertainment was in Montauk on May 31, 2014 for the wedding of Allie Kosterich and Dan Salomone.
The couple selected the A-List Band from Around Town Entertainment as their wedding band!
The wedding was held at East of North East in beautiful Montauk, New York.
The event started with cocktails outdoors as the acoustic guitar and piano player from Around Town Entertainment serenaded the guests.
The guests took a stroll to the lake where the couple exchanged vows overlooking the lake as the sun set.
The ceremony music provided by Around Town Entertainment played the selected wedding ceremony songs.
“Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison, “Si Tu Vois Ma Mere” by Sidney Bechet, “Claire De Lune” by Claude Debussy
and “What is Life” by George Harrison were all enjoyed as the ceremony commenced.
After the crowd cheered for the newlyweds, they moved to the dinner and dancing reception.
The guests walked in and the dancing began! The nine piece dance band treated the guests to the Allie and
Dan’s chosen dance songs,”Dance To the Music” by Sly and The Family Stone, “Hold On I’m Coming” by Sam and Dave and then “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison for the couples first official dance as husband and wife.
A traditional Hora ensued and all guests joined in the on the jubilation!

Throughout the night, the guests filled the dance floor as the band played the couples favorite wedding music.
Some of their favorite wedding songs chosen were: “Timber” by Kesha, “Pickin up The Pieces” by The Average White Band, and “Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches and Herb. The father of the bride requested the song “Harrison” for the band to learn so that their guest could dedicate and sing the song as a tribute to the bride and groom and the family. The band was thrilled to learn the song and enjoyed the guests vocalist as he entertained the crowd!
The event went into overtime as the bride and groom and their guests didn’t want the party to end!
The A-List Band from Around Town Entertainment was thrilled to have been selected as the New York wedding band for Mr. and Mrs. Salomone!
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This weekend with the Around Town Band and the A-List Band-May 17, 2014

This weekend with the Around Town Band and the A-List Band-May 17, 2014 150 150 adam Michael

This was a great weekend with wonderful weddings!  Saturday, May 17th, 2014, The Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment had the pleasure of performing for the wedding of Ryan Dopkin and Mia Rohrer.

This beautiful bride and her husband chose Studio 450 in New York City as their wedding venue.
With the cocktails on the rooftop, the couple and their guests enjoyed cool jazz selections from trio of jazz musicians from Around Town Entertainment.
The guests then went down to the main floor for their dinner and dancing!
With very eclectic taste, the bride and groom danced to “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” by Mel Carter as their first dance. Other songs requested were “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles, and “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan.
The crowd danced the night away to some of their favorite classic wedding songs and new Top 40 wedding songs!
The team from Relish Catering and Event Planning were wonderful! True professionals!

The A-List Band from Around Town Entertainment was the chosen wedding band for the wedding of Lisa Schroek and Jonathan Shalik.
The wedding took place at the Muttontown Country Club in East Norwich, New York.
This couple enjoyed the sounds of classical strings from Around Town Entertainment for their outdoor wedding ceremony, and what a beautiful day for such an occasion!
The guests then enjoyed their cocktail hour as the wedding cocktail musicians from Around Town Entertainment played songs from the couples favorite artists (Elton John and Billy Joel).
The reception was off to a great start as the couple danced their way into the room with their song “Happy” by Pharrell! Their first dance “Can’t Help Falling Love” by Elvis was romantic and touching. The guests joined in as the band played a traditional Jewish Hora.

The dance floor was full with the excitement and energy that came from the A-List Band and the beautiful crowd! The dance floor and the band were well lit with “intelligent” moving lights that were added to create a true club atmosphere. The professional lighting crew did an outstanding job!
The bride and groom were ecstatic and so thrilled with the entire event!

Around Town Entertainment was honored to be part of such amazing events this weekend!

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Choosing a Band vs DJ

Choosing a Band vs DJ 150 150 adam Michael

Choosing a Band vs. Choosing a DJ

When trying to decide on the best music options for your wedding day, one of the biggest questions is “Should we choose a live band or a DJ?”
It can seem a bit overwhelming, since you only get married once, and don’t really have the experience with wedding entertainment.
Here are some basic things that can make this process a bit easier and also a lot more enjoyable!

Imagination

Imagine the big day! Think about how amazing your event will be with all of your favorite people celebrating this once in a lifetime occasion.
Picture the setting, the room, the décor, the dance floor and what will best fit with your taste.
A DJ usually stands alone with his equipment on a small table or stand. Will this fit your aesthetic? This look can be okay for a very small affair but can often seem too minimal for such an important event.
A Band with it’s varied vocalists and musicians immediately sets the tone for a higher level of sophistication.
Guests will know instantly that you planned an upscale event the moment they walk in and see and hear a live band in place.

Energy

Do you want a high energy party with all of your guests dancing the night away?
There is nothing like the energy of live music for a wedding!
Bands often have several different styles of vocalists in front, along with the varying instruments accompanying them.
A quality band adjusts to the energy of the crowd, switching music as the crowd reacts to the chosen songs.
Working directly off each other, the band and the crowd become one!
It is a kind symbiotic exchange of energy that builds throughout the event, creating a kind of magic on the dance floor.
A DJ, is more restricted to the pre-recorded selections that he has to choose from. Often a DJ chooses to play a set routine of songs based on the need to have logical transitions from one song tempo to the next. With a set routine, the energy can often be stale and also leaves no room for spontaneous reactions to the crowd.
A live band can really adjust at a moments notice, and switch gears without having any issue. A good band does not stick to a set routine for all events.
They will instead choose each song based on the reaction of the crowd and your dance floor.
With a live band, the music can crescendo and decrescendo (gradually increase and decrease the intensity and volume) along with the flow of the event.

Personality

The choice of music for your wedding should represent your personality!
With a band, you can really custom design an event around your specific style and create a vibe that best suits your individual taste and personality.
This is usually accomplished by choosing just the right band!
Great bands are well versed in all styles of music, so you can really pick and choose your favorite songs to highlight who you are and how you want your night to go!
It isn’t ideal to choose a band that really only specializes in one style of music. For example, a band that is really strong in jazz, isn’t really going to get your crowd going.
Or a band that really plays just rock music, or just Motown, isn’t really going to grab the attention of all of your guests.
You have to find a band with a balance of all styles of music that all guests can relate to, and this is how you get a full dance floor.
Again, by thinking about what fits your taste and personality, you can still instruct the band on what to play more of, or what to cut completely.
A DJ can offer variety of styles as well, but most DJ’s are just pressing play and letting the pre-recorded music spin.
There isn’t much custom design of music when it comes to a DJ, because they are truly restricted to the sounds of the record and can’t adjust in the same way that live musicians and vocalists can.

Budget

Like everything else in planning your wedding, the decision of budget can really factor in.
It is definitely important to research the pricing of live bands. Many bands can provide different sized groups to fit each event budget, making it totally possible to have very upscale entertainment for your event, while staying well within your budget.
If you are looking to splurge for the occasion, you can go with a larger band with more instruments and vocalists, really impressing your guests and adding to the overall aesthetic.
When dealing with a more limited budget, a DJ can often be the right decision.
But keep in mind, you often get what you pay for when it comes to music. The DJ’s who are often very low priced are also typically the kind of cheesy, over the top entertainers, who just play their CD’s and over hype throughout the event. Quality music stands strong on it’s own without the need to over do it. With a sophisticated live band, there is usually a band leader who conducts the event with the right balance of energy and elegance, allowing the guests to really enjoy the music without the hammy nonsense that so many DJ’s can bring to the event.

Lasting Memories

This day is one of the most important days of your lives. It represents the start of making your lifetime of lasting memories together.
Music can truly make or break your event.
It is important to do some research, check references, get ideas from friends who have recently been married, etc.
Asking friends who happen to be musicians or music buffs, is always a great idea as well! They can really help you choose the best quality music for your wedding.
You have to hire skilled, polished musicians who are at the level of professionalism worthy of your event.
Make sure you can view live, unedited videos of all prospects, or see a live performance.
Most DJ’s these days, just bring their computer, and play songs directly off of an ITunes playlist. The art of spinning records is unfortunately a dying craft.
Anyone can play a record or a CD, even you! So think about the specialness of the occasion and make the choice that works best in creating lasting memories!

Beautiful wedding at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Beautiful wedding at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens 150 150 adam Michael

Saturday, April 12, 2014, Around Town Entertainment provided a night of entertainmentfor the wedding of Fawn Jiang and Brendan McGinty.
The stunning setting in the Magnolia Gardens of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden couldn’t have been more perfect for the couple’s ceremony.

The trees drenched in color, enhanced by the day’s perfect sun, framed the isle that the bride walked down to meet her groom. Choosing the song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz for the processional and then serenaded by her two bridesmaids to “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles, the mood was just right.

After the ceremony, the guests then moved to the fountain outside the Palm House to enjoy their cocktail hour.
The jazz trio from Around Town Entertainment created the cool and sophisticated vibe as the sun began to set.
As the guests moved into the reception, it was clear the party was on! The band brought in the bridal party to Kesha’s “Timber” and then the bride and groom with “Happy” by Pharrell.
The guests soon joined in and the band played to a full dance floor.

Playing “Lights” by Ellie Goulding was the perfect choice as the families and College Alumni took their group photos.
The night was filled with joy and the crowd literally shouted for one of their favorite songs.
Everyone sang along to the song “Living on a Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believin,” the bride’s favorite.
The guests would not accept that the night was ending and were screaming for more music!  “One more song, one more song” they yelled!
The band was thrilled to play an encore and the crowd continued to scream.
What an exhilarating night for all who attended.
Working with Heather and the amazing staff at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens couldn’t have been better!
What a well orchestrated event by Heather and her team! The night was flawless!
This truly was the perfect event for Fawn and Brendan.
Around Town Entertainment was honored to be chosen to be part of this wedding.
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A great weekend for the Around Town Band!

A great weekend for the Around Town Band! 150 150 adam Michael

What a great weekend for the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment!
First, the band performed on Friday night, April 4th, 2014, for a full house at The Red Lion in the West Village in New York City.
So many people came to hear the Around Town Band! Our regulars came to enjoy a great night of music and dancing!
We also had so many amazing new wedding clients who came to hear their favorite New York wedding music.
The crowd danced all night and wanted more music when done!
The New York wedding band played all high energy dance music for weddings in New York City at the Red Lion.
We always love the opportunity to play at this club where we can introduce new top 40 songs while giving our new and potential clients the chance to explore their New York wedding music.
Everyone had a blast at the Red Lion including the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment!
We always love playing this club and
wedding music in New York!

On Saturday, April 5th, the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment had the pleasure of being part of the wedding celebration for Rachel Rattner and Dan Lorig!
The wedding took place at the beautiful Metropolitan Club in New York City.
What an incredible couple and such a loving family to help them celebrate!
The couple chose their favorite New York wedding music and the Around Town Band learned all their requests!
The crowd rushed the dance floor on the very first song, continued with a high energy version of the traditional Hora and rocked to a wide variety of dance music in New York!

The band loved watching the families come together, and how excited they were to dance!
The crowd of all ages danced all night long!
Around Town Entertainment and the Around Town Band are honored to have provided

New York wedding music for such a beautiful couple!

We wish Rachel and Daniel a lifetime of happiness!