wedding music

June 6, 2014 Weekend-Around Town Entertainment performs for Fairleigh Dickinson University, Delta Tours and a fabulous Wedding!

June 6, 2014 Weekend-Around Town Entertainment performs for Fairleigh Dickinson University, Delta Tours and a fabulous Wedding! 150 150 adam Michael

It was a great weekend of events for Around Town Entertainment!
On June 6, 2014 the Around Town Band performed for hundreds of guests at Fairleigh Dickinson University for their annual Charter Day Gala.
The guests enjoyed a night of dinner and dancing during the event.
The Around Town Band began by entertaining the guests during their dinner program. Once the dinner and awards ceremony concluded it was a full night of dancing !  The guests raved about the music as they danced to their favorite music!

Also on June 6, 2014, the After Party Band from Around Town Entertainment performed for a Delta Tours corporate.
The event took place at the Hudson Theater in New York City.
The band was the featured music and entertainment for this themed corporate  event! The night was all about famous movie theme songs.
The band took the stage and played an entire evening of movie theme songs that were selected specifically for this event by the client!
The guests had an interactive segment during the event as well, where the band played a kind of “Name That Tune” game.
As the guests from China heard the internationally known songs sung in English, they shouted out their answers in Cantonese!   It was a very elegant event and the After Party Band enjoyed entertaining the international crowd!

On June 7, 2014, the A-List Band from Around Town Entertainment was the chosen New York wedding band for Nivia Colon and Nicholas Ciarcia’s wedding.
The  wedding venue chosen for this event , was the beautiful Bourne Mansion, in Oakdale, New York .  What a stunning property with amazing views!
The guests were first escorted to the great lawn for the ceremony. The guitar and piano duo from Around Town Entertainment played the  chosen ceremony music.
The song “1000 years” by Christina Perri filled the outdoor air as the bride walked down the courtyard steps and the aisle to her soon to be husband.

The guests then moved to the courtyard for their cocktail hour. Around Town Entertainment provided a trio to play wedding cocktail music outdoors for their guests. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect as the sun complimented the views of the mansion and surrounding property.
The guests enjoyed a 10 piece wedding band from Around Town Entertainment.
In between dancing to chosen favorite songs such as “Treasure” by Bruno Mars, a Spanish version of “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion, and “I Love It” by Icona Pop, the guests were treated to fireworks on the lawn. Nivia and Nicholas really pulled out all the stops!!
Their guest DJ played some amazing Latin music as a dance troop hit the dance for and surprised all the guests, performing an elaborate choreographed piece.
After the fireworks, The A-List band set off  a dance set that created an even more explosive even!  And the guests danced the rest the night away in style!

Around Town Entertainment was thrilled and honored to be chosen for such exclusive and important events! for the best New York Wedding band and corporate entertainment

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!


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.


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.


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.


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!

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!

Two Columbia University Events with Around Town Entertainment in one night!

Two Columbia University Events with Around Town Entertainment in one night! 150 150 adam Michael

Around Town Entertainment had the pleasure of providing two of their live dance bands in New York City for two completely different Columbia University events, on the very same night!
The Around Town Band has been the selected New York City band for Columbia University School of Engineering’s Blue and White Gala for the last four years!

Around Town Entertainment has also been the selected entertainment company for the Trustees of Columbia University annual Gala. This is the second year as their chosen entertainment for this event. The After Party Band from Around Town Entertainment has been chosen for this years event.

First the Around Town Band performed for over 400 dancing guests at the Beautiful and modern IAC Building in Manhattan.
The dance floor was packed as the guests danced the night away.
The young, beautiful crowd screamed and chanted “encore!” once the event was coming to an end.
Of course the band was thrilled to rock the party even more! The encores didn’t stop coming as the band finally ended the great night!

Some guests of the past events have gone on to choose Around Town Entertainment as their New York Wedding Band.
Around Town Entertainment has providing the best New York wedding music for many Columbia alumni.

Around Town Entertainment provides New York wedding music for many upscale weddings that came from the Columbia University events

The After Party Band from Around Town Entertainment rocked a crowd of almost 1500 guests at the exclusive Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, an Abigail Kirsch venue!
With a dance floor spanning hundreds of feet, guests danced to the high energy sounds of their favorite hits!
The guests never stopped dancing from the start of the event to the end of the event!
After Party Band turned the energy up so high, the place was burning like fire as the guests rocked all night through the early morning hour! Guests did not want to stop dancing when the event was to conclude at 2am!

The After Party Band has also provided New York City wedding music for some amazing Columbia Alumni!
Around Town Entertainment is honored to have been chosen as the best New York CityWedding Band.

Around Town Entertainment looks forward to next year’s Columbia University events!

HaeNa Waechter and Edward Mathney Wedding

HaeNa Waechter and Edward Mathney Wedding 150 150 adam Michael

Saturday, March 22, 2014

HaeNa Waechter and Edward Mathney

Libery Warehouse 260 Conover Street, New York

What an exciting night celebrating the wedding of these two amazing people!

HaeNa Waechter and Edward Mathney were beaming on their big day! The sun was also shining through today also!  One of the nicest days New York has seen in some time!

HaeNa and Edward had a great crowd of all ages who danced the night away. They chose the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment for their wedding. The evening began with an elegant jazz trio for the cocktail hour.  Then all guests moved into the reception where the band literally played every style of music in the book, including some of their special song requests.

Wedding Band New YorkLive Music for weddingThey really wanted classic songs from the Beatles, Sinatra, and pretty much through the decades up to the most current top 40 songs.

The dance floor was packed the moment the band started the dance set. Even as the main course was being served, the guests just kept dancing!

Working alongside Kimberly Pilson-The Wedding Sitter made for a perfect event!  Between Kimberly and the extraordinary staff of The Liberty Warehouse, the evening flowed beautifully, and so did the champagne as everyone poured onto the dance floor for their favorite songs!

Around Town Entertainment has worked with Kimberly Pilson on other events and she always brings her A-game, with a poise that only a seasoned professional can offer.  We highly recommend her to our clients.

We also do suggest that you check out this beautiful venue as well.  Liberty Warehouse is so inviting.  Such a beautiful water view seen through their floor to ceiling windows and with an overall stunning layout.

The Around Town Band and Around Town Entertainment would like to thank HaeNa and Edward and their families for allowing us to be part of their special wedding!

We wish them all the best in their lifetime together!

How to Create The Perfect Wedding Music Play List

How to Create The Perfect Wedding Music Play List 150 150 adam Michael

Your wedding is something that only comes around once a lifetime. You want every single aspect of it to be absolutely perfect, including the music. Even though choosing the music might not be your first priority, it should be high on the list of important issues. Remember, the wedding music you select sets the tone and helps bind all the various aspects of your big, romantic day.

Do You Have Key Songs?

You and your future spouse need to sit down and discuss if there are any songs that are important to either of you. Think about songs that played when you first met, first kissed, and first knew this was going to be the person you spend the rest of your life with. Next make a list of songs that are important to each of you as individuals. The last list of songs should be songs that send a message about what you hope your future together will be like. Together, you and your fiancée should note which songs have to be played either during the ceremony or reception. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to build an entire wedding music playlist out of the lists you’ve just created.

Consider your Wedding Theme

If you’re having a themed wedding, you will want to select music that reflects the theme. In some cases this will be easy, if you’ve chosen a movie theme, you can use the movie soundtracks as your wedding music. If you opt for a specific era theme such as Jane Austen’s Regency Period, the Roaring Twenties, or Victorian Steampunk style, your wedding playlist can be a list of popular songs from the selected era.

Other themes can be a little tougher. You might not be able to find music that’s an exact match, instead you need to look for music that generates emotions that matches your theme. For example if you’re having a beach, summertime, or festive wedding theme, think Jimmy Buffet. If you favor a more sophisticated theme, maybe classical music with lots of string instruments. Country music is always a great choice for rural weddings, and there’s no shortage of romantic wedding music for a hearts, flowers, and pink candies kind of wedding.

Working with your Live Wedding Band

There’s nothing quite as remarkable as having a live band playing the wedding music you’ve selected. They have a richer and fuller sound. They also create sense of energy and intimacy a DJ or personal iPod can’t replicate. When choosing a live band for your wedding you need to select a band that handles the type of wedding music you’ve selected for your playlist. During the selection process, you and the band’s manager need to discuss the list you’ve created and make sure they’re comfortable with the material. Listen to any suggestions the band makes regarding your wedding music playlist: there’s a good chance they know music that perfectly compliments your special day that you’re unfamiliar with.

Make sure the band knows which songs you’ve selected for special moments including your first dance with your new spouse, and the father/daughter dance.

The two most important thing to remember when it comes to choosing your wedding music is not waiting until the last minute, and to not stress if you can’t find the absolute perfect song. Picking the music should be fun!