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    Looking for a few suggestions on how to find and hire a band for a NOLA wedding in November. A singer and dancing music are important.
    I have a feeling there are wonderful bands who know exactly what to do and would like the gig. Thank you for your ideas.
    Last edited by Edward NYC; 03-08-2017, 06:52 PM.

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    Good Luck. Congrats on following the suggested decorum and posting here. Most of us have become lazy and throw out anything and everything on the other thread. I myself am of no help but there are others that might be. I am also not a "Facebooker" but rumor has it that there is an active Jazzfest/Threadhead community over there. If you can figure it out there may be help there. Stay active here and if you continue to need assistance I will try and alert some of those that could be of help should they not notice your request on their own..

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    • #3
      Nice idea 20-20. Thanks! I've posted same on the FB TH page.

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      • #4
        The Tin Men might be a fun wedding gig - I'm sure Alex McMurray could put something together for you if that is your type of band.

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          Unless you're already awkwardly friendly with New Orleans musicians, and by that I mean socially close to where not asking them to play would be awkward, you'd probably be in good hands if you went straight to Gigmasters and looked into dance or wedding bands. You'll get pro's, maybe not the cachet of a hip original local band, but a group that will understand - how best to put this?... the typical non-threadhead-event "boundaries" between audience and service industry. They'll be there when contractually obligated, they'll know to cue the cake-cutting & first/father-daughter/mom/son dances, etc. And they'll know a boatload of regional NOLA hits + modern contemporary stuff. It's deplorable work for musical types, but it pays very handsomely. And I'll just say it first - as a former Gigmasters wedding band member, I'm not convinced that wedding planners are actually the same species as us.

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          • #6
            After a fest set yesterday, Treme Brass Band was handing out "band for any occasion" flyers with contact phone numbers.
            Visit my Jazzfest advice site: http://jazzfest.swagland.com/

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            • #7
              I know this is very late, and your wedding has probably already happened, but for what it's worth: I had to hire a band for a dinner party in September. I contacted a couple of bands I knew. One was too expensive for our budget. One was not available. I went to Bacchanal's website and looked at their music calendar, as we had liked some of their small combos. I then check out the various contenders on YouTube. We hired the Russell Welch Quartet band. They were great!. The price was reasonable. He showed up with an all star band, James Singleton on bass, Bruce Brackman on reeds, and a young woman (Molly? Mary?) on rhythm guitar. They played two one hour sets. The first set was during dinner and drinks. Then, they cranked it up for dancing. Everyone loved it,and that is an understatement. .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by chazmo View Post
                I know this is very late, and your wedding has probably already happened, but for what it's worth: I had to hire a band for a dinner party in September. I contacted a couple of bands I knew. One was too expensive for our budget. One was not available. I went to Bacchanal's website and looked at their music calendar, as we had liked some of their small combos. I then check out the various contenders on YouTube. We hired the Russell Welch Quartet band. They were great!. The price was reasonable. He showed up with an all star band, James Singleton on bass, Bruce Brackman on reeds, and a young woman (Molly? Mary?) on rhythm guitar. They played two one hour sets. The first set was during dinner and drinks. Then, they cranked it up for dancing. Everyone loved it,and that is an understatement. .
                Nice.
                Visit my Jazzfest advice site: http://jazzfest.swagland.com/

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                  Originally posted by duende View Post
                  Unless you're already awkwardly friendly with New Orleans musicians, and by that I mean socially close to where not asking them to play would be awkward, you'd probably be in good hands if you went straight to Gigmasters and looked into dance or wedding bands. You'll get pro's, maybe not the cachet of a hip original local band, but a group that will understand - how best to put this?... the typical non-threadhead-event "boundaries" between audience and service industry. They'll be there when contractually obligated, they'll know to cue the cake-cutting & first/father-daughter/mom/son dances, etc. And they'll know a boatload of regional NOLA hits + modern contemporary stuff. It's deplorable work for musical types, but it pays very handsomely. And I'll just say it first - as a former Gigmasters wedding band member, I'm not convinced that wedding planners are actually the same species as us.
                  Agreed. There's a good wedding band called Upperline you might check out, if we're not all too late in responding. They have good musicians, horns, etc., plus good male and female singers. I was going to post a link but the only video I could find on Youtube has terrible sound. They were far better when I saw them play live.

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