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Posted July 13, 2010 by in Wedding Ideas | No comments yet

Every great party has three things in common: good food, good ambiance, and great music. As you plan your special event, you will be bombarded with choices about everything from color schemes to dessert platters, but when it comes to deciding on the music you want for your big bash, it really comes down to two main categories: live music or recorded music. In this article, we will be talking about the benefits of hiring live bands for a party or wedding.

Recorded music is an easy and inexpensive fix. Anyone can create a play list and play it on a stereo system, and most people have the know-how to burn a CD of their favorite music. Even a child can plug in their portable MP3 player and just hit shuffle. But where is the fun in that? This is a good thing to do for a small gathering at home, but for an extra special event like a wedding or anniversary party, you want to make it a memorable experience.

You could go with the option of hiring a professional DJ service, but face it: most of us have been to receptions with a DJ, and the result is usually pretty corny. DJ services usually have their employees follow a prescribed script, complete with corny jokes and cliche play lists. How many times have you been to a wedding reception where the DJ played a long list of disco classics and Top 40 pop hits? You do have the option of selecting the genre of music you want with a DJ service, but if you want something a little more elegant or if you want some good rock, there is no better choice than hiring a live band.

The most important benefit to hiring a live band is that the musicians you hire will work with you to fit the personal needs of your event. Many live bands are well rehearsed in a number of different musical genres, so they can help to shift the atmosphere depending on the schedule of your event. For example, during the dinner hour a band can play soft, instrumental music so that people can enjoy conversation while dining. After dinner, when its time to pick up the pace a little, they can play upbeat music to help your guests get up and dance. Live musicians are experienced in sensing the mood of the crowd and adjusting their music to fit the entertainment needs at any time.

One of the major benefits of live musicians over DJ services or recorded music is that the band you hire will actually want to entertain and please your guests with their performance. True musicians want to play and perform to the best of their abilities, and feel a connection to the songs that they play. DJ services do not share that soulful relationship with the music that they play; they create a play list, hit play, and that is the extent of their performance. Musicians, on the other hand, are sharing their talents with you and your guests, and they want you to enjoy and appreciate the music that they create.

The ambiance that a live music performance can contribute to your event is probably the greatest benefit to hiring a live band. For example, if your wedding reception is a black tie affair, having a group of musicians playing in a string quartet would add an unmistakable touch of class and sophistication to the overall environment of your reception. Furthermore, if you want to create an atmosphere where people are going to want to get up and dance, a high energy rock or soul band can really create the mood needed to get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

If you decide to hire a live band for your event, all you have to do is get online and conduct a simple internet search. There are numerous music booking sites out there where you can enter in your location, type of event, and the type of music you want to hear and the site will create a listing of all of the musicians in your area. You can check out photos and hear samples of their music, then contact the band directly through the information given on the booking site.

Probably the most fun way to find a musical act is go out for a night on the town. Go see some live bands at the local restaurants or clubs in your neighborhood, and you might hear a musical group that you feel would be perfect for your party. After they finish their set, approach them and inquire whether or not they are available to hire. This method is probably the best way to choose a live band because you have the opportunity to actually see their performance, and determine whether they are professional and talented enough to provide the entertainment for your big day.

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