Dance Band Showcase – Monday, February 6th

January 31, 2012

When I work with couples, they often feel like they need to see a band perform before they hire them for the big day.  Of course, this is totally understandable, but sometimes it can be hard to do as are often playing at other private events and book up quickly.  So, when a showcase comes to town, it is a huge opportunity to check out D.C.’s top entertainment talent.

On Monday, February 6th, Elan Artists brings top bands in our area, including two of my favorites, the Source and Raggs and The All Stars, to a showcase at the Willard.

In the meantime, I caught up with my friends at Elan to ask a little bit about the bands and working with them…

How do you describe the Source and Raggs & The All Star’s individual sounds? To what type of couple would you recommend each?

The Source is a refined, high energy variety dance band with DC’s creme de la creme musicians.  Playing music from Gershwin to Gaga.  With diverse vocalists they cover every genre with incredibly unique level of capturing the original sound and feel.

Raggs has a classic 1940′s Sinatra orchestra feel and look playing your favorite Jazz, Swing dance music from Ella, Louie, Big Band and more. What separates them from other “Jazz” bands is there ability to also cross over and play variety music as well from Soul and Motown to Funk, Disco, Contemporary hits and more. They recently played a magical dance party for the Clinton Party.

How far out to you recommend that a couple book a band for their wedding?

Minimum of 6 to 12 months.  Our groups are boutique and specialized – so people often book further in advance.

Leading up to a wedding, how do your bands and Elan work with a couple to plan the logistics behind the big day? What types of things does a couple need to consider when planning the music for their wedding reception?

Personal customization is key.  We work with clients to learn music that is totally specific to their tastes so the overall feel directly connect with their personalities.

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