The cost for a Boston area wedding band like The Shine Band will vary depending on location, seasonality and day of the week. Generally speaking, Saturdays in the months of May through October are the premium dates, as you would expect. Except for major holiday weekends, we offer price reductions on all other dates. Off-peak Saturdays, as well as Fridays and Sundays are discounted. Travel charges are sometimes applied, there is no tax required, and the band is almost always available to perform for more than four hours at a very reasonable overtime rate. Feel free to send in an inquiry for a quote.
How far in advance do we get booked? The popular dates (Saturdays in May through October and holiday Sundays) always go first, about 9–14 months in advance. The other dates follow in no particular order. Sometimes we are booked just a few weeks before a wedding. There’s no harm in checking availability.
“My father in law went to Berklee (College of Music) and still can’t stop talking about what a great band they are. There are other bands in the Boston area that will charge you twice as much and deliver half the product, these guys are the absolute best.” – Bethea 10/ 2015
WE WANT THE SHINE BAND! WHAT’S NEXT?
Simply call John Harris, The Shine Band’s bandleader, at (781) 545-6011. After confirming availability and answering any further questions, the date will be closed off. A contract is emailed right away in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format, along with a very helpful Reception Worksheet (returned by you later on with song choices, etc.). Regular mail is used if preferred. A deposit is sent back with a copy of the contract, securing the date. The balance is paid at the wedding.
WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR YOU PLAY LIVE?
Even though The Shine Band plays almost every weekend, most venues have really cracked down on viewing at other weddings. It’s considered “party crashing,” as you probably know – but equally awkward for clients as it is for a band. Many nightclubs, where bands have formerly been able to play a real variety, are now using a DJ, comedy, original music or karaoke format. Some have simply closed. Showcases run by entertainment agencies (who will always charge more than going direct) generally feature the bands with very little work, or ones that are recently-formed with music students, with no professional track record, compared to an established band. Occasionally it is possible to hear bands play at a wedding or private event and it works out. The truth is –it’s much easier said than done to find a convenient time and location (negativity not intended!). Nowadays, people really do book using the convenience of so much online video, music, reviews, playlists and information. Often just picking up the phone can really help confirm if we’re a good fit, and can avoid many emails back and forth, we’d love to speak with you.