Most groups claim to be “the best of the Boston wedding bands…” We understand the marketing, but how many of them have actually been responsible for the success of over 1600 weddings? Not many, though the Shine band has! How many live music wedding bands are fresh out of music school, starting out with no experience, with just a listing on a wedding website? LOTS! How hard is it to have fun playing music, like other MA wedding bands? Not very, that’s part of the attraction and lure of it all. But how difficult is it to consistently have the same band members year after year, cheerfully showing up on time, totally prepared to play every note of every song, and sincerely care? Pretty difficult, but we do.
MA wedding bands are a rare breed, it comes with the territory. People around the Massachusetts area are used to consummate, diverse musicality. There is probably a nightclub or venue for almost every style you can think of. Live music bands understand this, as many musicians play in many situations beyond wedding receptions. This can help bring all kinds of musical backgrounds together. One evening you’re in a regular Tuesday night duo, then an original rock show the next, then a cool jazz gig comes along… Don’t forget that weekend wedding, and the special requests needed to learn! Boston wedding bands have to fit more scenarios than almost any city in the country. Besides a couple other cities, where else can you find Greek, Italian, Jewish, Armenian, German, Irish, Indian weddings on the very same night?
Live music wedding bands don’t seem to perform as many ethnic selections as a couple of decades ago, just an observation. There are so many cross-over styles that have crept into the forefront as well, such as hip hop and the newer country music, incorporating elements of many other styles. The MA wedding bands have to keep up with all of it, including the Top 40 pop radio hits and a multitude of classic favorites. With all Boston wedding bands, there’s a difference of playing a song and playing it well. The Shine Band does all of this, please give a listen to hear for yourself.
Understanding the varying logistics can be key at many venues which were not originally designed for a live music wedding band. Receptions held at farms, historic sites, beaches and private residences each have their own set of complexities. Many don’t have updated electricity circuits for live music at tented weddings or indoor parties. There are also significant considerations in being able to sort out a smooth timeline from a variety of complicated event planning details. True performing experience and helpful collaboration with brides and grooms, who haven’t done this before, will separate out the better Boston wedding bands.