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BANDS (cont'd)

Juliana Riccardi Music Group

347-878-5764; facebook.com/JulianaRiccardiMusicGroup

This group delivers a down-to-earth party with an eclectic set list that honors classic rock, soul, Motown, pop, and folk from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Expect tunes from Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Al Green, and Aretha Franklin. From $2,800 to $9,000. (good value)

Kit McClure Band

212-864-6759; redhotrecords.com

Fronted by a saxophonist who trained at Yale and the Manhattan School of Music, this all-female jazz-swing-rock band has toured with Cab Calloway and played with Robert Palmer at Radio City Music Hall. The group also played at one of President Clinton’s inaugural balls. Prices upon request.

The Klezical Tradition

203-257-9194; klezmerflute.com

This klezmer band, led by Adrianne Greenbaum, is traditional enough for Bubbie and Zadie but peppery enough to keep younger guests in high spirits. Choose from one strolling musician up to a seven-piece ensemble to play a selection of Klezmer, classical, and jazz offerings. From $600 to $5,000. (good value)

Lapis Luna

718-812-6248; lapisluna.com

Set the mood with this urbane band, whose swinging tunes evoke a lost era in partying. Led by vocalist Shawn Aileen Clark, Lapis Luna plays vintage jazz; swing; songs from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s; and bossa nova. Its repertoire includes Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Prices upon request.

Los Acustilocos

917-254-6818; losacustilocos.com

This Latin-leaning group—which has headlined at Merkin Concert Hall and played Carnegie Hall—can start off an evening with classical flute and acoustic guitar, move to jazz, then build to a six-piece rhythm ensemble. Its multicultural numbers include samba, salsa and bossa nova. From $2,500. (good value)

Lou Davis Music and Entertainment

212-684-5200

This company includes seven in-house orchestras along with specialty ensembles, emcees, and DJ’s of every genre. The members know how to play for a diverse crowd (your grandparents and frat brothers alike), keeping everyone happily dancing till dawn. Prices upon request.

Madison35 Productions

212-679-9696; madison35.com

This close-knit eight-member group is a rare hybrid of religious and secular performers. While the musicians can play every type of Hebrew hora and simcha track, they also have a huge repertoire of contemporary favorites from Katy Perry to Jay Z. From $1,500.

Mixtape: A Cover Band For Hipsters

347-750-6994; mixtapecoverband.com

Even the biggest music snobs on your guest list will happily get down to this band’s covers of Phoenix, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Queen, Talking Heads, and the Clash. Mixtape offers a six- to ten-piece configuration and can add horns or strings depending on how you would like your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception to sound. From $5,000 for a six-piece band for three hours.

New York City Swing

718-428-7478; nycswing.com

Couples get a choice of four versatile, spirited bands from this outfit. Each has an enormous song list, including swing, Motown, disco, contemporary dance music, and Top 40 hits. Satisfied clients include Sumner Redstone and the cast of The Sopranos. From $8,000 to $15,000.

New York Edge Music

212-749-2364; newyorkedge.com

What began as a single orchestra has grown into a company that includes multiple dance bands, jazz ensembles, and DJ’s. The original orchestra can be booked with seven to 12 musicians; the most popular configuration features four-piece horn arrangements and four-part vocal harmonies. Prices upon request.

New York Jazz Events

212-989-5281; newyorkjazzevents.com

These groups include a piano trio, a vibraphone quartet, and a jazz-vocal quintet. They’ve been keeping things swinging for the past two decades at weddings and high-end events, such as MoMA openings, and can play a variety of jazz genres and styles. Prices upon request.

Nite-Time

212-864-6784; nite-time.com

The husband-and-wife co-owners of Nite-Time met in 1994 while playing a wedding and now headline a group of musicians who have shared the stage with Sheryl Crow, Gavin DeGraw, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Nite-Time offers custom­izable packages to fit various budgets, styles, and musical tastes, including a variety of ensemble options for ceremonies and cocktail hours. Prices upon request.

Norberto Goldberg and Amazonas

914-263-3563; norbertgoldberg.com

This talented Argentine percussionist, who has performed with Broadway legends like Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, has been known to turn a reception into a sultry dance party with his Latin jazz, bossa nova, and samba numbers. Prices upon request.

On the Move Entertainment

212-229-1009; onthemove.com

Founded in 1993, this company makes choosing between band and D.J. a nonissue. With a customizable stable of D.J.’s and live musicians (including its flagship band, Winston’s Crew), it can help couples create the musical ambience they desire. Its musicians are happy to travel and have done numerous celebrity and royal weddings. From $5,000.

Orchestrations, Inc.

212-678-2386; orchestrationsinc.com

This full-service boutique operation encourages brides and grooms to think outside the string quartet. Founder Julie Feldman, a harpist with a music degree from Columbia University, can mix and match styles and instruments to create one-of-a-kind, genre-defying sets—think the Beatles as imagined by a brass quintet or harpists accompanying a live D.J. Prices upon request.

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