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BANDS (cont'd)

Juliana Riccardi Music Group


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 $3,500 to $9,000. (good value)

Ken Gross Orchestras


Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, Juilliard grad and Broadway trumpeter Gross offers 12 versatile bands. All perform the latest hits with spot-on precision. The result is a never-boring evening of diverse vocals and harmonies, performed live with unmistakable energy. From $2,500 to $15,000.

Kit McClure Band


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. (good value)

The Klezical Tradition


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


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


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


This company includes seven in-house orchestras along with specialty ensembles, emcees, and DJs 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.

Lucy Music


Lucy Music is a boutique music company run by Aaron Thurston, bandleader of alt-hit cover outfit the Engagements. In addition to Thurston’s own band, Lucy Music’s collective of multi-instrumentalists includes the Affections (dance rock), the Loyales (classic soul R&B), Baby Soda Jazz Band (“street jazz”), and several other tribute groups known for getting guests to shake it with abandon at wedding receptions. From $5,900.

Madison35 Productions


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.

Manhattan String Orchestra


This four-band company has played the Superbowl pre-game show and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The Celebration Strings group offers a mix that includes pop and rock as well as classical pieces—all played on string instruments. From $500 to $15,000. (good deal)

Mixtape: A Cover Band For Hipsters


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


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


What began as a single orchestra has grown into a company that includes multiple dance bands, jazz ensembles, and DJs. The original orchestra can be booked with 7 to 12 musicians; the most popular configuration features four-piece horn arrangements and four-part vocal harmonies. Prices upon request.

New York Jazz Events


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.



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 & 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


This talented Argentine percussionist, who has performed with Broadway legends such as 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


Founded in 1993, this company makes choosing between band and DJ a nonissue. With a customizable stable of DJs 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.


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 DJ. Prices upon request.


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