Reason 7: Because the Music at Your Wedding Doesn’t Have to be Cheesy

The Dexter Lake Club BandPhoto: The Dexter Lake Club Band

In 1997, the six members of the Dexter Lake Club Band—a wildly popular Oberlin College cover band—moved to Brooklyn with aspirations to make it big. Today, each member is on a label (from Warner Brothers to indie Wind-up), plays gigs with bona fide musicians (members of the Cars), and at legendary venues (the Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall). Nevertheless, they still perform as the Dexter Lake Club Band, playing covers at bars, exclusive hipster loft parties, and weddings. “We aren’t a typical wedding band. We’re not 55-year-old fat guys in bad tuxes,” says co-bandleader Jamie Krents. “If we were playing ‘YMCA’ and Miami Sound Machine covers, we’d certainly feel conflicted, but because we play music we love—the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Kinks, Guns N’ Roses—we don’t feel stigmatized. Honestly, it’s a lot more fun to play to 200 wedding guests who are excited to have a good time, than to 100 indifferent people at the Mercury Lounge on a Wednesday night.”

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