Archive for September, 2010

Just thought we’d share…

We get so many great emails from our wonderful clients, that we thought we should share the love. This one is from our groom Jonathan who’s wedding was back in August. Yves got this email a couple of weeks ago, shortly after Jonathan and Jeanette returned from their honeymoon in Italy. And yes, we are still jealous!

Yves –

Just got back from Italy a few days ago. We had an amazing trip.

Just wanted to give you a quick shout and thank you, Amy and the rest of the band for everything. You all made the wedding so much fun and we could not have been happier to have you play for our wedding. Honestly, it could not have been more perfect. We were blown away by Welcome to the Jungle. It really got all of us super pumped up and it was really really cool of you to hook it up on such short notice.

Anyway, you guys are the best and we really appreciate everything. I believe we also had a few guests who might be in need of a band soon and I will surely give them all of your info.

Again, thanks for everything and I look forward to hearing you guys again at some point……

Have a great weekend and we will talk soon.

– Jonathan


Date: 9/18/10

Location: Tarrytown, NY

First Dance: You and Me, Dave Matthews Band

Maribeth and Gary are an incredibly fun and energetic couple. They danced non-stop all night, as is evidenced by the collection of blurry dancing pictures I have of them.

Good thing they had the folks from All That’s Video and Photography there to get the real pics!  Maribeth had an in, since her dad owns the company. They’re real pros that have been providing photo and video services in the area since 1986. They were great to work with and so were Maribeth and Gary. An easygoing and fun loving couple, these two just wanted to dance, and dance they did. After the party Gary confided in me that he wasn’t a huge Lady Gaga fan, until we segued from the Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feelin’ right into Bad Romance. Gary, I promise if you make it down to Pete’s Saloon for the show on Oct. 8th I’ll kick a little acoustic Paparazzi!

Seriously though, I’m used to seeing our brides and grooms dance their newlyweds butts off, but not as much as these two. They even whipped the band into a frenzy!

Yves jamming out at Maribeth and Gary’s wedding!

We had a great time playing for them and you can even check out their first dance on YouTube! Scott and Danny did a great job with a simple guitar/vocal version of You and Me by Dave Matthews Band as per Gary’s request. A great first dance choice! Thanks again to Maribeth and Gary for having us and for being such a great couple. We hope to see you again soon.

Date: 6/27/10

Location: The Swan Club, Roslyn, NY

First Dance: Maybe I’m Amazed, Paul McCartney

Heather and Jonah first contacted us about a year before their big day. At the time they were both in grad school and planning their wedding long distance from Florida. Long distance wedding planning is tough, but they were on top of it and knew what they wanted! (An all Beatles ceremony for one thing).

The two are huge fans of the Fab Four and had envisioned an acoustic guitar playing instrumental Beatles hits to accompany their nuptials. This was one request we were eager to accomodate, since like most musicians, we too are huge fans! Danny pulled out his acoustic and went to town. The play list included: I Will, Let it Be and All You Need is Love.

Since Heather and Jonah’s love of classic rock doesn’t end with the Beatles, they kept the acoustic rock theme going right on through the cocktail hour, and Danny did a great job playing scaled down versions of songs by Billy Joel, The Who, Elton John, Led Zeppelin and of course, more Beatles.

When it came time for the first dance, Scott sang his awesome rendition of the Paul McCartney classic Maybe I’m Amazed, which brings down the house every time and this Sunday afternoon was no exception.

Since neither Heather nor Jonah loved the idea of being left out on the floor to dance alone for too long, we invited all of their guests to join them after a minute or so. Heather and Jonah also combined their parent dances into one group dance to I’ll Stand by You by the Pretenders another great choice!

The afternoon was filled with wonderful fun moments including a rousing rendition of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World by Heather’s uncle right before dessert.

One of my favorite parts of Heather and Jonah’s wedding though, was the way in which the decided to give away the centerpieces. The couple planted phalaenopsis orchids in beautiful pots that coordinated with the decor for the day and I have to hand it to them, if I had tried to do this the orchids probably wouldn’t have lived to see the end of the reception. Theirs were beautiful though, and their plan to play hot potato to determine which lucky guest at each table would walk away with the prize was a blast. When Heather first mentioned that wanted to play hot potato I thought it would never work, I gave her alternate ideas of how to structure the giveaway. She had a vision though, and Yves and I always do everything in our power to make those types of visions reality. In the end, it was incredibly fun. The band played live hot potato accompaniment and the guests got really into the game! Hot potato brought a uniqueness to the reception that was truly Heather and Jonah. The next time someone asks how they should give away centerpieces, I’ll tell them to “Hot Potato It”!

Thanks Heather and Jonah!

The Theme Party is Alive and Well!

September 5, 2010 – Long Island, NY

For several years now Nite-Time has been happy to call the owners of Arizona Iced Tea clients and friends. These people really know how to throw a party. Labor Day weekend is always the biggest of the year at their place and the theme is different every time. Last year it was Woodstock, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the famed music festival. It was a great event and we really enjoyed playing all the hits from 1969.

This year’s party was on September 5th and the theme was hillbilly hootenanny, it was incredibly well styled, and totally fun for all, even us!

Everything from vintage pick up trucks to car seat “furniture” was represented. The property was transformed, and the irony of holding the entire party in the driveway was not lost on us. We provided bluegrass banjo and fiddle players to greet guests as they arrived at the entrance to the event seated in a countrified 1946 Dodge Power Wagon on a couple of bales of hay. 

Down the driveway a bit was a full scale petting zoo with goats, sheep and the cutest pigmy donkey I’ve ever seen (OK, the only pigmy donkey I’ve ever seen).

On the main stage we started with Danny on solo guitar, he’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll all in one! Oh, and no need to adjust your screen folks, that is chicken wire he’s playing behind – too funny!

After about an hour we all joined him and kicked some vintage country including, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash and of course, the theme from Rawhide!

The next act on the bill was Screaming Queens Entertainment. They sent over two amazing drag performers who performed songs by Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood. They brought it big time and were kind enough to pose for photo-ops afterwards. We couldn’t help ourselves…

After another set by us, we turned the mic over to Chart Guthrie, square dance caller extraordinaire for a fun bit of group dancing. The crowd did a great job and it was a nice switch for us to be entertained for a while. The square dancing led nicely into the Hillbilly Beauty pageant portion of the night. The prizes ranged from Russell Stover chocolates to a Swarovski crystal Mickey Mouse watch. There were some hilarious costumes and it was tough to choose a clear winner…

I really thought “Mustache Rides” guy should have taken it. I believe he was disqualified though…

Howdy Nite-Time Pardners!

After the contest concluded Nite-Time took the stage again, this time we did our thing. We hit a full list of classic rock, 80’s and dance music. The party was rockin’ so we played an extra hour and everyone took to the dance floor fueled by Patron Tequila JELL-O shots and some of the best mac and cheese around!

Words cannot adequately describe the scene that night, but further photo highlights will speak volumes.

Pre-party shot of the decor...

Every party needs a few sheep!

Clothesline on the way in, of course.

Why don't y'all just set a spell?

...and I - ee - I will always love You - ooo.

my personal favorite costume

Careful! Your head might end up up there.

Marianna and Nate

Marianna and Nate

Date: July 17

Location: Sea Cliff Yacht Club, Sea Cliff, NY

First Dance: Just in Time (Nina Simone version)

We first met Marianna and Nate back in the fall of 2009. Marianna booked us remotely via the internet, so we set up a meeting to talk about music during one of their trips to NYC to nail things down for their July 2010 wedding. When they walked into the Greenwich Village French Roast location we had agreed on as a meeting place it was clear that they were a perfect match for Nite-Time, the un-wedding band. Marianna and Nate are a fun and quirky couple with great taste in music and a terrific sense of style which really showed at their wedding and in their request list.

NYU grads, just like me, Marianna and Nate have eclectic and cool taste in music, clothes and dogs! They chose a great list of requests for the night, including the Save Ferris version of “Come on Eileen” and “99 Red Balloons”. They danced with their guests all night (after a short stint behind the bar mixing up cocktails).

Marianna and Nate’s wedding was fun for the band as well. We had a great time learning their special requests and have kept most of them in the repertoire. The new and improved Nite-Time song list now includes:

  • Buddy Holly, Weezer
  • Come on Eileen, Save Ferris
  • I Want You to Want Me, Cheap Trick
  • Just Like Heaven, The Cure
  • I Melt With You, Modern English
  • 99 Red Balloons, Nena
  • What I Got, Sublime

They also reminded us of some tunes we had almost forgotten that we knew like “Tempted” and “Little Red Corvette.” As you can see, good times were had by all, and three weeks later, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club had us back to play at their annual clambake. Marianna and Nate are great. We love people who love to have fun!

*all photos by Anna Rozenblat

Jonathan and Jeanette

Date: 8/21/10

Location: Tarrytown, NY

First Dance: Waste – Phish

The bride and groom have been friends of the band for a while now, having seen us at their friends’ weddings and we were excited to get the call to entertain at their wedding on a beautiful hot sunny summer afternoon in Tarrytown, NY.

The evening started with our acoustic guitar/flute duo playing Beatles songs for the ceremony. Then the boys switched over to electric guitar and sax and added acoustic bass to round out a jazz trio for the cocktail hour.

After that it was time for the full band to do their thing, entertaining the crowd on the dance floor with an eclectic mix of classic rock, funk and soul featuring songs by Phish, the Greatful Dead, Rolling Stones, Beatles and Sly and The Family Stone to name a few.

Congratulations on a beautiful wedding event and we hope to see you again soon!