Archive for June, 2012

Date: June 2nd

Location: Columbia University, New York, NY

Honorees: Class years ending in 2 and 7

Dancing: All Night!!

Nite-Time has been playing for the Columbia College Alumni Reunion Weekend’s Starlight Recption for the last 10 years, and each year it gets more and more off the hook. I think we may be building a reputation for rocking the house, or the tent, as it were. 2012 was no exception. The tent outside Low Library in the plaza of the iconic Columbia University campus was so packed that dancers had to find space outside, behind and on the stairs above it!

Every year the Alumni Association honors classes in five year increments going backwards from the current year, so this year there were Alumni as recent as class of 2007 and as far back as class of 1942 in attendance for reunion weekend.

It makes for a fun night at the Starlight Reception, because we get to jump into our musical time machine and bop around from decade to decade. Yves gets really into calling out class years and the partygoers love it when they hear their graduating class called out! They know by now that it means the next tune is for them. From big band to hip-hop, disco to classic rock we hit on everything. I can’t tell you how fun it is for us as a band to stretch like that.

This year, music from the ’80s was a big hit with all the classes and I had one particularly fun sing along moment with a couple from the class of 2007 to Hot n Cold by Katy Perry. The urge to dance was felt by all and the fact that we played until 1:30am didn’t slow anyone down!

We were compelled to play an encore by chants of “one more song” from the crowd of what seemed like record numbers (again!).

This is always a fun night, if you happen to be a Alum of Columbia and have ignored the invite to Reunion Weekend in the past, you should definitely RSVP “YES!” to the next one. The Starlight Reception is a night to remember year after year and there are countless other activities scheduled for the rest of the weekend, from lectures to wine tastings to BBQ’s and kids activities.

We can’t wait to see you all again next year!



Date: May 26th

Location: Edition Farm, Waccabuc, NY

First Dance: In My Life by The Beatles

Caitlin and Bobby found us through our website, as most couples do these days and came to see us at a live showcase last summer before booking us for their wedding. A lovely couple, they chose mostly retro music for their reception which took place at Caitlin’s grandmother’s house on a small satellite facility of her horse farm in Waccabuc, NY a beautiful hamlet in Westchester County.

The Waccabuc branch of Edition Farm is home to three gorgeous retired mares who were out for an afternoon of grazing as the guests arrived. Luckily, this was after a few light showers had passed over, once again clearing the way to a rain free outdoor reception – which happens a lot for us!

The ceremony took place in a local church, so guests arrived at the farm in time for cocktails behind the main house next to the pool.

Guests were led down a stone path through an arbor to the back yard where they found a very unique way to determine their table assignments. The names of the guests, along with their seating placement, were written in white on the glass of some vintage window panes that were hung from a giant old maple that sat majestically at the entrance to the yard. 

This was such an adorable touch, we just had to snap a pic!

The reception tent was set up in front of the house near the paddocks where the horses were allowed to graze and exercise. The seating was done family style and the table settings were immaculate! A mix of peonies, hydrangea, roses and wildflowers adorned the tables with silver rimmed chargers and light blue table cloths. The whole of the decor reflected the essence of spring. The guests were instantly enchanted. Elaina of Elaina Events Etc. did an amazing job!

The reception began with Caitlin and Bobby’s first dance, The Beatles classic In My Life. We then went right into a dance set of Motown and R&B favorites like Signed Sealed Delivered, Everyday People and Let’s Stay Together. The crowd was up on their feet immediately and we knew we were going to have a great time with great dancers!

A little later on, we got to some more contemporary selections by request from the crowd and ended up playing a little something for everyone, from Donna Summer to Carole King.

Caitlin danced with her dad to You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder and Bobby shared a dance with his mom to Unforgettable, by the legendary Nat King Cole. It was truly a wonderful evening, at the end of the night, Caitlin’s grandmother shook my hand and told me what a fabulous time she’d had “your music made the whole evening” she said. Thank You so much for the kind words and for allowing us to share in your most very special day, oh and we can’t wait to hear all about Caitlin and Bobby’s honeymoon in Turkey!

Here are a few more pics worth sharing…

Wedding Cake With Delicate Monogram Topper

Post Party Poppers, The Guests Wear Paper Crowns

Bobby Removes Caitlin’s Garter

Date: May 12th

Location: Battery Gardens, Lower Manhattan, NY

First Dance: 1,2,3,4 by Plain White T’s

Melissa and Nate came to see us last fall at a charity event on the upper west side close to their home. After our performance they stayed for a chat and we really hit it off. They had recently been to an event with a band they described as “cheesy” and we assured them we are anything but.

Like most of our clients Melissa and Nate have very eclectic taste in music and we love it! We hit on a little bit of everything from Beyonce’ to Journey and, of course, no jewish wedding would be complete without a good luck Hora!

We provided a duo of flute and piano to play classical selections as well as an arrangement of All You Need is Love for Melissa and Nate’s ceremony. For the cocktail hour our flutist switched over to sax and he and the pianist played some light jazz which created the perfect background for mingling and appetizers.

Then it was time for dinner and dancing. We started off the evening with Melissa and Nate’s first dance selection 1,2,3,4 which was a great choice and a lot of fun to play. We got everyone to join them on the dance floor and went right into a traditional Hora to wish the couple good luck in their life together. After the Hora it was time for toasts by the best man and maid of honor.

Once dinner was finished however, we kicked off a dance set with one of Melissa’s top picks and a new addition to our song list, Love On Top by Beyonce’ we took that right into some Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and then got in the way back machine to hit on some classics like Get Down Tonight and I Wish. Some tunes are just always fun!

When it came time to cut the cake we played a scaled back version of the first dance as background music for the sweets!

Shortly after the cake cutting, Eddie, the maitre d’ came in with the announcement that there were fireworks taking place outside! That’s why you’ve gotta love New York. Anything can happen. Even impromptu fireworks right outside your wedding venue. The guests (and the band) took a moment to check out the display from the terrace.

Of course, the evening ended as it often does – with everyone dancing and singing along to classic rock tunes like Don’t Stop Believin’ and You Shook Me All Night Long, but for the very last song of the night we got everyone together for one last slow dance to the legendary At Last by Etta James.

Thanks Melissa and Nate!