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Michelle and Mike Rock Out!

Date: May 16th

Location: The Rockleigh

First Dance: Future Days by Pearl Jam

Last Dance: Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam

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Michelle and Mike saw us at Jamie and Bill’s wedding out at Salt Air Farm in 2012 and like Jamie and Bill they are huge classic rock fans. They love Pearl Jam and chose songs by the band both to start and to end their night. It was a lot of fun getting to really rock out and Yves did a great job channeling his inner Eddie Vedder!

For the cocktail hour, which was jammed packed with every imaginable kind of food and drink, Danny played solo guitar versions of rock classics while the guests mingled and munched.

A row of champagne glasses to accompany the caviar!

A row of champagne glasses to accompany the caviar!

 

Wine and cheese always the perfect pair.

Wine and cheese, always the perfect pair.

 

This painstakingly laid out wall of toast points accompanied the bruschetta table.

This painstakingly laid out wall of toast points accompanied the bruschetta table.

Next the party moved into the main ballroom. We brought in the couple’s parents with the Hall and Oates classic You Make my Dreams Come True and we announced the bridal party with Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Michelle and Mike entered to Signed,  Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, but they chose the Pearl Jam ballad Future Days for their first dance. The song is heartfelt and beautiful, a perfect choice for a first dance.

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We had a great time playing Michelle and Mike’s special requests which included Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins, Free by Zac Brown Band and Run Around by Blues Traveller. Michelle danced with her dad to Billy Preston’s You Are So Beautiful to Me. She specifically asked that we sing the second verse, which is often left out and is not in the popular version by Joe Cocker. It was a very sweet moment. Mike chose My Wish by Rascal Flatts as his dance with his mom, which always gets folks choked up.

For the last dance of the night the couple requested that we play Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam, a song that I honestly never knew had real words 🙂 Yves did a great job singing them though, whatever they are! Of course, all of Michelle and Mike’s friends got out on the floor and made it one of those awesome moments that we love, when everyone comes together.

We had a lot of fun with Michelle and Mike’s musical selections and their fun loving dancing crowd. Here are some more fun pics from the night…

Michelle and Mike had all of their guests put their thumbprint and name on this drawing. They formed the leaves of the tree and will be a keepsake for the couple forever. Cool!

Michelle and Mike had all of their guests put their thumbprint and name on this drawing. They formed the leaves of the tree and will be a keepsake for the couple forever. Cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for cake?

Ready for cake?

 

 

Mike's going for the whole thing!

Mike’s going for the whole thing!

 

A happy centerpiece.

A happy centerpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guys getting ready to play.

The guys getting ready to play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle and Mike and Me!

Michelle and Mike and Me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle and Me and Yves!

Michelle and Me and Yves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for having us guys! Have a great time in Spain… we are jealous 😉

 

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Date: July 6th

Location: Sands Light, Sands Point, LI

Number of Musicians: 12!

photo by Ellen Wolff Photography

photo by Ellen Wolff Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man, did we have fun saluting the glitz and glamour of the jazz age this past July 4th weekend. Our good friends at AriZona Beverage Company did it again! They simply throw the best parties (and hire the best band) especially when it comes to rockin’ a theme. This year’s release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby not only inspired all sorts of fashion trends, but also prompted folks to throw Gatsby themed events. We were lucky to get to be a part of this particular soiree.

Because of the over-the-top style of the roaring twenties and the decadence of Gatsby we were asked to expand Nite-Time to 12 pieces so we could play tunes from the era in style. What a joy to have all of those horns to sing in front of, and extra percussion so that Yves could step out in front and conduct while joining me in a few duets. We played some great old songs from the ’20s for about an hour or so before dinner. Then the dancing shoes came out and we mixed it up with some modern hits, some Stevie Wonder (to make those horns work) and of course, classic rock – always a favorite of this crowd.

Yves and the boys having some fun!

Yves and the boys having some fun!

We got a chance to watch the synchronized swimmers they had in the pool during the cocktail hour before we played. I can honestly say, that was a first!

Synchro swimmers 2

synchro swimmers

Everyone got into dressing the part.

Amy Gatsby

Night Nite-Time

In case you need a little ear candy to get you in the mood check out this link…

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Looking forward to the next theme, whatever it might be…

Date: August 25th

Location: Salt Air Farm, Cutchogue, NY

First Dance: You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Jamie and Bill chose a beautiful and alternative spot for their wedding. The outdoor setting of Salt Air Farm on Long Island was a great backdrop which provided a lovely spot for their ceremony under a big old willow tree. We provided flute and acoustic guitar which was a wonderful complement to the pastoral milieu. 

The musicians played classical pieces arranged for guitar and flute while the guests arrived and throughout the ceremony. One of Jamie’s requests was Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring a beautiful piece that is perfect for a wedding ceremony.

Jamie and Bill are both huge fans of classic rock so they opted for a rock trio of guitar, bass and drums for cocktails to play stripped down versions of all their favorites from The Grateful Dead, The Band, Paul Simon and more. Salt Air Farm provided lawn games to amuse the guests while appetizers were passed in the field.

Dinner took place under a large tent in the middle of the Farm’s giant lawn and was served family style at two long tables. A rustic detailed sign set the mood and marked the way into the reception tent. The dinner was casual and the mood was festive. There was plenty of dancing and people were able to roam the grounds between courses to mingle or check out the amazing flowers they grow on the farm.

For dessert Jamie and Bill served cupcakes and cookies from a buffet so that guests could serve themselves and have another chance to mingle and catch up with friends and family. Meanwhile music kept going in the main tent so people could dance. We played a mix of music to get the crowd going, but focused a lot on classic rock since it’s the bride and groom’s favorite genre.

 

Jamie and Bill are a fun loving and gracious couple. They wanted their wedding to be a laid-back yet elegant affair, so they put together a beautiful, casual and spirited event in a luxuriously pastoral setting. We had a wonderful time playing for them and their guests!

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!

Date: 5.21.2011

Location: The Octagon NYC, Roosevelt Island, NY

Purpose: To open the pool and kick start the season!

It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon that came on the heels of about two straight weeks of rain in NYC (at least it felt that way). The good folks at The Octagon on Roosevelt Island took a chance on the weather and threw a huge shindig to get the summer season started with a bang. Luckily, the blue skies held on long enough to really make it a bash. With a scaled down version of Nite-Time in tow, Yves and I headed to the island. Believe it or not, in all my years in NYC, I’d never ventured to Roosevelt Island. I’m ready to move in! The Octagon NYC is on the northern part of the island. It was built onto the Octagon Tower, which began construction in 1837 and completed in 1839 to be the main administrative building of the lunatic asylum that was housed on Roosevelt Island in the 1800’s because “the pleasant island surroundings were thought to be conducive to both physical and mental rehabilitation”.

The building is full service and so was the party. They had an amazing spread of food, sangria, beer and soda. A cotton candy machine and snow cones for the kids and, of course what summer spectacular would be complete without a giant bounce house and petting zoo?

I’m not going to say there’s some kind of trend forming, but this is not the first party we’ve been a part of in the last year that had a petting zoo! (Check out “The Theme Party is Alive and Well” Sept. ’10)

So, back to the music. On the opposite side of the courtyard we could be heard rocking out to Motown, Classic Rock, R&B and Soul. We had to throw a bit of Jimmy Buffet in as well, just to fit the summer jam theme!

We had a great time and can’t wait to party with the folks at The Octagon NYC again. And hey, if you’re looking for a place… you should totally check them out. They throw one hell of a party!!

The Empire Room Rocked!

Thanks to everyone who came out to The Empire Room in NYC on Saturday. It was our first time there, and hopefully it won’t be our last. The place is beautiful and we all had a great time playing there. If you weren’t able to make it out, we will of course keep you posted on the next one, but you should definitely stop by The Empire Room for a drink if you get a chance. The atmosphere is great, the staff was really cool and the vibes are just overall good in there.

We started out the night with some easy soul and Motown hits that really fit in with the tone of the venue, and then we ramped it up to some current hits and classic rock. There’s not usually a dance floor at The Empire Room, but there was on Saturday night! Thanks to Dave Cervini and the New York Social Network for throwing such a rockin’ event and for having us there to help with the rockin’! Hopefully we raised some money for a good cause and gained some new Nite-Time fans. Until next time…

Last winter we played Josephine’s sister Alexandra’s 21st birthday party. Not our usual type of event, but it was a great party downstairs at the Ella Lounge. Usually our audience ranges in age from 20’s on up. At Alexandra’s birthday party the room was filled with mostly 20-somethings and they loved classic rock and r&b. We played one amazing two hour set and everyone was dancing. Yves got this email from Josephine the monday after the party…

Hey Yves,

Thank you soooo much for Saturday night! The band really was amazing and you left a wonderful impression on everyone there. People were shocked how great you guys sounded and especially the birthday girl was in heaven. You really are an outstanding band! I hope to encounter you once again, but I’ll definitely be referring you to everyone I know. I hope you enjoyed yourself as well.

Sincerely,

Josephine

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.