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Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Spring Everyone,

When we last checked in with you all, we were getting set to rock Valentine’s Day at Seasons at Windham Mountain, and that we did. It was one of the best (if not coldest) ski weekends of the season and the folks at Seasons were up and dancing with us to help warm up after a chilly afternoon on the slopes! Our favorite newly-engaged guitar-god, JT Curtis filled in for Danny and rocked the house while showing his beautiful fiancé the love! Hey JT, we know an awesome band for your wedding 😉

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That was quite a move, and he still nailed the solo!

 

We kicked off the year on January 16th when we hit the road to play for Natasha and Brian’s Wedding in Washington DC at The Capitol View at 400. We first met Natasha a few years back when we played for her mom’s 50th bash in Maryland. We all had so much fun with these folks, we were super psyched to rock out with them again in our nation’s capital. Natasha is an amazing professional dancer and aerialist and really showed off her skills during the couple’s first dance, You’re The Cream in My Coffee.

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Natasha and Brian captivated the crowd.

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It was an awesome way to kick off 2016!

 

On New Year’s Eve we got a chance to party with our friends at The Wolfert’s Roost Country Club in Albany, NY – wow, we really get around! Amy, kicked off the festivities that night by flexing her solo acoustic guitar and vocal muscles during the cocktail hour before she joined the full band for dancing in the ball room!

 

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Happy New Year!

 

In March we all took some time off before donning our masks for this year’s annual GCCA Beaux Arts Ball on April 2nd,which honored our friend and colleague Frank Cuthbert for his contributions to supporting local art and artists. Frank is a wonderfully talented composer and performer. We had the privilege of performing a piece from Frank’s musical Coney Island entitled Great Kissers in New York, and later in the evening we surprised Frank and called him up on stage to sing one of our favorites of his songs, Nervous. We have such a great time at this event each year and this year was no exception. We feel honored to contribute to this very worthy cause in our small way and truly respect the people who work tirelessly to make sure that the arts are supported in our community. Thank you to Kay Stamer and David and Jean Slutsky for allowing us to be a part of this event year after year and to Frank for rocking with us!

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Frank Cuthbert belts out his tune, Nervous, at the Beaux Arts Ball!

 

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Danny plays “that funky music, white boy”.

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Amy’s awesome masked selfie!

 

On April 4th, Yves and the guys provided a jazz trio for the Stanley M. Isaacs Center Gala at The Racquet and Tennis Club on Park Avenue in NYC. Yves delighted the crowd with his cocktail-hour crooning while Bennett tickled the ivories for the guests as they mingled and perused the silent auction items before heading into the main ballroom for dinner and a live auction to benefit the center.

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Gala-goers anxiously await the live auction portion of the evening.

 

 

Those are just some of the highlights of this past winter, we’ve been working on some new and exciting things for this coming season while trying to stay warm. Learning new songs, developing new services that we can offer our amazing clients and  bringing you up to date for winter/ early spring fun with Nite-Time.

Next up: Catch Yves and Amy performing at the Windham Bridal Expo on May 15th. We’ll be unveiling our new site ygpltd.com. Finally, you’ll be able to find all of our services in one place, from acoustic acts to full bands to DJs to musical ceremony services (complete with officiant). We are so excited about our expansion and look forward to making all of your entertainment wishes come true!

 

Hey everyone!

I know it’s been a while since we last posted, but we have had a crazy busy couple of months. We rocked some pretty awesome events in May and June in addition to starting the planning process with Nite-Time’s Class of 2016. We figured you all might want to see what we’ve been up to, so here are some photo highlights of our spring season…

We were honored to return (for the eighth year) to perform for the amazing folks at the Princeton Child Development Institute. They do such wonderful work with children and adults living with autism and they do a terrific job organizing this event each year.

PCDI's Spring Sensations Gala had a Parisian theme this year.

PCDI’s Spring Sensations Gala had a Parisian theme this year.

Amy at PCDI

Amy at the Spring Sensations Gala.

Yves looking right at home in "Paris".

Yves looking right at home in “Paris”.

This marked the third year in a row that the good people at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center asked us to perform for their Spring Gala and one of the few times of the year that Amy and Bennett get to perform as a duo before the full band gets rockin’. Always fun!

Amy and Bennett enjoying some duo time at the Isaacs Center Gala.

Amy and Bennett enjoying some duo time at the Isaacs Center Gala.

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We rocked a small fete with our friends from Arizona Iced Tea on Memorial Day weekend and Amy got to go electric… again!

Amy's pink telecaster comes out of hiding!

Amy’s pink telecaster comes out of hiding!

Amy and Yves soaking up a little sun at Sands Point before rockin' out!

Amy and Yves soaking up a little sun at Sands Point before rockin’ out!

Of course, no spring would be complete without our Columbia College Reunion Weekend revelers jamming to tunes from every decade on the plaza outside the iconic Low Library in the heart of NYC! We probably say this every year, but this year seemed to bring out more alumni than ever before.

Amy and Danny laying it down!

Amy and Danny laying it down!

This one's for you!

This one’s for you!

These are just the folks chillin' out behind the stage!

These are just the folks chillin’ out behind the stage!

Amy snapped this selfie with the crowd.

Amy snapped this selfie with the crowd.

OK, this one's just a weird cool band selfie.

OK, this one’s just a weird cool band selfie!

We were invited to perform for Duggal Visual Solutions’ summer yacht party again this year and it was so much fun! This year’s party was on the Hornblower Infinity, a boat with a capacity of 1000 people, so cool.

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Did we mention it was a white party?

Did we mention it was a white party?

All white. Can't believe all the guys had white pants, looking good!

All white. Can’t believe all the guys had white pants, looking good!

Amy and Yves got to rock it duo style at the Wolfert’s Roost CC’s Belmont Stakes party on June 6th. We’re not saying the acoustic good vibes we sent out had anything to do with American Pharoah’s historic triple crown win, but you never know 😉

Amy and Yves getting set to jam out, acoustically.

Amy and Yves getting set to jam out, acoustically.

Just three days before the end of spring on June 18th, wedding season kicked in for us again with Bianca and Lyncean’s NYC nuptials. These two ER docs are so busy they had to schedule their wedding for a Thursday night. It’s all good, we’ll rock a party any day of the week. More to come on that one…

Bianca and Lyncean enjoying their beautiful and origami themed wedding cake.

Bianca and Lyncean enjoying their beautiful and origami themed wedding cake.

Follow us on Instagram to see these and other great pics from Nite-Time’s weddings and events.

Date: May 3

Location: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

The Cause: Princeton Child Development Institute

We’ve had the honor of working with PCDI on their Spring Sensations Gala for the past seven years, and we couldn’t be more happy to play a small part in raising money for this great cause. The Princeton Child Development Institute “provides quality treatment, education and professional training and mentoring” and through its research has “pioneered comprehensive intervention models that are used nationally and internationally for the benefit of persons with autism”.

This year’s Spring Sensations Gala’s theme was “Springtime in the City” the room was decked out with flowers, lampposts and park benches to give the feel of an urban park setting blossoming with the renewal that comes each spring.

Amy enjoying the park-like scenery.

Amy enjoying the park-like scenery.

There were some amazing items up for auction this year including a brand new Honda Stateline Motorcycle that drew a lot of attention and more importantly a good sum of funds for the organization. No, we didn’t win it, but the gentleman who did, let us get a shot of it…

Amy playing Vanna between sets!

Amy playing Vanna between sets!

 

After the auction items were all sold and dinner was served we got up on the stage to rock out for these amazing folks! Thanks again for having us back and we can’t wait to do it again! Here’s some more fun shots from the night…

Puppet Show and Yves! Yves poses with one of the auction items.

Puppet Show and Yves!
Yves poses with one of the auction items.

 

More of the cool park decor.

More of the cool park decor.

 

I got a shot while we were setting up of the beautiful hand painted stage back drop that highlighted the theme.

I got a shot while we were setting up of the beautiful hand painted stage back drop that highlighted the theme.

 

 

Date: June 1st

Event: The Starlight Reception at Columbia University’s Annual Alumni Weekend

Location: Low Plaza, Columbia University, NYC

Honorees: Class Years Ending in 3 and 7

Favorite Genre of Music: Everything!!

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Low Library lit up in blue for Alumni Weekend 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can we say? This party rocks! It gets better and better every year. We’ve had so much fun with the Alumni of Columbia University at their annual Starlight Reception in Low Plaza over the years. Rain or shine, the crowd always brings it and so do we. Can’t wait to rock y’all again in 2014!!

Alumni Battle of the Classes on the Dance Floor!

Alumni Battle of the Classes on the Dance Floor!

Yves loves to call out songs for each graduating class and get everyone going on the dance floor. Everyone gets really into showing their class pride and we get to play songs from nearly every decade and genre, something we at Nite-Time not only enjoy doing, but are great at!

A View From the Top!

A View From the Top!

Date: November 10th

Location 1: The Stateroom, Ship Bottom, NJ

Location 2: The Marriott at Forrestal Village, Princeton , NJ

First Dance: You Got It by Roy Orbison

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We first met Laura and Shawn a few years back when we played at Shawn’s college graduation party. They are a wonderful couple who have been together since they were kids. When they started planning their wedding at a lovely spot on the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island they called Nite-Time to perform again. They chose a place they had been going to since they were children that holds a lot of great memories for them. We were thrilled to be a part of their celebration.

By October, everything was in place. The hotels were reserved, the songs were chosen, all the plans were coming together perfectly. Then, came Hurricane Sandy. We watched the TV coverage as the storm made landfall on October 29th in Southern New Jersey, right about where Laura and Shawn were having their upcoming wedding. I don’t think anyone thought that Sandy would be quite as bad as it was, and certainly Laura and Shawn had no way of anticipating that the storm of the century would slam right into their wedding venue, but it did.

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After the flood waters receded, the venue reported relatively little damage (luckily), but they would be without power for the foreseeable future and didn’t see how they would be able to host Laura and Shawn’s wedding in less than two weeks. When Yves got Laura on the phone on Halloween, an alternate plan was being hashed out. Laura delivered the best bridal quote of the year to Yves on the phone that day. She said “we are definitely getting married next Saturday, I don’t know where yet, but we are”. We waited to hear back about the location, and by the weekend they had it figured out.

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Laura’s parents had lost power due to the storm and were staying at a nearby hotel in The Forrestal Village area of Princeton, NJ. The Marriott was right across the street and had a banquet room large enough to accommodate Laura and Shawn and their guests. The staff of the hotel was incredibly helpful and really went out of their way to make everything run smoothly. There was a whole weekend of events scheduled from rehearsal dinner to Sunday brunch, and the Marriott at Forrestal Village found room for all of it. (In addition to putting up out of town relief workers who had come in to help clean up after the storm).

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It wasn’t the seaside wedding they had been planning the whole year, but the sentiment was that getting married was the important part, not the location. It was so great to see all of their friends and family pulling together, helping out, changing plans and lending support. Of course, there were speeches about the storm and even some light humor about what the couple had to go through to get to that moment, but overall what I noticed was that the room was filled with joy. They could have given up, they could have postponed the wedding, they could have eloped, but they rallied instead. With their friends and family around them (and a kick-ass band) Laura and Shawn got hitched and celebrated it like crazy!

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OK, so usually I post pics and point out all the cool details, quirky song requests and interesting traditions that I see at the weddings and events we do each year, but I just loved the fact that Laura and Shawn didn’t waste time wallowing in their misfortune. They focussed on what they did have and not what they didn’t. They truly celebrated the relationship and the commitment they were making to each other that day.

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Laura and Shawn Make an Entrance!

Of course, there was dancing…

Laura and her dad danced to Rod Stewart’s Forever Young. Shawn and his mom danced to A Song For My Son. Despite the couple’s lack of Jewishness, someone requested a hora to celebrate them and everyone danced to that. Laura and Shawn danced to Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen. There was a definite Call Me Maybe moment, and everyone got “a little bit louder” to Shout.

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Thank You so much Laura and Shawn for having us. We love celebrating with you and your family and friends. Next time you have something to party about, give us a call. You guys rock!

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: 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!

-Amy

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: March 31st

Location: The Coppertree Restaurant at Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY

Honoree: Purcell Palmer for Catwalk Artist Residency

This year Nite-Time had the pleasure of returning for the fifth year in a row to the Greene County Council on the Arts annual Beaux Arts Ball. Each year the ball is held at the beautiful Coppertree Restaurant at the foot of Hunter Mountain in Hunter, NY. This year’s March 31st ball had a masquerade theme which was a lot of fun and made it an incredible night!

This year the GCCA which “provides information and services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies and the general public” honored Purcell Palmer.

Purcell, with her husband James, founded Catwalk Art Residency. Since its establishment in 2004, Catwalk has welcomed over 200 artists in residence to a “special retreat for art making, collaborative projects and scholarly discourse in a visually stimulating part of the country that has historically provided and continues today to provide significant inspiration to artists, cultural historians, writers and scholars.” Additionally, the council raised $22,000 toward their annual fundraising goal.

This year, there were masks made by local artists and volunteers available for sale during the silent auction to help everyone get into the spirit of the masked ball.

Lex Grey got things going with her bawdy cabaret and then we ramped things up with hits from the 60′s to today. Everybody was up and dancing, masked or unmasked!

It was actually really fun to perform wearing a mask, only a little bit difficult…

Yves had to take his off once he really started hitting those drums!

We love that we get the chance to lend a hand and help out this very worthy cause each year. Funding for arts in our communities is getting harder and harder to come by. We’d like to thank Kay Stamer, David Slutzky, the fine folks at the GCCA and all local arts councils for doing all that they do to keep arts alive in our communities.

If you didn’t make it out this time, next year consider joining us for an excellent time with an amazing group of people!

For more info on the Greene County Council on the Arts and their programs go to www.greenearts.org.

When: November 3, 2011

Where: Jumeirah Essex House,  NYC

Why: To raise money and awareness to help fight lung cancer!

Yves and I and the rest of Nite-Time are excited to announce that we will be participating in the first annual Hope Gala to benefit the LUNGevity foundation. LUNGevity was “founded by seven Chicago area lung cancer survivors in November of 2000 to increase funding for lung cancer research.” Their vision is of “a world where no one dies of lung cancer” and we are thrilled to be able to do our small part to help them get one step closer to realizing that vision.

The gala will take place on November 3rd at the beautiful and iconic Essex House on Central Park South in NYC. There will be a cocktail reception at 6:30pm, followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30pm. Additional entertainment will be provided by Chrissy Bridgeman from Painted Rhythm Dance Company.

This cause is near and dear to our hearts. Both Yves and I have lost loved ones to this devastating disease, which is incredibly hard to detect in it’s early stages and therefore claims more lives in the U.S. per year than any other type of cancer. Lung cancer, contrary to popular belief, can afflict anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity or a history of smoking. For more information on lung cancer, check out LUNGevity’s page about the disease here.

For more information on the Hope Gala, to buy tickets, or to donate, go to www.lungevity.org.

We’ll have pics and a full report on the event in the coming weeks…

Amy