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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!

 

Amanda and Doug at Keene Farm.

Date: August 16th

Location: Keene Farm, Stuyvesant, NY

First Dance: Waltzing Fool by Lyle Lovett

Views: Stunning!

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We met Amanda and Doug through friends of ours in the Hudson Valley. Amanda is a gifted and accomplished Soprano and Doug is a member of the family that owns Golden Harvest Farm, the farm that not only supplies the apples that Doug’s brother uses to make Core Vodka, but also supplied the apples for the pie served at President Obama’s inaugural dinner. How cool is that?

Keene Farm, owned by a family friend of Doug’s (and one of the original founders of MTV) was the perfect setting for Amanda and Doug’s laid back, yet elegant vision for their wedding day. The property has amazing views, a beautiful pond and plenty of space to create different experiences throughout the event. Dinner was served under a tent by the main house, and drinks and dancing were in the barn up the hill.

The view from the barn on Keene Farm.

The view from the barn on Keene Farm.

Amanda and Doug had friends providing lighter acoustic music for the ceremony and for during the cocktail hour. At their wedding they wanted to have dinner served first and then move on to dancing, so we hit the stage after the delicious roast pig feast was served to rock everyone out! We started out with some easy dance music to lure everyone away from the dinner tent and then transitioned into the couple’s first dance Waltzing Fool by Lyle Lovett.

When we met with Amanda and Doug they were so open to all genres of music for dancing and welcomed our suggestions, but they knew for sure what song would be their first dance. On one of their first dates they saw a Lyle Lovett concert and just fell in love with the song, and each other.

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After the first dance, we did our thing and rocked out – so did the folks on the dance floor. Then we got a chance to dance when Doug and some of his friends took to the stage to play a couple of tunes. Didn’t I mention, Doug is a musician as well! These two were so much fun.

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Here are some more fun pics from the evening…

The awesome 1948 Cadillac was parked beside the house. We just had to snap a pic!

The awesome 1948 Cadillac was parked beside the house. We just had to snap a pic!

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A blurry Amanda and Doug shake a couple of tail feathers!

Ummm. There were deer!

Ummm. There were deer!

Amanda and Doug weren't the only ones to cut loose.

Amanda and Doug weren’t the only ones to cut loose.

Truly a beautiful setting. Thanks for having us Amanda and Doug!

Truly a beautiful setting. Thanks for having us Amanda and Doug!

Date: February 16th

Location: Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown, NY

First Dance: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

Parent Dances: In My Life by The Beatles and Child of Mine by Carole King

Cake Cutting: Hey Paula by Paul and Paula

Other Awesome Requests: Marry You by Bruno Mars, Run Around by Blues Traveler

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Paula and Bryan are an adorable couple with a great group of friends that like to dance! We love that. Their wedding was at the beautiful and historic Tappan Hill Mansion which is at the former estate of Mark Twain. It was a great night to get out and shake off the winter blues and celebrate the marriage of two people whose families carry a time honored tradition of military service.

Bryan himself is a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard and Paula’s grandfather served in the Ejercito Nacional de Uruguay. At the side of the reception room, a table was set for those who “have given the ultimate sacrifice, missing in action, or prisoners of war, it (the table) is reserved as a place of honor for those who answered the call to serve their country with pride and dedication but who are unable to be with us today.” It was a lovely way to honor not only the members of their families who had served including Bryan’s Grandfather Lieutenant Gerald P. Rooney and Paula’s Grandfather Coronel Jose Maria Albuquerque, but all those who have given so much for so many.

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Paula and Bryan made a grand entrance with the help of several of Bryan’s military brothers. The officers formed an archway of swords and required the couple to kiss before being able to pass each checkpoint. It was really very sweet!

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After their entrance, Paula and Bryan got right out on the floor for their first dance, the classic Frank Sinatra tune The Way You Look Tonight. Then Paula took a hold of her dad for their dance to The Beatles’ In My Life followed by Bryan’s dance with his mom to her surprise pick, Child of Mine by Carole King, a beautiful song that we hadn’t done before. It definitely made the list of parent dances now!

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Once the special dances were completed, the dance floor was open! The guests were a fun crowd and the dance floor was packed all night, but we’re used to that, we’re Nite-Time! During courses of the amazing dinner by Abigail Kirsch several speeches were made including a hilarious rap (yes rap – complete with beatbox backup) by Bryan’s three sisters. Too cute!

Later on in the evening, Bryan (who used to have a band himself) sat in and did an awesome job singing one of his favorite Billy Joel songs with us. We LOVE when members of the party sit in, it’s so fun for us and for their friends and family. Rock on Bryan!

Bryan belting out Billy Joel's You May Be Right.

Bryan belting out Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right” with Danny on backup vocals.

 

The evening was a success for all and we’ve already gotten great feedback from Bryan and his dad Bob…

Yves –

Just wanted to say thank you to you and the band for an outstanding evening Sunday. A few people commented how they had never been to a wedding with so many people dancing!

Best, Bob

Hello Yves,
 
Thank you for such wonderful words, and such incredible music!  It was a great party because you made it so!  I’ve had countless people tell me how much fun the music was and others say they haven’t seen so many people dancing at a wedding.  Such an amazing time, the craziness still hasn’t quite yet subsided.  
 
And you can bet Paula and I will be sitting down to write a glorious review for Nite-Time on wedding wire (we’ll be sitting down to do all those items this weekend) or anywhere else it comes up.  We had such a blast and could not be happier with everything.  
 
All my best,
Bryan

All our best to Paula and Bryan and hopefully we’ll party with you all again soon!

Thanks again for having Nite-Time be a part of your day!

Thanks again for having Nite-Time be a part of your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some more great pics from the night…

Paula prepares to toss the bouquet!

Paula prepares to toss the bouquet!

 

Bryan sports a devilish grin before throwing the garter.

Bryan sports a devilish grin before throwing the garter.

The entrance crew, with swords.

The entrance crew, with swords.

I love this early shot of the white cake with the white snow behind. Just had to show how beautiful a winter wedding can be!

I love this early shot of the white cake with the white snow behind. Just had to show how beautiful a winter wedding can be!

 

 

 

 

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Nite-Time learns a lot of special requests in a year. We’ve learned sorority songs, team songs, old lullabies, parents’ wedding songs, Spanish songs and many more, but none of these special songs are as important or as special as a couple’s first dance.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites from the last few years, in no particular order. They run the gamut and are as varied and individual as our brides and grooms themselves. Some are classics, some are modern and some have a different approach, but they all produced great moments for the couples that danced to them!

 

You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

To Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Everything by Michael Buble’

Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder

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Someone Like You by Van Morrison

Baby I Love You by Aretha Franklin

I Wanna Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler

You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

Moonlight Serenade by Glen Miller

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Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison

Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash (as interpreted by Amy)

Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt

Just in Time by Nina Simone

I Only Have Eyes for You by The Flamingos

I’ll Stand by You by The Pretenders

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A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Little Trip to Heaven by Tom Waits

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Anniversary Song by Cowboy Junkies

1,2,3,4 by Plain White T’s

and of course… At Last by Etta James

There are obviously thousands of possibilities for a first dance song (and more being written every day). These are just a few from the huge list we’ve had a great time compiling over the years… 

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Date: 8/27/11

Location: The Candlewood Inn, Brookfield, CT

First Dance: The classic jazz standard, That’s All

Number of Approaching Hurricanes: 1

Nicole found us online in the midst of the Holiday season and booked us before the new year started.

During the last week of August we were all watching Hurricane Irene as it swirled up the coast, but none so closely as Nicole and Arnaud. Their wedding was scheduled for the weekend that Irene was projected to make landfall…in the early morning hours of August 28th…in New York City… about 60 miles from their wedding venue. Yikes!

The morning of the wedding Nicole called Yves to “make sure you guys are still coming”. “Of Course” was his reply. Apparently several guests would be unable to make it to the wedding because of travel restrictions, and Nicole was worried that the band might fall into that category. Never! We knew what was coming and all planned to head out early to beat the storm to Nicole and Arnaud’s wedding. After the wedding? We would cross that bridge when we came to it.

The ceremony had been planned for outside overlooking a beautiful lake…

But, by the time the ceremony rolled around the view from inside looked like this…

No worries though, the good folks at The Candlewood Inn have seen weather before, so plan B was enacted and the ceremony was set up in the main reception room with just a little bit of adjustment. The guests would have thought that was the way it was planned. Once we were all safely inside (a few guests short) the ceremony went off with out a hitch. Nicole and Arnaud, a mixed religion couple, had both a Rabbi and a Minister present who worked extremely well together. The ceremony was touching and heartfelt with some humorous and lighthearted moments thrown in. Solo classical piano was the perfect backdrop to it all.

Solo piano continued for the cocktail hour, but switched genres to light jazz. Appetizers were passed while the room was reset from ceremony to reception seamlessly. At this point I think most of us forgot there was a storm bearing down on the east coast, nonetheless, Nicole offered to get us all hotel rooms if anyone needed to stay. It was truly gracious of her, and if she was stressed out by the storm in any way she sure didn’t show it.
As the cocktail hour ended and we transitioned to reception it was time to get the dancing started with Nicole and Arnaud’s first dance, That’s All. This beautiful jazz standard love song is a perfect choice for a first dance. Check out the lyrics, they would make great wedding vows! From That’s All we went into a hora medley to wish the bride and groom good luck.
People really got into dancing that night to all kinds of music. We went, as usual, from Van Morrison to Ke$ha and back again. All the hurdles of the storm had been overcome, the news was that it was slowing down, so most people would be able to get back home and everyone cut loose!
 
Even Yves!
We played until midnight and beat the storm back home by a few hours…
We were very lucky during Hurricane Irene. We made it home safely, we were able to be there to celebrate with Nicole and Arnaud and we didn’t suffer any losses from storm damage. That’s not true for a lot of our neighbors here in the northeast, a lot of whom are still struggling to overcome the losses they suffered and will continue to do so for quite some time. To find out how you can help the victims of Hurricane Irene go to: www.facebook.com/Support4CatskillMtns
Several weeks later, Nicole posted this review on our WeddingWire.com page…
AMAZING BAND! PROFESSIONAL. FLEXIBLE. Extensive song list. Yves worked with us during the planning stages. He is friendly, easy to communicate with and I had complete confidence in their service from the moment we first spoke. They were EVERYTHING that we could have wanted, and more! We would absolutely hire them again in the future. There is nothing that they could have done better or differently. We were extremely impressed and so were our guests. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Date: June 11th

Location: The Waterview, Monroe, CT

First Dance: You and Me, Dave Matthews Band

Chris and Katie are an adorable couple, very sweet, generous of spirit and a pleasure to work with. They made some notable selections as far as special songs. Katie wanted the Theme from Sex and the City for her bouquet toss, which I thought was fun and showed her upbeat nature and sense of humor, and I guess that could also be said for Chris’ choice for the garter of Welcome to the Jungle! I love when people think outside the box for things like that.

Huge fans of all things Disney, the couple got engaged at Disney World, and so for their cake cutting they chose the song Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast. It was a sweet moment. We didn’t know the details when they first picked the song, but it all made sense when we heard the best man and maid of honor’s speeches.

Like a lot of our couples they wanted variety when it came to the song list. Katie is a fan of more contemporary artists while Chris likes a lot of classic rock and alternative. For their parent dances they chose two of my favorite picks. Lullabye by Billy joel was perfect for Katie to dance to with her dad, and when Chris and his mom spun around the floor to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

You and Me was a perfect choice for a first dance, and we were happy to get to play it again. It’s not one that comes up too often, and we hadn’t had a request for it since Maribeth and Gary back in September. It’s a great song that gets the party started on a high note!

…and speaking of a high note! Chris and Katie had the most rockin’ dessert of any wedding we’ve done so far this year. In addition to traditional dessert and wedding cake, they had an amazing array of candy! Yes, candy! There was a beautifully done table of every imaginable kind of candy that guests were welcome to stock up on. Everything from Pixi Stix to full size Twix was there and it was a trip. People kept saying they felt like kids again. This is the best pic I could get through the feeding frenzy…

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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.