Since 2006, our talented, visionary staff at Murray Hill Talent has played a part in over 5,000 weddings. That’s a lot of experience! While we can claim to have seen it all, we realize every wedding is unique – we still embrace new challenges, and seek ways to push entertainment to new levels. From rustic DIY backyard occasions to elegant affairs at chic hotel, we’re there to help bring your vision to its fruition.
I cannot say enough great things about Flipside!!! Our party was beyond amazing, and a large part of the credit is due to them. Every single person in the band was so incredibly talented. My husband and I danced the entire night, as did most of our guests. Towards the end of the night, the band leader commented that only two people were sitting down, everyone else was on the dance floor!!! We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding band. We would use them again for any parties in the future. We highly recommend Flipside!
THIS IS THE BAND YOU WANT!!!
Amazing!!!!! We were blown away. My husband immediately emailed this to the band after the wedding (which is so out of character) “Guys and gals, Just wanted to send a quick note to thank you so much for the amazing show you put on for our wedding (8/30 in Bristol, RI). Probably ten guests came up to me and said you were the best wedding band they ever heard. I agree. You absolutely crushed it from start to finish and turned our wedding from fantastic into unforgettable. Really and truly an amazing show. Wouldn’t change a thing. At the risk of sounding like a ridiculous, over-the-top testimonial, so glad we went with Flipside. All the band members I spoke with were great people too. Thanks a million times over” Sums it up perfectly!!
The Flipside band performed at our wedding and it was freaking EPIC. If you want a dance party from the beginning to the end then hire these guys. You bring the energy and they bring the performance.
Redline played at our wedding reception this summer and they were incredible! My wife and I had previously been to a wedding that they played at and they were the best we had ever seen, so we went with them for our own. We were not disappointed, it was the best decision we could have made. We were on the dance floor the entire night along with everyone else. They played a great mix of songs at the right times and brought plenty of energy. The lead singer interacted with the guests and made her way around for some dancing, which everybody loved. I would highly recommend checking them out and booking them for great music and lots of dancing!
Joel and I want to thank you guys and Redline so much!! We had the time of our lives, and so many of my guests kept commenting on how awesome the band was. I had a few older relatives who said they hadn’t danced in 30 years, and had a blast!! You guys delivered exactly what I was hoping for!!! I would be happy to review you, and if you ever need a client recommendation I’d be happy to answer any questions!! You rock!!
We had a great experience with Murray Hill and the band Redline. They were really easy to work with and very responsive. Redline was phenomenal and had everyone dancing the entire night! Every guest we have spoken to since the wedding has mentioned how great the band was.
Going with Redline from Murray Hill was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. The band was phenomenal! They were so talented and professional. Every guest we have spoken to since the wedding has said how amazing the band was. They had everyone dancing the entire night. Paul was our contact at Murray Hill and was very easy to work with. I would highly recommend working with them!
I can’t even begin to explain how awesome/amazing/incredible you guys were last night. Everyone wanted to know who you were, where the band was from, and how were you all SO good! We knew we wanted a live band at our wedding but you blew us away with the talent and energy on the stage last night. I can’t say enough good things about you guys! From start to finish the whole company has been a breeze to work with and since the minute the band took the stage you set exactly the vibe we were trying to encourage. Thank you for making yesterday the most incredibly epic day of our lives – it would not have been the same without Unity!!!!!
Everything was great! The band was super energetic and easy to work with and the vocalists were great. Almost all the guests were on the dance floor. Also, Ryan was great to work with leading up to the day – super easy-going. At one point we didn’t think the ceremony musician was going to show up and the band quickly offered their services. The ceremony guitarist did end up coming, but I appreciated the band springing into action so quickly.
We had Murray Hill Talent’s band Unity perform at our wedding and they were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Everyone (parents, older family members, younger family members, friends…) had an unbelievable time. You definitely can’t go wrong with this band. In addition to the wedding itself, they were also terrific to work with leading up to the wedding. Cory and Ryan were very organized and gave us full confidence that the wedding would go off without a hitch. Ryan also played acoustic guitar for us during the ceremony itself and during the cocktail hour. Not surprisingly, he did an amazing job during these two components as well. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with going with Unity!!!
The wedding was excellent! Beautiful location, great food and drink, and phenomenal band. Unity did an unbelievably good job, and far exceeded our already high expectations. Lots of energy, great dancing, awesome song list…the list of positives goes on!
The band was INCREDIBLE! They were so great and had people on the dance floor from start to finish. We loved them!
To ensure maximum enjoyment for all, a DJ should be set up adjacent to the dance floor, along a wall in the center of the room (as opposed to a corner, with tables between the DJ and dance floor). They should also be within 25 feet of an electrical outlet.
Sure! We welcome your input. After all, you know the musical tastes of your friends and family better than any DJ would! That being said, an experienced DJ usually has a good idea of what resonates with large diverse crowds, and they often need to read the room and respond to what is working (or not working), so it’s best to give them some freedom throughout the night.
Our DJ packages include up to 5 hours of performance time, plus up to an hour of set-up time. We also bring our own sound system, speakers, wireless microphone and all required music. All you need to provide is a 6-8′ covered table and a meal for the DJ.
It is not always necessary, but we’d prefer it if we haven’t worked there before. Most ballrooms, barns and tents are pretty self explanatory. We are familiar with so many venues in New England that we have most likely been there already.
Yes, if you like. We suggest using a color that enhances the room through dinner, and then a change once dancing has begun, every few songs or so. The subtle color change later in the evening will invigorate guests and signal a change in the party vibe. Or, if you’d like a more consistent look, you can always keep the color of your choosing throughout the entire event.
All spaces are different, but for most applications you would need about one light every 12 feet, and the average tent or ballroom has 180 linear feet of perimeter, so we would ordinarily use about 16 fixtures. However, when you subtract for doorways, fireplaces, or other nooks around the perimeter, 12 or fewer fixtures could easily suffice. For larger venues, multi-room, specialty applications (Statues, Fountains, Walkways, Pillars, Cake Tables, etc) more may be needed.
For outdoor events: The performance area or stage should be level and should be covered to provide shelter from excessive rain, wind, sun, etc. Keep in mind that if proper shelter is not provided for band, the band and crew must stop performance and tend to protection of their expensive gear and instruments.
We do not require a stage, but we do need a flat, level, dry performance area. Raising the band onto a stage does help the band members visually connect with more of the audience, so it is a nice touch. If you do decide to rent a stage, the recommended size is 12′ deep by 16′ wide.
Two, 20 Amp 110 volt dedicated circuits within 25 feet of the band (preferably). These dedicated circuits should not be shared with catering, lighting or other power needs. For outdoor functions a GFI circuit (ground fault interrupter) is required for the safety of the artists during rain and thunderstorms. If one cannot be provided, please be aware that performance may be interrupted until the threat of electrical shock is over.
When using generators, a 6000-watt generator with two 20 amp 110-volt duplex outlets is recommended. Total distance from power source (generator) should not exceed 25’.
If you must run extension cords to the performance area, use heavy cords (12 or 14 gauge). Never plug more than two 50’ cords together. Total distance from power source to stage should NEVER exceed 100’. Long extension cord runs greatly reduce the power.
*Important tip: Lighting, heaters and portable cooking devices take up a lot of “juice.” It is imperative that you do not share these type of devices with the power source designated for the band.
The band members travel separately but also do a little ride sharing. On average the band will travel in 4-5 passenger cars and one large van.
Our bands require a hot nutritionally balanced meal for each member plus one crew member. The group doesn’t need anything fancy and it doesn’t need to be what your guests are having. Venues will often have some type of vendor meal available. The group may request a few vegetarian options if available. Water, juice and soda should also be made available to the band if possible. That is always appreciated. It is also recommended that you consider a “break area” for performers. This may be a designated “green room”, table or unobtrusive area away from guests.
We do NOT recommend going through a band’s song list and hand-picking songs for the band to play, as if the band were a juke box. While a band’s song list contains hundreds of songs that they have played before, and could potentially play, it is not necessarily representative of their strongest material. Bands know which specific songs they play best and sound strongest. Repertoire varies from season to season based on the band’s chemistry at that point in time and what is working well at the events. Bands often formulate sets in regards to tempos, song keys, lead singer interchange and set pacing. Many bands feature segue-ways, solos, and extended parts that have been carefully planned & rehearsed. For a strong, tight and powerful performance, we recommend you keep a general approach to letting us know your likes and dislikes. Give us a handful of specific songs you would rather not have the band play, as well as a few general styles and songs that you would love to hear. This will be a helpful tool for the band to use, while allowing the band to play to their strengths.
The band will learn one song not on their repertoire list for your event (as long as the song is within the band’s instrumentation capabilities and general style). We must receive your specialty song request at least 4 weeks prior to your wedding date, in order to adequately prepare the song for performance. For best performance quality, we suggest that you choose any special dance songs from the band’s song list. This will ensure a strong, well seasoned performance instead of being the first time they will have performed the song live.
You might also consider having the band’s sound engineer play the original recording through the sound system. The original version is what people and clients are more accustomed to and stirs up more emotions than having a band perform a song that is relatively unfamiliar to them (especially for key moments such as first dances, parent dances, etc.).
Most often the band is able to perform for additional time. Consult your contract for the exact rate. Payment needs to to be sent in advance of the wedding or given directly to the bandleader in the form of cash at the wedding. Overtime availability of your artist should be determined prior to your event. The overtime rate on your contract is not a pro-rated band rate based on the full band cost.
*Tip: It is best to let the band know your intentions of overtime as early as you can. This will help the band pace the dance sets and not perform a “big finish” too early.
A great time to start the dance party is right after dinner, after the parent dances. And remember – nothing helps fill the dance floor more than when YOU dance!
*Tip: Dipping the lights down low sends the signal that it’s time to party. Ask your onsite manager to dim the house lights after dinner/parent dances. Our production crew does our best to also notify the venue to do this.
These usually follow the cake cutting/after dinner, and serve as the best transition from dinner to dancing. These songs may be shortened as well, depending on the dancing prowess of the bride, groom, and parents. If you’re having a hard time choosing two separate songs, consider incorporating both the bride/father and groom/mother dances during the same song. This will provide enough time for the photographer to take pictures of each couple. A couple minutes into the song, we can invite all guests to join in (optional), which leads nicely into dancing.
This is normally done after guests have finished eating, or towards the end of dinner. Most couples like us to announce the cake cutting but not make a huge spectacle out of it (It’s up to you though). Optimal cake cutting music is a soft, but upbeat tune that will segue into the parent dances.
In order to ensure maximum dancing and keep the break to a minimum length, we recommend that meals be immediately available to the band as your guests begin eating the main course. When your guests are finished eating their meals, they will usually want to start dancing – this is a bad time for the band to be sitting down eating their meal. All of this should be arranged with your catering manager prior to the wedding. We will also do our best to convey this to the catering manager.
Most volume concerns take place during the dinner portion of the wedding. It’s important for the band to play at low volumes during this time (background tunes, acoustic songs, instrumentals, etc.)
*Tip: When working on your seating chart, avoid seating older guests directly next to the bandstand and/or near the band’s speakers. Older guests are often most sensitive to volume.
For seated dinner service, the band will usually perform lower volume (non-dance party music) until the main course is served (depending on how many courses you are serving).
A great time for toasts is after your first dance and prior to dinner service (or during/between early courses). You definitely don’t want to put them off until too late in the evening, when it’s difficult to keep guests’ attention. We recommend this order: Welcome speech, any bridal party toast, blessing (if any), then dinner.
*Tip – for best sound, projection and to avoid feedback, try and remind toast people to hold microphone right up to their mouth (not down by their chest ) and to avoid standing right in front of speakers.
We’re into it! (As long as it’s OK with the catering staff). Occasionally a couple will request that the dance party begin immediately after the first dance. Although this can be a fun idea and set the great tone for the night, it often interferes with the catering time-line and service, throwing off the natural flow of the evening. It is important to discuss this thoroughly with the caterer before asking the band to go right into dancing.
- Tip: Motown or classic party favorites work best for this option as those songs tend to get all ages on the dance floor very quickly.
Go through the band’s song list (found on your band’s page on our site). All songs are fair game but you may find the songs in the “Dinner & Slow Dances” section most helpful. The band can also learn a song if so desired. Wedding websites such as theKnot and Weddingwire are great resources for current specialty dance ideas and trends.
A great time to do your first dance is immediately after any formal introductions upon entering the main room. After the Bride and Groom have been announced and the applause has died down, the band can go into a first dance song. Options include the band performing your song or us playing the song on MP3 thru the bands sound system. For clients looking to keep it short, the 2-3 minute mark is a good benchmark for the band to end it.
*Tip : Many clients opt to play a pre-recorded version of their first dance song. This part of the night has a lot of focus and can be a great option to ensure the exact version (tempo/form & feel) that you are familiar with. Especially helpful for choreographed dances or more obscure songs and songs with high emotional attachment.
The band generally introduces the wedding party as couples enter the room while playing upbeat energetic music in the background with no lead vocals (so that guests can hear the introductions). Most often parents are included in the bridal party and are introduced first. Grandparents are often acknowledged directly from their seats instead of walking in with the bridal party. The bandleader will get everyone in order and lined up before the announcements, and go over name pronunciations, leading up to the grand entrance.
The artist’s performance time is the time at which the artist will begin the actual performance. Performance times are consecutive and cannot be uses intermittently or “banked.” Any changes in performance, starting, and ending times should be made as soon as possible. Due to possible scheduling conflicts, artists may not be able to alter performance times, set-ups times, and/or overtime.
The band’s sound engineer will be the first to arrive onsite. He will set up the bulk of the equipment (Speakers, monitors, mics, mixing board, drums and various backline). Two hours is usually a sufficient amount of time to set up and test all sound system equipment. The artist(s) arrival time on the contract is the earliest time the artist will be able to show up at your event and begin setting up. Earlier set-up times, if possible, must be arranged with Murray Hill Talent in advance of the engagement and may include additional costs. Please understand that having the band play an iPod or laptop through the sound system prior to start time will incur more costs because it will increases the engineer’s contracted arrival time.