What to Know Before Hiring A Band

Bands are a time-honored tradition that have been partying down with us since we learned to bang two sticks together. There are a few things you should know about finding and hiring the right band.

What type of band is right for your event?

We’ve broken down musical acts into 3 types of bands that you can hire for an event. The type of event you’re having would necessitate the type of band that would work well for you.

Traditional Party Band

Let’s say you’re having a traditional event like a wedding, anniversary or birthday, where you want a nice mix of music to satisfy everyone from 8 to 80 musically. For that, you would want a traditional party or dance band.

Strings/Orchestra (Soloists, Duos, Trios, Quartets)

If you’re having a more conservative event, you may not want the music in the forefront, but rather to sit behind and create a soft, pretty background while guests enjoy the event. For that, you would want an orchestra band (flutes, clarinets, strings, winds) to create a classical mix.

Novelty Act

Maybe you’re having a themed event around a particular time in history, a specific genre of music, or a certain artist. For that, you would want a novelty act. A great example of a novelty act would be an 80’s band or a Beatles tribute act.

What’s New in Bands?

There’s a new type of musical act hitting the scene in a big way. It’s called a hybrid (or fusion) band. It’s the combination of a band and DJ playing simultaneously. It’s hot, it’s new, but not everybody can pull it off. It’s on the forefront of entertainment! To learn more and see video of NYX Live in action, click here.

Question:

“We hired an awesome band that we absolutely love. However, the band leader has indicated to me that they can’t meet all of our musical requests. What are our options?”
A: You really have two…

  • Ask the band leader if you can tie into their sound system with your iPod or MP3 player. When they take a break, you can pop on your iPod and play all your favorite requests!
  • Hire a DJ to supplement those breaks who can spin all your favorite requests live.

Thanks for your questions and, as always, we want to hear from you! Email us at info@nyxevents.com.

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