Everyone has an opinion about whether or not live bands are the right option for Boston events. If you’ve been following our blog, you know where we stand. We absolutely think that live music is the way to go. That’s why today, we are busting some live entertainment myths. If you’ve ever heard any of these common misconceptions, you’ll find some explanations that will help you plan well.

The bigger the band, the better your wedding reception will be.

“You absolutely do not need a 12-piece band to sound great. Honestly, it all comes down the rhythm section. If you have an excellent bass and drummer playing with the right feeling, the right groove, your guests will absolutely start dancing. That’s what defines the sound and feeling and energy of a band.” – Huffington Post

It is much more important for you to know what will work in your event space and what your guests want to hear. Live bands add to the environment in any case, be it big or small.

The song list will be too limited.

“Most reputable bands have extensive song lists and will let you have a major say in which songs get played on the big day. They may even learn a few tunes especially for you as well, as long as you give them plenty of advance notice (it can take some bands up to a couple months to learn new material). There might be additional fees for new songs, so be sure to get the pricing upfront as well!.” – Bride Guide

Need a good example of a song list for live bands? Click here. You can view the extensive song list that belong to The Dukes of Circuit Avenue. Don’t forget that if you don’t see a song you would like to be played on the set list, you should always check with the band. They may be able to accommodate your request, providing you give enough notice.

Live bands take too many breaks.

“One common concern about hiring a band is that each 40-45 minute set they play will be followed by a 15-20 minute break filled with music from a compilation CD — and that bored guests will vacate the dance floor. But you can manage your band’s need for downtime so that it doesn’t disrupt the party too much.” – The Knot

This is where communication with the band is key. Ask the musicians what they need and how they usually handle breaks. This way, you can work together to create the best possible schedule. In addition, you can figure out what you’ll do to fill in that down time.

Ready to search for live bands? If you are interested in working with Vineyard Music & Events, you can inquire about how we can help you here. We’d be happy to assist you in finding and booking talent for your upcoming event in Boston. If you’d like more advice on booking an act, take a look at our blog. There, you’ll find an archive of articles full of advice to make finding entertainment easy.