May 17, 2014

Taylor A. & Samir B.

Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
Belmont, MA

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Wedding – Habitat – Belmont, MA

A beautiful, late spring wedding at the Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont, MA

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East Coast Soul Wedding Performance at Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

East Coast Soul was welcomed back the Habitat in Belmont, MA for the wonderful wedding of Taylor and Samir in May of 2014. Taylor and Samir initially learned of East Coast Soul through the band's manager, Aaron Cohen. We were thankful to discover that, when they chose to have a band at their wedding, East Coast Soul was their top pick. The groom, Samir, attended a soundcheck at a wedding of ours the previous October (which you can read more about here). We were excited to be coming back to The Habitat for the second time. Our last outing to The Habitat was one of the band's favorite occasions. You can read all the more about that occasion here.

Once the day arrived, East Coast Soul headed out to Belmont, MA and started our process of loading into the venue. The Audubon is one of our favorite Wedding Venues in Mass. since, obviously, it's nearby! While we are more than willing to head out to Downeast Maine or Upstate New York for specific weddings, now and again its glorious to be at the venue in 15 minutes. Loading into the Habitat is, compared to some venues, a stress free process. Vendors, including bands, can park right in front of the entryway, and the dance hall is simply a couple of short steps to the left. Both times we performed at the Habitat, our clients had worries about space. In either case, we never had any issues fitting into assigned area. With that process finished, the band was prepared to soundcheck. Soundcheck is a standout amongst the most vital parts of getting ready. Each room we perform in is different, acoustically speaking. Without sound-checking, what could have sounded great in an alternate room can sound completely terrible in another.

Part of preparing for any given wedding includes laying out precisely what portions of the wedding East Coast Soul will be part of. For this wedding specifically, we discovered that Taylor and Samir were searching for East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. As is frequently the case, we proposed our astonishing guitarist, Ed Ricco. The ceremony we are included on are regularly in the most delightful areas of what are frequently dazzling venues. This service was no special case. This ceremony was held in, basically, the backyard of the venue amongst high trees and wood benches. Despite not having power to amplify the guitar, things went beautifully. After Ed gave 30 minutes of "pre-ceremony" music as visitors arrived, the ceremony itself started. We provided several special requests for the processional, bride's entrace, recessional, and some extra music as visitors left the ceremony area.

Additionally, as is regularly the case, East Coast Soul was likewise asked to give mixed drink hour music. Due to the design of The Habitat, we prescribed what has turned into one of our most prominent cocktail hour alternative, a solo jazz performance by our keyboardist, Clifton Williams. Their cocktail hour was held outside the main ballroom in the patio and backyard. As musical artists who truly appreciate jazz, we generally love the chance to set a tasteful vibe for any gathering. Our musical performers blasted through a set of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and then some. With this bit of the wedding finished, the visitors and vendors enjoyed a reprie for dinner. This was held outside in theAt the point when that was done, the wedding was prepared to move on to the reception.

In a majority of weddings, East Coast Soul is approached about providing MC duties to the program bits of the night. For this wedding specifically, only the bride and groom wanted to be introduced. With this complete, we moved instantly into the couple's first dance. This is quite often a standout amongst the most sentimental parts of the event. It's a chance for the couple to take a minute for themselves. For this wedding specifically, we were asked to perform "You Are The Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne. After some initial jitters on the dance floor, the couple did a great job.

In numerous weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. For this situation, the bride and her father danced to "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. Parent moves are an great approach to begin the performance portion of the night. After grabbing the attention of the guests for the beginning of these dances, we often then request that they join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and afterward move straightforwardly into the performance.

Our performances regularly begin with older, more established material. We've discovered this is an extraordinary approach to get people up on the dance floor with tunes they're acquainted with. Artists like Stevie Wonder started our set rundown. We then moved into performing music by musicians like Michael Jackson. At long last, we finished the night performing contemporary material that everybody could sing along with. Visitors danced from start to finish, and we restricted our breaks to guarantee individuals had however much time to dance as could reasonably be expected. Many thanks to Taylor and Samir for having us at their excellent May wedding at The Habitat In Belmont. We want them to enjoy all that life has to offer.



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