Booking

We are committed to ensuring our booking process is a stress free, exciting decision that helps complete the vision of your wedding day.

"...Oh man, these guys are incredible. I think every single one of our guests came up to me on the wedding night and said 'Who is this band??? They are amazing!!!!'..."

Kendall P. - August 3, 2013

If there’s one thing we hate hearing about, it’s wedding bands and vendors that pressure clients into working with them on their big day. Gross. Most of ECS’s members have been married (or bought a car, or a house, etc.) and we know that there’s nothing worse than someone nagging you for your money. We’ve been there! Weddings, and wedding entertainment, are an investment. We want you to feel nothing but excitement when you move forward with us. We will not pressure you to move forward in any way, shape, or form. By all means, talk with us openly about your plans and budget to see if we’re the right fit. If we have ideas to share, we certainly will. If you have questions that need answering, we’re all ears.

Planning

It's not just our performances that set us apart. Years of experience allow us to share with you a refined, stress free preparation process that guarentees a successful wedding, and an unforgettable night of music.

"...We have nothing but great things to say about our experience with East Coast Soul. They played at our wedding reception and the music was fantastic - fun, soulful and energetic. Equally important, however, was their great customer service during the stressful planning phase leading up to our wedding date......."

Michael T. - October 11, 2014

By this point you’ve probably watched the videos, listened to some demo tracks, and you know that a great performance goes without saying when booking ECS. But it’s about more than just a great show. There are dozens of logistical end-points which need to be managed during any given wedding and performance. Travel, load-in, venue requirements, mother-in-law requirements (lolz). We get it. We’ve been there. Having worked in venues ranging from the crazy Uncle’s backyard to Newport Mansion ballrooms, we’ve learned to prepare for any and every eventuality. And when things happen that can’t be prepared for, we’ll roll with it and keep the party moving. Bottom line, we got you.

Performance

Our bread and butter are the renowned, soulful performances on which East Coast Soul's reputation is based.

Ceremony

East Coast Soul’s involvement in your wedding can extend beyond a great dance party.

Ceremony Ensembles

More often than not, our versatile musicians provide anything from a classical standards (think Bach, Motzart) to contemporary pieces (anything from Paul Simon and Van Morrison to Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke) that’s meaningful to you. We’re happy to provide recommendations on what music can help set the mood you’re trying to capture at your ceremony. Popular options include:

Options
Solo: Acoustic Guitar or Electric Piano
Duo: Acoustic Guitar & Electric Piano
Trio: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano, Woodwind or Vocalist
Quartet: String Quartet, Large Acoustic Ensemble

Ceremony Sound

We can also help provide a robust sound support for your ceremony in the form of multiple lav mics, standing mics, wireless mics, and a recording of everything for your videographer, if you have one. Chat with us about any questions you might have.

Wired/Wireless Handheld Microphone(s) and/or Lavalier Microphones
One to Four Discretely Placed Speakers
Recorded Music for Pre-Ceremony, Processional, Recessional, Etc.

Cocktails

Cocktail hour! You're through the nerve-wracking part. Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy!

Cocktail Ensembles

Bottom line here: we want to be flexible in providing the genre(s) of music you want to hear to help set the mood for the evening. Candidly, our most popular option is a light, instrumental jazz combo featuring anywhere from a soloist to trio, but we are happy to stretch out in providing larger/smaller combos of multiple genres.

*Solo: Guitar, Keyboard, or Saxophone
*Duo: Saxophone & Guitar or Keyboard
Trio: Saxophone, Guitar & Keyboard
Quartet +: Saxophone, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Etc.

* Complimentary!

Reception

You made it! It’s time to relax. So we’ll take care of the hard work. We do the heavy lifting, you have the night of your life. Easy peasy.

Master of Ceremonies

Your grand entrance, along with that of your entire bridal party, is something that we will work with you to plan ahead of time, and orchestrate on the day of. Whether it's quick and understated, or a high-energy synchronized dance, we'll complete your vision of how you enter your reception.

Dances

Your first dance with your new partner in crime is a moment to savor. We'll work with you to either learn a brand new, special request or suggest tunes that get at the specific energy you're after. This goes for your parent dances, too. We love learning new material, so get at us - tell us the music you love and we'll be happy to learn it.

Breaks

You may have spoken to other groups that mention a "45 minute on, 15 minute off" policy. That's not us. We are on stage as much as possible and, for performances of two hours or less, may not break at all. As soon as we're on break (be it dinner or during the performance) we'll have recorded music (either a playlist we create or you provide) cued up and ready to broadcast to avoid any downtime. It's all just about creating a seamless experience for you and your guests.

Repertoire

Our repertoire for any given evening varies from performance to performance. Our best advice to clients: lean on us in the creation of your night's music. Consider us your musical mixologists. Give us a flavor, a vibe, that you're after, and we can recommend a night of music that you can feel truly excited about. We'll then drill down to specific "must plays" and "do not plays" to ensure our performance matches your vision from end to end.

Testimonials

"We were referred to East Coast Soul by a friend shortly after our engagement. I can honestly say booking the band absolutely made our wedding. From the outset, Sean was responsive and exceptionally helpful in terms of booking and securing a date, confirming band members, etc. We caught up with Art shortly before the wedding and went through logistics, song choices, day of schedule, timeline, etc. We truly felt like all of our concerns were heard and questions addressed. Then came the wedding – we had East Coast Soul perform at our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. The ceremony and cocktail hour were just perfect – and the reception was absolutely out of this world. East Coast Soul had our entire (and I mean entire) wedding out on the dance floor. They brought great energy, a broad array of expertly-performed songs, incredible dance moves and an all around amazing performance. During the wedding, I took a step away from the action so I could take it all in – and I saw my friends, dancing with my parents friends, who were dancing with my husband’s family, etc. It was incredible to see all of our wedding guests enjoying the dance floor together. In the weeks after our wedding, I had a range of wedding guests reach out to us, complementing us on our choice of band and asking where we’d found them, etc. I would recommend East Coast Soul all day, every day. They truly made our wedding a magical day / night that we’ll cherish forever."

Johanna G. July 25, 2015 - Hopkinton, NH

Venues

East Coast Soul has performed all across New England and the Tri-State area at dozens, if not hundreds, of venues. Here's just a sample!