East Coast Soul Wedding Performance

Newport Marriott Wedding in Newport, RI

October 12, 2019

Emily & Drew

Ensemble: Soulsville | Eight Piece
Photographer: Silver and Salt Photo |

An incredible October wedding at the Newport Marriott in Newport, RI where East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble had the guests screaming for an encore!


"East Coast Soul was fantastic! Aside from our venue. the band was the first vendor we booked. We loved the reviews and videos we saw. and got in touch early on. The team is very interested in matching couples with the band that would be the best fit, and we knew this would be Soulsville. We wanted our music to be a highlight and we knew we wanted a combo of motown/soul/minimal top 40s. And they delivered! Soulsville did an outstanding job bringing our party to life. People can't stop talking about how great they were! The dance floor was packed the whole night, which is exactly how we pictured our wedding. They performed a stellar Hora for our Jewish wedding and performed all of our first dance songs beautifully. The most exciting thing, though. was the Hey Jude/Shout mashup - we didn't want it to end! We are so grateful to the band for making our party so memorable. We highly recommend them! And as someone who did a LOT of research and who has been to a LOT of weddings, I feel that the value of this band is unmatched. Stop your search now!"

Emily (Bride)

Newport, RI
October 12, 2019

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East Coast Soul was fortunate to be invited to join Emily & Drew for their stunning Newport Marriott Wedding in Newport, RI.

Preprations for Emily & Drew's Big Day

Our preparations for the big day began months in advance, with Emily & Drew expressing a variety of musical and logistical preferences with us for the big day (preparation is a key part of our process). Emily & Drew were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.

Once the big day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Newport, RI and carried out our normal load-in, set up, and sound check process for Newport Marriott weddings. Being prepared for load-in and set-up at any given venue is a critical part of our workflow. This is a part of the day that we take seriously, spending extra time to avoid rushing, and ensuring our gear is properly tuned for the room.


One aspect of our preparations involves outlining exactly what portions of the big day East Coast Soul will be involved with. For this wedding in particular, Emily & Drew were also looking for East Coast Soul to help out for their ceremony. Emily & Drew 's ceremony started at 6:00 pm on and was held the Atrium at Newport Marriott. East Coast Soul prepared a a Solo Piano performance and One Wireless Mic and One Lavalier Mic for speeches. Following East Coast Soul providing roughly 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony took place. Emily & Drew provided a beautiful collection of songs for us to perform for the ceremony:

  • Processional: The Beatles – In My Life
  • “Bride’s Entrance”: Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face [Performance]
  • Recessional: Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams [Recording]

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Cocktail Hour

As is common, East Coast Soul was asked to provide cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a wonderful chance for the bride and groom to unwind after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a blend of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, cocktail hour took place Upstairs from ceremony in the hallway outside of ballroom. We provided a Playback and and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.

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In a lion's share of celebrations, we is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the wedding celebrations. This Newport Marriott Wedding was no different.

The couple’s First Dance

The bride and groom's first dance is traditionally one of the most unforgettable parts of the big day. It's an opportunity for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. Emily & Drew danced to Crazy Love by Van Morrison, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. With this portion of the wedding complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's Soulsville ensemble returned to the stage.

Dance Party

East Coast Soul dance performances commonly kick off with vintage material. We've discovered this is an excellent approach to get folks up on the dance floor with songs they're familiar with. Artists like Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then transitioned into performing music by artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince and more. Finally, we ended the night performing contemporary material that everyone could sing along with.

Guests danced non-stop from beginning to end, and we limited our breaks to ensure people had as much time to dance as possible.

Thanks so much to Emily & Drew for having us at their beautiful October wedding at Newport Marriott! And thank you to Silver and Salt Photo for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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