East Coast Soul Wedding Performance

Ochre Court Wedding in Newport, RI

October 10, 2015

Ensemble: Stax | Eight Piece

A beautiful wedding at the Ochre Court in Newport, RI where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble had a night to remember!

East Coast Soul was grateful to be brought to join this beautiful couple for their stunning Ochre Court Wedding in Newport, RI.

Preprations for the couple's Big Day

Our preparations for the wedding day began well ahead, with the bride and groom offering a myriad of musical and logistical options with us for the wedding day (we take our preparation process extremely seriously). The bride and groom were incredibly helpful during this advanced planning and super helpful throughout.

Once the wedding day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Newport, RI and began our standard load-in and sound check for Ochre Court weddings. Our process for loading in and setting up at any given venue is a big part of our preparation process. 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.


In this case, East Coast Soul was not involved with couple's ceremony, with those arrangements having already been taken care of.

Guests Dancing - Ochre Court Wedding

Cocktail Hour

As is common, East Coast Soul was asked to provide cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to relax after the intense emotions of the ceremony. We contribute by providing a variety of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, and featured music by artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and more.

Band Playing - Ochre Court Wedding


In a lion's share of wedding celebrations, East Coast Soul is asked to take care of MC services for the formal portions of the receptions. This Ochre Court Wedding was no different.

The bride and groom’s First Dance

The couple's first dance is traditionally one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding day. It's a chance for the bride and groom to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After a quick break, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned to the stage.

Dance Party

our dance performances often start with older material. We've found this is a great way to get folks up on the dance floor with songs they know and love. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then transitioned into playing tunes by artists like Whitney Houston, Prince, Michael Jackson 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 this beautiful couple for having us at their beautiful October wedding at Ochre Court!

Band Playing - Ochre Court Wedding

Ready to Learn More?

Planning a Wedding? Maybe at Ochre Court, perhaps in Newport, RI? Either way, feel free to learn more, and let's connect!

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