East Coast Soul Wedding Performance

Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding in Cooperstown, NY

December 8, 2018

Claire & Scott

Ensemble: Stax | Eight Piece
Photographer: Korver Photography |

An unbelievable December wedding at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY where East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble brought the house down!

East Coast Soul was grateful to be brought to join Claire & Scott for their stunning Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding in Cooperstown, NY.


Our preparations for the big day began well ahead, with Claire & Scott sharing their music and logistical preferences and vision with us for the big day (preparation is a key part of our process). Claire & Scott were happy to be a key part of this advanced planning and incredibly helpful throughout.

Once the big day arrived, East Coast Soul traveled to Cooperstown, NY and began our standard load in and sound check process for Otesaga Resort Hotel. We're often asked about our process for loading in and sound checking at various venues. 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, we learned that Claire & Scott were also interested in East Coast Soul to provide ceremony music. In this case, Claire & Scott 's ceremony took place at Otesaga Resort Hotel. Once East Coast Soul performed approximately 30 minutes of “prelude” music as guests arrived, the ceremony commenced. Specially, we provided a Soloist performance for the processional, bride’s entrance, recessional.

Singers Bathed in Blue - Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding

Cocktail Hour

As is common, East Coast Soul was requested to perform cocktail hour music. Cocktail hour is a wonderful chance for the bride and groom to unwind after the heightened emotions of the ceremony. We do our part by performing a variety of relaxed music for guests to listend to. In this case, we provided a and featured music by artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davies, and more.

Astha Singing - Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding


In a bulk of weddings, East Coast Soul is asked to provide MC services for the formal portions of the receptions. This Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding was no different. With introductions complete, we moved into into the couple’s first dance. The first dance is almost always one of the most emotional parts of the big day. It's a chance for the couple to take a moment for themselves. With this portion of the evening complete, the guests and vendors took a break for dinner. After resting briefly, East Coast Soul's Stax ensemble returned.

In many weddings, we are also asked to perform the couple's parent dances. This is a chance for the bride and groom to spend a couple minutes on the dance floor with their father and mother. In this case, the bride and her father danced together. The groom and his mother shared a dance as well. Parent dances are a great way to start the performance portion of the evening. We generally ask for the attention of the guests to start. We then often ask them to join the couple and their parents on the dance floor, and then move directly in to the rest of the performance.

Our 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're familiar with. Artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, and more dominated the beginning of our set list. We then moved into performing music by artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. 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 Claire & Scott for having us at their beautiful December wedding at Otesaga Resort Hotel! And thank you to Korver Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

Dance Floor Full - Otesaga Resort Hotel Wedding

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