Funkestra has been a leader among "Wedding" and "Special Event" bands for over two decades. Funkestra combines the hottest horn section with incredibly tight rhythm players to perform alongside most entertaining and seasoned lead male and female vocalists who MC your reception. Funkestra offers 8 to 9 full time musicians who perform together, showcasing weekly at the area's best restaurants and hippest nightspots. Email us today for a schedule update and promotional video or CD.
How many band members are there? Funkestra has nine members: A three-piece brass section (slide trombone, tenor sax, and trumpet), two lead singers (one male, one female), lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and a soundman/technician. Funkestra's material is arranged and rehearsed for our unique instrumental and vocal configuration of eight artists, so we will not cut back on the number of musicians. By sacrificing players, you would be sacrificing the great sound we deliver.
What types of music do you perform? Funkestra is one of the most versatile bands in the metropolitan NYC/New England area. We have a very extensive songlist, ranging from the swing era, 50's and 60's, Motown, Rock 'n' Roll, R&B, to contemporary and current top 40. We also perform a wide variety of jazz standards, ethnic music, and special occasion music for all types of events.
How long does the performance run? Funkestra usually contracts for 180 minutes playing time during a four-hour period. Normally, the band will play three long sets, with two breaks dividing the sets.
Is there music during the breaks? Yes! We always provide taped music during the breaks, or for an additional charge, we can arrange for some of the band members to provide continuous live music.
Will you help with the introductions? Yes, again! We will MC as much, or as little, of your reception as you like. Most couples like us to begin the reception with a couple of low-key jazz standards, while inviting people to be seated. Meanwhile, either the band leader or the Maitre de will line up the family and bridal party for their arrival, and then make the appropriate announcements. We will perform the first dance, and then invite the appropriate person up to the microphone to offer the blessing, if applicable, and toasts. We will then officially open the dance floor floor. We can also MC traditional festivities, if requested, such as the cake cutting, and the bouquet/garter toss.
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