What is the size of the band?
BIG CITY is a 7-person ensemble featuring four lead vocalists, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, sax and trumpet; additionally, all members sing backup vocals and double on another instrument. We offer a variety of configurations--anything from an intimate Jazz trio or quartet (or a bare-bones Rock band!) up to a 10-piece ensemble, where extra horns or vocalists are added--to suit your particular needs, budget, or space limitations. We will be happy to offer suggestions upon our initial consultation with you.
Do you provide music for the ceremony and cocktail hour?
Yes, we provide classical music for the ceremony, performed by a flutist who is accompanied by either a piano or classical guitar. For the cocktail hour, we provide a Jazz or Swing duet of sax/guitar or sax/piano.
Who takes care of announcements and introductions?
We coordinate all introductions, toasts, special dances, cake cutting, etc., with the function director and will work closely with that person to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Will you learn a song for our first dance or other special dance?
We’ll be happy to learn a special song for you! We just ask that you give us 60 days advance notice, along with a copy of the CD or MP3 if the song is not easily obtainable.
The guests’ ages vary widely; can your band play all types of music to accommodate different musical preferences?
It's one of the reasons we love doing what we do! We get to play some amazing songs encompassing many different genres of music. Our repertoire of approximately one thousand songs--representing nearly one century’s worth of material--ensures there really is "something for everyone"!
Do we need to decide every song you will play?
Everyone’s taste in music is different, so it's generally not recommended that you try to plan every song for the entire event. Flexibilty and versatility is key, and through years of experience we have become highly adept at responding to the needs of the guests. That said, we’ll work closely with you to determine your musical preferences, and we’ll also provide you with our song list so you can highlight your favorite selections and cross out the ones you don’t want played. On the day of your event we’ll play those songs you’ve chosen.
Does your band take requests?
Audience involvement is crucial to any great event, and taking requests is one aspect of providng interacion with the guests. Providing we feel the request is an appropriate one (and not on the client's "DO NOT PLAY" list), we will make every effort to play it. We'll even allow guests to "sit in" with the band (at the client's discretion). We will try to fit requested songs in at the right moment, as time permits.
We’re worried about the volume being too loud…will you play at an appropriate level?
We will maintain an appropriate volume level at all times. We are experienced with working in almost every size space imaginable... from cozy, fireplaced living rooms to colossal college auditoriums--and just about everything in between! Wireless devices enable us to quickly go out into the room--while still playing--and check sound levels at various times during the night. Additionally, we are always amenable to lowering the volume, if so requested.
What about overtime?
Give us at least an hour's advance notice and we’ll be happy to add on more time, which is booked in half-hour increments. The prices vary according to the size of the band at your function, which will be discussed in our initial quote to you.
What time does the band arrive for our wedding or function?
We'll begin arriving about 2 hours prior to the event. This gives us plenty of time to set up equipment, go over details with the function manager, and share information with the photographer. If your guests should enter the room early, we’ll have background music playing for them to enjoy while waiting for the others to arrive.
How will members of the band be dressed at our function?
Our band members arrive to the event site neatly dressed as we set up the equipment quickly and quietly. For the wedding reception, we’re dressed in tuxes with matching ties; Rosemary wears formal evening attire. For less formal affairs, the men typically wear shirts and jackets, unless otherwise instructed.
Do You Travel?
We are a Boston-based band but we perform throughout the New England area. There is a nominal charge when traveling beyond a 30-mile radius of the city.
How much does it cost to hire BIG CITY?
Various considerations such as the day and date of the event, length of time played, size of the band, etc., are all factors when pricing an event. Give us a call or drop us a line and we'll be happy to discuss all the particular details and send you a quote and our CD!
How do we reserve BIG CITY?
An initial reservation deposit is required to reserve BIG CITY for your event date. ALL RESERVATION DEPOSITS AND BALANCE PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE SAFELY AND SECURELY ON OUR WEBSITE ON THE "RESERVE US" PAGE VIA PAYPAL. PLEASE NOTE: WE ACCEPT ALL MAJOR FORMS OF CREDIT CARDS--YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO USE THIS FEATURE.