Archive for April, 2012

Henry Marks Reviews: Kevin Osborne Band at Angel Orensanz

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

An excerpt fro the Green Letter Press blog:

From the Bride… Jonathan and I met at a music festival in 2008. We became fast friends and began dating a couple months later. When I’m not spending long hours in the law school library and he’s not working on a big case at his firm, we spend most of our life in Technicolor and neon. So, the Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side of New York City was the one and only place – both aesthetically and spiritually – where we could get married. We knew we wanted to pay homage to our roots and our faith, but more than that, we loved the old Bohemian charm of this venue, New York City’s oldest synagogue. Jonathan and I are music lovers so entertainment – both ceremony and reception – was key. I had been to a wedding with the Kevin Osborne Band before getting engaged so the choice to enlist him to entertain at our nuptials was obvious. After Angel Orensanz, Kevin was the next decision we locked in. We knew he could keep the dance floor packed (which he did all night) but was also open to playing some of the unconventional wedding songs like “Not Fade Away” by the Grateful Dead. He also helped us assemble an ensemble orchestra to play classical arrangements of our favorite songs, including Jonathan’s processional – “Across the Universe” by the Beatles. As a surprise for Jonathan, I walked down the aisle to string version of “Divided Sky” by Phish, our favorite band.

Hank Lane Reviews: Dane Wright Band at Temple Beth-El Cedarhurst at Lori and Steve’s Wedding

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Hi Dane,

I hope you’re doing well! I’ve been meaning to write you since I got back from the honeymoon. I wanted to thank you and the band for an amazing performance at our wedding! Everyone has been raving about the band (the talent and the song selection)!  It was such a great mix of music and you kept the crowd up dancing the entire time…and everyone loved the Pearl Jam and STP during dinner!

It was also great that you took the time to meet with us beforehand, so we completely trusted you and didn’t have to worry about a thing. It was clear that you made an effort to deliver the type of atmosphere that we were looking for–and it was spot on!  You asked us all the right questions and offered great advice….and you have such a calming presence. Thank you!! We hope to see you again in the future, so we can appreciate the band as a “guest” vs. the “host”.

– Lori & Steve

Hank Lane Reviews: Dane Wright Band at the Fountainhead at Barrie and Eric’s Wedding

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Hi Dane,

I don’t know if it was our hugging all the band members, my sister and Barrie’s friend singing with the band, the chanting for one more song at the end or, once again, my sister yelling that you guys are ‘freaking awesome’ that gave it away, but we/ALL our guests loved the Dane Wright Band.  What a great experience.

Heck, if I could hug you again and then do it everyday for a long time I would.  That is how grateful we are to both you and your bandmates…

– Your pianist nailed ‘Fields of Gold’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’.

– The female lead (who I believe is newly married herself, please wish her well!) killed ‘Kissing You’.

– Although I couldn’t find Barrie, I loved dancing alone to Willie Hutch.  ‘I Choose You’ was another song you guys knocked out.

– Your lead singer working that chair towards the end was another moment people loved, his talent was another thing people can’t stop talking about.

– Our favorite moment, a moment that I think really showcases your professionalism, was the Horah.  It took our guests a very long time to remember to bring out a chair.  Rather than just assume this wasn’t going to happen, you and your band kept playing and playing until our guests caught the hint!  Thank you.

I can go on and on and on, but know that Barrie and I loved our experience with you, Stephanie, Spencer, and the Dane Wright Band.  Thank you so very much and if you ever need anything from us please let us know — the band is family now.

Best and be well, your friends…

Barrie & Eric

Henry Marks Reviews: Dylan Matthews Band at Metropolitan Club

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Dear Ian,

The band was awesome! Everyone was raving the entire night, and since. Thank you so much for helping us choose Dylan – he was the perfect match, and the evening could not have been more perfect for us!

– Sarah