Post # 1
When a band says they play continuous live music, does that mean they have 1-2 band members playing a cocktail hour-type set while other members take a break? Or does it mean that real, continuous performance for the full 4 hours?
Post # 3
I’m sure they’ll take breaks and use canned music, that’s what our did – but in a sense there was continuous music. I’d ask them to be sure.
Post # 4
its is probably that there is always at least one person playing live music, but the rest of the band is on break. It won’t be entirely canned music, but it will be more background…but you should just ask them to clarify!
Post # 5
I would say that they will most definitely take breaks from playing. They will most likely stream music from an iPod (or other mp3 player) through their speakers so there is continuous music. I don’t know of many bands who would be able to play constantly for 4 hours (even national and international acts don’t do that). You might ask them for clarification on that.
Post # 6
Yeah, my bandleader told me that during dinner hour there would only be 2 or 3 of them up there at a time out of 11 total. I assume that counts as not taking a break?
Post # 7
The “continuous music” concept was created for marketing purposes, and does NOT provide a better party flow. A good and conscientious band leader schedules band breaks to coincide with the serving of courses, so that the full band is always playing when guests are not actually seated for a meal course. That way, when it’s time for dancing, the full band is playing.
With “continuous music”, breaks are staggered and a musician or two is left on the bandstand to provide background music while people are eating. That’s fine, EXCEPT that when the band then comes back to play for dancing, the musician(s) who were left playing during the break are given their break time, and therefore, the band is left without the full instrumentation for the first 15 minutes of each dance set. Of course, it’s entirely your call, but I think clients definitely get a bigger bang for their buck if ambient background music is played via iPod or CD during breaks, and you have the full band available to play for entire dance sets. If you are in the New York/New England area, and you have not yet chosen a band for your wedding, please let me know if you’re interested in learning more about The Jon Bates Band (www.jonbates.com)
Post # 8
Don’t ask us, ask them. Really.
But generally that means there will be music provided. What you need to ask them is “How long will you play” and when will you put on CD;s and for how long?
Ours took a half hour to eat; and a 10 minute break for us to give toasts. We paid for 4 hours. They provided continues music. What you want to know is howmany minutes of live music will they provide.
Post # 9
looks like JonBates explained it best!