Weddings Dinner / Cocktail Songs

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Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy - "I Wanna Be Just Like You"
L.O.V.E. - Harry Connick
Have you met Miss Jones - (brain fart) Robbie something,.. Williams ???
Mambo Italiano - Bette Midler

Best song I've found for a wedding cocktail tune - "Steppin out with my Baby" by Tony Bennett, I use a somewhat live version and in the end he says "What a NIGHT" lol
 
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Nice remake of an old classic.

[video=youtube;LwuV87upqEM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwuV87upqEM[/video]
 
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In no particular order...
Upbeat funky cocktail/dinner music

Shivaree - Goodnight Moon
Joss Stone - Super Duper Love
Rapheal Saadiq - Just One Kiss
Nikka Costa - Everybody Got Their Something
Amos Lee - Sweet Pea
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

And a current personal favorite...
(If the crowd, theme, or mood is right, this is what I play as guests first enter the main room)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74LXx0wSqMI
 
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dunlopj

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Wade, great call! I love that song! Picked up a few of her tracks in I Tunes.

I found a great reception cocktails or dinner song last week - from his "Be As You Are" CD...Kenny Chesney - Magic.
 

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What about classic rock or metal covers? Where would I be able to find a reception-appropriate version of Metallica, for example? I have a wedding coming up and this was a special request :)
 
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What about classic rock or metal covers? Where would I be able to find a reception-appropriate version of Metallica, for example? I have a wedding coming up and this was a special request :)
http://www.amazon.com/Pianotarium-Metallica-Scott-D-Davis/dp/B000MAHDDK

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NTJTSQ/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk7 or the album http://www.amazon.com/In-Metal-Mood-More-Nice/dp/B000005KOE

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040N7128/ref=dm_mu_dp_trk7

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Forgot the VSQ (Vitamin String Quartet) they do string covers of a lot of rock and contemporary music.:

http://www.vitaminstringquartet.com...a-1.html?SID=9606547b7b1191c236af49785bf58109
 
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Mas Que Nada - Black Eyed Peas
B-52s - Follow Your Bliss
Desperation Samba - Jimmy Buffet
I was surprised when I read the first few posts. I always thought it was a bad idea to play music that is not readily recognizable. I've never heard of these songs before. I guess it doesn't matter much sing often they can't hear the music much over all the chit chat from the guests.
 

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I was surprised when I read the first few posts. I always thought it was a bad idea to play music that is not readily recognizable. I've never heard of these songs before. I guess it doesn't matter much sing often they can't hear the music much over all the chit chat from the guests.
It's interesting. I have had guests approach me during cocktail hour to inquire about a "lesser known" song I am playing; such as :artist, title, etc... I do not recall ever having someone come up and complain about a song being played during cocktail hour.
 

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I offer brides, well, 'themes' for lack of a better word.

cocktails are almost always 'top 40' - i have a playlist of a couple hundred songs from the 50s till now, all 'happy', mix of country, rock, easy, jazz, etc. Upbeat.
They can have other choices but this so far has been 100% of their choices.

For dinner I again offer choices - classical (never picked) jazz (once), all country (never), love songs (all but once), lounge/italian (deano/frank, etc never picked).

I tell them I don't play 'break up songs' at a wedding and do it humourously and they get on board.

For cocktails I play stuff people know but aren't likely to dance to, and for the bride/groom that want odd stuff you can't dance to I'll play at early at dinner so they hear it while eating. Yes, i've played punk, rap and such. Their friends know what they listen to - it's not a big deal.
 
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I offer brides, well, 'themes' for lack of a better word.

cocktails are almost always 'top 40' - i have a playlist of a couple hundred songs from the 50s till now, all 'happy', mix of country, rock, easy, jazz, etc. Upbeat.
They can have other choices but this so far has been 100% of their choices.

For dinner I again offer choices - classical (never picked) jazz (once), all country (never), love songs (all but once), lounge/italian (deano/frank, etc never picked).

I tell them I don't play 'break up songs' at a wedding and do it humourously and they get on board.

For cocktails I play stuff people know but aren't likely to dance to, and for the bride/groom that want odd stuff you can't dance to I'll play at early at dinner so they hear it while eating. Yes, i've played punk, rap and such. Their friends know what they listen to - it's not a big deal.
I don't do weddings, but the cocktails hours I've done have stayed away from current Top 40. Usually catchy jazz or older classic standards (including rock). I try to hit lots of genres, and have played from the 40s-today. Current Top 40 will usually be introduced toward the end of dinner music (slower stuff) .. that works around here.
 
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This is a pretty old thread... Looking back, there were some good posts. I wonder what happened to all those guys?[emoji4]


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This is a pretty old thread... Looking back, there were some good posts. I wonder what happened to all those guys?[emoji4]


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A couple have passed (JT, Paul) a few have retired, a couple drop by now and then (Rob, Hank) .. the others .. not sure.
 

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go meet some DJs in your area. Hang out, become friends and start going to their events with them as a "second" see what they do. Allow them to come to your events. You will be amazed at the songs they play. Dinner music, even dance. It's amazing.

If you don't have any DJ friends, go to the local hotel on any Saturday, get close enough to the ballroom to hear what is being played. Find a seat, grab a Coke and bring a note pad. Dress nice enough so you can act like a guest and walk up to the DJ and ask. Be nice.