Can you provide ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner music?
Yes, this can be done with the number of musicians and instrumentation that fit your event and budget.
Where is the band located?
Groove Authority is based in Boston, MA. We perform regularly all over the east coast including: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
What type of events are you available for?
Weddings, corporate events. charity galas, holiday parties, reunions, anniversaries, conventions, fundraisers, festivals, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties and celebrations of all types...
How many band members are there?
Groove Authority is a 8-piece band, including: two male and one female lead vocalists, male keyboards//lead vocalist, sax/percussionist, drums, bass, guitar. The lineup can be expanded, adding any or all of the following: trumpet, trombon, additional singerse. All of the musicians sing back round vocals.
How long do you play and how many breaks do you take?
In a 4 hour time frame, we typically perform three 1 hour and 10 minute sets with two 20 minute break between sets (Depends on the length of dinner). However, we can adjust our sets and breaks to accommodate your event schedule.
During our breaks, we can play recorded music (provided by us or you) through the band's sound system (this is a great way to play particular songs or genres the band may not play) and you also may use the band's microphone during breaks for announcements, toasts, raffles, etc. As an alternative, by special request and for an extra fee, we can arrange to have a DJ spin during band breaks.
Do you provide MC services?
Yes, at no extra charge.
What equipment does the band provide and what do you need from me?
For local events, we supply the full sound system and stage lighting and wireless mics for toasts.
From you and/or the venue, the band needs:
1. A clear performance area of (Ideally) 10' x 20' (we can fit into smaller spaces)with access to adequate power (two 20 amp electrical outlets minimum).
2. Stage and/or risers and dance floor are up to you and your venue but are not required. Ideal stage size is 16' x 24', minimum is 8' x 20'.
3. Hot meals for the band members and sound crew if applicable.
May we use the band's microphone for toasts, announcements, etc?
Absolutely! Typically, we have wireless mics available at no extra charge.
Will you learn special song requests?
We are happy to learn up to three special request songs for your event, as long as we have the request at least 90 days before your event. Also, keep in mind that if you require certain songs that are not on the band's play list, they can always be put on the break iPod mix.
How do you control the volume?
It's easy to keep the volume "just right". For cocktail hour and dinner, we play at a lower volume that allows your guests to easily carry on conversations. After dinner, we increase the volume just enough to provide energy and get the crowd dancing. Regardless, the volume can always be raised or lowered with the slide of a button.
How does the band dress?
Always appropriate for your event . For most events, the males will wear black suits and various matching colored ties of your choosing, female singer in formal dress.
How does the band plan for our event?
I send you a planning sheet for your event and together we develop a timeline that fits your needs. We then contact any coordinators and the venue regarding your event timeline, equipment load-in, power and set up, so the band is ready to play as scheduled.
Why Groove Authority?
Groove Authority has great reputation and track record of making wedding receptions unforgettable! (Please read our reviews on Wedding Wire or The Knot) Groove Authority is a band with great musicians, amazing male & female lead singers, a tight rhythm section and play a great variety of all kinds of music. Reliability and professionalism are guaranteed as is an exciting night of great, dance music!!!!