Gerrie writes on July 18, 2017:
“A wedding reception is really made by the talent and energy provided by the musicians. My wedding was everything I dreamed of and more because of Michael Benson and his fantastic band. The year leading up, they were communicative, accommodating, and were even willing to learn new songs for our first dance and father/daughter dance. At the reception, they interacted with our guests, engaged from the stage, and ultimately rocked the house with their amazing covers. This was one of the best investments made for our wedding. I would give ten stars if I could.” (the latest of 11 reviews that Yelp does not want to recommend)
Image by Stefan and Audrey Photography http://stefanandaudrey.com
Fresh off the press, Seattle Bride Magazine Fall 2017 Issue.
Just a quick note to say how very much I appreciate your graciousness & amazing professionalism. You guys are THE BEST! I’ve worked with a few bands at weddings lately and not only do you guys blow them out of the water musically, you just carry yourselves with a warmth and dignity they are sorely lacking. So much ego & attitude & they have nothing to back it up. So thank you guys for being AWESOME & I hope to get to work together lots in 2017! (Shana Tinsley, 321 Foto https://321foto.com)
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The Michael Benson Band is amazing. They are so professional and great at what they do. If you are deciding between a band and a DJ, go with a band – and go with Michael Benson. It brought our guests’ whole wedding experience to the next level. MBB did our ceremony piano music, dinner background music, and reception/dance music. I wouldn’t change a thing! By far the best wedding band in Seattle.
Lighting and photo by Crimson Haze Event Lighting — http://crimson-haze.com
We warmly welcome guitarist Brian Monroney to The Michael Benson Band! Brian has been associated with several music industry legends and brings an exceptional array of talents, finely honed over a multi-decade career in live performance, studio recording, musical direction, production, scoring and chart creation. He was recently featured in the March 2017 edition of Earshot Jazz Magazine. https://www.earshot.org/march-2017/ We are thrilled to have Brian aboard and our audiences will love his grooves, beginning April 2017. Check out his bio at http://michaelbensonband.com/band/#brian.
MBB is honored to win the 2017 Best Live Entertainment at Borrowed And Blue Weddings. Vender-voted by our peers, this award comes to us for the second straight year. Many appreciations to all our industry colleagues who know what we do, and who deliver many extraordinary events together with us.
“Do you plan set lists in advance?” No way. Planning band set-lists ahead of time for moods and crowds you haven’t even felt or seen yet? Nope. That’s a sure-fire recipe for disaster. At social event performances I can’t see why anyone would do that – and Why.We.Don’t.Do.That.Ever. Instead, I free-flow sets dynamically, calling songs moment by moment for optimal crowd connection. Result: Non-stop seamless segues and total success. Every time.
(Image by: Michelle Waite Photography http://photography.michelemwaite.comhttp://www.facebook.com/MicheleMWaite)
You know things are going right for your wedding ceremony, when JUST as your bridal entry music is to start, the Washington State Ferry Captain blows his horn for you to commence walking. This happened. I was at the piano dropping fingers to begin when suddenly, HOOOONK!
Image at Seattle’s Waterfront Aquarium – 7.16.16
I attended a wedding in L.A. with a d.j. and got to sample his emcee style. Why is it so many d.j’s use the “game show host” voice? I’m just sayin – it’s gotta be classy, not schtick. I do my emcee work respectfully and with style. Folks are pleased. No game show hosts on my gigs.
Image by Azzura Photography, Seattle http://www.azzuraphotography.com