Band News

2017 Best Of Borrowed And Blue

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Mbenson

 

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.

Why.We.Don’t.Do.That.

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Mbenson

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“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)

Blowing Your Own Horn

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Mbenson

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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

My MC vs. his

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by Mbenson

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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

HONORED AGAIN

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Mbenson

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To all our colleagues, clients, and friends – we THANK YOU for your continuing support in this great honor by Seattle Bride Magazine readers and vendors. Congratulations to all Best Of Bride winners and finalists! See you soon on wedding trail – )

Staff love

Posted on: June 19th, 2016 by Mbenson

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“You are the best band we’ve ever heard here.  Our staff just loves you!”

– Gerding Theater events manager, 6.18.16

In their own words (staff, May ’16):

Posted on: May 27th, 2016 by Mbenson

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I don’t often give recommendations, but in your case…may I have your card?  – Fremont Foundry staff

Best. Band. EVER. – Roche Harbor staff

You put out the same energy of guys half your age – Alderbrook Resort staff.

Image by:  Lightworks 360  http://lightworks360.com/about/about

What dj’s can’t do

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by Mbenson

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So you’re watching as a new couple JUST walks onto the dance floor fresh from the bar – at the very end of a slammin song, and they’re lovin it. They want this vibe to keep going, NOT to change. Cuz they’re ready to groove together on it. How do you extend the song for them and not kill the vibe? If you’re a dj, the song is gonna end. You can’t hit rewind cuz that’s the beginning of the song and that’s lame. You can only hope the new song coming up will work out. But, if you’re a live band, and you’re the MBB, you repeat the final out chorus OR, revert to another verse OR, add solo jams OR, add more choruses, etc. etc. as needed. You have real-time OPTIONS to re-arrange the song, and so you do! The couple stays, connects, and commits to the floor. We did this twice last night at Alderbrook Resort. Voila! Success! Done! #whyyouhirethemichaelbensonband

Image by La Vie Photography

Can you be our MC?

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 by Mbenson

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Will you be our MC they ask? But of course! This is a natural part of my work. I deliver any/all announcements clearly and graciously throughout the night as needed, to keep the flow going at our events. It amazes me how many people wonder if they’ll need to hire someone else to make the necessary announcements for them – like a dj?  For that, seriously?  Mais oui! Cest si bon! We have you covered!

Image by Cory Parris – Seattle Wedding Photographer!

 

You nailed it!

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by Mbenson

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I wanted to pass on my gratefulness to you and your band for the fabulous night of music, fun, and upbeat atmosphere at The Space Needle…you nailed it!   You were very responsive to the crowd, and very responsive to me as a planner and I totally appreciate that!

Amy L. Vallejo

Anticipate Wedding & Event Planning

 

HAVE THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE.