“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.
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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.
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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 – )
Where do I even begin? It has been an absolute pleasure working with you! You were so kind and helpful with all the announcements, the guests absolutely loved you, and you did an amazing job with the dance. I can’t say thank you enough. I hope to work with you again in the future and best of luck as we head into the 2016 season! – Jocelyn, with The Invisible Hostess http://www.theinvisiblehostess.com
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“Michael, it was a pleasure working with your team last weekend. Having seen a lot of other local bands and DJs over the past few years, it really resonated how much MBB connects with the guests and how versatile your brand of entertainment is. MBB stands out to me for many reasons. From being able to play a classy cocktail or dinner set, to being able to sustain the right mix of dance energy for 3+ hours is rare among other forms of entertainment. Being also able to guide the night along with subtle announcements among the sets really helps fill the void from an event missing a dedicated emcee.
I was amazed at the level of energy and passion you guys brought, and that you were able to sustain it until the last song. Your show is worth more than whatever you are charging, raise your rates! From one industry pro to another, I appreciate what you are doing and the quality of your show.”
Your transitions were seamless and perfect tonight. Well done, and better than one could imagine for a live band. – Benaroya Hall Staff
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Living in Nashville, TN, it is easy to become jaded by great music.
There is no shortage of talented aspiring musicians and cover bands
that makes it tough for even the most talented to stand out. That
said, the MBBand would have no problem standing out
in Nashville. Playing great music is only half the equation to
entertaining. The other half is the ability to energize and engage
the audience. At the Seattle wedding I attended, they kept
the momentum up all night while playing an impressively
diverse set of songs ranging from typical classics to the newest
pop hits. They are a notch above Nashville cover bands.
Image by Chris Sollart Photography.
I was about to give up trying to find a wedding band that was not only reliable and experienced, but also very versatile when I heard about the Michael Benson Band. I saw them listed on the Seattle Bridal Magazine’s “Best of” list and looked them up. Our bride wanted younger more current hits, and our groom wanted classics and jazz – a hard mix to find.
Michael was amazing, he was versatile enough to play both genres fantastically, and as this was a Jewish wedding, he was able to perform the traditional Jewish songs that we had requested also. He required little direction from us and was completely prepared to take the night away. He acted as MC, played light music during dinner, and got everyone up dancing afterward…I’ve never seen so many people get dancing so quickly.
Michael was extremely easy to work with and I’d recommend him to anyone. If you have any doubts, check out his website and his song samples, they were night and day compared to the quality of everyone I researched. – Kyle
The Band was recognized this week as Seattle’s “Best Live Entertainment”, for the 11th straight year, as voted by Seattle Bride Magazine readers and vendors. A great honor!
Received an unusual compliment from a Tacoma Golf Club wedding guest on 6/26/11: “Your band was phenomenal. I work for the Walt Disney Co. mixing sound for live bands 7 days a week. Your talent, musicianship, and energy was the best I’ve ever heard!”