Let me start by saying that we booked the Michael Benson Band before we had an even found a venue – our entire wedding was planned around their availability (worth it) and they book FAST – like, a year out, so get moving! It’s hard to describe exactly what the Michael Benson Band brings to your wedding. Along with being totally professional, there is just a je ne sais quoi about them – they know how to bring the party! They are worth every single penny that you will spend on them – their versatility and enthusiasm is enough to create a truly one-of-a-kind wedding experience. For those who worry about not having all the songs that a DJ would have at their disposal, their repertoire is absolutely phenomenal. If by chance there is a song you really want that they don’t play, you can request to have it played during the set breaks so you can be sure it will come on. For me, the music was a huge part of the wedding experience because I really just wanted everyone to dance and have a good time and with the MBB it was everything I could have hoped for. Our dance floor was packed from the first to last dance – people didn’t want it to end! There’s a reason they have been consistently voted the best wedding band in Seattle and I recommend them 1000% to everybody who can make it work for their budget.
A September 2015 groom confides on a band break, “I’m the one who originally wanted a dj, and I’ll NEVER live it down”. What better testament?
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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.”
Well, it happened again last night per usual with The Jewel Hospitality staff. Bartender Michael on his first impression of us says, “Best cover band I’ve ever heard!” Later on, one of the wait staff chimes in, “Awesome job – you’re my favorite wedding band EVER”, and then the kicker: The catering captain confides, “the groom told me at the rehearsal dinner last night that he booked your band BEFORE he proposed to his fiancé!” Now THAT ‘S getting your priorities straight. The band before the bride!
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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.
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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
I simply can’t imagine a better band than the MBBand to have had performed at our wedding reception. AMAZING! We knew they would be great because of reviews we read, sound samples we heard, and interactions with the band. But Michael and the Band took that expectation to completely new heights. The dance floor was packed all night, and our friends and family can’t stop talking about how great they were. These guys truly met and exceeded our every expectation! 5 out 5, A+, two VERY enthusiastic thumbs up for the MMB! P.S. They took the time to learn an old, obscure early 2000s punk song for our first dance, and covered it PERFECTLY… Michael even matched pitch with some very unique sounding singers, and he truly performs the songs you want to hear, the way you WANT to hear them! – Elizabeth and David
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Do you think you could do some sort of a hora/jig to start off our
celebration? One of our questions when we first met with Michael
Benson. No problem the reply. Not only was it not a problem, it
was one of the most memorable, most talked-about aspects of our
wedding. The Michael Benson Band pulled this ethnic dance melee
hoedown off with skill, energy and know-how. The rest of the music of
the night ran the gamut, (from the ceremony through cocktail hour to
the reception) with many other masterful highlights showcasing the
band’s breadth and talent. Many of our guests from New York, London
and other parts of the globe raved about the band, and were more than
impressed. They wished they could have that kind of wedding-band
experience at every reception they went to, and so do we. The Michael
Benson band made our night. – Avra & Seamus
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Deciding to make the investment and book the Michael Benson Band was by far the best money we spent. Our big day would not have been complete without them. They are hands down, the best wedding band I have seen, and absolutely great to work with. So versatile in all genres, they know how to keep the crowd dancing! We’re planning to hire them again for an anniversary party in the future. – Tia & Nick