Venues

To the next level

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Mbenson

At The Fairmont Olympic Spanish Ballroom, 4/29/17 (client review)

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

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

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!

 

Bride-To-Be Donates Wedding Party

Posted on: February 6th, 2016 by Mbenson

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The Mary’s Place event http://www.marysplaceseattle.org at Herban Feast SODO Park Seattle.  http://www.herbanfeast.com/venues/sodo-park/

We were HONORED to perform for this heartwarming event – a beautiful example of making “lemonade from lemons” and paying forward with kindness and generosity. Read Monique Ming Laven‘s story below, then copy the YouTube link to discover the magic created by this family. 1675543592702760.webloc http://youtu.be/wVA6GRe7XAA https://www.facebook.com/marysplacedaycenter/

Cheers to 2016!

Posted on: January 1st, 2016 by Mbenson

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May peace rise up in 2016 – the MBB will do our part, and spread love.  Image taken at Chihuly Garden & Glass, New Year’s Eve 2015, Seattle, WA.  http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com

Hottest New Year’s Eve Ticket 2015

Posted on: December 15th, 2015 by Mbenson

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The hottest New Year’s Eve ticket in Seattle! Be here with The Michael Benson Band for New Years Eve ’15 at Chihuly Garden & Glass Reservations:  http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/events/newyears
Phone: 206.905.2148

Now that’s priority

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by Mbenson

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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!

Image by:  Jean-Marcus Strole Photography http://www.jean-marcus.

In Good Hands

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Mbenson

We continuously recommend The Michael Benson Band to our clients. They are fantastic to work with and we have always been impressed with their wonderful attitudes and professionalism. Every time we hear that the Michael Benson Band is providing entertainment at an event hosted at the Golf Club at Newcastle, we know that our clients are in good hands. As always, with their band, the event will run smoothly, both behind the scenes and in front of the guests. The Michael Benson Band is a true pleasure to work with and comes highly recommended here at Newcastle.

– The Catering Team, The Golf Club at Newcastle

Phenomenal

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Mbenson

Michael is appreciated and loved by his clients for his warmth, talent, prompt communications, and his keen understanding of all their needs, and the myriad elements of their events. The club hires the band for our own events and the feedback is always phenomenal.  Michael has a special way of putting the songs together that keeps everyone on the dance floor all night.  He and the band are extremely professional. We always are thrilled when they are here because we know it will be a great night!

– Amy Rathbone, Catering & Special Events Manager | Seattle Tennis Club

HAVE THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE.