Best Of 2018

Posted on: June 20th, 2018 by Mbenson

The Michael Benson Band is honored to receive Seattle Bride Magazine’s Best Of 2018 award for “Best Live Band For The Reception” for the 14th year. Much appreciation for our fans’ generous support!  Now it’s onward with our best work and services for 2018 and beyond.  

All the fine bands in New York…

Posted on: June 7th, 2018 by Mbenson

With all the many fine bands there are to choose from in New York, some of my friends were puzzled when I flew a band in all the way from Seattle for my daughter’s wedding. But I had heard the Michael Benson Band play, and from that night on, I knew that when my daughter got married, that band would be my choice. We were able simply to give him a date and some general idea of the music we wanted and leave the rest up to him.  The result was a flawless performance, the climax of a day which my daughter said was the best day of her life.  I don’t think there is a better recommendation than that. There is certainly no more that a father of the bride could ask of a band”.   – May 19, 2018, Father of the Bride.

Image by Azzura Photography

“20 somethings”

Posted on: May 18th, 2018 by Mbenson

It’s amazing when we perform how consistently a 20-something venue staff walks up to the stage when we’re done with something like, ”Hey guys, you seriously rocked it. What an incredible job!” Or something like that. Now these kids don’t HAVE to bother saying it but they do, one hundred percent. But couples who wonder how we’d “connect” with a mainly 20-something crowd are missing the boat.  As always, the connection is made.

Image by David Bristol.

Fabulous First Flight w/Darelle

Posted on: May 1st, 2018 by Mbenson

Our new six-piece took wing on April 21st at Seattle’s The Sunset Club with songstress Darelle Holden co-leading vocals with me.  It couldn’t have been a smoother flight and the audience roared their approval. Here’s to many good times ahead!

Image by David Bristol Photography

The MBB welcomes vocalist Darelle Holden

Posted on: February 25th, 2018 by Mbenson

An exceptional talent and a fabulous career….Darelle Holden is a silky smooth songstress with deep musicality. Pop Diva, R&B Powerhouse, and Jazz Siren all apply to her unique and diverse vocal styling. Darelle toured Internationally for 17 years with superstar Sir. Tom Jones, ala, “20 Feet from Stardom” and along with her constant touring schedule she’s made countless appearances on Dancing With the Stars, The Tonight Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and the list goes on. Darelle also performed the duet “I Wanna Get Back With You” with Sir Tom Jones. Darelle’s distinctive vocals can also be heard on the Tom Jones classic “Leave Your Hat On” which is featured on “The Full Monty” motion picture soundtrack. Darelle has performed with extraordinary talents such as Earth Wind and Fire, Bobby Caldwell, Ellis Hall, Elton John, Jazz guitarist Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, and most recently Stevie Wonder.

We are honored to join forces with you Darelle!

Exciting MBB news!

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by Mbenson


Images by Katie Parra Photography, and David Bristol

Breaking news for 2018:

We’ve joined forces with female vocalist extraordinaire Darelle Holden, making us a “Quintet +1” with an exciting new dimension. Darelle brings a wealth of experience, augmenting our award-winning band with a double lead-singer front. A real 1-2 punch! The blending process with this soulful Northwest professional is proving to be a joy. Welcome to the Michael Benson Band, Darelle!

MBB at Weddings In Woodinville 2018

Posted on: January 27th, 2018 by Mbenson

The band is stoked to join the award-winning wedding show, Weddings In Woodinville tomorrow Jan. 28, 2018 at The Columbia Winery – a “reserved ticket” only event.  As the only live band participating, we’re proud to share our craft and talents with future brides and their families.  #wiw2018 #weddingsinwoodinville #heyseattle #mbb

Until the last beat

Posted on: October 5th, 2017 by Mbenson

Our September 2nd bride writes to Yelp:  “Michael Benson Band was the absolute BEST WEDDING band I have ever seen.  He was so incredibly responsive and committed to making our reception perfect.  I cannot recommend the band highly enough.  Our reception went 20 minutes over because everyone couldn’t stop dancing, and they were there until the last beat”

Image by Hanna Stevens


Ten stars if I could, on Yelp

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Mbenson

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

MBB in Seattle Bride Magazine

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Mbenson

Fresh off the press, Seattle Bride Magazine Fall 2017 Issue.