Rye, New York September 2022

Posted on: October 27th, 2022 by Mbenson

From the FOB at Shenorck Shore Club:  “Everything about Michael and his band is professional and absolutely first-rate.  They are all top-of-the-game musicians who can play in every genre.  Michael is a fantastic vocalist, and a pitch-perfect emcee to boot.  From my guests I’ve heard nothing but praise for him and his band, who have entertained at my two daughters’ weddings.  Michael also makes the logistical details easy.  He does a lot of the work for you.  There are many, many good reasons that reviews of the band are filled with superlatives.  If I had another daughter who was getting married, my first call would be to Michael, to save the date.”

Top class, top notch

Posted on: March 20th, 2022 by Mbenson


This band made the first big party for all of our guests since pre-COVID… the party of a lifetime! We put their flexibility to the test with COVID shifts over two years, and they rose to the occasion every time with grace. Then they nailed it! This band is better than a dream come true, they literally played the crowd as if they knew every song that could bring out the happy in each and every person: dancing, smiling, and loving on each other!

Image by https://jlthomasphotography.com https://www.facebook.com/jlthomasphotography https://www.instagram.com/jlthomasphotography/

Darelle Holden in Earshot Jazz Magazine

Posted on: February 5th, 2022 by Mbenson

MBB songstress Darelle Holden is featured in the February 2022 edition of Earshot Jazz Magazine. https://michaelbensonband.com/band/#darelle

Darelle Holden: Three Generations of Seattle’s First Family of Jazz

Best Live Band

Posted on: July 25th, 2021 by Mbenson

Comment made last night at Willows Lodge Woodinville, for the fourth time in four weeks: “Best live band I’ve ever heard”. Image by Cory Parris – Seattle Wedding Photographer!

We’re baaack!

Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Mbenson

We’re back folks! See ya’ll in summer ’21.

IMAGE by: Sullivan & Sullivan Studioshttps://sullivanandsullivanstudios.com with Mike Benson, Darelle Holden, Alexey Nikolaev, Brian Monroney, Pete Molner, Osama Afifi

Best Of 2020 Winners

Posted on: November 3rd, 2020 by Mbenson


We are again honored to receive the Best of 2020 award for the 16th year.

Prophetic words

Posted on: April 3rd, 2020 by Mbenson

“Remember the prophetic words from my third daughter’s wedding:  Find out when Michael Benson is available, then select your wedding day”.

Father of bride, Bellevue WA.

Image by Hanna Stevens.

Far and away

Posted on: February 16th, 2020 by Mbenson

The CEO of Emerald City Trapeze Arts approached the stage at end of our recent show there, feeling the urge to say “we’ve heard every type of band here for the past 3 years and you are far and away the best of all of them”.  We appreciated the compliment.


Still talking

Posted on: January 22nd, 2020 by Mbenson

We could not have asked for a more perfect night from you guys. Everyone is still talking about your performance and the energy you brought to the reception. Thank you for making our night unforgettable!

Image at The Dome Room, Arctic Club Hotel Seattle.

Recent raves

Posted on: August 25th, 2019 by Mbenson

Our recent clients put it this way…

“We couldn’t tell if you were playing recorded music. Your sound is that good” – Captain Whidbey Inn

“So gracious, so professional, so thoughtful” – Mercer Island VFW

“You were phenomenal. Our friends and family were particularly awed by your rapping skills” – Port Gamble Pavilion

“We’d heard so many great things about you but nothing prepared us for the party you created” – Woodmark Hotel

“Our musician friends were amazed by your musicianship” – Alderbrook resort

“Folks kept saying you were the best band they’d ever heard” – Admiral’s House

“The band was fabsolutely terrific! Their musical skills were wonderfully evident and so was their warm spirit and graciousness” – Smith Tower 


Photo image by Azzura Photography http://www.azzuraphotography.com/