Planning a wedding is no easy task, but all the stress is worth it when your wedding is remembered as the party of the century. And what party is complete without music? Whether you’re looking for classy jazz, a hip DJ or a high-energy party band, your choice of entertainment will greatly determine your guest’s experiences. New Orleans is overflowing with musicians and it can be tough to know where to look, so check out this guide to some of our city’s swingin’ wedding performers.
Groovy7 is an up-and-coming party band based in New Orleans that has been making a name for themselves at festivals and opening for big name performers. Their funky sound and lively stage presence is a surefire way to impress your guests and make sure no one stays sitting for long. Make sure you book well in advance — this band is the talk of the town and their schedule fills up fast.
New Orleans Jukebox:
If you really want to dance the night away to your favorite songs, but have your heart set on a live band, look no further. The New Orleans Jukebox develops a set list with every couple and infuses New Orleans flavor into any hit. So, take all your fears of hiring the usual cover band and throw them out the window!
B Street Benny:
B Street Benny has a varied and extensive range and over 10 years experience playing New Orleans weddings. They are known for their professionalism and work with their clients closely to tailor their sound with the couples’ tastes. With one female and two male vocalists, as well as the talented B Street Boys backing them up, their sound is rich and complex-they’re sure to please any crowd.
Crescent City Soul Band:
With nine horns and a choice of eight vocal powerhouses to lead the helm, the Crescent City Soul Band has something for everyone, and is legendary for their engaging performances. From jazz standards to today’s hits, this band can build a lineup to match any taste. Clearly, there’s a reason they were voted The Knot Best of Weddings two years in a row.
DJ Pat Black:
If live music isn’t quite your style, but you still want your reception to feature one-of-kind tunes, DJ Pat Black is your man. Since 2001, Pat has been spinning records and making his own dance remixes that are sure to make your reception the electronic party of your dreams.
Some couples just want to hear the music they know they love and dance with the people they love, and that’s fine. DJ TBuf & Associates Glaviano are an experienced group of DJs who will work with a couple to curate their personal playlist for their special day.
Ann Glaviano is known around the city for her Heatwave Dance Parties and is not your average wedding DJ. Glavino spins vinyl records from 1957-1974 out of beat-up crates and cardboard boxes and is a pro at filling a dance floor. For couples wanting their reception to be an old-school dance party with music mom can sing along to, Glaviano will not disappoint.
Jazz and Brass
Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Sounds:
This traditional New Orleans jazz group can either come as a full band or a trio and they know over a thousand classic standards. Swing the night away to their nostalgic sound even your Great Uncle Harry will love.
This collective of local musicians can be anywhere from a low-key trio to a whopping 14-piece band. Known for their high energy and original repertoire, the Nola Dukes pride themselves on their ability to get all your guests up and moving. Being New Orleans artists, their sound is distinctly local, which adds a unique twist to all of your favorite songs.
Kinfolk Brass Band:
What screams “New Orleans wedding” more than a brass band second line? There is no shortage of brass bands in the area, but Kinfolk is no stranger to weddings and comes highly recommended by brides and planners alike. These highly talented local musicians allow for plenty of customization that will make your day all the more memorable.