The Blue Wave Band is the function band that is not your tired, average "Function Band".
With regular showcase performances and a free demo CD you can see and hear them live before booking them, and pick and choose the size and configuration of your dream band. These full-time professional young musicians focus squarely on getting your night up and jumping, but without the cheese. Best of all, they are self-managed, so they are much less expensive than other bands in this quality bracket – you are not paying any agents or middle-men! Pricing from $1980 - $5200, depending on band size.
From the moment I sent an inquiry, to the moment the band loaded out, it was a top-notch experience. I appreciated how organized and communicative the band was in the months leading up to our conference party. The songs they played were high energy and perfectly executed. They kept us all dancing for the entire party and they sounded fabulous! I wish I could package them up and take them to every conference! As a professional musician myself, my standards are high. The Blue Wave Band exceeded my expectations for excellence in every way.
We hired the Blue Wave Band for a fundraising event and they were phenomenal. We were hesitant at first as they were outside our budget as a non-profit, but they were worth every dime. The pre-communication and the band itself was terrific. We went with a 4-piece band and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Jimmy's voice and energy is amazing! We booked them that night for next year!
If you are reading this review and contemplating whether or not to have a band at your wedding and if it's worth the cost, take my word for it and BOOK THEM. My (now) husband and I were wavering and almost went with a DJ due to the cost of a live band. Luckily we took a moment to revisit our vision and how WE wanted to be represented on our big day. We bit the bullet and booked the Blue Wave Band. Other than marrying my husband, this was the best decision we made when it came to our wedding (hands down). Our guests didn't sit the entire night. A song would end and everyone would turn to get a drink, grab a piece of cake or sit down and the next song would come on and you couldn't not stay and dance. Moreover, I talked with the band manager a few times leading up to the wedding. I told him what my first dance song was and to play music people loved to dance to. That was it. By far the easier planning/prep when it came to my wedding. After our wedding, every person we talked to, first and foremost, commented on the band (before the food, venue, my dress, the weather, etc.). If you can afford them, book them. If you can't, cut corners somewhere else and book them.
The best of the best! If you are looking for a great band for your wedding, this is it. We have worked with Blue Wave Band for multiple weddings as the coordinator and are always impressed. They can get anyone out on the dance floor - parents, grandparents, everyone - and will keep the festivities going. They are professional, well organized and great to work with!
Trent was so wonderful to work with- he let me choose who I wanted to be the lead singer, and he put together a perfectly complimentary band that everyone was just raving about! We all had so much fun, and I would absolutely recommend Blue Wave!
They were an eclectic mix- and people just loved them. They played good songs, and they're not the typical country club rotation bands that you always hear at events in Portland. People kept coming up to us, and complimenting the band and their song choices. Trent went above and beyond to make sure they knew the songs I wanted for the special moments, and they hit it out of the park through the night.
An incredible experience from the day we selected them to the night they performed at our daughter's wedding in Mt Hood, Oregon. Very professional, extremely organized from the contract to the very unique band planning page - nothing was left to chance. We received plenty of advice and were given lots of flexibility (the groom's friend played for all 3 first dances using the band's sound equipment). The MC kept the night flowing and the music kept our guests dancing until the last note. If we lived on the west coast, we wouldn't hesitate to use them again. There isn't a music genre that they cannot play and they can provide up to 12 musicians if needed. Their talent is only surpassed by their ability to take care of the whole process - we never had any questions, because everything was presented from the beginning - timeline, contact info, schedule of songs...if it pertained to a wedding, they had it covered. I did all the research, so you don't have to - book Blue Wave Band and enjoy your wedding without a worry! We only wish we could have extended the night another hour - not enough time to enjoy them - everyone wanted to dance longer. We received so many compliments about our choice of music from our guests. What a huge success!
The band was phenomenal. Their pre-wedding prep was minimal (I was in charge of all band stuff for my wedding, so I was the only person working with them) but sufficient, their forms for making the music and night perfect were handy and easy to fill out, their day-of needs were really easy and quick, and then their energy throughout the night was really perfect, and made our event that much better. I really don't have anything but glowingly positive things to say about the band, from booking to prep to performance, it was far less stress and far more reward than I was expecting.
We paid this band close to $4,000 to play at our event. Instead of sending ANY of the people displayed in the pictures you see both here on gigsalad and their personal website, they sent 4 surly, middle-aged, un-groomed men, and a woman who started the night setting up in a random corner of the room without checking with anyone, and then got upset when we asked them to set up on the STAGE provided in the middle of the room. Once they started playing (late) their levels were WAY too loud, their set-list obscure, and their harmonies off and jarring. They had lulls between each song that further drove people from the dance floor, and chose to play a slow song 3 songs in with no momentum to carry them through. After less than an hour of playing, they had chased everyone - not just from the dance floor - but from the event entirely.
Never have we ended our annual gala so early.
While we sadly cleaned up tables we had spent more time setting up than being used, we were treated to the band members joking and laughing about how quick they had killed the night.
The event was for a non-profit school. We feel completely swindled. Two days ago we reached out to them to make this right, but have yet to hear back. Hopefully they realize this money could be better used for kid's scholarships at our non-profit than paying for their sub-par, unprofessional "performance".
Blue Wave Band played our wedding reception and were absolutely terrific. They are a talented group of musicians that were able to read the room and keep the room dancing all night long. People were cheering for an encore when the venue shut the wedding down. We requested a mix of funk, jazz, folk, swing and some pop...and they nailed it all. Beyond being great musicians, they were easy to work with, professional, timely and communicative. Highly recommended!!
What to Expect
The Blue Wave Band are trained proffessional musicians with a wealth of knowledge and experience under their belts. They offer a fully customizable performance in all aspects, from band size, to performance length, to music style and more. We are capable of performing smooth jazz one night, then 80s glam rock the next, to a Great Gatsby style 1920's Big-Band the next!
Please speak to us about your specific requirements.
The Blue Wave Band is the function band that is not your tired, average "Function Band".
With regular showcase performances and a free demo CD you can see and hear them live before booking them, and pick and choose the size and configuration of your dream band. These full-time professional young musicians focus squarely on getting your night up and jumping, but without the cheese. Best of all, they are self-managed, so they are much less expensive than other bands in this quality bracket – you are not paying any agents of middle-men! Pricing from $1500 - $5200, depending on band size.
They play all your favourite songs! The Bay Kings Band can play all the classics and 70s, 80s, 90s etc, and all the latest stuff too – from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Black Keys and Beyonce – and everything in between. Although this band was built from the ground up to fill the dance floor, they are all trained jazz musicians, who are just as happy to play cocktail music, acoustic covers, and all of those tunes that work best at the beginning of the night, before the party has really fired up! But when it is time to fill the dancefloor, this is when the band really excels! They pride themselves on knowing exactly the right songs to play at just the right time to pack your dancefloor. See their website for a full list of tunes that they can play, plus live recordings etc…
The best musicians in town! Choose between 3 – 14 full time professional musicians who play with the likes of Alicia Keys, Gotye, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Beck & Tony Bennett, to name a few. At their regular showcase viewing nights you can check out the band in action, and see for yourself why this young band already has an enviable reputation in the industry. They are truly different to any other band in town. Come and see them live to experience the "look and feel" that sets them apart from the pack.
They've played for the best! Many of America's major companies and institutions rely on the Bay Kings to fill their dance floors! Regular clients include: Mercedes-Benz, Hilton Hotels, Caesar's Casino, US Air Force, NYU, L'Oreal, ABC Television, NBC, and many many more. The Bay Kings are experienced, and well… they just know how to rock a party!!
See website for more details.
Additional Booking Notes
Speak to us about any lighting, staging or sound questions you might have. We are professionals who have a great deal of experience in all these areas so we will be able to help.
Example Song List (a small selection)
JAZZ/SWING Songs - Good for early in the night…
I've Got You (Under My Skin) - Frank Sinatra
Moondance - Michael Buble
It Had To Be You - C.Porter / Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Cheek to Cheek - Fred Astaire
In the Mood - Glen Miller Band
L-O-V-E - Nat King-Cole
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
CONTEMPORARY-ISH Songs - We're always updating this list! Good for college/festival crowds…
Only Girl in the World - Rihanna
Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z/Alicia Keys
Dynamite - Taio Cruz
Firework - Katy Perry
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
Daft Punk - One More Time
Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
John Mayer - Waiting on the World
Ray LaMontagne - You Are the Best Thing
I Need a Dollar - Aloe Blacc
Lonely Boy - Black Keys
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
CLASSIC OLD-SCHOOL DANCE FLOOR - Good for a broad age range crowd…
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Long Train Running - Doobee Brothers
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
I feel Good - James Brown
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!
Valerie - A.Winehouse / M.Ronson
1999 - Prince
ABC - The Jackson 5
Love Shack - The B-52's
Jump - Van Halen
CLUB HITS - Great for late on a Saturday Night!
Umbrella - Rihanna
Toxic - Britney Spears
Your Love is My Drug - Ke$ha
Hey Mr. DJ - Madonna
Til The World Ends - Britney Spears
Live Your Life - Rihanna
No Diggedy - Black Street
Sexyback - Justin Timberlake
Harder, Better, Faster - Daft Punk
SOUL/MO-TOWN/FUNK Songs - Great for filling the dance floor…
Whats Goin' On - Marvin Gaye
R-E-S-P-E-C-T - Aretha Franklin
At Last - Etta James
My Girl - Temptations
Shake Your Tailfeather - Ray Charles
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Mustang Sally - Commitments
Son Of A Preacher Man - Aretha Franklin
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Lets Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Sex Machine - James Brown
CLASSIC ROCK Songs - Sometimes, it's just time to rock out…
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Hotel California - The Eagles
Twist n' Shout - The Eagles
Shake Your Tailfeather - Ray Charles
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Cherry Cherry - Neil Diamond
American Pie - Don MacClain
Play That Funk Music - Wild Cherry
Dumb Things - Paul Kelly
What I Like About You - The Romantics
Land Downunder - Men at Work
SPECIALIZED TUNES - Only played on special request…!!
Devil Went Down to Georgia - bluegrass standard
Czardas - Gyspsy folk/jazz standard
Various Traditional Jewish Folk daces (Horahs).
Various Italian Folk Songs/Dances (Tarantellas/Waltz/Foxtrots).
Over 100 Traditional Irish Jigs/Reels.
Orange Blossom Special etc - bluegrass tunes
Hundreds of classical String Quartet standards.
Hundreds of Jazz Standards.
• Generally just access to Power, but indivdual needs will be discussed