We're live music experts and party starters, infusing every event with energy and full dance floors. We're here to make your wedding the greatest party of your life! The Emerald Empire are a premium, customizable 3 to 14 piece band specializing in high-energy music–at a sensible price. Our talented and professional musicians have performed regularly with touring and recording artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Jay Z, Martina McBride, & Bruno Mars, as well as working and touring with numerous Broadway shows. Visit our website for upcoming showcase dates where you can see the band perform LIVE before booking. You can also tailor the dream band to suit your style and budget.
Emerald Empire was the best choice we made for our wedding! I made the choice just based on their sound clips on their website because we live too far away and couldn't make it to any of their showcases, but I am happy to say they exceeded our expectations!
The guests and venue could not stop raving about how great the band was! Everyone had a fantastic time! Every single person at our wedding was on the dance floor! It was amazing! I have NEVER been to a wedding where everyone danced! It was great!
I loved that we were able to taylor the # of people in the band to suit our budget. We went with a 4 piece band which worked out perfectly for our venue and our budget. They provided MC service for us also which worked out so well! They made introductions and announcements which was helpful to give the night some structure.
Their planning page is so organized and easy to use and Richard was very helpful and willing to answer any questions I had. On the planning page, we gave some suggestions for types of music we liked and they did such a great job creating the set list off of that. We loved every song they played and they even learned a song we requested literally a week before the wedding! I was blown away!
I can't possibly recommend them enough! They were reliable, professional and IMMENSELY TALENTED! I want to re-do the wedding just so I can dance all night to their music!
just got married a few weeks ago and these guys were so freaking good! leading up to the wedding, they were so responsive to any question we had. they worked with us every step of the way to make sure our big night reflected us. great personalities too! they really read the audience well and calibrated their performances perfectly to get everyone from grandma to grumpy teenage cousins up on the dance floor. would recommend them absolutely unconditionally.
Overall, a wonderful band!! Highly recommend and were extremely professional. Not to mention their band made the evening. Can’t say enough good things!
Brandon, Thank you so very much for coordinating your band for my daughter Macy Bowling Littrell’s waiting at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals on May 18, 2019. The band members were very attentive, friendly, helpful, and very talented. Alex did a great job coordinating the event And was so much fun to work with. I have been a wedding coordinator for 40 years And this bunch of guys Were very entertaining, talented and very cordial. Please pass along to the band how much we enjoyed them and everybody had such a great time at the reception and it was because of them and their fun personalities.
Booked the band for our daughter's wedding. It couldn't have gone any smoother. Ansley was terrific to work with and kept us informed the entire time. The band is absolutely outstanding. Great musicians who had our guests up and dancing all evening long. I highly recommend them
From the opening song, everyone was up and dancing! The band knew exactly what songs to play to keep the crowd going and created such a fun atmosphere. These are great musicians. My now-husband is a musician so the band was very important to him and he was pleased. The best part is that we really wanted our sister-in-law to sing the bride-father dance song and they worked it out. Before the event, Richard was very communicative and helpful with making decisions, as was their band page. We loved working with Emerald Empire Band.
I am such a fan of this band and Ansley’s voice is phenomenal. They were so easy to work with from the very start and so accommodating to our music requests. They literally can do it all and offer such a widen range of genres.
Emerald Empire Band was nothing but perfect for our wedding! They played our ceremony, cocktail and reception music and each segment was amazing. Justin was an absolute pleasure to work with, he made all of the pre-planning seamless and easy. Everyone has raved about how fun the band was and how great they sounded. I would hire them again and again and again if I could!
Being from out of town and planning two large corporate events in Atlanta, we found Emerald Empire on GigSalad. We had them perform at our first event in 2017 and they were such a hit with our guests. They were everything we wanted and more. Upbeat, professional, fun, and organized. I've used them for both events and would again. Thank you Emerald Empire!!
After looking for a great quality, great sounding live band experience for our corporate/conference event,
we decided on Empire after some communications and a preview visit in a nearby city. Ummm Wow! Wow! Book them and start the process! They are so organized, so professional, listen and customize to exactly what you want. They were Great!! Would for sure use again! Book 'Em!! A++
Finding a band was a challenge for us, based on pricing, variety of music played, and planning the day. From beginning to end, Emerald Empire met and exceeding my expectations. I would definitely recommend them for your wedding or event.
Emerald Empire was exactly what we had hoped for! The professionalism, response time to all my questions and most of all The Music could not have been better. All of our guests enjoyed their music and kept asking who they were! They were the highlight of our reception.
Emerald Empire Band is awesome to work with! They are very professional and made everything so easy! Our guests danced all night, which is exactly what we wanted. The band is very versatile also and played jazz music for our cocktail hour! We loved them!!
The band was a pleasure to work with - provided the exact experience that my daughter had requested! The dance floor was packed all night at the reception. I really appreciated the options they provided as to band size, cost, etc.. and Brandon, their manager, was professional and prompt with answers to my questions.
Our experience with Emerald Empire was absolutely perfect. We booked them after listening to their samples on-line. Brandon was our point-person and he was wonderful to work with. He was extremely responsive to email and text. Their website interface for planning your music is easy to use and very organized. They were flexible and open to any requests we had. The night of, we were blown away by their sound. They played an excellent selection of music, were energetic, and an overall a really fun addition to the night. Our guests raved about Emerald Empire - everyone loved them! Our dance floor was full all night. Highly recommend!
Every guest that attended has raved about the band at our recent gala. It's such a diverse group of attendees, it is usually hard to find something to please everyone, but Emerald Empire Band knocked it out of the park!
Emerald Empire Band wowed everyone at the wedding! They played the perfect mix of songs and kept the dance floor full! They were so easy to book with and responded quickly to any questions. Highly recommend them!! You won't be disappointed if you book them!
We engaged Emerald Empire Band to play at our 2018 Holiday party. The ease in working with them was perfect from when we started the planning process last spring to the conclusion of the party itself! Kelly couldn't have been more helpful. The staff raved about the performance! I wouldn't hesitate to hire them again for future engagements. Thanks for job well done!!!
We had a morning wedding with a brunch reception, so I was very concerned about the vibe at the brunch. We wanted it fun and lively, but not a dance party. Not an easy task for a DJ, but the Emerald Empire Band DJ nailed it!! So many friends and family commented on the great music during the event. Everyone from our oldest relatives to the youngest guests loved the selection. The energy was great through out the event, even towards the end we had a little dance session (my new husbands Dad , Aunt and Uncle even got out on the dance floor)!! Perfect!
I cannot say enough positive things about Emerald Empire Band! Rob was so easy to work with. Everything was on time and orderly. The band members were friendly and fun. The music was phenominal and they had everyone dancing. I highly recommend you make your gathering the best it can be by hiring Emerald Empire Band.
We are so glad we booked Emerald Empire Band for our wedding! We had a 5 piece band and chose to have ceremony and cocktail hour music as well and could not have been more pleased. The majority of our wedding guests have told us how much they loved the band as well. They are incredible to work with throughout the whole planning process and ensure that everything is to your liking. Highly recommend!
Very affordable. Ansley is great to work with. She is very accommodating especially with special requests. Our dance floor was packed all night long and even 1 month after the wedding guests are still talking about how awesome the evening was ... and it's due in large part to EE!
Communication with Richard and the amazing musicianship made Emerald Empire a great choice! Couldn't have been happier!!
Great musicians! We were very happy with our choice and all our guests were absolutely in love with the music.
Emerald Empire Band was a dream to work with for our wedding entertainment. Mike and his team were incredibly helpful and responsive throughout the entire planning process. I had some things I wanted to customize as my date was approaching (ceremony AV, cocktail hour playlist, etc), and Emerald Empire Band gave me the flexibility and guidance to do these things without any extra stress. The day of the wedding, they were on time and so professional..not to mention amazingly talented! They listened to exactly what types of music we wanted, and made it so none of our guests left the dance floor the entire evening! I can't even tell you how many compliments we received from our guests on what a great band we had--I would highly recommend Emerald Empire Band to anyone looking for an amazing wedding entertainment with great value in the Charleston area!
The Emerald Empire Band played for our daughter's wedding on September 8, 2018. Hands down this is one of the best bands I have heard at any wedding venue. As we were planning the wedding, we started out planning to have a DJ. Then we started listening to bands and knew we had to have Emerald Empire. Ansley who handled booking the band and answering all my questions was truly a delight to work with. I received so many compliments on the band that evening and afterwards. They kept the guests energized and on the dance floor all night. The vocalists were wonderful. Guests did not want to leave ! I know people think bands are too expensive, but what we received was well worth the investment. Emerald Empire over DJ anyday!!!!
My daughter, Kelly, wanted a destination wedding in St. Simon's Island, Ga., since that has always been our families' favorite vacation spot. I assumed the responsibility for finding the band. Some internet searching led me to the Emerald Empire Band. Kelly and Stephen attended at least two of the band's "Showcase" appearances in Atlanta, and liked what they saw. The process of reserving the date and picking preferences in music could not have been any easier. I worked with Mike, and he helped me throughout the process. We ended up with an 8 piece band at what I considered a very competitive price. At the reception, they started out with a 3 piece ensemble for the cocktail hour, and the full band for the remainder of the evening. They promised to keep everyone on the dance floor, and they delivered. They were perfect with their choice of songs and they seemed to be enjoying as much as our guests. I have received unanimous praise from almost all 160 folks there on our choice of the band. I cannot think of one thing from beginning to end that could have been any better. I highly recommend!
The band was perfect! They did a great job and played some great music!
The Emerald Empire Band was absolutely awesome . Everyone enjoyed the music ... The band was able to keep the entire audience engaged for the whole evening!
Kelly and Emerald Empire were top notch! They totally rocked our wedding and the guests were dancing from beginning to end. They are extremely professional and helped us at every step along the way. Don't hesitate to book Emerald Empire for your event, you won't regret it.
This band is the BEST! They are true professionals and had our guests dancing all night long. We also challenged them a bit with our song choices, and they can seriously play ANYTHING and play it amazingly! Kelly was also great to work with throughout the entire planning process. He answered all of our questions, really guided us, and ensured we felt confident with how everything was going to go. The music is one of the biggest pieces that can either make or break the wedding day, and we are so thrilled Emerald Empire could help make our day PERFECT! Thank you guys!!! <3
If I could give them more stars, I would! Emerald Empire Band was beyond amazing - not only was Richard great to plan everything with, they put on one heck of a night for us! I told them that we just wanted to keep the party on the dance floor, play whatever will keep everyone dancing. I had SEVERAL guests tell me that night how good the band was, and how this was the most fun they had at a wedding in a while. I also got a lot of texts afterwards asking who our band was because they wanted to recommend them to friends. The top two things we cared about were having a live band a full bar - the band did not disappoint!! And they are so reasonably priced to boot!!!
Emerald Empire is the band to have at your wedding or next event! It has almost been a month since I got married and my husband and I are still getting compliments on the band! The booking process with Joshua was super easy and stress free. We let him know what genres we liked and he took it from there. We could not have asked for anything more on our special day! We even had a few special requests due to the funky layout of the venue and Joshua made it happen. If you are looking for you and your guests to have the best time of dancing get ready because Emerald Empire brings the entertainment!!!! Thank you Emerald Empire for making our day one to remember forever!
This band truly made our wedding what it was - the best day of our entire lives. From the day we started working with Mike and the band, it was easy. There was nothing but clear communication and helpfulness. Mike and the rest of the band members made our day feel so warm and exciting. They were kind to everyone they encountered and got everyone dancing, which is the main thing we wanted for our big day. They took the song list we sent to them for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception and played all of the songs that meant the most to us in this world. They helped to make a special father daughter dance perfect for us, and even allowed the groom to surprise the bride and all of the guests by singing a song with the band. Our guests danced the entire wedding, all because of this group. We haven't stopped talking about Emerald Empire Band, and how the day would not have been what it was without them. If we could do it 100 times over again (wish we could!), we would choose Emerald Empire Band every single time. Thank you to Mike and the band for making our day our dream day.
If you are even thinking about hiring this band for your wedding or event DO IT!!! They played at our rehearsal dinner and they were hands down amazing!!! I couldn’t have asked for a better band!! My husband and I had so much fun and our guests did too!!! Not only were they amazing at the rehearsal dinner they were so helpful with the planning and everything leading up to the rehearsal dinner!! The band coordinator, Brandon? Was so great to work with!! He helped us guide our vision of what kind of music and vibe we wanted for the night! I can not say enough good things about this band as a whole!! Reserve them for your event!! I promise you won’t regret it!!
THIS BAND WAS UNREAL! WE had so much fun and they brought so much life and energy! They had a very unique sound and they were incredible!
As a wedding planner, with Storybook Wedding Consulting, it is my absolute pleasure to work with Emerald Empire band. They make pre-planning a breeze and are flexible for different timelines. On the day of the wedding, they are on time, check in and go with the flow if we have any last minute changes for the reception. I love working with EEB!
We came across Emerald Empire Band at a gig in Charleston and fell in love. First off working with them was super easy. Mike was our liaison during the whole process. We had our own website where we could put in all of our ceremony and reception details as well as preferred music genres and songs. Mike called us a week before the wedding to go over final details, choose songs for our cake cutting/garter/bouquet/entrances/etc and helped everything run smoothly. You can choose anything from a 3 piece band up to a 14 piece band - we chose 5 piece. The price was right and very reasonable. We also had keys and a guitar for our reception which was on point! For the reception we had Ed on guitar/vocals, Aisha on vocals, Clyde on drums, Tony on Bass, and Jonathan on keys. All fantastic musicians, and Ed and Aisha had amazing voices. They played every genre imaginable and nobody left the dance floor! Our dance floor was packed the entire night. Everyone commented on how amazing our band was and how much fun they had! Our photographer even said "Most fun wedding I've ever been to." Our videographer commented on how they were mixed and came through crystal clear through video (which I guess is not common with most bands). We really couldn't have asked for a better wedding band. Thanks Emerald Empire! Do yourselves a favor and book this band today!
My husband and I booked Emerald Empire Band for our wedding and we are still gawking over how amazing they were!! They played acoustic guitar at our ceremony, some jazz during cocktail hour, and all of our favorites during the reception. Everyone was dancing the whole time and we received countless complements on how amazing the band was! We love music and we were worried that whatever band we chose was going to be your typical "cheesy" wedding band, but not Emerald Empire. They played music based off of our preferences and they absolutely killed it!!! I recommend getting the 7 piece band because the brass section adds a whole new element. On top of the amazing music, they are so so easy to work with and can literally do anything you ask of them. Great music and great people all around! Book them asap!!
Manny and the crew were amazing. We went a showcase and saw the whole group and knew they were all good but we didn’t know how much fun they would be. They showed up and showed out. Everyone at the wedding was blown away and thought we had paid 5x what we did because they were so great. Book them, you won’t regret it!
BOOK THEM NOW!!!! This band is awesome! they killed it at my wedding and kept everyone dancing all night. Manny is so great to work with and listens to all of your needs and wants. I can not tell you how many people have asked me who they were. Stop looking this is your band!
Mike and his team did a wonderful job. The music for both our ceremony and the reception was perfect and beautiful and everything we could have hoped! It brings tears to my eyes every time I watch the video of our ceremony. Additionally, the music for the reception was the perfect combination of class and fun - they truly made our wedding a dazzling event in every way.
Manny with Emerald Empire was SO incredibly easy to work with. I had a million questions and he was quick to respond and helped me a ton. The band on the day of the wedding was beyond exceptional. All of our guests loved them & had the greatest time on the dance floor. I am not going to lie, we were a little nervous because you can't see the exact group of people perform together prior to your wedding but Emerald Empire's standards are so high that they wouldn't let less than perfection :) I would recommend them to anyone!
Mike Q. was our contact with the band. He was beyond helpful. He was very responsive with returning calls and emails while we planned the music for the wedding. The guests included several professional musicians and they had glowing comments and compliments about the band. Everyone danced all night. If you want a great experience, wonderful pricing, fantastic music for your wedding...This is your band!!!!
This band was fantastic. Mike Q. Was great to work with and everyone loved the band. People danced the entire night. Very communicative before the wedding and everything went perfectly. So happy we booked them for our daughters wedding on 10/22/17 at 21 Main events at north beach in north Myrtle Beach, SC. Several of the guests are professional musicians and they raved about the band. If you are looking for a super band to make the Reception party fun, Book Them,,
FABULOUS! Booked this band for our daughter’s wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt Pleasant SC. We heard they were great in the Atlanta area but were a little nervous about which musicians we’d get in the Charleston area. After requesting a female vocalist we heard at the Tin Roof in Charleston we committed. The band and vocalist couldn’t have been more fabulous! The dance floor was rocking until the last song. Exceptional value for the money spent on a 8 piece band. I highly recommend the horn section!
The Emerald Empire Band was awesome and were so flexible and easy to work with during all of my wedding planning. Their sound is great!
Amazing!!!! This band is incredible. We had the string quartet during our ceremony and cocktail hour, and the music was beautiful. For the reception, we had a 7-piece band, and all our guests had a blast. These are extremely talented musicians who can play pretty much anything you want. So many people have asked us who they were and how they can hire them for their weddings too, and I am more than happy to recommend them for any type of event! They were just fantastic.
I hired Emerald Empire Band for my husbands 40th birthday party. I wanted Frank Sinatra style music played. It was a small venue and we only used a 4 piece band that evening. I cannot speak highly enough about their performance. The songs they sang were perfect, their sound was just as I expected, based on the sample songs I listened to on their website. They really set the mood for the party and I am so glad I hired them. I would hire them again in a heartbeat. Professional, extremely talented, and a pleasure to work with. Thank you so much for making the evening truly a night to remember!!
Absolutely amazing! The planning process was beyond easy and stress-free with the online planning worksheet and contact. We loved how we could customize the size of the band depending on what exactly we were looking for. We originally booked the 3-piece, but after seeing them live at the local showcase, we knew we had to have some horns. Emerald Empire was the PERFECT band for us! They played such a large range of music, and knew exactly how to get the crowd up and dancing. We saw some family members on the dance floor who we have NEVER seen dance before! All through the night people kept commenting on how great the band was, so we know we made the right choice!
We used Emerald Empire for our wedding reception. It's been 3 weeks since the wedding and people are still talking about how great the band was. The dance floor was full the entire night! Richard was great to work with.
My husband and I were married on May 13th 2017. We had a GREAT experience with the Emerald Empire Band! There are so many big decisions to make while planning a wedding. The Band, of course, is a big one. I couldn't have asked for a better band. Emerald Empire Band was professional, warm, accommodating .. and did a phenomenal job! The whole wedding day experience was seamless. I reviewed countless bands during the planning process, and I am 100% confident that hiring the Emerald Empire was the right choice. Thank you Emerald Empire Band!!
This is the second time around we hired Emerald Empire Band. They performed at both of my daughter's weddings and each time they were exceptional! I cannot say enough about the exceptional attention to detail, special request, and nonstop entertainment. They will not disappoint!
The Emerald Empire Band helped make my wedding day absolutely perfect. They were so easy to work during the planning stages, and the online planner made it easy to organize things. They played a variety of music just like we asked for, and best of all, they kept us dancing all night long! I got so many compliments on them during the reception. Everyone thought they were AMAZING!!! I couldn't be happier with my choice to book the Emerald Empire Band for my wedding and would highly recommend them to everyone!!
Professional, prompt, responsive, and engaged throughout the wedding. We booked a 5 piece band to include the horns-worth the investment. This group made my wedding and set the tone for the night. Responsive to all my requests and easy to work with. Made cocktail hour music subtle and relaxing, but later in the evening they had everyone up and dancing within 2 songs.
Once we saw The Emerald Empire Band at a preview event, we had no doubt that they had to be the band for our wedding. We were so right! We truly danced all night. Manny and the band were on top of everything and so accommodating with sound, providing a mic for the ceremony and toasts, and selecting music that really set the tone for a fun atmosphere, including the selections that played while they were on break. Talented, top-notch professionals!!!!
We hired Emerald Empire Band to play at the reception at my wedding. We went with a 6 piece band and it was honestly the best money we spent on the entire wedding. We had so many people tell us what a great job they did and how much fun they had. The band really did sound incredible and knew how to keep everyone on the dance floor having a great time! They were very professional and easy to work with in terms of the planning process too. Highly recommend this band!
What an amazing band! I would highly recommend them! They are both professional and interactive and probably some of the nicest and most fun people I had ever met! I cannot wait for another bride to hire them! 5 stars are not enough!
In the months leading up to our wedding, my wife and I weren't necessarily sold on booking a live band. We figured we would put together our own playlist for the reception and everything would be fine. However, we received a glowing recommendation from our photographers regarding Emerald Empire Band and decided to look them up online. Wow! So many great reviews and stories of satisfied customers. We decided to book them for our big day and we're so glad we did!
Our initial contact was Richard and he was amazingly upfront, clear, and encouraging throughout the entire process. He worked diligently to put together the perfect band for us based on our preferences and even made the time to talk with us multiple times to double-check all of the details. On the day itself, our band showed up early with smiles on their faces. Impressive considering we were getting married so far out in the mountains! They were never in the way while setting up and took the time to check in with us so everything went just as we planned it. They sang our first dance and knocked it out of the park! The singer's voice was fantastic and the musicians sounded clean and professional. The selection they played was enjoyable for all ages, which was important for us considering the ages of our guests ranged from infants and toddlers to grandparents in their 90's. During and after the wedding, I had multiple people ask me where we found our band and how to get in touch with them.
We are extremely grateful to Richard for making the process so easy and to Emerald Empire Band for helping to make our wedding so much more intimate. We highly recommend you try them out!
Amazing band!! Everyone was dancing all night long and I received so many compliments on the vocals and the energy they had!
I would highly recommend this band!
Emerald Empire Band was the best choice we could have made for our daughter’s wedding. Kelly McCarty was extremely responsive and professional while planning the music to our daughter’s taste. Each musician and vocalist are EXTREMELY talented, and we would hire them again in a minute! The band knew how to read the crowd and we received NUMEROUS compliments on the band. I will have to say that the demo they have on their website does not compare to how good they are in person.
As a planner, you really need the people you recommend to deliver. I couldn't have been happier with Emerald Empire Band! Not only was their performance first-class, they were organized, courteous, and professional. And they kept the dance floor packed all night! They're FUN as well as talented, they're the real deal!
We could not have been happier with the Emerald Empire Band! We booked the band for our wedding in Savannah this April and they did such an amazing job. Richard has really got the wedding band gig down to a science and you can really tell he knows what he's doing! Once you book the band he sends you an email with a link to your personal page where you can input timelines, music preferences, special requests and has all kinds of great tips and hints. This is such a great tool! We gave the band a pretty broad list of music we personally liked and would like to hear played at the wedding and the band took the list and ran with it. They played a great variety of music and had the whole crowd up and dancing. The musicians are very highly skilled and the MC did a great job. They even played a Phish song at our request! Also, they allowed one of our guests on stage to sing a tune. The Emerald Empire Band really helped make our wedding a night we will never forget and I HIGHLY recommend using them if your looking for a band in the Georgia area!!!
Emerald Empire Band was amazing. We did not need much for our function, but they were willing to do whatever we asked. All band members were polite and friendly. They seemed to love what they do, which made for a great energy. I would definitely book them again.
As a wedding planner in the Atlanta area, we trust Emerald Empire with several of our couples. They always do a great job on the day of, and they are so organized leading up to it. Organization is where I feel bands are normally lacking, but I never have an issue with EE. They are great all around and always provide a great party!
We recently hired the Emerald Empire Band to perform at my son's rehersal dinner on St Simons Island and I can't say enough about how everything went. This was especially tricky in that we live in New Hampshire and the event was in Georgia. Not a problem, as Richard handled everything from the very start. He coordinated everything with the venue's owner , making it very easy for us. Once the event occurred we couldn't believe how well the guys played, covering everything from Bruno Mars to the Georgia Satelites. I can not recommend the EEB enough!
We hired Emerald Empire Band for a corporate event with about 200 clients in attendance. It was a huge success, in no small part due to the band. They were extremely professional and easy to work with...very flexible, even on the fly. The planning portion gave me confidence that the band was not going to be one of the million things I needed to worry about leading up to the event. They were great!
As an event coordinator, I was looking for a new band that I hadn't yet hired for my clients. Leading up to our wedding weekend, they were responsive and helpful. During our wedding reception, they were amazingly talented, versatile, high energy and all-around impressive! Many of our guests indicated that they had never heard such a great wedding band and other commented that they felt like they were at a concert. I would absolutely trust them to delight any of my clients. You won't regret hiring the Emerald Empire Band!
We had our wedding at a beach house on folly beach and Emerald Empire put on a legendary performance! We had about 60 guests and we got compliments from everyone regarding the band. When Mike channeled his inner Bob Marley for the reggae set, it literally stopped people in their tracks - and Zandrina needs to get on American Idol or The Voice because she is incredibly talented. We were also incredibly pleased that the band was able to play spanish/latin music for the spanish side of the family. Overall it was a magnificent performance and we can't thank them enough for making our special day that much better!
Emerald Empire Band couldn't have been a better wedding band. From my initial contact with their manager, who was incredibly accommodating and friendly, all the way to the end of our wedding reception, they were more than I could have ever asked for. Not only were they all incredibly friendly, but they were all amazingly talented. Sam, the frontman, could sing any song in the style of that singer. He did the best Prince impersonation I've ever heard. We had a 7-piece band (they can range from 3 people upwards of 12 or 13, I believe), including Sam, the male singer and guitarist, a female singer, 2 horn players, a drummer, bassist, and keyboardist. Not only were they all fantastic musicians, but Sam did a great job keeping the atmosphere lively (but not crazy), and encouraged people to dance in a nice, nonintrusive way.
As a musician myself, I was highly impressed by the band's ability to segue way songs into each other, much like a dj would do. Their medleys were very impressive, and at one point during Rapper's Delight, the trumpet player freestyled an entire section and absolutely killed it. When Sam, the frontman, found out that I played bass guitar, he asked me if I wanted to sit in and play with them for a song. I politely declined, because I still had people to talk to and wasn't in the right mindset to play live music, but the thought and consideration to even extend the invitation was incredible thoughtful of him.
All of these reasons should be enough to convince anyone that this is THE wedding band to have, but I still haven't described the cherry on top. For my wife and my first dance, we danced to the recorded version of First Day of my Life by Bright Eyes. At the end of the night, after the band was done and everyone was out front waiting for us to come and say goodbye, Sam and the keyboardist (with absolutely no direction or indication from anyone) started playing our first dance song. Since all of the other guests were out front and not in the reception area, my wife and I danced together, alone on the dance floor except for our friends surrounding us in a big circle. It was one of the defining moments of my wedding day, one of the most emotional (besides the ceremony of course), and it wouldn't have been possible without this amazing band.
You will not regret choosing this band for your wedding or any other event.
A group of great musicians that were very organized and easy to work with. Everyone stayed on the dance floor all night!
I cannot say Emerald Empire Band ruined my wedding because the groom and I married and that was the most important thing, but they definitely ruined the reception. The band was a total waste of money and I wish we would have just made our own playlist. They were incredibly unprepared and disjointed. It took them about 2 minutes between each song to figure out what to play next. They didn't know the timeline of when to play or what order to play songs. I, the bride, had to leave the receiving line to tell them to begin to play for the cocktail hour and also had to stop them from playing the father/daughter song out of order.
Our instructions on the band worksheet were clear; we wanted to dance. We requested mellow love songs for the cocktail hour and got terrible muzak instead! We requested Motown and dance hits for the reception, but got 90s music like the Goo Goo Dolls, Dishwalla, Eagle-Eye Cherry and Gin Blossoms. The toppers were "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind (a song about suicide) and "Waterfalls" by TLC. Seriously how is that dance music!?! Not a single Motown song was played the entire evening.
I went up to them pleading for something danceable at around 9:00 and they played "Must Be the Money," but only after bragging to the seated crowd that they were going to play hip hop. Immediately after the song, they went back to lame 90s rock. At 10:20 my coordinator went to the stage with her iPhone ready to plug in so anything else could come through the speakers. Finally, the band played "Uptown Funk" and people began dancing; too bad it was ten minutes before the groom and I left. I hear people continued to dance until the event ended at 11:00 however, we were there to enjoy it.
I didn't get to dance with my mother, my step-father, my sisters or my friends at my own wedding because the band played the most terrible sets I have ever heard. This was the most important piece of the reception to me and Emerald Empire Band destroyed it. If you want good music at your reception, DO NOT HIRE EMERALD EMPIRE BAND!!!!
Response from Emerald Empire Band:
Thank you for your comments. I’m disappointed that we were not received well. I take full accountability for their performance, but to go some ways to explain, our lead signer was hospitalised 2 days before your wedding, leaving the band without its leader. I feel strongly that the service that you received are not in any way normally indicative of our level of quality.
I do think it is important to assure you & any potential clients reading this that we have taken an active approach to ensure we are better prepared in future. I am incredibly sorry that it was your event that suffered as a result of this unfortunate circumstance.
The last thing I would want to do would be leave you without a band the day before your wedding & I hope that my attempts to speak this matter through after the event & to provide a significant refund help show that this is not a matter we take lightly.
It was a pleasure working with you both, we wish you all the best & can only apologise again.
This band was great. I have never been to a wedding where more people were on the dance floor most of the evening. Everyone in the band was professional, and their musicianship was obvious. I saw a few eyes open wide when Zandrina started singing. The bandleader for the evening also served as emcee. He did a seamless job of timing all events as well as transitioning the pace from easy listening dinner music to a rousing finish that left everyone (young and old) wanting more. My son and new daughter-in-law could not have been more pleased with their reception!
Everyone loved The Emerald Empire Band! Our daughter's wedding was small ( 60 guests, including the bridal party); however, the band filled the space with wonderful music. We had the 5 piece band. The room was rocking when excitement was needed, and nicely romantic when appropriate. Our MC, Sam, was awesome! Many people commented that it was the smoothest flowing wedding they had ever attended.
The Emerald Empire Band was so good our guests are still raving weeks after the wedding. In addition to being great musicians, they were great at getting the guests involved and on the dance floor. When we had an unexpected health issue that disrupted our reception schedule, they were able to deal with the changes so professionally no one knew there were any problems. I highly recommend this band for your wedding or special event.
All I can say is stop your search here...hire Emerald Empire Band!! I have attended countless weddings over the years and without a doubt Emerald Empire Band put on the best performance. They are an incredibly talented group of musicians and they made our wedding a night our guests will never forget. The group we hired was nine pieces and they weren't just talented, they were incredibly fun! They had all of our guests out on the dance floor the entire night. At one point I looked out over the tables (114 guests) and there were 3 people sitting! That's pretty exceptional and I attribute it to their incredible performance. Their set list was amazing and they adjusted throughout the night to keep the crowd going, yet they were still flexible enough to take requests. Their rendition of Purple Rain will be remembered by every guest that attended our wedding! Our favorite guest quotes of the evening were, "I knew I was coming to a wedding, I didn't know I was coming to a concert" and "We went to a wedding and a concert broke out". Our guests are still raving about the band and I think they will be for years to come!
I think we need to mention that we planned our wedding from afar and the band was incredible to work with throughout the process. Mike answered countless emails and phone calls and he truly delivered on every request we made. He was a pleasure to work with!
Emerald Empire Band was perfect for our wedding reception and we had so much fun with them. Their planning process is so organized and easy. They were worth every penny. They really made our night!
What to Expect
The Emerald Empire 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.
High Energy Live Music to Pack Your Dance Floor!
We're live music experts, wedding enthusiasts, and party starters, infusing every event with energy and full dance floors. We're here to make your wedding the greatest party of your life!
The Emerald Empire are a premium, customizable 3-14 piece band specializing in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events and private functions–at a sensible price. Our talented and professional musicians have performed regularly with touring and recording artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Jay Z, Janelle Monae, Prince, Martina McBride, and Bruno Mars, as well as working and touring with numerous Broadway shows.
Visit our website for upcoming showcase dates where you can see the band perform LIVE before booking–showcases also make for a great date night or fun evening out with friends! This is an ideal opportunity for you to see the quality of music we provide, and make decisions about the music for your big day based on personal experience.
You can also tailor the dream band to suit your style and budget. Anything from a 3-piece band up to a 14-piece band with full horn section, percussion and backing vocalists. Any style from jazz, pop, funk, Motown to big band - or even the 80s... The Emerald Empire Band are dedicated to excellent service throughout your planning process. You’ll benefit from a designated producer to help with planning and promptly answer any questions you may have along the way. We also provide you with your very own band planning page, making the experience a breeze!
Our pricing ranges from $1,900 to $8,000, but every quote is customized to your event needs so don't hesitate to reach out!
Where we play: Mostly in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Savannah and Raleigh, but we travel around the world.
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.
We know many, many more songs however this is a broad example of our most common requests:
EXAMPLE Contemporary-ish Songs , (Good for a younger crowd)
Dynamite , Taio Cruz
Suit & Tie , Justin Timberlake
Locked Out Of Heaven , Bruno Mars
Lonely Boy , Black Keys
Don't Stop Believing , Journey/Glee
Get Lucky , Daft Punk
Only Girl in the World , Rihanna
F@*K You , Cee Lo Green
Cosmic Girl , Jamiroquai
Marry Me , Bruno Mars
Rock DJ , Robbie Williams
My Happiness , Powderfinger
Chasing Cars , Snow Patrol
If I Ain't Got You , Alicia Keys
Taylor , Jack Johnson
Are You Gonna be My Girl , Jet
Aeroplane , Chilli Peppers
Tonights Gonna Be A Good Night , Black Eyed Peas
Take Your Mama , Scissor Sisters
Steal My Kisses , Ben Harper
Black and Gold , Sam Sparro
EXAMPLE SWING SONGS , (Good for early in the night)
I've Got You (Under My Skin) , Frank Sinatra
Moondance - Van Morrison , Michael Buble
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
EXAMPLE Classic Old-school Dance Floor , (Good for a broad age range crowd)
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 , Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson
1999 , Prince
ABC , The Jackson 5
Love Shack , The B-52's
Jump , Van Halen
EXAMPLE Soul/Mo-town/Funk Songs , (For a funkier vibe)
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
EXAMPLE Rock Classics , (Great for dancing)
Jessie's Girl , Rick Springfield
Place Your Hands , Reef
My Sharona , The Knack
Johnny B. Goode , Chuck Berry
Sweet Home Alabama , Lynard Skynard
Hotel California , The Eagles
Twist n' Shout , The Eagles
Can't Buy Me Love , The Beatles
Cherry Cherry , Neil Diamond
American Pie , Don MacClain
Play That Funk Music , Wild Cherry
What I Like About You , The Romantics
Land Downunder , Men at Work
AND TOO MANY MORE TO LIST....
Just Power generally, however we can discuss individual needs