Keep It Fresh

The wedding reception, corporate event, or private party is a space typically dominated by the gig or cover band. It’s a logical choice — this type of band is a good fit for private events for many reasons:

  • They play songs that you already know and love.
  • They have a broad selection of music to choose from.
  • You get the notoriety of world-famous songs without the price tag of a legendary performer.

There are, however, certain limitations to booking a cover band:

Playing great songs doesn’t necessarily mean great performances, you’ll still have to check the ratings and reviews of any act you hire.
While fun and recognizable, a cover band doesn’t necessarily bring originality or artistic creativity (although they often times do).

The cover or gig band can be a great choice, but today we’re going to take a look at some reasons you might want to consider hiring an original act or local artist for your private event.

You Want To Do Something Unique

One great reason to hire a band that plays original music is to do something outside of the norm. We’ve all been to many enjoyable weddings featuring the classic cover band, playing all the hits from decades past. Sometimes, however, it’s fun to do something different.

If you book an act that plays an original set of their own tunes, you can capture a different aesthetic, and bring forth an entirely unique experience.

They Can Still Play Covers, Too

Just because you hire an original act does not mean they can’t play covers. On the contrary, they can play both original music and cover songs, bringing the best of both worlds!

When performing with original artists, there have been many times I’ve played recognizable cover songs amidst our own original music. Covers are great because they are engaging, recognizable, and help audience members establish a connection to the band, and a frame of reference for the sound. In the best-case scenario, covers can help communicate the intention of the original music. At a wedding, this is key.

Short and Sweet

Original artists often don’t have the repertoire to play as long of a set as a cover band, because the cover band gets to draw from songs written by many different artists.

This can be a blessing, however, because a shorter performance from an original act can be very poignant.

Depending on your budget, you might consider hiring a DJ to fill the dance floor for the rest of the night, before or after the band plays.

Keep It Original

When planning your wedding, give a little bit of thought as to whether you’d like to hire a local original artist. It can bring a whole new flavor to the festivities.

Communicate with the band before committing, and ask if they’re open to including some cover songs to fill out the set, both for time and for audience participation and enjoyment.

When you do so, make sure to use BookLive to find the perfect act and cement all the details to ensure your special celebration goes amazingly, and that when you get hitched it goes off without a hitch.