Searching for a DJ or Band for an Upcoming Event? Here are 5 Popular Options.

How do you know when everyone is having the MOST fabulous time at a wedding or event? Well, it’s not in the ladies room where they’re all checking out who’s wearing what, and it’s not in the dining area, no matter how delicious the food and beautiful the centerpieces.

It’s out there on the dance floor. When you look around and EVERYONE is bustin’ a move like it’s 1999; that’s when you know it’s a fabulous time.


It’s all about the music girls, and we’re lucky in Charlotte to have one of the best entertainment agencies in the country. EastCoast Entertainment (ECE) is the largest, full-service entertainment agency in the USA, arranging entertainment and producing custom events from coast-to-coast and around the world. ECE works with over 8,000 professional acts, from bands to DJs to comedians and everything in between. You can browse their website to sort and search by artist type, event and price. With such a large and diverse roster, ECE gives you entertainment options that fit perfectly with your vision ~ regardless of what type of event you are hosting, your event date, or  your budget.

ECE is used by some of the best wedding planners around, and by hundreds of individual hosts for weddings, galas, bar & bat mitzvahs, deb parties, fundraisers and more. It’s pretty much a “you-name-it-they-got-it” thing. Booking the entertainment can be an unfamiliar and complicated process, especially if you are not using a planner for every detail. ECE agents walk you through the process step-by-step in order to ensure your event is not only successful, but extraordinary. They will help you evaluate location, negotiate artist riders, determine power and electrical needs, serve as an intermediary, and work with you on pricing.

With the largest selection of wedding bands, wedding DJs and specialty musicians anywhere, ECE is an easy choice to help match a bride’s vision with the right entertainers. No matter what your budget, ECE has a ton of choices for you. Here are the 5 most popular options for music at weddings these days, from your basic DJ (who will be anything but basic!) through headline celebrity artist appearances.

1. DJ

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ECE DJToday’s disc jockeys offer a balance of eclectic mixes of musical styles for all ages. Another DJ advantage in addition to price is that depending on the amount of equipment a DJ brings, they typically take up less dance floor real estate and can be relocated with relative ease. Good choice for both small spaces and smaller budgets.

2. DJ and Instrument

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ECE DJ and Instruments

This incredible DJ/live music/live performer concept is a new and wildly inventive, fully immersive musical experience. From instruments including saxophone, violin, cello, full horn section, upright and electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars, additional percussionists, and even Cirque Du Soleil-style performers, customizable sets are endless. Combining a world-class DJ, extraordinary production and A-list musicians make your event unforgettable.

3. 4-6 Piece Band

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The Royal Suits 

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Hot Sauce Band

Having a band gives you the dynamics of a live performance, but a smaller 4-6 piece version often accommodates smaller spaces and often isn’t as expensive as a more expansive version. It’s traditional and distinctive, and the band you choose can set the tone for your reception – from vintage glamour to beach music funkiness. The performance, diversity of style and play list can complement any wedding event.

4. 7+ Piece Band

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7+ member bands like Charlotte’s own SOL FUSION are hugely popular ~ this particular band has played at Speed Street, Gravediggers Ball, Charlotte Hornets BuzzFest, Carolina Panthers Draft Party, Fan Fest and CLT New Year’s Eve.

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Bands like Party On The Moon offer show-stopping entertainment ~ they played at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball and Eli Manning’s wedding ~ ICYMI!!

The big trend in wedding bands is large ensembles having 10-20 members with multiple vocalists, strings, percussions, and horns. With glamorous costumes and high-energy live performances, most large bands can customize their shows musically and visually depending on your needs and preferences. 

5. Band with Special Guest Celebrity Appearance

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Mark McGrath joins ECE exclusive artist, Simply Irresistible, during a corporate event held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This is the crème de la crème these days, and the sky is pretty much the limit. Give your guests (or your new spouse ~ how fun would that be) an unforgettable surprise with the addition of a celebrity special guest.  Appearing midway through a large party band performance, the headline artist will appear on-stage for 3-5 songs wowing your audience and making your wedding the talk-of-the-town for years to come.

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When all is said and done, the swag bags given out and everyone heads home to nurse aching feet and head, we can’t guarantee they’ll remember the “living bar”, the marble dance floor (hashtag WANT) or those moody floral bridesmaids bouquets, no matter how much time and money you spend putting together perfection in small details. We can promise you though, everyone will remember how much fun they had on the dance floor. Focus on the fun.


Find so much more to know about EastCoast Entertainment on their website here, and send your inquiry for more info here. (don’t forget to tell them scoop sent you!)



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