Wedding Music in 2014

With every New Year come new wedding trends that you can expect to hear about in the coming months. Whether you are in the middle of planning your wedding or thinking about one in the future, keep these trends in mind. Even though the following trends are shaping the weddings of 2014, remember that there are some constants like engaging activities, delicious food and above all else, entertaining music that make every wedding a memorable occasion for everyone.

This year trends are starting with the invitation. In the past some couples have taken advantage of lavish methods in order to announce the wedding to their guests, but things are getting more personal this year. Some ideas for invitations include sending a personalized note or sharing a music video that features a special song.

 

As far as attire goes, pink wedding gowns are becoming more and more popular. Although they started to become a trend in 2013, that looks to really pick up this year. Whether you are at your own wedding or attending one as a guest, don’t be surprised if a pink wedding gown is involved.

 

When it comes to the wedding cake, expect things to get a little more extravagant. In recent years reality TV shows have glorified the wedding cake and introduced the country to new ways a cake can be designed. Expect more over the top cakes that feature things you’ve never seen before.

 

These are just a few of the ways you can expect weddings to change in 2014. Remember that constants like music give all of your guests a personal connection and help bring your wedding to life. So, no matter what type of trends your wedding will feature, make sure you have great live performances like the ones we offer at Phoenix Music!

 

Bobby

 

Source: http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/01/12/2014-wedding-trends/

 

*Video courtesy of emimusic

 

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The Right Kind of Music Can Turn Any Event into a Therapeutic One

The capacity for music to alternately soothe and excite the soul has been recognized for centuries. Aristotle, everyone’s favorite Ancient Greek philosopher, was famously distrustful of the hold music can have over our emotions. Plato, too worried that non-traditional music, The Sex Pistols of Ancient Athens, might contribute to moral degeneracy in the Greek city-states. More recently, renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks has written about the dynamic effects music can have on the human brain in his book Musicophilia, a must-read for anyone interested in the remarkable anomaly that is music.

Were the Ancient Greeks justified in their uneasiness toward musicians? Possibly. Probably, even. Consider the fact that music is routinely employed in warfare to bolster the morale of allies and strike fear into the hearts of enemies. No doubt music can be a powerful agent in unearthing and amplifying some of our most primal passions, but there is another more gentle and beneficial side to music’s profound influence on the individual; an influence that Oliver Sacks and his contemporaries have been far more apt to recognize than their ancient counterparts. Music, arguably more than any other artistic medium, has enormous therapeutic potential.

 

A recent article in the Times-Herald focuses on the Atlanta based band Multiplexor who has been making music pro bono for the better part of the decade. In the article, the author describes the music making process as a kind of “self-medication” for the band members. Kyle Coleman, the principle songwriter of the group, embraces the intense catharsis he experiences when writing and playing music, engaging in a kind of healing process that allows him to release unpleasant thoughts and memories. Coleman strives to “defeat the sadness” by making and sharing his music with others.

 

You can bet there are countless other Kyle Coleman’s out there whose lives have been irrevocably changed for the better by the therapeutic power of music. Whether playing music or simply unwinding to your favorite tunes after a long day at work, it is downright magical stuff that can have concrete benefits on the human psyche. So let’s give the Greeks their due and get back to soaking in the auditory anti-depressants.

 

At Phoenix Music, we understand the positive effects music has on us and work with due diligence to ensure that your event is a happy one!

 

Bobby

 

Source: http://www.times-herald.com/closeup/20140105-UPCLOSE-FEATURE–Multiplexor-Band-W3PIX/

 

*Video courtesy of knopfgroup

 

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Trends for Music in 2014

It’s 2014, and the music industry is experiencing some exciting changes. Many of the biggest names in music have some interesting thoughts on what the next twelve months will bring to radio waves and music stores across the country. Here at Phoenix Music, we’re well aware how important it is to keep our finger on the pulse of developing music.

 

A return to a rock guitar aesthetic, better electronic music and changes to the way we make music are on the near horizon, according to a group of experts surveyed for this look ahead at music in 2014 published by NME.com. Lily Allen, Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys, Paul Weller and a number of other musicians, producers and critics give their take on what to expect in the months ahead.

 

Some feel that 2014 will begin a trend towards more guitar in the popular music streaming across radio airwaves. Jack Barnett of The Three Puritans feels that the costs incurred with studio space and recording guitar tracks is a big reason why new musicians tend to stick to dance music that can be created for free through software programs. Carson Cox of Merchandise, however, points out groups like Destruction Unit that are trying to make music with as many as three guitars in one band.

 

 

Because of the ease of downloading a program to create simple music files, many musicians are starting to become wary of others who focus only on electronica. Elias Bender Ronnenfelt of Iceage told NME.com that “I’m tired of getting [booked] with all of these screamo, mathy groups.” It’s becoming a lot harder to find diamonds in the rough when it comes to the electronic music genre, but it sounds like people are more interested in searching for them.

 

Even some music producers are acknowledging that changes need to be made to how we create music in America. Daniel Glass, founder and president of Glassnote Records, thinks that artists don’t have enough time to find their sound. “Expectations are too high for add-days and impact days – which fans know nothing about,” the producer was quoted as saying in the above article.

 

Here at Phoenix Music Ltd, we’re only interested in musicians who work to stay ahead of the curve. You’ll have a lot of fun hearing us bring our versions of the newest music and trends to your wedding or private party!

 

Bobby

 

*Video courtesy of The Creators Project

 

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Chicago Christmas Event Music

We all hear a lot of griping as the Christmas season nears about how commercialized the holiday has become, and radio stations pumping out classic holiday tunes are one of the first targets for all of this vitriol. However, the statistics support the notion that, instead of shutting off the Christmas tunes, more people than ever are tuning in for the month and a half of holiday radio programming available every year.

 

This theory is borne out by a lot of data reported in this article published by USA Today. During the 2012 holiday season, radio stations that switched to playing Christmas music at all hours enjoyed a midday listener increase of 71 percent, and this grew even more at night. On Christmas Eve, the article reports that the average number of listeners for these stations jumped from 1.9 million per fifteen minutes, as opposed to 291,700 average number of listeners recorded throughout the year.

 

These Christmas radio stations will always rely on treasured classics that people love to listen to each and every year. Although a new song will break into the ranks of popular holiday tunes every few years, Nielsen ratings suggest that time-tested tracks like Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” or Johnny Mathis’s “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” are among the most popular songs selected for radio play.

People who are tired of these songs and think that they’re worn out still have plenty of newer music to choose from. New Christmas songs are being written all of the time, although it takes a while for them to break onto the radio. In the past few years, many popular recording artists and bands have taken the time to record either a holiday album or a festive song or two, including Coldplay, Sufjan Stevens, Cee Lo Green and Sara Bareilles. If you’re a fan of these or other bands, check out their discography to see if there’s a seasonal track that’s more to your liking.

 

For your holiday parties, or a seasonal-themed wedding, Phoenix Music can make sure that you’re offering your guests the best quality in popular Christmas music. We can even work in some of your personal holiday favorites if given enough advance notice. Give us a call to see about scheduling our music for your next party.

 

Bobby

 

*Video courtesy of texpaco

 

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RIP Lou Reed

Here at Phoenix Music, we want to make sure that we pay special tribute to the groundbreaking American musicians who have been so influential to the sounds we hear today. Recently, the music world said goodbye to one of the predecessors of the alternative rock and punk movements: Lou Reed. Although his music was controversial and depicted a gritty picture of life that made mainstream success difficult, the music we hear today would be a lot different if not for Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.

 

Reed, along with musicians John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, rose to critical prominence with the Velvet Underground, an incredibly avant-garde band that was a mainstay at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1960s. Their shows were a celebration of art, theater and multimedia that provided a great platform for Reed’s punk poetry and jarring guitar accompaniment.

 

The Velvet Underground paved the way for a much more raw sound and writing style in music that was certainly not possible before they arrived. Bands like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and other successful musical acts were constantly being harangued by critics for their use of harsh language. Reed’s subject matter went much further than even these bands dared to tread, giving much more bite to American rock ‘n roll. His interesting poetic style of lyric writing also opened up a world of possibilities for conveying emotions in song.

 

Lou Reed isn’t the first musician people think of when considering music to play at a wedding or corporate party. However, there are some rock classics that have held a lot of popular appeal over the years, such as “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Sweet Jane” or “Pale Blue Eyes.” If you’re catering to a classic indie or punk rock crowd, these favorites can help set a fun mood for all to enjoy. There can be such a thing as a Velvet Underground Wedding! Just listen to “Sweet Jane.” One could imagine this being a first dance song. Imagine a brass band or string quartet covering it! The possibilities with Lou Reed’s catalog are limitless.

Phoenix Music loves catering to music fans, no matter the genre. Give us a call if you’re looking for unique live music for your event or party, especially if you’re in the Chicago area.

 

Bobby

 

*Video courtesy of PeaceFrogMan1

 

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Rustic, Colorful Music for Your Fall Wedding

Every season has a mood, and so does a song – after all, music is mood! When you have a fall wedding, the music should reflect the rustic, colorful atmosphere, don’t you think? Below is Chet Baker’s “Autumn Leaves.”

Anyway, here’s a quick primer on fall weddings:

 

The fall months are approaching, quickly turning the world into a brisk wonderland of explosive colors and falling leaves. For many, this is the perfect time of year to celebrate a special occasion or even hold a wedding ceremony. The brightly colored autumn canopy that forms outside can be a great backdrop for a late-season marriage.

 

There are plenty of benefits to choosing a fall wedding over tying the knot at another point during the year, other than the exciting changes in foliage. If you and your significant other enjoy the brisk, cool climate that this time of the year offers, why not choose this time to commemorate one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make? Although the weather does get cooler, you may still be able to hold an outdoor ceremony if it’s early enough in the season.

 

Many venue options are given a rustic quality that is enhanced by the bright oranges and deep reds of falling leaves. Barns, orchards or any old building can be given a new life when the weather outside provides the perfect accompaniment for vintage, shabby chic fashions. Unless you wanted to have a wedding on a beach, where it would be exceedingly windy, your indoor and outdoor options for a fall wedding have almost no limit.

 

When going for this rustic style, brides also typically have a lot of other wedding gown options than the traditional white gown and veil reserved for more mainstream nuptials. Sleeveless gowns, shawls and other edgy designs are a great choice to match this style without looking out of place or inappropriate.

 

There are a few downsides to fall weddings that brides may want to consider. First of all, not all of your guests may enjoy the brisk weather the same way that you do. Scheduling guests may also be a problem, as many people find it easier to travel during the summer. This late in the year, many people have already gone through their allotted vacation time from work.

 

What music does fall make you think of? Some popular fall wedding songs include “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young, “Autumn Sweater” by Yo La Tengo and, of course, “Autumn Leaves” by Frank Sinatra. Classical songs may include Bach’s “Air on the G String” and Andrea Bocelli’s version of “Panis Angelicus.”

If you’re planning a fall wedding, make sure that you have live music that captures the essence of this special day. Phoenix Music will work with you to understand what kind of mood you want to set and will provide musicians with the repertoire and talent to pull it off. Make your Chicago wedding sound beautiful with Phoenix Music.

 

Bobby

 

*Chet Baker video courtesy of Brunex Barrios

 

*Frank Sinatra video courtesy of baroqer2010

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Spicing Up Corporate Events in Chicago

Live music can add spice and flair to any public gathering, even those that are mostly about business. Corporate events are an important time to bring employees and management together in one place in a more relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere than they experience at the office. This time can lead to a more productive and creative workplace where employees feel more free to collaborate after having built up their relationships.

 

A corporate event may be a place to discuss some business with employees, but it’s often encouraged to plan fun events into a schedule that can loosen up the participants. Many use unconventional team building exercises, such as problem solving activities using teams from different business departments. Others go for a more fun activity, like sumo suit wrestling or inflatable jousting.

 

Along the same lines, live music can help make a business event a much more casual and open affair. There’s a performance quality to live music that helps draw in a crowd much better than CDs and stereos can. Only a live musician can tap into the energy of a room and use that atmosphere to fire up their performance, creating a relationship between the audience and the music.

 

Having an experienced band playing live gives coordinators a lot of options for building the occasion. An event planner can use a variety of musical styles, like jazz or swing, to set a mood of their choosing. Phoenix Music offers a variety of musical styles that gives planners plenty of options, including swing, rock, jazz, Motown and even Top 40 hits. We offer solo performance, trios or a full band, whatever suits your needs best.

 

Corporate events are a perfect time to mix business and pleasure effectively. If you’re planning an event in the area of Chicago, IL, give Bobby Schiff and the Bobby Schiff Band a call. We’d love to put on a show for you.

 

 

Bobby

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The Importance of Live Music

live music for corporate event entertainment in MichiganIn reception halls and dance floors all across America, there is a battle raging…

 

Between bands and DJs.

 

It is a battle for the heart of any event, particularly the beating lovelorn heart of any wedding. Music can make or break any wedding reception, so it is of the utmost importance to book the right DJ or band.

 

The question for the happy couple to consider is the following: should I book a DJ or a band? First, you must consider the musical personality of the reception. Funk? Classical? Swing? Jazz? Rock? What is it? Not only that, some couples avoid the battle entirely, and simply bring their laptops to the reception and play music using iTunes or Spotify. That may not be the classiest option, but it is quickly gaining popularity, especially among younger couples. As wedding receptions evolve, so does the music. Live musicians must step up and thwart this trend. Musicians of the world, unite!

 

While a DJ (or laptop) can provide variety and is often cheaper, live music transforms an event, injecting a bit of sophistication. A live band helps create a more organic atmosphere. Oftentimes, a DJ does not feel a part of the reception. This may create a wall between guests and the music. Although they may be dancing, their hearts aren’t necessarily in it. That is near impossible with a live band.

 

A good bandleader knows how to read a group of listeners and dancers; it’s in his or her blood. If they need a jump in their step, the bandleader will pick up the tempo. If the overall mood requires some romance, the bandleader will call for a slow song. Every event has a feel. A bandleader is kind of like a seismograph, able to read a room’s seismic waves. He or she will adjust accordingly, transforming the wiggly lines into music. Remember, a live band provides organic personality.

 

live music for weddings and corporate events in Chicago

My name is Bobby Schiff, leader of the Bobby Schiff Band. Welcome to the blog! For close to 30 years, we have provided professional musical services for weddings, parties and corporate events throughout the Chicago area. We immerse ourselves in many musical genres – jazz, Motown, swing, rock and top 40 hits, just to name a few. We adapt, like any good band, and can accommodate any event.

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For many of us, music is just a click away. Some twenty-somethings have never even owned a CD, accustomed to downloading a song at a moment’s notice or watching a video on YouTube. It is easy to take music for granted nowadays. Young people, so used to the Internet, may not appreciate the visceral joy that is live show.

 

Writer Edgar Watson Howe once said, “When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have.” When was the last time you thought of music this way? Good music makes you long for something unattainable. Live music amplifies that feeling tenfold and lifts you to places otherwise unreachable. The Bobby Schiff Band can take you to those places.

After all, shouldn’t a wedding lift you to those “unreachable” places?

 

Bobby

 

*Dance floor image courtesy Artisticco LLC

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