Tips & Advice

Selecting Entertainment

We encourage our prospective clients to check out the other entertainers in town to make an informed decision for their big day. Be sure to ask about the entire reception. If the event goes from 6pm – 12am (the most common timeframe), what time does the band actually play from? Most likely they play from 8pm – 12am. In that case, what happens from 6pm – 8pm? Probably nothing, unless you hire additional entertainers driving your cost up. We include 6 full hours in our package, which includes a Jazz Group for cocktail hour and a live DJ for dinner and band breaks. That way, from the moment the doors open until the second the lights come up at the end of the night, we have you covered with great entertainment.

Think about the experience you want!
Having live entertainment, especially in today’s environment, does not mean you must settle for the cliché “wedding band”. If you had a DJ, he/she could play EVERY song you want to hear, including all of today’s current hits. Most bands cannot do this, or if they say they can, you will want to see them performing these songs. Having the ability to play the REAL dance music you want, today’s top hits from the Top 40, Hip Hop, Modern Rock, etc genre’s is very important!! And even more so, not looking “cheesy” when performed. Our front line is composed of a young, hip, trendy group of entertainers who can pull off not only the old-school Motown, disco, funk, etc, but also EVERYTHING from today including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Usher, Ne-Yo, Black Eyed Peas, etc etc. We love this music, and are very passionate about our ability to play them in a way you will truly enjoy!!

What exactly will you be charged for?
Does the entertainer you’re considering have an all-inclusive package? Or do they charge for extras? We are seeing more and more companies charge for things like Lights, Learning Songs, and even for extra Meetings!! We really don’t understand this philosophy, as we believe the cost on the contract for the event should cover any of the items mentioned above. There should be a fair cost negotiated for the services of the entertainer you choose, and you shouldn’t have to worry about being “nickel-and-dimed” leading up to your event. Our package cost includes EVERYTHING for our services. The only time you will ever see our contract price change is if you decide to change the scope of the event (more hours, more services, etc). Otherwise, you are covered!!!

The “Unmentioned Extras”
There are definitely cheaper bands out there that you can hire. However, when you hire The Dan Rafferty Band, you get SO MUCH more than just 4 hours of music. You get a band that is passionate and dedicated to making each and every show unique and memorable. We’ll learn songs just for your event. You will work directly with the band leader from the moment you sign a contract until the last song ends and we’ll consider each and every part of the night and how we can make it PERFECT for you. We’ll get to know you personally and incorporate any extra touches that will help you enjoy the event more. We’ll go the extra mile and do whatever is necessary, and by the end of the night you will absolutely be happy with your decision to let us be a part of your event. There are so many more little things that aren’t mentioned here, but you get the point!! This is our commitment to you, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!!

GO SEE YOUR BAND BEFORE SIGNING WITH THEM!!!
The best option is to go see your prospective band live somewhere. We LOVE to meet our prospective clients, and welcome the opportunity to have you out to see us. We will sit down and answer any questions you may have, and also play any requests you’d like to hear!!

1 Crazy In Love (Beyonce) // Promo
  1. 1 Crazy In Love (Beyonce) // Promo
  2. American Boy (Estelle) // Promo
  3. Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) // Promo
  4. Hot In Herre (Nelly) // Promo
  5. Just Dance / Poker Face (Lady Gaga) // Promo
  6. Make You Feel My Love (Adele) // Promo
  7. Motown Medley // Promo
  8. Prince Medley // Promo
  9. Proud Mary (Tina Turner) // Promo
  10. Shake Your Body Down (The Jacksons) // Promo
  11. Smooth (Santana) // Promo
  12. Sweet Home Alabama / All Summer Long (Lynyrd Skynyrd/Kid Rock) // Promo
  13. What I Got (Sublime) // Promo