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"For most couples, this is the biggest party on the biggest day of their lives," says Patrick Olguin, the front man of Lounge-O-Rama. With that said, it's worth it to do some serious leg work to find the musical group that perfectly suits you, and your soon-to-be spouse. Whether you want traditional tunes or the newest hits, the LA band scene is rich with every musical genre so it's not too difficult to find a group that will hit all the right notes!
These guys have been playing big events since 2003 and if you're looking for a band with an infectious, fun party-vibe that smoothly translates to the dance floor here they are. Pros at everything from jazz mixes (great for cocktail hour), Motown to '80's and '90's hits, Lounge-O-Rama have received such great kudos from now-married couples that they even have a whole "baby pictures" book sent to them by past clients!
Why not add a little Latin flavor to your big day? Whether you want an intimate solo player serenading guests on their arrival, or a full band that also comes with Folklorico dancers and a DJ, Mariachi Malibu offers all of it. In their striking "charro outfits," singing traditional songs about love, this south-of-the-border musical tradition is a lovely way to add some more romance to your reception.
Led by Italian-born Tino, this group can go from traditional (think Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones) to Latin (Tito Puente) to everyone's fave disco tracks. With an old-school orchestra and years of experience, this big band prides themselves on perfectly setting the musical pace of your big day and can easily switch from one genre to another; classical music during your ceremony, big band music during cocktail hour and salsa during your reception.
Tina Michelle and the Rhinestone Cowboys
If you're going for a hip but casual wedding, this six-member country crew will show up with serious energy and an arsenal of old, cool country tunes from the likes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, as well as all the latest hits. If your guests are into any, and all, line-dancing, like the Cowboy Cha Cha or West Coast Swing, this is the band you need (though regular hip-shaking works just as well)!
This band is a serious melting pot! Specializing in Jewish nuptials, the singers will not only croon in Hebrew, Farsi or Russian, this multiculti group also has lots of musical options from a 15-piece to band to something smaller that also incorporates a DJ so you can mix up the mood. This is perfect for the couple who would like a mix of culturally traditional served with a fun side of disco, blues and rock 'n' roll. Read real brides' reviews here!