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As band leader for Jellyroll, our band has learned and performed some really fun songs at our weddings.  In addition to your first dance song, and parent dance songs, think about the song that you and your fiancé are announced to.  This song should be fun, high energy and a favorite of yours.  Here are some songs we played while introducing couples into their wedding reception for the first time as husband and wife: Classic: “My First, My Last, My Everything” – Barry white “Signed, Sealed Delivered” – Stevie Wonder “More Today Than Yesterday” – Spiral Staircase “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Frankie Valli Rock: “Start Me Up” – Rolling Stones “City of Blinding Light” – U2 “Viva La Vida” - Cold Play “Rock n Roll Part 2” – Gary Glitter Contemporary: “Don’t Stop the Party” – Pitbull “Give Me...
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How to Create an Exciting Wedding Celebration! Here are some things to consider when planning the flow of your wedding, if your goal is to maximize the time on the dance floor: Introductions: We are seeing bridal party introductions less often, and this is not a bad thing. Think about it, after the cocktail hour, guests enter the ballroom dancing while the venue staff and band leader spends time gathering and lining up the bridal party for their intros into the party. The bride and groom, as well as others being introduced miss at least 15 minutes of their party, if not more. We suggest the bride and groom enter the ballroom when the doors open, dancing with their guests. When ready, the couple is formally introduced and asked to the center of the dance floor for their first dance. If you really want the bridal party to be introduced, you may consider having them enter as a...
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BVTLive! at the 2014 PHLCVB Annual Luncheon The "Here for the Making" 2014 Annual Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Luncheon was hosted last week on the eve of Thanksgiving. This year, BVTLive! was again a proud sponsor of this event with industry leaders all across the Philadelphia region to meeting up to network . This is Philadelphia's largest hospitality event. The PHLCVB makes efforts to improve the economy and generate job growth in Philadelphia. Recruiting meetings, conventions, sporting events and travelers to the city, this corporation aims to put Philadelphia on the map as the place to be for diverse convention and tourism customers. Amidst the ambiance of purple, red, and green lighting, Advanced Staging Productions also provided top notch sound and video components. BVTLive! presented an impressive 4 piano Dueling Piano Dudes ensemble in the Terrace Ballroom that followed the solo-jazz styling’s of Paul Sottile in the main lobby area. Guests coming in from the cold sleet and snow mix were greeted by...
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BVTLive! Specialty Acts & Inspired Emotions Entertain Many This Autumn BVTLive! wants to create your dream entertainment experience. Whether it is a corporate event, gala, or family event, our specialty acts will uphold the air of energy for which BVTLive! has come to be known. From DJ Fusion, to Dueling Pianos, to small jazz ensembles, BVTLive! guarantees that your event will become a hit! In the past few weeks, just a few artists worth mentioning include: the Lukens Band who played at both the Merion Cricket Club and Radnor Hunt; Pete Smyser who performed at White Manor Country Club, The Crystal Tea Room, and multiple wedding ceremonies; Stringsations made appearances at the Four Seasons Philadelphia, The Union League, and The Crystal Tea Room; and Tony Forliano rocked The Borgata, just to name a few performances. Additionally, we are honored to have had Lou Lanza as the entertainment for the Union League Fall Ball and the PNC Awards Luncheon recently. Other specialty acts include the Ashley...
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Investing in the Future of Our Industry The Philadelphia Vicinity Club Manager’s Association (PVCMA) is an organization of all the country clubs in area, and each year, its foundation awards scholarships to deserving individuals who demonstrate a strong presence or promise in the hospitality industry. For the first time ever, BVTLive! has committed to contributing $1,000 to these scholarship awards yearly, as a friend of the Philadelphia Club Foundation! This year’s recipient was chosen as for her exceptional work as an intern at the Philadelphia Country Club. On November 10, 2014, Elisabeth Leister received the very first BVTLive! scholarship. She was a food and beverage employee at Cedarbrook Country Club for 3 years prior to her summer internship at Philadelphia CC. Elisabeth is currently a student at the University of South Carolina pursuing a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, aspiring to be a club manager following graduation. She was working so hard at school that she unfortunately could not attend...
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