City Rhythm Band: Live Wedding Band in Philadelphia
Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast: Atkinson-Antonowich, November 21, 2009
November 21, 2009
My wife and I hired The City Rhythm to play our wedding in the fall of 2009. Represented by Brandywine Valley Talent, we received excellent service from both BVTLive! (Brandywine Valley Talent), and the band leader, from the onset of the process. We had a variety of song requests - some standard, some not - and the band performed every piece with perfection and with its own blend of original stylings. Our wedding wasn't necessarily an easy gig either. The ceremony included attendees from all over Latin America, as well as attendees from the states, so we needed a good mix of musical styles to keep the party moving. We were incredibly impressed to see a dance floor consistently packed over a 2 1/2 hr dance set - which seamlessly weaved in a variety of musical stylings. 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, standards, Latin, Motown, jazz, anthem rock, electronica and pop - it was all there and performed exceptionally well. Even the cocktail hour performance received applause from our appreciative guests.
The City Rhythm Orchestra and Brandywine Valley Talent helped make our wedding day the best of our lives.
Chris R. Antonowich
The Rittenhouse Hotel: Murino-Perl, October 17, 2009
October 17, 2009
Thank you very much. It was an extraordinary day for us----the wedding was perfect and having City Rhytmn there made it better than perfect. Peter and his colleagues were outstanding !!!! If ever you need a recommendation from me, feel free to give my name out.
Father of the Bride
Mark and I just returned home from our honeymoon and we wanted to take a second to write you a sincere thank you for helping make our wedding absolutely wonderful!
You and City Rhythm were simply amazing! From the beginning, your professionalism, excitement, talent, and experience were top of the line and invaluable. We absolutely loved the Italian accordian player for the cocktail hour as it set a joyful personal tone to the entire event. You worked with us to create a program that was unique and personal to us, as well as reflected the nature of my ethnic (Italian) background. The fact that the band learned songs that were special to my family's region in Italy and played them beautifully at the reception was just incredible. And you even let my Father and his Italian sisters sing a very special song with the band!! How amazing!! Of course, the diversity and breadth of the band spoke to so many different groups of people at the wedding. It was perfect!
So many of our guests have commented on how wonderful a group you are and that they enjoyed themselves immensely. Most of all, Mark and I, as well as our families, had the most special time and we can truly attribute that to the joy of music your band brought to our reception.
We can't thank you enough! Please feel free to use us as a reference in anyway we could help promote you and your crew bringing joy to more events! Best of luck to you on your upcoming busy summer and trip to Italy!!! We look forward to working with you at our next event. . .whenever that may be!
Renata and Mark Lindsay
Dupont Country Club: Politowski-Callahan Wedding, June 20, 2009
June 20, 2009
Pete,I just wanted to send a thank you to you and your band for playing at my wedding on June 20th. All of my friends have been raving about how great you were! I agree. I've never been to a wedding where people dance the entire night! I was really surprised at how different each song sounded. You can sound like a completely different band by changing the singer. Are you guys playing anywhere for New Years? If so, all of my friends want to get tickets! Let me know.Also, thanks for letting me sing with you guys. My husband, Sean, said that it was the highlight of the wedding for him.
Union League of Philadelphia: Green-Knox Wedding, June 6, 2009
June 6, 2009
Dear Pete and The Band,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our wedding reception so wonderful and memorable. The music was fantastic and it made the night. People have raved about our night and the fun songs and great singers and sound. We have you to thank for making our night fun and unforgettable.
Jenny and Brandon Knox
Bride and Groom
Normandy Farms: Paliwoda-Welch Wedding, May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009
Thank you guys. Everyone had an absolute blast. I don't think we got through salad and the dance floor was already packed. Normandy kept having to summon people back to the tables to eat dinner. A number of guests have said it was the most fun they've ever had at a wedding. City Rhythm made the night, you guys were awesome!
I've already had a number of people ask for your information so hopefully you'll see some referrals in the near future; I know I would love to go to another City Rhythm wedding. Anyway, I can't say enough about the performance - please let me know if you need recommendations / referrals, etc. I'd be happy to share my experience.
- Brad & Amy Welch
Bride and Groom
Aronimink Golf Club: Living Through Cancer Event
Please pass on a sentiment of "Thanks" to all the talent on stage, and behind the scenes of City Rhythm. They provided the amazing entertainment for our "Living Through Cancer" event held at Aronimink Golf Club on October 13th. We were apprehensive to start, trying to please so many different generations of guests with one band. Hats off to City Rhythm. They had the twenty somethings swinging alongside the more enlightened guests. A perfect blend of music and professionalism. Since the event, I have passed Brandywine Valley Talents name, and specifically City Rhythm, on to a host of people. I hope you get tons of well deserved business and, please know, we will certainly be calling again.
Chris and Deb Massaro
Nassau Vineyards: Kollock Wedding, October 11, 2008
October 11, 2008
Dear Dave and City Rhythm:
What a fabulous night we had for our daughters wedding on October 11, 2008. Our band, City Rhythm, made the evening! We never sat down! We danced the night away...
The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia: Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons’ President’s Dinner
I just wanted to let you know thatI absolutely loved your music last night at the Ritz for the NESPS dinner. A lot of people from the group had great things to say as well. I really wanted to introduce myself after the banquet because I was extremely impressed with City Rhythm and there were a ton of people on the dance floor (including myself!).
Thanks for a fun night.
Chester Valley Golf Club: Davis-Ciesielka Wedding
Now that I have had time to come down from my cloud, I want you and City Rhythm to know how happy we were to be working with them. What a time we had!!!! City Rhythm was a huge factor in the success of the reception. We knew they would be good, but they far exceeded anything that we expected. We are still getting calls and emails from guests saying what a great time they had and always they comment about the band. They were wonderful, fun, and very easy to work with, as well as professional. We can't say enough good about them. Send anyone our way should they need a recommendation. We still have smiles on our faces. Many, many thanks to you and City Rhythm for a perfect day!
Maureen & Ric Ciesielka
Philmont Country Club: Kane-Canale Wedding, September 19, 2008
September 19, 2008
You guys are the best! Everyone talked about "the band" and how great they were! It was totally the right decision. Thank you so much! I would gladly give my opinion to anyone who wanted to know.
St. David’s Golf Club: Cooper-Pratt Wedding, August 23, 2008
August 23, 2008
Thank you so much for everything you did to help make the wedding wonderful. The whole family is in agreement that our best decision was getting City Rhythm! All of the guests commented on how fantastic the band was and the number of people up on the dance floor. It was everything Steve and I wished for and more.
I will definitely be recommending you, and I hope we have another family function that needs a band so we can have you back.
Trenton Country Club: Children’s Home Society of New Jersey Gala
Bandleader Pete Spina and the entire band made our anniversary gala event feel like we were at the Oscars! Our guests commented to us that they had never before attended a fundraiser with such class and star-power as City Rhythm presented that night. Each member of the band had a special presence in their own creative way - whether they were singing or playing an instrument - each of them shined and really set the mood for an extraordinary evening.
We are grateful to City Rhythm for helping to make our event such a remarkable, entertaining success. Thank you for everything. See you next year!
Colleen Gehring, Director of Development
Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival
Thanks Pete for a great job at the festival. We really enjoyed having you!...You get the crowd pumped up! Very Cool!
Chestnut Hill Business Association
Ballroom at the Ben: Foody Wedding
How do I tell you all the wonderful comments we had about the music at Katie's wedding? I don't know where to start but let me tell you, that you made the party! You had everyone on the dance floor and my only regret was that it ended too soon. Where did the evening go? The kids loved everything you did. Thank you so much and we are looking forward to September to be sure, everyone is looking forward to dancing to your sounds again.
Terry & John Foody
Drexelbrook Catering & Banquet Facility: Bruno-Dowling Wedding, November 24, 2007
November 24, 2007
My husband and I were more than satisfied with City Rhythm. We loved this band and the bride and groom loved them too! They are a fantastic group of musicians!
Pete Spina is an incredible gentleman and bandleader. So wonderful to work with during this wedding process. Thank you for all your help as well. BVTLive! is a fabulous organization to do business with and all of you are to be commended for your professionalism.
Mother of the Bride
Hotel DuPont: Hurwitz Wedding, August 27, 2007
August 25, 2007
Dear Pete and the musicians of City Rhythm:
We can't thank you enough for making our wedding so wonderful. We heard so many comments on how great you were! You were perfect. We all danced so much and with such joy. I'm so glad we chose City Rhythm!
Melissa and Mike Hurwitz
The Battleship New Jersey: 5th Annual Battleship Blast
August 20, 2007
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers of the Battleship New Jersey, please know how grateful we are for City Rhythm's performance at our 5th Annual Battleship Blast. The band was great and our guests thoroughly enjoyed listening and dancing to your music. It really put our event over the top!
Your participation helped make the 2007 Blast on of our most successful fundraisers to date. Your contribution will allow us to continue our restoration, preservation, maintenance and education programs.
Again, many thanks for your support of The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial.
April 21, 2007
I hope that you are having a wonderful summer!
Jon and I got our wedding pictures back last week and spent a good part of this past weekend re-living the wedding with our family. In going through some great dancing shots Jon and I realized that in the busy weeks that followed our wedding and honeymoon we never got in touch with you to tell you how wonderful City Rhythm was at the wedding.
Our Friends and family are still raving about how great the music was and we could not agree more. You did such a great job with our song, my grandparent's anniversary song, and the range and selection of songs were in perfect keeping with the "feel" we wanted to have at our wedding. I think both Jon and I were surprised at how much dancing there was before dinner...but I just don't think anyone could resist! You guys far exceeded our expectations and we can not thank you enough.
It was such a pleasure to work with you and we really look forward to hearing City Rhythm again soon.
We have enjoyed getting the City Rhythm e-mail updates and we are hoping to get to your show at Cooper River Park in August (it is a short walk from our house). Though, I will be honest your Italy trip sounds a bit more exciting! We were there for our honeymoon and cannot wait to go back!
Thanks again, Pete! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Abbey & Jon Cofsky
P.S. My sister is getting engaged soon and I know that she will want to get in touch with you in the next year or so...
January 1, 2007
Pete and Nick,
I know this is a bit late, but we wanted to thank all of you guys for coming up to New York to play for our NYC reception. I learned how to dance listening to your music, and it really meant a lot to me to have Troy play for such an important event in my life. You guys played fabulously, and all of our friends raved about you! Please extend a special thanks to Steve and Vicki for taking the time to learn "Until I met you" for us. Hope you all had happy holidays and hope to see you soon in 2007.
Lori and I got a copy of a video of us dancing to "Until I Met You." It was great. You did a great job on that song and on the rest of the evening. As Lori said, all of our friends raved about the band. Hope you guys make it to New York soon!
December 15, 2006
Now that I am back from my honeymoon, I wanted to send you a note to thank you for everything! The wedding was awesome because of how great you guys were. My 86 year old aunt was on the floor the whole night. Wanted to send you this link to my photographer’s site, because she links to your website from her own which I think is pretty cool. She gives everyone a plug. Everyone is still raving and hopefully we’ll be able to catch you guys when you’re performing around here! Thanks again for everything.
Sara Neal, Special Events Manager
McCabe: Wedding, November 11, 2006
November 11, 2006
Dear Pete and City Rhythm,
Thank you for putting on a phenomenal show on November 11th @ our wedding! Although space was somewhat limited, you guys made the best of it, and everyone was really impressed. People really loved the guitar solo songs during dinner, and everyone enjoyed hearing 3 different singers. It was very special to see my relatives (especially the old guys!) up and dancing around and having a great time. I would recommend City Rhythm highly to any other potential wedding party- let me know if I can be a reference for you. See you around South Philly.
Kevin and Angela McCabe
Bride and Groom
September 24, 2006
To Pete and the Whole gang at City Rhythm Orchestra-
Please accept our most sincere, abet belated thanks for all that you did to help make our wedding reception on September 24th so special! We had dreamed for years after seeing you at so many fun nights at Rocking Chair in Avalon of having you play at our wedding. And I must say the dream came true and was just perfect. I’m not sure if a single day has passed since our wedding that we haven’t looked back and been so glad you all were there making it the party we had dreamed of.
Best to you all,
Jennifer and Andrew Comerfed
September 14, 2006
Dear Pete and City Rhythm,
You were just incredible at Laurie and Eric’s wedding last Saturday. The entire event was just so great and family and friends cannot stop talking about the band, the band, the band! Really, I just can’t thank you enough. I hope you all had as much fun sharing in the joy and happiness and energy of the night. I wish we had a "sound track" of the reception. If you wouldn’t mind sending us 2 more of your CD’s. We played it so much it’s now skipping. Your attention to the bridal party and families, mixture of music, cooperation with the club, and reading the crowd was wonderful! What a great party- thank you so much!
P.S. Thanks for the extra effort in preparation for "Yellow"
Eric and I can’t say thank you enough for playing at our wedding in Stone Harbor. We both knew from the first time we heard City Rhythm on your website that you would be great but we had no idea! Your skilled professionalism completely blew us and our guests away. People can’t say enough about how good you were and I still can’t believe that the wait staff had to tell me to sit down and stop dancing so I could eat my dinner. It was truly and amazing night and we
couldn’t have picked a better band to share our wedding with. Thank you again so much- especially for making our first dance so amazing. Hope to see you again soon!
Laurie and Eric Syphard
City Rhythm is an outstanding band with amazing musicians and singers. If you want an epic experience for yourselves and your wedding guests book this band NOW! The vocalists and band leaders are excellent. They offer a significant play list and will work with you on your special requests. The kindness and flexibility they showed for the challenges of a special moment with my 93 year old father will be one of my most valued memories. City Rhythm are true professionals; our guests went out of their way to tell us how great the band was. We can't be more thankful and we highly recommend them. The truth is they rocked our wedding!
- Teresa Andris & Jon Machmuller