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Patrick and his band was the highlight of our reception. Our guests to this day still comment on how great Green Thirteen was. His preparation, organization, and availability made the planning process so stress free. If it wasn't for his great attention to detail, me and my wife would have been truly unprepared and I feel that he cared for our reception to be a true success. Our reception was at Cafe Brauer in December. By chance the weather ended up being a beautiful 51 degree day in the middle of winter. It was a blessing, yet the warm weather also brought this unholy traffic in Chicago the likes of which god has never seen!!! About 3/4 of our guests were late and Patrick made the offer to delay the start until everyone arrived and continued the cocktail hour to keep the guests that were there at ease. That offer hit home for me as any other "band" would have kept to the timeline or charge extra, etc.. What I love about Patrick and Green Thirteen is their ability to adapt on the fly without any hesitation. I would highly recommend them for their professionalism and more importantly the ability to exceed ones expectations. They truly were the icing on our wedding cake!!!
Thank You Patrick & Green Thirteen!!!
Green 13 was one of the best parts of my wedding! Patrick was a pleasure to work with and did an amazing job staying in constant communication with me so the wedding day would go perfect...and it did! He was professional while staying light hearted and working with me every moment up until the big day. On the wedding day everything went flawless from the DJ'd ceremony to the live band set. We paid for an extra hour of live band (4 hours total) plus a saxophone player and it was beyond worth it! The band rocked the crowd all the way to the end and we have been hearing rave reviews ever since! I would HIGHLY recommend Green 13 to any couple looking for an organized band leader and a great group of musicians to blow your wedding reception right out of the water! Love everything about them!
My husband and I were planning a wedding in 10 weeks. We found our vendors quickly, except the band. We met with lots of folks, and just couldn’t get a good vibe. I came across Patrick about 4 weeks before our wedding; he emailed me back within 5 minutes of writing him. After exchanging about a dozen emails in about an hour, it was clear that he was a fun, personable, passionate, responsible band leader. We booked him! (And were excited when, the next morning, we had multiple emails from other bands saying, “We are booked on your date but you should try GREEN THIRTEEN because they are amazing!”.)
Next up, we met up and had a long conversation where it was clear that Patrick was trying to get a sense of who we are as a couple, our personality, our interests. Patrick was never in a hurry in this meeting, rather, it felt like he would have sat there with us for as many hours as it took to get all the information he needed, from logistics to how to pronounce the bridal party’s names. (Their pre-meeting planning packet is awesome!!! They’re the only band I talked to who had something like that, and it just shows how organized they are.)
Next Patrick created an amazing, detailed timeline, minute by minute, of the evening. For someone like me who plans events and is highly organized, this was awesome. I realized that I could let go of some of the control I knew I’d be trying to have (as a producer, I can’t help myself!) on that night. And sure enough, it was true. I totally trusted in Patrick to hit all the beats, speeches, special dances, etc, that we had talked about. He didn’t miss a thing.
Not only did he do everything that we had talked about, he did MORE. We had a small wedding, about 80 people. One of the things we hadn’t thought about in terms of having a small wedding is that sometimes the dance floor can look EMPTY. When you have 250 people, it’s always full (if the band is good!) and if a dozen or so people take off early, it’s no big deal. We had an older crowd, and people did leave early to get home to babysitters. And I was a bit freaked out that people were leaving and that not enough people would dance. But… the music came on, and it was so good, that everyone who was still there was out on that dance floor.
Now, here comes the amazing part: in the back of my mind, I knew that when the band was going to take their ONE scheduled break (most bands I talked to take at least two, and sometimes three or four) that we would probably lose a bunch of people who would stop, maybe even go home, and the second set would be pretty empty (and sad!). I was so happy when the minutes passed by and the band kept playing, because I was dreading them breaking and people heading home. But… an hour went by, a second hour went by, more time went by and I realized… THEY WERE NOT STOPPING! I leaned in to my husband and said, “Patrick knows that if he takes a break, we’re going to lose the rest of our party goers. I think he’s just playing straight through.” And that is exactly what he did. He and the band played for about 3 hours and 15 minutes with not a single minute of break. He SAVED my wedding!! I was so worried that the last 90 minutes would be empty and a waste, and he totally saved the day. I’m not even exaggerating. He read the room, and he knew what to do without even asking me or me having to say anything. It was amazing.
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Wonderful band! Humble people! Fantastic Music! Everyone loved the music and thought Green Thirteen was incredible. We had a Greek / Italian wedding and music was very important to us. We were very picky about choosing the right band. We immediately loved the sound of Green Thirteen live when we saw them at a casino. It was exactly what we were looking for. High energy, fun and incredible to watch. They performed a great variety of music from current hits to older hits, that didn't sound old, but that actually was. We thought that was pretty amazing to pull off actually. All of our important ethnic selections were DJ'd at the requested time, and when the band started, it just went to the next level. Their talent and professionalism is proof of years of experience with weddings. Green Thirteen is a SURE THING!
We can't say enough positive things about Green Thirteen. Our 300 wedding guests ranged from age 4 to 90, and the band kept everyone on the dance floor until 1am. We wanted a non stop party and Patrick informed us that the band could do a 3 hour concert-like performance to keep the momentum going once they started. All the other bands and orchestras we interviewed charged more for this, Green Thirteen did not! This was just one of the many reasons we chose them. They have the greatest selection of songs and they sounded better than the original. Green Thirteen had over 6 lead singers in the band, and all the singers interacted with our guests, even my grandmother got extra special attention. Our photographer got a great photo of her singing and that moment will always be treasured by us. Thank you again for that Green Thirteen. We met with Patrick 3 times in the 9 months leading up to the wedding. We had a couple of revisions that we wanted to make after attending multiple weddings in this time period. We wanted to add things that we saw work, and deleted things that we felt wouldn't work. Patrick was very accommodating through the entire process. I always received quick replies to emails as well as text messages just to reconfirm that we received the emails! The band learned 2 special songs that were extremely important to us. We didn't want them DJ'd, so we created special times through the evening to spotlight these moments. Patrick suggested the appropriate times and they couldn't have been more perfect. Since our wedding, family and friends have been telling us that it was "the most fun they ever had at a wedding". Without Green Thirteen I can say that our wedding would not have been the same. THANK YOU!
After experiencing Green 13 at our friends wedding we chose to work out an agreement with a DJ that we had originally hired so that Green Thirteen could be our entertainment. All bands are NOT the same and once we witnessed what Green 13 offered, WE HAD TO HAVE THEM. The DJ option is very safe, but we are so glad we changed our mind. Im sure everything would have been great, but what we got with Green 13 was a once in a lifetime chance for us.
Patrick was extremely professional, organized and passionite. He was responsive to all of our questions, and typically answered us within minutes. He then met us at our hall, went through every minute of our timeline, took us out for some food and finalized every detail of what we wanted. At the reception, Patrick coordinated the evening to make sure that everything flowed perfectly. He poured champagne in our flutes (that our hall FORGOT) before my big toast, and he even checked on our food during dinner!
We told Patrick that we planned to arrive early to take pictures in our hall which was something that was important to us. They arrived 4 hours early for us and had everything perfect for our arrival. Patrick even supplied up-lighting for us at no charge. A HUGE PLUS!
The party was the greatest! They keep people on the dance floor. That's what they do. They impressed every one of our guests, and made me look like the rockstar. Our friends wedding was perfect, our wedding was beyond perfect and YOUR WEDDING WILL BE PERFECT! Trust Green13!!
I would highly recommend Green Thirteen to anyone who is looking for a reliable, professional, energetic and unforgettable experience. You will not regret it!
Green Thirteen was so easy to work with, they were just a dream. The dance floor was packed from the moment they started until the moment they finished. They were extremely flexible and attentive to all of our needs during the contracting and planning process. We had a unique set up with our hall as our "flip-style" ceremony and our reception was going to occupy the same space. There was no issues or ala cart charges associated with our package. They turned our room around without a complaint and no one knew what was actually going on behind the doors. Patrick came to us to get approval of the room before guests were invited in, and when they opened the doors it was like we all walked into Disneyland. The band was playing, people were dancing and having the time of their life, and we hadn't even had salads yet! Bottom line, they made our night unique, memorable, one of a kind, and brought our dream to life! Patrick is a delight to work worth, and the band is a talented machine!
GREEN THIRTEEN was superb! They had our dance floor packed all night and everyone at the reception raved at how great they were. They didn't take a break and the music was perfect!
I was extremely excited when my best friend asked me to be her maid of honor and we couldn't wait for the day to arrive. She and her husband chose Green Thirteen. I can honestly say that from the moment we arrived on site after ceremony pictures, until we were gathering the table floral arrangements at the end of the night, Green Thirteen and Patrick were there at every minute to see that my best friend and her husband had the incredible day they had dreamed of.
Incredible live cocktail music, organizing and introducing all of the bridal party, introducing toasts flawlessly, the perfect dinner music, also even checking in to see that the bride and groom and their immediate family members had drinks during dinner! Everything was extremely professional.
When the live band started there was not a couple sitting in the room. The band played about 3 and a half hours without a single break. They performed a perfect mix of songs that kept every generation dancing all night long. Green Thirteen is the entire package, a class act. Highly recommended!
Very much enjoyed the music even though I can't dance. The band set the tone and rocked it out the whole night! Would highly recommend this band to anyone!
We chose Green Thirteen to be our wedding band after my now husband spent hours talking to probably 20 different bands. After talking with Patrick and watching some example videos, we felt pretty confident that Green Thirteen was just what we were looking for - FUN! Patrick was super organized and everything ran so smoothly on the day of the wedding. The band played nonstop all night and kept all of our friends and family on the dance floor! Thank you Green Thirteen!
Green thirteen MADE our wedding! Our guests are still ranting and raving about them! Working with Patrick was such a pleasure. He was willing to go the extra mile and covered all the details which really put me at ease. Everyone in the band was enthusiastic, professional and extremely talented. The only negative thing I can say is the night had to end! ... Wish i could get married again! Just to have them again!!
Green Thirteen did an amazing job for our wedding. They were very professional, organized, not to mention they sounded awesome. We got so many comments about how great the band was and how much fun everyone had. Also since they were so organized it allowed us to enjoy our night. I would definetly recommend them. I am so glad we had them at our wedding. They truly helped make it the best day ever!!!!
GREEN THIRTEEN was responsible for making my daughter's wedding a huge success. Patrick, the band leader was so attentive to my daughter about answering questions and was always very helpful in all aspects of planning. At the reception this band got all our guests up on their feet to dance, even the 80 year olds, and in order to keep the party going they did not take a break! Now that's dedication to your business and to your clients! Thank you Green Thirteen for the time of my life!!
~Mary Ann (MOB)
My husband and I checked out a ton of bands when we were planning our wedding and without a doubt, we chose the absolute best band in Green Thirteen!
From our first email exchange until the end of our wedding night, Patrick and the band continued to impress us. They were quick to respond (often within a few hours), super prompt (arriving hours before our on site ceremony to avoid testing speakers/setting up while guests were present), adaptive (letting us change our on song choices the day before), knowledgeable on all aspects of the wedding process (acting not only as our band, but also as our event planner & emcee) and an awesome band that kept the night running smoothly and our guests dancing all night!
Our guests are still raving about how much fun the band was and how they appealed to all ages! They even let our 4 year old ring bearer play the drums with the band all night :)
Green Thirteen was one of our favorite parts of the wedding and we would definitely recommend this band to all brides and grooms!
Working with Patrick made the wedding day so much less stressful. Patrick met with us about 4 months before the wedding, he wanted to make sure he had the names and spelling along with the pronunciation of each member so that everything went off without a hitch. We were able to do most of the information through e-mail but Patrick really desires to get to know the bride and groom so that he can have more than a virtual knowledge of the couple.
Patrick went out of his way to make sure we had the style of music throughout the night and he hit it spot on. Everyone was up dancing throughout the entire night and I must have had at least 20 different couple ask about the band. The band was engaged the entire time and the quality of the performance as well as the song choices kept the dance floor full for 3 hrs. We had people from 10 to 80 on the dance floor at the same time and all enjoyed the great music.
My mother pointed out that one one time other than the initial songs (bride/groom, father/daughter & mother/son) were there less than 20 people on the dance floor.
While other things around the night had little mishaps Patrick was right there making sure that we had everything we needed, he even went out of his way to help relax us with a drink when some things at the venue didn't go 100% as planned. He is an excellent person to work work and his desire to please his bride and groom didn't go unnoticed.
Pick any band that Patrick represents and you will be happy you did.
When originally looking for a wedding band, I was very overcome with how many options were out there. I found Green Thirteen and was happy with what they had to offer for the price. However, due to some hesitancy on my father's part we took too long to get back to them about it and Green Thirteen was unavailable on the day of our wedding. Patrick was nice enough to suggest another band that he manages called Timing's Everything and let me tell you THANK GOODNESS we dragged our feet, because they were absolutely AMAZING!
We had a lot of different people who wanted all types of different music (Bride- Top 40, Groom- Alternative Rock and Country, FOB- 50's and 60's), but Timing's Everything made sure that there was a little bit for everybody while keeping the crowd on their feet the entire night! I couldn't even count the number of people who came up to me at the end of the night talking about how great the band was.
Thank you Timing's Everything for making our wedding the most fun it could have possibly been!
Green Thirteen was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint! They were high energy, worked with us and hall to make sure every detail was taken care of to our liking. The music was great, band fun and interactive. Our goal for the evening was for everyone to have a great time and Green Thirteen helped to make that happen. From coordinating the toast schedule, dinner, cake cutting schedule to keeping everything moving perfectly and most importantly keeping the party going on the dance floor. They played through their break and looked like they were having just as much fun as the guests.
So many people told us that our wedding was the most fun they have had at a wedding ever or in a long time and we would agree. We would hire Green Thirteen again without hesitation!
Patrick and green thirteen-
I can not thank you enough for making our wedding this past weekend such a success. I can't tell you how many people came up to me throughout the night and told me how great the band is...along with the day after. Their music selection was so broad and they played such a well rounded mix throughout the entire night. You can tell each member in the band is very passionate about music and truly enjoys what they do. They interacted with the crowd and I don't think the dance floor was empty at any point in the night. They must have been so into it, they didn't even take a break which is mind blowing to me.
Patrick- thank you for all of your dedication. You are truly a blessing to brides. For those looking to spend money on a wedding planner, no need because Patrick is your guy. He had our entire timeline planned down to the minute. Thank you for being so punctual from the moment we contacted you. He really goes out of his way for whatever it is the couple wants and finds a way to make it happen. Thank you for taking time out throughout the night to check in with family members to see if they needed anything.
Please never stop playing, you guys really are awesome and I will ALWAYS recommend you for any and all upcoming weddings!
Thank you so much again from the bottom of my heart.
-the new Erica Cisek
It's been a long time since I have experienced a live band at a wedding reception, and I was extremely impressed with the quality of service that Green Thirteen provided to the wedding dance. I don't think at first that I even realized how much work was being accomplished by the Green Thirteen team. They were providing live music during the hors d'ouevre hour and then the DJ service through the dinner. They were organized, efficient, and interested in making the day flow in exactly the way that the bride and groom wished.
As a musician myself, I was most impressed by the three straight hours that they provided music for the dance floor. Who has that kind of stamina nowadays?! I was amazed by their professionalism and energy. The band was all that most of us were talking about the next morning at the hotel breakfast, besides how happy the bride and groom were together. I hope that Green Thirteen's interaction with the kids helps to spark a desire to perform in them someday. Watching my friends' children bang away on those drums was a precious memory that I won't soon forget! Even when they were finished with their live performance, the DJ kept the dance floor hopping while the rest of the band struck down their instruments in a professional manner.
If I was planning an event for a wedding (or even for prom since I am a high school teacher) I would not hesitate to book this band for my party. I believe that they fulfill on their promise of tailoring the event experience to your needs. I am astonished that there is a live music group out there who is willing to fit their clients' personalities and desires (for every group they service!) instead of simply pursuing their own musical preferences and interests.
Book them, you won't be disappointed!
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