So, full disclosure, we didn't actually have a wedding. Our son is only 13. But he did have a fancy bar mitzvah reception in NYC in February 2015 and AffinitiNYC was the band we hired. More thoughts below, but here's a short review for those...
with a short attention span: they seriously kicked a%# from start to finish and turned our son's bar mitzvah into a party that no one will ever forget.
First, if you're reading this, you obviously are considering having live music at your wedding. If you are on the fence between hiring a band and hiring a DJ, please do yourself and your guests a favor and hire a live band! No offense to all the great DJs out there. But when you hire the right band, live music brings life and energy to an event that can only be created by real-life musicians and singers, bringing all of their talent and energy to make your reception a joyous, one-of-a-kind event. Again, DJs have their place, but a wedding is a CELEBRATION and the best way to celebrate is with a real band, trust us!
Second, when it comes to bands, these guys are the best. They were very easy to work with and put a lot of effort into understanding what types of songs - and what actual songs - we wanted to hear at our event. A few of our favorite songs were not on their (very extensive) song list, but they were happy to learn them. When it came to the event, all I can say is they delivered, and exceeded by a large margin our very high expectations of them. The band sounded great from start to finish - never too loud, but always bringing the right level of energy to get people up on their feet, in some cases literally jumping up and down, and smiling. The set list they developed based on our input was stellar. Our attendees ranged from young teens to octogenarians, and everyone found something to enjoy in the song choices, which ranged from class R&B, soul, pop and rock songs to current hits to Sinatra-esque standards (and softer stuff during our cocktail hour and the meal). Somehow, they made every style of music real and full of real life and joy - nothing sounded forced or canned - and, except during the meal, the dance floor was always jammed.
The band is made up of first-rate professional musicians, without exception, and the stars of the show, Chandlar and Karen, are truly exceptional singers. Words cannot describe what they bring individually and together to the songs they sing.
It's now almost April and we are still getting comments about how great the band was and how much fun people had on the dance floor at our event. We have never written a review for anything and we may never do so again. But we loved AffinitiNYC so much that we wanted to spread the word. Hire these guys already!