About this Vendor
Philadelphia’s Premier Entertainment Company
BVTLive! (Brandywine Valley Talent) is Philadelphia’s award-winning Premier Entertainment Company for Dance and Wedding Bands. We also offer specialty acts and aesthetic enhancements. We are proud to be recommended by the area's most prestigious venues and be represented at 750 events each year.
$$ – Affordable
Bagpipes, Guitar, Harp, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Steel Drum, Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Classical, Country, Dance, Disco, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Klezmer, Latin
After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding
Live Music, MC Services, Recorded Music, Music
BVTLive: All About Me!Reviewed on 9/21/2015 Christy B
We used BVTLive's band All About Me for our wedding, and it was one of the best decisions we made! All the guests could not stop talking about the amazing band and the dance floor was completely packed with EVERYONE ALL NIGHT! We had the absolute best time, and the band is certainly one of my favorite memories from that night. They were able to read the crowd and really did an excellent job interacting with the crowd and selecting great songs! Also, prior to the event, coordinating with the band was easy and low stress. We were able to do a song selection online and did a phone conference with the band that worked well. I really cannot speak highly enough about this wedding. Just absolutely the best.
We had the ALL ABOUT ME BAND at our wedding and they were awesome!! Everyone from our friends to families raved about the band. They kept the party rolling and kept everyone on the dance floor. Even some relatives that don't usually dance were up having a blast! The talent of this group is top notch! My husband and I are both professional music educators, so having a talented band was a must- and this band did not let us down. Mike's arrangements are well crafted, the horn-line and rhythm section has top notch players, and the vocals were amazing. This band was worth every penny! I would highly recommend this band for your next event-you will not be disappointed!!
Fantastic!Reviewed on 6/25/2015 Jamie M
My husband and I chose Big Ric Rising from BVTLive! for our wedding. Big Ric and they rest of his band were so fantastic! They got everyone on the dance floor and kept them dancing all night long! Big Ric is so enthusiastic and really gets personable with the guests! Our guests are still talking about how great our band was! They even learned 4 new songs for us! We are so happy we chose them for our special day!!
AMAZING! We booked Back2Life for our wedding and they were FANTASTIC! They were wonderful to deal with during the planning process and made sure to play songs that we really enjoyed. Everyone at our wedding were commenting on how great the band was throughout the night - the reception wasn't even over and people were raving! I can't recommend them enough!
We used All About Me for our winter wedding... Best wedding band EVER!! Every guest could not believe how amazing the band was. One of our guests insisted their brother use this band for their upcoming wedding (they are). They learned our favorite song for the first dance and nailed it! They also made sure to include songs we love! The band was incredibly accommodating and put on a fantastic show. The energy was unreal. Some of friends have even talked about pitching in to hire them for a "just because" party, they were that good. The entire process of hiring them from the beginning was top notch (thank you Bill Handy). Look no further, use All About Me as your wedding band and you will not be disappointed.
Midnight Hour performed during both the cocktail hour and also the reception at our October 29 wedding at HollyHedge Estate. Both Bill Handy, our agent at BVT Live, and Shavin Duffy, the band lead for Midnight Hour, were incredibly helpful and collaborative throughout our planning process. Their guidance and seasoned experience were invaluable as we configured our wedding timeline and music selection. For our wedding, we knew we wanted instrumental classics during cocktail hour and lots of dancing during the reception, loaded with Motown hits as well as classics from the 80s and 90s. Shavin understood our taste and helped us curate the perfect song list to ensure our guests would never leave the dance floor. On our wedding day, Midnight Hour were consummate professionals. They were amazing MCs, friendly, fun and courteous with every one of our guests, professionally (and stylishly) dressed, and extremely easy to work with. Since they have their own dedicated sound technician (who also managed audio for our ceremony), setup was seamless and we had zero audio issues during our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Shavin and his team communicated with us and our planners throughout the night to check in and keep us on timeline, and I appreciated their nimbleness and flexibility whenever plans inevitably shifted over the course of the evening. Now to the fun part: the music. we knew we loved Midnight Hour the first time we saw them in Ardmore -- and they did not disappoint on our wedding day! From our first dance when Shavin sang one of the best renditions of Elvis' "Can't Helping Falling in Love" we've ever heard to the final song, "Higher and Higher," their combination of rhythm, brass and male / female vocalists had our guests dancing all night and raving for weeks after the event. What is evident from the start is that this band enjoys playing together -- and that makes all the difference when creating a truly joyous atmosphere. We're so happy that Midnight Hour could be part of our wedding and are grateful for all that Shavin and his team did to ensure it was a fun event.
BVTLive! was so wonderful to work with! A great resource for all your music entertainment needs. Bill Handy was exceptional helping us with all the music for our daughter's wedding November 12, 2016 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. We had "Stringsations" for the ceremony and cocktail hour. They were excellent, professional, brilliant musicians. For the reception, "All About Me" was the 10 piece band! EXCELLENT!! Again, brilliant musicians. So professional, entertaining. Our guests were dancing all night and loved this band! They were so organized , emceeing the entire reception. Woud HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Exceeded expectations.
The Contagious Party Band out of BVT!Live were INCREDIBLE. I'm not sure why they're not reviewed on here more? After seeing them perform a showcase there was no question we needed them for our wedding reception. Walt is so laid back it helps ease the stress of wedding planning, and Paul is available at every turn to coordinate. Our dance floor was packed all night long. People have not stopped commenting how much fun our wedding was, and I owe it in part to having such an amazing band. My father wanted to play guitar during our first dance, and the band was completely open to it - they even invited him to a rehearsal so they could work it all out. They have a great grasp on all genres of music, old and new - and I am still just so thrilled at how well it worked out!
I recently worked with EBE's Imagine band. Janine and her band was so amazing to work with, definitely got everyone having a great time at the dance floor! Highly recommended for the best wedding band in the tri-state area!
Our wedding was at the end of October held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue and Jellyroll was our band of choice. There are not enough superlatives to describe how terrific of a performance they held the night of our wedding. Our main goal was to have the dance floor filled the entire night and that was more than achieved. Jellyroll came highly recommended and we had high expectations, but they exceeded those expectations. Not only was the band first rate and delivered an exceptional night of entertainment, but Kurt, the band leader was great to deal with throughout the process, taking phone calls, promptly answering emails, making suggestions, etc. Jellyroll made our wedding a complete success -- if you want the best, you really must go with them!
Deciding to go with Midnight Hour for our wedding reception was one of the best decisions we made – we could not recommend them more highly! Communicating and planning with them was incredibly easy, and the band leader, Shavin, was excellent in following up on details with us and going over our timeline. Our reception was better than we could have ever imagined, largely in part because of Midnight Hour’s unbelievable talent. Our first dance, father-daughter, and mother-son dances will be ones we remember forever, and they had our guests on the dance floor all evening long! The music was amazing, and the way they handled the flow of the evening was flawless! The vocalists and musicians are top-notch and the band as a whole is a class act. We really cannot thank them enough!
BVT was great to work with, and Big Ric Rising was an absolutely amazing band. While they may be one of the higher priced bands - if you want your guests to be up and dancing and laughing, book Big Ric Rising. We can't even remember the songs they played, but we keep getting compliments on how great the band was.
BVT was an incredible addition to our wedding! We utilized the band, Jellyroll & their Party Cam Photo Booth. We have had so many compliments from our wedding guests at how amazing everything was, thanks to BVT! Jellyroll is the BEST band in the area!! They were absolutely incredible, didn't stop the whole night & didn't miss a beat! They were even incredibly gracious & happy to share the stage with a special surprise guest at our wedding, too! They area such a talented group of musicians & know how to get a party rocking!! They had our guests dancing the ENTIRE night! The Party Cam Photo Booth was a fabulous addition. They brought some of the best props I have ever seen at a wedding. Our guests had a blast dressing up!! The pictures turned out so great too! I'd highly recommend BVT for any special event or occasion! They are the best!
AMAZING! We cannot recommend BVT Live and our band, Back2Life, more. From the start, the entire team was helpful, responsive, and understanding of our vision. Everyone was quick to respond to emails or phone calls, and helped us find the perfect band for our day. The band members were great to work with, and we received so many compliments! Back2Life kept everyone entertained and dancing all night long! We highly recommend this company and band to anyone looking for a great time at a reasonable price!
WOW WOW WOW is all I can say! My husband and I hired Big Ric Rising from BVT for our wedding this past August. Big Ric Rising was nothing short of incredible. He was so unbelievable that I still have friends who attended my wedding asking me for his contact information all of these months later. Big Ric is a TRUE professional and is honestly one of the most gifted vocalists I have ever heard. In fact, he played my Bat Mitzvah in 2002 and my wedding in 2016--now who can say that! Big Ric Rising is an incredible ensemble of approximately 9 musicians and if you are looking to throw an epic party than they are definitely the band for you. Big Ric made the night so special and it truly the best night of my life. If you want a PARTY that your guests will talk about for years to come then Big Ric Rising from BVT is your man.
Choosing a great band was the most important part of our day - so before we even picked a venue, we made sure to get JellyRoll's available dates! We had seen them perform at other weddings and the Philadelphia Car Show and knew we had to have them play at our wedding! The band was absolutely amazing!! Kurt made sure all of our requested songs were played and even pulled us up on the stage with the band to dance through the last song. My husband only had one request for our wedding - that they play his favorite Spanish dance song. Kurt ended the night playing this song on the loudspeakers through the room and all of our friends attacked the stage and danced with the band! Our guests did not leave the dance floor the entire night - we had the most amazing time and would HIGHLY recommend JellyRoll! Thanks, Kurt, for helping to make our big day so special!
Big Ric and the Rising were phenomenal at our wedding. They had everyone dancing the whole time and were so entertaining!
Wonderful experience, exceeded my high and lofty expectations!
The best decision I ever made (besides marrying my husband) was hiring Jellyroll to play at our wedding this September (2016). Guests would not stop talking about how great the band was, how I found them, and if I could send them their information. The dance floor was literally never empty. Towards the end of the night every. Single. Person. At our wedding was crammed onto the dance floor. Guests said they had never seen anything like it! Trust me, hire Jellyroll and you will be SOO happy you did! They are so much fun, so professional, and SO talented! I could not have asked for a better experience! Thank you Kurt and Jellyroll!!!
We could NOT have been happier! From the moment we checked them out playing in Malvern, to the end of the wedding night, they were fantastic. Responsive, sweet, accommodating, and willing to do whatever it took to keep us happy! They even checked directly with me at the reception for a song a guest wanted played that I had on my "do not play list." They helped me pull off a surprise song I sang to my husband and he had NO idea! They helped my Co-Moh's pull off a RAP speech for me too. I LOVED them and definitely recommend them!
BVTLive! was AMAZING! We cannot thank BVTLive! and their entire team enough for making our vision come to life, the entire dance floor was packed during our whole reception. Kurt was a pleasure to work with and answered any and all e-mails any day of the week and at anytime. Thank you so much! You can't go wrong when choosing BVTLive!
Bill set us up with Back2Life as our wedding band this past weekend and we are so incredibly grateful! Look no further than this band, Kurt and Marci did the most incredible job getting together the best song list I've ever heard at a wedding (partially my bias, but we've also had so many compliments from friends and family) and Marci kept everything on track! They had everyone of all ages dancing and singing ALL night! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My husband and I had BigRicRising at our wedding on August 20 at the Ballroom at Ellis Preserve. They were absolutely amazing and exceeded any and all expectations. Our guests are still talking about them. They all refer to the group as the 'best band ever.' At multiple points of the night, every single guest was on the dance floor - all because of Ric and his gang. Ric was incredibly accommodating and easy to work with all my requests. I keep trying to think of reasons to have a party and ask BigRic to perform!
All About Me played at our wedding over Labor Day Weekend at Vie. Working with Kurt from BVT Live and All About Me band was amazing from the start. They are very involved in your planning process and are also very flexible when it comes to adding additional songs to your playlist. Working with Christina in particular was wonderful as she goes through your wedding worksheet with you and is very detail oriented. As for the music, you truly can't do better than this band. The music at our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and the cocktail hour was fun and relaxing. At the reception All About Me played an amazing variety of music genres that interested young and old guests. Our wedding was about 160 people and there were people on the dance floor THE ENTIRE NIGHT. It was amazing. Several guests told us that this was the best band they had ever heard in their lives and that they felt like they were at a concert the entire night. For us, choosing the right band for our wedding was our top priority. We 100% made the right choice by going with All About Me and if you visit their website and watch their videos you will understand why. If you want an amazing wedding and dance party experience HIRE THIS BAND NOW!
The music for any event create the environment you want and my husband and I owe a massive thank you to BTLive for helping bring to life exactly what we wanted through the music they provided. I worked with Paul and explained what we were looking for and he came back with the perfect recommendations demonstrating that he knew how to take an idea and make it reality. We asked for four different music segments each with a different vibe during the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception. For my budget, Paul provided 4 different solutions that included live music and a DJ for the latter part of the night. He went above and beyond in collaborating with the venue to deal with some space challenges and even offered an extra set up of his own to ensure that we maximized time between moving locations. Paul was always responsive and nothing was ever a problem. His professionalism and of course talent added to our wedding experience in a special way. Without hesitation, we are proud to recommend BTLive for any event.
Meet The President
Kurt Titchenell is the founder and President of BVTLive! He is also the bandleader, trombone player, and co-creator of the award-winning dance band, Jellyroll. He has been performing with the band since 1980. Kurt began studying music at an early age, leading him to pick up the trombone at age 15. Kurt has studied at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and continued his studies at West Chester University. Kurt's dedication to his profession is evident in every aspect of his professional life. As President of BVTLive, Kurt is committed to making your event a success!