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 which include our Award Winning Bands: Jellyroll, the Sid Miller Dance Band, All About Me, Big Ric Rising, Midnight Hour, City Rhythm, Strangers, Deja Blue, Back2Life, Contagious and Vinyl Groov. 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 1000 events each year.
$$ – Affordable
Accordion, Bagpipes, Banjo, Cello, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Steel Drum, Trombone, Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Classical, Country, Dance, Disco, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock
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!!
We used BVTLive's band JellyRoll. Words cannot describe how amazing they were. I heard them at my cousin's wedding, and knew I HAD TO HAVE THEM. People that were at my cousin's wedding actually told me they enjoyed the song selection better at my wedding. I got married in Central NJ and the whole band came from Philly. They were so sweet and the music was great. Even after 1 month people are still talking to me about the wedding music. Kurt was AMAZING and so easy to work with. I picked my wedding day based on 1. venue availability and 2. JellyRoll's availability and I wouldn't have changed it for the world!
BVT was beyond amazing! Bill Handy was the gentleman who first contacted us and helped narrow down options based off our tastes + budget! He then let us know when the bands we were interested in were playing at showcases. It was beyond helpful since there are so many great bands to choose from! From there we picked Big Ric Rising and WOW. The second they started playing at the showcase, we loved Big Ric. He was a powerhouse and we knew that he would be perfect for our wedding. Picking songs, coordinating the timeline, everything was so easy. We gave Big Ric an idea of we wanted and then he coordinated everything with our planner + venue coordinator. It was so great to not have to worry about that. The day of the wedding was AMAZING. Everyone was up dancing the entire time. Big Ric was on the dance floor, pulling guests up on stage, it was so so fun. Guests are still raving about us having the "best wedding band ever." Thank you Big Ric for such an incredible wedding reception! It would not have been the same without you!
Had Dj Hooks for our reception. He was so great to work with and had everyone dancing all night! Just recommended him to another friend and they booked! We also had San Noche a reggae band for cocktail hour that our guests loved as well!
We used Jellyroll for our wedding at the Atrium at Curtis Center on 11/18/17. We honestly can't say enough good things about JellyRoll! They were a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process and Kurt is absolutely wonderful. We were warned that the acoustics can sometimes be an issue in the atrium, but Jellyroll played to the acoustics perfectly--no issues at all. Their set list was exactly what we wanted in terms of the balance between new and old and they new exactly how to get everyone dancing. People have not stopped raving to us about how amazing they were and how fun our wedding was. They even let my husband completely take over the mic to sing bruce springsteen---they figured out what he was singing and started playing with him, it was amazing! We can't rave enough about Jellyroll, that were perfect in every way!
We used Back 2 Life as our wedding band and I cannot say enough good things about them. They were so energized and upbeat the entire reception and we even paid for them to stay an additional hour. We met with Marci prior to our wedding and she made us so excited for the day because we were on the same page with everything. Fun and non stop dancing was our main priority for our reception and Marci gave great suggestions about how to get everyone up and dancing early and make sure it continued that way throughout the entire night. She did not disappoint. We barely had a dinner because everyone was up and dancing to their incredible music. My husband came up with a unique entrance and the band executed it perfectly. The music appealed to EVERYONE - from our grandparents to all of our friends who were between the ages of 24-28. They absolutely made our wedding night and we had numerous people ask us for Back 2 Life's information for their future events. One couple had a DJ for their son's wedding and cancelled so they could hire Back 2 Life. Thank you for everything!! I highly recommend Back 2Life!
We booked BVT Live for our wedding and it couldn't have been a better experience. From the very beginning of the planning stages, we felt comfortable and at ease with the whole process. Paul showed up on time and was an absolute professional throughout. He made our ceremony and cocktail hour exactly what we had dreamed up. The lighting that was set up for the reception was perfect and truly enhanced our special day. Thanks again for the amazing service!
We had the strangers at our wedding and we would highly recommend them. Denny, the band leader, took the time to meet with us beforehand and go over all of our requests and the timeline of the night, as well as took the time to learn about our families and bridal party. He especially took the time to go over the pronunciation of each name to ensure smoothness during the reception. He was an excellent MC, kept the night flowing smoothly, and made sure to communicate with other vendors for important moments of the night. Our dance floor was packed full the entire night, even the grandmom's in wheelchairs were on the dance floor. We got many compliments on the band as they played a large genre of music including oldies to the newest hits. They also learned our first dance song. You cannot go wrong with BVTlive, they are extremely organized with many talented bands and the company is very experienced at making your wedding/event as smooth as possible!
We used Deja Blue with BVT Live and I cannot tell you how many compliments we ended up receiving on the band and how much fun they were. They played so many fun, modern songs and were so interactive. The band members were great with communication and learning songs that we wanted, and also flexible with playing both recorded versions of songs and band sets. It was like having the best of both worlds! They were such a blast and created such a fun, upbeat atmosphere, I don't think the dance floor was ever close to empty while they were playing. They also played the most perfect acoustic version of a lesser known song that I wanted to walk down the aisle to, and that meant everything. You won't regret choosing them- your guests will LOVE them!
Our band Back2Life was more than we ever dreamed of for our wedding! Having a live band was one of the most important things to us for our wedding. We attended a BVT showcase 14 months before our wedding and were told every band was available for our date. Going into it, our wedding venue coordinator had informed us of the BVT bands they had previously worked with, and Back2Life was mentioned. We entered the showcase with an open mind, and fell in love with Back2Life. All the groups we saw were amazing and highly talented, but Back2Life was the band that stood out and reflected us the most. The three core band members have been performing together for many years and is reflected in the cohesion they have. Their song list has a wide variety and a lot of the classics that are great dancing songs. We met with Marci about a month before our wedding and she was fun and easy to work with. We went over our song requests and worked on organizing the timeline of the night. She helped guide us through some parts of the timeline we were uncertain about as well. We had a few songs they needed to learn, including our first dance which we had choreographed, and she said it would not be a problem. She also said they could learn some more songs if we had any other requests not on their list. I think it was a week before the wedding where we had thought of a few more and emailed her those songs saying don't worry if it is too much trouble since it was late notice. To our surprise, they learned all the songs we had requested at the last minute! That extra touch was above and beyond and truly special to us. I also had a secret plan and special request to surprise my husband and play with them on sax for a song. Marci was amazing about coordinating this and made it entirely possible by providing me with the music and setting up the right time in the night for the performance. I would not have been able to pull off this special surprise moment without her help and willingness to make it happen. Back2Life did everything in their power to make our wedding day special and highly memorable. They had the wedding guests dancing all night long, and everyone cannot stop talking about how great the band was at our wedding. They are truly a special group and we highly recommend them for any event.
We recently used BVTLive! to book The Sid Miller Dance Band for our wedding. They put on the most amazing performance! The reception was one constant party! We enjoyed working with the band, and with BVTLive! Everyone was extremely professional, and helpful. I will definitely be recommending the company to our friends for their future weddings and events.
BVT's band, The Strangers, was incredible. My daughter was married on 6/23/17 and I actually have a photo where literally all 225 people are dancing. Their range of songs appeals to all and even though my daughter and her fiancee only selected their song and the mother and father of the bride songs in advance, the set list was perfect. We choose them because they performed at a previous wedding we were at with my daughter and her fiancee. Up until that point, Melissa SWORE she was not dancing at her wedding because she didn't like to dance. Half way through that event I found her on the dance floor having a ball. We booked them the next day! In addition, they accomodated a request from the Maid of Honor, a professional singer, to do special song with them. It was flawless. Worth every penny!
We had Jellyroll for our wedding band and they were phenomenal. They did a great job at keeping the flow of the evening - with introductions, dinner, special dances, cake cutting, etc. The dance floor was packed the entire time. The musicianship is unmatched! The singers have great range and sound just like the actual artists! The entire band was very into it and even engaged the crowd on the dance floor. The music can make or break a party....definitely worth the price!
We used Jellyroll for our April wedding. You could not ask for a more incredible band, and Kurt could not have been nicer! From the music during our ceremony until the last song the band did not miss a beat! We LOVED them!
Philander Chase Knox Estate May 27,2017 BVTLive's "Jellyroll" band leader Kurt and members were AMAZING from 4-10 p.m., with only a 20 minute dinner break, as we celebrated our daughter's wedding!! We live out of state in the DC area and it was a leap of faith to hire Jellyroll upon a high recommendation from a friend. The dance floor was packed the entire evening with their spectacular musicians branching out onto the floor with our guests! Thank you BVTLive and we hope to enjoy more gigs with you in the future!!
We hired Paul from BVT Live to play piano at our cocktail hour for our April 2017 wedding. He was so great! We first heard him at our food tasting and knew immediately we wanted to hire him. He was easy to work with. We sent him a list of songs so he knew what type of music we liked and he played those songs and more. We received many compliments on his music from our guests and he was the perfect addition to our cocktail hour! I would highly recommend him to any bride and groom! Thank you Paul!
We recently worked with BVTLive! and had Midnight Hour as our wedding band. What an incredible night!! I could not have asked for a better evening. They kept the energy high and played a range of music that kept everyone going! From age 9-96, everyone was on the dancefloor all night long! Thank you Midnight Hour for the most incredible evening!
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!
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