We chose this band for our wedding because of the good reviews. We were unfortunately disappointed. As we try to make clear in our description below, the problem was Carey Kleimann and, we think, not his band (the band is talented and wonderful...
1st, Carey publicly reprimanded the groom's father over the microphone by saying "I have the microphone!" loudly and shooed him away when he asked to use it since guests couldn’t hear him. Many of our friends have mentioned this incident to us during and after the wedding. It is embarrasing. Also, Carey called the groom's father an a*hole on 2 occasions in front of other guests, including the groom's sister. All we did was let Carey know that people were having trouble hearing him on the mic and asking to make an announcement ourselves. 3rd, when it was time for family dancing, Carey was clearly frustrated and over the microphone, repeatedly asked “Is the family here? Let me know when everyone is here” several times in a sharp and harsh tone. Guests stopped to stare, it was odd, rude and didnt create the mood we wanted, or we think you would want, for the family dancing.
There were at least a few issues with the band's performance. 1st, after the band had played for only about a half hour, they took an extended break for about 45 minutes. This really hurt the dancing momentum. 2nd, they had trouble sticking with the playlist that he asked from us. The playlist took us days to compile. Relatedly, when we sent the playlist he told us that he was able to play almost all of the songs on the list, but as the wedding got closer he told us that he was unable to play a good number of the songs. And played songs that I would put on a do not playlist. 3rd, when they finally got people dancing after about 2 hours, they abruptly stopped. 4th, well before the wedding was set to end, they played "hit the road jack." (Not on our list as many other songs I would never play) Many people asked us if this was a hint that they should leave. 5th, Carey told us that he would have more than just a keyboard player during our cocktail hour, but changed his mind during the wedding. It seems to us that all of those decisions were a reflection of Carey's decision-making.
Another set of issues regarded the pre-wedding planning. Carey took up many hours of our time before the wedding with extended stories of his personal, medical, and professional life, all of which were unrelated to our event. I do not want to go into details, but suffice it to say that these stories involved petroleum jelly, root canals, and his experience working with Donald Trump.
We participated in the conversations because we felt that this was Carey's personality and we wanted him to feel comfortable with us and yes it was funny too. But that was a waste of time; as indicated above, Carey was rude to us during the event and disregarded our preferences. Including letting our guests make speeches during the event because he failed to follow the schedule we gave him or give the mic to anyone.
As noted, we had looked at CK Entert. other reviews before the wedding. Looking again, we find that the reviews from other dates: 11/12/15 & 3/13/12, appear to accurately describe our experience with Carey. We also notice that Carey's responses were negative and do not reveal any remorse or understanding. But we are not writing to or for Carey; our intention in writing this is to give a more complete picture to those who, like us, rely on these reviews.