About this Vendor
For Non-Stop Dance Party People!
Throwing the ultimate dance party is our passion! We play true variety with Modern Hits-Party Classics-Motown-Radio Hits from all decades . We will pack your dance floor with our killer playlist of over 600 songs! We LOVE the music we play & it shows! Visit our website for TONS of live video, photos, reviews, club shows, concerts and more! Storytellers is our 10 piece powerhouse with full horn section. East Side Stories has a flexible lineup from 6-10 players. We always tailor our services to suit your preferences. Whatever you want, we can make it happen.
$$$ – Moderate
Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Vocals
Dance, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B, Rock
After Party, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding
Live Music, MC Services, Sound Equipment, Music, Equipment
My husband and I had The Storytellers perform at our wedding in May 2016 and they without a doubt made the night! They were absolutely incredible during the reception and the musicians did a great job performing during the ceremony and cocktail hour as well. The band members are all extremely talented and have an amazing amount of energy. The band was able to read the crowd really well to keep everyone—young and old—on the dance floor all night. After our wedding, our wedding guests could not stop talking about how amazing the band was and many even said that they’ve never heard such a great band at a wedding! During the wedding planning process, we had researched a ton of bands online and ended up going to see a few of them play. After seeing The Storytellers perform, it was an easy decision for us. We really liked that they felt like a “real band” vs. a typical wedding band and that their performance felt like a concert. They promised an amazing dance party when we booked them and that is definitely what we got! When I first spoke to The Storytellers, I was a little nervous about the fact that they take two brief breaks during the reception since some other bands we looked into emphasized "continuous music." However, Sara had explained the rationale behind these breaks (besides from the band members being human and needing a break—whenever the band would play, it would be all of the band together with their full energy vs. musicians coming in and out). This worked out very well and we didn't even notice when they weren't playing since it was at natural times in the evening and they would put on iPod music. Additionally, it was an absolute pleasure to work with Sara from The Storytellers on all of the logistics leading up to the event. She was very organized, provided many helpful recommendations and was patient answering all of our questions. We can’t recommend The Storytellers enough. You will without a doubt be happy if you choose to book them!
We got married on 8/22/15 in New York City and Storytellers were our band. They were FANTASTIC. They are very talented musicians, but what really sets them apart is the energy this band brings. All the guests could feel it and it helped our party flow perfectly and kept our guests on the dance floor all night. The Storytellers have a huge catalogue of songs that they know. Additionally, they even learned our first dance song and mixed a few versions to pinpoint the tempo that we practiced our dance to. I worked in advance with Sarah, the bandleader, to discuss the timeline and music selection (likes/dislikes/must plays) and she was very accommodating. When guests talk about our wedding the first thing they rave about is the band. We booked the Storytellers because we didn't want a cookie cutter agency band. And what we got with the Storytellers was an independent, authentic, talented band whose energy and engaging personalities made our party unforgettable. We also used the Storytellers for our ceremony and cocktail hour music. We had two musicians (Paul & John) on the guitar and the keyboard. They were also fantastic.
My wife and I made choosing the right band our number one priority as we began our wedding process. We met with a number of bands referred to us by friends, but left each meeting unimpressed. We turned to our venue (Crossed Keys Inn) for recommendations, and they immediately pointed us to the Storytellers. I reached out to Sara who was easily the nicest and most helpful person I dealt with in our search. She never once made us feel pressured into making a decision whereas a number of other bands presented us with a contract to sign in the initial meeting. We knew right away that this was who we wanted to join us on our wedding day. Having the opportunity to see Sara and her group at the Red Lion over the coming months only added to our excitement. Sara checked in with us continuously up until the wedding day that helped make this aspect of planning completely stress-free. The band learned three songs including two unconventional favorites of ours. They managed to blend the likes of Lauryn Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Calvin Harris into an unbelievable set! Our guests were on the dance floor the entire night and would have kept going if it weren't for our venue closing down for the night. Our friends and family continue to compliment them to this day. Their style and uniqueness embodies NYC in every sense, a place that has played a big role in my wife and I's story. It was a privilege having them be a part of the most beautiful day of our lives. We can't recommend them enough.
When you plan a big party like a wedding, it's so important that your guests enjoy themselves with great food and great music. Well, it's been a little over a month since The Storytellers performed at our wedding reception, & the compliments are STILL coming in from our friends & family! The band was absolutely extraordinary and if you are considering them for your event, you should definitely give them a call right now. When I first came across their website, I was looking for a band that could play a variety of music that would keep me (90s pop, Bruno Mars), my husband (80s R&B, Motown), and my parents (Oldies, Classic Rock) happy. Amazingly enough, The Storytellers had all this music in their repertoire, AND they sounded great playing it! (If you don't believe me, check out all their great videos and sound clips.) The dance floor was literally packed all night -- I know a lot of people say that, but it was really true! If our guests weren't eating, they were dancing! And after looking through some of our photos, I can tell that everyone from my aunts & uncles, to my college friends, & even the little flower girls had a blast! Candace and Sara were really nice about answering the dozens of emails I sent them during the planning process. For every question I asked, they had a prompt & thorough answer. They asked for a song list a few weeks before the event, & they managed to fit in all of my (and my husband's) favorite songs! The band was also willing to learn songs for us if needed, & super accommodating when our friend asked to sing for us (with band accompaniment) during the reception. They played our first dance and father-daughter dance beautifully too, and they were really memorable moments. My husband and I are forever grateful to The Storytellers for providing the soundtrack to the best night of our lives.
Amazing band! Very versatile and energetic! The band leader, Sara, was soooo easy to work with and made the process a delight. They are very reasonably priced and are worth every penny! There should be no doubt in your mind if you want to work with them. Hands down they are AMAZING and guests at our wedding have still been raving at how great they were!!!!!!!
Music is a such a key factor in a wedding reception and the Storytellers nailed it. The energy they have is contagious and the whole room was dancing the whole night! They are talented, proffessionals and from the day we booked them to the last song it was seamless! We are still receiving calls and texts from guests on how great they were!
We saw East Side Stories at a family friends wedding and knew we needed them for our wedding! They were incredibly responsive and helpful during the pre wedding process, and very accommodating with some of our special requests. On the wedding day they were amazing. Our guests were up and dancing the entire time, which is everything we wanted! It's been about 5 months since our wedding and our friends and family are still talking about how great East Side Stories were at our big day!
We got married on January 7th, 2017 and The Storytellers Band ROCKED THE HOUSE. All of the hard work and effort that was put into our big day was thoroughly appreciated and definitely noticed. The band just blew us away! The sound, the music, the band's look, the formality dances and the super dance party at the end of the night were all Absolutelty incredible! I loved that we had a different band at our wedding and I we continue to receive emails, texts and phone calls about who the band was. So many guests said to us that the band impressed them so much they wanted to do their own wedding over again and use the storytellers! We cannot thank them enough for making our vision come true and Absolutelty rock the house all night long. We had very specific requests and taste and they knew exactly how to make it all work. We appreciate all of their time and attention to detail as well as their flexibility. We couldn't be more thrilled with our choice to use the storytellers on our wedding day! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
They were the band at my friend Dan's wedding. Their music was the usual wedding stuff but They were a big hit with the guests.but according to the bride and groom, the best thing about them. They had absolutely no trouble with them. Working with this vendor was effortless (they had issues with other vendors like the photographer). These guys want to please the audience and couple. They are not pretending to be stars or doing a cheesy act for their own egos like one jazz trio I recently saw with a sleazy acting singer.
The Storytellers Band is amazing!!!! They recently played at our wedding in December 2016 and far exceeded our expectations and truly made our wedding night the most fun incredible party!! Not only are they amazingly talented, they know exactly what songs to play so that every guest is dancing and singing their hearts out the entire night!! The energy of the night was so high and so much fun from beginning to end. I really wish we could do it again!! We did a lot of research on other bands and have been to a ton of weddings and I can honestly say The Storytellers band is the best of the best. They are very professional, accommodating, and work with you on every detail to make sure you are 100% happy. We also had their jazz trio play during cocktail hour which added such a great vibe to the start of the night. We could not be happier that we chose The Storytellers for our wedding - thank you for everything!!!!
The Storytellers Band is THE BEST. Leading up to our wedding, we spent lots of time seeing wedding bands perform - and when we came across the Storytellers - there was no comparison. Their sound is amazing. Their chemistry is amazing. Their variety is amazing. Their energy is amazing. Sara was incredibly responsive through the whole process all the way up to the wedding day. She answered all our questions in a timely manner and was a total pro. We had the best time on the dance floor with them by our side. The one constant we heard during and after the wedding was "your band was UNBELIEVABLE!"
We were first introduced to The Storytellers at a friend's wedding and fell in love instantly. When we got engaged, we knew without a doubt that this was the band we wanted for our wedding. Throughout the entire process, Candace was extremely responsive and helpful. We felt we made the right decision from the start. A week prior to our wedding, Sarah had a call with us to review all the details once more which was totally reassuring. On the day of, they were ready to go, played incredible songs, and had our guests raving. As someone who works in Operations and was focused on the logistics of the day, I was extremely impressed with how organized the team was. We put our total trust in the band and their expertise and we were blown away by their energy, talent and ability to read the crowd and keep us dancing all night long.
The Storytellers Band was the HIGHLIGHT of our entire wedding. Sara, who handles coordination with the band, was incredibly professional. She was very prompt with all of her e-mails and the band did a great job of capturing the type of music that we love. They appeal to every generation and their repertoire spans from Mariah Carey to Tom Petty-- it's incredible. Our guests can't stop talking about how amazing they were. They also do a great job of really amping up the crowd and making sure everyone dances and there is great energy.
This band is without a doubt the BEST BAND you could hire for any event! Since our wedding in October all of our guests have not stopped raving to us about how much they loved the band and it was obvious as our dance floor was completely packed the entire evening! They were so professional from the very first moment that I contacted them and the bandleader Sara was amazingly accommodating in every way! They went out of their way to learn a few special songs for my ceremony that were personalized for me as well as for the reception. Every detail was considered and at the end of the night I wanted to press rewind and start it all over again! I can only hope one of our friends will hire them we can party with them again but if not, we will absolutely be seeing them at one of their local shows in the city!! The musicians are fantastic and there is such a wire variety of vocals that you get every type of music which was perfect for us since all of our guests had eclectic taste. They got everyone up dancing, no matter the age! THANK YOU AGAIN!
Tremendously happy with our decision to have the Storytellers at our wedding! We had 150 guests and i think every single one has told me since the wedding that they loved the band and that they were the best they had ever seen / heard at a wedding! Could not have been better to work with, would EASILY recommend them to anyone!
The Storytellar’s Band recently fueled a non-stop 4-hour dance party at our Fire Island wedding. As soon as the music stopped, guests sought my husband and I out to get the name of our incredible band. Not only were people awed by the skill of the musicians/vocalists but they loved the set list that included some classics as well as some surprising hits that got people out of the chairs instantly. Sara and the band were incredibly easy to work with (especially given our destination Fire Island wedding on a cold and rainy day) and put all our pre-wedding nerves at ease. We highly recommend them for your big event!
You MUST get this band for your wedding (or any event!) They will absolutely make sure that you have one of the most fun, memorable weddings of all time. We first saw the Storytellers about 2 years ago at a friend's wedding in Greenwich, CT. I am not kidding you, absolutely EVERYONE was on the dance floor the ENTIRE time. I don't think anyone even sat down to eat dinner. Everyone kept commenting on how this one of the most fun weddings because of "that band." Months and years later my husband and I would still randomly bring up "that band" and how fun his wedding was (and we have been to A LOT of weddings - I think we actually went to about 11 weddings that year alone). Flash forward to our engagement, we HAD to book "that band." We contacted his friend to get their information and contacted the Storytellers immediately. I was actually pretty shocked at how affordable they were for a 10-piece band. We actually decided on a wedding date based on their availability (yes - they are THAT good). The Storytellers went above and beyond their reputation at our NYC wedding. Guests kept coming up to us ALL night telling us how amazing the band was. My sister and her boyfriend who are both professional musicians were extremely impressed by them (they were so impressed that they would get off the dance floor to get closer to the stage just watch them play). There were always tons of people on the dance floor at any given moment. They definitely made the night extremely special. They even learned "Dirty Water" (I'm from Boston :-) for the playlist! By booking the Storytellers, you are ensuring that your wedding will standout. You can't go wrong when you have "that band."
You MUST book The Storytellers! My fiance and I heard a couple of bands in NYC before settling on them and they were fantastic. They have a wide range of songs they can sing and they sound AMAZING and everyone literally was raving about them during and even a week after. They read the room during our wedding and was able to cater to all ages where the whole room was dancing. They are responsive to emails as well as special requests and are willing to learn different songs up to 6 weeks in advance of your date. If you are looking for a band to get your guests up and dancing, you have to book The Storytellers!
From the moment my husband and I first met Sara and the Storytellers Band, to the moment our wedding ended, they made us feel special and excited. The band is composed of tremendously talented musicians and singers. I remember when my husband, my sister, and I went to the Red Lion in NYC to see the band play. By the second song, they had the entire bar up and dancing. It was at that point that I looked at my sister and husband and said, “We need this band.” At our wedding, the dance floor was crowded the entire night and not one person sat down. The Storytellers band not only played wonderful music, they got everyone amped up, they got everyone dancing, and they allowed everyone to have a fantastic time. I will never forget when they played their last song at our wedding and all of my guests began chanting, “One more song, one more song!” My guests are still talking about the Storytellers band to this day. We would recommend this band to anyone. Their song selection is extensive and they are always learning new songs. This group of talented musicians knows how to entertain a crowd and they truly do tell your story. Jenn and Jeff Kapner
This band is an absolute must for any wedding. My family was avidly against a band after we told them we had booked The Storytellers. Here we are 6 months later and the band is all they can talk about. Actually, all of our guests have told us they loved the band. Every song sounds like the original artist is in the room with you, sometimes better than the original. They are true entertainers and professionals and kept everyone on the dance floor all night. Besides being wonderful entertainers, this group moved mountains to get to our wedding. My wife and I were married in January 2016 during Winter Storm Jonas and grew concerned when roads began to close and public transportation began to shut down. Would our vendors make it for our big day? My wife and I were devastated as we had seen The Storytellers many times in NYC and were looking forward to having them at our wedding, but Sara assured us they were on their way. Next thing we know every member of the band comes walking in covered in snow and lugging heavy equipment. They lugged their instruments onto the NYC subway and found their way to our wedding in the blizzard. We are so grateful and blessed to have such wonderful entertainers at our wedding. To this day the number one comment we get is "THAT BAND!!!!" If you do one thing to make your wedding memorable, hire The Storytellers. You will not be disappointed.
Absolutely amazing! We got married at Liberty Warehouse in July of 2016 and The Storytellers were our band. I can't tell you how many guests said they were the highlight of the party!! They have an amazing selection of songs and are very accommodating to special requests. I had a crazy situation where I had to postpone my wedding 10 days before the date because of a medical emergency and Sara was extremely supportive and accommodating. I am so grateful to them for making our party so fun and great!
As the groom, I was in charge of one thing: the band. I am so happy I picked Storytellers. Everything from dealing with the band manager to the event itself exceeded my expectations. I saw the band play 2 live shows in NYC before our wedding and they were perfect -- and most importantly -- had the crowd dancing. To me, the question was whether this formula would translate to a formal (black tie) wedding. The answer is a resounding YES. The band played a great mix of music (that we helped in pre-selecting) and had the crowd dancing from the first to the last dance. The MC, the horn section, the vocalists - they are all very talented musicians and it shows -- believe me. I received many compliments on the band following the wedding and am more than happy to recommend Storytellers. For reference, our wedding was May 2016.
The Storytellers played at our wedding last weekend and they were AMAZING. They kept our dance floor packed all night and totally made our wedding. They're extremely talented and so versatile, and their covers sound so similar to the original songs! We actually saw The Storytellers play at a different wedding two weeks before ours and they were amazing, but our wedding was a totally different performance. We absolutely loved them and would recommend them wholeheartedly! When we were initially looking for a wedding band, we were kind of frustrated with the band brokers that were trying to sell us bands that we'd never actually meet or see before our wedding day. The Storytellers were SO easy to work with and so helpful with planning out our reception! Their website does not do them justice - go check out one of their live performances
The Storytellers are an amazing band! They made our wedding a huge party! All the guests raved about the awesome music and amazing voices in the band! On top of that they read the room perfectly and switched up the tempo and style of music to exactly match the mood and energy of the crowd. At the end of the night everyone was still dancing hard even if they where too tired or drunk to stand!! We especially appreciate the extra songs they learned. It really made it a special night all the way from the ceremony to the very end (and an extra song after!) of the reception. My father plays the sax it was really great that he got to play a few songs with the band and play the Mother-son dance. Working with Sara and others in the band was also a great experience - they were always responsive and addressed all of our questions and concerns quickly and super professionally. Our wedding was an amazing, fun, high-energy night - and it was entirely thanks to the Storytellers. We would recommend them without any hesitation.
BOOK THIS BAND! I used the Storytellers for my wedding this past June. I had been to a few weddings where they had played and saw them play a few times in the city and loved them so I knew I had to book them for my wedding! Sara (the band leader) was extremely responsive and answered all of my questions. The lead singers, Travis, Christina, and Quay were amazing! It is a larger piece band (they were compact in size though) and it seemed like almost everyone was singing at some point which made the songs sound like you could be listening to the radio. They were so personable and interacted with the guests on the dance floor, they looked like they were having just as much fun as the guests! They didn't skip a beat and they were able to read the crowd and anticipate what songs to play. I had a couple of "must play" requests and they did such an amazing performance. After the wedding people couldn't stop telling me how great the band was! Literally every person I saw after the wedding commented on the band. We had some financial reservations about using a band or a DJ when we first started planning but there's something about having a live band that doesn't compare to a DJ and Storytellers is the best of the best! I couldn't have been happier with my choice.
Meet The Owner
I'm Sara Jacovino and I'm the ringleader for Storytellers and East Side Stories Bands. I founded The Storytellers with my friends from the UNT College of Music- we played in ensembles during school and decided to launch our own band 8 years ago! Throwing the ultimate dance party is our passion. With over 15 years of experience in private events, we provide exceptional personalized service. We will assist in the planning of your event, MC all announcements, and learn special song requests that cater to your musical tastes. With monthly NYC club gigs, you can catch a live show before you book.