Between the end of wedding season (about October) and the beginning of engagement season (typically February), there can be a slow period for many wedding vendors. While event planners, florists, and decorators take a break, musicians are hard at work playing, or trying to find, good holiday gigs! It is a rough and tumble couple of months, sometimes with calendars looking bleak until five different planners call in the same day, asking for live music at the last minute for a dinner party or presentation.
We don't mind, of course. Providing live music for holiday parties and events not only helps us make a living, it is also lively and fun for us. The mood of these events is typically festive and upbeat, and we end up going home afterwards happy and ready for the next event.
It typically doesn't matter what we end up playing for various holiday parties, whether it's a mix of Christmas music, jazz, some movie favorites, or more religious pieces, people just love having live musicians there. They enjoy our unique take on some of the classics, like turning Oh Tannenbaum into a funky jazz swing piece, or making melodic harmonies out of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Are you planning on hiring some live music for upcoming parties? It's never too late, we can still come play. Keep in mind, along with other gigs we might already be booked for, we also have other seasonal music expectations, like Nutcracker or Messiah performances, church symphony concerts, school presentations, etc.
Have a great holiday season and new year, we hope to bring some classy, fun music to you soon!
Dan is the bassoonist & one of the founders of the LCQ.