InVersion Band at The Brixton - Shops of Legacy Plano!
Saturday - March 3rd!
One of Dallas' top party bands makes our return to one of the top live music venues in the metroplex!
The Brixton features a full concert sound system and video wall to make your live music experience incomparable! "With a world-class chef fusing rock with rockin’ eats at the newest addition to the Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas. The Harder brothers are once again raising the bar for the club and restaurant business in North Dallas."
Don't forget to make your reservations today!
This will be our first public gig after a long stretch of private shows! Come out and support live music at one of the best venues in DFW to watch us at!
Reservations Call: (972) 307-0300
More Details Here!
Wedding bands and party bands these days seem to be plentiful and the competition for wedding and corporate clients among bands is fierce. Knowing the right questions is critical when shopping them. There are a lot of blog posts out there about what to ask, but the following are real nuts a bolts questions that are critical to your events success.
When a party band quotes you a rate that may seem too high or too low, many things need to be considered. The 'level' or tier that the bands you're considering hiring is a very important factor. If a band is too cheap (too good to be true), there's likely a good reason for that. If they're cost is outrageously high, there may be a good reason for that as well. In some cases, both highs and lows in prices are justified. In others, you may be paying more for no substance or a legacy band name that is very comparable to other bands in the area.
InVersion Band prides itself in mixing a large eleven piece band of highly talented artists, while maintaining an industry average, reasonable cost. Our overhead is lower than most of the big-box bands out there and we certainly pass that savings on to the client. Here is a quick list of of questions and explanation of each item to ask your band to make sure your party doesn't come to a screeching halt in the middle of your wedding or company party.
- Gear redundancy: Does your band have backups? Just like in any business, backups are critical. Your band should have an extra of everything required to perform at your shows. Successful working party bands play anywhere between 60 and 140 shows per year. Moving the equipment around (as opposed to a venue installation of sound and lighting gear) takes a heavy toll on equipment. The most important pieces of equipment to ask your band if they have backup gear are: mixer / mixing console, sub and top speakers, laptops used in lighting or sequence tracks (this is critical as laptops fail frequently), and last but not least plentiful microphones and cables in case one or two may malfunction at showtime.
- Substitute musicians: Things sometimes happen! Yes they do. Musicians sometimes think of themselves as super heroes, but alas they get sick, have family issues, and general life issues that may demand they substitute a show. Verify that your band leader can substitute critical personnel such as singers, drummers, etc. on short notice and that those people adequately know their show. After all, when you hired the band, you want the same show you hired. Make sure your band leader is well connected enough to be able to product a quality product with one or more people out.
- Where and who are they playing for currently: If your prospective party band has nothing on their schedule, you most likely need to NOT walk away, but RUN AWAY as quickly as you can. Most bands in Dallas will have club showcases or other venues that allow you to comes see them. If a band isn't playing anywhere over a month or two, you may want to expand your search to those that are on the current club circuit.
- Lighting: Lighting in itself can be a valuable add-on to the band's performance. Band lighting can cost the band leader anywhere between $500 to $1000 per show, if they don't own their own lighting. Even if they do own their own lighting rig, setup costs are involved. Make sure that the lighting that you're seeing in the band's promotional video, etc., is the same lighting that they're going to bring to your wedding or event.
- Who runs sound for the band?: Sound men are in short supply around the north Texas area. Good ones are hard to find. Aside from the gear redundancy aspect, make sure that your bandleader is familiar with their sound personnel, they are reputable, and the band as worked with them prior. Even if the sound personnel are fantastic, you do not want the band to be working with a sound technician that is brand new to them and / or not familiar with the band. There are a myriad of things that can go wrong during a show. A competent and observant sound man can head off the majority of them prior to even being known to the audience. Knowing the band and their optimum setup is the best case scenario. Untested / unknown sound personnel may not only not sound good, but have been known to show up late, have faulty equipment, or just not show up at all. Obviously, the latter would be a show stopper.
- Ask the band for their set list. All bands have a master list of songs they've played throughout the years. Band leaders are excellent at reading a room and determining what is working at the venue. If you have objections to certain songs or songs that you really want them to play that are on their list, make sure to tell the band leader. Bands certainly don't want to play songs that the bride or groom have objections over. Then, let them do the rest of the playlist. Being too restrictive of play lists may prevent the band from entertaining everyone of all ages at your wedding or corporate event.
- Most bands will even learn first dance songs if you give them the material far enough out. It's important to give the band at least 30 days to learn new material. Most bands will have a rehearsal to work out the details of your new requests.
Study the band's rider and what they need. Below are a few more points on what most bands will require.
- Adequate playing space is crucial for your band. If you're hiring a band that's more than 3 pieces, your band is going to need at least a 14 x 24 foot area (or thereabouts) to play, dance, and put on a good show. Cramming the band in a corner of your venue will substantially decrease their ability to move around / execute choreography, and lessen their general energy level displayed to your guests.
- Band Meals: Most likely, your band is going to be there for at least 6 hours. Some of the band members and setup crew will be there from 8 to 10 hours. It's customary to feed them. This should be factored in to your overall budget. Most bands aren't picky and don't necessarily need to have the same meal your guests are having. But a warm meal is customary and appreciated.
- Power requirements: Bands of any size with lighting, etc., will need three or more, 20 amp power outlets. You'll want to speak with your venue to make sure this is possible and about getting a consolidated power supply ran to the stage. This will make sure that the band doesn't have to run extension cables across the room and tape them down to venue's floor. This is unsightly and you certainly don't want taped down cables showing up in your wedding photos.
InVersion Band at Perot Museum
2018 is Here!
Do you know who's going to be on stage at your big event in 2018?
Don't wait and perhaps miss the chance to have one of the top party bands help make your party a hit! Call 214-995-6175 or email us today and get your stress free quote.
There's nothing like a live band to take your party to a level of fun that people will talk about for years to come! - from birthday parties and weddings to bat/bar mitzvahs or corporate functions, InVersion Band has your party covered!
- InVersion was named 'Best of Best' by Modern Luxury Magazine 2015-2017!
- InVersion was named 'Best Wedding Music' by Dallas CityVoter for the last three years in a row!
- InVersion Band was named most memorable band by Significant Events of Texas!
"Inversion Band This is one of the most sought-after live bands in the city. With a broad playlist that includes everything from Top 40 to old-school Motown, this 11-piece band can please any crowd, big or small." - Modern Luxury Bride - Dallas
Photo credit: http://www.meggietaylor.com/
Last weekend, InVersion Band had the honor and privilege to entertain Meredith Shipp and Alex Carpenter on their most special day. Meredith looked breathtaking and dashing Alex was the envy of the room. We wish Alex and Meredith all the best wishes and love in their lives together. We thank them for selecting us. Their beautiful families and friends danced all night and warmly made us feel welcome.
Their reception was held at Park City Club located in the heart of the University Park & Highland Park communities. Their staff, from the head of security (our new friend Scott), whom we worked with all afternoon to get our extensive lighting and sound up to the 17th floor, to the director of catering Hala Askar, were all a joy to work with. Park City Club has a full panoramic view spectacular view of the Dallas skyline. Their ballroom offers a sense of old world luxury and classic design. InVersion Band highly recommends that you consider them for your upcoming wedding or corporate event.
As always, our friends a Chic Fleur Wedding and Events did an amazing job planning the wedding. We highly recommend them. They offer several different levels of service for their clients. We have worked with Whitney Bailey on many events and she is one of the best planners around.
Here a few pictures of the band tuning up before the party started! More pictures of the party in full swing, on the way!
Park City Club
5956 Sherry Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
Member Line: 214.373.0630
Fat Daddy's Fort Worth
A New Live Music Venue
(and not a moment too soon!)
As many of our fans have found out lately, live music venues have become fewer and fewer these days. Luckily, there are some new venues opening up to help pick up the slack. InVersion books many private events and clubs are essential for our clients to come and see us play. So we really NEED them and YOU to come see us so those venues continue to make money and stay open.
One such venue that is opening a new location is Fat Daddy's. With a pretty amazing location in Mansfield, Fat Daddy's is opening a new location in Fort Worth AND InVersion Band is playing there this Saturday, January 27th, 2018.
We're very proud to be one of the first acts on the new Fat Daddy's stage and are looking forward to playing here for years to come. To do that, we need all our InVersionites to come out. Please make a reservation and show the management that you care about live music and show us your best moves on the dance floor this Saturday! Our show starts at 9 PM!
Check out our Facebook event here!
Fat Daddy’s Fort Worth
6730 Fossil Bluff Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Food, Drinks & Live Music in Mansfield, Texas Fat Daddy's features the best in live entertainment in Mansfield, Texas. We feature live bands, DJs spinning the best in Country, Pop, 80s, Top 40 and more.
Meet Mr. & Mrs. Tyler and Sarah Atkins!
There are couples and families that stand out in your mind over the years for being the sweetest & kindest people to work for. Entertaining two families and making sure the bride and groom are 110% happy is a sometimes challenging, but these two and their families made our job a dream. We really enjoyed performing for them and their energy all night long showed us that they loved us back. A beautiful bride and handsome groom in an elegant venue made our night a lovely experience.
The Carlisle Room is located in the historic and newly renovated Lone Star Gas building in the heart of downtown Dallas. Twenty foot ceilings, terrazzo floors and marble pillars are just a few of the highlights of this historic 1930’s Art Deco design. The addition of a private bridal and groom’s suite is what it means to have your cake and eat it too.
Photos by Lightly Photography
While trolling through our web statistics on a slow Sunday night, I realized that we were getting traffic again from the Modern Luxury Dallas website. I was really curious about what was going on with this and ran a cursory Google search and found that indeed, the band had won 'Best of' back in December of 2016!. Pretty AWESOME!
We surely don't know who nominated us or how this happened again (this is the 2nd time we have won "Best of Best" from Modern Luxury Magazine)! If someone from Modern Luxury Magazine is reading this, please let us know who we need to send cookies to! We're certainly grateful for this and we wish to thank you Modern Luxury for being so kind to us.
Without further adieu, here is the article we stumbled upon last night:
IVB - Modern Luxury's 'Best of Best'
We LOVE the blurb they wrote about us. We couldn't be more proud:
"Inversion Band This is one of the most sought-after live bands in the city. With a broad playlist that includes everything from Top 40 to old-school Motown, this 11-piece band can please any crowd, big or small."
Thank you Modern Luxury Dallas!
Well, here we are and happy new year to all our friends and family! InVersion Band is officially happily celebrating our seventh year! All I can say is 'wow'. It just seems like yesterday when my wife and I hatched this 'brilliant idea' to do our own thing in the band world. Seven years later, all I can say is that 'we've come a long way baby'!
There have been many smiles, tears, bumps, bruises, triumphs, and defeats. I can certainly say there has been some expected and unexpected things along the way. There has been many times were we had clearly failed but were either too stubborn and / or ignorant to know that we had failed OR we knew it and didn't care. This band was something special and we knew it.
In any case, we're glad we're still here and continuing to bring smiles, dancing, and happiness to crowds all over. We also have this sneaking suspicion that 2018 is going to be our best year ever. We know for a fact that with your help, it will be.
So.... with all that gushy emotional stuff said, we continue to cheer you all on and ask that you return the favor by supporting live music. Even if you're not watching InVersion Band, as long you're cheering any live band in Dallas or Fort Worth, you're our hero.
Cheers from all of us at InVersion Band and let's make this the best year ever!
This year, InVersion Band's cup ranneth over this year with some really great holiday parties. We certainly love these events and love our customers that call on us to entertain their company's personnel. Having a band at your event can make your party a huge success. Choosing the right band is super important. Here are a few things to look for when looking for the right group to entertain your guests. Aside from sounding and looking great, hiring a band that is well funded / well equipped, is key. There are a million things that can go wrong with a band's equipment and personnel during or before a show. Unplanned breakdowns can throw a wet blanket on your party before it even gets started. Make sure your band has backup systems for their mixers and other equipment that can be instantly substituted if something goes wrong. Also, if the band leader / ownership isn't easy to work with and is inflexible during the event, you could have a nightmare on your hands. Hiring amateurs or start up party bands may be a cheaper option. But, even if the band sounds and looks good, if they aren't event veterans that are prepared for the worst scenarios of gear or other unplanned issues, your party could come to a grinding halt in the middle of the fun or never even launch.
Another BIG factor in planning your private party is choosing your venue. MOST hotels and event venues are extremely well run while others are apathetic to your vendor's needs, or have major technical problems like power issues, or broken freight elevators. Making sure your vendors have quick and appropriate access to the loading docks is imperative. If your vendors have to make dozens of trips through long narrow corridors, it could be difficult for your event to start on time. Also, make sure the venue allows your vendors to get there as early as they require (within reason) to navigate any load-in obstacles.
Choosing your planner is extremely important. We can't say enough good things about many good planners we've worked with. This week Steve Kemble with A Dose of Sass won our most fabulous prize. He's organized, easy to work with, and most of all FUN! We have recommendations for venues, planners, catering, etc. Just click here!
With that said, here are few pictures of the venues we played this week! We certainly enjoyed playing for our clients this week and hope they all enjoyed InVersion Band! This week, we were at Le Meridian Stoneleigh, The Fairmont and The Perot Museum.
Kudos to the staff at Le Meridian and The Fairmont for their exceptional service.
The answer is: Yes, it’s expected.
But it’s also a chance for all you brides out there to truly show you know that not everything is about you on your wedding day. That there really is another person involved (that would be the groom) who deserves a bit of recognition, too.
We’re talking wedding presents — specifically, yours to your husband-to-be.
Tradition does, indeed, hold that both you and he exchange gifts. And while it’s true that some guys are initially shocked to learn your engagement ring doesn’t also count as a “present,” that’s no excuse for you to waver.
“Giving him something that’s just for him will make him feel really special,” advises BrideBox.com.
Here’s what you need to know now that it’s prime time for weddings:
* When to exchange them. Etiquette dictates that the hand-off occurs at one of three times: the night before the wedding, the morning of the ceremony, or right before leaving on your honeymoon. Think it’s bad luck to see the groom before the nuptials? “Many couples choose to courier gifts via bridesmaids or groomsmen just before the ceremony,” says Brides.com.
* There’s a thin line between “romantic” and “mushy.” Some of you may be tempted to compile a “love notes” journal of every bit of correspondence you’ve ever sent your groom. Even assuming he’s the type who wouldn’t consider that a bit “over the top,” there’s always the chance he might be left wondering, “Okay, where’s my real present?”– especially if his gift to you is a serious piece of jewelry.
* The consensus choice. There’s a reason a watch invariably makes everyone’s short list: It’s the perfect statement of who he is or aspires to be. (It’s also a lot more impressive than a flask, which for some reason also gets a few votes).
No less a taste arbiter than MarthaStewartWeddings.com favors Baume & Mercier’s Clifton line — as elegant as the original 1950s model that inspired it — for the way it “easily transitions from big day to every day.” Like the Swiss watchmaker’s timelessly charming (and affordably luxurious) Classima line, it comes with a choice of straps, dial faces and a variety of what’s known as “small complications” that go way beyong just telling the hour. You can shop them at the Baume & Mercier e-boutique or by calling 1-800-MERCIER, where free engraving and wrapping are available.
* Fun fact. One writer at AskMen.com says he’s “heard of women giving their husbands watches in the ceremony instead of a wedding ring.” If so, the answer is: No, just like your engagement ring, that wouldn’t also qualify as a wedding present.