What does it take to make your party memorable? One way to liven up your reception, private party or corporate event is to hire a live band or DJ.

The goal is to play the hits that will move your guests onto the dance floor. A quality party band or DJ is highly recommended for any event that you want your guests to remember.

Some party bands specialize in one genre of music (Top 40, Rock, etc.) while a more versatile party band will play all types of music from R&B to Rock, from Jazz to 70s Disco Music, and some add original songs to their set list.

Some things to consider when hiring a party band are to make sure you listen to audio and watch video clips. This will ensure that you truly do book the best for your next event. Next, you want to get references. Talk to people in the area about the band and get feedback. Finally, get a contract. Many professional party bands require a deposit to secure them at your next event. Make sure to read through the contract carefully before contracting the band for your party.

On average, most great dance bands for weddings or special events are likely to cost between $2500 and $7500.

A DJ is less expensive than a live band, but you still need to see a performance and get references. Ask the DJ to give you ideas on how he or she will entertain your guests and what type of music he or she suggests. Also, keep in mind that the DJ will likely be playing background music for dinner or cocktails and then switching to dance music later in the evening.

There may also be some announcements at the party and if you want the DJ to handle those, you need to brief him on how to conduct this aspect of the party. You want to make sure your DJ is confident and upbeat to keep the event positive.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $1000+ for 4 to 5 hours of performance time.

Many events at The Place utilize either a band or a DJ. We also have a black slate dance floor and a booster speaker to enhance the dance experience. Check out our web site and social media sites for event photos showing the great time guests had at these events.