Friday, November 30, 2012

Tonight at the Market District store in Shadyside

John Garrick (Keyboards) and I will be playing all Holiday music this evening from 6-8 at the Centre Avenue store.  I hope in the cafe but sometimes they set us up in the demo kitchen area.  FREE !  Islands music master John MCDonald will be there from 4-6.

Say hello if you come by

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11/29/12 Washington County Medical Society

Dottie Hostovich put on a first-class event again for the Annual Awards Dinner at Southpointe Golf Club. It was nice to see Past President Dr. Michael Plato and his wife Cindy - I played at their wedding - and Allegheny County Medical Society Executive Director Jack Krah.

Solo Strolling Violin

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11/27/12 Blind And Vision Rehab Reception

Thanks to Nancy Guilotti and the nice folks at Blind and Vision Rehab for having me be part of their Donor Appreciation Reception at the glorious Grand Hall At The Priory.  Former Steeler Mike Wagner was the MC - should have gotten a picture with him.

Special thanks to Gene and his crew at The Grand Hall.  See you next week for Christmas Phantasy.

Solo Strolling Violin

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11/29/12 Presents For Patients Thank You

Special thanks to Jay and Nate for a great performance last night!  They did a super job and really added something special to the “Country Christmas/ PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS® kick off last evening.  It’s really appreciated.  Thanks again for everything including your graciousness on the fees.

Allyson, St. Barnaba Charities

Performers were Guitarist/Vocalist Jay Hitt and Fiddler Nate Goodrich.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

11/17/12 Wine Dinner

The wine and conversation were flowing at the Fox Chapel Golf Club last Saturday as I shared the musical bill with Harpist Suzanne Hershey.  They kept me overtime, let me sample a few wines, and invited me back for next year.  All in all a good night. Thanks to my host Dave and Club Manager Carrie Glass for the hospitality.

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11/17/12 American Cancer Society Benefit Tea

I cannot believe I did not take a picture of this gorgeous home.  Completely done in Western theme, the open beam ceilings and deer-heads made you feel like you were in Montana - not Prospect PA.

Thanks to Neva, her helpers and the 75 women who attended.  It was announced that they were nearing the $50,000 mark in donations to this worthy cause. I've lost count as to how many years I have played this but I promise to take pics next year.

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11/16/12 Canterbury Place

It was nice to spend some time with the nice folks at Canterbury Place as part of their Light-Up Night Dinner.

Great view.  Thanks to Donnie for having me back for the umpteenth time.

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11/22/12 Thanksgiving Dinner

The Ramada above Route 30 in Greensburg put out a fabulous display of food for their annual Thanksgiving buffet.  Thanks to Chris and the Chef for their third invite to a Holiday event.

Strolling Violin

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11/24/12 Market District at Settlers Ridge

John and I enjoyed playing a mix of Holiday tunes and our usual variety for shoppes in the Cafe area of the store.  What a nice bunch.

This Friday we will be playing at the Shadyside Market District store from 6-8.  All holiday music.  Free and open to the public.

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11/10/12 Thank You

"I couldn't be happier with your performance at our wedding this past Saturday at The Mansion at Maple Heights. Your talent and professionalism was much appreciated by me, my husband, and our families. Thank you (a million times) for being a part of our ceremony and adding to it's perfection! "

Meghan & Tim    November 2012

String Quartet for the Ceremony

Wedding Reception Music : Bride/Dad Dance


This can be a very touching moment in the wedding reception where the bride dances with her father.  This can be a big deal to Dad's so let him have some input.

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
The Rainbow Connection
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
Daughters – John Mayer
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman
Moon River – Andy Williams
My Girl – The Temptations
Unforgettable – Nat and Natalie Cole
Angel Dance – Robert Plant
It’s a Great Day To Be Alive – Travis Tritt
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino
Daddy’s Little Girl -Michael Bolton
Daddy Let’s Dance -  Jamie Tate
My Little Girl -  Tim McGraw
Faithfully – Journey
I Loved Her First – Heartland
Shining Star – The Manhattans
In My Daughter’s Eyes -  Martina McBride
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
A Song For My Daughter – Ray Allaire
Waltz Across Texas – Ernest Tubb
I’m So Proud – The Impressions
Sweet Child Of Mine – Luna
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
Hero - Mariah Carey
Blessed - Elton John
Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World - Izzy K
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
I'll Be There - Josh Turner
Beauty And The Beast
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Ain't That A Kick In The Head - Dean Martin
Through the Years -            Kenny Rogers           
The Way You Look Tonight - Harry Connick
The Circle Game - Joni Mitchell
Blackbird - Beatles
My Wish - Rascal Flatts
Daddy's Angel - T. Carter
Never Alone – Lady Antebellum
My Girl – Temptations
My Little Girl - Tim McGraw
Celtic Woman
I Loved Her First - Heartland

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Best Thank You Note Ever

Dear Steven,

Thank you for the very kind thank you card -- but believe me, it is Brian and myself who are so truly grateful to you and John.

We can't thank you enough for making our wedding day perfect for us.  Our guests are also still "singing" your praises as well!

But in all seriousness, I will never forget walking down the aisle to the most beautiful melody that is "I've Dreamed of You."  You really touched my heart with that as well as all the music you played for us.  Before I met Brian, which took longer than expected, I had years of "Barbara" to keep me company, and so I will never forget getting to share them both at the same time -- a dream come true. 

You are both so wonderful and talented.  We will never forget you.

All the best,
Rachel & Brian

Keystring Duo for The Ceremony, Cocktails and DJ music breaks DJ Steven Vance

11/10/12 Meghan & Tim

Wedding Ceremony at The Mansion At Maple Heights

String Quartet  Two Violins, Viola, Cello

"O Mio Babbino Caro" Puccini
"Air On The G String" Bach
"Jesu, Joy Of Mans Desiring"  Bach

Mom's Procession: "Amazing Grace" Solo Violin version
Bridesmaids and Bride: "Canon In D" Pachelbel
Unity Candle" "Air" from "Watermusik"
Recessional: "Kesh Jig" (Irish)
Postlude: "Ode To Joy"  Beethoven

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11/10/12 Mike and Kelly

Location : Phipps Conservatory

Ceremony : Solo
Reception : Strolling Violin and DJ Performance Package

Music Highlights:
Prelude - Air on the G String, Simple Gifts, Ode To Joy, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mom's Processional - Trumpet Voluntary
Bridesmaids - Canon in D
Bride Processional - Wedding March
Recessional - Wedding March
Postlude - La Rejouissance

Reception Music Highlights:
Introductions Music - "September" Earth Wind and Fire
Cake Cutting - "The Sweetest Thing" U2
Musical Toast - "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (See Video)

First Dance - "Hold You In My Arms" Ray LaMontagne

Bride/Dad - "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong
Groom/Mom - "Imagine" John Lennon
Longest Married Couple - "I'll Be There" Jackson 5
Last Song - "Modern Nature"

Yummy dessert table.

Our new DJ table top

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Wedding Reception Music : The First Dance

This song is the one that accompanies your first dance as husband and wife and becomes part of the soundtrack to your life .  Romantic, sentimental, fun, eclectic, contemporary, classic ... your choice. This is what couples have been using over the past 2 years.

Marry Me – Train
Then – Brad Paisley
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley
Crush - Dave Mathews Band
At Last – Etta James
True Companion -  Marc Cohn
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
The Way – Bruce Springsteen
When You Got A Good Thing – Lady Antebellum
Wouldn’t Change  A Thing – Matthew West
Vito’s Waltz – The Godfather
Beauty And The Beast – played on the Violin
I See You (from Avatar)– Leona Lewis
Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Sweet And Wild – The Clarks
Someone Like You – Van Morrison
Life After You – Daughtry
I Will – The Beatles
When I Say I Do – Matthew West
Unthinkable – Alicia Keys
Me And You – Kenny Chesney
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Jersey Boys
Penguin – Christina Perry
I’m So Proud – The Impressions
The Best Is Yet To Come – Tony Bennett
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Your Song – Elton John and Alessandro Safina
Stay With You – John Legend
Your Song – Elton John
Sleepwalk – Santo and Johnny
The Most – Jon Troast
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
Feels Like Home – Neil Diamond
By Your Side – Sade
When You Say Nothing At All- Allison Krauss
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Rod Stewart
Have A Little Faith - by John Hiatt
God Gave Me You - Blake Shelton
Then - Brad Paisley
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Lost In Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole/ Natalie Cole
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker, Luciano Pavarotti, and Alex Britti
Come What May - Nicole Kidman and Mario Frangoulis
Marry Me - Train
I Swear -  All 4 One
Far Away - Nickelback
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis
O Sole Mio - Il Volo
Your Song -  Elton John
Stand By Me - Ben E King
I Love You This Big - Scott McCreary
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Michael Buble
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
You Make It Real - James Morrison
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Try Me - James Brown
Unstoppable - Keaton Simmons
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Tonight And Forever – The Damnwells

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winner of our FREE violin performance! (Facebook Promotion)

And the winner of the FREE violin performance is ...

Terra Valenti!

Here is her response upon discovering she won:
"I am soooo excited! I already wanted live music for my ceremony and now I get to possibly add a strolling violin to cocktail hour :) Still considering my options! Thanks so much to Steven Vance for this amazing contest and prize!!!!"

We were glad to get such a great response from people (we had over 110 people "like" our fanpage in a matter of a few weeks) and we are looking forward to being part of Terra's wedding.

Look for another special announcement tomorrow !

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Our Most Popular Wedding Party Introduction Music


Traditionally, as a DJ, we play special music playing while the MC announces the bridal party and finally the bride and groom make their first public appearance together.  Some couples like this to be very upbeat and set a party atmosphere.  Some prefer this to be elegant and more formal.  

We tallied up all of the selections for the past two Wedding seasons so you have a nice list from which to choose your theme song.  You might consider having one selection for the Parents and Wedding Party and a different selection for the two of you.

Here it is -

I Gotta Feelin – Black Eyed Peas
Raise Your Glass – Pink
Spring from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole
The Brady Bunch - TV Theme
I Feel Good – James Brown
I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher
Concerto for Two Trumpets – Vivaldi
Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
Crazy Train – Black Sabbath
Who Loves You – The Four Seasons
Fort Walton Kansas   - The Rock
Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White
Cinema – Skrilllex
Pirates Of The Caribbean – Movie Soundtrack
Beautiful Day – U2
Right Round – Flo-Rida
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly – Movie Soundtrack
St. Elmo’s Fire
Home – Edward Sharpe
Happy People – R. Kelly
I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
You Make Me feel So Young – Frank Sinatra
Big Pimpin – Jay Z
Renegade – Styx
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Pitt Fight Song
Marry You – Train
Love And Marriage – Frank Sinatra
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Enter Sandman –Metallica
Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s
Ain’t That A Kick In the Head – Dean Martin
By Your Side – Sade
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Rod Stewart
It’s Now Or Never – Elvis
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Faithfully – Journey
Midnight And The Stars And You – Ray Noble
Teenage Wasteland – The Who
Rock N Roll Part II – Gary Glitter
L-O-V-E – Nat Cole
At Last – Etta James
Love And Marriage – Frank Sinatra
I Wanna Grow Old Old With You – Adam Sandler
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love – Barry White
Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
I Do – Colbie Callait
Soul Bossa Nova – Austin Powers Theme
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Glamorous- Fergie
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love -  Barry White
White Wedding - by Billy Idol
What I Like About You – The Romantics
The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis
In The Mood - Doc Severinsen
Always - by Ella Fitzgerald
Soul Bossa Nova- Quincy Jones
To Life - Fiddler On The Roof
Spring - Vivaldi
Trumpet Concerto - Vivaldi
You've Got The Love – Florence and the Machine
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Paradise - Coldplay
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
Crowd Chant - Satriani
Happy Together - The Turtles
Back in Black - AC/DC
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

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10/20/12 Thank You and A Strange First For Me

We just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and everything you did for our Wedding.  We are still being told how fun it was and everyone loved having a strolling violin.  It was the perfect touch. Everyone had a blast at the Reception.  Except for the two fought over my bouquet.*

Brittany & Will  Oglebay Resort  Wheeling WV

*What she is talking about is something I've never seen before. Two older women in their 40's-50's grabbed the bouquet at the same time and pulled and tugged at it for over a minute until it finally broke apart so one had the flower blooms in her hands and the other was holding the stems .  Wow, they both really wanted that bouquet.  Why ????

Solo Violin for the Ceremony in the Formal Garden, Strolling Violin for the Cocktails and Dinner, and DJ dance music for the rest of the night

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11/03/12 Bryan and Paula

Wedding Reception - Violin/DJ Package

A fall-themed cake decoration.

Music Highlights:
Introduction - "Marry You" Bruno Mars
Bride and Groom Intro - "Glamorous" Fergie
First Dance - "When You Say Nothing At All" Allison Krauss
Cake Cutting - "How Sweet It Is" James Taylor
Musical Toast - "Greensleeves"
Bride/Dad - "Hero" Mariah Carey
Groom/Mom - "What A Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong
Longest Married Couple - "When I'm Sixty Four" Beatles
Last Song - "Don't Stop Believin" Journey

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

10/26/12 National Pancreas Foundation

Keystring Duo (Violin and Piano)
DJ Package

Circuit Center South Side

The halls were full of auction items, the patio was tented for Cocktails and then the Ballroom filled with 400 people who honored awardees and bid on exquisite vacations with auctioneer and radio personality Gary Love.Here is what the room looked like before ...

Thanks to Patter Birsic and Bryan Rohm.

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