The last thing you need at a funky event is a band of suckers spoiling the party. If you want to host a funky event, you're gonna need some funky cats. Real funk bands are groups of cool, laid back dudes who can provide your party with the swinging sound they need to keep feet stomping and booties shaking.
Choosing the right band for the event is of the utmost most importance. Funk bands that can cover Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton and Wild Cherry and even jam a bit to keep people bouncing can really bring an event to life. A wedding that needs a little spark at the reception, a private party that needs a little oomph or a corporate event that you can not afford to be boring, a funk band can liven it up and turn even a wake into a good time.
Tips on Booking Live Funk Bands
1. Always Sample the Goods
The first thing you need to do when booking a funk band is check out their demos, their samples. If they have any video up of recent gigs, that's what you're really after. It's hard to get a feel for a funk band from audio samples alone. Funk is all on stage, it's all about how the band interacts with the crowd, how they play to the mood of the room. You can not get a grasp on how well a funk band handles the crow and creates a fun atmosphere from audio clips alone.
Check the Playlist
You need to check the playlist that your band is going to be playing. Most funk is pretty agreeable for most any event, but you should double check to make sure it's all going to be appropriate, make sure that any songs you want included are included on the list. Different bands organize their lists differently. Some may have a set playlist that you can look at while others may ask you to pick out some songs from their catalog and others still may be willing to learn any songs that they do not already know for you. In any event, you should know what they're playing before the show gets underway.
3. Ask About Equipment
If you're having them set up in a place that already has a sound system, you should let them know that and they can work it out with the management as to how to get everything hooked up on the day of the gig. If you just leave it to chance, you run the risk of having too much or not enough sound equipment at hand.
4. Always Book Well Ahead of Time
You need to book ahead of time for a number of reasons. First, there's no telling if they'll be available on short notice. Second, most bands like to get a good idea of the type of event and where they're playing so that they can plan their gig accordingly. Finally, you want to have a good working relationship with the band before the show gets underway.
Hiring the right funk band can make any party a lot more fun. Follow these tips and you'll have no problem keeping your guests dancing all night.