Frequently Asked Questions
WHY BOOK THE MIDNIGHT GROOVE?
Good Question. We appreciate there are many bands out there. Its possible we are not the right band for you. Where we do excel is in the following areas;
- Variety: Classic Swing, Soul, Motown, Jazz, Funk, Indie, Rock n Roll as well as the best of contemporary Chart Music, inc. Bruno Mars, Adele, Pharrell, Amy, Kings of Leon, Ed Sheeran, etc. - Flexibility: If you prefer only a small selection of this repertoire eg. just Swing, Soul and Rock n Roll, we are very happy to oblige. Some clients are not keen on modern sounds, some are not keen on Jazz, some love the whole mix!
- Quality: Being rooted in London, the band is extremely well connected with the best of London's Jazz and Soul Musicians who play regularly at the Jazz Nights and Jam Sessions all over the capital.
- Adaptability: As well as taking care to learn your favourite first dance song, we are always on hand before and during the event to help with specific requests for MCing, DJing and cueing starts and stops with the venue/catering managers. If you require background music between key moments, just leave that to us, we will either follow instructions or be happy to use our experience to provide the ultimate set list for your event.
- Ownership: We will always make sure that every aspect of organisation and set up is completed to the highest level. He will be your single point of contact on the day.
HOW BIG OR SMALL IS YOUR BAND?
We believe every event is different. Some will require a very standard 4 or 5 piece party band to play for 2 hours after dinner. Some may benefit from having 2 afternoon musicians, 4 dinner musicians, and a 4/5 piece band for one evening jazz set and one more upbeat party set.The most common size nowadays is a 4 piece to include singer, guitar, bass and drums. With band-sizes of 4 or more, we can cover almost any style: Swing, Soul, Motown, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, RnB, Latin (etc.).
WHO DECIDES THE REPERTOIRE?
The best way of deciding repertoire is for the client to give us either 1. Their must-have favourite (first dance song) to learn (if we don’t already know it); 2. An indication of their favourite styles: for instance: Swing, Soul and Motown; 3. Leave it entirely up to us, with just one note for a must have and a must have not!
WHAT KINDS OF EVENTS DO YOU PLAY AT?
We love the opportunity to play anywhere and will play anything from pubs and bars to Weddings, Corporate Events, Bar/Bat-mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, XMAS events, Annual balls, Charity events, Jazz and Blues Festivals, Engagements and Wedding Anniversaries.
HOW LONG DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY FOR?
Most commonly we are asked to perform 2x60m sets in the evening, but we are often asked to play background music at drinks reception or dinner.
WHAT TIME WILL THE BAND ARRIVE?
The Band will usually arrive and set-up up to an hour before they need to start playing, however this can be arranged differently to fit with whatever your event needs.
WILL THE BAND LEARN A SPECIFIC SONG TO BE PLAYED AT OUR EVENT / WEDDING?
Yes, we are happy to learn some specific songs to help make your event feel as personalised as possible.