Guitar Players: Should You Turn up?

We’ve always suspected this to be the case, but now we have proof!

Should I turn Up?

Narrow Gauge is an award winning cover dance band that specializes in country rock dance hits. We’ve been performing at weddings, corporate parties, conventions, county fairs, festivals, private parties and other events throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska, and South Dakota since 2001. We play a variety of great country and classic rock dance songs from AC/DC to Zac Brown, Allan Jackson to ZZ Top, and everything in between

Whether it is performing for President George W. Bush, or the owner of The National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, a large corporation like Hewlett Packard or an intimate wedding, Narrow Gauge has the experience it takes to make your event a spectacular evening! We have been performing in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota since 2001. Please read our many reviews located on our website http://www.NarrowGaugeCountry.com to get a feel for how we could serve you!

“You Guys Are Truly Great at Your Craft and it shows!”

Narrow Gauge Country Band of Colorado Jim bart PeacefulEveryone loves to hear praise and Narrow Gauge is no different. We recently received a nice card from Kerri and Spencer. We performed at their wedding in Vail in December and we thought we’d share it with you:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! We always envisioned our wedding as a casual & fun meeting of loved ones featuring a live band. That wouldn’t have happened without Narrow Gauge. You guys are truly great at your craft and it shows. Jim, thank you for supporting me through all the decisions and easing my fears. We had a blast!!”    Kerri and Spencer, Vail Wedding December 2013

If you need an extremely talented and versatile country rock dance band for your wedding, corporate event or party, consider Narrow Gauge.  Visit our website at www.NarrowGaugeCountry.com to see video samples, play lists, client feedback or request a quote.

How To Hire a Country Band for Your Denver Colorado Wedding

Denver Wedding BandsCongratulations! You have finally made the decision to go with a live band instead of a DJ for your Denver Colorado wedding reception. Now you face the daunting task of finding the right band. How do you find them? How much should you pay? How long should they play for? What things should I avoid, and what must I have? As a veteran of over 200 weddings, let me offer 5 simple ideas I have learned over the years.

1. Get a Detailed Quote I can’t stress how important this is. Sometimes a vague quote might be a great price, but does it include everything you need and want? Can you choose some of the songs? Will they learn your first dance song? How long will they play for that amount? How long are their breaks? What kind of PA will they use? Will they MC portions of the night? Will they bring dance lights and stage lights? Does the price include a microphone for your toasts and any speeches that might be given? If you don’t ask, and the band doesn’t offer a written detailed quote, you may be in for a big disappointment. So ask for the details.

2. Check The Band Out: It is always preferable if you can see the band perform live at a wedding reception. Most “real” bands have deals with every bride: “I can get you into this wedding to see the band, as long as when your wedding comes around, you let us bring another potential client to your wedding. Every bride I have ever worked with has been fine with that arrangement. (hint: just don’t drink their alcohol or eat the food)

Sometimes you can’t see the band live. I would say that more than 50% of our clients have NOT been able to see the band they hire in person. Don’t worry if you can’t. There are other ways. See if they have any LIVE videos. It is hard to fake a good performance on tape. Also, ask for references and call them. A good band should submit the references with their quote if they have nothing to hide. Ask your wedding planner, she knows who the good bands are.

3. Think About the Type of Music Your Guests Like: This is far more important that you might think at first. If you are hiring a band to get people dancing and keep them dancing, you have to hire a band that plays the kind of music the crowd wants to dance to. Two stories illustrate this truth well:

I will never forget the time Narrow Gauge showed up to perform at a wedding in Breckenridge Colorado. The bride only wanted country music. Her friends and family didn’t like country, and nobody was dancing. The bride was more than a little discouraged. But she wouldn’t let us change-up the music. The result: we played to an empty dance floor for two hours. When the bride left, we broke out into some classic rock and the dance floor immediately filled up for the rest of the night.

One time we got hired to play country music and when we showed up, everyone wanted 80’s heavy metal. The bride and groom hired us because we gave them a great deal. We did our best and pulled it off. It would have made a better party for everyone if they had hired an 80’s metal band that played a little country.

Ask yourself these questions: What kind of music do my parents like to dance to? My husband parents? How about my friends from college? Or my husbands friends. It really is that easy. Hire a band that can play those styles of music and you should have a great reception.

4. Get it In Writing: Yes, you need a contract! This makes everything so much easier. Remember, you will be planning a lot of things. You may hire the band 6 months before the wedding. You are also hiring a caterer, a venue, a minister, a photographer, a florist, ceremony music etc. If you don’t have the details written out in a contract, you will probably forget the details. This is also a recipe for disaster. Every good band will demand a contract, and they will write it up for both of you.

5. Start Your Search Early: If you are having a June or July wedding, you need to start looking for your band 9-12 months ahead of time. The good bands get hired early. If you are getting married in a slower time October-April, you can start your search 6 months before the wedding. Where do you look? There are several places you can look. One of them is Gigmasters. You can search their site for every type of band, and narrow it down to the city and state you are getting married in. You can also do a Google search, for example “Colorado Country Bands” if your wedding is in Colorado. A bunch of bands will show up. I would stay away from bar bands and here’s why: A bar band often plays for free drinks and likes to do their own thing. They play what they want to hear, not necessarily what your guests do. A good wedding band will play what your crowd wants to dance to, even if they don’t like the songs themselves. You’ll never know they don’t like it because they are professionals.

I hope these 5 thoughts help you as you search for the best band for your wedding!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Colorado Wedding Bands.

Colorado Wedding Band Playing Country and Classic Rock Hits

Narrow Gauge A Colorado Wedding BandWhy is Narrow Gauge one of the highest rated wedding bands in Colorado year after year?

First, we’re an amazingly talented and versatile band that knows how to pack a dance floor.  We play hits that everyone knows, from Alan Jackson to Zac Brown, AC/DC to ZZ TOP and everything in-between. That’s just one of the reasons we were awarded the Gigmasters Best of 2012 award!

We are extremely experienced at doing what we do.  The guys in Narrow Gauge have been performing since 2001.  We have played at Mile High Stadium, been on national TV, performed for President George W. Bush, The owner of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, and over 500 weddings, parties, and corporate events since we started.

Narrow Gauge performs throughout Colorado and Wyoming.  So, whether you wedding or event is in Denver, Colorado Springs,  Fort Collins, Longmont, Breckenridge,  Vail or any of the mountain resorts, Narrow Gauge can perform for your party.   We also travel to New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas.

We are a full service band.  We can also provide acoustic guitar or a PA system for a wedding ceremony. We can perform at rehearsal dinners, and provide jazzy cocktail hour music.  Many clients hire us to do it all and save money while getting phenomenal entertainment!

Surveys show that 60-80% of your reception or party’s success will be based on the entertainment you hire.  Hire Narrow Gauge and your friends will be talking about it for years to come.  Ask for a quote today and we will get it to you within 24 hours.

Denver Country Band Awarded “Best of 2012” by Gigmasters.com

Award Winning Colorado Country BandNarrow Gauge was recently selected as one of the top country and wedding bands in the Denver and Colorado area by Gigmasters.com.  This follows their 2011 award for being a Five Star Performer.

Narrow Gauge was rated in 5 categories by over 25 clients.  Here’s how they voted

1.  Overall Talent:   5 out of 5 Stars

2.  Professionalism: 5 out of 5 Stars

3. Accomodating: 5 out of 5 Stars

4. Overall Client Satsifaction: 5 out of 5 Stars

5. Clients Would Recommend Us:  5 out of 5 Stars.

As a Denver country band, Narrow Gauge is committed to providing superb entertainment at Colorado weddings, fundraisers,  corporate parties, county fairs and every other type of event.  Find out more information about this great band at http://www.narrowgaugecountry.com, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Narrow Gauge A Colorado Wedding Band Playing Country and Classic Rock

Narrow Gauge A Colorado Wedding BandNarrow Gauge has been performing at Colorado weddings and events since 2001 and plays a wide variety of great dance songs from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top, AC/DC to Zac Brown and everything in between!

Let us help you celebrate your Colorado Wedding!  We perform in Denver, Colorado Springs, Longmont, Fort Collins, and anywhere else in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota and beyond.

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Narrow Gauge A Colorado Wedding Band

Narrow Gauge, A Denver Country Band Available for Weddings and Parties

Narrow Gauge A Denver Country BandNarrow Gauge, a Denver based Country band, has been performing at weddings and events in Colorado since 2001 and plays a wide variety of great dance songs from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top, AC/DC to Zac Brown and everything in between!

Whether it is performing for the President of the United States and his family or the owner of The NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, an intimate wedding, corporate event,  fundraiser  or a private party, on national TV or at Mile High Stadium,  Narrow Gauge has the experience and talent it takes to make your event spectacular!

Narrow Gauge is the premier country rock dance band in Denver Colorado and Wyoming and we travel throughout both states.  Whether your Colorado Wedding or event is in Denver, Colorado Springs,  Fort Collins, Longmont, Vail or any of the mountain resorts, Narrow Gauge can perform for your party.   We also travel to New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas.

We have performed over 500 events in the last 12 years:  hundreds of weddings,  festivals, corporate parties, Rodeo’s, County Fairs and more. Whether your Colorado wedding is in Denver or somewhere else in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska or beyond, Narrow Gauge can provide the entertainment.

See our 2013 Denver Country Band / Colorado Wedding promo video