Colorado Wedding Band Awarded 2017 Couples Choice Award by WeddingWire.com

Narrow Gauge WeddingWire Couples Choice Award Winner 2017

We were just notified that we have been awarded the 2017 Couples Choice Award by WeddingWire.com!  It isn’t an easy award to receive and we are grateful for all the brides who have entrusted Narrow Gauge to make their wedding receptions amazing.  It has been our honor to serve all of you!

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.

This award means a lot to all of us in the band.  Thank you to all our 2016 brides who voted for us!

 

 

Narrow Gauge is a Colorado Wedding band that performs in Denver, Vail, Colorado Springs and anywhere and everywhere in Colorado and Wyoming and beyond.

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How To Partner with Your Wedding Band to Make Sure the Dance Floor is Packed All Night Long

Dance All Night at Your Wedding with Narrow Gauge, Colorado's Premier Party Band
Dance All Night at Your Wedding with Narrow Gauge, Colorado’s Premier Party Band

We know a thing or two about Colorado wedding receptions! We have worked with over 400 brides in 10 years, helping each one pull off an amazing wedding reception.  In that time we have learned the secret of how to pack a dance floor:  Play GREAT music that everyone knows and likes.

You may find this very hard to believe:  there will be a lot of people attending your reception that don’t like the same music as you. If you tell the band to only play the kind of  music you like, the dance floor will be empty and your guests WILL leave early.  Nobody wants that.

I’m the one in the band who works very closely with the bride to help design the reception, especially the dancing part. We have one piece of advice we give ALL our brides:

Tell us the songs you like and don’t like.  Give us permission to read the dance floor and make changes we think we need to get your guests on the dance floor and keep them there.

Over the years, 95% of the brides we have worked with followed this advice.  The result? A fantastic time by all.  The reason?  Narrow Gauge puts together our play list based upon several factors:  the clients input and our experience.  During our actual performance, we use it as a guide.  If it’s working we keep it going and if the dance floor is not as packed as it should be, we change it up. It ALWAYS works.  We are very good at finding out what any group of people want to dance to on any given night.

Surprisingly, not every bride accepts our advice.  A handful of time in the past 10+ years we have worked with brides who insisted that we only play the songs they want, regardless of what their guest may want.  It has been a disaster every single time.

The Bride that Ruined Her Wedding Reception

“It’s my wedding and I don’t want any other style of music except country.”

Like every bride, she was so excited about the wedding.  She knew we had a great reputation as a dance band and she couldn’t wait to celebrate with her family and friends.  I encouraged her to give us the freedom to read the dance floor and play what the crowd wanted to dance to, just in case they were not all into county.

She insisted.

We did exactly what she wanted.

Very few people danced during our first 45 minute set. Continue reading

Narrow Gauge Had A Fantastic Show at the Taste of Colorado Event

What a show!  Thousands of people turned out to see Narrow Gauge perform at this years Taste of Colorado show in Denver.  Thank you to all who came out to support the band.  We had a TON of fun with you guys.  Here are a few photos from the show.

Narrow Gauge Taste of Colorado 1narrow gauge gene tastenarrow Gauge Genebignarrow gauge jeff tastenarrow gauge taste Jimnarrow gauge jim laney reverendNarrow Gauge is a Colorado Country Rock Dance band.  We are available for concerts, festivals, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers and private parties anywhere in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas and anywhere with an airport!  Visit our website for live demos, video, photos, client reviews, playlist, and to get pricing for your event.

The Perfect Dance Band Playing a Great Mix of Country and Rock: Narrow Gauge

narrow gauge jim in the crowdWe like country BUT…”

We hear this from bride and grooms all the time.  They love all types of country music, but not all of their guests will.  That is what draws them to Narrow Gauge.

Narrow Gauge is a dance band and we know how to pack a dance floor, we do it 60+ times every year.  We do it by reading the crowd and playing a great mix of modern and classic country, modern and classic rock as well as any type of music that will get the crowd dancing.  We play hits everyone will recognize and enjoy,  from AC/DC to the Zac Brown Band and everything in between.

When we go on break, we play the latest club hits or a custom mix that you have chosen, and the party keeps on going.

When you hire Narrow Gauge, you get an award-winning band as well as DJ.

You might think you can not afford us, and you would be wrong.  Visit our website and find out how affordable we can be.

 

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Narrow Gauge Offers an October Special

Narrow Gauge snowy-vail-wedding-JimNarrow Gauge is offering an October special for all new events that take place in October 2014. Book Narrow Gauge for at least two sets of live music and we will throw in a third set absolutely free. Just mention our October special when you fill out our Quote Request form.

New bookings only!

 

Narrow Gauge is the Colorado Country and Classic Rock Dance Band.  We are available for concerts, festivals, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, private parties and anywhere live music is needed.  Visit our website at http://www.NarrowGaugeCountry.com for live demos, videos, client reviews, playlists, pictures and to get pricing information for your event.

“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.