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Weekend Update - May 4-6, 2017

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1.    How do I book a band?  Once you have decided on a group and confirmed availability of the date via phone or mail, we will send you a contract outlining the details of  the event.  The contract must be returned with a 50% deposit in order to secure the date. The remainder of the fee is due at the time of performance.

2.    Do you require a deposit?  We require a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure the date.

3.    How long do you typically perform?  For most events, three hours is ample time for the guests to fully enjoy themselves.  If additional time is needed, the musicians can be retained if they are available for the per-hour rate stated on the contract.  Alternately, if less time is needed, a lower price may be negotiated ahead of time in most cases.

4.    How many breaks do you take and when?  We take one 10-15 minute break for each hour of performance time contracted.  The breaks are typically taken at the end of the hour, but may be coordinated with the event schedule if possible.  We will be happy to fulfill your request if ample notice is given and time is ample and spaced appropriately.

5.    Can you play our favorite song?  If your song is not one that we typically perform, we may be able to learn and perform it, for a nominal charge.  This will require plenty of advance notice and is also dependent on the style of the song and time availability.  If it is impossible, due to time or other constraints, a recording of your song can be played over the sound system to ensure that your day is everything that you want.

6.    How much space do you need?  The amount of space needed will depend on the size of the group and the type of instruments.  The size of the space available may limit the size of band, please check with us to ensure ample space for set-up.

7.    What do you wear on stage?  Our musicians always dress appropriately for the event and the weather, if outdoors.  Most groups wear suit and tie, unless formal attire is needed.  Or for less formal events, we can tastefully “dress-down.”  Please let us know if you have any preferences and we’d be happy to accommodate your needs.

8.    Do you provide your own sound system?  We can provide our own sound, or P.A., system for any of the smaller combos, including recorded music for the band breaks.  If you have extensive audio needs, just let us know and we can try to assist you or direct you to the right place.

9.    What other needs do you have?  We will need electrical power to plug amplifiers and the P.A. system into; usually one or two outlets will suffice with power strips.  We will also require restroom facilities and water and other beverages during the event.  If the event is outdoors, we will need to have some sort of covering in case of inclement weather and a flat, level area to set-up.  Optional items that make things much easier include a storage area for cases and personal items, a private dressing room or restroom to change in, and of course we always play better when we’re well fed!

10.    Can my cousin (aunt, best friend, etc.) sing/play with the band?  We will be happy to accommodate requests made in advance if at all possible.  It is important to speak with the musicians to pre-arrange for songs that are known and the appropriate key.

11.         What payment methods do you accept?  For the deposit we will accept personal and cashier's checks, money orders, and cash.  For balances paid on the day of the performance, only cashier's checks, money orders, and cash is accepted.  We can also accept credit cards, with a 3% added handling fee.  

12.         Do you perform other styles of music?  We primarily perform music that is often called Standards, or Traditional Jazz, Swing, and Blues.  We do occasionally perform our intrepretation of songs of other styles, but have developed our song list of popular classics over years of intense study and performance.  If something is not too far outside of what we do, such as a traditional country or broadway tune, we'd gladly consider adding it to our repertoire.  Special song requests may incur an additional fee, depending on familiarity and complexity, if there's something you would like to hear and don't see it on our list, just ask!  

PRICING

We have something for all groups and budgets. 

Our pricing depends on several factors, including date, time, length of booking, location, and number of musicians. Most of our packages are all-inclusive, however larger bands (7 or more pieces) or venues (especially outdoors) may require a professional sound system and engineer to be provided. The best way to get an accurate quote is to fill out the form on our contact page, but to download our pricing sheet with price ranges and descriptions, click here

SONG LIST

Although there are many songs that carry over between bands, some are specific to individual ensembles.

Here is a sampling of our song list or to download a more complete list, click here.

Jeremy Shrader Combos
(Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintessentials)

Ain’t Misbehavin’
All I Need is the Girl
All of Me
All Right, OK, You Win
As Time Goes By
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Beyond the Sea
Bewitched
Blue Moon
But Not for Me
Bye Bye Baby
Bye Bye Blackbird

 

With Michelle Shrader, vocals

After You've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
All I Have to Do is Dream (vocal duet)
All of Me
Baby, It's Cold Outside (vocal duet)
Blue Moon
Cheek to Cheek
Corcovado
Dindi
Don't Get Around Much Anymore Dream a Little Dream of Me (vocal duet)
The Girl from Ipanema
How Long Has This Been Going On? 

 

Jeremy Shrader's Octocats

720 in the Books
A String of Pearls
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?
Airmail Special
All Of Me
Almost Like Being In Love
Angel Eyes
At Last
Beyond the Sea
Blue Moon
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Chattanooga Choo-Choo

 

New Memphis Hepcats

720 In the Books
Ain’t She Sweet?*
Ain’t That a Kick In the Head?*
All I Need is the Girl*
All of Me*
All the Cats Join In
April in Paris
At Last*
Beyond the Sea*
Chattanooga Choo-Choo* Chicago*
Come Fly With Me*

 

Hot Jazz/Dixieland Combos
(Hot Memphis Four, Five, Six, Seven)

After I Say I’m Sorry
After You've Gone
Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of my Jelly Roll
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Ain’t She Sweet
All Of Me
Aunt Hagar’s Blues
Avalon
Baby Face
Ballin’ the Jack
Basin Street Blues
Beale Street Blues
Bill Bailey 

 

Big Barton (classic country)

All My Ex’s Live in Texas
Big Iron
Big River
Blue Moon of Kentucky
City Lights
Cold, Cold Heart
Crazy
Crazy Arms
Folsom Prison Blues
Hello Walls
Why Don’t You Love Me Like You Used to Do?
Hey Good Lookin'

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