How much for a performance?
Depending on distance, duration, and venue full 7-piece starts from $1200.00, smaller 3-piece starts at $600.00. Yes, they cost more than DJ's, but they deliver more. The band represents decades of practice, education and experience in the business of delivering a quality product. Like a great catering company, chef, emcee or event planner, their value is in their experience and professionalism, and their price reflects that. They do deliver above and beyond what they charge. They deliver a very human and very tangible emotional product that is more than just music. It is an integral part of the event.
What time will the band arrive?
It varies, but typically, they usually arrive 1-2 hours prior to the event for set up and do a sound check. They can also work with their client to ensure a smooth transition if a pre-reception is involved.
How long will the band play?
Typically, they perform for 2-4 hours with 3 or 4 sets of 45-60 minutes of music with 10-15 minute breaks between each set.
What about music during breaks?
Midnight Special ensures that recorded or requested music is available over the PA during the breaks. The momentum never ends, but the excitement always rebuilds when an audience sees a band return to the stage and pick up their instruments.
Do we need to have a stage or sound person?
No, they are aware that many venues don't have a stage or a house sound person. The band may bring their own sound person if needed, and can perform on a flat floor as well.
How much space do we really need for a 7-piece band?
Typically, 12' x 30' performance space is enough, however, they have adapted to as little as 8' x 20'.
Can we request a song during the performance?
As they want to maintain the quality and integrity of the performance, if it is a song they know well, of course. With advanced notice, they could work with their client to tailor an evening of specific music that works for everyone.
Can I watch the band play live before I book?
If it is a public event, not a problem. As it is nice to watch the band before you book, Midnight Special may not live in your area. Hopefully, the reviews and videos will give you a sense of the professionalism in their performance.
Does the band provide their own PA and lighting?
Will you perform outside?
Yes, they even have a 20 x 20 professional pole tent which provides excellent shelter for the band if needed.
Compared to a DJ, what can Midnight Special offer?
They bring an inclusive, personal, and multi-sensory experience that everyone will remember. They generate excitement and feeds it to the audience. They see the audience and the audience sees them. There is a personal connection; eye to eye, smile to smile. They can see what works and what motivates people to dance. They live to deliver joy to audiences, and audiences pick up on this. It becomes part of the vibe of the moment and of the memories that last long after. They dress to impress. They are great-looking people holding great -looking instruments, under great lighting. There is a certain wonder to seeing musicians; they hold the key to the magic of an evening. They deliver energy and enjoyment. They are reliable. They are craftspeople, not divas or rock stars. They understand the importance of an event, and they understand that the event starts long before its actual date: planning and preparation are essential. Midnight Special works hard to make its clients’ lives easier and stress-free by removing the worries about hiring a group of musicians. They constantly monitor for satisfaction and take care to craft their performance in an agile way that rides the momentum of the event.