Here at Stitely Entertainment, we love music and we love weddings. Unless you’ve sworn off social media today, you’ve probably seen the news reporting Solange Knowles’ wedding, which happened this weekend. Check out this sweet video of Solange and her son Julez dancing at their reception! It’s always a fun moment when families let loose on the dance floor.

This weekend folk duo The Milk Carton Kids and singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz teamed up in a collaboration tour and headed to Milwaukee, WI for a Halloween performance. While listening to mellow folk tunes may not be everyone’s ideal Halloween night, it was truly a show worth seeing! The musicians even got in the Halloween spirit during the encore! Check out the link to their encore performance (feat. “Joni Mitchell” and “Simon & Garfunkel”) below!

In April 2013 we did a Music Monday post on Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Sunday afternoon, they helped wrap up 2014 Lollapalooza with a late afternoon set at the Bud Light Stage with an aftershow at the Vic Theater at 7pm.  I first heard Trombone Short on Letterman and just loved his funky, unique sound.  If you haven’t heard him yet, have a listen and if he’s back at Lolla next year, that’s just one more reason to go.

 

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I am generally not a fan of new bands and when I say new, I mean bands that were formed after the year 2000.  One Republic is an exception to that rule, as are the Black Keys, but that is a post for another day.

One Republic got it’s start in 2003 according to Wikipedia, but they didn’t hit my radar until my daughter hit her teen years.The band’s recent hit “Counting Stars” has become a highly requested song at the weddings where the Stitely Orchestra performs.  I heard their latest single from their 2013 album Native called Love Runs Out.  That title doesn’t scream “wedding song”, but there is just something about it that makes me think it will be requested by more than one couple.

Dancing to a Chicago wedding band

Stitely Orchestra, Chicago Groove Collective and 312 Chicago all get a kick out of learning fun new songs for our clients.  What do you think?  Will Love Runs Out be the next big wedding hit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE5WscjdNZs

This song has been everywhere since its release in October 2013. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has been super successful, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and charts in 23 other countries. It started as the background music for the On Demand trailer of Despicable Me 2, and in 2014, the song was covered in the 100th episode of Glee. 

To coincide with the single release, 24hoursofhappy.com was launched to broadcast “the world’s first 24 hour music video.” The four-minute song is repeated with people dancing around Los Angeles and miming along.

Williams himself appears 24 times on the hour, and there are a number of celebrity cameos including Kelly Osbourne, Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Ana Ortiz, and JoJo, along with the minions from Despicable Me 2.

The original video spawned many cover videos on YouTube in which people from different cities throughout the world dance along with the song, like this one from Paris.

I’m thinking we’re going to be getting a good amount of requests for this song at weddings. I hope so! What an amazing message for one of the happiest days of a person’s life.

Check out the official music video below, and clap along!

We are totally loving this song!

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Bastille are an English rock band formed in 2010 in London.  The four-piece consists of members; Dan Smith, Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band comes from Bastille Day, which occurs on the same day as Smith’s birthday, July 14th.

In December 2010, Bastille signed a record contract with Virgin Records, and started gaining steam. Their debut single, “Overjoyed” was  released in April 2012. Their second single followed in August 2012, and shares the name as the band’s first studio album: “Bad Blood.” That song gained moderate success in the UK, charting at ninety. “Flaws,” the third song from Bad Blood, debuted at number twenty-one.

That brings us to this killer song, “Pompeii.” This jam was released to huge demand in February 2013.  It charted at number two in the UK and number five in the US.  The band has been nominated for four Brit Awards in 2014, including for British Breakthrough Act, British Group, British Single of the Year and won British Album of the Year. As of February 2014, Bastille have sold over 2.07 million records in the UK alone.

I first noticed them when they performed on Saturday Night Live on January 25, 2014. Kill City.

Check out the official video:

Not into sports? Really into sports? Either way, this sounds like fun.

For the third year in a row, Billboard.com is asking pop fans to vote for their favorite songs on a bracket that looks pretty familiar…

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Visit the website HERE to get started. Let the games begin!

Singer and Impressionist Christina Bianco has done it again. The YouTube sensation has posted another video, the Academy Award Winning Song “Let It Go,” from the Academy Award Winning Disney Animated Film “Frozen.” Since it was posted on February 13th, it has received over 2.5 million views.

Christina Bianco

In the song, she does impressions of  Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem, as John Travolta calls her), Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, Adele, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Liza Minnelli and as herself – which ain’t too shabby.

Ms. Bianco has been killing it for awhile. She starred in the off-Broadway shows Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab and Newsical. She also originated the role of Dora in the national tour of Dora the Explorer Live, and was a contestant on Season 6 of America’s Got Talent. In August 2013, her rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” in which she does impressions of 19 different singers, led to an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Here’s her take on “Total Eclipse of the Heart,”

 

I have adored this man for years and years. From his Grammy Award winning and double platinum “When Harry Met Sally” soundtrack in 1989 and the best-selling Christmas album of 1993 “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” to his most recent studio success “Every Man Should Know.”

He has appealed to my ears musically, and appealed to my eyes on film and TV roles, in his screen debut “Memphis Belle,” the beyond romantic “Hope Floats,” and the hip and hilarious “Will and Grace,” to name a few.

He’s done stage (Broadway revival of “The Pajama Game”), he gives back (Musicians’ Village in New Orleans), and he’s a loyal family man (married to former Victoria’s Secret model Jill Goodacre, they have 3 daughters).

Basically, he’s spent my formative years showing me what an ideal male looks like. Swoon.

I’m so glad he is being introduced to a younger, broader audience with American Idol. He’s straight up killing it on the show, by giving great advice, being truthful yet kind, and bringing it onstage. Just what AI needs to save it from irrelevance.

Here he is on American Idol singing “And I Love Her,” made famous by The Beatles:

And here he is doing what he does best – jamming on the piano singing his original “Come By Me.”

 

 

 

 

 

Let me introduce you to an incredible artist: Adele.

What’s that? You’ve already heard of her? Of course you have. She’s been pretty high profile for years, especially with her most recent 2011 smash album “21.”

I, like many, enjoy listening (and painfully singing along) to Adele’s music.  It’s always a delight to see my musical tastes validated, and they are by how often she is requested for wedding music. Many people view “21″ as the ultimate break-up album, and Adele as the ultimate break-up artist. But to hurt that much from a relationship comes from loving deeply. The woman knows love, and isn’t that what a wedding is all about?

These are the three most recent requests for Adele we have received from brides:

“Make You Feel My Love” from her first studio album “19.”

One and Only from “21.”

Lovesong from “21.”