Seattle-area couples planning to tie the knot have no shortage of options when it comes to unforgettable live musical entertainment for their wedding. Check out a few of Seattle’s best wedding bands that play live music in a variety of genres. They will create and customize a set list to fit your wedding theme and planned budget.
BrickHouse Show Band
Rated as Seattle’s best wedding band, the BrickHouse Show Band is a seven-piece group of musicians and singers that originated in 1988. This wedding band is high in demand so it is recommended that couples book the group as soon as possible. The BrickHouse Show Band has its own wedding coordinator available to work with couples to help carry out their dream wedding ideas and make them into a reality. Types of music available for wedding receptions include jazz, big band, blues, rock, country, pop and hits from the 1960s to the present.
Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana
Created in 1988, the Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana band has performed for hundreds of weddings all over the greater Seattle area. All band members are of Mexican descent and bring an authentic mariachi vibe to the group’s live performance. The Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana band is the most sought-after mariachi band in the Pacific Northwest and is available as a seven-piece group, or as a duo or trio for those who need to stick to a wedding budget. Available song choices range from slow, beautiful Mexican ballads to lively, fast-paced dance music.
The Variety Pack Band
Formed in 1990, The Variety Pack Band is comprised of lead vocalist Jennifer Ivester and husband Mark, who is also the band’s drummer. Other key band members include bass player Douglas Barnett and keyboard player Tom Kellock. Collectively, the group has decades of experience and have played with well-known artists such as Al Jarreau, Seattle’s own Heart, Philip Bailey, Deniece Williams and Melissa Manchester. Variety Pack was chosen to play for King 5’s Wedding of Your Dreams reception event and was the on-board band for dinner cruises with the Spirit of Puget Sound for many years. Choose from various music genres for your wedding reception, including instrumental, Latin, Jewish, Motown, jazz, swing, disco, rock, waltzes and pop.
Michael Benson Band
The Michael Benson Band not only will play your wedding reception, but also during the ceremony and for dinner and cocktail hour. Couples can book the full band for their wedding event or just the jazz-inspired pianist or a duo or trio of musicians. Styles of music available with the Michael Benson Band include R&B, hip-hop, swing, funk, reggae, salsa or calypso, present-day pop and rock. In addition to playing a customized set list, the band will honor special song requests from guests throughout the event. Try to book this band early, as the group’s calendar fills quickly.
Jason Parker Quartet
Seattle’s Jason Parker Quartet is primarily a jazz band, but brings its own groovy ambiance that makes it unique. Always the consummate performers, the Jason Parker Quartet members obviously enjoy what they do and it shines through in every performance. They come to their client’s wedding event to celebrate and always have guests on their feet dancing and partying. Available music includes cover songs from a variety of artists in the jazz and swing genres, as well as original songs written by the band.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.