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Hank Lane Music Performs at the Broadway Opening Night Party of “An American in Paris”

Monday, April 13th, 2015

One of the most eagerly anticipated new shows for this Broadway season is “An American in Paris” the stage adaptation of the 1951 film classic. Set in post World War II Paris, with a brilliant musical score by George Gershwin, Hank Lane Music was asked to play classic American and French “standards.” A packed crowd of over 1200 guests came to The Pierre hotel on Fifth Avenue following the early Sunday curtain.

Hank Lane Music Pianist Performs for “Danny Collins” Movie/Hilton Hotels Promotion

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Hank Lane Music Pianist Emilee Floor Performs at the New York Hilton.

Hank Lane Music is pleased to be taking part in a special promotion for the new film release “Danny Collins” starring Al Pacino, Annette Benning, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Carnavale and Christopher Plummer. Hilton Hotels & Resorts plays a starring role in the movie, which tells the story of a musician’s personal rediscovery. Key scenes are shot at the Hilton in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. As part of a special promotion, Steinway & Sons pianos is sponsoring live music on one of its beautiful instruments in the lobby of the New York Hilton Midtown. Hank Lane Music pianist Emilee Floor will be appearing March 23-27 in the hotel’s lobby from 5pm-7pm daily. For more on the Hilton hotels “Danny Collins” promotion go www.hilton.com/DannyCollins.

Hank Lane Music Fashion Week Spotlight: Club Monaco

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Hank Lane Music helped celebrate New York Fashion Week last night with Club Monaco at Mr. Porter’s! Club Monaco held a reception in honor of men’s fashion editors with entertainment provided by Hank Lane Music. How great does he look in his Club Monaco duds?

Happy Fashion Week, New York!

Hank Lane Music: Your Company Holiday Party Headquarters

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Hank Lane Music is the parent company of an umbrella organization* that provides a whole host of entertainment and event services all under one roof. For 35 years the Hank Lane organization has been providing corporate, charitable and social clients with the finest in live music, professional DJ’s, big name and specialty entertainment, lighting and event design, giant video screens, staging, sound, production plus a whole host of interactive games, casinos, photo stations and party favors. When planning your company holiday party or charitable event this season, consider Hank Lane Music as your single source for party fun. One of our event specialists will be happy to customize a proposal that meets your budget and needs.

*Hank Lane Music affiliate companies include MTM Events (More Than Music, Ltd.)  for DJ’s, games and party entertainment;  Fusion Lighting for lighting and event design, video services, staging, audio and event production.

Hank Lane Orchestra at American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Spring Gala

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) had its Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center last night. The program included performances from  classic ballet productions such as Don Quixote and Cinderella, as well as a one-time-only performance of Jirí Kylian’s Nuages. First Lady Michelle Obama was once again an honorary chair, and many celebrities were present to celebrate, including Selena Gomez, Emmy Rossum, Kelly Rowland, Sigourney Weaver, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and Zoe Kravitz. After the performance, the guests moved to the Lanvin sponsored French-themed dinner dance, where they were entertained by the Hank Lane Orchestra until the late hours of the evening. With all guests on the dance floor the entire evening, the party culminated in guests begging for an encore. Hank Lane Music has had the honor of performing at the ABT Gala for more than twenty years running.

Hank Lane Music at The Rainforest Alliance 2014 Annual Gala

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Rainforest Alliance has been leading conservation efforts since 1987, around the same time Hank Lane Music was founded. We have been honored to provide music for the organization over the years, including at last night’s Annual Gala, in support of sustainability and forest protection. The evening included a presentation of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement and Sustainable Standard-Setter awards, with Honorary Chair and Clean Water Project founder Gisele Bündchen in attendance. The Michael Hart Band had guests on the dance floor at the Museum of Natural History, and guest artist Deborah Cox gave a special performance.

“Of Mice and Men” Opening Night Bash with Hank Lane Music at the Plaza Hotel

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

One of the newest productions on Broadway is the revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco (127 Hours, Oz the Great and Powerful), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), and Broadway veteran Jim Norton. This is the first time Steinbeck’s masterpiece has seen a Broadway stage since 1975, with its first run in 1937.

Hank Lane staffers with James Franco (George)

Although the show has been in previews since March, last night marked the official opening night, with an after party bash at the Plaza Hotel. The Hank Lane Orchestra set the tone for the evening with big band swing from the 1930’s and 40’s. 700 guests listened and danced to the tunes of  Steinbeck’s era, including Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Dave Franco, Leven Rambin (Hunger Games), and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead). Katie Couric attended the show earlier that evening, and her charity Stand Up to Cancer sponsored the dinner in the Plaza Hotel ballroom.

Of Mice and Men’s limited engagement will conclude on July 27th. Purchase your tickets by clicking here!

Hank Lane Music in Wedding Wire’s Exclusive “100 Review Club”!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Hank Lane Music has made it into the 100 Review Club on Wedding Wire! This news comes to us on the 100th day of the year. Vendors who have made it into the 100 Review Club are part of an exclusive group of premium Pros who have worked hard to earn more than 100 wedding reviews while maintaining an average rating of 3.5 or higher. Check us on out on the full list by clicking here! Thank you to all who have reviewed us on Wedding Wire!

Hank Lane Music and the West End Revue Band Featured in Manhattan Bride!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

We are thrilled to be in the new Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Manhattan Bride! Tara and Adam’s amazing wedding at Tarrytown House Estate featured our popular West End Revue Band. Pick up your copy at local newsstands!

Hank Lane Music Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine – “How To Hire A Band”

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The Spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is now on stands! Pick one up today to read the exclusive interview with Hank Lane bandleaders Erik Marshall and Mike Herman. Get the inside scoop on how to choose the music for your wedding below!

HOW TO HIRE A BAND As told to Becky Mickel

Music makes or breaks a reception. Bandleaders and co-managers from New York’s Hank Lane Music and Productions spill their secrets on booking musicians.

Go for quality over quantity.

Mike Herman: If your entertainment budget is on the lower end, you best bet is to secure a four-piece group that sings and plays multiple instruments. That versatility will make them sound like an eight-piece outfit.

Don’t limit yourself to one type of music.

Erik Marshall: Years ago, people were more into themed events with music that matched, but now the theme should just be “fun!” The best bands are the ones that think on their feet. You’ll want a group that’s prepared for anything, rather than one that just plays R&B or modern hits off the radio, because it’s tough to predict what guests will like or how the mood might change as the night goes on. If you’ve hired a band whose members are musically flexible, they could maybe play jazz during dinner and then switch to classic rock for dancing.

To save money, opt for any day but Saturday.

EM: Great music is great music, no matter what night it is. Booking a band for a Saturday wedding will likely increase the rate by 15 to 20 percent, because it’s the most popular night for live music. These days, we’re getting lots of requests for Fridays and Sundays, which are more affordable.

Be wary of groups without representation.

EM: Hiring freelance bands won’t always lead to trouble, but you have more guarantees when you use a booking agency, which will have every backup plan imaginable. Simply signing a contract with the band directly isn’t foolproof. They can put anything down on paper, but if the drummer doesn’t show on the day of, you’re out of luck, whereas an agency can just send over another musician.

Read the contract – carefully.

EM: It’s not uncommon for bands to charge for learning new songs or for not taking breaks. And a destination wedding will always be more expensive; besides the extra costs for flights, hotel, and rentals, bands might tack on a charge for traveling the night before, since that could mean the loss of a gig for them.

Use the same  musicians in different combos throughout the day.

MH: Not only does this save money – up to thousands of dollars – it means fewer vendors to coordinate with. One of the guys from the reception band could play flute for the ceremony and then sax for the cocktail hour, for example. Or you could pair the sax player with the band’s pianist to perform as a jazz duo during drinks and appetizers.