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Hank Lane Music Wedding Reception Review: Kenny Ford Band

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Hello all!

Thank you for all of your hard work at Danielle and Chris’ wedding this past Saturday. I appreciate your commitment to making their day special and putting on the game face when we were challenged with the rain.

I was proud to be a part of the team that made their wedding a success and hope to work with you all in the near future.


Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon LLC

Hank Lane Music’s Top Parent Dance Songs!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

© Rebekah Hoyt Photography

We’ve been brainstorming all week trying to come up with our favorite songs to use for Parent Dances. This is such a special wedding day moment, and choosing a song that reflects your relationship in a unique way can be a challenge! Social media and bandleader input helped us compile this list of Father/Daughter and Mother/Son songs that are memorable and touching.

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.

Hank Lane Music’s Top 10 Beatles Songs

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a night that changed history, the Hank Lane Music team assembled our Top 10 Favorite Beatles Hits. The Beatles are a staple at many of the events we help to produce, not to mention an inspiration to many of our performers and staff. We loved the tribute that CBS put together, and it was wonderful to see Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney share the stage again!

One of our favorite pictures that has surfaced over the past few days of celebrating and remembering is this photo at the fountain in front of our neighbors, The Plaza Hotel. Ringo Starr (@RingoStarrMusic) tweeted about that day, and it brought back fond memories for everyone in NYC!

Reblog: Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

We couldn’t help but reblog these great tips from The Knot!

Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!

Every year we host a party at The New York Public library to celebrate all things wedding and wrap upbridal fashion week. This year, the party was designed by Brian Worley from Your Bash! and featured a Hollywood with an Edge theme which means gilded lounges, dramatic red floral arrangements and black and gold invitations! See the photos  (and video!) below to see all the detalis and steal inspiration for your wedding.

Watch the video to see the party, including a musical performance by Hank Lane Music and The Knot editors wearing Rent the Runway (you know it’s perfect for bridesmaids, right?).

The Knot Gala 2013 from I Do Films on Vimeo.

Feature A Coordinated Candy Bar

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Obviously almost everyone enjoys candy, and tying the bar into the decor with linens and complementary colors like this one designed by Couture Candy Buffets means the dessert will double as decor!

Serve Cake Pops

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Everyone already knows that cake pops are amazing, and they’re wedding-ready wearing a chocolate tux and frosting frills for a bride and groom theme like these cake pops by Fabipops.

Provide Interactive Food Stations

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Watching this gourmet cotton candy from Fluff Pop is half the fun of eating it. Whether you have a hand-rolled sushi station or a breakfast for dinner customizable omelette bar!

Create An Eye-catching Lounge Space

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Metallic couches and mirrored side tables like these rentals from Taylor Creative and Luxe Event Rentals will draw your guests in to relax during cocktail hour.

Remind Guests To Share The Love

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

If you love the idea of having your whole wedding featured instantly on Instagram then make sure to have reminders for guests to use their hashtag. Pretty reminders throughout that tie in with the decor, like these signs by Ceci New York do the trick!

Define The Dance Floor With Luxe Lighting

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Take this display from Fusion Lighting for inspiration. Creative lighting like this floral motif let guests know where the party is going down. Especially in a large space like the New York Public Library, lighting is an easy way to create a feeling of separation between different parts of the party. Double up on floor AND ceiling lights to set the tone for a glamorous affair.

Give Out Themed Favors

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

What better way to remind your guests of the fabulous time they had than with a subtle nod to the venue or theme. Take these bookmarks for example, they matched the invitations also designed byCeci New York and remind guests of their night at the library.

Serve Appetizers With Dipping Options

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Abigail Kirsch took party favorites like pigs in a blanket to the next level with gourmet dipping sauces like cheddar ale fondue!

Mix Florals and Candles To Create Chic Centerpieces

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Candles add warmth to modern monochromatic floral arrangements by David Beahm Design and a mirrored table.

Spike Your Champagne

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

There’s so much more to champagne mixed drinks than just mimosas or even bellinis like theChandon Scene Stealer which mixes together Chandon bubbly, Raspberry liquer, cranberry juice and fresh berries to create a pink cocktail with sparkle. St. Germain also makes a mixer that’s subtle and sophisticated, and pairs well with champagne too!

VenueNew York Public LibraryPhotographyCarla Ten Eyck VideographyI Do FilmsEvent Planner: Brian Worley, YourBash! Floral DesignDavid Beahm DesignPaper Bouquets:  Anna Fearer |CatererAbigail KirschLightingFusion Lighting |EntertainmentHank Lane Music| Furniture RentalsTaylor CreativeLuxe Event Rentals |StationeryCeci New YorkCocktails:Chandon USA, St. Germain | Candy BarCouture Candy BuffetsCotton CandyFluff PopDessert Bar: Fabipops |Photo Booth: TapSnapDressesRent the RunwayTransportationCamelot Specialty Limos

Hank Lane Music Featured on Brian Worley’s Blog in Anticipation of Knot Gala 2013

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Our feature on YourBASH Creator and Event Designer Brian Worley’s blog went live today, which we are so happy to share with you all! Here is a sneak piece of the advice we gave to his readers about picking unique wedding music. Click below for the full article on Brian’s blog!

One of the biggest decisions every couple has to make when planning their wedding is what kind of music to have at both the ceremony and reception. And just like any good party, the wrong kind of music can really ruin a wedding. So when I recently came across a company that makes this decision a no-brainer for couples by providing the best of the best in terms of wedding entertainment, I knew that I had to share! Introducing Hank Lane Music, the talented folks behind the entertainment for this year’s Knot Gala and one of The Knot‘s 2013 “Best of Weddings” picks.

For the full post, click here.

Hank Lane Music Recalls Dance Hits of Summers Past

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Here is a decade’s worth of summer hits that are bound to bring back fond memories of summers past. These songs will have you dancing whether you are in your office chair or on the beach.


  • Carly Rae Jepsen- “Call Me Maybe”
  • Maroon 5- “Payphone”
  • Gotye- “Somebody That I Used to Know


  • LMFAO- “Party Rock Anthem”
  • Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer- “Give Me Everything”
  • Adele- “Rolling in the Deep”


  • Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg- “California Girls”
  • Eminem ft. Rhianna- “Love the Way You Lie”
  • B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams- “Airplanes


  • Black Eyed Peas- “Boom Boom Pow”
  • Kerri Hilson ft. Kanye West & Ne-Yo- “Knock You Down”
  • Black Eyed Peas- “I Gotta Feeling


  • Katy Perry- “I Kissed A Girl”
  • Rhianna- “Take a Bow”
  • Jesse McCartney- “Leavin’”


  • Fergie- “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
  • Rhianna ft. Jay-Z- “Umbrella”
  • T-Pain ft. Yung Joc- “Buy You a Drink”


  • Gnarls Barkley- “Crazy”
  • Daniel Powter- “Bad Day”
  • Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean- “Hips Don’t Lie”


  • Mariah Carey- “We Belong Together”
  • Gwen Stefani- “Holla Back Girl”
  • Black Eyed Peas- “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”


  • Usher- “Confessions Part II”
  • Hoobastank- “The Reason”
  • Juvenile ft. Soulja Slim- “Slow Motion”


  • Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- “Crazy In Love”
  • Lil Kim ft. 50 Cent- “Magic Stick”
  • Matchbox 20- “Unwell”


  • Nelly- “Hot in Herre”
  • Eminem- “Without Me”
  • Jimmy Eat World- “The Middle”

Hank Lane Music’s Top Summer Songs of 2013

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Just as the smell of pumpkin pie can remind you of Thanksgiving dinners at the table with your family and friends, the sound of certain songs bring back fond memories of summer parties and trips to the beach. Over the past decade, each summer has had hits ranging from pop to soul and everything in between.  This summer the songs that are defining those outdoor barbeques and lazy days around the pool are showing a change in popular trends. It’s something at Hank Lane Music we are keenly aware of. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was just one of the top songs that defined the summer of 2012. Think back to any summer and you are bound to have memories accompanied by that summer’s top hit. Whether it was Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” back in 2008, or Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” in 2005, each summer is defined by its own unique sound.

So what’s to be expected of summer 2013? This summer, we’re finding a sweet mix of retro-feeling songs, such as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and “Fall Down” by Miley Cyrus that are topping the charts with a more futuristic sound offered by house music, such as Zedd’s “Clarity.” Two styles of music that seemingly go in opposite directions on the musical timeline are coming together at the top of the charts, creating an unforgettable summer sound this year. The house music trend is definitely one to get you off your feet and keep you dancing with its up-beat, futuristic sound. Songs to look out for in this trend include Krewella’s “Alive,” Zedd’s “Clarity,” Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and ft. Justin Bieber’s “#ThatPOWER.” The retro-feel trend is one that brings you back to the 80s, while still staying current. According to Hank Lane Music bandleader Michael Hart, of the Michael Hart Band, “The new trend this summer sounds as if Prince was the producer. It has that retro 80’s feel to it a little.” Songs to look out for with that vibe include Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Bruno Mars’ “Treasure,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Chris Brown’s “Fine China.” Band leader Bobby Attiko and his band have fielded a countless number of requests for songs such as “Glowing” by Nikki Williams, “Cant Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. According to Bobby, “These songs are good mood songs that are great to open a party room. They have good vibes for getting audiences on their feet and on to the dance floor.”

A tip to keep in mind when planning your special event is to not forget about the old, fun songs. Hank Lane Music event coordinator Stephanie LaBruno speaks to brides and grooms every week to go over their special requests and sees the trends up close. She suggests songs such as Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love,” P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” and songs by LMFAO, to keep your song list fun and diversified.  Stephanie also recommends keeping up with what the radio is playing to find up-and-coming songs and sounds.

We compiled a list of this summer’s hottest songs with the help of Billboard magazine’s Top 40 and our client’s most popular requests:

  • “Blurred Lines”- Robin Thicke
  • “Get Lucky”- Daft Punk
  • “I Love It”- Icona Pop
  • “Treasure”- Bruno Mars
  • “Mirrors”- Justin Timberlake
  • “Can’t Hold Us”- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • “Clarity”- Zedd
  • “I Need Your Love”- Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
  • “The Way”- Ariana Grande
  • “#ThatPOWER”- ft. Justin Bieber
  • “Alive”- Krewella
  • “Fall Down”- ft. Miley Cyrus
  • “#Beautiful”- Mariah Cary ft. Miguel

Songs to Get the Party Started

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

With Fall in full swing, the music charts are filled to the brim with new popular music and autumn weddings are abundant. Here are some of our top picks for songs that will get your guests on the dance floor, no matter what type of event you are hosting.

  1. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
  2. We Found Love – Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
  3. Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
  4. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
  5. Without You – David Guetta & Usher
  6. Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  7. Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes Feat. Adam Levine
  8. You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship Feat. Sabi

Getting Married in NYC: 2012

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Hank Lane’s very own bandleader, Erik Marshall, was recently chosen as a contributing author of the upcoming guide book Getting Married in NYC: 2012 Edition. The book features exclusive interviews with the top professionals in the wedding industry, and is designed to help brides choose vendors more knowledgeably. Nadia Digilov and Sterling Valentine are experts themselves, and the book is bound to be an amazing resource. The book was soft launched on Thursday, Oct. 6th at the Plaza Hotel. The “who’s who” of the industry were all in attendance, including wedding photographer Christian Oth, cake expert Ron Ben-Israel, and wedding planner Loulie Walker, all pictured below with Erik. Be on the lookout for the guide, hitting retailers soon!