In case you missed the big annoucement, the great Daryl Hall & John Oates will be coming to the Lowcountry on Saturday night, September 30th at the North Charleston Colsieum. Yours truly is off that night and managed to grab some great presale seats. During their height in the early - mid 1980s, I was a fairly young kid getting into all types of different music. Having two older sisters who were glued to the television during the midnight launch of MTV in August 1981, it was difficult not to take into my adulthood some of those indelible images of early MTV. For the greater part of 1981 - 1986, you could not turn on MTV without seeing the videos of Hall & Oates, and in many case seeing them as guest VJs. Cheesy by today's standards as a lot of early music videos were, the videos left indelible images on all of us and with the power of You Tube, you can still revisit those 80s classic today. Hall & Oates broke onto the radio in the mid 1970s with songs like "She's Gone" and "Sara Smile" and their soulful voices crossed over to urban radio stations.
Melissa & Brock were an incredibly beautiful couple coming to Charleston from the Midwest; across the river in Illinois near Saint Louis. We had been talking since about February when they booked me, and after my first phone conversation with Melissa, I could tell she was excited about her and Brock coming down to the Charleston area (Folly Beach) for their wedding and to start their new life together. As the months passed, I began reviewing their playlist selections and I could tell that they were a couple very much into their musical choices, and I was really looking forward to playing it all for them. The weather had been iffy in the days leading up to their wedding day on June 22. Even though it's been said many many many times that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck to come, I'm fairly certain that nothing was going to take the smile off of Melissa's and Brock's face. One of the things that I like to think separates me from the other DJ services is my strong desire to meet a bride and groom before their wedding day. Perhaps this can be done through a Skype or Facetime early on, but for destination couples, I always try to coordinate a quick meet and greet sometime in the days leading up to their wedding day. This is especially the case with destination couples, but I believe that meeting a DJ should be one of the things you should plan on doing when you pull into town and begin setting up your schedule in the days leading up to your wedding day. From the beginning, it's something that I have always felt should be done before a wedding and to this date, I have met every single couple to date prior to their wedding.
The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is practically a tropical paradise style resort right in Charleston. Located right on the Charleston Harbor in Mt Pleasant, it's very close by to Patriot's Point and only a hop, skip, and a jump away from downtown Charleston. The view of the bridge, as well as historic Charleston might be one of the best I have seen and provides a truly incredible backdrop for any Charleston wedding. Sara & Eddie came to earlier this spring by way of the Charleston Wedding Guide, which has really become the Charleston area's premier online resource presented by the Visitor's Bureau offering a whole host of resources for the local bride, as well as destination bride. Brides and grooms who are planning on coming to the Charleston area to get married and need an online resource to find the best wedding vendors and locations to say "I Do" can head over to the website at Charleston Wedding Guide.
The temperatures are rising as we reach the last weekend of May in Charleston. While this usually means the tapering off of the busy spring wedding season in Charleston, it means a lot to the families of service members who died while defending the freedoms of this great country of ours. Charleston, SC being the number 2 wedding destination in the country simply would not be possible without the many men and women who have died in the line of fire and battle defending this country. While I wasn't scheduled for any weddings this weekend, I wanted to create a blog post of songs that made me of the patrioticism we should show on this day. So, while you are sitting out in your backyard or at the beach, feel free to play these songs and remember all those who have died. And let this serve as a reminder that Mike Bills Entertainment is only one of a handful companies offering 10% off for ALL active duty military. Thank you to all who have died and for those who continue to serve this great country of ours. Have a great Memorial Day. Check back later this week for installment number 4 in the destination wedding to Charleston series. Today though, it's songs about this great country we live in, America.
If you are just now finding this website and blog and are wondering why a professional wedding DJ based around the Charleston, SC area is now talking and blogging about the musicians and bands from Chicago, please read on. Please read on especially if you are in the Windy City right now and are looking at all the pretty sights that the Holy City of Charleston has to offer. Set your sights on this. It's early January and you just got engaged over the holidays. You look outside your Lake Shore Drive apartment and the snow is blowing up against your window. The temperature outside is a balmy 18 degrees and the wind is blowing in off the lake at a blustery 40 mph. You and you are fiance are cuddling in each other's arms watching the flakes kiss the window and window sill. You turn to each other and give each other a kiss on the check thinking about your future together and begin to share the beauty that will be the most important day of your life. Your minds both drift to more of a spring setting, perhaps a place in the South, maybe near the water with numerous historic plantations. After much research, I give you the third part in my series of posts for destination couples living in major metropolitan cities who are coming to beautiful Charleston, SC for their destination wedding.
The city that has in it that popular bar that got it's own TV show back in the 1980s, a Hall Of Fame quarterback in Tom Brady, the Bruins, the Celtics, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams has been having it's share of brides and grooms come on down to the number 2 wedding destination in the country to get married. Both Boston and Charleston have histories that played a major role in American history. Perhaps it's the people of Boston that see Charleston as a city just as rich in beauty and a wonderful place to get married? Either way, in my continued salute of Charleston, South Carolina as a top wedding destination in America and in most cases, the world, this post is dedicated to musicians and bands from the Boston area. Newly engaged couples that come from major metro areas across America to Charleston sprinkle their playlists with songs from their home cities. Even if you aren't from Boston, have some fun with this blog post and see the talent and fun you could be adding to your playlist from Boston.