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After a not so hot June in Charleston, we've made it to the long Fourth Of July weekend and it's hotter now, and of course more humid. But hey, this is Charleston and I would expect nothing less. You know that humidity that makes your clothing stick to you and that humidity that is so thick hits those glasses as you exit your car in the morning and blinds you because you can't see. Summer is here, but in Charleston seeing it's become a top wedding destination in the world over the past 5 or 6 years, brides and grooms are now getting married during every month no matter how high the temperature or humidity is. While July and August tend to be the hottest in Charleston, they are still in play, just please make sure you give your guests LOTS and LOTS of ice cold beverages and ice cold air conditioning in your wedding venues, especially near the dance floor area.

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Even though the band has deep roots and was formed in the center of the state in Columbia in the mid 1980s, Hootie & The Blowfish is just as big in the greater Charleston, SC area as they are in Columbia. That being said, there should be no surprise when brides and grooms of all ages put a little Hootie on their wedding playlists. Hootie & The Blowfish just sound right when it comes to Charleston weddings, and if you were in Charleston in the summer of 1994, you remember just how big and crazy it got for the band. Atlantic Records released "Cracked Rear View" on July 5, 1994 to enormous sales.  If you are a fan of the sounds of Charleston music and want to add a little of it to your wedding DJ playlist, please read on.

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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 Coliseum. 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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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Ranked #2 in the country and very high up in the ranks for the world for destination weddings, the allure of Charleston as a wedding destination continues to be stronger than ever. The combination of fine dining, rich history, beautiful beaches, as well as plantations and gardens make it irresistible to recently engaged couples all over the country, including those couples living in and around the greater Philaldelphia area. Destination couples that hire Mike Bills Entertainment tend to bring a piece of their city to Charleston. That "piece" of their city or town is generally related to the music of their area. I've seen lots of couples place artists and bands from their geographical location into their playlist. Today starts another blog series that you are not going to want to miss, especially if you are a destination wedding couple coming to Charleston to get married from some of the major metropolitan areas across America. Today, we begin with the greater Philadelphia area. There isn't a wedding season that goes by that I don't see web inquiries from the Philadelphia area. A most memorable couple from the Philaldelphia was "Reese & Courtney". Check back through some of the more recent blog posts to see a real wedding playlist from their epic day at Boone Hall in April 2014. It should be no surprise that the birthplace of American Bandstand is going to come with it a hot bed of musical talent.

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In my continuing desire to make the wedding music you choose about YOU and your fiance and the music YOU want to hear, I am kicking off a blog post series spotlighting some great ideas for musically themed cocktail hour playlists. The cocktail hour can really be whatever you want it to be; from bluegrass vibes to a laidback reggae chill vibe to a soft rock or even Motown vibe. What about a "Beatles" vibe, yeah he said an ALL "Beatles" cocktail hour? There is no denying it, the Beatles were probably the most influential band of the rock era. If you want pop, psychedelic, and just plain old rock, the Beatles had it all and then some. This list is composed of the classic tracks spanning their history, and also includes tracks from each of the band's member's solo efforts. Remember, it's YOUR wedding. The music should be about you, your musical tastes, as well as your friends and family. This is just one idea for a cocktail hour, as the possibilities are really endless and infinite just like your imagination.  The music you choose for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you'll make. If you are newly engaged and have begun the search for a wedding DJ for your very special day in Charleston, I invite you to read over this blog and my website and check back here in the coming days for more excellent ideas for your wedding playlists. 

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The music of Motown continues to be a mainstay even in 2017 on wedding playlists all over Charleston. Depending on your selections, multiple vibes can be created by adding some of these Motown tracks into your wedding playlist. That vibe is timeless and can be enjoyed by all ages and is a safe bet for your DJ to throw into the mix. Whether you want to sprinkle some slower songs in during dinner, make a popular Motown song choice for your father / daughter dance, or get the party cranked with fun and happy-go-lucky Motown party favorites, Motown is an excellent choice. It makes for that classic Charleston wedding sound, whether you are at an elegant reception at the Daniel Island Club, the Creek Club at I'on or an intimate affair at the Historic Rice Mill. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, the songs that you see listed on this post are some of the most popular over my years as a DJ. If you are looking for that Motown vibe, consider adding some of these songs into your playlist.

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Well, we've reached the first full weekend of May and there's a little autumn chill in the air, but since we're the in the midst of another wonderful wedding season in Charleston, and since it'll soon be VERY HOT for several months, there is no complaining here from me. I actually just got done stealing about 5 days during this busy and hectic wedding season by taking a little rest and relaxation out on the Florida Gulf Coast in a lovely place called Destin, FL. I strongly recommend Destin for a laid back experience away from Charleston. And hey, since it's a quiet, laid back area on the Florida Gulf Coast with white sands on the beaches that resemble sugar, it might be a choice for your honeymoon. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g34182-Destin_Florida-Vacations.html 
As we cruise through early May, here are the Top 10 biggest songs being requested and played at weddings around Charleston this spring in both the Top 40 and Urban / Rap charts. At last post, Ed Sheeran was at the top of the Top 40 charts with his mega hit "Shape Of You", but he's dropped a tad to #2.  Ed Sheeran has a second song in the Top 30 and "Castle On The Hill" sits at #15 and is slowly moving up the charts into the Top 10. Ed Sheeran will be coming to North Charleston in September. I would say get your tickets, but it's been sold out soon after the tickets went on sale. "Castle On The Hill" may move up, but it's not nearly as catchy as "Shape Of You". The Chainsmokers continue to occupy a few spots in the Top 10. They are holding strong at #5 with "Paris" and at #3, it's their collaboration with Coldplay "Something Just Like This"

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