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5 Things you didn’t know about Down Street Band

1. They are named after the street where a few of them met, Down Street in Mayfair.

2. They recorded all their songs in one long day, including videos and photos!

3. The most popular event they play for is wedding receptions.

4. Their most requested first dance song is Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.

5. If one of the main players is already busy, they have a pool of about 15 fabulous players who ‘dep’ in and out with them.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? GET IN TOUCH!

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Do I have to have a first Dance at my wedding?

Short answer is  No! Of course not!! It’s YOUR day, but here are some things you and your future spouse might like to ponder…

CONS
1. Do you really like it?

Do you and your other half actually like dancing in front of other people? If not don’t STRESS! Why not have a ‘bridal party’ dance so there are loads of people dancing with you.

2. We don’t really have a special song

You’d be surprised how long it takes some of our couples to decide on a song. In the end some choose to just cut the cake and let loose as a group, trusting the band with a song that will get people grooving.

3. Just not us

Again – this day is about YOU. Don’t do anything just because ‘it’s tradition’ – especially if it’s not who you are as a couple. Perhaps instead why not ask the kids attending to prepare a dance – they’re sure to love it!

PROS
1. Memories

First dances are often one of those ‘must capture’ moments by photographers and are something really special to look back on. Is this something you might want to show the grandkids.

2. Learn to Dance

‘First Dance’ classes are becoming an increasingly popular way for couples to spend time together in the madness before the big day. Why not get some professional tips.

3. Get the Party Started!

From a practical point of view – the first dance is invaluable in getting people to the dance floor. It’s a great way to get people in the dancing mood to celebrate your big day!

Still thinking? Check out some of our best First Dance Ideas here.

Still stuck? Get in touch! We’re always happy to chat!

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Down Street Wedding Photos

Popular Blue Flamingo Band Down Street had the privilege of playing at a beautiful wedding just over a month ago.  The gorgeous venue was the Great Hall at Royal Holloway.
Here are some beautiful photos from Kit Myers Photography.

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10 Epic First Dance Songs: Classic, Quirky & Stylish

Whether you’re looking for classic, quirky, stylish or popular here are a few of the BEST first dance tunes!

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
We’ve had SO many requests for this great tune and you can see why…

Etta James – At Last
A favourite and oft performed by Jasper & Ruby

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of you – Lauryn Hill
A quirky take on an old favourite

I won’t Let you Go – James Morrison
Does what it says on the tin!

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Vera Lynn
‘Two Lovers met in Mayfair’ – a song for London Lovers

Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
A Song for Best Friends (as recommended by @LaniCharlwood)

All At Sea – Richard Walters
Something a little different

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
So simple, so effective

Olly Murs – Dance With Me Tonight
Cheeky, fun & upbeat

 La Valse d’Amelie – Yann Tiersen
Something classical, beautiful & different.  Recommended by @andyjosefDAM, California, USA

and one more for free!….

Marry You – Bruno Mars
What more could you want?

Need more advice?  Get in touch and do let us know your favourites!
And by the way – that epic photo at the top?  By our friends Charlwood Photography!

~BF

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Student Guitar Workshop ‘Gig Lab’ North London

5652337_orig If you’re a student guitarist in North London and free July 27th-29th, GET INVOLVED!  Great chance to work with great musicians including our very own Down Street Band!   07715 272 878 / foresoundmusic@gmail.com (More Info below)

Press Release from Foresound Music:

“We are very excited to announce the launch of the very first Annual GIG LAB, launching this JULY 2015 in the heart of Winchmore Hill. I have attached a flyer to this email and would appreciate it if you could circulate it to your network.

Gig Lab is an Annual Workshop for Guitarists of Intermediate level. 

Running for the first time in 2015, this 3 day intensive course gives local aspiring Guitarists the chance to learn from an industry professional in a creative atmosphere of the Winchmore Hill Friends Meeting House. Participants will learn how to improvise and carry themselves in a live performance, will get the chance to workshop a well known piece of their choice whilst working on improving their playing skills, and finally, will be given the chance to audition for a LIVE guest spot in Winchmore Hill’s best loved gastro-pub, The Kings Head.

The course will be taught by Phil Short, Professional Guitarist and Teacher, and is hosted by ForeSound School of Music. Phil is well known in the industry, having played on Radio 1 Live Lounge and numerous national tours with artists like Tyler James and ChipMunk. Down Street, a well loved central London function band will join us this year as our guest band; their members acting as audition panel.

Click on the links to find out more about Phil Short, DownStreet and ForeSound School of Music

For Guitarists at Intermediate Level (Basic knowledge of chords, a few scales, can play through a piece without concern) 

Age 11+

July 27th-29th from 9.30 every day

We are thrilled by this addition to ForeSound’s offering, and look forward to its growth both in talented participants and in reputation!”

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Jasper & Ruby @ The Gore Hotel

Jasper & Ruby had the privilege of playing the wedding of Mr & Mrs Owen at the Gore Hotel this weekend.  So many congratulations.  It was a beautiful heart-felt day!

The hotel were so helpful in setting up – great customer service from the concierge team.

Thanks so much for having us!

-BF

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Jasper & Ruby update Jazz/Pop Fusion Set List

Our favourite pop/jazz fusion pop singer and sax lady group have updated their repertoire list.  See it below, or check out their website.  Who knew Bruno Mars, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, The Killers and Frank Sinatra could make it all into one set?  (Well, technically we did.  But it’s still pretty delicious).

Popclassic 60s

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Build me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

Can’t Take My Eyes off You – Frankie Valli

Dancing in the Street – Martha & the Vandellas

I’m a Believer – The Monkees

It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

My Girl – The Temptations

She Loves You – The Beatles

Loving the 70s

Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Moondance – Van Morrison

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Epic 80s

Africa – Toto

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Neon 90s

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Fresh Prince of Bel Air – Will Smith

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys

Kiss Rom a Rose – Seal

Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre

Wannabe – Spice Girls

You and Me – Wannadies

Naughty 00s

American Boy – Estelle & Kanye

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Candyman – Christina Aguilera

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Crazy – Beyonce & Jay Z

Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

Make You Feel my Love – Adele

Mr Brightside – The Killers

Señorita – Justin Timberlake

Somebody Told Me – The Killers

Toxic – Britney Spears

Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

Modern Melodies

Earthquake – Labrinth

Rather Be – Clean Bandit

Royals – Lorde

Somebody I Used to Know – Gotye

Titanium – David Guetta

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

Swing & Jazz Standards

Ain’t that a kick in the head

All of Me

At Last

Beyond the Sea

Caravan

Come Fly With Me

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Feeling Good

Fly Me to the Moon

Have You Met Miss Jones

How High the Moon

I Let a Song go Out of my Heart

I’ve Got You Under my Skin

I’m Beginning to see the Light

I’ve Got the World on a String

In a Mellow Tone

In the Mood

It Don’t Mean a Thing

My Funny Valentine

Night & Day

Nostalgia in Times Square

Pennies From Heaven

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

Somethin’ Stupid

Stompin’ at the Savoy

Summertime

Sunny

Sway

Take the ‘A’ Train

The Girl from Ipanema

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Down Street Party Band @ Floripa

down street party wedding band from London play live at floripa london as they're really cool and fun and cheap and value for money!  All at Blue Flamingo!

One of our epic party bands are playing at Floripa London this Wednesday 7th January 2014.  Check out the Facebook event here and check out their website here.  Playing all things pop, soul, motown, rock and all that’s in-between!