Monthly Archives: April 2016

Real Wedding: Sally & Trey | Henry Connor Bost House & Farm | Salisbury, NC

Built in 1869, the Henry Connor Bost House and Farm features 135 acres of rolling pastures and woodlands, white picket fences, and an aged red barn making it the perfect venue for couples planning a down-to-earth rustic wedding.

Sally and Trey balanced rustic elements with soft and pretty accents of cream, blush and pink. When it came time to party? Let’s just say this couple and their guests knew how to throw down. Their wedding band, The 919, had the barn a rockin’ all night long!

Special thanks to Erica Serrano Photography for sharing the gorgeous images from Sally and Trey’s big day.
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VENDOR DREAM TEAM
ECE Agent: JR Roth | Band: The 919 | Photographer:  Erica Serrano Photography | Venue: Henry Connor Bost House & Farm | Videographry: Honeydew Films | Cake Designer: Angela’s Sugar Shack | Catering: PBJ’s Catering | Stationary: Arzberger Stationary

Venue Spotlight: The Crest Center & Pavilion | Asheville, NC

1. Andrew May Photography - Crest Center - Asheville Wedding (3)

Located in Asheville, NC, The Crest Center & Pavilion is one of Western North Carolina’s most impressive wedding, meeting, and banquet venues. Managed by M7 Event Solutions & Catering, the venue is conveniently located just four miles from downtown Asheville and features stunning mountain views and a rustic elegance.2. Fete Photography - Crest Center - Asheville Wedding (2)

When EastCoast Entertainment opened our Asheville office in 2008, Amy Lasher, Sales Manager at the Crest Center, was one of the first experts in the industry I met with. With its incredible views, impeccable reputation for professionalism, experience and hospitality, I quickly fell in love with The Crest Center and knew it would be a wonderful option for hosting any type of event. From the beginning of our relationship, we knew that we would be able to successfully work together to offer the best entertainment tailored to the venue and their amazing clients.3. Cami Calnan Photography - Crest Center - Asheville Wedding (4)

As everyone knows, finding the perfect venue is the foundation to any great event. At The Crest Center, you can create an elegant lodge setting with 86 feet of windows facing west over the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s perfect for holiday parties or anniversary events.

Or, at the Pavilion, you may astonish your guests with the whimsical feel of a glass-enclosed (able to be open air) venue dressed with a canopy of twinkle lights. The Pavilion has a large and spacious built-in stage complete with dressing rooms and all of the amenities required to accommodate any sized band – perfect for blowout wedding receptions!

The outdoor ceremony locations are back-dropped by mountain views and are completely stunning when the sound of string music is wafting through air.

When asked about her favorite aspect of the venue, Amy enthusiastically replied, “Wow. It’s hard to pick just ONE thing about The Crest Center and Pavilion that I love. I guess what I love most is the gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains with the amazing sunsets. I look at those mountains every day and never get tired of it. We have “Parkway Views” with a 10-minute commute to Downtown Asheville and all its nightlife. It’s just awesome.”4. Fete Photography - Crest Center - Asheville Wedding (3)

Mansi and Nick's wedding in Asheville, NC.

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Mansi and Nick's wedding in Asheville, NC.

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Photography Credits
1. Andrew May Photography
2. Fete Photography 
3. Cami Calnan Photography
4. Fete Photography 
5. Derek DiLuzio Photography
6. Andrew May Photography
7. Realities Photography
8. Fete Photography 
9. Andrew May Photography
10. Derek DiLuzio Photography
11. Andrew May Photography
12. Realities Photography
13. Fete Photography 
14. Blue Bend Photography

Ellie Schwarz
Ellie Schwarz is an entertainment consultant at ECE Asheville. She is a one stop shop for all of your entertainment needs in Western, NC and beyond! When she isn’t booking fantastic bands and entertainers for weddings, corporate events and other celebrations she enjoys hiking, playing the violin, exploring local breweries and spending time with her family, husband and baby boy, Remy.

Spring Preview: 8 Richmond Bands Heating Up This Season

Spring has sprung in RVA! Despite some decidedly up and down weather (20 degrees? Just when we had put our winter coats away for good!), ECE Richmond is definitely getting into the springtime spirit.

Complementing the changing weather and fresh landscape outside, the ECE Richmond roster has a fresh new look this spring. We’ve signed some of RVA’s hottest new acts to our exclusive roster, while perennial favorites continue to innovate, rolling out brand new photos and videos every week. It’s an exciting time to say the least! Read on to meet some of our newest bands and to reacquaint yourself with some ECE veterans who are staying on the cutting edge of entertainment.

Forest Hill
Forest Hill is not your typical private party band, but they don’t aim to be. Though they’re one of our newest bands, they’re hardly strangers to the local music scene. RVA music lovers will recognize members of Forest Hill from The Shack Band, a regionally touring rock band formed during its members’ college years in Blacksburg. (ECE insiders will recognize bassist Mason Owen as one of our newest agents!)

The Groove Motive
The Groove Motive had big shoes to fill even before their recent signing with ECE – their bandleader, Pierre Redding, is second cousin to the late R&B legend Otis Redding! Fortunately for us, Pierre and his band have talent to match such a big name. With a brand new video to showcase their talent, The Groove Motive never leaves an audience disappointed.

Fusion Band
The newest member in the Great Party Bands family, managed by bandleader mastermind Ray Caddell, is Fusion. Assembled from some of Central Virginia’s most talented musicians and singers, Fusion has rehearsed at length and – much to our delight at ECE – is all revved up and ready to go! Performing everything from Motown to 80’s favorites to classic country, Fusion is poised to make a splash in the Richmond music scene and beyond.

TFC Band and Show
TFC’s tagline is “A Timeless Classic” – that couldn’t be truer, but that doesn’t make them stagnant by any stretch of the imagination! The same principal musicians who formed the group years ago still lead this talented and professional band, and their ability to enthrall audiences of all ages endures. TFC’s commitment to remaining fresh and fun is never more present than in its brand new video.

Harley Boone
It’s hard to believe Harley Boone has been exclusive with ECE for almost a year now! Anyone who’s been following the band will be familiar with their down-home sound and lead singer Megan Browning’s powerhouse vocals; none of that has changed, but the band continues to innovate and develop, solidifying their name as one of Richmond’s best country acts. Look no farther than their live performance at the Omni-Homestead to see how far the band has come – and how far they’ll go.

Gentlemen and Their Lady
Gentlemen and Their Lady epitomizes innovation over decades of performances. Formed in 1960, the band has over 45 years of experience across the country. Now, the “new generation” of Gentlemen and Their Lady – hand-picked by the original group – are continuing the legacy started so many years ago. Led by Darcus Carr, the aforementioned “Lady”, the band continues to deliver superb experiences to all their clients.

Party of Four
Party of Four is America’s #1 Tribute to Jangle Pop – and one of Richmond’s favorite local acts! Playing the best songs of the 80’s and 90’s, these four musicians put on a high-energy, singalong heavy show that always gets audiences out on the dance floor. They recently dropped by the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville to film a shiny new video featuring plenty of old favorites.

Klaxton Brown
Klaxton Brown, a perennial favorite in the local music scene, is still the ultimate party band. They’re a jazz group who can do it all: R&B, funk, gospel, pop, big band, and today’s top 40. Check out their new video to see for yourself!

Bonus! Behind the scenes with Altamira
You’ve seen our bands’ awesome new videos – but just how do those videos get made? Find out with this behind-the-scenes look from Altamira, the masterminds behind videos for Party of Four, the Mashup, Forest Hill, and more!

Kerry Mitchell
Kerry Mitchell is a native Richmonder, karaoke specialist, and self-proclaimed “worst millennial ever.” She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 and joined ECE in 2015 where she assists with sales and marketing efforts in the VA/DC area.