July 27th, 2013
July 27, 2013
What a beautiful venue and event! I had the pleasure of playing a small, solo affair this weekend at the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, which is a small area within the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (a must see!). A small group of about 20 attendees gathered for this special affair, and it was very quaint and intimate. Playing The Beatles “Blackbird” for the processional and “Somwhere Over the Rainbow” for the Recessional were both perfect musical choices! And I even got some great pictures of the turtles beforehand! See below. Congrats to Ken and Jack – they seemed extremely happy and we wish them the best!
July 27th, 2013
July 7, 2013
What a beautiful July 4th weekend!
We were very pleased to be a part of this gorgeous wedding that took place right on the Ocean at the Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon, LI. It was indeed a hot one! Luckily for us and our instruments, we got some shade. For the bride, it was Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash”, which we were surprised to say we had never been asked for before! Not sure if you can tell in the picture, but these groomsmen had some fresh kicks on their feet, none of this dress shoe nonsense! It was a beautiful day, great people, and a fun time had by all!
July 23rd, 2013
Nate and I had a great time yesterday playing for the Betaday convention at Long Island City’s Foundry. The event began with presentations by innovative software developers in the Foundry’s beautiful atrium. Then the party began on the rooftop lounge, with its stunning view of the Manhattan skyline and 59th Street Bridge. The atmosphere was relaxed as these young techies chilled and networked over a beer and lobster rolls. Nate and I entertained them with pop tunes like Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and some Classic Rock faves like White Room by Cream, which sounds unusually good on Cello and Acoustic! Also cut a bossa groove with Jobim standards like Corcovado, which took the sunset gathering to a deeper level of chill….. Looking forward to more summer sunsets at venues like the Foundry!
The Foundry Wedding Ceremony Music 1
July 23rd, 2013
Nate (guitar) and Noah (cello) had a great time playing at the wedding of June and Sam on Saturday. The festivities took place at the Press Lounge, on top of the Ink 48 Hotel in Manhattan. With its sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Hudson River, the Press Lounge has both indoor and outdoor party space. The roof deck was a stunning setting for the ceremony where we played classical music for guitar and cello as well as Beatles favorites for the Prelude as guests gathered, which matched up well with the Bride and Groom’s selections for the ceremony- All Beatles! Sam and June walked down the aisle to Here Comes the Sun and recessed to All you Need is Love! Two great choices on their part.
One thing distinguished this ceremony from any other I’ve attended- a special flower girl preceded them- the bride’s dog!!! Off leash and going a bit wild with the excitement of the occasion. We were psyched too.
July 20th, 2013
July 13th, 2013
What an elegant place for a wedding reception! Located close to Grand Central in Manhattan, the Yale Club was very classy and beautiful. The room was large and decorative. The event staff and venue were very well organized, and it went very smoothly on all sides. With classic ceremony choices like The Beatles “In My Life” and Elvis “Can’t Help Falling in Love” the ceremony energy was perfect. We wish them all the best!
June 20th, 2013
June 15th 2013
Today we played yet another beautiful wedding at the Wainwright House in Rye, NY. The happy couple had an AMAZING day for their ceremony and reception, and we were happy to contribute to their event with music for both the ceremony and a lively cocktail hour. One new one for us was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” – I am sure it will be a standard part of our cocktail rep going forward! See some pics below!
June 8th, 2013
June 7 2013
Today Penguin Music had the pleasure of playing right on the water at a beautiful venue, Liberty Warehouse, in Red Hook. (right next to Fairway!)
Unfortunately, somebody forgot to tell the weather to behave itself! We got pretty drenched just getting from the car to the venue, and that is even with the valet service! Haha! By the time we left, the puddles were starting to turn into small oceans (we understand that this is no joke, we sincerely hope that everyone was safe getting home that evening and hope for the best with the rest of Red Hook, knowing that they had just started to recover from another terrible storm in Hurricane Sandy)
Regardless of the incessant rain, there were nothing but rays of light at the now indoor wedding ceremony. After some heartfelt vows (and in between little barks from their canine pal), Penguin did a custom arrangement of “Rhythm of Love” by the Plain White Tees, and then went straight into a vibrant cocktail hour. Everyone seemed to have a great time while we played some Bossa jazz, some pop/rock classics, and ended with “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. I was only able to grab a few pics, check them out below!
June 2nd, 2013
We had the pleasure of playing at Brooklyn Winery this weekend, which is a great venue located in Williamsburg. This was somehow, miraculously, the first time we had played here, but we look forward to many more. The staff was very accommodating, and on top of everything having to do with a very smooth and enjoyable ceremony!
The bride and groom selected some great tunes for the ceremony, including ‘Postcards from Italy’ for the recess. Also, they had a member of the wedding family come and sing ‘Such Great Heights’ by Postal Service during the Ceremony with Penguin Music accompanying, which turned out very beautifully. All in all it was a great day with some great people. Check out the attached pictures and mp3’s!
May 5th, 2013
May 3rd, 2013
What a beautiful venue! We have played here several times now, and it never disappoints. How could it, with that view!!! I even managed to snap a skyline pic on our way out in the evening.
As far as the ceremony, we debuted another custom arrangement, this time of a Mumford & Sons song, ‘Lovers’ Eyes’. It was a perfect song, very fitting for the processional before the bride walked to ‘Falling Slowly’. Another first-time tune for Penguin was the recessional, which was Gershwin’s ‘Our Love is Here to Stay’.
For the cocktail hour, we kept the jazz vibe going and played several swinging jazz numbers, some Bossa, and generally just kept the party going. Check out the pics to see the great views of the Skyline to see why Water’s Edge is a no-brainer for a beautiful setting within the city.
April 29th, 2013
A beautiful and unique setting for a ceremony in the park, the Oriental Pavilion was the perfect spot for this wedding. At this hip Brooklyn wedding, where they brought in old antique couches for seating, the song ‘Santa Clara’ by the National was a great selection for the recessional.
The wedding was very much a product of this couples unique love for each other and also their individuality. It was amazing to be a part of it. Other Penguin selections included ‘Married Life’ from the movie ‘Up’, as well as some Beatles selections (Here Comes the Sun, Blackbird, etc).
It was a gorgeous day and a gorgeous event, as it was the same day of the Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens…the only thing that WASN’T beautiful was the traffic! Penguin Music resides in Brooklyn and lives close to the park, so it was a good thing we are veterans of Prospect Park and the Cherry Blossom Festival, enough to know that it was going to be CRAZY! We got there with plenty of time and had a nice, relaxing afternoon in the park playing some beautiful and fun music…
In fact, we were having such a good time, we forgot to take pictures! Whoops!!