How would you describe your band and style?
SpaceCat is a hip, fun, high-energy band that is best-matched with clients that want to have epic, rowdy, mind-blowing dance parties. We are all about 30 years old (give or take a few years!) so we can relate to a lot of our clients, especially those that are getting married and/or are young professionals. Musically, we offer as much variety as anyone. Whether it's elegant instrumental cocktail music or a special arrangement for your wedding ceremony, mellow acoustic style for a private party, or driving the dance floor of ANY party with tunes from Motown to hip-hop, we're going to be right at home.
How long have you been in business?
Our founding members started the band in 2007. We started playing at weddings in 2010. We’ve expanded the lineup a bit over the years to bring in new instrumentation, more singers, and more fun to the performances!
How can we see you perform?
You can come hang out with us at any of our public shows, or we typically can arrange for you to stop by and see us in action at a wedding. We just need to make sure it’s OK with the clients that you pop in.
How many people are in the band?
Our core lineup for weddings and events is a 7-piece band with 3 lead vocalists (2 male + 1 female), guitars, keyboards, saxophone, bass, and drums.
Do you offer different band size options?
Yes! We can do everything from 2/3/4-piece acoustic shows, to our standard 6 or 7-piece lineups, to a 9-piece ensemble with a 3-piece horn section. Whatever the event calls for, we can bring a band size to match.
Are the performers on the website the ones that will be at my wedding/event?
Yes! We are not one of those “hired-gun” type bands where you hire the name but you have no idea who will actually show up to the stage on your big day. Our performers all know each other, rehearse regularly together, and have great chemistry when performing as a unit.
Can you learn songs that are important to us?
Yes, absolutely! For weddings, we will always learn your (3) standard formal dance songs if you choose to have them performed live and we don't know them. Beyond that we can't guarantee requests because we put a lot of time into learning new arrangements and don't use ANY backing tracks. But, sometimes we can still accommodate an additional request, so don't be shy to ask! If you have more songs that you want played for your wedding or event, we can always handle requests via our included DJ service too.
Do we get to choose what songs you play?
We have no problem if you want to select some songs from our list! We typically suggest picking 10-15 of your favorites and then leaving us some room to read the crowd and pick the right songs to keep the floor packed. After all, that's why you're hiring us!
How do you handle requests?
During the performance if you or your guests make requests, we’ll do our best to accommodate. Easy as that! If we know it, we'll play it for you. If we don't, we can usually get it on via our DJ service during a break.
What are your power and stage space requirements?
We typically request a 20’ x 12’ space, but we’re usually able to fit into a slightly smaller footprint if needed. Power wise, we typically require a minimum of (2) standard 20-amp circuits. If we’re not familiar with your venue, we will always visit or contact them to arrange these details in advance. Or, we’d be happy to meet you there to plan and discuss together!
What sound equipment do you provide?
The sound equipment for the main stage at your wedding/event is built into the package price. We will size the sound system appropriately based on the number of guests. Additionally, we can provide auxiliary sound systems to cover multiple locations if needed.
Will you be too loud? I don’t want my guests to be deaf!
We have worked at venues with sound ordinances many times, and beyond that we understand that louder doesn’t mean better. At any time if you happen to need a volume adjustment, our sound engineer will be available to make any adjustment you need. Just let him know! That said, we almost never get any volume complaints.
Is lighting included?
Yes! A lighting package for the stage and dance floor is included with your wedding or event package. We can also offer a “Concert Lighting” upgrade with lasers and moving heads if you want to up the lighting game for a larger scale event!
What time will you arrive for setup? What time does the band get there?
We will coordinate with the venue to arrange a time first, but the full band and our sound tech typically arrive 2-3 hours prior to the guests depending on the amount of equipment we're using. We will set up our gear, complete a full sound check, and be ready with background music playing when the guests arrive.
What do you typically wear?
We always check with our clients to make sure our attire matches the tone of any event. Typically for weddings we wear formal suits or dresses. For corporate events, the attire can vary from formal, to participating in the party’s theme, to anything that suits the tone of the event.
How many hours are included in the package?
For weddings, our standard reception package includes up to 6 hours for cocktails, dinner, and dancing (guest arrival to guest departure). For events, the length varies depending on the timeline of the event. In any case, we can work with you to design a custom length for your package if needed!
How much live music do we get?
For most weddings and events, the band portion of the night includes up to 4 hours of live music. This *excludes* the cocktail hour live music set for weddings or events and/or the ceremony performance for weddings. Either way, the band performance does not have to be consecutive time! If you want an opening dance set, or to split it up some other way, that is not a problem with us.
How long are your sets and breaks?
Our sets typically range from 45-75 minutes depending on the timeline. Most often we play (3) sets with (2) 20-minute breaks, during which we play seamless DJ dance music to keep the party going.
Do you provide music during wedding cocktail hour?
Absolutely! We offer several options for live instrumental or acoustic music, or we can always provide a DJ playlist if that's more to your liking.
Can you provide wedding ceremony music?
Yes! We have a ceremony add-on available that includes live music with custom arrangements of up to (3) special song choices, plus a sound system and wireless microphone(s) so all of your guests can hear the proceedings. We can also provide recorded music w/ an operator instead of a live performance if that's more your style.
Will you provide a Master of Ceremonies?
Yes, always! Christian is our bandleader and MC. He’ll be working with you directly throughout the planning process, and then be the familiar face behind the microphone on the big day. Alternatively, other members of the group can perform this role no problem. Our MC service is included with all of our packages and never at an extra cost to you.
Do you book multiple weddings/events on the same day?
Simple answer to this: no, we do not. One wedding or event is enough work for us for one day!!!
What happens if a band member gets sick?
If a band member is too sick to perform for your wedding or event, we have a few different backup musicians who are familiar with our setlist as well as a huge extended network of professional musicians we can call to fill in.
What’s your backup plan if there’s an equipment malfunction?
First off, we use industry standard quality equipment and maintain it well, so something that would cause a catastrophic “shutdown-the-show” type situation would be very unlikely. That said, electronics are electronics…so for all of our weddings and events, we bring a backup mixing console that we have available to save the day in an emergency situation.
What’s your cancellation policy?
For weddings and events, a 25% retainer is required to confirm the band for your date. This retainer reserves the band for your date, which means we say NO to everyone else...and thus it is non-refundable. If the event is cancelled, cancellation fees will apply based on how far in advance the cancellation takes place. If you decide to reschedule your booking, you can pay a rebooking fee and do so within 12 months of the original date.
What is your price?
Our wedding and event package pricing depends on many factors. Your best bet in any case is to speak to us about a tailored quote! Once we get some info about how we can best help you, we'll design a custom proposal for you including all pricing details.
What upgrades are available?
Our all-inclusive standard packages include everything you need for an amazing party! We do offer upgrades such as larger band lineups, wedding ceremony add-ons, auxiliary sound systems, and so forth. These options will come with additional charges that will be commuincated up front. Visit our wedding packages or event package sections for more details!
Are you insured?
Yes. We carry a band liability policy that provides $1MM of coverage per event. There is no additional charge for processing additional insured certifications for specific events.
Where are you located?
We are based out of the Detroit area...but we travel all over Michigan as well as to Chicago, Cleveland, and surrounding areas.
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