The Business brings the "Real Deal" to your event. Six of the best players that Western North Carolina has to offer comprise this incredibly energetic and soulful group. You will delight on the dance floor or from your seat as the music is infectious to dancers and listeners alike. Whether you prefer a classic vocal jazz ensemble or a "blow the roof off the place" dance band, or both, The Business delivers the goods. Even if you don't like surprises, you'll love this one. Treat yourself and your guests to the best in the business and let The Business do the rest.
"Not your average wedding and special events band, The Business is just the right mix of heart and soul with incredible musicianship. An all star collection of Asheville based players whose love of music and having fun is evident from the first note."
Yes, yes YES! Book The Business as quick as you can! They were absolutely AMAZING. They are fun, great musicians, and easy to work with. Their repertoire is extremely versatile, so they can play stuff that is sure to please everyone. They send you a list of all their songs (150ish?) and you scratch through the ones you hate and highlight the ones you love, so you are sure to get a mix that you want.
We started dancing as soon as we arrived (first dance and all that... country song, played via iPod, which they were totally ok with), took about 20 min to eat, and then danced all night long. My parents and their friends hung in there until about 9pm, and then then under 40 crowd kept going after that. We played more contemporary stuff on the iPod during their breaks, and they even agreed to learn a new song and accompany me as I sang to my husband without so much as one rehearsal.
We specifically asked them NOT to play slow songs, but they were extraordinarily flexible and attentive so I'm sure they'd be willing to if you asked them. I had scratched out one song on the list, which a couple of guests then requested, so Jim (the lead singer) discreetly approached me during one of his breaks to ask if we would be ok with it. He's such a pro!
Every single guest I have talked to in the week since the wedding has RAVED about the band. They really made the event an unforgettable night. James and I can't say enough nice things about them!
~ Claire Y. (Sept 2nd, 2012)
You guys are so incredible. Thank you so much a thousand times over for the show your band put on and the experience you created. We couldn't have been happier and our vision for the night surpassed our wildest expectations. People danced, you danced, and all of you guys rocked. We will talk about last night for the rest of our lives and when we do, we will always talk about how great you guys were. Thank you.
We look forward to seeing you again and will drop sometime at the Grove Park. Until then, be well.
With Much Love for The Business,
Dana and Jess W.
Bride and Groom (7/28/12)
We were beyond pleased with the reception. We had so much fun, and I know everyone else did as well. You guys kept the dance floor packed the whole night, which is exactly what we were hoping for. Growing up, I never gave much thought to what I wanted my wedding to be like. Never thought about the dress or the flowers or anything like that. But I did always hope that it would be a joyous occasion that would bring together all my (and my future spouse's) friends and family. Now that it's over, I can say that that dream was achieved, and your band played a big role in making the night unforgettable. So, thank you!
I've had countless guests write or call to tell us how good the band was. I have given them your name & directed them to the East Coast website. If there is any place I could leave a testimonial or write a review, I would gladly welcome the opportunity. Just let me know.
Also, I would like to thank you for your CD. We listened to it last night, and it was great!
All the best to you & the rest of the band. Thank you again.
Rosanne S. (September 21st, 2013)
The Business was great. They even sent a thank you note for booking them which was a nice added touch. We got lots of great compliments on both the event and the band.
Corporate Events - Biltmore Estate - Event for Governor
Hi Ellie & Jim,
I want to send a big THANK YOU to each of you for helping to make our Medical Staff event on Friday a success. I really can't thank you both enough for your hard work. Jim, The Business was amazing! The professionalism and courtesy you showed was impressive and greatly appreciated. The fact that you tailored the set list to our crowd, took the time to walk around the venue during the first few songs to check the acoustics in the room and make sure the music wasn't too overbearing, was a really nice touch. While our crowd was a bit more reserved than I had hoped, as far as dancing goes, they LOVED the music. I had numerous compliments on your band and your amazing talent. I wouldn't hesitate to book The Business for any future events and I will certainly pass on a glowing recommendation to anyone looking for a fun, energetic, crowd pleasing band. Again, I appreciate your hard work and taking the time to travel to our event. You guys were awesome and a joy to work with.
Susan A. (February 8th, 2013)
Event Coordinator for Johnston Memorial Hospital
Thanks so much for this message. If there were enough words to describe how amazing Business Band was, then I would do it! Seriously, they were incredible. SO easy to work with, no divas, followed the song list we wanted, had incredible talent, very engaging, and literally made the event what it was. We had so many friends and family ask for their names and information. Our venue loved working with them - said they were the easiest band they've worked with. Truly, it was one of the best decision we made during the planning process. Thanks so much for your help and patience with me as we worked through the different options. Please let me know if I can ever endorse them again!
Mary H. (March 23rd, 2013)
The Business was really great. They went out of their way for us to make sure everything was just perfect. We really enjoyed working with Jim- he's such a sweetheart!
Noa B. (October 27th, 2013)
You guys were incredible. Best experience yet for myself and I know that the family was MORE than thrilled. I cannot wait to have you guys back at one of our events...AMAZING!
Morgan G. (March 9th, 2013)
Wedding Planner for Venue in Savannah GA
Good Morning Jim - I just wanted to say thank you so much for making Melissa & Brad's wedding reception so much fun for them! You and your band members always do such an incredible job!
It is always such a pleasure to work with all of you! We look forward to working more with you in the future!
Again, Thank you!
Mark A. (June 23rd, 2012)
Terry - Just getting back to the real world after our honeymoon in California! I want you to know we absolutely LOVED this band. Every aspect of the evening was done perfectly, and I cannot tell you how many people have raved about them to us over the past few weeks. They were so professional and talented, and even hung around a bit chatting with my family afterwards. I loved their music, FANTASTIC, and they really made the reception. I don't think we stopped dancing at all. I have recommended East Coast, as well as the Business via EastCoast, several times and will continue to do so. Lots of engagements lately!
Thank you for making this process so completely easy and enjoyable, the band was one of my favorite parts of the entire experience. I appreciate you taking the time to help me find exactly what we were looking for, I couldn't have been happier!
Laura C. (May 12th, 2012)
You guys were great! We heard nothing but good comments. One person said that he thought you guys were the best band our association has ever hired! You guys play with energy and tons of skill across the board. I personally appreciated how professional and responsive you were. That was very comforting to a rookie doing this.
We had a great time in Asheville. It was one of the best conventions we have ever had.
Thanks for being a part of it. Hope to catch you guys again somewhere soon. Others might feel the same because they were asking how far you guys travel for shows.
Best of luck to you and the band!
Neil B. (August 17th, 2013)
N C Association of County Office Employees
Our expectations were blown away! We are so happy that The Business could perform at our wedding reception and will recommend you all to anyone and everyone. Thank you so much for being professional, energetic and fun. We have received many, many complements on the music at the reception - all thanks to you! You kept our friends and family dancing and having a great time during the entire reception and you were so good at "reading" the crowd and playing the right music! We cannot imagine our wedding weekend without you. We can't thank you enough!
Annie C. (June 29th, 2013)
Hey Jim, We had a fantastic weekend and your band helped make it unforgettable. Your group is so talented and you are wonderful to work with. I am sure you will have lots of continued success. We are so thankful that you were available to play at our rehearsal dinner. thanks again! We are there frequently and will try to come to the White Horse when you are performing there one night. we'll bring the newlyweds! Take care!
Mother of the Bride- Rehearsal Dinner
Jim - We cannot say enough good things. The Business absolutely exceeded our expectations and all of our friends and family just keep talking about how much fun you all are! We too had a blast -- dancing and cutting up on the dance floor and you truly helped to make dad's night with our surprise for him. We are so glad to hear you guys had fun too; it is clear that you all love what you do - we just hope our crowd made it a little easier than usual. All in all - the whole wedding weekend was a ball and you guys more than played your part in that. Thank you so much; we look forward to passing your name around and tracking you guys down on our next visit to the area. Our best,
Elizabeth & Jason O. (Sept 24th, 2011)
Good Morning Ellie:
Please pass on to Jim Arrendell with The Business our many thanks for a fabulous wedding reception. The music was unbelievably good, and we loved the selections. So many of our guests wanted to know about the band, and could not say enough good things about them. I never thought I would see my wife up on the stage with a band, but Jim was able to get the two mothers to join in. Guests from NYC to Montgomery have made inquiries about The Business. And I especially appreciated their adding some more Carolina beach music selections!
Coincidentally, I received a call Tuesday from a lady in Birmingham wanting to know if I could recommend the band for her daughter's reception. Despite the distance to Birmingham, I told her she would not be disappointed with The Business.
I still have an unmarried 25 year old daughter, so I will be needing your services again in the future, but hopefully not too soon!
Thank you for assisting us with the entire process.
Patterson S. (October 6th, 2012)
Mother of the Bride
Jim and The Business shined at our fundraiser. Jim connects with the energy of the audience and had the crowd dancing all evening. Everyone commented that they really enjoyed the music, the talent of the musicians and Jim's exuberance and soulful voice.
Ed & Sue M. - Peace at Home and Abroad fundraiser for the Peace Corps.
November 2nd, 2013 - Corporate Event - Non Profit Fundraiser
I cannot say thank you enough for being the most amazing band EVER! You guys made Rad and I's wedding night. It was simply perfection! Classy jazz into the dance party of the year...everyone is still singing your praises. You guys rocked the house, or should I say lawn... it was simply a night we will never forget. Thank you, thank you, thank you! PS. be sure to send us the album, we can't wait! PPS. You've got a family of friends in NYC and Charleston, let us know if you're ever visiting!!! - much love, Megan & Rad B. (October 20th, 2012) ~ Charleston, SC Wedding
Thank you all SO much for coming out for the Lenovo & Microsoft Windows 8 event on 10/25 in Morrisville NC. The event was very well attended and you guys put on an amazing performance!! I enjoyed chatting with you while you set up. Please know that I will refer you frequently!! Amy A. (October 25th, 2012) Microsoft Launch Party
We didn't know where to begin when trying to book a band for the reception. We wanted a group that could do music that our generation and our parents (and grandparents!) could dance to, which seemed like a tall order. When my cousin (who is himself a musician in Asheville) called me to tell me that he normally hates wedding bands but saw The Business recently and thought they were great, we booked them on the spot. Jim and his team were nothing short of fantastic. They played a mix of 60s/motown, big band era, and wedding classics. We started dancing as soon as we arrived at the reception at 6ish, and danced all night long. EVERYONE was on the dance floor and had the best time. They were also extremely accommodating of our requests. They send you a list with their repertoire well in advance, and you can tell them what you absolutely want (and don't want) played. We ended up putting the same song on both lists, and when a guest specifically requested it, Jim quickly took me aside to make sure it was ok before he played it. :-) We played an iPod with country and contemporary songs during their two breaks, and they also agree to learn one new song for your event. In my case, they not only learned the song but agreed to let me sing it to my hubby. It was a highlight! Ellie, their agent at EastCoast Entertainment, handled all the administrative details leading up to the wedding with the utmost professionalism and ensured that everything went smoothly. We can't say enough nice things about The Business. Booking them was the best decision we made, and we made some good ones!
Cheryl J. (December 1st, 2012)
"The Business, are true professionals who make a direct connection with audience members from the moment they hit the stage. In the world of live music as in theatre, a proverbial "fourth wall" commonly separates the performers from their audience, but that wall is destroyed by The Business who create an experience where audience members are participants in the celebration as opposed to being mere consumers. I've been privileged to watch The Business perform on numerous occasions. Their shows are characterized by diversity of material, superior musicianship, and danceable rhythms. The blend of familiar songs from the sixties through the eighties never fails to produce smiles, celebratory shouts, and dance floors filled with satisfied celebrants. Audience members always feel like they've gotten more than their monies worth and leave feeling like they've participated in a celebratory experience as opposed to just attending a concert. In any field of endeavor, excellence and professionalism lead to success. The Business have demonstrated that they know how to please an audience and have developed a loyal fanbase who follow them from venue to venue to experience good times and good vibrations. I recommend them highly."
The Black Mountain Music Scene