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The Business is the real deal. Six of the best musicians around, including a horn section and powerful vocals and outstanding showmanship, deliver an unbelievable performance for any occasion. We LOVE finding the pulse of an audience and raising that pulse to create an experience far beyond the ordinary. We insist on your event being extraordinary in every way.

Everybody likes a buffet, but The Business is fine dining. Each song crafted out of our passion for the music and delivered to exceed your expectations. Each event tailored to the last detail and managed with the greatest of ease. And each show delivered with the energy and enthusiasm that will cause you and your guests to forget the rest of the world for a while and fully enjoy the moment. That is The Business and that is our guarantee of a great time.

We created a song list around our personalities and not the other way around because it is important to us that what we do is authentic. That commitment has served us so well and we have seen the crowd response so over the top, week after week, that we don't even feel bad anymore when we say, "No, we do not play any Bruno Mars". All of the songs that we play are familiar, but you've never heard them like this. We play this music as if we wrote it. The result is a concert-like, high energy, engaging and most importantly, REAL experience.

We work very hard in the weeks leading up to your event to know every detail and expectation and we work hand-in-hand with planners and coordinators so that the mechanics of an event never get in the way of the event itself. The Business is as professional as the name implies, but once the business has been taken care of, The
Business takes care of the party. We guarantee a great time.

Print Song List
  • Ballads
    Ben Harper - By My Side
    Doc Poumous - You Don’t Know Me
    Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman
    Ray Lamontagne - You Are the Best Ting
    Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
    Sting - Fields of Gold
    The Beatles - Yesterday
    The Eagles - I Can’t Tell You Why
    The Eagles - Love Will Keep us Alive
    Van Morrison - Crazy Love
    Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
  • Classic R&B
    Teeny Weeny Bit 
    Al Green - Here I Am Baby
    Al Green - Let’s Stay Together
    Al Green - Love & Happiness
    Al Green - Take me to the River
    B.B. King - Thrill is Gone
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Bill Withers - Aint No Sunshine
    Bill Withers - Lean On Me
    Bill Withers - Use Me
    Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up 
    Gladys Knight - I Heard it Thru the Grapevine
    Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get it On
    Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
    Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
    Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
    Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So 
    Ray Charles - I've Got a Woman
    Sam Cooke - Baby Bring it On Home
    Wilson Picket - I'm In Love
  • Classic Rock
    Black Crows - Hard to Handle
    CCR - Down on the Corner
    CCR - Proud Mary 
    Dobie Gray - Drift Away
    Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally
    Grand Funk RR - Some Kind of Wonderful
    Jimmy Buffet - Margaritaville
    Peg - Steely Dan 
    Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
    Rolling Stones - Miss You
    Rolling Stones - U Can't Always Get What You Want
    Santana - Evil Ways
    The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
    The Beatles - I Will
    The Beatles - O Darlin’ 
    Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison - Domino
    Van Morrison - Moondance
    Van Morrison - Wild Nights
  • Country
    Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
    Lynyrd Skynrd - Sweet Home Alabama
    Obsorne Brothers - Rocky Top 
    Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel 
  • Current and Classic Top 40
    Celo Green - Forget You 
    Gnarles Barklay - Crazy 
    John Mayer - Gravity 
    John Mayer - Waiting On The World To Change
    Ray Lamontagne - You Are The Best Thing
  • Dance and Party Music
    Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools
    Bruce Springsteen - Fire
    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
    Delbert McClinton - Shaky Ground
    Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running
    Earth Wind & Fire - September
    Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star
    Eddie Floyd - Knock on Wood
    Elvis - Little Sister
    Eva Cassidy - Wade in the Water
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    James Brown - Sex Machine
    Jr. Walker - Shotgun 
    Loggins & Messina - Your Mama Don’t Dance
    Mardi Gras Song - Iko Iko
    Sam & Dave - I Thank You
    Sam & Dave - Soul Man 
    Stevie Wonder - Boogie on Reggae Woman
    Stray Cats - Rock This Town
    The Commodores - Brick House
    Young Rascals - Good Lovin’
  • Motown, Oldies, and Beach
    Bobby Hebb - Sunny
    James Taylor - How Sweet it is
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    Stevie Wonder - I Wish
    Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
    Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
    Stevie Wonder - Superstition
    Stevie Wonder - You R the Sunshine of my Life
    The Drifters - It's Alright 
    The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk
    The Isley Brothers - Shout
    The Temptations - Aint Too Proud to Beg
    The Temptations - My Girl
    Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • Reggae
    Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved
    Bob Marley - I Shot the Sheriff
    Bob Marley - Is this Love
    Bob Marley - Stir it Up
    Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
    Bob Marley - Turn Your Ligts Down Low
  • Standards, Big-Band, Swing, Jazz
    Antonio C. Jobim - Girl From Ipanema
    Chet Baker - Never Be Another You
    Cole Porter - Let's Do It 
    Cole Porter - Night And Day 
    Ella Fitzgerald - Cheek to Cheek 
    Ella Fitzgerald - It's Only A Paper Moon 
    Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon
    Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin 
    Frank Sinatra - Teach Me Tonight
    Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
    Frank Sinatra - They Can't Take That Away From Me
    Harry Connick Jr - It Had to be You
    Hoagie Carmichael - The Nearness of You
    Louis Armstrong - Don’t Get Around Much
    Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
    Miles Davis - All Blues
    Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
    Nat King Cole - When Sunny Gets Blue
    Natalie Cole - Route 66
    Our Love Is Here To Stay - Frank SInatra 
    Sara Vaughan - Blue Moon
    Standard - All of Me
    Standard - Autumn Leaves
    Standard - Avalon 
    Standard - Blue Bossa
    Standard - Blue Skies
    Standard - Darn That Dream 
    Standard - Misty 
    Standard - My Funny Valentine
    Standard - Satin Doll
    Standard - Someone To Watch Over Me
    Tom Jobim - Corcovado 
    Tony Bennet - Since I fell For You

Event Planner

They were great and so professional.  They more than most of my vendors went out of their way to get to know my preferences ahead of time so they could get to know me and deliver what we hoped for on our wedding day.  


I am so grateful to Jim.  I ended up with a day of wedding planner did not take charge.  I was so relieved to see Jim when I arrived at the reception.  He found me ran the list and just got the party started.  


I have gotten so many compliments on the band.  Keary and I had so much fun dancing.  They are the right balance of class without being too uptight and just being really fun.  Our band was the best part of our wedding.  


Thanks so much,

Laura Beth Mann
Event Planner
7/26/14

Event Planner

It was a sincere pleasure to work with Jim and your company.  The entire experience was professional, but the follow up was (and continues to be) personal.  The Business was quite simply the best live band we've encountered (and we get to be around lots of bands)--they were accommodating, thoughtful, incredibly musical.  They were perfect for listening while we dined, and brought energy through the rest of the evening until we were really made to leave!  Jim worked with Clint on his sweet presentation and dance with Rebecca, a moment that all our friends and family will remember for a long, long time.  Most people don't necessarily comment on a band, but we had numerous comments about how much the music and dancing was enjoyed, even by folks who "don't dance".  Cory and Rebecca started the time of their life with this band, and what a great start!


The Thumbpickers were exactly what we envisioned for the cocktail hour.  I wish I'd had more time to just stand near them and enjoy the music.  Their bluegrass style was a perfect segue from the ceremony toward the celebration, and the brought the real deal to the night.  


Thank you for the suggestions, and for helping to make this night surpass our dreams.


Best wishes,

Colleen S.
Event Planner
7/04/14

Bride

The band was incredible! They had everyone on the dance floor for four hours straight, I think the crowd even asked for an encore! We had countless guests commenting to us on how amazing the band was; we are hoping some of our friends will book them in the future so we can hear them play live again. They were very professional, and we would recommend them to anyone. They really helped make our day amazing.

Thanks for all your help, and if you ever need a formal recommendation for The Business you can contact me and my wife anytime.

August S.
Bride
6/15/14

Social Club Event, Kiawah Island

Show was amazing; the members are raving, and I sure appreciate your talent! Looking forward to the next time we have opportunity to work together again. Please send our 'thank you's' to your band.  

Christine H.
2/16/14

Corporate Event - Non Profit Fundraiser

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.
11/02/13

Bride

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.
Bride
10/27/13

Bride

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.
Bride
9/21/13

Corporate Event

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.
NC Association of County Office Employees
8/17/13

Bride

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.
Bride
6/29/13

Wedding

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.
3/23/13

Wedding Planner

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.
Wedding Planner
3/09/13

Johnston Memorial Hospital - Medical Staff Event

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.
Event Coordinator for Johnston Memorial Hospital
2/08/13

Event for North Carolina Governor

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.

Lyn G.
Corporate Events - Biltmore Estate - Event for Governor

Rehearsal Dinner

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! 

Jan B.
Mother of the Bride

Great Band

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.

Don Talley
The Black Mountain Music Scene

Bride

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.
Bride
12/01/12

Corporate Party

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.
Microsoft Launch Party
10/25/12

Bride & Groom

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!!! 

Megan & Rad B.
Bride & Groom
10/20/12

Mother of the Bride

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.
Mother of the Bride
10/06/12

Bride & Groom

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.

Dana and Jess W.
Bride & Groom
7/28/12

Event Planner

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.
Event Planner
6/23/12

Bride

I'm 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.
Bride
5/12/12
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