Information on Live Music, Bands, and DJs | Elegant Music Group


The EMG Standard

Passion & Excitement

The EMG Difference

EMG Musicians

The EMG Timeline

The Importance of Reviews


Youth + Experience

EMG + Adam Hall Partnership

Band/DJ Combo + Transition

EMG Night Out

Mainstage Explained: How Our Bands Sound Like The Record


Yes. EMG is fully insured for all events, and we can provide your venue with a Certificate of Insurance when requested.

Our performers are always formally dressed. Men wear a black suit with matching ties and women wear black gowns or black pant suits.

Yes! We have provide entertainment for many ethnically diverse couples. We work collaboratively with the couple to ensure that their culture is authentically represented on their wedding day.

We accept personal / bank check, money orders, cash, Venmo and all major credit cards. There is a 3.5% service fee for payments via credit card.

There are no hidden fees, charges or sales tax.

Our only travel charge would be for events that take place more than 90 minutes of driving time from our office in Montclair, NJ. The price varies depending on the package booked and distance to travel.

Deposits for our contracts are ⅓ of the total. Deposits are due upon the signing of a contract.

Each Event Host and Band are only on one event per day.

Why not have both? The Band/DJ combo is an EMG specialty. Our DJs and bands work together to create special arrangements that flow into each other sets so the music literally never stops. That fluidity keeps the dance floor pumping!

We always have available staff at the ready should we need them in the case of an emergency. Thankfully, we have never had to exercise that option.

Most events are anywhere between 4-6 hours in total (additional time is available at a prorated hourly cost). Setup time, breakdown time, and ALL equipment, including additional backup sound systems and wireless microphones for weddings with up to 300 guests. For weddings over 300 guests, a custom quote is necessary to ensure your event’s equipment and staffing needs are met.


Top 40, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classical, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, Classic Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing… name it, we got it.

Of course! We have all our clients communicate with their proposed Event Host before ever signing a contract. We feel it’s important to connect with them on a personal level and we want to get to know you.

Our performers’ presentation is polished and understated, marked by artistic mixing and a professional “cheese-free” approach to announcements and microphone work. Many DJs think that it is their job to put on a show and be the center of attention at the reception. We believe firmly that your event should reflect you, and we have no interest in taking the spotlight!

Yes. On your planning form, there is a section involving music and there is a DO and DO NOT playlist area. We follow it!

Yes! Once a month we host the EMG Night Out. This is an opportunity to come hear our DJs & see our unique Band/DJ Combo, while getting to know us in a low pressure and fun public environment.

Yes! We also have backup equipment on-site in the event of a failure.

As a full service entertainment company, we offer a full line of enhancements. We offer several photobooth styles, confetti and CO2 blasts, indoor snowfall, custom monograms, and event lighting (dance-floor lighting as well as LED uplighting).

No. Your affair should be about you and not us. If a guest is pleased with our services they will ask for our information.

We arrive at least 2 hours prior to the event start time.

We call our emcee’s Event Hosts, because we feel it’s important they act as a presence to steer the event along. We speak clearly and call proper attention to formalities as they unfold. We take a tasteful and proper approach to our work over the mic.

Yes--It’s our job. The approach to achieving this really depends on the crowd, circumstances of the event, etc. We like to match the tone of a room and scale the dance floor up from there.

We follow food! If food isn’t on the table, we are dancing. When food is on the table, there is still continuous music provided, but at a lower volume so that your guests find it conducive for conversation.


Hudson Heights has 6-7 pieces, CityScape & The Park Avenue Horns is an 8-piece, Hyde Park ranges from 9-12 pieces, and El Ritmo can range between 7-12 musicians.

Absolutely. Our bands offer live monthly showcases which give you the opportunity to go see and hear what they do live. We also promise to provide you with the same lineup of musicians at your event that you see at the time of your booking.

We follow food! If food isn’t on the table, we are dancing. When food is down, softer background music conducive for talking is provided.

Absolutely. Many EMG Musicians are formally trained in classical, jazz, and pop music on multiple instruments like flute, clarinet, violin, acoustic guitar, and the cajon (box drum). Most couples use band members who are already on site, but we can supplement or replace with Harp, String trios, Jazz quartets, etc. We can handle just about any combination you can think of.

Of course! We’re happy to learn your first dance, parent dances, intro song, cake cutting, etc. We will collaborate with you about your taste in music so we personalize the event to your style and tastes.

All of our bands come with standard lighting to light the “stage” area. We do offer the option to upgrade to motion dance floor lighting for your guests.

Every band comes with a full time dedicated sound technician and sound system so that you know the tone, quality, and volume will always be perfect.

Definitely. Each one of our bands have an eclectic catalog of genres from Motown, Jazz, and Rock all the way to Top 40, Country and Pop Music.

Yes! All of our bands come with an experienced Bandleader/Event Host who reads the crowd and plays to what the room needs to have a great party. During the planning process, you can see their entire catalog and go through specific songs that must be played and songs that you wish not to be played.

Yes! All of our singers are fully wireless, and many of our musicians are as well. They love getting out there with you and your guests to make the dance floor that much more exciting by adding a performance level.


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