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(919) 272-5231
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 46 Reviews


    Eric

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  • These guys are the real deal. Professional, courteous, and downright rocking. No complaints.

    User6025689

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  • Bull City Syndicate was amazing. Booking them was easy, Steve is easy to work with and very friendly. They played with a ton of energy, and they honestly were the talk of the wedding. Later everyone I spoke to said I had the best wedding band that they had ever heard. I agree!

    Juliann

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  • Bull City Syndicate was first recommended to me by my friend/groomsman whom used to work with Steve (leader of the band) and told me that if I wanted an energetic band that would work closely with me to make the event exciting, then I need look no further. He was exactly right. After discussing the options with Steve we opted to go with the 7 piece band over the 10 piece, mainly due to the size of our venue. Steve pretty much told me from the beginning that if there was any song that I specifically wanted for the reception he would provide it. Throughout the year or so that we spent planning our wedding steve was always available for quick discussions and ideas about their performance. On the day of the wedding the music was phenomenal. People kept telling us that they had never been to a reception where the dance floor was so packed and energetic throughout the entire night. I myself and my wife hardly left the dance floor except for the obligatory mingling with our guests. They t... Read more

    Shirley

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  • Great band. If you want to have a rockin' good time and dance all night long give Bull City Syndicate a call. Great vocals.

    User5197304

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  • The most professional "show band" that we could have retained for a formal attire event which was attended by 230 people primarily between the ages of 25-65 years old. The music mix manuscript was perfect and the performance sound was bold and authentic to the period of the particular song being played. We chose to book the entire band inclusive of heavy horns and it gave the full musical retinue needed for a "shock & awe" performance experience that you do not mind paying for, since memories of the attendees will always be the balance of a great band (which makes the party) and great food & beverage. Bull City Syndicate is "the real deal" for those who insist on serious quality but try to get the best value for their money ... put your money down for their ride and you will want to go again.

    User4316896

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  • This band is absolutely incredible! My husband and I got married this past weekend and I could no be happier that we chose BCS Express (6 piece vs 9 piece band) for the music. They played during our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Steve, the manager, MC'd during the wedding, and he was professional and flexible. The ceremony/cocktail hour music was a perfect volume, and the pieces they chose were perfection. The reception was upbeat and fun, and there were always people dancing!! I could not recommend them any higher, I hope to see them at another wedding soon!!

    User4310723

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  • We engaged Bull City Syndicate to play at our daughter's wedding at Wrightsville Beach NC. It was a destination wedding with 120 guests. We wanted a band that was a little out of the ordinary and especially one with a lot of brass. Bull City Sndicate really delivered. They made the evening with their spectacular performance. They played an impressive selection of songs that kept the dance floor crowded all evening. They played songs that would be beyond the capability of most ordinary bands. The guests were blown away with the performance. We received compliments on the band all evening. If you're looking for a band that's beyond the ordinary you should consider Bull City Syndicate. The band is very experienced at playing weddings and the band leader, Steve Baker, is a perfect emcee. We were very pleased with their performance and highly recommend Bull City Syndicate

    Elliott

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  • We had Cafe Mars (now BCS Express) play our wedding in Wrightsville Beach, NC in September 2012 and they were phenomenal. They were very experienced and professional, and Steve led the wedding announcements great. The music was incredible and we still get compliments on how good the music was two years later! I highly recommend them.

    Robert

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  • Where do I start! I was actually the father of the groom and charged with providing the entertainment for the reception. I searched on-line for several months and narrowed my choices to a few bands. Then I decided a road trip was necessary in order to hear the bands live. We live in Southern West Virginia and made a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina to hear Bull City Syndicate at a local night club. Within a few minutes we knew they were the one!! I signed my contract on the spot and wrote a check for the deposit. On the day of the wedding at Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia a transformer blew and left the building without power. Glade Springs was totally unprepared for this disaster. Therefore, I sprang into action and contacted one of my friends who was a licensed commercial electrician. RW Electric quickly arrived on the scene with a diesel powered 100,000 watt generator and Bobby and I began the long process of providing power to the kitchen and to the band. The Glade Springs... Read more

    User5646959

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  • Amazing band, every single guest commented on how great they were. Pretty laid back/flexible. Huge repertoire of songs.

    Rachel

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  • Absolutely loved this band! Everyone had a great time at our wedding and complimented the music. They were very fun and knowledgable and a did a great job of playing music everyone would love. My parents struggled with the idea of a band vs DJ but they loved the band so much too they rebooked them for an office party the next year. You won't regret booking this band!

    Michelle

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  • They are absolutely unbelievable! They know how to get the crowd going. They play every genre of music, so everyone enjoys them. I genuinely hope I get to see them at one of my friends weddings or an event in the near future!

    Valerie

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  • By far the best band in the Triangle area. Steve Baker and BCC made our wedding a night to remember. They allowed us to choose our Yes and "Heck No" song lists, and were talked about all night long. They knew how to use our event space perfectly, and their sound was a perfect fit for our style and musical tastes. This talented group of musicians really made our wedding extraordinary!

    User2593208

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  • Bull City Syndicate was amazing! We knew we wanted a big horn band and they were the ideal band for our Durham based wedding. They played to the crowd and got everyone up dancing by the end. The whole experience with them was great and Steve asked us to trust him, we did, and he proved to be great! The best thing that happened was during the Mother Son dance, the CD we made did not have the full song (???) so it cut off half way through My Wish by Rascall Flats and the female vocalist picked up and finished the song! The band even caught on and played too! I thought it was planned until we talked to the band and realized she literally saved the song and dance impromptu!!!! That there proved how great they are!

    Jessica

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  • We hired Cafe Mars, which is a subset of the larger band Bull City Syndicate. I have mixed feelings about their performance. The singer has a great voice and the band are all good musicians. They learned 2 new songs for us for our 1st dance and father-daughter dance. BUT they played the wrong kind of music. We wanted stuff that people would dance to (e.g. Twist and Shout), but they mostly played disco and songs that no one knew. At one point, we asked them to shift gears and play more stuff people could dance to. That helped a bit, but still people weren't inspired enough by the song choices to get out on the floor. Go ahead and hire them because they're a good band but don't make the same mistake we did of leaving the play list up to them. Tell them what you want!

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    First of all, Cafe' Mars is NOT Bull City Syndicate. There is some crossover in song list and band membership, but Cafe' Mars is unique from the larger group. After only ONE song, the mother of the bride was insistent upon us playing "classic" rock tunes, which is simply NOT a substantial part of the band's PUBLISHED set list - which the BRIDE and GROOM chose the band from. This was not a case of "leaving" it up to the band to decide, has stated in this review. This was a case of the 'mother of the bride' not approving of what the bride and groom chose. Frankly, I could dispute this review, and have it removed, as this is NOT a review of Bull City Syndicate. But, I think it's instructive to potential buyers to understand a couple of things as they make their own decisions: 1 - Every crowd is different. For a myriad of reasons, the 'personality' of one wedding to the next can differ greatly. As such, it can take a song or two, or THREE(!) to gauge the audience's overall expectations, and adapt to the prevailing personality of that group - all the while bearing in mind, FIRST, the already stated expectations of the BRIDE and GROOM - even when it differs from the preconceptions of another family member! 2 - In this case, the band was chosen by the groom and bride, NOT the bride's mother, who was most vocal in her displeasure of the first couple of songs - and was demanding tunes by the Rolling Stones. Fact is, you can't please everyone in a wedding audience, and not even every family member. The best approach is to choose the band FOR WHO THEY ARE, not for who you HOPE THEY WILL BE. Every band has a personality - even variety acts. In this case, Cafe' Mars, is NOT a Rolling Stones cover band. 3 - Finally - at this event, they danced, and they danced all night - right up to the last dance. The 'mother of the bride's' own sister came to me and apologized for her sister's behavior. Because of the mother's overtly expressed displeasure, I asked the groom, during the first break, if we should be doing something different. His exact quote: "No. It's perfect. Everyone's having a great time." Well, everyone, except his new mother-in-law, that is - who said to me after only TWO songs, "I'm paying you, and you'll play what I want you to play." Uh . . . ma'am . . . that's something to be dealt with BEFORE the band is hired - not after they are already on stage. There are literally billions of songs, and thousands which work nicely for most receptions, but NO BAND knows them all. If your own special request is not played, it does not mean the band is being belligerent or uncooperative. Is could be, out of the hundreds of songs we know, THAT is not one of them. It could be that the BRIDE and GROOM have already given us their "preferred play list," and their "please don't play list," in advance - and your request was on the 2nd list. In closing . . . Both Bull City Syndicate and Café Mars are highly rehearsed, professional bands, with a long resume of hundreds of successful wedding and corporate events. Unlike many bands, these are not 'pick-up' acts, with rotating players, who barely know half the songs. As a result, the informed buyer is getting a high-level of musicianship, professionalism, and EXPERIENCE. You see, we do this every weekend . . . Not just once or twice in a lifetime. As with this event, we will know within a few songs which musical direction is needed to appeal to the largest portion of the crowd - while filtering that through the stated expectations of those who matter most: the BRIDE and GROOM. And believe me, to us, THEIR opinion matters the most. Ultimately, it is THEIR day. Don't you agree?

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