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Bands and Photography and Videography and Ceremony Music and DJs in Rockville,
(240) 907-2947
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4.7 out of 5
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    Ileana

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  • We booked Rhythm Collective though Elan Artists for our wedding and I cannot say enough good things about them. If you are looking for a wedding band, YOU MUST BOOK THEM. We saw them in a showcase in NYC and were very impressed. We booked them almost immediately for the reception and ceremony/cocktail hour music but that showcase is only a taste of what they can do at an actual wedding. We dealt with Gretchen for the ceremony who guided me through some choices to make it unique. It was a very easy process. The band leader Daniel was terrific with planning the reception. As we approached the date, we had several phone calls about what we liked and didn't want to hear and the flow of the evening. They learned some new songs for our first dance and our father/daughter and we really felt like they were giving us what we wanted. Our last call was about a week before the wedding and I felt like he knew exactly what we wanted. The pianist and guitarist from the band that played the c... Read more

    sarah

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  • Nation performed at our wedding party and they. were. AH.MAZ.ING. everyone LOVED them. our friends and family were dancing all night. they look good, sound amazing, are so fun and will play basically any song you want and so well--pop, jazz standards, old soul, reggae, whatever. Even though I wish they'd been less expensive they were worth every freaking penny. HIRE THEM. seriously.

    Erica

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  • The Source was awesome! Our guests are still raving about how amazing they sounded! We had an extended dance set that had the dance floor completely full for 2 hours! Plus, they knew all of the Jewish music we needed for the Hora and Mezinka. We couldn't have been happier with them!

    Brianna

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  • My spouse and I got married at West Point last year. We knew it would be a difficult wedding to plan, since we decided to have a 1940's-themed wedding complete with a big band. Our plan was to hire a band that could start playing music from the 1940's, and then transition forward by decade all the way to popular hits from this year. Believe me, not many groups can do this. Weddings are complicated events, and the band leader has a critical role. Not just for delivering amazing music, but also as the master of ceremonies for the reception. I did an Internet search for wedding bands in NYC, and made a list with over 80 bands on it. I listened to sample songs and narrowed the list. I personally interviewed band leaders. From the moment I first spoke with Eric Nicolas, I knew my guests would love him. He has a fantastic personality that comes across whether he is playing music or speaking to the audience. He listened carefully as I described our vision for the receptio... Read more

    Georgine

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  • I loved Nation!!! From start to finish they were wonderful. The band includes a great group of very talented musicians including 3 amazing singers who can sing anything from Frank Sinatra to Beyonce. The dance floor was packed all night and everyone kept saying how they sounded like the original singers of the songs that were sung!! Before the wedding, Josh (from Elan Artists) and Nicki (Band Leader) were very responsive and easy to work with. They made sure that everything went perfect for my wedding day music.

    Ashley

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    5 out of 5
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  • This is a huge company so I'm not sure how it's determined who you work with, but I worked with Gretchen and she was amazing. Every question I had she answered immediately (we usually 'spoke' via e-mail). She was helpful when I couldn't pick songs and a joy to work with. I couldn't hear the music that well for my ceremony but it was really windy which I think is what caused that.

    Andrea

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    5 out of 5
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  • The Source Band (who I booked through Elan Artists) was awesome: http://www.elanartists.com/source_site/source.html They are talented - all the members of the band play instruments and sing - and had a great range of music capabilities. They kept the energy high and MCd the event well. My only criticism is that they did an instrumental horah that was way too long - it would have been better had they cut it shorter and learned the words.

    Alison

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  • The Source wowed my sister and Fiance at a vendor event at the Four Seasons. They were very responsive over email. The crowd danced a lot and said they have a great time. Supposedly the main male singer wasn't the same as the one my sister and Fiance heard. Unfortunatley, he didn't know our first dance song at all. It sounded flat and mummbled, which was disappointing. They also ended 30 minutes earlier than we paid for. My understanding was there wasn't a break towards the end for the band, but I would have preferred that they took one and keep going. It didn't help the dance crowd dwindled down towards the end. But finally some Bon Jovi came on for the last song and everyone partied for that.

    kate

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  • I booked the band "UGO" through Elan Artists and the band was a disaster. The contact person was extremely unprofessional before and during the wedding. He was uncooperative, used profanity and was very intimidating to everyone who came in contact with him. The contract stated four hours of live music - we received maybe 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Listened to an iPod for dinner music but were told the band would be playing throughout dinner. Contacted Elan Artists but was disappointed in their response, had to call back repeatedly for any information concerning the band's behavior. I would not recommend the band or the booking agency to anyone.

    responded with the following comments.

    Elan Artists no longer works with the band UGO. Thanks!

    Ben

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • We had Elan Artists in Maryland play at our outdoor ceremony - they did a great job and were easy to work with. We were a bit concerned because the music coordinator was on maternity leave part of the time, but there were no problems at all. They were okay with us giving them some specific sheet music and using theirs for others, as well as having one of our friends accompany them as a soloist.

    Sarah

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  • I booked Nation though Elan Artists on the recommendation of a friend. I could not have been more pleased with the band. Our dance floor was packed the entire night-- the caterer had to ask the band to tell people to sit down to eat their entrees! We ended up extending the band and bar for an extra hour because the dancing was so much fun with this band. Only drawbacks-- the band manager was not very prompt in responding to my emails, including the week before the wedding. Also, they did not tell me until we arrived at the reception that they did not have a copy of our father-daughter dance song (which we agreed that they wouldn't play). Fortunately, the song was in my IPod, which I had in my room at the venue, so a bridesmaid was able to get it. Other than those two problems, the band was amazing, and everyone there has commented on how the band was one of the best wedding bands they have ever heard.

    Amy

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  • we used elan for our ceremony music and one of their photographers (who we booked independently before he knew he was affiliated with elan). this review is for the ceremony only. honestly, this was probably the last thing we booked as it wasn't really critical for us to have live music at the ceremony but we did decide to hire a harpist and a violinist. overall, i think they did a good job. i didn't hear much as i was concentrating on getting married :) but from what i heard from the guests, it was a beautiful touch. about a week before the wedding, i had a call with gretchen from elan to decide my music selections. she was very helpful and even sang certain songs to me so i could tell what they sounded like. we were having a non-denominational ceremony but she did make many religious song suggestions...probably because many of them were popular. she was flexible in listening to my suggestions though. i only knocked them down a notch b/c i noticed in the photos that the harpist... Read more

    Margot

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  • Elan artists was a dream to work with. We booked the UGO Orchestra for our reception and a string trio for our ceremony. We couldn't have been happier with the final result and our guests were raving about the band all night long. They are a bit pricey but I would say that they were worth every penny. You get what you pay for and Elan artists is top notch in service and quality.

    So

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  • Reason why I chose Elan - Open Eye Media was from their marketing video. However, please know that Elan subcontracts the work out to their listing of vendors. What they do is keep a finders fee which is the initial deposit that you send them when you sign up. My Videographer was Dave Morely. He works in the Baltimore/DC area. I haven't seen my video yet and I'm really looking forward to my final product. Some cons are that since their main offices are in Brooklyn, the responsiveness is a tad bad. You have to work through multiple people to get an answer. And the person might be away on vacation. What you should expect is not communicated to you. At one point, since no one contacted me, I called them and requested the name and contact information of my videographer. They don't give you the info you need up front and you have to ask them or else I don't even know if someone would have contacted me to let me know. My Videographer was Dave and he did his thing. He takes video and f... Read more

    Amber

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    2.4 out of 5
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  • We booked a String Trio for the Ceremony/Cocktail Hour - Cello, Flute, Violin. The Director was almost impossible to get in touch with from the beginning, which should have been my first warning sign. We waited until a month prior to the wedding to book our Ceremony Musicians so I had very few to choose from. They were 30 minutes late setting up for the ceremony, which ended up being Ok because were running behind due to the weather anyway, but that still rubbed me the wrong way. They did play beautifully, but I probably wouldn't use them again, due to the lack of quality customer service.

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