The Low Riders are available in a number of different formats. In addition to the core band there is a female lead vocalist, full brass section and a percussion player.  Here are the variations:

 

5 piece – Core band: Vocals, guitar, drums, bass, keyboards

 

6 piece – Plus female lead

 

6 piece – Plus saxophone

 

7 piece – Plus saxophone and trumpet

 

8 piece – Plus saxophone, trumpet and trombone

 

8 piece – Plus saxophone, trumpet and female vocalist

 

9 piece – Core band, full horn section and female vocalist

 

10 Piece – All of the above plus percussionist


Pre-dinner Jazz option:
If you would also like a smaller version of the band to perform at your reception, we can offer you a jazz duo or trio to accompany your drinks.  Please enquire further when you make your initial booking.

 

Deputies:
Due to illness, or clashing schedules, we can't guarantee that all the musicians that play on the night are those featured on the website though it's more than likely. If any of the featured vocalists can't make the gig- we will inform you well before the night that we are intending to use a deputy, otherwise we guarantee that other deputies will be rehearsed and players of the highest calibre.

 

Equipment:
We provide all the sound equipment for medium and small venues (venues up to 250 people). Front of house sound comes from a pair of Mackie SRM450 speakers and a Mackie 1501 sub. The whole rig is some of the clearest-sounding and most popular PA gear on the market.  For larger gigs we can hire in a bigger system at extra cost- see below paragraph.

 

Professional Sound Engineer
There is also the option of a professional sound engineer with a state of the art 5000W PA system, which is ideal for big venues (anything over 200 people, or in a v large room/marquee/ or high spec affair). This is an extra charge but will ensure the absolute top quality sound. We often use http://www.dwaudio.com.

 

Lighting
Lighting is provided. This comes in the form of the state of the art intelligent lighting system from Acme- and can light up both the dance floor and the stage. We recommend if you want serious lighting for the dancefloor that you should hire extra lights and we can cover the stage.

 

Performance requirements:
We can perform with or without staging, indoors or outdoors. If we are to perform on a stage, this is a guide to the minimum stage area we would require:

 

5 Piece Band: 16ft by 12ft

7/8/9 Piece Band: 20ft by 12ft

 

Playing Times:
It is normal for the band to perform a total of 2 hours of live music finishing by midnight, either as 2 sets of 1 hour with a break or 3 shorter sets with 2 breaks. It is possible to increase playing / finishing times slightly but this would involve an extra charge. We are happy to leave a suitable playlist playing through our PA system during the break but if you wish to use the speakers after the performance finishes there would be an extra charge.

 

DJ:
The Low Riders can provide a professional DJ (there are 2 in the band) with professional equipment. He will play after the performance but not during the interval, and the type of music tends to be funk, soul, old-school hip-hop and forgotten classics. However, clients are encouraged to make requests for the type of music they are after. There is an extra charge for this and it will depend on how long you want him for. Please enquire further.

 

Pre-recorded music inbetween sets:
With or without booking DJ - we are very happy to put on a playlist in-between sets, and we actively encourage you to have a say in what this is.  If you want to play music after the band has finished, but don't want to book our DJ option, you will essentially need to hire the equipment from us.  Rates for this upon enquiry.

 

Prices:
We aim to keep our prices competitive, although factors such as travel distance (from London) and arrival / finish times will affect our fees. Please enquire further for a full quote. NB 12 midnight is usually latest finish time for the band. If you want us to play later, we will ask for an extra charge. Likewise if you have booked us to finish at 12, understand that the set is likely to be cut short if the gig starts late.

 

Contracts & Booking:
Bookings are confirmed by receipt of at least 25% deposit and a signed Musicians Union Band Hire Agreement stating full details of the event. Remaining payment is normally required one week before the gig by bank transfer or as cash, paid at the start of the gig. Musician’s Union booking agreements comply with up to date industry standards.

 

Setting Up / Sound-Checking:

It is essential that we have sufficient time to set up and sound-check, and depending on the size of the band this can take up to 90mins. Please note that there will be an extra charge if you require the band at the venue before 6pm that day.

 

FAQs

Do we need to provide the band with food?
Yes food and soft drinks are required. Either as provided to the guests, or as £10 payment per head for a meal outside of the venue. There should also be somewhere comfortable for the band to change, eat and relax prior to the performance.

 

Does there need to be carparking?
Yes- this should be made available, preferably near the entrance of the gig for ease of unloading equipment. Any parking costs incurred would need to be reimbursed in addition to the band's fee.

 

Can we request songs?
Our clients are welcome to make as many requests as they wish (with 4 weeks notice) from our current set list, and we will endeavour to accommodate as many of these as possible. We accept first dance requests regardless of whether or not the song you would like is on our set list already, but we require at least 4 weeks to learn it.

 

Can we see the band before we book?
Most of our gigs are private gigs so this can be problematic. However we are quite often doing public shows in London so please do enquire and we will let you know of any suitable performances.  Please do check out the 3 videos we have on the site though.

 

What happens if we cancel?
In the event of cancellation (by you, the hirer), the deposit would be non-refundable.

 

Can the band cancel?
No. The contract which would be signed by us as well as you is a legally-binding document that guarantees that we will provide what you have booked. If a musician is taken ill, or pulls out for another reason such as a family emergency, we will hire a suitable replacement so that the performance can go ahead unaffected. Any additional costs for this would be covered by us.

 

Do we need to provide accommodation for the band?
If the venue is further than 2 hours from London by car and is finishing beyond 11.30pm, we may well require accommodation in a B&B or Hotel. This can be discussed on enquiry.