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Dance the night away with a live band like Jeremy Shrader & The Octocats pictured here.

The following wedding musicians come highly recommended from real Arkansas brides, who we surveyed for our 2017 Arkansas Wedding Report, as well as from brides whose weddings were selected to be featured in this issue. From dance bands and DJs to solo artists and booking agents, these are great options for your big day.

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Almost Famous Memphis
Type of service: Band
(901) 634-1501 | Scott@ScottSudbury.com
Main music genres: 1960s to current
Average cost (4-hour reception): $3,500 and up depending on travel

Almost Famous has played on 23 gold and platinum records, has performed for President Bush and President Clinton and during events like the NFL Super Bowl pregame. The band is a nine-time Grammy Award nominee and has won three Emmy Awards.


Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Type of service: Orchestra/Strings
(501) 666-1761 | BBurroughs@ArkansasSymphony.org
Average cost (4-hour reception):  Call

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit organization that exists to connect, enrich, inspire and advance Arkansas through the power of music. The ASO can provide any type of music for your wedding and reception, including string quartets, harpist, solo guitar and a variety of other ensembles to meet your needs.


DJ Derrick Events
Type of service: DJ and Sound Service
(479) 283-6100 | DJDerrickD@Yahoo.com
Average cost (4-hour reception): $800
Main music genres: All genres

DJ Derrick Events provides anything you need from lighting, to mics, speakers, DJ’s and band. Specializing in crossing genres and generations.


♥ Elite Mobile Entertainment
Type of service: DJ
(501) 620-3789 | EliteMobileEntertainment@Yahoo.com
Main music genres: All genres; whatever the customer wants/needs
Average cost (4-hour reception): $550-$800

A professional mobile DJ company, Elite Mobile Entertainment provides top quality music for all occasions to clients all over Arkansas for many years. For more, see Inside the Hot Springs Wedding Planner: Spa City Weddings From Start to Finish.


Jacob Flores
Type of service: Solo Musician
(501) 617-4328 | JacobFloresEntertainment@Gmail.com
Average cost (4-hour reception): Call
Main music genres: Extremely eclectic; Every genre; Spanish & English

Jacob Flores is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter and musician. Flores’ music features live looping and an eclectic repertoire of both Latin-American and American styles. “…A little something for everyone.”


Jeremy Shrader's Octocats
Type of service: Jazz/Swing Band
(901) 218-4695 | Jeremy@JeremyShraderMusic.com
Main music genres: Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Crooner
Average cost (4-hour reception): $3,000 (local Memphis area), $4,500 (out of town)

Jeremy Shrader’s Octocats has all the elegance and style of a big band, but on a smaller scale. This is great music for dancing and for delighting your guests.


Mayday by Midnight
Type of service: Dance Band
(501) 804-8590 | MaydayByMidnight@Gmail.com
Main music genres: Top 40, Dance, Party Music
Average cost (4-hour reception):  $2,000-$4,000

Mayday by Midnight has established themselves at Arkansas's hottest band for weddings. MBM electrifies their audience with tight and professional sound, customized light show, powerful vocal harmonies, high-energy songs and superb stage presence.


♥ Music by Aaron Balentine
Type of service: Solo Musician
(501) 545-1988 | AaronBalentine@Gmail.com
Main music genres: Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Adult Contemporary, R&B, Soul
Average cost (4-hour reception): $200

A solo acoustic musician. Aaron Balentine plays music for all ages, delicately plucked strings, and soothing vocals. Songs from the '60s, up to today’s hits! For more, see Inside the Hot Springs Wedding Planner: Spa City Weddings From Start to Finish.


The SoulSations
Type of service: Dance Band
(901) 757-4900 | Management@TheSoulSations.com
Main music genres: Current Hits, Top 40, Motown, Oldies, R&B, Pop, Country, Rock, Classic Party Anthems
Average cost (4-hour reception): Rates are based upon mileage and travel time from Memphis.

The ultimate showband experience! Influenced by icons of decades past, this exceptional nine to 11-piece ensemble leaves guests begging for more! The dynamic front line includes three high stepping male lead vocalists accompanied by a powerhouse female vocalist. A soulful four-piece rhythm section and lively two-piece horn section complete the ultimate showband line up. Join the SoulSations on an electrifying musical journey through time, covering all your favorite party hits from the '50s through today!


Susej Thompson
Type of service: Solo Vocalist
(501) 772-2512 | Susej_Thompson@Yahoo.com
Main music genres: Sacred, Classical, Contemporary, Praise & Worship, Rock
Average cost (4-hour reception): Varies with length and size of ensemble

Prayerful and/or inspirational vocals to set a beautiful tone for your special day. Able to provide an accompanist, if needed, or can work with the accompanist of your choice. Available for receptions, prices vary, based on size of group needed to play and length of reception.


Timbo Promotions Mobile DJ Service
Type of service: DJ
(501) 993-6264 | DJTimbo@SBCGlobal.net
Main music genres: Hip-Hop, Country, Pop, Motown, Disco and '50s–2000s
Average cost (4-hour reception): $600

Weddings, wedding receptions and engagement parties. Entertaining all of Arkansas. More than 2 million songs to choose from. Largest music collection around.