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Downbeat LA + The 71st Emmy Awards Governors Ball

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Downbeat LA provided the entertainment for the 71st Emmy Awards Governors Ball. From the upbeat, interactive string trio welcoming guests into the reception to the 13-piece dance band that kept nominees and winners dancing all night, it was truly an unforgettable event.

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Collective LA + San Juan Capistrano Summer Concert Series

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Collective LA kicked off San Juan Capistrano’s Summer Concert Series in Historic Town Center Park, and it was an evening full of live music, dancing, local business expos and more!

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Gold Standard + Rosewood Miramar Beach

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Gold Standard was the entertainment for the evening at this corporate event hosted at the gorgeous Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, planned by our friends at Joy Full Events.

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AMFM + Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute (Honolulu)

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Destination wedding celebrations in Hawaii are magical, and AMFM was excited to be a part of this couple’s big day at the beautiful Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute planned by our friends at Moana Events. There was dinner, dancing and even a surprise Haka from the bride to the groom to end the evening!

Planning: Moana Events | Venue: Lanikuhonua Cultural Center | Live Band: Downbeat | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs | Photography: O’Malley | Videography: Elysium Productions | Wedding Cake: A Cake Life

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AMFM + Bel Air Bay Club

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Oceanside ceremonies and grand ballroom celebrations are what Bel Air Bay Club is all about, and AMFM absolutely loves performing for couples at this gorgeous venue!

Planning: BK Events | Venue: Bel Air Bay Club | String Quartet: Dolce | Live Band: Downbeat (AMFM) | Florals: Honey and Poppies | Photography: Cindy Gold (Gold Wong Photography) | Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

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Soultones + Los Angeles Wedding (Private Estate)

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This private estate wedding in Los Angeles was #goals! Soultones serenaded the happy couple throughout the day and into the evening, and couldn’t have done it without this incredible vendor team:

Planning: DB Creativity | Venue: Private Residence | Live Band: Downbeat (Soultones) | Photography: One Love Photography | Videography: BGS Productions | Catering: Gina Feeds + Yooshi Sushi | Wedding Cake: Skiff’s

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Gold Standard + Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Texas knows how to party! This was a Santa Barbara dream destination wedding for our Dallas couple and all of their guests, and Gold Standard was thrilled to be a part of the big day!

Planning: Wedding Kate | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard) | Hair & Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | Photography: Lucas Rossi | Florals: Coco Rose | Rentals: Town & Country

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Wedding Playlist: Parent Dance Song Favorites

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An important moment for any traditional wedding reception is when the parents of the couple are honored and celebrated during the parent dances. Whether these are both done during one song or two separate songs, it's important to choose music with meaningful lyrics and melodies. 

The most requested parent dance song from Downbeat LA’s 2018 wedding season was “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. Here are some other popular picks:

Top 3 Mother Son Dance Songs from 2018 Downbeat LA weddings:

  1. In My Life by The Beatles

  2. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler

  3. Forever Young by Rod Stewart

Top 3 Father Daughter Dance Songs from 2018 Downbeat LA weddings:

  1. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

  2. My Girl by The Temptations

  3. My Wish by Rascal Flatts

Listen to Downbeat LA's "Parent Dance Favorites" playlist on Spotify for more parent dance song favorites and inspiration for your big day! The most important thing to remember when making music selections is finding songs that are meaningful to you and yours!

MOTHER SON DANCE SONGS

  1. Sweet Pea - Amos Lee

  2. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood

  3. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

  4. A Song For Mama - Boyz II Men

  5. Mother Like Mine - The Band Perry

  6. Mother - Sugarland

  7. Don’t Blink - Kenny Chesney

  8. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynard

  9. Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw

  10. Do I Make You Proud - Taylor Hicks

  11. God Only Knows - John Legend

FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE SONGS

  1. Dance With My Daughter - Jason Blaine

  2. Daughters - John Mayer

  3. Dancing Queen - ABBA

  4. Daddy's Little Girl - Michael Bolton

  5. Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman

  6. My Darling - Wilco

  7. My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton

  8. Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys

  9. I Loved Her First - Heartland

  10. I Learned From You - Miley Cyrus, Billy Rae Cyrus

  11. Father and Daughter - Paul Simon

  12. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

  13. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

PARENT DANCE SONGS

  1. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

  2. Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John

  3. Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra

  4. Days Like This - Van Morrison

  5. You’re The Inspiration - Chicago

  6. You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor

  7. Child of Mine - Carole King

  8. Hero - Mariah Carey

  9. There You'll Be - Faith Hill

  10. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler

  11. Count On Me - Bruno Mars

  12. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - James Taylor

  13. Just The Two of Us - Will Smith

  14. That's How Strong My Love Is - Otis Redding

  15. Ain't That Love - Ray Charles

  16. You Are My Sunshine - Johnny Cash

  17. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  18. Hold My Hand - Hootie & The Blowfish

  19. The Best Day - Taylor Swift

  20. I Lived - OneRepublic

  21. You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

  22. Only One - Kanye West

  23. Stand By Me - Ben E. King

  24. Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

  25. Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

  26. I’ll Be There - The Jackson 5

  27. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  28. Never Grow Up - Taylor Swift

  29. You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban

  30. Forever Young - Rod Steward

  31. Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

  32. In My Life - The Beatles

  33. 93 Million Miles - Jason Mraz

  34. Wild Flowers - Tom Petty

  35. You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins

  36. My Wish - Rascal Flatts

  37. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert

  38. Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

  39. If I Should Fall Behind - Bruce Springsteen

  40. Still Fighting It - Ben Folds

  41. Someone To Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald

  42. Through The Years - Kenny Rogers

Gold Standard + SKY Studio LA

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It was a busy holiday season for Downbeat LA, and Gold Standard closed out 2018 by performing at a private event planned by We Crush Events at SKY Studio in Downtown LA. Aerialists soared, specialty cocktails were sipped and the band kept guests singing and dancing all evening in celebration of a successful year!

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Soultones + Grammy Museum

Soultones making music at the gorgeous and historic Grammy Museum! What a great way to do what we do best and to do it with our guests who just wouldn’t stop grooving.

Venue: Grammy Museum | Planner: Alfred House Productions

Downbeat LA + Valentine DTLA

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Downbeat LA had a blast with guests at this amazing holiday party held at Valentine DTLA. The dueling pianos were a hit and the evening was filled with dancing and singing to celebrate an amazing 2018.

Venue: Valentine DTLA Planner: Orange Blossom Special Events

AMFM + Lido House

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A memorable evening at Lido House in Newport Beach. This new venue was a blast to perform at and AMFM did a wonderful job transforming the space. The night was filled with great music and colorful decor that left an impression on our lovely guests!

Venue: Lido House | Planners: Elite OC Productions | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

TruBlu + Conscious Minds

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What a wonderful WERCM event to have a little bit of Jazz. TruBlu brought on what they do best and set the tone for this classy-dapper night.

AMFM + Calamigos Ranch

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What a stunning wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu! From the beautiful floral arch for our ceremony in front of a waterfall and the incredible decorated reception set up, to the twinkling bistro lights outside; it was simply perfect. And to top it off AMFM brought their “A-Game” which set the party off.

Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Planner: HoneyFitz Events | Floral: Best Day Ever Floral Design |
Rentals: LA Best Rental | Hair + MakeUp: Mobile Bridal Salon | Cake + Dessert: Frost It Cakery | Photographer: The Vondys

DJ Live + The Yost Theatre

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It’s a PARTY! DJ Live had a blast performing for this incredible Halloween Party at the historic Yost Theatre in Santa Ana. Cheers to many more events like these and have a Happy Halloween!

Venue: The Yost Theatre | Planners: Elite OC Productions

DJ Live + Pasea Hotel & Spa

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No one is better at creating an unforgettable experience for our guests than DJ Live! A night filled with music and getting everyone involved in the mix at the Hope & Help Gala after party at the beautiful Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach.

Venue: Pasea Hotel & Spa