St Patrick’s Day 2015 with The Usual Suspects

Great night of music at the Scary Canary, with The Usual Suspects and a wild crowd who were more then happy to get into the spirit of things! Here’s a few of our favourite snaps from the night:

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Winners of the Entertainment of the Year “Live Bands” at the 2014 WEOA Awards!

We’re still on a high from Sunday’s award ceremony! So incredibly excited to have received this honour! A huge thank you to all of our suppliers, clients and most of all our amazing muso’s – you mean so, so much to us. We’re grateful beyond words to work with such a special, talented and just generally awesome group of people. X

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The Usual Suspects at Amanda & Sam’s Wedding

So, so much love for these snaps from Amanda & Sam’s Gunners’ Barracks wedding! Absolutely stunning work by Lisa & Pete from And A Day. Take a look:

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Such a party! In honour of the occasion, The Usual Suspects rolled out the following requests:

Bridesmaid’s Entrance: Run The World (Girls) – Beyonce

Groomsmen’s Entrance: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy – Tom Jones

Bride & Groom’s Entrance: Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

An upbeat party song is exactly what you want for your entrances. It sets the tone for the whole reception and gets everyone pumped for the night ahead. Amanda & Sam opted for tunes that were a little cheeky & sassy, which really helped to get their guests into the party mindset (as you can see below!)

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Cake Cutting: Better Together – Jack Johnson. This is a great choice for cake cutting. It’s romantic & sweet, but mellow enough to simply compliment -rather then dominate- the moment.

Bridal Waltz: Everlong – The Foo Fighters. Amanda & Sam really demonstrated that you can never go wrong with a personal favourite for this special dance. It’s purely about the two of you – if you can choose something you both love then you’re on to a winner!

Farewell Song: I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston. Ending the night on a high with a dance floor classic! Flawless.

And there you have it. Just a few of many beautiful memories from a very special night 🙂

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Funkified is a WEOA 2014 Awards Finalist!!

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Hi all,
We just received some news here at Funkified HQ and we are all soooo excited!
Funkified is in the final selection for the “Weddings and Events Of Australia” Awards of Excellence, in the Entertainment: Live Bands category! You can click HERE to learn more about this independent organisation dedicated to sourcing and recognising the suppliers within the Australian Bridal Industry.
 

We’re extremely proud to be finalists, and looking forward to attending the Awards night to represent the Entertainment Industry!
Finger crossed guys, we’ll keep you posted with more info in the coming weeks 😉

 

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Funkified in Papua New Guinea

A few weeks ago, Funkified was approached with the opportunity to provide entertainment for one of the biggest charity events of the year in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Naturally we were extremely honored to be a part of such an initiative and super excited to get to work on our very first gig ABROAD!
The brief called for a 12-piece orchestra to support multi-platinum operatic pop-group Il Divo (Yep, Il Divo!!), so we quickly locked down the talented crowd from The Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra, pianist Ambre Hammond and guitarist David De Vries.
The event was hosted at The Lamana Hotel’s famous Gold Club by the Sir Theophilus Foundation Inc., to raise money for the Port Moresby General Hospital. The concert itself was stunning, featuring a vivid lighting scheme and set exclusively designed by the Lamana’s general manager Yiannis Nicolaou; to enhance and compliment Il Divo’s dynamic renditions of My Heart Will Go On, Con Te Partiro and more. Of course, everything was offset by the group’s trademark charisma and friendly banter – their onstage presence is truly something to behold! These guys haven’t sold over 26 million albums for nothing!
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The gig was a resounding success with over $4 million raised, and it was truly humbling to have worked on such a wonderful event. Several of the musicians from Sydney Camerata were approached by both guests and hotel staff afterwards, thanking them for their beautiful and moving performance – we were actually told several times that with live orchestral concerts being fairly uncommon in Papua New Guinea, they were elated to have had the opportunity to see one of such high calibre. This was particularly special to hear!
On that note, we’d like to extend a huge thanks to The Lamana Hotel, The Sir Theophilus Foundation and Il Divo for including us in this amazing opportunity. It was certainly something we’ll never forget! Closer to home, a special thank you to the musicians of the Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra, Ambre and Dave for your mind-blowing talent and consistently friendly and professional demeanour. You guys are always a pleasure to work with and you really did us proud on this one! Looking forward to more collaborations together and hopefully with Il Divo in the future 🙂

Thanks for the happy snap Bridget & Scott!

Love this one of Jess Pollard that Bridget & Scott sent us from their ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia! And the accompanying messagefrom Bridget definitely made us smile:

“I just wanted to say thank you for enabling us to have Jess play at our wedding! She was amazing! She has such a great voice and, even with a few hiccups with our scheduling, she was very professional. So many people have commented to us about how much they enjoyed listening to her… Hopefully I can listen to her again at a gig around Sydney!”

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Thanks for the kind words! We’ll happily keep you up-to-date with Jess’ gig schedule, X

A Few Belated Snaps from the Luna Park 2013 Wedding Fair!

Because late is better then never. Some beautiful work from some fantastic Sydney wedding pro’s. Unfortunately it was a busy day, and we only managed to snap a couple of the many gorgeous stalls that were set up (just the ones next to us really 😦 ), but here’s what we got!

Little details inside Luna Park’s Crystal Palace:

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An absolutely stunning display from Form Over Function:

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Our little corner! Jess Pollard Duo entertained the crowd in the morning:

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Stalls by Crumbs Cake Art and Tutti Frutti Lolly Buffets:

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Krishna Jones set up in our area:

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Beautiful stall by Willowlane Studios:

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Divine Event’s incredible handiwork upstairs:

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Fun day! Thanks to our friends at Luna Park Weddings for having us. X from the team at Funkified Entertainment

Photos from Natalie & Michael’s March Wedding!

Natalie & Michael were kind enough to send us some incredible happy snaps of their guests enjoying The Usual Suspects at their March wedding at Sergeant’s Mess. Take a look:

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Nat & Michael shared their first dance to Whitney Houston’s classic ‘Want to Dance With Somebody’ (a particular specialty of Usual Suspects singer Jess, fyi), which was a very fresh choice; not to mention a fantastic way to kick off the party (as seen below). The guys kept up the momentum with tunes such as The Black Eyed Peas’ I’ve Gotta Feeling and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love (another Usual Suspects favourite!).

_MG_0109The evening ended with the bands rendition of Dirty Dancing’s The Time Of My Life, which felt very appropriate for such an epic night! Such a pleasure to see so many lovely people enjoying live music :). Seriously, some of these shots look like a still from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby!

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Thanks for the photos guys! Congratulations and all the best for a wonderful life together.  You certainly started it the right way! X

If you’re interested in seeing The Usual Suspects in action, there’s a video here: http://www.funkified.com.au/acts/the-usual-suspects/

You may also like to consider coming to an open rehearsal at our performance space in Alexandria. Drop us a line at info@funkified or 90435440 for more info.

Ellipsis Jazz Open Rehearsal on 24/4/13

If you’ve got an event coming up and are considering incorporating live music, why not come see Ellipsis Jazz in action at our open rehearsal next Wednesday? Held at our intimate performance space in Beaconsfield, you can enjoy a drink and some of the best jazz musicians Sydney has to offer, all the while getting a taste of exactly how fantastic your event could be.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and chat with both the band and Funkified Entertainment’s experienced event consultants; along with the chance to request particular songs you’re keen to hear-this is a perfect starting point for your vision to begin taking shape! So come on down next Wednesday for a great night and some seriously quality music. Call us on 9043 5440 or email info@funkified.com.au for more details.

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Amazing Photos, Courtesy of Lizzie & Eric

Take a look at these spectacular pics of R’n’B Covers band Suite Az, from Lizzie and Eric’s April wedding. Absolutely stunning:

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And last but not least, our absolute favourite. The bride and groom share their first dance to the bands rendition of ‘Touched by Love’ (Eran James). Gorgeous!

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Congratulations Lizzie and Eric. Thanks for sharing these shots with us- looks like Suite Az were the right choice! Fantastic to work with you guys.

All the best,

Funkified Entertainment