danielleGregThe Smokin’ Section crossed the river for Danielle & Greg’s late March wedding reception at the elegant 24 Fifth Ave, in the heart of Greenwich Village, a few blocks from Washington Square Park.  It was somewhat misty out for much of the day, but the weather did not dampen the crowd’s spirits one bit.

After cocktail hour with our keyboardist supplying the musical accompaniment, the reception began.  Danielle and Greg danced their first dance to the Bruce Springsteen (via Tom Waits) favorite “Jersey Girl”.  Danielle then danced with her father to the Ben E King all-time classic “Stand By Me” and Greg had his turn with his mom to our version of Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish”.

The crowd first warmed up to some foxtrots and swing material (Sinatra, etc), but really got revved up shortly after that when we performed some Billy Joel songs including “You May Be Right” and “Only The Good Die Young”.  In fact, they loved our Classic Rock, especially a few more by the Boss.

Danielle had reserved us for this party way back in the Spring of  2010 and subsequently recommended us to her friends Jen & Jake, whose wedding we played in Crystal Springs in Vernon, NJ the day before the big ice storm at the end of October ’11.  The “Moschbaums” (or is it the “Maybergers”) were in attendance at Danielle & Greg’s bash and it was fun seeing them again as regular “civilians” and catching up on things.

The band revived the ’80s techno classic “Don’t You Want Me Baby” (originally by Human League) as a special request for the bride & groom.  Danielle & Greg kept a New York theme going throughout the party, and the band performed both “Empire State of Mind” and “New York State of Mind” for them in keeping with that.

The band enjoyed working with photographer Kimberley Coccagnia from upstate NY for the first time.  Day of coordinator Tara Geremia and the maitre’d Eva Tavares kept things hummin’ throughout the party.

The final dance of the evening for the happy couple was the Billy Joel favorite, “Just The Way You Are”.