BLACK TIE – 4 in 4 for July 4th!
While most of you were probably relaxing over this July 4th holiday weekend 2011 – Black Tie headed North, South, East and West on a mini-tour of Maryland and Virginia performing at 4 events in 4 days.
Friday, June 30th the band went east to the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, a favorite venue for Washington Talent acts. The Beach Club is just across the Bay Bridge in Stevensville, Maryland and offers a beautiful view of the water. The wedding went off flawlessly with the help of Erin Janes at the beach club and Ryan and Heather got some amazing sunset pictures on the beach.
Saturday, July 1st Black Tie headed east for Josh and Jessica’s wedding at Shade Trees and Evergreens in Frederick, Maryland. The tree nursery doubles as reception site on the weekends with an outside covered pavilion adjacent to their man-made lake. They had friends perform on strings and guitar for their ceremony then moved up the hill to have Black Tie perform for the reception. The pavilion is covered but the roof is clear to let the sunlight through and it was 96 degrees when the band started. Not letting the heat put a damper on the celebration the band turned in a scorching non-stop 2.5 hour set that had all 210 guests dancing and sweating right up until the end. Black Tie lived up to their bumper sticker slogan “Rock hard, Go home tired, Wake up happy.”
Sunday, July 2nd the band travelled north to Towson, Maryland to perform for Shawn and Lindsay’s wedding at The Mansion at Valley Country Club. A beautiful affair and the first time the band has played an Uncle Cracker song “Smile” for a first dance. Support by WTAs finest Jack Hartzman, Monica Vidal had the Photography responsibilities, while Jeff Schofield handled the Videography.
For the last performance of the weekend, Black Tie headed to the Country Club of Fairfax where they have played the July 4th celebration for the past 17 years. Strickland Bonner, band leader and guitarist for Black Tie (and now President of Washington Talent Agency) remembers this event as the first 4th of July party Black Tie ever played when the band began in 1994.
Here’s his take on performing at the same event 17 years running. “It is amazing to be here every year for Independence Day, and actually watching some of these kids grow up. The members here are like family, I have seen them go from kindergarten to college! The food is always great and the fireworks from the golf course get more incredible every year. Can’t wait ‘til next year!”
“Hardest working band in show business”? Well, they’re not touring the country performing at stadiums like U2, but it is hard to find a group playing more often in the Baltimore/Washington area than Black Tie.