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Wedding Wednesday: 5 Sing-A-Long Last Dance Songs

Last week we offered up some silly last dance songs; tunes to bid farewell to your guests with a laugh. This week we want to give you some options that are fun in a different way. By the end of the night, if your band or DJ is good, your guests will have danced and sang and swayed and all that other good dance party stuff. Here are some songs that will help you end your night on that high note!

The dance song to end all dance parties, I’ve Had The Time of My Life is sure to get people moving and belting out the lyrics.

Love Will Keep Us Together

All You Need Is Love

Last Dance



Next week, we’ll post 5 sentimental last dance songs!


Lisa @ Lorio Ross



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Featured Event: Josh Gracin

Last month we had the opportunity to book Josh Gracin for a private event. Yep, that’s right. That Josh Gracin.

Sandee Singer, Senior Event Coordinator for Lorio Ross Entertainment was the agent responsible for pulling it all off. Thanks, Sandee, for sharing with us how it all came together!

July 13th – a beautiful day in Farwell, MI (north of Mt. Pleasant).  One of our clients had a family reunion held on their property in Farwell and wanted to celebrate  by inviting a young, rising country star to join them and be one of the highlights of the weekend.  They called me to offer suggestions for some up and coming acts that might be in the area, and I learned that Josh Gracin,  former American Idol contestant, was routed in the area.  With the client’s permission, I offered Josh the opportunity to perform in Farwell and he accepted. So with less than two weeks to plan, I was able to secure sound & lighting, catering, rentals, décor and the staff to accommodate this joyous event!  When Josh and his crew arrived on Friday afternoon, they were all invited to spend the day at the lake  – swimming, jet skiing, tubing and 4-wheelin!  The guys had an absolute blast!  Later in the evening, after a fantastic supper, the guests moved to the beach for the concert.  Staged on two hay wagons, was Josh Gracin’s group, ready to perform at sunset!  Josh gave an amazing performance and had the guests dancing and partying all night long!

Some of the vendors who made this event so special – caterer, “Camille’s on the River,” from Mt. Pleasant, MI  – http://www.camillesontheriver.com/ –  this company is outstanding!  The food was spectacular – sliders for late night snack, burgers for lunch (beef, turkey & portabello mushroom), dinner – filet mignon, wild caught salmon fillets flown in from Tasmania, and brunch included a Bloody Mary bar and made-to-order omelets!  Their service and attention to detail was impeccable!  I will definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a high-end, full service caterer.

“Everything Audio”  out of Mount Pleasant, MI, helped me to pull together sound and lighting.  The owner, Henry Kubin, has been providing sound for events in the Central Michigan area for more than 25 years, working with many local, regional and national acts.  He hooked me up also with “Sound Productions” out of Clare, MI http://www.soundproductions.com/  – they provided the outstanding DJ and staffing for both nights.

It is always so fun to hear how an event came together and was a success! Remember, we do book a lot of Detroit’s best talent but our agents really can deliver on almost any request.

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Wedding Wednesday: 5 Silly Last Dance Songs

Want to end your wedding reception with a laugh? Here are 5 songs that are sure to make your guests smile (or smirk, we can’t make any promises!)

Next Wedding Wednesday, come back for 5 Sing-a-long Last Dance Songs!


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross


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Reviews: Newsmaker!

Wanted to take a few minutes after the dust settled to tell you how wonderful our experience was with Perry and the Newsmaker Band. They rocked the house and we couldn’t have been more happy with their performance.  They got everyone on the dance floor to surround Adam and I as we entered for our first dance and the night just got better from there.  Perry MC-ed the event perfectly. He even got my Husband to serenade me in front of all our guests – this was truly an unforgettable moment.  Everyone was raving at how great the band was and we really had a great dance party.  Not to mention how easy it was to coordinate the logistics with Perry. Can’t rave enough about how great they sounded and the energy they brought to our wedding. We would highly recommend them to all our friends and family.


Best Regards,
Yuliya & Adam
Wedding 5/27/12


Check out Newsmaker for yourself!

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Planning Your Party: Futuristic & Fantastical

The Future: as a party theme it’s made up of endless opportunities. Does your future look like The Jetsons? 2001: A Space Odyssey? Gattaca? Or maybe your idea of The Future is unlike anything anyone has yet dreamed up! (Although we think everyone should have a Rosie robot) Want to completely cover your venue in white or drape all the walls with fiber-optic light curtains? Do it! Or does your vision include covering almost everything in Spandex and topping the Dr. Seuss-esque table centerpieces with disco balls? Cause ours did! The sky’s the limit on this one but here are some ideas to get you started…

Theme: The Future

Description: Neon colors, pulsating lights and ambient trance music set the scene for a party reminiscent of something yet unknown. This theme would be fantastic for a corporate event centered around a new product launch or anything that calls for forward motion!

Suggested attire: Futurist – get creative! You could ask that guests wear black and then hand out glowing accessories upon arrival.

Food and Drink: International cuisine with futuristic presentation; think neon stands and lots of varying elevation. Serve drinks in glowing glassware and include some neon shooters! If your event is alcohol-free, consider serving fruit juices with exotic garnishes or extravagant straws.

Décor: Guests enter through a tunnel flanked with search lights. Dry ice would be a nice effect for the entrance. Tables are covered in spandex and centerpieces are up-lit with neon lights. Fiber-optic light curtains adorn the walls .

Entertainment: Futuristic circus performers would surely fit the bill! Can anyone say ‘Cirque du Soliel’ act??  Mimes, psychics and musicians add a nice touch either at stations or as strolling entertainment.

Music: Consider hiring a Video Jockey for your musical entertainment as s/he can incorporate futuristic video with top 40 songs, allowing for dancing! Be sure your guests have practiced their robot skills!

What would your futuristic party include?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Wedding Wednesday: Recessionals (‘Home’ Alternatives)

‘Home‘ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros really took the wedding industry by storm. It’s makes for such a super recessional or an eclectic first dance option; it’s a song that’s almost impossible not to love. With a really fantastic melody and a contagious sing-a-long chorus, we totally get why couples swooned! But that song came out in 2010 and it’s 2012 people! Inspired by the catchy chorus and the hippy-folk-group feel, here are some wedding recessional alternatives for anyone looking for that ‘Home’ kinda feel.

There’s no better way to start off the list than with Edward Sharpe front man, Alexander Ebert. ‘A Million Years’ has that same fetching feeling and, have you actually heard the lyrics? They’re big and fantastical and oh-so-full of love!

I love you like, grave danger like, moon shining disguise. When I wake up with your make up and spread blush across the sky.


Here’s the good news, couples… you don’t have to abandon the lovable Edward Sharpe and his friends! This song has wedding recessional written all over it!

No matter what!
You’ve got my love to lean on darling.


Of Monsters and Men offers a similar sound with a female lead and male back up. You may have to stretch your imagination a bit with the lyrics but this strange love song offers a sweet-sounding beat. We’ll let you figure out what a lionheart is.

And as the world comes to an end

I’ll be here to hold your hand

Cause you’re my king and I’m your lionheart.


Givers are young, fresh and a little kooky. Just as with all the others, this tune will probably lead your guests to toe tapping and knee slapping. You probably just want to go ahead and plan to skip down the aisle.

In the light, there’s still stormin’
In the shade, there’s still warmin’
You’ll see – What you’ll be
In the grey, there’s still colors
Without fade, inside lovers
We’ll be, yeah, we’ll be


I Would Do Anything for You‘ by Foster The People is a little more indie-pop than ‘Home‘ but we think it deserves to be on this list because it’s fun and the lyrics are, bottom line, beautiful.

Oo la love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than ever before.


Looking for processionals, too? Check these out!


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Music Monday: London 2012 Playlist

The British music scene always seems to be overflowing with sensational talent. From The Beatles to Emeli Sande, from the British Invasion to BritPop, the United Kingdom has and continues to impact the world with its sound. The Olympic Opening Ceremony highlighted the best of British music and, while you can buy the soundtrack titled “Isle of Wonder” in iTunes, we wanted to put together our own playlist inspired by Great Britain to share with you. There are just too many musicians and bands to include but here are 30 of our favorites – London 2012!

Photo credit: Lisa Nowacki

Leave a comment with your favorite band or song and we’ll throw it on the playlist!

Lisa @ Lorio Ross

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