We are a versatile, professional, and experienced group that can play many different styles of music to suit your needs. Our trio is the best sound for the size and style of an intimate occasion, for a dancing crowd, we add our drummer to form a quartet. We can also add piano, sax, and/or trumpet to suit your taste and budget. We work with some of the finest musicians in Maine which translates to a great sound! Chris Poulin, our lead guitar player, is also a trained classical guitarist who has provided ceremony music for many a beautiful event.
We have a great sound system which we can hook up to your iPod, laptop, or CD player. This can save you a lot of money if you want both a DJ and a live band. You can put together a mix for this if you want. As an example, we can provide classical guitar for the ceremony, some nice jazz for the cocktail hour, a dance set of swing jazz, and/or funk, pop, and reggae, and DJ capabilities after that.
Our base fee for a wedding is $400 per musician. This covers the first 3 hours, after that we charge $75 per hour, per musician. We travel anywhere in Maine. Will travel further for an added fee.
If there is a specific song you want us to learn for a special dance, we charge $30 for the first song we learn. The price after that is $40 per song. We do request a minimum of one month lead time to learn new songs. You can also pick a song from our song list or plug in your music player for special dances.
We require a written contract signed by both parties with a retainer of 1/2 the total in advance. The deposit is non-refundable should you have to cancel.
Thank you for considering us. We hope we can help you celebrate your special day!
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Carly · Married on 09/01/2016
New Shades of Blue plays at our annual Monday Night Music event hosted by our nonprofit organization each summer. They always gather a huge crowd (200-300 people), and know just what to play to keep everyone dancing and smiling. We don't have enough good things to say about them: professional, timely, amazing tunes, soulful, and a great time. Would absolutely recommend them for any special occasion. They really know how to set the vibe for a wonderful evening.
Jennifer · Married on 09/19/2015
Nothing I say could properly articulate how much I love and appreciate New Shades of Blue. First of all, and most importantly, the music was fantastic. The whole group was the perfect balance of professional and friendly. When I mentioned to Juliane that I had my heart set on a bongo drum or the like (tribute to my late father), she brought in a traditional African hand drummer. I needed music for walking down the aisle and our cocktail hour - she made the planning and selection process easy. We were getting married on a beach with no access to electricity and other restrictions - no problem! The bus to the reception was late - they just kept playing. So many things that could have been stressful just weren't because of them. I only hope they're still performing together in 10 years so we can bring them back for an anniversary party!
Stesha · Married on 09/12/2015
I hired Chris Poulin to play classical guitar during the ceremony of my sister's wedding and it was absolutely beautiful. He helped to make the ambiance and experience truly exceptional. He is a supremely talented musician and very professional and very easy to work with. I would recommend Chris to anybody looking to enhance their special day with music!