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Patty · Married on 06/02/2018
We couldn't be happier with our experience with the Bob Charest Band! From the very start, Bob and Cindy were so professional and really made sure the entertainment was going to make the wedding everything we hoped for. Prior to the day, they had us over for apps and drinks to discuss all the details, genre and song preferences, day of timeline, etc. They truly made us feel comfortable and taken care of. Bob did recorded music for both our ceremony and cocktail which worked out awesome, we were able to send them some music we owned and loved to be played during that time.Sent on 06/19/2018
Once the band took the stage for the reception, everything went perfect! They said they were going to take a break about every hour, but I honestly don't remember them taking any breaks after they're first one when they ate dinner. They were amazing, sounded awesome and really entertained all our guests. One of my bridesmaids was even able to join them on stage to sing which was a truly unique and great experience we won't forget!
I couldn't recommend the BCB more, they were key to helping us have an amazing and memorable night! Thank you so much!!!!
Chris · Married on 10/14/2017
Hands down the best wedding band in Maine and probably all of New England (and beyond, for that matter...). Everyone in the band is a complete pro and there’s no song or genre that they can’t crush. From our first meeting at with Bob, Cindy, and crew over dinner at the Charest household right up until he last song of the wedding, it was a complete pleasure working with them. There are a lot of good musicians out there, but no band will work harder to make your wedding perfect. Long story short: if you are lucky and they aren’t already booked for your wedding date, do yourself a favor and IMMEADIATELY contact them and book them. I will guarantee they will exceed your expectations and you’ll be glad you got them before someone else did!Sent on 11/09/2017
(And for reference, Bob ran the music and audio for our ceremony, the recorded music for cocktail hour, then the introductions and the recorded music for dinner. So the price below covered all that and the PERFECT 4 hour dance party thereafter...)
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Kind words indeed, Chris! We loved working with you on all the plans and could not be happier that you were pleased with our services and had a great time on your wedding day. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with the BCB. We wish you and Heather all the best!
Daniella · Married on 09/23/2017
This band was THE BEST. We actually ended up booking them before we booked our venue because of the amazing reviews, the great videos we saw online, and some personal recommendations from a co-worker who had used them. Not only were they SUPER accommodating, but they were so friendly and entertaining. LITERALLY everyone commented on how it was the best band they had ever seen. Some of my favorite things: First, my best friend and bridesmaid is a very talented singer/songwriter and for the longest time we had a pact that she would sing at my wedding. She sang Future Days by Pearl Jam on the piano and transitioned perfectly (with the band joining in) to L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole for the whole audience to join in. The band was so excited to work with her and make sure she felt comfortable and well-backed up. Second, they cooked us a feast. No seriously, we were in Maine for a weekend and Bob and Cindy invited us to their house with a few of the other band members. We ate a ton, drank so many bottles of wine and somewhere in there managed to talk through the entire vibe of the wedding (music is really important to us, so we definitely had strong opinions on what to play and when). The band was so excited to collaborate and accommodating. I left not being 100% sure if we had chatted about logistics or made several new best friends. Needless to say, when the day came, they were FLAWLESS. Third, the band just rocks. The fact that they're so big means they can really achieve a lot of different sounds - you can get the old school Frank Sinatra/ Bobby Darin that's perfect for dinner time, the momentum building "transition" music as I call it with great classics that both the old and young can get behind like Jesse's Girl, Love Shack, Lose your Love Tonight, Livin' on a Prayer and finally the floor-pounding/face-melting/sweating your dress off tunes like Macklemore (Can't hold us), Ke$ha (Tic Toc), and Jay-Z/Beyonce (Crazy in Love). So epic. Book this band now.Sent on 11/17/2017
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Wow, Dani, thank you for the high praise! We're so happy to have helped make your party a blast. Having Phoebe sit in and perform with the band was a treat for us, as well as for you and your guests. We loved meeting with you and Patrick and will always think of you when we do "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." ;-) Thank you for choosing the BCB and please come back and visit!
Brianna · Married on 09/09/2017
If there was one thing my husband and I agreed on when planning our wedding - besides the getting married part - it was that we didn't just want great music... but we wanted a band that could start a party (and keep it going!). Since our wedding was a bit of a destination - we're based in NYC, wedding in Camden, ME - we already had our work cut out for us in every department, finding the perfect band felt like an impossible feat. That was until we met Bob and Cindy on a friend's recommendation. Bob and Cindy don't just know music, they know people. They have an incredible gift. They took the time to get to know my husband and me, learn our likes and dislikes, came up with fantastic alternatives and then ROCKED THE WHOLE TOWN OF CAMDEN on our wedding night.Sent on 01/27/2018
Their set up and break down was seamless, they asked all the right questions so that this novice wedding planner (myself) didn't leave them hanging. More importantly, their sound was incredible. When I talk about sound, I mean everything from the vocals to the instrumentals to the actual sound equipment - 5.0 stars across the board.
After attending 42 (yes, you're reading that correctly.. say it with me - FORTY TWO) weddings in six years together all across the world... Greece, Mexico, India, California... we have never heard, seen, experienced a band's performance like Bob and crew. Did I mention they let my laryngitis-self karaoke with my father? Oh yes, they did. Jim Croce's Bad, Bad Leroy Brown at that.
If you're ever in position... weighing The Bob Charest Band against another... stop now. The Bob Charest Band is all you need to make your wedding the party of the century. Every guest will leave feeling like they just attended the best concert of their lives. And in our case... #PartyTillTheCopsCome (Bob, thanks for playing until 11!)
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Brianna, we're happy to have helped make your wedding day all you'd hoped. Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We truly enjoyed working with you and Alex, and wish you both all the best!
Jen · Married on 09/03/2017
We accidentally stumbled across The Bob Charest Band while previewing another wedding band and are so glad that we did! They not only provided the most amazing dance party we could have ever imagined, but they also were fantastic to work with at every moment along the way. From the first email/phone exchanges getting our contract worked up, to our meet & greet at Bob and Cindy's house, to their flexibility on the day of our wedding while we waited and waited until the absolute last minute to finally decide to move our ceremony inside due to rain (Bob was going to do the sound for us if it was outside), The Bob Charest Band was amazing! Our wedding was just over 3 months ago, and we still have guests raving about how awesome our band was, and even two people have asked for their name to hopefully hire them for their own event! They play every genre, and get guests of all ages on the dance floor, from my 10 year old cousins to my 90 year old great aunt! If you want the party of a lifetime for everyone in attendance, I can't recommend BCB enough!Sent on 12/12/2017
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you, Jen! We're so happy you were pleased with what we brought to your party! We enjoyed getting to know you and Dan, and loved playing for your super-fun crowd. Bob and I wish you all the best!
Ryan · Married on 09/02/2017
My wife and I first saw TBCB at the Cumberland County Fair and loved them. We ran into a friend who had them for his brother wedding and loved them. We then got to see them at a Halloween party with some of our friends and everyone enjoyed them. We were very happy with the total service they provided us. We met the band at Bob and Cindy’s house to go over our vision. That evening was a great time. Leading up to the wedding the band was easy to communicate with. Most importantly, they rocked it at the wedding! Everyone loved them and we could not have been happier with them.Sent on 11/09/2017
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Ryan, we so appreciate you taking the time to write a review and are glad you and Erin were happy with everything. It's been great getting to know you both and meeting your friends when you came to see the band prior to your wedding. We loved playing for your special day and wish you all the best!
Michael · Married on 08/26/2017
The BCB is so worth it! Bob and Cindy really try to personalize their show to fit my wife and my desires for the big day. They were a huge hit and got everyone (I mean EVERYONE!) dancing and singing along. I am the third in my family to include the BCB in our wedding and could not have been more pleased with their performance and commitment to making our big day memorable! Highly recommend!Sent on 12/28/2017
The Bob Charest Band's reply:We're so lucky to have been able to play for your family multiple times! Thank you for the wonderful review - We wish you all good things!
Allie · Married on 08/20/2017
We had a blast at our wedding and we give special thanks to the Bob Charest Band for playing hit after hit! A couple of our friends said they didn't take bathroom breaks all night because they were afraid to miss a song! Everyone had an amazing time and we are beyond grateful for Bob and Cindy! The whole band is so talented, they are really incredible.Sent on 08/23/2017
From the time we inquired with them, they were helpful, kind, and very responsive. They even had us over to their house for dinner to discuss wedding details. Bob also coordinated all of our ceremony music and we cannot thank him enough. Our experience with Bob and Cindy was truly amazing, they are just a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend them!
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Wow, that is high praise. ;-) Allie, thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. It was truly our pleasure to meet with you and Colin, and to entertain you and your guests at your wedding. What a fun party! We wish you both every happiness!
Claire · Married on 07/29/2017
Bob and Cindy went above and beyond in every possible way for our July 29, 2017 wedding in Maine. Our guests were on the dance floor the entire night, including parents, grandparents, and friends! They listened to our song choices and style but also knew exactly what to play at the right moment, with each song better than the last. It was nothing short of epic and beyond all of our expectations. Choosing to have a band was a big decision for us and we were really nervous about getting something hokey or not authentic to our style - we were looking for contemporary dance music and motown, and they were equally amazing at all styles! All of our guests, from all ages, commented on our amazing band and no one wanted them to stop!Sent on 08/13/2017
Bob also sound-mixed our ceremony, knew when to fade in/out the music and mic our officiant, and provided speakers for recorded music during cocktail hour. We were truly at peace knowing he was there from beginning to end. Bob even pro-actively reached out to our rental company to make sure everything was in lined up and arrived the day before our wedding to make sure load-in was ready..
Bob and Cindy were also the most lovely people to work with for the year or so we were in touch about our wedding and it was a treat to meet them. We truly enjoyed each conversation we had. The band is worth every penny and I can't imagine they would ever disappoint in their performance, service, or value. Now we just need to think of another party to throw so we can do it all over again!
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Claire and Mike, thank you so much for all the kind words. We loved working with you two though all the planning, and were happy to see you and your guests enjoy yourselves when the big day arrived. We're glad everything went so smoothly, and are happy you felt the band was well worth the expenditure. Please do have another party if the opportunity arises; we would love to play for you anytime! :-) In the meantime, we wish you all the best! <3
Liz · Married on 06/17/2017
Bob, Cindy and the entire band exceeded our expectations in every way possible! They made the wedding planning process so easy and stress free from the moment we contacted them. They turned our wedding into an absolutely incredible party and we are so thankful for that. The dance floor was packed the whole night with a continuous play of hits that catered to everyone. Bob also provided the music for our ceremony and cocktail hour, which was perfect. They are worth every penny and you will not regret your decision to hire them. Looking forward to attending more weddings in the future with them as the band!Sent on 02/11/2018
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you Liz! We had such a great time working with you and Scott - What a wonderful night! We look forward too seeing you at some of our other events, too! :-)
Jenni · Married on 05/28/2017
Wow - where to even begin...Bob Charest Band was incredible! They truly made our wedding to be the dance party of our dreams. We constantly heard praise from all of our guests, and they kept everyone on the dance floor all night. We even received an encore because our guests didn't want the night to end! My cousin even approached me that she hadn't danced this much at her own wedding! Each song seemed almost better than the one before it. Bob and Cindy were such a pleasure to work with and we are so happy they were the ones to make our wedding the perfect night that ti was We couldn't have been happier to choose Bob Charest Band!Sent on 06/15/2017
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you for the wonderful review, Jenni! We so enjoyed getting to know you and Seth and were so happy to play for your special day. We wish you all the best and thank you again for choosing the BCB!
Jacki · Married on 11/26/2016
Cindy and Bob were absolutely wonderful to work with. From our first conversation on the phone to receiving a Christmas card from them a couple of weeks after our wedding, they are simply the best. Their kindness, flexibility, professionalism, attention to detail, and incredibly talented band was the highlight of our wedding experience. Our guests continue to talk about how amazing and fun the Bob Charest Band was. Some of our guests don't typically dance, but couldn't help themselves with the fun atmosphere the band created! Cindy and Bob even secretly worked with my parents on a surprise performance that included my brother that we will surely never forget. They went above and beyond by completely exceeding our expectations. We could not be happier with our experience with the Bob Charest Band and look forward to staying in touch with such a lovely and thoughtful group of people.Sent on 12/27/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Jacki, we're touched by your very kind words. To work with you and Mike was truly our pleasure. Having your brother sing with the band was a treat for us as well as for your families and friends, We thank you for taking the time to write a review and look forward to keeping in touch!
Laura · Married on 11/05/2016
We booked the Bob Charest Band at the suggestion of my mother, who is a long time friend of Cindy and Bob. Cindy actually sang at my parents' wedding as well, so it was extra special to have them perform on our day. They were fantastic!! So great to work and plan with, and absolutely amazing performers! Several people told us they loved the band, and many said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. They made the party!Sent on 01/31/2017
Rob · Married on 10/15/2016
If you want an amazing sound and a great show the Bob Charest Band delivers. Cindy and the backup vocalists are top notch. The array of music they provide will keep EVERYONE dancing. Bob made a special arrangement for the Fasha Dasha dance that was perfect :) They are the difference between good and GREAT!Sent on 12/06/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you, Rob! We were thrilled to be a part of Corinne and Russell's day and celebrate with all of you. So glad you enjoyed the special arrangement of your father-daughter dance. :-)
Leigh · Married on 10/01/2016
Bob and Cindy are the friendliest people, couple, and business owners. They were so enjoyable and easy to work with!Sent on 11/25/2016
Perhaps, most importantly, the band and music was phenomenal! They make everyone want to be on the dance floor! At our wedding (Oct 2016) we had 4 year olds to 84 year olds on the dance floor ALL night! I can't tell you how many friends and relatives were saying "this band is AMAZING!" There were even times I felt the need to stop dancing and just watch the band since it felt like I was at a concert! The performance, the atmosphere, the music, the dancing was EVERYTHING I was looking for in a band, and I have the Bob Charest Band to thank for that! They truly are the BEST and you shouldn't even hesitate to book with them!
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you, Leigh! We loved working with you and Ben to help make your party super fun! We'll think of you every time we see the hyacinth you brought us come up. :-) Thanks, too, for the great photos you sent us (by Spring Smith). So thoughtful! We wish you and Ben a long and happy life together and hope you'll stay in touch!
Nadja · Married on 09/30/2016
You're not going to find a better band than the Bob Charest Band. Finding a band was not easy for me.... I had a hard time finding a band in Maine, they just weren't doing it form me so I started searching in the Boston area and even in New Hampshire. I am very picky when it comes to live music and only wanted the best for my wedding. After I contacted several bands in Boston, Massachusetts area and several in New Hampshire I still was not satisfied and continued my search. Who would have know that the prefect band was right in my backyard, located in Westbrook, Maine. Right from the beginning of the process till the end, communicating with Cindy and Bob Charest was so easy, they took so much pressure off my shoulders when it came to planning the music part of my wedding and they are most reliable and just the nicest people you will ever meet. Don't worry about anything...they will NOT disappoint !!!!! I truly have to say the band made my wedding, never before (I used to sing in bands myself) have I heard a better band, everything was great from sound to vocalists and the song list is huge with songs for all ages. Our guests had so much fun, everyone was on the dance floor and danced all night, my guests even came up to me during the wedding and for weeks after and asked me where I found this band...they just couldn't believe how good the Bob Charest Band was. My parents who traveled all the way from Germany, where they have been singing in bands for 30 years, said that this is by far the best band they have ever heard...So don't be fooled, just because this band is from Maine doesn't mean they can't keep up with the big city bands in Boston, quite frankly I think they can outdo them any day !!!! If you are still looking for a great band, look no further....the Bob Charest Band is the one , I promise you and your guests are going to have the best time !!!!Sent on 12/01/2016
Big thanks to Cindy, Bob and the rest of the band for making our wedding "unforgettable" !!!
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you, Nadja, for the very kind words and validation of the work we do to always exceed clients' expectations. We loved playing for you, Nick, and your guests, and are flattered you chose the BCB, knowing your family's musical background. Thanks, too, for asking us to learn "Footloose." We'd been wanting to add that tune to our song list. :-) All the best to you and Nick!
Katherine · Married on 09/24/2016
Bob, Cindy and the whole band were professional and fun. They had everyone dancing and really involved the crowd. Truly the Perfect band for anyone age two to one hundred. Of all the vendors we hired for the wedding The Bob Charest Band was by far our favorite. You won't regret hiring them!Sent on 11/16/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you so much, Katherine, for the very kind words! Our goal is always to exceed high expectations, so we're thrilled you're happy you hired the BCB. We wish you and Kyle all the best, and thank you again for allowing us to be part of your very fun party!
Rachel · Married on 09/11/2016
We cannot say enough about the Bob Charest Band. They are AMAZING in every way possible. From the moment we booked to the end of the reception they were professional, warm, easy to work with and truly went above and beyond in every way. They even had us over for champagne and pie to talk about our wedding details. They are a joy to be around and always happy and smiling. They are by far the best and tightest band in the greater Portland area. Our wedding would not have been the same without the BCB. Guests came up to us during and after the wedding to tell us how impressed they were with the music. Bob and Cindy work so well with other vendors which makes the planning so much easier. We cannot recommend them enough! Thank you BCB!!!Sent on 10/13/2016
Rachel and Jason
The Bob Charest Band's reply:You're very welcome, Rachel and Jason! We've so enjoyed getting to know you and your families, and are happy you were pleased with what we brought to your special day. Thank you for doing the video review after the party; we loved your enthusiasm. :-) We wish you all the best and thank you again for choosing the BCB!
Anna · Married on 09/10/2016
Hiring this band was one of the first things we did when planning our wedding. Trust us, the good bands go fast! We simply cannot say enough positive things about this band! Cindy and Bob had us at their home to talk all things wedding during the planning process. We immediately felt at ease about their ability to accommodate our requests and make our dream wedding party come true. They went above and beyond, even learning our first dance song that wasn't one they already knew. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint at the wedding! Not only did they help with making sure the timeline with toasts etc. were kept on track but they were incredible performers! They have such a good playlist and really customize it to meet your tastes and requests. All our guests were on the dance floor the entire night and would not stop raving about how great the band was. We are still getting rave reviews from guests a month later! Hire BC band, you won't be disappointed.Sent on 09/25/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Anna, thank you so much! We loved playing for you and Zack and are really happy you and your guests had such a good time. Kudos on your first dance choice - what a pleasure to learn and perform it. :-) We wish you both all the best and thank you again for choosing the BCB!
Crystal · Married on 09/03/2016
If you're looking for legitimately the PERFECT band for your wedding, look no further. Our venue recommended the BCB on their website, so they were the first (and only) band we ever considered. They happened to be playing a free concert near us and as soon as we heard 30 seconds of the first song they played, we were hooked and knew that we had to have them! Cindy and I talked on the phone for literally hours and just made everything so relaxed and easy. We met with Cindy and Bob a couple of months prior to the wedding and spent hours at their house drinking wine and talking music and traveling. The two of them on their own are an absolute joy to be around, but on to the main event- the music!!Sent on 09/26/2016
Bob took care of the pre-ceremony music, processional, sound for our ceremony, cocktail hour music and dinner music. It was pretty complicated to handle because there were three different areas during that time that he needed to cart around equipment. Bob made it seem like a piece of cake. Everything went so perfectly and I couldn't have imagined a more seamless transition from area to area. Then on to the main event...we had the BCB play for four hours straight after dinner of just dancing in the lodge for our wedding. While our wedding overall was spectacular, the one part that absolutely everyone commented on was the band. "Who ARE these people?!", was the general consensus. The band had everyone out on the dance floor the entire time, and at the end of the night, everyone was chanting, ONE MORE SONG! The song choice was perfect and Bob knew exactly how to keep the crowd interested and when to slide in a quick slow song. My favorite part of the evening was when my father and I danced to a special song in memory of my mother. It was better than the original. I had tears of joy streaming down my face the entire song, and I'll never forget it. You absolutely cannot go wrong with the BCB. Don't wait to book them!!
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Thank you, Crystal, for your very kind words! We, too, remember your dance with your dad with much fondness. We're happy to have worked with you and Nat to help make your wedding day super special and are glad everything went so smoothly. We thank you for choosing the BCB and look forward to following your travels and keeping in touch!
Steven · Married on 08/14/2016
This is the second big event where I have hired the Bob Charest Band - my wedding! Having had them at my 60th birthday two years ago and with many of the same friends returning, I was amazed when so many people asked if I was "having that great band again." Since the wedding was in the midcoast of Maine, a real trek for many people, I said, "well, if I DO have the same band will come back to the midcoast?" Every one said yes - and then showed up to boot! Bob and Cindy have become good friends - long ago transcending what being a hired band would be. They lit up our life and I can't thank them enough.Sent on 09/01/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:You are very welcome, Steven, and we thank you for the glowing review! We were touched that you chose the BCB to entertain at your wedding, and looked forward to it, remembering all the fun we had with everyone at your birthday celebration. It's been our pleasure to work with you and Ivan, and we wish you continued happiness.
Jennifer · Married on 08/06/2016
We got married August 6th of this year and were so happy we chose the BCB! We were recommended them from a family friend and will definitely keep recommending them to all of our family and friends. They had everyone dancing all night long and sounded amazing. After the wedding everyone kept on coming up to us saying how awesome the band was. For us, the band pick was a really important part of our wedding and no one could have done a better job than the BCB. Highly recommended!!!! Bob and Cindy are so personable and professional. Thank you again!!!Sent on 08/22/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:We're so glad you were pleased, Jen! Thank you for offering to recommend the band; we so appreciate that! We loved playing for you, Kevin, and your families and friends, and remember the gorgeous day and setting. Thank you for choosing the BCB; we wish you both every happiness!
Maggie · Married on 07/23/2016
If you are getting married or throwing a party with live music, look no further than the Bob Charest Band. I heard them play at a friend's wedding and was blown away and knew if I ever got married in New England, they had to be my band! My husband and I were lucky enough to find a time they were available and their performance did not disappoint. They have a massive set list, are open to requests, and Cindy was the most wonderful, considerate and patient person to work with-- with great wedding advice! We cannot say enough great things about the Bob Charest Band!Sent on 08/13/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:What a nice review, Maggie! We're so glad it worked out for us to play for you and Nick! Please let us know when you're next in ME so we can get together, since it didn't work out beforehand. In the meantime, we wish you both all the best and thank you again for choosing the BCB!
Shaina · Married on 07/03/2016
The Bob Charest Band played at my sisters wedding, and I wouldn't have chosen anyone else for mine! They are such incredible musicians, and at the end of my wedding (and my sisters) all anyone could talk about was how amazing the band was. I think a live band is a necessity for a really great wedding, and you won't find better than BCB. Bob and Cindy are such nice, personable people and so easy to work with. They will play any kind of music you want to make your wedding exactly what you want it to be. Highly recommended!Sent on 07/11/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:Shaina, we're so glad the music at your wedding was everything you'd hoped it would be. Thank you for the very favorable review! We were thrilled that, after seeing us at Leslie and Chris' wedding, you wanted us to play for yours. It was wonderful to see your family and friends again and to meet Roman's. A highlight of both parties was having your dad sit in with the band. We wish you and Roman every happiness and thank you again for choosing the BCB!
Ryan · Married on 06/26/2016
Such a huge thank you to the Bob Charest Band, they performed during our wedding reception and somehow found a way to make a great wedding feel somewhat extraordinary. They are so unbelievable talented in the different songs they can play not to mention Bob and Cindy are first class and a pleasure to work with. All of our guests commented on how amazing their music was and how much it added to an enjoyable reception and party. I couldn't say enough nice things about them if I tried, thanks again and again Bob and Cindy!Sent on 07/12/2016
The Bob Charest Band's reply:You're very welcome, Ryan! It's been our pleasure to get to know you and Ashley and to help make your wedding day super fun and memorable. After meeting you both at Jessica and Josh's wedding, we were so pleased to hear you wanted us to play for you, too. We couldn't be happier for you, and wish you all the best!