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DBGB…not exactly bluegrass

Born from the reconstitution of one of Atlanta’s longest running bluegrass bands, DejaBlue Grass Band (DBGB) is like nothing you’ve heard before.  Appalachian instruments with funk and groove heart that swings!  DBGB proves to be a party band for people who love acoustic music (and tight 3-part harmonies) but want to boogie!  It’s Booty Grass!  The band reformed as quartet in 2021 from the ashes of the pandemic, and they didn’t want to completely eschew their bluegrass roots but they also wanted to incorporate funk, soul, pop, and swing and it’s proven to be a huge success.  The eclectic mix is a crowd pleaser for any group. These guys will blow your mind and shake your behind. 

Client Comments

“My husband likes bluegrass and I don’t, but we both love DBGB! You guys rocked our wedding last year. Thank you so much!” – Katie L., Alpharetta GA

“DBGB is one of my favorite bands in Atlanta. They are always on time, professional, and come prepared. I’ve hired them for a number of festivals and they kick ass every time out” – Mark C., Promoter, Atlanta GA

“We hired them for a corporate event in 2021 at the Grand Hyatt and they blew us away! Great presentation with a funky sound. We’ve hired them for several events since” – Michele D., Corporate Events Planner

“You never know what’s coming next. Such a fun, tight band!” – Sean K., Restauranteur

FESTIVAL SET UP

The Band will bring mic stands, mics, cables, in-ear monitors, and our own sub-mixer for our monitor mix.  For a super quick setup, we can send a balanced stereo (or mono) mix signal for FOH and allow the FOH engineer to control the main mix via an X-AIR or Mixing Station app.  Alternatively, we can use a multi-channel splitter to allow FOH an independent mix.  We do not require stage monitors or a monitor engineer.  We are happy to work with the FOH sound engineer.

CORPORATE EVENTS

The Band will bring mic stands, mics, cables, in-ear monitors.  If band is providing sound for the venue, we will need details on room size and anticipated number of guest. Events greater than 200 may require additional sound/lighting equipment. As detailed in the Festival Setup above, we can work with a FOH engineer.  Stage size (preferred) requirements will be at least 20 x 10 feet. Our sets typically run 50 minutes for 3 hour shows.  Additional time or alternative break schedule can be accommodated.  Access to stage for set up and sound check for full light/sound is requested a minimum of 3 hours before the event.  If house sound and lights are available load-in and sound check times could be reduced. 

PRIVATE EVENTS

The Band will bring all sound equipment required for the event.  Details will need to be confirmed regarding size of event and stage setup location. We are able to accommodate events in small rooms to large ballrooms.  Outdoor events require a stable flat stage area. If a flat covered surface is not available, will arrange for staging at additional cost via an independent vendor. Sets typically run 50 minutes, and 3 hours in length.  Additional time available on request.

PARKING AND LOAD-IN:

Client is responsible for arranging and paying for parking at the venue for a usually 3 vehicles. If parking is not available onsite, the Band must have access before the event for load-in and transportation to a reasonably close parking area.  Access to stage for set up and sound check for full light/sound minimum of 3 hours before event. If house sound and lights are utilized, load-in and sound check times could be reduced.

LOAD OUT

Band needs 45-60 minutes after end of event for load out. Please communicate any “hard end times” to the bandleader so we can plan end of performance accordingly.

POWER AND STAGE:

Please have at least one (preferably two) dedicated 120v/20 amp circuits available for the Band’s exclusive use.  In the event of generator usage please contact your band leader to discuss preferred wattage and placement.

Stage: 12 foot wide x 10 foot deep for acoustic performance: 16 x 10 for private party; 20 wide x 12 for full lights.

The Band and all their instruments and equipment need to be protected from the sun and the elements.

GREEN ROOM:

The Band requests a clean/lockable green room large enough to accommodate  four + people comfortably. This room allows the band to secure their personal belongings during performance and re-energize during breaks.  Every venue is different so please ask your contact where bands are typically housed (i.e., conference room, bridal suite, employee break room, etc.) Water and assorted beverages would be greatly appreciated and if you provide a trash can we will clean up after ourselves! Private restrooms are preferred if venue layout allows (separate from the restrooms your guests will be using).

MEALS:

For Corporate and Private Events-Band requests a hot meal for band + crew.

Please contact Mark Lehi Jones (404-808-3612) prior to finalizing catering order to discuss specific # and any allergies and dietary restrictions.

Special Request

Band will emcee, making announcements as needed. If announcements include proper names, jargon, titles, or words which our emcee may not know, please provide pronunciation clues.

Will you learn a song for us?

For an extra fee, the Band will learn a song that is not already on its playlist for any private / corporate event.  Alternatively, we can arrange for pre-recorded music to be played a the requested time.  For weddings this is typically an abridged “first dance” song. We take this responsibility seriously and must therefore limit this service so we can learn, arrange, rehearse and perform high quality versions for each client’s special requests.  Many popular “special dance” songs are already in our repertoire, so if you don’t see it; ask!

Can we pick out some songs from your list?

Please tell us your favorites, so we can include them; tell us songs that you don’t care for, and we’ll happily leave them out. Trust us to handle the flow and order of the songs, however, as we know how to build the energy throughout the event.

Can we use your microphones?

We have microphones for your use during welcoming remarks, toasts, speeches, blessings, etc.  PRO TIP: To be heard, get your lipstick on that microphone!

WEDDINGS

A few things to note for weddings:

Wedding options of processional music, cocktail music, dinner music, and party music are available.

Covers are interpretations of the song to the best of the band’s ability musically and vocally.  Expect slight variations in tempo and style from original recording. The band is NOT equipped to pre-record the songs for choreographed dance rehearsal’s sake.  If the couple is taking dance lessons/practicing to original recording we strongly recommend you use the recorded version at the wedding .We provide the sound system and you provide the recording!

How many breaks does the band take?

The band plays a total of 3 hours with two 15-minute breaks or 3 x 10 minute breaks. It’s critical the band receives a detailed timeline prior to your event outlining load-in times, arrival times for guests and the flow of the evening.

Can you play pre-recorded music on the breaks?

We have playlists which help us deliver a seamless night of entertainment even when the band is not on stage. That said, many of our clients enjoy putting playlists together for the band breaks. We’re happy to facilitate by playing your device through our PA system in clear stereo sound.

How many are in the band?

The DejaBlue Grass Band is comprised of four members and 6-7 instruments. Instrumentation includes acoustic rhythm guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright acoustic bass and fiddle, harmonica and lots of harmony vocals.

What does the band wear?

Typical attire for The DejaBlue Grass Band at private events is standard Country/Bluegrass garb, minus all the sequins and rhinestones.  Think Wranglers and boots, western shirts, and cowboy hats and you’ll have the idea. We wear sport coats during weddings and special events as requested.

How far will the band travel?

We’ve traveled coast to coast and almost out of the country a couple of times but the stand-up bass doesn’t fit in the overhead. Distance and drive-time of course play a role in the pricing as does fuel, lodging. We take all of these into consideration, when calculating the overall charge.

If one of my guests is a professional singer/musician. Does the band mind if they sit in for a song?

It’s always special when a friend or family member performs for you at your event. We don’t mind having someone sit in with the band. If there is a specific song they would like us to back them up on, let us know so we can work up the required material beforehand.

How do I reserve The DejaBlue Grass Band?

All you have to do is contact us at (404) 808-3612 (or via our contact page), discuss the details of your event, and we’ll mail you a contract to sign and return. A deposit is required at the same time to complete your reservation.

What do I have to do once I have reserved the band?

Just keep us informed regarding event details and directions to the event site. We find that most people reserving the band for an event still haven’t worked out all of the fine details. Not a problem. Just send us an email once things are sorted out. A couple of weeks before the event, we’ll contact you and make sure everything is clear and all questions are answered. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns.

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Here are PDF downloads of our:

Sample Set List

  • Im goin under by Rutland Walker
  • 40 Dogs by Bob Schneider
  • Let Her Go by Passenger
  • I Hear Them All by Old Crow Medicine Show
  • One Minute by Rutland Walker
  • Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
  • Dancin in the Moonlight by King Harvest
  • Russian Lullaby by Irving Berlin
  • Dance by Old School Freight Train
  • Shine by Collective Soul
  • Fire on the Mountain by Marshall Tucker Band
  • Old Hobo by Old and in the Way
  • How Long by Ace
  • Pinball Wizard by the Who
  • Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics
  • Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer
  • Juniors Farm by Wings
  • It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Darell Scott
  • Sounds Like Somethin Better Came Along by Rutland Walker
  • If It Hadn’t Been for Love by Steeldrivers
  • Heavy by Collective Soul
  • Steam Powered Aeroplane by John Hartford
  • Carolina Saturday Night by DejaBlue Grass Band
  • Crazy by Gnarles Barkley
  • Smoky Mountain Lullaby by Rutland Walker
  • On The Radio by Rutland Walker
  • Jet Airliner by Paul Pena (Steve Miller)
  • When Doves Cry by Prince
  • Crop Comes In by Chatham County Line
  • Billie Jean by (Michael Jackson)
  • My Prerogative by Bobby Brown
  • If you can’t be good, be gone by steel drivers
  • Ticket To Ride by The Beatles
  • Till Death Do Us Part by Rut Walker
  • Mountain Man by Rut Walker
  • The Last Time by Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Midnight Moonlight by Old and In The Way
  • When You Go Walking by Lonesome River Band
  • Don’t Knock by Staple Sisters
  • Driving My Life Away by Eddie Rabbit
  • Swim That River Jordan by Nothing Fancy
  • Deep Elem Blues by Traditional
  • Loggin Man by Del McCoury
  • I WANT YOU TO WANT ME by Cheap Trick
  • Deeper Shade of Blue by Del McCoury
  • Little bit of Life by Craig Morgan
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want by Rolling Stones
  • Morning Sky by Dan Fogelberg i
  • Sweet Pea by Amos Lee
  • Ain’t It Enough by Old Crow Medicine
  • Dont Forget Me When Im Gone by Rutland Walker
  • EVERY HUMBLE KNEE MUST BOW in E
  • Place That I Called Home by Rutland Walker
  • The Hobo Song by Old and In the Way
  • Little Georgia Rose by Bill Monroe
  • ROCK THIS TOWN by Stray Cats
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash
  • Get it while you can by Danny Barnes
  • Carolina in the Pines by Michael Martin Murphy
  • The Letter by The Box Tops
  • After the Goldrush by Neil Young in G
  • Friend of the Devil by Grateful Dead
  • Another Brick In The Wall – Thats the way by Pink Floyd – KC and the Sunshine
  • Too Late For Goodbyes by Julian Lennon
  • Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
  • You Ain’t Going Nowhere by Bob Dylan
  • I Know You Rider in D by Greatful Dead
  • HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ by Hank Williams, Sr.

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