The past few days I’ve been adjusting to life in Brooklyn with DBTS (an acronym for David Blaine’s the Steakhouse) being kind enough to take me under their wings and ease me into the transition. Being introduced to a culture that I’d already been familiarized with via the magic of the internet and word-of-mouth was a memorable experience and nothing solidified that more than being on hand to witness the first-ever appearance of Brooklyn supergroup Montana and the Marvelles.
After multiple cleaning sweeps and a day of decorating, DBTS was ready to play host to an unofficial wedding ceremony. The bride and groom-to-be, friends of the DBTS tenants, will be officially wed at a small, private ceremony. With that being the case, they decided to throw a party where their friends could celebrate their marriage ahead of the more intimate event. Guests dressed to the nines, alcohol was free-flowing, root beer floats and tacos were at the ready, everyone was all smiles, spirits were high, and fond toasts were given. After all the personal stories had been told and all the noisemakers had been given out, a band took the floor: Montana and the Marvelles.
At the outset of Montana and the Marvelles, the band was uncertain whether or not their intended wedding project would be a one-off; the details were kept secret. Now, one gripping performance into what could be a very fulfilling path, the band’s made a commitment to playing more shows (and have graciously allowed me to offer their official introduction to the world at large).
Made up of members of several high-profile Brooklyn bands, including site favorites like LVL UP, Sharpless, and Painted Zeros (among others), the band’s more than likely to generate some interest. Unsurprisingly- especially with the caliber of talent involved- the band’s live show is stunning. Suave and genuinely finessed, they play as sharp as they look. As for the song selection- at least on this particular night- it’s just about flawless. Ranging from Etta James to Angel Olsen, it provides the band’s deeply charismatic vocalist and central character- Montana Elliot (of Sharpless)- a considerably impressive showcase.
Montana and the Marvelles were in fine form from the very beginning of the first song, catering perfectly to the crowd. As their set progressed, they made sure to include accommodations for their guests of honor; a first dance, a surprise performance that roped the groom into the band, and a few more twists were incorporated. Each new song (or surprise moment) continuously elevated the level of collective exuberance cultivated by the small (but enthusiastic) party. By the time all of the scene-stealing solos had been torn (courtesy of LVL UP‘s Nick Corbo), all of the showstopping vocals had been sung, and a particularly fierce rendition of “Dancing in the Dark” had been played to close out an incredibly spirited set, it was abundantly clear that Montana and the Marvelles had locked into something that transcends the typical wedding band.
Fortunately for all of us, they’re ready to keep going. If you’re in need of a band to play your wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, commitment ceremony, prom, or nearly any other formal event, don’t hesitate to send a message their way; it’s already hard to imagine you could find anything better.
Enough small talk and exposition; it’s both an honor and a privilege to present Montana and the Marvelles to the world. Photos and videos of the band can be found below.