About One Love

Eric Nicolas & ONE LOVE “If you want an incredibly professional, tight, funky, accommodative, perfect band for your wedding, then One Love is the band for you. Since the wedding we've had numerous guests tell us it was the best band they ever saw at a wedding, and I even had one guest accidentally refer to our wedding as "a show" because the band was so good.” Billy & Megan, 5/14/16  Ekwanok Country Club, Manchester VT Eric Nicolas started One Love in the 90s with regular gigs at Manhattan’s legendary Le Bar Bat, and through hundreds of shows and private events on three continents, One Love has secured a reputation as one of the great party bands on the East Coast. “This band is composed of real professionals who know what they are doing and clearly enjoy it, and that is a mood that extends to their audience.  As an Executive Vice-President of Atlantic Records and the manager of several major international music artists, I feel qualified to tell you that this is simply the best wedding band out there.”   Phil Carson, former Sr. VP at Atlantic Records (signed Yes, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin…) Ertegun Family Wedding 10/24/15  Private Home, Southampton NY One Love members have performed and recorded with The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Ray Charles, Britney Spears, and Sting-- see our sidebar for a much longer list of our credits. Despite the star power of our band members’ resumés, One Love’s main lineup has remained remarkably stable year after year, and band members make a point of maintaining their positions.   When, as occasionally happens, a player must depart for a tour with a major star, s/he is seamlessly covered by a One Love colleague.   “Everyone was blown away by the energy and sound from Eric Nicolas and One Love. There really are no words to truly explain how amazing they were. The dance floor was never empty and our guests have not stopped talking about how incredible our band was. We could not be happier with our choice to have Eric and his band play at our wedding. They went above and beyond to make sure that our night was perfect!!! They are talented and professional and they helped make our wedding a night we will never forget.” Ryan & Samantha, 7/16/16  Legg Mason Building, Baltimore MD One Love’s secret weapon is our vast repertoire. We love every genre -- rocking a wedding, swinging a Big Band set, pumping current dance and alternative, or throwing down modern country and classic rock.  We specialize in customizing our sets to our clients’ desires, then reading the crowd in the moment and making sure they have a crazy great time. Through our brief meetings and conversations, they truly captured the musical vibe we were looking for and then clearly read the energy of the crowd. From bringing down the house at a restaurant on Friday night, to the intimate and beautiful meadow wedding ceremony, to rocking the tent at our home during the reception, they had our friends and family both captivated and moved by their extraordinary talent. Kate & Sean, 9/24/16 Private Home, Nantucket MA Every event is important to us, and when we play for you, you are our top priority. When you want to connect, you will have our full attention. We’ll make time for a preliminary meeting or call right away, so that we can start to get to know you and learn about the kind of event you are planning. Once you engage One Love you have full access to both Eric and Melissa, and we welcome you to email, call or text at any time, with any kind of question. You kicked off the night with two of our absolute favorites and Tupelo Honey was perfect. Night Moves sounded like the motor city king himself and you truly made it next to impossible to leave the dance floor. Our friends and family are continuing to rave about your performance and I only hope we can find another opportunity to work with you again. We cannot appreciate your work enough and are so happy that you were part of our special day. Thank you again for an unforgettable night. Rebecca & James, 9/19/15 Private Home, New Canaan CT We deeply love what we do, and are very proud of the reviews our clients post—you’ve been reading just a small sample, and you can see many more on this site under “Testify!” and even more on our page at WeddingWire, which gets updated regularly with the latest outpourings of gratitude. A year ago, when we began our planning, we were resolute in finding a great band. Securing One Love, was perhaps the wisest decision we made. From start to finish it was a pleasure, and we are truly grateful for all that they did to make our dreams come true. Thank you! Mother of the Bride, 9/24/16, Private Home, Nantucket FAQs How big is the band? One Love can rock a party at any size, from Eric’s popular solo acoustic guitar & vocal set, to our full-strength 15-piece band. Our most popular band size is the 10-piece, including three lead singers and our crushing three-piece horn section. See below for more details about band configurations and options for all kids of celebrations. Will you learn new songs? YES We customize the repertoire for each and every party based on your requests and tastes. And while our song list is exhaustive across every genre, there may be a special song – or two, or five – that you want to hear that is not already on our list. We’ll gladly learn your special requests! Do you travel? YES While New York City is our home base, One Love has flown to Florida, California, Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil and Europe to perform at private events. We regularly travel up and down the east coast, and our “local” area includes most of NY, NJ, CT & RI. Do you carry insurance? YES We have a comprehensive $2M General Liability Policy. Do you come with a sound system? YES We travel with a top-of-the-line digital sound system and our own professional engineer, who makes sure that the music sounds great – and is not too loud – all night long. What if there’s a hurricane? Many of you will be planning a beautiful outdoor summertime wedding, and while we can manage every detail of the music for your party, the one things we can’t control is the weather! In the event that your event cannot take place due to an extreme weather event, we will work with you to reschedule – usually at no extra charge. Eric, Melissa, and One Love are unbelievable. We received nothing but amazement, awe, and adulation for One Love's performance at our wedding. They absolutely killed and every single guest, old and young, told us specifically how much the band rocked. They played classical guitar and flute for our ceremony; bass, piano, and sax for our cocktail hour; and the full 10-piece band for the reception. Amazing, worth every penny! Levi & Kristen 12/17/16 Central Park Boathouse One Love Configurations From solo guitar to our full 15-piece band (or bigger) One Love can be as big or as small as your party calls for, based on your budget, repertoire and the size of your party. Below are our most popular configurations for a full dinner-and-dancing celebration. One Love 10pc for parties over 150 guests *most popular* Guitar/Lead Vocal, Bass, Drums, Keys, 1 Lead Male Vocalist, 2 Lead Female Vocalists, Sax, Trumpet, Trombone One Love 8pc best for parties under 120 guests Guitar/Lead Vocal, Bass, Drums, Keys, 1 Lead Male Vocalist, 2 Lead Female Vocalists, Sax One Love 7pc best for parties under 100 guests Guitar/Lead Vocal, Bass, Drums, Keys, 1 Lead Male Vocalist, 1 Lead Female Vocalist, Sax Popular additions: Violin (Rock, Country, Classical for Ceremony) Percussion (Latin, Rock, Acoustic sets for Dinner) 2nd Sax (for a full horn section) Ceremony Ensembles While the traditional classical string quartet will always be a favorite, One Love offers some fun and unique options for your ceremony. Ceremony pricing includes custom arrangements of any songs you request for your Processional, Bride’s Processional, and Recessional. Classical Guitar Classical Guitar with Flute *most popular* Classical Guitar with Violin Piano with Flute or Violin Classical String Trio Classical String Quartet Full Chamber ensembles also available Cocktail Ensembles Most of our clients opt for a classic jazz trio for their cocktail hour. Piano, Bass and Sax offers elegant and lively background music while your guests are greeting each other and mingling, before or after your ceremony. As with the rest of your party, we can customize a small ensemble for your cocktail hour to reflect any tastes. Some popular cocktail options include Brazilian Jazz and Bossanova, American Folk, Singer-Songwriter (piano or guitar), or traditional Classical Chamber Music.