Owls and Lions

Owls & Lions is THE band for couples that love the music, energy, and aesthetics of original artists like The Lumineers and Head & The Heart, but who still want their favorite artists and sing-a-long classics performed at their wedding. A touring original band that found instant success performing at Ceremonies & Cocktail hours, it didn’t take long for singer/guitarist Jay Della Valle to start combining Owls & Lions Guitar/Violin act with his already established and award-winning DJ/MC services. The result was an effective “best of both worlds” combination involving quality live music and DJ.

Over the past 8 years, Owls & Lions has evolved into one of the most requested Band/DJ Hybrid scenarios in the private event/entertainment marketplace. With a diverse and extensive song list, this group can operate as a Guitar/Violin Duo for Ceremonies/Cocktail Hour/Dinners (DJ for Reception) OR additional musician/entertainers (Drums, Bass, Keys, Sax) can be added to bring that full live band experience you might be thirsting for. Either way, you always have a professional MC to run your event and a DJ to make sure there is continuous great music being played from start to finish.

Owls & Lions is a perfect fit for Rustic Weddings at Wineries, Barns, Outdoor Tents and Traditional Venues alike.

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Ceremony

This is where Owls & Lions got their start! As a singing acoustic guitar and violin duo, they’ll deliver endearing renditions of songs spanning genres as well as classic ceremony songs such as “Canon in D”. Owls & Lions will perform for and entertain your guests as they arrive and work with you in the weeks beforehand to select the perfect music for your professional and recessional. In a style all their own, they’ll even continue to perform as they walk with you and your guests toward the cocktail hour location!

Check out the Ceremony Video Playlist.

Cocktail Hour

Owls & Lions becomes a Trio (Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Percussion) and provides the perfect party atmosphere as you and your guests transition into the celebratory parts of the evening. They pride themselves on never being too over the top or loud – a common mistake and mark of nonprofessionals. Owls & Lions IS entertainment however, and is more than just background music. Use them as a focal point at your cocktail hour and show them off!

Check out the Cocktail Hour Video Playlist.

Reception

Owls & Lions brings their unique and celebrated brand of entertainment to the dance floor! With their “non-traditional” song list, they invigorate a fresh and exciting take on music choice that will keep you guessing as they seamlessly blend from song to song. 20+ year entertainment professional, Singer/Guitarist Jay Della Valle MC’s and handles every aspect of the reception from start to finish. Owls & Lions can perform as a powerhouse Trio, or add Saxophone and Upright Bass to suit your tastes. Free DJ service is included during band breaks.

Check out the Reception Video Playlist.

Browse through our song list to see examples of the variety of songs we play over the course of your event.

Have a song you want to hear that’s not on the list, ask us! We’re happy to learn it for you.

POPULAR SONGS FOR CEREMONY PROCESSIONALS

  • Canon in D- Pachabel
  • Con Te Partiro- Andrea Bocelli
  • The Ludlows- Legends of the Fall Theme
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love- Elvis Presley / Ingrid Michaelson
  • Marry Me- Train
  • How Long Will I Love You- Ellie Goulding
  • A Thousand Years- Christina Perri
  • I Choose You- Sarah Bareilles
  • God Gave Me You- Blake Shelton
  • Wildflowers- Tom Petty
  • Green Eyes- Coldplay
  • Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
  • Falling Slowly (from Once)- Glen Hansard
  • Dance Me To The End of Love- Civil Wars
  • Heavenly Day- Patty Griffith
  • The Girl- City & Colour
  • Free- Zac Brown Band
  • Drive- The Cars/Aimee Man
  • Somewhere Only We Know- Keane
  • Perpetual Bliss- Owls & Lions
  • I Do, Me Too- Owls & Lions
  • Love & Energy- Owls & Lions
  • Marry You- Bruno Mars
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen
  • Shipping Up to Boston- DropKick Murphy’s
  • Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root
  • I’ve Just Seen A Face- Beatles
  • All You Need Is Love- Beatles
  • Good Day For Marrying You-David Barnes
  • Come To Me- Goo Goo Dolls
  • Sh-Boom- The Chords
  • White Dress- Ben Rector

COCKTAIL HOUR / DINNER SONGS / SPECIAL DANCES

  • Shallow-Lady GagGa & Bradley Cooper (From A Star Is Born)
  • Die a Happy Man- Thomas Rhett
  • Free- Zac Brown Band
  • From The Ground Up- Dan & Shay
  • Love Someone- Lukas Graham
  • Cruisin- Smokey Robinson
  • Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
  • The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson
  • Give Me One Reason- Tracey Chapman
  • Tennessee Whiskey- Chris Stapleton
  • Days Like This- Van Morrison
  • Like I’m Gonna Lose You- Megan Trainor (feat. John Legend)
  • Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
  • Sweet Pea- Amos Lee
  • Black Water- Doobie Brothers
  • I’m On Fire- Bruce Springsteen
  • You’re The One That I Want- Olivia Newton John & John Travolta
  • Stand By Me- Ben E. King
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love- Elvis Presley
  • Truly Madly Deeply- Savage Garden
  • Free Falling- Tom Petty
  • Fast Car-Tracey Chapman
  • Fly Me to the Moon-Frank Sinatra
  • Dance With Me- Sweet Remains
  • Million Reasons- Lady GaGa
  • Beyond- Leon Bridges
  • You & Tequila (Feat. Grace Potter)- Kenny Chesney
  • A Thousand Years- Christina Perri
  • I Choose You- Sarah Bareilles
  • I’ve Got This Friend- The Civil Wars
  • Dance Me To the End of Love- The Civil Wars
  • I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
  • Lost Stars- Adam Levine (from Begin Again)
  • Come To Me- Goo Goo Dolls
  • Beg, Steal or Borrow- Ray La Montagne
  • Volcano- Damien Rice
  • Tracks Of My Tears-Smokey Robinson
  • Sh-Boom- The Chords
  • Fever- Michael Buble
  • Everything- Michael Buble
  • At Last- Etta James
  • New York State of Mind- Billy Joel
  • Walking in Memphis- Marc Cohn
  • Wicked Games- Chris Isaak
  • Take It Easy- The Eagles
  • Home (Naïve Medley): Talking Heads / Lumineers
  • Sleep on the Floor- The Lumineers

SONGS TO GET THE PARTY GOING

  • Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • You Make My Dreams Come True- Hall & Oates
  • Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man
  • No Roots- Alice Merton
  • Handclap- Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Wish I Knew You- The Revivalists
  • Superstitious- Stevie Wonder
  • Black Horse & a Cherry Tree- KT Tunstall
  • Don’t You Worry Child- Swedish House Mafia
  • What Lovers Do- Maroon 5
  • Valerie- Amy Winehouse
  • Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men
  • Wake Me Up- Avicci feat Aloe Blaac
  • Home- Philip Phillips
  • Stubborn Love- The Lumineers
  • I’m Going to Jackson- Johnny Cash w/June Carter
  • Jolene- Dolly Parton
  • Chicken Fried-Zac Brown Band
  • American Kids-Kenny Chesney
  • Wagon Wheel- Darius Rucker
  • Use Me- Bill Withers
  • 500 Miles- The Proclaimers
  • Shipping Up To Boston- Dropkick Murphy’s
  • Shape of You- Ed Sheeran
  • No Scrubs- TLC
  • No Diggity- Blackstreet
  • Hot in Here- Nelly
  • SOB- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Still The One- Orleans
  • New Shoes- Paolo Nutini
  • Pompeii-Bastille
  • I’ve Just Seen A Face- Beatles
  • Dearly Departed-Shakey Graves
  • Fresh Eyes- Andy Grammar
  • Closer- The Chainsmokers
  • Love Me Now- John Legend
  • Nelly Furtado- Say It Right
  • Don’t Wanna Know- Maroon 5
  • Shut Up & Dance- Walk the Moon
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover- Paul Simon
  • Smooth Sailing- Leon Bridges
  • Moving on Up- Theme from The Jeffersons
  • Me & Julio Down By The School Yard- Simon & Garfunkel
  • Broken- Lovelytheband
  • Dancing With A Stranger- Sam Smith
  • Latch- Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith
  • Nothing Breaks Like a Heart- Miley Cyrus
  • Bad Guy- Billy Eilish
  • Safe & Sound- Capital Cities
  • Groove Is in the Heart- Dee Lite
  • Repo Man- Ray LaMontagne
  • Your Love- The Outfield
  • Out of My League- Fitz & The Tantrums
  • The Fighter- Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen

COUNTRY SONGLIST

American Kids-Kenny Chesney
You & Tequila (Feat. Grace Potter)- Kenny Chesney
Somewhere With You- Kenny Chesney
Wagon Wheel- Darius Rucker
Song for Another Time- Old Dominion
Written In The Sand- Old Dominion
Chicken Fried- Zac Brown Band
Whatever It Is- Zac Brown Band
Free- Zac Brown Band
Today-Brad Paisley
I’m Going to Jackson- Johnny Cash w/June Carter
Jolene- Dolly Parton
Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not- Thompson Square
It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
God Gave Me You- Blake Shelton
Heavenly Day- Patty Griffith

FAVORITE SLOW DANCE SONGS

Die a Happy Man- Thomas Rhett
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
I’ll Be- Edwin McCain
Free- Zac Brown Band
It’s Your Love- Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Today – Brad Paisley
From The Ground Up- Dan & Shay
Hold On, We’re Going Home-Drake
All of Me-John Legend
A Thousand Years- Christina Perri
Like I’m Gonna Lose You- Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
I Loved Her First (Great Father/Daughter Dance) – Heartland
Simple Man- Lynyrd Skynrd

PRICING

Our pricing is all-inclusive. This means that taxes, insurance, personnel, equipment, and transportation are included with no hidden fees. Packages are priced according to the combination of core services provided. We understand that no two packages are identical, so think of these as a starting point that you’ll customize as you assemble and cultivate the perfect wedding entertainment experience!

2021/2022 PRICES
IT ALL STARTS WITH THIS BASE PACKAGE

(If you have ideas or specific requirements, just ask us! Use these package descriptions as a starting point and we can always modify to accommodate)

PACKAGE #1:
“Indie Folk” Guitar/Violin Duo with DJ/MC Jay Della Valle
Featuring Jay Della Valle & Nicole DeLoi

  • Owls & Lions Duo for Ceremony/Cocktails/Dinner
  • DJ/MC Jay Della Valle for Reception (with Assistant)
  • Includes Sound/PA for Ceremony & Cocktail Hour
    (Mic for Officiant/Vows if required)
  • Basic Lighting Including

4 hours $3500 5 hours $3750 6 hours $3950 Continuous Music
Take 10% off if your event is on Sunday.

FYI: This first package gives you live acoustic duo for Ceremony/Cocktails/Dinner and then DJ for ALL dance music at reception. If you crave more of a live band experience at your Reception for people to dance to, you can add more musicians a la carte based on your budget and spacing capacity. (See pricing below) Owls & Lions can expand from a Duo to a 7 piece (and everything in between). They will adapt to your venue and always monitor volumes to make sure things are never too loud. Make sure and check out their videos above and the different styles they can adapt to for Ceremony, Cocktail Hour & Reception.

PACKAGE #2:

Owls & Lions DJ / Acoustic Band Hybrid (4 Piece / 3 Vocalists) plus MC/DJ

Featuring MC/DJ/Guitarist/Vocalist Jay Della Valle & Vocalist/Violinist Nicole DeLoi
Percussion & Sax (instruments that perform with BOTH Band & DJ)
Acoustic Guitar/Violin Duo (Jay & Nicole) for Ceremony & Cocktails

*The price includes Percussion or Sax for 4 Hours, so you can choose to have those 4 hours in the reception or start it off in the cocktail hour and then 3 hours into the reception. In this experience, we toggle between a Band and DJ format all night, but most of the dance music we play revolves around DJ (as Percussion & Sax perform in tandem). Most vocal/band music is performed at ceremony/cocktail hour and during courses.

$5450 for 6 Hours of Continuous Music

PACKAGE #3:

Owls & Lions Acoustic Band / DJ Hybrid (4 Piece / 4 Vocalists) plus MC/DJ

Featuring MC/DJ/Guitarist/Vocalist Jay Della Valle & Vocalist/Violinist Nicole DeLoi
Percussion & Bass (Upright Bass is possible if desired)
Acoustic Guitar/Violin Duo (Jay & Nicole) for Ceremony & Cocktails

*This is going to be more of a band approach at the reception. The Duo will perform at Ceremony/Cocktail Hour and then the full band will plan the best songs from their setlists to keep people dancing and just maximize the live music agenda (usually this averages about one 45 minute set per hour, but sometimes it goes longer or shorter depending) Either way, when the band breaks or finishes a set, Jay goes right into DJing. Always continuous music.

$5950 for 6 Hours of Continuous Music

PACKAGE #4:

Owls & Lions Full Band/DJ Hybrid Experience (6 Piece / 5 Vocalists) plus MC/DJ

Featuring MC/DJ/Guitarist/Vocalist Jay Della Valle & Vocalist/Violinist Nicole DeLoi
Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Drums, Bass, Lead Guitar, Saxophone, Keys (7 Piece/ 4 Vocalists)
Acoustic Guitar/Violin Duo (Jay & Nicole) for Ceremony & Cocktails (if desired)
WITH Designated Sound Tech (ensures the mix and volume are perfect)
Standard Stage Lighting (directed at band so they are not in the dark)
Wireless LED Uplighting (placed around the room to control ambiance, can be any color)

(In this package, the full band does three (3) 45 Minute sets and then DJ performs with Sax & Percussion for the last hour)

$7950 for 6 Hours of Continuous Music

A LA CARTE ADD-ONS (ALREADY DISCOUNTED FOR PACKAGE)

Add PERCUSSION: (performs with Band & DJ) : $750 (any 4 hours)
Add SAXOPHONE: (performs with Band & DJ) $750 (any 4 Hours)
Add OTHER MUSICIANS (Keys, Bass, Lead Guitar, Additional Horns) $750 (any 4 hours)
*If more than 3 musicians are involved, an additional $500 is necessary for a designated Sound Engineer. This will ensure the best quality sound throughout your event.
Add LIGHTING PACKAGE: Options Range between $500-$1000 (See Enhancements!)
Add GIFFFY PHOTO STATION: $600 (with any package booked)
Add MAGIC MIRROR PHOTO BOOTH: $900 (with any package booked)
*Additional Modest Travel Fee may apply for Events that take place over 1 hour from NYC.

ARE YOU NOT SURE WHAT A DJ/BAND HYBRID IS?

This is a term that has come to describe an entertainment scenario which involves both a DJ and live musician elements in different variations, depending on the preference of the client or the requirements of the event. It is different from company to company. With Owls & Lions, we offer various packages that feature Owls & Lions as both a stand-alone band AND also within a format that has them performing their instruments AND singing over the masterfully mixed instrumentals of some of the hottest DJ dance tracks. The ability for Owls & Lions to toggle back and forth between a DJ/Band format and also a simple folk Duo/Trio format (which is so suitable for so many clients and venues) makes them very desirable. They provide a top-level wedding service while always keeping it intimate, personal, and fun! See examples of their DJ/Band Hybrid format below.

HOW TO BOOK

1. Contact Us – Fill out our quick and easy online form. We will check our availability and send you a rough quote. Ask us questions! The more we know about the type of event you’re planning and services that you’re interested in, the more detailed we can be in our response.

2. See Us Live – To save you from becoming a bonafide party or wedding crasher, Spinners Entertainment hosts regular Showcases, both online and in person! We will show you variations of our most popular packages and answer your questions right on the spot, either through a live chat or a good old face-to-face conversation. Upcoming Live events are listed on our Live Events page.

3. Place a Deposit – If you like what you see, you can reserve the talent and assets required for your date by placing a 50% deposit. Payment is made by credit card through a secure link that we send via email.

WORKING WITH US

4. Planning – We are coordination experts and can be your most valuable resource when it comes to integrating an entertainment package into the bigger picture and nailing the vibe you’re after. If you need referrals to Photographers, Videographers, Florists, Event Planners or Day-Of Coordinators, we’ve got you covered.

5. Confirmation – In the time leading up to your event, we’ll be in touch with you to dive into all of the specific details – from introductions to music choices – making sure everything is absolutely perfect.

6. On The Day – You can breathe a sigh of relief! There will be no loose ends or questions left unanswered. You’re in the hands of consummate professionals. Simply, bask in the excitement of the day and have an incredible time!

Rezo Lights

1. LIGHTING: We offer 3 packages/price points for an elegant and dynamic custom light show that will only up-level the entertainment experience. Click HERE for a video example of the lighting we can offer.

Price Points are $1250, $1750 & $2250 depending on the size of the stage or event space.

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2. SITE-MAPPING PROJECTION: Modern technology allows us to project moving images onto any surface to create stunning backgrounds and custom stage scenery. This kind of custom effect contributes to the music being an immersive visual experience. Curious? Ask and we’ll show you some examples and discuss the possibilities in more detail.

Various experiences from $1000 and up

Led Stages

3. STAGING: We offer various kinds of staging for any event space. There’s something about having the band up on a stage that makes it feel more like a concert. Ask your venue if they have a stage you can use. If not, we are happy to help you figure out what size stage would suit your spacing requirements and budget.

Prices range from $750, depending on the size and location of your venue.

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4. HIGH-QUALITY LIVESTREAM: Incorporate those guests that can’t make it to your wedding by hiring us to broadcast full coverage of your event via Zoom or the Social Media of your choosing. We have a custom platform that allows us to fully customize this experience, so it looks super cool and feels special and engaging for any who wishes to be present from afar.

Packages range from $1500

Owls & Lions is the answer for customers who seek “not just a DJ, but more than a band” in the most interesting of ways for their special event. Let’s be honest, Music is subjective. Not everyone has the same tastes. Owls & Lions is not for everyone, so we intentionally design our mating call to attract the kinds of individuals that have a sweet spot for what we do.  That is why you must also label Owls & Lions as Entertainment and not just consider them to be a few musicians playing background music in the corner.

With Well known Entertainer MC/DJ and 20 years wedding professional Jay Della Valle as frontman and guitarist, Owls & Lions was cultivated to satiate the desires of people discouraged by the sea of generic, mediocre and often overpriced options that overwhelm the wedding entertainment marketplace.

We encourage you to watch our videos above, to glance at our current and very versatile song list, read our online reviews, and judge us fully on the vibration we maintain across all our social platforms.  Also, follow us on Instagram to experience our continuous flow of fun and inspired content.

Please ask us any questions. We hope to be everything you ever wanted but didn’t know existed!

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