Good Times Never Seemed So Good

Going through all of the paperwork related to the wedding I found the set list the band director gave me after the wedding.  The wedding reception seemed to last all of 25 seconds, but the set list is proof that there was indeed a reception, and a lot of “caballos viejos” on the dance floor.  The band we hired was called Orquesta America and working with them was a wonderful experience.  Especially when our pre-wedding meetings would turn into two-hour affairs listening to old Cuban music with the band director, Ruben, and Charlie’s dad, Carlos.

Orquesta America and Lucy La Voz

Orquesta America and Lucy La Voz

In fact, Charlie’s dad even played conga drums with the band for a few sets.



On our RSVP cards we had asked people to write down their favorite song to dance to so we mixed in those songs between the band sets.  So here is the set list mixed with the songs we played while the band took breaks for anyone who wants to re-live the moments.

Tanda 1/ Dinner set:

1. You are the sunshine of my life

2. Besame Mucho

3. Lagrimas Negras

4. Dos Gardenias

5. Caballo Viejo

6. Almendra

7. Stand by me

8. Cha cha party (medley)


Band Break 1 (Dinner):

1. A Kiss to Build a Dream On

2. So Nice (Summer Samba)

3. The Way I Am

4. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

5. You Are the Best Thing

6. Night Time Is the Right Time

7. I’m Yours

8. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

9. Desafinado

10. Feeling Good

11. I’ve got You Under My Skin

12. Fly Me to the Mood

13. Fever

14. Ain’t That a Kick in the Head

15. A La Bahia de Manzanillo

16. Come Live With Me


Tanda 2:

1. No me acostumbro

2. Mentiroso

3. I feel Good/Mambo #5

4. Colgando en Tus Manos

5. Lloraras

6. Como Fue

7. Gran Combo Medley

8. Duena del Swing

9. Quimbara


Band Break 2:

1. Magalenha

2. Hello

3. Party Rock Anthem (of course)

4. Single Ladies

5. We found love

6. Where them girls at

7. Sweet Caroline (by far the biggest hit of the night from the songs not played by the band!)

Sweet Caroline

Sweet - Ca - Ro - Line... Pa-Pa-Pa! Good times never seemed so good...

Tanda 3:

1. Canto a la Habana

2. Juan Luis Guerra Medley

3. KC Medley

4. Angelito Medley

5. Pa Mayte

6. Bonito y Sabroso

7. Proud Mary

8. Rebellion

9. Conga (of course)


Then the Rusty Pelican made the band stop. So as the band packed up and the house lights came on we snuck in a few more songs:

1. Baby Got Back

2. Give me Everything

3. Sexy and I Know It


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