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Sam Hill Entertainment

Today, we are catching up with Andy Jaspen of Sam Hill Entertainment to hear all about how their team makes sure that you have the perfect band for your big day — it is great insider advice for sure!

They work with top-notch talent and just love working with all types of clients, even those who are not quite sure what kind of music they want.  Their level of service is impeccable and  Sam Hill Entertainment is all over those important day-of details.


How did Sam Hill Entertainment begin and how have you grown since then?

Sam Hill Entertainment was founded by Hank Wells (still the owner and president) in the summer of 1995. Hank had just graduated from UVA and was playing in a number of college bands around Charlottesville, and he had spent a few years helping other bands get gigs around town at fraternities. He decided that he wanted to stay involved with music and bands on a professional level, so he started a one-man “agency” that was originally focused on the college scene at UVA and around other schools in Virginia.

Within a few years, Sam Hill Entertainment was one of the main music resources for parties at college campuses around the Southeast, and the agency quickly developed a presence on the internet ( which helped us grow into the wedding and corporate event markets. In the summer of 2001, I was hired and the business continued to grow rapidly in the wedding market, and soon the agency was booking bands for weddings and event planners all over the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

By 2003, weddings and corporate events became the primary part of the business revenue and focus of the agency, and the agency continued hiring agents and support staff to meet the needs of the growing business. The Charlottesville office has a staff of 7 full-time employees and books all over Virginia, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Since 2008, the agency has expanded in to New York City and Atlanta markets by hiring agents specifically in those cities who are dedicated to those markets.

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Sam Hill Entertainment & The Adrian Duke Project

Later this year, I am so excited to be working with The Adrian Duke Project from Sam Hill Entertainment!  Although I am planning – and not attending – the wedding, I know that I will totally be bopping up and down wishing I was on the dance floor.

Combining critically acclaimed musicianship with a vast repertoire of styles ranging from Rock’n’roll, Soul, Jazz and R&B, The Adrian Duke Project combines superb musicianship with an almost unparalleled repertoire. The Adrian Duke Project covers popular music from 20th century icons like The Beatles, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Elton John and so many others.

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Sam Hill Entertainment & The Dickens

This week, I am looking forward to spotlighting Sam Hill Entertainment and a few of their awesome bands!  When it comes time to book music for your wedding weekend, their super friendly, honest and knowledgable team will make sure that you have the right band!

First up, The Dickens

The Dickens formed with one goal in mind: to create the ultimate party band for a new generation of music fan. Performing dynamic sets that pack the dance floor from a vast repertoire of funky R&B, classic and modern rock, 80s retro, reggae, old school and current hip-hop, and everything in between, the Dickens offers a creative alternative to the “typical wedding band”. The band’s expertise isn’t limited to the stage either: the Dickens have delighted countless couples and event professionals with their reliability and make-it-work approach to every special event.

In the past year, the Dickens has performed weddings at Keswick Hall, Veritas Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, the Charlottesville Omni, Farmington Country Club, and many other local venues. Man, they have covered all of the hot spots in Charlottesville!