Cincinnati natives Dixie and Ted Karas formed The Airwave Band 15 years ago. In 2006 and 2007, it was named one of the top 150 wedding bands in the nation by Modern Bride magazine. Airwave’s music incorporates keyboards, bass, drums, guitar and saxophone, and male and female vocals.

What are the most requested reception dance songs? “Dancing Queen” is always requested. Obviously some of the ’80s stuff, like “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Footloose.” The more current stuff we do is like “Hey Ya” and “The Way You Move.”
What’s the one top-request song you wish you could drop, but can’t? I think something like “We Are Family.” That one’s on the list all the time.
Are there songs you wish were requested more?“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” It’s one of the most well-written Motown songs ever and just has a hook that knocks ya out, if you ask me. I always play it unless people request not to hear it. One that I also think is a great dance song that maybe folks just aren’t in tune with is “Yeah” by Usher. When that doesn’t get checked, I always wonder why.

What’s the most embarrassing wedding reception experience you recall? Most of the weddings we play at have been so pre-planned that they don’t allow any crazy moments like smashing cake in each other’s faces. It’s not like the videos I’ve seen onAmerica’s Funniest Home Videos.

I’d say the most embarrassing moments for me are when the best man goes into stories of the groom’s former escapades. It just seems like those are very touchy moments. It’s in an attempt to be funny, but it seems so out of place.
What is the most unusual song request you’ve ever had?“Hard to Concentrate” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a first dance. It was on their latest album.