@tygrrlily. Cassie asked me to answer this one...
can you tell me more about the "basic band" you booked? How much was it and what did it entail?
When we arrived at the resort, we were planning to just use a playlist on our computer for both the cocktail hour and reception. We happened to see/hear the band when we attended the Chef's Dinner on Wednesday night and Cassie immediately knew she wanted them for our reception. I inquired with our on-site coordinator the next morning and she gave us further details.
The group is "Basic Band" (such a horrible name for a band) and included 5 members. They have a huge playlist of popular songs (we saw their ~200 song playlist during the karaoke night on Thursday) It was ~$900USD/hour, which included 45 minutes of playing time and a 15 minute break. That said, I don't know if they took a break or not, since we were down taking pictures for most of the cocktail hour.
We hadn't budgeted for a band at all, so it was quite a game-time splurge on our part. When we walked into the cocktail hour and they happened to be playing "Stand By Me" - one of Cassie's favorite childhood songs - we knew we made the right choice (plus, a lot of our guests commented on how great it was). It would have been amazing to have them for the entire reception...but at $4500 for the night, I would have had to get a 2nd job when we returned to the states!
Hope this helps.