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Cruse Entertainment

About Us

Cruse Entertainment is owned and operated by husband and wife team Marly and Natalie Cruse. Cruse Entertainment specialise in catering to any musical need. If you’re seeking acoustic solo, duo, trio, party band or DJ – Marly and Nat can do it all!

Marly is a highly experienced guitarist and vocalist and has been performing in various professional settings since 2012, when he graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music. His soulful voice and skilful guitar playing are simply unforgettable and provide a vibrant atmosphere in any setting. He loves performing and has an endearingly humble yet confident stage manner.

Nat is a dedicated consultant who will go above and beyond to ensure that your event vision is understood and achieved. Since starting Cruse Entertainment in 2016 she has been working with clients behind the scenes. An experienced musician herself, Nat has performed at hundreds of weddings and corporate events and understands exactly what is required for your event.

Unlike other entertainment businesses, Cruse Entertainment is not an agency! If you use an agency you will often have no idea of who will turn up to your event and no guarantee of the quality or professionalism of the musicians. When you hire Cruse Entertainment you are guaranteed to have Marly performing together with other high quality professional Adelaide musicians depending on your particular booking.

Cruse Entertainment is proudly South Australian, independently owned and operated.

Cruse Entertainment acknowledges that we live, work and play on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people. We acknowledge their spiritual relationship with the land past and present. We offer our respect and appreciation to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Marly and Nat Cruse performing for wedding at The Jade on Flinders Street South Australia on 10th November 2018

Our specialty
Weddings

Cruse Entertainment will cater for all of your wedding entertainment needs! From start to finish, we provide live music as well as DJ and MC services for your ceremony and reception. Cruse Entertainment can tailor a package that suits your needs and budget and are enthusiastic supporters of marriage equality!

Cruse Duo, which consists of Marly Cruse and Eliza Dickson, are the perfect choice for your wedding. They are both highly accomplished performers and their voices perfectly complement each other. Together they have a wide range of repertoire and love to learn and perform your special song choices to help create lasting memories for your occasion.

The Cruse Control party band is a 3-piece, 4-piece or 5-piece (or more if you desire!) band fronted by Marly, together with other top-notch professional Adelaide musicians. Whether performing quiet background music or upbeat party tunes for your dance floor, Cruse Control’s vibe is energetic and joyous!

Our services can include:

  • Acoustic live entertainment at your Ceremony/Pre-dinner drinks/Reception
  • Your choice of songs learned for Ceremony/First Dance/other key moments
  • DJ and MC services at your reception
  • Full party band for your dance floor
  • A high quality PA system for your audio needs, including wireless microphone for speeches
  • Dance floor lighting

Enquire with us today for information on our various packages and prices.

Marly Cruse and Eliza Dickson of Cruse Entertainment performing as an acoustic duo at a corporate event at the Adelaide Zoo in South Australia Cruse Control 5-piece party band Katie Fielder, Natalie Cruse, Marly Cruse, Jono Ruse, Emile Ryjoch wrapped in blankets on a cold evening during a set break performing at a wedding at Seasonal Garden South Australia

Our sounds
Demos

What people think
Testimonials

13/04/2019
Rebecca & Stefan

Nat are Marly provided great entertainment for our wedding day. The acoustic music at the ceremony was perfect and they had the dance floor packed all evening. Many guests and suppliers said it was the best dance floor they had seen! They were easy to work with, flexible about making the day how we pictured it and giving advice when needed. We still have people commenting on how good the music was months after our wedding!

12/04/2019
Tracy & Jay

They played a good variety of music and did a little bit of MCing for us too. All the music was very suitable for the occasion.

05/01/2019
Bek & Daniel

They were awesome. We sorted everything out a few months before the wedding date. Both Marley and Nat were very personable and I was overjoyed with how good they sounded. They did an acoustic set prior to the reception, and then played some as part of a 5 person jazz band during the reception. They were really awesome.

30/11/2018
Anna & Tim

Thank you both so much for your performance for our wedding, it was absolutely fantastic! We were so impressed how you guys sounded when you were playing and your song choices when you DJed. Our guests kept commenting on how impressed they were with you both, so thank you very much, it was an absolute pleasure.

10/11/2018
Jayden & Tara

Marly and Natalie provided a beautiful soundtrack for our wedding. An incredibly personable and talented pair that were committed to making our day special. Couldn't recommend their services more!

08/11/2018
Julian (Brand South Australia)

Thanks for the amazing job you did. Everyone loved you all and I have had a lot of great comments. Thanks for working with us also on the night regarding timings and being so flexible. You are all amazing professionals and working with people like yourselves makes life so much easier. You should all be very proud of your amazing talents, and I will definitely be in contact next time we are in need of a band. Many thanks again for an amazing job and helping to make the event the success it was.

02/11/2018
Petria

Thanks SO much!! Very happy I chose to celebrate my 40th at The Railway last night - great food, friends and family around me, great tunes to dance to by these very talented musicians! Great to let my hair down. I think it was Proud Mary that really got the dancing started! I highly recommend The Railway and Cruse Entertainment to others!

13/10/2018
Aiko & Robert

Really good! They were super flexible and they were so accommodating with last minute changes. They are amazing and have a saxophone as part of the band! All our guests had such a great time. They were also competitive with their pricing.

21/04/2018
Charlotte & Henry

They were really good! They responded really quickly to my emails and showed up on time on the day which was awesome. They were really easy to get along with.

06/04/2018
Steph & Stuart

Thank you for making our wedding day the best day of our lives. We couldn’t have done it without you both.

10/03/2018
Steph & Ben

Cruse Entertainment were so organised and very accommodating. We asked for a large range of music for the whole day. They did christian music, acoustic and a DJ set. They chose fantastic songs that really brought the dance floor to life. Could not recommend these guys more!!!

30/12/2017
Grahame & Emma

They were very good! They were really easy going and played to the crowd which was wonderful.

14/10/2017
Claire & David

We had Nat and Marly's 5 piece band play at our reception after seeing them play at a number of our friend's weddings. We are still hearing rave reviews of their amazing vibe and the dancefloor was full for the whole night. Thanks so much!

07/10/2017
Chris & Michelle

Very friendly, organised and professional. Our guests kept commenting on the live music during our ceremony, the acoustic really set the atmosphere. Amazing job and very much recommend!

18/03/2017
Danielle & Jordan

Cruse Entertainment were the highlight of our night. The band created a great atmosphere that had everyone dancing, playing music from all genres. They worked with our MC to make sure that the formalities ran smoothly. Everyone loved them so much, which was reflected by the fact that 2 couples booked them to play at their wedding!

10/12/2016
Nick & Alisha

Cruse Entertainment were the perfect fit for our wedding! They were friendly, organised and professional in the lead up. On the day they nailed it with acoustic background sets as guests arrived and cranked it up with the 5-piece band later on and had everyone on the dancefloor. Highly recommended!

29/10/2016
Georgie & Ashley

Cruse Entertainment did a fantastic job of our music and MC. We had so many compliments about their range of music genres and amazing sound. We loved having them play at our ceremony also and felt it really made the atmosphere. Nat and Marly were easy to work with, took the stress out of everything and their fun personalities shone through in their performance.

15/10/2016
Lauren & Colby

Thank you so much, you were both absolutely amazing and made our day perfect. We have received many, many comments from our guests on how fantastic you were! Thank you also for making the whole planning process so easy. Communication was excellent and you were happy to accommodate us with our last minute song changes. Thank you again.

27/08/2016
Kim & Tim

Absolutely cannot recommend Nat and Marly enough. They were absolutely amazing. Flexible with last minute changes. Had such a great presence in the room. Their live set was just amazing. These two have more talent in their baby finger than anyone I know! They do live music and DJ sets! Everyone at the wedding was so impressed! Thank you for making our day perfect!

07/05/2016
Rachael & Josh

Nat and Marly organised a 5 piece band (them included) to play at our wedding and we could not have asked for better! They are a talented bunch of musicians who kept our dance floor pumping all night! Our guests kept commenting on how good they were, and they were definitely a highlight of our day! We would hire them again in a heartbeat, thanks guys!

23/01/2016
Jacinta & Tobyn

We asked Nat and Marly to provide the music for our wedding and we were blown away! They met with us beforehand to understand what we were after and provided us with lots of suggestions. On the day we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Nat and Marly made their way to the venue, set up, and started playing. We got a bunch of amazing comments from family and friends on their sound. They were able to provide dance music later on in the night and this went without a hitch too. Overall we are super happy with Nat and Marly. They made our wedding that much more special. Thanks guys!

08/01/2016
Jaz

I hired Cruse Entertainment for my 30th birthday party. They organised a 3-piece live band to entertain guests and provide the party music for the night. My friends, family and I were very impressed with the professionalism they displayed and the quality of musicianship. Their set up and pack up was prompt and non-intrusive. They provided all the gear they needed and only required a power source. Their set list was enjoyed by all, especially the birthday girl, with positive comments also coming from the neighbours the following day. Would highly recommend them for any function, and will certainly use them again in the future. Thanks heaps guys!

19/12/2015
Alex & Alex

Marly and Nat are truly talented. Their music made our ceremony something very special. They were extremely professional and a breeze to work with. We received so much positive feedback from our guests about how wonderful the music was. I cannot recommend them highly enough for any ceremony or reception function.

18/04/2015
Ben & Sally

We hired Marly and Nat and could not be happier with their professionalism. Not only did they do an outstanding job of our live wedding songs they also did a fantastic job of the MC duties and the DJ’ing. They were a highlight of our wedding and would highly recommend them to others. 10 out of 10.

The best of us
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FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Can we see you play live before we book you in for our event?

We occasionally play at cafes and pubs around Adelaide. We also occasionally do live streaming. Keep a lookout on our Facebook and Instagram to see what's coming up. 

Why don’t you play at more public venues?

Because we don’t really need or have time to! We are professional musicians and make our living by getting a lot of private bookings.

 

How do I know I will like your music?

Watch our demos and read the testimonials! We have 100% positive reviews. We’ve played at hundreds of weddings and corporate functions and are really confident that you’ll be absolutely stoked with our musicianship and professionalism.

We’re also happy to meet with you in person if you want to make sure we’re as nice as we say we are :)

What songs do you play?

We have a huge repertoire covering many eras and genres. We love to play well-known songs that get people's feet tapping!

You can request a PDF from us that lists most of our repertoire, but we are always learning new songs and adding to this list.

We go into every gig with an open mind and choose songs as we go, based on  how the audience is responding. We also try our best to accomodate song requests both ahead of time and on the day.

Who is in your Cruse Control band?

Marly is always the front man of the band (guitar and vocal) and we have a “first choice” group of professional Adelaide musicians to join us, consisting of:

  • Eliza Dickson - Vocals
  • Jono Ruse - Keyboards (also covering bass lines) and vocal raps
  • Emile Ryjoch - Saxophone
  • Nat Cruse - Drums

Usually this full combination is available when booked well in advance. If someone isn’t available we ask our next choice musicians, who are also top quality, professional musicians. You are absolutely guaranteed a highly professional, top-notch band for your function!

I'm sure I've previously seen Cruse Duo as Marly and Nat, not Marly and Eliza..what's going on?

You're correct! When we first started our business, we performed our duo as Marly and Nat. Since having a child it has become much more difficult to negotiate this, so we have decided that it's better both for us and the clients for Nat to be the dedicated consultant and Eliza to join Marly in the duo. 

If you have previously seen Marly and Nat perform and have your heart set on them performing at your event, then please let us know. Nat would still love to perform occasionally upon special request!

How do you work out your pricing?

There are a number of factors involved. For a wedding booking we have package prices based on the services required - ceremony, pre-dinner and reception. For a corporate booking we mainly base the price on how many hours we are required from set-up/sound check until pack-up.

If a separate, professional company is providing sound and lighting then our price will be less. If the venue is over an hour from Adelaide CBD or if there are multiple venues then a small travel fee is applied.

Like any business, we also have overheads that we need to cover including insurance, advertising, equipment maintenance, website maintenance etc.

Therefore we set our prices to help cover these costs as well as the actual hours involved on the gig itself and the consulting leading up to your event. We feel our prices are very reasonable and competitive, and if required we are always happy to work with you to find a solution that fits your budget.

How much do you pay your other band members?

More than the average! Before starting our own business we worked for different agencies around Adelaide (and on occasion we still accept agency gigs), so we know how much a professional musician gets paid for different types of gigs. We pride ourselves on paying more than these agencies, but still charging you less!

As we are not an agency, you only pay for the musicians that are actually on the gig. We absolutely love employing our best mates for gigs and paying them really well and in a very timely manner for their professionalism and quality of musicianship.

Are you a proper DJ?

When we DJ for functions (mainly weddings) we use a professional quality sound system and DJ equipment. We also use only legally purchased tracks.

Our philosophy is to choose popular songs that most people know and can sing along to, because we find this to be the best way to keep a dance floor pumping!

We love playing all the classics as well as current bangers. We also aim for seamless song transitions. If you are looking for a “club” style DJ who will use lots of fancy effects and mixing techniques, that’s not us, but you could still hire us for all the live music and hire a separate DJ if you wish!

Do you MC?

Yep! Marly is a great MC. He keeps things short and sweet and doesn’t try to take all the attention at your function. 

Can we just hire your lighting and/or sound equipment and use our own iPod/Spotify?

No, sorry. We aren’t licensed to hire out our equipment without us being there, and it’s more than likely that we would get another booking on the same night and need it ourselves anyway!

Can we hire you just to DJ (no live music)?

No, sorry. We will always prioritise performing live as we feel this represents what we do best! 

So why do you offer DJ services at all?

To give you a really affordable option for your wedding or event! DJ’s by themselves can be quite costly, so if you hire live musicians and a DJ separately you will likely find this to be a very expensive option. Adding our DJ option to your package is much more cost effective for you.

Can you recommend other wedding suppliers?

 Marly is such an amazing singer, why doesn’t he go on The Voice?!

You’d be surprised how many people say this to us on gigs! But Marly is way too humble for that ;) We make a great living as it is and enjoy our simple family life.

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