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Event Planning Checklist & Tips from the Pros

event entertainersEvery event is different, we can tell you that; we’ve planned corporate events and booked entertainment for every type of party, and every company holiday party, corporate event, anniversary party—every event was its own with unique and different details. At the end of the day, however, the basic elements of every event are the same; the direction you take while planning (or the direction you give your event planner) is going to give your event that unique, over-the-top feel you’re going for. So where do you get started with planning? You can start by using this basic checklist, and customizing it into your own, unique event:

Budget. Your budget is a key detail in every step of your event planning process, and a question you’ll find every vendor asks about. Break down your budget into categories, such as venue, décor, etc., and create a budget tracking system that you can utilize easily throughout the process. Though many would see budget-tracking as a process exclusively for corporate events, even private parties can benefit from an expense tracking system.

Date. If you do not have a confirmed date, choose several possible dates that work, and contact venues to see what date are available. Make sure your date is suitable for your audience, and set with maximum attendance in mind. The perfect on the wrong date is a recipe for disaster.

Venue & location. Choose a venue that fits the formality of your occasion and budget, and has ample space for your guests. If you need a venue that needs to fit multiple functions (tradeshow, dance, dinner, cocktail hour, etc.), map out the different halls and areas before you make a formal confirmation.

Theme. A party without a theme is an event without direction. Obviously for large corporate events, you don’t want to get too “themey,” but you can choose a color scheme for your event details. Use your theme or color scheme to plan your refreshments, decorations and entertainment, even if you use it in subtle ways.

Food. If your event includes meals, cocktails or hors d’oeuvre, find a venue or caterer that can provide the appropriate refreshments that fit your budget. Keep your audience and theme in mind. For example, a corporate crowd is going to expect a much different meal than guests at a wedding.

Decorations. Choose decorations that fit the theme or color scheme, and the occasion. Make sure you check with the venue if you want to put up decorations that attach to the wall or ceiling. Many venues have specific guidelines for decorations. If you can’t hang decorations, consider décor like table centerpieces and lighting. If it’s lighting you wish, check with your entertainers or an audiovisual company lighting that sets the mood of your event.

Entertainment. There are very, very few events that don’t require entertainment. You don’t have to be in the midst of planning a rockin’ party to need entertainment; we’ve secured entertainers for corporate events, grand openings, etc. If you want to locate the right entertainers for the occasion, contact an entertainment agent. An entertainment agent can handle all your entertainment details, saving you time and matching you with entertainment that fits your guests’ demographic. With one call, the entertainment agent can book all the acts you need and handle all the details that come with hiring entertainers. They’ve also seen what works and doesn’t work, and good entertainment agents only hire the best entertainers for your unique event.

The Key to Successful Summer Festival Entertainment

home_splash_croppedYou can’t live and entertain in Chicago without feeling the effects of the internet. However, when planning your summer festival entertainment, you have to forego the smart phones and internet and call the booking agent.  Why? Because the human connection with your agent is important for the success of your summer festival, for very good reasons:

  • The right entertainers are a huge promotional asset for your summer festival. Summer festival is the crux of success. Establishing the right atmosphere, and pulling in crowds, is dependent upon your summer festival entertainment. One call can secure the right acts and entertainers that bolster your summer festival attendance and reviews.
  • You can get to know your booking agent, and they can get to know you. Every festival has its own culture and vibe. With just a short conversation, you can give them information about your festival and attendees, and they can connect you with entertainers right for your festival.
  • Matches you with entertainment that fits your attendees’ demographic. Your booking agent can connect you with the entertainer suitable for the age group of your crowd, creating a wonderful (or rocking or cultural) atmosphere with summer festival entertainment appropriate to their tastes.
  • Your booking agent can learn about your summer festival and select characters and entertainers that take it over the top. Every summer festival is a different take with vastly different attendees and venues. If you e-mail about your festival, the booking agent doesn’t get the whole picture. The result: entertainers that don’t match your atmosphere, and summer festival entertainment that doesn’t fit your event.
  • It won’t take long. Booking agents are busy and so are you. They won’t take up any more of your time than needed, while still getting the vital information they need to find the entertainer(s) that fit your summer festival attendees. Remember, these are professional booking agents with years of experience. They won’t waste your time, just use every second of the conversation to match you with quality entertainment.

While e-mailing your event details may seem like a good idea, put down that tablet and laptop and pick up your smart phone (to call, not message!). Call your booking agent, so they can connect you with summer festival entertainment from one of hundreds of entertainers that could be your perfect match. The success of your festival, and the enjoyment of your attendees, is on the line—don’t let the internet get in the way of finding the right summer festival entertainment.

Josh Holmes: Rave Reviews Say It All About this Entertainer

If you’re looking for an musical artist that checks off all the boxes: great play list, plays solo or with his band and comes with a full portfolio of rave reviews, look no further than artist Josh Holmes. With a guitar and full playlist of songs, Chicago favorite Josh Holmes melds guitar-driven rock and roll with insightful lyrics and no-holds-barred live performances.

As a solo musical artist or with his band, Josh Holmes caters to any audience with a modern sound. Part rock and roll troubadour and part guitar prodigy, the self-taught artist Holmes puts on energetic, eclectic, and extremely entertaining live performances. A typical Josh Holmes show includes solid musicianship interspersed with humor, rock and roll history lessons, improvisations, and audience participation. Whether you catch Josh Holmes solo or with his band, you are guaranteed an exciting musical experience. These live performances have made Josh Holmes a favorite musical artist throughout the Midwest.

Josh Holmes has performed at a variety of events throughout Chicago and the Midwest, making him an ideal musical act for any kind of event. The band has been described as “impressively cohesive and a group beyond their years.” Reviews like these, combined with an ever-growing fan base, it is no wonder that this project has left such a huge impression on his fans—and local event audiences raving about this Chicago musical artist.

5 Live Entertainment Acts for Your Business Conference

1535511_417217608381352_655646195_n‘Tis the season for conference planning in Chicagoland. If you are trying to top last year’s conference or revamp your educational event, the success of your business conference hinges upon two key factors: the educational value of your conference and your guests’ enjoyment. While we can’t help with the first goal, years of experience means we can assist with locating the right entertainers that can make your business conference a success:

  • Magician. A magician relaxes your crowd and entertains them after a long day of educational sessions. Consider a magician for an after dinner entertainment act, or as part of your “How you can work your magic” conference theme.
  • Dueling pianos. This is a hot act right now, and for good reason. Dueling pianos are a great entertainment that can fill gaps in your schedule or entertain your guests during or after dinner.
  • Show girls. Want to bring Vegas to your Chicago business conference? Do you want to play up a theatrical or gambling theme? Hire show girls to greet your guests, entertain them before dinner and direct them to the next session.
  • Game show. Want to draw your audience into your entertainment? Host our game show act to quiz and interact with your guests for the evening.
  • Band or music act. You don’t want to turn your business conference into a dance club, but a band or small music act is incredibly appropriate for dinner music, or to set the atmosphere as your guests mingle.

Don’t feel you have to locate entertainers for your business conference or that you need to choose one act. Contact talent agents with years of experience in Chicago entertainment that can connect you to the entertainers you need to make your conference a success. You’ll need to answer a few questions about the demographics of your guests and scheduling; the talent agent uses the information to connect you with entertainers right for your event.

5 Reasons You Should Call for Event Entertainment

1535511_417217608381352_655646195_nFinding the right entertainment for your big day is like searching an internet dating site. You can see pictures of hundreds of potential candidates, but until you meet them in person or talk to them over the phone, you don’t really know how compatible you really are.

It’s the same principle when searching for entertainment for your wedding, corporate holiday party or fundraiser.  There are thousands of entertainers who could be the perfect match, but you need to call a booking agent so they can find out who’s compatible with your big day. That human connection with your agent is important, and for very good reasons:

  • You can get to know your booking agent, and they can get to know you. Every couple is different. Every company has its own culture. With just a short conversation, you can give them information about your event and guests, and they can connect with the entertainers that make your event memorable.
  • Matches you with entertainment that fits your guests’ demographic. This is true for any party…wedding, company holiday party, fundraiser, etc. Your booking agent can connect you with the entertainer suitable for the age group of your crowd, creating a wonderful atmosphere with entertainment appropriate to their tastes.
  • If you’re hosting a non-profit fundraiser, you can inquire about pricing. Are you a business trying to throw a fundraiser for your favorite non-profit? Or a non-profit getting planning a gala? Contact us for pricing that fits your fundraising event budget.
  • Your booking agent can learn about your theme and select characters and entertainers that take it over the top. Even though two parties may have the same theme, each party is a different take with vastly different décor, guests and venues. If you e-mail your theme, the booking agent doesn’t get the whole picture. The result: entertainers that don’t match your vision, and entertainment that doesn’t fit your event.
  • It won’t take long. Booking agents are busy and so are you. They won’t take up any more of your time than needed, while still getting the vital information they need to find the entertainer(s) that fit your event and crowd. Remember, these are professional booking agents with years of experience. They won’t waste your time, just use every second of the conversation to match you with quality entertainment.

While e-mailing your event details may seem like a good idea, put down that laptop and pick up your phone. Call your booking agent, so they can connect you with one of hundreds of entertainers that could be your perfect match. This is one time where technology is not always the right tool, and it certainly won’t bring entertainers that are compatible for your unique event.