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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.

Why should I use a booking agent for event entertainment?

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Contact one of the top booking agents in Chicago for your event.

With the internet and mobile technology, it seems everyone is looking for shortcuts to achieve results—even for locating entertainers for their wedding, fundraisers, galas and company parties. In the world of event planning, they want memorable entertainment that wow guests and they want it quickly and easily. The answer is a booking agent. Why? Why would you want to use a booking agent for your corporate events, weddings, festivals, fundraisers and galas?

  • It’s convenient. With just a short conversation, you can give them information about your event and guests. They use their extensive experience to coordinate entertainers, and all the details, that make your event memorable.
  • They think about you and your guests. An experienced booking agent can match you with entertainment that fits your guests’ demographic. 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.
  • Your booking agent can select characters and entertainers that take it over the top. You only have to make one call, and the booking 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 booking agents only hire the best entertainers for your wedding, company holiday party, fundraiser, etc.

The best part: hiring a booking agent won’t take long. 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. Speaking of wasting time, don’t waste your time trying to take on the entertainment for your event yourself. Contact a booking agent today, one of the top agents in the Chicago area with years of experience.

Why We Love Our Chicago Mariachi Band

Los Paisanos_400_198You read the title right. This Valentine’s Day, our love is a group of men playing mariachis in the midst of a state filled with two feet of snow. Seriously though, we have good reason to love our mariachi band, and would recommend them for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Mexican-themed parties, corporate events, even for a destination wedding party held in Chicago. So why would we pick a group of Mexican revelers for Valentine’s Day? It doesn’t take much imagination to find out:

  • Timely. Our mariachi band leader is a stickler for promptness. He picks up the band members himself, and makes sure that he is on site at least 30 minutes before the performance.
  • Communicates well. What good is a performer if they can’t communicate about the logistics of your event?
  • Dependable. If you set a date and time with this band, they’ll be there—and arrive early.
  • Flexible. Our Maraichi band can perform with a group as small as a trio up to a full 12 piece band, giving you options depending on the size of your event and venue.
  • They’re authentic—and really, really good. This is a fully authentic costumed Mariachi attraction. The band members are experienced, and have played at Cinco de Mayo parties, on decorated floats at Chicagoland parades and at special occasions.

If you’re looking for a dependable, prompt, flexible, well-spoken and experienced mariachi band, give us a call at 312.832.1100. We’ll help you book our mariachi band, and any other entertainers you need for your event. After all, we hope you realize that any booking agency that chooses a mariachi band for their Valentine’s love is an agency serious about live entertainment.

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.

Must-Have Fundraising Tips For Your Next Gala

home_splash1No one plans a fundraising gala with the purpose of walking away empty handed. Without the right mixture of entertainment, asking and entertaining, even the most well-intentioned affair can fall short of fundraising goals. As a business or non-profit hosting a fundraiser, expect your fundraising gala to be an investment—an investment that raises funds for your cause if you follow these fundraising tips:

  • Don’t be shy. Your guests are attending a fundraiser.  They expect to be asked, and you won’t raise funds unless you do. But you can’t push too hard for donations either. It’s your job to find the right combination of asking and entertaining that make the gala successful.
  • Coordinate a silent auction. Leverage your professional and personal connections, and the connections of board members and volunteers, to solicit items and gift certificates for silent auction packages for your guests. Make sure your packages are appealing visually even if you don’t have all the items to display, and that the silent auction tables are in a prominent location for the guests to find. Have your emcee or entertainers make announcements about the silent auction.
  • Tie your gala entertainment into your fundraiser. Use your emcee or entertainer to make announcements about your auction or other fundraisers. If you have a unique fundraiser that will take place on the stage, have your emcee or entertainer officiate the fundraiser.
  • Show your guests the impact they can have. Use displays, slideshows and videos to show what their dollars support. You can also have a beneficiary of your services describe their experience on stage, or tape and edit their testimonial into a video.

Guests who are enjoying themselves tend to give more. Choose a theme appropriate for the evening, and get plenty of entertainers to make the night entertaining and memorable. Don’t feel confined to booking one entertainer or that you have to locate the talent yourself. Contact a talent agent for entertainment recommendations and booking. They have a diverse group of entertainers to choose from, years of experience to draw on and the expertise to make your fundraiser a success.

Need Ideas for a Theme for your Fundraising Gala?

SexyStilts2_240_299Whether you are a non-profit coordinating a fundraiser cocktail night or a business hosting a fundraising gala for your local charity, the key to a successful night is entertainment. From the moment your guests enter through the reception doors until the end of the program, fundraiser galas are most successful when the guests are entertained throughout the evening. From the décor to the program, your goal as the fundraising gala planner is to create an over-the-top, enjoyable and entertaining evening that compels your guests to contribute to your worthy cause. You can start that experience with a theme that guides your party planning, and gives your guests the entertainment you strive for:

Retro/vintage party. Plan a 80’s evening with uplighting and celebrities circulating throughout your venue from the time period. For the main entertainment, have the entertainers do a skit or hire a band to sing 80’s hits. Want to get even more retro? Bust out the poodle skirts and ice cream sodas for a rockin’ good night. Hire a band to play the classics while your guests circulate with celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.

Mardi Gras. Invite your guests to a costume party complete with entertainers that set the stage for a fun evening. Treat them to a night of jazz music and outlandish décor that makes your guests feel like they are in the midst of a huge party.

Casino night. Set up a roulette wheel and bring on the Vegas entertainers. From showgirls to dealers, make your evening a memorable night where everyone is willing to put their money down for a good cause. Complete the night with dice décor, poker chips and playing cards.

Hollywood red carpet. The experience starts at the door with this fundraiser theme. Have your guests walk the red carpet through the flash of the paparazzi cameras and enjoy the benefits of being a star, if only for an evening. Hire “celebrities” like Marilyn Monroe, Britney Spears and Elvis to circulate with the crowd.

Take your fundraising gala theme to the next level with multiple entertainers throughout your venue. You don’t have to locate those entertainers on your own. Contact a local, experienced booking agent who can recommend entertainers appropriate for your event and theme, and can coordinate the entertainers and schedule.

Selecting the RIGHT Entertainment for Your Corporate Holiday Party

home_splash1The right entertainment at your holiday corporate party is the difference between a memorable, extraordinary party and a ho-hum gathering that everyone makes excuses to avoid. When you hear, “My dog ate my keys” repeatedly, it’s time for a new draw that eliminates the lame excuses. So how do you find that fantastic entertainment that keeps everyone coming back? Don’t go at it alone. Finding the right booking agent with years of experience, a full listing of entertainers and the ability to match your party with the right entertainer is invaluable to creating the perfect party for your guests.

So before you start your corporate party planning, or pick up a phone to confirm a detail, start your party planning by locating a booking agent with years of experience that has matched the right entertainers with companies throughout Chicagoland. Once you’ve located the entertainment industry professionals that can match your party with the right entertainer, let the party planning begin:

  • Set the theme. The theme of your corporate holiday party dictates many of your party details: menu, decorations, entertainment. Hiring an experienced booking agent comes with another benefit: in addition to selecting the right entertainment, a booking agent can also make suggestions for party themes they’ve seen work.
  • Confirm the important details. Your booking agent needs to know the date, theme, budget and venue before they can find the right entertainers for your party.
  • Find the booking agent that can make the perfect entertainment match. Not all booking agents are created equal. Choose an entertainment agency with years of experience in the entertainment field with a full lineup of entertainers that fit your holiday party needs.
  • Give as much information about your organization and party to your talent agent. Call your booking agent (find out why in our recent blog post) and give them information about your company and the demographic of the crowd you expect. 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.

Now it’s time to leave your entertainment selection to the professionals, and finalize your theme details. Your booking agent selects the entertainer(s) that fit your theme, venue size and crowd demographic. The result: an extraordinary party that leaves your guests entertained and appreciated,  without the lame excuses.

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.