Eleven Bands Rock at Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion!

Posted September 26, 2014 by Essence Entertainment Talent Agency
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Eleven Bands Rock at Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion!

Over this past weekend, September 20 & 21, 2014, eleven bands provided by Essence Entertainment rocked the house!  They performed for the annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion in the city of Ontario, California.  Their stage was the brand new Town Square Park Amphitheater.  Surrounded by beautiful rose gardens, the thousands of participants enjoyed fabulous music by such favorites as Otis Day & the Knights, 2000 LBS of Blues, Cougrzz Rock, and Griff Hamlin & the Circle City Horns.

Otis Day

Classic “Otis Day” from National Lampoon’s Animal House

Otis Day & the Knights’ guitar player brought the house down with this solo:

The Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion®, created by the newly formed 501-(c)(3) Route 66 Reunion, is Southern California’s ultimate weekend celebration of America’s love affair with the automobile and its world-famous highway, Route 66. Three days of cruising, contests, live entertainment, fabulous food and revelry make it one of the nation’s most extended, long-play events of its kind. Held annually each September along historic, tree-shaded Euclid Avenue in Ontario, California, the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is where classic cruisers, convertibles, hot rods, and wicked Woodies fuel a jam-packed jamboree.

2000 LBS of Blues

2000 LBS of Blues





Cougrzz Rock

Cougrzz Rock






Essence Entertainment’s Talent Manager Judy Kuri was there to make sure everything ran smoothly – she worked hard, but had a blast!


Griff Hamlin & the Circle City Horns

Griff Hamlin & the Circle City Horns



Judy is already taking orders for entertainment for next year’s Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion – you won’t want to miss it!







Top Wedding First Dance Songs of 2014

Posted September 11, 2014 by Essence Entertainment Talent Agency
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Top Wedding First Dance Songs of 2014

I did some research regarding the Top Wedding First Dance Songs of 2014…and although many wonderful current and standard songs were suggested, without exception, this song was on every list, if not at the top of the list!  It’s destined to be a classic!

John Legend – “All of Me”

Thought you’d enjoy the video.  The lyrics are below, as well.  Definitely one to consider for your wedding day!

Below the lyrics is the video of the version of John with Lindsey Stirling…



“All Of Me”

[Verse 1:]
What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh

[Verse 2:]
How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh

Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it’s hard

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh



Orange County Event Production

Posted August 18, 2014 by Essence Entertainment Talent Agency
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Orange County Event Production

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Planning a big event can be overwhelming, to say the least.  There’s so much to think about and consider.

Would you like some help?

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Table Decor / Catering

In Orange County, Event Production can be found at Essence Entertainment.  They will help you with all aspects of your event, be it entertainment, props & decor, catering, audio/visual, specialty furniture, photography/videography…you name it, they do it!

To get started, there are a few things you want to nail down – Date of the event, Location (unless you need help with that, too), Number of Guests expected, and an approximate Budget parameter.  This gives Essence Entertainment the basics on which to build your event.

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Lighting & A/V

Then comes the brainstorming!  An opportunity to explore lots of different ideas, possible themes, etc.  This is when you’ll want to express your priorities, goals, and general desires, so they’ll be sure to be incorporated.  Working with a professional Event Production company can really make the difference, because most likely they’ll come up with lots of fun ideas as well as creative ways to stretch your budget that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

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Specialty Furniture

After exploring the many possibilities, Essence Entertainment will then present you with a few of your favorite options in detail to choose from.  Brainstorming may continue as a result of this step.

When all aspects are finalized, you can sit back, relax, and rest assured that every detail will be attended to.  Including details like Timeline / Sequence of Events, how Formalities are handled, and of course, all of the logistics regarding delivery, load-in, set-up, and execution – all of which culminate in the success your terrific event!

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Theme Props

So, for the best Orange County Event Production services, be sure to contact Essence Entertainment – it never hurts to work with the most professional and successful Event Production company in town!

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Wine Grape Stomping Event in Orange County

Posted August 8, 2014 by Essence Entertainment Talent Agency
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Wine grape stomping event in Orange County!

Orange county wine grape stompingOC wine grape stompingWine grape stomping is such a fun activity!  It’s a great way to add a little pizazz to your Italian themed event, or your wine tasting event, or just because…!!

It is exactly what it sounds like…wine grape stomping – wine grapes in a half cask on which you stomp with your bare feet.  Yes, it’s a strange, yet exhilarating feeling…and fun!

wine grape stomp orange countyWhen thinking of grape stomping many of you will think of the famous I Love Lucy episode where Lucy gets into a large half cask to stomp grapes with a local Italian gal in her 1956 Season 5, Episode 23, called Lucy’s Italian Movie.  In classic Lucy form, she was lined up to play a part in a movie called “Bitter Grapes” – she took the title seriously and decided to pick up some ‘local color’ – ultimately she gets in a fight with the local gal, gets submerged in the must (term for the grape juice and skins), gets stained head to foot, and then cannot be in the movie after all!  The Director has to go with Ethyl instead.

Lucy wanted her on-film first reaction to the feel of the grapes to be authentic so she did not rehearse with any grapes – grapes were only used when the scene was actually being filmed.  So, the reaction you see is real.  She was quoted later as saying, It felt like “stepping on eye balls!”

orange county cigar stationItalian Duo orange countyEssence Entertainment produced a wine stomping event last Saturday and it was a smash hit!  (Pun intended.)  It was held at the Pelican Hills Resort in Newport Beach, CA.  Double A Events utilized not only our wine stomping, but also Oscar our Cigar Expert and our Strolling Italian Duo, Eric and Fred (Accordion and Violin).  It was a lovely outdoor event on the Bungalow Lawn – the decor was fabulous, the food divine, the music lively, the cigars aromatic…and the grapes squishy!

OC grape stompGrape stomping has been in practice at least since Ancient Roman times (there’s evidence on a sarcophagus dated 200BC).  The stomping not only creates juice, but it also aids in the fermentation process, called pigeage (peej-ahje) – which literally means ‘punching down the cap’.  The grape skins and stems float to the top creating a ‘cap’, which needs to be punched down again and again, enhancing the fermentation.  Pigeage a pied is the act of punching down the cap with your feet!

Grape stomping with feet has been banned in America since the end of the 20th Century, so you don’t have to worry about anyone’s feet having been in your wine!

The event was such a success that Double A Events has already requested Essence Entertainment to produce another wine grape stomping event!orange county grape stomp

Interesting tidbit – we used Corinthean grapes, which are nick-named Champagne Grapes – they have nothing to do with making Champagne – the story has it that there’s a famous photograph of a small bunch of these beautiful grapes sitting on a table next to a glass of Champagne…thus the nick-name Champagne Grapes!

Skin Cancer is on the rise – protect your skin!

Posted July 30, 2014 by Essence Entertainment Talent Agency
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Skin Cancer is on the rise…protect your skin!

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I’ve read and heard a number of articles and reports in the past few days about sun tanning and the relationship to skin cancer.  Apparently skin cancer is on the rise…dangerously.

Not only is skin cancer on the rise, but more and more cases are being found on young adults and teenagers…not good.

I’ve heard that you shouldn’t use tanning beds at all.  don't use tanning beds


I’ve also heard that not only should you put on sunscreen 30 minutes prior to exposure, but that you should put on A LOT of sunscreen – the amount that would fit into a shot glass.use lots of sunscreen



They also say that sunscreen deteriorates over time, and any sunscreen you’ve had in your cabinet for a while should be replaced…seasonally.  (I know I have some old sun screen in my cabinet…how about you?)

Here’s a recent article and video with information issued by the Surgeon General:

Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It’s a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it’s coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General.

The call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a “major public health problem”…  READ MORE

Here’s a blurb from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

Sunburn — the skin reddening caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation — may seem like just a temporary irritation, but sunburns can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Children are especially at risk: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. Don’t get burned: Read the articles below to learn all about The Skin Cancer Foundation’s expert advice on sunburn prevention, treatment, and relief!   READ MORE

Let’s be careful, shall we?  Let’s protect our skin!  And share this information with your friends and family!

Novelty Acts in Orange County

Posted July 22, 2014 by Essence Entertainment Talent Agency
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Novelty Acts in Orange County

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Novelty Acts in Orange County are generally performers who provide entertainment that is other than the typical Dance Band, DJ, Classical or Jazz Ensemble, and the like.  It is entertainment that adds special zing to your event!

So what is a Novelty Act?  I’m glad you asked!

Orange county Novelty ActNovelty Acts are things like Strolling Magicians, Caricature Artists, Face Painters, Look Alikes/Impersonators, Acrobats, Stilt Walkers, Comedians, Cabaret Artists, Cigar Rollers, Ballroom Dancers, Walking Candy Tables, Contortionists, Balloon Artists, etc., etc.

Novelty Act Orange CountyA Novelty Act can also be something associated with a Theme – for instance, Polynesian Dancers for a Luau, a Roper for a Country Western party, Crazed Fans and Paparazzi for a Hollywood themed event, Strolling Magician for a Vegas themed party, Synchronized Swimmers for a Pool party, or a Face Painter or Clown for a Children’s party.  Novelty Act Orange County

Where do you find these Novelty Acts?  Why, ask the experienced Talent Managers at Essence Entertainment, of course!

OC Novelty ActsThe Staff at Essence Entertainment can brainstorm with you and help you explore all of the different options available!

Orange County Novelty Act

Orange County Novelty Act

Types of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County

Posted July 15, 2014 by Essence Entertainment Talent Agency
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What types of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County are there to choose from?

There are many types of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County to choose from…

When deciding on your Wedding Ceremony Music, there are two basic things to consider…the actual songs you want played and the instrumentation on which you want those songs played.  Today let’s consider the different types of instrumentation there are to choose from…

According to Essence Entertainment, the particular instrumentation you choose will create a certain ambiance and personality to your event.  There are many options to choose from – all of which are equally lovely.  The decision on what you pick is generally based on what you like, what your budget is, and the size of your event.  Here we discuss the traditional options.

Soloists are obviously the most cost-effective, and are appropriate for small to medium sized events.  Soloists to choose from are:

  • Solo Harp
  • Solo Guitar
  • Solo Piano / Keyboards
  • Solo Organ
  • Bagpiper

It’s always nice to utilize a Piano or Organ if your Ceremony Site has one.  But it’s not mandatory if you prefer the sound of a Harp or a Guitar better.  A Solo Artist creates a more intimate atmosphere musically.  For all situations, be sure to pick an instrument that is appropriate for the setting – for instance, if your Ceremony is in the middle of the beach, don’t pick a Harp…it is not possible to get these large, expensive instruments across the sand.  Or if overall volume is a concern, pick a Guitar, as Guitarists generally bring an amplifier.

A Duo is generally one of the above Rhythm Instruments along with a Solo Instrument.  A few examples are:

  • Harp / Flute Duo
  • Harp / Violin Duo
  • Harp / Cello Duo
  • Guitar / Flute Duo
  • Guitar / Violin Duo
  • Guitar / Cello Duo
  • Guitar / Sax Duo
  • Piano / Violin Duo
  • Piano / Trumpet Duo
  • Organ / Trumpet Duo
  • Any Rhythm Instrument with a Vocalist
  • …etc.

Are you starting to see a pattern here?  There are many more similar combinations to consider.  Duos are appropriate for small to medium events.  Though be careful – if your Ceremony Musicians will also be playing for your Cocktail Hour, you want to make sure they won’t get overwhelmed with conversation noise…something to consider when deciding on your music.  For instance, a Solo Harp can get lost in an outdoor setting of 80 people or more.

The next configuration to consider is the Trio.  Now, here, you can have a Rhythm Instrument with Two Solo Instruments, or you can have Three Solo Instruments playing together.  Here are some examples:

  • Harp / Cello / Flute Trio
  • Harp / Cello / Violin Trio
  • Guitar / Cello / Flute Trio
  • Guitar / Cello / Violin Trio
  • Guitar / Upright Bass / Flute&Sax Trio
  • Keyboards / Cello / Flute Trio
  • Organ / Trumpet / Vocal Trio
  • Cello / Viola / Violin Trio
  • Cello / Violin / Flute Trio
  • …etc.

If you plan on having a Vocalist sing at your event, it is best to have a Rhythm Instrument in the mix – the Rhythm Instrument is much better suited to accompanying the Vocalist than an ensemble with Three Solo Instruments, i.e., a String Trio.

Next up is the Quartet – again, it can be with or without a Rhythm Instrument…

  • Harp / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
  • Harp / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
  • Guitar / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
  • Guitar / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
  • Cello / Viola / Violin / Flute Quartet
  • Cello / Viola / Violin / Violin Quartet
  • …etc.

The proper titles for the above configurations are as follows:  Harp Quartet with Flute; Harp Quartet All Strings; Guitar Quartet with Flute; Guitar Quartet All Strings; String Quartet with Flute; All String Quartet…I’m sure you’re getting the hang of it by now.

The most popular Quintet configuration is the Brass Quintet.

Now – how do you decide on which Ensemble is best for you?   LISTEN to them!  An ensemble with a Flute has a different personality than an Ensemble with a Violin.  Harp is different from a Guitar both visually and auditorily.  A Duo sounds different from a Quartet.

Other factors are budget, the space you have available, the size of event / number of Guests you’re having, etc.  The larger ensembles are more appropriate for larger events.

Sound confusing?  Then you need to get some professional assistance by calling Essence Entertainment – their experienced Staff can help you decide which configuration is best for your situation.  However, you still need to LISTEN to the different options and decide which one(s) you like the best – only you know the answer to that!  A good resource is the Essence Entertainment YouTube Playlist – they have many of the options available to listen to.  If you need more options to listen to, work with Essence Entertainment - they can play additional samples for you.





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