Archive for the ‘Artist Highlight’ category

Featured Performer – DJ Paul Ullrich

July 26, 2012

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DJ Paul Ullrich

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DJ Paul came by today – always great to have our performers swing by for a visit!  Great seeing you, Paul!  (Enjoy his video below!)

“Thank you to our DJ, Paul, for an amazing job at our company’s holiday party. Paul has a great personality and is extremely professional. His extensive knowledge of music allowed him to keep all age ranges at our party entertained. The dance floor was packed all night!”

- Jamie (St. Regis Hotel)

“Our guests enjoyed Paul. Good variety of music. He had a lot of music that was requested.”

- Cumming Corporation Holiday Party (Pala Casino & Grand Cabaret)

Just one more example of our fabulous DJs!

Paul can also provide live vocals at your event, if requested.

EBS Executive Business Services Enjoys Wild West Event

June 29, 2012

Yee-haw!!  Gather ’round, y’all!!

(Enjoy slide show at bottom!)

EBS Party Line Dancing

EBS Party Yvonne Lambert

Client Yvonne Lambert (EBS) with Rick & Mike

Yvonne Lambert of EBS (Executive Business Services) treated her guests to a rootin’ tootin’ wild west evening held at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point, CA.  It was yet another beautiful day in sunny Southern California (we are SO spoiled!), over-looking Lantern Bay County Park and the Dana Point Harbor, as we unloaded and set up for this outdoor event on the hotel’s View Lawn.

As always, Jeanne Friedman, Senior Convention Services Director, was invaluable – she graciously arranged for all requests to be accommodated in excellent time, greeted challenges with a smile on her face, and really made everything run smoothly.  Jeanne and the Marriott Staff are always a pleasure to work with.  We appreciate you, Jeanne!

EBS party

EBS party

Bean Bag Toss

Guests were entertained with many activities – mechanical bull rides, horse shoe and bean bag toss games (lots of kids at this event!), caricature artist, photo station complete with western costumes & set producing sepia tone take home gifts, roper giving steer roping lessons, DJ playing Country Music, line dance instructors, casino tables, and of course, costumed ‘outlaws’ to crash the party!

EBS Party

She nailed four bean bag toss “Holes in One” in a row! Wow!!

EBS party

Client Yvonne getting dressed for photo

Marriott’s Catering outdid themselves with grilled steak & vegetables, ribs, chicken, chilli, beans, baked potatoes with all the fixin’s, numerous salads, and a dessert bar that included freshly flambeed Cherries Jubilee!  Wow!

EBS party

Mike & Roper Dave

EBS party

Mike & “Outlaws”

EBS party

Cactus Hat Toss

Robin and Mike were both there for the set-up, with Robin managing the arrival of performers and the flow of the event.

EBS party

Roper Dave struttin’ his stuff

EBS party

Tom Kelly – Caricature Artist

EBS party

Ride’m cowgirl!

Mike returned to assist with packing up…and the biggest ‘learn’ for the evening?  Dealing with the bales of hay – WARNING FOR ALL EVENT PLANNERS OUT THERE:  if your client wants bales of hay as decor for a future event, be very aware of the mess they make!  We spent hours trying to clean up bits of hay strewn all over the hotel’s beautiful lawn and flower beds.  It’s easy to get them delivered, but the mess they make is most likely not appropriate for many locations.  If your client does insist on it, and your event is any place other than a barn or farm, you’ll need to arrange for extra labor and/or cost to manage the clean-up.  Just saying…   :)

The Guests however had a fabulous time (many were dressed in appropriate Western attire), and kids of all ages had numerous activities to experience throughout the evening!

Enjoy the slide show!!

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Latisha’s Graduation Party a Huge Success!

May 31, 2012

Latisha Casas and a few of her “guests”!

GRADUATION PARTY

OF THE SEASON!

Latisha Casas threw herself a terrific Graduation Party to celebrate her accomplishment of receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business Degree from the University of Redlands.  Essence Entertainment was there in all its colors to provide a memorable experience for Latisha and her guests.  We received a big thank you from Latisha for putting the event together so quickly.

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The ‘Welcome’ Entourage

A red carpet and stanchions aided the initial experience provided by 14…yes, 14Paparazzi and Crazed Fans, as well as ‘Joan Rivers’ interviewing guests as they approached the front door, and Bouncers to ‘Check the Guest List’.    ‘Angelina Jolie’, ‘Samuel Jackson’ and ‘John Travolta’ (a la Pulp Fiction) greeted guests just inside the door.

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Magician Carl Wilson entertaining guests

Magician Carl Wilson traveled table to table/group to group astounding guests with his mastery of prestidigitation.

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JLo gets the dancing going!

As the evening evolved, ‘Johnny Depp’ joined the party, then ‘Jack Nicholson’, and finally ‘JLo’ (‘Jennifer Lopez’) got everyone dancing on the dance floor with her latest hits!

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We provided a Photo Booth that kept the guests entertained, especially when the Look Alikes strolled over to participate in the Photo Booth activity.  Rustin (Suite-M Photography) was there to catch all the excitement for future reference and fond memories.

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The Management and Staff of the Sports Watch Bar & Grill (Highland,CA) was very accommodating and extremely focused on providing a special experience for all of the guests.  Our appreciation goes out to Don Lear and his entire Staff who really made us all feel welcome and appreciated.

Don Lear (Rest. Mgr.) with Johnny Depp

All of the performers reported to me numerous times throughout the evening how nice and responsive the guests were, and how accommodating the staff was.  Everyone…and I mean, everyone (including the Chef who was out taking photos of the Look Alikes!) had a truly wonderful time!

Congratulations, Latisha!!

Guests with Travolta & Jackson

Don Lear and JLo

The Welcome Entourage

Joan Rivers, Interviewer and Bouncers

Jack Nicholson and happy Guest

Paul Williams performs for Anthony Lienau’s Birthday

May 9, 2012

Wow!  What a treat!

Robin Kelly with Paul Williams

Robin Kelly with Paul Williams

Paul Williams, Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter, performed by special request with his accompanist, Chris Caswell, on Sunday, May 6th, for Anthony Lienau’s Birthday Party hosted by his lovely wife, Holly.  Held at the Lienau home in Rancho Santa Fe, Anthony was surrounded by 50 of his closest friends and family for this special evening.

Guests arrived at 5:30pm and enjoyed 90 minutes of cocktails & hors d’oeuvres on the back patio, enjoying music provided by Sean Tayco (Essence Entertainment DJ).  At 7:00pm, Sean encouraged guests to refresh their beverages as they were invited into the living room, which had been transformed into “Anthony’s Supper Club”.  Champagne was poured and anticipation grew as the guests awaited the entrance of Paul Williams.

Anthony's "Supper Club"

Anthony’s ‘Supper Club’

Lienau Event PosterFollowing a warm standing ovation upon his introduction (which I had the honor to present), Chris (who has been working with Paul since 1976) played the beautiful baby grand piano and Paul sang and shared fabulous stories of his life and career.  Paul made the show very personal, intimate, and customized, including a last-minute special request of Anthony’s, “Loneliness”, which I thought was one of the best numbers of the show!

Following the show, Paul very graciously stayed for a short meet & greet and photo op, the highlight of which was when he autographed a piece of  sheet music brought be one of the guests.

Paul Williams autographs sheet music for guest

The guests loved the show and both Paul and Chris said they enjoyed themselves very much!

Robin Kelly with Chris Caswell

Robin Kelly with Chris Caswell

I had the pleasure of being Event Manager and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know Paul and Chris – SO nice…genuine…easy going…truly lovely people.

Bryan Wagstaff (Essence Entertainment DJ & A/V Tech) provided sound for the show, as well as perfect stage lighting which created an intimate ‘supper club’ ambiance.

The show was followed by a beautiful dinner buffet, and DJ Sean had the guests out on the dance floor enjoying the music in no time!!

Essence Entertainment is very pleased to provide, once again, elite, customized entertainment for this returning client (Holly has used Essence Entertainment numerous times for her philanthropic fund raisers).

Thanks again to Paul and Chris for being so accommodating and gracious – they went out of their way to make Anthony’s evening truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Paul Williams performs at Anthony Lienau's Birthday

Paul Williams performs for Anthony’s Birthday

Can Jazz Trios play ‘other’ styles of music?

April 26, 2012

Traditionally, Jazz Trios play…well, Jazz.  They might add some light pop, easy listening…but given the instrumentation of a typical Jazz Trio (be it Guitar, Upright Bass, Sax or Keyboards, Upright Bass, Female Vocal, to name a couple), the Trio will generally play the music appropriate for the instrumentation, the event, and the client’s requested ambiance (usually ‘background’ music).

However, that isn’t to say there aren’t exceptions…!!  :)

A perfect example is the Robin Kelly Jazz Trio (…yes, my Trio…).  With the instrumentation of Keyboards, Upright Bass, and Female Vocals, we were hired to play at a corporate awards dinner for the Council of Academic Programs last Thursday evening at the Newport Beach Marriott.   Don French (Keyboards), Dave Eastly (Upright Bass) and I were ready to play Jazz Favorites (i.e., It Had to Be You, My Funny Valentine, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Route 66…you get the idea).  The evening started off just as we expected – we played nice background music while guests mingled and socialized following their Awards Presentation.

About 45 minutes in to our 3-hour playing time, things started to evolve…people started to dance a little (though there was no dance floor), they started pulling chairs around and sitting in theater formation to ‘watch’ the Trio…and then the requests started coming in…

“Play some R&B!”

“Do you know any 80′s?”

“How about Nora Jones?”

“Can you do I Will Survive?”

Well, hmmm…let’s see…Disco…with Keyboards, Upright Bass…no drum machine…I didn’t even have a tambourine!

As always, it’s our aim to please, so with the good humor and terrific talents of Don and Dave we played the guest’s requests to the best of our ability.  Dave added his vocals and we sang back-up vocals for each other.  During a break, Don hooked up a vocal mic so he could add his vocal talents to the mix.  Then, to my great amazement and delight, during that same break Dave found a ‘Drum Machine’ app on his mobile phone.  He and Don hooked up his phone to Don’s keyboards to amplify the sound…and for our last set, we played to a mobile phone app Drum Machine!!  Now, this Drum Machine had only basic types of rhythms to choose from, at whatever tempo was set at the factory.  So, it was…find a rhythm/beat/tempo we liked, listen to it for a few seconds, think of what song might go well with it…then we were off and running!

Robin Kelly Jazz Trio

Robin Kelly Jazz Trio

The crowd loved it!  They continued to dance and sing along, and shout out more requests.  We had a ball!

Thanks again to the exceptional talents of Don & Dave, The Robin Kelly Jazz Trio was able to change hats and accommodate the requests of the guests.  Frances Laven, Executive Director of C.A.P., our Client representative, was very appreciative, and acknowledged that the crowd had taken us down a different road than originally intended.  I just smiled…and encouraged her to hire a full dance band next year!  :)

Featured Performer – Tom Liston, Steel Drums

March 22, 2012

Not only is Tom Liston an exceptionally talented musician, he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet!  Always with a smile on his lips and a kind, gentle greeting, it’s always a delight to have Tom at your event!.

Tom loves what he does…and it shows!

Tom plays a wide variety of instruments and plays a wide variety of musical styles.  We book him primarily as a Steel Drummer, but he also plays Trombone, Guitar, Banjo…too many to mention.  He plays in Steel Drum Ensembles, Dixieland Bands, Jazz Ensembles…again, the list is long!

Watch a few snippets of Tom playing LIVE!

Be sure to make a comment and let us know what you think!  :)

Featured Video – DJ Bryan Wagstaff

March 15, 2012

We pride ourselves on having the best, most experienced, well-rounded DJs in town!!

Our DJs are experienced and professional; will act as your MC; will play the music YOU want to hear; will ‘go with the flow’ with confidence and ease as the event unfolds; approach each and every event with a ‘do whatever it takes’ attitude to assure everything runs smoothly so you can relax and enjoy your event!

Today I’d like to feature our Disc Jockey BRYAN WAGSTAFF.

Enjoy his video below.

Please comment here and on our YouTube Channel – let us know what you think!

To see our other DJs, simply visit our YouTube Channel.

If you’re looking for a professional DJ for your next event (in Southern California, i.e., Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego…), be sure to call Essence Entertainment!

To learn more, see our About Pages (in column at right).

If you have a question, use the Form in the Contact Us Page.

Who is Chris Blackmore?

February 22, 2012

So many of our performers provide a wide variety of talents…a perfect example is Chris Blackmore:

Performing as a Motivational Keynote Speaker, Clean Corporate Comedian, and Hilarious Comedy Magician, Chris Blackmore will energize and inspire while making sure that your guests laugh and learn with great memories that make a difference!

With hundreds of shows for Fortune 500 Corporations and Associations, Chris is a proven success in the Corporate Event market.  He will help you achieve your event goals by customizing a show to your specifications.

Chris interacts with your guests and includes Key Personnel, Your Message, Slogans and Values.

Chris is the consummate entertainer!  He is a seasoned comedian magician.  A quick wit.  And most importantly, he is one of those rare individuals who is easy to work with and genuinely cares about your needs and the all around success of your event.

For Booking information, please call Mike, (714) 979-8933.

Enjoy Chris’s promo video!

New Orange County DJ Videos Uploaded to YouTube!

February 7, 2012
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The DJ Video Shoot we conducted has produced SIX NEW DJ VIDEOS which have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel – they’re waiting to be viewed!

Take a look and let us know what you think…

Click on YouTube logo above right to go to our YouTube Channel, or view below.

(The DJ Video Shoot video is at bottom of page in case you haven’t seen it yet!)

***PLEASE COMMENT HERE AND ON YOUTUBE***

…and ‘Like’ where appropriate…!

Thanks!!

Bryan Wagstaff

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Paul Ullrich
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Sean Tayco
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Bobby Kranc
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Joel Miller
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Jack Mitchell
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Here’s the DJ Video Shoot video…just for fun!!

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Featuring Orange County and Los Angeles Professional Wedding & Corporate Disc Jockeys available through Essence Entertainment:
Bryan Wagstaff
Paul Ullrich
Sean Tayco
Bobby Kranc
Joel Miller
Jack Mitchell
Thanks, guys – well done!

Check Out New Additions to our YouTube Channel!

December 1, 2011

Hope you all enjoyed your Holiday weekend!

Well, I’ve been busy adding new videos to our YouTube Channel, creating Playlists, etc.  There have been times when I’ve had my laptop plus two other computers here in the office all uploading to YouTube at the same time!  (Never a dull moment…)

New Playlists are:

  • Bands
  • DJs
  • Theme & Variety
  • Ask Mike!
  • Wedding Music Samples

All Playlists and Videos are viewable by visiting our channel:  EssenceEntertain1

I hope you enjoy watching our talented Performers anytime you have a moment to visit our YouTube videos – and don’t forget to Like and Leave a Comment!  Thanks!

Visit often as I am constantly adding new stuff!

Here’s the NEW Hodads video – let us know what you think of it!

If above video does not function correctly, click on the Band Name below or copy and paste the URL below that:

The Hodads Party Band

http://www.youtube.com/essenceentertain1#p/c/5CD3B37F6A632D64/20/EpujdwxcnlE


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