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Skin Cancer is on the rise – protect your skin!

July 30, 2014

Skin Cancer is on the rise…protect your skin!

skin cancer on the rise

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

July 22, 2014

Novelty Acts in Orange County

Novelty Acts OC

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

July 15, 2014

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.

 

 

 

Enjoy a few quotes of the day…

July 7, 2014

A few quotes for the day…

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Now Is Your Time - Go And Live A Great Life

 

 

Untill you spread your wings you’ll have no idea how far you can fly

 

 

Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much and

Hope you enjoyed them!  :)

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Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

June 24, 2014

Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

Well, believe it or not, it’s that time again, folks!Holiday entertainment

It seems to come around faster every year, I know, but if you’re planning on having some kind of event over the Holiday Season, now is the time to contact Essence Entertainment to start planning and reserving your Holiday Music and Entertainment.

Whether you’re planning a children’s party, an intimate soiree with family and friends, or a large corporate dinner party, the sooner you book your Holiday Music and Entertainment the better – you’ll have more options to choose from…and you’ll be able to check it off your To Do List!

Holiday music and entertainment

Cocktail Hour is the first impression your guests get when they arrive, so it’s always a nice idea to have some themed music and / or entertainment during this time. The classic and ever popular things like Holiday Carolers and Santa book up fast – so if you’re considering either of these items for your event, be sure to call Essence Entertainment soon!  Other ideas include Jazz Trio, String Ensemble, or even a Steel Drum Duo playing your Holiday favorites.

entertainment holidayThere are lots of fun atmosphere things to do as well.  By this I mean things like Santa, Photo Station, Strolling Magician, Look Alikes, Costumed Tray Passing Girls, Caricature Artist…

holiday entertainment and musicFor Dinner and Dancing a professional dance band is the way to go!  Lots of great music and fun energy!  Be sure to visit Essence Entertainment’s website to explore the many dance band options available to you.  Essence Entertainment also has many fabulous Disc Jockeys to choose from.

After Dinner Shows are also very popular, be it for a large corporate event or a small intimate affair.  Essence Entertainment can design a customized variety show just for you, provide a Celebrity Head Liner, or create a wonderful experience with any number of fantastic performers and shows.  Essence Entertainment has videos on the Acts available to choose from, be it a Cabaret Artist, a Comedian, a Comedy Magician, a mini Legends Show, a Vocal Group…so many ideas to explore.

Activities might be on your list of things to look in to…the always popular Casino Night is a great option, or why not diversify with an evening of Horse Racing.holiday music and entertainment

entertainment holidayFor Family and Children’s parties the possibilities are endless – Santa, Elves, Face Painter, Caricature Artist, Strolling Magician, Stilt Walker, Temporary Tattoo Artist, Line Dance or Country Dance Instructor, Look Alike, Arcade Games, Photo Booth, Petting Zoo, Snow Garden, Bounce House, Climbing Wall…the list goes on and on!

Don’t delay – contact Essence Entertainment soon to start brainstorming and planning your upcoming Holiday Event!

How to Choose a Wedding Coordinator

June 17, 2014

You’re engaged!  Congratulations!   You’ve picked a date…how to choose a wedding coordinator

…now what?!

Beginning to plan a Wedding is very exciting and can be a lot of fun…browsing through wedding magazines, surfing the web for ideas, vendors, etc., talking about it with friends and family, getting their ideas…oh, wait…now it’s starting to get overwhelming…what do I do now?!

wedding coordinatorHiring a Wedding Coordinator (Planner, Producer) may be the best thing to do.  Not only will they help you find reputable vendors, explore fun ideas, and think of things you haven’t, they will also, and most importantly, bring you peace of mind and return the process back to being a fun thing to do!  They will most likely save you money in the long run, too, which is always a good thing.

It’s important to mention that many fine Hotels actually require you to hire a Coordinator – they know how valuable it is and how important it can be towards the overall success of your event.

So – you’ve decided to work with a Wedding Coordinator…how do you find one?

There are many Coordinators out there to choose from…maybe too many.  The beginning step would be to ask friends, family and vendors (like Essence Entertainment) for referrals.  It’s a good place to start, anyway.  Most wedding sites/locations will have a Vendor Referral List which you can also review.  Another good place to find Coordinators is the Association of Bridal Consultants, or ABC – you can search for a Coordinator in your geographic area.  (Orange County ABC; Los Angeles ABC)

Next, spend some time with their websites.  Get to know them a bit, see some examples of their work, get a feel for their style and philosophy, etc.  This will help you narrow the list down a bit.

Then you’ll want to call them all – have an initial conversation with them and find out if they are available for your event.  Get a feel for their personality, how they approach a new event, get their opinion on a location you are considering…just a few basic things.  Trust your gut on the ones you ‘like’ – your Coordinator is someone you’re going to spend a lot of time with and you’ll have a much nicer experience if you enjoy talking to and being with this person.

Finally, you’ll want to meet your few final candidates in person – have a short interview with them, asking questions about them, their work, their services and fees…here’s a listfind a wedding coordinator of questions to consider:  Questions to Ask a Wedding Coordinator from Here Comes the Guide (another useful resource).

Though it may be tempting to pick the Coordinator with the lowest prices, I’d suggest that picking the one you like the best, even if it costs a little more, will be money very well spent.  Remember, it’s really important to like the Coordinator you pick – having a wonderful experience is well worth it.

It’s a great idea to hire a Coordinator near the beginning of the process – they’ll save you a lot of time with their list of vetted vendors, the best order in which to do things, etc.  However, if you feel you’ve got a handle on things, there are Coordinators who offer smaller packages with less service – you should be able to customize the service to your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Seaforth Jazz Ensemble and DJ Sean hit home runs!

June 10, 2014

One of Essence Entertainment’s finest Jazz Ensembles, the Paul Seaforth Ensemble, and our terrific DJ Sean, hit home runs…and we sure appreciate them for it!

They played for Brittany and Mark’s Wedding at the Surf and Sand Hotel on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.  The Paul Seaforth Ensemble provided a Trio for the Cocktail Hour and a 5-piece Ensemble for Dinner.

Paul Seaforth Ensemble

Paul Seaforth

The Mother of the Bride said it all:

Dear Mike, Paul and the band,

 I just wanted you to know how very much Paul and his ensemble are appreciated!  Your work seemed effortless, well rehearsed and sounded like a  million bucks!    Everything you played and sang was truly amazing!  It was just so spectacular I want your hard working team to know how amazing they all are!  You created an atmosphere that is simply unforgettable!  Your music brought tears to my eyes and the entire ballroom!!!  Soooo beautiful, soooo wonderful, soooo heavenly-I felt like I was in a dream.  You are so creative and special.  The music was truly  awesome!!!  You gave us your very best and we can’t thank you enough for making this job a priority in every way.

I hope you can keep a file for me sot that I could duplicate the music with Paul and his group at another time!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making Brittany and Mark’s Wedding Day as special as they are!!!

With admiration for all you do!!!

Linda – Mother of the Bride

 

Paul was followed by our very own DJ-Sean, who continued with the success of the event.

Linda had this to say about Sean:

I just realized I neglected to mention the DJ!  He was awesome with the kids and got everyone dancing for hours!  Soooo much fun!  Best wedding ever, I’ve been told over and over!

Thanks, again!  It really was a pleasure and I couldn’t have been more pleased!!!

 

Their Wedding Coordinator, Natalie Vishny, also had nice things to say:

“To Mike at Essence Entertainment:  Thank you for sending out your very best.  Everything was perfect from beginning to end.”

Kudos to Paul and Sean!

 

Orange County Show Bands Feature

June 3, 2014

Orange County Show Bands Feature

There are many wonderful Orange County Show Bands and Essence Entertainment is proud to represent the best!

The term Show Band usually refers to the size and style of a Professional Dance Band, appropriate for Corporate Events, Fund Raisers, large Weddings, etc.  This type of band generally has 10 or more musicians, incorporates costume changes, performs choreography, and basically presents more of a “show” than a standard dance band.

Here are a few exciting examples of Orange County Show BandsThe Red Hot Band and Stellar!

 

Another definition of a Show Band is what is referred to as a Theme Band…a band which specializes in a particular style or genre of music.

The Hodads is an example of a Beach Band, and The Kelly Rae Country Band is an example of a hip, current country band.

 

The term Show Band can also refer to a band which features a particularly charismatic solo artist — Chuck Wansley is a perfect example of this:

 

To enjoy the many fabulous Orange County Show Bands available through Essence Entertainment, please visit their Website and their YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

 

Hotel Irvine FAM Event 2014

May 20, 2014

 

Hotel Irvine FAM Event 2014

Keith Lambert, Director of Catering, along with the entire Executive Team, hosted an annual FAM Event at the new Hotel Irvine during the first week of May, 2014.  He came up with a number of terrific Theme ideas which were brought to fruition with the help of Mike Steffens at Essence Entertainment, and a few other key partners.  Guests from around the Country were treated to a number of particularly fabulous events! On Wednesday, April 30th, Keith’s “Ultra Lounge” was enhanced with an atmosphere dancer, who provided a visual as well as an interactive experience.  BTB provided the lounge furniture.

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On Thursday, May 1st, the Guests traveled around the world during their International Dinner experience.  They were greeted with a beautiful lounge created by Lounge Appeal, augmented by an 8 foot tall Ice Sculpture Martini Luge – but this wasn’t your typical Martini Luge, mind you…the Bartender couldn’t reach the top of the Ice Luge to poor in the martinis, so Buffy the Aerialist was brought in to do the honors!

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hotelirvineFAMtrip-32The Guests then traveled ‘around the world’ (their Menus were their Passports), enjoying a beautiful introduction for each course by Chef, followed by a piece of entertainment and large pictorials of the particular country projected onto the white ‘walls’ of the room.  The Asian course was accompanied by Barbie playing the Guzheng; the Italian course was introduced by Lisa-Marie singing a lovely Italian Aria; the USA course was highlighted by Jim singing a la Frank Sinatra; and the French course was enjoyed while Jeff serenaded everyone on his Accordion.

 

 

 

 

 

On to Friday – lunch was served aboard Duffy Boats floating in the Newport Beach Harbor while Guitarist/Vocalist Michael Sullivan added his musical entertainment.  Friday evening was the Mediterranean Night hosted in the Patio, with lounge furniture provided once again by Lounge Appeal and rustic wooden tables provided by Fusion Linens.  The A/V Department outdid themselves with lighting – fantastic!  Josh provided a beautifully set up Cigar StationKarel Taska started the evening off with playing Spanish Guitar.  Then Les Zazous provided their own eclectic brand of European music (with props and staging provided by BTB) – Tera sings in five different languages!  The evening also featured Ballroom Dancers Zuzana and Desi hitting the dance floor!

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The overall event was extremely successful in every aspect.  Keith’s team at the Hotel worked very hard to make sure everything was just right, and their hard work really paid off.    Essence Entertainment and all of their performers were honored to be a part of it!

 

A few 2014 Wedding Trends

May 6, 2014

2014 Wedding Trends

Essence Entertainment read a number of articles regarding the Wedding Trends for 2014 and a few ideas stick out…

Wedding Colors:

According to the Huffington Post and the Bridal Guide, PINK is back!!  Do you already feel like a blushing bride? Carry that sweet love over to your color scheme, says Tara Guérard, the event designer behind ultra-luxe Soirée in Charleston and New York. “It’s the nudes, the blushes, the peaches — not Pepto Bismol pink!” she announces.

Bridal Guide adds, The romance of the outdoors inspires West Coast brides. “I’m working in natural colors — creams, ivory, oatmeals,” says Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events in Los Angeles. “If we’re going more glamorous, brides love pops of gold right now.”

Metallics are huge!” Tara agrees. She’s seeing gold sugar stripes on wedding cakes, linens shot through with gold thread and one of her favorite looks — the subtle luxury of pale gold lampshades.

I read a couple of articles which stated that purple is still in, event though it was big last year.

colorFirst Choice Magazine weighs in:  the color of the year is Radiant Orchid. Hemlock, Cayenne, Sand, Paloma, Freesia, Purple Haze, and Dazzling Blue round out the most popular shades. Navy and royal blue are also hot colors for 2014.

They go on to agree that pinks, nudes, blushes and peaches are also big.

To hashtag or not to hashtag?

That is always a question, and according to wedding expert Rita Moore of La Valencia in San Diego, couples these days either unplug altogether from social media during the wedding – or go the opposite direction and make it a major element throughout. The #socialmedia #wedding includes selfies of every moment, a special #hashtag just for the wedding, and special pages or albums on Instagram, Facebook and beyond.

More than one article mentioned that many brides are requesting the event to be “unplugged”, to the extent that they kindly ask that everyone leave their phone at the Phone Check station…they don’t want the distraction, nor the wedding to be inundated with social media coverage.

On the contrary,  you can hire a Social Media Concierge – This is something for that couple that loves to over share every detail of their life on social media. This is a hired professional that will live tweet, update facebook and twitter, share pics and videos via instagram and Vine. Oh and these people don’t come cheap.

The After-Party

ABC News, among others, reports that the After-Party is gaining popularity:  Since wedding receptions tend to be for the whole family, planned after-parties are a popular way for the bride and groom to celebrate with friends late into the night. “After the cake is cut and the old folks go home, couples are organizing personalized after-parties in VIP lounges, special tents, or hotel suites, so they can keep the party going,” says Karen Bussen of Palladium Hotel Group.

It wouldn’t be surprising if even ecstatic newlyweds would show some signs of wear, like this groom, after partying all night!

 


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