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Eleven Bands Rock at Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion!

September 26, 2014

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!








Birthday Party in Orange – 60’s Theme!

April 18, 2014

60’s Theme Birthday Party

A fabulous 60’s theme Birthday Party was produced by Essence Entertainment last Sunday in Orange.

The groovy affair was totally decked out with 60’s Theme decor, food and entertainment.  Even most of the 125 guests dressed the part, wearing mod 60’s theme rags.  Tie die, peace signs, and fringe was the name of the game!

60's theme birthday party

Birthday Girl Valerie

60’s theme Birthday Girl Valerie especially enjoyed the groovy happening!  The 2,400 photos taken at the event showed Valerie having a blast in every shot!

60's theme party

Judy with Jeff and Eric


This boss event was possible due to the many excellent vendors working together.  Designed and produced by Essence Entertainment’s Judy Kuri, all of the participating vendors contributed to the party’s success.


Birthday Party 60's theme

DJ Eric



DJ/MC Eric Miles held things together with his 60’s theme music and karaoke – many performers took hold of the microphone and enhanced the birthday party with their singing!




Comedy, Juggling and Close Up Magic were provided by Jeff Abbitt, Abbitt the Average .  He’s a big ham and was another one of those people who were having a great time in every photo.

Birthday Party 60's theme

Jeff Abbit the Average

Catering was brought in by Spectacular Catering – complete with cupcakes covered in peace signs. 60's theme party


Birthday 60's theme

Ice Luge



The Ice Luge serving martini’s was one of Valerie’s favorite parts, created and served by Carving Ice.


All of the props and decor were brought in by BTB – Best of the Best Event Productions and Party Rentals.  They provided just the right effect for this 60’s theme birthday party.

Even a Flash Mob came in and did their thing – so much fun!

Birthday party 60's theme

“Otis Day”


What was the highlight of the 60’s theme birthday party?   Why, it was when “Otis Day” (Dewayne Jessie) of “Otis Day and the Knights” arrived to wish Valerie a Happy Birthday!  The Otis Day and the Knights band was originally created as a fictional band to perform in the movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House”.  The band is best known of course for their versions of “Shout” and “Shama Lama Ding Dong”.

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Valerie and her friends had a ball dancing and singing along as Otis entertained all of the guests with his terrific 60’s theme renditions.

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