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Tips on Hiring a Live Band for Your Event

November 5, 2016

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live-musicWithout a doubt, musical entertainment can add a lot of fun in an event, that’s why many hosts choose to hire bands for live entertainment. Guests can enjoy live music, crowd interaction and that personal touch especially if the performers accept song requests. Before hiring a live band, consider these tips to make a wise choice.

Consider recommendations

Cover bands might be different from your favorite band, so look for a versatile band that will make your event successful. Start by getting recommendations other event planners. These people might have hired bands and they are more likely to experience dealing with performers. They can tell you which cover band is suitable for your function. If some of your friends have hired bands before, you can also ask them for recommendations.

Check online

You can find almost anything online, including cover bands that offer their services for various functions. If there are reviews, read them and check out individual sites if there are any. Watch their video samples or visit their social media pages for feedback.

Contact the band

Once you have made a shortlist of the bands you are considering for your event, contact some of them. Send an email and see how they respond. Do they respond well? Do they provide complete information? These are good indications of their professionalism, giving you an idea of which band may work best for you. Speak with the manager, agent or bandleader and ask their availability or whether they have performed at a function similar to yours.

Watch them in action

Know their schedule and do your best to watch them play beforehand. Many professional Australian cover bands are booked throughout the year, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to watch them. If they have many bookings, that could be a good indication that they play well.

Talk about special songs

If you are holding an event for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, birthday, wedding or any other occasion, it is best to be vocal about song choices. Be honest with the band that you want them to include special songs on the repertoire, because that is probably the reason why you hired their service in the first place. Make sure to discuss the theme of the party with the band manager or leader.

Check the pricing

The number of band members and their experience may influence the price of hiring a band. Their prices may vary, but you can ask event planners so you can have an idea. Make sure to talk about it first before booking the band.

Whether you are looking for Adelaide cover bands or anywhere else in the country, their professionalism is as important as their talent. Gather as much information as you can about them if you don’t want your party to fail. Make sure to communicate easily with the leader and ask them for former clients or references. This should help you decide easily if it is best to book this band or not.

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Bruno Mars Performs in Manila

May 15, 2014

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bm1Bruno Mars is currently on tour, promoting his latest album ‘Moonshine Jungle’. The tour will have him performing in Asia, specifically in Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Taipei, South Korea, and Japan. Tickets are all sold out in Singapore, HongKong, Korea, and Japan. Other concert tour details may be seen here:

The Thailand and Philippine schedules were already fulfilled. In Thailand, Bruno was seen exploring shops and local food places. Mars was all out in trying native delicacies. The concert in Manila was also a huge success. Filipinos know Bruno is half-Fil, born to a full-Filipino blooded mother, Bernadette Hernandez. Filipinos love Bruno Mars so much because he is a ‘kababayan’ (countryman) and he is undeniably a gifted musical artist.

For the concert in Manila, Bruno sang sixteen songs during his set. Filipinos enjoyed every performance, and was supportive of Bruno’s every rendition. The venue at Mall of Asia Arena was filled; it was already standing room only. Tickets have actually sold out weeks ago but Filipinos kept buying even though it meant standing the whole night. Well, everyone was up on its feet anyway. It’s hard to sit down with such energetic and emotionally packed performances from Bruno and his crew.

Bruno covered the following songs: ‘Just the Way You Are’, ‘MoonShine’, ‘Natalie’, ‘Treasure’. ‘Billionaire’ (mash-up), ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’. He showcased his Motown and R&B style with a mash-up of ‘Candy Rain’ (by Soul for Real) and ‘Pony’ (by Ginuwine) with ‘Our First Time’ (his song from album ‘Doo-Woops & Hooligans’).

He also rendered his original version of ‘Marry You’ and even said ’Hey Manila, I think I wanna marry you! Filo fans in the audience of course were very much delighted. He invited the crowd to sing with him, acknowledging that Filipinos are known for being singers and karaoke singers.

It was clear that night that Bruno Mars is a special music idol favorite in the Philippines. Bruno Mars also states that performing in the Philippines is special for him. His roots are Filipino and performing in front of ‘his own’ makes his renditions more special and deeper in meaning.

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Classy Customized Shoes by Gwen Stefani

May 1, 2014

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Singer Gwen Stefani has specialized a line of shoes that promises to deliver on comfort, as well as style but falls within a budget. Being heavily pregnant with her 3rd child, she partnered with ShoeDazzle on her new accessories line. The line include handbags, too.

Never wanting to give up her wild style, even with the upcoming arrival of her new baby, she has refused to let go her glamorous collection of footwear. She said in an interview: ‘The big challenge is to get a shoe to look as sexy and be at comfortable height…and I think we did that with the sandals.”

Following the footsteps of some celebrity fashion designers, like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Moss, to endorse cut price lines nowadays, the “gx” collection comes almost as a bargain compared to her L.A.M.B bags and shoes, some of which sells up to $500. Priced in between $70 to $111 the “gx” by Gwen Stefani collection comes with 7 handbags and a variety of 24 footwear styles reflecting the ‘punk, pop, street and tribal’ elements of Stefani’s style that has proven to be so popular with fashion fans.

Stefani admitted that designing accessories hasn’t been an easy thing to do , ‘To see a sketch then to try to visualize what it’s going to end up being and how it’s going to work on the foot, it’s not an easy project.’ As self-confessed ‘tomboy’ and not too much of a bag lady by nature, Stefani confessed that she did not even start wearing handbags ’til her mid-30s, and said that the handbags from her “gx” collection are more casual than the  “gx” shoes, and said, ‘I love a softer bag that almost has a backpack feel.’

Not a newbie to the game — Stefani first broke into fashion in 2002, designing accessories in partnership with LeSportsac, and then launched her own brand L.A.M.B in 2004 –  she seems to be getting the pretty hang of it. ‘I know what I’m doing more now,’ she said in an interview

Busy balancing a growing family, specializing bag and shoes are not the only fashion projects Stefani currently has up her sleeve.

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Musicians Raised by Single Parents

April 26, 2014

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Something that keeps a single mother’s morale up is the fact when kids being raised by single parents succeed in life. Here are some of the successful music artists who was raised solely either by their mother or father.

  • Mariah Carey — had little contact with her father ever since her parents’ divorced when she was three.
  • Eric Clapton — he never knew his real father. He grew up knowing that his grandparents were his real parents and his mother is his sister.
  • Enrique Iglesias — he was raised by his nanny, Elvira Olivarez
  • Mary J. Blige — was left by her father when she was four
  • Alicia Keys — grew up without a father.
  • John Lennon — grew up without a father and lost his mother at the age of seventeen.
  • Marilyn Monroe — also grew up without a father.
  • Tulisa Contostavlos —  her musician parents split up when she was nine.
  • Kelly Rowland — her mother left her alcoholic father.
  • Barbra Streisand — lost her father when she was two, her mother struggling to make ends meet in 1940s New York.
  • Christina Aguilera — her parents split up when she was seven and she lived with her mother and sister at her grandmother’s house in Pennsylvania.
  • Alicia Keys — was raised solely by her mother in the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York.
  • Ashley Walters — was raised by his mother in Peckham, London.
  • Madonna — lost her mother with breast cancer and her father raised them in Bay City, Michigan, on his own.
  • Jarvis Cocker was raised up in Sheffield by his mother from the age of seven after his father left them and moved to Sydney, losing all contact with his son.
  • Justin Bieber — her mother had him by 17, raised him as a single mother in low-income housing.
  • Selena Gomez– her parents got divorced, her mother was working hard to provide a better life for her.
  • Costadinos Contostavlos — Dappy’s farther died when he was a teen before he got into music

Raising up a child is a hard job, even harder when you have to do it on your own. Single parents needs a hand from their families, friends, and the community to help them live a simpler life. If you’re a single mom and needs assistance, go to  to help you start with.

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Imagine Dragons is Into Sports!

April 16, 2014

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Imagine Dragons is an alternative rock band recently entering the public music scene in 2012 with its first official release of the album ‘Night Visions’. With the release of the group’s debut album came continual success, singles were topping the charts and Imagine Dragons and their song titles have started becoming a common household topic, most especially among teens.

rock-bandIn less than three years, the band has risen to the ranks of big-time pop rock bands. On radio, they dominate the Top 40 rankings, live appearances were being scheduled on air and in various festival and tour circuits. Indeed, band members have proven that they do belong to the music world. From the time ‘Night Visions’ came out, life has never been the same for the quartet. Engagements left and right occupy them, in fact, the group has been on tour from last year. If you haven’t watched them in concert yet, check for a date and venue near you.

It’s interesting that besides talk of music, group members can talk sports as well. Imagine Dragons talks with recently and stuff about sports came out. Daniel Platzman, drummer for the band, confesses that he is a fan of Steph Curry, the player for Golden State Warriors. Daniel thinks if there is a song of theirs that fits Steph and the team, it would be ‘Underdog’. He is mesmerized with how Steph plays and with how he can navigate through blockages and land a sure shot.

NBA talks would always include LeBron James, he is a bona fide icon in the world of basketball. Imagine Dragons were happy and honored to hear that LeBron’s pre-game prep is to listen to the band’s hit song ‘Radioactive’. “That was really cool. Im a big fan of LeBron”, Dan comments, mentioning that he and his high school buddies watched LeBron’s documentary back then.

Wayne Sermon, the band’s guitarist, also talked about baseball, about loving the sport, and about how he roots for the Cubs to someday win the World Series. Wayne recalled how the band was given the first pitch of the game last year at Chicago’s Cubs, Wrigley Field. ‘It was exciting, it was a near disaster, but it went okay’, he said.

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Concert in the Grass

April 8, 2014

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Avid fans of music or musicians themselves would want to keep themselves occupied especially during the school vacations. Organizing a local concert is one thing that would both quench their thirst for music as well as be an income generating activity for them. Parks as a location is a very inexpensive venue to host these concerts and they are not difficult to manage.

Ask Permission

Always remember to ask permission from your local government to allow you to have concert in the park. Submit a very convincing written letter to them stating your purpose and how the community would benefit from this activity. Follow it up every now and then since these people have too much on their plates.

Invite Artists

Of course, for it to be a success you have to invite indie artists who are willing to play for free or just a small amount as long as their band would get recognition. The school is one place to look for them since most of them are just garage bands and would like to play for a crowd. You can also invite relatively famous bands from other places through social media and word of mouth.

Test the Waters

Before you charge your customers, organize a one free session on a Saturday night. Make sure that it is well advertised and the concept would be just free-flow with people coming and going, some picnicking on the grass. This is for people to know how good it is to go outside with family and friends and listen to evening music.

Have a Bit of Everything

For the song selection, make it a relaxing time for your audience. Make sure that you have songs for the younger generations as well as the older ones. Do not overflow them with all metal or all rap songs as this will be an avenue for them to bond and you would want them to come back.

Other Resources

Aside from the concert itself, you can have friends sell stuff on booths and income generating activity. For your potty needs, you can access for information on how to setup your toilet, you can also use this as another fund raiser by asking for minimum payment when people need to use it.

If you see that people enjoy the music, the company and environment, start charging them the bare minimum just so you could cover your expenses.

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The Benefits of Staging Concerts for Dogs

April 3, 2014

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Just like human beings, dogs love music. This is why a lot of dog lovers provide means for them to appreciate music. This is through concerts. In fact, several dog concerts have already been staged in various parts of the world.

According to studies, listening to music helps calm the dogs’ nerves. Music allows them to feel more relaxed especially if they are in a stressful environment. A movement called Through a Dog’s Ear has a mission of providing dogs with beautiful music that is well-designed to fit in the needs of the dogs. They create healthy sound environment not just for the dog but for the owners as well. By staging concerts for dogs, they also believe that it will serve as a perfect bonding experience for the owners and the dog.

Based on researches, dogs love listening to classical music. Creations of musicians such as Bach and Chopin are highly appreciated. Based on the results of their first stages of concerts, dogs have shown drastic improvement in terms of their health and behavior. In fact, dogs that attended these concerts started looking for soothing music at home.

There are a lot of reasons why dogs experience anxiety. It could be because of their environment. It could also be because of how they are being treated. The sounds they hear around them throughout the day also pose threats to their mental wellness. As such, their behavior is affected. However, despite what they are going through, they still have to ensure that they remain strong for their owners. Thus, it is time to give back to them. By letting them listen to special music, they start feeling better. Constant listening to soothing music will gradually restore their health.

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Our dogs deserve only the best in life. Whatever it takes to let them live their short lives to the fullest, we have to make it happen.

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Justin Moore Talks about Music and Life

March 20, 2014

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justin-mooreHit maker Justin Moore was recently interviewed about his current tour, his love of country music, and his personal background. He comfortably opened up about his roots. Coming from Arkansas, he grew up with country music and has always been a fan; but with regards to doing it himself and going into music, he got started at seventeen years old; he was a junior in high school then. The town he is from only has about three hundred people actually, and the prospect of becoming a music star is not that realistic. His father saw how gifted he was and encouraged him. Moore remembers the time when he was about to go to college, his father asked him if he wanted to go into music for a profession. It was then actually that he realized that he indeed could become a country music artist for a living.

Justin Moore says country music is very close to his heart. He grew up with it; out of six radio shows, only one of them wouldn’t be country. Country music is life in reality, it touches and sings about real people, talking about what people do, where they’re going, what they are facing, their struggles, hopes, and dreams. Blue collar people especially can relate to country music.

When it came to writing songs, he was unsure at first. He wondered what kind of music he had to make that will please people, and that would be easily understood and accepted by them. He thought that if he wrote about personal stuff, about things that came from his own heart and experiences, the public wouldn’t be able to relate. His growing experience in the music industry now proves otherwise. He observed that the more honest he is thru music and the more personal he became in making music, people could relate more. If the message was personal to him, then it’s personal to the millions of people who will get to hear it.

On his new album, ‘Off the Beaten Path’, he comments that his roots are indeed traditional country. However, through the album, he is able to experience and showcase personal growth in craft and song interpretation. He desires to grow his fan base and with the new album, the subtle evolution of ‘Justin Moore’ will pleasantly surprise country music fans.

See and hear more of Justin Moore, go to a concert venue near you. Check for more info.

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