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Make it unforgettable by hiring a band for your party

There is always music at a party, but nothing holds a candle to hiring a band.

We’ve all been to house or office parties where the Bose Stereo System is blaring or even where the host has sprung for a dj. Music smooths the way for conversation, and it brings people together. Live music has the same effect, but it adds excitement and spontaneity to the mix. Guests stay at a party with a band, and they remember it. A party is a long-discussed event when it has live entertainment, but many party hosts are intimidated by the process of hiring a band.

dance partyDon’t be intimidated. Hiring a band for your party takes a little preparation, but it’s worth it.

live music is the party

Bands for hire want you to seek them out, and they are searching for you. Having trouble getting references or contacts? Hire an entertainment company with the experience and connections necessary to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.

An entertainment company can also match your event with bands for hire that are appropriate, so your dinner party is accompanied by music rather than interrupted by it, and your dance party has music that makes people shake their booties prior to getting on the dance floor.

Things to consider when hiring an entertainment company.

  • Budget
  • Reputation
  • Audience
  • Contract

An entertainment company should have firm prices available or should be able to negotiate a firm price with the band of your choosing. Read reviews online about companies before pursuing one. Companies build their reputations through reviews and word-of-mouth, and a company with a good reputation is worth every penny for a perfect party.

A contract is necessary.

Talk to your coordinator about their services and make sure they provide full service in their quote including sound equipment, lighting, setup, and clean up. They can also help match your band to your audience if you are having trouble. Bands for hire require a contract as well, and an entertainment company will handle all the behind the scenes details, making the process seamless and removing the intimidation factor from the process.

If you choose to go it alone and find a band for hire without an entertainment company, it is still a doable process, but just know that all the complications listed in the above paragraphs come along with it. Experience and connections are key, and your first attempt may fall short, but eventually the experience develops. An entertainment company definitely removes the kinks from the process and allows a host to focus on other party details.

 

 

 

 

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On the Scene in Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Most Successful Musicians and Bands

On the Scene in Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Most Successful Musicians and Bands

Milwaukee has a thriving music scene and has for several decades now. How do we determine whether or not a music scene is thriving? One strong indicator of the health of a music scene directly correlates to the success of that city or region’s music groups. So how is Milwaukee doing? Let’s take a look at some of its most successful music groups to get an idea.

Violent Femmes

The alt-rock / punk rock group, Violent Femmes, emerged from right here in Milwaukee. Arguably the city’s most famous band, Violent Femmes have been active off and on since 1980, and they have a massive cult following that persists to this day. Not only are they the most successful rock group with Milwaukee roots, but they are also considered one of the most famous alt-rock bands of all time.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band was born and raised in Milwaukee, in a family of musicians. Miller has been an active blues rock musician since the mid-1960s, and there are few people born prior to 1990 that have not heard of him. His roots and influence run deep, in Milwaukee and beyond.

Liberace

Did you know world-famous singer, entertainer and actor, Liberace, was a Milwaukee native? His illustrious career spanned a whopping five decades and shot him into international superstardom.

Al Jarreau

American jazz singer-songwriter, Al Jarreau, was another Milwaukee musician. With a full twenty albums in his discography, Jarreau earned his spot on this list decades ago.

Eric Benét

Eric Benét is a critically acclaimed R&B and soul musician. Benét has been active on the scene since the late 1980s and has received four Grammy nominations to date. Brother to Lisa Benét and former spouse of Halle Berry, Eric is no stranger to the limelight, and it all started right here in Milwaukee.

The Frogs

Milwaukee rock band The Frogs was established in Milwaukee in 1980 and spanned over two decades on the scene. They’re associated with several similar genres: alt-rock, folk rock, comedy rock, and acoustic rock, to name a few. The Frogs are most known for their controversial lyrics, through which they confronted hot-button issues such as race, religion and sexuality.

The Takeaway

The evidence is irrefutable: Milwaukee has an incredibly strong music scene. These are but a few of the most notable musicians and bands with origins in Milwaukee. So what do you think? Does Milwaukee pass the musical litmus test?