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ISES Esprit Award 2013 for Olivera Music Entertainment!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

ISES Esprit Award 2013 Gala

Olivera Music Entertainment is thrilled to announce we are the recipient of a International Special Events Society, ISES Esprit Award 2013 for ‘Best ISES Team Effort, Budget over $200,000’.   This internationally recognized awards ceremony draws entries from the 52 ISES chapters around the world.  The ceremony took place at the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

The event was entitled the ‘Did you hear the news? Gala’, and was held at the USA Today/Gannett building in McLean, Virginia.  The team included 12 ISES DC chapter members, covering  all aspects of the event:  music, event planning, decor, sound, photography, transportation, event furnishings, valet, lighting, draping, plants, bartending, place settings, and multi-media.  Kevin Olivera was Entertainment Chair for the following music entertainment production:

  • Arrival – “Swing Dixie” 6-pc. band
  • VIP Reception – Jazz Duo
  • Full Reception – Jazz Quartet and a Newspaper Man Statue
  • Awards Ceremony – Solo Harpist, Awards Ceremony MC, Baseball Bat Violinist
  • Dinner – “Pop Culture Strings” 4-pc.
  • Dancing – “Amaretto” 9-pc. band, and a Handwriting Analyst

The planning for the Gala began nine months prior to the event.  Multiple site visits and a tech rehearsal were crucial.  Communication with all team members was crucial to ensure each company’s plan was in synch with all other team members.

The International Special Events Society was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct.  ISES works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the “event as a whole” rather than its individual parts. ISES has grown to involve over 5,500 members active in 52 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ISES provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

For over 25 years ISES has been a valued and trusted partner in the events industry. An industry that generates over $200 billion for the global economy and supports over four million jobs.

ISES members are regarded as the very best in what they do, creating a powerful and influential community of event professionals around the world, working together to find new ways to communicate through the power of live events.  As the association continues to expand and engage, reaching new audiences and markets around the globe, so the ISES brand continues to evolve.

Tip #10 Let’s Celebrate!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

 

Jamey Turner, Glass Harp
Memory of African Culture
Balilaika
Scottish Pipe Band
It’s time to celebrate…..You need entertainment…..What to choose?  Do you “Try something new”, or go with “Something tried and true”?

Try Something New

Have fun!  Be creative!  Celebrate!  But be sure to work with a producer who is knowledgeable about the logistics of the performance.  Here are a couple of “new” ideas to consider:

  • A Video Jockey (VJ)    

Imagine a DJ with videos projected on large screens.  With large scale events, the equipment required is already in place.  The VJ displays videos to create an energetic atmosphere for revving up the dancing!

  • “Rhapsody America” Patriotic Show

Not your usual patriotic show, but one which uses a costumed narrator, a show band, three vocalists, a violinist, and a kids choir.  Showcasing patriotic-type music thru the years in a compact show, you will be brought to your feet and singing along to “Proud to Be an American”.  For added effect, a Fife and Drum Band can provide cocktail music and parade you into dinner.

Something Tried and True

There are truly “new” ideas, but there are also ways to use a past idea in a new way, such as using a new theme or decor with songs to match.  This provides something new and interesting with the assurance of success.  Here are some reliable favorites:

  • A Top Dance Band

There are several top notch dance bands from which to choose.  They vary by size, music selection, instrumentation, and price.  They keep your event alive with energy and excitement!

  • Headliner Acts

These performers continue to perform because they are great – and a reliable solution for a special event.  There are many choices – let’s discuss the best option for your guests, and we will provide several suggestions.

Holiday Entertainment features New Orleans theme

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Corporate Holiday Entertainment at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Washington, DC, featured a variety of performers for a New Orleans themed evening.  At the entrance, two Mardi Gras costumed Stiltwalkers  greeted guests and provided interesting entertainment during the event.  A five-piece Zydeco Band created an upbeat atmosphere in the Atrium throughout the event, enticing dancing.  Their repertoire of zydeco, cajun, and New Orleans style music a perfect setting for the theme.  An interactive DJ livened up the Ballroom, motivating guests to dance.  He provided exquisite lighting to enhance the theme and atmosphere.  Revelers kept moving with the holiday entertainment throughout the evening with this creative holiday event, produced by Gardner Mills Group of Washington, DC.

New Orleans Stiltwalkers Holiday Entertainment

New Orleans Stiltwalkers

Zydeco Band Holiday Entertainment
Zydeco Band Holiday Entertainment

Wedding Music Entertainment Wedding Wire Award 2013

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Wedding Music Wedding Wire Entertainment Vendor

Olivera Music Entertainment, once again has received the prestigious Wedding Wire ‘Bride’s Choice Award’ for Wedding Music Entertainment for 2013!  As the only full-service music entertainment agency in Loudoun County, we offer a complete selection of music entertainment, including soloists, small combos, dance bands, and specialty groups, which offer classical, jazz, and contemporary music styles.  Whatever vision you have for your special day, we can make it happen!

Our staff assists you in all aspects of your wedding music entertainment planning process to make sure your music selections match your style.  What is your schedule of events?  Will there be a first dance?  Will there be a father/daughter dance?  Will there be a bouquet and garter toss?  Who are your bridesmaids and groomsmen?  What are their names and how do you pronounce their names?  When the music entertainment for the dance, whether a band or DJ, is setting up, will your guests be in the same room?  If so, we can arrange to have them set-up earlier so they do not disturb the celebration.

Look through our blog for the Top Ten Planning Tips for successful music entertainment production.  We wish you the best for your celebration!

Remember……Music is Power…..Music is the Life of a Celebration!

Entertainment Production – Tip #5 Performer Etiquette

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Successful Entertainment Production
Tip #5 – Performer Etiquette

Performer etiquette and appearance are as important as the performance itself.  Factors to consider:

  • Determine the proper dress for your event, and, therefore, for your performers.  Unless they are to be dressed in a specific costume, performer attire should match or be more elegant than your guests.
  • Appropriate attire may be labeled as formal, semi-formal, New York black, cocktail, casual, etc.  Be sure to specify your choice in the contract.
  • Equally important is having a clean look in the performance area.  Cases, bags, and personal items should be stored completely out of sight.
  • Cords necessary for performance should be secured for safety purposes, and kept out of sight as much as possible.  It is best to run cords from the performer to backstage, rather than across the front of the stage or in front of the performers.
  • If music is used, it should be neatly organized in a black folder on a black music stand, so to remain minimally noticed by guests.
  • Performers are to restrain from drinking alcoholic drinks at all times, and from smoking, using cell phones, and eating in view of the guests.
  • Provide a musician area for safe storage of cases, bags, and personal items.  This could also be a place for the performers to eat and have soft drinks during scheduled breaks.
  • Many of these items can be included in your contract, or on a separate rider with the contract.

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