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Birthday Party at Opus One Winery in Napa

If you want to celebrate your Birthday, why not take a few of your closest friends and family to your favorite winery?

That’s just what our client did!

It was actually a surprise party for her husband’s 50th Birthday.  Mike Steffens, Essence Entertainment, custom designed and produced the entire event.

Transportation for event

The guests were gathered for cocktails at the Monarch Bay Club.  They were then driven by limousine to the Orange County Airport where they boarded their personal aircraft which swiftly flew them up to the Napa Valley.

Welcome to Napa Valley!


A limousine then delivered the guests to the Opus One Winery.

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Opus One Winery Tour

The guests were provided with a private tour of the winery, where they learned a lot about wine making and about Opus One in particular.

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A lavish dinner was then provided, accompanied by beautiful guitar music.  The Chef, Sarah Scott, designed a meal especially for them, and even made a personal appearance.  She also gifted each guest with an autographed copy of her new book!


A truly exquisite event all around!

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Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment

Where do you find Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment?

Good question…

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When it comes to finding Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment there are many outstanding choices.  Whether you’re considering a dynamic Show Band, a Headliner (Comedian, Magician…),  a Celebrity Artist or Atmosphere Talent,  the idea of trying to find the right kind of entertainment may be a daunting task.  There’s also Event Production to consider…A/V, staging, lighting, decor, rentals, linens, florals…

How would you like to have a one-stop shop to help you design, coordinate and produce your special event?

corporate entertainment LAFor Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment we recommend using a talent agency which is licensed and insured, has been in business for a substantial length of time, and which is referred by those you can trust.  One agency that fits the bill is Essence Entertainment.

With Mike Steffens at the helm, Essence Entertainment is Southern California’s top provider of Entertainment and Event Production for any type of Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment.  Next week or next year, large or small, Mike and his Staff will brainstorm through many fabulous options for you to choose from and are delightful to work with.

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In addition, they will work closely with you every step of the way to plan your successful event.  That’s right – all of those details needed to ensure your event or party goes off without a hitch – load-in logistics, time-line and sequence of events, communication between vendors, etc.  Essence Entertainment considers this part of the process very important and dedicates a lot of time and energy towards it.

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Celebrity Artist Paul Williams with Robin Kelly

The planning process also brings to light aspects of your event that you may not have considered yet…things like ample lighting for your presentation; a stage which is the right size for your Band;  enough power to handle all of the elements; time-line of load-in, sound check, rehearsal if needed, all of which need to happen before your guests are in the area; atmosphere entertainment (i.e., musicians and strolling talent during Cocktail Hour to introduce your guests to the theme); theme decor (centerpieces, lounge furniture, up-lighting, props, etc.); a green room and accommodations for your talent; rentals as needed (i.e., outdoor tents, tables/chairs, linens, trash cans…); appropriate Audio / Visual elements; and many other items which may need to be considered for your event.

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Since there are so many different types of elements to consider for your Los Angeles Corporate Event, an experienced, one-stop shop which handles all of the pertinent elements can ensure that your event goes smoothly and is a terrific success!  Let Essence Entertainment be your one-stop shop!

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Tips on Holiday Entertainment in Los Angeles

Tips on Holiday Entertainment in Los Angeles

Finding Holiday Entertainment in Los Angeles could not be easier!

Here are some helpful tips:

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1.  After you’ve locked in your date and location, think about and set a budget for Holiday Music and Entertainment.  Knowing this in advance will help you narrow down your options and ultimately help with the decision making process.

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2.  A fun way to plan a Holiday Event is to add a Theme – for instance, a Great Gatsby theme, a 1960′s Hippie theme, or Holidays in the Snowy Mountains theme.  Having a theme allows the music and entertainment options to include ideas other than the traditional Holiday Entertainment in Los Angeles.

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Exciting Dance Bands

3.  Next step is to explore your options.  The easiest way to do this is to work with a reputable company which provides a wide variety of music and entertainment, thereby allowing you the opportunity to explore and consider many options within your budget parameters.  (Essence Entertainment is a good choice.)

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4.  In many cases, working with one company for all of your music and entertainment needs, will allow you the possibility of receiving a package discount if you hire more than one entity.  It never hurts to ask!


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Props and Decor

5.  Remember – your guests are going to appreciate whatever you provide for them.  Most importantly, they won’t have any idea of what you didn’t choose, so try not to get hung up on the music and entertainment you did not (or could not) hire.

In a nutshell, working with one company for all of your music and entertainment needs makes things so much easier.  Consider it a one-stop shop.  You’ll have one point of contact, easy communication and planning expertise.

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When choosing a company to work with for your Holiday Entertainment in Los Angeles be sure to choose a company which has been in business for a while, is licensed and insured, has full-time office hours, is referred by those you trust, and is fun to work with!  That company is Essence Entertainment.

Essence Entertainment Talent Agency is Southern California’s elite entertainment production company for Corporate Events, Weddings and Private Parties.  They feature the very finest in Dance Bands, Disc Jockeys, Classical and Jazz Ensembles, Theme & Novelty Acts, Celebrity Entertainment and full-service Event Production.  Their professional Staff will help you create a unique, imaginative event, sure to exceed all expectations.  Licensed, insured, and referred by those you trust for over 30 years, Essence Entertainment provides personalized attention to detail, industry expertise and a delightful experience.  (Click Here to explore their website!)

If you have any questions on how to proceed with your Holiday Entertainment in Los Angeles, or would just like to brainstorm on some ideas, be sure to give Essence Entertainment a call!

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Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony Music

Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony Music

Wedding Ceremony Music Los AngelesChoosing your Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony Music can be challenging and overwhelming.  How do I choose the wedding ceremony music?  How do I choose the wedding ceremony musicians?

The best thing to do with regards to picking out the specific music and the musicians for your wedding ceremony is to listen!  Listen to different styles of music – for instance, Classical, Jazz, Pop, etc.  At the same time, listen to the different types of musicians you can have playing that music.

Wedding Ceremony Music LAThe first decision is whether you want all Classical music selections, or do you want to incorporate more contemporary styles of music, like a current pop song.  Once you’ve narrowed down the style of music you want, it will be easier to choose what to listen to.

There are many traditional Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony Music options in the Classical genre to choose from.  If you want a more traditional ceremony, this is usually the route to go.  Spend time with iTunes or with websites that offer lots of Los Angeles wedding ceremony music examples, like Essence Entertainment’s Musical Ensembles website page, or their YouTube Wedding Music Samples Playlist.  Here you’ll find lots of terrific samples in all styles.

Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony MusicEssence Entertainment’s samples will also let you listen to the different types of musicians you have to choose from – for instance, Solo Harp or Guitar, Harp Ensemble, String Trio or Quartet, Brass Ensemble, etc., etc.  Simply pick the type of musician(s) you like the sound of!  There’s no right or wrong, or more traditional, or any such thing – just pick the instruments you like!

Once you’ve picked the instruments you like best, make a list of the musical selections you like best.

Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony MusicNext thing to do is match the song selection with the particular ceremony formality.  By this I mean you want to pick a song for the Seating of the Mom’s, Bridesmaids Entrance, Bridal Processional, and the Recessional at the very least.  Other formalities you may want to participate in are Candle Lighting, Communion, Gift Presentation, or even a song for the Groomsmen to enter on.

Wedding Ceremony Music LANow you can start to match the song to the formality.  The Bridal Processional can be the traditional ‘Here Comes the Bride’, ‘Trumpet Voluntary’, or even your favorite love song.  Think about whether you want the music to make an introductory statement, or you want a more easy flowing, romantic ambiance.  Then maybe use your Mom’s favorite song for her Seating…or another one of your favorites…

Follow this by picking the Recessional, then the song for the Bridesmaids Entrance.  All the left over songs can be requested for Prelude Music, while Guests are arriving and being seated, if you wish.

Wedding Ceremony Music LAIf you’d like some additional assistance with picking the music and the musicians for your Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony Music, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Staff at Essence Entertainment – they’d be delighted to assist you with this process!





Los Angeles Wedding Bands

Los Angeles Wedding Bands

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There are many options to choose from when considering Los Angeles Wedding Bands – it can be a little daunting to say the least.

They say the best option when looking for Los Angeles Wedding Bands is to work with a professional, licensed agency.  Why?  There are a number of reasons…

Wedding Bands LAFirst, an agency (like Essence Entertainment) will have access to many bands with your criteria, i.e., size, style, budget, thereby giving you many to choose from – a one-stop shop you might say.

Second, you can rest assured that the Los Angeles Wedding Bands presented to you are professional, experienced, and dependable, and they’ve proven themselves time and time again to the agency to be among the best in their category.

LA Wedding BandsThird, working with an agency provides you with many more services that individual bands generally don’t offer:  professional contracts, phone and office access 6 days per week, considerate follow up, planning services, easy communication, and insurance.  This last item, insurance, is very important to you and to your event site.  Many sites will require that all of your vendors provide proof of insurance.

Wedding Bands Los AngelesEssence Entertainment is just such an agency – licensed, insured, and referred by those you trust.  In business for over 30 years now, Essence Entertainment has proven themselves to be a leader in the industry when it comes to live entertainment and event production.

In addition to terrific Los Angeles Wedding Bands, Essence Entertainment also provides all of your Wedding Ceremony Music needs.  Be it a String Trio, Solo Harp, Guitar Flute Duo, or Mariachis, Essence Entertainment has anything and everything you might desire for your Wedding Ceremony Music.

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Los Angeles Wedding Bands





Adding a DJ with your Band is very popular these days, and Essence Entertainment can add one of their excellent Disc Jockeys to your event to enhance the Band’s performance (if the Band doesn’t already come with its own DJ).

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Event Production Orange County

Event Production Orange County

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When you’re planning an upcoming event, there are so many things to consider…and it can be overwhelming, to say the least.  What’s the answer?  Hire a company that specializes in Event Production Orange County!

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That company is Essence Entertainment.  Based in Orange County, Essence Entertainment produces events throughout Southern California.  They will handle all aspects of your event, including entertainment, props, decor, catering, florals, audio/visual, photography/videography, etc.  The whole kit & kaboodle!

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Before contacting Essence Entertainment for assistance with your Event Production Orange County, it’s best to know the date of the event, the approximate number of guests, location (unless you need help with that, too), and an idea of your budget parameters.  This way Essence Entertainment can better assist with the design of your event.

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Brainstorming with the Event Production Staff is the first item on the to-do list.  Reviewing your goals and desires along with any theme ideas, as well as just exploring lots of different ideas, is a good way to get started.  You may collectively come up with some ideas you would not have thought of on your own.

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Next it’s good to know what your priorities are, especially if the budget is tight.  This way Essence Entertainment can be sure to help you allocate time and attention where it is most important.

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Essence Entertainment will then create some outlines incorporating your favorite ideas and your budget parameters.  Discussion and brainstorming is often continued.



When the final plan is confirmed, Essence Entertainment will then assist with all aspects of the event, helping with timelines / sequence of events, formalities and how they are handled, etc.  And, of course, all of the logistics needed to successfully deliver, load-in, set-up, and execute a fabulous event!



So, when thinking about Event Production Orange County, be sure to contact Essence Entertainment – it never hurts to spend some time brainstorming about your event with the most successful event production company in town!



Orange County Theme Entertainment

 Orange County Theme Entertainment

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Orange County Theme Entertainment is anything that adds a thematic flair to any event.  A few obvious examples are a Marilyn Monroe Look Alike for a Hollywood themed event, a Steel Drum Band for a Summer/Pool party, an Italian Accordion/Violin Duo for an Italian themed event, Polynesian Dancers for a Hawaiian or Tropical event…you get the picture.

Orange County ThemeOrange County Theme EntertainmentOrange County Theme Entertainment can be Main Stage Shows (like the Polynesian Dancers for a Hawaiian event), or it can be for atmosphere, to enhance the theme of the event.  Some ideas might be ‘Cigarette’ Girls passing out mints in appropriately themed costumes, Wine Stomping activity for an Italian themed event, a Beach Band for a summer party,  or Carolers for a Holiday Party.

OC Theme Entertainmenttheme entertainment OCThemed decor and catering are also key to any themed event.  It could be as little as just having themed Centerpieces on the tables, or it can be full swing with props, decor, furniture, and menu all designed with the theme in mind.

orange county theme entertainmentorange county theme entertainmentThe theme can be related to a country, location or ethnicity – for instance, French, Italian, Country Western, Hollywood, Asian, Las Vegas, etc.

theme entertainment OCThe theme can also be based on a particular time frame – 1970′s Disco, 1940′s Big Band Swing or WWII era, 1960′s Psychedelic/Hippies/Beatles era, Great Gatsby era, and the like.

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You can also find themes related to certain Holidays or Events – such as Christmas Holiday, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, Fourth of July, Holloween, Mardis Gras, etc.

oc theme entertainmentThemes can also be chosen with a certain person in mind by choosing something that happens to be a favorite or related somehow – could be any of the above, or more specific – a theme based on a particular color, or an animal, or an event in time, or a favorite Star or Personality…

theme entertainment orange countyWhen designing a theme party it’s often very helpful to have someone to brainstorm with to explore all of the possibilities available for a certain theme – that’s where Essence Entertainment comes in.  The experienced Staff at Essence Entertainment will help you delve into the limitless possibilities associated with a theme and help you design an unforgettable experience for you and your guests!

Orange County Wedding DJ

Orange County Wedding DJ

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Are you looking for an Orange County Wedding DJ?  Are you overwhelmed with all of the DJs that are out there?  Would you like some help in finding an Orange County Wedding DJ for your upcoming wedding?

EETA Logo 2012-Final-Compressed Size(1)A good place to start is with a reputable company that has been in business for a long time, is licensed and insured, is referred by those you trust, and is easy to work with – Essence Entertainment.

There are a number of ways to pick an Orange County Wedding DJ, but Essence Entertainment has found that having a video of each of their DJs helps tremendously.  Watching these videos is a great way to get to know the DJs a little bit, and along with the information provided by the Talent Managers, you’ll be better equipped to choose which DJ is right for you.

DJ orange countyAll of Essence Entertainment’s DJs are very experienced Emcee’s, they pay attention to detail, and they know how to ‘go with the flow’ and make adjustments along the way to keep things running smoothly on your big day.

The planning process is a big part of designing your DJ entertainment and Essence Entertainment puts a lot of energy into it – making sure you have a detailed Timeline and sequence of events, making sure you have marked up the DJ Song List with what you want to hear as well as what you don’t want to hear, and helping you decide on which formalities you want to participate in and how you want to handle them (i.e., Grand Entrance, First Dance, Toasts, etc.).

When your Orange County Wedding DJ knows in advance exactly how you’d like the event to go, everything is sure to run smoothly.  Essence Entertainment always makes sure your DJ is well briefed on every detail.

You have the option of having your DJ play just for the Wedding Reception, or for both the Wedding Ceremony and the Reception.  Be sure to discuss with your Talent Manager the options available so that everything is covered accordingly.  In most cases, the DJ will bring a second, smaller system for the Ceremony, providing Wedding Ceremony Music and microphones.

Orange County ceremony musicanIf you’d prefer to have live musicians play for your Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour, Essence Entertainment will help you with this option as well.


Be sure to contact Essence Entertainment for your Orange County Wedding DJ!

Orange County Novelty Acts

Orange County Novelty Acts

Orange County Novelty ActOrange County Novelty Acts are great fun and can add just the right splash to your corporate event or private party.

What is a Novelty Act?

Novelty Act Orange CountyOrange County Novelty Acts are any type of performer or entertainment that is not a typical Band, DJ, Classical or Jazz Ensemble, or the like.  Novelty Acts are the Magicians, Comedians, Caricature Artists, Contortionists, Stilt Walkers, Living Statues, Walking Candy Tables, Cigar Stations, Look Alikes / Impersonators, Ballroom Dancers, etc.

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Novelty Acts can be associated with a Theme – be it Polynesian Dancers for a Luau, Roper for a Country Western party, Look Alikes and Strolling Magician for a Las Vegas themed event, Face Painter for a Children’s party, Crazed Fans and Paparazzi for a Hollywood themed event, Santa and Elves for a Holiday party, or a Water Bubble Acrobat or Synchronized Swimmers for a Backyard Pool party.  Novelty Act Orange County

As you can well imagine, there are many, many options to choose from when it comes to Orange County Novelty Acts.  Numerous are obvious when it comes to matching them with a theme or certain type of event – however, many more options are not as obvious but are just as fabulous!

How do you find these Novelty Acts?  Ask one of the experienced Talent Managers at Essence Entertainment – they can brainstorm with you and help you explore all of the options available to you.

Orange County Novelty ActsMany Novelty Acts can be added to your event ‘just because’ – just because they are different and very entertaining, and sure to delight your guests.  Cirque, Strong Man and Balancing Acts are always a big hit, because they are so visually stimulating and exciting to watch.

Interactive Novelty Acts like Strolling Magicians, Look Alikes, Caricature Artists, Face Painters, Balloon Artists, Temporary Tattoo Artists, Stilt Walkers, Clowns, Puppeteers, Cigar Rollers, and the like, are great for just about any event where you want activity and energy.  Novelty Act OC

Or maybe you’re having an Awards Banquet or Presentation by a VIP…why not add Fanfare Trumpeters to announce, Showgirls to escort, Illusionist to reveal, or Look Alike to introduce.

Orange County Novelty Acts are definitely something to consider when designing your next party or event – be sure to ask Essence Entertainment how they can help!

Ceremony Musicians in Orange County

What types of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County are there to choose from?

For Ceremony Musicians in Orange County there are many options to choose from…

Orange County ceremony musicanThere are two basic things to consider when deciding on your Wedding Ceremony Musicians in Orange County…the instrumentation you want to hear and the actual songs you want played.  Today let’s talk about the different types of instrumentation you have to choose from…

The particular instrumentation you choose will create a certain ambiance and personality for your event, according to Essence Entertainment.  There are many equally lovely options to choose from.  Your decision will be generally based on what you like, the size of your event, and what your budget is.  Here we discuss the traditional options.

ceremony musician orange countyThe most cost-effective option is a Soloist – appropriate for small to medium sized events.  Soloists to choose from are:

  • Solo Guitar
  • Solo Harp
  • Solo Piano / Keyboards
  • Solo Organ
  • Bagpiper

If your Ceremony Site has one, it’s always nice to utilize a Piano or Organ.  But it’s not mandatory, especially if you prefer the sound of a Guitar or a Harp 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 / Violin Duo
  • Harp / Flute Duo
  • Harp / Cello Duo
  • Guitar / Violin Duo
  • Guitar / Flute Duo
  • Guitar / Cello Duo
  • Guitar / Sax Duo
  • Piano / Violin Duo
  • Piano / Trumpet Duo
  • Organ / Trumpet Duo
  • Any Rhythm Instrument with a Vocalist
  • …etc.

Can you see the pattern here?  There are many more similar combinations to consider.  Duos are appropriate for small to medium events.  Something to consider when deciding on your music – 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.  For instance, a Solo Harp can get lost in an outdoor setting of 80 people or more.

A Trio is the next configuration to consider.  Now, here, you can have Three Solo Instruments playing together or a Rhythm Instrument with Two Solo Instruments.  Here are some examples:

  • Harp / Cello / Violin Trio
  • Harp / Cello / Flute Trio
  • Guitar / Cello / Violin Trio
  • Guitar / Cello / Flute Trio
  • Guitar / Upright Bass / Flute&Sax Trio
  • Keyboards / Cello / Flute Trio
  • Organ / Trumpet / Vocal Trio
  • Cello / Viola / Flute Trio
  • Cello / Violin / Violin 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.

Next to consider is the Quartet – again, it can be with or without a Rhythm Instrument…

  • Harp / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
  • Harp / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
  • Guitar / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
  • Guitar / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
  • Cello / Viola / Violin / Violin Quartet
  • Cello / Viola / Violin / Flute Quartet
  • …etc.

The most popular Quintet configuration is the Brass Quintet.

The best way to decide on which Ensemble is best for you is to listen to them!  An ensemble with a Violin has a different personality than an Ensemble with a Flute.  Guitar is different from a Harp both visually and auditorily.  A Quartet sounds different from a Duo.

Other factors to consider, as mentioned above, are budget, the size of event / number of Guests you’re having, and even the space you have available.  The larger ensembles are of course more appropriate for larger events.

If this is confusing for you, then you need to call  Essence Entertainment to get some professional assistance – they can help you decide which configuration of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County 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.