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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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Holiday Handbell Carolers

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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Real Bearded Santas

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.

Los Angeles Holiday Entertainment

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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Holiday Elves

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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Children’s Puppet Show

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!

(714) 979-8933

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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

Wedding DJ Orange County

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!

Corporate Entertainment in Orange County

Where do you find Corporate Entertainment in Orange County?

That’s a good question…

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Chuck Wansley Band

There are many outstanding choices when it comes to Corporate Entertainment in Orange County.  Whether it’s a dynamic Show Band, a Headliner (Comedian, Magician…), Atmosphere Talent or a Celebrity Artist you are considering, it may be a daunting task to try and find the best match for your event.  There’s also Event Production to consider…A/V, staging, lighting, decor, rentals, linens, florals…

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a one-stop shop to help you design and produce your event?

corporate entertainment orange countyWe suggest a talent agency which has been in business for over 30 years, is licensed and insured, and which is referred by those you can trust.  That agency is Essence Entertainment.

Essence Entertainment, with Mike Steffens at the helm, is Orange County’s elite provider of Entertainment and Event Production for any type of corporate event in Orange County.  Large or small, next week or next year, Mike and his Staff are not only delightful to work with, they will brainstorm through many fabulous options for you to choose from.

Once the entertainment is decided upon, they will work closely with you to plan the execution of the event.  Planning consists of all of those details needed to ensure the event is successful – 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.  corporate entertainment orange county

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Celebrity Artist Paul Williams with Robin Kelly

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

Because there can be so many different elements to consider for your corporate entertainment in Orange County, a 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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Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

Well, it’s about that time again, folks!  It comes around faster every year, I know…but it’s time to start thinking about your Holiday Music and Entertainment!Holiday entertainment and musicHoliday entertainment SantaHoliday entertainment Santa

Whether you’re planning a large corporate dinner party, a smaller corporate luncheon, a private soiree with family and friends, or a children’s party, the sooner you book your Holiday Music and Entertainment the better – you’ll have more options to choose from, and you’ll be able to check it off your To Do List!

Carolers Holiday entertainmentThere are many types of wonderful Holiday themed entertainment.  The obvious, but always appreciated items like Holiday Carolers and Santa book up the fastest, so if Carolers or Santa are on your list, be sure to call Essence Entertainment soon.

For larger events, Cocktail Music is usually appropriate and lovely to have – be it Carolers, a String Ensemble, a Jazz Trio, or even a Steel Drum Duo playing Holiday favorites.  Your guests will enjoy the ambiance Cocktail Hour Music provides.

entertainment holidayIn addition to music during your Cocktail Hour, you might also add some atmosphere entertainment – Strolling Magician, Look Alike, Costumed Tray Passing Girls, Santa / Elves / Grinch / Show Girls for Photo Op Station, Cirque type Act…entertainment Holiday

holiday entertainment and musicFor Dinner and Dancing, a live Band is always a good bet!  As mentioned in the past few Blog Posts, Essence Entertainment has a fabulous collection of professional dance bands to choose from.  Whether you’re looking for a smaller 4-6 piece variety dance band, a larger Show Band, or a Theme Band, be sure to check with Essence Entertainment.

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Professional Disc Jockeys are also very popular – be sure to visit Essence Entertainment’s DJ Page to view the different DJ styles and personalities available to you.

After Dinner Shows are also very popular, be it for a large corporate event or a small intimate affair.  Essence Entertainment can design a customized variety show just for you, provide a Celebrity Head Liner, or create a wonderful experience with any number of fantastic performers and shows.  Essence Entertainment has videos on the Acts available to choose from, be it a Cabaret Artist, a Comedian, a Comedy Magician, a mini Legends Show, a Vocal Group…so many ideas to explore.

holiday music and entertainmentActivities might be on your list – why not try the classic Casino Night, or maybe diversify with an evening of Horse Racing.

holiday music and entertainmentFor Family and Children’s parties the possibilities are endless – Santa, Elves, Face Painter, Caricature Artist, Strolling Magician, Stilt Walker, Temporary Tattoo Artist, Line Dance or Country Dance Instructor, Look Alike, Arcade Games, Photo Booth, Petting Zoo, Snow Garden, Bounce House, Climbing Wall…the list goes on and on!entertainment holiday

Don’t delay!  Call Essence Entertainment and start brainstorming and planning your Holiday Music and Entertainment today!



How to find an Orange County Professional Band for your Event

Orange County Professional Band

When designing a Corporate Event, Fund Raiser or Wedding Reception, you want the best of everything…site, catering, decor, and entertainment.  When considering entertainment, one of the most important aspects is the professionalism associated with the Talent Agency or Orange County Professional Band you are looking at.  How can you measure professionalism?  Here are a few things to consider…

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Insurance is important in many ways.  It protects you, your site, your guests…it really is all encompassing.  Many sites even insist that your entertainment be insured and provide proof of insurance.  Now, many individual bands are unable to provide proof of insurance.  So what do you do?  The easiest thing is to use a professional Talent Agency like Essence Entertainment, which is fully licensed and insured.  Then you can pick your favorite professional band in Orange County and not worry about providing proof of insurance, as Essence Entertainment can provide a Certificate of Insurance showing your location / hotel as being additionally insured.

Professional Band Orange CountyAnother sign of professionalism is the length of time an agency or band has been in business.  Many agencies pre-qualify the bands they represent, vetting them in all of the important areas:  talent, professionalism, dependability, consistency, ability to MC, etc.  An agency like Essence Entertainment can provide piece of mind with regards to these qualities.  Especially since they’ve been in business for over 30 years!  Many of the professional bands they represent have been with them for a long time and are proven to be dependable and professional.  How nice to have that track record!

Professional Band Orange CountyOrange County Professional Bands come in many shapes and sizes.  The size, style or price point of the band has nothing to do with their professionalism.  When working with a professional agency you can specify the style of band you’re looking for, the budget range you have to work with, the ambiance you want to create, etc.  Essence Entertainment works very hard to provide multiple options to choose from within your parameters.  Having already established their professionalism, you can feel comfortable picking any band they represent.

Are you looking for an Orange County Professional Band?  Spend some time looking at the wonderful Bands at Essence Entertainment.  You won’t be disappointed!  Click logo below:

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Orange County Show Bands

Orange County Show Bands

Planning a Corporate Event and in need of a terrific Show Band?!  Well, look no further!

ESSENCE ENTERTAINMENT has quite the collection of Orange County Show Bands to choose from.

What exactly is a Show Band?  Generally it is a live performance group which specializes in Corporate Events, Fund Raisers, large Weddings, etc., playing a wide variety of music.  These Bands are usually larger than the typical Band (10 or more musicians), and often include costume changes and choreography.  An excellent example of this is The Red Hot Band.

A Show Band can also be what is referred to as a Theme Band – a Band which specializes in a particular type or genre of music.  A good example of this is The Hodads – they specialize in Beach Music.

An Orange County Show Band generally has multiple singers up front, giving you a variety of talent and vocal styles.  Many of the instrumentalists often sing, as well, providing lead as well as back-up vocals.  The Stellar Show Band is a thrilling example of this:

Country Western music is a favorite of many, and another example of a Theme Band would be the Kelly Rae Country Band:

Another exhilarating Orange County Show Band is The Zippers…one male and four female lead vocalists, horn section, etc.

A Show Band can also simply feature a single, charismatic artist up front – someone who can carry the show primarily by him or herself.  Chuck Wansley is just one of those artists…

Essence Entertainment is proud to represent so many outstanding Show Bands.  If you’d like more information about these Bands or would like to learn about additional Orange County Show Bands, be sure to contact Essence Entertainment at your earliest convenience.  You can also preview Show Bands on their website and on their YouTube Channel.


Wedding Ceremony Music Orange County

Wedding Ceremony Music Orange County

Here are a few ideas from Essence Entertainment of what you can do for Wedding Ceremony Music – Orange County: Wedding Ceremony Music Orange County

The traditional favorite is still Strings.  There are a few decisions to be made when designing the type of Wedding Ceremony Music Orange County ensemble you’d like to have at your Ceremony – first, do you want a String Trio or a String Quartet; the next decision is whether you want All Strings or an ensemble with Flute.  All options are beautiful – they just have different personalities.  Essence Entertainment says to be sure to listen to the available options to make an informed choice.  Here is a video featuring a String Ensemble with Flute:

Continuing with the string family, next is Harp.  You can have a Solo Harpist, a Duo, a Trio or a Quartet.  For a Duo you can add a Flute, or a Violin, or a Cello.  The Trio usually adds a Cello plus either a Flute or a Violin.  Again, as with the String Ensemble, the Quartet can be All Strings, adding a Cello, Viola and Violin, or it can be with Flute, adding a Cello, Violin and Flute.  As with the String Ensembles, the different options which you can hire through Essence Entertainment are all lovely – listen to them all to get a good idea of what your options are.  Here is a Harp Quartet with Harp, Cello, Violin and Flute:

Guitar is also a lovely instrument for your Wedding Ceremony.  You can have Solo Guitar or an Ensemble.  The Solo Guitar generally plays Classical Music, but it’s also nice if you’d like more of a contemporary or folksy sound.  One option Essence Entertainment really likes with the Guitar is the Duo – you can add a Flute Player who also doubles on Saxophone – thereby, the Guitar/Flute plays Classical Music during the Ceremony, and the the Guitar/Sax plays during the Cocktail Hour, playing a wide variety of Jazz and Contemporary repertoire — it’s like having two groups for the price of one!  A Guitar Trio usually adds a Cello or an Upright Bass (again, that Upright Bass is great for the Jazz repertoire during Cocktails).  A Violin can also be incorporated instead of the Flute option.  Here is a sample of Solo Guitar:

If your church has a Piano and / or an Organ, you can utilize these instruments beautifully for your Wedding Ceremony.  They can be used individually, or you can add another instrument or two, most notably a Trumpet or a Vocalist.

Go to Essence Entertainment website or YouTube Channel to hear many more examples!

Off the beaten path options include:  Steel Drums, Accordion, a Vocal Group, Bagpipes, Mariachis, Hawaiian Ensemble, etc.  Lots of fun ways to make your Wedding Ceremony Music exciting and memorable!

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