Tis the Season for Great Entertainment

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Winter brings with it a host of exciting opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Why not make any gathering one to remember with treats that tantalize the eyes as well as the imagination. Tis the Season for great entertainment!

Holiday singers1. Don the rich velvet and brocade gown attire of the Royal Court and sing the yuletide Old English cannons that not only entertained King Henry the 8th, but will entertain your royalty from the “Boars Head” to the “12 days of Christmas”. They perform a menu of strolling, meet and greet or can present a show.

2. This electric string ensemble not only plays the elegant classics, but playsholiday string and guitar contemporary covers from Bruce Springsteen to the Eagles to the Gypsy Kings. Their vibrant sounds add a new flavor to the word ‘Electric’ and is a definite crowd pleaser. Whether a corporate event or social reception, they entertain and engage your guests.

 

3. Christmas-video-editCreate the perfect corporate or private holiday party with entertainment from Applause. Our Holiday Theme Ideas embrace the December season with many offerings that include our Holiday Theme show, a Frozen presentation, Electric String Holiday music and even Renaissance Singers of Old., These favorites are the perfect wow factor for your private or corporate holiday party. Come experience the magic, wonder and delight that will have your guests exuberant with essence of the Holidays.

Fall Fest Favorites

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Fall in Phoenix brings not only cooler weather, but opportunities for fun festival celebrations that require a myriad of entertainment. Whether you need an upbeat polka band to welcome Oktoberfest, a thrill to spook your Halloween guests, or even a tribute to our men in uniform to honor Veterans Day, Applause Entertainment delivers these fall fest favorites.

1. Military Tribute Show. This entourage will sing and dance their way into your hearts during our U.S.O. Theme Show. This musical extravaganza capitalizes on the exciting and fast-paced fun of the great swing era of the 1940s. It features Cab Calloway’s usotriofinest, to more recent and exciting Brian Stetzer arrangements. This tribute is the perfect way to honor our military veterans with memorable choreography, singing, costume changes, and audience participation. The show can also include an M.C. who emulates Bob Hope and presents quite an entertaining show for your troops!

2.Oktoberfest. You can celebrate Oktoberfest any time of year with our fun and playful German presentation. Complete with an authentic German-style oom-pah-pah banOktoberfest-blastd, accordion and darling polka dancers, your event will sparkle with the charm of this European classic. Whether you need something special for an intimate gathering, or are wanting to provide a powerful presentation for a group of thousands, these entertainers are sure to please.

3. Flash Mob. Whether you are planning to impress potential clients at the next company meeting, or have your Halloween event stand out above the rest, then hWP_20140429_20_23_29_Proire Applause Productions to create a flash mob for your event. With great dancers, choreography, and experienced consultants waiting to transform your vision into a reality, our flash mob entertainment is the best way to engage your audience and thrill all of your attendees.

 

How to Entertain the Millennials

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No other generation has had a bigger impact on our culture since the Baby Boomers than the technology savvy Millennials. So, for the group of consumers who tweet, like, and post their way through a digital world, what truly captivates them? Well, fear not. In the world of entertainment there is much that can energize and invigorate their imaginations. Here are just a few solutions in the quest to entertain the millennials.

Competition:  This is a generation that perfected the idea of collaboration, in an effort to win that is. So, why not include a competitive aspect to the live entertainment at your next event. One of the best ways to do this is with a Game Show hosted by an enthusiastic MC who involves your attendees. By creating teams and the drive to win, your millennial audience will be thoroughly engaged and entertained.

Niche Entertainment: Highlight those pieces of entertainment that speak specifically to this generation. They like taking a break…especially when it includes exciting entertainment designed to let them relax and enjoy before having to focus on the work at hand. How about including a 3-minute flash mob that gives them a chance to stand up, stretch, and simply enjoy.

Live Streaming: No other generation lives on-line more than the Millennials, so why don’t you make it even easier to share their experiences? Facilitate this by designating an event planner or member of the team to live stream parts of the event. This is an exciting way for your attendees to let the world know how much fun they’re having. You gain the added side benefit of the positive publicity and excitement generated with sharing.

Unusual Entertainment Ideas that Create the Wow Factor

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Everyone wants a party that grabs the attention of the audience and social media users. One of the best ways to ensure a memorable event is with top-notch entertainment. This is especially true with unique, creative, and spectacular acts. Here are some unusual entertainment ideas that create the wow factor.

NaceGala 14a1. LED-Lighted Performers: LED lighting has transitioned from a stage effect to a brilliant and attractive way to dress entertainers. Whether dancers, greeters, or even as party favors for your guests, a little bit of light brings something special to all aspects of entertainment. (Special Thanks to Fable Photography)

 

2. Drum Line: Thrill your guests with the heart-pounding sounds of a pulsating drum line. This musical MR drum line 3adelight is no longer limited to college football games or energizing morning kick-offs, it can provide just the right amount of spunk to any event or party. An added kick is the LED lights that appear on the drums.

 

NM Shapes 7a3. Unique Cirque: Audiences have been delighted with the technical artistry of cirque performers for the past decade. When the beautiful movement is combined with 3-D shapes in a woven dance of tangible and intangible energy, the result is astounding. Through the interaction, the body becomes art. Be prepared for the unusual.

Best Corporate Event Entertainment Ideas

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The best corporate event entertainment ideas might be trendy, novel, and technologically stunning; however, behind the hype there must be one crucial element…talent. While the expertise might differ, the buzz-worthy artist has spent years perfecting the music, the dance, or the craft behind the performance. Clients are attracted to the “wow factor” and power that these entertainers bring to any event. Here are a few that will not disappoint.

1. Speed Painting. This high-energy and unique display of artistic prowess allows the audience to fully engage with the artist as he creates a memorable painting. As music energizes the crowd, this painter uses color, speed, and a dramatic flair to mesmerize the audience. Corporate planners are particularly captivated by this artist’s ability to customize the brand for a product launch, awards presentation, or fund-raising charity event

 

2. Interactive Mime Entertainment. Mimes are not only an outstanding way to welcome guests to your event, but also a fun and engaging way to signature your event. The art of mime transcends speech and allows people to experience a situation with their own gifted imagination. That’s why this art form is so effective. These mimes will perform a cameo skit that incorporates a message from or about the company. What a brilliant way to communicate a corporate message in a fresh and effective way.

3. Flash Mob. The spontaneity behind a Flash Mob captures the attention and interest of the crowd, especially when the participants are mingling with the guests. Whether well-known, trendy dances like Thriller, Gangnam Style, and Glee cover songs ignite the crowd, or something more specific to the theme of the event, these participatory mobs transform the evening. A typical event becomes transcendent as audience members feel the buzz.

The Use of Digital Media or Interactive Entertainment

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As planners book entertainment for the coming season, they desire to be on the cutting edge; they want what is unique, new, and effectively promotes the company’s brand. For many, this includes the use of digital media, or interactive entertainment. While this can be exciting and innovative, it can also be costly and ineffective unless managed by experienced professionals. What alternatives are there to create the “Wow” factor that will captivate your guests and still maintain quality and budget?

1. Technology doesn’t have to take center stage. Use intelligent lighting, videos, and computer graphics as part of the entertainment package, rather than the driving force. Examples might include dancers performing the “Gangnam” routine while a video of Psy streams simultaenous song and movement. Another example could be a concert pianist performing Hollywood’s theme songs highlighting movie clips associated with the music. The idea is effective use of technology to enhance live entertainment.
2. Interactive entertainment doesn’t have to be digital. Pieces of entertainment expertly woven into an event can spice up the traditional passive role of the audience. Whether this happens during a dinner experience or an award presentation, or becomes a total theme event incorporating greeters, casino tables, and a Vegas theme show, the event comes to life. Showcasing company executives during this interaction is also an added benefit.

3. There’s no substitute for pure talent. Technology is an asset. A photo booth that links immediately to facebook and twitter can make many attendees quite happy. How cool to post instantly while they attend an amazing event. However, there is nothing like the thrill of live Taiko drumming as it beats with the pulse of your audience; or a mentalist that amazes by accurately reading the minds of your guests; or a hypnotist  that persuades audience members to get up and sing an aria.Let’s face it…the legend that is Elvis didn’t need to tweet that he’d “left the building.”

Are You Ready?…Time to Book Your Event Entertainment

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It may be July, but it’s time to book your event entertainment. Exciting and engaging events are an essential part of any corporate calendar, since they can help to promote the company both externally and internally, while boosting morale and rewarding a job well done. The easiest way to ensure a successful event is to include stellar entertainment. Here are three ideas to guide you.

1.Know your audience: Consider the demographics of the attendees. Before you hire a Lady Gaga impersonator, make sure the majority of audience members are not octogenarians! Although they may remember the event, it may be a nightmarish vision rather than the sublime experience you were hoping for. A 1920s theme party, an Impersonator show, or even a Wild West night complete with casino and saloon girls, has a much broader audience appeal.

2. The window of opportunity is open. Book now is good advice. Quality corporate entertainment with a high profile will often have its season set by the end of August. Don’t lose out on what might have been a great event because you are still planning your vacation, rather than your companies’ event calendar.

3. Make it Memorable. So many times a great band is hired, but because of  dinner, awards, and other necessities, guests head for the exit by the time the music plays. When you integrate the entertainment throughout the event, you can tell a story, highlight a successful moment, or simply celebrate a new brand. Consider this: a choreographed musical number that opens the evening and sets the mood. Throughout dinner, talent takes the stage for short, engaging moments allowing the audience to enjoy the food, the conversation, and the enterainment. This experience energizes an ordinary awards ceremony to become an award in itself, as the guests become part of the show. Here’s just a peak of what your audience can expect…imagine selected pops of entertainment  from this delightful 1920s theme show. Enjoy!

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Bridging the Generation Gap: The Dance Between Technology and Live Talent

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Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” This is true even in the field of corporate entertainment. While nothing will ever replace the heart-pounding presentation of a live rock band, or the breath-taking beauty of contemporary dancers, technology is now a piece of the puzzle. Many times this is the piece that elevates live entertainment to ground-breaking heights. We can help you bridge the generation gap and expertly choreograph the dance between technology and live talent.

1. Increasingly, corporate events are merging the use of live talent with technology. Planners are looking to movies, reality T.V. shows, and pop culture to create unique and mind-blowing entertainment. They use these sources because that’s what motivates their clients in generating new and exciting events. Planners want choreography as brilliant as the latest entry on Dancing with the Stars, and contortionist virtuosos not unlike those on America’s Got Talent. Businesses once driven by Baby-Boomer leaders are rapidly changing to suit the needs of their Generation-Y protégés and Generation-X clients. It is in this climate that live talent and technology combine forces to produce larger than life events.  Events will take on a more purpose-driven atmosphere along with following traditional Galas, Holiday, and seasonal celebrations. These events are integrating the most brilliant talent with the latest technology to generate a powerful event.

2. Successful execution of events throughout the rest of 2013 will use live talent to inspire the attendees. Whether a cutting-edge 20s theme show that emulates the new release of The Great Gatsby, or an action-packed show inspired by the Sky Fall James Bond theme, planners are wanting live entertainment that is up-close and personal to empower their event. Unique entertainment such as themed greeters, aerialists cascading from chandeliers, waiters dressed to augment the theme, speed painting artists, and distinctive theme shows will grace many a corporate stage. Entertainment that is innovative, and has a wow factor with its technique or individuality, will captivate the audience and result in staying power.

3. What was once a novelty addition to talent acts is now an integral part of the event. Technology becomes an entertainment design in itself. Screens incorporating videos during a live dance performance are utilized to enhance the brand of the product, and capture the attention of mobile audiences. LED and intella moving lights, lasers, and streaming videos are all part of engaging the audience and having a commanding event. Technological advancements, including more extravagant videos, social media, and tools we have not yet dreamed of will  work in tandem with live entertainment.

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Remember…It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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During this busy holiday season it is easy to get bogged down with business proposals, personal shopping, and a million other demands on your time. But remember…it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The sage often says reflection is a path to growth. Take the time to look back, see where you are now, and be grateful, no matter where that place may be. Lessons come in all forms.

1. Begin by recognizing any success. Whether you fell short of third-quarter goals or hit the mark beyond what you anticipated, there are successes to be celebrated. Focus on the positive, even if your company did not experience great monetary gains this year. Perhaps you have an outstanding employee that received stellar feedback or you were able to finish the year without layoffs. These gains need to be recognized and applauded, for they will keep you in the right frame of mind.

2. Mistakes are growth opportunities for those willing to learn and improve. True leadership requires an attitude of gratefulness no matter what the situation. A humble acceptance of shortfalls, without blame, can lead to progress that outshines what came before. In this way, team members are motivated to find solutions rather than focus only on problems.

3. Plan for what can be, not what is. With the technology revolution, a global economy now prevails. Do not hold on to what used to be; embrace the possibilities rather than regretting what was. Shaking hands and looking someone in the eye are becoming more difficult with distance and digital communication. This doesn’t have to be a negative. Learn how to use your tools and discover the opportunities waiting to be found.

Hiring the perfect musician for your event

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Live music has the power to illicit an emotional response and create the event of a lifetime. Whether the party is themed with music at its center, or simply providing ambiance for an elegant evening, your choice of musical accompaniment is key. Here are a few tips on hiring the perfect musician for your event.

1. Understand the style and purpose of the music you need. There is nothing worse than asking for a “jazzy” group, and then being disappointed with a jazz trio because what you really wanted was a high-energy variety band. Be prepared with stylistic examples and do your research; know what musical genre you truly expect and what will best entertain your group.

2. When choosing a musical act,  the technical aspects are as crucial as the artistic ones. Be knowledgeable about how many electrical circuits your band or musicians will need. Ask if there is an additional charge for electricity. Understand the physical space so that your entertainment can be viewed and heard with ease. An intimate dinner for 75 guests is not conducive to a 10-piece band, nor will a solo harpist capture the attention of 800 people in a grand ballroom.

3. Be creative and don’t forget that unique and unusual choices can be showstoppers.  Align yourself with an experienced agency that has the talent to recommend and produce the event suited to your needs. A strolling accordionist can take your guests to Italy, France, or even Germany without a single plane ticket. A zydeco band will bring the bayou to your guests during an exciting Mardi Gras party, while a Rock of Ages show will ignite your event with rockers from the past.

Ultimately, you don’t have to settle for what everybody else typically does. Think outside of your comfort zone, be aware of your venue and requirements, and know what you want.