Live Music Ideas and Entertainment Choices
When it comes to booking entertainment for parties and special events, there are unlimited choices available to event planners and party hosts. Perhaps the most common type of live entertainment comes in the form of music. Anything from a classical guitarist for a wedding to a 10-piece live event band to a full symphony orchestra is out there for the taking.
For those interested in non-musical entertainment there are no bounds. Some may prefer audience-interactive entertainment like a comedy hypnotist while others may be on the prowl for something exotic such as a daredevil aerialist hanging from tall places. Whether you’re looking for common music choices or something that’ll shock an audience, there are choices available for any event or mindset.
Musical Options for Weddings
As mentioned earlier, music is probably the number one choice when an event is being planned. For wedding ceremonies, a simple string trio or quartet offering classical music may be a good fit. This same musical ensemble can also perform for wedding dinners, cocktail hours, and even receptions. However, when the more subdued parts of the wedding are over, and the reception begins, many wedding couples prefer hiring a dance band that’ll pump out the hits and keep the guests excited and entertained.
Entertainment for Corporate Events
Corporate events can include entertainment that goes beyond the imagination. Sure, live bands are very popular for corporate functions, but depending on the event, you have many more options here. For those wanting to hire something unusual, entertainment that’s a bit outside of the box, cirque acts can be extremely entertaining. Aerial performers, fire artists, balancing acts, stilt walkers, hula hoop experts, and jugglers are just a few of the choices you have. Other types of entertainment for a corporate party may include cultural shows, professional dance entertainment, and assorted performers like yodelers, cowboy gunslingers, and stilt walkers.
Comedy entertainment is also popular. Bringing in the perfect comedy act is a great choice for many types of events. Whether it’s a comedy magician, standup comedian, or comedy improv troupe, everyone loves to laugh.
What Entertainment Will Be Your Best Option?
The first thing on your list should be to determine what types of entertainment might appeal to your crowd. Depending on age and other factors, different audiences will like different things. Older guests may prefer a live band that plays Big Band music, providing music to dance to. Younger guests may prefer a band that plays today’s most popular dance tunes. Western-minded crowds could possibly go for a country dance band that allows them to country line dance. Before hiring a live music band, be sure you know what type of music your guests like most. For audience participation events, if you’re still looking at music options, a live karaoke band is always a hoot.
With a more adventurous group of people, bringing in a silk aerialist, trampoline performers, a quick-draw cowboy, or some other type of non-musical entertainment may be the ticket. Ask your guests what type of entertainment they would like. Do not assume you know what will appeal to them; ask them directly to get some ideas. They may even give you some great ideas you never even thought about.
Planning a Party
If you want to end up with the best event entertainment and music for your party, the first step is to find out what type of music or entertainment your guests will appreciate most. Next, determine if the venue can handle that form of entertainment and if your budget is big enough to bring it in. With most crowds you’ll also want to make sure the entertainers are family-friendly. It usually doesn’t pay to bring in entertainment that uses foul language or insults guests. Taking the time to get opinions from others and considering your options carefully can lead to a successful and fun event for all.