Different Drum is a versatile Afro/Latin ensemble that plays world music, specializing in South African Township, Andean Melodies, Brazilian Sambas, Salsa, Calypso and Cumbia. Having performed at numerous festivals and events throughout the Carolinas, Different Drum typically devotes equal time during their performances to Jazz, Eclectic Music and Original Songs.
Through this Las Vegas production, experience extraordinary Gary Anthony (from Las Vegas) as Frank Sinatra, talented Andy DiMino (from Los Angeles) as Dean Martin and incomparable Louie Velez (from New York City) as Sammy Davis Jr.–all singing, dancing and entertaining with accurate impersonations and hilarious comedy. The show can be expanded to include a Marilyn Monroe impressionist from Los Angeles.
Celebrate the incredible singing talent of these three world-famous artists in their tribute to some of the finest musical entertainment ever performed. Gary Anthony captures the stage presence and humor of “Old Blue Eyes”. Thrilling fans of Dean Martin, Andy DiMino is a dynamic, professional entertainer. Louie Velez has been captivating audiences with his tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. since 1987, performing what many consider to be the most amazing impersonation ever seen on any stage.
InterACTive Theater is designed specifically for celebrations, festivals, street fairs and first nights. During these events, Jef weaves through the crowd sharing his wacky brand of roving artistry which includes mime, juggling, mask work and variety arts. His roving work translates wonderfully to short (30 minute) stage sets which require minimal set up and fit perfectly into a festival format. He routinely performs as an opening act or entr'acte either onstage as a curtain raiser, or in front of the stage while a changeover occurs on the stage itself.
Flow Circus combines the skills and experiences of educator and writer Dawn Daria and nationally performing artist Paul Miller to create engaging and dynamic programs. At the core of all of our programs is the belief that learning is and always should be fun. Playfulness and spectacle ensure that students and staff will be talking about Flow Circus long after the visit. Performer Paul Miller of Flow Circus explores the world of science and skill toys where things fall, balance, and spin. He will leave students (and teachers) with an urge to pick up and play with the world around them to discover the mysterious forces of the invisible, physical world.
Composed of experienced performers and music educators from NC State University and Duke University, Children of the Horn is an instrumental ensemble that has created a unique sound by combining influences from Soul, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and World music.
With a front-line of horns backed by a rhythm section, Children of the Horn takes students on a kaleidoscopic journey through original compositions that range from super-syncopated Funk and Latin to swaggering New Orleans Second Line to classic Motown-inspired grooves.
Southern Fried Jazz band stirs the appetite of its audience with some of the most authentic and refreshing Dixieland music available anywhere. The band is led by veteran trumpeter, Don Edwards, whose extensive career includes performances backing the great Jazz/Dixieland legends, including Louis Armstrong and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.
For over a decade at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Don also shared the stage with other legends in Las Vegas, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra and the “Rat Pack”. With impressive resumes reflecting famous Big Band tours and early New Orleans jazz club shows, the band’s first CD, It’s What’s Cooking, received considerable air time on local radio and was discovered by the legendary George Buck in New Orleans who has featured several of their songs on his nationwide Jazzology radio show.
In an era when expertise and originality are often overlooked in lieu of fleeting flash and flare, Gladius defines innovation as a composer and mastery as an instrumentalist. He also defines determination and old-fashioned grit by devoting 6 years of his life to overcoming a crippling case of nerve damage in both hands to achieve a level of dexterity matched by few guitarists. Inspired by the great classical composers (Vivaldi), Spanish flamenco legends (Paco De Lucia), and melodic metal masters (Marty Friedman and Jason Becker), Gladius is perpetually pushing the boundaries of his Baroque-Ethnic-Metal fusion.
Becky Hobbs, the songwriter for songs recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty, Glenn Campbell and George Jones, performs with country legends Leona Williams and Ava Barber In the Royal Ladies of Country Music Show. Having recently completed a three-year engagement for their show, The Grand Ladies Of Country, at the God & Country Theatre in Branson, Missouri, Leona Williams and Ava Barber are bringing the music of that show to communities throughout the country.
Roy Hammock, appropriately nicknamed “Roy Willie” by his fans, received Country’s Hottest Hitter Award from The Reel Awards in Las Vegas--the Academy Awards for tribute artists.
More than a look-a-like, Roy has the stature, speaking voice, acting background and musical sound of Willie Nelson, earning him a feature in The Best of Las Vegas in 2011.
His musical performance will transport your audience to a front row seat at a concert by the country mega-star, Willie Nelson. A musical tribute that will leave your audience wondering if they can trust their eyes and ears, the show is both entertaining and musically accurate.
Vicki Quade is best known for co-creating the one-woman show, Late Nite Catechism, which opened in 1993 in Chicago and holds the record for the longest running religious comedy in the city’s history and the longest one-character comedy in OFF-Broadway history. She has written and produced a lot of theater in Chicago, including comedies, bluegrass musicals, improv, and magic, including four other religious comedies: Put the Nuns in Charge! (a look at modern sins), Sunday School Cinema (a look at religion and Hollywood), Saints & Sinners (about church fundraising schemes) and her holiday show, Mother Superior’s Ho-Ho-Holy Night. She has started a line of bingo shows, including Bible Bingo, Christmas Bingo, Movie Bingo, Convent Bingo, and Saints & Sinners Bingo. In these shows, she brings to life new comedies about fundraising and bingo.
Recognized by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. as the Worldwide Favorite Elvis Tribute Artist of fans via online fan polling, Stephen has been a Finalist and Semi-finalist in the Utlimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest sponsored by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in each of the last 3 years.
Stephen won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, and he won the preliminary round of the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Stephen performs all eras of Elvis’s career from the 50’s to the 70’s with great attention to the evolution of Elvis’s style over the decades. His show includes: The Early Years; Elvis’s movie career; Gospel singing with his quartet; and Elvis’ Las Vegas shows. All of the costumes in the show are authentic replicas of Elvis’s original stage wear.
From the sultry strains of Classic Jazz to Broadway and the Pop Music of the 60’s and 70’s, Patrice impresses audiences with her rich, melodic voice and vivacious personality. She is also available as a wedding singer and corporate event vocalist who can accompany herself on the piano or organ.
During her thirty years on stage, she has performed in professional theatre, with her own dance band, and recently recorded her CD, At Last (with The Todd Sullivan Orchestra of New York City and a “dream team” of three arrangers, including 10-time Emmy award-winning arranger/composer, Lanny Meyers.
Invite your audiences to enjoy an evening with more than 40 legendary vocalists in one talent-packed show, starring extraordinary singing impressionist, Eric Kearns. You can customize the show for your audience by choosing from more than 60 vocalists to “perform” during your show : Crosby, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Englebert Humperdinck, Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers, Billy Idol, Paul Anka, Temptations, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth -- even Cher and “Kermit the Frog”.
The top professional impersonator of Robin Williams in the U.S., David is the impersonator of choice for movies, TV and advertisements. A clone of Robin in performance, sound, look and wit, he has performed at theaters, in movies, for conferences, at trade shows, and in television shows, including co-starring on NBC’s hit sitcom Community, ABC’s Next Best Thing, CBS’s Family Feud, NBC’s Access Hollywood, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He has appeared in the films, Just About Famous and The Reinactors.
Rob Garrett has established himself as the world’s most popular and most frequently requested Neil Diamond tribute artist, earning the title “King of Diamonds”. He continues to set the standard in the industry by performing his tribute to the iconic singer/songwriter around the country in venues usually reserved for national/name acts. Currently, Rob is performing with his band at Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birth at your theater with a tribute by the finest Frank Sinatra impersonator in the world. Hailed by critics because his voice, likeness, mannerisms and gracious style are reminiscent of the great Frank Sinatra, Gary has become the most requested Frank Sinatra impersonator of all time around the globe!
Anita has over 25 years' experience playing for weddings and receptions. She travels throughout North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee and offers a repertoire of classical, sacred, contemporary, and celtic music. She also performs with other classically-trained musicians playing flute, violin, cello, and trumpet. Principal harpist with the North Carolina Symphony, she has also appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Durham Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Hendersonville Symphony and the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Wienand specializes in providing harp music for weddings, bringing expertise, elegance and musical flow to the wedding ceremony. She will provide a customized musical program for a ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or other wedding related event in a style of your choice--classical, jazz, pop, Irish Celtic.
A professional brass ensemble composed of musicians from the Raleigh, North Carolina area, North Carolina Brass is available to perform as a quartet or quintet with a musical library of over 250 musical selections from Classical to Jazz, Pop, and Show Tunes.
Featuring 5 string banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass and tight vocal harmonies, String Theory plays traditional Bluegrass and Newgrass with influences by Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Seldom Scene, and Allison Krauss.
Consisting of trumpet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, banjo and percussion, RAZZaMaJAZZ has been entertaining North Carolina audiences for more than 20 years. They play a variety of musical styles, including Jazz, Dixieland and Swing. By interchanging instruments, this band can transform itself on stage from a Beach Band into a Bluegrass or Country music band.
Specializing in weddings as well as large corporate and social events, Cobalt Blue comprises five talented musicians: three lead vocalists, two guitars, keyboard, clarinet, sax, violin, and percussion. Cobalt Blue plays music from the following genres: Jazz, Rock, R&B, Oldies, Reggae, Top 40, Swing, Soul, Country, Latin and Pop.
A vocalist, songwriter, steel drum soloist and actor, Mickey is an exciting, energetic and multi-talented entertainer who has been called "the fasted steel drum soloist on earth"
Variety dance band plays popular blend of Rock & Roll, Top 40, Classic Rock, Jazz, Contemporary, Pop, Latin, R&B, Swing, Country, Bluegrass, Classical, Ballroom Dance, and Ethnic music, embellished with your favorite requests.
Amerimusicana navigates students on journeys through Music History--from 3000 B.C. through modern day Country and Rock ‘n Roll. The musical guides on these journeys are two vivacious and entertaining musical educators.
Americana-Folk Rock with a twist describes the music of this acoustic band that plays Americana, Folk Rock and Standards.
Classic, southern, blues rock dance band with a sound inspired by BB King, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn adn John Bonham.
Popular Jazz and classic R&B band with a soft musical style ideal for wedding receptions, banquets, private parties and dinner dances.
Dynamic party band that plays Beach, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, Swing, Big Band, Dance and Party Music with five vocalists and four piece backup band that sounds like Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, and Whitney Houston.
Tribute to the timeless music of the 50's and 60's by talented musicians who lived through the Good Times.
World band that plays Irish Pub Songs, Greek Dance Music, Romantic Italian Love Songs, German Music, Lively Latin Music and French Cafe tunes.
UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR SENIORS
Music is a vital link to Seniors’ lives, and many of their most memorable moments can be associated with music. The magical transformation in the energy levels of Seniors that is caused by music can occur only if the musicians satisfy three important requirements:
- Play music that was popular with the Seniors’ generation;
- Engage the Seniors in the musical performance in some way.
- Select music that invokes positive feelings.
Involving the Seniors in the musical performance can take many forms depending upon their dexterity and mental alertness:
- Talking about past memories, including memory games
- Physical interaction by playing simple percussion instruments
- Simple Dancing
- Performers engaging seniors in conversation after the performance
Immersing the Seniors through this multi-dimensional approach allows the music to enrich their lives, stimulate their minds, energize their bodies, and invigorate their spirits–an experience they will cherish and remember forever.
ENTERTAINMENT BENEFITS FOR SENIORS
Senior Communities have discovered that celebrations of Holidays and other important events during the years provide residents with a sense of continuity from their formerly private lives. Entertainment makes the transition to living in a retirement community more pleasant for all residents. For some residents who seek greater social interaction and mental stimulation, the ready availability of quality entertainment can be a deciding factor when selecting a retirement community.
Music therapy is often utilized with elderly persons in more sophisticated retirement communities to increase or maintain their level of physical, mental and social/emotional functioning. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person’s quality of life.
PREFERRED ENTERTAINMENT OF SENIORS
Senior Communities have learned that most Seniors prefer entertainment with a Holiday Theme, whether the event takes the form of a picnic, musical performance or dinner/dance. Contact SeaSoundStudio Entertainment for information about performers who have designed musical programs specifically for Senior Communities. These performers have received rave reviews from the residents of several Senior Communities in the area for programs with the following themes.
New Year’s Eve/ Day
St. Patrick’s Day
Fourth of July
Additional themes that could be motivating for Seniors are the following: Family Day; Golden Oldies (20’s,30’s,40’s); Prom Night; Sadie Hawkins Dance; or Sock Hop (50’s, 60’s). For additional information about the keyboardist and vocalist in these programs, go to J. Patrice Kaluza’s Page, and for more information about the string player who often accompanies Patrice in these programs, go to our Country & Bluegrass Artists Page. For further information about the band that frequently plays at Retirement Homes, go to Lady & The Tramps’ Page.
To create a sense of personal attention, consider a roving magician or strolling musicians from our Specialty Artists Page who will move from table to table in the dining hall or from room to room, if required.
General Musical Entertainment
In addition to these performers who have developed programs specifically for Senior Communities, SeaSoundStudio Entertainment has many different types of ensembles from which you can choose depending upon the atmosphere you wish to create for your event. Go to the Classical Artists Page for a description of the classical ensembles and classical artists from whom you can choose, including string quartet, string trio, string duo, woodwind and string duo, harp and string/woodwind duo, or simply a solo instrument such as a solo violin, piano, guitar or harp. Go to the Jazz & Bluegrass Page for a description of the jazz ensembles and jazz artists from whom you can select the ideal entertainers for your event. With the same versatility as their classical counterparts, SeaSoundStudio Entertainment’s jazz ensembles can be arranged and combined to best fit your retirement community’s musical needs and budget.
To create a country theme with its musical roots in North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina, select one of the artists from our Country & Bluegrass Page to play Mountain Music, traditional Country Music or Bluegrass music. If you are seeking nationally recognized artists, read the bios and listen to the music of Country Legend Ava Barber.
Regional and National Entertainers
If you are seeking a program that will thrill your residents and establish your reputation in the community as the preferred retirement community, consider booking a Vocal Impressionist who can bring the favorite musical stars of all your residents directly to your retirement community–Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Jimmy Durante, Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis and many of the other greatest vocalists of all time. For more information on the incredible vocal impersonator, Eric Kearns, go to our Eric Kearns Page. As a solo act or with accompaniment from Lady & The Tramps, this show can fit within the entertainment budgets of many retirement communities, particularly if the event can be coordinated with other performances in the area by Eric Kearns.