for adding music to your event.
makes an event? The right music.
makes the party. Unfortunately, most people are confused
about what kind of musical entertainment to choose,
how to find it, what to look for, etc. This article
will give you valuable ideas on what to consider and
how to get the best value.
options... Live or DJ
Basically, musical entertainment comes in two formats:
live and recorded (disc jockey). There are advantages
to both. The best way to choose, however, is to consider
3 main points:
now allows a solo musician-vocalist to
reproduce the sound and quality of a full
If your guests will be mostly a younger group (20s
and younger) a DJ is usually the best choice.
A professional DJ service will have all the current/latest
music available usually requested by a younger crowd.
If, however, your guests are in their 30s and older,
you may wish to consider the live performance of a
band or a soloist with backing-tracks capability (more
about this popular trend below).
Will your event be at a private home, hall, or banquet
room? Banquet halls and larger rooms will accommodate
live music or DJs. However if your venue is a home
or mid-sized facility, a professional soloist
is becoming a popular Orange County choice. Why? Because
consumers want: familiar songs, in a professional
presentation, that won't break their budget. Fortunately
technology allows a solo musician/vocalist to reproduce
the sound & quality of a full band for less cost example.
A live band is also a good choice but remember to
consider logistics, i.e., room size, facility access,
stage area, etc.
Be realist about what you can afford for your
entertaining budget. Here are some price ranges to
bands range from $1000 to $5000 per event.
Smaller 3-piece bands may charge less. If you are
not sure where to find good live entertainment It
might be better to contact a reputable music service
to assist you. Be aware though that "agencies" can
add a mark-up for commissions. We have a free referral
service for live music (see below).
jockeys will usually charge $400 to $1000
per event. The higher charges should include special
effects such as lighting and smoke machines.
Soloists with full sound systems and backing
tracks charge $350 to $600 per event. A
soloist can also be a nice balance between a live
band and a DJ… at a lower cost.
up the volume?
Avoid the biggest mistake of all… amateur performers
who play so loud that guests complain, or worse,
leave. A soloist will play soft enough for guests
to converse but allow others to dance, listen, and
interface with the performer. Soloists can also accommodate
small to mid-size venues requiring less stage area
and set-up time.
the biggest mistake of all… amateur performers…
to ask for include: a song list, references, CD
or website, and list of venues where the performers
makes an event? The right music.
the above guidelines when choosing musical entertainment.
As a guitar/vocal soloist musician, I provide my clients
with a combination of classic rock and smooth jazz
that is very popular at Orange County venues. All
of this is enhanced with a full sound system and backing-track
production. You are free to contact me personally
for more music ideas at NO COST or OBLIGATION.
Article submitted by Don Covel, owner of Don Covel
Entertainment and serving Orange County for over 20
years. His warm guitar and smooth vocals are often
compared to James Taylor.
other local artist offers more musicianship, variety,
- Orange County.net
true renaissance musician…"
- OC Weekly
Covel is a one-man show. He can change his performance
to suit the needs of the Audience. His warm personality
and musicianship complement our shows and events.
He is a delight to work with."
- Jana Barbier, Newport Beach Arts and Cultural
Newport Beach, CA
© Copyright 2005 Don Covel
No unauthorized duplication without written consent.