Music Festivals

Perfect Cadence: Defining Moments in Our KSE Family

Toward the end of 2019, the Key Signature team decided to come up with a way to tell our audience about some of the great relationships we have with our musicians and how we became so close-knit. The bulk of our social media output is often focused on the event professional, although the professional musician is equally important. Check out some of these defining moments that brought us closer to the talented musicians who we consider to be a part of our Key Signature Family.


Jeff Brown

February 21, 2020 | Brandon Crumpton

We probably get the most “Thank You’s” from our friend Jeff Brown. Jeff and I have probably known each other for well over a decade. I think we were both trying to crack our way into the Charlotte music scene around the same time.

Jeff seems to be always working on his craft and trying to be the best guitarist and vocalist he can be. Anytime he’s in project mode we get a message saying “check out this new video” or “do you think this is something you can use?” He reminds us of why we do what we do and the impact our efforts have on musician’s lives and careers. He always says “I couldn’t do what I do if it wasn’t for you guys”. Thanks, Jeff! That is always nice to hear.

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Matt Miller

February 28, 2020 | Mikayla Mendels

Key Signature’s relationships with our artists is based on the mutual trust and respect we have with one another. This typically takes a little while to develop, but Matt Miller aka “Shorty” with the Flat Tire Trio had an immediate trust with our company. We started working together, and during the process of adding their artist profile on our website, they made Key Signature the contact on their website without hesitation. This was a huge sign of respect towards our company, and really made Flat Tire stand out to us.

Flat Tire is so easy to work with, and they always make our clients happy. We have a great partnership, and Matt is always willing to accommodate whatever crazy requests we throw his way. As we’ve continued to build trust and respect with each other, our partnership has only grown stronger, and we always love when we have an opportunity to work together. Thanks for always representing our motto, Matt!

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Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event. To learn more about Key Signature, visit our Who We Are page.

3 Live Music Ideas for Spring/Summer Reception

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Check out these 3 live music ideas for a spring/summer reception!


1. Reverend O and the Barnburners
If your client wants to Rock & Roll All Nite, consider Rev. O and the Barnburners. A 5-piece band with an impressive list of familiar rock and dance songs under their belt, this group of seasoned professional musicians is a great option to have guests Dance the Night Away. Reverend O can also add a female vocalist, or even downsize to a jazz trio for the cocktail portion of the event for an all-inclusive experience.

 

 


2. The Party Parrot Band
If your client’s event has a beach theme, they might want a band that brings vacation vibes for the reception. The Party Parrot Band, for example, is a Jimmy Buffett tribute band that is perfect for creating the ultimate beach party because they live and breathe the island get-away lifestyle when they perform.

 


 

3. Sidecar Social Club
Few things are cooler than old-time speakeasy-style music. Sidecar Social Club is a perfect option to explore for this theme because of how they blend old-time jazz, Latin, classic R&B, and big band elements to take listeners on a journey back to the era of prohibition.

 

 


Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

 

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event. To learn more about Key Signature, visit our Who We Are page.

3 Live Music Ideas For A St. Patrick’s Day Event

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Check out these 3 live music ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day event!


1. BellaNova Strings
Greenville, South Carolina’s BellaNova Strings is an electric violin and cello duo that specializes in celtic, rock and pop arrangements. They can add more pieces to their arrangement for a larger sound, and are an excellent option for a St. Patrick’s Day event because their unique instruments can add a modern twist to traditional celtic folk music.


2. Bradford Ray Bailey
Bradford Ray Bailey
 is mostly known for his distinctive use of the 8-string guitar and banjo for jazz music, but he’s also a phenomenal mandolin player. His Car’Olina JazzGrass ensemble covers a wide range of tunes which include Irish and Scottish folk songs, jazz, pop and American folk music, and makes him a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day entertainment option to consider.

 


3. Trip Rogers
We have a habit of finding some of the sweetest folks on Earth to work with, and Trip Rogers is no exception. Not only is he an awesome human being, professional and easy to work with, he also regularly performs Celtic music around the Charlotte area throughout the year, sometimes in a kilt! Check out his rendition of the traditional Irish ballad, “Wild Mountain Thyme,” performed live on Charlotte Today ahead of St. Patrick’s Day 2019.

 


 

Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event. To learn more about Key Signature, visit our Who We Are page.

3 Country Bands for a Private Event

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Here are 3 country bands for a private event!

The following acts are perfect to consider if you’re planning a(n):

  • Harvest party
  • Thanksgiving party
  • Tailgate party

 

1. Michael Cosner & The Fugitives

Based in the Triad region of North Carolina, Michael Cosner & The Fugitives is a 6-piece band that approaches the country music genre from a more traditional and outlaw country perspective, keeping true to its roots. They are a great country band option to consider because they love what they do and they do it well. The music speaks for itself!

 

2. Gal Friday Band

The real-life sisters of Gal Friday Band create an undeniably refreshing take on the genre with their unique sound and catchy three-part harmonies. If you’re interested in a distinctive country option with dynamic vocal arrangements and a little more pop influence, Gal Friday Band is a perfect option to consider.

 

3. Underhill Rose

If you’re interested in more of a folk/Americana vibe, take a listen to the Asheville-based ladies of Underhill Rose. Their use of acoustic guitar, open-back banjo and close, charismatic vocal harmonies combine to create a soulful and charming sound reminiscent of their Appalachian roots. Because they lean more toward the Appalachian folk sound with just a hint of bluegrass, Underhill Rose is a perfect option to explore if you’re considering a talented country music option that recalls Western Carolina culture.

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Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the Who We Are page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.

 

 

 

3 Live Rock Bands for a Labor Day Party

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Here are 3 live rock bands for a Labor Day party!

 

1. The L.A. Maybe

The L.A. Maybe is a Charlotte-based rock band that specializes in hits from rock ‘n’ roll favorites like Guns ‘N Roses and AC/DC, and follows up with pop and funk hits from giants like Prince, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. A fresh set of faces in the Charlotte event industry, they have taken the regional music scene by storm to make a name for themselves while also fostering a high-quality musical experience for private events. The L.A. Maybe is a great option to consider for a Labor Day party because they have a unique set of songs under their belt and will keep any party going until the wee hours with their energetic delivery and fun-loving nature.

 

2. Late Night Special

Late Night Special is a rock/soul band from the Charlotte area with a unique song list consisting of tunes from Bill Withers, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Tom Petty and others in addition to a strong Top 40 rotation. They’re a perfect option to consider for any party because they have a deep passion for what they do and love to keep people on the dance floor! One of the more unique aspects of this band is their soulful and groove-oriented nature, which makes them very easy to enjoy. Late Night Special most often performs as a 5-piece band, but can add saxophone, keys and a full horn section upon request and availability.

 

3. U-Phonik

If you’re after more straight-ahead rock music, U-Phonik is the band for the job. They specialize in electrifying, high-energy performances, and their song list covers a wide range of hits from the 1970s to today. U-Phonik is one of our personal favorites because they can make a private event space feel like a stadium concert, and they never take their foot off the gas. Labor Day weekend is meant to be one big party, so why not bring U-Phonik to set things off?

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Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature Entertainment

Key Signature Entertainment

Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has lead the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 2 full time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award winning events through out the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting, and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure, and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704)568-1968 or go to the Who We Are page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.

Key Signature “Entertainment” or “Events”?

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Hi there! Mikayla here.  So I was casually googling Key Signature Entertainment the other day while figuring out what task I should start next when I stumbled across an article about Key Signature that I had never seen before.  It was written by a colleague and close friend of ours back in 2015. I had started my journey with Key Signature in 2017, so I wanted to check it out. Almost immediately, I noticed that they had referred to us as “Key Signature Events” 5 times. Although this was written 4 years ago, it triggered moments that I had noticed in my time with the company where other close friends and CRVA.jpgcolleagues have referred to us as Key Signature Events – during announcements thanking us for our support or sponsorship, and even in print on voting ballots.

 

Key Signature Entertainment has been in business for 10 year now.  We won the 2019 CRVA Service Provider of the Year award, and our owner, Brandon, recently completed a small business administration certification program. It’s safe to say we’re in a good place, and ready to keep moving forward.  I wanted to know why our colleagues continued to misconceive our name after this many years of establishment in the industry. It’s obviously happening for a reason, considering the number of times people have called us “Key Signature Events.”  Should we be doing something different? Is this something we need to address?

 

KeySignatureEntertainmentHeist2019_Z84A8959.jpgOur name wasn’t always Key Signature Entertainment, the “Entertainment” portion of the name was added shortly after the company was incorporated for clarity purposes.  People naturally called the company Key Signature Entertainment because that’s all we did at that point; Brandon booked entertainment. After talking about it as a team, we realized that as years went on, Brandon and the other individuals who helped this business grow to what it is, had branded Key Signature as a company of event professionals.

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We understand the thought process of event planners, the stress of the job, and the work involved in putting an event together. We understand that they shouldn’t have to worry about the entertainment at an event, so we work hard to make sure they don’t have to. We work so closely with our event professional friends, that we ourselves have become event professionals by association, which makes us a really great asset to planners for any event in need of live music.

 

I realized in this moment that what I thought was sort of a frustrating misconception, was really a compliment.  Our event planner friends whom we work with most don’t see us as just agents who book live music. They know that we understand their world, and because of that, they trust us. I learned really fast after moving to Charlotte from New York that down here, trust is the most important part of doing business. That’s why we consider the people we work with our KSE Family. I guess in this case, the “E” in KSE can stand for whatever you need it to be – Events or Entertainment!

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The Year In Review (So Far)

Whew!

We’ve had a whirlwind past few months here at Key Signature Entertainment! When the weather is warm, we’re on the move planning and producing what seems like an endless stream of concerts and events (which is a great problem to have). Hopefully you’ve had the chance to make it out to a few shows this concert season. We’ve put on so many, from the Freedom Summer Series with local and regional jazz artists, the Stumptown Park Series in downtown Matthews, our weekly Party in the Park series at Romare Bearden Park uptown, and so many more. Just two weekends ago we produced not one but TWO festivals in one weekend! Can you say crazy? Both Matthews Alive and The Bearden Birthday Bash were a huge success this year. We’re lucky to have a great team of people to fall back on and help us work these events, because there are so many moving parts behind the scenes!

In it’s 22nd year, Matthews Alive continues to grow and just get better and better. We had a great lineup of performers this year, including The Legendary Tams, Springsteen Tribute- Bruce in the USA, and Country superstars LITTLE TEXAS. We had three different stages and dozens of performers over the four day festival, and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing team we had helping coordinate all of those performers at once! We had everything from magicians, a hypnotist, a singer-songwriter series, a show choir, and many great local and regional acts covering many genres. A special thanks to all of our friends with The Town of Matthews and Matthews Alive! Here are a few photos from the festival. Click on the photos to go to our complete Matthews Alive album on Facebook: 1) Springsteen Tribute Bruce in the USA rocked the Main Stage on Saturday, August 30th  2) Grammy nominated Country superstars LITTLE TEXAS put on a rockin’ country show Sunday night on august 31st

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Bruce in the USA

Bruce in the USA

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LITTLE TEXAS

LITTLE TEXAS

The Bearden Birthday Bash was also a success, as we along with Mecklenburg County Park & Rec celebrated one full year of programming at this beautiful uptown park. We celebrated for three days from August 29th-August 31st with local and regional jazz artists. Also at the festival were many local artists displaying and selling their pieces, food trucks, roving entertainment including caricatures artists and face painters, and so much more! It was a hot weekend but the crowds didn’t seem to mind the heat and we had great audiences all weekend! A special thanks to our friends at Party Reflections, JHE Productions, and all of the Key Signature team that came out to make this festival a success! Click on the photo to see our complete Facebook album from this event: 1) A panoramic shot of the stage and crown at Romare Bearden Park

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Bearden Birthday Bash

Bearden Birthday Bash

Even after all of these great shows, event season isn’t over just yet! We’re excited for what is still to come this year, so make sure to keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what’s coming up next!