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3 Live Bands for a ’20s Speakeasy 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 live bands for a ’20s speakeasy event!

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

  • New Years Eve Party
  • Wedding
  • Swing Dance Party
  • Holiday Party

 

Swing to the beat with Mint Julep Jazz Band!

1. Mint Julep Jazz Band

Rooted in Durham, Mint Julep Jazz Band is a little band with a big band sound thanks to their rhythm section, 4-piece horn section and talented vocalist. They specialize in jazz and swing tunes from the 1920s – 1940s as well as original music inspired by the same era. Mint Julep is a perfect band to help bring back the roaring ’20s because they have been catering to swing dance and Lindy Hop events across the U.S. for nearly a decade.

 

Fly to the moon with Jazz Revolution!

2. Jazz Revolution Band

If you’re looking for a band that can nail a Roaring ’20s theme and be flexible with the song selection, look no further. Jazz Revolution Band is a 6-piece variety band that specializes in a wide selection of genres from swing to classic jazz to Top 40 party music. Jazz Revolution is a perfect band for a 1920s-themed party because they often perform in swing clubs and other private events, and are extremely professional, kind, fun and talented group of musicians. 

 

Hop in with Sidecar Social Club!

3. Sidecar Social Club

If you’re looking for a band to play whiskey-soaked tunes that will take their guests back in time to the era of prohibition, Sidecar Social Club is a perfect option to explore. This multitalented group of musicians also does incredible renditions of Latin, classic R&B, big band and ’50s rock ‘n’ roll music as well as classy originals, so there can always be something different coming right around the corner in Sidecar’s sets. Sidecar Social Club is a great option to consider because they will cater to the theme with a unique, soulful and fine-tuned approach to recreating the speakeasy-era sound.

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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 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.

3 Live Jazz Trios 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 live jazz trios for a private event!

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

  • Corporate or club event
  • Cocktail hour
  • Seated dinner
  • Reception

1. Mike Frost Band

Based in Aiken, South Carolina, Mike Frost Band is a versatile and highly professional group of full-time musicians who specialize in traditional jazz, smooth jazz, blues, funk, soul and pop music. They are available anywhere from a duo up to a 10-piece band, but their trio option is perfect for a cocktail hour or seated dinner because it provides just the right level of sound and musical texture for a relaxed atmosphere for conversation. With a genuine passion for their craft and a keen ability to connect with listeners, you can’t go wrong with the Mike Frost Band.

 

2. Suit Up

If you’re in search of only the most polished, professional group of musicians for your client’s or member’s event, look no further. Suit Up – The New Jazz Experience is an instrumental jazz trio comprised of former Motown artists, R&B producers/songwriters, and professional studio musicians who cater to upscale corporate and private functions in the Charlotte area. With a repertoire of pop songs, traditional jazz standards, smooth jazz, R&B and holiday music, and only the highest level of professionalism, Suit Up can provide concert-grade musical quality while touching on a variety of sounds to create the perfect atmosphere for any private event.

 

3. Guitar Travels

If you’re looking for more of a straight-ahead jazz sound, Guitar Travels is a great option to consider. With a multilingual female vocalist, this Charlotte-based trio specializes in traditional jazz, bossa nova and popular Latin tunes and brings unique and classy flavor to an overall traditional song list. The combination of guitar, keyboard and a versatile female vocalist makes Guitar Travels perfect for a private function because of the interesting texture that it brings to the table.

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Tius, Brandon & 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 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.

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.

3 Live Music Ideas for a Pool 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 music ideas for a pool party!

 

1. Carolina Beach Music/Top 40

What better way to party at the pool than with beach music? Carolina Soul Band is a High Point-based party band that specializes in Beach, Soul and Motown hits from the 1950s – 1990s. They’re one of our personal favorites because of how electrifying their performances are and how much fun they have interacting with the crowd. You can’t go wrong with Carolina Soul Band because they always make a big splash.

 

2. Jimmy Buffett Tribute

Calling all Parrotheads! If you want to create an island get-away vibe for your pool party, look no further. The Party Parrot Band is one of the best Jimmy Buffett tribute acts around town, and are guaranteed to put you in that vacation mindset. They specialize in all of Jimmy’s top hits and other beach-themed songs, and always dress to de-stress! If your members prefer a country or party vibe over Buffett tunes, the members of Party Parrot also perform in Bonfire Country and the Throwback Thursday Party Band; these guys know how to party no matter the genre!

 

3. Steel Drums

If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key for live pool party music, steel drums are a great option to consider. Nate Brown’s blend of calypso, Afro-Latin jazz, reggae and R&B will take you on a musical journey straight to the islands! You can’t go wrong with steel drums because of the unique and happy sound they create by combining percussion and melody in one instrument. Everyone knows it’s time to kick back when they hear the steel drums play!

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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.

3 Live Music Ideas for a 4th of July 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.

1. Bluegrass/Americana

With roots in the Appalachians and pioneers like banjo master Earl Scruggs (a North Carolina native), bluegrass music is a true American art form. Flat Tire Trio embraces this art form with a tasteful twist, and is a great option to explore for a 4th of July event because of their unique and truly American sound. They use their traditional instruments to put a spin on bluegrass, rock, blues and reggae, which reflects the melting pot of American culture.

 

2. Rock ‘n’ Roll

If your client is interested in something with more youthful energy, U-Phonik is just the right band because of their honest rock ‘n’ roll sound. They specialize in high energy performances, and their electrifying song list covers a wide range of hits from the 1970s to today. The 4th of July is meant to be a party, so why not bring U-Phonik to set things off?

 

3. Acoustic Guitar

Perhaps acoustic background music is what your clients would prefer. Matt Stratford of Chunky Daddy is a very talented guitar player and a soulful singer at that. He is a great choice for acoustic background music because he can set the mood without being too over-the-top. Matt plays Top 40/variety hits that can reach everyone in the audience without overpowering the event itself.

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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 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.

3 Live Music Ideas For A 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. Here are 3 live music ideas if you are planning a spring or summer reception!

 

1. Speakeasy Jazz

Few things are cooler than old-time speakeasy-style music. If your client is looking for a band to play whiskey-soaked tunes that will take their guests back in time to the era of prohibition, then Sidecar Social Club is a perfect option to explore. This multitalented group of musicians also does incredible renditions of Latin, classic R&B, big band and ’50s rock ‘n’ roll music as well as classy originals, so there can always be something different coming right around the corner in Sidecar’s sets.

 

2. High-Energy Dance Band

Perhaps your client wants their guests to party like it’s 1999 all night long during the reception. KRVE Band is one of Key Signature’s premier party bands, and is an ideal option for creating an atmosphere of unequivocal energy. On top of that, they will often play songs that are not typical of a standard party band, which is perfect for keeping guests’ on their toes.

 

3. Tropical Get-Away

If your client is planning a beach-themed event, they might want a band that brings vacation vibes. 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. Party Parrot also has a large repertoire of music in other styles that they can play upon request to reach everyone in the audience.

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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.

 

3 Live Music Ideas For Spring & Summer Weddings

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 music ideas if you are planning a spring or summer wedding!

 

1. Guitar

The guitar is one of the world’s most versatile and beautiful-sounding instruments. If your client is looking for a graceful yet dynamic sound for their wedding ceremony, traditional wedding pieces for solo guitar with popular tunes mixed in for variety can be the perfect way to set the mood.

 

2. String Duo

An acoustic guitar and cello duo is a unique complement to an otherwise traditional springtime wedding. Most ensembles have large enough repertoires to accommodate any requests your client may have, and are often willing to learn a piece or two to make their special day as memorable as can be.

 

3. Steel Drums

Summer time is right around the corner, and who doesn’t love the beach? If your client is planning an island getaway-themed wedding, steel drums are ideal for creating that worry-free vacation atmosphere.

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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.

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.

What has Key Signature done?

Whether you’ve known about us or are just learning about us, Key Signature has been a part of some really great events in Charlotte and beyond. You may have not even realized it. Back in 2012, we were part of the team that coordinated entertainment for the DNC Media Party that welcomed some 15,000 members of the media to the Queen City. Here’s a testimonial from Mary Tribble, who was head of the planning team for this specific event.

“I led the event department for the Democratic National Convention Host Committee in Charlotte. In my role, I was responsible for planning a welcome event for 15,000 members of the media. Key Signature was a key leader in our team to plan this event. They researched, contacted and booked entertainment for approximately 15 venues at the NC Music Factory. I cannot recommend Key Signature highly enough. They were efficient, effective, responsive and produced results on a short time frame. They were a pleasure to work with on every level and helped make the DNC Media Party a huge success. I recommend Key Signature Entertainment enthusiastically.”

– Mary Tribble, Former Deputy Executive Director of Hospitality and Events Charlotte in 2012 Convention Committee

So it turned out that 2012 was a pretty good year for us. Fast forward to 2013; we had plenty going on. In June we hosted Nnenna Freelon and Branford Marsalis at Freedom Park for a charity concert supporting Partners for Parks of Mecklenburg Country. A crowd of close to 2,000 people gathered to hear jazz in the park and support a great cause.

Photo: a shot of Nnenna Freelon on stage from across the crowd.

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At the end of summer, we had two of our biggest events of the year. Matthews Alive and the Grand Opening of the Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte both happened on Labor Day weekend. Matthews Alive was once again huge success, with Boston/Styxx tribute BOSTYXX bringing down the house in Matthews. Many residents say that it was the best concert they’ve seen at Matthews Alive ever! At Romare Bearden, we had two days of music leading up to country music star Jo Dee Messina headlining a free concert to the public that Saturday night.

Photos from top to bottom: 1) Shableek & Uncommon Jazz took the stage at the brand new Romare Bearden Park as part of the Friday night jazz lineup 2) A gorgeous view of the Charlotte skyline from Romare Bearden Park shortly after the rains left at the Grand Opening. 3) Country star Jo Dee Messina performed as the parks first big headliner.

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The year continued with plenty of events to keep us busy. 2014 is looking really good so far. So next time you’re out at an event, look around to see who might have played a part in it. There’s a very good chance that it might be us!

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Welcome to Key Signature Entertainment’s brand new blog page! We thought we’d try our hand at blogging. So keep up with us here to read about what’s going on in our industry. We’ll be talking about everything music/entertainment and events! In the mean time, check out our website, Twitter page, and Facebook page!