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3 Live Music Ideas For Valentine’s Day Events

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 Valentine’s Day events!


1. Yacht Rock with Thurston Howell

Yacht Rock, or West Coast Sound, was quite popular back in the mid ’70s and early ’80s. Thurston Howell is a great option to consider for an awesome Valentine’s Day throwback dance party because they do a terrific job of recreating the sounds of classic soft rock hits.

 

 


 

2. Harp with Queen City Harpist

If your client is interested in more of a quiet evening with friends and loved ones, they may prefer a harp for background music. The warm and graceful sound delivered by Queen City Harpist is very ideal for bringing an atmosphere of elegance to your client’s Valentine’s Day event without interrupting conversation.

 

 

 


 

 

3. Saxophone with Letron Brantley

Whether playing solo or with a full band, the saxophone is the perfect touch to a romantic evening and a must-have for any Valentine’s Day event. Who wouldn’t love the sultry sound of a ruby red saxophone on the most romantic day of the year? Letron Brantley‘s signature red sax adds just the right aesthetic touch to his smooth playing.

 


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 3 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 our 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.

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.


Fred Lee IV and Late Night Special

November 15, 2019 | Mikayla Mendels

You may have noticed quite a few posts about the band, Late Night Special, on our social media during the last quarter of 2019. This is because Key Signature was in a tough situation the last week of October, and we owe this band a huge thank you for helping us through.

We had two bands scheduled for the Wingate University homecoming a few weeks back, and three hours before the second band was supposed to arrive, we got a call saying they wouldn’t make it. We were scrambling and find another group to fill in, and Fred Heintz managed to pull together a 5 piece band for us within no time. He got to the event early, almost as though he hung up the phone and drove straight to Wingate, and he and his guys put on a great show for us.

We couldn’t be more appreciative of their willingness to help us, so when we realized a couple days later that we had time for an extra performer at our showcase, it was a no brainer to call Fred. He happened to be available with a single day’s notice (a little more than last time!) and he brought an amazing trio that our clients loved. He had just the right song list, and the music added the perfect ambiance to kick off the event.

This band a perfect example of our motto – “Good People, Good Music.” Thanks, Late Night Special! 


Mike Graci and Kids in America

November 22, 2019 | Mikayla Mendels

While reflecting on this past year as a team, we couldn’t help but notice how strong our partnership with Mike Graci and Kids in America – Totally 80s Tribute has become.

Our business is most successful when the artists we work with see our relationship as a two-way street, which is exactly what our relationship with this band is.

We have a particular client in Greenville, SC that LOVES having Kids in America play at their company events. When an indirectly related client reached out to Kids in America to be the house band for a 4 day long conference, Mike didn’t think twice about sending the client our way to work out the details. He wanted to include us in this event because of the mutual respect we have for each other.

Mike and his bands always go above and beyond for our clients, and they understand the value of reviews and referrals.


Mike Ramsey

November 29, 2019 | Tius Ragan-Johnson

As event professionals ourselves, we understand that networking and being present in the industry is important for us in terms of visibility and relevance, but there aren’t as many opportunities for musicians to network as private event professionals. This past year, we wanted to change that.

We had our first ever KSE Artist Meet & Greet event back in March of this year to give our artists an opportunity to network with us and amongst each other. Mike Ramsey was among those invited, although we only booked him a handful of times throughout the years up to this point, and it completely changed our working relationship with him.

Once we got to know him a little better, we saw his comical and fun personality come out and realized that this is what he portrays through his music. He’s personable, easy going, and knows how to make others feel his positive energy through his work.Needless to say, we have established a very strong relationship with Mike since meeting him at the KSE Artist Meet & Greet just a few short months ago. As a result, we’ve been able to work with him on 4 times as many events this year as we did in 2018, just because of how much we liked getting to know him.


Dante Lewis

December 6, 2019 | Brandon Crumpton

I met Dante Lewis at one of the first concerts we ever produced at Romare Bearden Park. As soon as we saw each other we immediately thought we were related. The resemblance was just too much for us not to be. Ever since then we’ve maintained a partnership and friendship that has grown both of our businesses and we’re continuing to try new things to expand our reach. The trust between KSE and Dante Lewis is what keeps this bond strong. Every year we meet at our favorite spot in Ft. Mill and discuss our plans for the future. We don’t always agree, but our mutual respect for one another is what leads to continued success. We have his back and he has ours. He’s truly become a brother to me.


John and Judy Floyd Next Level Band of Charlotte and KRVE Band

December 13, 2019 | Brandon Crumpton

John and Judy Floyd are the owners of Next Level Band Of Charlotte and KRVE Band. NLBOC was the first project we partnered with them on. We would attend their rehearsals and give tips on what to work on and how to improve the set list. John would take our opinions to heart and incorporate them in to the band’s performances.

The members of each band are part of our KSE Family, and I am always ready for my 8am text from John about whatever is on his mind. We’ve had some great conversations about the direction of his bands and how to grow his business. In fact….during a conversation with Danyell Cherece II of NLBOC at an event, we stumbled on to our motto “Good People, Good Music.” We are honored to be a small part of their growth and success.


Bradford Ray Bailey

December 20, 2019 | Tius Ragan-Johnson

The first time I met Bradford Ray Bailey, I instantly knew he’d become one of my favorite people.

He played a public event toward the end of the summer last year shortly after I joined the team as an intern, and Brandon and Mikayla thought it would be a good chance for me to meet a musician we work with often. I went, and ended up being the only person sitting down and focusing on just the musicians and applauding after each song – everyone else was checking out the street vendors and enjoying the rest of the event. I thought he was incredible; I knew and liked all the songs he played, and I’d never seen someone play the blues on an 8-string electric guitar before. He and the drummer took a break about halfway through their set, and I introduced myself.

We chatted about my time with Key Signature thus far, and I mentioned that I was also a musician and asked about his practice routine. Without really even knowing me, Brad sat down and offered some great insight on his approach to music, and suggested some resources that helped him get to where he was then. I never forgot how warm and genuine his personality was, and I’m always happy when I get a chance to give him a call to work on an event together for that reason.


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 Partner of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision makers in the 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 visit our 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.

3 Live Music Ideas for a Corporate or Club Holiday 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 corporate or club holiday party!

 

1. Straight Fire
Style: Top 40/Party Band

If you’re looking for one band that can do it all, consider Straight Fire. These corporate event veterans are a perfect option to consider for a holiday party because they can play as small as a duo for more laid back portions of the event, or as large as a 12-piece band with a DJ/emcee and horn section to really bring the heat.

 

2. Reggie Sullivan Band
Style: Fusion

Looking for something really different? Reggie Sullivan Band is just what you’re looking for because they transcend the limits of genre, blending elements of many different styles to create an inimitable musical experience. 

 

3. Late Night Special
Style: Rock/Soul

These guys really know how to hold a groove. If your guests want to dance the night away or even just kick back and listen to some awesome jams, Late Night Special is the band for you.

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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 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 Solo Guitarists 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 solo guitarists for a private event!

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

  • Outdoor event
  • Holiday party
  • Casual food/wine tasting
  • Cocktail hour
  • Dinner parties

 

1. Fred Lee IV – Guitar with Vocals

Solo guitar with vocals is a great option to explore for an event that needs live music. Fred Lee IV, frontman of Charlotte rock outfit Late Night Special, is a very talented and soulful acoustic guitarist and vocalist. Specializing in tunes from John Mayer, Bill Withers, Tom Petty and Avett Brothers, he covers a wide variety of well-known hits that will cater to any audience. Fred is a perfect solo guitarist option to consider because he adds his own distinct flavor to well-known songs, which creates an unforgettable performance.

 

2. J’Michael Peeples – Jazz/Blues/R&B Guitar

Jazz guitar is one of the less common musical styles in our local music scene, and talented jazz guitarists are even fewer and farther between. J’Michael Peeples is truly a local jazz guitar legend in the making and is the perfect option to consider for a private event because of his level of experience, professionalism, reputation and skill. 

 

3. LS Brown – Instrumental Pop Guitar

What if you don’t want vocals or jazz? The guitar is a wonderful instrument to employ for creating background music all on its own. LS Brown is a great option to consider because he specializes in recreating popular songs from the 1960s – 1980s across various genres of popular music instrumentally using just his guitar and a loop station. 

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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 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 Father’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 our previous blog post here to learn a bit more about the nature of our business.

Here are 3 live music ideas for a Father’s Day event!

1. Motown/Beach/Oldies

If Dad wants to 2-step all night, who are we to stop him? The Extraordinaires are the perfect band to keep your client and their guests on their feet because they specialize in Top 40, Motown, R&B, Carolina Beach and ‘70s – ‘90s hits. Complete with a 4-piece horn section and fronted by an incredibly talented female vocalist, The Extraordinaires have a sound rich in texture and style that will make your Father’s Day event a hit without a doubt!

 

2. Pop/Rock/Soul

If your client and their guests want to party with Dad without all the bells and whistles, we’ve got something unique up our sleeve. Late Night Special is a rock/soul band from Charlotte with a unique song list including tunes from Bill Withers, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Tom Petty and others as well as a strong Top 40 rotation. They’re a perfect option to consider for any party because they have a strong passion for what they do and love to keep folks on the dance floor! Late Night Special most often performs with a 5-piece rock band set-up, but can add saxophone, keys and a full horn section upon request and availability.

 

  1. Country/Classic Rock

Perhaps your client is more interested in a country or classic rock sound. Diamonds & Whiskey is another incredibly talented, female-fronted band from Charlotte that can do both, and more! They are a perfect option to consider for any event in light of their recent endeavors, which include:

  • The addition of a fiddle virtuoso to the lineup
  • Rocking the Jiggy with the Piggy festival main stage in Kannapolis in early May 2019
  • Receiving two nominations at the Carolina Music Awards for 2019
  • Being featured in this year’s Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach

Diamonds & Whiskey are at the top of their game, and will rock your Father’s Day event!

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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 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.