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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 Winter Cocktail

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 winter cocktail!

1. Frost-Meccia Duo
Pair the electric bass as a lead instrument with a saxophonist who delivers stellar vocals, and you have a recipe for amazing and unique live music. Frost-Meccia Duo is a fantastic option to consider for entertainment that will create a relaxing atmosphere and stand out at the same time.

 

2. WireWood
Acoustic guitar and cello make for yet another unique pair. WireWood plays a variety of genres from Top 40 to rock and their own original material, and are a great option to consider if you want to hear popular tunes with an unplugged, classical string flavor. Each of the members are longtime musicians, have taught their instruments at the collegiate level and bring a strong sense of experience and professionalism to every event they perform.

 

3. BellaNova Strings
Perhaps you like the idea of classical instruments with a twist, but need a bit more versatility. Although known primarily for their typical electric violin and cello setup and energetic pop/rock sets, BellaNova Strings can start off with acoustic instruments and more classical selections and add the electric strings to build energy as the event progresses.

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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 Musicians for Post-Holiday Celebrations

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.

2020 is almost here, and now is a great time to lock in a musician or band for events in the first quarter of the year. Take a look at these live music ideas for some inspiration on adding an entertainment aspect to your post-holiday celebrations and award ceremonies!

Bradford Ray Bailey isn’t your everyday guitar player. His distinctive 8-string guitar is a hybrid between the standard guitar and bass, which makes it sound like he’s doing the work of two musicians on his own. This allows him to put his own tasteful spin on familiar jazz, blues, pop and R&B tunes and makes him a standout choice for any private event.

 


 

How many folk-americana bands do you know that play reggae? Flat Tire Trio  is as unique as their instruments are traditional, and no two shows are ever the same. They bring a great sense of energy to their sets, mixing elements of rock, blues and other genres in with their traditional bluegrass roots. We also like them because of how easygoing they are, and we know you will too.

 

 


 

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We love being able to highlight a female musician who can do it all, especially in a largely male-dominated music industry. Jazz/blues artist Carrie Marshall not only has incredible vocal skills, but can accompany herself as an experienced pianist.We love working with her because of her professionalism, performance quality and the unique touch that she brings to every 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 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 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 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 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 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.

10 Years Strong: A Word from Brandon Crumpton

On June 9, 2008 a crazy thing happened to me. I got fired! I went to the office, worked a full day and got fired at the end of the day. The whole, “put all your stuff in a box and don’t come back” kind of fired. All I could think about at the time was, “What on Earth did I do to deserve this?” A year later I started Key Signature Entertainment and became the boss. It was in that role that I figured out what I did to get fired. 🙂

I have officially been an entrepreneur and business owner for 10 years. I can tell you that these are 2 different things and can probably write a book on why that is. I’m pretty sure you don’t have that kind of time so I just want to share with you ten nuggets of knowledge I picked up in the last decade.

  • The phone doesn’t ring just because you built a website! I remember when the first Key Signature website went live and I thought I was going to instantly start booking bands and making money. Well that did not happen at all! In fact….nothing happened! I put all of this effort into this website that no one knew about.  What was I to do? Well….I guess I have to go and meet people face to face.

 

  • Go and meet people face to face! Many of the clients that Key Signature still has to this day I sat down with in person. You’re just not going to close big deals by email. We’re in the south and people like to do business with people they like. It is hard to like you through text or email.

 

  • Hire someone! You can’t grow and work on your business if you’re buried in it. What if you don’t have the money to pay someone? FIGURE IT OUT!! You can find great employees who don’t need to get rich. Appreciation and communication go a long way.

 

  • Don’t be afraid of what is around the corner! I remember when my first employee told me she was putting in her 2 weeks and moving on to another job. I literally thought the world had ended. The company was doing so well and how can we move forward without her skill set? Well we did and the company is better now than it has ever been. Sometimes you just have to accept that things happen for a reason and everything will still be ok.

 

  • Recognize that ALL business isn’t GOOD business! Once upon a time I tried to book every inquiry that KSE would get and even give in to unreasonable requests from clients. Doing that did more harm than good and took away time and resources I could have used to build better relationships with clients who were a better fit.

 

  • Let people show you who they are and believe them! I learned to stop making excuses for other people. They are who they are and I accept that faster than most people. Trust me…it saves a lot of time and stress.

 

  • Marketing is scary but necessary! I’m not going to give you the secret on how to market, but I can tell you that it is essential to the success of a business. What you advertise isn’t as important as how you advertise.

 

  • Share your ideas and thoughts with the team! The KSE staff will tell you that it helps to know there is a method to my madness. They like that I have an open door policy. They can come into my office anytime of the day to chat. I make myself available and include them in all decisions that effect them.

 

  • Keep learning! This past year I completed the Charlotte Emerging Leaders Program because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that the information you have is limited, but understand that what you need to know to get to the next step isn’t out of reach.

 

  • Teach someone else what you have learned.

I got fired because I didn’t understand what it took to start a company and keep a company going. I got fired because I assumed that I was an asset and that the company couldn’t grow without me. I was actually right about that part, but it was honestly the best thing that could have happened to me. Having that experience gave me a template on how to better interact with our staff. Having that experience forced me to move on so that when we had hard times in the company I was confident that we’d make it. Making it 10 years is truly astonishing to me. I thank each and every person who took a chance on Key Signature Entertainment and trusted what we were building.  The experiences and knowledge I have gained over the past 10 years are in invaluable. I wouldn’t change a thing about the journey and I’m looking forward to the next 10 years!