Entertainment for an event/retreat is always a nice addition. Choosing the right entertainment is key.
In my “day job” as an artist manager, I work with all kinds of entertainment. I thought I would take a moment and give you a few things to look for when looking for entertainment.
Like any form of entertainment, picking music is a tough one. Do you get a band? A singer/songwriter? Or someone singing to tracks? These different variations also bring other issues. For instance, production. If you have a band, sound plays into the equation and budget.
Another point to consider with music is style. Do you want a party atmosphere? Do you want a reflective time?
Here’s a for instance: I work with a band, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. There are 12 guys on stage. LOTS of production involved with them. From a style standpoint, they can be a 60’s/70’s era band, they can do hymns, patriotic or Christmas or they can do a regular show. Looking for a band that will give you different options is key.
If your event/retreat has been particularly stressful, having a comedienne is the perfect way to wrap up on a light note.
Production is not much of an issue for a comedienne. Most of the time, all they need is a mic and a stage.
Style is something to consider when choosing the right comedienne. You probably don’t want someone who would make you feel uncomfortable if your mom or dad were present. And you probably don’t want someone that is political in nature.
Don’t get this confused with a comedienne. A speaker is someone who is coming in to do a talk on a particular subject.
Production is only a minor consideration for speakers. Some will probably have PowerPoint presentations, or the like. Having the right hookups for a computer are key. Some speakers travel with these things, but never assume that.
Whether it’s a band, comedy or speaker, coordination ahead of time is important. A quick phone call is all that is needed. And don’t forget to loop in the sound engineer.
One last tip: there are several agencies out there that represent all of these different types of entertainment. Working with them can help you get the right fit for your event or retreat.