1. Having live music playing right when your event starts.
Real honest to goodness live music playing right when your guests start to arrive to your soiree can set the tone and vibe for the entire evening. There have been countless times that I have performed for someone at the very beginning of their party and you can see the smiles on the guest faces as they hear the music, see you and then smile and say hello. It really does start the event off perfectly. They will even say something like, "We could hear the steel drums all the way out in the street as we were getting out of our car. They sound great".
2. Your guests will love it!
You are having a birthday party for your best friend. Why not show her how much of a good friend she is by having a real steel drum band perform at her party you are throwing for her. Being a full time musician I guess I am a little biased towards having live music over having friends play cds or similar at an event. I truly feel that live music is a lot nicer to have at your event than a friend playing their own song mixes over the house speakers. It sounds better, looks better and well frankly it is better all around to have live music.
3. It can be done!
You can afford it. This is an issue that comes up here and there when talking with a potential client about the budget/price of their party and how much they think they can spend for music for their event. Lets face it, at most of the parties and events that I play at my client is spending a lot of money on catered food. It is usually one of the bigger if not the biggest costs of the entire event. Is it really that much more to have some live music at the party? Why not have great food and great music as well!
4. Inspiring others to play a musical instrument.
This usually pertains to the younger ones at an event but can apply to any age really. I love it when a guest comes up to me at my gig and starts asking questions about the steel drums; what are those things called, are they easy to play, how do you play them, can I try them? … the list goes on. I feel that it is really important to try and share and educate when possible about music, especially to the younger ones cause they are just starting out, need some guidance and have an immense thirst for knowledge. I have picked up many students or referred people to other music teacher friends throughout the years by just talking with people on my gigs. I love letting people try out my steel drums. They absolutely love it cause most have never ever seen or heard steel drum music up close and personal
5. Helping to create a very memorable experience.
Those little touch at your event that can add a lifetime of memories. The bride and groom will never forget their wedding day and how "the steel drums played great island music we they walked down the aisle". Or your 8 year old son will remember the time that he and his friends did the limbo at his birthday party to "that steel drum guy"! So have live music at your next event and you will have a very unforgettable time. Both you and your guests will be so pleased that you did.
By Tom Liston
A boutique entertainment group from Melbourne, Australia.