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EBE Spotlight: Joe Napoli – Bandleader EBE Amsterdam

By | Blog, Spotlights

Joe Napoli is EBE’s Director of Business Development and the bandleader for EBE Amsterdam.  He has been a part of the EBE Events & Entertainment family for almost 6 1/2 years and a professional musician for 25 years.

As the Director of Business, Joe manages EBE’s relationships with our partnered
industry professionals and venues. He also leads EBE Amsterdam for an average of 50 events each year.

Over his career, Joe has performed in casinos, clubs, restaurants, aboard cruise ships for major cruise lines, in theme parks, on riverboat dinner cruises, for private and public events, musicals, and just about everything in between.  Joe has performed, written and recorded rock, Jazz, pop, R&B/hip-hop, country and many other styles during his career.

Joe received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz guitar performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1998.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Joe and interview him for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick.

Q: Who is your hero?

As a musician, Eddie Van Halen

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

Rock, Pop, and Jazz

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

Aries

 

Q: What instrument(s) do you play?

Guitar, bass, drums, and vocals

 

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

Back to the Future

 

Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I am a budding World War II history expert.

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

Flight

 

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Robert Downey Jr.

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

Late 1960’s for the music and to shop for some awesome furniture!

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

The Inaugural Ball for Governor Wolf (January 2015)

 

Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

I gave up having Clams Casino (my favorite) because my wife hates seafood.

 

Q: If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

Van Halen, circa early 1980’s

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

Bringing people together through music!

Attend an EBE Band or DJ Showcase

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Joe, come out and meet him and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

EBE Spotlight: MC Stephanie Fitzpatrick

By | Blog, Spotlights

Stephanie Fitzpatrick is EBE’s Talent Director and one of our top Emcees.  She has been a part of the EBE Events & Entertainment family for almost 8 years.

Stephanie has been in love with the private event industry since she started as a dancer 11 years ago!  As of today, she has emceed hundreds of events and prides herself on her attention to detail, fresh ideas and enthusiasm every time she performs.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet Stephanie, then you know that her energy can definitely be contagious!  Her youthful vibe and genuine excitement, while hosting any event, makes it virtually impossible to not have a good time!

Stephanie believes that the most important part of her job is ensuring that every party is treated as important, special and one of a kind.  Needless to say, it has been an absolute pleasure to have Stephanie be part of the EBE family!

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stephanie and interview her for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know her better and discover what it is that makes her tick.

 

Q: Who is your hero?

Musically? Missy Elliot.  In Life? My Mom.

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

Dance

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

Saggitarius, Fire!

 

Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I was a tap dance teacher for a few years.

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

I’d want to be a magical healer to rid the world of cancer and illness.  I’d also want to be able to fly because flying is cool. So a flying healer. Yep.

 

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone

 

Q: If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

The Foo Fighters, The Spice Girls or I’d be Missy Elliot’s Sidekick

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

A Winter Wonderland Bat Mitzvah at Chubb Hotel and Conference Center with Planner Marc Uravic

https://www.facebook.com/marcuraviceventdesign/?ref=br_rs

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love planning and hosting in general. When I can use those skills to help create someone’s special day or to facilitate an important/complex event, it’s very fulfilling for me.
I enjoy teaching/training others in our line of work as well. I’m so proud to watch as their careers take off.

 

Attend an EBE Band or DJ Showcase

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Stephanie, come out and meet her and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

Wedding Traditions: Creative Ideas for Something Blue

By | Blog, DIY

We’ve all heard the rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and A Sixpence in your Shoe.”  The Old English rhyme identifies the four objects a bride should add to her outfit or carry down the aisle with her on her big day for good luck.

Since this seemingly innocent tradition can send some brides into a superstitious-frenzy as they scramble to find all four elements at the last moment, we thought it would be fun to share a few ideas that might help you meet this wedding day custom head-on in a fun and modern way.

Wedding Traditions: Ways to Wear Blue

Wearing ‘something blue’ is one of the most traditional ways to meet the requirements of the rhyme.  For a new twist on this one, consider putting something on the inside of your dress.

Take a small scrap from one of your mom or grandmother’s old dresses and turn it into a small heart that you can sew into the inside of your corset.  This way, you’ll have ‘something old’ and ‘something blue’, and a little piece of the strong women that came before you, right next to your heart the entire way down the aisle.

 

One of the coolest trends we’ve seen is to have your wedding date embroidered on the inside hem of your dress.  If you do it in blue, you’ll have ‘something blue’ that also marks the date for you. Put a twist on this one by including your new Mr. & Mrs. names as well.

Want to have a little fun?  Then bring in your ‘something blue’ to the bottom of your shoes!  Using special paint, you can paint the soles of your shoes bright blue, dark blue or even sparkly blue.

You can also create a fun message on the soles of your shoes with blue stickers.  Put your name, your wedding date, or even the message of “I DO” that you can flash at your groom while cutting a rug on the dance floor during your reception.  You can find special paint and pre-cut stickers to help you create your own DIY version for your wedding slippers on Amazon.com or Michaels.com.

 

Ready to really think outside of the wedding gift box?  Then why not wear a flowing silk or chiffon pale blue wedding dress?  Or go a little more old school and simply choose a white or off-white fabric that has blue embroidery etched into the fabric design?

No one said your underskirt or petticoat has to match your dress exactly.  Why not bring in ‘something blue’ underneath your dress?  It will be your little secret until you hop on the dance floor and break into a can-can with your bridal party!

Modern wedding edict gives today’s brides more flexibility, so have some fun!  You can still maintain a more traditional or formal appearance while having fun with a unique wedding dress.

Wedding Traditions: Ways to Carry Blue

Another way to bring in ‘something blue’ is to simply carry it with you down the aisle.  Your options here are seemingly endless.  Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • a stunning floral arrangement full of blue flowers (or even just one blue flower that is hidden in the mix)
  • blue ribbons tied around your flowers
  • a blue handkerchief
  • a blue rosary (could also be counted as ‘something new’, ‘something borrowed’, or even ‘something old’ depending on where it comes from)
  • a blue card or note with wishes and hopes for your future spouse that you tie to your bouquet and carry down the aisle with you and deliver in a private moment later in the evening

Wedding Traditions: Ways to Share Blue

While the rhyme itself traditionally focuses on the bride, why not share the fun and include other members or your bridal party?

Write a special note on a blue card and include it with a blue piece of jewelry, like earrings or a necklace, for your bridesmaids.  You can also get stickers for the bottoms of their shoes or blue ribbons for them to add to their shoes.

Want to include your mom?  Give her an aquamarine necklace she can wear to the wedding or a beautiful blue piece of art she can display in her house to remember the day.

 

Bring the Old English tradition into the modern era by including your soon-to-be!  Fill a blue bag or blue box with gifts that will help them take part in the custom.  You can include a number of items such as:

  • blue socks, a tie, or a pocket square
  • a blue coin to put in their shoe
  • paint or stickers for the bottom of their shoes
  • a blue picture frame with a photo of just the two of you
  • a bag of blue Jolly Ranchers
  • a CD full of romantic blues music (see what we did there?)

 

Why not carry your ‘something blue’ with you off into the sunset?  Think about how much fun it would be for you and your new spouse to ride away from the reception on blue Vespas?  Not only would it make for a radically cool exit, you would also be left with a couple of amazingly unique souvenirs from your big day that you can ride around town together for years to come.

Looking for more inspiring ideas and wedding traditions for your big day?  Our wedding planners are some of the best in the business and know a thing or two about making weddings fun and unique.  Contact the EBE Event Planners today and let them help you create a day of magical memories.

EBE Spotlight: Pop Philly Bandleader Corey Bonser

By | Blog, About EBE, Spotlights

Corey Bonser is the Band Leader for EBE’s Pop Philly and has been part of the EBE Events & Entertainment family for almost 10 years.

Corey is an electric bassist, saxophonist, and vocalist residing in Philadelphia, PA. Originals or covers, Corey flawlessly moves from genre to genre, continuing to play tastefully with style and groove.

Over the course of his 19 years in the music industry, he has worked with a variety of original artists and specializes in the genres of Funk, Soul, and Groove.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Corey and interview him for this piece in an effort to get to know him better and find out what it is that makes him tick.

 

A Little Q&A with Corey Bonser – EBE Pop Philly

Here are just a few of the details he shared with us.

 

Q: Who is your hero?

Batman, obviously!

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

I love staying busy! I find it extremely satisfying to “make things perfect.”

 

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

The Blues Brothers

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

Leo

 

Q: What is your go-to for karaoke?

“Kiss” by Prince

 

Q: If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

Vulfpeck

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

For me, I think the late 1960’s would have been pretty exciting!

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

I can’t pick one! I love working at the Cescaphe venues but, as a band, we also really enjoy performing at the ACI holiday Party every year at the Hotel Monaco!  It’s always a great time to see everyone and ACI always takes everyone out for a cheesesteak after-party!

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love having the opportunity to continue making music with great musicians every week! It never gets stale, plus I LOVE seeing the band surpass my couples expectations! Nothing quite feels like knowing everything we could do for an event was perfect.

 

Attend an EBE Band or DJ Showcase

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about him, come out and meet Corey and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

EBE’s Month of Love Promotion – Valid February 2018 Only

By | Blog, About EBE, Promotions

At EBE, we’re all about love so we’re kicking off February in style with a Month of Love promotion full of bonuses just for you!

When you book one of our amazing wedding and party bands between now and February 28th, we will give you up to three party enhancements for FREE!

That’s right — you’ll get the wedding band of your dreams, plus up to three of the following for your big day:
* Uplights
* Photo Booth
* Monogram
* Ceremony Sound
* String Duo
* After Party DJ
* Dance Floor Wash Lights
* Pinspots

It’s our way of saying thanks for making EBE Events and Entertainment one of the top party and wedding event companies in the area!

So what are you waiting for? Book your perfect band today and get up to three bonus enhancements to make your big day even more special!

http://bit.ly/2GyM76x

 

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Guide for Selecting Wedding Music

By | Blog, About EBE

When it comes to wedding music, the first dance is probably the one most of us think of first.  But every successful wedding is full of music, from start to finish.  It’s a subtle element that can make or break a wedding.

To help get your musical creative juices flowing, here is our guide for selecting music for your wedding.  Use it to prepare for your meeting with your EBE Events & Entertainment band leader or DJ.  Sharing your likes and dislikes, we’ll be able to put together the perfect musical accompaniment for your special day.

 

EBE Named The Know Best of Weddings 2018

EBE Events & Entertainment Named The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

By | Blog, Event Highlights

EBE Events & Entertainment is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2018 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot,  the leading online wedding brand, and app.  This is the 12th consecutive year EBE Events & Entertainment has been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings. EBE has also been honored with The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall of Fame designation. This is an honor only given to professionals voted best by real newlyweds four or more times.

In 2018, only 3% of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its twelfth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2018, an annual by-couples, a for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost 3.6 million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding.

“It is truly an honor to be named as one of the top Wedding Event Service Providers in the country by The Knot,” said Mike Gendler, Co-Founder of EBE Events & Entertainment.  “Everyone here, from the front office to the event planners, live musical performers, Emcees and DJs, truly love what we do, and we believe it shows in our work.”

As the number one online wedding brand and app, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. Eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.

For more information about EBE Events & Entertainment and to attend an upcoming band showcase, please visit http://www.ebetalent.com/expo.

Wedding and Events Planning and Music

The Best of Wedding and Event Planning and Entertainment in Philadelphia

By | Blog, About EBE

For more than 25 years, EBE Events & Entertainment has stood as a wedding and events industry leader in the Tri-State Area.  EBE is an award-winning, full-service event planning, production, and entertainment company that has made its reputation as a true innovator in the wedding and events space.

Unlike most of the other event and entertainment service companies in the area, EBE offers a fleet of bands and musical options, each of which is comprised of top local talent and focuses on a certain genre of music.  Whether your event calls for a jazz band, a group with hip-hop flare, a classic orchestra quartet or even the traditional DJ, EBE has exactly the musical entertainment you want.

Headed by musicians and entrepreneurs, Mike Gendler and Steve Meranus, EBE Events & Entertainment has a proven track record for providing unique, one-of-a-kind experiences for the client’s corporate events, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings of the past two decades.  “No matter who you work with at EBE, you’ll feel the excitement and warmth and will quickly come to understand why we say that we love what we do,” states Co-Founder, Mike Gendler.   “Every client is unique, as is their event, so we strive to create a personalized experience every time.”

“Part of what makes us different is that we truly are full-service,” says CoFounder, Steve Meranus.  “We offer opportunities for our clients to check out our bands and experience, first-hand, what an event with us is like for free, even before they’ve chosen to work with us.  Our event planners and band leaders take great pride in their work, so they stay connected with our clients throughout the process and focus on all the little details, so our clients don’t have to.”

No matter how big or small, EBE Events & Entertainment has the knowledge, talent and experience to create the perfect corporate event or wedding just for you!  Attend one of our upcoming band or DJ showcases and experience for yourself why EBE Events & Entertainment is the industry leader.

Please visit EBE Events & Entertainment at ebetalent.com and follow us on social media: Facebook/EBETalent, and @ebetalent on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.