Monday, November 28, 2011

EventWorks Invites You To Celebrate The Season

Dear Friends,

The Holiday Season has become synonymous with packed parking lots and shopping stress. You may have heard about the California shopper who pepper sprayed other customers at Walmart.  We think it is high time to bring some of the fun and celebration back into the season. Let's think about what it is really about. Giving and Sharing will hopefully still have a place on our busy to-do lists. We have decided to send you our Best Wishes and Holiday Cheer every Monday morning this season, instead of sending you one card or one email.
We are busy scouting some interesting music to celebrate and honor the moment.
So, let's get the celebration started!

"It's officially Christmas time... and although this song is soon to be 28 years old, it's message, spirit and music is more alive today than ever... and if you haven't seen it in awhile, (or for you youngsters out there who haven't ever seen it, take note that many artists today have either been influenced by, or sampled some of the artists featured in this video : ) it's just pure fun to see the haridos and youth of the performers! 
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released by Band Aid on November 29th, 1984.
Geldof put together a group called Band Aid, consisting of leading Irish and British musicians who were among the most popular of the era. The 1984 original became the biggest selling single in UK singles chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone. Enjoy~ " DJ Matt Cornwall

Happy Monday,
Your Friends at EventWorks

Monday, November 21, 2011

Chiming In Thanksgiving Week. Thank You, Michael Cerbelli, For Choosing This Video

Dear Friends!

Rockin’ you into this week should be easy! Most of us will enjoy a short work week before we head off into our Thanksgiving Weekend.

Janet spent Sunday a week ago working with her friends of the SEARCH Foundation. President of Special Events for Total Event Specialists / Total Entertainment Michael Cerbelli and Janet chatted about music. He is sending us this week’s video: “Sweet Dreams” by the amazing Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, aka Eurythmics.

We trust his musical instincts! Block Party DJ ranks among his many illustrous titles!

And DJ Matt Cornwall concurs: "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is an absolute  triumph of computer programming, boasting what i call  "the single greatest use of a prolonged synth line in the history of dance music." Truly.  By the early 1980s, the electro-pop sounds of Kraftwerk and Gary Numan had seeped into the pop mainstream courtesy of a slew of Brit-poppers like Vince Clarke by way of Depeche Mode, but synth-pop had been predominately male-driven up to that point. Not only did the Eurythmics' breakthrough Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) give the genre a distinctly feminine voice, it also helped give it soul, marrying the intentionally artificial, repetitive elements and robotic rhythms of techno to more organic sounds used throughout the entire album . And that's not even getting into the genius of their looks let alone the cutting edge music video! ~ DJ Matt Cornwall

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

Janet Elkins

Thursday, November 17, 2011

We Are So Grateful For the 2012 Gala Awards Nominations!

Dear Friends,

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we got really happy news and a lot of reasons to be thankful!

EventWorks secured nominations in four categories for the 2011 Special Events Gala Awards.

Our nominations are:

"Solutions: Spirit of the Entrepreneur"
Technical Director Ted Bowers and his team, including Greg Holford, Greg Russell and Marcelo Cruz, pioneered 360° degree video projection, bringing the rock arena technology to the meeting room.

"Legends Gala"
Katie Rogers and Kate Brack worked wonders, re-purposing almost everything in items and decor from a multi-day program to create a glamorous Closing Event in Las Vegas. We worked "green" on so many levels.

BEST DECOR: BUDGET $20,000 TO $49,999
EventWorks, Los Angeles, and Kuoni, Scottsdale, Ariz.
"Alice in Wonderland"
Melissa Yan Armstrong's cooperation with Jill Philipe and her team at Kuoni Scottsdale; combined with Director of Floral and Event Design Kate Brack's knack for turning the vision into reality turned the hotel grounds into the whimsical Wonderland.

BEST DECOR: BUDGET $50,000 TO $150,000
"Food and Wine Experience"
Katie Rogers and Kate Brack turned a Las Vegas ballroom into a gastronomic fantasy and created the illusion of attending four elegant, exclusive, separate restaurants.

Janet Elkins: "We are thrilled and grateful beyond belief to see our hard work recognized by our peers. We are honored to be included in such an illustrious list of international nominees for such a prestigious award! Thanksgiving is still a week away but my personal Thank You goes to everyone here at EventWorks! This would not happen were it not for the dedication, commitment, talent and creativity of everyone on my team, from front desk to warehouse. We are also extremely thankful for our wonderful collaborators, from clients to vendors and location staff. Thank You!"

And you guessed it, we are dancing down the hallway and EventWorks canines Chewy and Beatrice are wagging their tails extra hard!

Please see all the nominations on TSE's website.

Monday, November 14, 2011

This Is How We Like To Remember Michael Jackson

Dear Friends,

The sordid, sad news headlines keep coming but we prefer to remember the King of Pop for the amazing entertainment genius that he was. We in the event industry have a lot to be thankful for to Michael Jackson. His music and dance skills still entertain, more than two decades past the zenith of his career. And that will be his legacy in our minds.

DJ Matt Cornwall: "As a DJ, I've spent alot of time with Michael. I always tend to gravitate to the "b-sides" of artists , and definitely did with Michael Jackson's music, as I often believe that this is where a lot of their artistry and creativity lie. Today's song choice celebrates a lesser known, quiet, subtle, deeply sensitive and warm "King of Pop." It's beautiful, elegant and simple."

We hope you enjoy "Be Not Always"

Thank you for reading and listening!
Janet Elkins

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mazel Tov! Monday With the Black Eyed Peas.

Our Monday Music has really started the conversation! Our friend Sam Trego, President of Imagination Entertainment, chose this song to rock into the week. Sam: "Black Eyed Peas get every party going and "I Gotta Feeling" is my son Alek's favorite song right now". 
We are glad that we cross generations with our blog! Alek is 5! And he has the best smile and obviously great taste in music! 

Now, how does B.E.P. work for experts in our field?
DJ Matt Cornwall: " The Black Eyed Peas are clearly  absolute superstars in every sense of word. As a DJ, I can safely say I've played 'em at EVERY  gig I've done for at least the last 3 years now.  In fact, they are the second most requested at most parties I do..... the first being "the king of pop" of course.  From their inception in 1995 to now, their music, talent (not to mention notable bust out highly successful  solo careers from the fabulous Fergie and Will-i-am ) style , music videos and all around culture, B.E.P  pervades not only diverse age and race demographics, but have also become internationally synonymous with the word "dance!" Viva La B.E.P ! "

We love the song. For us, it's only two degrees of separation with the Fabulous Fergie. From us to Über-Designer & Stylist Team Marco Morante and Chris Psaila at MarcoMarco. B.E.P. outfits, Britney's stage dresses, Katie's cupcake bra, it's all their work. 

We gotta feeling that today is going to be a good day.....