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Featured Event: Josh Gracin

Last month we had the opportunity to book Josh Gracin for a private event. Yep, that’s right. That Josh Gracin.

Sandee Singer, Senior Event Coordinator for Lorio Ross Entertainment was the agent responsible for pulling it all off. Thanks, Sandee, for sharing with us how it all came together!

July 13th – a beautiful day in Farwell, MI (north of Mt. Pleasant).  One of our clients had a family reunion held on their property in Farwell and wanted to celebrate  by inviting a young, rising country star to join them and be one of the highlights of the weekend.  They called me to offer suggestions for some up and coming acts that might be in the area, and I learned that Josh Gracin,  former American Idol contestant, was routed in the area.  With the client’s permission, I offered Josh the opportunity to perform in Farwell and he accepted. So with less than two weeks to plan, I was able to secure sound & lighting, catering, rentals, décor and the staff to accommodate this joyous event!  When Josh and his crew arrived on Friday afternoon, they were all invited to spend the day at the lake  – swimming, jet skiing, tubing and 4-wheelin!  The guys had an absolute blast!  Later in the evening, after a fantastic supper, the guests moved to the beach for the concert.  Staged on two hay wagons, was Josh Gracin’s group, ready to perform at sunset!  Josh gave an amazing performance and had the guests dancing and partying all night long!

Some of the vendors who made this event so special – caterer, “Camille’s on the River,” from Mt. Pleasant, MI  – http://www.camillesontheriver.com/ –  this company is outstanding!  The food was spectacular – sliders for late night snack, burgers for lunch (beef, turkey & portabello mushroom), dinner – filet mignon, wild caught salmon fillets flown in from Tasmania, and brunch included a Bloody Mary bar and made-to-order omelets!  Their service and attention to detail was impeccable!  I will definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a high-end, full service caterer.

“Everything Audio”  out of Mount Pleasant, MI, helped me to pull together sound and lighting.  The owner, Henry Kubin, has been providing sound for events in the Central Michigan area for more than 25 years, working with many local, regional and national acts.  He hooked me up also with “Sound Productions” out of Clare, MI http://www.soundproductions.com/  – they provided the outstanding DJ and staffing for both nights.

It is always so fun to hear how an event came together and was a success! Remember, we do book a lot of Detroit’s best talent but our agents really can deliver on almost any request.

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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What’s On: Holiday Weekend Edition

Everyone loves the weekend. Especially a long weekend! After a long, busy week, who doesn’t want to get out and have a good time? Work hard, play hard, right?!

We’ve booked some great gigs for this weekend! Whether you’re looking for live music here in the Detroit area or further afield, chances are there’s fantastic entertainment happening right where you are! Here’s a list of some of the best music this Friday and Saturday has to offer…

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Beat the weekend temps and join L’USA as they heat up the Chromatics Lounge at MotorCity Casino this Saturday, May 26, from 7:00pm!

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Head over to your neighborhood Hamlin Pub to check out these great bands…

ClarkstonHamlin Pub Live Entertainment from Lorio Ross

Friday: DAVE HAMILTON DUO

Saturday: CAUSE UNKNOWN

Lake Orion:

Friday: CAUSE UNKNOWN

Shelby

Friday: ACOUSTIC REWING

Saturday: MARK CHICHKAN

Van Dyke

Friday: BOWEN & VAN DOORN BAND

Saturday: DAVE HAMILTON DUO

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Habitat Ultra Lounge Weber's InnThere’s always something fun happening in Ann Arbor. As restaurant week comes to a close, grab your friends and head to Weber’s Inn for this weekend’s awesome live entertainment…

Friday & Saturday

Soulstice

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Ocean Prime Troy Live EntertainmentPlanning a special occasion or just looking for something a little swanky? Ocean Prime is your go-to place for the most talented musicians around. Check out the following locations for a variety of live music…

Atlanta

Friday & Saturday: GEORGE MARTIN

Denver

Friday & Saturday: MARK DIAMOND & JON STERLING

Tampa

Friday  & Saturday: ALLON SAMS

Dallas

Friday: JENNIFER PERRYMAN

Saturday: DANIEL ROCHA

Orlando

Friday: JAMES BROCATO

Saturday: KRIS BROCATO

Troy

Friday & Saturday: HERBIE RUSS

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Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled holiday weekend!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Planning Your Party: Las Vegas Casino

There are a lot of great themed party ideas out there. And as we get this series started, we want to share details on some of the more popular options. A Las Vegas Casino party is a really fantastic theme to go with for larger groups, such as holiday and corporate events. You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to decor and entertainment, which makes this a good theme for a variety of budgets.

Las Vegas Casino Themed Party

 

Theme: Las Vegas Casino

Description: A really classic themed party, a Las Vegas Casino event offers myriad of options for entertaining your guests. From black jack and poker to palm readers and psychics, there is a lot you can do with this theme. There are endless options for decor, as well. And your guests can even be greeted by paparazzi! Let your imagination be as wild as Las Vegas herself!

Suggested attire: Cocktail attire.

Food and Drink: Finger foods and appetizers make great options for a theme that requires roaming! Let your guests nibble as they wait for their turn to roll the dice. Accompany these small plates with classic cocktails like martinis and daiquiris.

Décor: The bright lights of the Vegas strip adorn the entry; think lighted Casino sign and some $$$ signs buzzing with electricity. White entry columns are flanked by green palm trees. Custom table linens and chair covers compliment themed floral centerpieces, and the room is finished with large dice stacked around the ballroom.

Entertainment: The options for entertainment are endless. Black Jack, Poker, Craps and Roulette tables are the obvious choice. Other fun options include strolling Magicians and Airbrush Tattoo Artists. You could also give your guests the option of playing classic arcade and carnival games, think Pinball or Ski Ball. And don’t forget the Vegas Show Girls, adorned in beautiful costumes complete with those lovely and colorful headpieces.

Music: Offering your guests tunes spun by a talented DJ with the option of karaoke is a great way to keep the party interactive. If you want to put on a real show, consider a high-energy act like Dal Bouey.

Part of what is going to make this series so great is your involvement. We want your questions and suggestions! If there’s a themed party idea you’d like us to cover, please leave a comment!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Add To Your Playlist: 9 Can’t Go Wrong Dance Songs

When you’re planning your wedding reception playlist, it’s important to have a good variety of music that appeals to all your guests. You want to give your college roommates the opportunity to bust a move but you don’t want Grandma to feel left out. Here are 9 dance floor favorites… we’ve left #10 up to you! 

1. Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

The Tune: Born in Detroit, Michigan (what’s not to love!), Jackie Wilson’s discography boasts a wealth of dance floor favorites. With a legacy of passionate performances and groovy moves, it’s no wonder he’s called Mr. Excitement. An inescapably contagious tune that’s a little ecstatic, this classic will be sure to get people on the dance floor.

The Groove: Time to go a little wild. Arms out, fingers snapping, hips and shoulders swaying with a good head tilt. And of course, sing along.

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2. Like A Prayer – Madonna

The Tune: Another Michigander, you really can’t go wrong with Madonna on your playlist. A pop-rock song with elements of gospel, Like A Prayer has a simple melody paired with an appealing contrast of sounds and textures.

The Groove: Crouch down with your legs apart and bend your knees outward. Sway your hips to the beat and use your arms to gyrate to the rhythm of the music. For the less flexible, try a simple side to side step and clap to the beat. An oldie but a goodie – Madonna style.

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3. 1999 – Prince

The Tune: A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-er, Prince is known for his flamboyant stage presence, over-the-top performances and stunning vocal range. 1999 offers dancer apocalyptic pop at it’s best – a true party theme.

The Groove: It’s the end of the world – go crazy.

4. Black & Gold – Sam Sparro

The Tune: A little bit electro-pop with an insistent pulse, Black & Gold is Aussie-American sensation Sam Sparro’s lead single off his self-titled album.

The Groove: A little bit Fred Astair, a little bit Mr. Roboto.

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5. Dancing Queen – ABBA

The Tune: Euro-disco triumph ABBA has a decidedly superstar legacy. Dancing Queen is only one of countless hits but still remains one of their most popular songs. This might be due in part to the fact that you’d be hard pressed to find a woman who won’t dance to it.

The Groove: Twirling. Twirling of any kind.

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6. Hey Ya – Outkast

The Tune: A song you cannot not sing along to. Hey Ya is a great mix of hip-hop and pop-rock with a dash of funk. It’s sad to think that in another 10 years, kids may not even know how to ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’.

The Groove: Incessant jiggle with the occasional shimmy and properly timed clap.

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7. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

The Tune: If you like Bill Murray you know that there are two kinds of people in this world, those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t… But in all seriousness, who doesn’t love this song!? With a great build-up, Sweet Caroline is the perfect mix of belt-it-out lyrics and poppy dance-ability.

The Groove: Swaying, some hugging, and a whole lotta shouting.

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8. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

The Tune: Party Rock Anthem… need we say more?

The Groove: Learn How to Shuffle!!!

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9. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

The Tune: With a distinctive bass line and Jackson’s vocal “hiccups”, Billie Jean is a good crowd pleaser for both its singability and solid beat. Not too fast, not too slow.

The Groove: Moonwalk. Moonwalk in a circle. And if you can’t: shimmy, spin and pop-walk your little heart out.

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So, tell us! What should #10 be? We’ll post your responses next week.

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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What’s on this Weekend: Live Music

Everyone loves the weekend. After a long, busy week, who doesn’t want to get out and have a good time? Work hard, play hard, right?!

We’ve booked some great gigs for this weekend! Whether you’re looking for live music here in the Detroit area or further afield, chances are there’s fantastic entertainment happening right where you are! Here’s a list of some of the best music this Friday and Saturday has to offer…

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Head over to your neighborhood Hamlin Pub to check out these great bands…

ClarkstonHamlin Pub Live Entertainment from Lorio Ross

Friday: SPACE CATS

Saturday: ACOUSTIC REWIND

Lake Orion:

Friday: RON & ERIC

Rochester

Friday: DR. SMITH

Shelby

Friday: ZOO HIPPIES

Saturday: DIVERSITY

Van Dyke

Friday: PUNCH

Saturday: AUDIO MIND

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Habitat Ultra Lounge Weber's InnThere’s always something fun happening in Ann Arbor. As restaurant week comes to a close, grab your friends and head to Weber’s Inn for this weekend’s awesome live entertainment…

Friday & Saturday

Chateau 

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Ocean Prime Troy Live EntertainmentPlanning a special occasion or just looking for something a little swanky? Ocean Prime is your go-to place for the most talented musicians around. Check out the following locations for a variety of live music…

Atlanta

Friday & Saturday: GEORGE MARTIN

Denver

Friday: ERIC BLUMENFELD

Saturday: CHRIS RATHBUN

Tampa

Friday  & Saturday: ALLON SAMS

Dallas

Friday: SOAP BOX

Saturday: DANIEL ROCHA

Orlando

Friday: KRIS BROCATO

Saturday: KRIS BROCATO

Troy

Friday: SCOTTIE ALEXANDER

Saturday: HERBIE RUSS

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Dueling Pianos InternationalAND DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR AMAZING DUELING PIANO SHOWS!  HEAD OVER TO 526 MAIN IN DOWNTOWN ROYAL OAK FOR GREAT MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT.

 

 

 

Wishing everyone a fun-filled weekend!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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What’s on this Weekend: Live Music and Entertainment

Everyone loves the weekend. After a long, busy week, who doesn’t want to get out and have a good time? Work hard, play hard, right?!

We’ve booked some great gigs for this weekend! Whether you’re looking for live music here in the Detroit area or further afield, chances are there’s fantastic entertainment happening right where you are! Here’s a list of some of the best music this Friday and Saturday has to offer…

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Head over to your neighborhood Hamlin Pub to check out these great bands…

ClarkstonHamlin Pub Live Entertainment from Lorio Ross

Friday: MASQUERADE

Saturday: BOWEN & VAN DOORN DUO

Lake Orion:

Friday: PHIL CHARRETTE DUO

Saturday: LIVE DJ

Rochester

Friday: DAVE HAMILTON BAND 

Shelby

Friday: ACOUSTIC REWING

Saturday: DAVE HAMILTON BAND

Van Dyke

Friday: BOWEN – VAN DOORN BAND

Saturday: THE REEFERMEN

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Habitat Ultra Lounge Weber's InnThere’s always something fun happening in Ann Arbor. As restaurant week comes to a close, grab your friends and head to Weber’s Inn for this weekend’s awesome live entertainment…

Friday & Saturday

Chateau 

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Ocean Prime Troy Live EntertainmentPlanning a special occasion or just looking for something a little swanky? Ocean Prime is your go-to place for the most talented musicians around. Check out the following locations for a variety of live music…

Atlanta

Friday & Saturday: GEORGE MARTIN

Denver

Friday & Saturday: ERIC BLUMENFELD

Tampa

Friday  & Saturday: ALLON SAMS

Dallas

Friday: SOAP BOX

Saturday: DANIEL ROCHA

Orlando

Friday: KRIS BROCATO

Saturday: JAMES BROCATO

Troy

Friday & Saturday: HERBIE RUSS

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Wishing everyone a fun-filled weekend!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Motown Madness Wedding Music

Living and loving in Detroit means one thing, Motown music! No Detroit wedding is complete without at least one of these Motown hits blasting on the dance floor! Even if you’re not from Michigan, everyone can appreciate a little bit of the Temptations.

  • Can’t Get Next to You – The Temptations
  • Standing on Top – The Temptations
  • Get Ready – The Temptations
  • The Way You Do the Things You Do  – The Temptations
  • Papa Was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You – James Taylor
  • Whats Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  • Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher – Jackie Wilson
  • Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
  • Sugar Pie Honeybunch – Four Tops
  • Dancin’ In The Street – Martha and the Vandellas
  • Just My Imagination – The Temptations
  • Respect – Aretha Franklin
  • Heard It Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight and The Pip
  • Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight
  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  • Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  • Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • Ribbon in the Sky – Stevie WonderThe Temptations

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