3 WAYS TO USE LIVE MUSIC FOR VIRTUAL/HYBRID EVENTS

Pre-recorded songs

Did you know you can hire a solo musician to pre-record “live” music to show at your virtual event?

In the video below, Key Signature artist Todd Johnson of Todd Johnson & The Revolvers performs an original arrangement of the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. This was one of two songs requested by a client who then showed the videos at their private event back in October.

In order to fulfill this request, Todd did the following:

  • Learned the song from start to finish, as he’d never performed it before.
  • Arranged the song to fit his style.
  • Performed all recorded instruments, including lead and background vocal parts.
  • Mixed the audio. 
  • Filmed and edited the video from his home studio.
  • Included visual and verbal shout-outs to the client, including wearing sneakers that match their company colors as a personal touch.

We were blown away when we first saw this performance, even though we knew that Todd always goes the extra mile for his events. Pre-recorded performance is a great option to consider if you want to incorporate just a few songs because it allows to you to maintain the live music element and save on time and space. Check out Todd’s performance below, and let us know where this concept fits in your future events!

Virtual dueling pianos

Virtual events may be here to stay at least for a while. By allowing guests to send in song requests, a dueling pianos show can be a perfect way to keep your guests entertained and engaged in a virtual setting.

Since first showcasing dueling pianos on a virtual platform over the summer, we’ve been able to successfully contribute to virtual events for clients including Google, one of whose employees sang a song from the film Moana with the musicians!

The video clip above highlights the strong points of dueling pianos in a virtual setting, with music courtesy of Brookstone Bards featuring Pete Lents & Jennifer Siebenaler, and production by our partners at Live Events Media Group on their hand-built sound stage. Click here to view the full concert. 

To learn more about what we can offer in conjunction with our production partners like Live Events Media Group, check the link above, and contact Key Signature if you’re interested in exploring the option to have dueling pianos at your next virtual/hybrid event.

Multi-site events

Earlier this year, we discussed how multi-site and multi-zone events can be a creative way to entertain larger numbers of guests while more easily accommodating social distancing and local COVID-19 gathering restrictions. 

Multi-Site Events: A Recap
A multi-site event is a function that takes place at multiple locations simultaneously and offers a similar experience at each, using a combination of virtual and physical components. By assigning guests to one of multiple venues, this model can allow more guests to participate under current gathering restrictions while practicing social distancing. 

How Live Music Fits
When you call Key Signature for multi-site entertainment, we’ll walk you through a series of steps. First, choose the style and genre – say, solo jazz artists. Next, we’ll determine whether to send the artist(s) to a physical venue, or have them perform remotely. We’ll need to secure multiple artists  to perform in person, but one artist can broadcast a virtual performance to all venues without taking up a physical portion of the event footprint. When choosing the virtual method, we recommend using turn-key audio and video production offered by one of our sound production partners, who will take a lot of the guesswork out of making the event look and sound great. 

How it can look geographically
Whether going with a home base model, remote streaming, or outdoor social model, there are a number of different ways to set up a multi-site event across your city, or even across different states. The visual above shows a few different ways a multi-site event can look on a map based on some local venues right here in the Charlotte area. Refer to the following links for more guidance:

Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has lead the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 2 full time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award winning events through out the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Partner of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision makers in the hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting, and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure, and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704)568-1968 or visit our How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.

CONTACT US

Key Signature Entertainment
P.O. Box 342
Matthews, NC 28106
704-568-1968
info@keysignatureonline.com