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Wedding Entertainment: Something Different

Drew Stoga

When you help book as much wedding entertainment as we do, you start to pick up on some noteworthy trends.  Still we were somewhat surprised when we began to see more and more non-musical entertainers – impersonators, comedians, and a variety of other performers - being hired to perform at wedding receptions.... MORE

Posted January 10, 2019

Wedding Entertainment That Will Shock Your Guests

Drew Stoga

When you help book as much wedding entertainment as we do, you start to pick up on some interesting trends. Still we were somewhat surprised when, in recent years, we began to see more and more non-musical entertainers — impersonators, comedians, and a variety of other performers — being hired to perform at wedding receptions.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

How To Book A Band

Drew Stoga

Contrary to what some may say, you really don't need a professional event planner or booking agent to book a band. Event planners are very helpful folks for very many things, but they aren't the only ones who can hire entertainment. GigMasters has helped book entertainment for over 400,000 events, the majority of these clients were ordinary people looking to hire bands, entertainers or vendors for their party.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Killer Halloween Party Themes

Drew Stoga

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays.  When else can you dress like a pirate and get free candy? Hopefully not that often. Halloween parties can be blast but they can also be, well, a bit lame.  Great Halloween party themes are hard to come by.  Putting a couple Halloween decorations on the wall and playing “The Monster Mash” isn’t enough to keep your guests happy. To that end we have come up with four Halloween party ideas that will thrill your guests... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Oompah Oompah - It's an Oktoberfest Playlist!

Drew Stoga

Planning an Oktoberfest party this fall? Hopefully you are also planning on getting some authentic German music. If you skip the "oompah" songs, you might as well skip the beer and sausage. It just isn't an Oktoberfest party without authentic Oktoberfest music. Problem is, unless you are a German brass band or polka expert, how do you know what to listen to? Don't panic schnitzel-lovers. As usual, GigMasters has you covered. GigMasters has dozens of German and polka bands as well as solo musicians and other groups that can provide the perfect soundtrack for your Oktoberfest party.... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Fall Party Ideas

Drew Stoga

With all due respect to summer, I have to say that fall is now my favorite time of year. Once upon a time, summer was king.  It used to mean something. Basically summer meant no school. Now that summer means little more to me than having to crank up the office AC, I have a new favorite season - fall.... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Back to School

Drew Stoga

Can it be?  Is summer really almost over? With Labor Day drawing ominously near, I am sorry to report that only one (1!) month of summer remains - even less for schools that open their doors in late August. Better make the best of it kids, it’s almost time to go back to school! The good news is that there is still time to enjoy what is left of summer.... MORE

Posted July 23, 2015

Destination Wedding Planning

Drew Stoga

Planning a destination wedding can be intimidating. We have heard from dozens of couples who tell us they love the idea but have no idea how to even begin destination wedding planning. Naturally, most destination weddings take place thousands of miles away from home. So how on Earth do you find the right location, not to mention the right florist, caterer or band? The idea of planning a destination wedding may send shivers down the spines of many couples, but planning your nuptials from afar really does not have to be as hard as it may seem. ... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Wedding Tipping Etiquette

Drew Stoga

One question that we hear time and time again from brides and grooms is: “Am I expected to tip wedding vendors — and how much?”... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Swallowing Swords and Juggling Fire with the Pickled Brothers

Drew Stoga

We wanted to start your week with something a little out of the ordinary so we are posting our exclusive chat with Travis Fessler of The Pickled Brothers Sideshow (Florence, KY). The Pickled Brothers are a fire-eating, sword-swallowing, kinfe-juggling circus team whose everyday life is full of death deifying stunts. Their everyday work routine is probably just a little different than yours. So without further ado, step right up and enjoy our interview with Travis... MORE

Posted February 12, 2014

How to Hire a Live Band

Drew Stoga

By Carey Kleiman of CK Band Booking a live band for your special event is always a great idea. Live music adds atmosphere to any gathering and can make your event the one that people talk about for years to come. If you aren't yet sure whether or not you should hire a band for your event - try this test:  Ask yourself how many run-of-the-mill office parties you have been to.  They are all the same - you and your co-workers all put in an appearance, force a little conversation and then leave as soon as the boss looks the other way.... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Valentine's Day Party

Drew Stoga

It seems there truly are only two types of people: those that can't wait for Valentine's Day and those that can't be bothered. February 14th can bring many things - an intimate night with your sweetheart, a couples dinner with a few of your closest friends or our personal favorite: The Valentine's Day Party.... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Timeless and Traditional Wedding Music

Drew Stoga

When it comes time to select your wedding songs, it is important to pick carefully. The wedding music you select will come to define your memories of the big day. Below is a list of a few of the all-time top wedding songs for your wedding ceremony and reception.... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

How to Hire Stand Up Comedians

Drew Stoga

By Comedian Robin Fox of Bridgewater, NJ and Tampa, FL The right comedian can liven up any party. Too often party planners overlook comedians, but hiring a comedian can be a great way to make your party fun, memorable and unique.... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Entertainment Checklist - Before the Event

Drew Stoga

The days just before your event can be among the most stressful you'll ever experience.  From the most extravagant wedding to a simple backyard barbecue, so many things go into planning a great party that the days before the event can be a truly crazy time.... MORE

Posted December 18, 2013

Christmas Time is Here: A GigMasters Christmas Playlist

Drew Stoga

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In fact, Christmas time is here! Those are both classic Christmas songs but they both happen to be very true. Christmas is just a few days away and if you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you better get there in a hurry! Hopefully GigMasters’ 2012 Christmas Playlist will help.... MORE

Posted December 14, 2012

Summer Olympics Party Ideas

Drew Stoga

The Summer Olympics are right around the corner and the entire GigMasters staff has come down with Olympic fever. No, that doesn’t mean that we’ll be calling out sick to watch the games, it just means we’re really really excited for the Summer Olympics. So excited that we’re planning our own Office Olympics and dreaming up some awesome Summer Olympics party ideas…because if watching the Olympics is fun, throwing a Summer Olympics theme party is, well, funner.... MORE

Posted July 17, 2012

GigMasters' Ultimate Summer Playlist

Drew Stoga

It's officially official: summer is here and we are psyched! To celebrate the summer solstice, barbecues, trips to the beach and all the other great things that come with summertime, we're posting our annual summer playlist. Not just any playlist, this is GigMasters' ultimate summer playlist (at least until next year). ... MORE

Posted June 20, 2012

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Drew Stoga

Dear old Dad's holiday is coming up on June 17th which means it's time to start racking your brain for gift ideas. Finding the perfect gift for Father's Day can sometimes be tricky. When you are little, arts and crafts projects, ties, and mugs make for excellent gifts (or at least I thought they did when I was that age).... MORE

Posted June 06, 2012

Memorial Day Playlist

Drew Stoga

They say that summer doesn't technically start until June 21st, but that's just crazy. Everybody knows that Memorial Day is when the fun really starts. All across the country, folks are planning Memorial Day parties, cookouts and family get togethers for this weekend. It's the perfect way to kick off your summer. But you are going need some good summer barbecue music to go along with those burgers, beers and hot dogs. Luckily it just so happens we have the perfect soundtrack to your Memorial Day party! Our Memorial Day playlist is all about the stuff that makes summer so great. But it's also a tribute to what makes America great since that's what this holiday is really about: Celebrating our great country and all of those that have served it. Enjoy!... MORE

Posted May 23, 2012

Tax Day Playlist

Drew Stoga

Happy Tax Day! Or, rather, Happy Tax Day? Whether you have to fork over a big fat check to Uncle Sam or your riches are safely stashed away in a Caribbean bank, Tax Day is here. Might as well try to have some fun with it, right? That's our thinking anyway. Whether you are sitting at home counting your stacks or racing to the post office to mail out your 1040, we hope this Tax Day Playlist helps you make the most out of what can be a very stressful day!... MORE

Posted April 17, 2012

The New Generation of St. Patrick's Day Songs

Drew Stoga

Happy St. Patrick's Day! OK, we know that we're getting a little ahead of ourselves - technically Saint Patrick's Day isn't until Saturday but we're ready to party now! Even if you're not quite in the mood to start drinking green beer, we thought it was a good time to deliver our annual St. Patrick's Day playlist. ... MORE

Posted March 13, 2012

Mardi Gras Playlist

Drew Stoga

Happy Mardi Gras y'all! In case you don't know, today is Fat Tuesday, the culmination of the Carnival season and the biggest party day of the year for many folks living in New Orleans, Louisiana and much of the Gulf Coast. Even if you've never been to New Orleans or had a bite of gumbo your whole life, you too should be partying down today. After all, you deserve it, right?! So get yourself a cold drink, break out the beads and enjoy our Mardi Gras Playlist. Let the good times roll!... MORE

Posted February 21, 2012

GigMasters Holiday Playlist

Drew Stoga

There's no denying it now, the holidays are here! By now you are probably already bursting with holiday spirit, but if the gift shopping, wrapping, tree decorating and menorah lighting hasn't gotten you ready for the holidays - maybe our annual Holiday Playlist will do the trick.... MORE

Posted December 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Playlist

Drew Stoga

They said it couldn't be done. They said there weren't enough Thanksgiving songs in the history of the world to make up an entire Thanksgiving Playlist. But it must be a Thanksgiving miracle because we have put together the ultimate Thanksgiving playlist! ... MORE

Posted November 22, 2011

Halloween Playlist

Drew Stoga

Is there another holiday with as much great pop music devoted to it as Halloween? The obvious contender is Christmas, of course, but personally I'll take "Thriller" over "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" any day of the week. I guess zombies, ghosts and psycho killers just make for better song writing material. Whatever the reason, we just can't get enough Halloween music. That's why we  put together a Halloween playlist of some of our favorite scary songs.... MORE

Posted October 26, 2011

Google Searches GigMasters, Finds Jumpstart: the Life of their Party

Drew Stoga

It turns out that even Google uses GigMasters to search for live entertainment. Google has a legendary reputation for treating their employees exceptionally well. Googlers are expected to work hard and in return they get some amazing perks (feeling tired after a long day of coding? How about a massage?). I've always imagined that Google throws some pretty awesome parties. Now we have photographic evidence to prove it!... MORE

Posted October 02, 2011

How to Hire a Magician with Seriously Funny Comedy Magician David Thiel

Drew Stoga

Unless you are living a double life and rushing home at night to practice magic tricks, you probably don't know a heck of a lot about magic. We understand that the prospect of hiring a magician might make some party planners apprehensive, but you don't want to miss out on the truly unique and amazing entertainment that only a magician can offer. ... MORE

Posted September 01, 2011

The Perfect Entertainment for the Perfect Cocktail

Drew Stoga

Foodies love to talk about pairing meals with the perfect glass of wine or cocktail. You know - Chianti with filet, Sauvignon Blanc with salmon...that kind of thing. Well that's all fine and good but what finding the perfect drink for the perfect entertainment? We believe that great entertainment goes well with just about everything, but here are a few of our favorite summer entertainment/cocktail pairings. ... MORE

Posted July 13, 2011

GigMasters Guide To Summer Barbecues

Drew Stoga

What's the best thing about summer? That might seem like a tough question since there are about a million things that make summer so great – everything from ice cream to summer blockbusters – but I would bet dollars to donuts (or more appropriately, hot dogs) that a majority of us can agree on THE best thing about the summer months: the summer barbecue. Whether you are completely landlocked or spend your summers on the beach, lake or some other kind of shore, it’s not really summer until you have hosted or attended a bbq.... MORE

Posted July 06, 2011

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Drew Stoga

Fourth of July might just be my favorite holiday. It's got patriotism, fireworks, great weather (hopefully), barbecuing and a lot of other stuff I love all wrapped into one. Beat that Valentine's Day! Fourth of July makes me think of sparklers, potato salad, Budweiser, burgers...these are a few of my favorite things! In my opinion, the key to a great July Fourth party, like most other holiday parties, is music (though fireworks help too). If you have a great soundtrack, you'll have a great party. If you are going to be on the go this Independence Day, we recommend consulting our Fourth of July songlist. If you are planning your own festivities, we recommend a live band. If I have said it once, I have said it a million times: there is nothing like live music.... MORE

Posted June 22, 2011

Summer Solstice Celebrations

Drew Stoga

This year the summer solstice really snuck up on me. Not that I normally make a big deal of celebrating the solstice (or any kind of deal, really) but I am really happy that it is now officially summer. And since GigMasters is always ready to celebrate...we have some tips for planning your own summer solstice celebration! ... MORE

Posted June 21, 2011

Capturing Wedding Memories on

Drew Stoga

There are literally thousands of great websites out there but every once in a while we come across one that really gets us excited. is the kind of site that we just can't keep to ourselves. It’s an innovative service for collecting and sharing your wedding memories.... MORE

Posted June 16, 2011

Singing Telegrams: A Unique Father's Day Gift

Drew Stoga

Finding a good Father’s Day gift can be tricky. I remember one year when I was really under the gun and out of ideas. My goal, as always, was to get Dad a truly unique Father’s Day gift, but it just wasn’t happening. I gave up and went with the classic cliché: a necktie. Sure he smiled and thanked me profusely but I later overheard him joking about it with my mother. I vowed never again to get him something so boring for Father’s Day. ... MORE

Posted June 13, 2011

Top Five Father's Day Songs

Drew Stoga

We already gave you our Five Funky Songs For Father's Day but we know that not all the Dads out there are all that funky. Some Dads are a little country, some are a little Rock & Roll. Our Father's Day song list has a little bit of everything!... MORE

Posted June 09, 2011

Five Funky Songs for Father's Day

Drew Stoga

If you are anything like us you need a soundtrack for all of life's celebrations. With Father's Day just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about some fun father's day songs. Next time we will give you a more traditional father's day playlist, but for now - check out our five funky songs for dad... MORE

Posted June 07, 2011

Summer Playlist: Memorial Day At Last

Drew Stoga

Believe it or not we are one week out from Memorial Day...which means it is S-U-M-M-E-R, summer! As you can probably tell we are just a little excited. In honor of Memorial Day and to help you get in the mood for summer (not that you need much help), we have crafted a summer playlist of great summer songs. Some are old, some are new but all go great with warm weather, beaches and barbecues.... MORE

Posted May 23, 2011

Five Memorable Graduation Speeches

Drew Stoga

I don’t remember who spoke at my college graduation. Now that I think about it, I didn’t even go. To be fair, if my school had booked President Obama, I definitely would have gotten out of bed.... MORE

Posted May 17, 2011

Graduation Party Ideas and Planning

Drew Stoga

Every year at about this time we start to get a flood of gig requests from clients planning graduation parties. Other than a wedding, it’s hard to think of a better reason to party. Graduation, from either high school or college, is a really big deal. So, let’s celebrate! Personally, I think the best graduation parties take place outside. By the time graduation rolls around it will be the perfect time of year for a barbecue - weather permitting (fingers crossed).... MORE

Posted April 29, 2011

GigMasters Guide to Prom Night

Drew Stoga

It has been about a dozen years since my senior prom, but I remember it like it was yesterday. All of the nervousness, excitement, awkwardness and fun (and more awkwardness) of prom is still very fresh in my mind. I can still smell my fake boutonniere! Prom night is a big one. It’s something you look forward to for a very long time.... MORE

Posted April 25, 2011

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Karaoke But Were Afraid to Ask

Drew Stoga

We are living in a Golden Age of Karaoke. Love it or hate it (and really, who hates it?) Karaoke is everywhere these days. From your neighborhood pub to a friend’s wedding to American Idol. Karaoke has never been more popular around the world than it is right now.* GigMasters counts dozens of Karaoke DJs and even a growing number of Karaoke bands as members. ... MORE

Posted April 16, 2011

Easter Traditions and Party Ideas

Drew Stoga

Easter can mean a lot of different things to different people – church, Easter egg hunts, Easter bunnies, brunch, jelly get the idea. Whether your family celebrates the secular or sacred side of Easter, it is a great holiday and a perfect excuse to get everyone together. More than most holidays, Easter is a day the whole family can enjoy. Maybe you are content with your own Easter traditions or are looking breathe some new life into the holiday.... MORE

Posted April 13, 2011

Tax Day Playlist: 10 Songs About Money

Drew Stoga

One thing we all have in common: taxes. We all pay taxes (well, not Willie Nelson or Wesley Snipes). Tax time can be a bummer if things don't work out the way you expected. Some of us are getting some healthy rebate checks this time of year - others, not so much.... MORE

Posted April 11, 2011

Tax Day Party!

Drew Stoga

Have you paid your taxes yet? If not, what are you waiting for? They aren't going to get any easier and you aren't going to owe any less. That said, we hope that Uncle Sam is cutting you a nice, fat rebate check. If he is, why not throw a Tax Day Party?... MORE

Posted April 06, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations!

Drew Stoga

Maybe it's because we had such a harsh winter and everyone is looking to celebrate, or maybe the lively sounds of Mariachi are really catching on... Whatever the reason - we have noticed a growing number of clients planning Cinco de Mayo parties this year. We have received more requests for Cinco de Mayo entertainment than ever before!... MORE

Posted April 04, 2011

Top 10 Irish Folk Songs for St. Patricks Day

Drew Stoga

St. Patrick’s Day is finally here and this week everybody is at least a little Irish. To help you act the part we have compiled a list of a few of our all-time favorite Irish folk songs – guaranteed to kick-start your St. Patrick’s Day party.... MORE

Posted March 14, 2011

Saint Patrick's Day Party

Drew Stoga

Some people wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.  In some places they hold parades.  Some cities even go as far as dying their rivers green. Whether you chose to observe March 17th with a trip to church or to the pub, it seems like nearly everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. This year we suggest that that you start your own tradition by throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party complete with authentic Irish music.... MORE

Posted February 22, 2011

Zydeco Bands – The Perfect Mardi Gras Music

Drew Stoga

Zydeco music was born in the bayous of Southwestern Louisiana but is now celebrated all around the world as one of the most unique, not to mention FUN, musical forms out there. In honor of Mardi Gras we wanted to take our readers on a brief trip to Louisiana and introduce our readers to Zydeco and a few of our favorite Zydeco bands. ... MORE

Posted February 21, 2011

Mardi Gras Party Ideas

Drew Stoga

The biggest party in the whole world is almost here! Mardi Gras is just a few weeks away and the GigMasters office is ordering beads and comparing gumbo recipes to get ready. Can’t make it down to the Big Easy this year? Want to join in the fun but don’t know the first thing about Mardi Gras traditions? Never fear, GigMasters is here with some great Mardi Gras party ideas! This year Mardi Gras Day, or Fat Tuesday, falls on March 8th but rest assured that all across New Orleans the parties will start long before. This means that anytime between now and Fat Tuesday is a great time for a Mardi Gras party.... MORE

Posted February 15, 2011

Top Ten Valentine's Day Songs

Drew Stoga

There are litereally thousands of romantic songs out there. When you stop to think about - most great songs are love songs (lots of them are about broken hearts and lost love - but we will save that for a different blog post). ... MORE

Posted February 03, 2011