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Kent Arnsbarger - Steel Drums & Island Sounds Steel Drum Band from Chicago, IL

Will travel up to 525 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 69 Reviews
  • 133 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2004
  • 11 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

About Vendor 

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Add that Island flare to your next party or event!! Kent Arnsbarger is a solo steel drum performer using an iPod to play VERY high quality backup tracks (all played & recorded by him) over a very compact and amazing sounding state-of-the-art Bose PA system. The sound files you hear on this page are from his 6 CDs, all on AppleMusic or Spotify or on his personal site. These sounds are the exact backup tracks he uses live, minus the lead pan. What you hear is what you get!! Kent has performed at close to 2,000 different venues and events from wedding receptions to birthday parties, resorts & restaurants, Zoos & colleges, casinos and corporate parties since 2004 . After (or before) the performance, Kent can also "DJ" your event with many thousands of songs from many styles of music at his finger tips. Professional lighting will be added for evening events. Kent has performed on television several times including Jimmy Fallon in 2022, a PBS special vignette on Kent in 2021 and a two hour interview on WGN radio and all the Chicago news stations. Kent has also opened for the world famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He also teaches percussion privately and is the percussion instructor at several high profile schools in Indiana for their marching band programs. Kent is a classically trained percussionist from Indiana University. Kent uses REAL percussion instruments and NOT midi sequencers or drum machines. Your ears (& your guests) will surely notice the difference. Please take a moment and enjoy Kent's music videos for his own tune, "Island Currents" and a cover of "Island Girl" and "Sugar Island". All recorded and edited by Kent. Be sure to watch his promotional video here on Gigmasters. thanks for looking!


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Review by Connie W.

Community EventReviewed on September 20, 2023From Fort Wayne, IN

Kent is very professional, kind, and fun!

Review by Tyler J.

Community EventReviewed on September 18, 2023From Coal City, IL

Kent is a kind and talented individual. He was easy to work with and was a great addition to our event. We look forward to working with him in the future.

Review by kelly w.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on September 13, 2022From Cullom, IL

Kent Arnsbarger was so great at our party everybody loved his music I would highly recommend him !!!

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Song List 

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  • Archie
  • Brazilian Street Dance
  • Cantina Band (Star Wars)
  • Dunt Be Blue Mon
  • Everywhere Calypso
  • Fernando
  • Fiesta Latina
  • Goodbye Look
  • Guantamaera
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • I Shot the Sheriff
  • Jamaican Farewell
  • Margaritaville
  • Island Currents
  • Mo Java
  • Never My Love
  • Red Red Wine
  • Ritmo Suave
  • Shake Sonora
  • Silence Is Golden
  • Small Embrace
  • South of the Border
  • Spanish Eyes
  • Sunset
  • The Hammer
  • Under the Sea
  • Waiting in Vain
  • Yellow Bird
  • Desert
  • 2 Pina Coladas
  • I can see clearly now
  • Island in the Sun
  • Bacchanal lady
  • Reggea Blues
  • Sarah
  • Sweat
  • Havana Daydreamin
  • Copa Cabana
  • Fly like and Eagle | Steve Miller
  • Harvest Moon | Neil Young
  • + 30 others!

Booked Events 

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Upcoming Events

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Past Events

September 2, 2023 • Community Event
Sat12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Coal City, IL
August 31, 2023 • Community Event
Thu5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Fort Wayne, IN
July 13, 2023 • Cocktail Party
Thu3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Schaumburg, IL
May 4, 2023 • Corporate Function
Thu5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Oak Brook, IL
September 11, 2022 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sun3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cullom, IL
August 21, 2022 • Retirement Party
Sun4:30 PM - 8:00 PM Hinsdale, IL
August 14, 2022 • Memorial Service
Sun1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Crown Point, IN
June 25, 2022 • Community Event
Sat3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Plainfield, IL
October 9, 2021 • Wedding Reception
Sat5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Wolcottville, IN
October 1, 2021 • Wedding
Fri5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Delavan, WI
September 19, 2021 • Bridal Shower
Sun1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Valparaiso, IN
August 27, 2021 • Celebration
Fri12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Otsego, MI

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