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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 | 65 Reviews
  • 127 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2004
  • 9 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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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 malora m.

Birthday Party (Kids)Reviewed on October 13, 2018From La Grange, IL

The most amazing steel drummer and what a great value. Beyond his great sounds he has the best most relaxed personality of anyone I think I’ve ever met. You can tell he loves kids and appreciates the specialness of the celebration and the moment. His set up is super slick and professional. We loved him and will use him again for all of our parties!

Kent Arnsbarger - Steel Drums & Island Sounds:

thank you so much Malora. You threw a wonderful party and gave me a cool place to perform!!! Best wishes to you all.

Review by Pat S.

Graduation PartyReviewed on June 7, 2008From Winfield, IL

Everyone loved Kent's performance. He was very accommodating and pleasant. He needs very little space to set up and couldn't have been easier to deal with. I would be happy to have him play again!

Review by Carla K.

Private PartyReviewed on September 15, 2018From Bethalto, IL

We couldn’t be happier with Kent! He is so talented and everyone at our party enjoyed the music! Several people said they felt like they were on vacation. Kent was so nice and easy to work with and we will definitely have him back again and again! Absolutely loved it! Thanks again, Kent!!!

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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!


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Upcoming Events

August 14, 2022 • Memorial Service
Sun1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Crown Point, IN

Past Events

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
August 21, 2021 • Event
Sat6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Muskego, WI
August 7, 2021 • Cocktail Party
Sat5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Decatur, IL
July 27, 2021 • Wedding Reception
Tue5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ludington, MI
July 25, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sun10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Park Ridge, IL
June 12, 2021 • Graduation Party
Sat4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Elk Grove Village, IL
May 7, 2021 • Nursing Home Event
Fri2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Bloomington, IN
July 2, 2020 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Thu6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Onekama, MI

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