What Types of Events Need Live Entertainment?

Not sure which type of events need live entertainment? Fact is, events are meant to bring people together to socialize or celebrate.

Sometimes the people that come together share a common interest, and other times the people share no commonality other than the event itself. Regardless, the event planner’s primary goal is to make that particular event enjoyable and unforgettable.

Why Live Entertainment?

Hiring live entertainment for your event will ensure that happens. With a wide variety of entertainers out there, your choices are endless. Each entertainer brings a unique quality to your event, making your event a hit.

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Here’s a look at the most common types of events for live entertainment.

Corporate Functions

There is a wide variety of corporate events that take place every year. Professional planners love to hire live entertainment for corporate functions. Here is a list of some of the different types of corporate events that would benefit from live entertainment:

  • Appreciation and award banquets
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Trade shows
  • Retreats and team building
  • Product launches

During the banquet, a band or ensemble could be playing quietly in the corner. Or post-conference, a comedian could help lighten the mood and loosen people up again. Trade shows and product launches love live bands. For retreats and team building, you could hire actors to act out scenarios that are being taught and reviewed. The possibilities are endless!

Holiday Parties

Parties are a popular way to celebrate the holidays. Birthdays, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve parties have become trendy among people and companies for celebrating the holidays.

Live entertainment for these parties is limited only by your imagination and your budget. Every party needs music, so hiring a band, or at least a DJ, should be the top priority. But you could also employ other forms of live entertainment, such as celebrity impersonators, magicians, dancers, mimes, comedians, or even a circus act (think fire-breather or sword-swallower!)

Weddings and Funerals

These two seem like they are opposites, but actually, both are celebrating life. Weddings are celebrating two lives joined together in holy matrimony, and funerals celebrate the life of a loved one who is now gone.

Both events benefit from live entertainment in the form of a pianist or harpist. Some weddings might have a violin ensemble, guitar, or cello player, as well. But rest assured, live entertainment brings a sense of class to your function.

Community Events

Community Events have started making a comeback within the past decade. Some popular community events are:

  • Fundraisers
  • Block parties
  • Picnics and BBQs
  • Festivals
  • Fairs

All of these events have one main thing in common: they are all greatly improved by the addition of a live band. All of these are fun events with a party atmosphere. Live bands help people relax, intermingle, and enjoy themselves more.

Picnics, BBQs, and fairs tend to have a western theme to them. Cowboys and cowgirls, honky tonk band, and food. Lots of yummy fried foods and barbequed meats.


52% of Americans attend live music shows.  This was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to different types of live entertainment events out there. Everyone loves a party, so get creative. Check out the Special Guest app to find great live entertainment for your next event to make it more enjoyable and memorable.

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