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Welcome to our Perfect Party Blog!

We want to share the best we've seen and experienced – as well as new, emerging ideas – with professionals in the industry and promote conversation with the best of the best! Our blog topics will promote conversations around the following and more:

  • Highlights from band members
  • How to develop new "edgy" world-class talent
  • Work with a bride and her wedding planner to create a dream wedding
  • Throw the blast of the year
  • Choose entertainment for your event
  • Customize events for maximum enjoyment
  • The core entertainment attributes
  • Why we created a non-stop show performance
  • The agency view and the entertainer's perspectives
  • The party host's perspective

Feel free to engage and add your own voice to the conversation. We hope to inspire the entertainment and music industries to continue to raise the bar to help create the perfect PARTY for years to come!

– Dennis Smith

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Mindset

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I recently heard a wonderful interview with the actor, Daniel Radcliffe. He played the role of Harry Potter, and has since gone on to star on Broadway, as well as in other feature films. Daniel had no formal training as an actor when he was a child playing the role of Harry Potter. When he was asked how he learned his craft, his response was, “I had many great actors on the set of Harry Potter. I had the opportunity to watch and learn from the best. The best lesson I learned early was the importance of coming to the movie set with the right mindset. If an actor arrives on the set in a bad mood, it affects everyone in a negative way. There are actors who are a joy to be on the set with; they lift everyone up with their energy. I realized very early I wanted to be the actor who comes to the set with a good attitude.”

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Perfection

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Perfection is defined as “the act of making something perfect or better”.

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Show Them and They Will Come

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Are you getting the edge in online marketing of your business?  Video is where it's at today and if you are not taking advantage of this powerful solution, you might want to try it.

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The Memory Business

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Recently, I had the good fortune to listen to a great speaker from the Disney Company. His audience was the top event planners in the country. His opening statement was, “What business are you in?” The audience responded, “The event business, the entertainment business, the wedding business, etc.” “You are wrong,” he said.  “You’re in the memory business.” As I let the idea sink in, I realized he was right.

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Reinvention

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To reinvent means to make over completely, to make as if for the first time.

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Client Spotlight- Sylvan Learning Centers

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One great benefit of my job is that I get to work for, and learn about, my clients. Recently, we performed in Phoenix, Arizona, for Sylvan Learning Centers. This was our third year to perform for Sylvan Learning. Each year, Sylvan Learning Centers from all across the globe come together for a yearly conference to share the latest technology, learn from each other on how to be more effective, and celebrate their accomplishments.

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Building A Dream

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I recently had a conversation with an artist friend of mine who was changing direction in his career. It made me think about the New Testament when Jesus said, ”The measure you give will be the measure you receive only more so.”  Helping others fulfill their dreams brings me great joy.  And, it’s one of the main reasons I started Party on the Moon and National Party Bands (NPB) with my partner Ed Duncan years ago.

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The Masters

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One definition of a Master: Having or showing very great skill or proficiency.

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A Fishing Tale

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This summer Ed Duncan and I were invited on a fishing trip to beautiful Nags Heads, N.C. Our host JR Roth is one of the managing partners of East Coast Entertainment and has been a friend and partner of Ed’s for the past 37 years.

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Artist Spotlight: Michael Bastedo

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Michael Bastedo has been playing sax for Party on the Moon since 2009 year.

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Sister Band Takes Flight

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In 2008, Party on the Moon’s (POTM) popularity began to grow by leaps and bounds. We couldn’t meet all our date requests, so it was time to create a sister band. With POTM’s reputation on the line, I knew I had to partner with someone special to create and lead the new band.  Ronnie Garrett, Tyler Perry’s musical director, came highly recommended by several sources on both a regional and national level, so we met and Simply Irresistible was born.

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Looking Good

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The baseball great Lou Brock once said, “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad and I’ll show you a guy I can beat everyday.”

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The PROOF is in the Party! By Guest Blogger Lindsay Pitt of TOAST events

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One of the very first decisions I help my clients make is choosing their wedding band. From a planner’s perspective, the perfect wedding band is so much more than a good online video.  As a wedding planner, it is imperative that my vendors are part of my team. I’ve had the pleasure of having Party on the Moon on my “team” since 2006 and they truly set the bar for bands!

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Flexibility

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Flexibility is a common denominator for all of the best athletes. And it’s why I enjoy watching them warm up before a competition. When athletes are flexible, they jump higher, kick harder and swim faster. Being flexible is part of their training and necessary for their success.

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From Music to Fashion: The Journey Goes On - By Guest Blogger Chelsea Allen

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Back in 2009, after a brush with reality-TV fame, I spent too many nights swooning in smoky Savannah clubs and getting underpaid. Music has always been my first love, and after spending most of my teen years and young adulthood dancing and touring with a professional dance company, I knew I had a voice that needed to be heard. So, I packed a U-Haul and headed for the southern music epicenter...Atlanta.

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Let Freedom Sing

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This July 4th will mark the fifth year that we’ll perform in our hometown, Atlanta, for the Independence Day fireworks celebration held at Lenox Square. It is the band’s only performance open to the public. 

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Planes, Taxis and Tour Buses

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People often ask me “how does the band travel?” This is a snapshot of a recent week this June.

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The House that Peyton Built - A Gig in the Life

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We recently had the honor to perform for World Acceptance Corporation, one of the largest small loan consumer finance companies in the U.S. and Mexico, at Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis. Wow! What a special event! The 1100+ employees were treated to a tour of the stadium as well as plenty of food stations and open bars – along with a three-hour+ performance by Party on the Moon. 

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The Presence of Greatness

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One of the blessings of my business is sometimes I witness greatness. Two summers ago we performed a wedding on a mountain top in Aspen, Colorado. The act on the bill with us was none other than Burt Bacharach! The image of our keyboard player, Earl Fleming, and I standing in awe next to the stage during Burt’s sound check will be a memory I will always remember.

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Momentum

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Momentum is defined as mass or energy in motion.

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