Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Back on the Oosterdam!


Last weeks show on the HAL Oosterdam was a big success!
First thing Monday morning I called my agent and gave him a report. Half an hour later he called back with a return booking.

Cruise dates will be from February 19 through the 29th.
Caribbean here I come!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

HAL Oosterdam Cruise January 29 - February 8, 2016


I just picked up a last minute Cruise on the Holland America Oosterdam!
I'm leaving Friday January 29 in Fort Lauderdale and returning
on February 9, 2016.

All aboard!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Forest Park Show, January 16, 2016



That's a LOT of pumpkin pie!
Dinner was included at a recent show at the Forest Park show in North Fort Myers. I'd never seen this much pumpkin pie in one place!

A great show for some very nice people.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

December 1, 2015 Showcase Information


I'll be doing an Talent Showcase for
Entertainment Designer's Network

Location:
MID FLORIDA LAKES
199 Forest Drive
Leesburg, FL   34788
Showtime:
Tuesday, December 1 at 12:40 p.m.
Stop by and say hello!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Background Show Music Production

 

On the Cruise Ships I work with a live band.
My "Land" shows are backed up by computer driven music or MIDI.

This is my desktop music production studio.
The band is played by the sequencer shown on the computer screen. It's a little like a modern day player piano. The computer triggers what notes I've programmed at the right time.
Instrument selection, volumes, velocities, reverb and pan position are all written into the sequence one by one.
To the right is my sound module. There are over 1,000 sampled and synth instruments and 60 drum sets in that small box.
My small MIDI keyboard is played and the information recorded in real time on the computer.

Many entertainers buy their music pre-recorded. I'm not able to do this. My instrumentation, vocal range and original songs require custom, one-of-a-kind arrangements.
My show music may not be as polished as some pre-produced music, but they are all me!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Next Cruise!


I've just booked a cruise on the Holland America Prinsendam!
The cruise will take place December 19 through 28, starting in Ft. Lauderdale and ending (for me) in Barbados.

It seems I've entertained on every ship in the Holland America line except for the Prinsendam. It's a smaller ship with 750 passengers, about the size of the old Love Boat.
Smaller ships always seem more friendly with better food and service!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

At the Cirque De Paw se'





Last night (October 24) I picked some banjo and greeted guests at the Cirque-de-Paw-se benefit at the Winter Park Community Center. It was a fund raiser for the Service Dogs of Central Florida.

That's my daughter Whitney, she helped coordinate the evening.
For me it was worth doing just to hang out with Whitney and get the photograph!

I ran into a few friends, Eric Olsen was performing!