Wedding Expo Music Performance

What a day we had yesterday!  The University Club in SF hosted a wedding expo for event planners, etc. to come together and showcase their services.  Peachy’s Puffs was a sponsor, so we hired two girls to work the event.  They wore their flashy red bell hops.  Dez and I were able to play a set as well in the lobby while guests trickled in.  We had rented a PA system, but found we didn’t even need it due to how small the actual space was.  We certainly learned our lesson.  When in doubt, go scope out the venue, if local, before a gig to ensure whether or not a PA system is necessary.  We played some originals including “Dear Prudence” (The Beatles) and “Heaven” (Warrant).  Unfortunately, we couldn’t play some of the more iconic love songs due to Dez’ A string breaking.  That had never happened in all the time we’d played together.  Thankfully, it was not a paying gig, so at least it was less of a foul-up.  It led us to reason we should always carry spare fully strung instruments.  The dressing room upstairs was quite the scene, with Brazilian diamond-encrusted Samba dancers in feather headdresses and a Chinese dragon dance troupe as well as an Asian wine server decked out in Victorian garb, pearls hanging her dress.  It felt like a backstage setup for America’s Got Talent.  I was highly entertained.  All in all, it was a successful event, despite a few hiccups.  Stay tuned for more articles!

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The Modern Musician’s Path

If only it was a record company standing on our doorstep after I’ve spent all this time pumping out a demo with my boyfriend Dez, but the past has shrunken down to nothing.  It is all just a fantastic mirage of what used to be, the novelty of a record company taking full charge of the musician’s path.  Nowadays, it’s the DIY approach that holds true.  It has to do with the self-promotion thing on social media in addition, and the following the artist hopefully gains from posting content day after day and possibly catching people’s interest in a cyber world that is over-saturated with entertainment options.

The demo came about from two friends turned lovers bonding over a common interest in playing music and from enough time passing, agreeing to put together a cool and unique music project to further advance the conversation 60s/70s rock legends like Janis and Jimi and Jim ignited, which saw the counter cultural flame die out too soon.  Dez had amassed quite a recording equipment setup over years of collecting, from playing in past rock bands.  We decided to turn our efforts toward putting down a real live demo, a modern twist on earlier rock, folk, psychedelic and pop music traditions.  Somehow, through what felt like pulling eyes and teeth out of our own heads, recordings were made and a website was created to showcase our hard work.

It seems another issue in the modern age of music production is getting the right sponsorship.  Our recording equipment is not up to the times and should be replaced at some point in the near future, once we decide to put the hammer to the anvil in terms of recording new material.  We took the concept of crowdfunding into our hands and co-created a video with comedic elements, in the attempt to attain such sponsorship, but it has not quite come along yet.  I believe with proper financial backing, we can invest in more technologically advanced recording mics, software, etc.  Upgrades in equipment are what the big players in music achieve.

Of course, presentation and image are everything, and having some working knowledge of how to build a killer music website to showcase to the world helps.  The Wix.com site builder is quite user friendly and is easy to navigate.  I recommend it to artists who want to have more freedom to customize their website more to their liking vs. a site like Bandzoogle or Bandcamp where you get boxed into using their particular templates.

Once the following comes, the calls to that entertainment lawyer you happen to know begin.  Until then, it’s important to take the old fashioned approach, which is to continually play out at venues and gather subscribers who can actively share your art.  The rest of the process is just keeping up with the daily hustle, staying focused and persisting in the face of challenges, calling again to remind people you’re in their corner, and getting that stroke of dumb luck to launch you through the industry’s door.

Stay tuned for more articles! ❤

 

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Peachy’s Puffs: Original Candy & Cigarette Company in SF

In the New Year, I have taken on the role of booking agent/social media marketer for Peachy’s Puffs, the original candy and cigarette company in SF!  I’ve enjoyed carrying the trays filled with candy at corporate and private parties around the Bay Area, but it is cool to now be on dealing with the business side of the company.

Peachy D’Ambrosio, the founder of Peachy’s Puffs, established the company in 1988, calling her cigarettes “puffs” and adding her first name, hence the name Peachy’s Puffs was born.

When you need top notch entertainment for your company party, convention, wedding, bar, restaurant, club, casino, hotel, fund raiser, product launch, drinks reception, gala dinner or theme party, then Peachys Puffs is the full service solution to supplying your events entertainment needs. With our years of experience providing quality entertainment, we guarantee you’ll produce the best party event ever!

Our roster of performers includes top name national acts, regional and local bands in every category, celebrity comedians, models and speakers, promotional models, cigarette and candy girls, dance reviews, female attractions, look-a-likes and more…

We have a Facebook and Twitter page.  If your company is in need of entertainment for an event, be sure to book us!

https://twitter.com/PeachysPuffs

https://www.facebook.com/Peachys-Puffs-31379242906/

Mavericks Film Festival: Wild Films from the Scary Cow Herd

The Mavericks Film Festival is coming up on February 8th @Pianofight in SF near the Powell BART stop!  My friend Danny is going to literally play a dead body in a short scene of one of his friend’s films titled “The Final Sentence.”  It should be a fun screening.  Show up between 5 and 6:30 for Happy Hour.  The initial screening will begin at 7.  Street parking will be free after 6 pm.  Join in on what is sure to be an awesome film event!

Runway Workshop with Charleston Pierce at StudioMix in SF

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I took a free workshop Saturday with Charleston Pierce and his awesome female assistant at StudioMix in the AMC building on Van Ness Ave. in SF, who is both a model and an actress.  I had a lot of breakthrough moments that day, leading to a group huddle at the end in which I rejoiced and got teary-eyed.  I feel blessed to have Charleston as my new friend and life coach.  He talked to us a lot about giving the audience our genuine selves when we walked and not faking our expressions.  It was just me and a few other male models, some of whom were modeling for the first time.  Charleston showed us a beautiful runway performance of his.  He really put the smile, swagger, and soul into his step!  I was delighted to see more of it, because I didn’t know what to expect, and that is truly the mark of an original runway performance, one that delights and excites and keeps the audience asking for more.  The first walk of mine had poise, but not enough focus or direction.  The second one was a crazy spiraling dance not fit for runway in which I was looking down too much and the last one was more focused, but I have to rid myself of certain bad habits.  Charleston instructed us to lock ourselves in the bathroom and practice our expressions.  My bedroom closet door mirror and the bathroom mirror are my new office space!  I learned to bear my most authentic self without losing control or focus.  Much of the walk is a mental exercise.  We discover our best walk through careful cerebral calculation of spatial formations and poses/attitudes.  My ballet training at Dance Innovations in NJ has helped me to distinguish my walking and posing techniques.  I hope to use this training to become more familiar with my own habits and go onto having greater confidence in and control of my walk!