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John Martin Maher was born on October 31, 1963. Like so many of England's greatest rock icons, from John Lennon to John Lydon, from Morrissey to Noel Gallagher, he is second generation Irish.

Growing up in the Seventies, with IRA bombing campaigns at their peak, he became accustomed to being branded an "Irish pig" at school and on the terraced streets of his native Ardwick. But his extended Irish family also immersed him in music from an early age: pop, country, folk and classic rock. At family gatherings, his father played harmonica while his uncle a sharply dressed Beatles and Everly Brothers freak, played guitar. His mother meanwhile, compiled her own personal singleschart every week.

"It was music, music, music," Marr says of his childhood. "Every Christmas I got a guitar and every birthday I got a football kit." In 1973, the Maher family were moved by the council from the crumbling Ardwick to the slightly more leafy but equally grim south Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, a disruptive dislocation of which Marr later said: "I thought I'd moved to Beverly Hills." It was in Wythenshawe that Johnny first befriended his fellow Smith-in-waiting Andy Rourke, as well as future Cult guitarist Bill Duffy. He embraced glam rock but was still too young to fully participate in punk. This helped shape the ant-punk attitude he later expressed during his Smiths heyday.

"The musical and political lines drawn by punkrock stayed in place for a long, long time," Johnny recalls. "And there's nothing worse when you're a kid than having to live by the laws of the generation above you. That has been lost by the generations since, so it's a hard thing for them to understand. But I've got to say, looking back at my singles collection, anything that was any good from that period I've got. My main thing was the American stuff, people like Patti Smith, and that's how I got into Phil Spector - and I got into the girl groups through The New York Dolls. That was my first ever vague tenuous connection with Morrissey - that was the thing that intrigued me about him, because he was famously a New York Dolls fan, and the first time I ever really met him was fleetingly at a Patti Smith gig when I was about 14 or 15. I was just a little kid hanging around."

Aware of the potent Smiths mythology which stalks his every move, Johnny stresses that this was a mere passing encounter, not a real meeting. "There'll be a whole fucking book about that next", he groans. The official birth of The Smiths is generally held to be Maher's fateful visit to Morrissey's Stretford home in late 1982. The chemistry worked an the duo were soon churning out richly melodic, extraordinarily lyrical guitar songs. But Marr, as Johnny re-christened himself to avoid confusion with Buzzcocks drummer John Maher, boasted an exotic musical palate for a supposed indie princeling. One of his early bands was a funk outfit called Freaky Party, and even while The Smiths were gearing up for world domination he used to DJ at small Manchester clubs.

"Yeah, retro was new when I started it," he quips. "When I was getting The Smiths together I used to play a lot of what's now known as classic rare groove records, and also a lot of James Brown, The Fatback Band. We used to play at a couple of little clubs, me and a friend. We'd play things like Sly Stone, The Jackson Five, Sam And Dave, a load of Atlantic soul. I still listen to that stuff now, which is why I thought S'Express were the best group in the world when they were around because it was all pretty much based on Fatback and Sly Stone. Marr not only spun records but danced too. "Too right, I bust a serious move, man. Yeah, dancing's fantastic. It should be on the school curriculum."

With bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce on board, The Smiths signed to London's Rough Trade label becoming the acknowledged saviors of guitar music and the most critically praised band of their generation. But even before they released their eponymous debut album in February, 1984. Marr was moonlighting with Mike Pickering's Factory signed funkateers, Quardo Quango, on their "Atom Rock" single. Fatefully, the record was produced by Bernard Sumner, Marr's future partner in Electronic. It was a portent of his post Smiths adventures as a session player and electro futurist. Johnny: "Bernard and Mike invited me, it was just a spur-of-the-moment thing, we used to bump into each other. It wasn't anything serious - now it seems serious because of the histories of all of us. At the time, it was just that Mike wanted me to play on his record." Marr was already a New Order fan. He had seen their first show at Comanche's in Manchester, loved their "Power, Corruption And Lies" album and still cherishes "In A Lonely Place" as one of his favourite songs. However, his secret disco leanings were kept largely under wraps.

Meanwhile The Smiths seemed unstoppable, topping the album charts with both "Meat is Murder" in February, 1985 and hitting number two with "The Queen is Dead" in June, 1986. But in that same year, The Smiths were cracking up following rumours of both drinking and drug problems of bandmembers. "The thing about the hedonism is we were just regular Manchester guys, doing what regular Manchester guys do," Marr shrugs. "In the early days Morrissey probably enjoyed a gig and by the time he got home he'd had a bottle of wine, but that's all we had. It's become this big idea that we were carrying on like Guns N'Roses, which we weren't." Marr's wake-up call was a tequila-fuelled, near-fatal car crash just yards from his Manchester home in late 1986. But even here he refuses to bow to rock'n'roll mythology. "Yeah, there was a period where I did zone out and take it to the limit, but that was always part of what I was looking forward to as a kid. I was 21 or 22, living my dream, having just come offstage in Cleveland on a Sunday night with a bar full of Smiths fans, sat in a hotel room with a lot of money for a kid from where I come from, doing what I used to dream about at 11 or 12. I did what anyone where I come from does - just partied. We weren't Aerosmith but we weren't The Osmonds either."

The last ever Smiths show on British soil, rescheduled after Johnny's car crash, was an Artists Against Apartheid benefit at London's Brixton Academy on December 12, 1986.The innovation of Marr's work with The Smiths reached its summit on their swansong album "Strangeways Here We Come". Diverse in style and expansive in sound, Marr's favourite Smiths album could almost be seen as the precursor to Electronic's modernist soundscapes. "The very first track on that album doesn't have one guitar on it," says Marr. "There's a clue for you. But you would never know, it still sounds like me. There's electric pianos on it, samples, some strings and some noises I was making in the studio with whatever was hanging about." It's tempting to speculate, whether if The Smiths had continued, they might now sound like Electronic. "No, we'd sound like The Prodigy, but with Kenneth Williams on the cover of the album," says Marr.

In August, 1987, Marr quit the group he had founded five years before. The remaining three members struggled on together for a further few weeks, even recording some demos with Easterhouse guitarist Ivor Perry, but the dream was over. The indie Beatles were no more. Significantly, Johnny also gave up his west London flat in 1987 and moved back to Manchester on a permanent basis with his wife, Angie (Marr's childhood sweetheart, who he had married on The Smiths' 1985 tour of America). At that time he was convinced that his musical future lay outside Britain.

Marr retreated to America and sought out his guitar heroes. He spent many nights in dusk-to-dawn jam sessions with Keith Richards and co-wrote some sketchy songs with David Crosby, formerly of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, in LA. "He was just getting over his prison sentence and drug addictions," Johnny recalls. "I met him and we clicked straight away. He took me back to his house, and what was really sweet was that we were in this bedroom with two guitars - it was like two kids who had bunked off school, because when his wife came in he was under a strict regime to behave himself. Not that I was any threat to that, but it was just like: what's this little scruff from Wythenshawe doing in David Crosby's bedroom? We started playing a couple of tunes, and from what I remember they were really good. But it was just that one meeting." Marr considered forming a band with Charlie Drayton and Keith Jordan with whom he co-wrote some "wicked, dark, instrumental music" for Dennis Hopper's 1988 gang movie "Colors" before "Herbie Hancock came in and naffed it all up." Drayton and Jordan, ironically, went on to work with Keith Richards.

Marr then realised that the place where he was hearing all the best music was finally at his house in Manchester. "Not because it's my roots or anything, but just because my house is where I was hearing all the best music," Johnny said. He seemed to settle for becoming the most famous session musician on the planet. In 1988, he surfaced on Bryan Ferry's album "Bęte Noir" and the final Talking Head opus "Naked". He called Ferry a "really good, down-to-earth bloke" but admitted, "I also did it because I was feeling so contrary. I was thumbing my nose at everyone who was on my back. "Critics pondered whether the former guitar god had compromised his legendary sense of cool, but it is significant that he turned down both Midge Ure's all-star band for 1998's Mandela birthday bash at Wembley and David Bowie's wretched "Glass Spider" tour. "If he'd asked me 10 years earlier I'd have been there like a shot, but I think by his own admission he wasn't on top form in those days." Bowie's axeman post was eventually filled by Peter Frampton.

Marr's next move was equally intriguing. He spent a year with post-punk titans The Pretenders, touring and playing on their 1989 album "Windows on the world". "Hanging out with Chrissie Hynde for a year when I did was far more significant than just playing onstage," Johnny says now. "The reality was that Chrissie and I were very close for a year and she's an incredible person in private. I couldn't have been involved with a better person for that time, and I learned a hell of a lot. I kind of was a permanent member of The Pretenders, but there wasn't really a group there because she'd been touring for a long time and was going through a period of transition. What she wanted to do was just retreat. And that was fine, but after the year had gone by I was missing going out on tour and making records."

One more on the look-out for musicians he could relate to, Marr began jamming with ex-ABC drummer David Palmer and former Julian Cope bassist James Eller. Matt Johnson was also looking to regroup his The The project at the same time, incorporating this ready-made trio as his new backing band, Johnson, who Marr knew from his pre-Smiths day, had already written most of 1989's "Mind Bomb" album, which did not help Johnny's public image as an apparently directionless hired hand. Marr's second The The album, 1993's "Dusk", was more of a fully fledged collaboration. In the interim he also found time to record with Billy Bragg, Kirtsy MacColl, Stex, Banderas, Andrew Berry (who used to be Marr's old hairdresser pal) and both the Pet Shop Boys and Electronic. "The reason I did it was there was no other way of me making records other than to form a group that would have been completely trampled on no matter what we've done," Marr explains. "Plus, I hadn't found musicians that I could relate to in that way. That was the only opportunity to do it, plus the people who asked me to play on their records I had respect for - and got along with personally. Of course, I was aware of disdainful attitudes about it, but what was I expected to do? I can still listen to some of those records and they're top. But I'm not doing sessions any more."

With the new generation of groove-driven, chemically boosted rock stars such as Ian Brown and Shaun Ryders, who were regulars at Marr's house, a new era was to star for Johnny, Electronic. Frustrated with the democratic and constrictions and internal frictions of New Order, Bernard Sumner began formulating a solo offshoot project. But it appeared to be impossible because he had nobody to bounce ideas off and also because it was no fun spending one night a week in an empty warehouse adjoining a graveyard. He began seeking collaborators for what was initially planned as a Sumner solo record. It was inevitable that his path would eventually collide with fellow Manchester musician Johnny Marr's. In San Francisco, at the climax of New order's 1987 tour with Echo And The Bunnymen, Sumner invited Marr out to discuss forming a band. Johnny Agreed. Soon afterwards Peter Hook invited the guitar maestro to join his own nascent side project Monaco. But Marr turned down his offer saying he was too late.

Johnny claims that his friendship with Bernard would have remained merely social if they hadn't clicked creatively straight away. The duo wrote a song on their first day of working together: "Reality". "The reason we were able to work together was we were both into making music that's emotive," Marr insists, "Even if it's got a beat behind it, it's got to have something emotional and passionate behind it." Thus Electronic became a serious item, and began seeking out creative partners. They recruited Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to craft their opulent debut single, "Getting Away With It". Marr returned the favour by playing on the PSB album, "Behaviour". Originally planned to remain a low-key white label act, their fantasy that factory would allow them to develop as an underground phenomenon was shattered when it became clear that "Getting Away With It" sold 275.000 copies, making it number 38 in America. Bernard Sumner meanwhile turned his back on New Order and Marr had accomplished his commitments to The Pretenders, Electronic had arrived. Electronic barely had a handful of half-formed compositions when Depeche Mode invited the duo to support them in LA. A new type of band was born so said Sumner: "We were sick of the group format where you have the same people in the same group for years and years. The idea was to come with a new type of group with two members who stayed the same and two or one members who changed, so you get a different chemistry with each album."

"Get The Message", Electronic's second single, climbed to number 8 and showcased Marr's stately guitars over the duo's disco leanings. Released in May, 1991, Electronic's self-titled debut LP was hailed as a masterpiece, wiping away all the supergroup sneers and finally launching the Marr/Sumner axis as serious Nineties contenders. Another number 6 smash followed in 1992 with the one-off single "Disappointed" featuring Neil Tennant on vocals. This effectively closed the band's first chapter, freeing Johnny to work on The The's "Dusk" and Bernard to reactivate New Order for 1993's "Republic".

The five year gap between "Electronic" and "Raise The Pressure" was not just dictated by musical commitments, both Johnny and Bernard became fathers during this period. Meanwhile the collapse of Factory in 1992 had left both New Order and Electronic homeless.

In May, 1993, Johnny happened to attend a gig by a five piece band called Oasis. Johnny liked what he saw, recognising some of his own Manc-Irish mentality in Noel Gallagher, and ended up loaning him one of his precious guitars. "It was just before they got signed by Creations and there were about nine people there," Marr recalls. "They took so long between songs because he was tuning up. I said: "Haven't you got a spare guitar anywhere?" And he said: "No, I'm on the dole." And I just liked him so the intention was to loan him this guitar, but he fell in love with it so I let him have it." In July, 1994, however Noel smashed Marr's guitar to splinters. He phoned Johnny to apologise and the next morning a taxi arrived from Manchester containing another Marr guitar - this time a sturdier model.

"Raise The Pressure" took two painstaking years to create in Marr's former home which was now his studio. He had moved his family a mile down the road because "it was easier than moving the studio." Marr and Sumner, two Chic fans, initially considered inviting Nile Rodgers to work on "Raise The Pressure", but a single phone call to the disco king was enough to put Johnny off. Instead their chief collaborator became Kraftwerk escapee Karl Bartos, recommended by a mutual friend in Berlin. Bartos spent a year commuting to Manchester and co-wrote six of the album's 13 tracks. Released in 1996, "Raise The Pressure" received generally lukewarm reviews, though it was at that time probably the truest reflection of Electronic's eclectic agenda. While mixing the record in London, Johnny and Bernard played it to George Michael who loved it. George demanded to hear it again, in its entirety, immediately.

The third Electronic album "Twisted Tenderness" has arrived in April, 1999. Unlike its predecessors, it took less than a year from start to finish and relies heavily on guitars over computers. With a live rhythm section borrowed from the defunct Black Grape, Johnny Marr has returned full circle to his roots with a four piece rock band. "Electronic's just evolved that way," says Johnny. "It wasn't like any particular considered decision or game plan. The wheel kind of turned around a little bit for me as a writer. maybe I've moved backwards in order to move on, but I don't se it as a step backwards. I just wrote more songs on guitar from the ground up. I always saw the sequencer, and I still do, as a very compliant set of musicians - who, unfortunately, have no personality." The album features guest appearances by Scottish siren Astrid Williams and techno noodlers Fridge but, unlike its predecessors, no major collaborators. After "Twisted Tenderness", Electronic will lie fallow once more as Sumner works on the next New Order album. It's unthinkable that someone as prolific as Marr will sit idle during this period.

During the recordings of "Twisted Tenderness", Marr lent his guitar skills to another Pet Shop Boys album, "Bilingual", and renewed his Mike Pickering association by playing on M People's 1997 album, "Fresco". He also became involved in his own leisurewear label, Elk. Whatever Johnny Marr does in the next post-Electronic lull, what keeps Marr relevant is that he is clearly still a music fan. To be continued…

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No matter what your budget, booking corporate entertainment online is easy. Locolobo events Entertainment can supply a range of themed celebrations and will make sure that you are satisfied with the arrangements before anything is executed. Simply fill out our online form to tell us the type of entertainment you are looking for, and we will respond with our ideas and suggestions (including talent suggestions). We will do all the groundwork so you can focus on your core business. Event planning is a major undertaking if you want to do it right. To impress your guests and even profit from your private functions, allow professional event management companies to handle the planning and entertainment. Don't risk leaving out important details or forgetting a step in the process. Instead, trust the experts. Call Locolobo events Entertainment today to start planning your exclusive event now.

Corporate Entertainment Companies
Locolobo events Entertainment is one of the leading corporate entertainment companies, serving satisfied clients nationwide. We know that the success of your event depends on the entertainment you choose to perform for your guests. Whether you are holding a seminar to train employees or a motivational event to build camaraderie, the entertainment often determines how well the audience perceives your event.

How to Hire Corporate Entertainment Companies
When you hire us over other corporate entertainment companies, you are getting a full-service events management company. If you have the staff to plan your party, we will work as your business partner with suggestions and ideas and will handle the legwork. If you lack the staff or time to plan your event, we can do this for you as well.

We will help you select the right entertainment for your guests, whether it is concert promotions, a DJ, other types of music, or comedians and celebrity impersonators. For top-rate entertainment that's affordable for you and your employees, turn to Locolobo events Entertainment . We will be happy to give you a free consultation to discuss the type of entertainment you are looking for.

Allow us to handle your event and see the difference that professional corporate entertainment companies can make. Instead of fretting over endless details and worrying about how your audience will react, leave it to us. We have been doing this for years and have a great reputation in the industry. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Live Corporate Entertainment
Live corporate entertainment gives your guests a chance to let loose. After a few days of intense seminars or a season of hard work, celebrate their success by providing live corporate entertainment for your guests. How often do your employees get to dance with each other, relax, and just have a good time at work? Reward them with music, give them a hearty laugh with a comedian, or help them stay enthusiastic with motivational speakers.

Book Live Corporate Entertainment Online on the Internet
Locolobo events Entertainment has been providing live corporate entertainment for years. We are mediators in the field, not representing any one artist. Because of this, we can offer you lower booking rates. We negotiate the best fees among booking agencies and talent managers, then pass the savings on to you. The result is a successful, profitable event for you and your guests. Ignite their senses and provide excitement and energy among your audience. Live entertainment is far superior to anything taped or filmed. The interaction with live performers simply cannot be replaced. The sights, sounds, and vibrations produced by live entertainers are something special and much more likely to be remembered.

Let Locolobo events Entertainment book live entertainment for your upcoming function, and see the difference we make. From local artists to celebrity talent, we can book anybody you want and will deliver for you. We follow our contracts to the letter, ensuring that our clients are satisfied with our services. Just ask any of our references why they hire us time and time again.

Corporate Entertainment Events
Corporate entertainment events are the lifeblood of any organization. Without giving your employees a fun break every once in a while, they can become unmotivated and listless. To increase productivity or to recognize top achievers, corporate entertainment events are key. At Locolobo events Entertainment , we specialize in booking talent and customizing events to meet your needs.

Corporate Entertainment: Events of a Lifetime
We have a wide variety of entertainers and event ideas that can be tailored to your specific guests. From team building speakers to musicians, DJs and comedians, we will make your exclusive event one that will be remembered for years to come. Contact us today to discuss your requirements, and we will get back to you quickly with ideas for success.

In addition to corporate entertainment events, Locolobo events Entertainment is a full-service event planning company with a superior reputation in the industry. For years, we have been handling events such as corporate parties, VIP functions, awards banquets, conferences, and trade shows with success. Instead of fretting over the endless details, allow us to do the work for you.

Reading crowds and knowing what activities work for each audience is another area we specialize in. What management thinks will be fun is not necessarily right for your audience. For example, at company picnics, you will need activities for children as well as adults. A black-tie affair has its own entertainment needs. Contact us today and we will get started finding the right entertainment for your next corporate party, outdoor festival, or state fair.

Corporate Entertainment Packages
Locolobo events Entertainment offers corporate entertainment packages at a reduced price. Imagine having a private concert with Big name talent, or inviting major entertainers to speak to your board members. When you hire us, we can book any talent you seek and produce a unique event that matches your company's personality.

Corporate Entertainment Packages at Reduced Rates
Whether you are an experienced event planner or this is the first special event you have been involved in, we are here to help. Locolobo events Entertainment is your partner in special event planning and corporate entertainment packages. When you hire us, you will be assured that the talent we book for you is appropriate for your audience. For example, we will not hire comedians who may offend your audience nor will we book a band that plays the wrong music for your audience's age group.

Our corporate entertainment packages provide you with the best entertainers for any occasion. Our experts are experienced in providing top-notch talent that knows how to entertain everyone in your crowd. From food and beverage to site selection, concert promotions, and ticket sales, we will plan your event from start to finish.

Let us be your partner in event planning. When you work with us, you'll see the difference that hiring a competent management company makes. Don't risk planning a party that falls short of your expectations. Be known for planning popular parties when you throw the event of the year

Unique Event Entertainment
Executives are often faced with the seemingly daunting task of securing unique event entertainment. While this job can be delegated to a corporate meeting planner, it is often the VIPs who have the final say. Knowing how important event entertainment is, can help sell you on the idea of budgeting for this necessary investment.

Unique event entertainment is one of the most crucial aspects of events, as it gives attendees a chance to unwind and rejuvenate. It may come in the form of a motivational speaker for a keynote address or a comedian to entertain your board members. Team building and training are also more successful when the information is imparted in a fun way that doesn't seem like learning.

More Information about Unique Event Entertainment
At LocoLobo Corporate Events, we have a broad range of popular speakers who are knowledgeable in their fields and have gained the life experience necessary for success. They are both entertaining and informative, often sharing personal stories that audiences can relate to. Successful speeches are remembered long after attendees return to the office, so let us help you choose the right speaker or unique event entertainment.

We don't only book talent, however; we are also a full-service event management company with a superb track record. So if you'd rather outsource the endless details of event planning than overburden your staff, contact us for a consultation. We can provide you with ideas for successful events, based on our experience with current and previous clients. We have helped many Fortune 500 companies realize the dream of enlightening event audiences with informative entertainment, and we'll do the same for you.

VIP Events
Companies are finally catching on to the notion that VIP events are good PR (public relations). Private parties for your best clients, invitation-only hospitality suites at trade shows, and entertainment for your executive board all leave your guests feeling appreciated. They establish goodwill and encourage future business.

No two VIP events are alike, nor should they be. Event planners are forever searching for ways to make them memorable for their guests. The best event is one that gets talked about long after the event. However, it's not an easy task to make them as good as you want them to be.

VIP Events Specialists
Here at LocoLobo Corporate Events, we are specialists in booking entertainment for VIP events. We will work with you to find the best talent for your event, whether you want music, comedy, motivational speakers or need to book a band or particular entertainer. We work on your behalf to negotiate the best pricing and terms for your occasion and handle all the contract details. That leaves you free to mingle with your guests and show them a good time.

The right theme and tone of your event can make all the difference in how your guests perceive it and whether they have a good time. Finding suitable talent that's appropriate for your audience is just one piece of the puzzle. With so many details to keep up with, it's best to leave it to the experts. Contact us today to get started on a fun-filled corporate event that will be treasured by all who attend.

Comedians For Corporate Events
What can Comedians do for a Corporate Event ? Comedians bring a smile and can lighten anyVIP Party! LocoLobo Corporate Events, an event talent agency that has access to any entertainer, speaker or comedian you may want and will guarantee the best service because we seek repeat business.

Maybe you want to book a band AND a comedian? Why not? We can handle any event!

We do not represent any one person so we can negotiate with comedians, management or agencies, depending on who represents them. We work within your event budget to match appropriate comedians and performances with your guests. You probably already know that comedy has a therapeutic effect that actually improves health. Think about how hiring comedians for corporate events will break the ice at your next event and encourage friendly networking and deals to take place.

Companies That Hire Comedians for Corporate Events
Other clients who hire comedians for corporate events are also available as references, so your meeting planner can call and hear about us directly from our clients. We've handled hundreds of corporate parties, executive banquets, awards dinners, private gatherings and VIP-only events. We'd like to help you, too.

We make it easy for executives like you to make decisions about which comedians to hire. If you lack the staff to plan your corporate event, our Corporate Event Planners can act as your outsourced meetings manager, too. We will plan your meeting from start to finish, including obtaining comedians and booking bands. So let us book your entertainment, and take the burden off of you.

Famous Performers
Event managers and corporate executives are constantly seeking ways to make their "special events" truly special. You might think that hiring famous performers is way out of your league, but that is not necessarily the case. Talking with a qualified talent agency that has a vast array of experiences hiring celebrities is a definite way to find out. Whether you regularly host VIP-only events or only produce them on occasion, booking famous performers will pay off in the long run. Name recognition as well as the exceptional talent that is a given with fame will give your guests something to talk about. And there is no better way to make you look good than by people spreading the word to their colleagues.

LocoLobo Corporate Events is a talent agency that can book any famous performer you want. If you don't know your audience's taste in entertainment, or you don't know who you would like to hire, take heed. That is a situation our specialists deal with daily and we will be glad to help you narrow down your choices with regard to performer, program, theme, and budget.

We do not represent any one person so we are able to negotiate with other agents and managers to secure the date and performer for you. In addition to entertainers, we can also book keynote speakers, motivational speakers, lecturers or experts for your next seminar, convention, or trade show. Our services include recommending the best talent for your individual events, negotiating and acheiving your financial goals, researching prospective talent, and arranging a site if you don't already have one. Call us today to learn more.

Famous Comedians
Famous comedians can add humor and pizzazz to an otherwise dull meeting. They also offer entertainment and comic relief during conferences, when everybody is weary from all-day seminars. Comedy is a great way to impart wisdom as well as to break the ice at business functions. However, many meeting planners fail to utilize this valuable resource.

Famous Comedians and Your Bottom Line
Offering a comedy event with famous comedians is a sure way to keep your attendees feeling energetic and give them a chance to unwind a bit before more seminars. Famous comedians offer name recognition as well as top-quality talent--they wouldn't be famous if they were not exceptional at what they do. When you host a famous entertainer, word of mouth marketing works harder than usual to increase your event's profits.

There are a lot of details to consider before booking comedians. Meeting planners who are already overworked would benefit from the services of a qualified speakers' bureau and meetings management company. At LocoLobo Corporate Events, we have a huge database of famous comedians, motivational and keynote speakers, bands, authors, and other entertainers at our disposal. We have a long history of satisfied clients and we can book the perfect talent for you, too.We guarantee the best service for booking comedians and other entertainment and speakers. We seek repeat business so we work within your event budget and help you get the best ROI. We're eager to become your event management and talent specialist.

Corporate Performances
Corporate performances demand attention to detail when planning. Knowing your objectives for your meeting and the corporate entertainment you want will go a long way toward succeeding at the event. Ask yourself why you are holding the meeting and why you want an outside performer to be at your event. Then you will be able to give better direction to your planning committee when it comes time to book talent.

At LocoLobo Corporate Events, we have helped hundreds of corporations like yours meet their objectives in corporate performances. We save our clients thousands of hours of time researching talent and narrowing down the list to finally choose appropriate talent. Whether you need celebrity acts or regional flavor, we will help you evaluate your needs and make suggestions for the corporate performances that will work for your event.

Impressing VIPs with Corporate Performances
Well-known acts not only entertain, they impress guests as well. If your objective is to reward employees or make an impression on your VIPs, a private concert with a celebrity band is well worth the investment. Music, comedians, or magicians each work best in different situations. Tell us who comprises your audience and describe the theme of purpose of your event. We'll do the rest.

Music For Corporate Events
Music for corporate events is something that executives and meeting planners agonize about unnecessarily. While it's true that the right music sets the mood for a memorable evening, choosing the soundtrack is best left to somebody else. The booking agency you use to find your talent should be able to coordinate musicians, travel, and entertainment programs, or you risk wasting your time with them.

At LocoLobo Corporate Events, we have a long history of helping our corporate clients impress audiences with appropriate music for corporate events. Rather than asking you to choose the type of music that will satisfy an audience that varies in age, taste, and style, we'll instead help you decide on the type of mood you want to create with your music. The result will be a party that impresses all!

Setting the Mood with Music for Corporate Events
For example, whether you want to host a rock concert or provide a backdrop of jazz music for dinner makes a substantial difference in the entertainment we suggest. Aside from singers, bands, and individual musicians, we also suggest DJs for our clients. DJs are not limited to the type of music they play and can offer lots of sound when you are short on space.

Top Quality Music for corporate events does not come without a price tag. Our discerning clients are willing to pay for 5 star national acts that we can acheive for that special event. If you're looking for local flavor to entertain audiences that come from all over the world, local and regional acts are also available. Allow LocoLobo Corporate Events to be your partner in showcasing musical entertainment at your next large-scale corporate event.

Famous Entertainers
It's no secret. Famous entertainers raise attendance and bring in the big bucks while providing attendees with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be in the same room with their favorite celebrities. Before you call LocoLobo Corporate Events to book your talent, evaluate your goals for your meeting and the results you want to achieve.

Think about the issues that are facing your industry and how a keynote speaker, musician, or comedian can help your audience overcome them. You may or may not really need outside speakers or famous entertainers. Your in-house people might be better at dealing with the challenges facing your industry. If you have a low budget, by all means, inside people are the best.

What Famous Entertainers Do for Meetings
Of course, if there are difficulties that need to be addressed, outside speakers and famous entertainers can offer objectivity and ease the blow of delivering bad news so that insiders can work on the issues. For example, if your company is going through reorganization, you might hire speakers to talk about team stress and overcoming adversity. A comedian will take the edge off the seriousness of your meeting and help put everybody in a more relaxed mood.

Hiring famous entertainers can turn your ho-hum meeting into a unique chance to meet a celebrity in a cozy setting. It not only impresses your guests, but will also send a message that your company is financially stable. When a famous performer appears at your event, it gives your company an air of significance. When you are ready to book a famous act for your corporate party, contact us at LocoLobo Corporate Events.

VIP Entertainment
VIP entertainment makes your guests comfortable and adds a sense of lightness to your events. After a long day of intensive seminars or a grueling day on their feet at your trade show booth, attendees will appreciate being treated to a special VIP entertainment event. Magicians, comedians, and even actors appeal to a wide variety of people and help break the ice at networking events.

LocoLobo Corporate Events specializes in bringing the best VIP entertainment to your corporate event. A relaxing atmosphere for travelers will make all the difference at your function, particularly if people are coming from long distances. They might not know other people so entertainment can make them feel included and capture their attention.

With our Corporate Event unique ingenuity, your VIP events will never be boring. We provide interesting entertainment that is creative and fun for all your guests, whether your crowd is large or small. Interactive performers like comedians or special event entertainment, keep your guests participating and draw them into the event. When they participate, they'll remember the originality of the performance long after it's over.

VIP Entertainment Generates Buzz for your Company
VIP entertainment from our Corporate Events company also gives you great publicity and helps generate buzz. Host a function before a trade show to get people talking all over the trade show floor. They'll repeat your company name many times over as they retell their stories again and again. Spend the time choosing unique entertainment to keep your event in the front of everybody's minds and keep them returning for more.

Convention Entertainment
Good convention entertainment can make or break your convention and music really brings a crowd together. Knowing which type of music is best for your audience is not simple. It's better to decide instead on a particular mood, such as dancing, dinner music, or soothing classical music. Music can be the focal point of an event such as a concert or it can provide a background for mingling at a cocktail party.

The Right Help Hiring Convention Entertainment
When you are looking for convention entertainment, don't overlook booking agencies. These convention entertainment resources can handle the details for you.

A leading agency is LocoLobo Corporate Events. We have been helping Fortune 500 companies plan successful, entertaining events for many memorable years. When you really want to impress your guests, allow us to do all the legwork for you. We provide event planning services to give you the best convention entertainment you can imagine.

Rely on us to fill in the background information you need to obtain entertainment and provide demo tapes for you to watch(in some cases). We will also negotiate contracts from pricing to transportation. Save yourself the trouble of overloading your meeting planners and allow LocoLobo Corporate Events to be your booking agency for convention entertainment and any of your other needs.


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      Corporate entertainers offer far more to your audience than you would think at first glance. At an intimate venue such as a corporate VIP party or smaller meeting, a celebrity band or sports figure may be onstage just a few feet away from the audience, an experience that will thrill your attendees. Motivational speakers are able to offer inspiration or impart wisdom to your company's best asset: people. Comedians can help your attendees to unwind after a long day of meetings or break the ice among strangers.
      At, our talent pool is practically bottomless. We are mediators, so we do not represent any one artist. Instead, we represent you, the client, to bring you the best prices and most profitability for your event. Fully insured and bonded, we can negotiate among artists, their agents, or their management teams. We will handle the details so you can focus on your business.
      We offer peace of mind as a bonus! We understand that you have other tasks to handle, so allow us to take care of the entertainment. When you hire, you are hiring experts with a successful track record and hundreds of satisfied clients. For more information, please continue to browse our site, or feel free to contact us with questions.
      We at LocoLobo Events are mediators. This means we do not represent any one artist. By doing this are we able to concentrate on using our expertise, entertainment buying power to get you the best possible deal, negotiating between artists, management companies and agents. We represent you, the client, to bring you a joyful and profitable experience.
      We are committed to providing a comprehensive and successful production. Because of this we are able to bring first time inquirers, as well as seasoned promoters, a profitable outcome for your venue, corporate party, fundraiser, wedding, festival, fair or any special event.
      We are the largest entertainment mediator corp in NY state, so let Locoloco Events fulfill your dream! Fill out our Find Talent Form and one of our professional mediator agents will contact you promptly. Don't hesitate to call us for some free advice. Let's get the show rolling!

Locoloboevents is a mediator company, designed for the purpose of Booking Entertainment for the interested Talent Buyer. We cannot help you contact particular artists and we do not have schedule or other information about particular artists. Fans should refer to official artist websites for such information.

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