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Music EntertainmentOct 28, 2018Verified
Paula Harris has performed in the Clemson Blues Festival for a number of years and we have always been very pleased with her work. Can't go wrong here.Aug 15, 2018Paula Harris Music's reply
Thanks Vince- I look forward to the next time I get to play for you!
Working with Paula was easy. She listened to my ideas and helped design a musical event that worked for everybody. She is super talented. Paula made my day extra special. I can not thank her enough.Oct 19, 2018Paula Harris Music's reply
You were and are a delight, Denise! Thanks so much, I was glad to be a part of it.
I have been following Paula and her band for many years. Every time I am entertained. A few words to describe her and her band are -- distinctive, expressive, strong, appealing, confident, conviction, talented, imaginative, soulful, impressive, dynamic, edgy, raw, powerful. The performance quality is high throughout, both vocally and instrumentally. Overall, the songs are distinctive and original, and I think it has strong commercial potential.Oct 14, 2018
We were very fortunate to have Paula Harris and her band perform for our wedding. Most of the time she’s very responsive for all the emails. The band had a good mix of blues and soul music, mostly 60s and 70s. Our guests enjoyed their performance as well.Aug 15, 2018Paula Harris Music's reply
Thank you, Shanna. Your wedding was beautiful and I wish you both MANY years of happiness. I was delighted to be a part of your special day!
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?We hire only the top musicians in the bay area. Most are bandleaders in their own right. Several actually have Grammy Awards. They have worked with icons in the music industry such as Santana, Prince, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Tower of Power, Sly & The Famly Stone, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Ramsey Lewis, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Shelia E and more. Music is all they do and it is their "Day Job" There are many corporate people who do music as a hobby but hold corporate or mainstay jobs. They sell themselves as "Professional" musicians but undercut those of us to DO actually "Work" as musicians. We charge very competitive and fair rates. And are usually happy to work with clients to obtain the best rates. We offer discounts for daytime or off-hour, non-weekend dates, repeat customers, local jobs and more. But if someone offers you an 8 piece horn band for $500..Trust me you are not getting very good musicians. A Band is one of the most critical elements in a successful event. Don't take the risk of having your event ruined with people who are"hobbyists". To them, it wouldn't matter if they came looking sloppy, arrived late, or even came not knowing the material they were playing. If you fired them or gave them a bad review- Music is not their primary income. Make sure you hire PROFESSIONAL musicians. Those who have make "Music" and "Performance" their entire lives. We take what we do very seriously and always strive to provide the best in entertainment. You WILL be able to tell the difference.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I Usually send a song list and various band configurations to potential clients. If they ask I can send MP3 examples as well. If they like the promotional material I ask them to give me a call. I have them walk me through their event and what they expect from entertainment to get a clear idea of what we are required to do. Once I have that information, I call the musicians that best fit that client's needs. For example, if a client wants more dance and up-tempo music- I have several musicians who also sing and can expand our set lists. Or if the client is thinking they want more cocktail jazz- I would call one of my upright bass players rather than a funk/electric bass player. Each event has specific needs and we tailor the band to fit those needs perfectly. The kinds of questions I ask are: How long is your event? What time do we need to load in and be set up? Is there a PS system in Place? Do you have a sound man? Are there any special activities/segments taking place within the event such as toasts, Cake Cutting, Announcements, Awards etc. that we need to plan the flow around? What do you imagine attendees doing during various times during the course of the evening? ( Is there a meet and greet- cocktail time, then a dinner that requires softer more ambient music- followed by dancing and more uptempo entertainment?) We plan out set lists to direct the flow of the evening smoothly around these segments and to incorporate any special requests. We also plan breaks around things like toasts, awards etc. Do you have stage size limitations we need to work with? Are there noise restrictions? What is the dress code for the event and how would you like the musicians to be attired ( I never allow jeans, caps, athletic attire of any kind or ripped/distressed/torn clothing) but we can go from nice casual attire to tuxedo/formal. Where is the band expected to park? If an overtime situation arises- how do you want us to handle it. There have been multiple events where we scheduled a 3-hour event and the attendees were having so much fun they wanted to go for an extra hour. Usually, this can either mean we have to tactfully tell the attendees the evening is over( if the venue is closing or the staff has to leave) or there is a pre-arranged fee agreed upon to go over if needed. Once both the client and myself have a clear idea of their needs and a picture of what the event will look and sound like. I confirm with the band and we book the gig. I normally take a 30% deposit and I either send the customer a contract or, in some cases, they may want to send me one from their legal department. I typically touch base with the client again shortly before the event to make sure nothing has changed, and to reaffirm we have everything taken care of on our end. We then come in and give them the time of their lives!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a degree in Event and meeting planning which helps me to coordinate with the party planners to ensure every event goes off smoothly and professionally. I am also a classically trained vocalist( which allows me to sing for very long periods of time and across multiple genres with ease and without hurting my voice) with a minor in music, performance, and decades of experience. I have quite literally performed for 1000's of weddings, galas, fundraisers, corporate events and private parties of all types. All my musicians are seasoned veterans in the music industry and are prompt, professional, practiced and impressive. We have charts by 2 of the best arrangers in the state and it shows when we perform. There is nothing sloppy about this act. Most of the band members went to "art" based schools such as the Manhatten School of Music, Julliard or Berklee School of music and got degrees in performance, their specific instrument, or at a minimum, a degree in music from a non-art-based college or university. All can read and write charts proficiently.