Best Male Solo Act in the 2019 Buffalo Night-Life Music & Club Awards.
Best Male Solo Act in the 2018 Buffalo Night-Life Music & Club Awards.
Best Male Solo Act in the 2017 Buffalo Night-Life Music & Club Awards.
Best Solo Act in the 2014 All WNY Music Awards.
Tom Bender is a full-time vocalist, musician and entertainer with over 35 years of domestic and international performing experience. He has performed on stages in front of tens of thousands and continues to do hundreds of shows every year with his solo act, a Pink Floyd tribute band named The Floyd Concept, classic rock band Hot Daddy Rocks! & other assorted local projects.
You will be amazed at Tom's diversity and his ability to entertain in almost any setting. Clients constantly comment on Tom's interaction and candor with the audience and his outstanding vocal ability.
Tom's solo show is a unique one-man entertainment experience that is adaptable to your venue and musical needs. The show is regularly performed everywhere, from adult care centers to biker bars and tourist settings. You are able to select the style of the show, and you can also select the music you would like performed.
There are hundreds of songs to choose from that cover many possible themes. For example are classic rock, new country, golden age/crooner, decade themes, or whatever you may be able to imagine.
Tom is also an expert at analyzing the audience he is performing for to provide the perfect mix of tunes if no particular theme is desired. The solo show uses a very compact Bose tower sound system, so you get maximum quality, and there is a minimal space required. Setup and tear down are quick and easy, so there is minimal disruption for other events to carry on unhindered.
Tom performs this style show regularly at over 50 adult care facilities and functions. He is regarded by many to be the best entertainer in the circuit, and the fact that he is rebooked at every venue provides valid testimony to such.
Crooner shows feature a wide range of musical styles, and during these shows, you can expect to hear classics that traverse the musical landscape from the 1940s until now. Clients frequently comment about how appropriate the song selection is as well as the energy that Tom brings to his performance.
Tom's diversity and flexibility also make him perfect for special events (open houses, holiday parties, wedding ceremonies, studio work, live projects, etc.), where you can showcase the professional talent that you provide for your clients.
Classic Rock/Pop and Country
These shows are very popular at private parties, corporate functions, charity events, local watering holes and restaurants. Tom has performed at national chains, professional sports arenas and tourist areas, and his show is any type of mingling function or sit-down entertainment venue.
The set list for these shows can consist of just about anything, and Tom is an expert at analyzing the crowd to supply just the right mix of tunes. You can also architect your own style show if you have a theme. Tom has years of experience in leading open mics too, so if there happens to be musicians or singers in the audience, they are frequently invited up to perform if the situation is right for those opportunities.
Most times it is also possible to provide a karaoke track for someone to sing to. Crowd participation and involvement are important portions of every Flying Solo show.
Performances can be straight acoustic shows or can use full accompaniment backing tracks for full-band sound. Tom is also a representative for Starfield's Productions, a full pro audio recording studio in Buffalo, NY, and a booking and talent agent for Nik Entertainment out of Rochester, NY.