Saturday, November 18, 2017

Music was the perfect compliment

Music from the Great American Songbook

There was a family celebration of a woman celebrating her 90th birthday. Ambient music provided that perfect touch during an excellent brunch at Scott's Seafood Grille and Bar in Oakland.  The party planner shared her praise- "The music was perfect. Everyone enjoyed the music, especially the birthday girl, 90 years young." Celebrity Gems arranges Jazz music, ethnic music, and dance bands in Oakland, San Jose, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.




Friday, November 17, 2017

Lovely Sugar Plum Fairy and Christmas Carolers at Outlet Stores

The sweet and lovely Sugar Plum Fairy and traditional Carolers gathered around the huge Christmas Tree to herald-in the holiday season at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore.
Shoppers gathered around the Carolers 
Holiday shoppers took photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Tribute to The King of Pop

"The George Cole Trio" and their Tribute to Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole Tribute to a  Sold-Out Audience

"The George Cole Jazz Trio" featuring three of the Bay Area's finest musicians, offered their tribute to Grammy Award Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Nat King Cole. Vocalist and song stylist George Cole included Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa," "Rambling Rose," and "Get your Kicks on Route 66." George and his backup artists Sir Richard Nelson Hall on the piano and Carla Kaufman on the upright bass received applause and admiration throughout their 1.5-hour concert. Celebrity Gems arranges jazz and swing music in Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Palo Alto, and San Francisco.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pomp, circumstance, and fun for Santa's arrival

The colorful Toy Soldier Marching Band led the Santa procession and Santa's arrival at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton. Santa followed the Marching Band on both levels of the Mall, with stops at Nordstroms, JC Penney, and Macy's. Santa then posed for pictures by the huge Christmas tree, center court. A colorful balloon making elf and a juggler with his Santa hat and red suspenders added to the festive afternoon. Celebrity Gems arranges marching bands, balloon artists, and jugglers in Pleasanton, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, and Oakland.
Santa joins the Toy Soldiers Marching Band
Toy Soldiers played popular Christmas songs and showtunes


Santa's elves leave their workshop for Mall

Elf balances club on his elf nose
A youngster learns to juggle and joins the Elf team
Glitterball compliments of balloon making elf

Santa's elves left their workshop for the Santa arrival at Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton. A Juggling Elf with his Santa hat, red-tie and red suspenders and a balloon making elf took a break from their North Pole workshop to join Santa. Celebrity Gems arranges balloon artists and jugglers in Pleasanton, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Adults discover their dream home-Kids get their favorite balloon

Children lined up for pumpkin, Hello Kitty, and Spiderman Balloons at the grand opening of the Wayland Place homes in Livermore. Balloon artist Raulito, dressed in Halloween garb, was the perfect complement to Halloween and a decorative pumpkin patch backdrop. Celebrity Gems arranges balloon artists and face painters in Dublin, Livermore, Walnut Creek, and San Ramon.
Make mine Spiderman
We choose "Hello Kitty"

Caribbean music while Shoppers Stroll

Lively music at Wine Walk

Shoppers sampled wine and gourmet foods and desserts at the second annual Dublin Wine Stroll at the Persimmon Place Shopping Center. A lively and fun Caribbean Steel Band with two Reggae singers added to the festive fundraiser for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Celebrity Gems arranges Caribbean music in Fremont, Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek. #persimmonplace

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dogs Dress-Up for Halloween

Yappy Hour aat Blackhawk Plaza
Dogs were in their Halloween costumes for "Yappy Hour," a fundraiser for Canine Companions at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville. A caricaturist provided a ready to frame keepsake of Man and Woman's Best Friend with their proud owners. Since this sunny day at Blackhawk Plaza was a puppy and dog day, there were milk bone treats for the dogs and Costco cookies for the adults. Celebrity Gems arranges caricaturists in Danville, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland.
The Puppy smiled for her drawing by the caricaturist




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Piece of Germany in Union City

Oom Pa Pa Band and Oktoberfest

Welcome to Oktoberfest, the merry celebration held each year in Munich Bavaria Germany. The dining room at the Masonic Home for Adults in Union City was themed for the month of October and Oktoberfest. There was authentic German food- bratwurst, sauerkraut, and of course beer. And a huge "Welcome to Oktoberfest" banner and below the banner traditional German music- with tuba et al. Celebrity Gems arranges Oktoberfest and German music in Union City, Hayward, San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont.

Friday, September 22, 2017

L'Shana Tova

There was a second celebration when a couple was celebrating their 50th Anniversary. With 50 years of togetherness, happiness, and good health, their special occasion occurred on the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah. Their daughter spared no expense. Unorthodox Rabbi Jacob, from Paris, France was the surprise guest. We gathered background information from their daughter including the vow that the wife and husband granted each other 25 wishes, with the wife getting 24, and one, maybe, for the husband. Rabbi Jacob gave the husband and wife top hats with their names inscribed in Hebrew.

Dance the hora with Reb Jacob

Celebrity Gems arranges improvisational actors and actresses including Rabbis, Priests, and Imams in Walnut Creek, San Ramon, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Fast Lane in Palo Alto

Undercover cop Sonny Crockett serves jello shots

The 80's TV Show Miami Vice was known for its illicit drugs, Ferraris, and double-breasted satin suits. Undercover cop Sonny Crockett, wearing his "cool watermelon sunglasses" was a fixture at the hip nightclubs and on the mean streets of Miami. He and his partner busted Columbian drug lords and assorted bad guys. A Sonny Crockett lookalike mingled served jello shots and looked for suspicious party crashers. The partygoers were in safe hands- his Dade County badge and handcuffs were prominently displayed. Celebrity Gems arranges a Sonny Crockett/Don Johnson lookalike in Palo Alto, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Ramon.

Country Hoe Down in Union City

The Masonic Home in Union City had an old-fashioned country fair and barbeque for their Harvest Festival and tour of their new facility-Acacia Creek. As a replica to the huge Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton,  there was Country and Western and Bluegrass music, a petting zoo, and games of chance including "Flip the Frog" and the ring bottle toss. Enjoy ice-cream and custard? Rita's Custard and Ice-Cream served their delectable goodies from their brightly decorated food truck.

Traditional bluegrass music with a fiddler and banjo player
A Merry-Go-Round bouncy house and carnival booths.

Celebrity Gems arranges bluegrass and country and western bands and carnival games in Union City, Hayward, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

College goes to the Caribbean

Freshmen Back to School with Caribbean music and a BBQ
BeGreat  Cheerleaders from the Saint Mary's Gaels

Lively Steel Pan music from Trinidad, St. Maarten and Jamaica greeted Freshmen at their orientation at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA.  There were Student Activity Booths for students to sign-up, including the affirmation "Be Great," from the Saint Mary's Gaels cheerleaders. Here's wishing a perfect record for the St. Mary's Gaels Basketball team and a productive and meaningful year for all the students at St. Mary's College.  Celebrity Gems arranges steel drum bands and music from the Caribbean in Moraga, Walnut Creek, Fremont, San Jose, and San Francisco.





Monday, August 21, 2017

Sgt. Pepper and his Lonely Heart Club Band

The year 2017 marked the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and his Lonely Hearts Club Band. Paul McCartney and we hope "You Enjoyed the Show" was the strolling Beatle in the lobby at the silent auction for "Putting on the Glitz," the glamorous fundraiser for AIDs and Meals on Wheels.
Celebrity Gems arranges impersonators Paul McCartney and Marilyn Monroe in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Walnut Creek.
Yes, your Beatles album is my all-time favorite
Sgt. Pepper with the Beatles and Marilyn

Surprise visit by Marilyn at glitzy fundraiser

Marilyn Monroe with her golden blond hair and her gorgeous low cut red dress was the surprise guest at the "Putting on the Glitz" fundraiser at the Herbst Theater, San Francisco. A Marilyn painting of the Icon 60's Pin-Up Girl was auctioned off to the highest bidder. Posing Marilyn by this artwork upped the ante. Celebrity Gems arranges impersonators Marilyn Monroe, Paul McCartney, and Dean Martin for events in San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and Oakland.
Marilyn ups the bidding for the Marilyn artwork
Marilyn with Sgt. Pepper

Magicians add Intrigue and Mystery

Her chosen card on Jack's smartphone
Linking rings by master magician Merloch

Two magicians added to the glitz and glamour at the hugely successful "Help is on the Way XX111 at San Francisco's Herbst Theater. A random card selected from the deck showed up on Jack's smartphone. Kim the Magician with his linking rings attracted a crowd. Not sure if the flower bouquet was a surprise meant for the Magician. Celebrity Gems arranges magicians in San Francisco, San Jose, and Walnut Creek.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Have the King at your next Celebration

"Are you Lonesome Tonight?" Hook up with Elvis
You Ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog

The month of August marks the 40th Anniversary of Elvis' death. Many of us mourn his passing. He continues to be the Icon at the Legends in Concert Show in Las Vegas, and; his songs continue to be on Billboard's Top of the Charts 100 hits. Planning a 60's theme? Arrange our Elvis impersonator at your next corporate event, class reunion, sock hop, and birthday. Celebrity Gems arranges an Elvis impersonator; a Marilyn Monroe impersonator; a Dean Martin impersonator; a Michael Jackson impersonator for events in Alameda, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Walnut Creek. #southshorecenter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Old School Rock and Roll

We are Family
Get on board The Love Train

There were old school rock and roll and 21st-century hip hop and funk for the fourth concert at Town and Country Village, Palo Alto.  "Uptown Funk" the hit song by Bruno Mars was the band's
 encore. after their two-hour concert, to the standing ovation, cheers, and applause of their audience.  #townandcountryvillage. Celebrity Gems arranges classic rock and roll bands and country and western bands in Palo Alto, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Hayward.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Icons of Rock at Palo Alto shopping center

Fans sway to Purple Rain and Prince
Get funky with Uptown Funk and Bruno Mars
"Jungle Love" and Morris Day
Project 4 band with Kami "I Will Survive"

"The Legends in Concert" is the longest running show on the Las Vegas Strip. A recent legends show featured rock superstars Michael Jackson, Elvis, and Janis Joplin. Why travel to Las Vegas when there is a San Francisco Bay Area impersonator with songs, dance moves, and costuming resembling the superstars?  Rock and roll icon impersonator Gerald wowed his audience with his renditions of Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Morris Day, and Prince. Vocalist Kami added to the icon show with Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. Celebrity Gems arranges impersonators Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruno Mars, and JT Taylor from Kool and the Gang in Palo Alto, San Jose, Fremont, Oakland, and San Francisco. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beat the heat with Surf Music

When the temperature hit a high of over 90 degrees at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center in Alameda, many people retreated to the comfort of their air conditioned homes or sun bathed at the pool. For others, Saturday was a shopping day.
The Riptides. a surf and Beachboy band, provided those "Good Vibrations" for those shoppers who needed a setting away from the sun. This Band captivated their audience for three-hours of surf, fun in the sun, and Beatles music. Celebrity Gems arranges surf and Beachboy music in Alameda, San Jose, Fremont, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco.
Surf's up, there's a Wipe-out

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Line Dancing at Palo Alto Shopping Center


No pain at "Barstool Mountain," Moe Bandy's classic hit
Line Dancers danced the night away
Bobby brought back memories with "Sleep Walk" by Santo and Johnny
Country and Western Line Dancers danced in rhythm to the California Cowboys two-hour concert at a Palo Alto shopping Center. Band leader Robert Smith gave a special shout-out to country legend Merle Haggard, with whom he rehearsed his music at Merle's Southern California home. For trivia buffs, his lead guitarist was the guitarist for the 40 million solid gold hit, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." Steel Pedal guitarist Bobby Black brought back memories with his rendition of Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk." Celebrity Gems arranges Country and Western bands in Palo Alto, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Fremont, and San Francisco.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Blues and Classic Rock at Alameda Shopping Center

While California is experiencing a Statewide heatwave, there was a comfortable and breezy day at the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center in Alameda. Singer Wendy and her talented trio of musicians added to the mellow afternoon by performing to an audience at picnic tables and on a lush green lawn. The band's eclectic mix of 50's and 60's rock and blues and 70's Motown was enjoyed by all.
"Sittin at the Dock of the Bay"
Wendy's trio, with the lagoon in the background

Celebrity Gems arranges blues bands and classic rock and roll and Motown in Alameda, Oakland, San Jose, Newark, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Classic Country and Western at Classy Shopping Center

Steel Pedal Guitar-authentic Country and Western
Follow "The Girl on the Billboard" with Del Reeves

There was Country and Western music the way it was meant to be. The 60's was solid gold country and the heyday of the Grand Old Opry in Nashville  Forget current pop country and rock and enjoy the classics. Mitch and his Royal Deuces performed the solid gold hits from the 60's icons: Del Reeves, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Buck Owens. Celebrity Gems arranges Country and Western and Bluegrass music in Alameda, Hayward, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Dublin, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Celebrity Gems arranges Prince impersonator at Castro Valley Middle School

Billie Jean and Michael Jackson
There was a celebration like no other. The students at Creekside Middle School, Castro Valley had their own fun day at the End of School Year assembly. After a grinding year of tests, homework, and follow the rules, the middle school students let it all hang out by singing and dancing to a classic rock and roll band. Lead singer Gerald wowed his audience by impersonating Prince, Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Bruno Mars. Celebrity Gems arranges impersonator Michael Jackson, James Brown, Prince, and Bruno Mars in Castro Valley, San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont, Walnut Creek, and Palo Alto.
"Purple Rain" Prince's number one Billboard Hit
"Uptown Funk" Gerald as Bruno Mars
Prince dances with audience member
Students enjoy their End of the School Assembly