Thursday, August 9, 2018

Gumbo and Hush Puppies in Dublin

New Orleans and Zydeco was the theme for the first Wednesday concert at the Persimmon Place Shopping Center in Dublin, CA. There were no Beignets and Po'Boys served on the Whole Foods Patio. There was the San Francisco Bay Area favorite Cajun band, Zydeco Flames belting out New Orleans blues and classic rock. How authentic? Lloyd Meadows played the Washboard and was the lead singer. #persimmonplace
"Hello Josephine, how do you do?"
Colorful balloon decorations on the Whole Foods patio

Monday, August 6, 2018

Modern Day Marimba

Classical music and Latin Jazz on the Marimba

The Marimba originated in Africa and was one of the earliest man-made instruments. "The Charlie Barreda Marimba duo" featured classical music, Caribbean, and Latin jazz at a Palo Alto shopping center. Celebrity Gems arranges the Marimba duo and Latin Jazz in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and San Jose. #tandcvillage

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Kool Jazz at Kara's Cupcakes

A Jazz Duo was the icing on the cake on the patio of Kara's Cupcakes, Palo Alto. Celebrity Gems arranges jazz duos in Palo Alto, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco. #tandcvillage

Saturday, July 28, 2018

No Red Nor Blue but Purple all Over

Purple Prince with Neon Glow Girls
Prince with Kiss

Wearing his purple frilly coat, purple foam shoes, purple glasses, and playing his purple guitar,  Prince was the glamorous celebrity impersonator at an international event company's San Francisco trade show. Celebrity Gems arranges a Prince impersonator, a Michael Jackson impersonator, and a Bruno Mars impersonator in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Walnut Creek.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Margaritas but no beach in Margaritaville

Hawaiian duo plays Jimmy Buffet's greatest hits

A Hawaiian duo performed at a corporate event in the Tri-Valley of California.  There was Hawaiian food, mai tais, and margaritas.  The blue ocean and the white sandy beach was not included. Celebrity Gems arranges Hawaiian music in Dublin, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, and San Mateo.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Don't Get Stoned on Sunday Morning

For Johnny Cash's hit song Sunday Morning Coming Down  he guzzled one beer and his second beer was his dessert.  He could have gone to Peet's Coffee in Palo Alto and ordered a Grande Coffee and sat at the Peet's patio and enjoyed the world music of French guitarist Didier Bouvert.
Celebrity Gems arranges guitarists and jaza trios in Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. #tandcvillage
Guitarist Didier and his world music

Sunday, July 8, 2018

For Sinatra fans, their town was Palo Alto

What a fabulous day to enjoy coffee and cold drinks at Peet's Coffee in Palo Alto. There were blue skies and a cloudless sunny day with a jazz duo performing Sinatra's greatest hits including "My Town Chicago is." For this afternoon at Peet's, their town was Palo Alto.
The event planner was pleased, "This duo is outstanding." Celebrity Gems arranges Jazz and Pop duos in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek and Oakland
Enjoy Sinatra with freshly brewed coffee and a muffin

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Candy Man made the World look Good

The Candy Man made the World look good, especially for the residents and families at the Masonic Home in Union City. Who could pass up a chocolate kiss, especially when an adorable marionette with mini-tray circled the Masonic Home to Sammy Davis Jr's iconic hit "The Candy Man."
Celebrity Gems arranges puppet and marionette shows in Union City, Hayward, and Walnut Creek.
                              
A chocolate kiss for you from the Candy Man
Could I take more than one?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Dog Day Afternoon at Danville shopping center

The dogs had their day in the sun at a Danville shopping center. To gain admission to what was billed as "Yappy Hour," dog lovers brought their cherished pet(s) for doggie games on an astroturf lawn and doggie bowls filled with dog biscuits. A DJ played "You Ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog" and a caricaturist drew the lovely pet(s) with their proud dog owners. Celebrity Gems arranges caricaturists in Danville, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
Lines formed with the pet dogs and their owners
Doggie biscuits for doggie treats

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rock and Roll Thursday at middle school

Students at a Castro Valley Middle School had their own End of the Year Celebration after an academic year of grammar rules, math equations, and science labs. What a wonderful way for them to be energized for their summer of relaxation and fun with a nine piece rock and roll band with dancers. Students rushed to the dance floor and grooved to the electric slide, hip hop, and uptown funk.
Students followed the singer and dancer

Uptown Funk and Bruno Mars

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Guitarist adds Ambience at Model Home opening

A guitarist added that classy touch at a San Ramon, CA,  model home grand opening. Arranging music, in addition to staging homes, is a proven method to showcase an open house. Other musical ideas include Caribbean music with steel pans; Jazz trios, and Latin trios.
We welcome feedback. According to the event planner, "Thank you, Stan, Dix was great."
Music showcases model home openings


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Latin Duo for Community BBQ

Community-wide event for local police and firefighter

The Masonic Home organized a "Thank You" for the local Union City Police and the Union City Fire Department at their Chili Cookoff. A Latin Duo with Guitar and Conga provided soothing background music during their dedication to those "who serve." Celebrity Gems arranges Latin and music from Brazil in Union City, Fremont, Neward, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cole on Cole

George Cole's homage to Nate King Cole

There was a shout-out and a salute to the great Nat King Cole at the Castro Valley Library. Jazz guitarists and vocalist George Cole performed his "Salute to Nat King Cole" by singing Nat King Cole's classic hits backed by his pianist and by his upright bass player. George Cole with his  "Cole on Cole" has his goal to perform this show at performing arts centers nationwide. Celebrity Gems arranges the Cole Trio and Jazz and Pop trios in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. #castrovalleylibrary

Sunday, May 20, 2018

There was a Carnival at a College

Hey college students, join the circus
Three club juggling by carnival booth

It was down the midway with carnival games for "Back to School" at De Anza College (Cupertino).  
Sponsored by Student Activities, students signed up for their favorite hobbies and interests adding a balance to college academics. A juggler on a unicycle with a bright yellow parasol attracted the students to different booths. Students made their own carnival attractions-knock down the milk bottle and balloon toss. Celebrity Gems arranges jugglers and magicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Beat Goes On

Return to the 60's with Sonny and Cher


There was romance in the air when a Morgan Hill lady planned her husband's 74th birthday. Sonny and Cher were the surprise guests, and; they wowed their audience with "inside information" about the birthday boy. Their finale, for the two lovebirds, was their number one hit "I Got you Babe." 

His wife was aesthatic, "Sonny and Cher were fantastic. Camille is amazing and the Sonny was great. They had the whole crowd going, everyone truly enjoyed them." 

Celebrity Gems arranges Sonny and Cher impersonators in San Francisco and San Jose.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Bunny hops into Bon Air

Colorful keepsake with Easter Bunny
Easter shoppers at a Marin shopping center bunny hopped into the Bunny Hut where they were met by a huge bright eyed pink nosed Easter Bunny. Children posed for pictures by the colorful Bunny on Easter weekend, with their photos placed in photo jackets by our digital photographer.

The Marketing Manager was pleased, " The Easter Team was fabulous. Thank you for arrnaging them."

Celebrity Gems arranges costumed Easter Bunnies in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. #bonaircenter



Sunday, April 1, 2018

No Ice at Disney Store

There was no Disney on Ice with 70 degree weather at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore, CA. There was the launch of the new Disney Store and a Disney Photo Booth that attracted a huge crowd of Saturday shoppers. A Stilt Walker twirled a black and white parasol and wore black and white stripped pants and a balloon artist attracted shoppers to the Disney Store.
Celebrity Gems arranges Stilt Walkers and Balloon Artists in Livermore, Dublin, and Walnut Creek,
Parasol twirls in the air
Kids get their balloon while watching the Stilt Walker
Disney ears at the Disney Photo Booth

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Michael Jackson impersonator for 70's and 80's themes

Stan with Michael Jackson at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Michael Jackson headlines at Hayward Zucchini Festival
Las Vegas Showgirl with Michael Jackson

The King of Pop was one of the iconic wax figures at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in San Francisco. Here's Stan, the Founder of Celebrity Gems, with the Michael Jackson life-like wax figure. While we can't bring his wax figure to your 70's party, we arrange a Michael Jackson impersonator who sings and dances to his solid gold hits. For Casino Themes, arrange Las Vegas Showgirls with Michael Jackson. Celebrity Gems arranges a Michael Jackson impersonator and Las Vegas Showgirls in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Walnut Creek. #madametussauds San Francisco.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rapunzel and the Prince at children's party

The brothers Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel was the surprise for a family event at Blackhawk Grille, Danville. The 1812 story about the most beautiful child under the sun, Rapunzel, being trapped in a castle and later rescued by a Prince enchanted four young children. Rapunzel told her story, made balloons, and ended her one hour performance with face painting.
The grandfather was thrilled,

"Stan, Rapunzel was an excellent choice. She showed up on time, was warm yet professional. The Grandchildren loved her and that night, Brian refused to take take the serpent off his face. Face painting and balloons went very well.  I would totally recommend her for children ages 2 to 8."

Thank you" 
Lovely Rapunzel with her fairytale and face painting

Friday, March 16, 2018

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

Irish melodies and singalong, from Diana on Celtic Harp
Long Live Ireland

Shamrocks, an Irish Leprechaun, and Irish beer with vanilla ice cream was the theme for St. Patrick's Day at the Masonic Home, Union City. Diana sang Irish ballads and performed on her Celtic Harp. The Masonic Home residents and staff sangalong with Diana, with song sheets provided by her. Erin Go Bragh, Long Live Ireland and Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone.  Celebrity Gems arranges Celtic Harpists and Opera Harpists in Union City, Dublin, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Oakland, and San Jose. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Crazy 8's at Retirement Home

Ice Sculpture celebrating 8 year anniversy
Art Work adorns the lobby
There was the number 8 throughout the dining room at the Acacia Creek Retirement Home in Union City, CA.  Why was 8 such a popular number? Residents and staff celebrated the Eighth Annivesary of this senior living complex nestled in the majestic hills of Union City.  A four piece band played hit songs from the Rock and Roll era and danceable songs from Bobby Darin, Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Celebrity Gems arranges rock and roll and top 40 bands in Union City, Walnut Creek, San Jose, and San Francisco.
"Shake, Rattle, and Roll" from the 60's

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jazz and Top 40 trio in Napa

Top 40 and Jazz Trio adds ambience

A Jazz and Pop trio added that perfect ambience at a corporate event in the beautiful and scenic wine country in Napa, Ca. According to the event planner, "This trio was the perfect compliment to our wine tasting and passed hors d'oeuvres prior to our dinner. Our group even sang along when they played popular songs."  Celebrity Gems arranges Jazz and Pop music in Napa, San Francisco, San Jose, and Walnut Creek.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chinese New Year at San Francisco Premium Outlets

It would have been easier to find parking on 42nd Street and Broadway, midtown Manhattan, than at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore.  For thousands of shoppers celebrating Chinese New Year and Presidents Weekend, valet parking was the only parking available. Chinese Lion Dancing and fan dancing provided a colorful diversion for weary bargain shoppers. Celebrity Gems arranges Chinese Lion Dancing in Livermore, Dublin, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, and Oakland.
Colorful Chinese Lions for The Year of the Dog

Authentic Chinese music for the Year of the Dog

Guzheng Trio and authentic Chinese musi
The Chinese Zither

A Chinese Trio played music on the Guzheng, a stringed instrument with a 2500 year history in honor of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog. The lead musician explained the significance of the music to include fishermen and tornedoes with huge waves, a love song, and enchantment and surenity. For many shoppers at the San Francisco Premium Outlets, it was the first time that they were introduced to the Chinese Zither. Celebrity Gems arranges Chinese music and Guzheng in Livermore, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.





Monday, February 12, 2018

Names drawn on Silk Fans

A Calligrapher drew names in Chinese letters on Silk Fans for Chinese New Year and "The Year of the Dog" at a San Mateo shopping center. The festivities also included Lion Dancing. According to the Event  Planner, "She was great and accommodated everyone's special request."
Names in Chinese letters on Silk Fans
Silk Fans provided a decorative keepsake


Celebrity Gems arranges Chinese calligraphers, Chinese Lion Dancing, and the Panda in San Mateo, San Jose,  Walnut Creek, Dublin, and Pleasanton.



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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Right to the Heart for Livermore Model Home opening

Vineyards welcomed new home buyers
Two year old proudly gives his Mom a Valentine's Day Heart
Go First-Class with this Southwest Airlines balloon

A colorful balloon artist captured the hearts of home buyers with Valentine Heart and Dinosaur balloons at the Signature Model Home opening in Livermore. Perfectly situated three blocks from a major freeway, a vineyard symbolized Livermore and grapes outside the Signature sales office. 
Celebrity Gems arranges balloon artists and facepainters in Livermore, Dublin, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Watch the Duck Drop

You bet your life he was there. Seventy of his closest friends and family celebrated a man's 85th birthday at a Santa Rosa hotel. There was one person who wasn't on the guest list. Groucho Marx made a surprise appearance and roasted the birthday boy. That famous duck on Groucho's show, the puppet duck who dropped from the ceiling when a contestant said the magic word, did not fly in with Groucho.

According to his daughter, "Groucho was a big hit. I will definitely have him back for our next celebration."


Havana Cigar, Groucho with the birthday boy's daughter

Celebrity Gems arranges a Groucho Marx impersonator, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, and Elvis impersonator in San Francisco, San Jose, Fremont, Oakland, and San Mateo.

A Warm and Tropical Night in San Francisco

Let's party tonight

Forget the fog and cold weather in San Francisco.  For a Tropicana theme at Bimbo's 365 Club, a Carmen Miranda impersonator warmed up the crowd by dancing and singing in Latin, wearing her rainbow colored dress topped by her Tutti Fruitti hat.  Celebrity Gems arranges a Carmen Miranda impersonator, a Michael Jackson impersonator, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Mateo.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Magician wins over Sceptic Audience, Celebrity Gems arranges magicians in San Francisco Bay Area

Retired and active police and sheriffs have heard and seen it all. For the families of public safety officers, Magician Nathaniel was invited back for a repeat performance for their annual holiday and dessert social. According their event planner, "I hope you had a very happy holiday! Nathaniel out did himself again! He just gets better and better each time we host him. Again thank you, you're a pro. Please thank Nathaniel again."

I know I'll find your card, one chance out of 52

Celebrity Gems arranges magicians and jugglers in San Francisco, San Mateo, Fremont, Walnut Creek, and San Jose.