Author Archives: David Blacker

Planning An Authentic Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Many confuse Cinco De Mayo with Mexico’s Independence Day which is on September 16. Rather, the traditional Cinco De Mayo celebration pays homage to the Battle of Puebla where on May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army defeated French forces against all odds. Cinco De Mayo has now become a day where Mexicans around the globe celebrate their heritage and culture. The Show Store pays tribute to Mexico’s rich cultural history with a few ideas on how to plan a knockout Cinco De Mayo celebration. Continue reading

Vocal Trash – Fun, Green Entertainment For Eco-Friendly Meetings, Conferences & Events

Eco Friendly Entertainment For Events, Conferences & Meetings

“It’s entertainment with a conscience,” says Steve Linder, creator of Vocal Trash; a diverse blend of environmental performers who have been engaging audiences across the U.S. for more than a decade. This exciting, high-energy theater troupe from Texas combines uniquely recycled musical instruments, such as their “one of a kind” bass and guitars, with an industrial percussion section made-up of metal trash cans, plastic barrels, water bottles and other landfill rescued items. Their hip, yet poignant, presentation encourages an eco-friendly approach to life, stressing the importance of conservation and the recycling and reusing materials. Continue reading

April Is National Humor Month…3 Entertainment Options For Fun Events

April is National Humor Month, and it’s the perfect time to think about infusing a little humor into your fun and lighthearted events. National Humor Month was founded by author and humorist Larry Wilde, with the goal of heightening public awareness around the therapeutic and restorative values of joy and laughter. It seems like every year, new studies provide support to the idea that laughter has a very positive impact on our health and well being. If you are putting on an event that could use a funny entertainment component, then you’ll definitely want to have a look at these three sensational attractions. Continue reading

Branded Live Entertainment Options For Small to Mid-Sized Organizations

Branded entertainment is an entertainment based marketing vehicle designed to communicate a brand’s image or “vibe” to its customer. It’s all about forging an emotional connection with a target audience. The earliest forms of branded entertainment began in the 1950’s, where a single advertiser would sponsor an entire television show. In the years since, brands have utilized the concept and model of branded entertainment in many different arenas from live shows & festivals to product placement to full scale theatrical productions.

When the average person thinks about branded entertainment they tend to think in terms of large scale productions involving fortune 500 companies. That’s because up until the advent of the internet our awareness of branded entertainment was limited primarily to Television, Film and Radio. Now the playing field is a lot more level and the opportunities for leveraging branded content are many. In this article we will consider the potential for small to mid-size organizations to utilize Branded Live Entertainment as a marketing vehicle. Continue reading

Spice Up Spring Events With Orchestral & Chamber Music

Spring is just around the corner. Soon the sun will be shining, the birds will be singing and strings will be in the air. Plan ahead and add a bounce of spring to your 2014 programing with refreshing performances sure to delight your audiences. All three of these fantastic attractions are critically acclaimed and will surely bring a touch of harmony and sophistication to any event. For booking related questions please contact Peter Ligeti today at 817-718-4946 or schedule a personal phone meeting. Continue reading

St. Patty’s Day 2014 – Event Entertainment Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time of year to add an exhilarating Irish jig, a soulful Gaelic song, and a rollicking, “wickedly funny” performance that will have your audience clapping along. Add some sizzle to your 2014 early spring event programming with a festive, Irish show from The Show Store.

“A Couple of Blaguards” is a bubbling stew of Frank McCourt humor with dashes of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. This “fast paced marvel” runs one hour and forty-five minutes with one intermission, and couldn’t be easier to present.The bare-bones version requires two seasoned actors, a table, two chairs, minimal props, and a handful of costume pieces. See Video Reel and Learn More. Continue reading

Cause Marketing – Using Live Entertainment To Fundraise

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We recently had the pleasure of providing the live entertainment for The Society of the Four Arts dinner celebrating $20 million dollars in capital contributions and the opening of the Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building. It was a fantastic event (details below), and while it’s purpose was to show appreciation for all the generous donor contributions received, it inspired us to share our vision of how to use live entertainment to fundraise for important causes. Continue reading

3 Entertainment Ideas For Black History Month Cultural Events

Entertainment goes hand in hand with historical, social and cultural movements. It is always both a reflection of the times and a causative force that helps shape the fabric of society. celebrates the rich contribution of Black Americans to our culture and to the evolution of contemporary music and art.

What originally began as Negro History Week in 1926 was later changed to Black History Week in 1972, and finally became Black History Month in 1976. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, renowned historian, author, world traveler and Harvard Ph.D., is known as the Father of Black History. Continue reading Brings Musical Theater Supergroup TEATRO to the US is proud to announce that we will be producing the US premier of the UK’s smash musical theater supergroup TEATRO, at the Music By The Lake Performing Arts Center in Lake Geneva Wisconsin, July 27, 2013. We are now accepting booking inquiries for summer / fall 2013 and 2014.

CEO of, Peter Ligeti, remarked, “This is an incredibly versatile show. The spirit of this music appeals to all generations and it’s perfectly suited for corporate and special events as well as Performing Art Centers. We are offering the show in a variety of formats: from Backing-Tracks (performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) to arrangements for full Orchestra as well as 9 piece show band.” Continue reading

All You Need Is Love – Thematic Entertainment With Heart

Every day we’re adding new shows, performers and great thematic entertainment for your live events. Our theme this week: All you need is love, some paradise and a bit of humor. Whether it’s an evening of the Beatles like you’ve never heard before; a spectacular display of Polynesian music and dance; or the best of Baron Vaughn (Fairly Legal, Conan, Comedy Central) — we’ve got the shows you’ll love. Continue reading