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Event Recap: 61st Annual Museum Ball | Birmingham Museum of Art

The 61st Annual Museum Ball took place Saturday, May 6 at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Co-chairs Beth and Scott Adams, Tracey and Rich Bielen, and Tricia and Mark Drew welcomed more than 400 guests for the fundraising event which returned a record-breaking $600,000.

Inspired by landscape paintings from the Museum’s collection, the evening’s theme was Southern Splendor, and the Museum’s galleries were transformed into lush, elegant dining spaces embellished by floral arrangements of magnolias, gardenias, and hydrangea, and decorated with silver accents and delicate porcelain table settings. Alex and Jill Garmon of A.G. Events designed and produced the Ball’s decor.

Chef James Boyce and his staff from Galley and Garden treated guests to a four-course menu of Southern cuisine that included a gulf jumbo lump crab cocktail, stuffed quail, a main dish of braised angus beef short rib with classic sides of collards, grits, deviled eggs, field pea succotash, and peach bread pudding. All were masterfully paired with wines that included Steelhead Pinot Noir, Felino Chardonnay, and Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir.

After dinner, guests were invited to the outdoor terrace for dancing with entertainment by the Surround Sound Band.

Date: May 6, 2017 | ECE Agent: Steve Harry | Entertainment: Surround Sound Band | Venue: Birmingham Museum of Art | Photographers: Ashley Lauren Studios + Nik Layman Photo Video| Design + Production: Alex and Jill from A.G. Events | Caterer: Gallery and Garden – Chef James Boyce 

Thanks to BMA’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Cate Boehm, for providing this event recap.

Bahamas Bound: Behind the Scenes at a Destination Corporate Event | Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

Photo Credit: Derek Key via Flickr

Photo Credit: Derek Key via Flickr

One of the many reasons I jumped at the chance to come on board at EastCoast Entertainment was the opportunity to combine my passion for live music and customer service into an exciting daily job. Little did I know that within the first few weeks of my tenure at ECE I’d be traveling to historic “homesteads” and exotic resorts. All in the name of high-energy live entertainment!

A couple of weekends ago, I traveled with The Celebrity AllStars band to Atlantis Bahamas for a beach-side performance as part of a corporate retreat. We soaked up the sun, enjoyed the luxurious resort and capped off their set with an amazing fireworks display! Following is a behind-the-scenes rundown of the event.

I caught a noon flight out of Richmond and met several of the band members at the Atlanta airport. We introduced ourselves while enjoying overpriced (a trend for the weekend) airport bagels and much needed coffee. Like Richmond, the weather in ATL was gray and cold (42 degrees at takeoff). After a small delay, we boarded our plane and waved goodbye to winter weather. Upon arrival we began a weekend of first class treatment: we were guided to a private shuttle, handed a cold drink, and given a short tour of the island. We were awestruck by the beauty of the hotel and its surroundings. Over late night pizza, we dreamed about owning one of the multimillion dollar yachts parked in the harbor.


One of the most fascinating things about EastCoast bands, and Celebrity AllStars specifically, is that the same people playing your wedding or corporate party have also toured with giants in the world of music. I listened to band members swap stories about touring with Janet and Michael Jackson, trying out for Justin Bieber’s band and playing a cruise with legendary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz. Impressive!

Friday’s agenda began after lunch with a sound check on the beach. The band ran through their set, checked levels and enjoyed the view while dressed in Hawaiian shirts and flip flops! We ran back to the hotel to rest and shower, while ¾ of the band headed over to test out the Atlantis waterpark. I heard talk of a “leap of faith” drop in the middle of a waterslide and a slow moving lazy river. Tough workday!

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After dinner we headed back to the beach for the show. The guests were already enjoying fine dining finger foods and the sounds of a local calypso band. The tiki torches were lit and bright colored headdresses were on full display. The band took the stage to polite clapping and an empty “dance floor” (made of sand), but it took less than 30 seconds of music to get everyone on their feet and moving along to the music. The band breezed through high energy covers from every decade. Guests enjoyed everything from Bruno Mars to Earth, Wind, and Fire backed by an amazing brass section and spurred on by the killer dance moves of vocalist John Mero. After masterfully working their way through a Motown medley they ended their set with “Don’t Stop Believin” amidst a shower of fireworks. Check out the video below for a quick glance at this spectacular ending!

All good things must come to an end and, unfortunately, early Saturday morning was that time for us. We caught an early morning breakfast buffet, packed our bags into the van (including a full drumset!), and headed back to the reality of post-snow ATL and Richmond. Until next time guys!

Brad Strouse
ECE Richmond agent, Brad Strouse, began his music industry career touring the country with seven smelly metalheads. He left the road and spent time working on the record label side of the business before transitioning to his current booking agent role. Brad is an avid vinyl collector, music listener, endurance athlete and Auburn Fan.

The Special Event Conference

Don’t you love those days when you get to break out of the ordinary? Whether it’s a morning meetup with a client at a new coffee place or attending a wine down networking event after hours, shaking up the daily routine can really stir creativity.

Earlier this week, I was in Orlando attending The Special Event. It is a multi-day conference geared toward event professionals and is centered around over 100 educational sessions, a large trade show, showcasing events and, of course, networking.

The Special Event Conference

This was my first time attending the conference and my expectations were high since it catered to such a creative crowd. I expected to be wowed… and I was not disappointed. My primary purpose for going to the conference was for the educational component. While some sessions were more engaging than others, I found that I was able to extract practical takeaways from each session I attended.

Educational session topics ranged from social media and digital marketing to risk management and technology. Peppered throughout were inspiring sessions about trends, design and branding led by the Who’s Who in our industry.

The Special Event - Corporate Wow Factor

ECE managing partner, Rick Stowe, was part of a panel discussing Buying Talent With Expertise… Learn How to Identify the Right Talent and Speaker From The Experts. Moderated by the renowned Andrea Michaels, president of Extraordinary Events, panelists gave insight on how to find appropriate talent for the client, how to navigate the national talent buying process, the benefits of booking talent through a reputable agency, and more.

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While, yes, I was there for the education, it was impossible to not have fun, get inspired and meet some incredibly talented special event professionals. Check out my favorite highlights from the opening session and trade show.

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Stephanie Flury
As the marketing director for ECE, Stephanie is a strategizing, storytelling, analytics-loving, brand ambassador.