When a venue is this good, you can create what would appear to be four different events all in the same place. The venue was the historic Wang Theatre in Boston. The event was the last night of a week of events that occurred at venues throughout the city
I had heard rumors that
The venue is very historic and lovely. We used the entire theater and some outside space to accommodate the 2,700+ guest list. Each room was themed as a separate genre of music, and the musical entertainment was the center of that area.
Because this is a union house, there were three entities that we had to work with. One set of crew handled anything that happened on the stage itself. A second crew handled anything that happened at the edge of the stage and the rest of the theater, including the lobby, lobby balconies and the lower lobby. And there is a third set of rules applied to the outside area where we erected a tent. Each area will be explained, as they all had their own personality. In this first blog post I'm concentrating on the lobby and the outside tent.
As guests entered the lobby, Bart Samolis and Lori Andrews set the tone with their unusual but effective jazz combination of jazz harp and upright acoustic bass. I have worked with Lori and Bart for many years. In fact, they were part of one of my first events to win a Gala Award. They are always an unassuming show-stopper.
A view of the second floor of the lobby. The second and third floors look out over the main lobby where Lori and Bart were performing.
A little lavender light in the ceiling showed off the opulence of this lobby ... you don’t need to add much to enhance it!
This tent was set up in a public space that we connected to the Wang. We got to know the city of
We created a series of tents of clear top tents of various sizes provided by Willis Tents. We worked with the lighting company,
This photo is taken from the stage, looking through the microphone back at the audience. My friend Michael Cerbelli and some talented producers who work with him at Total Entertainment provided The Guthrie Brothers for this area. The stage was built behind the bar and raised up so that as guest were getting drinks the music was the center of attention.
A shot back at the stage and one of the three bars surrounding it. Custom end-caps to the bars matched the linens on the table. Linens for the room were supplied by Wildflower Linens. Youngsong Martin, the owner, made a new cloth for this event, and gave me extra fabric to cover my bars so they match.
Later this week, the Piano Bar and the piece de resistance, the actual stage itself which was used as a spectacular event space!