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AEG | CARNIVÀLE

New Castle , DE
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LOCATION

New Castle, DE US 19720 (map)

PHONE

215-888-6659

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ABOUT US

THE BAND LEADER: El' Barak has been on the party band scene for 10 years as a bandleader. He has been a songwriter and recording artist even longer and has worked with the likes of Jazzy... Read more
THE BAND LEADER: El' Barak has been on the party band scene for 10 years as a bandleader. He has been a songwriter and recording artist even longer and has worked with the likes of Jazzy Jeff, LL Cool J,Chubby Checker and others. During this time, EL honed his natural leadership abilities and combined them with his outstanding stage presence and dynamic vocal skills to become one of the industry's notable best. EL'S preparation, charisma, and attention to detail have made him a bonafide fan favorite. EL and his magnificent band gets the party rockin' from the first downbeat. No one does it better! THE BAND: CARNIVÀLE is a sophisticated, fun, crazy, sexy, cool unit that can put the exclamation mark on any party or event. The front line vocalists are extremely gifted and could easily be headliners in their own right. They tantalize and mesmerize every audience with their impeccable harmonies and effervescent stage presence. You will not want your party to end! The rhythm section members have performed with the likes of Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Donna Summer, Luther Vandross, Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes, Jill Scott, Musiq, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. Every dance style; from standards to funk and soul, r&b, hip hop, rock, and alternative is executed with the highest level of authenticity and richness. When it's time to "Party", you will be blown away by the "Baddest Band On The Planet" Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Formal.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes. Up to 3 if they are not on our song list.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Our sound engineer and musicians require at least an hour for set up.
How much space do you usually require?
We normally require an 24x18 space, but can effectively work in smaller spaces.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Not at this time. We do have music stands with the band's name on them.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Yes. At additional cost.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes. I emcee introductions and announcements, but the band performs songs jukebox style with little or no space between songs.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We change the genre or tempo. Sometimes they guests don't want to jump right in, so we coax them with slower tempo hits that they can't resist. It works every time.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Yes. This requirement is covered in the performance contract.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
No. We provide continuous music. There is at least one musician performing music during the courses.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We have a large pool of talented musicians that can fill in when needed. We have never had a situation when we could not perform with a full band.
What is your overtime rate?
$1,000 per half hour
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Yes. The travel cost is dependent upon the distance.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
We require a 20% deposit to secure a date. We cannot hold it otherwise.

REVIEWS

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jill
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Best money spent on our wedding!!! we can't wait for another occasion to recommend, or hire, El'Barak and his team. Most of our guests were from out of town, Chicago, San Diego, D.C., New Orleans, Charlotte, and various towns in Texas,....they were 'WOWED' by Carnivale,....endless evening of smiles, laughter, and non stop dancing,......the comments from our family and friends after the event ALL raved about the BAND!!
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Alex
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
This band is the BEST band to book. Not only are they responsive, helpful, and really take the time to get a sense of what you want for your music, they seriously brought the house down. The single most common comment I have gotten about the wedding is that this band was the best band anyone had ever heard at a wedding. Phenomenal!
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Susan
Wedding:
4/17/2013
5.0/5.0
The absolute best band in all of Philadelphia - actually, all of the northeast. I am a wedding photographer and in all of the weddings I have photographed I have never heard ANYONE as excellent as Carnivale. Hiring them for our own wedding was a no-brainer!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.0/5.0
To begin with the positive aspects of Carnivale...
Carnivale is an extremely talented band. They were above our budget, however, we splurged and spent double what we planned, due to how amazing they sounded. Every guest at the wedding commented on how great the band was; this alone saved my more positive opinion of the band and the experience they provided.
On the other hand...
Communication with the band was terrible. The band leader, EL, was easy to get a hold of, until I sent in the deposit, and I went almost three months without hearing from him, despite several emails and two phone calls. I thought I had been taken for the deposit, so my wife called a venue to inquire about the band, and the venue had to reassure us they were on the level. After the band's busy season came to an end, the band leader, EL, got in touch with me, and I was able to arrange a meeting with him. My wife and I had three requests for recorded versions of songs we want played, and we specifically mentioned we ONLY WANTED MOTOWN played the entire night. The month before the wedding, communication was sporadic, and almost non-existent, despite my attempts of getting in touch with the band. Long story short, all three versions of the recorded songs we requested were wrong (apparently we had to bring the CDs ourselves, but due to poor communication, that detail was left out), and for a third of the night, they played new music (at which point the majority of our guests left the dance floor until the band went back to playing Motown).
In the end, as mentioned before, every guest loved the band. However, for my wife and I, there were quite a few let downs. You can't argue with how with how great the band sounded, so I would recommend this band, but with extreme caution.
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Shira Roemer
Wedding:
5/2/2010
5.0/5.0
If I could rate El (the bandleader/owner) and the rest of Carnivale band higher than a 5.0, I would! Carnivale had everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE on the dance floor the entire night. At one point, with about half an hour left to go in the night after the cake had been cut and served, I looked at my new husband and said, "look, all the adults are still here, and they're even DANCING!" El is AMAZING to work with, and really knows how to work a crowd. If you want the most amazing dance party for your next affair, I promise, you will not be let down by Carnivale!
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Hillary
Wedding:
2/20/2010
5.0/5.0
Carnivale and El Ahmad made my wedding what it was! Our guests were on the dance floor the entire time. They customized the play list to our liking, and each song, sound, and voice was perfect!
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Meghan
Wedding:
11/28/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I saw A LOT of bands. Many of them were just average. A few were very good, but Carnivale was GREAT! The second I heard them play I just knew I had to have them at my wedding.... People are still talking about our band and the wedding was 6 months ago. El is awesome to work with. He has everything together. I wasn't the least bit worried. I have heard them play three times and each time I can't stop dancing. The band is phenomenal! They can play anything! They did my ceremony and my reception and I couldn't have been happier. Highly recommend them.
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Kristin
Wedding:
8/14/2009
4.8/5.0
Amazing group of people. El was unbelievable and made our wedding unforgettable!
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