Holiday Corporate Party Perfection

It’s end of August and it’s hot here in St. Louis, but thinking cool thoughts because we just booked our first holiday party. This will be our ninth year out of ten (one year we were already booked) to play the swanky affair for Slagle Financial across the river there in Edwardsville, Ill.  Every year they bring in their VIP clients for a special party from their six locations in the bi-state region, and we provide the music. They really do the whole thing up right. It’s well catered, they manage to get a local celebrity to show up most years, there’s awards, gifts, and classy SWAG. Then a couple of years ago they came up with the clever idea to have a version of “Name that [Christmas] Song” where me and saxophonist extraordinaire Steve Kauffmann play a few notes of a Christmas song while contests try to beat each other in naming it. It’s a lot of fun (and completely their idea – can’t claim any credit for that one!).

Last season the Kevin Mitchell 4 played a really fun swanky corporate bash at the Central Table Restaurant.

Last season the Kevin Mitchell 4 played a really fun swanky corporate bash at the Central Table Restaurant.

We’re the band that never makes it about us, so we were mostly background music for the beginning part of it, but there’s just nothing like live music at your party to set the vibe. And we always know the perfect mix of tunes to play. The KM4 throw in some jazzy Christmas songs of course, but do them right. We’re never too cheesy and do everything with a sense of fun. We offer some surprises, too, like a certain Barenaked Ladies’ version of a cool Christmas tune that’s right at home with the Christmas stylings of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole. (For other events, breaking out more current smokin’ blues hits by Amy Winehouse, Van Morrison, Queen, etc. is apropos.)

The Kevin Mitchell 4 also is pleased to do the corporate Christmas parties that’s just for employees. We see it as a worthy, fun, investment that the employees really appreciate, like we did for another financial institution based in Clayton, and in that situation we stuck with secular Christmas tunes. But whatever the audience or the situation, live music always makes it memorable.

Now we’ll start dusting off those Christmas tunes for that return engagement — here’s to tradition!

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