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In the Groove is a publication of Smooth Groove Productions
Issue #1
Fall 2003

Inside this Issue
Emman's Corner
Smooth Sounds
Book Now
Get Your Groove On

Book now.
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There’s still time to book some great entertainment for your holiday event. And if you act now, you’ll save. Book a quartet-sized group or larger and save $100 on your December event or save $150 on your January event. Call Smooth Groove today to learn more.


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Smooth Groove provides only first class entertainment from our network of professional musicians, bands, DJs and entertainers — guaranteed to make your bash a smash.

We specialize in corporate events, weddings, special occasions and pretty much any kind of event you can dream up.

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Well work closely with you to ensure youve got the right entertainment for your event. And well handle all the behind-the-scenes details so that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your event!

Listen to a sample of what our musicians can play for you. Click here to spin a few tunes on our virtual jukebox.

Call or email us today, and we
ll make your next event a memorable experience.


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Get Your Groove On

Want to catch a gig with the Smooth Groove Band? Here's where we'll be playing:

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Garden Room

Thanksgiving Weekend
Friday and Saturday
November 28-29
9 pm to 1 am

New Year's Eve
9 pm to 1 am


Phone: 253-437-2099


Emman's Corner

We each have our own ways of experiencing the holidays. For some its a joyous six-week festival of lights and good cheer, going into celebration mode the minute the Halloween pumpkin is off the porch. Then there are others who just grit their teeth and bear it. Ive got to admit, Ive had my own mood swings when it comes to observing the season over the years.

The magic of holidays. Id forgotten how great the holidays were as a child and how wonderful this time of year is. As an adult I no longer lie awake in bed fantasizing about what presents I'll open on Christmas morning. Once I outgrew that magical experience, Christmas never had quite the same meaning as when I was young. Then the focus shifted to the stress and consumerism of the season.

Building traditions. Now that I have children the holidays have returned with a special significance. My wife and I are setting a foundation of tradition that will mark and define ourselves as a family. How we celebrate the holidays today will shape how our children celebrate when they are grown.

Holidays have important meaning. Whether you are cynical or the most celebratory, you can
t deny that holiday traditions play a very important role in our lives. Winter holidays mark a reference point that we have all made it together for another year. Its an end to a year but also a beginning of a new one.

A time of celebration. We mark these traditions by coming together and gathering with our loved ones—our friends, our families, our coworkers
in ways that are celebratory or spiritual. Whether you observe Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or New Years or are simply an innocent bystander to the frenzy, in one way or another the holidays touch all of our lives. However you decide to celebrate this year, we at Smooth Groove Productions wish you a wonderful season!

Emmanuel del Casal


Smooth Sounds
Setting the Right Holiday Mood

Coming together with friends and family for some holiday cheer, thats what any holiday party is about. So what should you do to create the perfect musical mood for your holiday event? It depends on what kind of bash youre hosting, what atmosphere youre creating and whos attending.

A grande affair.
For a cocktail mixer or dinner that’s more on the formal side, the best choices are always jazz or a classical string quartet. We’re pretty laid back here in the Northwest, and frankly I think that classical can be kind of stuffy for even semiformal occasions. For a sure bet, go with a jazz quartet or trio. Jazz has been around for nearly a hundred years, and I feel that it’s the modern answer to classical music.

Let's swing!
If you’re creating more of a party atmosphere, then your music selection really depends on the musical taste of whoever’s on the guest list. Every age group has a different taste. In my company we really cater to the 30-plus crowd simply for the fact that most of our musicians are a little older. So if you’re targeting an over-60 crowd, you can’t miss with a swing/jazz band.

Heard it through the grapevine—Boomers love to groove.
For Baby Boomers you can’t miss with classic rock or R&B. I heard once that the favorite music we listen to throughout our lives is whatever we loved at the age of 19. If that’s the case, then it’s no wonder so many Boomers love music from the 50s and 60s (and even the 70s will be a hit).

Hip-hop is for hipsters.
If you want to sizzle and not fizzle with late teens and 20s crowd, then go for a DJ. This group wants to listen to their favorite music they hear everyday—hip-hop, rap and pop. And you might be surprised to learn, there aren’t many bands out there these days playing those chart-topping hits.

Here’s to creating the perfect mood for your holiday party with just the right entertainment.


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