It’s common knowledge that, due to the extra cost, corporate clients are hesitant these days to fly in great show bands for their events in Las Vegas, a city without a great, local show band.
Niche bands and tribute bands vs show bands–the show bands win hands down!
While some Las Vegas cover bands are excellent bands, they are small (5 and 6 pieces) and are generally niche bands–bands that play one period of music such as 80s or are known to be a “tribute” to, say, Black-Eyed Peas as opposed to a 10 or 12-piece show band that plays covers from ALL decades and does so with horn sections (no synthesized horns), a live keyboardist (instead of tracks) and a front line full of female vocalists (2 or 3) and a male stand-alone vocalist. While this reduction in band size is understandable budget-wise, Las Vegas corporate clients have been missing some great talent at their events.
Driving in to Las Vegas vs flying in–flying in wins but it doesn’t need to be a dealbreaker!
What has happened is the majority of the great American show bands–most of them based in Southern California–have decided it’s no longer practical to drive in to Las Vegas, insisting on flying in. From L.A., it’s a 4 or 5-hour drive and a 4 or 5-hour drive back. Flying in is usually cheap–from $75 to $150 each from LAX to Las Vegas. These bands often have other events to travel to by air the following day and cannot be “bogged down” with sound equipment and vehicles they would have to leave in Las Vegas.
The GM Show Band, The S Band, The BH Show Band and WQL will drive in themselves as well as their backline…
Because most of these exceptionally talented groups prefer to fly in, they don’t drive in their own sound and backline, preferring to rent it in Las Vegas. That can be expensive when added to the cost of the Band, travel, hotel accommodations and ground transportation. At DLE, we presently have four talented show bands who will drive in the Band members as well as their own backline–The GM Show Band, The S Band, The BH Show Band and WQL. Airfares are thus eliminated with these groups, saving our clients thousands of dollars both in travel and in backline rental! These four groups can also bring their own sound for up to 400 or 500 guests and the cost is over $1,000 less than what renting sound in Las Vegas would cost. These groups travel internationally, all have current passports and are current with shots required. DLE also offers our clients a high energy local 6-piece show band–The DLE Las Vegas Show Band (not seen on this site).
Show bands require a green room with full-length mirrors, hot vendor meals, bottled water and iced sodas at their performances.
David Levin Entertainment has always contracted the premier show bands in the U.S. and our bands are ready and willing to perform at your corporate event be it in Las Vegas, New York or Tokyo. Call us at (650) 282-5009 or email us at for a quote and information on band or tribute artist availability. Thank you!