• Trade Show Talent: 10 GigSalad Performers You Will Want to Book Today

    POSTED November 17, 2015
  • Trade Show Talent: 10 GigSalad Performers You Will Want to Book Today

    POSTED November 17, 2015
  • Trade Show Talent: 10 GigSalad Performers You Will Want to Book Today

    POSTED November 17, 2015
  • Trade Show Talent: 10 GigSalad Performers You Will Want to Book Today

    POSTED November 17, 2015
  • Trade Show Talent: 10 GigSalad Performers You Will Want to Book Today

    POSTED November 17, 2015

What is a corporate trade show without entertainment? The challenge is finding the right type of music or performer at the best price. GigSalad, an online booking company with tens of thousands of varied performers across the United States, has you covered. Taking into account the top acts on the website, and spreading out location (although most performers are willing to travel), we put together a list of the top 10 performers for trade shows by city.

New York City

Silver Arrow Band

Who knew trained jazz musicians would make a great cover band? This band is able to play for almost any event, before or after the party has started. With knowledge of classics from the ‘70s up Silver Arrow is able to get everyone on the dance floor, without the high price of other bands in their bracket. 

The WMDs

Formed in 2004 this cover band has made friends with some of the biggest clubs around the United States. They are a multitalented cover band with a national audience, but are based in New York City. 


Jay Harris

In the 12 years since Harris started his stand-up act, he has put units of the Marines, Army, Navy, and National Guard on their knees with laughter. With topics from food, family, and his own personal quirks, the giggles are sure to abound. 

Chicago Cello Duo

This husband-and-wife team take time off from playing in several symphonies to perform at weddings, receptions or special events. Not to mention, if they don’t have that certain song you are looking for, they will arrange it themselves. 


Andy Kong

As an accomplished multi-instrumentalist with his own album, Kong knows how to please. He has 10 years of experience performing at weddings, theaters and even wineries. After recently finishing a tour of the west coast he is available to play everything from original songs to acoustic covers of your favorites. 

Los Angeles

Lucky Devils Band

This young band is exactly the “something different” you are looking for. With a choice of anywhere from three to 14 professionals performing everything from Alicia Keys to Beck & Tony Bennett, you are sure to find something you love. Visit their regular show to see for yourself. 

Nick Arnette

Finding the right comedian for your trade show can be difficult. Arnette has 20 years of experience creating clean, customized comedy. Known nationally as the “Feel Good Funny Guy,” Arnette entertains all ages.  


Last Five Standing

Looking for a band to play AC/DC and the hits from today? Last Five Standing is Atlanta’s top rock cover band with an enormous song list. The band has decades of experience, so you are guaranteed an event that will be remembered. 


InVersion Band

Able to create a dance party at your event, InVersion Band can draw out even those shy crowds. The eleven piece dance band blends all types of dance music together and plays everything from Motown funk to today’s techno. 


Keith Manning

This comedian brings his Southern charm and witty edge to his comedy. This likeable performer makes audiences think and laugh with his tone and topics. Manning covers topics like perspectives on class one minute, then the next minute is talking about relationships. 

Put the show in trade show with these acts and make your next event stand out. Find out more at GigSalad.com.

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