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Determining the Ideal Stage Size for Your Event

It can be difficult to visualize and choose just what size the stage should be for your next event, particularly when there is a diverse mixture of people and performers who will be using it.

Determining the correct area of a stage is sometimes more art than science. Unfortunately, event planners and managers at times do not give it enough consideration. The horizontal area must accommodate any and all activities that will take place on it. Even though speeches may occupy 3 hours and 55 minutes out of a 4-hour program with only one speaker appearing at a time, but there is a finale with a 12-member dance ensemble, the stage has to be big enough from the outset to accommodate the dance ensemble. In other words, it must be large enough to allow for the activity that will require the most space, no matter how important or how long that activity is in relation to the rest of the staged program.

For most activities, there are no golden rules. Every performing group usually has a minimum size of stage that will accommodate their performance and they should be consulted prior to event setup to ensure that the properly sized stage is ordered. Generally, for speakers at a lectern, a minimum of 15 - 20 ft² is required. Unfortunately, if the event consists of only speeches by one or two persons at a time such as an awards ceremony, having a small stage might not automatically be the correct choice. The stage size in relation to the size of the venue and also in relation to the size of the stage set and any additional décor or audio-visual equipment must be taken into consideration. For example, if an awards ceremony is to take place with a stage set up in the middle of a 150 ft long wall, and two large A-V screens with surrounding drape are to extend to the side walls on either side of the stage, it does not make good design sense to have a stage that is only eight or 12 ft wide as it is completely out of proportion to the remainder of the room’s décor and the scale of the entire venue. The stage must reflect the correct proportion, and should be more in the order of about one third of the total width of the venue or 40 to 50 ft wide, in spite of the small number of persons occupying it at any given time. Part of the extra space may also be taken up purposely with a well-designed stage set. 

So much of surviving New Year's Eve without sinking into a deep spiral of disappointment relies on the crew, (often, let's be honest) the booze, and most importantly the good vibes. And with the divisiveness of the year that's almost run its course, we wouldn't blame you for feeling equal parts hopeful and "ughhhh."

To set the right *joyful* mood for your midnight soirée, press play on this 50-track party setlist of up-tempo hip-hop, pop, and disco that will divert people's attention to the little conflicts in life, such as "chaser" vs. "no chaser," "bumping" vs. "grinding," and lastly, "vintage Drake" vs. "new Drake."


1. "Lemon" - N.E.R.D. feat. Rihanna

2. "Celebration" - Kool & The Gang

3. "Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B.

4. "Anywhere" - Rita Ora

5. "Los Ageless" - St. Vincent

6. "What Lovers Do" - Maroon 5 feat. SZA

7. "Homemade Dynamite [Remix]" - Lorde feat. Khalid and Post Malone

8. "One Dance" - Drake

9. "Bad Girls" - Donna Summer

10. "Young Hearts Run Free" - Candi Staton

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Choosing a theme for your New Year’s Eve party can set the tone for the entire night. New Year’s Eve is a fun and exciting time all about reflecting on the past year while looking forward to crafting new memories with loved ones. Your party’s style should match this special sentiment from start to finish with a theme that spreads good cheer. Whether you’re looking to plan a casual gathering or go all out with a formal celebration, these New Year’s Eve party themes will help you ring in the New Year the right way.

New Year’s Eve Party Checklist

In order to avoid stress and save some time, there are a few items to keep in mind when mapping out your party theme. Everything from choosing a concept and setting a budget, to finding those unforgettable New Year’s Eve party invitations can be found below.

Choose a New Year’s Eve party theme that you feel excited about. Make sure you absolutely love the theme you’re choosing since you’ll be the host or hostess. Being enthusiastic about your theme will drastically increase the party in your planning.

Decide who you want to invite. Write down who you’d like to invite so you can get an idea of the size of your party, along with how many invites you’ll need to order. This tip will keep you organized and on track with what you’ll need to buy for your party down the road.

Choose a space to host your party and accommodate your guests. Now that you’ve got your mind made up on a theme and you have a guest list set, you can decide if you want to host your party at home or at a venue. If you’re looking for a more intimate party with family and friends, opt for a celebration at home so you can save money. If you’re hosting more than 50 guests, you should look into affordable venues that are local and easy to access.

Choosing Your 2018 Christmas Party Music

Picking the perfect Christmas party music will get everybody in the groove for your holiday get together. Create a playlist of Christmas party songs to set the festive mood as you share delicious food, drinks, and good company. Here are some tips for putting together the ultimate Christmas party playlist!

Play Christmas music that all of your guests will enjoy by incorporating artists from a variety of genres, time periods, and regional backgrounds. A good idea is to take the type of event that you’re hosting into consideration. For a casual get together, play party Christmas songs with an upbeat tempo to get toes tapping and everybody feeling relaxed. Many contemporary artists such as Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber have released holiday albums with modern remixes of traditional tunes. If your party is formal, however, select classic Christmas music to play in the background of your event. A lovely and sophisticated option is instrumental renderings of favorite holiday carols performed by your favorite orchestra or symphony group.

If you don’t have your own collection of holiday CDs to play and you don’t want to spend a small fortune downloading songs from iTunes, try Christmas music streaming. You can use services such as Pandora or i heart radio to create stations to play during the party. Websites such as Grooveshark also allow you to make your own Christmas music list ahead of time and easily organize your songs. Take requests from guests by asking them to write down their top 10 Christmas songs when they first arrive. It’s like the modern version of the diner jukebox. They’ll be thrilled when they hear their song playing! Depending on how large your venue is, you may need to connect your computer to external speakers in order to get the right volume.

Have fun putting together your Christmas playlist and finding music that everyone will enjoy. Who knows—your guests may be so full of cheer that they will break out into an impromptu sing-a-long! 

Scam Alert: Artur Kruszewski | Albo Inc Entertainment Festiwal Disco Polo w USAIn October of 2018, Artur Kruszewski of Albo Inc (Albo Entertainment) contracted $2,000 worth of equipment for their Polish Concert Festival Festiwal Disco Polo w USA. We have yet to see any payment past the initial deposit to reserve the equipment.

The event showed little organization, and the performers (listed below) were more than difficult to deal with. Regardless, once we took a bit of control, the event turned out to be a success and everything sounded great. We were even complimented throughout from dancing fans.

After numerous attempts to contact Artur Kruszewski of Albo Inc (Albo Entertainment) via email and telephone with little or no response, we are now forced to reach out to other vendors and the community to resolve the balance due. Unfortunately, nothing has been paid even several months later.


Scam Alert: Andrew Nowak | Albo Inc Entertainment Festiwal Disco Polo w USAIn October of 2018, Andrew Nowak of Albo Inc (Albo Entertainment) contracted $2,000 worth of equipment for their Polish Concert Festival Festiwal Disco Polo w USA. We have yet to see any payment past the initial deposit to reserve the equipment.

The event showed little organization, and the performers (listed below) were more than difficult to deal with. Regardless, once we took a bit of control, the event turned out to be a success and everything sounded great. We were even complimented throughout from dancing fans.

After numerous attempts to contact Andrew Nowak of Albo Inc (Albo Entertainment) via email and telephone with little or no response, we are now forced to reach out to other vendors and the community to resolve the balance due. Unfortunately, nothing has been paid even several months later.


Scam Alert: Festiwal Disco Polo w USA | Albo Entertainment Albo Inc Fraud Festiwal Disco Polo w USAIn October of 2018, Andrew Nowak and Artur Kruszewski of Albo Inc (Albo Entertainment) contracted $2,000 worth of equipment for their Polish Concert Festival Festiwal Disco Polo w USA. We have yet to see any payment past the initial deposit to reserve the equipment.

The event showed little organization, and the performers (listed below) were more than difficult to deal with. Regardless, once we took a bit of control, the event turned out to be a success and everything sounded great. We were even complimented throughout from dancing fans.

After numerous attempts to contact Andrew Nowak and Artur Kruszewski of Albo Inc (Albo Entertainment) via email and telephone with little or no response, we are now forced to reach out to other vendors and the community to resolve the balance due. Unfortunately, nothing has been paid even several months later.


Here is the Festiwal Disco Polo w USA event description in Polish:

Podczas Festiwalu Disco Polo w Phoenix wystąpią: Akcent, Weekend, Boys, Exaited, Jorrgus, Top Girls i Defis. Na koncercie usłyszycie największe przeboje muzyki disco polo – m.in. „Przez twe oczy zielone”, „Ona tańczy dla mnie” czy „Jestes Szalona”. Imprezę poprowadzi prezenter Polo TV Maciej Smoliński. Nie może Ciebie tu zabraknąć!

Here is the list of performers involved with Albo Entertainment at the Festiwal Disco Polo w USA:

  • Kroppa
  • Kocham Polską Muzę
  • Akcent
  • Jorrgus
  • Deeis
  • Exaited
  • Top Girls
  • Defis

We post this review of Andrew Nowak and Artur Kruszewski of Albo Inc in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1-773-520-1816 or 1-773-341-8028

The mailing address for Albo Inc is 2372 Farnsworth LN Northbrook, IL 60062. Their website can be found at http://www.alboentertainment.com/ You can also contact them via Facebook

Scam Alert: Festiwal Disco Polo w USA | Albo Entertainment Albo Inc Fraud Festiwal Disco Polo w USA


 

Arizona Horse Fair Equine Trade Show Horse Expo Clinics | Ron Barker Kamloops, British Columbia | WestWorld Scottsdale AZ Arizona

In March of 2018, Ron Barker of Arizona Horse Fair contracted over $6,000 worth of equipment for their horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. We have yet to see any payment past the initial deposit to reserve the equipment.

We put together five sound systems in total, loaded up and traveled to WestWorld of Scottsdale. The event was a huge success and everything sounded great all weekend long. We were even complimented abundantly throughout.

After numerous attempts to contact Ron Barker via email and telephone with little or no response, we were forced to reach out to other members of the Arizona Horse Fair staff to resolve the balance due. Unfortunately, nothing has been paid even several months later.

After some research, we found:

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Arizona Horse Fair even though the Arizona Horse Fair is selling tickets.
  • Arizona Horse Fair's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of Arizona Horse Fair, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

Arizona Horse Fair is planning to return to WestWorld March 29-31 of 2019. We highly advise any vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you may not be paid in full by Ron Barker and Arizona Horse Fair Horse Expo.

We post this review of Ron Barker and Arizona Horse Fair, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Arizona Horse Fair contact page at https://azhorsefair.com/contact-us/

You can also report the Arizona Horse Fair Facebook Page

Arizona Horse Fair Horse Expo Show | Ron Barker | Gail Barker | Alberta Canada | Kamloops, British Columbia

Notice of Non-Payment of Vendors by the Arizona Horse Fair

Ron Barker and Gail Barker of the Arizona Horse Fair Horse Expo based in Alberta, Canada, failed to make complete payment on over $6,000 worth of sound equipment for their Arizona Horse Fair horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. To date, we have not received payment beyond the initial deposit required to reserve the equipment.

We have called and sent multiple emails to contact Ron Barker and Gail Barker with little or no response. Sadly, nothing has been paid to date (this page will be removed when payment has been made).

These are the only promises we have received from Ron since the March 29-April 1, 2018 Arizona Horse Fair:

April 5, 2018
Sorry we have taken a couple days off after the show and will get everything straight by weeks end or first of the week.

May 4, 2018
I’m in Canada right now and will be back in Arizona next week and will get this paid by next Wed.

May 4, 2018
This is really tacky and unprofessional that you would send this to all of my employees! If you want to get paid ALL email must be to me and NOT my employees! I have been out of the country and will deal with this next week!

June 12, 2018
I understand your frustration but we just don’t have the money right now and we will get you paid ASAP hopefully by the end of June.

After some research, we found:

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo even though the Mane Event is selling tickets.
  • The Arizona Horse Fair's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 Arizona Horse Fair in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Arizona Horse Fair, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

The Arizona Horse Fair is planning another horse show at WestWorld of Scottsdale on March 29-31 of 2019. We warn all vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you may not be paid in full by Ron Barker, Gail Barker, of The Arizona Horse Fair.

We post this review of Ron Barker and Arizona Horse Fair, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Arizona Horse Fair contact page at https://azhorsefair.com/contact-us/

You can also report the Arizona Horse Fair Facebook Page

Mane Event Horse Expo: Scottsdale AZ, Cilliwack BC, Red Deer AB

Notice of Non-Payment of Vendors by the Arizona Horse Fair

The Arizona Horse Fair, a Canadian event company for horse expos and shows in Scottsdale AZ, Chilliwack BC, and Red Deer AB, contracted over $6,000 worth of sound equipment and audio staff for their horse trade show at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Big Deal Entertainment has not received payment beyond the initial reservation deposit.

What is perplexing is that the Arizona Horse Fair at WestWorld of Scottsdale was a huge success and everything sounded great all weekend long. We received many compliments from the attendees, clinicians, trainers, and exhibitors throughout the four day event. Owners Ron Barker and Gail Barker could not have need nicer during the event -- but once the show was over, they quickly headed back to their headquarters in Kamloops, British Columbia and left us with the an unpaid bill.

After some research, we found:

  • Chilliwack Heritage Park has not received any deposits or reservations to hold the venue for the October 2018 Mane Event Expo even though the Mane Event is selling tickets. (Arizona Horse Fair)
  • The Arizona Horse Fair's insurance company has sent out notices to their event venues that their bill was not paid and they will be cutting off their insurance.
  • The event rental company for last year's show in Chilliwack, BC, has served Ron and Gail Barker with papers for not paying for last year’s event to the tune of $9000.00.
  • The event rental company for the March 2018 Arizona Horse Fair show in Scottsdale, AZ still has not been paid in full for over $6000 in services.
  • In 2005, Ron Barker of the Arizona Horse Fair, received a lifetime market ban for defrauding investors. The British Columbia Securities Commission found that he violated securities laws when he committed fraud and lied to investors in raising more than $2.3-million from individuals in the Kamloops area. Click here for details.
  • Ron Barker also had seven charges imposed for violating bankruptcy laws. Click here for details.

The Arizona Horse Fair touts itself as a "family run" business. That may be true, but according to Zoom Info, their revenue is $1.4 million. Big Deal Entertainment is also a family run business with employees and overhead to pay -- and not being paid for a four day event is a huge loss for us.

Mane Event Horse Expo Show | Scottsdale AZ | Cilliwack BC | Red Deer AB

The Arizona Horse Fair has more shows schedule in the following locations:

Scottsdale AZ, Chilliwack BC, and Red Deer AB

Based on our experience, we warn all vendors, sponsors, or attendees to consider that you may not be paid in full by Ron Barker, Gail Barker, and The Arizona Horse Fair.

We post this review of Ron Barker and Arizona Horse Fair, in order to warn other vendors about our experience. You can help us by attempting to reach Ron Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Arizona Horse Fair contact page at https://azhorsefair.com/contact-us/

You can also report the Arizona Horse Fair  Facebook Page

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