Solo Steel Drummer Chris Arpad offers Live Steel Drum Music with Vocals from the Greater Los Angeles area and All Southern California. Specializes in Island Themed Parties, Family Gatherings, and Mixed Ages Groups.
Your Best Value Reggae, Calypso Band. Music in the styles of Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, Santana, UB40, & Motown. Perfect Entertainment for Adult Birthdays and Kids Parties too. Wedding Receptions, Grand Openings, Festivals, Yacht Clubs, Pool Parties, Beach Parties, Graduations, and more. Also Providing lite DJ services as needed. I have been performing over 30 years.
We booked Chris for our company Christmas party, and it was a great decision! He skills were excellent, he was able to mix in some Christmas tunes, and he just made it an overall great experience! 10/10 would recommend him for your event!
Chris was amazing!! Our entire group had a blast and he even took a few song requests. We’d definitely use him again - thank you, Chris!
Response from Chris Arpad:
Thank you, Ally, and all of the rest of the Cloud Girls. It was a fun event and I would love to perform again for you all anytime!
Chris was great! Showed up early and was set-up and hour before start of the event. He also visited the location a few days prior to review set-up etc... The guest loved his performance. Thank you GigSalad.
So glad we had Chris play at the event. It was the highlight of the night and set the mood. He played great songs that everyone knew and loved. Can’t say enough good things and will book Chris again for sure!
Chris was the perfect touch to my 40th birthday Mermaid bash.
Response from Chris Arpad:
Thank you, Monica! It was a super festive event and your family and friends are awesome. I am so happy that I was chosen to perform for your very special 40th birthday and look forward to performing for you all again in the future!
Chris was very professional and was soooo GOOD!! It was perfect for our Hawaiian themed pool party. We loved it.
Chris came to play for our wedding and was amazing! everything was perfect and he conformed to the music taste of the guests! Would highly recommend. :)
Having Chris come to my cousin's birthday was one of the best decisions I have made. My family thought he was absolutely perfect and loved his music. My cousin was happily surprised and was thankful for his attentiveness. He arrived promptly, set up, and played for the agreed amount of time. What I found so endearing is that he spoke to my cousin to get an idea of what songs she would like to hear. My cousin has a difficult time speaking due to her brain cancer, but Chris was very kind and took the time to understand her.
I would definitely keep him in mind for future events.
Price Range: $250 - $1,000, most events $175 per hr
Gig Length: 60 - 360 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Damage to Rental Premises: $300,000 Personal & Advertising Injury: $1,000,000 General Aggregate: $2,000,000 Products - Completed Op. Agg.:$2,000,000 Medical Expenses: $5,000
What to Expect
My solo steel drum performance allows me to focus on my audience and every show is different with no specific set list. I take my cues from my audience.
In general, most events follow a basic flow with a natural beginning, middle, and end. I am mindful to watch my volume and pace early on with an eye to how the audience is gathering, visiting, etc. & not try to overplay. Calypso classic Yellow Bird, or Sting's Love is 7th Wave are good starters to set the stage. Bob Marley's Jammin, and Buffett's Brown Eye Girl, Margarittaville are always well received and get the juices flowing. UB40 Red Wine gets the dancers started and a good version of Hot Hot Hot & some Miami Sound Machine "Conga" will have most dancing. A classy rendition of Just My Imagination relaxes and moves the ladies and a sultry Santana Smooth or Black Magic Woman keeps the hips moving.
I provide an extra mic for a spontaneous toast, or announcement and have contemporary dance music at the ready to provide DJ music to accommodate the dancing whims of my audience as necessary.
My goal is provide the soundscape for your event whatever that may be, to make memorable performances. Your total satisfaction and repeat business is paramount. Rest assured that the music will start on time and never stop- never intrusive, but always captivating. My clients become valued friends. I truly love performing on steel drums. The sound is incredible, you'll love it too! Let's Party, shall we? Contact Today to check availability.
Originally from McPherson KS and of Hungarian descent, based in Los Angeles, CA since 1995.
Over the years Chris Arpad and his steel pan artistry has been prominently featured for many notable island theme promotions: with Cayman Islands division of tourism, Air Jamaica Vacation events, and Levi’s First Stage performances in 2000 & 2001 for Jimmy Buffett Memorial Day concerts. And the 2006 Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, “Smooth Sounds of Summer” promotion where he opened for bands Foreigner, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Los Lobos concerts. You may have seen his past televised performances for the 40th & 44th annual Miss USA Pageants, or his appearance for the “Art Gallery episode” performance for the TV series “Live Like A Star” – all fun events.
Arpad began his steel pan career in Wichita, Kansas at Wichita State University in 1985, where he formed his first band, Stainless Steel. The group was a regional success at the time, billed as “the Midwest’s Only Steel Drum Band”, touring the states of Minnesota, Kentucky, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, and Kansas. Stainless Steel opened concerts and shared stages with such notable acts as Carlos Santana, Andy Narell, Stanley Jordan, comedian Sinbad, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Head East, Jeff Healey, and Steel Pulse; appearing at the annual South by Southwest, aka “SXSW”, Music and Media Festival held in Austin Texas, in 1990 and 1991.
Additional Booking Notes
Generally I travel with a 5'x8' equipment trailer and a Jeep. So parking arrangements are always helpful.
I am a self contained performer, usually rolling in with one cart of equipment. I have all necessary sound equipment, I use a Bose speaker system, and will require just one standard electrical outlet, and a dry, flat shaded area to perform - Indoors or Outside is fine.
Steel drums are susceptible to detuning in the direct sun, hence the request for shaded area outdoors.
Staging area is best with 10' x 10' area, however as a solo act I am capable of working with smaller staging area. So let me know what you are working with and I'll see what I can do.
Past Booked Events
|December 08, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Christmas Party|
|November 03, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|September 29, 2018 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|August 14, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 29, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|July 14, 2018 • 2:30pm - 5:00pm||House Party|
|May 27, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|April 22, 2018 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Birthday Party|
|April 01, 2017 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 02, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 04, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Graduation|
|May 22, 2016 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Reception|
Arpad Sample Song List:
• Is This Love – Bob Marley
• Manana – Jimmy Buffett
• Fins– Jimmy Buffett
• Low Rider - War
• Hotel California – Eagles
• Tequila Sunrise - Eagles
• La Samba – Latin Standard
• Down Under - Men at Work
• Island In the Sun - Traditional
• I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
• Evil Ways - Santana
• Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley
• Knocking On Heavens Door – Eric Clapton
• Please Don’t Go – Led Zeplin
• Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley
• Escape / the Pina Colada Song – Rupert Holmes
• Stars Are Blind – Paris Hilton
• Say Hey I Love You – Michael Franti & Spearhead
• Black Magic Woman - Santana
• Oye Coma Va - Santana
• Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison/Steel Pulse
• Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
• Volcano– Jimmy Buffett
• Sugar Bum Bum – Lord Kitchner
• Easy – The Commodores
• Horse With No Name - America
• Hot Hot Hot - Buster Poindexter
• Conga Miami Sound Machine
• I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
• Just My Imagination - Temptations
• Red Wine – UB40
• Make You Sweat – Inner Circle
• Baby I Love Your Ways – Big Mountain
• Smooth - Santana
• Mambo # 5 – Venga Boys
• Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley
• Tequila – The Champs
• Margarittaville– Jimmy Buffett
• Stir It Up – Bob Marley
• Kokomo – Beach Boys
• Love Is The 7th Wave - Sting
• A Pirate Looks at Forty– Jimmy Buffett
• Girl From Ipanima - Antonio Carlos Jobim
• Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
• Morning Dance – Spyra Gyra
• Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
• Stand By Me – Ben E. King
• Kiss The Girl - Disney
• What You Won’t Do For Love – Peabo Bryson
• One Love – Bob Marley
• Just Two of Us – Ralph McDonald
• Yellow Bird - Traditional
• Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
• Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
• Jammin – Bob Marley
• Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
• I Can’t Tell You Why - Eagles
• I Shot the Sheriff – Bob Marley
• Kingston Town – UB40
• Night Nurse – Gregory Isaaics
• Black Orpheus - Jobim
|Utilizing Bose Speaker Technology||for the Smoothest, Most Consistent Sound Coverage|
|Solo Steel Drum Specialist||Combining Computerized MIDI & Live Instruments|
|Christopher Arpad||Double Seconds Steel Drums since 1985|
Influences & Inspiration
The Marley family, Jimmy Buffett, Carlos Santana, Sting, UB40, Hall & Oates, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Foreigner, Los Lobos, Rick Musallam, Andy Narell, Ellie Mannette, and dare I say my audience.
One Standard 120 Electrical outlet
Shaded area when outdoors, min 6'x6' - 10'x10' preferred
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