Blinddog Smokin’, Bobby Rush and Gerardo Contino All In One Week!

Mark Sonder Productions booked Blinddog Smokin’, Bobby Rush and Gerardo Contino All In One Week

Entertainment Takes a Bow at Nationwide Event Entertainment Agency

Logo of Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and The Chief Entertainment Officer at the award-winning national entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions had the trifecta of events last week booking headline entertainment.

This run of three grand special events has chosen Mark Sonder Productions to book their entertainment.  Sonder actually combined two great artists, Bobby Rush, whose style incorporates elements of blues, rap and funk and on June 6, 2015 Rush was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, MS with the 2015 Grammy Award nominee Blinddog Smokin’.  Also last week Sonder acquired Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros to perform. Named, “El Abogado de la Salsa,” Gerardo is a Cuban singer and songwriter, featuring an elite lineup of some of New York’s most highly regarded Cuban and Latino musicians.

From established to upcoming to world music Mark Sonder Productions books them all, all over the USA and abroad.

For all bookings of music, entertainment and production call on Mark Sonder.

540-636-1640

www.marksonderproductions.com

msonder@marksonderproductions.com

The Platters for your next Special Event

The Platters will not be Pretending when they perform at your Event

presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

The Platters 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to acquire for your club, casino, festival, meeting, convention or special event the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer group The Platters.

Their debut hit single “Only You (and You Alone)” that launched The Platters as superstars on the world stage was actually an error. A popular DJ, Alan Freed, accidentally played their Mercury Records debut single on air during a “prime” time that was traditionally reserved for white artists. The ballad, based on the then groundbreaking Tin Pan Alley sound, became an instant hit with the public and would eventually reach number five on the Pop charts. Soon after, The Platters released “The Great Pretender,” which propelled them to the number one spot on the charts, providing the launch pad for their meteoric rise. As a result, they became the first African American group to achieve international superstardom. Both songs have since been declared important musical works of the 20th century by the Grammy Foundation. After decades out of the spotlight, The Platters have restarted the evolution of the group with their well-known crisp, vocal stylings. Don’t miss their timeless performance.

Mark Sonder Productions has booked The Platters, the tenth in a series of special musical presentations, at the 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club this Friday evening (7/26) in support of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration.  Other shows that are or have been featured in the company’s 30th celebration year are: Jo Dee Messina, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, The Outlaws, Rare Earth, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Tito Puente Jr., The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, The Drifters and many more.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

Martha Reeves Creates Media Frenzy in Nation’s Capital!

Martha Reeves Creates Buzz in Washington DC

presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Martha Reeves 202-369-1063Martha Reeves and The Vandellas are a wonderful musical addition to any meetings, conventions, fairs, festivals, casinos, clubs and events around the US. Call today to book this legendary artist 202-369-1063.

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Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that Martha Reeves and The Vandellas will be performing for one night only in the Washington DC metro area, this Friday, June 12 at The 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in support of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of his company.

In anticipation of the sold out crowd, Martha has created a huge buzz in our nation’s capital as she will be on:

Jason Fraley’s show on WTOP radio to air Thursday (6/11) as his cover story
— WTTG-TV. Good Day DC Interview is at 10:45am Thursday
— ABC morning show for Friday (6/12), at approximately 8:30am
— WJLA-TV, Good Morning Washington, Friday morning

These media shows are generally reserved for top headline entertainers, which is why when Martha visits the Washington DC metro area people take note.

“Here in DC we will be ‘Dancing in the Street’ and having a ‘Heat Wave’ with Martha coming into town,” said Mark Sonder.

This is the ninth in a series of special musical presentations set up by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency at this supper club in support of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration.  Other shows that are or have been featured in the company’s 30th celebration year are: Jo Dee Messina, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, The Outlaws, Rare Earth, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Tito Puente Jr., The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, The Drifters and many more.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

Mary Wilson of The Supremes Reveals Set List

Mary Wilson of The Supremes Reveals Set List for Friday Night

presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that Mary Wilson of The Supremes has just revealed her set list that she will be performing for one night only in the Washington DC metro area, this Saturday, June 5th at The 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in support of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of his company.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes 202-369-1063Set List for The Mary Wilson Show

1st Set

1. Here’s To Life

2. Smile

3. Body And Soul

4. Spring Is Here

5. I Remember You / Girl From Ipanema / Mas Que Nada

6. I’m Changing

7. My World is Empty

2nd Set

8. Love Child

9. You Keep Me Hangin’ On

10. You Can’t Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Back In My Arms

11. Don’t Know Why

12. Baby Love / Stop Medley

13. Bad Case Of Lovin’ You

14. Walk The Line

15. Someday We’ll Be Together

16. Satisfaction / Brown Sugar

17. Last Dance

In anticipation of the sold out crowd, Mary will be performing, “My World is Empty,” tomorrow morning, Thursday June 4th on TV’s “Let’s Talk Live.”  “Let’s Talk Live” airs live on Washington DC’s NewsChannel 8 from 11:00am until noon. NewsChannel 8 is a sister station of WJLA/ABC 7.

“We are both thrilled and honored to have Ms. Wilson perform for us this Friday evening,” said Mark Sonder.

This is the eighth in a series of special musical presentations set up by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency at this supper club in support of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration.  Other shows that are or have been featured in the company’s 30th celebration year are: JoDee Messina, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, The Outlaws, Rare Earth, The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, The Drifters and many more.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

The Hit Men former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

The Hit Men, booked by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Bring their concert tour to Washington DC this Sunday, May 31st!

The Hit Men 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency, is delighted to be working with Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro. They may not be household names but back in the 70’s, you bought all of their records. You heard them on the radio. Saw them on TV. Went to their concerts. So who are they? They’re the former stars of the hit-making factory known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

These guys toured the world with Frankie. Recorded numerous hit albums with him. And sang the lead vocals on songs like “Oh What a Night” – the biggest Seasons hit of all time. When they met in 1973, they were two boys from New Jersey barely out of their teens, and the Four Seasons hadn’t had a charted hit record in years. Along with Valli and songwriter/ producer Bob Gaudio, Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro successfully transitioned the group’s sound from ‘60s doo-wop to ‘70s pop with mega-hit songs like “Who Loves You” and “Oh What a Night”.

Spurred by the runaway success of “Jersey Boys”, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the Four Seasons’ career, these former Seasons, who are now in their late 50s and early 60s, decided to re-unite — along with an A-list group of musicians who wrote, recorded and performed with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce, Chicago, Luther Vandross, The Ramones, Carole King, and other mega-star acts of the era — and give touring one more shot. They now call themselves The Hit Men, and their next tour stop will be at The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, MD (just outside of Washington DC), for one show only at 7:30pm this Sunday, May 31st.

Their show is an amazing look back through rock and roll history, including fascinating back stories of what it was like being on the road and in the recording studios with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton. And, of course, there are all those amazing hits…with The Hit Men performing great songs from the Four Seasons songbook (from “Rag Doll”, “Dawn”, and “Walk Like a Man”, to “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You”, “Marianne” and “Sherry”), plus other mega hits that members of The Hit Men helped make famous back in the day such as Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train”, Jim Croce’s “Leroy Brown”, Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” and Tommy James’ “Mony Mony”.

Says music director and former Four Seasons member Lee Shapiro, “This show is a chance for everyone to relive the glory days of rock and roll with a great group of guys who actually lived and breathed the experience. You’ll walk out of the theatre exhilarated, excited and wanting more. We guarantee it.”

Tickets for The Hit Men in concert are on sale now at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club box office. Call 240-330-4500 or go to http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventid=084DAA23-026D-B1F3-7DE826B26D8C4DE6 before they sell out.

The Hit Men, from left, and a very partial list of credits include: Jimmy Ryan (Carly Simon, Elton John, Jim Croce, Paul McCartney); Russ Velazquez (The Ramones, LL Cool J, Chicago); Lee Shapiro (Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, The Shondells); Larry Gates (Bon Jovi, Carole King, Phoebe Snow ); Gerry Polci (Barry Manilow, Four Seasons and lead vocalist on “Oh What a Night”)

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

Special Events Institute Appoints Mark Sonder

 

The Special Events Institute Welcomes To Its Faculty

Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP

SEIlogoThe Special Events Institute (SEI) is pleased to welcome industry leader Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP of Mark Sonder Productions, an award-winning worldwide entertainment agency, to its faculty beginning with this term. Mark will be instructor and course contributor of the Event Marketing course, which is one of the essential program elements of the five-course Certificate Program.

“We are pleased to have Mark join us,” said Jill Moran, CSEP, founder and executive director of SEI. “Mark has made a huge impact on the industry creating a successful entertainment company, a premier NYC-based Destination Management Company and sharing his wealth of information through his book, Event Entertainment and Production. He has already provided a new and innovative perspective to our program by sharing his expertise in events and business management and we look forward to his tenure with us at SEI and the impact he will make on our students,” continued Moran.

Mark Sonder 202-369-1063Sonder serves as a mentor to professionals enrolled in the program and helps guide them through the eight-topic course, which covers the impact of marketing on the event management process. Sonder was named “Meeting Industry Guru” by Successful Meetings and Meeting News Magazine and has lectured worldwide. He has also contributed to the programs at Harrah’s Hotel School at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Master of Tourism Administration at The George Washington University.

“I applaud a higher education organization like The Special Events Institute for their role in instructing the meeting and event planners of tomorrow and they honor me by their appointment to their faculty,” said Sonder upon learning of the invitation to instruct at SEI.

Contact Information for the Special Events Institute
Jill S. Moran, CSEP
Executive Director

Special Events Institute
671 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Ph: 508-359-7778 Fx: 508-359-7808
Email: jill@specialeventsinstitute.com
www.SpecialEventsInstitute.com

Eddie Money with his “Two Tickets to Paradise” presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Eddie Money with his “Two Tickets to Paradise”

presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Eddie Money 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the corporate entertainment powerhouse and award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that “The Money Man,” Eddie Money will be appearing live and in concert for one night only in the Washington DC metro area, this Friday, May 1st at The 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. 

With tunes like:

  • Baby Hold On
  • Shakin’
  • Two Tickets to Paradise
  • One Chance
  • Think I’m in Love
  • Take Me Home Tonight
  • Gimme Some Water
  • and many more…

this night of classic rock ‘n’ roll will surely hit a chord with all that are lucky enough to get tickets.

“I’ve hired Eddie before to do a job for me at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for a corporate date, and he killed.  He will do the same for this upcoming event which I hired him for in Bethesda,” said Mark Sonder, Talent Buyer and Booking Agent at the club.

This is the fifth in a series of special musical presentations set up by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency at this supper club in support of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration.  Other shows that are being featured later this season will be: JoDee Messina, Lee Greenwood, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The Outlaws, Crystal Gayle, Rare Earth, The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, and many more during the company’s 30th year celebration.

For the best in classic rock ‘n’ roll call upon Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency to deliver for your meetings, conventions, special events and venues.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

 PHOTO: Eddie Money (R) with Mark Sonder (L)

There Is No Free Lunch, But There is FREE MUSIC!

FREE Music: Another 30th Year Anniversary Special from Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Slow Creek

Slow Creek Band 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that live music CAN be FREE!

Supporting the company’s 30th Anniversary, Slow Creek, a finely polished group discovered by Mr. Sonder, will be appearing this Sunday, April 26, at The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, located just outside of the nation’s capital.

“We’re all in this together,” Sonder was overheard saying to a number of his colleagues at The George Washington University, where Sonder is a Lecturer in Hospitality Studies for their MTA program.  This folk/jazz/blues trio deserves an opportunity and, “we have a duty and responsibility to bring up the next generation of fine musicians and bands,” continued Sonder.  What better way to introduce them then to have a free concert at a leading DC venue featuring them.

This is the fourth in a series of special musical presentations set up by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency at this wonderful supper club.  Other shows that are being featured later this season will be: JoDee Messina, Lee Greenwood, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The Outlaws, Crystal Gayle, Rare Earth, The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, and many more during the company’s 30th year celebration.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band, Anniversary Special

Another 30th Year Anniversary Special from Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency
Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band

Jr Walkers Allstar Band 540-636-1640Washington DC, April 16, 2015: Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band will be the third in a public concert series to take place at The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, located just outside of our nation’s capital in support of the 30th Anniversary of his award-winning worldwide entertainment agency, Mark Sonder Productions.

Starting with The Drifters in March and Tito Puente Jr. Y Su Orquesta this Friday, we are so delighted to present Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band” said Sonder. With their signature tune of “Shotgun” as well as (I’m A) Road Runner,” “Shake and Fingerpop” and covers of the Motown tracks, “Come See About Me” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” they are The Ultimate Motown Party Band known worldwide as Jr. Walker’s All-Star Band.

Other shows you see later this season will be: JoDee Messina, Lee Greenwood, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The Outlaws, Crystal Gayle, Rare Earth, The Hit Men, Leon Russell, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, and many more during the company’s 30th year celebration.

Tickets for Jr. Walker’s Allstar Band are on sale at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club box office or purchase online before they sell out.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency Logo 540-636-1640About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:
Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

Mark Sonder Productions 30th Anniversary Celebration Continues…

A 30th Year Anniversary Special from Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Tito Puente Jr. Y Su Orquesta

TitoPuente4Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce a public concert series to take place at The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, located just outside of its nation’s capital.

The Drifters were the first headliner my company booked, oh so many years ago, opening up for Dionne Warwick at Ft. Adams State Park in Newport, RI for 10,000 people, so it was fitting to have them return as the first band to help celebrate our 30ieth Year Anniversary last month in Bethesda,” said Sonder recently at one of the many professional trade association meetings which his company belongs to.

Sonder’s company continues its 30th Anniversary bringing in Latin’s own Tito Puente Jr. Y Su Orquesta at The 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Friday night April 17, 2015. (It will be a very special evening as his father’s birthday is April 20).  “Tito is relevant to our anniversary as he continues the renowned Tito Puente brand and has expanded it to now include more formats of Latino music plus has appeared on Dancing With the Stars performing ‘Oye Como Va’ which is the song written by his father, the legendary Latin jazz and mambo musician in 1963 and popularized by Santana’s rendition of the song in 1970,” states Sonder.  Sonder himself, a media veteran who has appeared on radio, television and in a major motion picture knows the power of a major TV program.

This is the second in a series of special musical presentations set up by Mark Sonder Productions at this wonderful supper club.  Other shows you see later this season will be: JoDee Messina, Lee Greenwood, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The Outlaws, Crystal Gayle, Rare Earth, The Hit Men, Leon Russell, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, and many more during the company’s 30ieth year celebration.

Tickets for Tito Puente Jr. Y Su Orquesta are on sale at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club box office or purchase online before they sell out.  

sonder-logo2About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com