I recently retired after having worked in the corporate world for over 30 years. My retirement is now allowing me to follow my passion for music and making people happy. Musically, I've been entertaining for over 40 years across many genres and demographics. For the last 20 years, I have been entertaining as half of "The Bill and Andy Show," an acoustic duo (www.billandandyshow.com) performing at many restaurants, taverns and clubs from Middlesex County to Long Beach Island. I am a professional who keeps appointments, is easy to work with, and delivers a great product at a reasonable rate.
Senior Living Summary
My introduction to assisted senior living providers and the important roles they play in delivering quality of life came In 2015. My Mom (then age 92) could no longer live alone in her one story walk up in the East Village of NYC. We toured senior communities in Central New Jersey, and she ultimately chose St. Joseph's Senior Living in Woodbridge. During my Mom's stay, Bill and I provided pro bono entertainment to the residents of St. Joseph's and It was a blast! Now that I am retired, I've begun entertaining solo at St. Joseph's on a regular basis. I have bookings at The Terraces at Seacrest, Genesis - Heritage at Clara Barton, Whispering Knoll, and more to come (references are available upon your request).
Over the years, I've built a large catalog of songs from the 1930's to the current day that engage the residents in singing along, dancing, and playing the maracas (and other instruments) that I hand out with the help of the staff. While guitar is my primary instrument, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, and kazoo are also part of the show. I take requests, and If I don't know a song, I'll make a note and learn it for the next show. (This is no different than the successful formula that "The Bill and Andy Show" uses to encourage audience participation and ensure that everyone has a good time.) I'm happy to discuss any details requiring special attention (celebrations, special needs, etc.) and to introduce myself to your staff before performing. And, I will always make time at the end of the show for the residents if they want my attention.
I hope that you see a fit for me in your calendar, or perhaps consider me if you have a last minute cancellation. I look forward to working with you and your team to bring some fun to your residents.
My recent retirement has opened up my schedule for cocktail hours, private parties, and small events. Working solo is a different dynamic , but I still bring along the great music and crowd interaction that made B&A successful - with maybe just less schmatz.