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Ken Van-cooten

Steel Drum from Seattle, WA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$300 - $1000 per event
I am West Indian, and have been playing steel drums from my youth.
If there is anyone who can deliver steamy tropical melodies that will
whisk you away into a festive frenzy, I am that person. I did not adopt the Caribbean music culture, I was born into it. The West Indian rhythm and harmony comes from inside. I have been playing
steel-drums long enough to know what sets revelers' feet into an involuntary
motion. I bring along with me, experience that was acquired through the years
playing in great bands in Trinidad, Guyana, Virgin Islands and Brooklyn NY among other places, and also with Tropical Rainstorm, the first steel-drum band formed in Seattle, in 1970.

I have played in numerous groups over the years including 'The Boston Steel Orchestra', 'Commandoes Steel band', 'The Aristocrats Steel band', 'West Indian Superstars', and 'Caribbean All Stars', I have arranged music for three of the above-mentioned bands, as well as for smaller groups I've played in from time to time. I played at the Bahama Breeze Restaurant here in Seattle for 4 years; I started playing there when the restaurant opened, and still continue to provide authentic Caribbean reggae and calypso music for private parties with full musical backing, even as a solo artist. If it's reggae and calypso on steel drums that you want, look no further. You've found the best Seattle steel-drum performer.
For those persons who prefer American music played with a West Indian flair,
that too is part of my musical agenda. It is music you just got to hear.
When I am playing, the only things missing are the palm trees, surf, and sand.
But you can close your eyes whilst dancing and imagine they're there. The feeling is almost real.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Everyone at the party enjoyed the music a lot! Ken helped make the party a huge success! All the feedback from the guests stated that they loved Ken's music and really enjoyed it. We would certainly highly recommend hiring Ken!

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Country Club Event

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Ken did a great job at our golf tournament, adding a little extra something to our tournament. He was on time and was ready to go when golfers arrived. We was also very flexible with the music he would play and gave us a lot of options (although we left if up to him-and were pleased with his song choices). Everyone enjoyed his music and we were very happy to have him as a new addition to our annual golf tournament.

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Community Event

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everyone enjoyed the event and love the music noting but great feed back we would hire him again

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2011
Jul
30
Resort Event
North Plains, OR
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2010
Aug
28
Birthday Party (Adult)
Redmond, WA
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2010
Jul
26
Country Club Event
Dupont, WA
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
2009
Jun
20
Community Event
Everett, WA
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2008
Oct
4
Private Party
Maple Valley, WA
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2008
Aug
9
Private Party
Issaquah, WA
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Steel Drum
Reggae Guitar
60's Hits One Man Band
70's Hits One Man Band
80's Hits One Man Band
90's Hits One Man Band
Beach Music One Man Band
Pop One Man Band
Rock One Man Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Grand Openings
Please note Ken Van-cooten will also travel to Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Port Gamble, Suquamish, Edmonds, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Bremerton, Kingston, Lynnwood, Poulsbo, Redmond, Everett, Port Orchard, Renton, Indianola, Silverdale, Woodinville, Keyport, Vashon, Issaquah, Olalla, Rollingbay, Snohomish, Hansville, Kent, Mukilteo, Seabeck.
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