As with most professional musicians, I have performed for many high profile events. But I really take pride and enjoy in performing for private events. I will create a relaxing party atmosphere exclusively for you. I can provide live solo steel drums with vocals, and if necessary even inject some DJ music for dancing if required. My focus is on your party satisfaction, I want all your guests to remember your event and the great sounds they heard. Your repeat business is important to me.
Entertainer to the stars, Los Angeles based solo steel drummer Christopher Arpad has enjoyed performing for private parties, movie and television cast wraps, and special events for such celebrities in the Hollywood area for over a decade. Personally performing for such celebrities as:
Sally Field, Pat Hingle, Chris Sarandon, Diahann Carroll, Miguel Sandoval, Christina Hendricks, Nicole DeHuff, Hill Harper, Craig Bierko, Josh Radnor, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston, Paul Haggis, Rebecca Romijn Stamos, John Stamos, Florence Henderson, Roseanne Barr, Dick Van Dyke, Penelope Ann Miller, Jillian Armenante, Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Dan Futterman, Richard T. Jones, Marcus Giamatti, Jessica Tuck, Karle Warren, Timothy Omundson, Kevin Rahm, Curtis Armstrong, Kyle Shaw, Jean Michel Cousteau, Miss USA 1994 Lu Parker, Dick Clark, among others.
* 20th Century Fox, "Judging Amy" - Wrap Party, Malibu, CA ** USA Films private wrap party for "Nurse Betty", Catalina Island *** "The Court" Wrap Party Season One, Martini Lounge, Hollywood, CA **** MTV Wrap Party, Hollywood Loft, CA "Undressed Casting Couch
Appearing as himself on television series, "Live Like A Star",- Art Gallery Episode
Steel sunsation Christopher Arpad creates stylish sounds of summer perfect for entertaining your celebrations with Bob Marley, Santana, UB40, and Jimmy Buffett classics on his hand crafted 55 gallon oil drums, known affectionately as Steel Pans.
With his vocals and custom computerized midi backing tracks he is an amazing band of One that will move your guests to party to his classy versions of Calypso, Reggae, and island favorites.
Over 27 years of playing pan has garnered Arpad stage associations with such notable performers as: legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, steel drum virtuoso Andy Narell, jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, comedian Sinbad, power jazz group Tower of Power, singer guitarist Bonnie Raitt, classic rock and roll band Head East, blues guitarist Jeff Healey, and reggae great's Steel Pulse, among others.
Entertaining and educating - as a college educated percussionist and former student of Ellie Mannette, the widely recognized inventor of the Steel Drums of Trinidad, Christopher always enjoys sharing the history of his unique instrument, please feel free to inquire.
Performances offered indoors or out; outside performances require shade, as steel drums tend to go out of tune in the direct sunlight. Power requirements: One standard electrical outlet is all that is required at the staging area.
General casual performance rates start at a minimum rate of $250 for a one hour performance. Typically all events over an hour are charged at a rate of $175.00 per hour. Example: 2 hrs= $350.00,
3 hrs= $525, 4 hrs= $700.
Travel fees are based from Winnetka, CA. All events requiring overnight stay must include lodging. These rates are provided for a basis of cost in your consideration but are not necessarily all inclusive.
Please contact for exact quote for your event. We would be happy to discuss performance logistics and all other concerns.
Contact Arpad, Inc. today. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.
Chris Arpad (Steel Drums, Vocals, DJ, Backing Tracks)