Solo Steel Pannist Chris Arpad radiates a laid-back beach party vibe somewhere between Margaritaville and Tommy Bahama style. It's a role he's enjoyed for nearly three decades - an ambassador of genuine joy and good times. His infectious steel drum melodies and smooth vocals invoke an easy mood of celebration, perfect for an island state of mind escape.
Offering live Solo steel drumming with vocals and custom backing tracks, his music is an eclectic island mix of Reggae, Calypso, Jimmy Buffett, Carlos Santana, Bob Marley, UB40, Motown, Beach Boys and island favorites. The sound is a lively, laid-back beach party vibe perfect for entertaining - not too loud but still engaging enough for dancing if you feel the urge.
Over the years I have professionally performed for so many varied events, too numerous to list... and I look forward to bringing all of my experience to make your event the most memorable!
Arpad Sample Song List: Is This Love Manana Fins Low Rider Hotel California La Samba Down Under Island In the Sun I'm Yours Stand By Me Evil Ways Get Up Stand Up Knocking On Heavens Door Please Don't Go - Led Zeplin Buffalo Soldier Escape / the Pina Colada Song Stars Are Blind Could You Be Loved Under The Sea Kiss The Girl Say Hey I Love You Black Magic Woman Oye Coma Va Brown Eyed Girl Lion Sleeps Tonight Volcano Sugar Bum Bum Easy, Like Sunday Morning Hot Hot Hot Conga - Miami Sound Machine Changes In Latitudes I Can See Clearly Now Just My Imagination Red Wine Make You Sweat Baby I Love Your Ways Smooth Mambo # 5 Waiting In Vain Tequila Margarittaville Stir It Up Kokomo Love Is The 7th Wave A Pirate Looks at Forty Girl From Ipanema Don't Worry Be Happy Morning Dance Spanish Harlem What You Won't Do For Love One Love Just Two of Us Yellow Bird Three Little Birds Under The Boardwalk Jammin Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World I Can't Tell You Why I Shot the Sheriff Kingston Town Night Nurse Black Orpheus The Hukilau Pearly Shells Jamaica Farewell No Shirt No Shoes Come Monday
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. Jannette Villalobos
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. :) Sara Emerling
Chris was very professional and was soooo GOOD!! It was perfect for our Hawaiian themed pool party. We loved it! Jordan Altenburg
Chris was the perfect touch to my 40th birthday Mermaid bash. Monica
When Mr. Arpad performed at our library, he was incredibly cooperative and willing to not only perform but to teach as well. He was a fantastic performer and knew about the history of his music. The audience loved his performance and asked to have him back as soon as possible. We are looking forward to having him back to the Agoura Hills Library because we knew that everyone in the audience will not only enjoy his music, but also learn something about the music he plays. Mary E Jones Librarian Agoura Hills Library
On behalf of Shapiro & Company and the McKinney Downtown Association, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for performing for the McKinney Art & Jazz Fest 2003. Your performance was incredible and the feedback we received was fantastic. Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule and joining us. It was a true pleasure to work with you and I hope to work with you again. Cara Blackmon Harting Shapiro & Company
I've known Christopher as a very talented and dependable Steel Drummer for two years. His pleasant disposition also welcomes a very comfortable working relationship. I manage the Helen Albert West Hollywood Farmers Market and both shoppers and vendors were very enthusiastic about this Steel Drumming performance. He has been recommended continuously within our Human Resources Department and has performed at several of our city sponsored events. The variety of his playing styles offers something for all ages, if you didn't recognize one of his tunes, you were certainly whistling along with his next song! Shirley Berry Farmers Market/Community Garden's Specialist
Last year we engaged Mr. Arpad's services as the live musical entertainment for a consumer show we put on each year at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. We had had other musical entertainers in past years, but as we've tried to offer something different each year, decided to hire Chris after meeting him at another event. I must admit Chris surpassed all our expectations on several levels. Not only is he an accomplished musician, performer, and entertainer, his music was just the thing for our event and quite a hit, but his low key, easygoing manner and upbeat personality added a very positive dimension to his participation in our event as well. Indeed, in assessing what we wanted to do for our event this year, we decided to bring Chris back to our event for the second straight year, without hesitation.
While our consumer event is a travel show, and we engage Chris to provide an upbeat mood and be 'in the background', a number of people were so engaged by his music that they spent much time just standing by to enjoy it. I also don't mean to demean the quality of Chris's work as merely utilitarian background noise or elevator sound. We have been lucky to meet and engage the services of a wonderful musician, whose positive outlook on life is clearly communicated thru his playing, and his music in engaging and upbeat. We appreciate to be able to recommend him. Dan Iives Vice President Travelstore
On behalf of Wonderland Elementary School, and The Friends of Wonderland Parent Organization, I want to thank you again. You were absolutely fantastic, and I have had many e-mails and calls saying how much people, and the children, enjoyed your performance.
You should be proud to know that your involvement helped bring in record numbers of people to the event, and over $6,000 (after expenses) was raised for the school , which will be used for the school library, books, repairs and teachers' aides.
I will be on the lookout for any opportunities to mention and promote Christopher Arpad - Steel Sunsations, and to pass your name and details on, here at Twentieth Century Fox, as well as amongst other colleagues who work at different studios and companies. My heartfelt thanks, Jacquie Perryman, VP, Creative, TV Music Fox Music, Inc.