Every party needs great music! Desert Adventures works with a variety of talented musicians and bands and our sales representatives are happy to help you pick just the right music for your event.
Below is information on some of our favorite artists. But whether you are looking for a high energy DJ, soothing background music, great dance music, unique or cultural music, or even big name entertainment, we can help you choose the perfect music for your party.
Billy and the Bandits
Whether performing as a solo act or with his band, “The Bandits”, Billy takes you on a nostalgic trip through memorable country, with frequent detours to classic rock of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s (“Peggy Sue”, “Country Roads”, “Sundown”), then onto some refreshingly fun jaunts with impersonations of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
Throughout your journey, Billy keeps you close with lots of audience participation and humorous dialogue and he loves to take requests.
Available as a solo, duo, trio, or full band (4-6 pieces).
Billy Erickson Bio & Partial Song List
Showdown is very versatile and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! They play a huge variety of country and classic rock hits plus oldies and a variety of party music. They will get your group up and dancing! Available as a duo, trio, or full band (4 to 6 pieces). If you really want to rock the house, we recommend you go with a 5-piece band which included a wonderful sax player in addition to drums, keyboards, and electric and base guitar or a 6-piece band which adds a fiddle player.
Showdown Song List
Desert Spirit is a great choice for groups wanting background music.
Picture a beautiful evening under the stars in the California desert. The cool breeze through the trees, native American flute and guitar playing in the background. Desert Spirit’s infectious interplay is sure to bring a special ambiance to any event.
Desert Spirit is comprised of Todd Ashley on guitar and Jimmy Street on Native American flutes. They can also add a percussionist and/or keyboard player to make the group a trio or 4-piece band.
Let Desert Spirit turn your event under the stars into a relaxing, memorable experience!
Barcelona Nights is a refreshing blend of Flamenco guitar and Cajon percussion. From the first note to the last, let Barcelona Nights various musical influences shine through, creating the perfect atmosphere for any event.
Available as a duo, trio, or 4-piece band.
Todd Ashley’s “Sedona” is a refreshing blend of smooth jazz with a taste of southwest flare. From the first note, to the last, Todd’s various musical influences shine through, creating a perfect atmosphere for any corporate function.
Todd himself traveled to breathtaking Sedona, Arizona and returned with an incredible sound and vibe on the nylon string guitar.
Let Sedona take you on a journey with some of your favorite artists such as Sting, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire and Santana.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy Todd’s blend of popular songs infused with his hypnotic original grooves as well.
Todd is also available for strolling with the guitar. Perfect for pre-function cocktails or as a way to greet the guests coming in. A strolling duo is also available with guitar and saxophone. A perfect addition to your event!
Don & Mary
This group is geared towards a middle-aged audience and offers great adult contemporary music as well as some fun music from 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Available as a 2 to 4 piece band.
Jimmy Buffet Style Beach Party Band
This is a fun party band with an island theme. Available as a 2 to 4 piece band.
For a party crowd, consider one of Southern California’s top show bands, playing the best Rock, Pop, Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Swing, and Salsa music. Dance to the best music ever recorded spanning more than 5 decades! Available as a 5 to 11 piece band. Price includes costumes, lighting, and professional sound equipment.
The Doo-Wah Riders High Energy Country Rock Show Band
The Doo-Wah Riders possess the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love for what they do. The Doo-Wahs are country, with a unique, original sound that they define as “high energy country with a Cajun twist”. This band has been the house band for the Academy of Country Music for 15 years, and does numerous shows with Disney.
Phat Cat Swinger
Phat Cat Swinger is a 9-piece swing band that really ROCKS THE HOUSE! Your group will be shaking it like there’s no tomorrow!
The Legendary Mustangs
The Legendary Mustangs are a popular Southern California 60’s rock band specializing in the great Top 40 hits of the 60’s. Their 1965 single, “That’s for Sure,” became a cult classic and is considered one of the Holy Grails of 60’s rock music. This group of high-energy musicians will bring the audience to their feet and keep them dancing throughout the night.
- High-Energy DJ
- Show Band
- Swing Band
- Rock-a-Billy Band
- Classic Rock Band
- Party Dance Band
- Jazz Trio or Quartet
- String Quartet
- Reggae or Steel Drums Band
- Motown or R&B Band
- Big Name Entertainers
Contemporary music spanning several decades. Available as a duo to 6 piece band.
More information coming soon!
Mini Faultline Jeep Tours
Climb aboard a Big Red Jeep and explore steep-walled canyons carved by water and thrust up by the San Andreas Fault. Learn about the geology and history of the San Andreas Fault and about the animals and plants that thrive in the harsh desert environment. You never know what you might see…fox, coyote, owls, and other critters are all active at night. So keep your eyes peeled!
Grab a beverage and climb aboard! Jeep tours are 15-20 minutes long and run continuously throughout the party. Each jeep can accommodate 35-40 people during a 3-hour event.
Marshmallow Roast with S’mores
Includes marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, roasting sticks, and staff to assist your guests.
Gaze at the clear desert skies through the lens of a high-powered telescope as your star navigator points out planets, stars, and constellations and shares fun astronomical facts, trivia, history, and mythology of many popular celestial objects. You will also be amazed by our “SkyScout” which uses advanced GPS technology to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. Simply point the SkyScout at any star in the sky and click the target button. The SkyScout will tell you what object you are looking at. Or locate a star or planet by following directional arrows through the viewfinder. SkyScout tells you when you are on target. It’s amazing!
Old West Themed Characters
Bring the Old West to life with our gunfighters, outlaws, lawmakers, old miners, frontier men and women, pioneers, and saloon girls as they entertain you with their wild antics! Our themed characters will interact with your guests, pose for photos, and perform engaging re-enactments and skits throughout the evening.
Can Can Dance Show
This professional dance troupe will entertain your group with a high-energy Can-Can Chorus Line, solo song performances, and full-cast themed presentations.
How would you like to have Mae West, Dolly Parton, John Wayne, or Clint Eastwood at your party? Well you can! A variety of fun and entertaining celebrity impersonators are available to kick your party up a notch! Your guests will love interacting with these actors and posing for photos with them.
Old Time Photos
Your guests will have a ball dressing up in vintage costumes and posing for old-time photos with their friends. This provides a great keep-sake souvenir of your group’s adventure on the San Andreas Fault!
- Costume Fitters
- Old Time Costumes
- All printing equipment and supplies
- 4” x 5” Sepia Tone Photos presented in a keepsake photo folder
Specialized keepsake folders and custom imprinting of your group or event information is available for an additional charge.
Do you have what it takes to ride the bull? This is a sure crowd pleaser – whether you are a rider or simply a spectator. Professional operator’s help guests mount the bull to ride like a professional cowboy or cowgirl. One operator remains on the air bag at all times to assist riders. All riders are started at the slowest speed and increased according to riding ability. Mechanical bulls are fun and safe for all ages – even three year olds have tamed the wild beast! Have a big crowd – consider 2 bulls for a dueling bulls ride-off!
Sit on a life-size horse and try to rope a moving calf before it reaches the end of the track. Speed is adjustable for all skill levels.
Fast Draw Competition
This is the ultimate interactive showdown. This is fast draw the cowboy way.
You have the choice of:
LASER EQUIPMENT– where the guests each wear a vest with sensors and holster and use a recoiling six shooter with a built in sound system.
WORLD FAST DRAW FEDERATION EQUIPMENT – where the guests wear tooled leather holsters and use genuine fast draw guns (which are designed to shoot blanks only and can’t shoot real ammo). *You have a choice of head to head confrontation or against a dummy target with one person at a time in the shooting area.
- Gun Spinners
- Trick Ropers
- Whip Artists
- Knife Throwers
- Cowboy Poets
- Cowboy Storytellers
- Rodeo Acts
- Line Dance Instructors
- Square Dance Callers
- Wild West Shows
Indian & Stone-Age Tool-Making Demonstration
Enjoy colorful commentary about California’s wild beginnings as you admire the Tool Man’s impressive array of handmade tools. Relive the Stone Age Era through this fascinating tool making demonstration. Presentation includes: bows and arrows, tools and their uses, shaping and construction techniques, throwing sticks and how they were used, and more.
Indian Fancy Dancers
The Hoop Dance – Dreams and visions are described through dance as a sole Indian Dancer dances and uses hoops to produce imagery of nature. Originally the Hoop Dance was performed by medicine men and spiritual leaders as medicinal and/or visionary dances. Visions were seen through the hoops to cure ailments or see the future. The Hoop Dance allows the dancers to weave the story of how all living things on the earth are connected and how they grow and change. Hoop dancers use dozens of hoops to imitate the creatures found on Mother Earth. While every dancer lends his or her own interpretation, each follows the theme of harmony with nature. These dancers may imitate the form and movement of an eagle, a snake, a butterfly, a flower, a turtle or Mother Earth herself.
The Eagle Dance – This dance beautifully depicts the life cycle of an eagle….when it first learns to walk….when it takes its first flight….and when it learns to hunt and feed itself and family. At the end of the dance, when the eagle spirals in a circular motion, it signifies his spirit leaving the physical realm and returning to the spirit world. Through the Eagle Feathers, an Indian communicates with God. An Eagle Feather, to a traditional Indian, is one of his most valued and prized possessions. To many Native American tribes, the eagle symbolizes strength and freedom and in our show, dancers from a variety of different tribes will come together to honor the eagle.
The Friendship Dance – A round dance commonly danced at Pow Wows. This is a PARTICIPATORY dance where everyone in the audience will be invited to join in the celebration of diversity and inclusion.
- 30-minute dance show including the participatory friendship dance
- Mix-and-mingle with the dancers after the performance. The dancers are happy to answer questions, pose for photos, etc.
- Authentic Indian Tee-pee set up (if desired)
- Indian artifact display (e.g., blankets, baskets, arrowheads, pottery)
- Native American Storytellers
- Native American Dancers
- Indian Basket-Weaving Demo
- Indian Pottery-Making Demo
- Tomahawk Throw
- Bow & Arrow Shooting
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Infinity Box No. 6
Guests are encouraged to explore together using their own cameras. A professional photographer can be on-hand to take photographs of the guests.
Images immediately appear on an ipad for sharing to FaceBook or email. Option for instant prints. Multiple different Infinity Boxes are available from the artist.
Light Painting Portraits
Light Painting Portraits uses the magic of the Pixel Stick. The camera is set to stay open for 30 seconds or longer while the Pixel Stick is passed behind people. Any artwork or text can be used. The image created by the Pixel Stick appears to be floating behind people, but in front of the scene behind them.
Colored lights are painted on the faces and bodies. A stool or couch is ideal to help people hold still.
Images appear immediately on an ipad from which guests may share to email or FaceBook. Optional instant prints is available.
Slow Moments Video Booth
We place people in front of a white background with bright lights and a high speed camera. They are instructed to have fun with silly string, confetti, water, each other, anything they can think of for a few seconds.
Then we play back the video in slow motion on large monitors for everyone to laugh and enjoy.
Instant DEEP 3D Photos
This product is similar to the 3D look in a 3D movie. The image and the elements of the background seem to recede into the distance, creating depth and the impression of a third dimension.
We can create a background image with layers of images then place a standard green screen image of people in front of the background. The result is a print that appears to be deep, the background image goes deep into the print.
In the above example, the Hollywood Hills appear to be in the distance, the sign stands away from the hills, the bushes appear to be close to the front of the print right behind the people in the photograph. Depth is created in the print.
The Retro Photo Booth provides all of the fun of a traditional photo booth in a sleek and modern design. Metal construction with digital technology.
Foto Fun Strips can be customized with a graphic design or logo.
Prints two strips to “Tear and Share”. Fast Printing in under 10 seconds!
VIP Upgrade: Video and photos can be immediately uploaded to a website for sharing with FaceBook, YouTube, Flicker or free download.
Instant Flipping 3D Fotos
3D Flipping Fotos is a most unusual instant print product. We can take two images and combine them into one photograph that animates as you move it. Perhaps an animation of a person blowing a kiss. Or perhaps a photo and a logo.
3D Flipping Fotos can be a small print, a magnet or a luggage tag. We can use a greenscreen to replace the background and add graphics with text elements to customize the photograph.
Custom Flip Books
Flip Books are entertainment plus a party favor! It’s not just a few photos, but a whole book of photos that is flipped to create a little movie!
Flip Books are created in less than 90 seconds each, creating approximately 45-50 books per hour.
Background can be plain white, green screen replacement image or video.
Fashion Foto Shoot
The idea is deceptively simple:
We create a high-key photo area (bright white background). Then we setup a camera with a monitor so that the guests can see themselves and pose themselves however they want. We start the camera and a photo is automatically taken every few seconds. There is no interaction with the photographer, other than some encouragement for the guests to “work it, work it!”
It’s amazing how open people become when they are only interacting with themselves on the monitor rather than following a photographer’s directions.
In short, they express their own creativity!
Rather than produce copious numbers of prints, the images can be posted online where they can share the photos to their FaceBook page.
Fun House Foto Booth
The Fun House Foto Booth is not a physical booth. Instead it is a desktop computer with a camera that the guests interact with. An attendant starts the count down for the fun foto to be taken.
Options include distorted photos like an old fashioned fun house mirror.
Green Screen Photos
We can create a custom background to fit the theme of your event. The guests can either form a group in front of your background, or they can interact with the un-seen elements on the background.
Group photo in front of the Hollywood sign.
One or two people trying to stay on a surf board.
Can you think of a different idea?
Call us and we will create something custom for your event!
FotoMania iPad Photos
This idea allows us to place a photograph onto all sorts of locations:
Billboards. Art Museum. Art Gallery. Postage Stamps. Chalk Drawings. Sidewalk Art. There are over 300 options!
The original photograph can be taken in a formal photo-op with lights and background, or it can be taken from a roaming candid photograph.
Graphic Photos are a cross between Green Screen photos and Fun House Fotos. We set up an instant print station with a green screen, and use various photographic filters to create a stylized, “graphic arts” treatment.
Possible ideas include: Place guests inside a Lichtenstein comic art piece. Andy Warhol Treatment. Thermal Imaging. Create a graphic art poster – or spin off from a campaign poster. Place people onto a book cover. Put guests inside a famous painting like “The Scream” or “American Gothic”.
The eFoto Booth fits that need! We setup a professional photo-op such as at a step-and-repeat wall which is so popular these days.
When the photo is taken, the guest enters their email address and, woosh! The email is immediately sent to their phone!
Up to 3 guests at a time join in a performance with multiple monitors allowing other people to watch and laugh at the show. Each guest receives a copy of their performance on a DVD to share with friends. One system is capable of handling 20 performances of up to 3 people per hour, that’s 60 guests per hour.
Cuban Cigar Rolling Demonstration
This Cuban family has been hand-rolling Cuban cigars for 3 generations. You will be fascinated as you watch these experts hand roll these Cuban treasures. Cuban cigars (ranging from mild to strong) are available for guests’ enjoyment and can be pre-bought or purchased on consumption.
This is a great way to entertain your guests and send them home with a fun memory of their event. The artists are VERY FAST – it takes just 3-5 minutes to draw each guest or up to 25 people drawn per hour, while many more are entertained watching the magic takes place before their eyes. Your party info and/or company logo can be preprinted on each picture, ensuring they remember you long after the party is over.
Guests will be asked to make a design, picture or free form impression in a bed of white sand from the Caribbean. Then our sand reader does a fun, entertaining reading about their strengths, goals, dreams, talents and their positive future. It will blow their socks off! People are always saying: “Did someone tell you about me?”, or “I didn’t believe in this until I spoke to you.”
Mind to Mind
David Winston reads the minds of your guests in an astounding and entertaining way. If they didn’t know each other before they will after. If they think they know each other they may be surprised. Available as a 2-hour walk-around entertainer option or a 45-minute after dinner show where David interacts directly with the audience to “read” the minds, characters, and feelings of the people around him — and reveals to the audience how they can too. Combining impressive talent with years of showmanship, a quick wit, and a personable style, the entertainer demonstrates the mysterious power of the mind, punctuated with fast-paced humor and exciting audience participation. Not mysticism, not spoon-bending mentalism, or psychic hot-line, the Mind-to-Mind show content is unique, thought-provoking, clean, and audience-friendly.
Your attention is drawn to a well-dressed man approaching you. He is friendly and enthusiastic and he shows you a two-dollar bill front and back. His hands are stretched out and away from his body and held wide open and the two-dollar bill is pinched between his thumb and index finger. It is only two feet from your eyes and it is obvious that there is nothing hidden in his hands. Then it happens, he folds the bill in half and in less than an instant you are now looking at two one dollar bills front and back, completely separate and totally real. You take one of the dollars and scrutinize it. It’s real, it’s solid but you don’t know where it came from or where the two-dollar bill went. You hand the dollar back and the gentleman quite fairly and openly folds it in half and without hesitation reopens the bill and you are now looking at A ONE HUNDRED-DOLLAR BILL. Yes, astonished you grab the bill, it is as real as the one-dollar bill you held only a moment before and it never left your sight. You have entered into a journey of sight and mind with a very extraordinary entertainer. His entertainment has just begun. He is about to weave playing cards, coins and other objects into one of the most memorable experiences you have ever had. Just as you are amazed, you find yourself laughing from the comedy interwoven with the magic and sleight of hand.
- Pool Tables
- Ping-Pong Tables
- Air Hockey
- Pin Ball Machines
- Arcade Style Games
- Carnival Games
- Bouncy Houses
- Rock Climbing Walls
- Fortune Tellers
- Palm Readers
- Hand-Writing Analysis
- Dream Analysis
- Luau Entertainment
- Fire Eaters
- Fire Dancers
- Belly Dancers
- Motivational Speakers
- Cirque Performers
- Face Painting
- Henna Tattoo Artists
- Ice Sculpting Demo
- Murder-Mystery Dinner
- Themed Dinner Shows
- Cirque Performers