Songs You Know and Love
Don't Let COVID Stop Your Folks From Experiencing LIVE MUSIC!
Now Booking Shows Outdoors or Online via Zoom!
Littlest Big Band would rather play live and in-person shows, but since COVID, the next best thing is performing online. Using your community's big screen HDMI-compatible television and an HDMI-compatible computer, it's almost like we're there in your room! Learn More! Outdoor Shows Only when Temperatures from 70 to 90 and Under a Canopy or Shade
and under strict adherence to Health Guidelines
Let's stay HEALTHY and HAVE FUN!
Every Show a Journey ~ Every Song a Classic
If your group likes the songs of the American Songbook, the Standards from the 1920s through the 1960s that were sung by the likes of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, played live on guitars and mandolin, sung by heart with smiles and laughter,
then Littlest Big Band has a show for you!
Littlest Big Band performances feature songs you know, with music that is never too loud as they take their audiences on a musical journey to the times of big bands, family shows, and singalongs around the radio. With a touch of Elvis, Hank and Tennessee Ernie, music lovers are treated to a wide selection of musical styles.
"[Littlest Big Band] music is just what residents love to hear."
--Melody Adolph, Resident Programs Coordinator
Brookdale Senior Living, Fort Myers, FL
Engaging, Entertaining, Educating Playing guitars and mandolin, Bob Farley and Lynn Perdzock give songs even more relevance to listeners by putting them into stories or themes, highlighting movies, places, or events unique to each tune. Their fresh arrangements make the songs feel new and yet recognizable.
And when the performance is over, Lynn and Bob enjoy spending a little time meeting and greeting with audience members. Most shows run 55 to 60 minutes, but can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as three hours.
Oft-heard comments from residents
'This is our music.'
'We knew the words, we sang every song.'
'You're the best act we've seen.'
'Your voices blend so well together.'
'When can you come back?'
'Your volume was perfect, so enjoyable'
Littlest Big Band has become a favorite provider of American Standards music, regularly playing more than 200 shows a year since 2012. Message Lynn today to schedule the duo for your events!
Pricing for live nursing home and assisted/independent/memory care community shows average $125 to $175 an hour, depending on the length of the show and travel time, and is always negotiable. ONLINE shows are $100 for 40-60 minutes. Reduced fees are offered to facilities and venues able to book multiple shows through the year, or who can book two or more shows in the same community on the same day. Bob performs a solo show of the same great music for a reduced fee.
"Bob Farley engages my residents with his array of songs from various time periods and genres. They leave his performances with smiles and requests to have him back soon." --Linda Shaver, (former) Life Enrichment Director
The Woodlands of Middletown, Middletown, OH
And, Bob and Lynn are both registered vendors with many national care-giving organizations, thus making the paperwork trail much easier to navigate.
Themes allow Littlest Big Band to highlight different aspects of the tunes they sing, giving listeners a fresh take on the songs they've heard all their lives.
Tunes from the Top (Hat)
A super-interactive theme where the residents can pick songs from a hat to read back for the duo to sing.
"The interactive picking of songs is great! What a feel good program!
--Karen Haverland, Activities Director
10 Wilmington Place, Dayton, OH
The Route 66 Show
This show focuses on Route 66, from its beginning as a collection of military trails of the 1850s, to its official designation in 1926, to its decommissioning in 1985. A lot of things happened during those years and a lot of songs were sung. It's a story that touches almost everyone.
Songs on the Big Screen
Songs often help tell the stories in movies, and many of the standards, with their rich lyrics and timeless melodies, continue to be used to do that. Tunes like "As Time Goes By" become part of the memory of Casablanca, while movies like Space Cowboys benefit from the timelessness of "Fly Me to the Moon."
Dean, Doris, and Frank
Beloved songs were often sung by beloved singers, and it's hard to find a more accomplished threesome than Doris Day, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. Altogether, these singers recorded more than 2,000 songs--many of the same songs and sometimes even one singer would record the same song multiple times. That's just a sign of how good their selections were. Get a sense of the times and places each singer lived and worked in as you sing along with unforgettable tunes like "That's Amore," "Sentimental Journey," and "High Hopes."
Places and how to get to them are the meat of this show, from walking to bicycling to cars, trains, planes, and boats, the cities and countries and even planets available to travel to...well, someday.
The Splendor of Love
Most songs are about some aspect of love, so it's an easy matter to develop a setlist of love songs for Valentine's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Grandparent's Day...you get the idea. Lynn and Bob like to feature them the whole month of February.
By the Numbers (or the Letters)
Going through the songs by date or by the alphabet is an interesting way to show off the tunes and the decades they were written and performed.
"[Littlest Big Band] was captivating!" --Paula Hernandez, Activities Director,
Vista Village, New Braunfels, TX
Accentuate the Positive
Ain't She Sweet
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
All Shook Up
Almost Like Being in Love
As Time Goes By
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Everybody Loves Somebody
Five Foot Two
Fly Me to the Moon
The Girl from Ipanema
Hey Hey Good Lookin'
It Don't Mean a Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing)
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
It Had To Be You
My Kind of Town
Que Sera Sera
Side by Side
Sunny Side of the Street
That's All Right, Mama
Walking After Midnight
The Way You Look Tonight
"The residents really enjoyed it and I hope you visit us again."
--Erica Costello, Social Director Atria Senior Living, Albuquerque, NM
Bring Happiness to Your Folks
If you are an activities director who needs an
upbeat, positive, American Standards band,
Littlest Big Band wants to play for you.
Send email to Lynn at: LittlestBB@gmail.com
Or use our online form below.
The Zoom app has become a favorite method of conducting online meetings, and it works for musical programs, too! To increase your audience's experience, here are a couple of tips:
After bringing as many people as safely possible into a room and connecting your computer to a big-screen television, position your computer in such a way so the camera is pointing to the crowd. This allows Littlest Big Band to see the audience and interact with them, too.
While the show is going on, mute the audience microphone. While the computerized format remains too new and off-putting to some people, we still like to try to converse, so a few minutes before or after the show could help to warm up the crowd. Especially afterward, as the music and songs is the best warmer-upper. Also, it's very helpful if the activities director or an aide can help with bringing questions to the computer microphone. While it's not like the old days, it does bring a little bit of togetherness between us and the audience.
We may be entering the new normal; we hope not. It's much preferable to visit folks at their homes. However, the ability to Zoom shows removes the restrictions of travel to far-off places, so we can play for folks anywhere there is good internet connectivity. And with the help of activities directors around the world, we'll figure out how to make our shows Almost Like Being There!
Littlest Big Band is an established vendor for Arrow, Atria, Bickford, Brookdale, Capital, Eclipse, Elmcroft, Enlivant, Five Star, Holiday Touch, Kisco, Meridian, National Church Residences, Otterbein, Pegasus, Senior Lifestyle, Sunrise, Trilogy, United Church Homes.