Michael Cerbelli's The Hot List

Cerbelli Creative is a New York-based event production company that operates in the corporate, social, entertainment and wedding sectors of the industry. Its primary goal is producing extraordinary events.

With The Hot List, Michael Cerbelli identifies fresh trends in the ever-changing meetings and events marketplace and showcases acts and innovations for enhanced experiential marketing.

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The Tattoo Printer is a modern, high-tech substitute for your standard tattoo station. It's a huge time-saver and also a great branding opportunity. Find out why The Tattoo Printer is #mcapproved.

Meeting planners can save entertainment budget money by combining acts for their event performances. Whether for VIPs, high-end galas, incentive travel programs, awards dinners or corporate groups, pairing up solo acts such as Michael Bublé tribute artist Scott Keo with a professional house band will lessen the impact on your budget.

URequest Live is a band that plays only the songs your attendees request via brandable touchscreen “jukeboxes” or with their smartphones. The band plays the audience’s requests in order of popularity, ensuring the most requested songs are always being played next.

Rubik’s Cube artist Giovanni Contardi has racked up 350,000+ followers on his Instagram page by creating pixel portraits of celebrities using hundreds of cubes. He can be hired to produce custom artwork for meetings and events, such as a 1980s-themed reception or something more modern.

Raised on the great popular music of the last century, the Jordan Kahn Orchestra delivers a dance-floor-filling musical performance that transports attendees on a journey across all genres. The band can seemingly transition from dinner music to high-energy dance tunes.

HI-LITES are visual effects glasses that enable brands and artists to offer augmented reality without the wires or costs. They transform any point of light viewed through the lenses into custom shapes.

Meet Swedish Jam Factory, a multi-genre and multi-instrumentalist tap dancing duo comprised of Thomas Bergstig and Isaac Middleton. These guys will get your attendees up and grooving with their unconventional, excitement-filled performance.

AFISHAL is a true pioneer in the world of electronic music. A relentless drive to innovate, a natural talent for drumming and AFISHAL’s passion for music culminated in the birth of his style of “Visual DJing.”

In an age when most of the attendees at your event have high-quality cameras in their pockets, you either have to create photo-worthy backdrops that entice social sharing … or you can try something compelling and new. I’ve only had one even photo opportunity featured on the Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™ 2019, and I think this is absolutely one of my favorites in years. Meet the Hypno Eye!

When I look deep into it, I wonder how artists are inspired with every stroke, line, sketch or color. With that in mind, let me introduce you to an amazing events artist, Jeremy Sutton, iPad Painter—a Smithsonian-featured iPad artist.

Rick Smith Jr. is a master card thrower, entertainer, mentalist and illusionist. A true “jack of all trades” performer, Rick Smith Jr. has amazed audiences around the world with his trademark card throwing and stage shows with feats of mentalism. At the most basic level, he throws cards amazingly fast.

Gastro Garage deconstructs classic dishes for groups from small to large and reconstructs them into delectable signature “Gastro Tanks.”

Visual Comet products turn events into experiences. I love new ways to present experiences to my clients and the LED Video Tunnel and LED Video Bar are two MC Approved ideas that were showcased at the 18th Annual: Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™: 2019 debut in San Diego.

Harrison Greenbaum has been called "the hardest-working man in comedy" by TimeOut New York and New York Daily News and he performs in more than 600 shows a year. He's been featured on America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing. He also performs at corporate events.

Grand Finale Entertainment LLC has developed a high-tech fireworks entertainment solution for event planners to add the magic and majesty of fireworks to their most important parties and celebrations—ViViD: The Fireworks Show in a Box. Grand Finale offers a digital show-creator tool that generates a beautiful fireworks-show-in-a-box that's smartphone controlled.

When I first saw Sugar Cubes by Symmetry Labs, I saw more than a pretty light show. I saw backdrops that turned into art installations, lights that turned into dance and amazed looks. “Woah, that is cool!” was the typical exclamation I overheard from event participants.

This summer I spent a week in the Mediterranean with 1,700 of my “closest friends” cruising some amazing ports. At the beginning of this trip, a blank wall and 30,000 wine corks—all stained in different shades of reds and whites—became one of the most incredible custom-made step and repeats I've seen. Meet Scott James Gundersen, the mastermind behind our impressive work of art.

About two-years ago I was introduced to AllSeated. I fell in love with it in 20 minutes after playing with its intuitive operating system. AllSeated is one of the fastest growing networks for the event industry. With designed and scaled floor plans in the system—tens of thousands are currently available—and a reach of over 500,000 users, AllSeated provides cloud-based tools to run an event.

For my second favorite find choice in partnership with Meetings Today, I decided to dive into the Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™ vault and introduce you to a great musical act to consider for your live event. Every time I have produced this act they get rave reviews and standing ovations. Four handsome men, all from Australia. No, it’s not a “Chippendale’s Type Show From Vegas”... it’s ARIA.

Hello, Meetings Today readers and welcome to Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™, where I will showcase some of my favorite finds I’ve discovered while attending industry events. The first of my favorite finds is doob, “a photo-realistic 3D printed replica of you,” which will debut with me on stage in January 2019 during the Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™: 2019 presentation at The Special Event Show.

 

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