How to plan the perfect dance party part II: power 

We got the juice. Do you? An important question if you’re planning on live music for your dance party. 

First off, if your event is in a hotel ballroom, convention center, or large reception hall, having adequate power for a live band should not be an issue at all. These venues constantly feature local Denver bands and other types of live music for the many events they host, and most new venues are designed with these needs in mind. 

It’s when your party is outdoors or at a private residence that an adequate supply of electricity may become an issue. Without getting too technical in this space, Thumpin’ requires 2-3 dedicated 15-20 amp circuits to power the full band. Most private residences and outdoor pavilions and the like are not equipped for this kind of power draw.  For these events, you’ll likely need to rent a gas-powered generator. There are lots of vendors in and around Denver that can hook you up with one of these babies, such as our friends at SSS Productions

Here at Thumpin’ headquarters, we like to keep things simple for our clients so that they may focus on other aspects of their gathering. Towards that end, we’ve got a handy FAQ right here that covers power, space, timelines of events….all the little details you may not have thought about (but we got nailed down).

How to plan the perfect dance party part I: space 

If you’re considering live music for your event, be it a company holiday party or mountain wedding, having enough space in your venue is key. Not only will you need about 20’ x 24’ to accommodate a large band like Thumpin’ (and all our gear), but you’ll want enough space for a dance floor so your guests can get up and get down. That’s why you chose live music to begin with! 

So, how much space for a dance floor? We always say, the bigger the better, especially if your guest count is in the hundreds. Smaller events for fewer than 100 attendees can get away with 200 square feet or so. Your event planner or venue contact should definitely be knowledgeable in these types of logistics and are always happy to help you. 

We play quite a few events where there are space constraints, but often there is a workaround. For example, many venues will set up guest tables for dinner, and then have a few removed afterwards to make room for a dance floor. Thumpin’ also performs as a “stripped down” outfit of six players, with Jerry and Joy on vocals, plus guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. It’s a smaller overall footprint, but the same great dance songs for your guests. Drop us a line and let us know how we can help you make the most of your party. 

To check out a great use of space for a large crowd, dig this video shot by our friend Connor McCallum at the Denver Public Library’s Book Lovers’ Ball (use the password “thumpin”). This event draws roughly 400 guests per year. It’s one of our favorite events to play, and they definitely make the most of their space in the library rotunda.