Special Event Production

City Entertainment Systems has been providing the highest quality audio, lighting and stage production services and equipment for concerts, festivals, theatre, church production and conventions since 1973.

Our event production services include but are not limited to: Live Sound Reinforcement, Lighting Systems, Trussing, Stages & Risers, A/V Equipment, Televisions, LCD Projectors & Large Screen Video, Special Event Production Services, Installation, Sales, Rental & Repair.

Music Fesitvals and Special Events

City Entertainment Systems has worked with hundreds of national and international performing artists to ensure they receive the top-notch performing experience they require. We provide full-scale production services, including lighting, sound systems, staging, trussing, ground support and everything else that goes along with overseeing a professional presentation.

We’ve handed longtime annual events such as the Veterans Day Parade – “America’s Parade” – in Manhattan for years, along with the Allentown Fair, the Reading Fair and Fleet Week New York in addition to special events with presidents, governors and senators. Each of these large-scale events requires months of careful planning and coordination and we’re proud of the reputation we’ve developed with each event we organize and oversee.

But our commitment to our customers isn’t limited to only big-name acts. We work with numerous small churches and other organizations for their services and events, meeting with them to devise and implement the best way to handle their event’s unique needs.

We partner with other vendors to arrange for every detail – right down to every last chair at an event.

Need help getting a festival or event off the ground?

What Our Clients Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our clients do the talking!

“We’ve had great success with our stages since City Entertainment Systems has joined us. They are professional and meet the high standards that we expect to see at an Allentown Fair show.”

Bonnie Brosious

Marketing Director/Talent Buyer, THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR

To City Entertainment,
On behalf of Palisades Middle School, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of the Theatre programs at Palisades Middle School. We recognize that for over 10 years, City Entertainment Systems has been a constant contributor to our school’s Theatre presentations. Our musicals have been enhanced by the generous technical support provided each year by your company.

Matt Shay

Vocal Music and Theatre Arts Director, Palisades Middle School

To whom it may concern, as a performer of many years’ standing at festivals and concerts, I can wholeheartedly recommend the sound reinforcement skills of City Entertainment Systems and Philip J. Forchelli for all your sound and lighting needs. Thoroughly professional, punctual and polite in all aspects of the business, they come prepared for all eventualities. My highest recommendations!

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1973 to Present Shows and Festivals Clients

The Allentown Fair
The Cement Belt Fair
The Celtic Classic (Celtic Fest)
The Wheels of Time Festivals
Das Awkscht Fescht
Allentown’s Super Sunday Festivals
The Pocono Balloon Festivals at Shawnee
The Leukemia Society’s “Light the Night” Festivals
Bethlehem’s Celtic Christmas Shows
Northeast PA’s “Helping Hands Telethon”
Roxy Theatre Concerts (20 years of great shows)
Carteret Middle School & High School Graduation Ceremonies
The Hill School’s Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies
Wilson High School’s Graduation Ceremonies
Freedom High School’s Drama Department Musicals
Carteret High School’s Drama Department Musicals
River Fusion Festival at Illick’s Mill
Senior Fest
The Allentown Latin Allience Festivals
The Pocono Latin Allience Festival
Bethlehem’s Celtic Christmas Show
Historic Bethlehem Partnership’s Blueberry Festival at Burnside Plantation
Richland Township Community Days Festivals
Quakertown Alive & The Upper Bucks Festival of the Arts
Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field Inaugural
The Boy Scouts’ “Annual Jamboree” at Rauch Fieldhouse
National Republican Party Fund Rally (Lincoln Center Washington)
and hundred’s more…

National acts & celebrities that have graced our stages:

The Big Band Era

The Glenn Miller Band 
Buddy Morrow 
Donald O’Connor 
The Artie Shaw Orchestra 
The Larry Elgart Swing Band 
The Tommy Dorsey Band 
Warren Covington’s Orchestra 
The Les Baer Quintet 
Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians 
The Allentown Band 
The Marine Band 
Al Martino 
The Vince Pettinelli Band 
The Jimmy Dorsey Band 
The Rob Stonebeck Orchestra 
The Maynard Fergusen Band 

Show Bands & Performers

The Original Cast of Beatlemania 
Lou Rawls 
Willie Restum 
The “B Street” Band 
The Teen Idols 
The Nerds 
The Wall 
Tony Danza 
Charlie Prose
Jay Allen as Elvis Presley 
The Philadelphia Funk Authority 
Still Surfin’ Beach Boys Tribute 
The Capital Steps 
The Gerard Mayer Band 
Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods 
Bobby Mercer’s Road Show 
King Henry and the Showmen
Clarence Clemmons
Steve Smith Band 

Bands of the Fifties

The Four Tops 
Chubby Checker
The Marvelettes 
The Platters 
Connie Francis 
Lou Cristie 
Bobby Rydell 
Brenda Lee 
The Del Vikings 
Wavy Gravy 
The Drifters
The Chiffons 
Bill Haley’s Comets 
Bobby Vinton 
The Shangri La’s 
Shirley Alston Reeves 
Little Anthony & The Imperials 
Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge 
The Tokens
The Coasters
The Shirelles 
Felix Cavaliere & The Young Rascals 
Jay & The Americans 
The Dovells 
The Angels 
The Crystals 
The Orlons 
Danny & The Juniors 

Bands of the Sixties

John Sebastian & The Lovin’ Spoonful’s
The Mammas And Papas 
The Guess Who 
Blood, Sweat & Tears 
Richie Havens 
Mark Farner 
The Lettermen 
Johnny Rivers 
Gary Lewis and The Playboys

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels 
Peter Noone & Herman’s Hermits 
Eric Burdon 
The Ides of March 
Paul Revere and the Raiders 
Bobby Sherman 
B.J. Thomas 
Jay and the Techniques 
The Buckinghams 
The Soul Survivors 
Micky Dolenz 
The Grass Roots 
The Association 
The Box Tops
Davy Jones

Bands of the Seventies

Warren Zevon 
Rare Earth 
Bad Finger 
Edgar Winter Boston 
Dave Mason 
Dr. Hooks Medicine Show 
John Wetton 
Steve Howe Bachman 
Turner Overdrive 
Eddie Money 
Joe Walsh 
Peter Criss 
White Trash Leslie West & Mountain 
Three Dog Night 
Blue Oyster Cult 
Rick Derringer 
Warrant Quiet Riot 
REO Speedwagon 
Head East 
Los Lobos Pat Travers 
Toy Caldwell 
Black Oak Arkansas 
UFO Humble Pie 
Peter Frampton 
Todd Rundgren 
The Romantics 
Robin Trower 
The Ramones 
Lynard Skynyrd with Johnny Van Zant 

Bands of the Eighties

Joan Jett and the Black Hearts 
A Flock of Seagulls 
Robert Hazzard & The Heros

Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers 
Tom Cochrane 
Red Rider Wide Spread Panic 
The Dead Milkmen 
EZO Richie Sambora 
Cheap Trick 
The Rembrandts 
The Smithereens 
The Fabulous Thunderbirds 
John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band 
Richard Marx 
The Descendants 
Tora Tora 
Britny Fox 
The Tubes 
Skid Row 

Bands of the Nineties & New Music

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 
The Spin Doctors 
Black Lab 
Dream Theatre 
Webb Wilder 
Dee Snyder & Widowmaker 
Greg Howe 
The Badlees 
Sister Hazel 
Ani Di Franco
Letters to Cleo

Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies 
Emory Joseph 
Kathy Triccoli 
Arc Angels 
The Jake Kaligis Band 
Blue Miracle 
Natalie Merchant
Patty Smith

Renowned Blues Music

Johnny Winter 
B.B. King 
Buddy Miles 
Koko Taylor 
Leon Russell 
Savoy Brown 
Todd Wolfe 
Mike Dugan 
Guy Davis 
The James Cotton Blues Band 
BC and the Blues Crew 

Folk Music

Paul Simon 
Pete Seeger Poco 
John Sebastian 
Aztec Two Step
Arlo Guthrie 
Craig Thatcher 
Trout Fishing in America 
Dave Fry 
Leon Redbone 
John Hartford 
Peter Yarrow 
Jeffery Gains 
Michael Penn 
Livingston Taylor 
Tom Chapin 
Emory Joseph 
Bob Croce 

Eclectic Rock & Jazz

The Manhattan Transfer 
Zen for Primates 
Maria Muldaur 
The Bacon Brothers 
Bebe Neuwirth 
Trap Door 
Buckwheat Zydeco 
Larry Coryell 
Lainie Kazan 
Spyra Gyra 
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 
Phil Woods 
The Steve Kimock Band 

Southern Rock and Country Performers

38 Special 
The Larry Gatlin Band 
The Marshal Tucker Band 
The Outlaws 
Jupiter Coyote 
Boxcar Willie 
Hometown News 
Steve Earle 
Joe Nichols 
Sally Starr 
Molly Hatchet with Danny Joe Brown
New Riders of the Purple Sage 

Comedy Sows

George Carlin 
Louie Anderson 
Steven Wright 
Kate Clinton 
Jackie “The Jokeman” 
Martling Robert Klein 
Jackie Fontana 
Carrot Top 
Sherman Hemsley 
Bobcat Goldthwait 
Gabe Kaplan 
Joan Rivers 
Eddie Murphy
Pat Cooper 
Bill Cosby 
Richard Lewis 

R&B, Disco, and Funk

Gloria Gaynor 
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam 
Quad City D.J. s 
La Bouche 
Taylor Dayne 
Sweet Sensation 
The Tramps 
Funky Green Dogs 
Rob Base 
The Bus Boys 
The Weather Girls 
Jocelyn Enriques 
Don Omar 
(ODB) Old Dirty Bastard 
Busta Rhymes 
Reel 2 Real
The Village People

Celctic & Multicultural Music

Seamus Kennedy (Ireland) 
Leroy Heffentrager (PA German) 
Charlie Zahm 
Brian Auger 
Aoife Clancy 
Gaelic Storm 
Jolly Joe Timmer (polka) 
The Jimmy Sturr Band (Polka) 
Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul 
Tannahill Weavers (Scotland) 
The Town Pants 
The Elders 
The Prodigals
Limpopo (Russia) 
Du Du Fisher (Israel) 
Brian Kennedy & Sara Clancy of River Dance Glengarry Bhoys(Canada) 
Walt Groller Band(polka) 
George Ferarra (Portugal) 
The John Whelan Band 
Bill Miller 
Ari Gold 
The Wailers with Danny Dread 
The Tartan Terrors (Canada) 
Cathy Ryan 

Celebrities & Guest Speaker Appearances

President William Jefferson Clinton
James Earl Jones 
Susan Sarandon 
Jennifer Openshaw 
Father Daniel Berrigan 
Chelsea Clinton 
Tom Hayden
Tipper Gore 
John McEnroe 
Martin Luther King III 
Danny Glover 
Phil Donahue 
James Baker III 
Anthony Stewart Head 
Martina Navratilova 
Reverend Al Sharpton 
Meredith Vieira 
Gay Talese 
General Wesley Clark 
Lee Atwater 
Frank Gorsham 
Dr. Maya Angelou 
Kofi Annon 
Leslie Cagan 
Mayor Don Cunningham 
Governor Ed Rendell 
Glen Beck 
Ralf Nader 
Governor Michael Dukakis
David Amram 
Ruby Dee 
Reverend James Forbes 
Mayor Mike Bloomberg 
Larry Holmes 
Gloria Steinem 
Geoffrey Holder 
Bill O’Reilly 
Governor Tom Ridge 
Harry Belafonte 
Noam Chomsky 
Stuttering John Melendez 
Wayne Rodgers 
Sonia Sanchez 
Governor Christie 
Todd Whitman

Gospel Music & Inspirational Speakers

Phil Keaggy 
Jessie Jackson 
Rita Springer 
Ian Holmes 
Bernice Johnson Reagan 
Pat Robertson 
Josh White Jr. 
Sister Marie Knight 
Sweet Honey in the Rock 
The Holmes Brothers 
Dr. William A. Jones 
The Clark Sisters 

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Our company has supplied sound and lighting for literally thousands of shows, presentations and special events. Specializing in concerts and multi-stage festivals, City Entertainment Systems has been an industry leader in the music business for more than three decades. Over 450 national and international acts have graced our stages. Our company personnel are courteous, well-trained professionals who have years of experience working in the live music industry. We specialize in all music styles and special event presentations. Our audio equipment inventory list is made up of current, high quality, state-of-the-art gear, like Midas, JBL, ElectroVoice, QSC, Klark Teknik, Telex and Yamaha. In an industry where a quality presentation is still important, City Entertainment Systems understands what makes your event a successful event.

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