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Fall-Winter Highlights 2017 (Part 4 of 4)

This fall-winter was one of the most rewarding and exciting seasons I can remember. We visited Nashville, TN for the IEBA Conference, went to Mexico for the Engage Summit, had at least four major nationally-touring artists in town, hosted an international women’s conference, cheered on the Houston Astros in the World Series and won the Championship, collaborated on a ton of corporate holiday parties, celebrated at wedding receptions, and had so much fun in the process. We met new friends, kept up with the old, and trudged through post-Harvey craziness by helping those in need. 2017 was a wild ride, and we are looking forward to what 2018 brings. Cheers to all of our fantastic clients, friendors, and artists, and an extra special thank you to our family members who have made this crazy fun year possible. We love you all!



Susie, Sam and Annie took a trip to Nashville to hang out with some of our favorite agents for nationally-touring entertainment, and got to experience some incredible showcases in the process. We also sat in on some fascinating panel discussions. At the end of one, Sam got up and performed a song with Collective Soul!  

Just a few of our buddies/guests at GCE’s cocktail party during IEBA at The Palm. From Left: Sam Austin with GCE, Ryan Jones with WME, Mark Letson with ECE, Annie Eifler with GCE, Susie Criner with GCE, Travis Wolfe with APA, and Chris Burke with Paradigm.

John Oates Showcase (Yes, he did play “You Make my Dreams!” Yes, I did sing every word!)

Neon Trees Showcase

When the band asked for someone in the audience to accompany them, GCE’s Sam Austin volunteered, and killed it.

The Verve Pipe Showcase, the first we saw, and one of my personal faves. 

International Women’s Forum- David Caceres, DJ Kalkutta, Hustlers Brass Band
GCE’s Founder, Susie Criner, was asked to Co-Chair the International Women’s Forum Gala, which this year took place in Houston. GCE was thrilled to contribute to the musical performances, featuring David Caceres’s Orchestra, DJ Kalkutta, and the Hustlers Brass Band.
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Houston women gathered at the MFAH, the night before the Gala.

GCE Founder Susie Criner and event Co-Chair Lauren Rottet welcomed guests to the 30th Anniversary of the International Women’s Forum 

David Caceres

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Annie Eifler with dear friends and amazing women, Whitney Bossin Burns (left), and Jane Mosbacher Morris (right)


Clint Black – Private Event
We had so much fun having Clint Black in town for a private performance. The night after the Houston Astros World Championship Win, a guest in the crowd threw their Astros hat up on stage and Clint put it on in solidarity for our city’s much-needed and deserved W.

Photo cred: Andrea Gentle

Photo Cred: Jennie Getten

Clint Black performing to a packed house

Houston Cinema Arts Festival – Kat Edmonson, Carolyn Wonderland, Bun B and more
Gulf Coast Entertainment was thrilled to collaborate on the Houston Cinema Arts Festival Celebration. With 2017 being the 65th Anniversary of “Singin’ in the Rain,” the HCAF screened the iconic movie at the White Oak Music Hall on the final night of the festival, a nod to our city’s resilience during the recent storm. Throughout the evening, Houston-bred artists performed covers of songs from the film, including Kat Edmonson‘s singing “Singin in the Rain,” Carolyn Wonderland‘s singing and whistling “Fit as a Fiddle,” Bun B‘s performing “Good Morning” accompanied by breakdancers, and the Houston Ballet company’s dancing to Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” once the movie wrapped.

GCE’s Annie Eifler, Sam Austin and Olivia Minahan after the show–we did it!! (I made them take a selfie with me, can you tell?)


Engage Summit – Nizuc Resort and Spa
Annie attended her first Engage Summit this winter in Mexico, at which she took in tons of ideas, contacts, and concepts for our high end wedding clients. Olivia was supposed to go too, but she fell sick! 🙁 Missed her terribly!!! 

My itinerary PS Those are not my nails

Annie with the Belle of the Ball gals who also attended the conference: Chelsea, Christine, and Kelsey

Elan Artists had a fabulous band on site for the gala, which was a hybrid of a couple of their high end wedding bands (one of which recently played Serena Williams’ wedding!). I particularly appreciated the set they built on stage for the band–we were in a relatively small ballroom compared to the number of guests there, so they needed to find a way to have all those band pieces fit, without having them falling all on top of each other on stage. When you can’t build out, build up!

Annie Eifler and Keely Thorne relaxing on Jordan Kahn’s afternoon catamaran ride!

Did I mention I ran into my sorority sister whom I hadn’t seen in (ahem) more than a decade!? @eversochicevents

The Suffers at the Astorian NYE Party
What a fabulous way to ring in the New Year – Houston’s own The Suffers put us in the spirit for good times ahead at The Astorian!
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I’m sorry we can’t divulge all the fun and fabulous details about all of our parties this winter, but this was a great start, and such a fun exercise for me personally, to recap the year. Thank you again to all our wonderful clients, collaborators, and artists who make our lives so much fun. Please feel free to call or email if you want to talk music, or anything for that matter! I love connecting people, so if I don’t know the answer, I will help you find someone who does!