Birthday Parties and Private Events

This page should answer all your questions about hiring Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the Deedle Deedle Dees, for a birthday party or other private event.

Also here is information on hiring the Deedle Deedle Dees. The band is available on a limited basis for kid birthday parties but also for older kid and adult events. We're a very versatile band and perform jazz, bluegrass, klezmer, R&B, rock-n-roll, hip hop, and a variety of other music at bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events, weddings, and other private parties.

Solo birthday party performance
45 minutes
shows in the five boroughs of NYC: $500
shows outside NYC: $500 + travel expenses
A highly-interactive show featuring seated and standing movement, shaker eggs, sing-a-long and dance-a-long, and more. I play mostly Deedle Deedle Dees songs and other original material that is designed to get kids up and moving.

I also sing my own original birthday song, "It's Your Birthday" with your child's name in it. I post a video of this personalized tune on YouTube so you can watch it over and over.

I can do party shows for kids turning 1-10. I design my set based on the size of your group and the age of the children. I can do a party in almost any venue -- a party room, an apartment, a restaurant, a park -- but in general I request a space clear of toys and obstructions. Outdoors a large blanket is nice if only as a visual gathering device. Indoors, it's always nice to have carpeting, playmats, rugs, or other stuff that makes the floor a better place to sit and roll around.

Each child will receive a signed copy of Lloyd's album, S.S. Brooklyn, or the Deedle Deedle Dees' album of your choice. (Up to 15 children)

Full-band birthday / private event performance 
45 minutes
shows in the five boroughs of NYC: $2500
shows outside NYC: $2500 + travel expenses
The Deedle Deedle Dees do a small number of private concerts for birthday parties and other events. If you have a venue that is appropriate for a full amplified band we can do a show similar to our public rock concerts for families. If your space isn't suited for such a show we can also perform with limited or no amplification using instruments like upright bass, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, ukulele, hand percussion, and drums played with brushes.

Live band for grown-up or older kid parties
The Deedle Deedle Dees are a working band that performs at bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, corporate functions, fundraisers, and other events in addition to our family concerts and school shows. We have an extensive repertoire of swing, klezmer, old-timey jazz, bluegrass, rock-n-roll, hip hop, and more that we can do. Rates vary depending on the nature of your event, but these are our basic fees:
One hour minimum
First hour: $2700
Each additional hour: $900
For shows outside the five boroughs of NYC, travel expenses will be added to our fee

For our basic rate we bring a three- to four-man band featuring instruments like upright bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, piano / keyboard, drums. For events where you want background music, we often go with an acoustic three-piece of mandolin, upright bass and banjo. For larger, amplified events (loud parties, dance parties) we bring drums, amps, a PA system, etc.

Contact Lloyd at lloydhmiller AT gmail DOT com or 917-873-0685