Dave Vandiver started performing professionally with the opening of Houston’s Astroworld, leading a strolling brass band at the former theme park. He soon turned that group into a dance band, which became known as Doppelganger. Doppelganger still performs today, and is considered by many to be Houston’s premier private party dance band.
Dave began work as an entertainment booking agent with the Ed Gerlach Agency in 1974. This was during the heyday of nightclub entertainment in Houston and around the nation. Every hotel in town and many of the motels and restaurants featured dance bands performing most nights of the week. Dave was booking many of Houston’s marquee rooms for local and regional performers as well as promoting and producing special concerts and shows.
Foreseeing the decline of the nightclub business, Dave decided to open his own agency that could allow him to devote his time and effort to entertainment for the private/corporate sector. Thus, Show Business Entertainment was born in 1982. Headquartered in the historic Houston Heights, Show Business soon moved to the top of the list of agencies in Houston. Dave is still performing with Doppelganger and the band is proud to claim the distinction of being the only Texas based dance band invited to play for the President at the last Presidential Inaugural held in 2005 in Washington DC.
Dave has been a mainstay in the special event field in Houston, all around Texas and in the surrounding states. Dave has served as President of the Society of Texas Entertainment Professionals (a statewide organization of Texas’ leading entertainment agencies) as well as holding other board positions for important lobbying and networking groups.
Dave has served on the board of the local chapter of ISES as well as being and active NACE member. Davie is constantly being sought out for his expertise in all facets of entertainment and for his ability to build a team of players that get the job done.
Al Henson began his stint at Show Business Entertainment in 1988 after working for 11 years at another Houston booking agency. Al’s experience included years as a full time club musician playing locally as well as on the road, several years as the vocalist and front man for private party bands and, in 1979, he started what is now one of the longest lived Disc Jockey services in the state – Al Henson’s Party Machine. Al has served on the board of The Society of Texas Entertainment Professionals and was three time President of The Greater Houston Area Mobile Music Association, an organization for local professional mobile Disc Jockeys.
George Coward too comes from a music performance background. He has played professionally for all of his adult life in Texas and some surrounding states. He was a member of Dave’s band, Doppelganger, when Dave noticed George’s organizational skills and his cool, smooth demeanor. George accepted Dave’s invitation to come aboard at Show Business Entertainment in 1993 and has served his clients and Show Business with distinction. Beyond his bass playing and music directing on stage with Doppelganger, George leads a Variety/Smooth Jazz group known as Watercolours. George’s bass and vocal stylings are both in demand by other local bandleaders and he can be seen regularly performing at fine local jazz venues such as Ruggles, Sambuca Jazz Cafe, etc.
Sian Taylor is a new addition to Show Business Entertainment. Originally from England she started booking bands in college such as Robert Plant, Cab Callaway and ZZ Top at Leeds University. She brings with her a wealth of experience from working on the International Circuit from Cruise Lines to Casinos to National Hotel Chains. Residing in Houston for over twenty five years Sian has a detailed knowledge of talent and can always find the client the perfect entertainment for their event.