While some four year olds were playing with building blocks, Ellie Schwarz was learning to play violin on a macaroni box covered in wood grain contact paper and giving impromptu performances for her family. Her musical studies as a young child allowed her many opportunities to perform before live audiences in such esteemed venues as Wolf Trap, Constitution Hall and Catholic University.
While at the College of Charleston studying anthropology and French, she continued building her repertoire of musical genres to include Celtic, Cajun, bluegrass, rock n' roll and even experimented with improvisation. There was no doubt that music had become an integral part of Ellie's life and she knew she would only be happy with a career in the music industry.
After college, she worked as the Southeast Manager for the Emergenza International Music Festival producing concerts throughout the country including shows at such renown venues such as Webster Hall and The Bitter End in New York City and The Rocket Room in San Francisco.
Ellie joined East Coast Entertainment in 2007 and in 2008, ECE decided to have Ellie take advantage of the opportunities Asheville has to offer the industry. Historic destinations like The Grove Park Inn drew many tourists as well as business conferences and beautiful mountain settings like The Biltmore House had become very busy destination wedding sites. The City also had several well-known music venues and new festivals were popping up every year. Ellie knew that with hard work and determination, she could make the Asheville office successful and she has done just that.
Ellie feels that the secret to her success has been her unique combination of real life experience as a band member and producer along with her ability to educate musicians about the importance of promotions and visibility. The ease she feels being around musicians has allowed her to build positive relationships with many artists throughout the nation. She is delighted to have the opportunity to take her experience and knowledge to the next level with the Southeast's most well known and beloved entertainment agency, EastCoast Entertainment. She is happy to represent ECE as a member of the board for the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events (NCAF&E).
"EastCoast Entertainment was extremely helpful in targeting which band to get for our July wedding in North Carolina. Based on our venue, number of guests, and preferred music style, they matched us with the band they thought would match our interests best, which ended up being Men of Distinction. They were incredible, and were such an absolute hit at our wedding. They had people dancing all night, and even doing the 'Can-Can' at one point- very entertaining group. I appreciate EastCoast's efforts to match us with the perfect band for our wedding." ~ M. Hodge - Bride 7/20/12
"Hi Ellie, I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for the bands you booked at Worlds, and all the work you did afterwards to coordinate their arrival times as we made changes to the event schedule. The bands were great and everyone was highly complementary of the live music. On our end, it was a big help not to have to be responsible for the day-of payment checks, when we already had a lot going on with the event. Thanks so much!"
Zuzana V., Nantahala Outdoor Center Event 9/3/13
Hey there music lovers, event planners and happy couples! I can't wait to help you find the live entertainment of your dreams for your event!