Who Are you people?
Coordinating and performing for over 400 events annually requires intense planning and commitment. These awesome people are the engine behind our company’s success.
Meet the owners
Husband and wife team Jared and Ashley Thompson met in 2009, started a little party band called IDT, fell in love in the process, got married, started One. Five. Six. Four. Entertainment, made a freakin’ cute kid, and the rest is history. It’s your standard American dream rockstar love story.
Jared is a multi-instrumentalist and producer, and while he played guitar in IDT long ago, he primarily spends his time behind the scenes developing the show and managing the business.
Ashley, and her phenomenal vocal talent, are the only reason Jared has anything to do. Her talent has kicked open doors for the company, and her mentorship has enabled 1564 to continually attract and develop the most sought-after performers.
Meet Joe and Mendy – the ultimate mash up. Some couples just go together like peanut butter and jelly. Not these two. Think salt and watermelon, or watermelon and a crazy person. Nevertheless, these two are the proud parents of Intensity Entertainment. Their combination of compassion and creativity has fostered one of the largest and most talented entertainment families in the Southwest. And through sheer determination, perseverance, and willpower…Mendy still puts up with Joe.
In 2011, Joe started a single, five-piece band, as a hobby. He played guitar on every event for the first couple years, and played regularly through early 2018. Today, he is still involved on a daily basis, but you’ll more likely find him mixing audio, editing video, developing our website, or making coffee for Mendy.
Mendy joined the team in 2015, and has been instrumental to the incredible growth of Intensity over the past few years. Among other things, she handles the accounting and legal components of the business, in addition to her futile attempts at keeping Joe in line.
At the beginning of 2020, One. Five. Six. Four. Entertainment and Intensity Entertainment merged to create one of the largest party band producers in the country.
our management team
As one of the original five band members, Kim has worked closely with Joe and Mendy to facilitate growth and maintain the quality of our product. Today, she facilitates the training of new EC’s and BL’s, leads our Mélange Band, is one our sales and booking team, and performs at around 75 events per year.
Level 5 Computer Hacker
Mike actually isn’t even that good with computers. We just never came up with a title for him, because he does whatever needs to be done! Whether it be assisting in sales, managing social media, or sourcing emergency Starbucks, Mike is there to answer the call. Oh, and he’s a freaking amazing vocalist.
Mike joined 1564 in early 2016, and is currently the band leader and lead male vocalist for IDT Band.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Brian Carter-Kacho, or “CK” as he’s more commonly known, has been with In10City from the beginning. CK serves as Director of Sales and performs as a lead tenor vocalist for our In10City & Mélange concepts.
Tim joined the Intensity team in 2018, and wears many hats (just not in this picture). A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Tim is one of our keyboard players, Band Leaders, and our Talent Manager.
Director of production
John is our resident genius who makes sure all the loud and flashy things onstage work as they should. An expert audio engineer, creative lighting designer, and black belt in facial hair, John helped 1564 set (and exceed) the standard in entertainment production since he joined in 2014. Along with production design, John also personally advances every show and oversees all of our production staff.
The Intensity Entertainment Coordinator (aka EC) is a game-changing concept we rolled out in 2017. Each client is assigned an EC that becomes their personal consultant on all things pertaining to the band. The EC stays in constant contact with clients, Planners and venues. They see to it that all the details are well documented, accessible in our planning systems and accessible to our Band Leaders, musicians and technical staff.
In addition to working in the office in this capacity, our EC’s are mostly performing members in our bands. Having performed hundreds of weddings and events with Intensity, they have intimate and thorough knowledge or our abilities and inherent limitations.
On Stage, she’s a vocalist for In10City and La10City (Latin City). Off stage, Crystal is an Entertainment Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to Joe, working behind the scenes on the website and much more. She also holds title ‘Happiest Person We Know’.
Yup, another one of those singer-types. Donna is a seasoned vocal performer with a contagious smile and an always-ready-to-help attitude.
Ian is another versatile musician and tenor vocalist with a crazy range! As a bonus, he’s one of the nicest and most genuine people you’ll ever meet.
Our Band Leaders relay all the necessary information to the band members for preparation & rehearsal. It’s their job to hold their team accountable for preparation, attire, and timeliness. These amazing human beings coordinate over 90 performers, ensuring your event timeline flows as you and your Planner have prepared.
Additionally, they chart and arrange your special request songs, and plan your band’s playlist according to your personal preferences noted in your client portal.
Ron was the second drummer with In10City, and has been with us longer than anyone but Joe, CK and Kim. Ron is one of the most versatile drummers in the business. He’s an expert at reading the room and calling the right song for the moment. More importantly, he’s the calming presence even in the most difficult of event itineraries.
Ian is a monster guitar player and has worked professionally playing Pop, Rock, Disco, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Country, Motown, R&B, Neo Soul, Reggae, and World Music. His musical versatility helps to make In10city a truly unique variety band. Whether you need light background jazz, booty-shaking funk riffs, or face-melting guitar solos, Ian can do it all!
Jordana has been singing with Intensity for over seven years, and has been a Band Leader for the last three of those. She has produced some killer records as a solo artist. As one of the southwest’s busiest session singers, you might recognize her voice from the hundreds of radio and television jingles she’s recorded.
Another beast on bass, there’s never been a musician who’s more obviously in love with his craft. Catch Mr. Hamilton playing without a huge smile on his face. Try. We dare you. Cory is a long term member of almost five years, and a seasoned Band Leader. Most importantly, the man can drive a bus through the night without blinking. He claims he sleeps, but we’re not so sure.
Funky. We could stop there, really. A Berklee School of Music degreed bass player, Hawk, as we call him (he’s too funky to be an ‘Aaron’) is a well loved and respected Band Leader with In10City. He’s performed hundreds of events with us and has been a valued team member for over five years.
Band Leader - Houston
Dude lives in Houston…. we don’t even know what he looks like, but his shadow looks a lot like Ian’s. Our clients and planners like him though, so we think we’ll keep him.