Quarantine 2020 Playlist

Some music to tide you over of a playlist I’ve been constructing while stuck at home for the last few weeks.

Music soothes all, so please turn it up and enjoy!

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2020 Update for Wedding Couples and various events

Hey all!

Wow – what a start to the new year we are experiencing. Nothing for me to add or say that hasn’t been said 100 times already – but it is insane and crazy for everyone right now.

I would like to say to any upcoming 2020 couples though, and some of you have already had to change your dates and shuffle things around: Hang in there! If you had to change your date or end up still needing to – I know it might not be the date you originally wanted and planned on, but just know this, whenever it does happen, it’s still going to be the best time and weekend of your lives! This is beyond anyones control right now, so don’t let it upset you or stress you out. Piece of advice for those that do need to change the date, ask your venue for 3-5 new possible dates, then send those dates over to your vendors as well and see who can do what. Consider Thursday, Friday, and Sunday weddings also. It seriously doesn’t matter what day it happens – it’s going to be AMAZING no matter what.

If I can help with anything during this crazy and uncertain time, please reach out and let me know any and all questions. Happy to suggest anything and keep you guys all calm and wedding on.

Please feel free to follow on me on IG and FB for more updates as I don’t get onto this blog much anymore.

Hang in there guys!

T-Rex

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Let there be light!

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve pulled the trigger and now offering up lighting packages to all my clients for weddings, parties, etc.

Lighting is a huge factor in setting the mood and tone for the night and dance party. Can do solid color soft lighting during the early parts of the evening and switch to flashing and synced to the beat of the music for dancing.

Here are a couple sample photos to give you an idea.

Cheers!

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Farewell 2019, Happy 2020!

Happy 2020 everyone!

My 2019 wedding season has come to a close and was one of the busiest and most memorable wedding seasons to date.

Had the pleasure of working with some great couples, meeting a lot of new vendors in the photography, catering, and videography worlds. Got to travel to different parts of New England and work at new and different venues, along with some repeat venues I’ve worked at before.

24 weddings in total in 2019 which started out in March 2019 and closed out with a crazy NYE wedding leading us into the new year of 2020.

I’m excited to now have a little bit of downtime and reset before starting up the 2020 season which is shaping up to be another busy one. I still have a few select dates open for 2020, so please contact me if you’re interested in chatting details for your wedding/party/bar events.

Thank-you to each and every couple who trusted me to DJ and deliver the best party I can on one of the biggest days of their lives. Congrats to you all and I’m thrilled to work with all of my new 2020 couples.

Cheers!!!

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2019 Wedding Season is now underway (and 10th overall year)!

I am still backlogged with updating the blogs here on my site – but the 2019 season has begun! Three weddings done so far and a very busy rest of the year through NYE coming up.

This also marks my 10th year of weddings, my first back in August of 2009 – crazy how time flies. What a milestone and so lucky to work with some incredible couples over those 10 years.

Please check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for up to date recaps on recent weddings and gigs until I’m able to commit more time to updating here.

Cheers!

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So backlogged with the blog!

Apologies to my couples of 2018 – I’ve been so slammed between work, moving and settling into a new house, etc. that I’ve not been able to keep up with wedding recaps.

More to come soon, stay tuned!!!

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Ryan & Bethany’s VT wedding was perfect!

Couple: Ryan and Bethany

Date: 7-14-18

Venue: Private Residence, Williamstown, VT.

This one will be hard to top for me personally. DJ’ing a friends wedding, in one of my favorite states on the planet, with an old milk truck converted into a beer tap truck?! What else does one need?

I’ve known Bethany for several years now. She is one of the most energetic; full of life naturally caffeinated people I know. When she called me a year-ish before the wedding overly excited as she always is asking me to DJ, of course I jumped at the opportunity. Vermont. In the summer. In a rustic old renovated barn. These are a few of my favorite things. I facetimed with her and met Ryan via FT a few times leading up to the big day. They were super easy and fun to work with – just keep the party going was really the motto. Not overly picky by any means with music specifics. Of course I had them fill out the must play and do not playlists for guidelines but other than that was pretty much free range, feel out the crowd.

I had a small ceremony setup in place with the most stunning view and backdrop on a hill a little ways up from the barn itself. After we ran through a chill pre-ceremony playlist, the ceremony itself kicked off with Alex Murdoch ‘All of my Days’ for the wedding party. Up next was Bethany walking to ‘Greatest Love Story’ by Lanco. Once things wrapped up & they were officially married, Ryan and Bethany walked off to Ben Rector ‘White Dress’.

The cocktail hour was held outside the main entrance of the barn which I had another smaller setup in place for. Music for this was a mix of things from John Mayer, Andy Grammer, Chris Young, and Sam Hunt. A bit of a country/folk vibe which fit the barn setting very well.

As people trickled into the barn and it was time for introductions, Mr. and Mrs. Ayer were introduced to Jake Owen ‘American Country Love Song’ and went directly into their first dance ‘Kiss Me Slowly’ by Parachute. Awesome song choice & I wasn’t familiar with it prior to the wedding.

Dinner and speeches kept things rolling and the dinner music was a similar vibe to cocktail. Parent dances kicked off the open dance floor, Bethany and her father dancing to Dar Williams ‘The One Who Knows’ and Ryan and his mother dancing to ‘I Lived’ by One Republic. From there it was a mix of everything from country dance party tunes, some new top 40 tunes, classics from the 80s/90s and the biggest must play song of the night for them; Bon Jovi ‘This Is Our House’ to feel like the Patriots just scored a touchdown!

One of the most fun crowds I’ve had the chance to play to and it is all because they were one of the most fun couples I’ve had the chance to work with.

CONGRATS Ryan and Bethany! Thank-you a million for the opportunity to rock the party.

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Stephanie & Kevin! Wedding 7 of 2018.

Couple: Stephanie & Kevin

Date: 7-7-18

Venue: Dunegrass Golf Club, Old Orchard Beach, ME

This wedding was incredible on all levels. Mainly because I’ve known Stephanie & Kevin for a while now & anytime I get to DJ for friends it just makes an even more personal connection to be a part of. I even had the pleasure of DJ’ing Stephanie’s sister Elana & Pete’s wedding back in 2017.

Going over details with S&K was too easy. They’ve frequented my throwback night at 6B Lounge and love all the 90s/early 2000s jams and the 80s classics as well. I supplied audio for the ceremony, cocktail hour, along with of course reception inside one of the ballrooms at the venue. I got on the road super early that Saturday morning to make the trek up to Maine and allow ample time for the multiple setups and soundchecks. The venue was awesome as were the staff – which I’ve said & saying it again – goes a long way to make the night run smooth with all vendors included.

Ceremony was set to start outside on a picture perfect sunny day while I had some chill pre ceremony tunes going. Kevin then kicked things off riding a golf cart into the ceremony to “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by the Scorpions. This set the tone fairly early on, it’s going to be a party ladies & gentleman! Stephanie’s processional song was “Make You Feel My Love” covered by Josh Kelley. Recessional song was “This Magic Moment” by the Drifters.

Cocktail hour was held on the back deck area of the venue right near the ceremony gazebo location. I had a small PA speaker in place for this and they wanted a mix of some classic 50’s music (Ben E. King, The Chordettes, etc) along with some Elton John & Billy Joel. I even was allowed to partake in cocktail hour and mingle for a bit.

Everyone then headed into the reception room while I then announced Stephanie & Kevin to Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right” – the crowd was loving this! Their first dance was “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by the King – Elvis. Parent dances were “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra for Father/Daughter, Mother/Son was “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys.

We had a few toasts/speeches of course and dinner music was a blend similar to cocktail hour which fit the vibe and crowd perfectly.

Dance party was out of control! Literally didn’t let up. As stated above they love their throwbacks so I was leaning into the 80s/90s pretty heavily but threw in some funk/soul classics and a little top 40 sprinkled in as well to keep it current. One request I had to download off YouTube and play for Kevin was a dance remix of the Yodeling Kid. The crowd was awesome & loved it all.

Thanks to Kevin & Stephanie for having me as part of this big day, congrats to you both!

(Kevin, I still need golf lessons…)

iPhone pics below:

 

 

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Jami & Sean. Wedding #6 of 2018.

Couple: Jami & Sean

Date: 6-30-18

Venue: Mansion at Turner Hill, Ipswich MA

Photography: Alexsandra Wiciel with second shooter Ashley Lynn

Videographer: Daniel Brennan

Live Cocktail Hour Musicians (who were AWESOME!): Steve Rondo & Richie Aversa

Catering: Vinwood

Florist: Gordon Florist & Greenhouse

I was connected with Jami & Sean through Lindsay & Mike who’s wedding I did in 2017. Jami and her sister ventured out on a Friday night to check me out at 6B Lounge & we briefly chatted there. I guess they were happy with what we heard because before I knew it we were finalizing paperwork & the date for June 30th at Turner Hill in Ipswich.

They were beyond easy to work with and fun along the entire way and very organized with their music wants/do not wants, timelines, and every other detail I could think of asking. After meeting up and going over everything in depth and various emails I was ready to go and headed out nice and early as I always do especially with a venue I’ve not worked at yet.

Their ceremony was held off site and they had live acoustic musicians setting up for cocktail hour so setup wise wasn’t too crazy for me. One main setup inside the reception tent and the venue was stunning. I had enough time to walk the grounds a little and explore the inside of the mansion, really awesome place.

Guests started to arrive post ceremony and headed directly into the cocktail hour on the backside courtyard area of the mansion. The weather was perfect as well. The musicians sounded great & I was able to hang and listen to a few covers of DMB, Goo Goo Dolls, Jason Mraz, etc.

As cocktail hour concluded, everyone headed into the tent and found their seats while I lined up the wedding party along with Jami & Sean to be introduced. TI’s “Bring Em Out” was the wedding party intro tune, while Mr. and Mrs. Sean Hayden entered to “Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes” by Tanto Metro & Devonte which brought them directly into first dance “Never Stop” by Safety Suit (wedding version).

After a couple of speeches & toasts we carried on with dinner music mixed of chill classic rock & folk from James Taylor to Springsteen, Petty, Lumineers & more. To keep things moving and on schedule Jami & Sean kicked the dance party off with some parent dances. Jami & her Dad danced to Bill Withers “Lean on Me”. Sean & his mother danced to “When You Need Me” by Springsteen. We also had a very special family dance dedicated to Jami’s brother whom passed away & she danced with her mother, sister, father & other family members to James Taylor “Fire & Rain”. It was very emotional & very incredible to witness & be a part of.

From that moment on – the wheels instantly came off! (In the best way possible.) This crowd was on fire! Jami & Sean really wanted a mix of things but a lot of their must plays were in my wheelhouse of 90s/early 2k’s throwbacks. Mixing that in with some top 40 of Bruno/JT to some classics of Jackson 5/Earth Wind & Fire, it was seriously one of the best nights of my life as a DJ. It also helped the venue staff were all great to work with along with the new vendors I just met that night, loved the photographers & videographer – all were so easy to work with which just makes the night smoother for everyone involved.

CONGRATS to Jami & Sean. You guys rock. Your crowd rocks. This was one for the books!

A few iPhone pics below:

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Wedding #5 of 2018 with Erinn & Kate

Couple: Erinn & Kate

Venue: Fruitlands Museum, Harvard MA

Photography: One of the best to do it – Sara Smile Photography

Catering: Fireside Catering (I’ve DJ’d several weddings Fireside has been at, incredible food! Highly suggest checking them out)

Date: 6-23-18

I met Erinn & Kate through Sara Smile Photography, who I’ve worked a ton of weddings with now over the years. It is always nice when you get to work with vendors you already know, just makes the day run even that much smoother in my opinion. As always, I met up w these two months away from the wedding date just to chat music, logistics, and make sure we were all on the same page & hopefully I was a good fit. Sure enough after chatting all the important wedding info, then realizing we shared a love for J-Crew and haunted hotels, I was booked for June 23rd, 2018.

These two are awesome. Hilarious, sarcastic, and into good music & drinks. What else do you REALLY need? We finalized their music choices wants / do not wants over emails in the months leading up to the big day, along with a final check in over coffee just to cover everything verbally again & just a good excuse to hang out and discuss more haunted hotel stories we both had.

Before I knew it, which always seems to be the case because these dates book so far in advance, all of the sudden it was show time. Loaded up the car and make the drive out to Harvard, Mass to get to the venue super early as I was logistically planning on three different multiple setups. However, this was one of those days where the rain did not seem like it would quit, so last minute call ceremony was moved into the reception tent. But who cares?! They still got married, and still had an amazing view behind them. I had some very chill instrumental tracks playing as guests all started arriving and gathering around to kick off the ceremony. The wedding party led it off to “I Feel It All” by Feist while both brides then walked into Angels & Airwaves acoustic version of “The Adventure”. The ceremony itself was great & once they were official they exited to Macklemore’s “Glorious” which was a great choice.

I led things right into cocktail hour music which was a mellow mix of indie folk rock (Lumineers, Temper Trap, Florence & The Machine, etc.) as guests grabbed apps/drinks & mingled away. I then introduced E&K to The Bleachers song “Let’s Get Married” and went directly into their first dance “First Day of my Life” by Bright Eyes. Dinner music was a mix similar to cocktail hour and I started to add in a little classic rock, funk/soul tunes to pick it up subtly to lead into dance party. Both Erinn & Kate danced with their Dad’s and this opened up the dance floor. Their crowd was nothing short of awesome & packed it from start to finish. Mixing up some funk/soul classics with some 80s and 90s gems along with some indie dance rock from Arcade Fire, Alt J, and Passion Pit. After months of discussion and trying to decide – they landed on “Hold On” by Wilson Philips to close the night out with a massive group sing-along.

A massively successful day. Thank-you to Sara Smile for sending these two incredible humans my way, and thanks to Erinn & Kate for trusting me to give you guys the best musical choices for this huge day in your lives. You both rock, CONGRATS & let’s plan a haunted hotel weekend soon (while decked out in J Crew, obviously).

Disclaimer: I always take a picture with each couple I work with at the end of the night, however Erinn & Kate vanished & changed so quickly I missed the photo opp in their dresses!

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