Joanna and Nick!!! 14th of the season!

Venue: Sylvan Nursery Barn, Dartmouth MA

Date: 8-20-16

Couple: Joanna and Nick Elkinton

Photo: Abby Lorenz Photography – AMAZING work – highly suggested!!

Back to back weekends working with two different grooms who are by far the biggest beer geeks I’ve personally encountered in my life – and it’s AWESOME! The previous weekend with Erik who knows more about beer than anyone I’ve ever met – then I met Nick. Nick’s beer knowledge is insane and not only that – he personally home brews as well and even made me some mind blowing beers for my wedding back in June and my bachelor party which we are still enjoying a few of those today. Joanna is a very talented graphic designer who actually created and the labels for the beers Nick brewed for me. I had an absolute blast working with these two from start to finish and I hope they just redo the wedding again so I can continue working with them! I was connected with these two from my longtime friend Sir Jon Hoffman who is the man behind the mask with my website and all of my graphic work. He runs and updates this website for me and creates all of my flyers for gigs – so please check him out if you ever need any web design done over at Zrayweb – thanks again Jon for connecting all of us for this amazing wedding!

So I met with J & N months and months ago and it was a great match from the start. They were doing basically the entire wedding DIY themselves at a gorgeous barn out in Dartmouth Mass. We met up to chat music and flow of the night and were very much on the same page with some punk-rock influences and classic-rock stuff mixed in and a little top 40/90s to stir up the pot as well. I also knew it was a great fit when I bumped into them earlier this year at a Nofx show in Boston (and yes – I even got away with playing some Nofx at the wedding! HUGE treat for me).

I headed out to the venue very early that day to get set up and loved it when I arrived. They had so many plants all over the place and awesome string lighting hanging all over the bar – it looked amazing. The ceremony was held over on one end of the barn so I had a smaller set up for that and microphone for them to use and did all of the music from my phone. The bridal party all walked into “Storybook Love” by Matthew Lister while Joanna walked into “A Thousand Years” cover from the Piano Guys. Once it wrapped up they turned it up with walking off to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” from the Darkness – awesome choice!

We went directly into cocktail hour and Nick had home brewed some beers for this day as well and our music for this was some chill acoustic punk from Days n’ Daze, Toh Kay, and some chill classic rock thrown in there. It went over very well for this crowd. We then lined up the wedding party and couple and introduced everyone to the classic “Blitzkreig Pop” by the Ramones. LOVED getting to do this for an introduction. The dinner was incredible – all BBQ food with very good beers, what else could you want?!

As dinner was starting to wind down we did parent dances and the couples first dance. Nick and his mother danced to “Make You Feel My Love” from Adele while Joanna and her father danced to “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel. Up next – J & N did a little medley of Ramones songs. Starting with the slower romantic “Baby I Love You” for about 1 1/2 minutes and fading into the upbeat danceable “She’s The One” which led everyone to the dance floor! Awesome idea on their part to do this and easily get everyone going. The music for the night was a mix of literally everything from top 40, to No Doubt, The Bosstones, 90s hip hop, and some classic rock sing-alongs for the crowd. I had a blast with this playlist – honestly one of my favorites. Loved getting to throw on some indie dance stuff later in the night as well like Ting Tings, The Knife, M83, Phoenix, etc.

I cannot thank Joanna and Nick enough for having me rock their big day – and for introducing me to so many incredible beers! We will be hanging out and sharing some drinks again down the road. A huge thank-you one more time to Jon my website guru for connecting us. Cannot wait to see the photos Abby Lorenz snapped from this day!

In the meantime, enjoy a couple quick iPhone pics I was able to grab.

 

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Please say hello to Michele and Erik! Wedding 13/2016 season

Venue: Thompson Island, Boston MA

Date: 8-13-16

Couple: Michele & Erik

Wedding Coordinator: Mandy and her legendary team from Hummingbird Bridal & Events

This is one for the books! As always let’s start from the beginning. I was fortunate enough to be connected with Michele and Erik through Mandy of Hummingbird Bridal earlier this year and after one consultation meeting and a few very good beers, the rest was history! Erik and I are on the same page with beers – he is a beer fanatic and knows about beers in a way I feel I do with music. It’s amazing! All three of us were on the same page in terms of music, and the overall vibe of the night right away. It was a great fit and I was excited to see it all come together.

So the wedding was being held on Thompson Island off Boston. This was logistically one of the tougher weddings I’ve done but SO rewarding once you get there and set up. So the day arrived and my wife Melanie assisted me (HUGE thank-you to her). We went down very early to the dock and unloaded all of my gear and waited for the vendor ferry over to the island along with the videographers, photographers, florists, and Mandy and her team of coordinators. Once the ferry arrived everyone flew to load it up and head over. I thought it would be way harder than it was to load but every single person helped grab everything from speakers, to boxes of flowers, and we all made it happen! After about a thirty or so minute ferry ride we arrived to the island. What was awesome about this is the Thompson Island crew was all waiting with golf carts and trailers – which we threw all of my gear into the back of one and headed over to the actual wedding site itself. It was STUNNING once we arrived there. I sadly was running around and setting things up so I failed to get a photo of the ceremony site but it was seriously breathtaking right on the water and surrounded by some gorgeous trees and scenery.

The dinner and dancing portion of the night was held under a little pavilion area which was set up very nicely and the sound in there was great! Once everything was set up we started the ceremony with one of Erik and Michele’s friend playing their songs on acoustic guitar and it sounded great. Erik’s brother officiated the wedding and was very funny but serious as well, he did a great job. As the ceremony wrapped up we transitioned into cocktail hour which was held in and out of the pavilion and the grounds of the ceremony area. This was really fun to do as they wanted a kind of mellow electronic mix with some old school rat pack classic stuff. We had some Sinatra going with some Avalanches, with some Dean Martin and Wax Tailor. The dinner portion of the night followed directly after and it was a very low-key no pressure vibe and flow all night long. We didn’t do the traditional big introductions for this night – once everyone was seated for dinner a few speeches to keep things rolling and dinner music consisted of a similar vibe from cocktail hour mixing in some chill classic rock stuff and a few instrumental tracks from DJ Shadow as well. I loved getting to play some of this stuff at a wedding!

It was then time for the dance party! We kicked off the open dance floor with Michele and Erik’s first dance to “Sunday Kind of Love” by the one and only Etta James and asked everyone to join in directly after. Kept it old school for the beginning part of the evening with some Stevie Wonder, Parliament, just a really nice funk/soul vibe before switching gears into some top 40 and 80s/90s gems of course. The mix for this night was great and really fun for me to be able to play some old school hip hop like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul and switch it up to some modern rock stuff like Arctic Monkeys as well. It was a great crowd which endured a very hot and sweaty dance party from start to finish.

Once the night concluded – we packed up and headed back to the ferry and made the trip home. It was a lot getting there and getting back – but SO worth it. The venue was awesome and the couple was amazing to work with over the year. I was very lucky at the end of the night Erik handed me some of the beers from Alchemist (Focal Banger, and Crusher) which have been on my list to try for a while now.

Congrats Michele and Erik!! Thank-you once again and we will be keeping in touch as you’re my new beer buddies! And thanks again to Mandy to connecting us and running a tight ship and setting up another phenomenal wedding. So happy to be a part of it.

Enjoy a couple quick iPhone shots!

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Bryan and Salvatore bring in wedding 12 of the season!

Venue: Liberty Hotel, Boston MA

Date: 8-6-16

Couple: Bryan and Sal

And the good times keep on rolling! Bryan and Sal were amazing to work with and it was even better to see everything we planned and discussed come to life that day and evening. I have always wanted to DJ a wedding at the Liberty Hotel and it finally happened! I’ve done events and other gigs there before but never a wedding – so that was really fun for me. It’s one of my favorite buildings in Boston, if you’ve never been by to check it out – I highly suggest you do so ASAP!

My connection with Bryan and Sal dates back a few years ago now. I was put in touch with Bryan via Facebook I believe – as he was looking for a DJ to supply music for his Open heARTS fundraiser which I’ve now DJ’d a few times at 60 State Street. Once it was time for wedding planning he contacted me asking me to DJ and I was thrilled! I met with Bryan a couple of times before the date going over the timeline, schedule, all of the music details, etc. and we were good to go.

Due to possible rain in the forecast we had to move the dinner and dancing inside the day of – but we still got away with having the ceremony in a back courtyard of the Liberty and it was SO nice! Pre-ceremony music was a shuffled mix of some Vitamin String Quartet songs and then the wedding party and both grooms walked into ‘I Choose You’ by Sara Bareilles string version. I had a PA speaker and wireless mic set up for their friend who did a fantastic job as officiant. They even had their dog as part of the ceremony! So awesome. Once the ceremony wrapped up everyone walked out to the actual studio recording of Sara Bareilles ‘I Choose You’.

As I quickly broke down the ceremony music and set up – guests were then escorted back into one of the upper levels of the hotel lobby for cocktail hour. I was set up inside one of their ballrooms which would host the introductions, dinner, and dancing for the remainder of the night. As cocktail hour came to an end and the ballroom doors were then opened up – we went into introductions. From the parents – to Bryan’s party, Sal’s party, and the grooms themselves – they were all announced and introduced to a few different Beyoncé songs which everyone was loving. They had their first dance to ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Ingrid Michaelson, great choice!! Dinner music was a mix of some choices from the couple from Alicia Keys, Charlie Puth, Adele, etc. it fit very well for the room we were in and had a nice classy vibe to dinner.

Up next – dancing! As the grooms finished up eating we did cake cutting to a request of theirs ‘It Only Takes a Taste’ from the Waitress Musical and into parent dances directly after that. Bryan and his mother danced to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Israel K. while Sal and his mother danced to a classic 90s tune ‘Iris’ from the Goo Goo Dolls which everyone started singing along to. Once the dance floor opened up there was no stopping this crowd! Awesome group of people to play to from Lady GaGa, Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, to some boy bands of the 90s and gems of the 80s with Whitney, Madonna, and MJ. They were open minded to anything being played and we closed the night off with some Cher, Dirty Dancing’s ‘I’ve Had the Time of my Life’ (This was the song from what I remember where both grooms were crowd surfing and hoisted up before the final request from the grooms of ‘XO’ by Beyoncé. It was an amazing day and night and I was thrilled to be a part of this one!

CONGRATS to Mr. and Mr. Finocchio-Forte! Thank-you for having me!

Here are a couple quick iPhone pics I snapped throughout the day and night.

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11th Wedding of 2016! The Panetta’s!

Venue: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth MA

Date: 7-30-16

Couple: Ashley and John Panetta

Photo: Zac Wolf

11 out of 11 for weddings so far this year. Another fantastic couple and great venue! Let’s start from the beginning as always. I was connected with Ashley a couple of years ago now as she had attended the 90’s Night I DJ on Friday’s at 6B Lounge in Boston. She left a Yelp review on the night and from that we had been in touch. We shared a mutual love of some of the same music of course with the 90’s but also some of the older punk rock artists as well. In terms of a playlist she and John wanted to really just mix it up for themselves and the guests of old and new with some party pleasers thrown in as well.

After just about a year of being booked with Ashley and John and all of the planning, emails and meeting up to chat all of the details – the big day had arrived. I loaded up the car with all of my gear, back up gear, and was off to the venue nice and early. It was HOT out but luckily the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing was held in a back pavilion area with tons of fans going and some shade for the guests. Once I was set up inside the pavilion – I drove up to another part of the venue where the ceremony was being held. It was a hidden gem! Beautiful garden area with a little koi fish pond. I had a minimal set up for this with one PA speaker, wireless mic for the officiant and I provided their ceremony music as well. Pre-ceremony music as guests were taking their seats was Vitamin String Quartet and then the wedding party walked out to ‘Canon in D’ while we then switched over for Ashley to ‘Book of Love’ by Peter Gabriel. Their friend did an incredible job officiating and once it was over they exited to one of my favorites ‘You Are The Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne.

Shuttle busses scooped all of the guests up and drove them back down to the pavilion area and we went directly into cocktail hour. It was fun – I got to play some chill indie rock stuff like some mellow Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver, and threw in some old school Rat Pack tunes as well to keep it mixed up. The appetizers looked amazing that I saw going around! Once cocktail hour was winding down we went directly into introductions. The wedding party and couple all were announced to ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ by JT and went right into their first dance ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran. Speeches were up next and a very lovely blessing from John’s Aunt which was really touching to see.

Dinner music was a similar style of cocktail hour and everyone seemed to be enjoying it. I had a few people ask me who some of the acoustic covers I played were, always great to interact with the guests. Ashley and John had the cake cutting at the tail end of dinner and then we played a song for Ashley and her father Joe Cocker’s ‘You Are So Beautiful’ and John and his mother was ‘I Will’ by The Beatles. Then of course my favorite part of the entire night – open dance floor! I had everyone up and going from start to finish with some top 40 Icona Pop, Macklemore, and dove into the 80s and 90s with some MJ, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, etc. and some Motown/Soul tunes as well (but NO Will Smith – don’t worry Ashely haha – it was requested but not played). We ended the night with a punk song Ashely wanted very badly from Piebald ‘American Hearts’.

CONGRATS to Mr and Mrs Panetta! Thank-you so much for including me in your big day. Cheers!

Couple of iPhone pics I snapped (complete with one of the goat wedding crashers wandering around the grounds!)

 

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Wedding #10 of the season rocks in with Ryan & Kelly!

Venue: Farmington Gardens, Farmington CT

Date: 7-23-16

Couple: Ryan and Kelly Akers

This. Was. AWESOME! I want to first discuss the venue and how much I loved this place. It’s a fairly new venue in the past five years or so I was told by the event coordinator. It was one of the easiest load in and load out weddings I’ve ever done, with tons of power and outlets inside and outside as well for the ceremony. The staff were all incredible as well and the food – WOW. The food was out of this world!!! Okay, now onto the wedding itself…

I was connected with Ryan & Kelly from our mutual friends Pat and Colleen Hirst. Pat had gone to school with Kelly a while back and once they reached the point of looking for entertainment for the big day he recommended me and before I knew it I was booked for July 23rd, 2016 in Farmington CT. They live in NH so we didn’t actually get to meet up face to face until a few weeks before the wedding but thanks to the power of the phone and emails, we had smooth sailing planning everything with music and timelines, etc. Ryan and I share a mutual love for old school hip-hop and I think that was a selling point for him booking me. Kelly was the nicest most easy going bride I’ve possibly ever worked with! She (well both of them) were open to all types of suggestions but had a lot of input and requests of their own as well. We really customized this to be “their” setlist and it really was that night.

The ceremony was held outside in a really nice back garden area of the venue. It was one of the absolute hottest days I’ve experienced but luckily enough most of the ceremony area was shaded by these huge trees which was a relief for all of us. I was set up to the side with a PA speaker and had one wireless mic connected for the officiant. I provided pre-ceremony music on songs they both wanted and then they had a friend take over and play and sing live acoustic for everything else – he was SO GOOD!

Once the ceremony wrapped up – everyone was shuffled into a side area of the venue which was indoors a green house with AC thankfully. This was one of my favorite parts of the venue again, while my big main set up was inside the ballroom area where we would be moving into for dinner and dancing – they actually had a PA system that hooked directly into my mixer and pumped the cocktail hour music into the greenroom – so I didn’t actually have to set up anything extra for that part of the night. So that was a plus on my end and I loved it! Cocktail hour was really fun, they wanted a mix of some old school chill 90s hip hop and R&B mixed in with some newer stuff as well. They wanted to keep it upbeat from the get go to really set the party tone. We didn’t really do too much of the jazz and rat pack route for this wedding.

As cocktail hour concluded and everyone came into the main ballroom – we went directly into introductions. (Loved the seating chart and table names BTW – all of them were Ski Mountain and resort names). Before I started the intros – and was getting the crowds attention – Ryan wanted to hype people up with the old Chicago Bulls theme song “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project. We then introduced grandparents and parents to “Dance With Me” by Olly Murs (which was a song I was newly exposed to!) – the wedding party was introduced to “Uptown Funk” and then Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Kelly Akers were introduced to “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore. It was awesome and everyone was already dancing and clapping along. They went right into the first dance (another song I was introduced to) “No Matter Where You Are” by Us The Duo – it was a really fun upbeat first dance to witness!

As dinner was starting we had a few speeches underway and dinner music was a similar vibe from cocktail hour – throwing in some chill classic rock at this point too and some old school funk and soul to start transitioning us into the dance party. Again – let me just tell you – the food was unbelievable. AMAZING steak and mashed potatoes. After cutting the cake to “Sugar” by Maroon 5 the parent dances were next. Ryan danced with his mother to Mac Miller’s “I’ll Be There” – so fun and upbeat hip hop song. Kelly went with an awesome choice Sir Stevie Wonder “Isn’t She Lovely” with her father. Both led us into one of the best dance parties I’ve seen in a wedding! We were all over the place from 90s pop with BSB, NSync to good old school hip hop from Dre, Biggie, and I even got to play a demanded request for Ryan “Area Codes” by Ludacris and Nate Dogg. That was a first getting away with that at a wedding haha. We had a nice blend of 80s hits as well with old funk and soul as well from Jacskon 5, Earth Wind & Fire, and others. And of course kept it fresh and modern with some tunes from Walk The Moon to Drake’s “One Dance”. It makes my job too easy when the crowd is that fun and into everything. It’s the best feeling!

Congrats to the Akers and thank-you SO much for including me in your big day. You guys were incredible to work with and we will 100 percent do drinks in Portsmouth sometime soon and recap it all.

Here are some quick iPhone snapshots I grabbed throughout the day and night – enjoy!

 

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9th wedding of 2016! Amanda & Mason!!!

Venue: Seacoast Science Center, Rye NH

Date: 7-9-16

Couple: Amanda and Mason Cox

Photo: The man, the myth, the legend Mikhail Glabets (who shot my wedding as well!)

Amanda & Mason everyone! I honestly am on a roll with the couples I get to work with. Every couple is different in many ways but have one thing in common – they are awesome to work with and they all just want a fun party vibe for them and their guests. I was introduced to these two via email from our mutual wedding photographer Mikhail. After a couple of drinks and a face to face meeting the rest was history and we were in constant contact for all of the music details of July 9th, 2016.

They were so laid back and easy going and very open to suggestions as well which I loved. Amanda asked me if I would be okay mixing in some Arabic dance songs for her and her family. Of course that isn’t a problem! This is what makes weddings still fun and exciting for me to do. Even with a MacBook loaded of 70,000 songs – every couple still has stuff I haven’t heard yet. It introduces me to new songs and artists. I also never know what type of crowd I am going to walk into and I love that challenge of getting 100 or so guests I have never met up and dancing.

Once I arrived to the venue and got set up the guests slowly started to trickle in from the ceremony which was held at a separate location. Cocktail hour to start was fun they wanted a mix of some jazzy mellow stuff from Ella Fitzgerald to Pink Martini. It went really well with the setting of being right on the water. The venue was gorgeous for it’s view! Once cocktails wrapped up and everyone came into the tent we were into introductions. The parents and wedding party were all announced to “Can’t Stop This Feeling” the newest and very fun song by Justin Timberlake. Amanda and Mason were then announced to “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities. I think I’ve said this before but it’s great when couples choose fun upbeat songs like this for introductions. It’s a party and really sets the tone for the night to follow! As soon as they were announced they went into “Everything” by Michael Buble for their first dance. Believe it or not – this was (I think) the first time I’ve ever had a couple choose Buble, such a good choice for a first dance.

Dinner was up next and was a similar style to cocktail hour but also mixing in some must play theme songs that Amanda and Mason wanted from the movie Up and also the show West Wing. I have some James Vincent McMorrow playing which someone asked me who it was they loved the song so much. And then during dinner something crazy happened! We lucked out with weather that it didn’t start pouring rain until everyone was at least inside the tent, so they were able to enjoy cocktail hour. Halfway through dinner though – all of the lights and some of the power went out. I think everyone thought I was controlling the lights at first haha but not the case. The best part though is I must’ve been plugged into a different power source because we never lost the music! I don’t know if anyone really noticed but since it was raining SO hard on the tent I tried to subtly play “No Rain” by Blind Melon and “The Rain” by Missy Elliot. Once the lights came back on everything was fine and it was time to cut the cake and get to the dancing.

Mason and his mother danced to “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins which I just found out was Mason’s first concert. I have been to 90,000 concerts and I have never seen Phil – I am VERY jealous of that! Amanda and her father danced to a classic Bob Dylan song “Forever Young”. From there we were off! Dance floor was PACKED all night long and I was mixing in the Arabic dance party songs every few tracks that Amanda provided me. It was great to be able to mix American top 40 and old school stuff with those – everyone was loving the flow and vibe. Seriously one of the most fun crowds I’ve ever had – don’t care if that sounds repetitive either – I really mean it.

CONGRATS Mr and Mrs Amanda and Mason Cox and thank-you times a zillion for having me!!! It was one to remember!!! (I even got to rock my T-Rex cufflinks!)

Enjoy a few of my quick iPhone photos!

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Wedding #8 of 2016 – Meet the Sweeney’s!

Venue: Museum of Science, Boston MA

Date: 7-2-16

Couple: Dana and Mike Sweeney

I cannot even begin to describe how happy I was to be a part of this wedding. Let’s back up about3 or 4 years now to when I first met Dana at my Friday night gig “90s Night” at 6B Lounge. Dana would frequent this night and soon became a regular and I became very familiar with her requests each week. (Whitney Houston, Salt N Peppa, Rob Base, and Juvenile). Well as chance would have it she apparently met Mike outside of 6B and somehow lured him into the throwback night – and the rest is history! Also – having the wedding at the Museum of Science with all of the T Rex’s was just more than fitting. It had all come full circle and it was amazing!

After several emails and a couple of meetings we were all on the same page in terms of flow of the night and music suggestions. They had an awesome theme of movies and TV shows so it was fun being able to sneak in stuff like “Jump In The Line” from Beetlejuice and “Goonies R Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper from the Goonies.

Arriving to the venue hours early – it was a very simple unloading process and getting set up was a breeze. The ceremony and reception were all in back of the Museum. The ceremony itself was held right along the water outside and it was a perfect day for it! Never know weather wise what you’ll get in New England but it was great. They had a live guitarist play their pre ceremony and ceremony music itself – while I provided a PA speaker and wireless mic for their friend who did a great job officiating the wedding. As they exited after the “I Do’s” was my cue to play “You’re My Best Friend” from Queen. People loved it and it really set the tone this was going to be a fun night. Also a massive note to add is 6B Lounge 90s Night made it into both of their vows!! I felt so proud haha.

I had a smaller setup outside where the ceremony was held also set up for cocktail hour playing a mix of some mellow 80s stuff from Duran Duran, The Cars, The Cure, and some classics from Bob Dylan, The Stones, etc. Once that wrapped up everyone then moved into the tent which was all right in the same area and I had my bigger main set up in there ready to go. While guests were coming in just had some background chill jazzy tunes playing and then went right into introductions. The wedding party to start was introduced to “Uptown Funk” then switched to “Work It” by Missy Elliot for the last part of the bridal party. Up next was Dana and Mike walking into “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and into their first dance “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges. (Guys – if you’ve not heard Leon Bridges album GO LISTEN NOW! It is incredible for a modern day artist, well for any artist for that matter!)

After the speeches and toasts the dinner stations all opened and I had a similar vibe going from cocktail hour to this of the mellow 80s stuff mixing in some of the Post Modern Jukebox covers of 80s and 90s as well. Dinner came to a close and into parent dances we went. Mike danced with his mother to “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant and Dana and her father did Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” and invited everyone up to join them halfway through to start the party! And off we went – all over the place with stuff like “Party Rock Anthem” into “Signed Sealed Delivered” and “Your Love” by the Outfield. It was one of the most fun groups I’ve ever DJ’d to and I knew that would be the case knowing Dana and Mike. They had a box of party props as well wigs, hats, glowsticks which just brings out the weirdness of people (I mean that in the best way possible) haha. I even rocked a wig for half the wedding myself! Closing song of the night chosen by the couple was SUCH an awesome idea I would not have thought of and a massive sing-along broke out “Forever Young” by Sir Rod Stewart.

Congrats to the Sweeney’s and thank-you a million for having me be a part of the big day!! Hope to see you guys at 90s Night sometime soon!

 

 

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Wedding #7 – checkmate! Abigail and Tom (from across the pond)…

Venue: Overbrook House, Bourne (Cape Cod) MA

Date: 6-26-16

Couple: Abigail and Tom

Photo: Alexandera Roberts

Wedding Coordinator: Mandy and her amazing team from Hummingbird Bridal

Double-header wedding weekend here!

I was connected with Abigail and Tom a little while back from the one and only Mandy O’ Connor of Hummingbird Bridal & Events. Instantly we had a connection as they lived in London England, Abigail is from New England but moved over to London to live with Tom. My wife Melanie is also British so the UK/US connection was great between us. We had a couple of Skype calls to start and emails discussing music and everything was booked to go!

Mandy and I did a site visit a few months prior while Abigail and Tom were in Mass. visiting and it was awesome to actually meet them and their families after the Skype calls/emails for so many months. It was super helpful also to see the venue ahead of time as it was a little spread out and I had to do three different set ups – but we got everything rocking for the day itself!

They were SO great to work with. They knew exactly what they wanted and didn’t want for music. It was fun to do the British/American theme a little bit with music as well.

I showed up to the Overbrook House which is honestly one of the most gorgeous venues I’ve ever DJ’d to this point – I showed up several hours early and starting setting up.

Ceremony was held up on a hill in front of the main part of the house with a gorgeous backdrop of trees and sun. I had one PA speaker set up and wireless mic for Abigail’s father, Peter who officiated a truly memorable and heartfelt ceremony. One of Tom’s groomsman, Ben played acoustic guitar as the wedding party entered the ceremony and an exit song once it all wrapped up – it sounded great!

We then moved over to cocktail hour which was in another location of the venue down in an open field type of area. They had lawn games set up and the bar going – I had a really nice mellow mix of old school music from the Rat Pack days up to mellow folk indie stuff from The Lumineers, Feist, and some Amy Winehouse and Adele for the Brits!

Once cocktail hour came to a close everyone was shuffled into the tent which was in the general same area as cocktail hour so I had the same set up going for that. The food was AMAZING! Tom the groom (much like myself) is a total foodie and they had quite the spread to say the least. Dinner music was a mix of everything from Beatles, Stones, Bowie to Lord Huron, Of Monsters & Men, Postmodern Jukebox, and some Tom Petty for us Americans! We had some really hilarious speeches and toasts during this time as well.

Dinner wrapped up and we shuffled everyone over to the dance hall area of the venue. I quickly broke down my gear and threw it all in my car and re-setup in record time to get the party started! Abigail and Tom were introduced to the Austin Powers Theme music which not many people know is actually by Quincy Jones song “Soul Bossa Nova”. People loved it to say the least! Into their first dance as husband and wife they went to “Fill Your Heart” by the late and great David Bowie. And open dance floor was off! People were mingling inside the dance hall and outside for the evening and it was an awesome steady flow which allowed me to play some stuff I don’t usually get to play. Keeping the Stones/Beatles/Queen and other British bands going I was able to even throw in some Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Edward Sharpe, M83, lots of good indie dance rock. Of course we had a great variety of some 80s/90s and tons of old school 60s/70s jams as well. The crowd was great and everyone had a blast. We closed the night out with Robbie Williams “Angels” to a massive group sing-along.

Thank you Abigail and Tom for having me! CONGRATS to you guys and I will surely let you know when I am over in the UK to connect and do drinks!

Thanks again to Mandy for connecting me with another fantastic couple and to Alexandra for being an awesome photographer to work with – it makes a huge difference when vendors known one another already! #DreamTeam

Cheers!

 

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Wedding #6 of the season, Heather & Paul! #GettinChizzyWithIt

Venue: The Pierce House, Lincoln MA

Date: 6-25-16

Couple: Heather & Paul Chisolm

So this was my first wedding back post my wedding a few weeks earlier on June 11th and man oh man I was ready to go! I had been connected and working with Heather and Paul for about a year now. We met for drinks to start and they were so easy going and chill – it made my job honestly too easy in a way! I was waiting to see where the “glitches” would be with them haha but there were none. So easygoing and an awesome couple all around.

I did what I always do and over the months leading up to the big day we circulated emails back and forth just organizing music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, etc. and the timeline of the day itself. Heather & Paul were great – they made Spotify playlists to share with me of music ideas/suggestions they wanted during the night from country to 80s dance jams and some new school top 40. We even did a site visit together of the venue ahead of time just to go over set up and all of the logistics.

Wedding day arrived and off to the Pierce House I went. I had a small set up outside (one PA speaker and wireless mic for the officiants) for their ceremony by the pond which was gorgeous. Running the music from iPhone – Heather had sent me over some instrumental MP3s of a few country songs for pre-ceremony while guests were being seated and I mixed those in with some Vitamin String Quartet songs. The ceremony started and the bridal party all entered to an instrumental version of Beyone’s “Halo” and Heather walked into “Here Comes the Bride”. They couldn’t have had better weather, the ceremony was great!

Cocktail hour was a blend of some mellow country tunes with old school jazzy music from Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra, and some Postmodern Jukebox covers of modern day pop songs which always go over well with the crowds once they recognize the songs. I then rounded up the wedding party and got introductions underway. The wedding party were all introduced to Will Smith’s “Getting Jiggy With It” to pair with the hashtag of the wedding #GettinChizzyWithIt – awesome song choice. Heather & Paul were then introduced to “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé & Jay-Z. They went directly into their first dance “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. I wasn’t familiar with the song before but it was really great for that moment!

Dinner was underway and the music was still a similar mix of cocktail hour with some country tunes but now mixing in some mellow classic rock that Paul also wanted like Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan. We had a few speeches and toasts which were all really well done and had some great laughs of stories of Heather and Paul. Once dinner was wrapping up we did the cake cutting to Maroon 5’s “Sugar” and then right into parent dances. Heather danced with her father to “One Call Away” by Charlie Pluth and then we had a huge surprise for Paul’s mother and their dance. Kate and Rich had practiced and brought their guitars and mics – and did a live version of LeeAnn Womack’s “I Hope You Dance”. It was SO GOOD and the crowd loved it. Really nice surprise for Paul’s mom.

And at that time – it was open dance floor! The crowd was an absolute 10 out 10 and were dancing all night long. Started out old school with some Sly and the Family Stone, Beatles, etc. and off into the 80s, 90s, and top 40, and back to the old school to close the night out. Some of the biggest sing alongs of the night were Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and “Shout” from the Isley Brothers.

Seriously – a top notch wedding and crowd all around. Thank you Mr & Mrs Chisholm for having me and congrats! Enjoy the honeymoon and Italy – we will recap over drinks soon!

 

 

 

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Fifth wedding of 2016! #BecomingMcLoftus

Venue: Mass MoCA, North Adams (Berkshires) MA

Date: 5-21-16

Couple: Julie & Jimmy McCarron

Well, this was freaking AMAZING!!! I have known these two for a few years now – going back to us all meeting when Julie used to work at 6B Lounge where I still currently DJ 90s Night every week. Her and Jimmy are the two nicest people you could ever meet in a lifetime and I’m beyond happy they asked me to DJ the biggest day of their lives.

Over the time spent getting to know and hang with them at 6B – I already had a good feel of what they liked for music and it is very much along the same lines as my personal tastes. A little bit of everything from indie dance rock to old school funk and soul, 50s and 60s, etc.

Once I was officially “booked” for May 21st at the Mass Moca – it was time to get down to business and really start going over specifics and timelines, logistics and all of that fun stuff. We met a couple of times over drinks and had a blast just talking music and how crazy wedding planning can be (as I am going through the same thing myself for my upcoming wedding) – so we were all on the same pages which was very nice. J & J explained to me that the ceremony would be played by live musicians and it was such an awesome touch seeing that happen.

I started to prep the playlists for dinner and dancing very far in advance and as I was finishing them up in the weeks leading to their wedding date – I kept getting SO SO SO excited for it. I love all of the couples I work with and I truly mean that but it is a little different when you actually ‘know’ the couples and are friends with them. I had put together an amazing dinner music of stuff they wanted like Depeche Mode & The Cure to The XX and Beach House to Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. The flow of it was awesome and really represented them as a couple.

Once I made the drive out to the Berkshires and started setting up I saw everything coming together. I loaned Julie’s brother Greg some PA speakers and stands in a different part of the museum as he and some friends ended up playing live for one of the most fun cocktail hours I’ve ever been a part of! It was nice to be able to hang out at this wedding and work. I loved getting to catch up with some of my old 6B Lounge crew who had made it out for the weekend as well.

Everyone wrapped up cocktail hour and headed downstairs into a main lobby of the museum where dinner was set up (WITH SOME OF THE BEST FOOD EVER!) J & J didn’t want to do some big deal and make a scene of introductions so we took a very casual approach and I just announced the wedding party’s names as they would wave from their seats. I then announced Julie & Jim and they went right into their first dance ‘I Found You’ by Alabama Shakes – it was SO good and they had some great moves (which makes me realize I need some major dance lessons before my wedding now haha).

As dinner started to wind down we had both parent dances take place. Jimmy danced with his mother to ‘Everlasting Light’ by the Black Keys and Julie danced with her father to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘When You Need Me’. This got things going and led right into the best dance party ever! The crowds I’ve worked with lately have made my job beyond easy it seems. Everyone is just in the best mood, will dance to anything played, it’s really awesome to be a part of it and see it happen. The dance party was a mix of everything from Jackson 5 and Aretha Franklin to Turn Down For What and Macklemore with plenty of 80s and 90s jams thrown in to represent the 6B Lounge days. We got in some Bog Seger, Tom Petty, and Isley Brothers in at the end of the night. The only problem with this wedding was – we ran out of time!! It honestly FLEW by once things got going and I was doing all I could to get all of their ‘must plays’ in but I felt bad I missed out on a couple. It was still amazing nonetheless and I want to repeat it again this weekend!

Thank-you Julie and Jimmy! You guys are amazing and two of my favorite people I’ve worked with – CONGRATS to you both and best wishes for the future! We need to pick a show to hit soon and get drinks and recap everything.

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