Kathryn & Keith – Wedding 8/2017 – INCREDIBLE!

Couple: Kathryn and Keith

Venue: Red Lion Inn, Cohasset MA

Date: 7-22-17

This was exactly how you should wedding, people! Let’s back up to the beginning of it all. I was connected with Kathryn months ago actually through out mutual hairdresser, Jess Feeley of Essentials Salon. Kathryn was getting her hair done one random night as I came in and Jess introduced us and we started chatting about her wedding, what musical tastes her and her fiancé had, etc. Soon after that I sat down for coffee with her and Keith as well for a more formal consultation meeting to go over everything more in depth/detail and it seemed like a great fit on both ends – and it absolutely was. I LOVED working with the two of them and grabbing drinks for a final check in recap of details right before the wedding date hit as well.

I was familiar with the venue from DJ’ing an event there last year so that always helps. Very easy load in and load out process and such a great spot once you see it in person – the rustic barn New England vibe it carries is very charming and cozy. As always – I was on site for the big day very early to set up and host a sound check to make sure we were good to go. K&K made it even easier on me with having everything held in the same location all night – so I really had just my one big main set up tucked off in a corner area of the venue.

Since it’s the middle of July, Kathryn decided for the pre-ceremony music to be a summer vibe so I had some Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson, etc. shuffling around (and this really set the tone of the party which was coming in a couple of hours.) As the ceremony began – the entire wedding party’s processional song was “Love Me Like You Do” by The Brooklyn Duo and Kathryn walked the aisle to “Canon in D” by String Quartet. It was a great ceremony and their officiant was a personal friend and nailed it. Once it was official – they walked off to “Everything” by Michael Buble.

Cocktail hour tool place on the second level just about but since everything was so open I was able to just turn up my current set up volume which I had sound checked earlier while walking around the second level & it worked out great. We went the old school classy jazzy vibe for this part of the night: Sinatra, Dean, Etta James, etc and throwing in some Postmodern Jukebox covers as well to keep it modern and fresh. As the guests all made their way back downstairs to their tables – we lined up the wedding party and kicked off the introductions. The wedding party itself was announced to “Good Feeling” by Flo-Rida and Mr. and Mrs. LeVan were announced to “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris/Rihanna. They proceeded to flow directly into their first dance Frank Sinatra’s “The Best Is Yet To Come”.

The dinner tone and music was more chill classic rock hits (a little bit of the older jazz classics here and there to carry over from cocktail as well) and some modern chill acoustic artists such as the Lumineers. I even snuck in some chill 90s alt rock from the Chili Peppers & Pearl Jam. People were all nodding their heads or tapping their foot during dinner and I could tell/feel the energy of that crowd was going to unleash pure insanity on the dance floor. The DJ or band are a big part of the wedding – no question – but a crowd makes or break it in the end – and this one made it and then some! As dinner was closing up we had their cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and right into back to back parent dances. Kathryn and her father to “My Wish” by Racal Flatts while Keith and his mother to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison.

OPEN DANCE FLOOR at this point of the night! Kicked off with my formula of the old school funk and soul jams and right into some 90s/80s and Top 40 crowd pleaser – throwing in a good amount of danceable classic rock as well from Bruce and The Doors – and a very special request for “Stanky Leg” because, why wouldn’t you?! “Stole the Show” from Kygo later in the night special request from Kathryn. We topped the night off with an oldie but a freaking goodie – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” from Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell.

A massive congratulations to Kathryn and Keith – had a blast working with you guys and being a part of this incredible event! All the best to you both!

Here are a couple of iPhone snaps from the evening:

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7th Wedding of 2017 season was CRAZINESS!

Couple: Lindsay and Mike

Venue: Foster’s Clambake, York ME

Date: 7-7-17

Pure craziness! In the best way possible. Lindsay and Mike threw a wedding I will not soon forget – they were incredible to work with and get to know – and the crowd at this wedding REALLY stepped up to the plate when it was dance party time. I first met with Lindsay and a friend of hers as they came by 6B Lounge to check out the 90s Night I do on Friday nights. Soon after that she wanted to book me and the rest is history. I finally met up for drinks a few months before the wedding as well to meet Mike and the two of them are just so laidback and chill yet so much fun. Seriously had a blast getting to know them both and bring all of their music ideas to life.

I had never worked this particular venue before but once I arrived on site for the big day I fell in love with it. About an hour and a half ish outside of Boston in a gorgeous little New England town – York, Maine. The venue is actually a restaurant with a massive event space in the back garden/yard area right on a little pond. Sadly the day the wedding rolled around was actually raining so we had to move everything inside the tent (ceremony and cocktail hour were supposed to be out on the lawn areas) but it didn’t matter or stop Lindsay and Mike and their crowd from having the best possible time ever on this particular Friday evening.

Once I was set up and sound checked – people started trickling into the tent for the ceremony. I had a chill pre-ceremony playlist shuffling and then it was show time. The bridal party processed to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur while Lindsay and her father processed to Haley Reinhart’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. A friend of theirs officiated the wedding and did a fantastic job with that. Once it came to a close they recessed out of the tent to the one and only Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love”.

Cocktail hour was up next with a mix of everything from some chill summer vibes of Bob Marley and Jack Johnson to some old school classics from the Rat Pack (Sinatra, Sammy Davis, etc.) with a little country esque tunes from Willie Nelson and Zac Brown Band, and people seemed to be enjoying that while grabbing drinks and catching up with one another. The rain held off at this point so the wedding party was able to grab some photos outside of the tent along the water and then we lined them all up for the introductions as they rejoined the reception. The bridal party were all announced to “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant while Lindsay and Mike followed suit to the same song dancing into the tent with everyone. Up next was their first dance “Just You and I” by Tom Walker.

To keep things rolling and on track with the timeline we had everyone else seated and went directly into toasts/speeches – which were hilarious and very heartfelt. Dinner music was up next as guests were chowing down on some amazing food (lobsters, etc) – the dinner mix was some chill classic rock from Petty/Bruce/Stones mixed with some modern chill indie tunes from Modest Mouse, Lumineers, etc. and once people finished up with dinner Mike and Lindsay had their back to back parent dances. Lindsay danced with her father to “Sweet Child of Mine” covered by Jasmine Thompson while Mike and his mother danced to “Forever Young” by Norah Jones. (awesome choices!)

Up next – was hands down – and I am not saying this just to say it and sound like a broken record from previous weddings – one of the wildest dance parties I’ve ever played to! Kicked things off old school funk and soul which is all cross generational music and gets everyone up and moving right off the bat. James Brown, Stevie Wonder, into the new school funk/soul sounds from Bruno, JT, and from there we were hitting the 90s/early 2000s gems – some 80s sing-alongs and back into the top 40. Getting into some of the old school dancey classic rock like Petty’s “American Girl” and obviously (whether you like it or not) Isley Brothers “Shout” is the biggest party song I’ve ever seen for a crowd of 100 plus people all going nuts. I hope Mike (who is a cop actually) appreciated the “Bad Boys” tune mixed right into “Bad Boy” from Mase haha. That was a fun one.

This wedding literally made me feel like a rock star that night and I cannot thank Lindsay and Mike (and their incredible crowd) for letting me rock the house for them. Lots of DJ’s to choose from out there and I’m very lucky they found me and chose me!

CONGRATS you two! Hopefully I will see you out at an upcoming 90s Night in the near future.

Here are a couple of iPhone pics from the evening:

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6th Wedding of the season with Serena and Alan!

Couple: Serena and Alan

Venue: Fort Rock Farm, Exeter NH

Photography: The one and only – Mikhail Glabets

Videography: Latimer Studios

Date: 6-18-17

Time for you all to meet Serena and Alan – an absolute dream team couple I was able to get to know and work with. I was connected with these two through a recommendation from their photograpger; Mikhail who I’ve worked with for a few years now and he actually shot my wedding last summer as well. Serena and Alan actually live in New York but thanks to the tech advances in 2017 of FaceTime, etc we were still able to easily connect and have our “consultation” meeting and cover all and every detail possible to bring all of their music ideas to life for the big day.

After a couple of months and ironing out all of the details, must plays, do not plays, etc. we were ready to go. I arrived super early as always especially with having three different locations and set ups for music to connect. The venue was a little hidden gem and the owners were fantastic to work with as well – which goes a long way as a vendor. Ceremony set up was outside in a back garden area which looked amazing with all of the greenery and fountain they had in place. I had a speaker set up out there for pre-ceremony and ceremony music along with a wireless mic for the wedding officiant. Serena and Alan also had two live musicians set up for the ceremony to sing/play a couple of songs during it – and it sounded incredible! Pre-ceremony music was a mix of different selections from Vitamin String Quartet. Once the ceremony was ready to start – the processional song chosen was really to represent Serena’s heritage; Teresa Teng’s ‘Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin’. (Again, I’ve said this before but a reason I still love to do weddings in particular is getting exposed to music/songs I never would’ve normally heard!). The ceremony was great, very well done and serious when needed to be but also had a touch of Serena and Alan’s humor in there. Once that concluded they walked off to their recessional song (amazing choice btw) of ‘This Must Be The Place’ by Talking Heads.

As we transitioned into cocktail hour – I had another speaker set up inside the barn of the venue which people were going inside and outside during this time. Cocktail music the couple wanted was a mix of some chill tunes from the likes of Norah Jones to Seu Jorge, Beck to Diana Krall, and they even wanted some ACTUAL T-Rex thrown into the mix! Cocktail hour wrapped up and everyone took their seats inside the barn for speeches and dinner. The set up was amazing – nice and rustic New England and was decorated perfectly. Once it was time for food and speeches had finished – we went into the dinner mix they had chosen – a mix of older jazz classics from Miles Davis/John Coltrane and some oldies from artists like The Tempations and Ben King. The food was out of this world! They had a pizza food truck out back and I was going up to it over and over again myself. Everyone was enjoying it and for dessert they had an ice cream booth set up. They really nailed it with food at this wedding.

My main set up was outside of the barn in a courtyard area of the venue and to kick off the dance party the couple wanted me to start playing ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ from Daft Punk and invite everyone outside to start the dance party. Once everyone made their way out – we had a blast! Musically it was a mix of everything new and old and all of the gems in between. The crowd was incredible (especially for a Sunday evening) and were open minded to whatever I had cued up to play. I can particularly remember some 90s hits going over very well along the older funk & soul classics from James Brown and The Supremes. It was awesome to be a part of this day celebrating with Serena and Alan. We closed the night out with two requests from them: ‘Doin It Right’ by Daft Punk and another nod to Serena and everyone that traveled all the way over to celebrate; Artist – Beyond Wong Ka Kui – Song – ‘Under A Vast Sky’.

All the best to you both Serena and Alan! Thank-you tons for letting me rock the house for you and your friends/family. Cheers!

Here are a couple of my quick iPhone pics of the day:

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Seidenberg = Wedding 5 / 2017!

Couple: Shauna and Michael

Venue: Central Bistro, Boston MA

Photography: Hancer Photography

Date: 6-10-17

I had a freaking blast working with these two from start to finish. I was very lucky enough to be referred to Shauna and Mike from some guests of previous weddings I had done in the past. I remember receiving an opening email contacting me from the start from Shauna saying something like “I love old school 90s, Biggie is a MUST play” and I was already hooked. The three of us met up over coffee to just connect more in person and go over their vision of the wedding itself and flow/vibe of music and before I knew it was locked in and booked for the following year June 10th, 2017.

I cannot get over how nice and easy they were both to work with and connect over the months leading up to the wedding. One of the most prepared couples I’ve ever worked with as well which helps me out a lot! They knew exactly what they were looking for and wanted to just create the most amazing fun night not just for themselves but their guests as well – and it was pulled off ten fold that night.

We had met up a couple of months before the wedding itself as well to do a venue walk through – and it is such an awesome spot right in downtown Boston. The wedding ceremony itself was going to be held just outside the restaurant in the lobby of the building – so I had supplied a speaker for that part of the night with all ceremony music, etc.

Inside would be the lounge area where my main set up would be placed covering cocktail hour and then the dance party later on in the night. For the dinner part of the night I had a couple other speakers set up on the other side of the restaurant for speeches and then ran a playlist off my phone from the overhead in house speakers.

Being able to do venue walkthroughs like that puts me at ease a ton and come the day of event I am ready to go and know where I’m setting up with no hiccups.

Once I pulled into the venue and got the logistics sorted and my multiple set ups in place – it was show time!

Shauna and Mike chose an amazing pre-ceremony playlist to play as guests arrived early on and took their seats of just all old school funk/soul from Sam & Dave to James Brown to Stevie Wonder. The ceremony then officially started with Mike and his wedding party walking into ‘Start Me Up’ from the Stones then switching over to Coldplay’s ‘A Sky Full of Stars’ for the families and bridesmaids to all process to. Shauna walked in with her father to ‘XO’ by Beyoncé. The ceremony was incredible with some awesome personal touches from the officiant who was a good friend to the couple. As the ceremony came to a close and we yelled “Mazel Tov” I kicked into their exit song ‘Crazy In Love’ by Beyoncé/Jay-Z. This set the tone early on an amazing party was soon underway.

As we all moved inside to the cocktail hour I was set up ready to go with a playlist Shauna and Mike wanted that was fun and upbeat with artists like Passion Pit, M83, and some Parov Stelar – all the while subtly mixing in some chill 90s R&B like SWV to Aaliyah (per Shauna’s request!) The cocktail hour was great and as the two of them finished up photos with their family – we went into introductions. First up was Shauna’s parents walking into ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ from GNR. Next was Michael’s parents walking into the Turtles ‘Happy Together’. Calvin Harris/Rihanna ‘We Found Love’ was the soundtrack for the rest of the wedding party and I officially welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Seidenberg into the room to an instrumental version of ’99 Problems’ by Jay-Z. They mingled and joined the cocktail hour for the remaining portion – then we all made our way to the other side of the restaurant for the speeches and dinner.

The speeches kicked off with Shauna’s father followed by the maids of honor and best man – all were funny yet very meaningful and well done. The dinner playlist was a little more or less along the lines of cocktail hour but going a little more mellow with some acoustic instrumental songs I had put together and still some chill 90s R&B to keep that vibe going for Shauna – guests seemed to really be into it.

The food was INCREDIBLE at this wedding – and as dinner finished up everyone made their way back over to the reception area to kick off the dance party. Shauna and Michael were up for their first official husband and wife dance to ‘The Way I Am’ by Ingrid Michaelson. Shauna and her father were up next dancing to John Denver ‘Sunshine on my Shoulders’ followed by Michael and his mother to the Boston classic ‘Sweet Caroline’ from Neil Diamond – I invited all of the guests to join them halfway through the song which brought us right into the Hora and the bride and groom being hoisted up in chairs – kicking off the best dance party ever. I transitioned into some old funk/soul to keep all ages and generations on the dance floor for a bit – moving into some upbeat top 40 from Walk The Moon and Bruno Mars and headed into the 80s and 90s (tons of 90s hip hop!) of course… and who doesn’t love 100 plus people singing every word to *Nsync or Vanilla Ice? Throwing in some danceable classic rock from The Stones, Doobie Brothers, everyone was loving it & they were one of the most fun crowds I’ve been a part of playing to! We closed the night out with AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and the final song was a slow rock jam for Shauna’s parents – ‘Thank-You’ by Led Zep.

All in all – it was a 10/10 on my end from the first email I received from Shauna and Mike to the last shout out and song being played.

CONGRATS you guys! Thank-you so much for letting me be a part of the big day. Hopefully I will see you at 90s Night some Friday soon!!!

Enjoy the couple iPhone pics I was able to snag from the evening:

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Rolling on with the 4th Wedding of 2017!

Couple: Shay and Scott

Venue: Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster MA (Cape Cod)

Photo: Doug Levy

Video: Veracious Productions

Date: 5-6-17

Shay and Scott everybody! This was one of the absolute best wedding I’ve ever been a part of from start to finish. I know I’ve said that before and I’m lucky enough to be saying it again now. It is said with the utmost sincerity as well – everything about it on my end as a vendor and working with these two rocked. Shay and Scott booked me fairly early on after being familiar with my Friday 90s Night at 6B Lounge in Boston and had a sense of my style and approach to gigs and crowds so that made things a little easy as well and already broke the ice between us. We connected for a consultation meeting over drinks about a year before the wedding date itself and the rest is now history.

After chatting in person and various emails, texts, and calls we narrowed down exactly what music/vibe they were going for and just as important NOT going for. They agreed mixing up everything and focusing on the music of “our” era would be the best fit – and it worked wonders on the crowd that night. Everything from new Top 40 tracks to some old school 60s Rock N’ Roll with the 80s and 90s and early 2000s gems. I arrived to the venue as always super early that day to set up and had the chance to meet Shay and Scott’s families who were incredible and all very much into music. I was happy that Shay’s Dad is a fellow Parrothead so I was asked to sneak in some Jimmy Buffett during cocktail and dinner hours – fine by me!

The venue is truly stunning and overwhelming in the best way possible. I had DJ’d here a few years back but this time we were set up in the main mansion of the grounds. Sadly – due to weather we were not able to have the outdoor front lawn ceremony as originally planned but everything worked out great inside the mansion ballroom areas. The ceremony ended up being held inside a split off room from the reception area where I had one speaker set up in the back for microphones and music. Shay and Scott chose a pre-ceremony playlist mixed up of artists like David Gray to Jason Mraz and it went over very well as guests arrived and took their seats. Once it was go time – they wedding party and parents all entered to Van Morrison ‘Crazy Love’ and up next was Shay walking into ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ from Ingrid Michaelson. The rabbi took over from there and held a great ceremony that everyone was thoroughly engaged in. As things came to a close S&S were now officially married and walked off to Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once In My Life’.

We moved onto cocktail hour which was held in a different ballroom/courtyard area of the mansion with some chill venue house music covering that portion of the night. While this was going on I was doing my final prep and soundchecks in the reception ballroom. As guests started to trickle in and find their tables I had some chill instrumental music going before the introductions. Once everyone was lined up and ready to go we went into announcing the parents and wedding party to ’24K’ by Bruno Mars and Shay and Scott to Kanye’s ‘Good Life. As the attention was already on them right then and there – they went into their first official dance as husband and wife to Ed Sheeran ‘Tenerife Sea’. As everyone was then seated and we moved right into speeches and toasts with an awesome dinner playlist of chill classic rock with some mellow indie folk stuff and as I said earlier some Buffett for the Parrotheads in the family! Dinner was fantastic and once that was winding down we went into parent dances to kick things off.

Shay and her father danced to Tim McGraw ‘My Little Girl’ and Scott and his mother danced to ‘Child of Mine’ from Carole King. As soon as those ended we went directly into The Hora – the Jewish traditional party song where both the bride and groom are hoisted up in their chairs with the crowd dancing in a circle around them – if you’ve never seen this before make sure to check it out on YouTube – it’s pretty crazy and amazing! This was a great way to start the actual dance party as well – with everyone on the dance floor already we dimmed down the lights, threw on the party lights and transitioned into some old school funk and soul from Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Contours, and right into the modern day funk and soul artists like Bruno & JT. I was IN LOVE with this crowd. Like, I cannot say it enough. One of the best crowds I’ve had the pleasure of playing to – they danced to every single song played throughout the night. I loved near the end of the night being able to get away with some upbeat danceable rock songs like Tom Petty, the Stones, AC/DC as well. The 90s old school hip hop and 90s Pop went over VERY well. Before I knew it – I was making my final announcement and as discussed with Shay and Scott – we ended up doing a Boston/NY-NJ mash up as Scott is from NJ and Shay is from Mass. Mixing up songs like ‘Dirty Water’ into ‘Born To Run’ was very fun to do – and everyone singing every word made it even better.

Hats off to this crowd for being AMAZING and so much fun!

CONGRATS to Shay and Scott! Thank-you SO much for having me be a part of the day.

Enjoy a video link recap from the awesome videographers that night and some quick iPhone pics from myself:

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Third Wedding of 2017 – done and done!

Couple: Lindsay and Scott

Venue: Publick House, Sturbridge MA

Videography: The amazing Luke Dent of Favorite Media Holiday

Date: 3-19-17

Lindsay and Scott’s wedding will not soon be forgotten on my end. This one was one for the books on every aspect. I’ve been fortunate to know Lindsay for several years now and be able to call her a good friend. When she first started telling me about the this new guy Scott a couple of years back – I was thrilled for them. As time went on I kept hearing his name mentioned more and more to “we are buying a house together” then to “we just got engaged! Will you DJ?!” Without hesitation I said yes and could not wait to see everything come to life on the big day.

I absolutely LOVE the venue they chose for the wedding. I’ve DJ’d there before but aside from that will sometimes just do a day trip out there for lunch or dinner, it’s an awesome old historic inn and I highly suggest checking it out. The food is unreal there. Leading up to the wedding – we had met up and gone over all of the details of flow, vibe, music must plays and do not plays, etc. as I do with all of my couples. I already knew Lindsay loves country so I had to make sure I had that genre covered haha. They were a dream to work with – so easy and chill but knew what they wanted at the same time.

Once the day arrived after months of planning, emails back and forth, song ideas and everything else it was show time! I arrived to the Publick House as I always do for weddings super early for set up and soundcheck. Luckily this was a very easy set up and load in for myself. The ceremony and reception were held inside a dining room area of the venue – while cocktail hour was just beyond that location in a little barn-esque type of area. So gorgeous and old school – all wooden exposed beams with that rustic New England vibe. For pre-ceremony music we had a playlist shuffling of chill Vitamin String Quartet songs mixed in with some Michael Buble/Jason Mraz love songs. As the ceremony began the bridal party processed to Ben Rector “Forever Like That” while Lindsay walked the aisle to an instrumental version of “Marry Me”. The ceremony was great and once it concluded and said “I Do”, Scott and Lindsay walked off to “Everything” by Michael Buble.

The guests all then ventured into the cocktail hour area while the venue flipped the room from ceremony to reception/dinner. I had a speaker in place with a playlist shuffling of all music Scott and Lindsay wanted. David Grey to the Lumineers, Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash, The Beatles to Steely Dan. The guests seemed to be enjoying it along with their cocktails.

As the cocktail hour came to a close and the main reception room was opened back up I was inside continuing the cocktail music transition with chill tunes as everyone took their seats for introductions. We first announced the group of groomsman who all entered to “Through the Wire” by Kanye and the group of bridesmaids all entered to “Walking on Sunshine”. As soon as Mr. and Mrs. Russell were announced to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by JT and received a massive applause they went directly into their first dance “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge. Dinner began as usual with a couple of toasts and speeches which were all very well done and we had a good mix for dinner music from some mellow 90s alt rock from The Cranberries and Wallflowers with some more classic rock stuff from Petty, Bruce, and the Stones thrown in. And yes, more country as well of course. With dinner winding down Lindsay and Scott both had their parent dances back to back to kick things off for the dance party. Scott danced with his mother to the classic Boyz II Men song “Mama” while Lindsay danced to “I’ll Be There” by Josh Turner. As soon those ended we dimmed down the lights and were off! Kicked things off old school funk and soul to get everyone involved with some Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Sly & The Family Stone moving into some top 40 Bruno Mars, JT, Taylor Swift, and others. Of course not leaving out the gems of the 80s and 90s as well which are always huge crowd pleasers. I have to be honest – when I first got booked and saw it was on a Sunday evening I was thinking “hmmmm this will be fairly mellow then”. NOT the case. This crowd was here to party and here to stay! Here to stay to the point where we broke our original set curfew and I ended up playing for another half hour or so. They didn’t want it to end and neither did I. When you have a crowd that engaged and awesome it just flies by. Being that it was Saint Patrick’s weekend I had to throw in “Shipping Up to Boston” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around” We capped the night off with a special request from Lindsay and Scott “Loving You Easy” by Zac Brown Band.

Seriously everything was amazing. The detail and all of the hard work and planning these two put into it was shown and made it a night not to forget. I am so lucky and honored to have been a part of this one – I wish you guys the best and thanks again for choosing me to rock the house!

Couple of quick iPhone pics below:(Scott was MIA at the end of the night for our “couples” pic haha)

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Wedding Recap #2 of 2017 season!

Couple: Elana and Pete

Venue: Seaport Hotel, Boston MA

Photography: Person and Killian Photo

Videography: Next Level Films

Date: 2-25-17

This. Was. AMAZING! Elana and Pete’s wedding was my biggest wedding I’ve DJ’d to date; I believe pushing a crowd of 250 or more guests at a gorgeous venue in the Seaport area of Boston. To start from the beginning – I was introduced to these two from Elana’s sister Stephanie who I’ve known for a few years now. We had a consultation meeting over drinks and chatted music and vibe and before I knew it they emailed me wanting to book and confirm me a year later for their date in February of 2017. I had a blast getting to know both of them and work with them to bring all of their musical ideas to life on the big day. (Pete and I in particular really bonded over the classic old school hip hop golden era which I was able to incorporate during the dance party!)

I met with the wedding coordinator of the venue a couple of months before the date of the actual wedding to just do a walk through of where we will be setting up and specifics of loading in and out, etc. After a few more meetings with Elana and Pete and several emails over the months leading up, it was suddenly February 25th and time to party! I loaded the car up and as always to calm my OCD lol arrived to the venue insanely early so I have more than enough time to cover all of the set ups and soundchecks in the different areas. This venue was SO easy to load in and out from – pull right up and the ballroom we would be in was right there, so nice when that happens!

We had a couple of different locations and set ups for this day but all in the same overall area so it was a breeze. The ceremony was held in a room off to the left of the main ballroom reception area so I had set up in there to start. Two QSC K12’s to cover the larger crowd and all of the music was played directly from my phone. Elana had selected the pre-ceremony music as a mix of Vitamin String along with David Gray & John Legend. Once we began the ceremony – Elana had me edit the song ‘All This Time’ from OneRepublic which would play out for the groomsman & Pete, parents and children to enter, all of the bridesmaids, and it was timed perfectly Elana would then walk the aisle near the end of the song at a specific lyric. We had gone over the time signatures a few times and nailed it! The ceremony was very well done and the Justice of Peace did a fantastic job. Once everything was done and they had said “I Do” – they exited the ceremony to Diana Ross “Can’t Hurry Love” and we all headed out into the hotel hallway area for cocktail hour.

I had another pair of QSC speakers set up out here running a playlist off my phone. Elana and Pete opted to go for a more fun and upbeat cocktail hour mix from Justin Timberlake and The Chainsmokers while mixing in some old funk and soul for good measure as well. People were really digging that playlist and set the tone for the massive party that was about to take place.

While everyone was enjoying the cocktail hour I ran back into the ballroom for a final soundcheck and final run through of my upcoming announcements. The crowd started to slowly trickle in and find their seats and I kept the vibe similar to cocktail hour as they did so. Up next were the introductions, I started out by introducing a mutual friend of Elana and Pete (to the song Picture Me Rollin’ by 2Pac nonetheless!) and he took over to MC the introduction of the bride and groom to ‘Uptight” by the one and only Stevie Wonder. With the attention all on them from the introduction they went directly into their first dance Bruce Springsteen’s ‘If I Should Fall Behind’. Once that concluded and everyone was seated we rolled into speeches and dinner music. The dinner vibe they wanted was a little more on the classic rock side with some funk/soul and to appeal to Pete’s hip hop side I was playing some old funk originals which our 80s/90s stars all sampled in their songs.

With dinner coming to an end Elana and Pete did the cake cutting with the back to back parent dances leading right into the most epic of dance parties! Elana danced with her father to ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Stevie Wonder and Pete danced with his mother to ‘Days Like This’ from Van Morrison. Two awesome selections and I kicked the dance party off with some classic old school Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield to get everyone up and involved and from there ventured into modern top 40, 80s/90s unforgettable gems and the crowd was absolutely insane and a blast to play to. They were eating up the old school hip hop later on in the end and we closed the night down with some danceable rock sing alongs from Tom Petty, The Stones, S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff along with the Isley Brothers ‘Shout’.

A massive thank-you again to Stephanie for connecting me with this – hands down one of the most wild and fun weddings I’ve ever been a part of!! Cannot wait to see the final video and pictures.

CONGRATS to Elana and Pete, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME! I wish you guys all the best!!!

Below are my several iPhone photos to briefly relive the night:

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Happy 2017! Wedding #1 of the Season is in the books!

Couple: Angela and Terry

Venue: Jones River Trading Post, Kingston MA

Date: 1-14-17

Only two weeks off in between 2016 and 2017 wedding season – no rest for the wicked! The last few years of doing weddings my season typically has begun in April/May and gone through October/November at the latest. I was so lucky with having that extend as it was into December for 2016 and now kicking things off right away in the start of a new year in January. I always wondered what doing a “winter wedding” would be like. What if there is a blizzard? What if the Patriots are playing in a huge playoff game the same night as the wedding?! Well, one of those two things did happen haha but this ended up being one of my all time favorite weddings to DJ and have become friends with Angela and Terry as an added bonus. (Oh, and the blizzard also did take place but luckily was a weekend before this wedding so getting to and from the venue wasn’t bad at all.)

I was connected with Angela first through an email on my website stating how her then fiancé and now husband Terry who only listens to sports talk radio or Pearl Jam only – apparently had heard me DJ’ing on a random Friday night at 6B Lounge’s 90’s Night. I guess he had a good time and suggested to get in touch with me to DJ the big day. The three of us met up and hit it off right away in our consultation meeting. Terry and I shared a love for Pearl Jam and 90s rock music and also a mutual love for all things craft beer and IPA’s. Angela and I connected with our love for indie rock bands like Miike Snow, M83, and so on. Seriously I felt like I was talking to myself throughout the meeting with how into the same things we were. Needless to say they ended up booking me and I was on board the rock the house for these two.

They were SO easy to work with throughout the entire process of about 10 months or so leading up to the wedding date. Angela was very organized knowing just what she wanted/didn’t want for different parts of the night and we met up a couple of times just to make sure we were all on the same page of music, timeline, vibe, flow for the night so I could provide them more than what they wanted and expected from me.

Once the day finally arrived as always I got to the venue super early for set up and sound check. The venue was SO AWESOME in person (and sounded great in there with acoustics). It was basically like an old boat house renovated into an event space – I loved it. I also have to say it was probably the easiest wedding I’ve ever done in terms of setting up. ONE SET UP FOR THE ENTIRE NIGHT! I am used to running around like a madman with multiple setups and gear all over the place – but this was one and done.

The ceremony was held right there on site and I had a little mix going on for pre-ceremony music of Vitamin String Quartet which always works well. As soon as the actual ceremony was ready to start the bridal party all processed to “Over the Rainbow” by the Hawaiian legend Israel K. Angela processed to “Pachelbel Canon in D” one of the most stunning pieces of music ever written. The ceremony was great – serious and humorous at times – a very nice balance. Once it came to an end Angela and Terry walked off to Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply”.

As we went into cocktail hour I played a really fun mix of the indie rock music Angela (and myself) both love and mixed in a few old school classics as well to keep the overall crowd engaged and enjoying it. Up next were introductions. We introduced the Bridesmaids as an entire group to the song “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” by the Hollies – and the guys were all announced to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”. The newlyweds were announced to “Helicopter” by Bloc Party which was awesome to play for an introduction!

Angela and Terry went directly into their first dance “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam. As we started the dinner portion of the night I kept a similar mix to cocktail hour going and adding in a little more classic rock as well as some of the more “mellow” 90s rock tunes to appeal to Terry (and appeal to myself!). I don’t usually get to play stuff like that out so that was a treat for me. The speeches were all great and Angela’s sister had actually gotten in touch with me before the wedding explaining how one part of her joint speech would reference Disney and if I could download and play the Disney theme music – it worked out great and was timed perfectly and a nice little surprise for Angela.

As dinner was winding down we dimmed the lights down and threw on my lighting rig and got the dance floor going! Kicked things off with some classic old school funk/soul Jackson 5, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and mixing that into some newer school funk/soul stuff from Justin Timberlake/Bruno Mars and from there I took the crowd all over the place. 80s/90s/classic rock sing-alongs etc. and kept it new and fresh with some Top 40 being sprinkled in throughout the night. The crowd was TOP NOTCH and crazy fun to play to. Very open minded to anything being played and kept moving all night long.

I did keep the crowd posted on the Patriots playoff game score and course I had to represent somehow and wore my Pats tie for good luck – and sure enough as the wedding ended the Pats won!! What an amazing night to be a part of.

Thank you A&T so much for having me and CONGRATS to you both!! We will hit a show sometime soon and drink some awesome beers!!

Here are a couple of iPhone pics from the night to check out:

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Final & 28th wedding of an incredible 2016 is here with Nicole and Jamie on NYE!

Venue: DoubleTree Hotel, Danvers MA

Couple: Nicole and Jamie Brooks

Photo: Wendell Fernandes Photography

Date: 12-31-16

What started back in April comes to an end with my biggest and busiest season yet. 28 weddings from April until now December 31st – 2016 you were amazing to me and every couple I worked with knocked it out of the park beyond anything I imagined! The final chapter of this season comes in with Nicole and Jamie who had the most amazing New Years Eve wedding ever. This was almost my first ever NYE wedding and I was so happy to be a part of it.

I met these two a while back and we all got along very well right away and soon after they booked me. SO easy to work with – Nicole was insanely organized which puts me at ease with details of music, timeline of the day, exactly what they did and did not want for music and the overall vibe of the night.

I arrived very early the day of the event since we had a couple of set ups to take care. The ceremony was held onsite on one part of the hotel in this gorgeous little courtyard area which I set up a speaker and supplied music and a mic for the ceremony itself. For pre – ceremony music we had a nice shuffle blend of Vitamin String Quarter songs going while guests arrived and took their seats. One the ceremony started their friend and officiant Malika took over and did an AMAZING job. The bridesmaids all entered to “Moon River” by the Honey Trees while the ring bearers and flower girl walked into “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy. Nicole herself walked the aisle to live bagpipe music which sounded so gorgeous – awesome touch to the wedding. Once the ceremony ended and they said “I Do” they exited to a balloon drop from the ceiling and the song “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. It was such a fun ceremony to witness but also very serious when it needed to be.

Cocktail hour was held in a separate room and music was done by the bagpiper from the ceremony. As that was all going on – I had my final set up and sound check in the main ballroom waiting for everyone to enter. I had on some chill funk/soul background music as everyone made their way into the ballroom and found their tables. We then lined up the wedding party and Nicole and Jamie right outside for introductions. The wedding party was announced to “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd and everyone did a mini mannequin challenge! Nicole and Jamie were then introduced to “Miami” by Will Smith – they are both from Boston but actually met in Miami so that was just too perfect and fitting! They went directly into their first dance Lee Brice “I Don’t Dance”.

Up next we had a couple of speeches and toasts and I went into dinner music from that. We had a mix of some old school funk/soul stuff with a little bit of modern chill acoustic lounge stuff from the XX with some Of Monsters & Men, and of course some classic rock gems from the Stones/Petty and others. The crowd seemed to be into the dinner playlist which was great.

As dinner came to a close – I grabbed both Nicole and Jamie to do the parent dances and then open up the dance floor itself. Jamie danced with his mother to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts – then Nicole was up next dancing with her father to Bette Midler “You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings” – and from that we were off! I usually start things out old school but this crowd was ready and they were there to party so we went more Top 40 based and kicked off “We Found Love” by Rihanna and from there into everything of 80s/90s/old school classics like “Twist and Shout” etc. Since this was a NYE wedding also – Nicole & Jamie supplied party props of glow sticks and some bubble machines which we kicked on and the place was going crazy! SUCH a fun energetic crowd and went right into midnight with a countdown – at midnight itself I played about a minute of the classic “Auld Lang Syne” into Prince’s “1999” (a little 2016 in memory of him) and right into “Shout” from the Isley Brothers. We closed things down with a couple huge group sing alongs and before I knew it – time was up! This wedding FLEW by as it was just so energetic from start to finish.

I cannot thank Nicole and Jamie enough for having me run the big day with music. CONGRATS to you both!!

Couple iPhone pics to check out below:

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Wedding 27 of the season with Margaret & Kevin! THIS is how you do a wedding!

Venue: Lenox Hotel, Boston MA

Couple: Margaret and Kevin Miley

Photo: THE LEGENDARY (who also shot my wedding earlier this year) Mikhail Glabets Photography

Date: 12-17-16

I was very lucky this season as I stated from my previous post to extend working into the month of December. And it happened, folks. THE FIRST REAL SNOW OF THE YEAR FELL EARLIER IN THE DAY! (Loading equipment in snow was fun lol!) This was hands down, no question one of the best weddings I’ve ever been a part of with one of the best couples I’ve ever worked with! Kevin and Margaret crushed it on every detail and aspect from start to finish. I was connected with these two from our mutual photographer, the crazy man himself; Mikhail Glabets. It was so much fun to work another wedding with him and I cannot wait to see the shots he got of everyone partying, which is all they did, all night long. Partied and then partied some more.

The three of us met down a couple of times in the months leading up to the big day to go over the venue, music, any and every detail possible so I was 100 percent ready to deliver what they wanted. Kevin is from Ireland actually so all he wanted was Dropkick Murphy’s the most authentic Irish band out there. (Kidding of course, DKM were on the do NOT playlist). Instead he wanted a little old school U2 & Snow Patrol mixed into the earlier part of the evening while Margaret was into the indie rock scene and old Motown funk/soul stuff – which is all personal favorites of mine so this was awesome to bring to life.

Since the ceremony was being held at a Church in Boston I made my way to the Lenox nice and early to get set up and sound checked. Their cocktail hour was being held at the hotel in another lounge area with a live pianist playing which sounded incredible! Once all of the guests made their way into the room dinner and dancing was held, I was there to greet them with some Motown/jazzy big band mixes going on while they all took their seats. The room we were in was stunning – all gold and a huge dome ceiling – appropriately titled “The Dome Room”.  We then lined up the wedding party and couple right outside and went into introductions. The wedding party was announced to the classic “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison while Kevin and Margaret were announced to “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by the Tempations. They went right into the first dance Coldplay’s “Til Kingdom Come”. Margaret then danced with her father to the Tempations “My Girl” (which erupted into a sing along with the entire crowd). Kevin was up next with his mother dancing to “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King which also had another huge sing along from the crowd. Up next were some speeches and welcome toasts which was so well done, heartwarming with a nice touch of humor as well and a little bit of a roast from the Best Men and Maid of Honor.

Dinner started and the food was amazing. Seriously amazing. Our dinner playlist was a mix of some indie rock stuff with some Irish artists and still throwing in the oldies as well. The classics never get old! As dinner wrapped up and Kevin and Margaret made their way around the room to chat – we dimmed down the lighting and turned it into open dance floor and it was nonstop with this crowd. They were super energetic and open minded to everything being played and I was able to stick to most of the must playlist as well for the couple. Lots of 90s classics and some top 40 sprinkled in with some Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. Since it was a week before Christmas as well – during dinner I snuck in a couple of old school tunes for that theme and during the dance party we had a massive sing-along to Mariah Carey and the Pogues – it was AWESOME. K & M wanted to close the night out with the greatest Rock N’ Roll band of all time, THE ROLLING STONES – and as soon as the opening riff of “Satisfaction” hit the crowd sang every word at the top of their lungs to finish off a flawless night.

Thanks again to Mikhail for connecting me with these two and thank-you times a zillion to Kevin and Margaret for choosing me and having me!! CONGRATS and we better continue to do drinks/dinners – we just won’t have to go over wedding details anymore!

Enjoy a couple iPhone pics here: (especially the one of the three of us holding the T-Rex Mikhail brought in for a prop!) lol.

 

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