Funk, Motown, 90s Hip Hop, Guns N’ Roses. Mr. and Mrs. Rufo know what’s up! #13/2017

Couple: Jimmy and Victoria

Venue: The International, Bolton MA

Photo: Hannah Gunnell of Ramblefree Photo Co.

Video: Clear Vision

Date: 8-18-17

DJ T-Rex’s Wife: “You can’t book a wedding on my Birthday!”

DJ T-Rex: “Hold My Beer”

Pay attention and take notes people – THIS is how you wedding. You first off start out by being incredible to work with and really knowing exactly what you want/don’t want for your vibe and music. You then share a mutual love for the 80s and 90s with your DJ along with old school hip-hop, old school funk, soul, and Motown. Along with sharing a mutual love for good drinks and beers. Along with a mutual love for Larry Bird and the classic Boston Celtics.

Add all of that up? You get Jimmy and Victoria’s incredible wedding. I loved getting to know these two over the course of the year leading up to the big day. So nice and fun, just awesome genuine good people. They had seen me at 90s Night in the past and connected with me from that and I’m so glad they did.

The venue – which I’d never played before was awesome and home to one of the most famous golf courses in the New England area. The staff was super friendly and I felt very comfortable from start to finish while setting up and sound checking. While Jimmy and Victoria held their ceremony off-site – my wife (best assistant ever! Thank-you again for working on your birthday) – we got everything ready to go nice and early and I greeted the guests coming in for cocktail hour to start with requests from the couple of music from: the Temptations to Otis Redding to Jackson 5 to Curtis Mayfield. It was a great vibe and how could you not tap your foot along to that music while enjoying a cocktail?

With the cocktail hour winding down – I then introduced both sets of parents to ‘Start Me Up’ from the Stones and Mr. and Mrs. Rufo to ‘Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay. Their first official dance as husband and wife was next – The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’. Such a good song!

Dinner kicked off with a few toasts and speeches and the dinner playlist as handpicked from J&V was a little bit of the cocktail vibe but also getting into some chill classic rock as well. I could feel the energy in the room and it was awesome – I was excited to get this crowd up and moving for the remainder of the evening. The parent dances led into open dance floor – Jimmy and his mother dancing to an Italian song ‘Le Mamme’ by Toto Cutugno and Victoria and her father to ‘Fields of Gold’ by Sting.

The playlist for dance party was everything you could imagine. I kicked it all off with some Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, etc. to get all ages and generations up and going – carrying into MJ, Prince, Billy Idol, along with all the 80s and 90s, top 40 gems on their do playlist. Later in the night we got into some rock and roll and touched on Jimmy’s fave band GNR with a massive sing-along to ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ and back into the funk soul, and repeat. Everyone was amazing in the crowd and danced to whatever was being played. We capped the night off with an MJ/GNR medley. I think a few people lost their voices at this one!

THANK-YOU Jimmy and Victoria for being so awesome and choosing me to rock the house. Celtics games, 90s Nights, and beers are a must up at some point soon.

Cheers and congrats to you both!!!

iPhone pics below, enjoy:

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Double header weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Spano! 12/2017

Couple: Chris and Nadia

Venue: Exchange Conference Center, Boston MA

Photo: The legend who shot my wedding last summer! Mikhail Glabets

Date: 8-12-17

Chris and Nadia were incredible to work with. I was lucky enough to be referred by our now mutual photographer, Mikhail about a year ago for this one. After a consultation meeting and checking me out at 6B Lounge on a Friday for 90s Night – they booked and confirmed me for August 12, 2017 & the rest is history.

They were SO easy going and fun to work with and get to know over the entire process of planning all the details, vibe, and music for the night. We had a mutual love and passion for the 90s along with some 80s and classic rock jams which were all thrown into the dance party portion of the night as well.

Since I had never DJ’d this particular venue before – we did a quick walk through a couple weeks before the wedding date which always helps me on the day itself. I was able to see where I’d be setting up and the loading/unloading process as well.

As the calendar hit 8-12-17 – I made my way down to the venue to get set up and sound checked nice and early. This venue was a bit of a unique layout actually – while all the guests were on the bottom floor area for the ceremony along with reception – I was set up on the second floor overhang balcony overlooking the audience! I felt like a DJ in a Miami nightclub haha – and because of the sound being so elevated – the acoustics were incredible and sounded great for all parts of the night.

Chris’s uncle took the role of officiating the wedding and he did an incredible job. Pre-ceremony music as guests were shuffling in was a mix of Vitamin String Quartet songs which transitioned to Vitamin String’s version of Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing’ – the entire wedding party including Nadia all processed in to this song. As the ceremony wrapped up they walked out to ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ by Blue Suede (skipping over the weird chanting intro beginning of the track lol).

Outside in the back of the venue located right on the water of the Seaport district of Boston was the cocktail hour. The weather was incredible and being on the water was so nice for the guests. I had a speaker set up for this with a playlist of requests Chris and Nadia wanted with a little bit of country mixed in with some 80s and chill classic rock – and a couple older jazz classics from Sinatra and the Rat Pack as well for good measure.

Back inside the venue the staff were flipping the room from ceremony to reception set up and we went into introductions a little while after. The wedding party were all introduced to “I Gotta Feeling’ by Black Eyed Peas, then Chris and Nadia were introduced to “On Top of the World’ by Imagine Dragons. They went directly into their first dance which I had to rip from YouTube as no official recording exists on iTunes yet. ‘Stand By Me’ covered by Imagine Dragons – great version and I didn’t even know it existed so it was nice being exposed to that.

We kicked off the dinner part of the night with a few toasts and speeches – while I ran back up to my balcony DJ area to supply the dinner tunes. It was a similar vibe to cocktail hour but also mixing in a group I introduced Chris and Nadia to – Post Modern Jukebox who do all old school jazzy sounding songs but all 90s/and modern top 40 covers. Whenever people catch it – they love it and get a kick out of the music.

With dinner winding down and people eager to hit the dance floor – we got things rolling with some parent dances. Nadia and her father were up first dancing to ‘A Song for my Daughter’ by Ray Allaire – then Chris and his rockstar grandmother were up next dancing to Rascal Flatts ‘My Wish’. From that I invited everyone to crowd the dance floor and kicked things off with some Stevie Wonder/Jackon 5 right into Bruno, JT, Walk the Moon and then hit the 80s/90s and 70s pretty hard. Being above everyone I had a birds eye view of the entire dance party and it was SUCH a good crowd. We closed the night out with a massive sing-along requested by the couple of ‘Your Love’ from the Outfield.

CONGRATS to you guys – thanks a ton for including me in your big day and hopefully we can grab beers again sometime soon at Harpoon or 90s Night!

Here are my iPhone pics of the day & night:

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Meet Kristen & Lucas who danced & waltzed the night away! #11/2017

Couple: Kristen and Lucas

Venue: Five Bridge Inn, Rehoboth MA

Date: 8-11-17

I was connected with this awesome couple from a referral from a wedding I did at the same venue for Sahil and Lindsey back in 2015. Kristen reached out about a year prior to their wedding date and I was really happy when I saw it was at Five Bridge again – I loved working there – gorgeous layout and very easy to unload/load in as a vendor. Very happy to be back and they ended up having the best weather for the day and night as well.

I met up with Kristen and Lucas a couple of times to connect on their vibe and music specifications for the night. Lucas’ background is Argentinian so it was really fun for myself to be exposed to some new music for this gig as he sent me over some playlists of things to download and mix into cocktail/dinner parts of the night along with the dancing.

Once the day finally arrived – I set up at the venue as always hours before start time to allow set up, sound check, and set up audio/mic for their ceremony as well which was held right on site. Pre-ceremony music was a shuffled playlist Lucas wanted of some chill jazz tunes from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, etc. and it sounded great on a nice sunny day outside as people took their seats. Once the ceremony began the bridal/wedding party including their kids processed to Jim Brickman’s piano version of ‘Air (Handel: Water Music Suite)’ while Kristen was up next walking the aisle to Jim Brickman piano edition of ‘Over the Rainbow’. The ceremony itself was very well done and reflected who they are as people – great job from the officiant. As it came to an end the walked off to Sinatra’s ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.

Guests then made their way down to the backside of the venue and house for cocktail hour down by the pool area. I had a playlist running for this that Kristen and Lucas chose of a mix – some chill jazz music like Sinatra, Etta James mixed up with some Bossanova guitar. Went over very well while people relaxed and got lost in their conversations.

The crowd then made their way back up to the front lawn area into the tent where I was setup with my large main set up. I had some chill music on while they all came in and took their seats and we then introduced Kristen and Lucas to Black Eyed Peas ‘I Gotta Feeling’ which led them into their first dance along with parent dances. The way this worked as they explained to me months beforehand – which I then explained to the crowd – the first & parent dances are a series of Waltzes which they had sent me a list of. Kristen and Lucas started things off together for a couple of minutes – then their parents joined them all dancing at once – at which point each guy comes up to switch off dancing with Kristen, while each girl comes up to switch off dancing with Lucas. I’ve never seen this tradition before so it was really fun to orchestrate and see it come to life – this went on for about 10-15 mins or so in total. Very unique experience and from that we went into the toasts and dinner music. We carried over a bit from the cocktail playlist as they requested and kept that vibe going throughout – along with mixing in specific songs Lucas had given me ahead of time.

As dinner started winding down – Kristen and Lucas kicked off the dance party by cutting the cake to ‘Sugar’ by Maroon 5. From that – it was an open dance floor for all guests & they didn’t hesitate at all. The dance floor was packed with a group of kids who I heard had a few too many Shirley Temples requesting everything from Bruno Mars and JT to the Cha Cha slide. Also on their must playlist were songs like ‘Despacito’ to ‘Smooth Criminal’ and lots of salsa and bachata music. I threw in some personal favorites to accompany that style of music as well from Ozomatli and the Gipsy Kings. The crowd was a blast to play for and had such a good energy and vibe throughout the entire day and night – not to mention Kristen and Lucas were the nicest people on the planet and beyond easy to work with!

Highlight: Ending the entire night and dance party with a song chosen by them: ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 – SO good.

Thank-you both for putting your trust in me to run the show! It was awesome to be a part of – CONGRATS!

Couple of iPhone pics to check out:

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T-Rex goes INTERNATIONAL with Nic & James for the 10th wedding of the year!

Couple: Nic and James

Venue: Bell Hall, York England

Date: 8-5-17

This was a massive milestone and one of the most amazing events I’ve ever witnessed and been a part of! I attended and DJ’d my first ever English wedding and could not thank Nic and James enough for asking me to do so. I met them in person just over a year ago when they flew over to Boston to attend our wedding as well.

Since marrying my wife (who was also the Maid of Honor for this wedding), Melanie last summer in 2016 – I’ve yet to even make a trip over to England with her yet to see her hometown of Yorkshire. So when Nic and James set a date very far in advance and asked me to play some tunes – we secured flights and made it all happen. Logistically it was very hard and tricky for us to figure out equipment, gear, speakers, etc since I can only fly over with my MacBook with all the music. Nic and James found out though which saved us a huge deal of work their venue supplied RFC Evox speaker systems for DJ’s/Bands to use and plug into – and they were able to find the DJ controller I use and love the Pioneer DDJ-SX2.

They were awesome to work with even with the time zone differences we would message one another and facetime whenever we could to go over the timeline of the day, specific music, all of the same details and approach with a wedding I normally would be doing. I think in my head I was over analyzing it to be some completely new & different world for me – but end of the day it wasn’t. They filled out the music form I send over to every couple and asked their guests on the RSVP cards some songs they would like to hear – so from all of that I compiled their playlists over the months & it all came together better than I could have imagined!

The venue was stunning – it was an old estate with sprawling greens and well kept grounds and they utilized the entire venue which I thought was great. The ceremony was held outside in a back garden area with Nic and James in the middle and a circle of chairs filled with their closest friends and family surrounding them. Also a huge thing to note – it was a gorgeous sunny day! That is rare in England so it was great we were all able to enjoy the good weather. Ceremony kicked off with a live gospel choir singing and they sounded incredible. I had my iPhone plugged into their sound system as Nic chose Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ for the wedding party along with herself to process the aisle. The officiant did a great job and as everyone processed from the ceremony the choir sent them over with singing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.

Cocktail hour was held in another open garden area – with an acoustic guitar/singer playing live – live the gospel group he also sounded incredible! He did a bunch of acoustic covers of popular songs and everyone was really into it.

One thing that is different with English weddings to American – English weddings start way earlier and end much later as well. Nic and James ceremony was 12:30pm I believe whereas in America – most ceremonies start around 4pm and the entire thing is done by 11pm. The curfew for this one was midnight! I had to pace myself as we had all day and night to party still.

Once the cocktail hour concluded – guests all made their way into the teepee tent that was set up – this was SO unique and unlike anything I’ve been in before. I had some chill music going while everyone took their seats before dinner and speeches started. As I got everyone’s attention I think the overall crowd really got a laugh and a kick out of my American accent and tone. I invited Nic and James up for their first dance – which was ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran. Next up – I got to actually introduce my wife to the crowd which was awesome – as she gave her maid of honor speech. The speech was well rehearsed and not just being bias here – she crushed it. She did a sentimental little speech to start and then busted out her ukulele and did an entire song/speech to the tune of ‘All That She Wants’ by Ace of Base. My amazing sister in law, Lucie also accompanied her by playing the tambourine to the beat. The entire crowd was laughing at each line and started all clapping along. It was SO good and all the practice of it paid off. “All That She Wants is her sexy Stevens, yeahhhh”. Following that were some other speeches by parents along with groomsman and then dinner began.

While dinner was going on – Nic and James arranged for an Irish band to play some music and it was great! I loved all the live music aspects they set up for their day and night – as dinner was winding down as well people would come and go to the dance floor dancing along to the Irish band.

Before I knew it – showtime! My first ever across the pond wedding. It was surreal for me and I was actually warned a little bit earlier that week from my British family that most British weddings aren’t big crazy dance parties like the American ones I do. Well that was completely incorrect as this crowd was INCREDIBLE. I had compiled all of the music Nic and James gave to me ahead of time so mixing all of that in kept everyone moving. It was really fun for me to play British artists like the Stones, Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim, while in England. A lot of the set was similar to what I would do in America too though with 80s/90s and current top 40 music. Maybe a little more Spice Girls than usual at this wedding though!

We ended the night with Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ another English group – and every single person remaining in the crowd joined into a massive circle sing-along belting out every word.

It was such an amazing experience from start to finish – getting to experience the wedding itself but also be such a big part of it. I cannot thank Nic and James enough for giving me this opportunity and to my wife and British family for partying and dancing to the music all night as well! LOVE YOU GUYS!

CONGRATS Mr. and Mrs. Stevens – you guys rock – please plan another Boston trip sometime next year!

Enjoy the iPhone pics I was able to snag during the day/night: (not pictured – my British/American cufflinks, my London socks, and my British tie – I went all out in accessories for this one!)

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9th Wedding of 2017 at a dream venue to play with Carolyn & Scott!

Couple: Carolyn and Scott

Venue: Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods NH

Event Coordinator: Sorrell Downing

Florist: Apotheca (one of the best flower jobs/details I have ever seen!)

Event Lighting: Pink Tie Productions

Photo: Greg Brett

Video: Summer Wind Wedding Films

Date: 7-29-17

I could probably write pages upon pages about this entire experience working with Scott and Carolyn to being finally booked at a venue I’ve wanted to play for a long time now. But I will keep it short as possible and highlight the main points here. I first was connected with these two from DJ’ing Samantha and Dave’s wedding last September  (Samantha is Caroyln’s cousin) along with S&C frequenting the weekly Friday 90s Night at 6B Lounge I DJ. We connected right off the bat – honestly couldn’t have found an easier & more fun couple to work with! They were the BEST.

My history with this venue dates back to as long as I’ve been doing weddings now really but more so when my wife took me here for a surprise weekend a few years ago. Anyone that knows me – knows I am obsessed with old hauntings and historic hotels as the Mount Washington. When my wife took me – she booked us a room on the “haunted” floor for the night & you can surely feel a “vibe” in certain parts of the hotel itself. Ever since that weekend – I’ve crossed my fingers to be offered a gig – and before I knew it, it was really happening. The part I loved most is the spirit that apparently haunts this hotel is Princess Carolyn – and our bride for this wedding was also Carolyn! I highly suggest a weekend here if you live in New England. You pull up and it is this massive hotel in the mountains that looks exactly like it’s out of The Shining.

I met with Scott & Carolyn several times leading up to the big day – they were so detailed oriented and organized which helped me a ton. Knew exactly what they wanted but with that said let me have fun with their music suggestions as well and play off that. They were also gracious enough to book me a hotel for the Friday & Saturday night being that it is a good 3 hour drive from Boston. I arrived up there late Friday evening after work and joined them for their post rehearsal drinks & party at the hotel bar “The Cave” which is one of the coolest bars ever. Once the big day rolled around – it was so nice already being there on site and ready to go. I took advantage of being at this amazing hotel and walked the grounds all morning until I had to start setting up in the ballroom that afternoon. Set up wise for me wasn’t bad at all – they had the ceremony held outside with live musicians for that who also carried over to their cocktail hour. I had my one large setup inside the ballroom to greet guests as they transitioned in from cocktail hour.

The decorations and flowers along with lighting were like nothing I’ve ever seen! They had the most amazing centerpieces as well and everything looked like a fantasy botanical forest – I couldn’t stop taking pictures of every detail – even the chandeliers were draped with amazing greenery and flowers. As the guests walked in – Carolyn & Scott decided to have me playing the theme music to Planet Earth which was very fitting given how the room looked – people were in complete awe as they entered and took their seats.

We kicked things off with the introductions of the wedding party to several different songs including: Bruno Mars ‘Marry You, Bruno Mars ‘Uptown Funk’, Beyoncé ‘Crazy in Love’, American Authors ‘Best Day of my Life’, Black Eyed Peas ‘I Gotta Feeling’, Justin Timberlake ‘Sexy Back’, Pitbull ‘Give Me Everything Tonight’, and then welcoming Scott and Carolyn into the room with ’24K’ by Bruno Mars.

They went directly into their first dance which was a little mash up blend I created for them ahead of time – and it was amazing to see it happen in person. The two songs were the music from La La Land into Incondicional. Seriously they had some moves for a first dance! After this wrapped up – the couple wanted me to get everyone on the dance floor just for a few minutes and songs to get a little dance party already going and they chose to kick that off with JT’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. People were all about it and once that wrapped up – everyone was seated for dinner and speeches. The dinner playlist they chose was everything from Ben E. King and Nat King Cole to Sinatra & Stevie Wonder all mixed up. Very fitting for the room we were in and people really seemed to enjoy the vibe.

As dinner wrapped up – we went into cake cutting and Carolyn shared a really special dance with her Uncle in memory of her father to the Temptations ‘My Girl’.

This led into the open dance floor and one of the best freaking dance parties I’ve ever seen and played to. Mixed up from everything old school funk/soul – tons of 90s music (lots of Backstreet Boys for Scott) some lost 80s gems thrown in there with all current top 40 and early 2000s as well. Scott also had given me a list of some specific Guatemalan songs he wanted mixed in during the night along with tunes from Shakria, Pitbull, Enrique, etc to give it some flavor! Seriously – this wedding was insane and I couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it.

Thank-you to S&C for making a dream of mine come true to play this venue and trusting me to rock the house for you and your guests! Luckily – no paranormal encounters took place during this wedding! Haha. You guys are amazing and hope to see you at 90s Night sometime again soon.

CONGRATS GUYS!!!

Enjoy the iPhone pics I was able to capture:

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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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