#13 of 2015 – Laura and Eric!

This one was REALLY good. I’ve actually known Eric for over ten-ish years now – we have a mutual bond over some of the heaviest metal out there. Once Eric introduced me to Laura in the last year or two we found out we had a bond over old school hip hop. So for me, this wedding wasn’t like “work” at all. They wanted a mix of a lot of good old school funk and soul, a little top 40 and of course the old school hip hop which we got into as the night went on.

The wedding took place on September 6th, 2015 at the gorgeous Codman Estate in Lincoln, Mass. which is only about 20/30 mins outside of Boston. Very nice quiet little town. I worked a wedding at this venue a  few years ago so it was fun to be back. I set up outside a speaker and wireless mic in the garden area for the ceremony which is honestly one of the most breathtaking ceremony settings I’ve seen at any venue. Laura and Eric had some great songs picked out for the ceremony. The music while guests were arriving and taking their seats was an instrumental ambient album Eric had chosen by Scott Hull the album is titled “Requiem”. Once the ceremony was set to begin the entire wedding party walked down to “Right Now” by Van Halen and it was incredible. One of the most epic songs ever written. Then to bring it up another notch Laura had chosen an instrumental version of “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses. It was AWESOME!! The ceremony itself was great and then off they went as husband and wife to “All Of My Love” by Led Zeppelin. I always love when couples choose a fun upbeat song to walk out of the ceremony together and all of these rock songs really represented Laura and Eric as a couple.

Cocktail hour and dinner were set up under a tent and I knew they have such an eclectic taste in music so I was able to not only play some of the classic Sinatra type of stuff and jazz tunes but got away with some of the chill tunes by Radiohead, M83, Deftones, and the Knife. I was also playing some chill jazz covers of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, and a jazzy cover of “No Diggity”. The crowd seemed to be enjoying the mix of everything. It was then time to introduce the wedding party and the couple! “Start Me Up” by the one and only Rolling Stones was the song choice here. Laura and Eric actually did something totally different here and introduced the bridesmaids and groomsman themselves, then tossed me the mic back and I introduced them as they went right into their first dance “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King. One of my absolute favorite songs of all time.

Once dinner wrapped up and we did cake cutting – the dance floor was open for business. To get everyone up and going of every age I started out with some of the old school soul tunes and funk into 80’s that were on the request list they both provided for me weeks in advance. I then started moving into some of the newer songs and artists and the crowd was on their feet all night long. I have to say I’ve been very lucky with every crowd this season I’ve had (knock on wood haha) has been SO much fun to DJ for. They are open minded and into everything even if they don’t actually “know” the songs. I did a little surprise for Eric though which I can say is a first ever at any wedding and probably will never happen again. While playing some 80s dance stuff – I think I was in the middle of Michael Jackson or Prince I decided I need to play him some Slayer since it’s one of his favorite bands so I cued up the beginning guitar riff of “Raining Blood” and started to mix it into the end of MJ – before the vocals hit and not to overdo the joke – I mixed it right into Whitney Houston. One of the funniest things to watch as Eric was moshing around and the Whitney coming on next. We wrapped everything up with some huge old school party sing-alongs and before I knew it we were done. Time always seems to fly the second we start these parties!

Laura and Eric – you guys are amazing and best wishes as a married couple to you! Thank-you tons for allowing me to DJ for you!

 

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Bridget & Ted! Wedding 12/2015 season

THIS WEDDING WAS AMAZING!!! August 29th, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel Back Bay, Boston.

I was introduced to these two a while back from a friend of mine, Ashley (who is a regular at 6B 90’s Night on Fridays!) Bridget & Ted right when I met them have got to be the most genuine, nicest people ever. They were so easy and fun to work with and get to know over the course of planning the big day. Ted is from NY and Bridget is Boston all the way so the theme of the wedding they wanted to hear some music representing that. Their ceremony was held off sight so I didn’t actually provide music for that. My job was taking over later that evening for the start of cocktail hour which was held outside the main ballroom. I had one PA speaker and mixer to play a mix of Jazz, big band, and Rat Pack tunes which they wanted.

Once that wrapped up everyone made their way into the ballroom to be seated for the introductions. The decorations and colors looked awesome inside. Once I got everyone lined up and the attention of the crowd, I announced the entire wedding party. Parents were brought out to “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen while the wedding party itself and the couple were introduced to “Shut Up & Dance” by Walk the Moon. This was awesome because it set the tone early on we were here to party and the entire crowd was clapping and singing along. Once the bride and groom entered they went right into their first dance “A Thousand Years” by Sawyer Fredericks. Awesome song, they were great on the dance floor together!

We had toasts/speeches right as dinner was starting and one of the best men had one of the funnier wedding toasts I can remember. He even brought out NY Yankees hats and asked Bridget to convert, thankfully she declined! Dinner music was a mix of mellow indie tunes as the Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, Alabama Shakes, with old school Rat Pack and jazz. It flowed nicely and the food was delish!! We were now approaching time to cut the cake and get the dancing underway. The cake cutting song was “Sugar” by Maroon 5 (and was some of the best wedding cake I’ve had, SO good!)

Ted was up first with his mother dancing to “Child of Mine” by Carole King. Great choice I must say. Bridget was up next dancing with her brother to the song “That’s Life” by Ol’ Blue Eyes, Mr. Frank Sinatra. This song had a very special meaning and even got myself teary eyed watching them sing every word at the top of their lungs and dance it up to the memory of their father. It was truly amazing to see them enjoying every minute. From that led us unto the open dance floor! This crowd was literally unstoppable. EVERY song they went nuts to and before I knew it I was doing my final announcement and saying goodnight, the time flew by. We mixed up any and everything. Kool & The Gang, A-Ha, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, NSync, Macklemore, Mark Ronson, Avicii, Tom Petty, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, etc…

The end of the night was the best. I had put together a mash-up for them earlier of NY/Boston songs. Empire State of Mind, Dirty Water, New York New York, and Sweet Caroline. Every single person in that room was huddled together on the floor singing every single word.

Bridget and Ted, you guys RULE in every aspect of the word. I cannot thank you enough for letting me rock the house and it was an absolute pleasure getting drinks over the months and getting to know you both. Ted, to you I say “FREE BRADY!”

Congrats guys!!!

Check out some iPhone photos from the night I snapped. Bridget even got behind the DJ booth at one point and I loved their beer koozies.

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Wedding #11/2015 season!

Everyone, say hello to Jeff & Maria. These two tied the knot on August 22nd, 2015 at The Villa in East Bridgewater, Mass. I had a blast getting to know both of them and rock their wedding. Jeff and I share a mutual love for metal and old school hip hop so that was a treat getting to throw in some of that during the dance party (well no metal but hip hop worked very well). I set up outside for their ceremony and the music was provided by the couple to be played while guests were arriving and taking their seats. Jeff gave me MP3’s of Vitamin String Quarter doing covers of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, The White Stripes, and more. It’s always fun to see people in the crowd listen to these songs and then realizing what it is halfway through. The ceremony music consisted of Beatles songs done by the Vitamin String Quarter as well. We lucked out and the rain held off and the ceremony was gorgeous!

While cocktail hour was taking place outside of the main ballroom and the music was provided by the venue for this, I was finishing my final soundcheck inside and going over the names and introductions. While guests made their way in and were all seated I got on the mic and we were off. Introduction the wedding party and parents was awesome – Jeff & Maria had chosen a specific song for each couple being announced from Beatles, to the Notre Damn fight song, Beastie Boys, 2 Pac, and Taylor Swift. The couple was announced to Dick Dale’s “Miserlou” to give it that Pulp Fiction touch. From there they went right into their first dance “Sea of Love” by Cat Power. The ballroom was so nice the way it was decorated and dual fireplaces on each end.

Dinner music was a lot of funk and soul tunes. I tried to play the original songs that Coolio, Dre, etc. sampled in their songs like “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton & “Fantastic Voyage” by Funkadelic. Before the entrees were served was the cake cutting. They chose the Kinks “All Day, All of the Night” and then Jeff had his dance with his mother to “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac. They couldn’t have picked better music for everything, it was awesome! Once dinner wrapped up I once again gathered everyones attention and we all sang Happy Birthday to Maria’s father which led us right into the open dance floor. Kicking things off with some old school Jackson 5 and The Contours we were up and running. This crowd was an absolute blast to DJ for. Jeff and his friends were loving the throwbacks of course with Montell Jordan, Naughty By Nature, and Run-DMC but I kept things fresh and new with Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Walk The Moon, etc.

The night was concluded with a request by the couple of one of my favorite songs ever “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.

Thank-you guys endless amounts for choosing me to rock the house!!! Congrats and best wishes on your lives as newlyweds.

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Wedding #10 of 2015! Incredible!!!

I mean, I knew this wedding would be awesome from the day Ryan & Crystal asked me to DJ but seeing it come to life for the weekend was above & beyond what I had pictured in my head!

I’ve known this couple for quite a while now. Ryan used to be my former manager at 6B Lounge where I still currently DJ every Friday night for “90s Night”. When you want to talk about two people who just are purely genuine and wicked wicked WICKED nice – it’s these two right here. I’m lucky to be able to call them friends in addition to rocking their wedding. Ryan and I have similar tastes in music with rock and Crystal is a huge 90s fan so we had a great time compiling music for the night.

The wedding was held August 8th at the Mountain View Grand Resort about 3 hours from Boston in Whitefield, NH. I was able to get a full weekend at this incredible resort, headed up Friday to attend rehearsal dinner and mingle with some of the guests. The place is HUGE with tons to do. Indoor and outdoor pools, a farm full of animals, and the best part of all THEY HAD AXE THROWING! I took advantage of everything they had to offer.

Wedding day was great. Ceremony was held outside with the most breathtaking view of the mountains in the background. Pictures really don’t do it justice. I had set up one PA speaker and a wireless mic for the ceremony and they had two amazing musicians provide the music for this part of the night along with cocktail hour.

We then all moved into the Presidential ballroom for dinner and dancing. My main DJ set up was in there and once cocktail hour wrapped up we went right into the wedding party introductions which was done to “Jump” by Kris Kross and Ryan & Crystal were announced to “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake. The crowd was loving the music choices! Their first dance was “Let’s Stay Together” by the amazing Al Green. Dinner music was a combo of Miles Davis/John Coltrane and some instrumental Beatles tracks by Bill Frisell.

Once dinner wrapped up (which was AMAZING btw – seriously some of the best wedding food I’ve had) we got parent dances going. Crystal & her father danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts while Ryan & his mother danced to “Loves Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon. It was then that the dance floor was open and things were nonstop until the 11pm curfew! Such a fun crowd into everything and very energetic. With most weddings since it’s a lot of age ranges and different music tastes I tried to touch on all of that playing old school 50’s doo-wop stuff with some 70s funk and soul into top 40 and everything in between from the 80s and 90s. It was a blast!

Photos listed below are of my favorite activity at the resort Axe Throwing, along with the ceremony, the cake, the dance party, myself with the bride & groom, and the favors at the end were incredible! They love to travel so the idea of a suitcase of mints and airplane bottle opener was very fitting.

Thank you Ryan & Crystal and congrats to you both!!! You guys ROCK!!!

 

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Wedding #9 – Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

Wedding #9 of the 2015 season took place Friday July 17th at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye, New Hampshire. Easily one of the most gorgeous venues I’ve been to yet. Leah and Scott were amazing to work with and I was lucky enough to form a friendship with these two over the months and months of connecting on wedding details. They would frequent the 90s Night I DJ every Friday at 6B Lounge and stop by the Hip Hop Brunch I was doing at Zocalo. Leah (like myself) is very fond of the old school 90s hip hop/R&B so that was a must have to incopriate into the dancing of the wedding. This was also the second weekend in a row I got to work with (and was reffered by) the myth, the legend Abby Lorenz of Lorenz Photography. Always a blast whenever her and I team up to rock a wedding together.

The set up for this wedding was a small PA set up for the ceremony outside by the water with music which I supplied and a wireless microphone for the readers. I loved Leah’s choices for ceremony music. She had the bridesmaids walk to “Latch” acoustic version by Sam Smith and then Leah herself walked the aisle to the “Jurassic Park Theme” done by the Piano Guys – amazing version and take on John Williams classic tune. The recessional song they walked out together was “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root. Everyone in the crowd was loving it!

We moved into cocktail hour from there which was all in the same set up and location as dinner and reception would be. Cocktail music was chill jazzy stuff and then we went right into the introduction. Parens and the wedding party were introduced to “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO and the newlyweds were announced to the beginning of “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong which led right into the first dance of that song as well. Leah wasn’t aware of this but her parents had contacted me a few weeks prior to the wedding to let me know that at the beginning of dinner for Leah’s father welcome toast he would be doing a surprise song of “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. I actually found an instrumental version of it on iTunes and sent that to him to practice singing over and it was AWESOME at the wedding! Dinner started shortly after that and was a mix of old and new stuff all mellow from Beatles and Stones to Of Monsters & Men and Mumford & Sons.

Parent dances took place right as dinner wrapped up. Scott and his mother danced to “In My Life” by the Beatles and Leah and her father was to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. It was then time to party! I kicked things off with some old school Jackson 5 and KC & The Sunshine Band and moved quickly into some top 40 and mixed it all up with the 80s and 90s. Such a fun crowd to DJ for and wish we had more time. The dance party always seems to fly by as soon as we get started. The night ended with a sparklers send off as everyone gathered outside and formed a huge aisle.

Thank you Leah & Scott for letting me rock the house and CONGRATS to you both, very happy for you guys!

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Wedding #8 – in the books and WOW! This was INCREDIBLE!!!

Deb and Kevin. July 11th, 2015 at Artists for Humanity Center in Boston. This was around my 7th or so time at this venue over the last several years now all thanks to the amazing photo master Abby Lorenz. It is always an absolute pleasure whenever I get to team up with Abby for weddings and I cannot thank her enough for connecting me with this couple. They were a joy to work with from start to finish and luckily I see a friendship continuing on past the wedding especially since we are by chance neighbors! Small world after all. Also getting to return to AFH as a venue is great getting to see Jeanne who runs Gourmet Caterers and do the BEST job every single time I’ve been to this venue.

I met with Deb and Kevin several times to discuss all of the details of the day. They were super organized and open to music suggestions and ideas along with providing me some of their “must plays” during the night. I set up a PA speaker for the ceremony which Deb’s brother Scott actually plugged his acoustic guitar into to play all of the ceremony music. It sounded great! I was in charge of the recessional song which is one of my personal favorites they chose “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontangne. Cocktail hour was a mix of jazz and indie singer songwriter which was also transitioned into the dinner music. Miles Davis to Of Monsters & Men, to Thelonious Monk and David Gray.

I did all of the introductions for the wedding party who were introduced to “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson and the couple was introduced to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. After that there was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen take place at a wedding. Deb contacted me a while ago about this telling me she was going to have the dance group she used to be a part of Static Noyze surprise Kevin and all of the guests and do a flashmob style dance to start the party to “Shut Up & Dance” by Walk The Moon. They ran out onto the dance floor and everyone was in awe and the best part was halfway through the song Deb in wedding gown and all joined them! From there it was open dance floor and I was mixing up everything from old school funk and soul into (upon Deb’s request of her love for hip hop) Missy Elliot, Montell Jordan and tons of others. This crowd was unstoppable. Danced nonstop and were requesting some great jams as well. Since it was Abby’s actual birthday that day – we decided to give her a birthday shout out in the middle of a song as well!

Thanks and CONGRATS to an amazing couple!!!

 

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Wedding #7 of the season was AMAZING!

My lucky #7 wedding of the 2015 season was on Saturday June 27th at the Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester, MA. I was connected with the couple Kathleen and Paul from one of my close friends Meghan, it was her mother’s wedding. As usual I met with them both a couple of times before the big day to talk details, logistics of set ups, and music must plays. They were so fun and easy going to work with and just wanted to throw a good party for the guests, and we did just that! I arrived to the venue very early to set up a PA speaker and two wireless microphones outside for the ceremony. They had a live guitarist who played music during the ceremony along with some live singing which all sounded great. Cocktail hour was done by the guitar player as well and it was very relaxing solid background music while people grabbed drinks and chatted with one another.

I loved the dinner choices they had set up. Since this is the summer they had a very summery vibe going on with gourmet burgers and hot dogs. People were very into it!

Everyone then moved inside for the cake cutting and introductions and the most amazing dance party. I didn’t really know what to expect as the crowd was very mellow and laid back but once the first song started the dance floor was packed and did NOT stop! Kathleen and Paul wanted a good mix of incredible classic rock tunes from the Stones, Petty, etc. all the way to the newest songs out on the charts. I had so much fun with this crowd knowing they would dance to anything. I cannot thank Meghan enough for connecting me on this gig – seriously one of the best times I’ve had as a DJ! Congrats Kathleen and Paul you guys are awesome!

 

Sadly – the night got away from me and I did not get a photo with the couple!

 

Here is a view from the DJ booth and me in the background while Kelly, Meghan, and Mike give their speeches! (and the delish wedding cake)

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Open HeARTS BMC Cancer Walk Event

I had the pleasure of returning to this amazing event on June 25 of this year. Open HeARTS foundation holds this event once a year to support cancer research. Being personally affected in my family by cancer there is no way I could pass on donating my time, gear, and music to DJ for the evening.  This event is held 33 floors up at the State Room in Boston which is always awesome to see the view of the city that far up! They also had a great surprise celebrity guest and cancer survivor; former gold medalist Olympian Scott Hamilton who was very inspiring and moving to hear his story. The whole night itself is very emotional and full of inspiration as cancer survivors walk the runway modeling fashion designers of the area new clothing lines. I was responsible for playing all of the selected songs for each series of designers. Once the catwalk runway portion of the night concluded everyone moved upstairs for a little cocktail hour reception as I played some fun upbeat background music. Very happy to be a part of this again, thanks again for having me!!

Click HERE to read the review on the event from the Boston Globe as well.

 

My view from the DJ booth 33 floors up looking out over Boston and a photo of Scott Hamilton!

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6th wedding in a row! Here we go…

John and Narda! This wedding was great. Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at The Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. The venue was so nice, set in the middle of the woods pretty much and we were set up right on a lake for the ceremony and dancing. I met the couple through the wonderful Sara Smile photography. She was the photographer of the wedding I DJ’d last October for Claire and Kevin. Nice little surprise was Claire the bride of that wedding was assisting Sara and that was awesome to see her and reconnect. John knew exactly what he wanted for music star to finish. I supplied music for the ceremony and his friend Jim and daughter Helen also did a great cover of ‘Time after Time’. The recessional song was Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger ‘(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back’. This set the tone for the party about to take place with it’s fun upbeat reggae rock vibe. Cocktail hour and dinner music was a mix of mellow reggae and mellow classic rock which was fun for a change instead of classy jazzy instrumentals. I loved the cake cutting song choice of ‘Mellow Yellow’ such a great tune. Once the party started the dance floor was packed and did not stop until the last note of the last song. It was a mix of a little modern top 40 stuff (Walk The Moon, Mark Ronson) meshed with some Bob Marley, UB40, Toots & The Maytals, and classic rock of the Stones, Beatles, and Tom Petty. I ended the night with the biggest party song of all time, which I end a lot of weddings with to go out on a high note ‘Shout’ by the Isley Brothers. This crowd was full of energy and I wish we could have gone another hour or two. John and Narda, congrats to you both and thank-you for including me at the big day!IMG_4807IMG_4798

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Wedding #5 is in the books

Saturday, May 30th, 2015. Wedding number five of the season. Casey and AJ. I was connected with this amazing couple from Emma and Chris who’s wedding I DJ’d July of 2014 at Glen Magna Farm. I couldn’t be happier for the connection – this wedding was SO fun! Casey was beyond organized with all of her music and notes, timeline of the day, how things would flow, etc. and that helps me a bunch. They were so relaxed the times I met with them and just wanted to throw “an awesome party” was basically the theme of the day. The wedding was held in Gloucester (no Mark Wahlberg did not show up even though I did play Marky Mark). The venue was GORGEOUS. Annisquam Yacht Club right on the water.
For the ceremony which I supplied music and sound for – it was held right at the venue on the pier/dock area and it was pretty much the coolest bridal entrance ever. Casey took a boat over from the house they were staying at with her bridesmaids and family as a huge grand entrance. As Casey was pulling around the corner she selected for me to play bell buoy sounds to alert the crowd she was arriving and docking. (I suggested we play the Jaws theme music – Casey didn’t like that joke too much haha). Once the ceremony wrapped up we went right into cocktail hour which was requested to keep it old school classy jazz music. Lots of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The introduction song for Casey and AJ was ‘Blue Sky’ by The Allman Brothers. Such an awesome song and fitting for such a gorgeous blue sky day we had. Dinner music was transitioned from cocktail still with the jazzy classic feel but getting more into Sinatra, Dean Martin, some mellow classic rock as well. It was soon enough time for dancing! We got things underway with a mix of any and everything. Black Eyed Peas to Jackson 5. This crowd was into everything – they just wanted to party, and party they did! Once things ended – I actually quickly broke down all of my gear and headed a mile down the road to DJ their after party with another amazing DJ. We had a BLAST and the couple was nice enough to put my great girlfriend assistant and I up for the evening. I rarely get to hang out after the weddings are complete so this was fun for me to do. THANK YOU to these guys for choosing me to rock the party (and after party!). CONGRATS!!!

One thing – I ALWAYS get pictures with every couple at the end of the wedding – for some reason I have no idea how this happened but I did not get one with Casey and AJ. Here is a shot of me in the background and Casey tearing up the dance floor!

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