Fifth wedding of 2016! #BecomingMcLoftus

Venue: Mass MoCA, North Adams (Berkshires) MA

Date: 5-21-16

Couple: Julie & Jimmy McCarron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wedding #4 of the 2016 season is signed, sealed, and delivered!

Venue: Rye Tavern, Plymouth MA

Date: 5-14-16

Couple: Liz and John Chisholm

Photo: Abby Lorenz Photography

Liz & John… where do I begin? I guess from the beginning. I was connected with these two from the amazing one and only Abby Lorenz taking care of photography for the day. Abby and I have now worked weddings together I believe since 2011 and are lucky enough to do several a year together. #DreamTeam

After just the first few emails between Liz and myself discussing music and personal tastes, we both found out we are into hardcore and punk rock and quickly met up for a face to face consultation meeting over coffee between the three of us. Finding out John was also into the same music – I was soon booked to rock the house on their big day. They were beyond easy and laid back too work with – almost too laid back at times it actually gave me anxiety haha!

Once again, I arrived to the Rye Tavern as I do with any venue on a wedding day hours early to get set up and sound checked. They had the entire place to themselves and it was an awesome venue and setting, very peaceful and the onsite staff were super nice and helpful with anything I needed in terms of set up, power logistics, etc.

I had a smaller scale set up outside which would act as ceremony audio, cocktail hour, and the dinner and speeches. Everything was pretty much right there in the same general area so it was rather easy for those earlier parts of the night. The ceremony itself was short, sweet, and to the point. Not to mention how amazing the weather was and they lucked out being it was pouring the day before! Pre ceremony music was a mix of Vitamin String Quarter covers of The Cure, Metallica, Edward Sharpe, Guns N’ Roses, and The White Stripes. Once the ceremony began the flower girls and bridesmaids entered to a gorgeous instrumental track from Sigur Ros, and then switching over to Liz’s aisle song of ‘A Thousand Years’ covered by the Piano Guys. Once they were official husband and wife off they went walking out to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.

Cocktail hour followed directly after the ceremony was really fun and mellow with a mix of tunes from Bon Iver to Of Monsters and Men to Postmodern Jukebox and Volcano Choir. I think I even threw in some old Radiohead, because, why the hell not?! I really liked the outdoor set up for a change of scenery – really fun vibe while DJ’ing.

Introductions, first dance, and speeches were up next – the entire wedding party along Liz & John were all introduced in true punk rock fashion to The Bouncing Souls ‘True Believers’. From this they went right into their first official dance as a married couple doing one of my favorites ‘In Joy & Sorrow’ by the Finnish rock band H.I.M. Liz’s father, Taylor then gave a really nice welcome speech followed by the best man and maid of honor. As dinner was going on I had a similar mix to cocktail hour and throwing in some mellow classic rock again in the likes of Petty, The Stones, and Dylan. I did NOT throw in any Beatles whatsoever as John strictly had it on the do not playlist! As dinner was winding down they did their cake cutting to ‘Love You Madly’ by the band Cake! Pretty awesome.

I quickly broke down the outdoor setup and announced for the guests to start making their way inside the tavern for the actual dance party to begin. We kicked things off with an awesome group parent dance; Liz and her father, John and his mother to Louis Armstrong ‘What A Wonderful World’. This launched us into an incredible dance party going old school with some Stevie Wonder, Isley Brothers, Artetha Franklin, into the 90s with some Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan. Mixing in some 80s Billy Idol, B52s, sprinkling in some top 40 if Icona Pop, Macklemore, Sia, and more. But the best (well the best part to me) was being able to throw in a nice heavy dose of punk! I was playing things like The Used, MXPX, Alkaline Trio, Head Automatica, and The Strokes. I had to balance it all out though to not lose a majority of the crowd but it worked very well. The ending of the night might be one of my all time favorite weddings endings I’ve ever been a part of. Liz and John both agreed closing the night out with a nice big group rock ballad sing-along would be great, and we did just that ‘Faithfully’ by Journey. However, this wasn’t the actual end. The couple demanded and had a “MUST PLAY” of one of my all time favorite hardcore bands ever ‘Nerdy’ by Poison The Well. So with great pleasure I hit play and all hell broke loose. I didn’t feel like I was at a wedding, I felt like I was at that moment at an actual basement hardcore show with a full on pit in motion between the bride and groom and guests. It was AWESOME!!! I literally got to play Poison The Well at a wedding!

Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm – THANK-YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME! You guys are incredible and were a blast to work with. Congrats once again and cheers! I will see you at a punk show sometime soon!

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Wedding #3/2016 welcomes Mr. and Mrs. Broyles!!!

Venue: Bittersweet Farm, Westport MA

Date: 5-7-16

Couple: Chris and Krista Broyles

Photo: Sara Smile Photography

I need to start this one out again with acknowledging how lucky I am to work with such awesome and fun couples.

Krista & Chris are a prime example of that. I was connected with these two about a year before the wedding through the super talented Sara Smile photographer. We all hit it off right away and shared the same love for good craft beers (which we shared several of in our meetings over the months) along with being on the same exact page of music. We even met up at an Of Monsters & Men show at one point.

I arrived to the venue super early to start setting up and sound checked all of my gear. It was a REALLY nice spot – the dinner and dancing set up was inside the main venue which was basically a barn type of layout which exposed wooden beams all over, drenched in the little Christmas type of string lights. It looked stunning once everything was set to go. I then had a very small minimal set up outside in the courtyard area for cocktail hour. Best part is, the rain held off!! Their ceremony was held outside in a gorgeous little garden field area of the venue with a live guitarist/singer performing and it sounded SO GOOD!

The vibe they were going for throughout the earlier parts of the night was very indie folk rock-esque which I already had tons of. Lumineers, Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, etc. for cocktail hour along with acoustic covers of pop songs which was really fun to download and discover. Once cocktail hour wrapped up we all moved inside to the main building and it was time to round up the troops and introduce the wedding party and newlyweds. Krista & Chris chose some of the best introduction and first dance/parent dance songs I’ve played to date! The wedding party along with parents were announced to “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC and Mr. and Mrs. Broyles were announced to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness and the whole place was going nuts for it. From that they went directly into the first dance of none other than Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child Of Mine”. Seriously awesome song choices!

Dinner kicked off with some toasts from the maid of honor and best man along with carrying over some similar music from cocktail hour – still keeping the indie folk vibe going along with a must play Chris had sent me of the theme to Trailer Park Boys along with some Ben Harper, Postmodern Jukebox, and some mellow classic rock. As soon as dinner was winding down I called Chris and his mother to the dance floor for their dance of “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Up next was Krista and her father doing a complete planned out dance to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen. It was great and got everyone going and ready to party which was exactly what we transitioned into next – dance party time! Kicking things off old school with some Stevie Wonder/Jackson 5 stuff moving into top 40, 80s, 90s, and some more funk and soul tunes. The crowd was phenomenal which makes it too easy for me at times haha. I fit in just about every “must play” song they had along with some more Queen for Krista and her father as well. Before I knew it we were already closing in at 10:15pm and I hadn’t slowed it down once yet! We finally did that and played a few slow jams for everyone to take a breather and picked it right back up until ending at 11pm with two requests from the Broyles of Queen for a final fun upbeat song and ending on a slow sweet note to a Josh Ritter track. It FLEW by once everything got going. SUCH an awesome time!

Krista & Chris YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank-you times a billion and a massive CONGRATS to you guys!!! (Please let’s hit another show sometime soon and grab some drinks!)

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Wedding #2 of 2016 ROCKED with Liz & Zach! Check it out…

Venue: Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill MA

Date: 4-23-16

Couple: Liz and Zach

Photo: Alexandera Roberts Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Hummngbird Bridal & Events

Liz and Zach, can we please do this again? This wedding was an absolute blast and one of the most easy going/fun/amazing/genuine couples I’ve had the pleasure of working with. My buddy Mandy from Humming Bird Bridal connected me with these two a year or so ago. We had a consolation meeting and the rest is history. We started discussing the music basics for cocktail hour/dinner and into dancing and all of us were on the same page, seriously they made my job way too easy with how chill they were and just 100 percent trusted my judgement.

As with every couple we exchanged multiple emails once we got closer to the date to work out the ceremony music and of course all of their first/parent dances. I made a site visit with them a few months prior to the wedding as well just so I could see the layout and setup area. It was a bit of a unique layout being held in the museum but we made it all work and the end product was amazing. The catering and decorations, everything looked great.

Once the day arrived I got everything set up and sound checked nice and early. The ceremony was held on the front steps entrance to the museum using their house speakers and mic. I supplied the music playing a nice mellow mix of Vitamin String Quarter before we started, and switching over to the processional song for the wedding party and Liz herself to ‘Here Comes The Sun’ covered by Whalebone. The officiant did an awesome job, and off they went exiting the ceremony to an instrumental cover of ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift.

Cocktail hour was a mix of some old school stuff like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald with some modern chill stuff from Michael Buble and Jack Johnson type of music, and people were really enjoying it. Once that wrapped up – we lined up the entire wedding party and couple and did the introductions. The parents and wedding party were introduced to Tyrone Wells ‘Feel Good’ (side note one of the groomsman did an actual back flip for his introduction!!!) and in walked the newlyweds and went directly into their first dance ‘You & Me On Top Of The World’ also by Tyrone Wells. (Another side note and why I love doing weddings – I’d never heard of Tyrone Wells and his music is great! Love being exposed to new music through this job.)

Once the dinner service began we had the speeches and toasts underway. The dinner playlist was a little mimic of cocktail hour but mixing in a little more fun and upbeat stuff like Lumineers, Vance Joy, and some PostModern Jukebox covers of Backstreet Boys to Coolio. Always fun to play that stuff! Dinner concluded and we were into parent dances and a massive surprise planned by the couple for the entire wedding!

I was told months ago by Liz and Zach they wanted to do a Lip Sync Battle with one another and they each e-mailed me over their song choices as a surprise so the other wouldn’t know what they were doing until that night. First up was Liz doing ‘Aaron’s Party’ by Aaron Carter. I had edited all of these tracks ahead of time so they could practice exactly how long they wanted to lip sync for. Liz nailed it with the opening song but then Zach was up and blew everyone away by doing ‘Ain’t No Other Man’ by Christina Aguilera. The place went NUTS! Liz was back up though with a mesmerizing version of the ballad ‘And I Am Telling You’ by Jennifer Hudson. To round out the battle Zach went back up to sing ‘Downtown’ by Macklemore which Liz joined in on the second verse and the entire wedding party all joining in towards the end. It was hands down one of the most entertaining things I’ve seen a couple do at a wedding and super original. I am waiting to see the videos of them go viral!

At that time we were into open dance floor with another energetic and fun crowd that just made the job too easy! I’m VERY lucky to work with such awesome couples who have such awesome crowds for me to get dancing all night. It was a wide age range so I kept it moving with all modern top 40 stuff into old school 50s and 60s and touching on the 80s and 90s to try and please everyone. The old school tunes were going over really well this night and we ended the night with their song choice of a reprise of Macklemore ‘Downtown’ with everyone in the crowd singing along and jumping up and down.

Liz and Zach, just a reminder because I know you already know this – but you seriously rock. Thank-you TONS for having me play some fun music for you guys! CONGRATS!

(Another fun side note I also learned on the wedding night – Zach and I share a mutual love obsession for Dumb and Dumber. Zach – I have the soundtrack on blue and orange vinyl if you ever want to rock out to it sometime! YACK! Sorry Liz, I know you’re not a fan!)

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I’m back! Wedding #1 of the 2016 season, done and done!

Hello, 2016! Wedding season is officially underway.

Venue: Providence Public Library, Providence RI

Date: 4-16-16

Couple: Lindsey & Chrissy Callahan

And we’re off. Wedding #1 of the 2016 season kicks off with two of the most fun people I’ve ever met and worked with. I was connected with Lindsey and Chrissy just about a year prior to the wedding date through recommendations of other weddings I’ve done. (I cannot thank people enough for spreading the word on DJ T-Rex btw!)

I met with them a couple of times leading up to the event and like always just going over in major depth and detail exactly what they wanted and did not want for music. What they envisioned for the flow of the night from start to finish. The end product was beyond amazing and the crowd made the job a little too easy. Everyone was so energetic and kept the party going all night long. I was told by the couple the venue was a little bit of a “funky” layout for set ups so we actually did a walk through together beforehand which helped me a ton knowing where I would be setting up and how much gear I needed.

I provided music for the ceremony which was held in the main courtyard entrance to the library. The girls chose Vitamin String Quartet as the chill entrance music as guests all filed in and took their seats. I really love seeing people react to those songs once they realize a minute or so into them “Oh wow, this is Coldplay all done on strings”. Or “no way, this is Metallica, all done on strings!”… awesome pre-ceremony music.

The bridal party all walked in and followed by Lindsey with her father and Chrissy with hers. They walked into ‘Fields of Gold’ by Michael Bolton and it was SO awesome. They had a friend officiate the ceremony and she did a great job as well. Soon after, the newlyweds exited the ceremony to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney. This set the tone early that a major dance party was soon on its way.

Cocktail hour was really cool – my main DJ set up was in the courtyard area of the library which was the second floor above and overlooking the dance floor below me. I felt like a proper “club DJ” being up top but it was nice also as guests were able to roam around to both levels and take a break if they needed and just look down on everyone. Cocktail music the girls picked out was a mix of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox covers, along with some mellow stuff like Adele, Josh Radin, The Fray, and DMB.

Up next was introductions. The entire wedding party was announced to the song ‘Punching in a Dream’ by the Naked & Famous and then welcoming our brides to ‘Girls Run The World’ by Beyonce – the place went nuts for this! They transitioned right into their first dance ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele.

From here – we went into the “Ship Room” area of the library for dinner. I had another small minimal set up in here for dinner music and a wireless mic for the toasts. Dinner music chosen by the girls was really fun and upbeat but no over the top dance party. We had some chill country tunes mixed in with some more Postmodern Jukebox covers, along with some chill Kygo electronic tunes. And just a side note – hands down some of the best food I’ve ever eaten at a wedding! Oh and one another amazing thing I couldn’t stop laughing at during dinner and the toasts, the brides are ADDICTED to MaryLou’s coffee. I mean literally and actually addicted to it. So during one of the toasts they presented them both with MaryLou’s iced coffee as a surprise. Amazing touch!

Once dinner wrapped up we all moved back into the courtyard area and went into the parent dances and right into open dance floor and party. It was nonstop from the second we started until we sadly had to end and it FLEW by. I was trying to fit in as many songs on their lists that I could and throwing in a few random party pleasers as well. We kept the music very modern and upbeat with a good dose of Beyonce, and some awesome remixes of 90s tunes, and top 40 EDM tunes like DJ Snake and Avicii. At one point glow sticks were even dropped down onto the crowd and the club effect came even more into play.

Ending song of the night chosen by the couple was ‘Head Over Feet’ by Alanis Morissette and was a perfect sing-along embracing song for the crowd.

CONGRATS Lindsey & Chrissy and thank-you SO much for choosing me to rock the house on your big day!

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THE END, Wedding #19 wraps up an amazing 2015 season!

Here it is guys! Amie & Jefim Piekarz are my 19th and final wedding of an amazing 2015 season.

What a great couple to close out with. I’ve know Amie for a few years now and was more than thrilled when I was asked to DJ her wedding October 25th at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol RI.

The venue was stunning and of course the fall time in New England added touch brought it to a whole other level. Amie and Jefim were so chill and fun to work with.

I arrived to the venue hours early as usual and set up for their outdoor ceremony. I had a mix of Vitamin String Quarter songs playing as guests arrived and began to take their seats.

And then it was time! Amie walked the aisle to a piano version of “Here Comes The Bride” by the O’ Neill Brothers. The ceremony was really well done and off they went as husband and wife to “Wedding March”.

We transitioned into the cocktail hour which was in pretty much the same area outside and since it was the fall they were serving hot apple cider which I totally had a glass of, so good! Cocktail hour music was a mix of some John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, etc. and flowed really well as filler background music while guests were still able to talk and catch up with one another.

Once we moved into the barn (which was decorated SO nicely) it was time for the introductions. Amie and Jefim were announced to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zereos “Home” and went directly into their first dance “Thinking Out Loud” by the one and only Ed Sheeran. The toasts done by the best man and Amie’s mother were perfect and then dinner started.

The dinner music they wanted (was a lot of my personal favorites) was a mix of chill folk stuff like the Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, Iron & Wine, The Head & The Heart, and The National. The food was very very VERY delish and then it was time for them to cut the cake. Cake cutting song was “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. (Perfect cake cutting song to be honest) and then it was open dance floor!

I started things off old school motown, soul, and funk with Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Kool & The Gang and moved into some more current stuff as Walk the Moon, Pitbull, and Britney.

The crowd was awesome, dancing on and off throughout the night. I even was able to transition into some indie dance stuff like M83, Passion Pit, and Phoenix.

Amie and Jefim, THANK-YOU!!! Congrats to you both!!!

(I had to get a selfie with the lady of the barn!)

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Rebecca & Dean! Wedding #18 of the season, check it out…

Meet Rebecca & Dean Golder everyone! They ROCK! This wedding ROCKED! Working with them and finalizing the playlists ROCKED!

I was connected with these two some back in the winter months through the amazing coordinator and show runner; Mandy Connor of Hummingbird Bridal and Events.  Mandy and I worked together earlier this year (my first wedding of the season with Allison & Avery) and she is the best when it comes to keeping things on schedule and the attention to detail put into the overall wedding itself is a grand slam! HIGHLY recommended!

So back to the wedding. Rebecca & Dean were two people who knew exactly what they did and did not want for the big day musically. This was fun on my end being that I was introduced to a handful of new artists (two of whom I really love now ,Black Taxi and also Hot Rize). They actually live in NY so our first meeting was via Skpe and we were able to get a feel for one another and music tastes. Once I was booked we were emailing back and forth over the next several months of ideas for pre-ceremony music all the way into the dance party. They were in the Boston area for a weekend this summer and I was able to go over to Rebecca’s parents house for coffee and finally meet them in person as well. We all sat down and chatted details and flow of the day. Her parents are very musically inclined also and had some great suggestions for earlier parts of the night with some Stan Getz and Bossanova music for cocktail hour. Rebecca’s mother is a singer/songwriter and gave me some CD’s at the end of our meeting which are still in my car, awesome stuff!!

Before I knew it October 10th 2015 was here and off to the (GORGEOUS/AMAZING) Bradley Estate in Canton, MA I was with a car full of DJ gear. I arrived plenty early to scope out the layout and began to set up. The ceremony was held in the backyard area of the house which pictures do just not do it justice. You have to see this place to really believe it. Once I set up for the ceremony and inside the tent for dinner and dancing things was soon underway.

Pre-ceremony music was a mix of folky singer/songwriter stuff from Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, and James Vincent McMorrow. A little touch of John Coltrane and Stan Getz thrown in there as well. The ceremony started and the entire wedding party along with Rebecca and her parents walked into “Thank-You” by Led Zeppelin. The ring bearer was their dog Gizmo! Loved that part. Once the ceremony ended and Dean stepped on the glass everyone screamed Mazel Tov and I started blasting their exit song “I Feel Free” by Cream.

Cocktail hour I had to reposition a little bit off to the side of the house and live DJ’d this portion with a mix of some old school country stuff (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard) and throwing in a little classic rock more on the mellow side. Sprinkling in some current mellow stuff as well from the Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. This was a fun mix for me as sometimes it’s just jazz for these parts of the night (all whatever the couple’s preference is).

Into the tent Mandy the coordinator had everyone gather and take their seats for the introductions and to start dinner. The couple was introduced to the song “It’s A Ball” by Black Taxi and went directly into their first dance “Tears of Joy” by Lucinda Williams. Right after that was Rebecca’s grandparents for the Challah & Kiddush blessing. Being this was surprisingly enough my first Jewish wedding I really loved to see all of the different traditions and formalities of the day.

As dinner came to a close it was time to get that dance floor moving! First up was Dean and his mother dancing to Louis Armstrong “What A Wonderful World” followed by Rebecca and her father dancing to a blend of two songs by a family favorite band, Wilco. The first song was a slower song “Either Way” and after about a minute of that they had told me to transition into “I’m The Man Who Loves You” and invite everyone up to join them to start the party. This was an awesome idea on their part and sure enough the dance floor filled right up.

And then… something crazy happened… We had already worked out the plan was to go right into “Hava Nagila” for the Hora as the father/daughter dance was fading out and everyone was already up on the dance floor. Literally as I was transitioning into that song the entire power to my DJ table cut out! I won’t even deny this part of the night and I almost fainted. 150 people staring right at me as the music just cuts out. DEEP BREATH and I just quickly rebooted everything as fast as I could and kept my cool. While this was a hiccup to start the actual dance party it was actually really awesome in a way. The most organic dance party of “Hava Nagila” broke out all on it’s own with every single person their singing it at the top of their lungs hoisting the couple up on chairs in the crowd and the parents. It was seriously something to see! Instantly I had the power back up and went right into the song to join them. From there we were back into the 60s and 70s and 80s with lists of music I was trying to get through for the bride and groom. Lots of old school motown sing-alongs and later in the night we tapped into a little top 40 and some 90s old school classic hip hop tunes. A little set of some indie dance rock from The Strokes, Franz, The Killers, went over really well. Closing the night out with The Stones, Tom Petty, Aretha, Sister Sledge, and the Isley Brothers. This was an amazing party and an even more amazing couple.

My personal favorite part of the night was while I was packing up all of my gear and cables, a woman approached me. At first I was thinking “oh no I didn’t play stuff she wanted or liked”. Total opposite. She said she had the best time ever and loved the music choices and tapped her foot all night long. We started talking as this made my night seriously the best compliment coming from someone you’d not expect. Turns out she was Dean’s grandmother who traveled all of the way from Colorado on her own. Sweetest lady EVER!!! Safe travels back to CO!!

Rebecca and Dean – thank you guys tons for having me be a part of this event! Best wishes to you both and we will surely be doing drinks next time I am in NY for a show!!

(OH and their photographer who I just met that night was SO awesome, SO nice, and you should check him out! Jason Kan of Kan Photography.)

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Wedding #17 rolls in with Nicole and Josh!!

Sunday October 4th, 2015 at The Atlantica in the gorgeous town of Cohasset, Mass. marks the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Josh and Nicole Cunningham.

I was introduced to this incredible couple about a year or so prior through a mutual friend of ours.

They lucked out this day as the few days before the actual wedding we had some crazy weather and rain and it turned to be a perfect day.

I had never been to this venue before but I will surely be back even just for dinner and drinks. It was GREAT and the view is seriously incredible on the water.

Nicole and Josh and myself shared a very strong mutual music bond over old school punk rock and nu-wave 80s tunes. This was a vibe they wanted for the overall theme of the night and I couldn’t have been happier! It’s not every wedding I get away with stuff like Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure, Ramones, and the Kinks!

The ceremony was held right on sight which I supplied music for. Nicole walked the aisle to Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th”. The ceremony was really well done, I really liked their officiant. Very well spoken and a great sense of humor. Once married they walked off to “Plainsong” by the Cure.

Cocktail hour was a mix of mellow indie rock like Of Monsters & Men, Lumineers, etc. mixed up with some old school jazz of John Coltrane and Bill Frisell.

I had the pleasure of introducing the bride and groom to one of my personal favorite songs “Ceremony” by New Order and right into their first dance “You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters. (I’d never heard this song and loved it – I need to look up more of their tunes).

Dinner music was a mix and extension of cocktail hour and getting into some classic rock of Beatles, Stones, Bob Dylan as well.

Once dinner wrapped up we did cake cutting to “Le Temps De L’ Amour” by Francoise Hardy and then Nicole went into the father/daughter dance “Keep Me In Your Heart” by Warren Zevon.

Then it was open dance floor and party time! We were all over the place. Everything from old school motown and soul to punk rock and indie rock. I had a blast doing this wedding getting to play stuff like M83, Passion Pit, The Knife, Phoenix, and others. Nicole and Josh were SO much fun to work with and they had an awesome night.

I wish you guys nothing but the best!! Thanks for letting me be a part of the big day and run the music!!

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And the 16th wedding of 2015 season is… Mr. and Mrs. Kumar!

Wild. Crazy. NON-stop party. A few of the ways I would describe the wedding of Lindsey and Sahil from September 27th, 2015 at Five Bridge Inn Farm, Rehoboth Mass. (I have never heard of or been to this venue before BTW and instantly fell in love with it!) The day went better than I could have pictured thanks to the coordination of Corinne Hursh.

I was connected with these two from a referral of a wedding I did last year (Claire & Kevin from the Cav in Providence) and so thankful Claire recommended me! After months of emails and chatting music and logistics of the big day and a few meetings for drinks, I felt I had a very good grip on what Lindsey and Sahil were looking for. Again, not to sound like a broken record here and I know how lucky I am that the couples I work with are as nice and amazing as they are, but I really emphasize it with these two. THE NICEST HUMANS EVER! I loved working with and getting to know them. What made taking this wedding on so fun for me was being introduced to an entire new culture and lots of new music from Sahil and his entire side of the family.

The wedding consisted of two ceremonies which I supplied music for both. First up was the Hindi ceremony which I’ve never seen in person. It was incredible to watch all of these other traditions especially the part near the end when Lindsey and Sahil walk around the fire with offerings. So happy I was able to witness this and play some great tunes Sahil sent me for this part of the day. In between the two ceremonies while everyone changed I had a playlist running of just chill acoustic folky stuff while people were hanging out on the lawn and playing games.

Up next was the American ceremony (and I must say kudos to how quickly everyone changed into new suits and dresses!) While I had Vitamin String Quartet playing as guests were being seated it was time to begin the actual ceremony music. Sahil and the parents all walked into “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Christina Grimmie of the Voice. The bridesmaids then all walked into Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” and up next was the bride herself entering to “Canon in D” by Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin. The ceremony was really well done and off they went as husband and wife to “Perfect To Me” by an artist they introduced me to Marc Broussard.

Cocktail hour was in the backside of the house next to the pool and consisted of mellow jazz tunes and some songs from the Aviator soundtrack (if you’ve not heard this – it’s awesome for old school jazz and swing).

Introductions were so much fun. The wedding party first of the sets of parents and then all of the groomsman together and then all of the bridesmaids all danced into the tent to “Uptown Funk”. I introduced Mr. and Mrs. Kumar as they came into “Panjabi MC” and the entire crowd erupted and cheered along. They went directly into their first dance (a personal fave of mine) “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Sir Elton John.

The tent was decorated incredibly and dinner was really fun. Sahil provided me some mellow dinner style Hindi songs to mix in with the mellow classic rock and acoustic folky stuff I was playing as well.

Once dinner wrapped up, Lindsey and her father danced to another Marc Broussard song “In This Moment” and the lyrics could not have been more fitting for a father/daughter dance.

Then, all of the sudden, something crazy and insane happened!

While Lindsey and Sahil were changing after the first ceremony a girl approached me with a USB stick saying there was a Hindi dance party mash up song on there. I had to load it into my MacBook quickly and sound check it while no one was around. The plan was as soon as the father/daughter danced ended to start playing it and a 15 or so person flashmob was to appear and start the dance floor party. It was SO awesome!!! I started the song and Lindsey and Sahil had no idea what was going on and neither did the crowd, so much fun to watch. Right from there we went into the dancing and it was NONSTOP until the 10:30 curfew. People were so energetic and fun. American music, Hindi dance tunes that Sahil gave me ahead of time to play. I loved not knowing how a song would go over since I wasn’t familiar with them and they seemed to be the biggest hits of the night.

The bride and groom were CROWDSURFING by the end of the night. YES, crowdsurfing. UH-MAZING!!!!

CONGRATS you guys. A massive thank-you for having me be a part of this amazing party and day!

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Wedding #15 of 2015!

The Date: Saturday. September 19th, 2015.

The Venue: The Mockingbird Restaurant and Lounge in East Bridgewater, MA.

The AMAZING couple: Heather and Michael Armstrong!

I was connected with Heather & Michael way earlier this year (back when we were still in the middle of that brutal winter of 90,000 feet of snow!) from my friend and phenomenal photographer who I just mentioned in the previous blog of Jill & Jon’s wedding; Abby Kuzia! (Seriously guys check out her work if you have not yet). Thanks again Abby for the connection here!

So after all of that time and months of emails back and forth starting to iron out the details and schedule of the day all of the sudden it was show time! Heather & Michael were a blast to work with. They were so calm and chill and just let me do my job putting all of their trust in my music choices of course throwing in ideas and suggestions they wanted as a guideline.

I had never been to this venue before. It was about 45-60 mins outside of Boston on the South Shore and it was awesome! The staff and owner who I all connected with that day were super nice and that goes a long way as a vendor such as myself. Everyone on the same page at all times so we can keep things flowing all night long.

The ceremony set up was stunning – outside in a gorgeous little hillside garden area. I had a mini set up for the ceremony and was in charge of the music. Pre-Ceremony was some Vitamin String Quartet songs while guests were arriving and awaiting the bride and groom. The processional song chosen was an acoustic cover of “Boom Clap” by Lennon & Maisy. Heather walked the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” cover by Ingrid Michaelson. The officiant of the ceremony was very well spoken and did a fantastic job. Once it all wrapped up (Michael is a huge 80’s fan which we bonded over) so the recessional song was “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates! People were really digging it.

Cocktail hour was held in and outside and music selections here were some jazz/big band tunes. It’s just really nice to have good background music like that on when people are still in the middle of conversations and mingling about yet it won’t put you to sleep either. All up tempo songs and it paired very nicely with the setting of the venue I felt.

Once everyone took their seats we did the introductions of the entire wedding party and parents to “The Way You Make Me Feel” by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. The Bride & Groom were introduced to “We Belong” by Pat Benatar and went directly into their first dance “Faithfully” by Journey. (Did I mention Michael is a big 80s fan?!)

Speeches and dinner were up next and I feel like a broken record on this line but that food was OUTSTANDING. Prime Rib dinner that seriously blew me away. We then opened up the dance floor with the back to back parent dances. Michael and his mother to the classic “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King and Heather and her father to “Just Fishin” by Tracie Adkins.

The crowd and dance party were up for anything! I was throwing on a good amount of 90s tunes for Heather during the night along with the 80s hits for Michael. And for the first time ever at a gig, for Michael only, I played his favorite song twice… “Africa” by Toto! Don’t worry it went over well and people were all huddled up singing along to every word.

Congrats to you Mr & Mrs Armstrong! Thank-you a bunch for allowing me to play your wedding and set the tone with all of the music throughout the night!

Below are a few photos from the evening.

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