I received an email:
Date: Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM
You Deejayed my cousin (Heather Young)’s graduation party on Sunday,
March 4th. There was a song that you played, introduced by saying it
was from 1996 – my fiance and I loved that song, but couldn’t remember
the name of it after we left the party!!!
We thought it was the Boricua Anthem, but it doesn’t sound right. I’m
sure you DJ a ton of parties all weekend long but I was hoping you
might be able to help me out if you recalled the name of this
particular song for us. We wanted to have it played at our upcoming
Thanks in advance.
Christina was correct, it was the song was “Robi-Rob’s Boriqua Anthem ’96 Remix” by Robi Rob’s Clubworld. (I emailed her back)
I love getting emails like this where someone asks about a song I played, especially one that I don’t play that often. Heather graduated from Centenary College, and her Party at Flynn’s – Philipsburg, NJ (Last exit in NJ) was a great time. We played a big variety of music: Latin, Top 40, some oldies… plus a few 90’s Club Hits.
One of the funniest things was when the Guest of Honor from the party next door (1st Birthday Party), came dancing in the room… She was adorable…Everyone in our party clapped and cheered for her (Her Parents were embarrassed).
In all it was a great party, lots of dancing, lots of fun….Congrats Heather on your Graduation, as well as Christina on your Wedding.
Aimee & Rashard are a fantastic couple. I met with them about a month ago and since then we have worked closely together, collaborating on their music list and the style of their wedding. They also capitalized on a winter special we ran and got our photo booth at some great savings. The photo booth was a huge hit of the night!
Since Aimee and Rashard were getting married onsite at the PNC Reception Center they hired us for the whole evening. We provided ceremony music, a great jazz infused mix for cocktail hour and then of course the party music and lighting to ignite their celebration. I particularly love being a part of a couple’s ceremony because, let’s face it, that is the most important moment of the day and when they get married in a church or temple I don’t have the opportunity to witness it. Aimee and Rashard had personalized their wedding vows and hearing them really made me love this couple all the more.
Aimee had asked me to make an edit of Beyonce’s version of “Ave Maria” to walk down the aisle to. I did that and sent it to her to practice. She timed things out perfectly so just as her and her dad got to the top of the aisle Beyonce was finishing the song. As they used to say on The A Team. “I love it when a plan comes together.”
Speaking of edits I had also made one for Aimee and Rashard’s introduction into the reception. Aimee’s a Bon Jovi fan and she wanted his song “Raise Your Hands” for when I brought her and her new husband in. I chopped that song up and rebuilt it so just as I was saying their names the chorus kicked in. I’d also had all the guests gather round the dance floor (rather than just stand at their tables) and this was truly a highlight of the night. With all their family and friends so close, Aimee and Rashard had me do two songs upfront. Their wedding song was Billie Holiday’s version of “Come Rain or Come Shine” and then we invited everyone to join in for Michael Franti’s 2008 hit “Say Hey (I Love You).” It’s always been my experience when you start a party off right it sets the tone for a great evening and this certainly did.
With a package that including our uplighting we rocked the party and made the room look awesome as well.
Rashard is from New
Orleans and he’d given me the names of a coupla real good Rebirth Brass Band songs. We sprinkled these in throughout the night and also handed out Mardi Gras beads to add a little Cajun flair to the reception.
It was a great evening for all and I wish Aimee & Rashard a lifetime of health and happiness!
After a quick run through of our routine for the night, the show started up with a fashion show displaying some gorgeous dresses for the brides to be. One by one the models made there way out of a hallway off to the side and onto the dance floor. This was exciting for me because I knew in just a few short minutes after our “pretend” brides for the night made they way out the floor, we would finally get our show started and really see how much fun this crowd can be.
Now all of our Elite entertainers are lined up behind me, waiting for the anticipated cue to head out onto the dance floor and kick our show off with some style. Kris A. gets the mic, says a few words, then out we come clapping our hands to “Lets Get Loud” as we try and get the room…loud! We’re all feeling great as we roll through the dance and kick the mic over to Mike (love saying that) as he begins a sample of intros, using a lovely couple in the crowd whose names I believe were John and Jackie. Mike the invites them up for a slow dance being sung by another wonderful entertainer at Elite, Tara Feely. Jackie emphatically shakes her head no as she laughs, maybe a little embarrassed but still having fun, as she stays in her seat to watch a beautiful performance by Tara. She finished her performance strong and hands the mic again, back to Mike as we get ready to start this party rocking. I have the honor of emceeing the first song of the night which happens the be a classic one from the 50′s, “The Twist”. I extend the first of many invites to our crowd to come join and dance as I get everyone on the dance floor onto one leg and test them to see how low they can twist. Following “The Twist”, we have eight more party favorites and great emcees to get everyone we can out on the dance floor for fifteen minutes having an awesome time.
I could go into detail describing each and every song and how awesome it was having such a great crowd (like I had thought we would walking in) and how amazing each one of our emcees did that evening. But, these are only words on a page. The real fun was at the show and I can’t possibly express that here. This is a job that has some great moments with each show, wedding, birthday, or any other event you can imagine being so different, its always a brand new experience each time. Thanks to everyone who made that evening a great success and I hope to see all of you at our next showcase!
We wrapped up our first quarter showcasing season last night with our very own Private Show at The Sheraton in Eatontown. We also did something we’ve never done before in the 22 year history of Elite Entertainment: We gave one lucky bride an amazing, Elite Wedding. The winner would receive not just a free DJ from Elite Entertainment but also a lighting package, a Photo Booth, Photography services from our sister company Elite Digital Images and videography services from our sister company Elite Video Productions. This totaled over $7000.00 in free services for one lucky bride.
Our showcase was tight. We’ve been performing pretty steadily since the beginning of the year, 16 bridal shows in all since our first one on January 8th. We had a packed dance floor for much of the interactive segment and every DJ who had mic time really shined. In fact, the most consistent feedback we received from brides and grooms in attendance was something to the effect of: “we can’t decide who we want because you guys are all great!”
So then came the moment we were all waiting for. We picked the winner of our biggest giveaway ever. And as luck (or maybe fate) would have it, the winner was a lovely young woman named Nina whose fiance is serving in the Army in Afghanistan. We couldn’t have been happier that she was the winner and we can’t wait for their July 2013 wedding.
Friday night I had the pleasure of spending an entire afternoon and evening with 2 of the greatest families I have ever worked with. Funny and Charming and Funny and Funny …did I say hilarious. From the beginning till the very minute I sat in my truck to drive away, it was nothing but smiles and lots of laughs that still hurt 36 hrs later like I did a thrashing ab-workout.
It was 6:00pm and the ceremony was just about to start. I was graced with the presence of my good friend and fellow Elite Entertainer-Corey Fox, as my partner in crime for the night, so I had a feeling it was going to be a memorable event one way or another. We’re set up in the back right corner of the room (if you can picture it, if not, you need not read any further). Well we start to hear small chattering laughter from a few couples in their, I’m guessing 60-70 age group, and they are sitting directly to our left, also the rear of the room. The laughter progressively got louder.
As I bring on the Processional music for the Bridesmaids to walk in, which was “Air” played in G, the room fell silent, as it always does. I heard some ahhhhhs and ohhhhhhs but not much from the Peanut Gallery in the opposite corner. Then I fade the music out, wait for about a second and then, Canon starts playing nice and loud as Jessica makes her way into the room and up toward the altar. I couldn’t make out was said over there as she passed by, but it created a laughter that engulfed the entire room and was contagious for the rest of the night. I could only pray that the comedy would stay tasteful throughout the duration of the party. We have all seen what can happen when you add alcohol to a situation.
After Jess and Jim said I DO and seal it with a kiss, I hit the recessional song; Everlasting Love, and they take their very first steps down the road of Matrimony. I just happen to glance over and one of the Gentlemen from the Peanut gallery was aggressively giving me thumbs up signs from across the room. I guess he liked us so far…yay…a fan club.
Cocktail hour was great as The Ramada in Toms River always puts out a fabulous spread. The finger foods were being enjoyed while the liquor flowed from behind the bar. The poor bartender couldn’t even keep up. As I listened to the beats of the music, it started to be overcome by the amount of laughter in the room. It was as if every little group of people had something to talk about that was funnier than the next. These people were a riot.
Introductions were like fireworks, Parents came in followed by all of the members in the Bridal Party, and I had everyone on their feet clapping and cheering.
When Jess & Jim made their Grand Introduction into the Ballroom to Party Rock Anthem-LMFAO, the room went ballistic. They shared their first dance together, and then danced with their respective parents. The attention of the room was focused on the dance floor the entire time.
Now its time for the Toast. We had 3 toasts and all were filled with the same love and laughter possessed by all the guests attending. The maid of honor was overcome with such emotion during her speech, that there was almost a slight awkward moment of silence until one of the other family members shouted out some jubilant expressions and once again the jokes were rolling around the ballroom. At least 1 person from each table had something to say that when all combined, turned her tears into confidence. Once she gained back her composure, her toast went flawless.
The Night was a blast. Dancing, laughing, eating, dancing , and laughing some more. There was even a part of the night when I played Sexy and I Know It and somebody who is well known as a reputable dancer, SPLIT his pants, and had to go change into jeans. Not even gonna say who that could be. But all in all the night was a success. Everybody left the wedding with such an abundance of joy and love wrapped around them. The Parents of the Bride came up to me as I was taking down my gear and thanked me once again for such a great time.
The very next day, not even 24hrs after the wedding, I receive a message from the Bride gloating about how much fun they had and they were so shocked that the party was so wild. They were extremely thankful and I am not going to lie…I was too. Another great time with some very special people that I will never forget.
The kicker here, is that 1 month before the wedding, I met with Jess & Jim at their house to go over all of the details of their party. They told me “We Don’t Really Dance” and “I don’t really think it is going to be a big dancing crowd”. To some DJs, this could be very discouraging, but I took this challenge head on, and personally feel that I knocked it out of the park.
I am firm believer that Good Entertainment = Good Party, but Great Entertainment = Great Party.
What kind of party will your Wedding be ???
As a DJ in general, life is a pretty good time. Although you give up weekends and some holidays this career comes with some great benefits! I had the pleasure of marching in the Belmar St. Patricks Day Parade and I was representing Connelly Station and Farrell’s Stout and Steak. It was a little cold, we had to wait for over an hour in line be fore our float kicked off. But we all had a GREAT time.
Myself a few other Elite Entertainers (Jeffery Kaufman, Sarina Colletti, Joe Oh!) and some other industry friends (Brian Koos from Jersey Shore DJ Entertainment and Tara Ra Lauducci of RaLa Foto) Between the Guinness t-shirts we were launching into the crowd and the fact that we were walking with a GIANT Guinness I would like to think we were the highlight of the parade.
After the walk through the streets we ended up an Connelly Station where shear madness took place. Drinks were had by all and music drove people to dance and sing. For a mostly Italian Guy I can say I truly enjoy this Irish holiday.
I’ve been DJing this particular event for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for 3 years now. It’s really an honor to be part of a great fundraiser. To be honest when I was going to DJ this party I thought how much fun could a bowling party really be? Let me tell you, after the first year of DJing this event I look forward to DJing it every year now. I took a few pictures this year to show you just how much I have with this crowd.
All 26 lanes of the alley were filled!
I got to set up right in the middle of the action!
Of course, I have to get some dance time in.
The Pin Heads are one team you won’t forget!
How many people can say they’ve done the Cha Cha Slide in a bowling alley?!?!