Friday, December 24, 2010

Wedding at the Ritz in Dana Point

Dave & Mari had a great wedding in one of the best ballrooms available at the Ritz in Dana Point. The room has sets of double doors all down one wall which open up to the terrace which overlooks a cliff directly above the ocean. Kelly Aull of Mint Weddings was the coordinator, I'd always heard a lot about her but never had the opportunity to work with her. I must say she was easy to work with and had the night's events well under control all night. That makes my job so much easier.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Corporate Association Karaoke Party

This group rotates their national meeting between 3 cities around the country. That means every 3 years they come to San Diego for their week long conference. I've been lucky enough to provide their entertainment for the past 3 San Diego visits. At first it was just their final night party, then 3 years ago I provided Karaoke for one of the other days of the conference to wrap up the days meetings and let the attendees unwind a little bit. This year they repeated the same order and the karaoke could have gone all night. The Final night party was a blast too. 4 hours of Video Dj for about 500+ of their attendees, they loved it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

VIDEO DJ / 2 rooms, 7 screens, 2 sound systems - ROCKIN'

This party was arranged through one of my entertainment booking agencies that uses me a lot, for his and his clients privacy I won't mention their names but if I printed their names you'd instantly know who they are, both very big / high tech companies here in San Diego. This party was jumpin' from the very beginning. 650+ people in 2 rooms at the Hardrock Hotel in San Diego for this year-end holiday party. The agent brought in a great light show as well as an AV production company to handle the (2) big 12' x 15' screens in the Legends Ballroom to go with my 4 speaker system and (2) flatscreens near the dancefloor. AV then ran video and audio signal to The Edge ballroom across the foyer where there were (3)50" screens and a 4 speaker EAW sound system.
No Videos during dinner but once I started playing dance music videos after dinner the dancefloor in the main room filled up immediately, my style of video DJ'ing keeps me very active and involved so although I didn't have a chance to go look in the other room, I'm told that the dancefloor was packed over there too.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Carlsbad Forum Tree Lighting

For the second year in a row, I've been called on to do audio and lighting for the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Christmas Shopping Season at the Carlsbad Forum. My good friend Joan Burns of Sampson & Associates is the event planner and always does a fantastic job of keeping all of the moving pieces of the growing community event together, on track and on time. 2 Singers, the Carlsbad Canyon High School Marching Band was on hand as always to help make it a special night. This band is really good, they were invited by the queen to play in England this spring and their 5 song set included songs by Shakira and Lady Gaga. I mean come on! Shakira and Lady Gaga from a high school Marching band... That Rocks! No more fight songs and boring stuff that we've all seen at every high school football game since the beginning of time.
Santa and Sarah from Jack 100.7FM as the Emcee rounded out the entertainment bill. Even with my 12 years in Radio I'd never met Sarah before but she was really good at keeping the crowd involved and the night flowing from performance to performance.
I provide a 4 speaker sound system with 6 microphones and stage wash lighting to give light to the show.

94th Aero Squadron - Friday Nights

For over 10 years I have managed the DJs for Friday nights at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant and Bar in Kearny Mesa in San Diego. This World War 2 Themed restaurant has a Friday happy hour that has always been busy. The local work force starts to come in at about 5 and by 7 or 8 the club is usually full. The music format has always been R&B, Hip Hop and Old School with a little bit of Dancehall and Latin mixed in. The music further breaks down into mostly R&B (both new and old)and old school from 6:30 til about 8:30 or 9pm to fit our 30+ something crowd. Then as the night club crowd rolls in, anything goes from 9 or 10 til close. Since the early crowd tends to be a little older average age than the late crowd, I usually play the early shift since my years as Dr Boogie at Magic 92.5FM give me a lot of range in that music genre.
The DJ Booth is fully equipped with a pair of Technics 1200 turntables and a dual deck CD player. We play on the 1200s using the CD player as a back up for drops and other production needs.