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06

Sep
2011

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In Where We Perform

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Weekend Roundup

On 06, Sep 2011 | No Comments | In Where We Perform | By CMG

Live Event Music

Wedding DJs

Live Wedding Bands

Live Ceremony Music

 

29

Aug
2011

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Weekend Roundup

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Live Wedding Bands

  • Redline band at the Buhl Country Club in Hermatage, PA for the Soukenik-Rossi wedding
  • TCB at Canterbury Golf Club for the Scicolone wedding
  • The Orchestra at The Country Club for the Wilson-Huber wedding
  • Bottom Line band at a private residence for the Nitschke-Phibbs wedding

Event DJs

  • DJ Gary Wenner at Blue Heron Golf Club for a Marriott charity golf outing

Wedding DJs

Live Wedding Ceremony Musicians

Live Bands

22

Aug
2011

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Live Bands

  • The ‘A’ Band at the Hilton West Fairlawn for the Jane Comunale Memorial Brunch
  • FasTrack at the Cleveland Yacht Club for the Container Port Group 40th Anniversary
  • TCB at Shaker Country Club for a members golf dinner

Wedding Reception Bands

  • RadioActive at Gervasi Vineyard for the McIntosh-Faraniti wedding
  • The Orchestra at Shoreby Club for the Lawlor-Hyland wedding

Wedding DJs

  • DJ Scott Jones at Avon Oaks Country Club for the Draper-Young wedding
  • DJ Spencer Reynolds at the Courthouse for the Mosley-Hershberger wedding
  • Best Choice DJ (DJ Mark Guthrie) at The Club at Key Center for the Smith-Knurek wedding
  • Best Choice DJ (DJ Arthur Schmidt) at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens for the Wyatt wedding
  • DJ Bill Bowen at Barrington Country Club for the Richards-Gentile wedding
  • DJ Mike Alexander at Weymouth Country Club for the Herscher wedding
  • Best Choice DJ (DJ Billy King) at the Western Reserve Historical Society for the DeSarle-Iammarino wedding
  • DJ Tommy Dwyer at Windows on the River for the McKinley-Ezzo wedding
  • DJ Geoff Short at LaCentre for the Sorc-Kabicek wedding
  • Best Choice DJ (DJ Dan Cormier) at The Oaks Lakeside for the Hienton-Salem wedding

Live Cleveland Jazz

  • Esto Jazz at Westfield Center’s Blair Center for a Westfield Insurance event
  • Dallas Coffee Duo at Windows on the River for a Hahn Loeser Law Firm event

Ceremony Music

  • Harpist Virginia Dickson at Euclid Lakefront Community Center for the Stover-McKay wedding
  • Sonata Strings Trio at the Shoreby Club for the Sorc-Kabicek wedding
  • Harpist Virginia Dickson at Stan Hywett for the Herscher wedding

A View from the Stage: The Aggressive Requester or “PLAY ‘SHOUT’ OR DIE!!!!”

On 16, Aug 2011 | One Comment | In DJs, Wedding & Event Bands | By CMG

A-ggres-sive Re-quest-er(lat. Requestus Obnoxious);  aka Party Neanderthal – 1) Wedding reception Guest (usually male) with an inability to handle social drinking in any civilized way – usually presenting itself  with the alcohol-induced hallucination that unless the creature hears a particular inane song of choice IMMEDIATELY, it will die – usually leading to verbal assault on the band or DJ on duty.

What is it with some people?  Throw back a few drinks at a reception and they start treating  the band or DJ like their own personal ipod.  Don’t get me wrong – we always want guests to have a great time and keep the dance floor full and polite requests are expected and even welcomed at many events.  But you know the type – the drunken goon whose beer-goggles (or, in this case, earphones) lead him to believe that unless the band plays the particular song of his choosing, the Earth will crack open like a walnut.  Ironically this pickled heckler’s “requests” are never really requests at all, but insistent demands bellowed after every song that isn’t his tune of choice.

And why is it that it’s never like a really unique or interesting song?  I’m really starting to believe these buffoons’ musical vocabulary consists of “Hang On Sloopy” and “Let’s Get Drunk and Screw”.  I’ve even started mentally giving a prize to the first over-served party boy to loudly demand we play “Shout” (usually somewhere near the top of the 2nd set)!

I realize this makes me sound like a party snob or something, and I really don’t mean to be.  I like a good drankin’ song as much as the next guy.  But the fact is, these types of guests can be really disruptive to a band or DJ as well as the other guests.  Even worse, they sometimes get threatening (I’d love to be a fly on the jail cell wall when this guy tries to explain to the cops that he assaulted the DJ because he wouldn’t play “Sweet Caroline”!).  It’s a good bet that this obnoxious guest hasn’t been in on any of the planning for this reception and probably doesn’t know that the DJ has strict guidelines from the clients who are paying not to play certain songs or types of music, not matter how politely the DJ might try to explain that.  Not to mention the fact that we actually do like those tunes too and would have played them in due time anyway.  They’re great party songs.  But for most artists, the more a guest screams at us, the less likely that guest is to ever hear that song at this event.  We are there to do a job and like, everyone else, demand the respect that affords.

I guess I’m a little biased.  I’m not a song requester type.  In all my years of experiencing live music, I’ve never felt the need to infuse any of my personal song preferences into a band or DJ’s set list.  I’m sure it’s because I’m usually the one performing the music week to week and I know how constant requests can take your eye off the ball of trying to keep the dance floor full.  But when I’m not performing, I’m usually cool with whatever the band plays.  I just like watching live bands and DJs perform their craft – good or band, to me it’s always interesting.  The actual songs being played have little to do with it for me.  It’s either a good dance song or it’s not.  And if the setting I’m hearing said music in happens to include some social drinking, that has a much different effect on me than it seems to on the song request bully.  After a couple drinks I’m digging every song and become the friendliest dancer on the floor!  This band is AWESOME!!!

So if you’re an Aggressive Requester – and you know who you are – take it easy.  Just let the band or DJ do their thing and enjoy the night.  If you don’t like a song….go get a drink.  Scratch that – go get a cup of coffee.  But if you think you can’t handle that, load up Hang On Sloopy, Brown-Eyed Girl and Shout on your ipod and jam the night away…from the comfort of your car…..out in the parking lot!

Just kidding – we’ll get those tunes on in the next set!

 

Geoff Short

Geoff is the Sales and Promotions Manager at Jerry Bruno Productions and is a DJ and the bandleader of JBP’s band The Avenue.

 

 

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Evelyn Wright to Judge Cleveland Auditions for The Voice

On 16, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In News & Updates, Public Events | By CMG

We are proud to announce that jazz singer Evelyn Wright has been chosen as one of four celebrity judges for Cleveland’s VIP The Voice auditions.

Evelyn is a talented staple in the Cleveland music scene, and this honor only solidifies her level of respect among Cleveland’s music industry.

The other three judges include Terry Stewart (President of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame), Barry Gabel (SVP of Marketing at Live Nation) and R&B singer & Cleveland native Avant.

On August 20th, Evelyn and her co-judges will listen to the top 102 singers from those who auditioned and choose the top ten to compete on a live show on Chanel 3 on August 22nd. From the top ten, three finalists will be Voice VIPs at the Los Angeles auditions of The Voice.

 

15

Aug
2011

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In Where We Perform

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Weekend Roundup

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Bands for Wedding Receptions

Live Entertainment

Live Ceremony Music

Live Dance Bands

  • AKA at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame for a US Law Network event
  • Redline band at Gervasi Vineyard for a Credit First National Association corporate event

Wedding DJs

 Event DJs