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On 21, Oct 2014 | In | By CMG

DJ Eric Smith

Eric Smith has always loved sharing music with people and had a knack for creating the perfect mix tapes and playlists for every person or occasion in his life. DJing was a natural progression of this passion. Eric trained directly with CMG’s owner, DJ Scott E. Jones, learning the ins and outs of creating a flawless event that guests will never forget.

Eric realizes that, as no two events will ever be the same, being organized and able to adjust to changes efficiently will insure your night goes off without a hitch. His extensive library of digital music spans all genres and his knowledge allows him to quickly choose the right songs for every crowd.  This love of music, expert training and vast experience has made the Bearded DJ one of Cleveland’s premier wedding DJs.

  • The Bearded DJ!

    Wow! DJ Eric Smith did a fantastic job keeping the upbeat dance energy going all night!! It was more like as if he was celebrating our night with us than providing the DJ music service for us! We love his music choices and had family and friends young and old out of their seats and dancing the entire night!!!!

    Katie and Eric Burrows
    Jul 29, 2017
    Thorncreek Winery

    Phenomenal DJ Performance

    We had Eric Smith (bearded DJ) for our wedding at the downtown Hilton in Cleveland. Eric was phenomenal and did a great job. I met with him the day before to go over playlist, announcements, and anything else. He managed to work in our requests and keep a packed dance floor throughout the night. He even managed to work in the Beauty and the Beast song, which my wife loves, and that might have made her night. I don’t think we could have asked for a better DJ and I would recommend him for future weddings.

    Dan O'Boyle
    Jul 22, 2017
    Hilton Cleveland Downtown

    6/17 Wedding at Ariel International Center

    My husband and I were lucky enough to have The Bearded DJ, Eric Smith, DJ our amazing wedding. He was such a pleasure to work with, and to be honest, one of our favorite vendors! Eric really listened to us when meeting before the wedding and was able to match the music to our wants, as well as the crowd wants on the day of! We were especially impressed when Eric ended the night with a song that my husband and I had briefly talked about that meant a lot to us! The dance floor was always completely full (people were actually dancing next to the dance floor because there was not enough room!) and Eric did a great job interacting with the crowd! We received so many compliments on how great Eric and the music was, with some friends saying it was the best “party” they had ever been to. I would highly recommend him and look forward to seeing him at our friends wedding in a few weeks! Thank you Eric! You helped me our day perfect!

    Julie Vaughan and Dan Duganiero
    Jun 17, 2017
    Ariel International Center

    Kept Everyone Dancing!

    DJ Eric Smith did a fantastic job of honoring our biggest request – to keep everyone dancing! Our guests had a great time and gave us many compliments about the music. Thank you DJ Eric!

    Courtney Abram and Aaron Avila
    May 12, 2017
    The Arcade

    Eric is awesome!

    DJ Eric Smith totally got the vibe we were going for at our wedding. So glad we picked him.

    Also, we ADORED the open air photo booth and so did our guests. I love that we not only got a physical copy of each photo, but we also got a digital copy of each one on a thumb drive. A must have for any wedding.

    Caitlin Corns and Zac Ross
    Apr 1, 2017
    Columbia Ballroom

    Great Job at Jump Back Ball

    DJ Eric Smith was great to work with. He had quite a busy night, DJing in multiple spaces, one right after the other. But he made it work. Eric was prompt. He set up quickly and easily. And he played just the right kind of music. He also worked well with the other entertainers at Jump Back Ball. I’d be happy to use him again.

    Sarah Stengel
    Feb 25, 2017
    Playhouse Square Theatres

    On point!

    D.J. Eric Smith was ON POINT when it came to our Wedding Reception Music and Introductions. He was fantastic and kept the dance floor rockin’! He was extremely professional and was everything we hoped for and more. Thank you Cleveland Music Group and Eric for making the night one we will never forget. Music is so important to us and we are SO thankful we picked Eric as our D.J.! What a great guy to have on your Team there at the Cleveland Music Group! Thank you again for the memories.

    Ryan and Laura Caler
    Dec 3, 2016
    City View Room at Windows on the River!

    Blown Away

    We had Eric Smith, the Bearded DJ. DJ our wedding reception and he was phenomenal. Every guest was up and dancing the whole night and had a great time. There was never a moment throughout the entire night that people we were not up and having a great time! The music Eric played was spot on and we couldn’t have asked for a better time!

    Brianna Lombardi & Craig Comito
    Jul 30, 2016
    Glenmoor Country Club

    Great Experience!

    DJ Eric was wonderful to work with. He sent us a detailed survey to fill out ahead of our wedding to make sure he had all the information he needed about our music preferences throughout the wedding, and all the details he needed to MC the reception. He also took the time to meet with us to make sure we were all on the same page and to double check last-minute details. Eric played music that WE loved throughout the cocktail hour and dinner, and played a great mix of music that EVERYONE loved during the party. Because we had a Sunday night wedding, we were a little worried that the party would break up early, but Eric made sure the dance floor was going til the very end!

    Jenny & Mike
    Aug 7, 2016
    Bolton House


    We loved having Eric Smith DJ our wedding at the Cleveland Arcade! Eric was fantastic to work with – collaborative, responsive and prepared. We had so many guests compliment the music selection, and the dance floor was still packed for the last song. Thanks so much to Eric for helping to make our wedding so personal and memorable.

    Sara Steines & Mike Newstead
    Oct 11, 2015
    Cleveland Arcade

    Great Day!

    We booked ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception music through Cleveland Music Group and every part of our day was fantastic! The Sonata Strings were a beautiful touch to our ceremony and even looked into a special song for us. Jeff Sherman on guitar was a hit at cocktail hour prompting a lot of compliments from guests. Lastly, DJ Eric Smith kept the dance floor going all night with so many fun songs. Everyone we worked with to coordinate at Cleveland Music Group was so helpful and friendly. We are glad we selected them for our wedding!

    Christopher Dierks & Molly Fishell
    Sep 5, 2015
    Chagrin Valley Hunt Club

    Great Acoustics!

    DJ Eric performed in an excellent manner, from organizing the bridal party introductions, announcing the people giving toasts, excellent dinner music, very good family dance intros and played music that everyone enjoyed. A very good mixture of both slow and fast dances. He even got a dance train started that everyone loved. Also, I believe that he played almost every song that I (father of the Bride) requested before the event. The dance floor was always full, which is always a good indication that the DJ is performing his job very well. I’ve been to several weddings were you could not hear the DJ speak or the words to the songs. Overall great job Eric. The uplighting was great and very nicely positioned. The photo booth was a big hit and was one of the best that I have experienced.

    Joe Berdine/Krislyn and Zacc Martin
    Jun 20, 2015
    Window On The River (Bridgeview Room)

    Amazing DJ

    DJ Eric Smith did an absolutely amazing job at our wedding. He kept the music and dancing going all night, was awesome at sensing the mood and preferences of our guests, and was beyond nice to work with (even with a few last minute changes). Couldn’t recommend him more highly – really made our reception what it was!

    Marylou & Steve Hegler
    Nov 29, 2014
    Windows on the River

    DJ Eric Smith did an excellent job of not being too intrusive on the microphone, and let the music dictate the flow of the evening. I received compliments from our guests who noticed this, and were thankful we didn’t have a DJ trying to steal the attention, which can ruin the atmosphere.

    Tai Chiappa & Jeff Hindulak
    Sep 28, 2013

    Eric made sure everything was smooth and played the right music to get everyone dancing!!

    Rhianna Schicker & Dave Ford
    Aug 3, 2013
    Weymouth C.C./ Fox Meadows

    Eric knew exactly what we wanted from aisle music to dancing music and everything in-between. He helped us figure out songs when we were at a loss as well. He’s a great guy!

    Alana Munro & Dean Coticchia
    Jul 13, 2013
    Catawba Island Club

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  1. Sarah

    Eric did an awesome job at our wedding!! The finding the right DJ was the most nerve-wracking part of planning for me because I did not want your generic wedding music played. Don’t get me wrong, there’s of course some wedding classics that were played, and I wanted my guests to enjoy the music too, but I wanted it to really reflect my now husbands and my musical tastes. Our first date was to a concert, so it plays an important role for us. Eric delivered exactly what I wanted!!! We met with him and gave him some suggested songs/artists so he could get a feel for what we liked and then he created a playlist that was absolutely spot-on! I wish I still had it because I would listen to that all the time. The guests definitely noticed too because all night I kept getting comments on how great the music was and there were always people on the dance floor! We also liked that he wasn’t over-the-top/cheesy in his emcee role. Our venue was unique in the sense that it was an indoor and outdoor space, but Eric maneuvered that perfectly as well. Overall, we couldn’t be happier and would highly recommend!

  2. Mitali Shah


    I came across your name browsing for wedding DJs. Would you be able to provide some details on pricing, etc?

    Also, are you available on May 1, 2016?

    Thanks for your time,
    Mitali Shah

    • CMG

      Hi Mitali, For more info on availability and pricing, please call the office at 216-986-1808 or click the “I Want It” button on the right to fill out our Info Request Form. Thank you!

  3. Kristina Soric Monta & Matt Monta

    We’re so glad we chose DJ Eric Smith for our wedding! He had us at “Do you like beards?” and “Are you awesome?”, but promising not to practice his stand-up routine during our wedding was the cherry on top. Eric knew exactly what to play to keep people on the dance floor (which was full all night), was charismatic on the mic and looked real sharp, and he was a complete professional, even when he had to round up our chatty bridal party and was faced with some last-minute changes. We were so happy with our wedding music and recommend Eric Smith to anyone awesome. The only regret we have is not getting a photo with him at the end of the night!