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16

Aug
2011

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In DJs
Wedding & Event Bands

By Leigh

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 Leigh

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 Leigh

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

By Leigh

Weekend Roundup

On 15, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In Where We Perform | By Leigh

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

08

Aug
2011

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In Where We Perform

By Leigh

Weekend Roundup

On 08, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In Where We Perform | By Leigh

Live Wedding Bands

Live Event Music

Dance Bands

Wedding DJs

Wedding Ceremony Music

01

Aug
2011

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In Where We Perform

By Leigh

Weekend Roundup

On 01, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In Where We Perform | By Leigh

Wedding DeeJays

Live Wedding Bands

  • The Avenue band at The Hyatt Regency at the Arcade for the Klecka wedding
  • RadioActive at LaVera Party Center for the Tennant wedding
  • The Orchestra at the Hillbrook Club for the Hepker-Crandall wedding
  • TCB at the Union Club for the Arite-Kuminski wedding
  • Rumplestiltskin at Cleveland Browns Stadium for the OverDrive Digipalooza conference

Party DJs

Live Event Music

Dance Bands

  • Heart & Soul at Fairlawn Country Club for a member guest weekend

26

Jul
2011

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In Wedding Details

By Leigh

Costco Gone Couture

On 26, Jul 2011 | No Comments | In Wedding Details | By Leigh

When imagining shopping for your wedding dress with your mom, sister and closest friends, did you ever envision taking them to Costco? Turns out you might want to consider it.

Celebrity designer Kirstie Kelly has teamed up with Costco to provide couture-inspired wedding gowns with an exclusive collection, Signature. The best part? How about couture style for 40% off retail!

The dresses are available in sizes 2-24 and can be received in under ten days.

The collection has been touring Costco stores with four-day trunk shows featuring all the posh expected at an upscale boutique: carpeted fitting rooms, three-way mirrors and bridal consultants.

And before you leave the warehouse, you can browse everything from wedding rings to luggage for the honeymoon.