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- 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
- RadioActive at Gervasi Vineyard for the McIntosh-Faraniti wedding
- The Orchestra at Shoreby Club for the Lawlor-Hyland wedding
- 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
- 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
- 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-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 is the Sales and Promotions Manager at Jerry Bruno Productions and is a DJ and the bandleader of JBP’s band The Avenue.
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.
- Rick & the Cutting Edge at the Hillbrook Club for the Miller-Hunsicker wedding
- The Orchestra at The Country Club for the Weinberg-Weil wedding
- RadioActive at Bertram Inn for the Fink wedding
- The Avenue at New Orleans Party Center for the James-Sirey wedding
- After Dark band at Mr. Anthony’s for the Marginian wedding
- Guitarist John Toula at a private residence for a cocktail party
- Elvis impersonator Kelvis at Progressive Field for a Cleveland Indians Elvis Tribute day
- Esto Jazz at Stan Hywet for a Credit First National Association even
- Dallas Coffey Jazz Trio at the Hillbrook Club for the Miller-Hunsicker wedding
- Jazz Pianist Matt Skitzki at the Renaissance for the Jeran-Cirino wedding
- Carey Viton Piano/Violin duo at Stan Hywet for the Fink wedding
- 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
- DJ Matt Gazdak at the Hyatt Regency Arcade for the Geiger-Urban wedding
- DJ Mark Guthrie at the Renaissance for the Jeran wedding
- DJ Scott Jones at DiVieste Banquet Hall for the Heidhart-Kapsal wedding
- DJ Mike Alexander at the Galleria for the Slawinski-DiGeronimo wedding
- DJ Tommy Dwyer at Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center for the Bybee-Penney wedding
- DJ Herby Loftin at Windows on the River for the West-Petre wedding
- DJ Brian McDonald at Glidden House for the Rieder wedding
- DJ Ann Marie Petricca at Columbia Hills Country Club for a biker golf outing
- The Avenue at Weymouth Country Club/Fox Meadows for the Vojtech-Zackaroff wedding
- Bottom Line band at Marriott Key Center for the Scott-Sines wedding
- The Orchestra at a private residence for the Eynon wedding
- TCB at the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade for the Bukach wedding
- RadioActive band at the Metro Club for the Miller-Stypula wedding
- After Dark band at Kirtland Country Club for the Montlack wedding
- Storyville band at St. Elias Cultural Center for the Holloway-Smith wedding
- The Orchestra at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for Twilight at the Zoo – SOLD OUT in Advance!
- The Avenue & Rick & the Cutting Edge at Independence Home Days
- Redline band at Gull Lake Country Club in Richland, MI for their 100 year anniversary
- DJ Jeff Kavali at LaMalfa Center for the McGinnis-Turinsky wedding
- DJ Scott Jones at Briarwood Golf Course for the Pilkey-Heath wedding
- DJ Mike Alexander at the Courthouse for the DiGioia-Smrdel wedding
- Backstreet DJs at Pazzo’s Grand Ballroom for the Chalmers wedding
- DJ Dan Cormier at the Clifton Club for the Harlan-Eifel wedding
- DJ Mark Guthrie at Sammy’s for the Kutik-Jarcho wedding
- DJ Scott Jones at Landerhaven for the Markowski-Vincent wedding
- DJ Scott Jones at Landerhaven for the Trilling-Sullivan wedding
- DJ Ann Marie Petricca at Lyman Harbor for the Norris-Crumley wedding
- DJ Matt Gazdak at the Crawford Auto Museum for the McManaman-Felice wedding
- DJ Mike Alexander at Severance Hall for the Cohen-Arkin wedding
- DJ Mark Guthrie at Portage Country Club for the Witherspoon-Norris wedding
- Best Choice DJ (DJ Dan Cormier) at Painesville Township Park for the Coy wedding party
- 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
- DJ Tommy Dwyer at Hanna Theatre for the Booz & Company event
- Pianist Matt Skitzki at the Renaissance for the OverDrive Digipalooza event
- Heart & Soul at Fairlawn Country Club for a member guest weekend