On 21, Oct 2014 | In DJs/MCs | By Leigh
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.
Huge Thank you to Eric Smith, the Bearded DJ!
Last September we attended a wedding that Eric was the DJ for, and we knew right then that he had to be at our Wedding this year!
Even with all the crazy uncertainty of COVID, Eric kept our the party going all night long, and our guests had a blast! Huge appreciation as Eric helped make our wedding the best night ever and a memory we won’t forget!Ashley and Chad GibsonOct 24, 2020Avon Oaks Country Club
DJ Eric Was a Hit!
Eric DJ’d for our wedding reception and the crowd loved it! The entire guest list seemed to constantly be on the dance floor. Eric rolls with the mood and plays songs as he sees fit. He pulled out some sneaky hits that the crowd loved and were surprised to hear. Eric is very responsive through calls and email during the planning process and the documents he had us fill out made everything flawless. I just wish we had more dance time!!Miranda Mackey TaborOct 17, 2020Crowne Plaza Playhouse Square
DJ Eric Smith and Cleveland Music Group have been phenomenal during this crazy 2020 year. Our original date was April 18. When we reached out to reschedule they were kind and responsive. We rescheduled to 12/12/2020. When we rescheduled (again) to 10/10/2020. Everyone was awesome to work with!!
The actual event went extremely smoothly. We had an outdoor/indoor portion and DJ Eric brought all relevant equipment (extra mics, speakers). He gave us great suggestions with timing with regards to a first dance and sparkler send off. I would highly recommend.Caroline AaronsOct 10, 2020Dino's at Acacia
DJ Eric kept the guests on the dance floor all night! We appreciated his great taste in music.Elizabeth Hughey and Michael MancusoSep 18, 2020Thorncreek Winery
August 15, 2020
We had such a great wedding reception thanks to Eric and Katrina! Eric was the best DJ, highly recommended by many friends and family. Kept the crowd on the dance floor and managed the flow of the evening so well! Katrina handled the photobooth so well and everyone enjoyed themselves and we are so happy we have a keepsake from the evening!Megan and Doug SmithAug 15, 2020Michauds
DJ Eric exceeded our expectations —especially with our wedding taking place during the COVID pandemic. Everything went smoothly and Eric was very helpful and knowledgeable about suggestions and how to keep the flow of the event moving. He was very easy to work with and a true professional.Katie and Matt WourmsJul 24, 2020Blue Heron Event Center
10/10 from the Sosnowski-Hyland brood
My guests loved that DJ Eric did two encore songs. The night was wrapping up but and our time slot was over, but our cheering guests wanted just a little longer and Eric happily obliged — so that was fantastic. His introductions were great and he always had fantastic timing. 10/10!Molly SosnowskiFeb 22, 2020Emerald Event Center
DJ Eric Smith was exactly what we wanted at our wedding. He was professional. He was on time. He was kind and patient. Excellent speaking voice. He also played great music. No one left the dance floor all night. It was a great party, Eric was a huge part of that.Ben and Rachel FlandersJan 4, 2020St. Clair Ballroom
Our ceremony could not have gone better! DJ Eric Smith had the most amazing equipment and the sound was perfect. He cued everything at the perfect time and played exactly what I wanted!!! The reception was the same, everything was completely organized how I asked and I any time I went up to him during the night and asked him to play something he made it work!Emily and Darren MerkoskyNov 16, 2019The Columbia Ballroom
Made our day seamless!
DJ Eric did a great job keeping the night flowing. He was extremely organized and very attentive to the crowd. We were organizing from afar and only had one chance to visit our venue. We were worried about acoustics in the venue but he adapted and kept us relaxed. He did a great job, kept people dancing and killed it.
Side note; as a gay couple it was a huge relief to have a DJ who knew how to work with us and was mindful of his language. Even things like introducing us as a “married couple” vs “bride and groom.” It’s an example of a small thing Eric did that showed his thoughtfulness and professionalism. Thanks, Eric!Nicole Miller/ Sam borkovicSep 14, 2019Sheldon Calvary Camp
The Bearded DJ is worth every penny!
DJ Eric Smith is a total pro and did a fantastic job with our wedding. He handled the music for both the ceremony and reception, and kept everything organized and on track–we didn’t have to worry about a thing. He did an amazing job of reading the room and adjusting music accordingly, fitting in many different genres of music and accommodating different audiences without any awkward transitions. We received so many compliments from our guests on the great variety of music he played. We had a blast and we are so grateful for his hard work making the night so memorable.
Photo credit: Aster & OliveMo and MattJun 29, 2019The Union Club
Beautiful evening at the Cleveland Botanical Garden made more magical by DJ Eric Smith of the Cleveland Music Group!
Our guests had a lot of fun and thought it was a fairy tale wedding! Cleveland Music Group is the best and DJ Eric Smith did a fantastic job! Would hire them again!Happy Bride & GroomJul 5, 2019Cleveland Botanical Garden
Eric was amazing
We thought DJ Eric Smith was awesome! He listened to our requests and felt out the crowd. He kept it rocking all night. Our guests were each about him. He was so fun! We can’t thank him enough for a spectacular dance floor all night long.Kayla and Michael KnightJun 22, 2019Red Space
Eric is the BEST!
DJ Eric did such a great job at our Sunday wedding last week. He kept the party rolling without being pushy or overbearing. He did a great job with music selections and helped keep our guests on the dance floor all night! He is very organized, came prepared, communicated with us well, and went above and beyond. Really appreciated how low-key and chill he is as an MC and DJ. We would highly recommend him to anyone!Jared and Grace GrenfellJun 16, 2019Happy Days Lodge, Peninsula OH
Absolutely perfect mix of music
We loved working with the bearded DJ – Eric Smith and the whole Cleveland Music Group team! Eric was easy to communicate with, prompt, prepared, and kept the dance floor alive. He played the perfect mix of music to keep all the generations of wedding guests entertained. He looked over our reception order of events and made sure everything flowed seamlessly. I didn’t leave the dance floor all night – and that’s not an exaggeration.Lauren SkuntaJun 8, 2019Sapphire Creek
Danced the Night Away!
DJ Eric Smith brought the energy to our wedding reception from the moment my bridal party walked in for our grand entrance until the very last songs played at the end of the night! DJ Eric was very professional and made sure my husband and I knew where to be and when and helped make sure we kept to our timeline– we never felt like we didn’t know what we were doing. We loved the music DJ Eric played,which delighted young and old, and appreciated the addition of requests. We also loved that DJ Eric agreed to do (and researched!) the “Newlywed Shoe Game”– our guests thought it was a lot of fun. The whole process working with DJ Eric and Cleveland Music Group was a breeze and definitely helped keep the stress of wedding planning down.Rima JurjusApr 27, 2019Landerhaven
Working with DJ Eric Smith was incredible! He was very prompt in his responses and incredibly helpful and reassuring through the entire planning process.
He did our ceremony and reception and it ran so smoothly-I didn’t worry about a thing that night. He read the crowd so well and played great songs that weren’t just all normal wedding songs! If you are looking for a DJ for your wedding, or any other event, I would highly recommend Eric-you won’t regret it!Michelle and Andrew SippleApr 13, 2019Lake Erie Building
My daughter’s wedding and reception were held at Cleveland History Center. The ceremony in the gallery was beautiful, enhanced by uplights and the music of harpist Virginia Dickson. Cocktail hour and dinner were accompanied by DJ Eric Smith playing some great jazz. After dinner, guests danced for hours to nonstop music. There was no time during the evening when the dance floor was even close to empty. Such a great experience! Scott Jones was wonderful to work with. I’d use Cleveland Music Group again in a heartbeat.Carol JonesMar 1, 2019Cleveland History Center, Western Reserve Historical Society
Amazing evening care of DJ Eric Smith!
DJ Eric Smith was AMAZING to work with! We planned our wedding from afar and Eric was extremely accommodating of our schedules (and time zone difference!) when scheduling calls to discuss our timeline and playlist. His calm, relaxed energy was MUCH appreciated during the stressful planning process. Eric and our wedding planner kept the night moving along at just the right pace and easily accommodated a small hiccup that delayed our first dance. He played all of the (many, many) songs we requested, arranged them perfectly, and filled in the rest of the evening with just the right music. Our friends and family had the best time on the dance floor. DJ Eric helped make our wedding a perfect day!Maggie & Dann MartinOct 6, 2018Cleveland Botanical Garden
DJ Eric Smith took our song suggestions and perfectly executed the evening’s music, from a more classic cocktail hour to nonstop fun and dancing all night! With just a few suggestions he was able to perfectly gauge what songs to play, and there was never a lull. Our guests told us they loved how he kicked off the dancing and finished the night up. Thank you!Hallie and Michael CiuniSep 7, 2018Windows On The River
Kept Everyone Dancing All Night!
DJ Eric Smith is amazing!! He is so professional, organized, and just really fun to work with. He took the time to make sure he knew exactly what my husband and I wanted at our wedding reception. He did a great job keeping things on schedule with the toasts, dances, etc. and worked really well with our photographer. We had a couple of last-minute changes, which he handled for us no problem. We got so many compliments on the music and the dance floor – our family and friends had an absolute BLAST which was so important to us! Everyone was dancing – from our 8 year old cousins to our 80 year old grandparents! Eric did a phenomenal job with the music selection, and every single song he chose we loved. On top of that he played all the songs we asked for (including some that we thought might be hard to find), and also played our guests’ requests, which was something we really wanted! My brother recently got engaged, and he and his fiance immediately booked Eric after seeing him in action at our wedding reception. We would highly recommend DJ Eric Smith and the Cleveland Music Group!Liz Sullivan and Carl BiggersJul 14, 2018Union Club Cleveland
The Bearded Hero
DJ Eric Smith was absolutely brilliant to work with. During the run up to the event he was very easy to get in touch with via both phone and email and it was obvious he wanted our day to run smoothly and be the best it could be. At the reception he did a brilliant job introducing the speeches – he never went over the top on the mic or wanted the attention to be on himself – and moved the evening on at the right pace. He listened to our music preferences and incorporated them into the night as well as taking into account what the room was liking. The fact there were so many people (even the shy ones!) on the dance floor is testament to his skills. Would absolutely recommend!!Chris Albinson & Danielle PetscherJul 28, 2018The Glidden House
Best dance party of our lives!
DJ Eric Smith was great as was all of the the staff at Cleveland Music Group. Their communication was timely and thorough and everyone was very friendly. Our wedding guests loved the music! I (the bride) didn’t leave the dance floor the whole night. Eric played a great mix of music that was accessible to all of our guests. He adhered to our requests for what we did and didn’t want to hear and it was truly a blast.Maggie Mills and Andy BergerApr 28, 2018Club at Hillbrook
DJ Eric Smith was AMAZING! He kept everyone on the dance floor for the entire night-he even played an extra song after the time was over. He was extremely professional and kind. He made everyone comfortable, especially my now-husband and I. He made it an unforgettable night!Nicole LukeApr 21, 2018Windows on the River
The Bearded DJ was FANTASTIC!
DJ Eric Smith, the Bearded DJ, was fantastic! He kept us and our guests on the dance floor all night. He played a good mix of music that both our older and younger guests enjoyed. He also played some of the songs that we requested in advance of our wedding. 5 stars for DJ Eric Smith and Cleveland Music Group!!!Halle Schweikert and Zak LingoDec 8, 2017Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
We were extremely happy to have Eric provide our music and DJ at our wedding! He was extremely professional and fun – truly a pleasure to work with. He made sure to play all of our requests and did a great job announcing the wedding party and special moments throughout our night. I would highly recommend him be part of your next event.Gabriella and Jordan MusteeOct 7, 2017CLE Museum of Art
We cannot say enough great things about Cleveland Music Group and DJ Eric Smith. From the start they were organized, professional and made our wedding one to remember. DJ Eric had our guests dancing the entire time! He didn’t take over the mic but helped facilitate our wedding so that everything went smooth. He even scheduled a phone call with us before the wedding to make sure everything was just the way we wanted it. We would definitely recommend Cleveland Music Group and DJ Eric to anyone for their music needs!Kim and Erica ValentinoNov 18, 2017Cibreo Privato
Perfect music that kept everyone on the dance floor!
DJ Eric Smith (The Bearded DJ) was absolutely wonderful! He was incredibly responsive and played every single one of our suggestions, and had perfect song recommendations. He kept the music flowing, with no breaks in between songs, and played a nice variety of music that everyone loved. I would highly recommend Eric!Laura & Chris TarrSep 15, 2017Ariel International Center
Fun, Upbeat, and Professional Service
DJ Eric Smith was great from the beginning. We had a consultation with him before our wedding to ensure we had the music we wanted but also so we were all on the same page for the flow of the big day. Eric helped us stay on time throughout the entirety of the event and when we wanted to change a few things at the last minute he was more than accommodating. We appreciated that Eric understood our style and sense of music, which was shown throughout our event. He helped keep everyone on the dance floor and even helped us cater to our Italian and Puerto Rican relatives who wanted more traditional music. Eric also did a FANTASTIC job keeping up the energy moving from cocktail hour to the reception by way of the introductions of our bridal party. He made everyone laugh AND feel special! Lastly, Eric was able to find our ceremony music and perfectly blended each song together to help make our ceremony flow nicely. We are so happy with his performance and would recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ for any type of event. Thanks, Eric!Amy Nelson and Christian PerezSep 22, 2017NOAH's Event Venue, Mentor
Don’t Stop The Music
We absolutely LOVED working with DJ Eric Smith – he was professional, provided great feedback and was really organized. So many of our guests have raved about our DJ and how the dance floor was never empty. Our friends and family had an amazing time at our wedding – us included!
Eric helped to keep our day on track with cocktail hour, dinner, dancing and dessert. We absolutely would recommend working with the Bearded DJ for your wedding. Especially if you want an excellent, well-rounded mix of music that everyone will enjoy.Katie McNamara and Matt ZelaskoSep 16, 2017Whitehall Columbia
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 BurrowsJul 29, 2017Thorncreek 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'BoyleJul 22, 2017Hilton 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 DuganieroJun 17, 2017Ariel 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 AvilaMay 12, 2017The 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 RossApr 1, 2017Columbia 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 StengelFeb 25, 2017Playhouse Square Theatres
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 CalerDec 3, 2016City View Room at Windows on the River!
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 ComitoJul 30, 2016Glenmoor Country Club
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 & MikeAug 7, 2016Bolton 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 NewsteadOct 11, 2015Cleveland Arcade
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 FishellSep 5, 2015Chagrin Valley Hunt Club
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 MartinJun 20, 2015Window On The River (Bridgeview Room)
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 HeglerNov 29, 2014Windows 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 HindulakSep 28, 2013Manakiki
Eric made sure everything was smooth and played the right music to get everyone dancing!!Rhianna Schicker & Dave FordAug 3, 2013Weymouth 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 CoticchiaJul 13, 2013Catawba Island Club
Wedding vendors recommendation blog post from thedawgsdish.com
Tweets by @TheBeardedDJ