A.D. Entertainment

A.D. Entertainment

A.D. Entertainment is a verified pro service provider Certificate of Excellence 2019

A.D. Entertainment locationGladstone, Oregon, Clackamas

(17 Reviews)

Hi! I've DJ’d hundreds of weddings (ceremonies and receptions), parties and corporate evenst and therefore know just what to do (including emceeing and coordinating the particulars of your event) and the right songs to play to make your event great. (See my reviews and video at www.PdxDJ.com). And this is all done within the parameters (out of all the possibilities and music styles you choose) that you then communicate to me via my Preferences forms that I email to you. Plus I can go over options with you.

But generally I just play the hits from the eras and styles you choose on my sheet, and just the ones that have proven to be the most danceable and that make it so people can't resist the dance floor :-) But you can also bring any CDs or iPods with songs that are your favorites … or I can purchase them ahead of time (no expense to you. But be sure that they are really danceable and really popular. Otherwise you risk the dance floor clearing – unless you just want them for listening or a special dance).

I’m not an overbearing DJ, but do interact with the crowd in a fun way if it feels right. You can see my song list and a video demo here. But I do bring over 5000 songs with me. If you want "lights," what I have works great and are a lot of fun. Plus they make the dance floor more inviting. You can see them in the video at my website.

And there are also the options of karaoke and/or live music (I've had an internationally bestselling CD as a sax player, which is good for dinner/cocktail music, and I'm a former member of The Tokens, the band who had the original hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight - which I sing). You can also see those in the video demo. Regarding the karaoke option, I have a pro setup and bring over 28,000 songs that are mainly just the hits from all eras and styles. Lights would be $50 extra, the live music and karaoke would each be $100 extra.

One thing to keep in mind regarding karaoke, is that my system is state of the art in that it is computer driven and not disc driven. That means the time between songs is much quicker. Also, the singers are given a professional treatment with recording studio equipment (compressor/limiter, reverb and digital delay) and therefore sound a lot better. And there is the option of wireless microphones or wired microphones, either on mic stands or hand held. And the display is a 23” HDMI flat screen. Plus I can get any special songs requested.

It should help your confidence in booking me to notice that I received the "Best of 2012 Award” by Gigmasters, and I’ve received “Elite Pro” status at Thumbtack as well as their Best of 2015 and 2016 Awards. I’ve also been the #1 DJ in Oregon at both of those websites, and at Gigmasters for over 5 years. That means that I’m a real client and crowd pleaser, given what they are looking for :-)

Thank you :-)

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A.D. Entertainment Reviews

A.D. Entertainment Reviews

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Katie Van Cleave
5 08/02/2018 Katie Van Cleave

Dennis was the DJ for our wedding yesterday and I could not have been more pleased with his work. In addition to the songs we picked ourselves Dennis made wonderful song selections that got everyone on their feet to dance. Dennis truly went above and beyond for us and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a DJ/Band. Thank you so much Dennis, our big day wouldn't have been the same without your help!

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Audra Alexander
5 08/02/2018 Audra Alexander

Dennis was great, he played exactly what Katy and everyone else wanted to hear. He knew exactly what everyone was in the mood for and kept the whole party dancing. He also played fun songs where everyone participated. Dennis was great and I would recommend him to everyone.

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Kristina Wilson Entertainment Solutions
5 08/02/2018 Kristina Wilson Entertainment Solutions

Good Morning Dennis,
I just want to say thank you, one more time, on behalf of the Entertainment Solutions team and myself. We can’t thank you enough for working flawlessly with us. The 2013 Rock N Roll Portland 1/2 Marathon was an absolute success! Sitting in the lead vehicle I was able to get great feedback about your stage from my employees as well as some of the runners and stage managers!

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Jacqueline Noack, Providence Cancer Center Foundation
5 08/02/2018 Jacqueline Noack, Providence Cancer Center Foundation

Dennis, Thank you for the great entertainment and for a fantastic New Year's Eve celebration.

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Chris Richardson
5 08/02/2018 Chris Richardson

Dennis did a Firefighter Banquet for me. The crowd was a little shy but he knew what to play to get the party going. He is professional, courteous, and a bargain for the caliber he is. We had such a fun party and Dennis was a huge part of that. We will use him again in the future and you will not be disappointed if you do.

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Wayne and Barb Bennett
5 08/02/2018 Wayne and Barb Bennett

We had a wonderful time and we know it is partly because you were there playing music for us constantly!
It was so nice to not have worries about when to start the different pieces of ceremony music. Thank you for all your helpful suggestions throughout the evening also! Since we had never done anything like this before, we really had no idea what to expect. Everything was perfect and we know we owe it in part to your expertise! Thanks again...we will be quick to recommend you to others we know!

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Darby Binder, Bride
5 08/02/2018 Darby Binder, Bride

Dennis set a great atmosphere both for dinner and dancing (and everything in between!!!). He has a great sense of the crowd and is phenomenal at playing the sax. He also kept the party rockin by bringing out both the young and the old to the dance floor. It was a complete pleasure to meet and work with Dennis. He made our wedding day extra special.

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Sue Schoolcraft
5 08/02/2018 Sue Schoolcraft

Thank You again for dj'ing the party. You were a total hit. I would be happy to be a reference for you if anyone should ask.

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Kristin McMullan
5 08/02/2018 Kristin McMullan

Dennis did a great job getting people on the dance floor. The people at my venue said that they'd never seen that many people out on the dance floor in that venue before. (And without alcohol!) We really enjoyed having Dennis at our event. His songs were clean and fun!"
Kristin McMullan, Multnomah University

Review of A.D. Entertainment by MaryBeth Cruz
5 08/02/2018 MaryBeth Cruz

Dennis was really wonderful. Knew the crowd, and played the perfect music. 70's, 80's, 90's and today! All party attendee's raved about the quality and song choice. Special addition to the evening was Dennis singing the tune from the band he was in who had that hit (The Tokens) "The Lion Sleeps Tonight!" WOW. Such a fun time was had by all! Thanks Dennis you really made our party a super success!
MaryBeth Cruz, Birthday party

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Dennis, Thanks for making the reunion such a wonderful experience. I will definitely give you rave r
5 08/02/2018 Dennis, Thanks for making the reunion such a wonderful experience. I will definitely give you rave r

Dennis, Thanks for making the reunion such a wonderful experience. I will definitely give you rave reviews for future reunion events. You made the reunion! Thanks!
Arlene O'Brien, Reunion

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Sue Dionne
5 08/02/2018 Sue Dionne

We had our first call today to get ready for the Komen Race for the cure, and one of the first questions was “Do we get to have the same DJ”? The group was absolutely thrilled with your level of service and help that we are hoping you are available again."
Sue Dionne, Wells Fargo

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Rachel Torchia
5 08/02/2018 Rachel Torchia

“I’ve never seen them have such a great time!”
Rachel Torchia, Event Coordinator, Northwest Academy Prom

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Tom Weiss
5 08/02/2018 Tom Weiss

Absolutely worth every penny. Dennis is a lot of fun and did a great job." A woman at the event also said, "He's the best DJ ever!"
Tom Weiss, Groom, Portland Yacht Club

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Staci Wendland
5 08/02/2018 Staci Wendland

We originally planned to set up a stereo with an iPod playing for the reception. We didn't think anyone would really dance anyway. I am so glad we hired Dennis Marcellino to DJ instead. He had almost everyone out of their seats and dancing - my husband and I were a little shocked. He was great at keeping everything running smoothly and made sure fun was had by all. He even sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” since he was a member of the band the hit belonged to, The Tokens! He also played the saxophone, which was a nice combination with the recorded music.

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Victoria Hanson
5 08/02/2018 Victoria Hanson

"Dennis, I wanted to thank you so much for your patience and the fabulous job you did. I had a fantastic time and I especially enjoyed the saxophone. I used to go out dancing every weekend. That was three years ago, so I was overdue to be on the dance floor. You still have a great singing voice and a wonderful speaking voice for your job. I will recommend you to whomever I can. Martin and I were very pleased with your services:0)"
Sincerely Mr. and Mrs. Hanson.

Review of A.D. Entertainment by Micaela and George Argueta
5 08/02/2018 Micaela and George Argueta

Thank you for your help making the wedding go so smoothly last week. We really appreciated all that you did... The saxophone gave it an original touch... I loved it!!! Also you are an incredible DJ who got everyone on the dance floor.

Thank you kindly... It wouldn't have been such a hit without you!!

I can tell you love what you do. We really appreciated your services. Have a great summer. Thanks again!

Micaela and George 7/1/16
(This was especially pleasing because she initially said that she thought that there wouldn't be any dancing.)

Dear Dennis,
I just want to thank you for making the wedding flow so smoothly. We really appreciate your skill, experience and personality. You know exactly what songs to play. And we loved the saxophone!
(A Thank You card mailed to me by the bride in August 2016)

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What’s the secret to keeping a party dancing all night long?

Having done around 50 events per year, I know the exact songs that get people excited and dancing. And this includes all styles and eras.

How would you describe your ‘style’?

I only play songs that are really popular and really good for dancing. But if a client were to request songs that aren't popular or good for dancing, I usually play those during dinner (unless otherwise requested).

What do you love most about your job?

Making the crowd and the clients happy :-) And I do this by knowing what they want ahead of time, which they fill out in my Event Preferences forms.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I used to have one of the most popular live casuals bands in Los Angeles. But when I moved to Portland in 1990, agents encouraged me to be a DJ. I think that was a good move because I think that people like to hear songs exactly as they were recorded.

Why should our clients choose you?

Because I'm VERY experienced and a crowd pleaser (see my reviews). I'm a good MC as well as DJ, covering all the events at weddings for instance, so that the bride and groom can just have a good time, knowing that all the traditional wedding things that they choose on my Preferences forms are taken care of. I also offer the options of Karaoke (over 28,000 songs) and live music (I've had an internationally bestselling CD as a sax player, plus I was a member of the band who had the hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight, which I sing. All three of those options can be seen in my video demo).

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