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Joel Nelson Productions

San Francisco, California


Joel Nelson Productions

San Francisco, California



Joel Nelson Productions has been a leader in the Bay Area Event Entertainment industry since 1991. The JNP team has been invited to over 20,000 Corporate Events, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Special Events.

At Joel Nelson Productions, we provide our clients with the finest live music, disc jockeys and MC's, specialty entertainers, lighting, and AV productions at the most competitive prices.


Reviews (71)

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Marilyn M.

26 August 2019

Steve did a great job at 50th High School Reunion! - We were very pleased with his professionalism and his great job at controlling the volumes and anticipating the crowd's energy levels. - Right On!


Jonathan B.

19 August 2019

Joel's band played the music for our wedding.  It was amazing and very beautiful.  We are extremely thankful to Joel for making our wedding a one-in-a-lifetime and very special event.  He helped us plan everything in detail before the wedding.  Everything went just as we had hoped and planned.  His musicians played during the processional and played while everyone danced.  The dance floor was packed.  We are watching and re-watching the videos of the ceremony.  Everyone had such a blast.  This is the band you want to hire for your wedding. More...



23 July 2019

After our first meeting with the coordinator, we were rest assured that everything was going to be to our liking on our special day. We interviewed three D.J.’s, before hiring the third, James Smith. After meeting with him and corresponding with details, and a phone consultation, we compiled a wedding day timeline and song list compilation that he played for us and our guests in the ballroom. We were impressed with his enthusiasm, experience, skill, and the courtesy that he took with respect to our specific song list. More...


Debra Feldstein

19 November 2018

We hired Joel Nelson Productions for our son's bar mitzvah last weekend. Joel and Joseph were super easy to work with and helpful in planning our event. MC Julio (DJ Lo), DJ Luis, and the two dance motivators, were fantastic. The kids and adults were 100% engaged and I have received nothing but overwhelmingly positive feedback from all of our guests. Julio and Luis were professional, flexible, and engaging. Everyone danced, from our 4 year old cousins to the 84 year old grandparents and the almost 70 pre-teens and teenagers. My son said, "I knew the party was going to be great, but it was better than I imagined." Thank you to an amazing team for making our son's bar mitzvah celebration a success! We look forward to having Joel Nelson's team with DJ Lo at our daughter's bat mitzvah in a couple of years. More...


George H.

9 October 2018

I have been working with Joel Nelson for years as an event planner and most recently used his services for my wedding. Joel, as usual was quick to respond, kind and professional. We had the time of our lives at our wedding, the dance floor was never empty! JJ is without  doubt one of the best DJ's I have experienced. I highly recommend Joel Nelson Productions for any event. Thank you for making my wedding day so special. More...


Tim Beasley

23 July 2018

I had the pleasure of performing with Joel Nelson Productions at a fabulous event in the Palace Hotel, San Francisco! I was in one of my more unique roles for a big private celebration as "President Ronald Reagan" and his combo performed the Presidential March, "Hail To The Chief" for a grand entrance!


Lucile G.

1 July 2018

Joel was great during the organizing process and all the follow-up.  DJ Mike was very professional and wonderful to work with.  He came early to set up, was on top of everything and even MC'd as needed.  Apart from a short break, he worked non stop during the whole 5 hours.  He definitely got people on the dance floor and was able to please the different age groups with his music selections. More...


Jim J.

4 June 2018

I contacted Joel on a referral from someone else. I was planning my daughters sweet 16 B-Day party. In the planning she had mentioned she thought a photo booth would be awesome. As a surprise I made a reservation with Joel. His employee showed up half an hour early set it all up & explained to me how to operate it, which was just a push of a button. When my daughter saw it she was so excited. She took pictures for the evening with all her friends it was the high lite of the party.I will deferentially use Joel again & have no problem referring my friends to him. More...


andrew n.

19 January 2018

Joel Nelson Productions was AWESOME!Hired JNP for my son's Bar Mitzvah - not having planned a Bar MItzvah party before, I was a little apprehensive... wanted a great outcome - here's the thing: JNP delivered IN SPADES!Our MC was "Robbie" (who is also in a band and a dancer) - he did a spectacular job of sensing the crowd and in conjunction with his DJ got and kept nearly everyone moving the entire evening...the team had great games for all of the kids/ teens, was well versed in customary Jewish dances (i.e. chair dance for the Bar Mitzvah and his immediate family), and Robbie started/ led the best conga line I might have ever seen...nearly all guests were in the line which snaked throughout the venue and even ventured outside to the street and back.And, near the 11th hour, we decided to add one of JNP's photo booths to the festivities - while our first choice wasn't available, Joel was able to get us the green screen version which was a huge hit - and his photo booth host was great - she kept the kids entertained and snapped tons of photos.In short, all I can say is HIRE JOEL NELSON... you will not be disappointed. Joel and his staff were great to work with, efficient, handled all details expertly, and while not the cheapest, definitely not the most expensive... in this case, you definitely get what you pay for!Very easy to understand why JNP has been in successful business for decades... I will recommend JNP whenever anyone asks and when planning my next party, JNP will definitely get the call.THANKS JOEL, Robbie, AJC, Joseph, and the entire team!! More...


Laurie C.

26 December 2017

Everyone had a fantastic time at my daughter's bat mitzvah! DJ LO (Julio) did an amazing job of getting everyone up and dancing for the entire party! He did a masterful and thoughtful  job of organizing all the different musical styles requested and making them blend together in a way that made sense and gave everyone a chance to hear what they wanted to hear - The lighting, sound system and overall flow of the games and music were all perfect... My daughter and her friends of all ages enjoyed hearing their special requests and loved playing games and winning prizes! Even the adults were up and out of their seats joining in the fun all night long! Planning was also so easy... Joel Nelson and Joseph were reponsive and easy to work with throughout the planning process I always felt they were ready to go and didn't have to worrry about any detail being missed. If you do no other planning for your event, book this DJ for your party and you and your guests will have a great time! More...


Jeff B.

11 November 2017

Joel was really great to work with and did a great job facilitating and coordinating everything for our wedding, as well as giving us a stellar deal. Our DJ, Joe Sheldon was beyond incredible.  He was so kind to work with and his skills on the big night were unbelievable. We had so many compliments from our guests about what an awesome DJ Joe was. Wow can joe do a lot of different things and do them all spectacularly well! He was part of the jazz trio during cocktail hour. He played Spanish classical guitar during dinner. He was a great and understated emcee (I hate emcees that try to steal the show and Joe most certainly was not that type). He was an awesome DJ that mixed things well and read the room to play what needed to be played to keep up the party. He mixed out of things quickly if they weren't getting the response he wanted but did it seamlessly. He played the songs we wanted played and he stayed away from things we didn't want. I came up to him with a few requests during the night and he made them happen. Can't say enough awesome things about DJ Joe Sheldon...he is amazing and beyond kind and professional. He is one of those guys that just oozes good vibes. He was never stressed and was just having a good time the whole night. If I could give him 10 stars I would! Thanks Joe and Joel,Jeff and Natasha More...



11 November 2017

Joel was really great to work with and did a great job facilitating and coordinating everything for our wedding, as well as giving us a stellar deal. Our DJ, Joe Sheldon was beyond incredible. He was so kind to work with and his skills on the big night were unbelievable. We had so many compliments from our guests about what an awesome DJ Joe was. Wow can joe do a lot of different things and do them all spectacularly well! He was part of the jazz trio during cocktail hour. He played Spanish classical guitar during dinner. He was a great and understated emcee (I hate emcees that try to steal the show and Joe most certainly was not that type). He was an awesome DJ that mixed things well and read the room to play what needed to be played to keep up the party. He mixed out of things quickly if they weren’t getting the response he wanted but did it seamlessly. He played the songs we wanted played and he stayed away from things we didn’t want. I came up to him with a few requests during the night and he made them happen. Can’t say enough awesome things about DJ Joe Sheldon...he is amazing and beyond kind and professional. He is one of those guys that just oozes good vibes. He was never stressed and was just having a good time the whole night. If I could give him 10 stars I would!

Thanks Joe and Joel,

Jeff and Natasha


Keren Z.

8 September 2017

I highly recommend using Joel Nelson Productions. DJ LO is AMAZING and exceeded all our expectations. I found the company very easy to work with - Joel was very responsive and flexible when working with me.  Joseph, their entertainment director was a pleasure working with you - he was timely, professional and on top of everything - it was reassuring to work with him - as I trusted that everything will happen according to plan. DJ Lo  was outstanding! He delivered the Bat Mitzvah party of our dreams - without him it would not have been the same.  He was communicative before, had a solid plan for the evening and came earlier than we planned in order to set up.  He was very professional in the way he communicated to us, understood that the focus of our party was our daughter, made sure to communicate with her, and was collaborative with the rest of the vendors we hired to do the party (such as the caterer). DJ lo was completely in tune with the audience - he got the kids engaged in games when needed, led the hora dance by explaining to everyone how to do it (without sounding like a dance instructor), and got everyone in the party up on their feet by playing exactly the right song at the right time - he was FANTASTIC! I cannot say enough great things about him - even what I have written does not do him justice - he exceeded our very high expectations.   All of our guests were truly impressed by him - he seemed happy to be there, as if he is a long time friend of the family happy to celebrate with us.  His energy, skill and professionalism really elevated our celebration - and I recommend him whole heartedly - you will be blown away! More...


Alex Y.

30 July 2017

This review is primarily for DJ LO (Julio) and Joseph. I'm not even sure where to start. From our first phone call to our final farewell Julio was nothing but a pleasure to work with. He listened to our every need and didn't miss a single detail. He helped us put together our songs, timeline for the wedding, help made sure everything went as planned; and then he delivered. He is a fantastic DJ and MC. He brought awesome energy and spirit to our wedding, he got everyone on the dance floor. My wife and I are really grateful we chose him to make our special day come true. Apart from Julio, Joseph was also really great to work with. He was very responsive and organized, he helped us put together our final timeline and brought things to our attention that we otherwise would have overlooked. This is as good as it gets. Julio - thank you so very much! More...


Daniela S.

30 May 2017

Amazing and fun!  Joel Nelson Productions recently DJ'd a party at our school for 250 guests and everyone had a fantastic time. The music was perfect, everyone was on their feet dancing.  They also provided gobo lights to add ambiance to an otherwise very boring room, setting the decor with a festive feel. Suggest booking early, they are very busy.  Highly recommend this business.  Thank you Joel Nelson!! More...


Kat Z.

29 May 2017

We contacted Joseph to find a wedding DJ and he was a dream to work with. His professionalism and organisational skills made this aspect of our wedding a piece of cake!  He sent us a seasoned DJ who made sure our reception was fun for all the guests! We really appreciate all the help they provided during our reception. More...


Jackie P.

17 January 2017

We hired Joel Nelson Productions for a corporate holiday party event for 120 people. I am skeptical about DJ's in general based on my past experience.  We did not pick the specific DJ assigned and a couple of months before the event, they needed to change our DJ.  That was okay with me and Joe Sheldon became our assigned DJ.  He was great.  He showed up early, was professional and cheerfully stayed without hesitation when we extended our event by an hour. What I really appreciated was his laid back demeanor while at the same time injecting low-key fun into our event without being intrusive.  During our raffle which is part of the entertainment, his sound effects were on point and very funny. Would definitely work with them again. More...


Jayne I.

17 December 2016

Many thanks to Joel and Joseph for their help. I booked DJ Low as our interactive DJ and Nito as our caricature artist.DJ Low was great. His music selection was perfect for our Christmas luncheon. You would think he pre recorded everything on to a track - smooth transitions from song to song, great flow. He has a great sense of which songs to mix together. He was awesome with the children. We had  boys and they loved him. Great voice for MCing. All around He is a great guy. He knows how to feel out his audience . He is a pro.Nito was fabulous! He won everyone over with his caricatures. Bringing a smile to everyone's face. Nito was kind and personable really hard working and talented. He helped to make our event special and memorable. Many Thanks guys you rock! More...


Caren F.

6 November 2016

DJ Lo made my daughter's Bat Mitzvah so special.  He was engaging and fun and kept the party going until the very last song.  He was professional, kind and super in tune to the crowd.  Last minute requests were never a problem for him.  Highly recommend him!! More...



12 July 2016

We had our daughter's Bat Mitzvah at the Rosewood Sand Hill in early July 2016 and chose Joel Nelson for our DJ/entertainment. If you are looking for a perfect evening for kids and adults alike, I highly HIGHLY recommend Joel and his team. From the early stages of our planning, Joel provided great counsel as I was a bit lost in figuring out how to plan the event, which we wanted to be fun, classy, and festive. Joel and his team were not only patient and responsive with all of my questions, they listened to the outcome I wanted and put together a comprehensive entertainment and decor package that our guests are STILL raving about. From the lighting, to the games for kids, to the detailed timeline, to the excellent music selection that kept both adults and kids on the dance floor all night, Joel hit it out of the park! It is a great testament that six people asked me for Joel's number that evening so they could call him for events they are planning! If you are looking for a perfect DJ/entertainment experience that will not only exceed your expectations but impress your guests, look no further than Joel Nelson Productions. More...


Liza M.

8 April 2016

We couldn't have asked for a better company to work with for my daughter's recent Bat Mitzvah. Admittedly, we were a bit clueless on the planning of the big event, so thank goodness Joel and his staff knew exactly what to do. He offered the perfect recommendations to make sure kids and adults would get out on the dance floor. JJ, the host and party motivator kept the party moving and on schedule the entire evening. Thanks to JJ and crew, our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. More...


Ruth-Anne S.

29 February 2016

We couldn't have asked for a better DJ than DJ Lo (Julio). He was amazing! We loved his energy, attention to detail, and song choice. This was our third bar/t mitzvah party for our family and he was the best DJ (and we even liked our other ones too). I loved how he was dressed as well.Julio was able to incorporate our song choices and wishes into his routine in a seamless, totally fun way. Joel Nelson and Joseph were great in organizing the details and DJ Lo was the perfect choice as our DJ. More...


Mike R.

18 November 2015

Joseph is awesome! These guys have it all when it comes to an event. DJ, airbrush tattoos, live music - everything and anything! Whether it corporate, wedding they do it all! Highly recommend! More...


Mar W.

1 November 2015

If you want a real party that covers all kinds of music, then hire Joel and his team. We used Manhattan Towers and they were simply the best for our wedding in July 2015. Our one request was to have a party and get everyone up to the dance floor after dinner, and that was accomplished! Joel was willing to work with us as we planned a long distance wedding and met with us over the phone to talk about our needs and timelines. Remember he has done this about 5000 times so he knows better than anyone how to get people moving. One of the best and most repeated compliments that we get from our wedding was "That was the most fun I have ever had at a wedding" We have Joel and his team to thank for that! More...


Sara S.

8 July 2015

I have used Joel Nelson Productions multiple times for large events because they are truly the best entertainment production service in the Bay Area. I am a very particular customer (not always easy to deal with), and Joel and his crew have come through EVERY SINGLE TIME. They recently entertained at my son's 8th grade promotion dance, and the school said it was the best dance that they have witnessed ever.  In fact, another son of mine is having his Bar Mitzvah next year, and I have already booked the entertainment with Joel. His staff is highly professional, his equipment is top-notch, and his MCs/DJs are extremely experienced and know how to get the party started. I host a lot of events, and I will not use any other company. More...


Steven K.

27 June 2015

We had Joel and a band full of extraordinary musicians perform at our daughter's wedding last Saturday night.  Their performance was simply amazing.  We had 150 people at the affair and more than a dozen went out of their way to tell my wife and I how much they loved the music.  Thanks to Joel and team!!! More...


Joe A.

3 March 2015

My daughter just had her Bat Mitzvah at Cinnabar Hills golf club in San Jose and although it was raining horribly in the beginning Joel and his DJ got their on time and created an amazing atmosphere of games,music and entertainment! Everyone from kids to adults commented on how great he was. I'm very grateful for all his guidance and he even played his guitar during havdallah. Can't recommend him enough. More...


Autumn R.

26 December 2014

My wife and I had our wedding in July at The Kaiser Roof Garden and they used Joel Nelson as their music and entertainment.  Joseph setup everything for us  and he paired us with DJ Roy and he was great!   We had several phone conversations prior to our wedding with Joseph and DJ Roy.  Several weeks before the wedding we sent in a song list with our Introduction song, first dance, last dance and request from our guest.  He also asked for our timeline to familiarize himself with the sequence of events .  DJ Roy played the majority of our music mixed with some of his beats.  He kept our guest dancing all night.There was only one little tiny hiccup, somehow the wire lines were switched and the microphone wasn't working for our introduction.   For us that was not a big deal, our guest knew who we were and our music was playing when we walked out, so we were fine.  It was quickly worked out and the mics were working for the remainder of the night!  We would definitely recommend Joel Nelson and DJ Roy, they were AWESOME!!! More...


Erica B.

16 November 2014

Joel and his team did a great job on a on a Bat Mitzvah party for my twin girls.   It was not a trivial undertaking since my girls wanted a big fun party, but they also didn't want the music too loud and they were a bit shy about dancing.   Joel sent a DJ, emcee, and a photographer and they really made it work.   Their sound and lighting brought the room to life.   They really listened to our request on music wholesome for 13-year olds, but also up-to-date and lively.   The emcee moved the activities along nicely, and was flexible with last minute changes.  We had dancing and games which were perfect for the kids and adults, lots of activity, and a balance for dancing and talking.    The parents enjoyed to opportunities to dance with each other and the kids. We heard for weeks from our friends about how much fun they had.  At the end of the night our twins didn't want the party to be over, so what more can you ask? More...


Adam D.

1 October 2014

Absolutely fantastic.  Joel is a great guy and an incredible musician.  He did my wedding and my sister's.  Everyone agreed: Joel is a 10!


Gigi E.

30 September 2014

Joel Nelson performed at a very important event for our company at a local winery. Joel (keyboard) and Roger (saxophone) were excellent to work with and played wonderful jazz music, which we had requested. We had a couple of changes throughout the evening and they were flexible about it -- great professionals and gentlemen. Their music played an important part in the evening turning out successfully and beautifully. More...


Don B.

21 September 2014

Hi there. My wife and I were married in May 2014 in Sacramento and worked with Frank Goldstein and the Manhattan Towers for all our musical needs.  To say that we recommend Frank would be an extraordinary understatement -- Frank was by far the most professional, warmest, most accommodating and kindest of any of our wedding vendors. His work and effort really brought our wedding together. We wanted a wedding that mixed traditional Jewish music with fun wedding music and of course were on a budget.  In Northern California, there weren't a lot of choices for us in terms of musicians that can manage the music for a Tish, a Jewish processional/recessional,  a jazzy cocktail hour, several Horas, and then some fun party music.  Not only did Frank knock each of these out of the park, he did so while working within our budget -- reusing musicians when he could, filling gaps with DJ music, and doing his best to meet us where we wanted to be in terms of spend.  It's never cheap to get live musicians, but Frank brings such great value and experience that every penny was worth it.  Anyone planning a wedding knows that it's a stressful process to say the least.  Everyone has an opinion, and (if you're lucky) you haven't done this before so you don't know what the hell is going on. You rely on vendors to guide you, but vendors also are out for themselves and are often trying to work every dollar out of your pocket.  We all are adults and go into the process understanding this is the case. Hopefully when you plan your wedding, you run into someone like Frank Goldstein -- someone who advocates on your behalf, someone who you trust and admire, someone so professional, you can't help but listen to them. Someone who never says 'No' to you -- unless 'No' is really the right answer and that's what you need to hear. If you're looking for an amazing band, with an amazingly professional bandleader , look no further than Frank -- he'll make your wedding truly amazing. More...


Leah W.

8 August 2014

Joel and his band performed for our wedding Ceremony and Reception at Casa Real in July 2014. When we met with Joel we knew he was the perfect mix of fun and classy. We wanted our band to play a mix of recent music and classics so everyone at our wedding would have fun! Joel helped us plan the timeline for our reception and made great suggestions to help keep everyone dancing all night. Our guests were impressed with the music and kept commenting on how amazing it was to see the dance floor full all night. The band even learned our first dance song so that we could have it playing live at the wedding. More...


Kristen W.

27 June 2014

We used Joel to do the lighting for our wedding. We had bistro lighting strung above the dining area and then uplighting in various areas on the main venue.The lighting installed was so gorgeous and made everything pop perfectly. I couldn't have been happier with how everything looked.Joel was very easy to work with, reasonably priced, he never tried to push anything on us and the end result was professional, elegant, beautiful and romantic. Thank you so much Joel!~Kristen and Jesee More...


Gina P.

8 May 2014

I hired Joel Nelson productions for my wedding in July and look forward to having them DJ my wedding as I have heard nothing but great things from my wedding planner and other event planners in the area. The staff is attentive and  great at returning emails/phone calls quickly and are very helpful and can give ideas as to how to make your event, or in my case, wedding, very special and specialized to your needs. More...


Jenny D.

2 January 2014

I want to tell you that Adam Goldstein rocks! I met him through my day of wedding coordinator and was so impressed by his personality and professionalism. His MC skills truly made our wedding reception a party! He even was able to blend two songs to make our first dance truly memorable. A huge thanks to Adam and his team our wedding would have not been the same with out you!Occasion: my weddingDate: June 29th, 2013Location: St Francis Yacht Club More...



2 October 2013

Mike from Joel Nelson Productions was absolutely the best! He played all our requests from the ceremony throughout the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing.
Our guests had a ball and many commented on how good the music was!
Plus - he stayed on longer than expected! Great guy!

Patti Alongi - Palmer


Lori K.

1 July 2013

Adam and his team hosted our twins bar mitzvah casino party. They were amazing! Everyone had a great time. I thoroughly enjoyed the party as well and did not have to worry about a thing. Would absolutely recommend them!!!


Shana G.

6 May 2013

We are event planners who specialize in B'nai Mitzvahs. We love working with the team at Joel Nelson! Adam Goldstein is very professional, fun and all around a great guy to work with. His team has good energy to keep the party going and stay on time. Thanks for making us look good! Simcha Sisters More...


April B.

8 April 2013

I had DJ Brandon spinning tunes all throughout my birthday party this past weekend. I was able to give him some ideas on what I like and he churned out a playlist that was OFF. THE. HOOK. He had me and my guests shakin' our thang on the dance floor all night long. More...


Karen S.

26 March 2013

Joel Nelson productions is the best in Bat/Bar Mitzvah entertainment you will find in the Bay Area!  We just had our daughter's Bat Mitzvah in Lafayette and our expectations were exceeded.  To start, Adam and Aaron are completely professional follow through and ability to listen and customize the experience.  I had unique ideas about how I wanted the event to flow - combining live music with the DJ.  The incredible, adorable Emcees Aaron and Youni were a hit with everyone.  Adam and Aaron provided excellent insights into what really works for this age group and absolutely knows how to make a party a success.My objective was to make the party (evening/sit down/formal) fun for every single person - all ages.  I have never seen 150 people on the dance floor at once but Aaron with his incredible personality had everyone involved and having THE time of their life.  The DJ can make or break the party and you can feel confident that Joel Nelson has the professionalism and experience to make the event a success.  We added the fun elements of lighting and party box and I would definitely suggest these options.I was very happy to have Joel Nelson at the event as another DJ has quite a bit of business in this area and at least 10 friends with B'nai Mitzvah age children asked me for their number and information - if I must say so myself... it was probably the best party/Bat Mitzvah I have been too ever.  To me, the catering and the music are essential and I can assure any parent that you will have the best experience with Joel Nelson Productions.  Lastly, I work in corporate events and my expectations of suppliers is huge.  From a personal and professional perspective I would not only hire Joel Nelson again for private, social events but absolutely for my corporate events as well.  Thank you Adam, Aaron, Youni, DJ and Joel for making our special day the best ever! More...


steven l.

25 March 2013

We hired Adam from Joel Nelson Productions for our daughter's Bat Mitzvah party. Adam and his team exceeded expectations. Both my daughter and my wife had a great time. Probably the best recommendation is that two parents came to me to tell me they were thrilled that Adam charmed their shy children out to the dance floor and got them to play games. A great time was had by all. More...


Mark S.

13 March 2013

Adam Goldstein, DJ with Joel Nelson - wow!  Thank you.  That was the party of a lifetime for our boys  and their friends celebrating their Bar Mitzvah.  The Rabbi,  who was there chaperoning, said you were amazing at engaging the kids.  We're getting reports from parents who weren't there that their kids had the best time and kids telling our boys it was the best party they'd ever been to.  The boys said you were 'awesome'.Bravo! More...


Michael R.

18 February 2013

While there were many elements that had to come together for our son's bar mitzvah this weekend, I have to say the music and DJ (Adam) were the glue that held everything together -- and by all accounts it was one of the best parties any of us had attended in ages. My son has been telling me all day that Adam is his new hero and I have to agree: Adam was professional in the setup and coordination, the event itself was executed like clockwork -- kids amused, adults happy, all the notes hit.I'd use Adam again any time I have an even that needs DJing and I'd recommend him again for an event like this without any hesitation. Thanks so much. More...


Jason M.

17 February 2013

We hired Joel Nelson Productions for our Wedding and couldn't be happier with the results. Music was a very high priority for us, so we had a vision for what we wanted for Ceremony Music, and Joel made it happen. We wanted a Guitar and Violin Duo, which isn't your standard affair. Joel himself came out played guitar, and the violinist was amazing! They performed flawlessly. For the rest of my life whenever I hear Wonderwall I will think about walking down the aisle. My Dad has been a musician for the last 3 decades and had nothing but praise for the Ceremony Music.  Thanks Joel! More...


Sharlene R.

12 February 2013

Our daughter's wedding was this past Saturday, and Jason Mitchell did a great job as DJ for the event!  He was very organized, meeting with us at the venue a couple of weeks beforehand to view the set-up and get a taste of the place.  The day of the wedding he arrived on time and did a great job keeping with our timeline!  We are very happy we chose Joel Nelson Productions and highly recommend their services! More...


Elissa D.

6 February 2013

Adam Gold did an amazing job at my son's Bar Mitzvah. He ran the event from start to finish so I didn't have to worry about anything. He made sure both kids and adults had fun. He didn't just do a cookie cutter event but really listened to the Bar Mitzvah boys requests and interests and customized what he did for them. I would definitely recommend him and plan to use him for my younger sons Bar Mitzvah too. More...



24 October 2012

Awesome band! Not the usual cover band by any means, but if you like samba and a lot of high energy dancable music, book them! They are a great value and very impressive for guests. I was nervous about going with a non-cover band but I'm so glad we did! It really gave the wedding a special flavor and it was so much fun. The band are great people too! More...


Alice J.

16 July 2012

My husband and I were very happy we chose Joel Nelson Productions for our wedding. The prices were reasonable, the staff was friendly, and they always responded quickly. They also accommodated our play and most importantly do NOT play list.On the day of we had Rick and he was great! He was on time, played everything we wanted, helped us stay on our timeline, and kept the energy up throughout the night. More...


Laura J.

11 July 2012

We hired the Joel Nelson Band for our wedding in Tiburon last Saturday night and WOW is all I can say!!! It was a fantastic party with everyone of all ages on the dance floor all night long, dancing hard and having a fantastic time!!! They made the party in every way. Joel was wonderful to work with during the planning and he and one of his musicians accompanied my son and very good friend during the ceremony on guitar and flute while they sang a duet...it was lovely. He practiced with them briefly over the phone and again in the church before the ceremony and it went off flawlessly,Joel is a wonderful band leader and his pacing was excellent. The band was phenomenal. He told us how much richer the sound would be with a few extra pieces and we went with a 7 piece band and they were phenomenal-sounding like the original artists through and through----not like a wedding band at all.We could not be happier and we could not have had a better time at our wedding and that is what every one of our guests has said as well!! More...


Min C.

25 June 2012

THIS IS A MUST BOOK DJ SERVICE FOR ANY BAR OR BAT MITZVAH!  Adam Goldberg and his team rocked my son's Bar Mitzvah.  I have never been at an event, especially a Bar Mitzvah where the kids never left the dance floor.  There was not a second of down time and at 11 PM after the event the kids went running for the bathrooms since they did not want to miss a minute of fun.  The adults loved every minute as well.  Adam, his DJ and motivational dancers ran our event from start to finish.  My son's face book posts the next day said it all: "Most amazing party"  "Best Bar Mitzvah I have ever been to", "Tonight was incredible"  "Wish I could repeat this night over and over".  These comments were from 13 year old boys, the girls posts were great too.  We had uplighting, dance cubes and lots of swag that made the event even more special, especially the pictures.  Adam started off the party by taking the kids for a dance competition and some games, he then announced the family into the room, did the Hora, put my son in a chair and then transitioned to a huge congo line and the dancing began.  We had an adult set and line dancing that everyone participated in. He ended four hours later with a friendship circle where my son thanked everyone for coming.  Adam is a master at his profession, I would use his services for corporate and social events.  He reads his audience very well and knows how to keep the event not only running smoothly but makes it a blast.  He is extremely professional whether his audience is children or adults. More...


Mark K.

4 June 2012

We just completed the most amazing Bar Mitzvah celebration and MC Adam from Joel Nelson was at the center of it. I have never seen so many kids bouncing and having the time of their lives. The MC, DJ, and motivators kept the party moving all night and went way above and beyond what was expected. We had a few glitches with our location (as can happen with any party on this scale) and they adapted seemlessly. All present had a blast and I highly recommend them! Thanks again guys! More...


Melissa G.

27 February 2012

Adam, DJ rocked the house at our son's Bar Mitzvah. From the moment the party started the kids were involved and danced the nights away. Adam, told me " I was the guest and they were going to make the party rock! And they did! It was a blast for all ages! We were so happy with Adam and Carter's teamwork and keeping the party active. The kids were tired yet exhilarated by the end of the party!Melissa Grudin More...


Michelle B.

14 January 2012

What can i say about an amazing band.  We used Joel Nelson band for our wedding at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco.  Joel and his band were on time and sounded amazing!  Joel set up our uplights around room, projector for slideshow and all the speakers around the room.  He worked well with our coordinator and helpd make our night nothing short of spectacular :) More...


E P.

24 October 2011

Frank Goldstein and Manhattan Towers provided the music and emceeing at our reception. They were wonderful. Many of our guests complimented the music and the band. Manhattan Towers kept the mood fun and kept people dancing.My fiance and I debated about whether we wanted some specific, traditional dancing at our reception. Frank listened to our needs and made some modifications and made it one of the highlights of our wedding! In addition, we had practiced dance choreography for our first dance. Frank was patient and helpful while we decided whether to ask the band to play our first song or whether we'd play a recorded version. While some bands might feel slighted at the idea of playing a recorded version, Frank and Manhattan Towers had no problem with it. From the moment we met Frank almost a year before our wedding until the last moments of our reception, we knew we had made the right choice. Frank is easy-going and helpful. At our first meeting he explained how the timing of our entire reception would be mapped out before the day of the event, leaving nothing to chance. As a bride-to-be that worried about logistics, Frank's attention to detail put me at ease. In addition, when we decided a few weeks before the wedding to hire a Day Of Coordinator, Frank contact several coordinators he thought highly of, confirmed whether they were available, and then got us in touch with those that were! He could have just sent me a list of people to call, but Frank went to all the personal trouble of contacting them first about availability. In a time as stressful and busy as the months leading up to a wedding, it's so wonderful to get the opportunity to work with someone as reassuring and professional as Frank Goldstein. More...



15 September 2011

We hired Joel Nelson for our ceremony and cocktail music, and they were extremely responsive and helpful in creating a perfect blend of music to reflect our style. We received several comments after the wedding about how amazing the music was, especially the ceremony music which blended our Jewish and Indian heritages. I would definitely recommend them to future brides. More...


Liz Y.

9 September 2011

JNP was recommended by our wedding vendor, and I'm so glad we signed with them. Joseph Adato was a great contact person: easy to get a hold of, pleasant, and helpful. He quickly sent us a sample CD of string trio/quartets when I requested one. We decided to go with a string trio and DJ and Joseph gave us a small discount for signing 2 services at once, which was appreciated. The string trio added a really classy touch to our ceremony & cocktail hour and they learned unconventional songs for us (I walked down the aisle to Counting Crows "Holiday in Spain", and the recessional was Jack Johnson "Better Together"). They were professional and the music was great!Our DJ was Steve Teeger, who was a pleasure to work with. He made himself readily available to us when we were in town for short stints (we don't live in CA) and was flexible with meeting times. He knows a lot about the history of music (it leads to interesting digressions... haha), and was very respectful of our music preferences. We gave him a long list of requested songs (and a list of "do not play" songs) and he did a great job following those guidelines! We preferred a quiet, wall-flower type of DJ, and Steve did a great job respecting that preference as well. He only approached me or my husband during the reception a couple of times to make sure the music was what we wanted, and when music requests were made, he made sure to ask us if those requests were OK before playing those songs (only happened 1x). We originally didn't want him to make any announcements, but Steve recognized when announcements were appropriate and we actually really appreciate that he made them when he did! He also did an amazing job reading the crowd and vibe of the party and played great, appropriate songs to really get the party going.Overall, we couldn't have been happier with how the music turned out at our wedding. JNP is fantastic and I highly recommend them! More...



19 July 2011

Rick from Joel Nelson productions was the DJ for my daughter's wedding in June and he did a fantastic job! Rick was there on time to set up and kept the dance floor hopping all night. Very classy--nothing cheesy about Rick. Many of our guests have commented that our DJ was the best they've seen anywhere. He did a great job sticking to our detailed timeline and added just the right direction to make the event flow flawlessly. More...


Rena and Jonathan

17 July 2011

The DJ that we worked with through Joel Nelson Productions was Rick McMahon. He was great. He was very flexible and easygoing, and very easy to talk to. He gave us lots of support during the event to keep things running smoothly. He coordinated announcements (such as the first dance, the father/daughter dance, etc) with the day-of planner, the videographer, the photographer and the wait staff. Also very importantly as the DJ, he kept the party exciting! He got people on to the dance floor and having fun. Thank you Rick and Joel Nelson Productions! More...



23 January 2011

Overall we were happy with the service that Joel Nelson Productions provided. Rick was our DJ for the night and he did a good job of making sure that people were on the dance floor and that there were no awkward song changes that made people leave the dance floor. The SF Giants were also playing the Phillies to clinch the playoff spot and with the help of Rick, our guests were happy to hear him give updates on the game throughout the night so they could enjoy the night without needing to check their mobile devices. We would definitely recommend their services for anyone looking for a wedding DJ. More...


Joey A.

3 January 2011

DJ Roy Stone did a fantastic job for our wedding in December '10.  He was very flexible and followed and executed our plan perfectly.  Joseph at Joel Nelson was also very easy to work with and a big help with all of our questions.I highly recommend Joel Nelson Productions, and especially DJ Roy Stone for anyone's upcoming wedding, or other party for that matter! More...


Lauren S.

7 November 2010

Worked with Frank when we booked Manhattan Towers for our wedding and reception. High class act. The group has been together forever and were willing to work with me and my now husband's do everything at the last minute method of planning. They went out of their way to translate the groom's music to acoustic guitar and flute for the ceremony. Most importantly I felt like i could trust them and didn't have to micro-manage. I mean come on - as a bride you have A Zillion things to deal with, do you really want to spend time deciding if the band should announce dessert at 8:30 or 8:45? That's why you book vendors you can trust - like Frank. He is the head of the band and your main point of contact. He knows what he is doing and just wants to make sure you get what you want. What more can you ask for? More...


Talia S.

26 October 2010

Wow! Joel Nelson's band played at our wedding this past weekend and was absolutely amazing.  The music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception was  perfect. We talked to Joel a few times before the event and he really listened to what we wanted.  Everyone was up and dancing for our afternoon party. The Hora was so incredible, and he also played some energetic last minute Israeli folk dance requests.  The range of music they can play (and play really well) is truly amazing.  And the whole band was really so nice to work with.  Thank you Joel for making our day so much fun and special. More...


Dar D.

22 October 2010

As far as I'm concerned good music can make or break ANY party.  To prove how important it was to us, when it can to our wedding, we didn't pay for a professional photographer or a professional wedding cake, hell I didn't even buy a traditional wedding dress....but  we did pay for the best professional DJ service.  Kudos to Joel Nelson Productions and to DJ Roy Stone for doing their due diligence prepping us for our big day.  Roy rocked  it all out to make EVERYTHING run beautifully throughout the evening.  Our mixed crowd of guests were kept out on the dance floor, volume was a good level and everyone seemed to be having fun.   I had more then one compliment from folks about Roy and of course the "party" was a success because of him! More...



21 September 2010

They did exactly what I asked. All the songs on my list were played, announcements and crowd motivation were great. The price was the lowest from what I saw. Would definitely use again.


Aaron L.

5 September 2010

Rick McMahon from Joel Nelson productions DJ'ed our wedding and reception in August of 2010.  Rick was just fantastic -- great personality, great voice, and our guests loved him.  We've already referred one of my wife's co-workers.To plan the event, we worked with Joseph Adato.  Joseph is very detail-oriented, follows up on time, and has all of the qualities you want in someone who's helping you plan a wedding.  He knows what questions to ask, he knows the details you won't think of, and in general, he's fantastic.The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco has Joel Nelson Productions on their Preferred Vendors sheet, and the Fairmont knows how to throw a wedding.  After working with Joseph and Rick, I now understand completely how they managed to become a preferred vendor, and I can recommend them enthusiastically and without reservations.  These guys did a simply amazing job with our wedding.Gentlemen, thank you, and all the best! More...


Jennifer N.

18 August 2010

I worked with Joesph from Joel Nelson in San Jose, to plan the wedding reception timeline. He was extremely nice and very helpful! He's very responsive, if I had a question he would e-mail me right back, sometimes within the same day. He recommended Max, a young DJ. Max was WONDERFUL! He's very talented and can work the crowd. He played music that kept everyone dancing!He was also wonderful during the reception part, we were off schedule, but he kept the party flowing. I would recommend this company and especially Max for your wedding or party!! More...


Jen H.

26 October 2009

Just this past weekend, I used Joel Nelson to source an Asian Mural Artist for an event at Santana Row.  My experience could not have been better! The team was pleasant, responsive, and charged competitive rates. To top everything off, the artist was amazing. I'll definitely give Joel Nelson a call the next time I plan an event in San Jose, CA! More...


Asha A.

21 October 2009

We decided to have a DJ close to a month prior to our wedding day. We got to meet Joel few days before the wedding  and talked about the kind of music we were interested in, etc. We got a chance to speak to the DJ (Joe) who'd be at our wedding just 3 days prior and we were actually pretty concerned..However, the DJ was absolutely fantastic. He came in early, set up his equipment and seemed to play awesome music that got my husband dance like a rock star! (Of course embarrassing the hell out of me)Our guests had a blast. One of the kids mentioned to his mom that our party was the best ever. I guess this coming from a 6 year old speaks for itself. More...


Todd P.

14 October 2009

We hired Joel Nelson Productions for a DJ for our wedding. I worked with Joseph Adato the event consultant. He set me up with DJ Rick McMahon. Joseph was amazing and helped us set up all the details for the wedding. As the event drew closer we had several phone call and emails to work out more details. Joseph was very professional and easily reachable by phone or email. Our DJ, Rick McMahon has done many weddings and was absolutely wonderful. He arrived early, set up everything, and was able to accommodate some last-minute requests for AV equipment. He played all of our favorite music and was able to read the crowd during the wedding reception and adjust accordingly to keep up the energy. Many of our guests said they had never been to such a fun reception! Pricing was reasonable. Joel Nelson productions is the best! More...


Jennifer L.

14 June 2008

Joel Nelson's band played at my wedding reception, my brother's wedding reception, and he even deejayed my Bat Mitzvah party eons ago.  He is the best!  Joel really knows how to get everyone up and dancing.  We've got a fun video of everyone at my wedding dancing YMCA song.  Very fun.  Just about the only people who weren't dancing were those who physically couldn't manage it.We gave Joel a list of songs we liked, and he was really accomodating.  We also had some "please don't go there" songs, and he obliged.  There are a few songs I just can't handle, like "Celebrate" makes me crazy, and not in a good way.My husband sang me the lounge lizard version of "I get a kick out of you" at our wedding reception, and Joel's band backed him up beautifully.  My husband forgot the words at one point, and asked for a trumpet solo, and presto, trumpet solo.  These are top-notch musicians, nice people, and class acts.  They do all kinds of occasions including ceremonies (quartets and such) and receptions (bands and DJs) and I'm not sure what else.  We were very happy we hired them for our special occasion. More...

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When you have a huge selection of music you can satisfy every crown from young to old. Our light shows also help get the party going as well as a great MC.

Our style is to play just the right music for the style you are trying to achieve. We can be interactive or low key or anywhere in between.

The music and making ours guests special event perfect! Who wouldn't love a job that involves music and making people happy.

I have been playing music since I was 5 years old. Both parents were musicians. I was destined to be in the music and entertainment business.

We have been providing entertainment longer than most companies in the area. We are insured and always have backup. We do not work out of our garage as have a office staff ready. We have never missed a date. Check out are yelp reviews! 5 star ! https://www.yelp.com/biz/joel-nelson-productions-san-jose


We have a DJ personalty for every occasion. Interactive to low key. We including a full sound system, huge music library, wireless mic, and lights if requested. We personalize every event.

Check out our website for the huge selection of bands we provide. Current to old school and many ethnics style.

We provide a variety of photo booths from the standard booths, to open air booths, green screen booths, flip books, and graffiti wall photo booths.

We have a large selection of lighting options from uplighting, string lighting, custom gobos and monograms, and lighting for buffets, cake tables, and bars.