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*** Please note - If your interested in contacting me, please check my calendar at the end of this description. It will inform you of dates that I am unavailable. Bark does not yet have a calendar feature, and they charge me $20 if I respond to you -- even if it's to say that I am unavailable. Thank you! *** At JohnJ entertainment, we are passionate about providing the right mix of music for your event. With 20 years of experience and 100 years of music available, we tailor each event to your likes and wants. You are unique, your tastes are unique, so should the music for your event be unique. It's your day, done your way! We do not use a cookie-cutter thumb drive from someone else's event. Sure, some songs are a given, but we can also play an only 80's power rock, a southern-stye BBQ, an event with a Latin, or ethnic flair. Songs from your playlist are no problem, or leave it to us to watch the crowd and keep them moving on the floor! Why choose JohnJ? My name is on the door. I don't sub it out to a rotating pool of DJs. You get me, my experience and my passion for music and my dedication to making a truly unique event. I offer a free second sound system for use at a gazebo / arbor along with the best wireless microphones so guests can hear your ceremony, free lighting, and more! I also offer military, first responder and several other discounts. Of course we do weddings, but much more -- class reunions are a specialty as are corporate events! We love backyard BBQs as well as milestone anniversaries and birthdays. UNAVAILABLE SCHEDULE (updated 1-26-2024): 2024 - January - Unavailable on: Jan 27 - 50's sock hop sponsored by the Elks to benefit a camp for kids with challenges Jan 28 (BRIDAL SHOW - DoubleTree Burlington) February: Unavailable on: Feb 2 - 4 - Family Weekend Feb 9 - Pomfret Valentine's Dance - Arts Center Feb 10 - Williston Rotary Fundraiser Feb 11 - Vergennes - 150th Anniversary for St Paul Feb 14 - Stowe - Wedding Feb 16 - Sharon - School Dance Feb 20 - Leicester (pending) March: Unavailable on: Mar 8 - 10 - Family weekend April: Unavailable on: Apr 6 - Burlington - UVM Fundraiser - Cancer Center Apr 8 - Burlington - Solar Eclipse Party Apr 13 - St Albans - 17 year vow renewal April 21 - April 25 - Out of State Travel May: Unavailable on: May 24 - 27 - Vacation June: Unavailable on: June 7 - 9 - Family event June 15 - Newport - Wedding June 22 - Fairfax - Wedding June 29 - Maine - Wedding June 30 - Sharon - Wedding July: Unavailable on: July 5 - 8 - HOLIDAY VACATION July 11 - Winooski - Wedding August: Unavailable on: Aug 16 - NY - Queensbury - Reunion September: Unavailable on: Sep 14 - Grafton - Wedding Sep 28 - Stowe - Wedding October: Unavailable on: Oct 4 - NH - Wedding Oct 12 - Killington - Wedding Oct 19 - Maine - WEDDING Oct 26 - CT - Family Wedding November: Unavailable on: Nov 27 - 30 - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY December: Unavailable on: Dec 23 - 31 - CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY 2025 DATES tentatively unavailable / on hold: Mar 02 May 31 June 28 Oct 11 Oct 25

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

Well, there really is no secret. It takes EXPERIENCE. You can love music and play a few songs that EVERYONE dances to. But over 3 - 4 hours it takes more than playing Uptown Funk, Happy, and I Want to Dance Somebody to keep the floor moving all night.

A knowledge of a variety of music is a must! This is especially true when you have 100 guests spanning generations. There will be 20% that only dance to slow songs, another 20% that don't like country and another 20% that has never heard of the Beatles! That's a challenge only experience can bring.

One thing that guests love to see is the bride on the dance floor-- but at a wedding she is a hostess and needs to visit with tables and guests. I watch the guests closely during the cocktail and dinner hours and watch what they 'sing along' with and 'toe tap' or 'groove' to. Do they know the words to "Wagon Wheel", are they bouncing to "Ants Marching", or "Accidentally i n Love" These are subtle hints that will help know where to to redirect the dance floor when guests leave the floor when "Love Shack" starts. What works at one event doesn't mean it will work for all events. Many DJs play one set of country, Latin, or "boyband" over the 3+ hours. I love keeping it fresh by playing multiple sets of each genre as well as slowing it down at least once every 45 minutes to songs like, Crazy For You (Madonna), Lost in Your Eyes ( D Gibson), Wonderful Tonight (Clapton), Beautiful Crazy, or Wonderful World, etc.


I work with the bride and groom early and often -- to see what they enjoy. We offer a 7-page reception planning guide that opens the discussion for a memorable event. Then I 'listen' with eyes and ears and to see what the guests enjoy. This combination ensures a packed floor and even a possible extension into the evening, venue permitted.

How would you describe your ‘style’?

My style is warm, friendly, old school. If you're looking for a club-style DJ that plays ear-pounding bass or scratching, that's not me. If you're looking for a cheer-leader to jump on the floor to rile up the crowd with a break-dance that's not me, either. On the other end I do not hide behind a screen and play only music. I have a warm, baritone voice from my days as a radio DJ and love to engage the guests with introductions and introduce the important dances and fun 'games'. But once the music starts, I focus on letting the music speak and limit the 'talk' to "We're gonna slow it done in moment", "We've got a request from the mother of the bride", or the very important, "Last call in 10 minutes!" At a wedding, I am not there to be an entertainer, the bride and groom are the rock stars and focus of attention. If it's a backyard BBQ - I provide a little more interaction, mixing with the crowd and taking requests. I may even lead the group in the a line dance like the Macarena or Cha Cha slide.

What do you love most about your job?

There are THREE things that I love the most:
1) PEOPLE! Helping people have a good time! Seeing the enjoyment on their faces! Meeting people across the region, even the USA and. I've enjoyed two weddings this year that were multi-cultural with guests from Europe and Asia. Also, this area is a mecca for destination weddings -- especially in the Fall.
2) MUSIC! Taking requests and learning new songs that everyone enjoys! It's a rare event where someone doesn't introduce me to a new song! As vast as my library is, I often get introduced to a new song that is loved not only by the current guests but is enjoyed in following events as well.
3) TRAVEL! I love traveling northern New England and NY! So many great venues and sceneries to enjoy and explore. I cover from the Adirondacks to the coast of Maine to the White and Green Mountains and Lakes Winnipesauke and Champlain! What's better than exploring New England in the Fall!

What inspired you to start your own business?

Since s young age I have always been passionate about music. My mom worked at Columbia records when she was young and there was always music in the home. I started a radio station in high school and performed two shows a day during my junior and senior years. This continued in college with a Sunday night show called Reflections, that focused on how one generation influences another. After a successful corporate career, I can now return to my passion. I am able to include my son, Mike, in this adventure and as a team we can easily cover 100 years of music like no other entertainment company can.

Why should our clients choose you?

There are two main reasons.
1) You get me (and my son). We are team with a vast knowledge and passion for music. We know music inside and out. I do not farm it out to a rotating pool of DJs looking to make some extra bucks on the weekend. A company with a pool of DJs is inherently more expensive -- often hundreds more -- as they take a cut, too,

2) I don't use a cookie-cutter thumb drive from someone else's wedding. I take the time to get to know the bridal couple and use a 7-page planner to understand what's important to the host and their guests. This makes for a truly memorable evening. The alternative? A DJ that's given a thumb-drive of over-played wedding songs from previous weddings. I've often been challenged with 'do not play any of the top 25 over-played wedding songs!' These include Happy, UpTown Funk, Don't Stop Believing, We Are Family, YMCA, Celebration, etc. I am still able to keep the dance floor packed with a variety of music across multiple genres! Also, our experience and library depth can easily accommodate themed parties such as an 80's power rock bash, Swing-sensation, or a Boot-Scootin' Boogie.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

While it is possible to provide music remotely, I have not done yet done so. Playing music for a crowd requires observation and interaction. This would be hard to do remotely. But I would welcome the opportunity to try, under the right circumstance.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

We follow all CDC recommendations, including wiping down microphone after use. We have focused on outdoor events, and wear masks if we are indoors and situated on the floor with the guests.

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