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Eleanor’s Bat Mitzvah Party At Kennedy School

 
Eleanor’s memorable Bat Mitzvah party took place at McMenamins Kennedy School in Northeast Portland, Oregon on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
 
When looking for a DJ for her daughter’s big night, her mom noted the following: “Must engage all the kids so they all feel included; must have “Jewish” feel with The Hora. I’m not interested in a DJ who just blasts music – the DJ must engage directly with the kids and get camp friends interacting with school friends, etc.” I appreciate that I was chosen for this event and it was a pleasure performing for Eleanor and her friends and family. 
 
For arriving guests I played a variety of background music that included requests for ‘Best Day of My Life’ from American Authors, Train’s ‘Hey, Soul Sister’, ‘Graduation (Friends Forever)’ from Vitamin C and the appropriately titled, ‘I Love Eleanor’ by Wes Cunningham.
 
After the kids had a chance to eat, they had a great time playing games, including a scavenger hunt, Coke & Pepsi and the limbo. Eleanor’s mom Amy was insistent The Hora be danced correctly, so she took a few minutes to demonstrate for everyone before I started the music.
 
Bat Mitzvah Party At Kennedy School
 
There was a lot of energy and the dance floor was hoppin’ all evening to hot hits such as ‘Uptown Funk’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Shut Up and Dance’ and more.
 
Bat Mitzvah Party At Kennedy School
Bat Mitzvah Party At Kennedy School
 
Mazel Tov Eleanor and thank you mom Amy for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich Ellis was amazing both before the event with all the planning and during the event.  He did a fabulous job getting the kids playing games and dancing.  They were on the dance floor the entire evening and everyone (kids and adults) had a wonderful time.  Rich really made the party a huge success!!!” -Amy Blumenberg (Eleanor’s Bat Mitzvah)

  • Event Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Event Type: Bat Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Kennedy School, Portland, OR
  • Event Staff: Rich Ellis
  • Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent
  • Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent
  • System Appearance: Excellent
  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Overall Volume Levels: Excellent
  • Music Selection: Excellent
  • Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent
  • Lighting Effects: N/A
  • Equipment Appearance: Excellent
  • Overall Customer Service: Excellent
  • Planning Assistance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Excellent
  • Overall Performance Rating: Excellent
  • Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

Daniel’s Wild Portland Bar Mitzvah Party

 
Portland Bar Mitzvah DJ Rich Ellis performed at Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah party on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the Multnomah Arts Center in SW Portland, Oregon.
 
About 150 guests came together to celebrate the occasion. As they arrived, I played a variety of upbeat background music before entertaining the kids with the gold coin game, name that tune and a rowdy scavenger hunt. 
 
Daniel is a big soccer fan and his favorite teams are the Portland Timbers, FC Barcelona and Brazil. This made for a great game of pass the soccer ball with all three teams represented. 
 
After dinner, a short video and toast, the energy level jumped dramatically with everyone coming out for ‘The Hora’ and chair raising.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah Party 3-26-16
 
A variety of fun hit music followed, including ‘Happy,’ ‘Uptown Funk,’ ‘Watch Me (Whip Nae Nae)’ and a few Brazilian songs, as requested by the family.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah Party 3-26-16
Portland Bar Mitzvah Party 3-26-16
 
They could have danced all night, but with a little time left before we had to call it a night, Daniel wanted to play the game ‘Coke and Pepsi.’ The kids had a lot of fun participating, with a few acting as callers and judging.
 
Your friends and family were a lot of fun Daniel… Mazel Tov!
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich was excellent. He kept the kids engaged and entertained the adults as well. We really appreciate his enthusiasm and professionalism.” -Cam Williams (Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah)

  • Event Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Multnomah Arts Center
  • Event Staff: Rich Ellis
  • Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent
  • Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent
  • System Appearance: Excellent
  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Overall Volume Levels: Excellent
  • Music Selection: Excellent
  • Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent
  • Lighting Effects: N/A
  • Equipment Appearance: Excellent
  • Overall Customer Service: Excellent
  • Planning Assistance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Excellent
  • Overall Performance Rating: Excellent
  • Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

Portland Wedding DJ Plays Castaway Reception

 
Portland Wedding DJ Rich Ellis had the opportunity to perform at Karri and Kevin’s wedding and reception held at Castaway in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
 
Following a blustery day on Saturday, it turned out to be a beautiful day for their wedding and the ceremony began at 4:15pm sharp.
 
Portland Wedding DJ Castaway Ceremony
 
Portland Wedding DJ Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie Intro
  • Bride Entrance: “Love Theme” from The Saint Soundtrack
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Mother Mother – Bright Idea

The reception began immediately following the wedding.  Guests enjoyed cocktails and conversation as I played a background set featuring big band and crooners of the 40’s of the 50’s, such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.  The dinner music that followed was a little softer and included classic jazz favorites from Stan Getz, Joe Pass, Miles Davis and others.
 
Portland Wedding DJ Castaway Reception
 
Portland Wedding DJ Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: James Bond Theme
  • First Dance: Milo Greene – Silent Way
  • Bride and Father Dance: Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Eva Cassidy – Time After Time
  • Anniversary Dance: John Legend f/Ludacris – Tonight
  • Cake Cutting: Bobby Valentino – Angel
  • Bride/Son and Groom/Mother Dance: Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Anniversary Dance: Beatles – Here, There & Everywhere/Al Green – I’m Still in Love With You
  • Bouquet Toss: Madonna – Lucky Star
  • Garter Toss: Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love

There were a lot of married couples in attendance and the anniversary dance had a great turnout with friends of the family, Jim & Arlene being acknowledge as married the longest at 61 years. 
 
Portland Wedding DJ Plays Castaway Anniversary Dance
 
The newlyweds rehearsed a routine to Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance’ to kick off the dancing for all guests and motioned for everyone to join in… it was a great start to a fun Sunday night.
 
Portland Wedding DJ Plays Castaway Reception
Portland Wedding DJ Castaway Dance Floor
 
The dance floor was rockin’ to all the big hits, including ‘Shout,’ ‘Footloose,’ ‘December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) and bride favorite, ‘Walking On Sunshine.’
 
Portland Wedding DJ Plays Castaway Reception Dancing
Portland Wedding DJ Plays Castaway Reception Dance Floor
Portland Wedding DJ Plays Castaway Dancing Fun
Portland Wedding DJ Plays Castaway Reception Dancing
 
Best wishes Karri and Kevin and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 
CUSTOMER FEEDBACK:
 
“Rich – Thank you so much for doing your part to make our wedding day a success! We have enjoyed working with you!” -Karri Pasteris & Kevin Garaventa
 

Private Residence Gresham Oregon Wedding

 
Karen and Leon held their Gresham Oregon Wedding at the private residence of their next door neighbor on Saturday, September, 19, 2015.
 
The last weekend of the summer couldn’t have been more perfect wth sunshine and a comfortable high of 75 degrees.
 
Private Residence Gresham Oregon Wedding Ceremony
 
Gresham Oregon Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Pachelbel – Canon In D
  • Bride Entrance: John Legend w/Lizzy Starling – All of Me
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me

Following the ceremony, a group photo was taken with a drone as the cocktail hour got under way.  For background music, I played a variety of classic hits, including favorites from Stevie wonder, OneRepublic, Queen and more.
 
Private Residence Gresham Oregon Wedding Cocktail Hour
 
Gresham Oregon Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Cake Cutting: James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
  • First Dance: Perry Como – And I Love You So
  • Bride and Father/Groom and Mother Dance: Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  • Bouquet Toss: Lenny Kravitz – American Woman
  • Garter Toss: Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
  • Last Dance: Haley & Michaels – Giving It All (To You)

The feel of a warm Indian summer evening seemed to get most guests in the mood for dancing and the floor filled quickly for the opening slow dance and the fun fast songs, including a swing dance that followed.
 
Private Residence Gresham Oregon Wedding Open Dance Floor
Private Residence Gresham Oregon Wedding Open Dance Floor
Private Residence Gresham Oregon Wedding Swing Dance
 
As twilight set in, the dance floor was overloaded, but many people just danced wherever they were standing, enjoying hits from the Black Eyed Peas, Billy Idol, Bee Gees and more. 
 
Gresham Oregon Wedding Packed Dance Floor
Gresham Oregon Wedding Dancing
 
Congratulations Karen and Leon!
 
Gresham Oregon Wedding Last Dance
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich was spot on with his selection, timing, interaction with guests. He kept the show moving in the right direction. 5 stars I would and will use PD again I will recommend them in a second. I couldn’t thank Rich enough.” -Leon Hummel

  • Event Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Private Residence/Gresham
  • Event Staff: Rich Ellis
  • Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent
  • Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent
  • System Appearance: Excellent
  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Overall Volume Levels: Excellent
  • Music Selection: Excellent
  • Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent
  • Lighting Effects: N/A
  • Equipment Appearance: Excellent
  • Overall Customer Service: Excellent
  • Planning Assistance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Excellent
  • Overall Performance Rating: Excellent
  • Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

Wednesday Wedding In Downtown Portland

 
With Megan and Mitchell’s Wednesday wedding at Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom in downtown Portland, Oregon, I have performed at a wedding everyday of the week this year, except Tuesday.
 
The ceremony began at 6pm in the main ballroom on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  Mitchell had been hoping to have Celtic music playing during the prelude, but Megan wanted something with a little more tempo, so they settled on techno violinist Lindsey Stirling and the groom made his entrance to Lindsey’s ‘My Immortal.’
 
Wednesday Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Processional/Bride Entrance: London Symphony Orchestra – Beauty and the Beast
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Skies of Arcadia OST – Blue Rogues’ Theme

To allow the room to be turned for dinner and the reception, guests made their way upstairs to the balcony after the ceremony for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  The newlyweds went with a ‘Masquerade Ball’ theme for their big day and everyone was given a mask to wear before returning to the ballroom for dinner and dancing.
 
Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom
 
Wednesday Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling
  • Cake Cutting: American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
  • First Dance: OneRepublic – If I Lose Myself (Acoustic)
  • Bouquet Toss: Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  • Garter Toss: Nelly – Hot In Herre
  • Last Dance Song: Miley Cyrus – When I Look at You

 
Wednesday Wedding
 
After their first dance, Megan and Mitchell wanted a group photo taken of everyone wearing their masks. 
 
Wedding Group Photo
 
I then opened the dance floor with ‘At Last’ from Etta James, which had a nice feel for the theme and many couples slow danced to this classic.
 
Wednesday Wedding
 
Judging by the energy and participation on the dance floor, you would never know it was a Wednesday night.
 
Wedding Dancing
 
This was a big time celebration that felt like a Saturday night with the dance floor packed to classic hits ‘In The Mood,’ ‘We Are Family,’ ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ and more.  Recent hits ‘Party Rock Anthem,’ ‘Happy’ and ‘I Gotta Feeling’ were also very popular.
 
Wednesday Wedding
 
Best Wishes Megan and Mitchell and thank you Adrianna Hill Event Coordinator, Jessie Robinson for recommending PRO DJs.
 
Wedding Last Dance
 

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