Bar Mitzvahs

B’nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon

 
Rich Ellis had the honor of being the DJ at Max and Zadie’s B’nai Mitzvah celebration held at Broder Söder Scandinavian Restaurant in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
 
As guests arrived at 5:30pm, I played background music that featured a variety of artists, from Adele and Imagine Dragons to Marvin Gaye and mom Annie’s request for some Grateful Dead.
 
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
 
During cocktails and dinner, a slideshow ran continously and shortly before dinner was a presentation from Zadie that included Havdalah.
 
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
 
Around 8pm, the dance floor opened with “The Hora” and dual chair raising. Most everyone joined in, lifting and celebrating the kids and their family.
 
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
 
Guests had a great time enjoying and dancing to classic and recent hit songs, such as “Stayin’ Alive”, “Uptown Funk”, “September”, “I Gotta Feeling” and more. I also rolled an EDM set for Max and Zadie’s favorite “Uptown Girl” from Billy Joel.
 
B'nai Mitzvah At Broder Söder Portland Oregon (10-6-18)
 
Mazel Tov Zadie and Max and thank you Annie and Paul for choosing PRO DJs, who attended and were referred to us by Yael’s Bat Mitzvah in March.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:

  • Event Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Event Type: Bar & Bat Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Broder Söder, 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: Fair
  • Lighting Effects: Excellent
  • 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

 
PRO DJs’ Steve Marker was also in action on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Elizabeth’s Bat Mitzvah held at the Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:

  • Event Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Event Type: Bat Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center, Portland, OR
  • Event Staff: Steve Marker
  • 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: Fair
  • Lighting Effects: Excellent
  • 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

Jordan’s Portland Bar Mitzvah Hotel Eastlund

 
Jordan was fired up and looking sharp in his watermelon covered shirt for his Portland Bar Mitzvah party held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Hotel Eastlund in SE Portland, Oregon.
 
His friends seemed to match his energy and it wasn’t long before most were participating in the games I had planned including Coke & Pepsi and the Limbo, as well as Basketball vs. Lacrosse (Jordan’s two favorite sports).
 
The kids sat at one long table and following the games, were served dinner around 6:30pm while the adults enjoyed cocktails and conversation until they were seated for dinner about 15 minutes later. Background music for dinner featured artists: OneRepublic, Marvin Gaye and a request for Rod Stewart’s “You’re In My Heart” from Jordan’s parents.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah Hotel Eastlund (8-25-18)
Portland Bar Mitzvah Hotel Eastlund (8-25-18)
 
As dinner was winding down, our guest of honor’s dad, Bob welcomed guests visiting from all over the U.S. before starting a slideshow that ended with Jordan on video singing Justin Beiber’s “Baby” at a Hillsboro Hops baseball game recently. Bob wanted to re-create this live, so as soon as the video ended, I started the song and handed off microphones to Jordan and his friends.
 
Next up was an appearance by Portland Trailblazers mascot “Blaze” who danced with the kids to a recording of Blazers’ star Damian Lillard’s hit song “Run It Up.” I then invited all of the adults out for “The Hora” and chair raising.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah Hotel Eastlund (8-25-18)
Portland Bar Mitzvah Hotel Eastlund (8-25-18)
 
Guests had a great time dancing to everything from “Stayin’ Alive” and Jordan’s family requests for “Dancing Queen” and “PYT” to “Uptown Funk”, “September” and more.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah Hotel Eastlund (8-25-18)
Portland Bar Mitzvah Hotel Eastlund (8-25-18)
 
Mazel Tov Jordan and thank you mom Anna and dad Bob for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich did a great job at my son’s Bar Mitzvah. He kept the energy at the right level throughout the evening. He kept the kids entertained during cocktail hour with games, which allowed the adults to mingle without a lot of distraction. Then, when it was time to focus on dancing, he played a great mix of music that had young and old alike dancing. We requested a couple slow dances and those were added in at just the right time. Great, memorable evening.” -Anna Winthrop

  • Event Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Hotel Eastlund, Portland
  • 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: Excellent
  • 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

Josh’s Bar Mitzvah Bash at Celebrate Catering

 
Portland DJ Rich Ellis performed at Josh’s Bar Mitzvah party on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Celebrate Catering in Lake Oswego, Oregon. In addition to my normal sound system setup in the main ballroom, I also brought a separate media player that could be connected to the house system so there would be background music for the 150 guests in the adjacent bar.
 
After about 20 minutes most of Josh’s friends had arrived so I had the kids make their way to the main ballroom for some games and boy did we have some fun with “Name That Tune,” Soccer vs. Basketball (Josh loves both sports), Coke and Pepsi and a wild time with “Running Tic Tac Toe” that brought down one of the decorative graffiti backdrops. Fortunately, the kids were helpful getting it put back up before any of the adults took notice 🙂 and we finished with the limbo before the adults entered the room for dinner.
 
After everyone found their seats, I introduced Josh and he came into the room to “From Now On” off “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack. I then segued to “Live It Up” by Nicky Jam w/ Will Smith and Era Istrefi, the theme from this year’s World Cup (Josh is a huge soccer fan) and his friends joined him on the dance floor.
 
This was followed by a special dance for Josh and his mom to “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins and “Son of Man” also by Phil Collins for him and his dad. Josh’s dad then welcomed everyone before the buffet opened for dinner around 7:30.
 
A slideshow was planned for after dinner, but before that, Josh requested a Snowball dance and with all the kids surrounding him on the dance floor, Josh picked a partner to slow dance with. After about a minute, those two picked two more kids to dance with and by the end of the last song, all the kids were slow dancing. Of course, the parents also appreciate a good slow dance, so I played two more love songs for everyone before the slide show.
 
Bar Mitzvah at Celebrate Catering (7-21-18)
 
Next, the dance floor was officially opened to everyone and as soon as the familiar opening to “The Hora” began playing, most everyone was instantly on the move, circling up and lifting Josh up high in the chair. The Israeli dance music was such a hit, I kept it going a little longer as guests, chained hand-in-hand, danced their way around the entire room.
 
Bar Mitzvah at Celebrate Catering (7-21-18)
 
A variety of fun hit music followed… Everything from “Celebration” and “Happy” to “Stayin’ Alive,” “Uptown Funk” and more, it was a non-stop, energetic, fun time on the dance floor.
 
Bar Mitzvah at Celebrate Catering (7-21-18)
Bar Mitzvah at Celebrate Catering (7-21-18)
 
Josh’s dad requested some 70’s funk and “Give Up the Funk” from Parliament was well-received. Josh picked more recent hits, such as “Party Rock Anthem” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
 
Bar Mitzvah at Celebrate Catering (7-21-18)
Bar Mitzvah at Celebrate Catering (7-21-18)
 
This party went to 11pm and the dance floor was packed for much of the time. When it was over, Josh’s dad told me multiple times “how much fun he had.” I’m glad you enjoyed it.
 
Mazel Tov Josh and thank you dad Rob for choosing PRO DJs.
 

Three Bar Mitzvahs and a Wedding

 
This could be the title of a PRO DJs movie from our schedule of events on Saturday, May 5, 2018. It was also Cinco de Mayo, so maybe expected that many people would want to party on this particular day.
 
The day began with Zac’s Bar Mitzvah celebration at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in NE Portland, Oregon from 1:30-4:30pm with DJ Rich Ellis. Guests arrived to a set of background music that featured neo-soul artists, such as Lauryn Hill and John Legend as requested by the family, along with many Motown favorites. Shortly before lunch, Zac invited family and friends up for his candle lighting.
 
Zac’s Bar Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony Music:

  • The Anniversary Song – Al Jolson
  • Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly and the Family Stone
  • Esketit – Lil Pump
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  • Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing – Stevie Wonder

After lunch, Rich led the kids through many games, including Coke & Pepsi and a two-team competition between Soccer and Lacrosse… Zac’s two favorite sports.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah (5-5-18)
 
The chair raising and dancing filled most of the final hour, with the last 15 minutes featuring Zac and his friends holding hands in a giant circle and aggressively moving to the music. It was there chance for a little unstructured time and they appeared to enjoy every minute of it 🙂
 
I appreciated receiving feedback from Zac’s grandparents who had traveled from Hawaii and as part of a Jewish wedding band had planned to perform at this event, but decided right before to just enjoy the festivies. They said they appreciated watching a professional at work and loved the flow of the event… keeping it organized, but not barking orders.
 
Mazel Tov Zac and thank you mom Katie for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Columbia Edgewater Country Club
  • 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: Excellent
  • 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

 
Two more bar mitzvahs were planned for that evening, but first was a wedding DJ’d by PRO DJs Tom Farley for Karin and Chris at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon, beginning at 4:30pm. The groom is a firefighter and after setting up, Tom snapped this photo of an old-fashioned fire truck parked out front for the newlyweds getaway at the end of the night.
 
Langdon Farms Golf Club Wedding (5-5-18)
 
Tom noted afterwards, “Well the wedding and reception are over and they were just thrilled. It was a great event! Everybody had a wonderful time and the bride and groom are extremely grateful to PRO DJs.” That was followed up by a message from the groom, “Tom did a great job. It was an awesome day.”
 
Congratulations Chris and Karin!
 
 
DJ Steve Marker traveled to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood for Max’s Bar Mitzvah and Rich Ellis performed double duty on this day at Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in SW Portland.
 
Jordan’s party began with 30 minutes of basketball and then another hour in the swimming pool. Most parents dropped their kids off and returned later, but some stayed and Rich played a variety of background music for them.
 
This event picked up around 8pm with the ballroom filling up quickly before Jordan’s arrival. As Rich announced him, the star of the night entered the room on his older brother’s shoulders before being transferred to a chair for “The Hora” and chair raising.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah (5-5-18)
 
A few more Jewish/Israeli selections followed (C’est La Vie, MahapechaShet–Simcha, TudoBom) before the burrito bar dinner at 8:30pm. A short time later, the dance floor was reopened to all and everyone had a great time getting their groove on to hit songs such as “Happy” and “September,” plus requests from Jordan and his friends for Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
 
Mazel Tov Jordan and thank you mom Kristen for again choosing PRO DJs. Rich was the DJ at brother Sam’s Bar Mitzvah in 2013.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Steve was awesome. Really great. We were very happy with his professionalism and charm.” -Julia Pickar (Max’s Bar Mitzvah) – Portland, OR

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Columbia Edgewater Country Club
  • Event Staff: Steve Marker
  • 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: Good
  • Overall Volume Levels: Good
  • Music Selection: Excellent
  • Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent
  • Lighting Effects: Excellent
  • 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

Owen’s Portland Bar Mitzvah At Norse Hall

 
Owen was ready to have a good time at his Portland Bar Mitzvah held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Norse Hall in Northeast Portland, Oregon. In fact, he was doing dance routines during the background music while his friends were still eating 🙂
 
Guests arrived around 5pm and the food was out before 6. A short time later, Owen introduced family and friends to come up for his candle lighting. Open flame was not allowed at this venue, so each battery-powered candle was just switched on.
 
Owen’s Portland Bar Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony Music:

  • Sentimental Journey – Doris Day
  • Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  • Happy Together – The Turtles
  • Thunder – Imagine Dragons
  • Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
  • Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
  • Twist and Shout – The Beatles
  • On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
  • Count on Me – Bruno Mars
  • Sunday Girl (French version) – Blondie
  • New York Groove – KISS (Ace Frehley)

Following the candle lighting, we went right to the games for the kids that included two crazy rounds of the scavenger hunt. Owen almost won that second round, finishing as runner-up.
 
After a short video in the lounge, everyone returned to the main room for dancing that began with “The Hora” and chair raising.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah (4-21-18)
Portland Bar Mitzvah (4-21-18)
 
From there, adults and kids danced for almost three hours to fun hit songs like “Billie Jean” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” along with family favorites “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers, plus Owen’s favorites from local band Portugal. The Man and more.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah (4-21-18)
 
Mazel Tov Owen and thank you mom Paige for again choosing PRO DJs. I was the DJ at sister Flora’s Bat Mitzvah in 2016.
 

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