Bar Mitzvahs

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.
 

PRO DJs Portland 2017 Events Review

 
Reflecting on 2017, PRO DJs has put together video slideshows of the many weddings and events we have performed over the past year.
 
WEDDINGS:
This video features photos taken by PRO DJs and some local area photographers at the following weddings: Devon & Brandon (5/6/17 at Inn at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon), Barb & John (5/20/17 at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon), Gina & Blake (6/24/17 at Camp Angelos in Corbett, Oregon), Megan & Patrick (7/15/17 at McMenamins Sand Trap Bar & Grill in Gearhart, Oregon), Alexandria & Matt (7/22/17 at a private residence in Grand Rhonde, Oregon), Deborah & Zak (7/23/17 at Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast in Parkdale, Oregon), Lanie & Tyler (8/5/17 at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon), Leslie & Rick (8/19/17 at Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast in Parkdale, Oregon), Gabrielle & Kevin (9/2/17 at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie, Oregon), Katie & Devin (9/3/17 at Bridal Veil Lakes in Corbett , Oregon), Suzanne & Zak (9/4/17 at The Troutdale House in Troutdale, Oregon), Erica & Sean (9/9/17 at Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon), Kelly & Keith (9/16/17 at Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks in Vancouver, Washington), Leah & Eric (10/1/17 at Mt. Hood Organic Farms in Hood River, Oregon), and Ashlei & David (11/11/17 at Abernethy Center in Oregon City, Oregon).
 

 
BAR MITZVAHS & BAT MITZVAHS:
This video features photos taken by PRO DJs and some local area photographers at the following events: Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah (1/14/17 at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland, Oregon), David’s Bar Mitzvah (2/11/17 at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon), Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah (6/10/17 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon), Anita’s Bat Mitzvah (7/1/17 at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon), Nathan’s Bar Mitzvah (7/8/17 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon), Mazzi’s Bat Mitzvah (8/12/17 at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon), Callie’s Bat Mitzvah (9/2/17 at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon), Heshy’s Bar Mitzvah (10/21/17 at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland, Oregon), Estelle’s Bat Mitzvah (11/4/17 at Coopers Hall in Portland, Oregon), and Jack’s Bar Mitzvah (12/16/17 at Urban Studio in Portland, Oregon).
 

 
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Jack’s Urban Studio Portland Bar Mitzvah

 
Jack was fired up for his Urban Studio Portland Bar Mitzvah held on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
 
As the adults gathered in the bar area above the main room, I played about 45 minutes of background music before entertaining the kids with games, including ‘Name That Tune’ and two wild rounds of the scavenger hunt. Jack did a great job judging each item and keeping his friends in line.
 
Dinner followed in the main room and after the kids finished eating, they followed me to the bar area for more games. I didn’t have my music or a microphone, but the small space allowed for a fun balloon stuffing contest and the limbo.
 
After the adults finished eating, we all returned to the main room for dancing that began with “The Hora” and chair raising.
 
Jack's Urban Studio Portland Bar Mitzvah (12-16-17)
 
The cool accent lighting and graffiti backdrop was conducive to a great party and most guests (adults and kids) danced the night away to the smash hits, such as “Uptown Funk,” “Cha Cha Slide,” “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and more.
 
Jack's Urban Studio Portland Bar Mitzvah (12-16-17)
Jack's Urban Studio Portland Bar Mitzvah (12-16-17)
 
Mazel Tov Jack and thank you mom Deborah for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:

  • Event Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Urban Studio
  • 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

Heshy and David’s MJCC Bar Mitzvah Party

 
It was officially Heshy’s MJCC Bar Mitzvah party on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Southwest Portland, but he wanted his good friend David, who was also having a birthday the same week, to be a part of his celebration.
 
As guests arrived, I played a variety of background music hits from artists such as OneRepublic, Adele and Imagine Dragons. There was much to do for the kids in the lobby area, including a mechanical bull and balloon clown.
 
MJCC Bar Mitzvah (10-21-17)
MJCC Bar Mitzvah (10-21-17)
 
The photo booth was conveniently located next to the dance floor in the main ballroom. After dinner, I got the dance floor going for generation next with many of the latest hits, including Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble,’ ‘Passion Fruit’ from Heshy’s favorite artist Drake and the hot new track ‘Mi Gente’ from J Balvin and Willy William. A short time later the adults joined in as we launched into ‘The Hora’ and dual chair raising.
 
MJCC Bar Mitzvah (10-21-17)
 
Mazel Tov Heshy and David and thank you Heshy’s parents Sandy and Adam for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“We were so happy with how things turned out!! Thank you for working with us on the special Hora dances and separating the dances/songs. It was very nice.” -Sandy Nemer (Heshy’s Bar Mitzvah)

  • Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: MJCC
  • 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
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