Events

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

 
Mary and Dave celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends at Madeleine Parish Hall in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, August 19, 2018. 
 
Background music was a mix of their favorites from the past such as “(Theme From A) Summer Place” from Percy Faith, “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and selections from the Beatles.
 
Shortly after their guests arrived and before the buffet opened, Mary and Dave renewed their vows. A little later, as everyone was finishing their meal, a slide show was presented. As you can imagine, this featured many photos from 50 years of marriage. As this was happening, I played some of their favorite songs in the background.
 
50th Wedding Anniversary Slideshow Music Selections:

  • Barbara Streisand – People Who Need People
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Someone To Watch Over Me
  • Nat King Cole – When I Fall In Love
  • Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
  • Billy Joel – Lullabye
  • Elton John – Circle of Life

Following the slideshow, Mary and Dave danced their first dance to “Some Enchanted Evening” by Perry Como, inviting their guests to join them about half way through the song. Many then stuck around for “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers and then some more uptempo music from the Beatles and swing dances, “In The Mood” and “Jailhouse Rock.” The “Hokey Pokey” was also requested.
 
50th Wedding Anniversary (8-19-18) Madeleine Parish Portland
50th Wedding Anniversary (8-19-18) Madeleine Parish Portland
 
Congratulations Mary and Dave and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did with the music.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  Rich Ellis provided a marvelous service.  We had a slide show of our lives together and Rich coordinated song selections that were beautifully suited to the mood of the slides.  I was so delighted!” -Mary Krug – Portland, OR

  • Event Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Event Type: 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
  • Event Location: Madeleine Parish Hall, Portland, Oregon
  • 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

Summer Company Picnic Satisfaction Surveys

 
Post Event Feedback:
 
“Rich was the Best! It was a pleasure working with you and thank you for making our company picnic a success! I know we will be working with you again in the future.”
-Kathy Korb, DSV Road Transport – Portland, OR

  • Event Date: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Event Type: Company Picnic
  • Event Location: Blue Lake Park, Fairview, Oregon
  • 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

 
Post Event Feedback:
 
-Virginia Tromblee, EVRAZ – Portland, OR

  • Event Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Event Type: Company Picnic
  • Event Location: Oaks Park, Portland, Oregon
  • 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

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.
 

Hot Bat Mitzvah Party At World Trade Center

 
Ruthie’s memorable Bat Mitzvah party took place at the World Trade Center in Downtown Portland, Oregon on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
 
Even though this venue is covered, portions of the WTC are outside. This means air conditioning is not an option, so this was literally one hot party as the temperature outside soared into the 90’s. Ceiling fans and the sporadic giant fan helped a little, but no worries, the group of 200 guests would not be denied a great time.
 
As friends and family arrived, I played a variety of background music selections that included Ruthie’s favorites, Simon & Garfunkel and Maroon 5, as well as her father (Blondie, Fleetwood Mac) and mother’s (Broadway, Rent) favorites.
 
We had a short 20 minute window before dinner for some games and the ice was broken with the kids playing “How well do you know Ruthie?” and several wild rounds of “Coke & Pepsi.” Prizes provided by the family included Starbucks, iTunes and Movie gift cards.
 
After dinner and a toast, the party was off to the races with “The Hora” and chair raising. Most everyone joined in, but the smaller dance floor was no match for this many people, so the spillover stretched around much of the Sky Bridge Terrace.
 
Bat Mitzvah Party World Trade Center (7-14-18)
Bat Mitzvah Party World Trade Center (7-14-18)
Bat Mitzvah Party World Trade Center (7-14-18)
Bat Mitzvah Party World Trade Center (7-14-18)
Bat Mitzvah Party World Trade Center (7-14-18)
 
With the glass ceiling, daylight would dominate, but that didn’t dampen the energy and the dance floor was hoppin’ all evening to hot hits such as “Happy” and “I Gotta Feeling,” plus family requests for classics “We Are Family,” “Dancing Queen,” YMCA and more.
 
Bat Mitzvah Party World Trade Center (7-14-18)
 
With four gift cards left from the games earlier, we did a swing dance contest and I have to say that collectively, it was some of the best swing dancing I have seen. Our secret judge (Ruthie) picked the winners, but it seemed everyone had fun showing their moves.
 
Bat Mitzvah Party World Trade Center (7-14-18)
 
Mazel Tov Ruthie and thank you mom Jen and dad Ken for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“We’ve been to many Pro DJ events and many with Rich. We couldn’t wait to have him at our event. He’s so easy to work with and such a gentle soul.  He know kids, knows how to read a room and knows how to make a party rock!!! Thank you for a most fabulous evening!!”
-Jennifer and Ken Zeidman (Ruthie’s Bat Mitzvah)

  • Event Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Event Type: Bat Mitzvah
  • Event Location: World Trade Center, 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

Portland Cityscape Lights Up Company Party

 
It was a perfect summer day for employees of a Portland area excavation company to gather with their spouses for a company party held on the rooftop of the Eastside Exchange Building in Southeast Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2018.
 
Guests began arriving at 5pm. I played a variety of background music from artists such as Adele, Bruno Mars and Queen, as well as some country music favorites. The cocktail hour went until 6pm and then everyone went down to the second floor Cascade Ballroom for dinner. The venue sent up an audio connection to the rooftop where I was setup, so I could continue providing background music through the ballroom house system.
 
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
 
Most guests returned to the rootop around 7:30 and then about an hour later the dance floor was officially opened. We had a few takers early who gathered in the small space in front of me, dancing to a request for Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” but by the next song, the entire rooftop deck was filled with folks getting down to Outkast, Michael Jackson, Bee Gees and more.
 
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
 
The setting sun provided stunning views of the Downtown Portland cityscape as the party rolled on with Usher’s “Yeah,” “Sexyback” from Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and other fun songs to move too… the night wrapped at 10pm with “Kiss” from Prince.
 
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
Company Party Eastside Exchange Portland Oregon (7-7-18)
 

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