Bboy Gives Back for Autism ECAC Golf Tourney | #bboygivesback

 

Did you know that April is National Autism Awareness month? We felt like this was a perfect time to call attention to one of our #bboygivesback non-profit partners, Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC). The staff at ECAC have a big job on their hands. Studies indicate that 1 in 68 children in the United States can be diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder. These children will face innumerable challenges in life that many of us will never fully understand. But the good people at ECAC have put themselves on the frontline to face these challenges right alongside the youngsters they affect. It takes guts. It takes resolve. It takes a big heart. And it takes having a lot of support.

Bboy Gives Back for Autism and honored to do so…

That’s why B-Boy Productions was honored to play a role in the 5th Annual “Hole in ONE” Golf Tournament. The “ONE” in the event’s title is inspired by the “1 in 68” statistic, as a reminder of what — or rather, who — this charity fundraiser is aiming to help. Held at the prestigious Blackstone Golf Course in DeFuniak Springs, FL, the tournament raised funds for ECAC’s Capital Campaign, funding their newly-built facility on the Northwest Florida State College campus in Niceville, FL. This new state-of-the-art therapy center provides ECAC the opportunity to accommodate more students, and to offer them each a better, more effective therapy experience, while also ensuring a more substantial future for the center itself.

Golfers from all over the area, both seasoned and — not so seasoned, came out to support the cause. B-Boy Productions was there, with DJ Josh B. providing audio support and MC duties for the “shot gun start” opening ceremony and announcements. Hours later, as players returned from their rounds to the clubhouse, DJ Josh was there to provide music for the after party. He bolstered the tournament’s award presentations with a soundtrack of victory tunes, and kept a lively mix going throughout the many raffle giveaways.

DJ Josh B #bboygivesback

We also brought some of our B-Boy team to participate as golfers in the tournament. It was obvious by the end of the day that none of our team will be pursuing a golf career.  Our sweet spot is behind the decks and rocking parties. That said, it was a great time for some of our DJs to hang outside of the office and get to know some of the ECAC staff, partners and donors.

ECAC Golf Tourney #bboygivesback

B-Boy Staff (pictured from left): Kody Toman, Josh Woeckener, Daniel Davis, Shawn Frady

 

B-Boy Productions says thank you to Emerald Coast Autism Center for the work that they do, and for the opportunity to do what we do in support of their fight against the challenges of autism.

Band vs DJ – Everything you need to know to find the right music for your wedding

 We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, wandering by lone sea-breakers, and sitting by desolate streams;—World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems. Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Choosing a Band or DJ…So, how do you find the right music for your wedding?

The question as to whether to hire a band vs DJ for a wedding reception isn’t a new one. Let’s be honest – the band was and still is king of wedding entertainment as far as most couple’s perceptions go.  The DJ has been playing catch-up since making a significant presence in the wedding industry during the 1980s and the gap is definitely closing. Though our company’s bread and butter is our DJ service, we have two bands on our roster that we book out regularly.

find the right music for your wedding

There are a few different factors that you should consider when deciding on your type of wedding entertainment:

BUDGET: Most wedding bands will be composed of at least 4 pieces but will more likely be a minimum of 6-7 pieces. Based on the sheer amount of people in the band, plus rider requirements, there is often a wide margin between the cost of a live band versus a DJ/MC for your wedding. Depending on the amount of production (including a lighting tech, separate MC, etc.) and the talent level/name recognition, a DJ could get close to the band rate but often this is not the case.

THE LIVE ELEMENT: There is something to be said about the “live” element of a band. The music can feel more alive and the great bands have vocalists that are fantastic at interacting with the crowd. That is a huge positive for a band. One drawback, however, is that bands typically will take breaks throughout their events utilizing an iPad or house music to fill the time they’re gone. DJs don’t require breaks and live-mixing tracks can give guests the feeling that the entertainment never stops. Couple this with great crowd interaction from a talented DJ/MC and you can have an entertainer that feels every bit as present.

SPACE: Depending on the size of both the band and the venue, this should not be overlooked. Bands aren’t just the talent and their instruments.  There is significant more “backline” (amps, monitors, staging, etc.).  If you have a big ballroom with a modest crowd size, this is no doubt a positive as it’ll fill the space and make it feel like a packed house. However if your venue has limited space. the live band may take up too large of a footprint. Conversely, a DJ has lower space requirements, only needing enough room for speakers, lighting and their DJ equipment.

MUSIC LIBRARY: For some, this is a deal breaker.  A band will provide the couple with a playlist of what they can play at their wedding. This is fantastic if you like everything on their list.  Another advantage is that you know the boundaries of exactly what they will/won’t play. The negative is having guests ask for songs not on their list or if you want a specific song for your formality dance(s) and need the band to learn some material.  Not all bands are willing to learn new music and those that do, may charge for it (understandable, as it may be a song they will only ever play for your event).  A DJ, on the other hand, should have more music on hand than can possibly be played at your event. This advantage has your wedding DJ ready for any request that may come their way or if they sense a shift in where to take the crowd and need to make adjustments during the reception.

MC VALUE: Not always talked about, the MC component is critical. The great bands have a lead vocalist trained in wedding protocol to make the traditional announcements.  The same could be said for DJs.  The great DJs should have gone through an MC course to know how to segue through formalities and lead the evening. Our entire staff goes through an 18 week MC course before ever stepping in front of a wedding crowd. It’s that important to us. As an entertainment expert, let me say this: The MC component will make or break the entertainment portion of your event. Worst case scenario, the DJ or band loses power, are they trained to deal with being able to keep the party going somehow? One wise person I know said, “You should entertain as if the whole crowd is blind and can’t see what’s happening on the dance floor.  If you’re leading them with your voice and not just the music, they’ll know how good the party is.”  There’s a lot of truth in that. The best way to check the skill set is to ask for video. Here’s a simple video from a go-pro of one of our DJs and within 2 minutes you can tell this MC is extremely proficient.

Band or DJ: Why not BOTH?!

Here’s an idea: why not combine the two and get the best of both worlds?  In this scenario, the band generally takes the lead (at least in the beginning of the night). Here’s a few ideas of how this could work:

BAND PLUS MC ONLY: As stated above, the great DJs should be polished MCs.  If nothing else, hire someone for this element along with the band.  They will take off the pressure from a band where this may not be their strong suit.  The MC can handle the grand entrance, formality dance(s), and other necessary announcing as needed in an articulate, professional manner. With no DJ gear necessary, this could potentially warrant a discounted rate as well.

BAND PLUS DJ/MC: The advantage to this is not only can you address the MC concern mentioned above, but now you have the DJ to fill in the gaps musically when the band goes on breaks or they need to play songs that the band doesn’t know. The shift back and forth in energy from band to DJ can be a good thing with excellent entertainers that know know how to work off one another. NOTE: It’s critical for the DJ to get the band song list ahead of time and not step on toes and play music that the band is planning on playing. DJs have more flexibility music-wise and should adjust around the band’s song list.

BAND PLUS AFTER PARTY DJ: For those that don’t want the party to stop and are looking to add a twist to the entertainment, this is a great option. As soon as the band is done, the guests walk to a different room or venue and a DJ is there ready to rock the hardcore party crowd.  Add in some late night snacks and beverages and it has the potential to be what everyone is talking about the next day.

 

Every couple is unique and your wedding entertainment should fit what you’re looking for. We offer both Bands and DJs for that very reason. Need more ideas? Contact us and we’ll be glad to talk through what your vision is for your wedding day and guide you as best we can.

Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue, WaterVue At Brooks Street | Keith & Jennifer

Wedding season is upon us again, and 2017 started off with a BANG for me (DJ Dan Davis) at WaterVue At Brooks St. for Keith & Jennifer Bivins’ wedding. Watervue is such a great Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue. The weather was absolutely perfect. We had met the bride and groom at a wedding showcase of ours over a year ago at this very location. This venue is one of our favorites in the Fort Walton Beach area and I got a chance to work with an amazing group of vendors (some for the very first time).

Watervue At Brooks Street Wedding

 

Venue: WaterVue at Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Coordination: Jeanie Scott, Swiss Luxeries
Florals/Design: The Bloomgirl Destin
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Dan Davis, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Alexandria White Photography
Caterer: Culinary Catering 365

I had a career first happen at Jennifer and Keith’s wedding. Keith’s mother, unfortunately, had passed away recently so instead of a traditional Mother and Son formality dance, Keith and his step-daughter, Lydia, shared a dance together to…. “Everything is AWESOME!” from The Lego Movie!” Their crowd had great energy, and it wasn’t long before we were dancing the night away!”

Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue

 

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
    • First Dance: “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable,” by Nat & Natalie King Cole
    • Step-Father/Step-Daughter: “Everything is Awesome” by Teagan & Sara and The Lonely Island
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Bouquet Toss: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Garter Removal: “You Can Leave Your Hat on” by Joe Cocker
    • Garter Toss: “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO

Fort Walton Beach Wedding

Spring Wedding At The Henderson Wedding Venue In Destin

The Radigan-Noonan Spring wedding At The Henderson in Destin, FL was an affair to remember. This is the hottest new property in the area and definitely the hottest new Wedding Venue in Destin. There was a bit of cloud cover lingering above the horizon before the prelude and I (Josh, the DJ/MC) mentioned to Mike, the groom, that the sunset pictures were going to be amazing. I was not wrong!

Wedding Venue In Destin

Venue: The Henderson, Destin, FL
Coordination: Sherri Kuhn, Destin To Wed
Florals/Design: Bella Flora 30A
Officiant: Barry Carpenter, B-Boy Productions
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Josh Woeckener, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Michael K Photography
Cake: Bake My Day
Photo Booth: B-Boy Photo Booths

The ceremony was a classical/classy moment with the Wedding Party walking into “Canon in D”, the bride came down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train and the recessional was “The Arrival of Queen Sheba” by Handel. Transitioning to the Terrace for cocktail hour, the guests were serenaded by a large array of selections from artists including The Goo Goo Dolls, Frank Sinatra, Adele, and The Police.

Reception Formality Music

      • Grand Entrance: “I Gotta Feelin” by Black Eyed Peas
      • First Dance: “All Of Me” by John Legend
      • Cake Cut: “Sugar” by Maroon 5
      • Last Dance: “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder

With very few formalities, it was a night full of dancing. My favorite musical transition of the night was “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran into “Faith” By George Michael. “Faith” was one of their ‘must plays’ and it was cool to be able to blend the older with the new and the tempos and keys seemed to go together perfectly. It was a GREAT dancing crowd. As guests enjoyed dancing, they also took full advantage of the photo booth. What a way to set the tone for the first wedding of the Spring season at The Henderson.

B-Boy Photo Booths

How Long Should Your Reception last and What You Can do Without

With wedding season here, we thought we’d address 2 topics that have been huge conversation pieces with our brides and grooms during our sales consultations and creative planning meetings. The first is “How Long Should Your Reception last”. This is based on two things: your attendance count and the meal type (buffet or plated). With large guest counts, this typically means large families and wedding parties. Photos can take a bit longer, there are more toasts, and dinner will take longer regardless of meal type. The ideal wedding reception ends with a packed dance floor and the bride/groom having to decide whether or not to go a little longer. Some guidelines would be for 50-150 people, a 3-4 hour time frame is generally perfect. For every 50-100 people over, add an hour. So if you had between 200-250, you’re looking at a 4-5 hour time frame. If you have a plated dinner as opposed to a buffet, add 30 minutes for each additional course to the times listed above. The extra 30 minutes accounts for taking orders and the extra course delivery/clean-up. Anything less than a 3 hour event for 50+ attendees would feel rushed so give yourself at least that amount of time.

How Long Should Your Reception last

We also get couples asking us what they can take out of the formalities to have more time for dancing because they have a real party crowd. Let this be your rule of thumb: there are no rules. In this day and age, you can do whatever you want so don’t feel restricted by tradition or what everyone else is doing. That said, here’s a few suggestions:

*Grand Entrance: Just introduce the couple of honor. This can shave anywhere between 5-10 minutes from the beginning of the reception.

*Formality Dances: Combine 2 or all 3. Obviously, you want each person to feel special and get those important photos. We’ve had a dance start with just the bride/groom and then we ask the parents to join them about half way through. Going this route, you take 9 minutes worth of dances and get it down to 2-3 minutes. If you want to have the first dance with just your spouse, another way is to combine just the parents dances. Start with the father/daughter and then ask the groom and his mom to join halfway in.

*Move Toasts To The Rehearsal Dinner: Generally most rehearsal dinners don’t have time limits and everyone can be given a platform to speak. Toasts these days can go anywhere from 10-20 minutes so this is a great way to recoup some time.

*No Cake Cut: This has really started to trend with going away altogether in lieu of tiered cupcakes or donuts or a dessert station and just having the DJ/MC announce when it’s open. This is a 5-10 minute formality time saver.

*No Tosses: Another trend starting to develop is no garter removal/toss. We’re seeing this less and less. If you remove the bouquet toss as well, you’re looking at a pick-up of at least 10-15 minutes. If you want to give away the bouquet, think about having the DJ/MC honor the longest married couple and give it to them. It’s a cool moment that can be created during dinner with no time taken away from dancing.

If you incorporate these tips, you’re looking at giving you and your guests anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour of extra dance time. Want more ideas? Don’t hesitate in contacting us. We’d be glad to help.

We’re School Dance DJs Too | Meigs Middle School Dance With DJ Charles

While wedding season is in full gear, we’re also on the cusp of School Dance season. We don’t write about it often enough, but we are definitely school dance DJs as well as wedding DJs. Prom season starts in a bit and DJ Charles is the best DJ on the Emerald Coast when it comes to school dances. He knows exactly how to rock the crowd but still keep everything kosher for the faculty and dance chaperones.

school dance DJs

This past week, we sent Charles and 2 party motivators to Meigs Middle School in Shalimar, FL for a dance that helps to raise funds for the 8th grade appreciation day at the end of the year. The dance was held in the school’s cafeteria. There were about 100 students in attendance and the event was hype from the first song.

We had two of our party motivators/ MCs in training work with Charles. They were out there leading line dances and dancing with the kids all night long. For these kind of dances, this helps take the event to another level. The song of the night was “iSpy” by Kyle feat. Lil Yacty.

We got an amazing review within about 30 minutes of the dance ending by the one of the school dance advisors. Thanks again for having us Meigs and we look forward to working with you again soon.

Meigs Middle School Dance DJ

Intimate: NYC Wedding Entertainment at The Little Beet Table

Djing and providing NYC Wedding Entertainment always makes for some fun experiences. You see, New York City is known for its over the top weddings and we have definitely entertained our fair share of them. However, every now and then, we get an amazing couple who wants to go for a very intimate wedding experience. That was certainly the case for Adam and Courtney, one of our clients who had their wedding earlier this month. One of our favorite things about the City is the fact there is no shortage of venue spaces that have their own charm and and feel. They selected “The Little Beet Table” in the Flatiron District. They rented out the entire space and it worked perfectly for the 100 or so guests they had in attendance. With a fantastic vendor team, we were able to put together a very memorable experience for our couple of honor.

The Little Beet Table Wedding

Venue: The Little Beet Table, New York, NY
Coordination: Jacqueline Vazquez, Lifetime Events by Jacqueline
Hair And Make-Up: Glam Squad
Florals/Design: Fleurs Du Mois
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Bobbi Photo
Cake: Billy’s Bakery

Adam and Courtney had an eclectic list of cocktail hour and dinner songs which I sure did appreciate. It spanned the spectrum – pop to indie to R&B to eletronica to some oldies. However, once the dancing started, the genre of choice was definitely 90s Hip Hop and R&B. That is a favorite era of mine so I was up for the challenge to throw down. The dance floor stayed pack the entire night. Such a great time!

 NYC Wedding Entertainment

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance: “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins
    • First Dance: “The Promise” by Sturgill Simpson
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young
    • Mother/Son Dance: “Love Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Last Dance: “Little Person” by Jon Brion

UPDATED: B-Boy Productions Winter Hot Spotify Playlist

Winter 2017 Hot Spotify Playlist: Part 2

Our DJs have added some fresh new songs to our Winter 2017 Spotify playlist that we initially posted at the beginning of the year. You are going to love these tracks! Such an eclectic selection – from Top 40 to Dance to Indie Rock to Hip Hop to a throwback or two. Now, keep in mind, these aren’t necessarily songs we’re playing out at events (though a few are); this just gives you an insight into what all of our DJs are listening to at the moment. Seriously, if you haven’t subscribed to our Spotify Channel, you need to get on it ASAP. This will keep you “in the know” of music you may not be aware of. Happy listening!

Hot Spotify Playlist

DJ Brian B
On My Way (EDX’s Miami Sunset Remix) – Tiësto feat. Bright Sparks
I Got You (The White Panda Remix) – Bebe Rexha
Feel Good – Gryffin & Illenium feat. Daya
How Will I Know (Sony Vice Remix) – Nicole Fasano feat. Anni

DJ Charles Egstad
Friends – Francis And The Lights feat. Bon Iver
Glowed Up – KAYTRANDA feat. Anderson .Paak
Shut Up And Groove – Masengo & Medasin

DJ Dan Davis
Cloud 9 – Jamiroquai
Do You Remember – Jarryd James
Hood Go Crazy – Tech N9ne feat. 2 Chainz & B.O.B.

DJ Irving G
Zaddy – Ty Dolla $ign
Everyday – Ariana Grande feat. Future
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

DJ Jae Richie
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Wicked – Future
Shining – DJ Khaled, Beyoncé, Jay-Z
Party – Chris Brown feat. Usher & Gucci Mane

DJ Josh B
What You Do to My Soul – Air Traffic Controller
Death Of A Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
Save My Soul – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

DJ Josh Woeckener
Blessings – Lecrae feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Sidewalks – The Weeknd feat. Kendrick Lamar
I Think She Like Me – Rick Ross feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Shivers N Gold – StéLouse feat. Mascolo

DJ Shawn Frady
Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
Smoke – Mosa Wild
Tearing Me Up – Bob Moses

Meet DJ Jae Richie | The Party Starter

We are excited to introduce you to DJ Jae Richie, one of our Jr. Associate DJs. Jae is what we call a triple threat entertainer – he can sing, dance and mix! This guy can really do it all. Our staff loves being paired with Jae as the MC because he’s one of our most interactive DJs on staff. He’ll get out there and dance with the crowd and really take the party to another level without it coming across cheesy. MC’ing and crowd hype is really second nature to him.

Jae brought with him to B-Boy a plethora of event experience – he was in a traveling theatre group, danced professionally, and has been recently hosting karaoke at a local restaurant during the week. Having been trained in our system, he sees the value of structure and with our emphasis on this, he’s been able to thrive within that environment. One of the things about Jae is that he is very calm under pressure. He doesn’t seem to get rattled easily. There could be rain or a maybe a delay with pictures and Jae has the ultimate poker face. He’ll be sure to keep guests entertainment and none are the wiser.

If you want the ultimate party starter, Jae definitely fits the bill.

To read more about Jae and see his reviews, click here.

Based in the Fort Walton Beach area, Jae is booked there as well as all over the Emerald Coast for his events. To book him for your event, contact us today.

UWF Dance Marathon | #bboygivesback

Sometimes we come across non-profits that just seem to fall in our laps as perfect fits for our #bboygivesback initiative. The UWF Dance Marathon is one of them. Of course, it helps that one of our DJs attends UWF (University of West Florida).

Dance Marathon DJ

Never heard of a Dance Marathon? Colleges across the country have been doing these for years. It is a yearlong philanthropy effort that raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. The UWF Dance Marathon, in particular, raises funds through that organization for a local hospital, the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola. DJ Josh Weck saw a great opportunity for us to do what we do – throw down fantastic music with polished MC’ing. This effort is in its second year at UWF. The first year UWF used a spotify playlist for the entertainment. With a live DJ/MC, this would be a completely different experience for them (in a good way). Josh was up to the 8 hour DJ’ing challenge for the signature event. Students danced from 10:00AM until 8:00PM. Not all danced the entire 8 hours (most came in waves through the 8 hours), but a few did. To keep it from getting stagnant, certain hours were themed by genre or style.

UWF Dance Marathon

UWF Dance Marathon DJ

The results? Last year they raised $11,000 and this year they raised over $43,000! Boom!

UWF Dance Marathon

Interested in being a part of the Dance Marathon? Anyone can get involved – whether it is donating, being on the Executive board, or being a dancer. Follow them on Instagram to learn more. Also, if you are interested in volunteering with the local hospital they do accept volunteers there as well.

Here’s what 2 administrators had to say about our involvement on our 3rd party review site.

UWF DJ Josh Weck

UWF DJ Review

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