Meet DJ Jae Ritchie | The Party Starter

We are excited to introduce you to DJ Jae Ritchie, 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

Meet DJ Josh Woeckener | Emerald Coast Wedding DJ

Not your typical Emerald Coast Wedding DJ

Josh Woeckener’s path to being a DJ/MC for B-Boy Productions, Inc. was not your typical employment route. We met Josh as a client of B-Boy when he and his wife, Rhoda, got married a few years ago. DJ Irving G was their DJ/MC and in his post event report, he left a little note at the end that said, “Josh would be a great potential DJ/MC for our team.” For most companies, the best hires are typically those that are referred in from current employees. That certainly has been the case for us. We quickly followed up with him and within a few conversations, we had him in for training. One of the many advantages to having Josh as your Emerald Coast Wedding DJ or MC is that he’s been in the client shoes, specifically as a B-Boy Productions client. He easily relates to what they’re going through and in many cases can anticipate exactly what questions/issues clients will want answered, addressed, etc. This puts our clients at ease right away. Josh was in the Air Force for a few years and with that brings extreme attention to detail and fantastic follow-up skills.

Being from the local area and doubling as a sales associate for B-Boy, Josh is very familiar with just about every venue in the area. He networks throughout the week and can speak very confidently about the vendors we work with. So whether it’s something we can offer or not, Josh will be sure to guide you down the right path.

Over the last few years, he’s been working many events outside of weddings and corporates for us by doing some nightlife events as well as playing for fitness/gym workout sessions weekly. As it pertains to weddings, this make a huge difference. Becoming a well-rounded DJ and MC in all event types allows him to bridge the gap with just about any client he works with. The vast amount of sweat equity he put into his craft led to his recent promotion as an Associate level DJ earlier this year. The value of experience can’t be understated.

We hope you’ll strongly consider Josh as your wedding DJ/MC. He’ll not only approach your event as if you’re his only client but he’ll rock the party as well.

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

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

A Spring Rosemary Beach Wedding Venue: Town Hall

Although technically still Winter, we’re going to consider this past weekend a Spring Rosemary Beach wedding. The weather was absolutely perfect and no sign of humidity (stay in hibernation, my friend). Amey and Alexndra gathered 100 or so of their closest family and friends to celebrate with them. Being one of the premier locations for weddings, it’s no surprise that this is a popular wedding venue along 30A. The Town Hall has much to offer. This gorgeous venue is the only spot you’ll need for ceremony and reception, with vendors that move like clockwork transforming the hall from ceremony to reception in under an hour while guests enjoy cocktails on the lawn.

Uplighting Rosemary Beach Wedding

Venue: The Town Hall, Rosemary Beach FL
Coordination: Madison Smiedendorf, Shelby Peaden Events
Hair & Make-Up: Katie Russo Beauty
Rentals: The Big Day Rentals
Florals/Design: Myrtie Blue
Officiant: Officiant Doug
Ceremony Sound Technician and Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Shawn Frady, B-Boy Productions
Decor Lighting: B-Boy Rentals & Event Design
Photography: Lauren Kinsey Photography
Catering: Paradise Cuisine Catering
Cake: Bake My Day

DJ Shawn Frady

DJ Shawn Frady had this group dancing non-stop. Songs of the night were “Formation” by Beyonce and “Antidote” by Travis Scott. Yup, lots of current hip hop and dance tracks on the playlist for this couple!

Reception Formality Music

      • Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “Cake” by FloRida & 99 Percent
      • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
      • First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
      • Cake Cut: “Formation (edited version)” by Beyonce
      • Garter Toss: “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
      • Last Dance: “Love On The Brain” (edited version) by Rihanna

Rosemary Beach Town Hall Wedding

Meet DJ Charles Egstad | Rising DJ Talent

Meet DJ Charles Egstad. This DJ has the potential to do some great things in this industry. One of the challenges for DJs (especially young DJs) is that they tend to get bored very easily with playing the hits. As DJs, we entertain at private parties just about every weekend in season. What we sometimes forget is that the crowd doesn’t go to these types of private events with the same frequency as we do. Think back to how many wedding or corporate events you’ve gone to in the last year as a guest. 1 maybe 2? Our DJs are doing between 60-80 private events a year per person. So the temptation for a DJ is to play a ton of remixes, B side tracks or try and force feed our guests the latest breaking music to mix it up and stay fresh. The problem is that the crowd generally just wants to hear the hits! It’s a delicate balance as there is a time and place for pushing new tracks or remixes of the hits (and to be fair, some actually work better than the original). The trick is figuring out when/where to infuse the events with them. One of the things that has impressed our management team about DJ Charles Egstad is his discipline in this regard. His programming has really gone to another level and his is reading the crowd as well as most seasoned veterans. At this point, he can rock just about any party with his skill set. Now he’s adding the “icing” to his skill set to put him on another level.

We use Charles for just about every event type and he’s paid his dues. He started assisting us as a technician in 2012 and has risen through the ranks and just this year was promoted to an Associate Level DJ. He can rock young crowds and older ones alike. He’s been our “go to” DJ for high school dances for the last few years, he become our weekly resident nightlife DJ at McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin last year for the area’s largest ladies night and over the last 2 years or so, almost all of our young wedding couples are asking for Charles by name for their event. He’s been our most consistent DJ in terms of putting out live mixes for the public to hear and this year we hope to get him into the rotation of DJ’ing our Fashion Show events.

Bottom-line, if you want a DJ with style, the look, and mixing skills to match, Charles is your guy. He’ll have you and your crowd dancing all night.

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

Based in Destin, we book Charles there as well as in Miramar Beach and Sandestin for most of his events. We also send him out to Fort Walton Beach and 30A for events in WaterColor, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Carrilon Beach, and Panama City Beach. To book him for your event, contact us today.

Meet DJ Irving Gil | 30A Bilingual DJ

If you’re having a private event in the panhandle of Florida, finding a 30A bilingual DJ is not easy. With Irving Gil on our team, we have you covered. But don’t let that fool you, being bilingual is not his only asset. Irving is one of the most hardworking and caring individuals you will meet (seems to be a common theme with our staff). Authenticity is the word we think of when we talk about Irving. He’s the real deal. What you see is what you get. He constantly tells our clients who have chosen him as their DJ that he will do everything in his power to make sure their event stand out and be the best it can be. If the event calls for standard announcements and great dance music, he can do that. If you want him to interact with the crowd and lead the latest line dances and make all of your guests feel comfortable, he’ll do that too.

Over the years, he’s found his most successful parties to be ones where he’s paired with clients that are looking for some type of interaction – not necessarily cheesy DJ stuff but just being warm, inviting and pulling out all the stops to make sure every guest (from 3 years to 95 years of age) walk away saying, “That was one of the best parties I’ve ever been to!” Being a father of three kids, if your event has kids in attendance and you want them to feel involved, Irving can make it happen. We have many repeat family friendly clients who ask for Irving specifically year after year due to this very fact.

Being from the Dominican Republic, we lean on Irving to keep our Latin music library up to date. As far as MC’ing goes, he’s done entire events in Spanish, gone back and forth throughout the night, switching between English and Spanish or kept all in English. He will work with you to make sure we get it just right!

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

Based out Crestview, we book Irving there as well as all over the panhandle of Florida. His event schedule has limited availability so to book him for your event, contact us today.

Meet DJ Josh Bausch | The DJ With The Golden Voice

DJ Josh Bausch: One Of The Good Guys

Fortunately for us, both DJ Josh Bausch and B-Boy Productions’ worlds collided and the match couldn’t have been better. The opportunity to find someone who not only has the ideal DNA of your company but also the skills to compliment it is a rarity, especially in the Wedding DJ industry. Let’s put aside his DJ skills for a moment. Josh is just a fantastic person. If you are lucky enough to have him as your DJ/MC, you’ve won the lottery. Josh has an innate caring nature that is evident from miles away. He doesn’t do things to stroke his own ego. There is no side agenda. Josh understands the gravity of the events he’s a part of and he approaches them as such. Nobody is more engaged and selfless in their preparation for each single event than Josh. Not only does that set up each event for success but it speaks volumes about his character in general.

As you will instantly tell when you watch and listen to his video bio,  DJ Josh Bausch has the golden voice that every DJ/MC would die to have. It is just God-given. That was an added bonus for us when Josh interviewed with our company. Usually, we don’t hire DJs or MCs with previous experience as we like to train from the ground up. Even if DJs have had years of experience, we still put them through our training program. Josh was willing to go through it with us and our company couldn’t have been better served to add such a great individual to our team. If we could clone Josh, we’d definitely consider it.

In the 3rd installment of our “Meet Your DJ” series, we hope you enjoy getting to know Josh’s humble DJ beginnings and learning a few unique facts about him.

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

Being a Fort Walton Beach local, we book DJ Josh Bausch there as well as in Destin and Sandestin for most of his events. In 2017, we are aggressively booking him at new venues in Navarre, Pensacola Beach to the West and WaterColor, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Carrilon Beach, and Panama City Beach to the East. To book Josh for your event, contact us today.

Palate & Palette | #BBOYGIVESBACK

Our #bboygivesback has kicked off with a flurry in 2017 and shows no signs of slowing down. We had an opportunity to once again work with Shelter House – this time for their Palate and Palette Event which took place at the Tack Room at Arnett’s Gulfside Ranch in Santa Rosa Beach. It included a five course dinner along with a live painting during the event. The musical soundtrack for the evening was live mixed by our own DJ Charles.

Palate & Palette Shelter House

The featured chefs were Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30A, Tim Creehan of Cuvee 30A and Destin Ice Market 30A, John Engle of The Gulf Okaloosa Island, Jack McGuckin of Bijoux and Dan Pettis of Fuel Restaurant and One20: A Modern Bistro. Each of them contributed one course to the meal. Krutz Family Cellars of Sonoma County, California paired each course with wines.

The featured artist, Jon Moody, is based out of New Orleans and his work has been seen on the hit television show “Empire” as well as recognized by the White House. He created a piece of art during the dinner which then was auctioned off following the dinner by Chris Camp of Luxury Estates Auction Company. The winning bid was for $4,500. This inaugural signature event brought in just short of $18,000.

Musically, DJ Charles stuck with an urban chic city vibe. The playlist included songs like “Cherry Wine” by Nas & Amy Winehouse and selections from a few different albums: “Bright Moments” from Flamingosis and “Chasing The Golden Hour” from GRiZ. DJ Charles commented, “This wasn’t a dancing event but the music was crucial to its success. I went with a very groovy cocktail music style to start and would switch things up from course to course to keep the vibe fun, upbeat, and people wondering what was coming next.”

DJ Charles Shelter House

Jon Moody Palate and Palette

Meet DJ Dan Davis | One Of Emerald Coast’s Finest

Continuing in our series of “Meet Your DJ” posts, Meet DJ Dan Davis. He is one of our most senior DJs on our Florida Division staff, having been with B-Boy Productions since 2013. When he first started training with us, it was apparent that he had an aptitude for the music and technical part of DJ’ing. It was his natural, laid back demeanor that had us wondering what his stage presence would be like. Turns out all we needed to do was give him a microphone. Dan is a natural entertainer! Very little coaching was needed as he is acutely aware of what is happening at an event and what is needed to take any event to the next level. His quick wit and ability to read a crowd is such an asset for our clients who want every guest to feel included in the celebration at hand.

Dan has led our team in events worked over the last two years by a wide margin. He’s always the first to raise his hand to be a part of any event where a DJ/MC is needed. This past year Dan helped us build up our local nightlife business with weekly residences at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, FL and at AJs Seafood & Oyster Bar in Destin, FL which was voted #36 on Nightclub & Bar Magazine’s Top 100 in their most recent list.

In 2017, Dan will continue to play weekly at the Red Bar but he has a renewed desire to focus on our private events. His reviews speak for themselves. If you want a DJ/MC who will put his heart and soul into your event, you can’t go wrong with DJ Dan Davis. Even if it falls outside the realm of what he has been hired to do (he’s been known to help caterers with setting up the food area, wedding planners in wiping down chairs, and holding lighting stands for photographers), Dan is there for you. To read more about Dan and see his reviews, click here.

Dan is booked primarily on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Carrilon Beach, Panama City Beach and Destin for the majority of wedding events. To book him today for your event, contact us today.

Giving Back Initiative | Fun at Shelter House’s Brunch and Bowl

As part of B-Boy Productions’ #bboygivesback initiative, we are partnering with Shelter House, a domestic and sexual violence center, for many events in 2017. Our first Giving Back Initiative event of the year with them was their inaugural “Brunch and Bowl” event held this past January. This particular event raised more than $6,000. DJ Shawn Frady spun music for this event as those who attended enjoyed a fabulous brunch, unlimited bowling, a silent auction and of course, amazing music! It was held at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill located at the Destin Commons in Destin, FL.

The bowling was a fun-filled competition featuring some of law enforcement’s finest from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the OCSO Sheriff’s office as well as Century 21 Blue Marlin, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Paul Hughes Family Foundation, Wine and Wenches, Vieno Investments Agency (VI-A), Wesley McGrail & Wesley and RLI.

DJ for the event and General Manager of B-Boy Florida’s Division, Shawn Frady, commented, “A hearty brunch, bowling, music and raising money for a fantastic non-profit organization. I’d say that’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning.”

Giving Back Initiative

Brunch and Bowl Shelter House

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