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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

DJ Brian B Partners With The Birthday Party Project

I heard about The Birthday Party Project and I knew they would be a major player in our #bboygivesback initiative. As the owner/operator of B-Boy Productions, it was important that I lead the charge of our #bboygivesback initiative. For years, I had looked for a non-profit partner that was a perfect fit for B-Boy. In the interim, we did plenty of non-profit events and were glad to be a part of them (still are). However, last year, we found one of those perfect fits. I heard about The Birthday Party Project and I knew they would be a major player in our #bboygivesback initiative. It’s a party themed organization! I mean, could it be any more in our wheelhouse as an entertainment company?

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I believe the statistic was 80% of kids in a homeless family shelter never celebrate a birthday. When I heard that, my heart broke for those children. Not one birthday party? We can’t have that. I immediately made a call to see how we could get involved. Late last year I volunteered to be a part of what was already in place before making suggestions on what else could be done with my event niche. The party was all I thought it would be and more.

So what is the The Birthday Party Project (TBPP) and how does it work? Originating out of Dallas, this non-profit is 5 years old and growing rapidly. They are now in multiple major cities and adding more all the time. They partner with a few homeless family shelters in each city. Every month they work with some of the best in the event business world who donate their time and talents. The theme of the party changes each month. The one I went to last year was a carnival themed party. Papa John’s donates pizza for all the kids. Ceci New York handles the invitations and then many volunteers come and run the games and activities for 2 hours. If it is a child’s birthday that month, TBPP gets the inside scoop on what that child likes. From monetary donations received in, they provide a big gift or two to each child whose birthday falls in that month. Goody bags go out to all of the other kids in attendance so no one leaves empty-handed. Of course, there’s a birthday cake and cupcakes as well!

This month’s theme was “Dance Party”. Clearly, there was a need for a DJ. With 3 shelters in NYC, I was able to volunteer for 2 of the 3 dates and put my DJ skill set to use. It was an absolute blast. Glow in the dark necklaces and glow wands as well as cool shades, a photo booth station and fantastic music made the party! I hope to share my experience with other DJ colleagues of mine as well as other event professionals and add to the amazing work that TBPP is already doing.

The Birthday Party Project

To get an idea of what these parties are like, watch the video below. #joychangeslives #initiatejoy

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

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

Company Holiday Parties | Ideas for Throwing a Memorable Holiday Party

As we move into the holiday season,  we’re pumped up at B-Boy Productions!  Part of it is just because there is a genuine shift in the atmosphere.  People tend to get excited as we move into a time of family get-togethers and reflection on the past year.  New holiday music albums are released, Starbucks holiday drinks and….holiday parties are thrown!

Throwing a Memorable Holiday Party

We’ve seen a resurgence of company holiday parties over the last few years which is a good thing.  Why should these parties matter and why should companies do them?  Here’s our top 3 reasons:

*IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO EMPLOYEES…that you, as a company, care.  With the economy being erratic at times over the years, this gives employees a feeling that things are  OK in their company world.  It also shows that the company is willing to spend money, which could otherwise pad the company’s bottom line, to lift company morale.

*IT ALLOWS EMPLOYEES TO LET THEIR GUARD DOWN…and just be them.  It is t a great way to see how down to earth everyone is OUTSIDE the office.  This also has been known to create bonding moments among employees alike.  We hear these types of comments all the time in our holiday party debriefs with clients.

*IT’S HEALTHY TO CELEBRATE…how the year went.  If it was a good, it’s easy to do.  But even if it is a down year, there is still victory in what was learned through it.  Management can use it as an opportunity to encourage employees to look foward to the following year.  But most of all, it always good to celebrate your team.

With all that said, we don’t take these events lightly.  We try to create an atmosphere that adds to those things and make the event one to remember.  So what are some of our ideas to make these events stand out?  Glad you asked!

*PROGRAM THE NIGHT LIKE YOU WOULD A PRODUCTION!  This might seem silly at first but there’s a ton of truth in this.  You want the night to have ebb and flow, encouraging guests to stay throughout the entire event.  There is no “formula” or websites dedicated to holiday parties (like The Knot or Wedding which help wedding couples) so this is where we come in.  Just a few examples of ways we try to keep it flowing:
– Don’t do all your raffles in the beginning or at end of the night
– Come up with creative ways to entertain during dinner (we have a ton of these things in our arsenal)
– Holiday entertainment should be more than just Holiday music

*ADD A PHOTO BOOTH!  This is the perfect complement to your main entertainment.  You can utilize this as guests arrive, during dinner and/or while the dancing is going on.  The print-outs also make a great party favor for your guests to take home. Talk about letting loose and breaking down barriers; nothing does that quite like a photo booth.  In our case, we have two types of booth styles and we also give you all the photos on a jump drive to use as you wish (blackmail possibly? ha!).

*ADD KARAOKE!  This can definitely take your party to another level. It also can get people out of their shell pretty quickly.  We’ve done “battle of the departments”, “women vs men”, and various other types of karaoke party competitions.  You also may find some hidden talent within your company (and some amazing YouTube material to post).  If you’ve never had this at your party, you don’t know what you’re missing!

*THE RAFFLE MUSIC!  If you’re not careful, the raffles can suck all the energy out of the room (accomplishing the exact opposite of what you’d think would happen). Why?  Because there is no musical help here.  The average DJ just waits until this portion is over and then resumes with the holiday or dancing music.  In some cases, the raffle can take 15-20 minutes.  Talk about a buzz kill (pun intended).  We utilize “audio stingers” during each raffle pull and as winners make their way to the stages.  These are short 10-20 second pre-produced clips of songs (typically the hook) like Dancing Queen, Respect, Movin’ On Up, Jeopardy Theme, Sexy and I Know It,  Roar, etc. and we play off the vibe of prizes being raffled and those who win them.  We have about 100-200 of these ready to go and we can fire them at any time.

*WALKING MUSIC!  At most company holiday parties, the CEO or someone on the management team gives a few words either as a welcome or in the middle of the night.  This is a great opportunity to honor him or her with some “walking music” as they make their way to the stage.  Think about the Oscars.  There’s always walking music as speakers make their way to the stage.  The song choice can range from comical (Rocky Theme, Superman Theme, I’m Too Sexy, etc.) to serious (instrumental music).

*GAMES & SKITS!  I know what you’re thinking…these will be CHEESY!  Well, surprise, the ones we do are not.  These can run the gamut as we’re constantly adding new and fresh games and skits to the mix.  Everything from “Holiday Trivia” to “Celebrity Sightings” to “Build A Snowman” to “Name that Guitar Riff” – this is just a small snippet of what we can do.

At the end of the day, our goal is to have company employees be able to forget what’s happening in their world with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and just enjoy one another for the few hours we’re there.  If we do it right, we’ll have helped create moments that will be talked about for years to come.   Let us help you do that.  Contact us for availability.

 

 

 

DJ EVENTS: DJ Brian B at LIVE AQUA CANCUN for the Advisors Excel Corporate Party

I got an e-mail in February asking if we traveled out of the country to DJ Events. We surely do but once I heard that it was in Cancun, Mexico, the “yes” couldn’t get typed fast enough. The only challenge was I had prior engagements already scheduled for March 9-11th in Raleigh, NC. But with a little creative rebooking of flights, I made it work (as if I was going to let that stop me from going).

This event was a sales incentive trip for Advisors Excel, an insurance marketing organization, based out of Topeka, Kansas. They flew in 400 of their employees to Cancun to enjoy two days in the sun. With the brutal winter that most of the country has had to deal with, the 85 degree weather was surely a welcomed relief to them just as much as it was for me.

The event location was the Live Aqua Cancun, an all-inclusive resort, approximately 15 minutes from the airport. For international events, I try not to fly with gear if at all possible because unless you carry it on, there’s always a risk of it “disappearing”. I arrived a day early to make sure the gear I had on my rider was indeed there. After a quick check-in with the event staff, I was greeted to this view.

DJ EVENTS Cancun

After a very busy couple of months, the unplanned day off was amazing. I just enjoyed the sunshine as much as possible. The resort was incredible. Cabanas lined up not only the pool deck but also the beach. I was able to enjoy all of the amenities (including the Mexican food)courtesy of the client.

Live Aqua Cancun Cabanas

Live Aqua Cancun Mexican Food

The next day I spent most of the morning working on my set – it was to be a 45 minute dinner mix and a 2 hour dance set. They had a Mexican trio playing for the cocktail hour. I did sound check around 5PM as the event planners were putting the finishing touches on the décor.

Advisors Excel

I returned just before cocktail hour to feel out the vibe of the party and was asked by the event planners if I could play for cocktail hour instead of the Mexican trio. Though I hadn’t prepped a set for that, I jumped right in and did it. Towards the end of dinner, a fire throwing dance crew gave a special performance before I went on for the dancing portion of the evening.

Fire Throwing Show

Once I started my first dance set, the party went off! In fact, we went an extra hour because no one wanted to stop. All in all, I ended up playing a total of 5 straight hours. Due to my engagement the next day, I got about 2 hours sleep before catching my early morning flight to Raleigh.  Such is the life of a internationally traveling DJ.

I really enjoyed working with this group as well as the event planners, Genesco Sports Enterprises. Thanks for including me. Let’s do it again!

Wedding Entertainment Ideas: Signature First Dance

So your wedding is coming up and you want yours to stand out in a unique way. Why not add our Signature First Dance? It is a sure fire way to make your wedding one-of-a-kind. If you’ve never heard of this, you’re probably not alone – which is exactly why you SHOULD add this to your wedding day. We are one of the first and only entertainment companies to offer this service and you could be on the cutting edge of what is sure to be the next “big thing” in wedding entertainment.blog_header_March_promo

So what exactly is a Signature First Dance? To state it simply, this is where we take whatever First Dance song you choose and enhance it. We set up a session where we record you both telling the story of either how you first met one another or the story of your proposal. One of the twists is that we have you both record your story separately from one another (and hopefully they match). Once you finish the recording of the story, we have each of you record (again separately) a dedication to one another … something you’d like your significant other to hear the day of the wedding. Then you leave the rest to us.

We’ll splice in the story throughout the First Dance switching from one person telling a section of the story to the other person telling their perspective of it making it appear as if it was told together. In a perfect world, the song will already have instrumental breaks where we can splice the recorded story without taking away from the original song or making it too long. But if that’s not possible, we’ll use our production skills to edit the song and add in some instrumental sections and have the story crescendo at just the right place.

It’s a perfect way for people to hear your story at such an intimate time during the reception. We’ve seen people laughing hysterically and others crying their eyes out because it’s so beautiful. The best part is it’s a surprise to not only your guests, but for the bride and groom as well. We don’t share the finished product until the wedding day.

After the wedding, we’ll send you a digital version of the customized song, as well as the raw interviews to have as a keepsake. We hear from past couples all the time that this MADE their wedding and the song becomes that much more meaningful.

What if you’ve already booked us as your entertainer and didn’t request this service? Or maybe you booked another DJ company? Not to worry! You can book this service separately and if you have another DJ company handling your entertainment, we’ll be glad to forward the finished product to them so they can play it on your day! Contact us for more information. Here are two samples of Signature First Dance recordings that we’ve produced:

 

Winter 2013 Event Recap – in Photos!

So far the winter season has been filled with unforgettable moments — from the sweet to the silly to the somewhat surreal. Here’s a recap of some of the fun things we’ve seen:

The beachfront marriage proposal where he washed her feet

The beachfront marriage proposal where he washed her feet!

 

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Tiny dancer

Tiny dancer

 

Daddy - Daughter dance

Daddy – Daughter dance

 

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Flying ties ...

Flying ties …

 

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Party rocking in the house tonight!

Party rocking in the house tonight!

 

Scantily clad women in huge hamster balls floating on the blue-lit pool?

Scantily clad women in huge hamster balls floating on the blue-lit pool?

 

You KNOW it's a party when the giraffes show up!

You KNOW it’s a party when the giraffes show up!

We hope that you’re enjoying the winter season as much as we are! From all of the team at B-Boy Productions Inc., we wish you the brightest of holiday celebrations!

 

 

 

 

Win a FREE DJ for Your Holiday Party!

B-Boy Productions Inc. is giving back this holiday season! We are giving away a FREE 4-hour party set, complete with expert DJ/Emcee and professional sound system for three separate events, one in each category:

November Giveaway – Thankful for Our Troops!
B-Boy is so thankful for our military servicemen and servicewomen and all you do to keep our country safe. Here’s your chance to win a free weekday DJ for your squadron! One winner will be chosen on November 15, 2013 and notified immediately. See complete details below.

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December Giveaway – Giving to the Givers!
You volunteer hard all year … Here’s your chance to win a free weekday DJ to celebrate your volunteer team and their efforts – or to continue giving, by turning the party into a charitable event itself. One winner will be chosen on December 1, 2013 and notified immediately. See complete details below.

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January Giveaway – Celebrating the Servers!
During the holidays each year, restaurant and event space employees go the extra mile and work tireless hours to create memorable celebrations for other people. Now you can reward your hardworking team with a free weekday DJ for your holiday party. One winner will be chosen on January 6, 2014 and notified immediately. See complete details below:

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The Giveaway Details:

  1. Entry requires a brief synopsis of why your group deserves to win the party / who you’re celebrating / or other relevant details about the party you’ll throw if you win!
  2. One entry per person, per event.
  3. Must be 18 years or older to enter; U.S. residents only.
  4. New clients only.
  5. Winners must claim their prize within 72 hours or a new winner will be chosen.
  6. Prize includes DJ services and all music/gear required for one weekday party, up to 4 hours, for an unlimited number of people.
  7. Party must be held within 3 months of winning.

ENTER TODAY! ALL ENTRANTS GET 25% OFF THEIR HOLIDAY PARTY BOOKED WITH B-BOY PRODUCTIONS – SO YOU ARE A WINNER EVERY TIME!

Recommended Creative Vendors on the Emerald Coast

This week on the blog we wanted to highlight two of our favorite Emerald Coast, Florida companies – two vendors that specialize in capturing moments to last a lifetime!

Momentus Films is a wedding and event production company that has been serving the Florida Panhandle for over ten years. Founded by Celia Hilton, Momentus Films creates cinematic masterpieces that resonate with the spirit of a truly creative and passionate team. Their talent for creating sentimental, unique and artistically professional films is unmatched … but don’t just take our word for it, check out the film from Laura and Shannon’s wedding in Seaside, FL. We dare you not to tear up when you see the groom’s face the first moment he sees his bride walking down the aisle:

We dare you not to tear up

Look for next week’s blog post for more from Celia Hilton as she shares her insights and insider advice on hiring a professional wedding videographer. Visit Momentus Films online at momentusfilms.com and on Facebook.

Michael K Photography is a Destin, Florida wedding and portrait photography studio specializing in a fusion of contemporary and traditional photography, with a keen eye for seeing light and capturing moments. Check out a few recent images below … and visit the Michael K website for more! And don’t forget to stop by and “like” the Facebook page – the images posted there are jaw-droppingly good.

Michael K Photography

Michael K Photography

Michael K Photography

And to wrap it all together, check out this new DJ Brian B promo video that features the film work of Michael K Photography and the mad editing skills of Momentus Films:

DJ Brian B promo video

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