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B-Boy Productions Announces Exciting Changes

B-Boy Productions announces the promotion of new General Manager and Sales Associate

Destin, FL (January 24, 2017) – Local entertainment and event company, B-Boy Productions, announced the promotion of Shawn Frady to General Manager and Josh Woeckener to Sales Associate.

Destin Wedding DJ companiesShawn Frady, born and raised in Niceville, Florida, began his professional career in the music industry in 2004 and joined B-Boy Productions as a headlining DJ/MC in 2014. He was promoted to Director of Events in 2016 and was in charge of managing all client and vendor relations for the Florida division. As General Manager, Frady manages and directs all aspects of the Florida division of B-Boy Productions, which includes administering and adhering to the annual budget, hiring and overseeing personnel, achieving sales targets, ensuring client satisfaction, and marketing of the brand.

Josh Woeckener, a Florida Panhandle local raised on Eglin Air Force Base, has been musically inclined since he was a toddler. He joined B-Boy Productions in 2014 as a headlining DJ/MC, and his recent promotion to Sales Associate brings new responsibilities to include prospecting and developing new client relationships as well as maintaining regular contact with company house accounts.

“With our exponential growth over the last few years in our Florida division, it was imperative to have local management in place to care not only for our clients but our employees as well. Adding Shawn as our GM and Josh as our Sales Associate gives us a local management team that will have a tremendous impact on the overall growth and sustainability of our Florida division and the B-Boy company portfolio. I am extremely confident that these new leadership appointments will allow us to continue to deliver high quality event experiences and ultimately, put us in the best position to become the number one private event provider in every market we serve,” said Managing Partner, Brian Buonassissi.

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About B-Boy Productions, Inc: B-Boy Productions, Inc. is a full-service private event company, specializing in DJ and live musician entertainment as well as event rentals, photo booths and event management. Founded in 1996, B-Boy Productions, Inc. has been providing entertainment for weddings, corporate events, and various private parties nationwide. They have three regional offices located in the Florida Panhandle, Southern California, and New York City. B-Boy Productions’ mission is to perform memorable events with amazing service, unquestionable professionalism and unparalleled creativity. For more information, visit www.bboyproductions.com or find B-Boy Productions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How did we get our name? | B-Boy Productions

It happens at least once a month.  Someone calls looking for B-Boys.  I’d love to say that’s how B-Boy Productions got its name but unfortunately, that’s not the case.  I wasn’t blessed with those dancing genes.

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When I first started DJ’ing in the nightclub scene, my last name (Buonassissi – pronounced: Boe Nuh See See) was obviously too long for nightclub flyers. I was also never a fan of the cheesy DJ names that people were using, though I did take on the “DJ GranMasta B” moniker for awhile.  This was partially due to my affinity for playing “Rapper’s Delight”, looping the line ” I’m the grandmaster with the three MCs” and then cutting down the loop to the first 3 words of the phrase.  It also had to do with a patron who jokingly chided me because I was so young DJ’ing in the clubs (I was 18 when I started) that he thought I had a “Bud Bundy” sort of look and it played to the sort of persona he created one season on Married With Children.

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As I grew in my craft and started getting requested, the nickname “B-Boy” started making the rounds.  I’m guessing it was because my first name starts with a B and my last name starts with a B so it just worked. I  liked it!  There was a tie-in to the old school music/dancing roots and it was linked to DJ’ing. When it became clear that this was something I wanted to do as a career and needed to create a company name, I had to include it. I still can’t believe the .com URL wasn’t already taken so I snagged it and the rest is history. 20 years in, I’m proud of what our name stands for as well as the reputation and legacy we’re building.

Vendor Spotlight: Christina D’Asaro Design

“What I’m most amazed by is how you can change the entire dynamic of an event simply by the pieces of paper that you hand out to your guests.”

Those were my words to Christina of Christina D’Asaro Design the day we sat down to look at her portfolio. She specializes in custom paper-based products – everything from event invitations, to hand-held fans for an outdoor event, to coasters, to accordion-style programs for weddings. Her passion is to enable people to carry out the vision of their event from start to finish – from the second a guest receives their invitation to the moment they leave with party favors adorned with custom-printed labels.

Christina D'Asaro original coaster design

Christina D’Asaro original coaster design

Christina has a background in Fine and Visual Arts and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University. She spent ten years helping top-tier companies effectively market and brand themselves, and then, with her love of all things paper and her years of professionalism and experience, she left to create her own design company.

Christina D'Asaro Custom Favor Bags

Christina D’Asaro Custom Favor Bags

Christina provides personal consulting for her customers, and invests the time to get to know them well. She finds out what they care about, what they love, what they dislike, and if it’s a wedding, she gets to know the bride and groom’s story. She is then able to think outside the box, guided by the personality of her clients, to make their events come to life in ways they may not have otherwise known possible.

Christina D'Asaro Custom Save the Date

Christina D’Asaro Custom Save the Date

Christina D'Asaro Custom Save the Date

Christina D’Asaro Custom Save the Date

That’s what is so special about Christina – she pays attention to what her clients love and invents new ways to showcase it. She finds what’s special and makes sure it’s emphasized.

For a couple’s shower at a horse race track, she not only designed a beautiful invitation, but she also custom made bidding tickets that, instead of having horses to bid on, had trivia about the bride and groom. Far from being a formality, these unique pieces reinforced the summertime derby vibe that the couple wanted to bring to life.

Christina D'Asaro Custom Betting Slips

Christina D’Asaro Custom Betting Slips

Christina D'Asaro Custom Invitation

Christina D’Asaro Custom Invitation

Another great example of her creative concepts are “advice cards” for a wedding that depicted various scenarios. One said “When they have their first fight as a married couple.” Another said, “When they buy their first house,” and another, “When they have their first child,” etc. Guests could provide their piece of advice for the bride and groom, and place it in a box for the bride and groom to take with them to read and enjoy on their honeymoon. I told her how much that would change the reception – I could just see all of the guests going from table to table, trying to figure out how many different questions there were and what pieces of advice their friends and relatives gave. It’s these simple elements Christina creates that can add to the fun for guests and also serve as a great gift for the newlyweds.

If those examples aren’t custom enough for you, she can put her fine arts background to work. For one wedding that she did at the Bryant Park Grill, she hand-sketched the entrance and a side view of the venue. She then scaled down the one the client preferred and placed it on several pieces she created for the event. She did the same using watercolors to create safari animals for a custom photo album, given as a gift.

This attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile are what set Christina D’Asaro and her designs apart. Her level of skill and level of attention to her clients are rare even on their own, but together they make her an asset to anyone who is looking for custom-designed paper goods that help tell their story.

Christina D'Asaro Custom RSVP, Envelope, and Stamp

Christina D’Asaro Custom RSVP, Envelope, and Stamp

Christina D'Asaro Custom Gift Bag Tags

Christina D’Asaro Custom Gift Bag Tags

 

Loft227: The Event Space We’ve Been Waiting For

“I wanted to build New York. I wanted to build something that would stand the test of time.” Robin Sokoloff – jack-of-all-trades events extraordinaire – gutted and renovated a space at 227 W 29th St, turning it into what we at BBoy believe to be one of the best new NYC venues we’ve ever come across.

Robin Sokoloff

Robin Sokoloff

Robin, prior to investing in this space, spent a significant amount of time doing – well, just about everything. She has choreographed for The Atlantic Theatre School, NYSSSA School of Contemporary Dance, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory of New York, Students Live! on Broadway, and more. Her show “Spotlight Live” was featured on several notable news shows including “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Whoopi Show.” She was  a producer with Multi Image Group, she graduated from NYU and NEW, and is a member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

Why is all of this experience relevant to Loft227? It helped her see the need in NYC for a space like hers. “There are really big spaces and really small spaces. They’re all fantastic, but there’s no space for the middle ground – that place where you feel great and you can do what you want, but you still have intimacy. People want to meet each other and actually connect while having a great time. They can do that here.”

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The year she spent as a carpenter  helped give her the skills she needed to do all of the renovations herself. “I don’t buy that people have to pick one craft and master it. I believe in mastering all aspects of what you’re a part of.” She also did all of the lighting herself, which was one of our favorite perks of the venue. Most venues charge more to use their specialty lighting, and charge even more for someone to be there to operate it. Robin said of this problem, “I know a lot of people who kept complaining that venues didn’t give them any power to change what they didn’t like about the space, so I thought to myself, ‘Why not offer a venue that does?’”

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Clients can do anything they wish with the lighting – you can dim, turn off, or (our favorite) change the colors on each fixture to any color you wish with the simple use of a small remote. Robin joked about the simplicity: “Sometimes you just kinda feel like you need the whole room to be red, and people can do that here.” Cue the Halleluiah Chorus.

She’s already hosted a myriad of events from a private party for a professional chef to a club-like fundraising party to a fireside concert complete with cozy rugs, lamps and a faux fireplace upon which guests roasted marshmallows.

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“People always ask me, ‘What is this space?’ and I always respond, ‘What do you want it to be?’” Robin’s biggest aspiration for the space is for people to make it their own. There’s a fifteen foot retractable movie screen, two  flat screen TVs, a VIP area, a full (and fully-stocked) kitchen, fifty chairs and eight tables, and a private bathroom – all available to anyone who books the space with no extra charge.

Robin noted of her own experience working with venues, “I worked casting commercials for four years, and rental spaces just weren’t cutting it. I wanted to give people a little more.” With Loft227, you don’t just get more – you get it all. With full use of everything in the venue and full freedom to rearrange and decorate based on each event, this is the ideal space for any event for 20-100 people. Check out New York’s best new venue and book your event today here: www.loft227.com

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July and August Event Recap – in Photos!

So far, event season 2013 has been filled with special events, bright smiles, delicious details and memorable moments. Here’s a recap of some of the fun in July and August.

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A trendy cake with succulents! Mmmmm.

A trendy cake with succulents! Mmmmm.

 

And an equally trendy cupcake station – with gluten free option!

And an equally trendy cupcake station – with gluten free option!

 

We’ve been rockin’ events from NY …

We’ve been rockin’ events from NY …

 

To California …

To California …

 

To Florida … and many points in between.

To Florida … and many points in between.

 

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The DJ has ‘em all lined up for a dance!

The DJ has ‘em all lined up for a dance!

 

And then the bride busts a move!

And then the bride busts a move!

 

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As you can tell, we always have a lot of fun! Want to party with us? Hit us up! You can get a FREE consultation, right here on our website!

 

Win an iPad Mini!

Win an iPad Mini

B-Boy Productions Inc. is giving away a new iPad Mini to one lucky winner! Entry is easy … just find the contest widget below and sign up to follow us on some (or all!) of our social media channels. We want to be able to stay in contact with you — and share all the FREE new music mixes and event news coming from the B-Boy team.

The iPad Mini is our new best friend — all the features of the regular iPad, but thinner and lighter! Enter today to get in the running for this little bundle of joy …

 

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Turn To B-Boy for Live Musicians to Jazz Up Your Event!

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Did you know that B-Boy Productions Inc. does MORE than just put on a memorable night of music and dancing with highly skilled DJ/MC/Party Motivators? We also provide seasoned live musicians for wedding rehearsals, cocktail hour, corporate events and more. So whether you’re looking for a chill vibe or some upbeat blues, B-Boy Productions has a solo artist, duo or band on the roster that will fit your needs.

Here are three recent videos of performances from our amazing team of musicians:

Dan Austin – Guitarist/Vocalist
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Gino Rosaria Band
5-Piece Band (also performs as a 3-Piece Band)

 

Aaron Paul Bostic – Guitarist/Vocalist
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You can also check out playlists and samples of our artists right here on our website, or follow us on YouTube to keep up with all the newest videos posted from our events.

Find someone on the roster that you’d like to hear more from? Hit us up and we can send you some samples!

It’s Only Mid-June and Event Season is Rockin’!

Our last photo blog post was so well received that we thought we’d give you another quick photographic tour of what the B-Boy Productions Inc. team is blessed to do and see on a weekly basis.

DJ Irving Gil

DJ Irving Gil teaches the wedding guests a line dance!

DJ Duane Mays

DJ Duane Mays rocking the dance floor!

West Emerson performing

Cocktail hour at the Emerald Grande in Destin, FL with West Emerson performing.

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Creating perfect moments!

Dual DJ Setup

Double the DJ systems, double the fun!

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Now THAT is a cake!

aerialists

The aerialists WOW the crowd at Digital Graffiti 2013!

Event in Milwaukee, WI

Our first time working an event in Milwaukee, WI!

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Dancing the Night Away!

When is your next party? Hit us up! You can get a FREE consultation, right here on our website!

B-Boy Productions Inc. Happenings – In Photos!

Event season is in full swing! In May we celebrated with old and new friends at 25 events that were filled with surprises and unique details. Take a look at some of what transpired …

B-Boy Team in Action

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Irving Gil killing it!

Cam Ray and Jessica Heit

Cam Ray (keyboardist) and Jessica Heit (violinist) perform at a beach wedding ceremony.

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<em><strong>DJ Brian B. Selfie! Heading out for an event.</strong></em>

You Know It’s a Party When …

You know it's a party!

You know it's a party!

Get Lucky Remix

Drummer Boy

Accompaniment for the bride and groom’s first dance?

 

It’s All In the Details!

It’s All In the Details!

Wedding MadLibs!

Wedding MadLibs!

B-Boy Happenings!

B-Boy Happenings!

We’re hoping to make this monthly photo recap a regular feature on our blog. Let us know what you think in the comments below?

You can also catch more of our photos on Instagram. Remember that every time we add 100 followers on Instagram, we will be giving away an iPod Shuffle. Get in on the action by following us today!

 

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