DJ Brian B

Emerald Coast Top Salon 2017 Fashion Event | #bboygivesback

We’ve been involved with the Emerald Coast Top Salon event since its inception back in 2011. I (Brian B), personally, feel honored to have DJ’d 3 out of the 6 events (including the last 2 consecutive years). It’s a unique event in that they select a handful of local salons to participate and “battle” one another. Each salon has a charity they are supporting. The Emerald Coast Top Salon 2017 battle is fairly simple: Take one person (of the salon’s choosing) and do a complete make-up (hair, make-up, clothing, etc.). The winning salon’s charity is awarded a substantial cash donation.

The 2017 event was held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa in the Emerald Ballroom on April 7, 2017. Over 600 people were in attendance to see 14 salons battle it out and see their models walk the runway. Pure and Couture Salon won “Fan Favorite”, Southern Roots Salon and Spa won the “Judges’ Pick award” and the grand prize, the 2017 “Top Salon” was Avantgarde Salon Spa. This was Avantgarde 4th time winning the event and 2nd consecutive win. Their benefiting charity was Others of Destin, Inc.

Emerald Coast Top Salon 2017

Runway tracks were as follows:

  • Volume One Salon: “Get Me Bodied” by Beyonce
  • Traveling Chic: “Confident” by Demi Lovato
  • The Posh Daisy Salon Spa: “Live Like You Are Loved” by Hawk Nelson
  • The Kat House Hair Studio: “Pound The Alarm” by Nicki Minaj
  • The Cutting Room Salon and Spa: “Vivrant Thing” by Q-Tip
  • Spa Lala Day Spa and Salon: “Layla” by Eric Clapton
  • Southern Roots Salon and Spa: “American Woman” by The Guess Who
  • Serenity by the Sea Spa: “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor
  • Pure & Couture Salon: “Something Just Like This (Vanity X Kevin Peels Remix)” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • project:STYLE salon: “U Got the Look” by Prince
  • Lux Solis Aveda Salon & Spa: “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys
  • La Renaissance Salon: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  • Avantgarde Salon Spa: “24K” by Bruno Mars
  • As You Like It Salon and Spa: “Finally (Roman Hunter Remix)” by CeCe Peniston

DJ Brian B spun the pre-event music setting a high-energy tone with an open format.  There were 4 intermissions between the 14 salons that became “booty breaks” with attendees jumping on to the catwalk and dancing it up.

This was by far the most successful showcase in this event’s six year history.  Looking forward to including this event in our 2018 #bboygivesback plans.

Spring Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment | DJ Brian B

We Love Providing Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment…especially for great couples.

This past weekend we were back at one of our favorite venues for a Spring Wedding – Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort for Cindy and Chris’ wedding. When you’re providing Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding entertainment and handling the activities for such a great couple, you want to be sure everything is top notch.

I (Brian B) feel like I have known Cindy forever. We probably chatted at least once a month from the time she booked with us up until the wedding day. I love those types of clients. They actually were already married (Chris is in the military) so this celebration was for family and friends.

Cindy had the complete B-Boy experience. Beyond what Sandestin provides, we covered everything else except for floral and photography. You can’t put a price on having our entire team there. The chemistry with our crew working together is umatched.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment

 

Sandestin Photo Booth

Venue: Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort, Sandestin, FL
Ceremony Music: B-Boy Productions
Officiant: Eric Partin, B-Boy Productions
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Melissa Wilson Photography
Photo Booth: B-Boy Photobooths
Floral: It’s a Perfect Day
Cake: Bake My Day

When we started the planning process, the collaboration with Cindy and Chris was effortless. They wanted to do as many unique things that we could come up with so we did a LOT of them – from bride and groom trivia, to the anniversary countdown, to the garter switch to a celebrity sighting and grand exit!

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “24K Magic (Instrumental)” by Bruno Mars
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “I’m All Yours” by Jay Sean feat. Pitbull
    • First Dance: “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
    • Mother/Son Dance: “A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar” by Maroon 5
    • Bouquet Toss: “Milkshake” by Kelis
    • Garter Removal: “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent
    • Garter Toss: “Big Pimpin” by Jay-Z
    • Celebrity Sighting: “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by N’Sync

 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment

Brian B Entertains as Wedding DJ at the Emerald Grande Destin Harborview Room

This year I (Brian B) have been booked more and more as a destination event DJ across the country and abroad while growing our New York City operations. When opportunities now come to perform on the Emerald Coast, I relish them. Saturday was no exception. I got back to our Florida regional office performing as a Wedding DJ at the Emerald Grande Destin in the Harborview Room. The Spring weather was exceptional (very little to no humidity). Paired with the amazing Chris Alvarado who handled the ceremony and cocktail hour music, the entertainment was on another level. For an intimate group of 50 guests, this was an extreme musical treat all night and they were blown away. It’s been a few years since I personally worked at the Emerald Grand. One of the things that impressed me the most about the venue is their “pro” client and vendor approach. Cindy and her team couldn’t have been more nice and accommodating to every request of the vendors and the client. In the event industry, this is something that isn’t as common as one would think. Kudos to the Emerald Grande and their team.

Wedding DJ at the Emerald Grande Destin

Venue: Emerald Grande Harborview Room, Destin, FL
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Guitarist/Vocalist: Chris Alvarado, B-Boy Productions
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Kansas Pitts Photography
Videography: Silver Shade Studios

One of the things I now appreciate more than ever is that guests were asked to be “present” and not take any photos at the event. This allowed them to soak in every bit of the wedding experience. I honored their request as well and took my picture pre-event. I brought in our plush white facade which accents that room perfectly. With our clean Bose speaker set-up and production lighting, the event was every bit what the bride and groom, Jenny and Greg, had dreamed it would be and more.

Emerald Grande Harborview Room Wedding

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “Happy” by Pharrell
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
    • First Dance: “Every Night” by Tyrone Wells
    • Uncle/Bride & Groom/Mother-In-Law Dance: “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood
    • Mother/Son Dance: “Let It Be” by The Beatles
    • Last Dance: “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle

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!

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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

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?

Birthday party project New York

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

New Sample DJ Mix by Brian B

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to a good DJ mix? Especially for the gym, work, commuting, house parties, pre-game, etc? Well, our own DJ Brian B has put together a Sample DJ mix for you utilize however you’d like.

A good DJ Mix is a Swatch of Sound

Often, we get clients who ask us for samples of our work. One of the advantages of going with B-Boy DJs is that we all have such a wide variety of mixing styles, etc. While this particular mix isn’t indicative of exactly how your event would be mixed (we have a diverse clientele that we customize for), it is a good example of Brian B’s styling. As one client put it, “Brian knows how to arrange music.” He has a knack for weaving tempos, crossing genres, creative transitions, custom editing and mixing “smart” by using wordplay and other techniques in his bag of tricks. This mix is a perfect example of why you’d want to hire a DJ rather than go with a Spotify playlist or an iPod for your event. You just can’t replicate a lot of what DJs do by simply having access to a “song list”.

Sample DJ Mix by DJ Brian B

Photo Courtesy of Rae Leytham Photography

In this particular mix, he’s put together 40 songs within a 75 minute time-frame. It’s primarily Top 40 based with hits from the Summer as well as this Fall’s Hits with a ton of custom mashups and his own edits along with a few throwbacks. Trust me, you will definitely move to this one.

If you want to download your OWN FREE copy of this (as well as past B-Boy DJ Mixes), you can do that through iTunes by clicking here. You can even subscribe and the mixes will automatically appear in your feed when released.

The other option is to stream the mix by clicking play on the widget below. If you enjoy it, please click that little “heart” on the right and share it with your friends. Enjoy!

Rosemary Beach Town Hall Wedding | Jack & Alex

A Rosemary Beach Town Hall wedding is one of the most intimate weddings available on the Emerald Coast. We’ve seen it laid out in just about every type of configuration. However, for Jack And Alex, they used it a bit uniquely. They started with the cocktail hour indoors and then moved everyone outdoors for dinner. After dinner and toasts, they brought everyone back indoors for dancing.

Rosemary Beach Town Hall Wedding

Wedding at Rosemary Beach

The Details:

Venue: The Rosemary Beach Town Hall – Rosemary Beach, FL
Wedding Coordination: It’s A Shore Thing
Cocktail Hour & Reception DJ/MC: Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Floral Design: Florals By The Sea
Catering: Townsend Catering
Photography: Lauren Kinsey

For cocktail hour, we kept the music to standards/jazz. I rarely get those types of crowds so it was nice change! I moved locations to the lawn for the dinner where the music started mellow and then gradually grew in tempo and energy. Guests were signing along and tapping there toes throughout.

Rosemary Beach Weddings

Though this was a very intimate crowd of 60 people, they threw down when it was time to party inside. This venue makes it feel full which was ideal for this wedding. It wasn’t just the young kids partying either. I was actually able to get the father of the bride to do some “fist pumping”. Ha! With the weather nearly perfect, this was one of the prettiest weddings I’ve had all year long. Thanks Jack and Alex for having us!

Rosemary Beach Wedding DJ

Reception Formality Music

  • Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris
  • Grand Entrance (Bride & Groom): “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  • First Dance: “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  • Mother/Son Dance: “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
  • Cake Cut: “Sugar” by Maroon 5
  • Bouquet Toss: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Last Song: “Time Of Our Lives” by Pitbull & Ne-Yo

Kelly Green Wedding in Alys Beach | Alexa & Anthony

Kelly Green Wedding: Alys Beach, FL

One of Alys Beach’s more popular spots, Kelly Green is a perfect venue for guest counts of over 100 people. It complements the town of Alys Beach so well. Its well-manicured lawns and semi-hidden location make for a luxurious and private wedding space. This wedding was that and more.

Kelly Green Wedding

Sweetheart table with a wall of candles as a backdrop.

The Details:

Venue: Kelly Green – Alys Beach, FL
Event Planning: The ladies from It’s A Shore Thing
Catering: Townsend Catering
Florals & Design: Florals By The Sea
Entertainment: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions, Inc.
Photography: Paul Johnson Photography
Videography: Josh Kidd Films

The groom, Anthony (wearing a blue tux and diamond studded shoes), and the bride, Alexa, were stylish themselves and into the details of every aspect of the wedding. From monogrammed everything to the food to the music list to a theatrical and choreographed grand entrance/first dance, their imprint on the event to was very evident for all to see and made it truly “them”. Music-wise, this crowd was into just about everything. The party, really took off, however, when we delved deep into the hip hop genre.

The most memorable part of the reception took place at the Grand Exit. The groom surprised his beautiful bride with her wedding gift – a murdered out Phantom Rolls Royce. I don’t think the bar can be set much higher gentlemen. Her reaction was priceless. She was so shocked, happy and blown away all at once! It was the perfect ending to an amazing night.

Alys Beach Wedding

Reception Formality Music

  • Grand Entrance: “I’m The Man (Remix)” by 50 Cent feat. Chris Brown
  • First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “Watching Over You” by Alter Bridge
  • Mother/Son Dance: “A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men
  • Cake Cut: “Dreams” by Van Halen
  • Last Song: “This Is What You Came For” by Rihanna

Courtney and Chris |Sandestin Bayview Room

Sandestin Bayview Room: What an Awesome Venue!

I refer to it as one of our second homes – the Sandestin Bayview Room and Terrace is one of the most modular wedding venues on the Emerald Coast and we seem to have an event here just about every weekend. The flexibility that the space offers came in handy this weekend. If you haven’t checked out our venue tours at this property, it may be worth a look. We have Part 1 and Part 2. Hurricane Hermine was looming but never seriously threatened our event. The humidity, however, was intense and with rain slated for later in the evening, Courtney made the final call to move the reception indoors. We still had the ceremony outside and the cocktails were an indoor/outdoor combo. In the Bayview room, we had the entire room set for dancing. The dinner was held in the lobby entry way which worked perfectly for the guest count on hand..

sandestin-bayview-room-terrace

Venue: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Coordination and Florals: Christen Cowgill, B-Boy Rentals & Event Design
DJ/MC and Production: DJ Brian B and DJ Shawn Frady (Assistant)
Photography: Sarah and Paul Photography
Videography: Evan Lanier, Theory Y Design

Destination Weddings in Sandestin Florida. What more could a Wedding DJ want?

This crowd may qualify as one of my best of the year. They were ready to dance and had the entire room (minus the cupcakes) allotted for just that. With zero formalities after dinner (no cake cut, bouquet or garter), we got into the dancing very quickly. Being from Kentucky and a large contingent from St. Louis, Courtney and Chris brought two great destination crowds together. Folks from those parts of the country love to have a good time and are really nice people to boot. 90s and 2000s pop, hip hop and R&B went over really well and, of course, with so many being from St. Louis, there were more than a few Nelly tracks played. I even get a chance to show them The Wobble.

The floor was so packed that we went an extra 30 minutes of overtime. Best wishes to Courtney and Chris! Thanks for including us.

Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “We Found Love (Instrumental)” by Rihanna
Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “University of Kentucky Basketball Theme Song”
First Dance: “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle
Father/Daughter Dance: “It Won’t Be Long” by Darius Rucker
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones
Mother/Son Dance: “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney
Last Dance: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

Wedding DJ Wedding Package Winners | Des & Basil

Last year we did a wedding package giveaway. It was one of the best contests we’ve ever ran. It came down to the wire but Deserie and Basil (pictured bottom left below) pulled away and won it!

DJ wedding package

It took over a year to see the wedding come to fruition but wow, what an awesome event. I didn’t get a ton of time to hang out with Des and Basil but you could see the genuine love in their eyes all night. Their crowd was amazing and boy did they love some old school!

This was the first time I’d ever worked at this venue, Plaza De Magdalena, in San Juan Capistrano, CA. From the street, you’d have no idea this hidden gem was there. And a hidden gem it is! The courtyard is downstairs and very private – perfect for ceremonies and cocktail hours. But the crown jewel is the Magdalena Room, which boasts a phenomenal in-house lighting system (complete with decor and monogram/gobo lighting potential) and they have an in-house sound system. Patti, the contact at the venue, was amazing to work with. She was very accommodating and unlike many venue contacts, she stayed until the end (which I very much appreciated).

Des had her friend, Elena Moreno, run the event and she couldn’t have been easier to work with! You’d have thought she had done this for years by the way she was so calm and collected throughout the night. Here are a photos of the evening we snapped.

Plaza De Magdalena Courtyard

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