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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year you’re almost guaranteed to have one new track that makes it as that year’s “Hot New First Dance Wedding Reception Song “. As Wedding DJs, we can spot them pretty quickly. I mean, that’s part of the job right?
Photo courtesy of GwyneMark Photography
Usually, it’s almost always after a Grammy performance, which takes place in February, just before the Spring wedding season begins. I can’t prove that theory scientifically but it sure feels like it’s been that way the past few years. In 2014, it was “All Of Me” by John Legend. Last year, it was, without a doubt, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. Up until a few months ago, the top contender for 2016 had been “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. This country tune had a lot of the same elements as Ed Sheeran’s track but turned out to have enough crossover appeal that it has been used by a ton of diverse brides and grooms and not relegated to just country music lovers. If you haven’t heard it, check it out below.
But then a song came along that has been slowly gaining momentum over the last month or so. I never saw it coming to be honest. It’s categorized as a “folk” genre track but definitely appeals to the masses. This artist has had a ton of tracks placed in television shows and films like The Loft, Revenge, The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, Reckless, and DaVinci’s Demons (just to name a few). This is her first single to have such mainstream success. Have we kept the suspense going long enough? Well, you’ll have to wait a while longer and get the title/artist through the video below. Let us know if you think this has what it takes to dethrone Thomas Rhett as 2016’s wedding song of the year. Enjoy!
We’re in part 3 of a 5 part series of posts that we’ve entitled “The most awkward weddings we have ever DJ’d”. We’ve had some doozies so far and this is yet another. After almost 20 years in the wedding DJ business, we can tell you that weddings, in and of themselves, make for great stories. With the exception of a few minor glitches, most turn out as planned, but in some rare cases, the “glitches” can be a bit more….well…interesting. As a matter of fact, some can be downright awkward. Obviously, the awkward ones make the most interesting stories.
NOTE: To protect the innocent, we’ve purposefully left out names but beyond that, I assure you that none of this has been embellished. If you’re in the industry, I’m sure you will sympathize with us. If you’re a soon to be bride or groom or a general reader, this may have you shaking your head.
In our early years, we did not have the same event vetting process in place that we have now. Starting out in business, you are sometimes forced to take whatever clients come your way. The couple in this particular story had read our reviews and booked our DJ services online…without any initial phone conversations or face to face visits.
During the planning phase for their big day, I asked what they did for work and the groom mentioned he was a chemist and the bride said she was a librarian. Knowing how serious some librarians and chemists can be, I then asked them to rate their wedding guests on a scale from 1-10 scale (1 being hard to get out of their seat and 10 loving to party). Their response: “1 – 1.5.” Yikes! Not exactly the type of crowd we usually get. Given this situation, I suggested we have a few backup plans in case dancing did not go over well. Trivia was one of the solutions.
Fast forward to wedding day; I start the song for the first open dance set and no one even thinks of dancing. Everyone just stared at me. The dance floor was open for business, but no one was buying. So, I tried a slow song…then a fast one. I even tried line dancing, but no one moved from their seats.
At this point, I was thinking that the 1-1.5 rating was entirely too generous and decided it was time to pull out the trivia. We literally played trivia for an hour and 40 minutes…at a wedding reception. Fortunately, trivia loosened them up enough to finish the last 15 minutes dancing.
Of course, I thought that our services bombed, but was surprised to have multiple guests say that this was the best wedding they had ever been to. Some even said they’d be calling me for their wedding. Ugh, thanks?!? Not exactly the type of wedding style I wanted to be known for, but at the end of the day, it’s all about making a reception fun, and if trivia is what it takes, I’ll do it.
Nowadays, anyone or any company can tout and market themselves as the best. Especially in the wedding industry.
You can create a website in a matter of minutes with “borrowed” Google images and SEO-friendly keywords. Social Media can make you look amazing by buying “likes” or “friends”. The simplicity of consumer video editing programs allows you to make a highlight reel and give the perception you were the entertainer of the year at every show. Even industry websites like WeddingWire and The Knot hand out annual awards like they are candy (yes, we, along with almost every wedding company in our area, won the Couple’s Choice Awards). But as the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. As consumers, we all want to see and judge for ourselves whether a company can back up their claim.
Well, here’s your chance to see B-Boy Productions in all its glory. We’re putting it all out there at on our first ever Private Wedding Showcase in Sandestin Saturday, January 24th at Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort’s Bayview Room & Terrace from 10:30AM – 12:30PM. How does our private showcase differ from your traditional bridal show you ask? Great question.
We won’t just have pamphlets or marketing materials on display; we take you through an actual wedding – from the beginning of the ceremony all the way to the grand exit. As an all-inclusive wedding brand, we will have not only all of our famous beat-mixing DJs and wedding Emcees showcasing their skills, but our live musicians, officiants, photo booths, photographers, videographers, day of planners, and rental items will be available for you to see in action as if you were guests that day at a wedding. Throughout the showcase, bottomless mimosas and hors d’oeuvres will be served on us.
Afterwards, you can talk to our entertainers and staff about your wedding specifically; ask questions, share your vision for your day, etc. We’ll be glad to give you all the ideas we have to make your wedding stand out. By the time you leave, you can have your wedding services all booked and head to the beach for some R&R. So what’s the catch you ask? Only that you RSVP so we can reserve a spot for you as seating is limited. That’s it. So whether you need one service, some services, or ALL services, come hang and party with us for two hours. You’ll get some tremendous show specials just for showing up and treated like the VIPs you are.
Nikki and Donnie said their I-do’s, the crowd of loved ones and onlookers alike erupted in a cheer as they kissed, and within minutes the wedding guests were making their way up to the deck to enjoy some refreshments and the Florida evening air as the sun began to set and the newlywed couple tended to having their photos taken.
I have discovered in my time as a destination wedding DJ that the term “cocktail hour” is often a misnomer, considering one hardly ever actually lasts a full hour. But on this particular occasion, the bride and groom were in no hurry to rob themselves of one moment in the gorgeous outdoor surroundings offered by the Hilton’s beachside verandas. They joined their guests on the Sunrise Deck as the cafe lighting took over for the retired sun, and the merry crowd mingled and consorted for the entirety of the hour. I was happy to lurk a bit in the shadows, manning my laptop as the music offered a subtle soundtrack to the merriment around me, because it gave me a chance to observe the attendees and get a bit of an idea what sort of celebration they would be up for as the night progressed.
As cocktail hour came to a close, we moved indoors to the Coral Ballroom, for the reception. Inside the long and majestically high-ceiled hall, a massive dance floor and plenty of spacious seating around ornately decorated tables awaited their guests. A long banquet table for the bride and groom to sit flanked by their bridesmaids and groomsmen ran along the main wall in plain view of every guest.
Nikki and Donnie, along with Donnie’s two young daughters, made their grand entrance into the ballroom to “Rocky Top,” the fight song of UT, as their friends and family cheered their arrival with as much gusto as any sports crowd. As I had instructed them, they made their way to the dance floor to share their first dance … but that’s when a surprise was sprung on the bride. Donnie appeared on the large screen in a prerecorded message, offering a poetic tribute of love — which he “rapped” — to his new bride. The mixture of humor and genuine emotion on display as the video version of Donnie cracked a bit in his delivery had Nikki, and plenty others, giggling through happy tears. At the video’s conclusion, I cued up “Whatever It Is” by the Zac Brown Band, and Donnie and Nikki were in each others’ arms sharing their first dance as husband and wife.
Nikki remained on the dance floor as I invited her father to join her. Dad and daughter shared a few short minutes of closeness to the tune of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” — which then suddenly transitioned into “Happy” by Pharrell. All sappiness abandoned, Nikki and her dad let loose and cut a rug, much to the delight of all in attendance. At Donnie’s turn to dance with his mother, the classic “Wind Beneathe My Wings” by Bette Midler proved a perfect choice.
Upon the conclusion of dinner, the Best Man offered a toast to the happy couple as did the Maid of Honor. Then I introduced another video presentation featuring a photo slide show of both Donnie and Nikki as they grew up. From baby pictures to present day, the memories played upon the screen and in the end there was hardly a dry eye in the room. I offered the microphone to the groom, who managed to say a brief but very heartfelt thank you to everyone before we moved ahead with the cake cutting and other festivities. The bouquet toss mustered a sizable crowd of fairly competitive single ladies, but the catch ended up going to one of the youngest (and most petite) girls in the group. Donnie removed Nikki’s garter to the sultry vibes of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”. Once again, the catch — or more accurately, the scoop, was scored by a very young lad who clearly wasn’t quite sure what it was he had there (I’m sure it will occur to him sometime when he’s older).
The crowd proved eclectic in their musical tastes, shaking it down to everything from golden oldies and 70’s disco, to 90’s hip hop and today’s hottest country! One of Donnie’s young daughters entertained with an impromptu karaoke of “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea.
Being on vacation in Florida, everyone related well to “Toes” by Zac Brown Band. Figurative boots were scooted to “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. I took great pleasure in teaching the bride (and a few unwashed others) how to do the “Cupid Shuffle.” Great classic rock hits like “Shout” and “Do You Love Me?” rounded out the energy of the night, and the evening drew down with the dance floor covered in couples as Jason Mraz sang “I Won’t Give Up” and finally, the legendary Elton John mused “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.”
For the multitude of memorable moments packed into this one single evening, I can’t help but consider Donnie and Nikki’s wedding to be one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of! When by the end of the night it genuinely feels like you’re not just DJ’ing another “gig,” but instead you’re celebrating with a room full of new friends — it makes it hard to stop. My hope for this happy couple is for all that same joy and exuberance to continue on beyond their wedding day and into the full length of their marriage. Because if so, their life together will be an absolute blast!
***UPDATE [This review just came in from Nikki on ourYelppage]***
“My husband and I just had the most amazing wedding on the beach in Sandestin, FL. Our DJ, Josh, was amazing! He was so professional and did a fantastic job. He called me a month before the wedding and went over the playlist with me. I felt assured he would do a great job and that is what ‘brides to be’ need! He did everything I asked and then some! The songs he picked were perfect for every occasion (grand entrance, dinner music, etc.). If you are a ‘bride to be’ looking for an experienced, friendly, professional DJ for your wedding…look no further than B-Boy and DJ Josh B.” – Nikki Tyndall, Sandestin, FL (event date 8/2/2014)
I truly believe that WaterColor Inn is one of the most stunning wedding venues on the planet. Having performed all over the country as a wedding DJ, I say this with extreme conviction. So when Catie called us to inquire about our services and mentioned they had just booked that venue, I was so happy for them. Multiply that excitement by 110% when she asked me personally to perform at her wedding!
Although she was extremely laid back, Catie and I were in contact frequently up to her wedding day. I love it when a bride takes that much interest in the entertainment portion of her wedding. We threw formality song suggestions back and forth many times until we found songs that fit them perfectly.
On the day of the wedding, the weather was stunning. We set up on the lawn for the cocktail hour and reception while the ceremony took place on the beach. With our 2 person DJ/Emcee package, DJ Charles handled the ceremony sound technician duties while one of our guitarists provided the ceremony music.
Image Courtesy of Paul Johnson Photography
At the reception, we kicked into “The Wobble” immediately following the first dance and the entire crowd came out onto the dancefloor. Talking about setting a dancing tone right off the back! Wow! They were ready to party.
As I started playing for dinner, a huge cloud formed over us. I tried my “music karma” in getting the sun out there with this Beatles selection.
In true Florida fashion, within all of about 90 seconds, a slight drizzle started. We quickly covered our gear and waited for it to pass. As soon as it did, we went back out and started again. The weather kept threatening and when the wind picked up, it was obvious that Mother Nature had other plans.
We quickly packed up our gear and moved inside one of the ballrooms and carried on with the rest of the night. The crowd was in such a great mood despite the weather ordeal. It was probably one of the best dancing crowds I had all summer long.
What really stood out to me, however, was the love that this family shared. The toast tributes to both the bride and groom were so touching.