Monday, September 30, 2013

Shupe Homestead Gig Log Sept 28th 2013

The Shupe Homestead lies only a few miles from the recently flood ravaged town of Lyons, Colorado. Naturally I was quite relieved to hear that the venue was still standing, relatively undamaged and most of all that the owners, who live on site, were doing well despite having at least a foot of water flowing through the building.

It only took a few days for the venue to bounce back and begin hosting wedding receptions once again. The bride the past Saturday told me that the owners are even donating remaining open dates to people who have had to relocate receptions due to flooding.

Although I have only worked at Shupe Homestead a few times it is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues in here in Colorado.

Gig Log Video Below:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Afternoon Mix Playlist On KRFC Ft Collins Sept 25th 2013


Playlist from my show on Wed Sept 25th 2013 on KRFC Ft Collins. Volunteer/Community Powered Radio! 

In Studio Guests this week: Erik Lindstrom - Comedian & Levi Bronson - Musician

Note: Music for my radio show is in no way a reflection of what I typically play at a wedding. I strive to play more local and obscure music on the radio, weddings and events usually call for much more party friendly songs that will get people dancing.

Cass McCombs “Meet Me At The Mannequin Gallery”
from Big Wheel and Others MP3 Album (Domino 2013)
Tom Waits “Talking At The Same Time”
from Bad As Me CD Album (Anti - 2011)
Wire Faces “Cloak And Dagger”
from Diamonds and gold CD Album (Wire Faces 2011) L
Dr Dog “That Old Black Hole”
from Be The Void (Unknown 2009)
Cowboy Junkies “We Are The Selfish Ones”
from 1986-1995 Digital‑Library Album (RCA 1996)
Tom Morello “Blind Willie McTell”
from The Nightwatchman MP3 (un 2011)
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “I Should Have Known It”
from Mojo CD Album (Reprise 2010)
Dubskin “Freedom Fighter”
from Release from Fear MP3 Album (Dubskin 2011) L
The Band “W.S. Walcott Medicine Show”
from The Last Waltz LP Album (Rhino 1978)
Jimkata “Burn My Money” CD Album (Jimkata 2009)
Jimmy Cliff “Bongo Man”
from harder they come MP3 Album (Trojan Records 1969)
Dave Hole “I'm A King Bee”
from Rough Diamond CD Album (Blind Pig 2007)
Lemonheads “Mrs. Robinson”
from It's A Shame About Ray Digital‑Library Album (Atlantic 1992)
Watermelon Slim “Skinny Women And Fat Cigars”
from Escape from the Chicken Coop CD Album (NorthernBlues Music, Inc. 2009)
Jesse Manley “Devils's Red”
from Devil's Red CD Album (Jesse Manley 2011) L
Bouncing Souls “Man In Black”
from The Gold Record CD Album (Epitaph 2006)
Canned Heat “Fried Hockey Boogie”
from 100 Blues Masters CD Comp (Time Music 2001)
Sheryl Crow “It Don't Hurt”
from The Globe Sessions CD (A&M 1998)
Gringo Star “You Want It”
from Count Your Lucky Stars (Unknown)
Joe Price “Dancin' Shoes”
from Rain Or Shine CD Album (Blues Acres 2008)
Chuck Berry “Tulane”
from No Particular Place To Go Other Single (Chess 1964)
MurderARRRS “Weapon”
from Advance (MurderARRRS) L
The Babysitters “Gigantic Sunglasses”
from Have A Seat (Unknown 2012) L
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Running Man's Bible”
from Anthology CD Album (Universal 2000)
Chickenfoot “Sexy Little Foot”
from Chickenfoot CD Album (Fontana 2009)
Bad Religion “21st Century (Digital Boy)”
from Against The Grain CD Album (Epitaph 2004)
Rollins Band “Do It”
from Do it CD Album (2.13.61 Records 1988)
Mojo Men “She's My Baby”
from love is the song we sing - san francisco nuggets 1965 - 1970 CD Comp (Rhino 2007)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why Is It Important To Consider Hiring An Experienced Wedding DJ?

Hiring an experienced Wedding DJ is very important for the success of your event. Weddings are a very different kind of event and require a certain approach in order to entertain a crowd of people with ages from 5 - 105 years of age. DJ's who are inexperienced with weddings can make a multitude of mistakes which can cause your guests to start running for the door.

Experienced Wedding DJ's 
- Can deliver high energy introductions
- Always use edited versions of popular music
- Know how to play a wide range of music
- Can work your requests into the mix of music
- Have the ability to adapt to changing conditions
- Can offer suggestions on order of events
- Know what to play and when
- Are willing to help in whatever way is needed
- Have backup equipment 
- Are always looking for ways to improve

Friday, September 20, 2013

Colorado and Wyoming High School Dances

2013 had me doing more youth dances than ever before, Elementary Schools, Jr and Sr High Schools too! I am looking forward to even more late in the year and of course 2014. Here is a video with some select highlights from the Senior High School dances this year.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ceremony Music Sampler - Traditional Music

Here is the first video featuring examples of what ceremony music sets I will be offering to my wedding clients. This is the first step towards my plan to create a companion page on my website to better explain and lay out all the many great options people have when planning a reception.

Highland Meadows Golf Club

Flooding here in Colorado over this past week has led to evacuations and major damage across the Colorado Front Range. This has led to not just travel delays and challenges but sadly loss of life and property. With safety in mind many people have had to scramble to make changes in wedding plans and arrangements.

Yesterday a call came in from a bride who needed a DJ that same day. Her DJ who had been hired months ago was not able to make it out of his home due to flooding conditions in his area. The Bride could see from the list of booked dates on my website that I wasn't booked (the only saturday in September), luckily my area has not been greatly affected and I had safe roads to and from Highland Meadows Golf Club in Windsor, Colorado.

She shot me an email listing the music that they wanted and just a few hours later I was there ready for the party. The event really came together in a pinch and I think the circumstances were soon forgotten, if only for a few hours. Stay safe Colorado!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Anniversary Dance Demo Video

The Anniversary Dance can be a fun way to acknowledge all of the married couples in attendance at your reception. It can also have a very nice ending when I briefly ask the last two or three couples to give any advice or share something that they have learned over the years. Please see the video below to get an idea of how this special event flows and how much fun people are having with this.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Add Your Personal Touch To The Music Mix Of Your Reception

Hiring a professional DJ should mean that you are allowing them to choose what music to play and when. If you have chosen somebody with experience and knowledge then you should be trusting in them to draw on what they know to rock the party.

With that being said, it is also vital that you give your DJ a list of songs or artists that YOU and your family are likely to enjoy. This gives me a starting point to engineer a unique reception that is tailor made for you and your crowd. I have sections in my online planning form for 15 high priority songs (15 is about how many songs I can play in an hour) as well as space for as many other requests as you wish to make.

I pride myself on playing amazing music that is not typically heard at weddings but fits the dynamic of the crowd and really draws people into the event making the energy skyrocket. Guest requests are a big part of what can make this possible.

I like to go around to the tables during cocktail hour or dinner to introduce myself and ask for requests. This opens the door for great input and clues me in to what they will respond to on the dance floor.

Your guests will remember how much fun they had at your reception long after all else is forgotten. Don't forget to add those music requests, they are what will make your reception not just unique but totally unforgettable.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Yawpers On Live@Lunch July 28th 2013

I was finally able to get the Yawpers on Live@Lunch earlier this summer. Keep your eyes on this band!

The Yawpers is “A stripped down, brazen rock and roll band from Colorado, accompanied by over-driven acoustic guitars and a trap kit. Inspired by Whitman’s promise to “sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world,” the Yawpers have created a sound that is equal parts frenetic, earnest, and menacing, all while bringing together disparate pieces of the American musical lexicon. Though less than two years old, the Yawpers have played over 200 shows on both coasts, and everywhere in between, and have shared the stage with: the Heartless Bastards, the Black Angels, Cracker, the Nadas, the Supersuckers, Quiet Corral, the Delta Spirit, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the Stone Foxes, Joe Buck and many others. Following the release of an EP in 2011, their critcally well received LP, “Capon Crusade”, released in late 2012, debuted at #1 on the Colorado Music Charts, and is now in its second printing.”

Podcast Link Here

Led by dynamic young singer-songwriter Nate Cook and guitarist Jesse Parmet, emerging Boulder trio The Yawpers (named after Walt Whitman’s promise to “sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”) recall a grittier version of Wilco, with as much raw country sensibility as twisted indie imagination.

Equally akin to Deer Tick, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Elvis, The Yawpers give a fresh blend of alt-country and rock ‘n’ roll. Their debut full-length album, Capon Crusade, is available online and in stores.”
Playlist from Sept 4th Wed Afternoon Mix

2:02pm Wire Faces “Magic Mountain”from Diamonds and gold CD Album (Wire Faces 2011) L

2:07pm Bjork “Army Of Me” from Biophilia CD Album (Nonesuch 2011)

2:15pm Lyrics Born “Radio” from Feedback CD Album (Interscope 2008)

2:18pm Flight Of Conchords “Hip Hopapotamus” from Flight Of Conchords MP3 Album (Sub Pop 2008)

2:23pm Aimee Mann “Medicine Wheel” from Smilers CD Album (Super Ego Records 2008)

2:26pm Truckstop Honeymoon “Homemade Haircut” CD Album (Squirrel 2010)

2:29pm Munchausen by Proxy “Keytar” from Yes Man CD Comp (Lakeshore 2008)

2:32pm Artichoke “Pretty Vacant” from Nevermind The Bullocks CD Album (Green Records 2006)

2:50pm Eels “My Beloved Monster” from Blinking Lights and Other Revelations MP3 Single (Vagrant Records 2005)

3:05pm Fiona Apple “Werewolf” from The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do MP3 Album (Epic 2012)

3:08pm Frank Zappa “Murder By Numbers” from Broadway The Hardway (Unknown 1988)

3:15pm Peter Gabriel “Don't Give Up” from Down To Earth MP3 Single (Walt Disney 2008)

3:20pm Rod Stewart “Pinball Wizard” from Rarities (Mercury Records 2013)

3:24pm Social Distortion “Story Of My Life” from Social Distortion CD Album (Epic 1990)

3:33pm The Convalescents “The Real Me” from The Convalescents (The Convalescents 2012) L

3:36pm Street Sweeper Social Club “Nobody Moves” from Street Sweeper Social Club CD Album (Street Sweeper Social Club 2009)

3:39pm DredZepplin “Black Dog” Single (Unknown)

3:47pm The Reverend Horton Heat “Big Dwarf Rodeo” from Holy Roller CD Album (Subpop 1999)

3:55pm Mama Lenny and the Remedy “Big Bird” from Punches & Hugs CD Album (Mama Lenny and the Remedy 2012) L

Like everything else, times are approximate. Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Video Is Worth A Million Pictures!

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It is VERY rare that I get to see other DJ's in action. I watch photographers, planners, videographers, caterers and venue staff at work and in action all the time. Getting to see another DJ in action is very rare for me. In the industry we do have conventions and trade publications which provide us with ideas and give us a clue as to what is trending and how DJ's might be doing certain things. The catch for this is this; I have to rely on what they tell me, I am not able to see these professionals in action. I have to apply my judgement based on my experience as to whether or not something will work for me and the clients I serve. I could always just take their word for it. I don't like that. In fact most people wouldn't like this when something as important as life long memories are at stake.

I want to see and I want to know what these things look like when applied in the real world. I think that you should too! Trusting in advertising slogans and promises will not insure a successful event. You need to know what you are getting and you need to know that is a good fit for your personality and for the personality of the event itself. It is that simple. This my reasoning behind getting video clips of me in action. You get to hear my voice and get to see how events flow into one another without needing to been at an actual event. Of course it's even better if we happen to cross paths and be at a party where you get to see how much fun everyone is having with your own eyes. Until then, there is always Youtube.