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12 Great Love Songs from 1981

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As 1980 quietly slipped into 1981, many changes were brewing that would inevitably change the musical landscape forever, and begin to quash the last remnants of the 1970s once and for all.  First and foremost was the debut of a cable television channel called MTV, which, upon its inception, played music videos 24 hours a day. A guy named Billy Idol left the band Generation X to begin a solo career, Ozzy Osbourne bit off the head of a dove and an all-girl band called the Go-Go’s were signed to IRS Records.  In New York City, while sitting in Tom’s Restaurant, a then unknown Suzanne Vega penned the lyrics to “Tom’s Diner”.

While 1981 was the year we lost Rock & Roll’s iconic Bill Haley, Reggae pioneer Bob Marley, singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and the epic and legendary songwriter and musician Hoagy Carmichael, the world saw the births of future stars like Justin Timberlake, Josh Groban, Beyoncé Knowles and Britney Spears.

But through it all, there was still love, and love songs in 1981; some great, some good and some not so good. The twelve love songs on this list are void of any “you done me wrong” or “why did you hurt me” or “please notice me I’m a stalker” junk, just good love songs about the good kind of love.

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 “Every Woman In The World” by Air Supply

This tune was actually released toward the end of 1980, but reached its peak chart position of #5 on the Top 40 charts in early 1981.  Sounding slightly Country at the start, this Air Supply classic slides quickly into the staple mushy-wushy Air Supply mold.  Thanks to this Australian band (and perhaps Dan Fogelberg), elevators around the world are filled with joyous love.

 “Giving It Up For Your Love” by Delbert McClinton

Another love song originally released near the close of 1980, this one-hit-wonder (on the Top 40 charts) for Country artist Delbert McClinton reached #8 in early 1981.  Although likely one of the least recognizable today, in 1981 this was an upbeat hit with catchy lyrics that were (and still are) fun to sing along with.  As the title proclaims, this song is a declaration of love, and a great love song.

 “Woman” by John Lennon

The title is “Woman”, and the chorus repeats “I love you now and forever”.  One can only guess this was meant from John to Yoko, and with Lennon’s senseless assassination less than a month before this love songs debut on the Billboard Top 40, John Lennon left us with a gem of a love song.  “Woman” peaked at number two on the Billboard Top 40 in 1981.

“The Best Of Times” by Styx

If you attended middle or high school in the 80s, it’s likely this song was played, and played, and played again.  This Styx tune is one that “happens to be” a love song, although its original intention is suspect, as it can have many meanings (particularly the questionable second verse).  Regardless, it resounds in love somehow being the best of times.  This tune reached #3 in early 1981, and remained a go-to track through the early and mid eighties.

 “Morning Train (Nine To Five)” by Sheena Easton

“Morning Train” was Australian songstress Sheena Easton’s Top 40 debut in the United States, and remarkably rocketed to the number one spot on Billboard’s U.S. Pop charts.  As far as love songs go, “Morning Train” is sort of untraditional, and while too bouncy and upbeat for a wedding first dance or anything remotely romantic, it is without question a great love song helping to re-definine the new 80s sound.

 “Just The Two Of Us” by Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers

In a new decade, with Hip Hop yet to come and Rock still the predominant genre, this Jazz/R&B fusion by Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers was an unpredictable chart hit, reaching number two on the Billboard Top 40.  Today, “Just The Two Of Us” is a classic among classics, and if ever a love song were written specifically for dinner or cocktail music at a wedding, it would be this one.

“I Love You” by Climax Blues Band

As if the title didn’t say it well enough, a thorough listen to the lyrics says it even better.  Perhaps one of the greatest Soft Rock 70s/80s sounding love songs ever written, this one is an unquestionable home run.  I want you, I need you, I got you, I love you.  The Climax Blues Band charted in the Top 40 only twice, with this being the second and last, charting at number twelve.

 “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates

As Daryl Hall and John Oates – originally dubbed as “Philadelphia blue eyed soul” – evolved their sound in the early 1980s into a Pop hit-making machine.  “You Make My Dreams Come True” is yet another title that reveals the theme of the song. This tune reached #5 on the Top 40 charts in 1981.

“Lady (You Bring Me Up)” by The Commodores

Lionel Richie and The Commodores were soon to split, with Lionel to launch a hugely successful solo career, but before he left the group left us with this awesome upbeat just pre-disco love song.  This one is a proclamation/declaration of love from the guy to the girl (Lady), and broke the Top 10, settling at #8 in late 1981, yet Lionel was to do it once more that year (see below).

 “Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

 An epic mega hit song from a not-so epic or memorable movie. To be clear, this is the original and only version of this ballad worth playing, with all remakes falling far short.  Written by Lionel Richie, he and Diana Ross deliver an unrivaled duet, one which not only reached #1, but went platinum and was named by Billboard as the greatest duet of all time.

 “Cool Love” by Pablo Cruise

 The fifth and final Top 40 hit for the group Pablo Cruise, this love ballad reached #13.  The topic is somewhat unique and interesting in that it refers not to the subject or recipient of the love, but to the love itself.  As the title infers, it’s a “Cool Love”.  What can be better than that?

 “Waiting For A Girl Like You” by Foreigner

Again, the title is a dead giveaway.  “Waiting For A Girl Like You” was the second single release from the album Foreigner 4, and reached #2 on the 1981 Billboard Top 40.  This epic love song was yet another that was played again and again at Proms and school dances throughout the 1980s, and almost as recognizable today as when it was released.

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Each song on this list has been vetted for proper nouns (girls/guys names), or any hint of bad love like breakups, infidelity and/or done-me-wrong themes, or and sort of unrequited love (like when the person doesn’t love you back). They’re safe for a wedding first dance, or just to dedicate to someone you love without your girlfriend saying something like, “But ‘Superfreak’ is a girl you won’t take home to mother”.

Love the love…

-Craig


Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 [Pop] Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn and Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson.




Cutting Edge @ September 2, 2015

Katie’s Bat Mitzvah Soirée

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This has been a big year for repeat Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah families.  On one hand, this is really great because it means that clients who already used me as their MC/DJ for a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah are coming back to use me again… a great honor in itself to know that I’ve done such a good job that they are choosing to use me again.  On the other hand, it’s like I’m getting to work on a whole new project with old friends and create an entirely new party, unique to that individual mitzvah child.  I’ve been doing this since the early 1990s and although to some this may seem challenging, to me it’s just lots of fun.

In this instance, I was to be the DJ for Katie’s Bat Mitzvah. I’d acted as MC/DJ for her brother’s Bar Mitzvah a few years before, so I already knew the family and we already had a great rapport, so from the moment that they came in for our wrap up meeting, I knew this party was going to be amazing.  Katie’s Dad was almost unstoppable, wanting to pull out all the bells and whistles.  The whole family had lots of great ideas, and working with them to achieve their vision was truly a party in itself.  Everyone laughed and had fun as we put it all together, so much so that before it was over we’d pulled in everyone else working in the office that night – including the owner of the company – for a big crazy think tank.

These folks had to be one of (if not the most) laid-back families I have ever worked with in all my years as a Mitzvah DJ. They all just wanted the same thing… good music and lots of fun and dancing. Katie and Dad knew exactly the music choices that they wanted to hear each and came in with their own respective lists ready to go. Dad even went so far as to bring the music with him on his smart phone to make sure I could hear what he wanted. We sat for close to two hours just talking about the night of the party… It was awesome!

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Finally, it was the night of the party. There is nothing that makes me happier than when a client walks into the room for the first time for that “sneak peek” to see what it all looks like. During the cocktail hour, I grabbed Katie and her family and brought them into the room. Between the lights and the décor from Event Creations, and the DJ setup we built, you could see from the look on their faces that it was exactly what they had envisioned.

It was Katie’s “Paris” theme.

Once Cocktail hour concluded, we brought all of the guests and family into the main dining room and from that moment on it was one grand soirée. It seemed that no matter what music I was playing – from Dad’s list or Katie’s – that everyone was there to dance and party. We even had some of the kids hop on the drums and play along with our percussionist. Everyone jammed out from start to finish. After dessert, Dad grabbed the mic and rocked the house rapping to Sugar Hill Gangs’s “Rappers Delight” while family and friends cheered him on… Truly amazing, and a memory I’m sure none in attendance will soon forget.

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This party would not have been such a success without all of the event professionals that took part in putting this party together. As always, it was a pleasure working with the staff at the Hilton City Line, and the folks who put together the awesome thematic décor from Event Creations. Thank you to Ann Marie Casey (the photographer) for the great images, some of which she was willing to share here.  And last but not least, kudos to my staff – dancers, lighting crew, DJ and video team for helping to make this such a special night for Katie’s friends and family.

Of course a super-big a big thank you (and Mazel Tov) to Katie and her entire family for letting me be apart of your amazing evening. I know that my dancers and I had a great time with your friends and family. When you and your guests are out on to the dance floor for the entire night, it makes our jobs that much easier. I wish you the best in everything and look forward to seeing you guys again soon.

-Marc


Images courtesy of Ann Marie Casey Photography


Décor by Event Creations


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Cutting Edge @ August 31, 2015

Heather & Divyesh’s Union Trust Wedding

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A typical wedding usually will take on the persona of the guests of honor. From my first meeting with Heather & Divyesh at Cutting Edge Entertainment, I knew that this was going to be a fun wedding. Both Heather & Divyesh have attractive personalities that draw you to them. Heather is always smiling & laughing, while Divyesh cracks jokes, or holds conversations about any number of topics. Our wrap-up meeting (the meeting we hold with our clients a few weeks before the event to gather final details) lasted much longer than usual, as we sat talking about music, the wedding, dancing, families and more.

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Heather & Divyesh chose a breathtaking venue in the Union Trust, located in downtown Philadelphia. The purple uplighting raced up the walls, spilling onto the high ceilings of the convert bank building, to add a regal feel to the event. The up level, where cocktail hour took place, has a magnificent bar with the purple uplighting to match the walls. After cocktail hour, the guests made their way down the grand staircase to the main reception area.

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Once the first dance, dinner & toasts, including some stories from Divyesh’s Marine adventures, were concluded, the party really got crazy. For being two “non-dancers” as they had described themselves, Heather & Divyesh did not leave the dance floor the entire evening, except to run over to the photo booth (which DJ Matt & I tested) to take hilarious pictures with all of the guests.

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The party rocked to everything from “Shout” to Robin S., to “It Takes Two” to Andy Grammer. Divyesh & the groom’s men even gave a “Lip Sync Battle” worthy ‘performance’ to “Roar” by Katy Perry. The night was filled with laughs, fun & memories. I had so much fun DJing the wedding, that I couldn’t even believe it was time to end.

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Congratulations again to Heather & Divyesh, and thank you for allowing Cutting Edge Entertainment to be a part of your special wedding day. Thank you to DJ Matt, Thomas & the entire crew from Finley Catering at the Union Trust, and thank you to Carley from Carley K photography for the awesome pictures!

-DJ Tony


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Cutting Edge @ August 26, 2015

Sarah & Adam’s Warrington Country Club Wedding

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The best part of being a Wedding DJ is that I get to create fun for a living. Whether at the office, an event, meeting new clients, or spinning awesome music, most of the time I am having a great time. When potential wedding clients are considering hiring an event professional for their wedding reception, they expect and probably want him or her to be serious about their trade, because their expectations are a top priority. When you meet with me… Well, I’m a DJ, MC and event coordinator all wrapped into one, and my number one objective is to make sure your event is nothing but a success. I have a great time meeting with brides and grooms and talking about their expectations. We also delve into their music choices and paint them a clear picture of what their beautiful day is going to be like. I have always felt that many people who have chosen to book Cutting Edge Entertainment realize within an hour or so of our first get-together that we are a very fun group, and it’s very likely that we will have an even greater time during their four or five hour reception. I am confident that is why Sarah and Adam chose Cutting Edge Entertainment and myself as their Wedding DJ.

This particular wedding celebration was held at the Warrington Country Club in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Being a native of Bucks County myself, I’m very familiar with this venue and and their staff.  This makes coordinating with their people all the more seamless, as well as the other event professionals.  It’s great when the whole team is on the same page particularly regarding specific wedding formalities like introductions, the first dance, speeches and parent dances.

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Once all the wonderful formalities ended, the bride and groom were out on the dance floor the entire night with all their guests.  Although I feel I’m a great DJ and enthusiastic MC, I keep in mind that the guests did not come to dance for me, but to celebrate with the true stars of the night, Sarah and Adam.  As always, when the bride and groom are out there on the floor, their guests are sure to follow.  Everyone always wants to dance with the girl in the beautiful white gown, and this wedding was no exception.

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Warrington Country Club is a great wedding venue where I have always enjoyed performing as a DJ, and with recent changes (they’ve really transformed the place), it has become an exceptional facility to have a wedding reception.  I also had a great time working with Linda from Linda Berry Photography, and I’m grateful to her for letting me feature the images from the wedding on our blog.

Most importantly, I want to thank the Adam & Sarah for choosing me as their Wedding DJ and allowing me to create an everlasting moment for them, and to wish you both all of the best things life has to offer in your journey as husband and wife.

-DJ Michael

Images courtesy of Lynda Berry Photography

 

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Cutting Edge @ August 24, 2015

12 Great Love Songs from 1980

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As the calendar of the 20th Century initially flipped from 1979 to 1980, nothing really changed in regard to popular music. Artists popular in the late 1970s (and some from the 1960s) still dominated the charts, “Soft Rock” was still an actual thing and the world had no concept that there could someday be a bad Star Wars movie.

In 1980 in the United States, a movie actor became President, a volcano erupted, Olympic Games were boycotted and although hard to believe, the Philadelphia Phillies won a World Series. In T.V. land, the Cable News Network (CNN) was launched and J.R. was shot, and in world news, Paul McCartney was arrested for possession of Marijuana in Japan (back then it was illegal) and Israel and Egypt decided to give peace a chance. It was the year that Jesse Owens, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Sellers and Colonel Sanders passed away while Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mackauly Culkin and Yao Ming were born.

But through it all, there was still love, and love songs in 1980; some great, some good and some not so good. The twelve love songs on this list are void of any “you done me wrong” or “why did you hurt me” or “please notice me I’m a stalker” junk, just good love songs about the good kind of love.

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“Cruisin’” by Smokey Robinson

Although this single made its chart debut in 1979, it, like many end-of-year releases do, crossed over into the following year, and in this case the following decade. Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin” peaked at #4 on both the Soul and Hot 100 charts. It’s a tender track with a metaphoric title, and aside from being pure love song it makes for a great slow dance.

“Longer” by Dan Fogelberg

This number two hit love song drips with mushy, mushy love. Years after its release, Mr. Fogelberg jokingly described “Longer” as the song that put him on elevators”, and I think it’s safe to say he was correct in that “Longer” epitomized the “elevator sound”. Love doesn’t get much sappier than this.

“Special Lady” by Ray, Goodman & Brown

Formerly known as The Moments but re-branded as Ray, Goodman & Brown in 1979, this soulful love song became the second highest charting hit for the group. The single went gold, reaching #5 on the Top 40 and #1 on the R&B Billboard charts. “Special Lady” is sung as a dedication from him to her, and its sincere sentiment is nothing short of pure love.

“With You I’m Born Again” by Billy Preston & Syreeta

This epic duet by Syreeta (former Motown star and ex-wife of Stevie Wonder) and legendary fifth Beatle Billy Preston is a near-perfect love song, reaching #4 on the Billboard Top 40. Its beautiful lyrics are complimented by an orchestral backing arrangement of strings; including a harp… you can’t really get much more romantic than that!

“Lost In Love” by Air Supply

This was the first Top 40 hit for the “soft rock” Australian band Air Supply, and was also featured in the soundtrack of the 1981 movie “Private Lessons” (a real 80s throwback there). “Lost In Love” topped out at #3 on the Billboard charts. This tune is unquestionably one of the sappiest love songs of the year… Thanks Australia!

“The Rose” by Bette Midler

From the movie of the same name, “The Rose” reached #3 on the Billboard Charts, went gold, won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Additionally, in 1980 “The Rose” was the most requested song at weddings for the bride and groom’s first dance. The tender lyrics are beautiful and moving, consisting of all of the elements of a perfect love song.

“Shining Star” by The Manhattans

Another Grammy Award winner, this time for Best R&B Performance by a Group, “Shining Star” reached #5 on the Pop Top 40, and #4 on the R&B Billboard charts. This soulful track truly rejoices in the love shared by two, and makes for a great slow bow-chicka-bow-bow jam.

“Magic” by Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John was a mega-superstar sweetheart throughout the 1970s, and she wasn’t going anywhere in the early 1980s. “Magic” is a sultry love song, and the first love song on this list to top the charts at the #1 spot in both Canada and the United States during the summer of 1980.

“More Love” by Kim Carnes

Yet another sultry love song by the scratchy-voiced Kim Carnes, this tune is truly a declaration of love and a bit a grinder slow dance at that. Of all the songs on this list, “More Love” is perhaps the best glimpse into what the early 80s sound was to be. “More Love” reached the number ten spot on the Billboard Top 40 in 1980.

“One In A Million You” by Larry Graham

Larry Graham – former bass guitar player for Sly & The Family Stone – made his solo debut with this epic love ballad, and it was to be quite the one hit wonder. At just over four minutes, “One In A Million You” is a romantic dedication perfect for all time… reaching #9 on the Top 40 and #1 on the R&B charts respectively, it’s everything a love song is supposed to be.

“Never Knew Love Like This Before” by Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills was twenty four years old when she reached the number six position on the Billboard Top 40 charts with “Never Knew Love Like This Before”. The title of this up-tempo love song says it all, and it’s light but catchy lyric won Stephanie two Grammy’s for this certified gold tune in 1981.

“(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon

The last love song on our list for 1980 is bittersweet. “(Just Like) Starting Over” was the first single released from the album “Double Fantasy”, and debuted on the Top 40 charts on November 1, 1980. Thirty eight days later, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon would be brutally and senselessly assassinated.

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Each song on this list has been vetted for proper nouns (girls/guys names), or any hint of bad love like breakups, infidelity and/or done-me-wrong themes, or and sort of unrequited love (like when the person doesn’t love you back). They’re safe for a wedding first dance, or just to dedicate to someone you love without your girlfriend saying something like, “Yeah, except my name isn’t Sweet Caroline”.

Love the love…

-Craig


Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 [Pop] Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn and Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson.




Cutting Edge @ August 19, 2015

Return Of The DJ

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Imagine being thirteen-years-old and witnessing a DJ perform at an event. It was an influential moment that put my career in motion as an event entertainer. It wasn’t an impossible situation for a child doing the “thirteen-year-old” Mitzvah tour to be in, but it was a momentous one.

When it became apparent that this was no passing fluke, my parents encouraged me to begin working with Cutting Edge Entertainment. Although I assisted another DJ for a few years prior, I didn’t realize the detail and effort required to create a memorable event until I joined Cutting Edge. After two years of assisting our experienced MC’s (Master of Ceremonies), my first solo gig occurred at the ripe age of eighteen. I became overwhelmed by how much excitement came with each event; however, any pressure became motivation to make each event better than the last. Each event became an opportunity to hone my skills, as well as an opportunity meet new people.

As time went on, I was able to acquire additional management skills while working in the veterinary industry. These skills can be applied to every Mitzvah and Wedding that comes my way. Rejoining the CE staff over the last year has not only allowed me to bring my unique experience back; it presents a chance to work alongside people that aren’t just co-workers; they’re family.

Within the structure and family of Cutting Edge, I can maximize my efforts for every client that I have the privilege of working with. My attention to detail is something I pride myself on. Bringing my own personal touch –based on the client’s vision – is what sets me apart from any other entertainer in the industry.

After working independently as the owner of my own company, which helped me grow as an MC, manager and businessperson, I decided it was time to return home. The experience I gained by teaching younger DJ’s and staff members can now be shared with the next generation of Cutting Edge entertainers.

During the winter months, I work diligently to build Cutting Edge’s event calendar by attending various industry expo’s, “meet and greets” and open houses. Although “entertainer” and “practice manager” may sound like a strange combination of careers, it has struck the perfect professional balance.

It’s good to be home…

DJ Michael


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Cutting Edge @ July 10, 2015

Danny’s Hip Hop Bucks County Bar Mitzvah

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Party animal… A word that many use, yet so few can truly embody. I knew that Danny’s Bar Mitzvah party at the Spring Mill Manor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania was going to be a wild one from the first moment I saw Danny’s family had booked with Cutting Edge Entertainment for yet another party. (I was a dancer on Danny’s older sister’s mitzvah.) Being that Danny was a competitive dancer, I knew that the crowd would be on their feet throughout the day, and that this Bar Mitzvah would be loads of fun.

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I did not, however, even begin to understand the extent of Danny’s “party animal” until the day of the Bar Mitzvah. After the candle lighting, hora and other formalities concluded, Danny was on the dance floor the rest of the afternoon (literally, not figuratively), leading his friends & family in dance after dance, all while showing off his awesome moves (again, literally). The crowd at Danny’s Bar Mitzvah danced so much, that it was hard for us to get them seated at any point in time!

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We did take a short break from the party in order to treat the audience to a dance performance by Danny, followed by a surprise vocal performance from his older sister, Jessie. The crowd was blown away by the talented sibling duo, and then jumped right back out on the dance floor. We even had a dance off between the adults and kids to the Sugarhill Gang’s classic “Apache.” I think the adults won (my team of course), but Danny would likely claim otherwise.

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By the end of the party, Danny had left his jacket, vest and tie behind, in order to keep himself cool on the dance floor. Even after spending the afternoon popping, locking and break dancing all over the dance floor and the glow stages… he could probably have kept going for hour!! Whenever you’re ready Danny, I will be honored to pass the torch of Cutting Edge Entertainment MC on to you… you party animal!

Danny’s Mom (Wendy) was kind enough to post this testimonial to Facebook only days after the Bar Mitzvah…

Cutting Edge Entertainment just did our son’s Bar Mitzvah celebration on Sunday. Tony Azzaro was our MC. Not only were Tony and his crew outstanding in running our son’s party, keeping both the children as well as the adults on their feet dancing and having fun the entire time, Tony’s orchestration of the day’s events was incredible. He was a calming factor in my very hectic day making sure that I (a control freak by nature) could let go and just enjoy my party. I continue to get calls about my DJ’s from my guests saying how great they were. In addition, the owner, Craig Sumsky, knew just how to speak to me before the party to “calm me down” making sure that I did not miss a beat in my planning. Tony was also great at communicating with my photographer, videographer as well and the staff at my party venue to ensure all went well. I have used them before and they will continue to be my “go to” for all of my future party needs. A heartfelt thank you to Craig, Tony and staff for another wonderful experience working with you.


The folks at Spring Mill were a pleasure to work with (as usual), and thanks to the photographers from Edwin Huddle Photography for allowing us to use these images here on our blog. And last, but certainly not least, Mazel Tov to Danny and his entire family, it was lots of fun and I look forward to seeing y’all again soon.

-DJ Tony


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Cutting Edge @ June 29, 2015

The Wedding of Carolyn and Chris, and their DJ

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In May of 2015, I was the DJ for Carolyn and Chris’s wedding reception. The party was held at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park in Ambler, Pennsylvania. A couple of weeks prior to the wedding we met for what we call a “wrap-up meeting”. This is where we cement the timeline, the formalities, the announcements to be made along with details and very importantly, pronunciations of names to be introduced. Carolyn and Chris are one of those couples that clicked instantly with me, and after speaking with them for nearly two hours, going over a timeline, music, my approach to my job and their vision for their wedding reception, I felt great going in to the big day.

When the big day finally came, my assistant DJ and I arrived at Prophecy Creek about two hours before the start of the ceremony. We quickly got set up and settled in, before the roughly one hundred and fifty guests arrived. Being prepared is paramount to success. The ceremony was held on the property, and we were happy to provide a microphone for the officiant and the vows. Sometimes, when having your ceremony outside, it is nice to have a microphone to guarantee everything is heard by all attendees. Following the ceremony we provided music for the cocktail hour, but were very conscious of the volume of our music. Of course we want people to hear the music we are playing, but, at the same time, we don’t want people shouting at each other as they are trying to mix and mingle. Once cocktail hour was over, guests headed to their tables underneath the tent, where we introduced the parents, bridal party, and our bride and groom. Once we introduced Carolyn and Chris into the room, we had them begin their first dance.

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Carolyn and Chris are definitely both party animals, and they really wanted all of their guests to have a great time. They picked the right Wedding DJ for the job, because getting (and keeping) people out on the dance floor happens to be my specialty. I played everything from “Shout” by Otis Day and The Knights to “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, and everyone had a blast. One thing remained the same… It didn’t hurt that this crowd was ready to go as soon as dinner was over, and did not stop until the reception came to a close.

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Now, of course, I can’t take all the credit for the success of the party. I worked together with a great staff at Prophecy Creek, who did a great job and were easy to work with. Great food is a key element to a successful party, and the food at Prophecy Creek was outstanding. I also worked alongside Nicole of Nicole Leigh Photography. She took some great pictures from the party. As always she rocked, and I can’t wait to work with her again.

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A few weeks after the wedding, Carolyn and Chris posted the following testimonial on Wedding Wire:

My husband and I used Cutting Edge for our May 2015 wedding and they did such an amazing job! We worked with Richie and we couldn’t have been happier with all the help he provided before the wedding as well as playing everything we wanted at the wedding! We met with Richie a week or so before the wedding and he went over the entire wedding day timeline with us which made us feel so much more comfortable. I even gave him my crazy song playlist that I wanted played at the wedding and he did an amazing job at playing the songs at exactly the right time to get everyone dancing. Our wedding was a blast and our guests had such a good time dancing all night because of Richie! I really couldn’t have asked for a better DJ and wouldn’t hesitate to use him for another event or recommend to a friend or family member for their wedding! If you’re thinking of using them do it!! You won’t be disappointed!


Thank you so much for the great review, and wishing everything awesome to Carolyn and Chris as they begin their journey as husband and wife.

~Richie


Images courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography



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Cutting Edge @ June 10, 2015

DJ Jack

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DJ Jack

Jack Duggan has been with Cutting Edge Entertainment since January of 2008, joining our team one month prior to his 16th birthday. Like most of our new hires, he began as an assistant roadie on smaller parties, yet in a matter of two years he was assisting as a second DJ on bigger events, like Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs and corporate events.

In his second year in college and in addition to being a DJ on more and more events, Jack took it upon himself to become more familiar with our lighting and production gear for larger events, quickly becoming one of the most well rounded employees on our team. In 2013, Jack took over our warehouse, assigning and maintaining our event gear. This is a huge responsibility, which Jack takes very seriously and his diligence has proven invaluable.

The adjective that best describes Jack is effective, the definition of which, “successful in producing a desired or intended result” pretty much sums him up well. Most of the tasks and jobs Jack has taken on he’s been a natural at, and those that posed resistance he found solutions for as any great problem-solver would.

In regard to Jack as a DJ, he’s personable, optimistic and upbeat. He has a vivid and innate eye for detail, and an absolute perfectionist when it comes to making certain his clients’ happiness is achieved. His music tastes are varied and expansive; making Jack a well rounded Disc Jockey in regard to his music knowledge and being able to play for audiences of all ages from Hip Hop to Motown to Rock & Roll.

Basically, Jack’s “the man”.


Image courtesy of Kevin York Photography


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Cutting Edge @ June 3, 2015

Ashley & Brett’s Warrington Country Club Wedding

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Bride and Groom Wedding DJ

In April 2015 I was the Wedding DJ for Ashley and Brett’s wedding reception. The party was held at the Warrington Country Club, in Warrington, Pennsylvania, and Ashley and Brett were a fun, outgoing couple, whom I had a blast working with. As a Wedding DJ it’s important to play all sorts of music from all different genres and eras including many diverse artists. Many brides and grooms are concerned with making sure we play a little bit of something for everyone. In my opinion four to five hours is more than enough time to keep everyone happy, whether it be with Big Band, Jazz, Motown, Rock and Roll, or Top 40, I have no problem fitting it all in. This was very important to Ashley and Brett, simply because as in most wedding receptions, their guests varied in both age and musical taste.

Lynda Berry Photography

Lynda Berry Photography

This was a wedding that I was anticipating for months, because I knew it was going to be a blast. We have been working at the Warrington Country Club for many years and it’s always nice to work at a familiar place. Once cocktail hour ended, we brought everyone in to the ballroom and began our introductions. The parents, bridal party, and bride and groom each had came out and the guests were cheering so hard it almost overpowered the music. Once the first dance and toasts were finished, everyone enjoyed an amazing meal courtesy of the staff at the Warrington Country Club. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Land of a 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett to “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard as well as tons of other great party hits in between. The bride and groom were out on the dance floor nearly the entire night, along with their roughly one hundred and seventy guests. It was a great time for all.

Lynda Berry Photograpy

Lynda Berry Photography

Ashley and Brett are amazing, and I enjoyed getting to know them before the wedding and it was awesome to be a part of their celebration. I look forward to staying in touch with them as they begin their lives together as husband and wife. As always, it is a pleasure to work at The Warrington Country Club. Their staff is always professional, easy to work with and they do an outstanding job. I also had the opportunity to work with Lynda of Lynda Berry Photography, who – as always – took some phenomenal images. I appreciate her letting us feature them here on our blog.

-Richie



Images Courtesy of Lynda Berry Photography


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Cutting Edge @ May 18, 2015

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