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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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Bride and Groom

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


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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”.


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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



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Cutting Edge @ May 18, 2015

Philadelphia DJ Jared

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Philadelphia DJ Jared

My name is Jared, I’m a DJ, and here’s my story…

My earliest memory of Cutting Edge Entertainment was in the spring of 1999, when I was attending a school friend’s Bar Mitzvah.  I remember the humorous comments from the owner Craig Sumsky, who was the MC of that party, and one of the cute party motivators (I was thirteen, what do you expect me to remember?).  After my Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah heydays, I took a step out of the DJ scene.

I attended High School in Montgomery County and then attended College at West Chester University where I earned my BS in Education. It was then that I first became seriously interested in becoming a DJ. I remember going to some parties, listening to the music choices and asking the resident DJ questions about their gear.   It was shortly after that when – while working at Summer Camp – a co-worker suggested I contact Cutting Edge (where they also worked) in regard to a job as a DJ.

I did not connect the dots between Cutting Edge Entertainment and that day back in the spring of 1999 until the day of my interview when it all came together. When I first began, I was taken under the wing of C.E.E. Owner and Director Craig Sumsky and his talented staff.  Craig explained that there is a lot more to being a MC or Disc Jockey than just playing music, so I spent the next several years learning the ropes. I studied many genres of music and I went on various types of jobs ranging from surprise birthday parties to Weddings and Bat Mitzvahs. I was very fortunate to apprentice with some very talented MC/ DJ’s and learn the craft.

As a teacher during the school year and Camp Director in Bucks County during the summer months, I find myself working with all sorts of people ranging from young children to adults. Interestingly, I’ve found myself thinking like a DJ, interested in learning the music preferences and tastes of all ages. Just like a DJ event, my life is very lively. I love to keep active playing many different types of team sports, spend time with my family and friends, and of course listen to music. Since beginning with Cutting Edge in 2011, my music collection has grown to reflect all of the people I have been introduced to over time ranging from the top hits to eclectic music from around the world.

I am excited to be a member of the Cutting Edge Crew! After many years of training I have now began to fly. I have coordinated multiple parties with clients of Cutting Edge Entertainment, and I find that open communication is key to a successful event. As an MC or DJ I strive to create the exact atmosphere the client envisions for their party. Just like every MC or DJ at Cutting Edge, I have the know-how to walk into an event, read the crowd and play the appropriate types of music. I feel with my years of training accompanied with my diverse experience and enthusiasm makes me the talented DJ I’ve become, and I continue to evolve. I love being a DJ, and I can’t put into words how rewarding it is to work with clients to achieve success on their special occasion.

~Jared Mitchell


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Cutting Edge @ May 6, 2015

Things to Think About Before You Hire a DJ

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So many times, the first question a client in search of a DJ asks is, “How much do you charge?” Yet, price alone is probably the worst way to choose a DJ.  Clearly, some DJs are more expensive than others. The price of a four hour event can range from three hundred to three thousand dollars (or more).  It would be very tempting to choose the cheapest option, and if that is all you can afford, then you have no choice.

Now consider the law of supply and demand.  There is a reason that some DJs charge more than others, and the higher price is often justified.  More expensive DJs tend to be more experienced and have good reputations.  Generally, the DJs on the lower end of the price scale are trying to become established in the business.  If your party is on the informal side, they might do a great job and be worth a shot.  But, there is often more risk associated with a less experienced person.

What is the success of your party worth?  Imagine you are planning a very budget-oriented party.  You intend to invite one-hundred guests.  At an estimated cost of merely thirty dollars per head, you have already invested three thousand dollars in your affair.  Add five hundred dollars for the wedding dress, another one hundred for the tux, one thousand for decorations, fifty for the clergyman, three hundred or so on gifts for the wedding party and various tips, two hundred for a limo, and twenty five hundred for the honeymoon. Now you plan to spend a little over seventy-five hundred dollars!

The professional DJ you spoke with said, “We charge one thousand dollars for a show of your time frame.”  That is less than fifteen percent of your current expenses.  Is it worth spending extra on a disc jockey to make sure that you have a reputable and professional entertainer who has experience making fun happen at your type of affair? Or, is it better to save five to six hundred dollars and use Uncle Harold’s friend who has an iPod and a limited (amateur) personal music collection?  And here you thought you didn’t need to meet him before the wedding. After all he is Uncle Harold’s best friend.

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First, you need to determine what you are looking for from a DJ.  If you want someone to sit behind the booth, say nothing, and read a magazine, then maybe the high school kid down the street will be just fine.  But, if you are looking for more, start by building a relationship.  Jump on the internet, find listings for disc jockeys, and start calling.  Let the DJ you talk with know about how you envision your event and ask what he or she can do to help you plan your day.  Find out if he or she will get involved with your crowd, make necessary announcements, and work with your caterer and photographer, and if they have experience doing so.

The most important thing to ask about is his or her experience with your type of event.  If you are planning an event like a wedding, school dance, or company party, it is normal to expect a professional DJ to have performed at about twenty similar events and a well established DJ to have performed at perhaps even hundreds. During your phone call, you should be able to quickly tell if the person you are talking with will be willing to work for you. In other words, once you hire him or her, he or she will give you one hundred percent of himself or herself to meet your needs.  He or she will make things happen and assist you to make decisions to ensure that your event is memorable, not just another meal and dance.

When you find someone who you quickly feel comfortable speaking with and who you believe will meet your needs, you have probably found a good candidate to meet with in person. This face to face meeting will likely be the absolute best way to determine whether or not this particular DJ is worth hiring.

Value

What are you getting for your money?  If you choose to allow Uncle Harold’s best friend to DJ, there’s a good chance you’ll get what you paid for: a home stereo caliber sound system, a limited selection of music you may actually want played as well as a lack of experience as of when to play it… essentially, little more than a manned jukebox.  With a band, you are likely to hear many songs you request, provided the band is familiar with the music and lyrics. A band also helps to create a great ambiance. However, impressive as they may be, bands will need to take a set break every forty-five minutes. It is also likely that their variety of music will be more limited to what they have in their repertoire, whereas a professional and experienced DJ should have no such limitation.

Before the party, your DJ should make time to help you with song selections, plan any introductions or announcements that are expected to be made, and work with you on creating a timeline for your event or reception. Expect a professional DJ to play light dinner music during your cocktail hour and meal, introduce guests of honor and facilitate any formalities, help your caterer and photographer stay on track, and have thousands of  great songs to choose from for play during the open dancing time.

The best DJs will take requests from the audience and work them into their routine.  However, do not expect the DJ to play every request.  Many requests are simply inappropriate for the mood of the event, while others may be on the client’s pre-determined “do not play” list.  A good DJ is not a jukebox. Instead, he or she will blend requests with songs he or she believes will effectively motivate the crowd.  The art of being a DJ is timing, and this takes experience.  Forcing a DJ to ignore his or her instincts by making him or her play every request will result in your music pace seeming uneven and your party less fun. On the other hand, a DJ should try to play as many of your audience requests as possible. Ask about his or her policy on requests during your initial consultation. Once you have hired a DJ, it is appropriate to give him or her a short list of songs you “must have”, as well as an even more important list of “do not play under any circumstances” songs.  Very much like a chef is made aware of a food allergy to avoid an adverse reaction, the Disc Jockey must have an understanding of what songs or music genres will align with the preferred flavor of the guests, and more importantly, the client.

Often, a DJ will boast about the number of songs they have.  While variety is great, the fact is that they will only be able to play sixty to seventy songs throughout a four-hour show, that number being based on the average length in time of popular songs.  It is far more important that the DJ you hire has and knows the right sixty songs instead of twenty thousand songs that you and your crowd do not want to hear. Feel free to ask a DJ what type of music he or she recommends for your event, while making certain that they are attentive to your personal requests.  You should feel comfortable that they understand what your music tastes are and that they have the experience to choose the selections that will result in the desired and optimal outcome.

Reliability & Professionalism

There will be no second chance for your reception or event to take place. This means that when the high school kid down the street is offered the opportunity to go to a concert, you better hope that he is extremely responsible and committed to his job.  But, you cannot only be concerned with the DJ himself or herself.  Make sure that your Disc Jockey owns his or her equipment and that the equipment is of professional quality. Also, you should never be charged extra for having the DJ bring his or her equipment.

Choosing a professional Disc Jockey company with many DJ teams can provide a sense of security to clients. However, be sure to ask if you will be able to plan your day with the specific DJ who will be at your event. This will ensure that your show will not be cast off to the highest bidder when something better comes along. Furthermore, ask about the unexpected, because the unexpected can happen to anyone. It is very important you understand how a company handles these situations.  If your main Disc Jockey gets sick or is unable to attend your event, is there a secondary who can take over?  What happens in the case of an equipment failure?  Professional equipment is built to last, but ask about if  the company regularly services and maintains their gear.  Does the group have backup equipment or an agreement for loaner equipment?    Ask your Disc Jockey what he or she will do if found in an unexpected situation.

Lastly, you should insist on a written contract clearly stating services provided, times, locations, costs and other logistics.  Experienced professional Disc Jockeys will be able to provide you with a copy of their standard contract.

Spend time checking your potential DJs references and reviews, as well as checking references of other DJs who work for the same company. This is perhaps the only way you will be able to verify that your DJ will follow through on his or her promises and that he or she is a part of a reputable company. Remember, videos can easily be edited to cast a DJ in an extremely positive light. Do not expect to have the opportunity to see a potential DJ at an upcoming reception. Many professional Disc Jockeys have leaned the hard way that future business is no reason to have strangers crashing someone else’s party. After all, would you want your DJ to stop concentrating on your affair to advertise himself or herself to a potential client?

Look carefully at the literature the DJ or company distributes. What image does the DJ or company present in print, on the web, and in person?  Does this image fit with what you are looking for in an entertainer, or does it remind you of a Simpson’s episode run amok?

Fun

A professional DJ does not mean a boring DJ.  In fact, the most professional entertainers are the most fun and are the best at motivating a crowd.  Just as you would not hire a Disc Jockey that sits behind the booth texting on their smart phone, you would not hire a Disc Jockey who cannot entertain.  Your DJ should be part announcer, music mixer, request taker, comedian, dancer, and actor.  He or she should be someone who will get out on the floor with your guests and teach them how to do the hottest new line dance if need be, rather than just watching them muddle through it.  You need someone who will help break the ice with your guests if it does not occur organically.

Make sure your DJ exercises common sense.  Halfway through your elegant banquet, you probably do not want your entertainer to break out the over-sized plastic sunglasses and blow-up guitars, recreating a scene from “Risky Business” on the dance floor.  However, depending on your event, you may very well be looking for just that type of activity.  Let your Disc Jockey know your expectations, including what you do not want to happen at your affair.

It is also important to remember that some parties just happen.  The day is great, the music sets the tone and your guests are ready to have a ball.  Some parties, on the other hand, need more help.  Make sure that your DJ will be willing and able to kick start your party if necessary.

So That’s It…

In the end, it comes back to this “golden rule”; expect to pay for the level of entertainment described. And remember, the only difference between a tightly budgeted wedding that feels like it’s tightly budgeted and a tightly budgeted reception that does not is the professionalism of the DJ and the amount of involvement he or she takes in your day.  Call the shots with your entertainer and make sure that your DJ is willing to turn your dreams into a reality.  Spend some time getting to know your Disc Jockey, and remember, you’ll pay a little extra for the experienced professionals. If you do all of this long before your big day, you’ll be sure to have a worry-free event.
Finally, here are some other tips to keep in mind. Team Disc Jockey services are usually slightly more expensive than a solo DJ since you are getting two people to make sure your party is a success, a Master of Ceremonies, and a Disc Jockey assistant or junior event coordinator.  You may pay a little more if your entertainment will be traveling over an hour to get to your party. Also “in demand” dates such as over Memorial Day weekend or during the second week in June may cost more. Then again, some services charge a flat rate regardless of date or location.


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Cutting Edge @ April 27, 2015

Griffin’s Bar Mitzvah

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This past spring, I had the pleasure of providing the DJ entertainment for Griffin’s Bar Mitzvah. He was one super-cool kid that my crew and I were able to really have a great time with, and make his Bar Mitzvah lots of fun. I should probably preface this all by saying, it is always a nerve wracking situation when your boss comes up to you and says, “I want you to handle a Bar Mitzvah for a friend of mine.” It adds a little bit of pressure to the party but I am glad that it did, as I welcome a challenge. From the moment that Griffin and his parents came into the office to meet with us I knew it was going to be a great party. I didn’t realize it at first but Griffin’s mom, Kim, has known me since birth, and my family even longer. I was very honored that they chose me as their Bar Mitzvah DJ because I would get to see some people that I don’t get to see that often and I enjoy performing in front of guests that I know (and love).

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At our wrap up meeting, Griffin, myself, mom and dad had a great time selecting music and coming up with the timing of the party. They had one request… Make it an amazing party. For a thirteen year old, Griffin knew exactly what he wanted and had lots of specific ideas about the Bar Mitzvah party. By the time we were done the meeting I knew it was going to be a jumping crowd, was extremely excited for the party date to get here, and was totally psyched to work with such a cool family.

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I take great pride in all of the setups that we do for Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah parties, and I personally made sure this one looked awesome, so much so that I couldn’t wait for the family to walk in and see what the room looked like. It was all worth it when I saw the expression on Kim, Jamie and Griffin’s faces. The fun began at cocktail hour, where Griffin and his friends enjoyed having their green screen photo favors taken. His friends were a lot of fun and kept asking our dancers when they could come into the main room to start dancing… they were ready to party!

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My favorite part of a party is the opening dance set when the guests first come into the room. This helps to set the tone and gives you an idea of how the night is going to go. I was ecstatic because from the time the party began to its final moments the dance floor was packed. We danced the night away with tunes from from The Jackson Five, Earth, Wind and Fire, some 80’s and finished up with some “Turn Down For What.” One of the best moments was seeing Griffin’s mom, Kim and her nephew Jake sing a duet to “Paradise of the Dashboard Light” with all of their family dancing around them on the dance floor.

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Griffin was an absolute pleasure and did nothing but smile the entire evening. He was on the center of the dance floor with his friends and family for the entire night. This always makes my job easy because when the guest of honor and his parents are on the dance floor, their friends and family are certain to follow.

On behalf of myself and my entire crew thank you to Griffin and his parents Kim and Jamie for making our job so much fun. You are an amazing family and we wish you nothing but the best. I only can hope that you have another party soon – for any reason – so that we can do it all again.

Thank you to Michael Nathan Photography for the amazing photos.

-Marc

Shortly after Griffin’s Bar Mitzvah, his father left this amazing review of our performance online…
Thank you Jamie!

The crew from Cutting Edge Entertainment did my sons Bar Mitzvah in June, 2014. The entire crew was great, so above and beyond what i would have expected. Everybody danced the whole time. Really kept the party alive. Multiple guests were commenting on how great the entire staff was. They really helped make our party a really great time. Thank you so much Cutting Edge for an memorable time!!, you guys were awesome!!!!!!!! Definitely would highly recommend this company!!!!


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Cutting Edge @ April 8, 2015

The Barn on Bridge Wedding of Danielle and Brian

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I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Danielle and Brian, the bride and groom from this wedding. Danielle and Brian were laid back and their primary concern was with making sure that their friends and family had a great time at their wedding reception. At our wrap up meeting just prior to the wedding, we spent a lot of time going over the music for dinner, and dancing. We sat together for a while just listening to music and looking for the perfect grand entrance, cake cutting, and parent dance songs. The best part of my job is getting to know my clients and share in their excitement for their big day, and sitting down with them face to face really gives my the chance to do just that.

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This was a great crowd to DJ for, as the dance floor was packed full as soon as dinner ended. I usually start my first dance set with music geared to older guests, and play some oldies, Motown, Disco, and Funk, then later on in the night I segue into the current hits. The reason I do it this way is because older guests are the ones that tend to leave earlier in the night, and I have found that younger people – for the most part – will dance to music from older generations, while many older guests are hesitant to dance to popular music of today. As the Wedding DJ, it is my job to play music and get guests of all generations out there during the course of the reception. Danielle and Brian were dancing most of the night, and their family and friends were right out there with them.

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This wedding is the first blog post I’ve had the opportunity to write from a reception I did at the Barn on Bridge in Collegeville, in historic Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. I have worked at this venue before and I am excited to finally feature it on this post. Next, I had a great time working with Jenson Photography. I want to thank them for letting me feature the images from the wedding on our blog. I also want to thank Lauren and her team at Something Blu Weddings and Events. She was a big help for me and made running the party very easy. Most importantly, I want to thank Danielle and Brian for choosing me as their Wedding DJ and allowing me to rock their wedding.

-DJ Richie

Images courtesy of Jensen Photography


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Cutting Edge @ April 1, 2015

Ringo, Rodrick and Rolling Stone

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If you’re a writer, and Rolling Stone Magazine gives you the nod, and arranges for you to interview and write a piece about a music icon or legend, then the piece on Ringo Starr authored by Stephen Rodrick in the April 9, 2015 issue of Rolling Stone should be required reading. Bravo Mr. Rodrick, you are an excellent writer.  Not only did you pen an article that was entertaining to read, but you craftily avoided the swamp of monotonousness that so many Rolling Stone writers seem to get bogged down with when presented a similar opportunity.  I wasn’t familiar with Rodrick’s work prior to this article, but since reading it and in an effort to enlighten myself I’ve given him a follow on twitter to keep an eye out for his future work.

As for the article and Ringo Starr, well Rodrick describes him as Rock’s unofficial mascot, and I couldn’t agree more.  He is the least written about of his former Beatle bandmates, and therefore everything written about him becomes that much more important.  What I know about Ringo – or at least the stuff I think holds water – is the stuff written by first-hand witnesses like Larry Kane, Geoff Emerick, Tony Bramwell, George Martin as well as others in the “inner circle”.  Ringo himself has no plans of writing his own memoir.

So yeah, in my humble opinion Stephen Rodrick did a phenomenal job, and being Ringo is the least documented it makes this article not simply good, but important.

In so far as The Beatles are concerned, Ringo Starr is the every man’s voice, but he is not the every man’s drummer.  Some may consider Ringo lucky if they knew the circumstances of his joining the band involved a last minute lineup change while the ink on The Beatles new recording contract was figuratively still wet, but this is only half the story.  Ringo was chosen.  Chosen because of his skills, his affability, and his compatibility to play with cats like Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison… the ones who did the choosing. Simon Cowell only wishes his stamp of approval was worth that much.

Rodrick dextrously dance around Beatles questions, getting Starr to open up on the subject on his own terms, and still managing to cover the post and pre-Beatles Starr in an interesting and unique light, making for a well rounded bio on the guy who happens to be the richest drummer in the world.  He’s having fun and banging the drum, albeit probably not all day as the Todd Rundgren hit implies.  Certainly a worthwhile read for both the die-hard Ringo fans, and those who may not be as familiar with the man.

And as a final note to Stephen Rodrick; A worthwhile Ringo Starr biography has yet to be written, and is unquestionably overdue.  I hope you at least give it some thought, because if this Rolling Stone piece is any indication, you’d be the right man for the job.

-Craig Sumsky

P.S. To the folks at Rolling Stone: You ought to have this guy write more often.  It’s a nice change from your usual one-dimensional fluff pieces.


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Cutting Edge @ April 1, 2015

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