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Jenna and Jason’s Wedding at The Mansion

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Every once in a while I have the honor of being the DJ for a good friend’s wedding. That was the case on November 30th, when I packed my gear up and headed to New Jersey for Jason and Jenna’s wedding. I have known for Jason for many years, ever since he started working at Cutting Edge Entertainment.  He was one of our DJs back in the day and he rocked at it. Although Jason moved on a few years ago, we still keep in close touch.

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This was a wedding that I had anticipated for months, just because I knew it was going to be blast. The wedding was held at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ which is a venue I have worked at many, many times. 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 of the Mansion. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Ain’t To Pround To Beg” by the Temptations to “Yeah” by Usher 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 two hundred guests. It was a great time for all.

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The staff at the Mansion did a great job, as they always do. It is always a pleasure working together with them and I look forward to my next opportunity. This was my first opportunity to work with Jenelle from Jenelle Kappe Photography. She did a great job and I appreciate her letting us use these images on our blog. Congratulations once again to Jason and Jenna, it was a pleasure to be your Wedding DJ.

-Richie


A few weeks after the wedding the Mother of the Bride posted the following testimonial on Wedding Wire:

Cutting Edge provided the MC/DJ service for my daughter’s wedding last weekend. We could not have been happier with the service and professionalism of our MC, Richie, and his DJ. The music choices were perfect and the dance floor was packed the entire evening. While all elements of a party are important I am a firm believer that even if everything else is perfect, if the music is not up to par the night will never be a total success. Richie did an outstanding job and an amazing time was had by all. I would recommend this company highly.




Images courtesy of Jenelle Kappe Photography


The Mansion on Main Street


Wedding DJ and Lighting
South Jersey








Cutting Edge @ April 9, 2014

The Michener Museum Wedding of Valerie and Bill

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I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Valerie and Bill, the bride and groom from this wedding. Valerie and Bill 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 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. Valerie and Bill 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 Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, in historic Bucks County Pennsylvania. I have worked at this venue before and I am excited to finally feature it on this post. I also had a great time working with Casual Candids Photography. I want to thank them for letting me feature the images from the wedding on our blog. Most importantly, I want to thank Valerie and Bill for choosing me as their Wedding DJ and allowing me to rock their wedding.

-DJ Richie

A few weeks after the wedding the bride and groom were nice enough to post the following testimonial on Wedding Wire:

Richie was our DJ for our November 10th wedding at the Michener Art Museum, and we are not only thrilled by how amazing he was, but we are still, a month later, hearing praise from wedding guests about how perfect he was for our event! People were dancing the whole night away, he knew exactly what to play for our crowd, and he made the wedding not only personal to us, but also the best dance party I will ever have in my entire life! We could not be happier with his services, and I would recommend him to anyone!!



Images courtesy of Casual Candids Photography


The James A. Michener Art Museum


Wedding DJ and Lighting
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Cutting Edge @ April 2, 2014

The Temptations of David Ruffin

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Five tall, handsome well dressed young men take the stage.  All are dressed alike, in matching fashionable and stylish suits.  One of the five steps forward wearing dark rimmed glasses, tossing a microphone in the air, then spinning on his heels in a 360 only to catch the microphone again before breaking into song in a raspy, yet powerful voice pleading with emotion. With each word he sings it is as if he is weeping at the same time, and behind the tears is a mighty sadness that is both beautiful and tormented at the same time. As he gestures with his hands in a visual accompaniment to each lyric, the four men behind him join in with melodious accompaniment to compliment his singular and lonely phrasings.

As a showman and vocalist, David Ruffin was unrivaled, and possessed the “it factor” long before the turn of phrase was coined, and upon first joining the Motown group The Temptations, even the sky itself posed no limit. But behind the dashing good looks and amazing talent was an ominous darkness.  Whether a brooding anger or a deep sense of depression,  it’s undeniable that Ruffin was his own worst enemy, making wrong decision after wrong decision that would ultimately lead to his undoing and demise.

“Oh, determination is fading fast
Inspiration is a thing of the past
Can’t see how my hope’s gonna last
Good things are bad and what’s happy is sad”
‘Since I Lost My Baby’

Accounts tell of a childhood filled with mental and physical abuses causing deep seeded damage that David Ruffin would carry with him into adulthood.  As an adult, he would struggle with monogamy, and himself be abusive to the women who loved him, and at the height of his popularity he would turn to drugs like cocaine, ultimately be attributed to his undoing and, in the end, his demise.  The duality of David Ruffin was that he was as talented as he was tormented, by demons whose origins we can only speculate.

Are the sadness and heartbreak of songs like “I Wish It Would Rain” or  “(I Know) I’m Losing You” so believable because the origin of the sentiment is real?  Even the iconic Temptations classic “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” is made all the more convincing with David Ruffin pleading the lyrics.  The voice of David Ruffin is so filled with great despondency that the listener cannot deny that the despair and anguish seem eerily authentic, part of a struggling internal conflict.

“Day in, day out, my tear stained face
Pressed against the window pane
My eyes search the skies, desperately for rain
‘Cause raindrops will hide my teardrops
And no one will ever know
That I’m crying, crying when I go outside
To the world outside my tears, I refuse to explain
Oh, I wish it would rain”
‘I Wish It Would Rain’

On January 18, 1989 – coincidentally David Ruffin’s 48th birthday – The Temptations were officially inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where four of the original Tempts took the stage to accept the award.  Ruffin, third to speak, paused frequently during his thank you speech, as if searching for words, closing with “A thought remains from the endurance we have been through through the years… but this makes up for a lot of it”.  His meaning is unclear, almost cryptic, but seemed to allude to a sense of closure.  Two years later, in June of 1991, David Ruffin would die of a drug overdose in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

David Ruffin is a fascinating figure in the panorama of American popular music, and perhaps one of its greatest tragedies.  He stood on the precipice of success, but fell victim to his own insecurities and self-defeating behaviors.  Yet his artistic contributions are all too well documented, and his legacy – his soulful recordings – will remain beloved by millions, myself included, for many years to come.

-Craig Sumsky



Sources: Mark Ribowsky’s ‘The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of The Temptations –
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
‘, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the great musical mind of
Mr. Nathaniel Jones (the senior) whose input was invaluable.

David Ruffin Illustration by Rick Cortes







Cutting Edge @ April 2, 2014

Lauren and Bill’s North Hills Country Club Wedding

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On November 2nd, 2013 I was at the North Hills Country Club in Glenside, PA to rock out the wedding reception of Lauren and Bill. In my line of work, I meet a lot of couples in love. I could tell right away that Lauren and Bill cared very much for each other (and no, I don’t always say that). In our meetings prior to the wedding, the bride and groom would constantly exchange smiles, winks, and I even caught them playing footsies underneath the conference table. The bride and groom were excited and their eyes lit up as we sat and discussed the dance music we would play during the wedding reception.

Lauren and Bill are definitely both party animals, and they really wanted all of their guests to have a great time. They picked the right DJ for the job, because getting (and keeping) people out on the dance floor happens to be my specialty. I played everything from “Runaround Sue” by Dion & The Belmonts to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, 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. The staff at the North Hills Country Club did a magnificent job. There was constant communication between myself and their staff, which enabled us to work together toward the overall success of the event. I also had the chance to work with Photographer T from Alimario Photography. He took amazing pictures and was very kind to let us feature some here on our blog.

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In conclusion, everything could not have been without the bride and groom. The wedding was amazing and I was so glad to be a part of it. I wish both Lauren and Bill the best in the start of your new life together, and I hope to see you both at future events. Thank you for choosing Cutting Edge Entertainment.

-DJ Richie


A few weeks after their wedding the bride and groom posted the following testimonial on Wedding Wire…

Richie Abrams was our FANTASTIC DJ for our 11/2/13 wedding. Richie had the dance floor packed all night with his great choices in music. He was professional, yet fun throughout the entire process. So many of our guests commented on how much fun the wedding was and how great the music was. Even the bartenders at the venue told us that they work a lot of weddings and they all seem to be the same, but that this one was really awesome due to the DJ! I can’t say enough great things about Richie and ABSOLUTELY would recommend him! We are SO glad that we had him there to create and maintain the great atmosphere during the reception!



Images courtesy of Alimario Photography


North Hills Country Club


Wedding DJ and Lighting
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Cutting Edge @ March 24, 2014

Lauren and Kevin’s RiverCrest Golf Club Wedding

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More often than not being a wedding entertainer has more to do with managing the proceedings, rather than leading them. Some couples just go with the flow and take it as it comes; others plan their day to be as timely as broadcasting the Grammy Awards. Both have their advantages; the first can be simpler for the staff and less stressful to boot, while the latter can cause unnecessary strain depending on those involved. However, being the type of person who loves organization and streamlined plans; the couple I had to honor of working with on September 13, 2013 was my type of planners.

Making diligent schedules and tight plans ensures that the Bride and Groom receive exactly what they paid for. Lauren and Kevin had a vision in mind that I was enthused to make a reality, and beginning with our setup we knew that we had a group of party-animals ready to set the night on fire. The room was brushed in color from the abundance of up-lighting and the sound was powerful with dual sub woofers. Jack and I knew what was coming from the moment the bridal party entered the room.

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While the parents strutted in the room to Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra, our bridal party kicked off the night with choreographed entrances and a flash mob. Before introductions I routinely line-up the group and give them the “hype-speech” to officially start the party; this group didn’t need it. The point I try to make is that it’s “dinner and show”, so they storm out of the gates to show the crowd that we are here to celebrate. Lauren and Kevin – and their friends – were more than prepared for the show.

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The night was stuffed with memorable moments; from the Matron of Honors “story of us” slideshow to the “Dancing with the Stars”-style first dance. A combo of old-school jams and new-school hits kept the dance floor packed all night. This was an unforgettable night of sweat and blistered feet! It was all thanks to the careful planning and team-effort put forth by all involved.
Thank you to the RiverCrest Golf Club staff for your hospitality! Also, thank you to Photographer Ken Lee for these amazing images.

Like a pro-athlete, we judge ourselves on our “last performance”. Thank you, Lauren and Kevin, for allowing me to throw a perfect game. Congratulations!

-DJ Brian


Images courtesy of Marsella Studio


RiverCrest Golf Club


Wedding DJ and Lighting
  Chester County








Cutting Edge @ March 19, 2014

The Lake House Inn Wedding of Natali and Bob

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Natali and Bob were married on Saturday, February 14th, 2014 – a snow covered Valentine’s Day – at The Lake House Inn in Bucks County. It was a breathtaking winter wonderland, and the house and grounds seemed like a scenic snowy resort in the Alps while the bride, Natali, glowed like a princess against a backdrop of white.

Truth be told, it’s hard to reckon when Bob and I first made one other’s acquaintance, but it’s been a few years.  It was therefore quite an honor to have Bob approach us to handle the duties of Wedding DJ, which I would take on with the help one of our other Wedding DJs, Steve.

One of the most important (and fun) parts of planning a wedding is the planning itself.  Bob and Natali met with Steve and I on two occasions, the second of which being when we put together the timeline for the wedding reception.  Pre-planning does not ensure perfection, but it certainly helps to be as prepared as possible.  Our second meeting ran several hours going over the agenda, checking pronunciations and of course talking music.

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Music is a universal language, and each bride and groom has their own unique dialect while having individual tastes in music at the same time.  While Natali loved to dance, she had very eclectic tastes in music, Bob was all Pearljam, and together they chose the Pearljam song “Future Days” for their first dance. We even slipped in “Evenflow” during dinner.  Very cool, and yes, Pearljam rocks.

The crowd – particularly Natali, her bridesmaids, and a guy with really shiny shoes (see image below) – danced all night, and there was even a dance-battle between the shiny shoes guy and a guy dressed in purple!  The stuff fun weddings are made of.  This was truly a great crowd of really nice folks who were a lot of fun, and I was honored to have been a part of it.

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It was great to work with Photographer Lynda Berry, and thank you for letting us use your beautiful images on our blog.  And the folks at The Lake House Inn and Jeffrey Miller Cater Catering are always a pleasure to work with!

Most of all, I wish Bob and Natali only the best in everything, and that their futures are filled with happiness, laughter and love.  You’re both very cool people, and you deserve it.

-Craig


Images courtesy of Lynda Berry Photography


The Lake House Inn



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Cutting Edge @ March 17, 2014

Kristin and Tom’s Prophecy Creek Wedding

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In November 2013 I was the Wedding DJ for Kristin and Tom’s wedding reception. The party was held at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek, in Ambler, Pennsylvania. The first time I met Kristin and Tom was actually a few months prior at an open house, which the Manor House holds regularly. The property is being run by Robert Fair Catering, and they’ve done an extraordinary job renovating the Manor House and beautifying the landscaping, which looks truly breathtaking. I’ve worked with Robert Fair Catering many times at other venues and I am very happy to have such a good working relationship with their whole staff. Terri does a great job working together with her clients to make certain they have an amazing event, while her husband Kerry can be found in the kitchen, putting together the mouth-watering meal. Their entire staff truly does an amazing job accommodating the guests and seeing to every detail.

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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 Kristin and Tom into the room, we had them begin their first dance.

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Kristin and Tom 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.
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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Thank you again to Kristin and Tom for choosing Cutting Edge Entertainment as your Wedding DJ, and wishing you both all the best life has to offer.

-Richie


Images courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography


The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park


Wedding DJ and Lighting
Montgomery County







Cutting Edge @ March 5, 2014

Rock & Roll After School… and so much more.

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I first stumbled upon Rock & Roll After School in 2011, when I was hired to MC a Bar Mitzvah at the facility. I thought to myself then, “what a strange name for an event venue”, so I decided to check it out for myself. That’s when I met the founder and creative force behind Rock & Roll After School… Erin Riley.

Long story short, Erin and I became fast friends, and this magical place was far more than an event facility, but as cool as it was then, within three years time, it would get even cooler.

In 2013, Erin phoned me and said “We’ve moved to a brand new facility and I’d love you to check it out and let me know what you think”.

Wow is what I thought.

In 2014, Rock & Roll After School opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art facility in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and again, all I can say is “wow”. Of course, wow doesn’t quite do it justice, but I’ve never found myself so speechless about a place that has so much to talk about. As an event professional, I’m very excited to be involved in such a unique space,  and I look forward to taking part in all of the events that are already being planned here.  It’s a great spot for a kids party, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah or Sweet 16.

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The stage area and central space

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The venue is a massive 13,000 square feet, and as you can see from these photos, there is lots of space and super cool atmosphere.  The space requires little to no extracurricular decor because, well, it’s just cool the way it is.  There are many different and uniquely themed rooms and areas within the space that provide endless awe and ambiance.

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The “Green Room”

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The “Rock Room”

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The game room (overlooking the stage area)

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And even a basketball court!

For me, the consummate lover of all things music, the most magical thing about Rock & Roll After School is not that it is an amazing event venue (which it is), but that during the week, it is a place for young people to come together to learn, play, and write music.  What could be better?  This is not an event space that was created to be an event space, but instead it quite the opposite… a space in which young people are encouraged to create.

Erin Riley, the schools founder, is no stranger to Rock & Roll.  She spent a decade as Music Director and Assistant Program Director for 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia and that’s just for starters.  Admittedly I pick her brain at every opportunity to hear her casually talk of stories involving the likes of Keith Richards, Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Tyler as if these were every day occurrences.  She’s just that cool.  But when I change the subject to her school, her words become less casual allowing her true passion to shine through… The kids.

I recently had the opportunity to experience the students of the school perform, and I was admittedly quite surprised.  This wasn’t the local high school orchestra tuning up for a fall concert, but regular kids – ages thirteen to fifteen – playing as tightly a Rock band that had been touring for years.  Yet, in-between, I witnessed the kids “hanging out” like regular kids.  They weren’t texting, or playing video games, but instead they were interacting with one another, and with adults!!  I was quite impressed.

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I asked Erin if all the kids were as proficient, and she said they had all skill levels, and the school offered something for the novice on up to the expert skill level.  And unlike other Rock schools, Rock & Roll After School offers not only instruction in musical instruments, but music theory, composition, but, get this… Original song writing!  Yep, the future Lennon/McCartney might just get their start at Rock & Roll After School!

Toward the end of our conversation, Erin looked at me with a look of great pride and said that even better than learning music, these kids are making friends.  In learning to make music together, they are learning teamwork, and self-confidence, and respect, and perhaps best of all, learning to value their own ideas and grow as individuals in an environment that promotes imagination and creativity.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of the words Bill Cosby would recite each week at the opening of the Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids show back in the 1970s:

Coming at you with music and fun, and if you’re not careful you may learn something before it’s done.

So as an event space, or as a place for kids to grow, have great experiences, and feel cool, this place is awesome.  Be sure to check out Rock & Roll After School, it totally rocks.

-Craig



Rock & Roll After School Website


Images courtesy of Jesse Simmers Photography


All about Erin Riley








Cutting Edge @ February 28, 2014

Elise and Brian’s Loews Philadelphia Wedding

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October 12th 2013, was a very busy day for me and the rest of the DJ team here at Cutting Edge Entertainment. In fact, I am sure it was a busy day for most Wedding DJs, photographers, caterers, and other wedding vendors all over the Philadelphia area. It seems a lot of couples were married on that date, and they couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.

Now out of all the people that got married on October 12th I would like to nominate my clients Elise and Brian as being the ultimate coolest bride and groom of the day. I know a lot of other brides and grooms may want to debate this, but they weren’t at the wedding I had the opportunity to DJ. Elise and Brian are the type of people who just give off such an upbeat vibe, and after ten seconds of being in their company you find yourself smiling. They have such positive energy that it’s just contagious. I can understand why they have so many friends and family that love them and were down to celebrate with them at the wedding reception.

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This was a wedding that I was anticipating for months, just because I knew it was going to be blast. The wedding was held at the Loews Hotel, which is a venue I have worked at many, many times. 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 of the Loews Hotel. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Land of a Thousand Dances” by Wilson Picket to “Wake Me Up” by Avicii 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 two hundred guests. It was a great time for all.

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Adeline and the rest of the staff at the Loews Hotel did a great job, as they always do. It is always a pleasure working together with them and I look forward to my next opportunity. I also had the opportunity to work with Artistic Imagery. They did a great job and I appreciate them letting us use these images on our blog. Congratulations once again to Elise and Brian, it was a pleasure to be your Wedding DJ.

-Richie

A few weeks after the wedding Elise and Brian posted the following testimonial on Wedding Wire…

Cutting Edge was absolutely awesome to work with. Richie Abrams was our DJ and he was incredibly helpful and responsive throughout the entire process. It was very clear to me and my now-husband that Richie was very professional and would not only play great music but keep the evening running smoothly from start to finish. He emphasized that it was his job to make sure that there wasn’t any downtime during our wedding where the guests weren’t sure what was going on, where to be, etc. and he more than delivered on that promise! The music was fantastic and the dance floor was packed the whole time. We had a couple of offbeat requests and he made them all happen! Many of the guests commented that our wedding was one of the most fun weddings they’d ever been to and that they loved the music. We also had Richie provide music for our ceremony, which was perfect. I would definitely recommend working with Richie to anyone planning a wedding or a big event!




Images courtesy of Artistic Imagery


The Loews Philadelphia Hotel


Wedding DJ and Lighting
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Cutting Edge @ February 21, 2014

Sexy Time Songs of the 1970s

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Sexy Time

Warning: These songs may cause sexy time!

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The 1970s ushered in an explosion of tunes that would collectively come to be referred to as “baby making music”. Although the act of making babies is not required, it’s fun to practice.  Another term commonly used is “between the sheets”, which would suggest a bed being involved – also not required.

So I just called it sexy time.

Nine out of ten doctors recommend you listen to as many of these songs as possible, as often as possible, particularly when you’re alone with that special someone.

Several times a day if time allows.  :)

 

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“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

This was the first chart-topper for Al Green, reaching #1 in 1971 on both the Pop and R&B Top 40.  In 2010, the Library of Congress added this tune to its official registry of songs that it deems “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”.  I think we can all find comfort in knowing that the U.S. government supports sexy time.

“Do Your Thing” by Isaac Hayes

The original Soul Man, Isaac Hayes is likely best remembered for voicing the character “Chef” in the animated show South Park, who was famous for randomly breaking out into sex-groovy songs. “Do Your Thing” is a funkalicious morsel of baby making magic. His bigger hit, “Shaft”, was less suggestive than its title.

“Use Me” by Bill Withers

In 1972, this Bill Withers hit spent ten weeks in the Pop Top 40, peaking at #2.  With a unique theme and lyrics (“If it feels this good getting used you just keep on using me… Until you use me up.”), the context seems pretty clear, and an intriguing topic for a song. Musically, this track will funk your brains out.

“I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” by Barry White

If baby making music had a King, it would most certainly be Barry White who had his Top 40 debut (#3 Pop and #1 R&B) with this tune, introducing the voice that makes, well… you know.  Whether the funk and groove, or Barry’s opening words “Feels so good”, this song is dripping with everything sexy and sensual.

“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

Unlike the previous four tunes on this list, Marvin just comes right out and says “If you feel like I feel baby, c’mon, let’s get it on”.  In 1973 this was a mega hit for an already mega Marvin, reaching #1 on both R&B and Pop charts.  “Let’s Get It On” lasted a record seventeen weeks on the Top 40 chart.  That’s a lot of sexy time.

“I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You” by Leon Haywood

One, two, three and to the four… Dr. Dre grabbed the sensual hook from this 1975 hit, but this is much more than a G thing.  Marvin Gaye may have said “Let’s Get It On”, but Leon Haywood comes out and says he wants to do something freaky, backed by the sounds of female voices moaning in ecstasy behind a funked-up baby making beat.

“Love To Love You Baby” by Donna Summer

The first and only female artist on this list, and the undisputed Queen of the 1970s, Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You” combines a Barry White beat, the wah wah pedal guitar effect, the moans in ecstasy (compliments of Donna herself) all makes for a great female interpretation and perspective of baby making music.

“Strawberry Letter 23” by The Brothers Johnson

Producer/arranger Quincy Jones could very well have been stomping round the studio yelling “More wah wah!” during the recording session for this classic.  “Strawberry Letter 23” is funkier than an unwashed armpit and everything parody and posterity want us to believe 70s porn music sounded like, only better.  The Brothers took this Funk classic to #5 in 1977.

“Fantasy” by Earth, Wind and Fire

This song is epic baby making music, and if the Greek Gods Zeus and Athena were to make love on Mount Olympus, “Fantasy” would very likely be their anthem.
Earth, Wind and Fire were a colossal Funk/R&B band in the 1970s and 1980s, and their sexy time song is serious business.  Unless you’ve got the stamina of the Gods themselves, you may want to steer clear of this one.

“Turn Off The Lights” by Teddy Pendegrass”

Just when you thought the baby making music couldn’t get more overt, here comes Teddy P.  My first choice for Teddy’s baby maker was “Close The Door”, a #1 R&B hit from 1978, but what did he do after he closed the door?  “Turn Off The Lights” was a #2 R&B hit the next year, and, wow.  Teddy’s talking about taking showers together and hot oil rub downs. 
Turn off them damn lights already!!

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Hope you have immense amounts of fun listening to these tunes.

Now go on, get busy. :)

-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 @ February 14, 2014

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