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Preston and Laura Congratulations!! – 9 June 2012

Preston and Laura got me out of Pittsburgh!
I had the pleasure of performing at their wedding in Johnstown, a market I had hoped to be exposed to for a long while. When they contacted me, Preston informed me I was his choice, because of the diversity of my musical knowledge, and how impressed he was with my reviews and recommendations. I was very proud to hear I was so highly regarded. We shared many different ideas to bring their reception to life, which made the flow go really smoothly without any guessing.
The happy couple chose the talents of In-Vision Studio upon my recommendation, which gave me an extra boost of confidence, knowing they trusted my input. Photographers Steve and Barb Barry, also had ties to Johnstown, so is was serendipitous to have them involved.
The Frank J. Pasquerilla Center was a great venue to play in. The manager, Pablo, and his staff, were quite polite, and made my experience in Johnstown very pleasant.
The uplighting was in the capable hands of Dustin Greene of Top Dog Productions, and coordination of event planner Joelle Hadix

I would like to thank everyone for their hospitality, and especially Preston and Laura for choosing Nameless Entertainment 🙂
All my best!
~A~


Ashley and JD… Unique couple, unique venue – 19 Nov 2011

This is one I should have written a really long time ago!

Ashley and I had been acquainted for some time before she asked me to be the entertainment at her wedding, so accepting this event was a no brainer for me 🙂

Ashley (or AY as her close friends call her), has a really energetic and bubbly personality, and JD was definitely more laid back when I met him. As a couple, they were very creative and lots of fun! When presented with the venue, I was a bit skeptical about how it would work in a theater setting, but I was in no way disappointed when I got the opportunity to perform at The New Hazlett Theater. Manager, Alex Bard, was very accommodating, and a pleasure to work with.

This reception was quite a challenge for me and my interactive style, since I work alone, and where I was placed was in an elevated position, but I was able to make adjustments!
Since the venue was a theater, of course the theme was theatrical. The creativity that went into the decor was really great, romantic movie poster replicas (featuring AY and JD of course), a realistic movie set for the ceremony, and the Smurfy cake!

Some of the highlights that were pretty memorable to me, the Grand Entrance, when everyone was introduced, they stayed in the balconies for a really cool interpretative dance routine before dinner, a hilarious cake cutting routine, and Ashley breaking out into a mock flash mob with her friends partway through the evening. I had the pleasure of working with photographer, Tressa McCune, and event planner, Veronica Stewart, of Exquisite Events
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I really enjoyed working at such a unique venue, and would be more than happy to endorse The New Hazlett Theater to anyone looking for a really different place to party!

Thank you so much Ashley and JD, for such a unique experience!


Ardie & Kyle…. 2 years in the making

My first contact with Ardie and her mom, was at the 2010 Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase. She had a really infectious personality, and you couldn’t help but love her!

When I heard from her almost a year later, our conversation went something like this:

Thank you for calling Nameless Entertainment, This is Arron.
“Hi!!”
Hi yourself!
“Are you open in May 2012?”
I have a few dates open, what do you need?
“I need you… To DJ my wedding!”

I must say I was quite flattered, after speaking to her, Ardie told me, before she was even engaged, I was her choice to perform at her wedding. In fact, I was the only thing she was sure of besides the date 🙂

I very much looked forward to Ardie and Kyle’s wedding, because it gave me the opportunity to work at one of my favorite venues, The Heinz History Center, and the pleasure of collaborating with banquet manager, Maura Minteer, not to mention, the photography talents of Leeann Marie, and her assistant Alisa. I couldn’t have been happier!

The guest response was great, and Ardie was a complete joy to work with, her energy and enthusiasm made it so easy to accomplish the anticipated task.

2 years in the making,Ardie & Kyle, GOOD SHOW!!


Wrap up of 2011

This is a couple of weeks late, but I am still a work in progress when it comes to blogging!

I first want to graciously thank everyone that made 2011 a fantastic year for me! I’ve had the opportunity to be part of some of the most heart touching events I’ve ever seen (to date!)

There have been some new experiences and unique ideas for future events, which I look forward to implementing, thanks to my client’s forward thinking :-). I’ve had the opportunity to finally work with Joanne Bartone and Karen Wainwright of Joanne Bartone Photography, and also Leeann Marie Golish of Leeann Marie Photography. Both whom I really admire. This year has also given me the pleasure of working with David and Sara Frye of Magic Your Way Weddings, whom I hope to work with again! They did a fantastic write up of me in their blog, I really appreciate that. I cannot forget the other entertainers that have sent me referrals, namely Kelli Burns, and Jonathan Mihellis, they have sent me countless client referrals, with no reservations about my commitment and ability to perform well. And not asking for anything but reciprocation in return, that is gold to me.

Of the many venues I’ve worked this year, 3 stand out as my favorites. Simply because they didn’t treat me as just another guy passing through. Suzi Hawkins of the Mayernik Center, Tony Lee of the Renaissance Pittsburgh, and Tawnya Rockwell of the Youghiogheny Country Club. It always makes my day to know when I am working with someone that takes just a little time to be attentive and respectful, thank you all!! Not at all least, one of my favorite people on the planet, Erin Calvimontes of Divine Celebrations , planner extraordinaire, always a pleasure to work with you!

And finally to my Nameless family, whom there are too many to mention:
You have brought me into your lives, if but for a moment, to be part of some of your most memorable events. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for allowing me to do what I love, I cannot describe how awesome that makes me feel…. BRING ON 2012!!

~A~


How do you feel about uplighting?: I choose ADS

As the trend of uplighting is growing ever more popular, I’ve noticed a lot of my fellow entertainers expanding their services to include uplighting.

I think it’s a nice idea, but I also believe I should stick to what I’m good at. I operate best as an entertainer, and my focus remains to provide a memorable show. Besides, I’ve also noticed complaints from other DJs, that the venues are getting all the credit for setting up the room so nicely! Such a shame that the hard work is credited to someone else, even if you are making a good return.

My belief is: Leave the work to those to whom it is intended!
Would you hire a photographer to DJ your wedding? How about getting your florist to shoot video? See what I mean?

As far as monogram, and dance lighting, I do offer those, but uplighting should be handled by people that specialize in lighting. I would feel horrible, if I had charged someone for uplighting, and something went wrong that would cause me to spend time troubleshooting a faulty fixture, or a program failing, thus pulling me away from my responsibility as an entertainer!

This is why all my referrals for lighting will go to ADS Lighting & Staging. They are very good at what they do, because that’s all they do! ADS is the exclusive vendor for event uplighting at The Pennsylvanian on Penn Ave. in Pittsburgh, PA. Andy Shick, the owner, is a very nice person, and really easy to work with. For more information about ADS, click the link below.


Jason and Kayla McConnell – 30 May 2009

I met Jason and Kayla, and immediately connected with them. They were determined to have the best party their guests had ever seen, and it was my responsibility!

What made their reception one of the most unique events I’ve ever done, is I had the opportunity to put together a custom mix of the popular “Evolution Of Dance” song list (which was not available anywhere). It was especially rewarding to watch them pull it off almost flawlessly. They practiced really hard, and opened the reception with their product, needless to say the guests at the reception, were very anxious to get the party going! I bought a video camera, just for this night to preserve the memory.


Mayernik Center (Avonworth Community Park)

I really love playing this venue!
The staff are very helpful, and work well with visiting vendors. The cabin has a really classy decor, without being overdone, and fits smaller wedding budgets nicely.

They have ample parking, and accommodations for up to 200 guests.