Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Robin Nicholls - The Canfield Casino - Saratoga Springs, NY - Matt Ramos Photography

The photo above says it all!  A REAL “Fairytale Wedding” Wedding Come True!   Yes, that is what the new Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Robin Nicholls had on their Wedding Day on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 2014.  They celebrated their Wedding Ceremony & Reception at the ”Historic” Canfield Casino in Downtown Saratoga Springs, NY!

Mrs. Robin Nicholls & Bridesmaids - The Canfield Casino - Saratoga Springs, NY - Matt Ramos Photography

Let me tell you this!  It was a “Super Cool” Wedding!  Let me count the ways!!  First of all the Bride & Groom ROCKED!  As, did their guests, who NEVER LEFT THE DANCE FLOOR! They had Irish Dancers from a Local Dance Group doing a Irish Jig on the Dance Floor as their Bride Party was being announced!  The Bride & Groom’s Intro Song was “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by The Dropkick Murphys!  As “Surprise”, Kevin the Groom, had a National Recording Artist show up to perform the Brides favorite song!  They had Mazzone Hospitality as their Caters!  They had me Lightscape the Ballroom with 18 Up Lights and a “Custom” Monogram!  And last but not least!!  I had the pleasure of working with my Great Friends – Matt Ramos & Jamaica of Matt Ramos Photography!! The images they captured that day are just “Incredible”!!  Matt has a Great Eye for Awesome Photo’s!!  He really knows how to make them POP!!

Although I’ve only posted a few in this blog, you can view more of these “Incredible” images if you check out the Matt Ramos Photography Blog Link HERE!

Music Man Entertainment Monogram & Up Lighting - The Canfield Casino - Saratoga Springs, NY - Matt Ramos Photography

Earlier this week I received an “Over The Top” 5 Star Review from Kevin & Robin!  You can check it out below!

“During our first phone call Mike made it seem as though my wedding was his top priority.  He asked about what music my bride and I listened to and we discussed our backgrounds and he got to know our personalities during our first phone call!!!  He carried that enthusiasm throughout and was even better on the big day.  My guests were blown away.  Everybody complimented us on him from a 90 year old grandmother to my boys who love to dance to hip hop.  For the all of the services he provides and the customization he puts into your wedding, his rates are ridiculously low.  Book him now before he figures it out!!!“ – Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Robin Nicholls

Thank You Kevin & Robin!!  I wish you a “All The Best” that life has to offer!

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin & Robin Nicholls - The Canfield Casino - Saratoga Springs, NY - Matt Ramos Photography

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Mr. & Mrs. Nick & Lauren Bulson - The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake - Averill Park, NY - Elario Photography, Inc.

On Friday, March 7th of 2014, I had the pleasure of DJing a “Stunning” Wedding Ceremony & Reception for the new Mr. & Mrs. Nick & Lauren Bulson!  One cool couple, let me tell you!  They ROCKED the Dance Floor the entire evening surrounded by their Best Friends & Family!  Believe me, they could have partied all night!!

The selected a  “Beautiful” Wedding Venue called the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake to celebrate their special day!  Marty & Janice Keary, along with their TEAM of Pro’s are just TOP NOTCH!  Love them and their place!!  Just great people with an “Incredible” Venue!

Their TEAM that day included – Anthology Design Studio, Angela’s Bridal, Tuxego, Coccadotts, Make Me Fabulous and a really cool Singer / Guitarist - Just Nate!

I had such a great time that day working with my “Friends” and Legends in the Photography Universe – J.P. & Joe Elario of Elario Photography, Inc.!!  They “Knocked It Out Of The Park” that day with just Awesome, Awesome, Awesome Pics!!  Some of the best I’ve ever seen!  I’ve posted only a few here.  To view the amazing photo’s taken that day, just click the Elario Photography Blog Link HERE!

"FUN" with the Elario Photo Booth - The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake - Averill Park, NY - Elario Photography, Inc.

As you can see, from the photo above, we also had alot of FUN at Nick & Lauren’s Wedding Reception!  Hayden, of Elario Photography, ran the “NEW & VERY COOL” – Elario Photo Booth!  It is unlike any Photo Booth you have ever seen!

Purple Up Lights & Monogram - The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake - Averill Park, NY - Elario Photography, Inc.

Lauren & Nick upgraded their DJ package with me to include 12 Up Lights & “Custom” Monogram, which really made the room POP!

Insane Dance Floor - The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake - Averill Park, NY - Elario Photography, Inc.

Today I review a Raving 5 Star Review from Lauren & Nick, which I’ve posted below!

“Using Mike as our DJ was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!!  He was absolutely awesome and so personable, he made you feel like your wedding was the event of the year!  He was always quick to get back to me about any questions I had or ideas I was thinking.  He provided not only the best music at our wedding, but amazing uplighting, custom monogram and video slideshow package!  We had 55in tv’s with custom slideshows that were awesome, all our guests commented on how unique and personalized they were.  The lighting was exactly what we were looking for and gave our already gorgeous venue (crooked lake house) the elegant winter feel we were going for! Mike kept the music flowing all night and the dance floor was never empty.  Many of our guests have asked who our DJ was and commented that he was awesome!
Before the big day, Mike worked with me personally and saw my vision for the whole night and how the music would fit in.  He worked with me to make different songs for each of our attendants to work into the reception to.
Overall, the best DJ around and I couldn’t have asked for anything more!
Thanks again!!  

Lauren & Nick Bulson

Thank You Lauren & Nick!!  I wish you a “Lifetime of Happiness”!!
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On Saturday, February 15th of 2014 I DJed an “Incredible” Wedding Reception at The “Legendary” Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY.  Joe & Greg at the Plaza, “Knocked It Out Of The Park” with their Perfect Service and World Class Staff!  The Reception was AWESOME with a packed Dance Floor the entire evening!  The Wedding itself was extra special for me because I was DJing for two of my personal friends that day!  Anton Toro and Alyssa Abeling!

Just recently I received a 5 STAR REVIEW on WeddingWire.com from Alyssa.  Below is what she was kind enough to write.

“Mike was hands down the best DJ we could have ever asked for to make our wedding such an amazing experience.  He had every one dancing from literally beginning to end! We had a wedding of about 170 people and barely anyone was sitting durring the majority of our reception.  We had a wide variety of ages at our wedding and he played the perfect mix of music for every age group to dance to.  He was extreamely energetic and kept everyone dancing and entertained!  I would recommend mike to DJ your wedding if you want a classy, fun, energetic, 100% professional wedding to make your day as special as you have always dreamed of.  He has exceeded our expectations by a trillion times over! These words cannot even explain how professional and amazing Mike was to DJ our wedding!!!  We would like to thank him personally for making our winter wonderland wedding one to remember forever!!!  He went above and beyond what is expected out of a DJ.  He even suprised us with amazing photographs of us that he personally posted on Facebook.  Everyone we spoke with after the wedding said it was the best wedding they have ever attended, and that could not have been possible without an absolute amazing DJ as Mike was!”

Thank you so much Mr. & Mrs. Anton & Alyssa Toro!!

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Please check out and follow me via, my “Brand New” Pinterest Account! It features photo’s taken by some of the “HOTTEST PHOTOGRAPHERS” at over 26 of Upstate New York’s leading Wedding Venue’s which I have DJed and feature my Up Lighting & Monogram Lighting! I will be adding more photo’s as the 2014 Wedding Season progresses.

Just click the link below and FOLLOW ALL! Enjoy!

Visit Music Man Entertainment’s profile on Pinterest.

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Check this out!  Something new for 2014!  ”Video Presentation Service” by Music Man Entertainment!

Thank you Jacob & Terry of Modern Mix Marketing for putting together this awesome demo!!   YOU ROCK!

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Back in early January I was given a call by Susan Baker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Mazzone Hospitality, and asked to do an interview with herself and Angelica Gross for a “LIVE” Web Chat with Brides & Grooms / Couples all over the USA at Glen Sanders Mansion!  Within a split second I said, of course!  I love the Mazzone Team, so this was a no brainer!  The interview was for their Aisle Files Blog on their website.  It turned out GREAT!!!  I can’t thank the Brides & Grooms / Couples enough, who sent in questions for me to answer and Susan & Angelica for hosting the event.  Below is what transpired that evening!  Enjoy!

Yesterday we sat down with Mike Garrasi from Music Man Entertainment. What a GREAT guy!  If anyone is hesitant about booking your wedding DJ, Mike will put you at ease, he’s one of the best in the area!

Thank you everyone who sent in questions, we tried our best to get to all of them.

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Q. What can I expect to pay for a DJ in the Capital District?

A.  Pricing is based on the time of year & day of the week.  You will always get a better price on Friday or Sunday. If the DJ is and owner/operator, during prime season pricing can range $1295-$1595. You can certainly can save a great amount of money during the off season which is the winter.

Q.  Why a DJ and not a band?

A.  A couple of factors to consider when deciding to select a band or DJ:

1) When having a band you have to feed possibly 10 people.

2)  A Band takes breaks.

3) A dancer who likes top 40 music prefers to dance to the original music.

4) A DJ can play new songs.

5) In most cases a DJ will be less expensive than a band

All that being said, your music is very important to the vibe of your reception and if you prefer live music, a band is for you – this is personal choice.

Q.  What do you do to motivate the guests to dance?

A.  There are certain songs that every guest will dance to no matter what- when a group is reluctant to get on the dance floor I go to those tunes to get the party going.  I’ll often ask guests what they would like to listen to. An experienced DJ will ask questions of the bride and groom in advance so you know what they like.

Q. Can you make suggestion of a first dance song?

A. This is a hard one since it is very emotional and based on personal choice, but I’ll often guide a couple to song choices based on whether they like modern music such as Dave Matthews , a crossover country artist such as Brad Paisley or a classic tune like At Last by Etta James.  I provide a list of first dance options at my website: http://musicmanentertainment.com/

Q. Is it an okay to ask a DJ how many weddings they have done in the past? Who have you worked for in the past?

A. Absolutely!  A professional DJ should be happy to provide you with an idea of how many weddings they have performed at in the past year and also provide you with references.  I would also ask, what are the top three venues have you worked at? Then I would talk with the wedding planner at the venue and get their referral.

Q. What kind of equipment do you use? Do you bring back up?

A. I use a Bose DJ system, and in most cases so does every other professional DJ.  I also bring a full second set of backup equipment.  Never had to use it.  As I tell my clients: “Every Ferrari comes with a spare tire.”  Let’s be honest electronics can break.

Q. How involved can we be in picking the music?

A. I like to work as a team. I do not want a bride and groom to give me 200 songs, that won’t allow me to do the job they have hired me for. I want to create a team and become friends with the bride and groom. I want to come up with a great plan, including their input. About one month prior to the wedding I like to have a face to face or phone meeting with the couple to learn more about what they like and don’t like.  I then can provide the best possible experience for the couple and their friends and family.

Q. How important is it that the DJ has worked at my reception site in the past?

A. Very important.  If I have not worked at the venue, I will need information floorplan, where do I load in? When can I get in?  It’s crucial the DJ be in direct contact with the venue management in advance of the event.  You don’t want to be working out the details for the first time the day of the wedding.

Q. We’re not sure what style of DJ you are, can we come watch you work?

A. When the bride & groom are first meeting with a DJ let them do their presentation before asking a lot of questions- you’ll be able to sense their style and determine if it matches what you want.  I tell potential clients that I’m fun, classy, and cool. I would also look to their website, videos, the Knot, Wedding Wire and YouTube; you’ll get a good feeling for the style of party the DJ provides.

Q. Does the DJ become the star or is it about the bride and groom.

A. Personally, I think it’s about the bride, groom, and their friends & family.  There are some DJ’s that are personalities and the “show” is more their style.  There are different styles and needs and there is a DJ to suit any personality.

Q.  What would happen if you had an accident or you could not attend the wedding? Is there a plan in place?

A.  I have been providing DJ services for years and I’ve never been in late or called in sick.  That being said, it could happen and I feel confident tha  even though we are all competitors, I am best friends with 50-60 DJ’s. With such a vast network if something does arise we would fill in for each other.

Q. Do you take requests from the guests?

A. Yes! I have the bride and grooms back. If a guest requests a song that will work for the bride and grooms vibe I’ll play it. If the song won’t work for the bride and groom’s vibe “I don’t have it- sorry!”

Q.  What other services can you provide as a dj?

A. Uplighting, Monogram Lighting, & Video Presentations.

Q. Is it appropriate to ask the DJ what are you wearing?

A.   It is certainly okay to ask your DJ what he will wearing. The appropriate dressing would be a suit. All professionals should be dressed, let’s face it the vendors are a direct representation of the bride and groom.

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This New Years Eve, I DJed a “Carnival” Themed Wedding Reception for the new Mr. & Mrs. Nick & Amy Grew at “World Famous” Gideon Putnam Resort.  Their “Fairy Tale” began when they met at Amy’s Cousin’s Wedding Reception, in Florida, 7 years ago. The new chapter began on New Years Eve 2013 as they became Husband & Wife!

I had a such a great time working with my Friends that evening too!  Photographers Brian & Lauren McGarry of McGarry Photography + Lance Wheeler of Lance Wheeler Video! They are LEGENDS in the Wedding World!

Normally it takes me a little bit of time to put together a “New Blog” but this one is the exception to the rule!  The reason?  I just had to complete it ASAP, due to Lance Wheeler’s Video!  He posted the short clip, which you are about to view, in less than 24 hours after their Wedding on New Years Day!!  I was completely BLOWN AWAY by what he captured on film!  It is the essence of Amy & Nick’s Day!!  A “Magical Story” about an Incredibly “Loving” and “Fun Filled” Bride & Groom who were surrounded by Family & Friends on the 7th Anniversary of when they first met and now their Wedding Day!

To check out what all my excitement is about, just check out the video below!

A few days later Nick & Amy gave me a 5 STAR Review on Wedding Wire!

“Mike was great to work with from start to finish.  He had an excellent combination of energy, professionalism and a wide musical background.  One of the biggest perks was the fantastic lighting equipment which transformed our venue.  We have absolutely no negative comments… funny story actually is that one of the guests is already planning her 13 year old daughter’s wedding with Mike as the DJ!”

Photo by McGarry Photography

Thank you Amy & Nick!!!!

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On Friday, October 25th of 2013, I had the pleasure of being the DJ for Jessica & Scott’s “Dream” Wedding Reception @ The Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, NY!  They were a “Super Cool” Bride & Groom to work with throughout the entire wedding planning process!  The end result of all their planning was a “Packed Dance Floor” and their guests having an incredible time during the reception!  My friends at Mazzone Hospitality catered the event and “Knocked It Out of the Park”!  My buddy and highly sought after Photographer, Rob Spring of Rob Spring Photography, captured their “Award Winning” images!

You can view Jessica & Scott’s “Incredible” Images @ the Rob Spring Photography Blog link below

http://robspringphotography.com/jessica-scotts-wedding-canfield-casino-wedding-photography-saratoga-springs-ny-wedding-photographer/

Jessica & Scott added a “Custom Monogram” to be displayed on the wall opposite the dance floor.  WOW!

They also went with 18 Up Lights to show off the “Elegance” of the Casino’s Ballroom.  Up Lighting really accents the ”Gorgeous” Pillars at the Casino and makes them POP!

Jessica & Scott gave me a 5 Star Review on Wedding Wire shortly after their Wedding Day!  Check it out!

“Mike Garrasi was the best DJ we could ask for.  He played lots of great music and kept the party going for all six hours of our reception.  He has a great personality and was a pleasure to work with.  We would highly recommend him to any bride and groom who are looking for an excellent DJ who will make sure to make your wedding a day to remember!!!!”

Thank you so much Jessica & Scott!

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On November 9th of 2013, I DJed a “Beautiful” Fall Wedding at Saratoga National Golf Club for Mr. & Mrs. Scott & Amanda Fura!  It was a “Picture Perfect” Day.  As you will see based on the gorgeous photos my friend and one of “New York’s Hottest Photographers”, Matt Ramos, captured that day!

The Bride & Groom were just so cool!  They danced to practically every song I spun that evening!  Later in the evening Amanda even talked Scott into singing a song in front of all of the guests.  He was GREAT!  What a night!  Just OVER THE TOP!

A few weeks before their Wedding Day, Amanda & Scott, upgraded their DJ Package to include 18 “Purple” Up Lights to decorate the Ballroom.  They really made the room just POP that evening!

You can view Amanda & Scott’s “Awesome” Images @ the Matt Ramos Photography blog link below

http://www.mattramosphotography.com/amanda-scott-saratoga-national-fall-wedding/

Just after the wedding I reviewed TWO Amazing – 5 Star Wedding Wire Reviews!!  One from Scott and other from the Mother of the Bride – Robin!  How cool is that!

Scott wrote –  ”Mike was awesome!  He was very professional and attentive to all our needs and requests.  Mike was able to keep everybody dancing all night long. He knew all the right music to play to keep the dance floor packed.  We have never danced so much in our lives.  We would recommend Music Man to anyone and everyone who is looking for the perfect party experience!  Thanks Mike you were awesome!”

Robin wrote –  ”Mike did an awesome job!!  He is truly a professional and great at what he does.  There weren’t many people that were sitting, most of them all on the dance floor.  I would highly recommend him!  Thanks Mike for a job very well done!!!”

Thank you Amanda, Scott and Robin!!

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This picture says it all!  Kate & Ian celebrated Upstate New York’s very first Winter Wonderland Wedding on Saturday, November 23rd of 2013 at The Franklin Plaza!

Such a fantastic Bride & Groom to DJ for!  Their Family & Friends “Danced The Night Away”!  Kate even had a “Customized” Bride & Father Dance that began with Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” and half way through, after their “Sun Glasses” were put on, transitioned into “Soul Man” by The Blues Brothers!   They pulled it off BIG TIME!  So cool and different!  Loved it!

I had the pleasure of working with a few of my Friends that day!!  Greg Cushman and his always “On Point” Staff at The Franklin Plaza!  Katie O’ and Jillian from Katie O’ Weddings & Events!  And, the “MEGA” talented, JP & Joe Elario of Elario Photography!

You can view Kate & Ian’s “Incredible” Images @ the Elario Photography Blog link below

http://elariophotography.com/kate-ians-franklin-plaza-wedding-photos/

Last week I receive this 5 Star Wedding Wire Review from Kate!

“Mike made our wedding AMAZING!  We had a blast – both my husband and I joke that we danced more at our own wedding than all the others we’ve been to this year combined!  Mike was wonderful to work with and we loved his enthusiasm!  We really appreciated his insight and creativity when we were having difficulty choosing some of our songs, and his suggestions fit our personalities so well.  We were very impressed with how much he wants to know his clients and cares about their visions. Most of all, he made sure our wedding was OUR day and triple checked that everything was absolutely perfect.  The party would not have been nearly the same without him, and our guests constantly gushed about what a great time they had out on the floor! — if you’re still DJ searching, look no more!  Call Mike ASAP!!”

Thank you so much Kate & Ian!!  Happy Holidays!

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