WeddingWire Couples Choice AwardWe work really hard for our couples, and we love what we do.  Our couples love what we do, too – we’ve got a big basket of handwritten thank-you notes that we’ve received over the years to prove it, as well as more than 100 five-star reviews online.

Although we do many things in a very big way, we’re actually a pretty small operation.  Brendan‘s the DJ.  Chris and Nick help out with the Photobooths and setups.  Julie (Brendan’s incredibly awesome wife), Kaden (age 6) and Ben (age 3) are the silent partners and our biggest fans. And that’s why we get really excited when we’re recognized as being one of the best wedding entertainment companies in the country.  For the seventh consecutive year, WeddingWire has chosen B-Sharp Entertainment as a winner of the Couples’ Choice Award.

We received this honor in four categories:

– DJ Entertainment
– Wedding Entertainer
– Event Rentals & Photobooths
– Lighting & Decor

Some truth in advertising:  WeddingWire gives out a LOT of these awards, nationwide.  This year, a total of 40 DJ services in Rhode Island received the award, but only TWO awards were given out in the Wedding Entertainer category, and we’re proud to be one of their recipients.  Back in 2009 when these awards first debuted (as the Bride’s Choice Award), B-Sharp Entertainment was one of just seven DJ companies to receive the honor.

Times have changed, and newly-engaged couples now have an almost infinite number of options for wedding entertainment.  While DJs are now “award-winning” and those words may not carry as much importance as it used to, we’re proud to say that we’ve received WeddingWire’s highest honor each year that it has been presented.

Quality matters – we provide that.  Consistency is important too, and we’ve got it covered, with a new trophy to prove it.  Our clients rock!

Bridal shows are one of the best ways to learn all about the latest wedding trends.  For newly-engaged couples, attending a bridal show can be one of the most productive ways to quickly discover what’s new, who’s who, and meet with an array of professionals available to assist with every detail of your wedding day.  It’s also a great way to spend a winter Sunday, whether you’re with your fiance or BFFs, and maybe even win some free stuff. :)

Mark these dates and shows on your calendar – this is where we’ll be exhibiting in the next few months:

Date:Location:Times:Show:
Sunday, January 25thWhite's Of Westport11:30AM - 4:00PMFun 107 Bridal Show
Thursday, January 29thSheraton Framingham6:30PM - 9:00PMKeep Calm And Marry On
RSVP Required
Sunday, February 8thHawthorne Country Club, North Dartmouth MA12:00PM - 4:00PMHawthorne Country Club Bridal Show
Sunday, March 1stThe Imperial Ballroom. Mendon MA12:00PM - 3:00PMSo Chic Events Bridal Show
Sunday, March 22ndWhite Cliffs Country Club, Plymouth MA12:00PM - 3:00PMWhite Cliffs Country Club Bridal Open House
Sunday, April 12thTwin River, Lincoln RI11:00AM - 3:30PMThe Original Wedding Expo

Most of these shows are free to attend for Brides and their guests.  For additional details about any of these shows, please contact us at B-Sharp Entertainment – 508.822.4545.

We’re excited about the start of 2015 at B-Sharp Entertainment.   Our 2014 wedding season was amazing, our dancefloors were packed at every event and our Photobooths continue to be the hit of the party wherever we take them.  Needless to say, the next 12 months are sure to be filled with more fun, more new ideas to make our clients’ events the best parties ever, and the best mix of music, no matter what the occasion.

KnotBestOf2015We’re also pleased to announce that we’re once again the recipient of The Knot’s “Best Of Weddings” award – it’s one of the top accolades given to select wedding professionals, based on reviews provided by real brides and grooms on TheKnot.com.  We’ve maintained a five-star rating on The Knot.com for five consecutive years, and we’re so thankful for our clients who’ve shared their positive feedback regarding our DJ Entertainment, Event Lighting and Photobooth services.

Choice 2015 dates are still available, and we’re now looking ahead and booking 2016 and 2017 events.  Whether you’re planning a small gathering for 50 people or a rockstar-level event for 500, B-Sharp Entertainment has options to fit your needs.

To reserve our award-winning talent and services for your upcoming event, please call us at 508-822-4545, or use the “Contact Us” option at the top of our site.   

This year, we’re excited to be teaming up with one of Rhode Island’s most historic venues to bring a great night of food, festivities, music and holiday fun to companies large and small throughout Southern New England.  Join us for our first-ever All-Inclusive Company Holiday Party, happening on Friday evening, December 12th at Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, presented by Russell Morin Fine Catering.

The party begins at 6:30 and features an exquisite assortment of appetizers, followed by a dinner buffet featuring the specialties that have made Russell Morin Fine Catering one of Southern New England’s top caterers and some of our favorites, including Braised Short Ribs of Beef and Lobster-Crusted Scrod.  For dessert, you and your guests will enjoy holiday-themed mini-pastries, cookies, and a creative hot cocoa bar.  A cash bar will be available all evening, and arrangements can be made to include complimentary bar services for your guests.

As the exclusive entertainment provider for this event, B-Sharp Entertainment and DJ Brendan Lafferty will make the party fun and festive with a mix of today’s top dance hits and the crowd-pleasing favorites that have made him one of Rhode Island’s most recommended DJ entertainers.  You and your guests are sure to be dancing the night away.

Here’s the best part:  All of this is yours for one low price of just $45 per guest.  A minimum of 8 guests is required to reserve your table.   Make your reservation today by calling Maggie Shields, General Manager of Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, at 401-785-4333 ext 13, or by email.

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When I’m meeting with prospective clients, I pride myself on being completely candid when answering their questions.  They can ask me anything, and I’m happy to give some feedback based on my experiences in this business.  I’ve entertained at more than 1500 events over the course of my DJ career, and I’ve sfivequestionshared some incredible moments with my clients.  I’ve also seen a handful of minor mishaps.  For the most part, I’ve seen everything, but I’ve yet to be part of a wedding reception where everything went wrong.

In the three years that my company has been offering Photobooth Rentals, we’ve had a great opportunity to see what happens at events with other DJs at the helm.  The results?  Well, I’m not here to rave about what I do (my clients rave about what I do on WeddingWire, and also on The Knot).  I’m also not going to single out other DJ companies in this blog post; doing so won’t be beneficial to anyone.   But often, the prospective clients that I meet with arrive armed with a printout of questions that’s been floating around the interwebs for years.  The questions are basic and the answers may be helpful to some people, but if you’re looking for a DJ today, there are five new questions that you should be asking:

1.  Do you sit behind your table?

Most venues provide DJs with a table, and sometimes a chair.  As entertainers, we want your guests on the dancefloor… and on their feet.   I can’t figure out how some DJs expect guests to get on their feet when they themselves are just three feet from the dancefloor, sitting behind their table, staring into their laptop screen while the music plays on.   Music makes me want to dance, not sit.  A sitting DJ can’t possibly bring an acceptable level of energy to your event, regardless of the occasion.  Their answer to this question should be a firm “no”.

2. Will you need internet access to play your music?

I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on records, tapes, CDs and mp3 files over the course of my DJ career.  I’m not bitter about that; it’s an investment that’s paid for itself many times over.  Now that music is hyper-accessible and dirt cheap, I can easily maintain my music library and get the week’s newest tracks with just a few clicks from a legal DJ music-subscription service; it’s part of the preparation that I do in advance of my upcoming events.  I wish I could tell you that all DJs are doing this, but I’ve heard the stories from many of my venue manager friends about the DJs who arrived and became irate when they found that the venue did not have internet access available .  A professional DJ should own their music files, not play them off of YouTube, access them from the cloud, or have a reliance on WiFi to rock your party.

3.  You play the clean versions, right?

There’s a time and place for every song.  And when the time is one you’ve been looking forward to for months (and possibly years) and the place is a beautifully-decorated ballroom filled with your family members and closest friends, that’s probably not the best time for your DJ to drop the F-bombs.  Radio-friendly versions are readily available to DJs from a number of sources, but many DJs just don’t care about what comes out of their speakers and have no clue that their music selections matter to how they’re perceived.  As an entertainer, I want the events where I DJ to be memorable for the best reasons.  And to the best of my knowledge, no mobile DJ has ever been booed for playing the clean version of a song.

4.  Can I see a picture of your setup?

It’s a super-basic question, but so so so so SO important.  An established DJ will not only have a photo of his or her setup for you to see, it’ll likely be a photo taken at the same venue you’ve booked for your event.  Even a novice DJ will have a photo to show you, so the next questions are what you should ask yourself while you’re looking at their photos:

  • Is this setup presentable?   A DJ who cares about appearance will make sure that wires are hidden, tables are skirted and that their area is tidy and organized.
  • Is this equipment going to be suitable for my party?  You don’t have to be tech expert or music aficionado to answer this one, but you should at least take note of whether or not the speakers in the photo are a matching pair, if there’s even a pair of speakers at all (one speaker is generally not enough), if they’re from a home-theater system purchased at Walmart, or if they’re modern-looking and fairly unobtrusive.
  • Does this DJ have a banner or signage?   Your event should not be a giant advertisement for the guy with the microphone.  Ix-nay the ign-say.

5.  What are you listening to right now?

Most people can’t tell me what the number-one song in America is this week.   Even fewer would be able  name three songs in the Top 10.  A good DJ – one who knows all the classics backwards and forwards but continually works to improve his or her craft – should be able to name a few songs or artists they’re currently into.  Note that if you’re planning a 50th-year class reunion and  their answer is that most new music is garbage, you’ve probably found the right DJ for your party.

 

Brendan Lafferty is a full-time mobile DJ and the owner of B-Sharp Entertainment.  He’s been featured in numerous DJ industry-related publications, including DJ Times and Mobile Beat magazines, and entertains at weddings, parties and events throughout New England.

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