How to throw an Event in the South Bay (San Jose, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy)

Rule 1: If you want to throw a fun party then you have to really know your audience. When you send out the invites make sure you use terms that would excite them. Be very detailed and specific so your guests know the deal from the start. 

 

Rule 2: Make sure your venue is easily accessible. People want it to be a piece of cake to get there so find a cool place with lots of parking. If it’s a formal event then you have a better understanding of the people that are going to the event and you know how many tables and chairs will be needed. Also make sure you have great communication with your venue. It is awesome when you call them or email them they get back to you right away. Nothing is more frustrating than an absentee venue manager. Some venues are all inclusive so that means they can do it all and less worry for the host. They can decorate and or host an open bar. Best ways to find venues is to ask other folks who secured venues before or you can trust strangers on Yelp. 

 

Rule 3: Find the right dj.It is good to secure the venue first so you know the date and times you need a dj and you have to see if the dj is available. So rule 1 is to know the audience and Rule 3 is to find the right dj. You would want a dj that fits the occasion. Find the right dj to do the event and call or email him or her to get a vibe from them

San Jose Morgan Hill Gilroy Set Up

Gilroy Gardens as a venue

Recently played at Gilroy Gardens located in Gilroy. I was able to contact the manager and she was very helpful and made sure she was available to guide me in the venue.  With the helpful staff, I was able to go through the employee entrance. Load in was very simple.  I asked in advance for a table and they gave me an extension cord. Once I arrive I asked for another extension cord and they were on it. I brought my big boy speakers and asked for a little barrier so dancers do not put their drinks or purses on them. This was done with little heads up and they were on it.

The coolest thing of the night was I left a mini table behind and I called the manager after midnight and she picked up and told me she would call security to locate it and text me if they find it or not. I just love the follow through. The manager even offered to drop off the table at my location San Jose once it was found. WOW. With teamwork, they found my table in the big park and I was able to get it back.  This is how this venue treats vendors and I was very impressed. I was very impressed with their customer service. I was working with 2 banquet managers and both of them went beyond the call of duty. 

Overall it was a pleasant experience. While I was playing my music students were dressed to the nines and it seemed like everyone was posting their experience on social media. The lights and the elegance made it a very special night. The park offered unlimited games and rides for the party goers. Students were able to win prizes that whey were proud of. Students seemed very excited and happy. Gilroy Gardens is an excellent place to have your party! 

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March Playlist 2019

 Cardi B and Bruno Mars Please Me 

Lil Peep and ILovemakonnen  I’ve Been Waiting  

Ariana Grande  Break up with your Girlfriend, I’m Bored  

Post Malone Wow 

Sam Smith and Normani Dancing with a Stranger  

Ariana Grande 7 Rings 

Meek Mill ft Drake Going Bad 

Ava Max Sweet But Psycho 

Halsey Without Me 

Post Malone Sunflower 

J Cole Middle Child  

Blueface Thotiana  

21 Savage A Lot 

Lil Nas X Old Town Road 

Daddy Yankee Con Calma 

Mabel Don’t Call me Up 

Gerard Way and Ray Toro 

YK Osiris Worth It  

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Feb 2019 Playlist

POST MALONE AND SWAE LEE SUNFLOWER

ARIANA GRANDE  7 RINGS

MARSHMELLO AND BASTILLE HAPPIER

POST MALONE  WOW

SAM SMITH AND NORMANI DANCING WITH A STRANGER

BENNY BLANCO , HALSEY AND KHALID  EASTSIDE

KHALID  BETTER

A BOOGIE WIT A HOODIE LOOK BACK AT IT

BAD BUNNY FT DRAKE MIA

FLIPP DINERO  LEAVE ME ALONE

CARDI B  MONEY

J COLE  MIDDLE CHILD

HALSEY  WITHOUT ME

LIL BABY AND GUNNA DRIP TOO HARD

KODAK BLACK FT TRAVIS SCOTT AND OFFSET  ZEZE

MEEK MILL FT DRAKE GOING BAD

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Best of 2018 Music Playlist

GOD’S PLAN BY DRAKE

GIRLS LIKE YOU BY MAROON 5

I LIKE IT BY CARDI B

NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY BY ARIANA GRANDE

IN MY FEELINGS BY DRAKE

BETTER NOW BY POST MALONE

PSYSCHO BY POST MALONE

THE MIDDLE BY MAREN MORRIS

ONE KISS BY DUA LIPA

SAD! BY XXXTENTACION

LUCID DREAMS BY JUICE WRLD

NEVER BE THE SAME BY CAMILA CABELLO

HAVANA BY CAMILA CABELLO

FRIENDS BY ANNE-MARIE

YOUNGBLOOD BY 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

LOOK ALIVE BY BLOCBLOY JB

NO BRAINER BY DJ KHALED

HAPPIER BY MARSHMELLO

STIR FRY BY MIGOS

EASTSIDE BY BENNY BLANCO

BREATHIN BY ARIANA GRANDE

I’M A MESS BY BEBE REXHA

SOBER BY DEMI LOVATO

X BY NICKY JAM AND J BALVIN

BE CAREFUL BY CARDI B

ELECTRICITY BY SILK CITY FT DUA LIPA

HIGH HOPES BY PANIC AT THE DISCO

APESH@T BY THE CARTERS

TASTE BY TYGA FT OFFSET

FINESSE BY BRUNO MARS AND CARDI B

MO BAMBA BY SHECK WES

THANK U, NEXT BY ARIANA GRANDE

BOO’D UP  BY ELLA MAI

SICKO MODE BY TRAVIS SCOTT

PERFECT BY ED SHEERAN

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December Playlist 2018

SILK CITY FT DUA LIPA ELECTRICITY

ARIANA GRANDE  THANK U, NEXT

BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY AND KHALID  EASTSIDE

LIL DUVAL FT SNOOP DOGG AND BALL GREEZY  SMILE

BAD  BUNNY FT DRAKE  MIA

HALSEY  WITHOUT ME

DJ SNAKE  TAKI TAKI

PANIC! AT THE DISCO HIGH HOPES

MEEK MILL FT DRAKE GOING BAD

POST MALONE AND SWAE LEE SUNFLOWER

TRAVIS SCOTT SICKO MODE

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER YOUNGBLOOD

GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS AND KODAK BLACK  WAKE UP IN THE SKY

MARSHMELLO AND BASTILLE HAPPIER

LIL BABY AND GUNNA DRIP TOO HARD

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High School and Junior High Dances Requests

  At some functions, I have an assistant with me who can get requests from students of a song they have to hear. Typically I have a list a week before that I follow, but I do take requests. Sometimes, I am doing the event solo so there is no one to take requests. Most often than not, a student will approach me right in the middle of a transition so they don’t have my all my attention. But when I m able to focus on their requests I will look it up and put it on my prepare list to have it close by so I can include it in the mix.

   I try to give all the students the attention that they want but it makes it difficult since I’m trying to keep the dance floor filled with paying attention to the lighting and the volume control. I have put down a notebook for students to put down their requests.  In the notebook, students are able to put the song name and artists.  Songs that have profanity or inappropriate I cross off since I cannot play them at a school dance. Once I see a song written a few times in different handwriting then I can slip it in. There were a few times students wrote their song in really big handwriting. Those ones are not played! This past week a student wrote please play this song and I will give you 10 dollars. Of course there was no student name but I thought it was funny so I played the song because the student was creative. I knew no one was going to be giving 10 dollars but it stood out.

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NOVEMBER PLAYLIST 2018

BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY, AND KHALID  EASTSIDE

KHALID AND NORMANI  LOVE LIES

TRAVIS SCOTT SICKO MODE

SILK CITY AND DUA LIPA  ELECTRICITY

DJ SNAKE  TAKI TAKI

BEBE REXHA I’M A MESS

CALVIN HARRIS AND SAM SMITH  PROMISES

ARRIANA GRANDE  BREATHIN

MEEK MILL  DANGEROUS

DRAKE  NONSTOP

BAZZI  BEAUTIFUL

JUICE WRLD  LUCID DREAMS

KODAK BLACK  ZEZE

SHECK WES  MO BAMBA

BAD BUNNY  AND DRAKE  MIA

CARDI B  I LIKE IT

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