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A.D. Entertainment

Gladstone , OR

LOCATION

Gladstone, OR US 97027 (map)

PHONE

503-650-8840

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

DJ, Celebrity Live Music, and pro Karaoke by the winner of the "Best Of 2012 Award" at Gigmasters.com. #1 DJ in Oregon there for 5 years.

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DJ, Celebrity Live Music, and pro Karaoke by the winner of the "Best Of 2012 Award" at Gigmasters.com. #1 DJ in Oregon there for 5 years.

I’m new to WeddingWire and EventWire, but besides the award at Gigmasters.com, I’ve also received “Elite Pro” status at Thumbtack.com, where only 1% of their vendors receive that honor. Until I receive more reviews here at WeddingWire, below and at my website are unsolicited great reviews. I specialize in knowing and loving every era and style of music (except offensive rap) from the '20s to current. And do check out my video below, which shows that I'm good at making great parties :-)

My website is: www.PdxDJ.com. My phone number is: 503-650-8840.



For Weddings and Events:

I've done hundreds of ceremonies, receptions, events and parties of all kinds, and therefore know just what to do - including emceeing and coordinating events - and the right songs to play to make your event great.

And this is all done within the parameters (out of all the wedding and reception and event possibilities and music styles) that you choose and then communicate to me via my Ceremony, Reception and Event Preferences sheets that I email to you. Plus I can go over options with you. But generally I just play the hits from the eras and styles you choose on my sheet, and just the ones that have proven to be the most danceable and that make it so people can't resist the dance floor :-)

But I can get special requests ahead of time (no expense to you).

I’m not an overbearing DJ, but do interact with the crowd in a fun way if it feels right (and it usually does:-). But I do bring over 5000 songs with me.

If you want "lights," what I have works great and are a lot of fun. Plus they make the dance floor more inviting. My attire can be casual, dressy casual, suit or tuxedo.

There are also the options of karaoke and/or live music. Regarding live music, I've had an internationally bestselling CD as a sax player, which is good for dinner/cocktail music, and I'm a former member of The Tokens, the band who had the original hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight - which I sing. You can also see those in the video demo.

Regarding the karaoke option, my system is state of the art in that it is computer driven and not disc driven. Also, the singers are given a professional treatment with recording studio equipment (compressor/limiter, reverb and digital delay) and therefore sound a lot better. Plus I can get any special songs requested.

It should help your confidence in booking me to notice the reviews and above-mentioned awards that I received, which means that I’m a real client and crowd pleaser, given what they are looking for. My only focus at your event is that you and your guests are happy :-)

(The following are not quotes that I asked for. They were just sent to me.)

"It was very special for us to have found you to participate in our very special day. Amidst all the musicians and DJs in Portland, I feel like I asked for "the best" and that is what I received! Roger and I will look forward to events with you in the future. You were wonderful Dennis. Thank you!!"
Carol and Roger Jensen, The Bride and Groom

"You are definitely the best, I would say twice as good as any live music I've ever heard, even when we've gone out. I'm also glad about how you announced everything perfect! We got loads of compliments from friends who said that you really had a lot of talent!! I can't wait 'til my sister gets married, we'll definitely have you back!!! Or to anyone, for that matter, we'll definitely recommend you."
Dave and Diane Gyarts, The Bride and Groom

You can see more reviews here at WeddingWire and at my website www.PdxDJ.com. Read less
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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
No
Describe your DJ style:
I'm just there to please :-) I mainly play just the danceable hits from the eras and styles the client chooses. I'm not overbearing but do interact with the crowd in a fun way if it feels right. I can coordinate all event particulars.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No.
What is your usual attire?
Client requests that on my Preferences form. From Tuxedo, suit, dressy casual, casual and theme.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
No. I fulfill all requests free of charge.
How many other DJs do you work with?
Two.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
No minimum.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Yes.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Italian. But I've also done Latvian, Laotian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hispanic weddings and events. But I also can do any nationality if I'm given a music list ahead of time or an iPod or CD at the event.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Disco lighting. Plus a state-of-the-art, recording-studio-quality karaoke setup.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
15-30 minutes, depending on the venue and the services required. It's better when the site does, but I also have an available DJ table.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
No.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Emcee, yes. When it feels right I also talk. And that usually happens somewhat.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
I've been doing this many times and for many years. So I have my techniques and songs for getting them going :-)
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
No breaks, unless the event requires it. The client lets me know if a meal will be provided on my event questionnaire. But there is no break in the music. And I usually eat at my station.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
There will be continuous music unless the client requires otherwise (e.g. for special announcements, toasts, etc.).
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I book two other DJ's, but I book them on their own gigs and I am always available for the events I contract myself for.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Sometimes, but rarely.
What is your overtime rate?
90/hr.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
The first 35 miles are free. After that, $1 per mile.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$80

REVIEWS

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Victoria
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis, I wanted to thank you so much for your patience and the fabulous job you did. I had a fantastic time and I especially enjoyed the saxophone. I used to go out dancing every weekend up until I met Martin. That was three years ago, so I was overdue to be on the dance floor. You still have a great singing voice and a wonderful speaking voice for your job. I will recommend you to whomever I can. Everyone that attended commented on how good you were. Martin and I were very pleased with your services:0) Sincerely Mr. and Mrs. Hanson.
Dennis, I wanted to thank you so much for your patience and the fabulous job you did. I had a fantastic time and I Read more...
Dennis, I wanted to thank you so much for your patience and the fabulous job you did. I had a fantastic time and I especially enjoyed the saxophone. I used to go out dancing every weekend up until I met Martin. That was three years ago, so I was overdue to be on the dance floor. You still have a great singing voice and a wonderful speaking voice for your job. I will recommend you to whomever I can. Everyone that attended commented on how good you were. Martin and I were very pleased with your services:0) Sincerely Mr. and Mrs. Hanson. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis was a great DJ, he was ready for every genre we could have wanted and made sure well before the wedding (even though he was given short notice) that he had his whole schedule and list of songs set up, whether we or the officiant needed a mic, what songs or genres we would like for every part of the wedding, etc. He even brought his sax and played on request. We originally didn't plan to have a DJ but we are very glad we did. We would recommend him to anyone and everyone planning a wedding (or any other DJ'ed event)
Dennis was a great DJ, he was ready for every genre we could have wanted and made sure well before the wedding (even Read more...
Dennis was a great DJ, he was ready for every genre we could have wanted and made sure well before the wedding (even though he was given short notice) that he had his whole schedule and list of songs set up, whether we or the officiant needed a mic, what songs or genres we would like for every part of the wedding, etc. He even brought his sax and played on request. We originally didn't plan to have a DJ but we are very glad we did. We would recommend him to anyone and everyone planning a wedding (or any other DJ'ed event) Read less
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A.D. Entertainment responded with the following comments:

Erin, Thank you for the nice review :-) You and your guests were a lot of fun. It was a pleasure doing your wedding :-) Hope you're enjoying my CD.
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Ryan
Wedding:
10/13/2013
4.9/5.0
In addition to being a tremendously attentive and flexible DJ, who adjusts his playlist to match the room and mood, Dennis offers a lot that other DJs cannot compete with. As a member of award winning bands, and an absolutely amazing sax player, Dennis adds that "extra something" to really make the event memorable. He really added an additional level of class and novelty to our evening. I don't know if there are better DJ experiences out there, but I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with Dennis.
In addition to being a tremendously attentive and flexible DJ, who adjusts his playlist to match the room and mood, Dennis Read more...
In addition to being a tremendously attentive and flexible DJ, who adjusts his playlist to match the room and mood, Dennis offers a lot that other DJs cannot compete with. As a member of award winning bands, and an absolutely amazing sax player, Dennis adds that "extra something" to really make the event memorable. He really added an additional level of class and novelty to our evening. I don't know if there are better DJ experiences out there, but I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with Dennis. Read less
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Jan & Steve
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Dennis did a great job working with some unexpected changes. He's really great on the sax too!
Dennis did a great job working with some unexpected changes. He's really great on the sax too!
Dennis did a great job working with some unexpected changes. He's really great on the sax too! Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was as planned and promised...thank you
Everything was as planned and promised...thank you
Everything was as planned and promised...thank you Read less
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Caitlynn
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.1/5.0
He played all the music we asked and was open to schedule changes. But we didn't get wireless mics for the ceremony. All in all he was great
He played all the music we asked and was open to schedule changes. But we didn't get wireless mics for the ceremony. All Read more...
He played all the music we asked and was open to schedule changes. But we didn't get wireless mics for the ceremony. All in all he was great Read less
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A.D. Entertainment responded with the following comments:

I just wanted to make sure that the impression wasn't given that I didn't have wireless mics available. I had a wireless mic and a lapel mic with me, but the pastor said he didn't need them, otherwise I would have used them. In fact, I even put the wireless mic on the pastor and tested it, but he said that he preferred not to use it in case the bush between us (where the venue set me up) might cause interference. He also said he didn't need it because the number of guests was small. I posted this response because I don't want future brides thinking that I don't offer that service.
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Aaron/Rebecca
Wedding:
8/3/2013
4.9/5.0
Dennis was a great DJ for our wedding. He was quick to respond to questions and gave good feedback with out playlist. His setup and dinner music selection (which we left to him) was spot on. Worked and adjusted well with our MC.

Our only complaint was that he was a little later getting to the event the day of than we would have liked but given how remote our location was and the fact that two of my groomsmen got lost it wasn't a big deal.

Overall Dennis is HIGHLY recommended as a DJ for any event.
Dennis was a great DJ for our wedding. He was quick to respond to questions and gave good feedback with out playlist. His Read more...
Dennis was a great DJ for our wedding. He was quick to respond to questions and gave good feedback with out playlist. His setup and dinner music selection (which we left to him) was spot on. Worked and adjusted well with our MC.

Our only complaint was that he was a little later getting to the event the day of than we would have liked but given how remote our location was and the fact that two of my groomsmen got lost it wasn't a big deal.

Overall Dennis is HIGHLY recommended as a DJ for any event. Read less
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April
Wedding:
8/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Thanks for an awesome reception Dennis!! You are an excellent DJ!! :-)
Thanks for an awesome reception Dennis!! You are an excellent DJ!! :-)
Thanks for an awesome reception Dennis!! You are an excellent DJ!! :-) Read less
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Breanna
Wedding:
12/21/2012
5.0/5.0
I am an employee of Meriwether National Golf Course. We've done hundreds of weddings here and I've never seen the dance floor so packed and the crowd have such a good time as the night Dennis was the DJ.
I am an employee of Meriwether National Golf Course. We've done hundreds of weddings here and I've never seen the dance Read more...
I am an employee of Meriwether National Golf Course. We've done hundreds of weddings here and I've never seen the dance floor so packed and the crowd have such a good time as the night Dennis was the DJ. Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
10/5/2012
5.0/5.0
"Dennis was very accommodating and made the event a lot of fun, especially for our family. Thank you Dennis!!! :) "
- Cindy P.
"Dennis was very accommodating and made the event a lot of fun, especially for our family. Thank you Dennis!!! :) "
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"Dennis was very accommodating and made the event a lot of fun, especially for our family. Thank you Dennis!!! :) "
- Cindy P. Read less
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Richard
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Dennis did a great job for us. He was very accomodating, and made sure to keep in contact with us during the event. He was very professional and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ.
Richard and Char Murray.
Dennis did a great job for us. He was very accomodating, and made sure to keep in contact with us during the event. He was Read more...
Dennis did a great job for us. He was very accomodating, and made sure to keep in contact with us during the event. He was very professional and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ.
Richard and Char Murray. Read less
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Darby
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
"Dennis set a great atmosphere both for dinner and dancing (and everything in between!!!). He has a great sense of the crowd and is phenomenal at playing the sax. He also kept the party rockin by bringing out both the young and the old to the dance floor. It was a complete pleasure to meet and work with Dennis. He made our wedding day extra special."
"Dennis set a great atmosphere both for dinner and dancing (and everything in between!!!). He has a great sense of the Read more...
"Dennis set a great atmosphere both for dinner and dancing (and everything in between!!!). He has a great sense of the crowd and is phenomenal at playing the sax. He also kept the party rockin by bringing out both the young and the old to the dance floor. It was a complete pleasure to meet and work with Dennis. He made our wedding day extra special." Read less
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