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A Dancing Penguin Music

Portland , OR
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LOCATION

2000 NE 42nd Ave #296
Portland, OR 97213 US (map)

PHONE

503-282-3421

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

We specialize in combining live piano music with great DJ services.

The Penguins are three professional pianists who also are veteran DJ's.
Live piano or electric piano... Read more
We specialize in combining live piano music with great DJ services.

The Penguins are three professional pianists who also are veteran DJ's.
Live piano or electric piano for dinner music, then we'll switch to DJ for dancing.
Ceremonies, our specialty. We can put a piano anywhere & add violin, cello, flute, sax.
We also offer a Jazz duo or trio, & a dance band with female singer.
Electric piano available, inside or out.

You pick the tunes! If we don't have a song, we'll be happy to find it.
Since 1989, we've provided music to over 1500 happy brides.

Trust our experience to help you create the perfect wedding.

Visit our website to hear MP3 live music samples!

Call or e-mail Kim for more info, 503-282-3421 or kimralphs@comcast.net Read less
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PHOTOS

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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
Formal, low key approach
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
20 songs per hour
What is your usual attire?
Black Tux
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
We provide requested songs
How many other DJs do you work with?
Three Penguins
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
Two hours
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Yes
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes
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?
One hour set up time requested
Do you have any extra space requirements?
No
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Our small Penguin logo
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Beyond formal announcements, we seldom speak
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Take requests
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
No breaks, a meal is customary
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
Of course
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
There are three Penguins, no waiting
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
No
What is your overtime rate?
varies
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
varies
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$200

REVIEWS

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Mark
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Professional and great sound system. Did a great job as mc and kept the reception going. Wonderful piano player and ready to play outside if weather permitted. Great job!
Professional and great sound system. Did a great job as mc and kept the reception going. Wonderful piano player and ready Read more...
Professional and great sound system. Did a great job as mc and kept the reception going. Wonderful piano player and ready to play outside if weather permitted. Great job! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Mina
Wedding:
5/14/2013
5.0/5.0
THey rocked the night! Impressed!
THey rocked the night! Impressed!
THey rocked the night! Impressed! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Christene
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
We made a wonderful choice with A Dancing Penguin!! The dinner music (piano) was amazing and he knew just what to play to get people on the dance floor afterwards. Moreover, when we had to change our first dance song at the last minute he worked with us to find a new one. Thank you so much!
We made a wonderful choice with A Dancing Penguin!! The dinner music (piano) was amazing and he knew just what to play to Read more...
We made a wonderful choice with A Dancing Penguin!! The dinner music (piano) was amazing and he knew just what to play to get people on the dance floor afterwards. Moreover, when we had to change our first dance song at the last minute he worked with us to find a new one. Thank you so much! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Amy
Wedding:
8/24/2012
4.2/5.0
It was great to have someone who could provide live music and act as the DJ and MC as well. Kim was very flexible and quick to respond to emails. As a piano player, he was fantastic. As a DJ, I wish he would have been a bit more enthusiastic and fun.
It was great to have someone who could provide live music and act as the DJ and MC as well. Kim was very flexible and Read more...
It was great to have someone who could provide live music and act as the DJ and MC as well. Kim was very flexible and quick to respond to emails. As a piano player, he was fantastic. As a DJ, I wish he would have been a bit more enthusiastic and fun. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
A Dancing Penguin Music responded with the following comments:

We do have a formal approach, and except for your requested announcements, use the mic sparingly.
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/18/2012
4.8/5.0
Did a great job keeping people on the dance floor! Music sounded fantastic - quality equipment. They also played piano during my ceremony and dinner, which was lovely. Definitely recommend them, only thing they could improve on is maintaining more of the current top 20 songs on their playlist, however they will add things you request.
Did a great job keeping people on the dance floor! Music sounded fantastic - quality equipment. They also played piano Read more...
Did a great job keeping people on the dance floor! Music sounded fantastic - quality equipment. They also played piano during my ceremony and dinner, which was lovely. Definitely recommend them, only thing they could improve on is maintaining more of the current top 20 songs on their playlist, however they will add things you request. Read less
Services Used: DJ
A Dancing Penguin Music responded with the following comments:

With so much new music every week, it's impossible to own everything that comes out, but we make sure we have everything on your request list, and that's really what counts!
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Rebecca
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Kim played piano/keyboard for the ceremony, including accompanying our soloist. He was familiar with all the music we requested and did a beautiful job. We appreciated that he played keyboard during dinner and then transitioned to DJ for dancing. He totally listened to the wishes of the Bride & Groom. The dance floor was never empty.
Kim played piano/keyboard for the ceremony, including accompanying our soloist. He was familiar with all the music we Read more...
Kim played piano/keyboard for the ceremony, including accompanying our soloist. He was familiar with all the music we requested and did a beautiful job. We appreciated that he played keyboard during dinner and then transitioned to DJ for dancing. He totally listened to the wishes of the Bride & Groom. The dance floor was never empty. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anna
Wedding:
8/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Kim from A Dancing Penguin Music did an awesome job! For the father daughter dance we had a big request for him and he pulled through and we were all pleased! After our wedding we had a lot of friends and family say that the DJ did a great job! We were very please with Kim and we would definitely recommend him to other friends and family that need a DJ!
Kim from A Dancing Penguin Music did an awesome job! For the father daughter dance we had a big request for him and he Read more...
Kim from A Dancing Penguin Music did an awesome job! For the father daughter dance we had a big request for him and he pulled through and we were all pleased! After our wedding we had a lot of friends and family say that the DJ did a great job! We were very please with Kim and we would definitely recommend him to other friends and family that need a DJ! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.7/5.0
When the DJ announced the bride and groom as they entered the reception, he incorrectly used the grooms first name, instead of the last name.
When the DJ announced the bride and groom as they entered the reception, he incorrectly used the grooms first name, Read more...
When the DJ announced the bride and groom as they entered the reception, he incorrectly used the grooms first name, instead of the last name. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.9/5.0
A dancing penguin was just not exactly the experience I had hoped for. The ceremony was great, and than when we got to the reception things just didn't seem to go right. He announced the cake cutting and right from there we went to the other room for our first dance, while everyone was expecting cake. I had asked if we could please wait so that my friends and family could watch the first dance and actually understand what's going on, and I was just told no were doing this now.... Not what I had expected. There were some other experiences as well, but I'm just going to leave it at not the experience I had hoped for not for us but could be for you.
A dancing penguin was just not exactly the experience I had hoped for. The ceremony was great, and than when we got to the Read more...
A dancing penguin was just not exactly the experience I had hoped for. The ceremony was great, and than when we got to the reception things just didn't seem to go right. He announced the cake cutting and right from there we went to the other room for our first dance, while everyone was expecting cake. I had asked if we could please wait so that my friends and family could watch the first dance and actually understand what's going on, and I was just told no were doing this now.... Not what I had expected. There were some other experiences as well, but I'm just going to leave it at not the experience I had hoped for not for us but could be for you. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Excellent. Thank you so much.
Excellent. Thank you so much.
Excellent. Thank you so much. Read less
Services Used: DJ

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