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Backthird Entertainment

Aurora , IL

LOCATION

67 S. Stolp Ave.
Aurora, IL US 60506 (map)

PHONE

630-264-2366

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

How do you make sure everyone has fun? How do you ensure your wedding feels classy and personal – never cheap or cheesy? How do you avoid the sense that when your DJ opens his mouth,... Read more
How do you make sure everyone has fun? How do you ensure your wedding feels classy and personal – never cheap or cheesy? How do you avoid the sense that when your DJ opens his mouth, someone’s going to ask, “Who IS this guy?”

The answer’s easy: Know your lead entertainers before the wedding day.

Backthird DJs are experts - and you are the boss. Meet your DJ before you sign anything. Then, set your wedding apart with live jazz or a group like Twin Strings that plays radio hits on classical instruments. Whatever your plan, you'll hire a person - not a package. Relationship is the key.

To see and hear our artists, visit www.backthird.com.



happy made easy

• DJ, jazz and strings - in whatever combination is right for your event. So you get your style at your budget.

• Complete solutions - music, sound, MC and event coordination for the entire wedding. So your party is organized and your life is easy.

• Relational service - meet your DJ or lead musician before the event and plan all details together. So you know the people running your wedding, before your wedding starts.

To view artist video or download a free wedding planning guide, visit www.backthird.com. To set up a no-obligation meeting with the actual DJ for your event, call us at 630-264-2366. Read less
DJ , Band , Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Medium (4-6 musicians), Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Men wear dark tuxes and shirts, no corny bow ties or vests. Women in cocktail dresses.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Visit www.backthird.com for video.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes. We customize the playlist to reflect your tastes, then adjust on the fly depending on the response of your guests. You'll meet with your bandleader or MC weeks before the wedding to review everything so you know the people leading your celebration - and they know you. If you've got a particular request that's not in the playlist, we're happy to add it for you.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Depends on the specific situation. In general, 1.5-2 hours.
How much space do you usually require?
At your first meeting with us, we'll review your needs and your venue to make sure the ensemble size and combination of musicians and DJs is the right fit. If you're setting up a stage or riser for the band, 12' x 16' is ideal - but we can work with smaller spaces. DJs only require a 6' table. Live cocktail and dinner ensembles can usually set up on your dance floor and break down before dancing begins.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Some artists have music stands with their logos on them. We think these look classy, not promotional - and they keep guests from asking you "who are these guys?" all night. But we can swap them out for blank stands if you're not into it.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We provide all sound equipment for reception and, if you require it, ceremony. The No Reservations band has a computerized 14-light setup that illuminates both the band and your dance floor. The light show is sequenced specifically to each song in the band's set - it can vary from moving colored patters on your ceiling and dance floor to a simple blue wash for a slowdance. Visit our website to see photos and video of the lighting display.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Our belief is that if the first three hours of your reception are a disorganized mess, your guests won't feel much like dancing. We MC your entire event - including grand entrances, toasts and speeches - so you won't have to sweat the schedule. Once dancing begins, however, music is non-stop and talking is kept to a minimum.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We're believers in the idea that the right crowd + the right music = the right result. If the dance floor is slow, we'll change to a different type of music within the guidelines we've already established with you in advance. We don't believe in shouting at your guests or otherwise begging, bribing or tricking them onto the dance floor. People dance when they're relaxed and enjoying the music, not when a bandleader or DJ is embarrassing them (or himself).
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Live musicians usually require two 15-minute breaks in a three-hour period. It's our preference to structure these with the natural flow of your party so guests never feel as if the party has been put on hold. DJs don't take breaks. If you book a band and DJ together, the DJ will fill band breaks, playing as much or as little as you (and your guests) like.
 
 We ask that you feed any performers who will be at your event for more than 3 hours. If this isn't practical, we ask your permission for us to eat something on the sly during the event. We will not leave your reception - and the performance may suffer if we're weak from malnutrition - so this seems a sensible alternative.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes. We can play music we bring or you can provide us with an iPod-like device you'd like us to play from. When you book a band and DJ together, the DJ will play during band breaks so that the party is seamless.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We have a pool of musicians an DJs we regularly work with. In the event of an emergency, a musician of comparable talent will fill in.
What is your overtime rate?
This varies depending on the ensemble. Ask us when we meet with you!
 
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We will travel anywhere within a 50-mile radius at no extra charge. Outside of the Chicago area, travel fees may apply. Ask us when we meet with you.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
This also varies depending on the services booked. Call 630-264-2366 to set up a meeting; we'll create some options to fit your specific needs and let you know the cost and deposit for each.

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Brass - Quartet, Brass - Quintet, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Men in black suits and ties; women in black skirts or dresses.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Visit our website (www.backthird.com) to see video of string groups, jazz groups, piano players, harp, flute and guitar.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
30 minutes to an hour, depending on the needs of your wedding and location.
How much space do you usually require?
This depends on the number of musicians you use! Call 630-264-2366 to set up a meeting; we'll listen to your tastes and needs and suggest ensembles and fit your wedding.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel is free within the Chicago area. If your wedding is outside of Illinois or a long way from the city, travel expenses may apply. Ask when you meet with us!

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
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
What's YOUR style? It's our belief that you should know the entertainers running your wedding BEFORE the wedding happens. Some Backthird DJs are charismatic and energetic, others have a laid-back or minimalist style. We'll meet with you at our office, discuss your needs and match you with the DJ you feel is the best fit. Then you'll meet with you DJ to review your agenda, finalize all requests and get to know each other before the wedding.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
How long is your wedding? A typical 6-hour reception might include time for 100 or so songs. We prefer that you identify a maximum of 5 or 10 songs that are "must plays," then put other requests on a "play if possible" list so your DJ knows how to prioritize. We also ask you about genre preferences, so if you're the kind of couple who prefers to say "we dig jazz and rock, you figure out the details" - that's great too.
What is your usual attire?
Black suits or tuxes.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
No - we make sure that any requests made in advance are ready to go at your wedding. If we don't already have a song you want, we buy it. The only exception: if you have very specific ethnic or world music requests that may not be widely available for purchase in the United States, we'll ask you to provide us with these tracks.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
You can book us for as few as 3 hours, but it's less cost-effective to do so. Most weddings are 5- or 6-hour events. We cannot provide a DJ for only "part" of your reception as this would require us to set up or tear down while your party is going on - not a recipe for success.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Sometimes! Our "elite" DJs can be reserved at the time of booking for a small request fee; we have video of each DJ to help you get to know them. After your first meeting at our office, if you identify the DJ that is best for you and still feel that you need to meet him in person to confirm the fit, we can set up a meeting for you.
 
 No matter who your DJ is or how you pick him, you will meet your DJ several weeks before the wedding, review his reception agenda and get to know one another before the wedding date. This is a cornerstone of our preparation process.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Our DJs have experience performing Indian, Korean and Latin American and weddings, as well as weddings for mixed cultures and blended families. One of our DJs is a native Spanish speaker (and we all speak fluent English!).
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
You'll submit a "Do Not Play," a "Must Play" and a "Play if Possible" list, along with a number of other requests and guidelines for your DJ. Then you'll review his agenda with him personally to answer questions and ensure that he understands all of your needs.
Do you bring your own equipment?
DJs provide all sound equipment and basic, non-cheesy dance-floor lighting. Uplighting and photobooth services are also available - ask about these when you meet with us.
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?
DJs usually arrive an hour or more in advance. A small table is preferred for setup, but your DJ will discuss these details with your catering director in advance of the wedding day so you don't need to sweat them.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No! We'll have a few business cards available in case your guests ask for one - but we don't advertise at your wedding.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Our belief is that if the first three hours of your reception are a disorganized mess, your guests won't feel much like dancing. We MC the entire event - including grand entrances, toasts and speeches - so you won't have to sweat the schedule. Once dancing begins, however, music is non-stop and talking is kept to a minimum.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We're believers in the idea that the right crowd + the right music = the right result. If the dance floor is slow, we'll change to a different type of music within the guidelines we've already established with you in advance. We don't believe in shouting at your guests or otherwise begging, bribing or tricking them onto the dance floor. People dance when they're relaxed and enjoying the music, not when a bandleader or DJ is embarrassing them (or himself).
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
DJs don't take breaks. Live musicians usually require two 15-minute breaks in a three-hour period. It's our preference to structure these with the natural flow of your party so guests never feel as if the party has been put on hold. If you book a band and DJ together, the DJ will fill band breaks, playing as much or as little as you (and your guests) like.
 
 We ask that you feed any performers who will be at your event for more than 3 hours. If this isn't practical, we ask your permission for us to eat something on the sly during the event. We will not leave your reception - and the performance may suffer if we're weak from malnutrition - so this seems a sensible alternative.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
While Backthird has several professional DJs, we also maintain strong relationships with other professional DJs and DJ companies we trust. If your DJ is ill or has an emergency, it's our problem - not yours. We'll replace your DJ with another capable professional - and notify you asap so you're not surprised to see an unexpected face at your reception.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Individual DJs only perform at one event per day.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel is free within the Chicago area. If your wedding is outside of Illinois or a long way from the city, travel expenses may apply. Ask when you meet with us!
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
This varies depending on the services booked. Call 630-264-2366 to set up a meeting; we'll create some options to fit your specific needs and let you know the cost and deposit for each.

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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had DJ Derek with Backthird for our wedding. From the first day we met Derek we knew we were making the right choice. First, Backthird makes planning incredibly easy with a website. In the personalized website, you can input your entire timeline, all the key songs, some must-haves, some don't-plays, and all the genres you do and don't like. Since we had our ceremony in the same venue as the reception, Derek was also able to do our ceremony music. This went perfectly. For the whole night, we heard all the music we wanted and nothing that we didn't want. Derek's playlist for us was spot on and the dance floor was never empty. We, and our friends and family, had a blast!
We had DJ Derek with Backthird for our wedding. From the first day we met Derek we knew we were making the right choice. Read more...
We had DJ Derek with Backthird for our wedding. From the first day we met Derek we knew we were making the right choice. First, Backthird makes planning incredibly easy with a website. In the personalized website, you can input your entire timeline, all the key songs, some must-haves, some don't-plays, and all the genres you do and don't like. Since we had our ceremony in the same venue as the reception, Derek was also able to do our ceremony music. This went perfectly. For the whole night, we heard all the music we wanted and nothing that we didn't want. Derek's playlist for us was spot on and the dance floor was never empty. We, and our friends and family, had a blast! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
DJ Derek was the best! From our first consultation meeting to the last song of our wedding day, he was professional, knowledgeable, upbeat, and fun. He took our musical tastes into consideration and crafted a unique and memorable soundtrack for dinner. And during the rest of the reception, he stayed attuned to the crowd's tastes while also staying true to our Must Play list. He was also a wonderful MC, keeping the entire event flowing smoothly and keeping us all on schedule. We could not have asked for a better DJ, and we would highly recommend Backthird Audio to anyone!
DJ Derek was the best! From our first consultation meeting to the last song of our wedding day, he was professional, Read more...
DJ Derek was the best! From our first consultation meeting to the last song of our wedding day, he was professional, knowledgeable, upbeat, and fun. He took our musical tastes into consideration and crafted a unique and memorable soundtrack for dinner. And during the rest of the reception, he stayed attuned to the crowd's tastes while also staying true to our Must Play list. He was also a wonderful MC, keeping the entire event flowing smoothly and keeping us all on schedule. We could not have asked for a better DJ, and we would highly recommend Backthird Audio to anyone! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Missi
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We originally weren't going to hire a DJ but at the last minute we decided to find someone- like three weeks before ! Benjie worked with us to get just what we envisioned. He included live music for our ceremony that was simply amazing. And then got us through dinner and our evening 'fun' by rocking it out. Thanks to Benjie and Backthird for really coming through for us!!
We originally weren't going to hire a DJ but at the last minute we decided to find someone- like three weeks before ! Read more...
We originally weren't going to hire a DJ but at the last minute we decided to find someone- like three weeks before ! Benjie worked with us to get just what we envisioned. He included live music for our ceremony that was simply amazing. And then got us through dinner and our evening 'fun' by rocking it out. Thanks to Benjie and Backthird for really coming through for us!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The DJ was so great. He did everything we asked. He made sure the music was great the entire time. People have commented on how the dance floor was never clear because the music was fantastic! Nothing went wrong. People are still asking for the DJ information! Perfection!!

Highly recommended!! 5 stars!!
The DJ was so great. He did everything we asked. He made sure the music was great the entire time. People have commented Read more...
The DJ was so great. He did everything we asked. He made sure the music was great the entire time. People have commented on how the dance floor was never clear because the music was fantastic! Nothing went wrong. People are still asking for the DJ information! Perfection!!

Highly recommended!! 5 stars!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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string duet played at our ceremony, and the trio during cocktail hour and dinner. it was perfect
string duet played at our ceremony, and the trio during cocktail hour and dinner. it was perfect
string duet played at our ceremony, and the trio during cocktail hour and dinner. it was perfect Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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Backthird Entertainment is AMAZING!!! Do yourself a favor and just book them for your big day! Twin Strings and DJ Scott enhanced our wedding to the fullest playing our cocktail and dinner music and MC-ing the night away! We received so many compliments and we cannot thank them enough! To add to the greatness, a great uncle of the grooms had not danced to a specific song in 40 years, he made the request to Scott who was able to retrieve from his song library and play for this very special uncle who was beyond pleased with the special dance! We booked Backthird solely on their professional and ability to play modern music... we definitely got we asked for and much more! I highly recommend Twin Strings and DJ Scott for any couple looking to make their special day that much more amazing!!!
Backthird Entertainment is AMAZING!!! Do yourself a favor and just book them for your big day! Twin Strings and DJ Scott Read more...
Backthird Entertainment is AMAZING!!! Do yourself a favor and just book them for your big day! Twin Strings and DJ Scott enhanced our wedding to the fullest playing our cocktail and dinner music and MC-ing the night away! We received so many compliments and we cannot thank them enough! To add to the greatness, a great uncle of the grooms had not danced to a specific song in 40 years, he made the request to Scott who was able to retrieve from his song library and play for this very special uncle who was beyond pleased with the special dance! We booked Backthird solely on their professional and ability to play modern music... we definitely got we asked for and much more! I highly recommend Twin Strings and DJ Scott for any couple looking to make their special day that much more amazing!!! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Tim and Katie
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Louise Kelly's trio was a great way to start the reception. The music they chose to play set the mood perfectly for the cocktail hour and dinner!

DJ Derek was everything we could have asked for in a DJ. He contacted us several times before the reception to make sure he knew what type of music we/our guests liked to listen to. He handled all changes in the timeline very well and communicated with everyone to make sure all events were known.

The music selection was great and very well catered to what our guests liked. We really wanted some ska/reggae played and he was able to put several songs in his set with no problem.

Our reception was so much fun and that was in large part due to DJ Derek and the Louise Kelly Trio. We couldn't have asked for better entertainers for the night!
Louise Kelly's trio was a great way to start the reception. The music they chose to play set the mood perfectly for the Read more...
Louise Kelly's trio was a great way to start the reception. The music they chose to play set the mood perfectly for the cocktail hour and dinner!

DJ Derek was everything we could have asked for in a DJ. He contacted us several times before the reception to make sure he knew what type of music we/our guests liked to listen to. He handled all changes in the timeline very well and communicated with everyone to make sure all events were known.

The music selection was great and very well catered to what our guests liked. We really wanted some ska/reggae played and he was able to put several songs in his set with no problem.

Our reception was so much fun and that was in large part due to DJ Derek and the Louise Kelly Trio. We couldn't have asked for better entertainers for the night! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/20/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I went to Backthird Entertainment because they offered live music and a DJ, which I thought was going to be way too expensive, but it turned out to be within our budget! Twin Strings played for our ceremony and cocktail hour and it was amazing. Everyone commented on how the live music was such a nice touch and made for a wonderful atmosphere. Louise Kelly played piano throughout dinner and even played for our formal dances. Benjie at Backthird made sure that it all worked out so that I could get everything that I wanted. And I would highly suggest having your formal dances played live! I wanted Good Riddance by Green Day for my father/daughter dance and Louise Kelly said, "No problem!" It was such a beautiful rendition. Not a dry eye in the house! We used Derek Shipman for our DJ and he was so attentive to our wants the whole night and was very flexible with us. He kept our guests on the dance floor all night! I would highly recommend Backthird Entertainment to anyone looking for live music, a DJ, or both!!
My husband and I went to Backthird Entertainment because they offered live music and a DJ, which I thought was going to be Read more...
My husband and I went to Backthird Entertainment because they offered live music and a DJ, which I thought was going to be way too expensive, but it turned out to be within our budget! Twin Strings played for our ceremony and cocktail hour and it was amazing. Everyone commented on how the live music was such a nice touch and made for a wonderful atmosphere. Louise Kelly played piano throughout dinner and even played for our formal dances. Benjie at Backthird made sure that it all worked out so that I could get everything that I wanted. And I would highly suggest having your formal dances played live! I wanted Good Riddance by Green Day for my father/daughter dance and Louise Kelly said, "No problem!" It was such a beautiful rendition. Not a dry eye in the house! We used Derek Shipman for our DJ and he was so attentive to our wants the whole night and was very flexible with us. He kept our guests on the dance floor all night! I would highly recommend Backthird Entertainment to anyone looking for live music, a DJ, or both!! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Katrina
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception was a blast, due in large part to the great DJ we had in Derek Shipman from Backthird. Everyone got up on the dance floor, including my nearly 90 year old grandfather. He was able to find some pretty obscure requests, and keep everyone moving and happy. I can't thank them enough & would recommend them to everyone who is having a special event & wants great music.
Our wedding reception was a blast, due in large part to the great DJ we had in Derek Shipman from Backthird. Everyone got Read more...
Our wedding reception was a blast, due in large part to the great DJ we had in Derek Shipman from Backthird. Everyone got up on the dance floor, including my nearly 90 year old grandfather. He was able to find some pretty obscure requests, and keep everyone moving and happy. I can't thank them enough & would recommend them to everyone who is having a special event & wants great music. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Derek was amazing! He really listened to what we said during our initial meeting and played great music during our reception. He's nice, funny and we felt very comfortable working with him. He mostly let the music do the talking during our reception, but threw out a couple of great one-liners that made everyone laugh. I highly recommend him! In general, Backthird Entertainment was great to work with. They were very responsive and communicated well.
Derek was amazing! He really listened to what we said during our initial meeting and played great music during our Read more...
Derek was amazing! He really listened to what we said during our initial meeting and played great music during our reception. He's nice, funny and we felt very comfortable working with him. He mostly let the music do the talking during our reception, but threw out a couple of great one-liners that made everyone laugh. I highly recommend him! In general, Backthird Entertainment was great to work with. They were very responsive and communicated well. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We used Backthird and the Dorothy Dean Trio for our ceremony music, as well as to provide audio equipment/sound amplification for our outdoor ceremony, and they did an excellent job. Working with them to get the music selected was easy. They were always easy to get a hold of, and responded quickly to any questions or concerns we had. Very professional. It proved very convenient to handle both the musicians and audio through the same contact. Come the day of the ceremony, the quality of the sound and the music were excellent.

Special thanks to the Dorothy Dean Trio. We had a specially requested song for the ceremony, one outside the trio's repertoire. They learned it specifically for our ceremony and it sounded excellent! I would highly recommend this group to anyone.
We used Backthird and the Dorothy Dean Trio for our ceremony music, as well as to provide audio equipment/sound Read more...
We used Backthird and the Dorothy Dean Trio for our ceremony music, as well as to provide audio equipment/sound amplification for our outdoor ceremony, and they did an excellent job. Working with them to get the music selected was easy. They were always easy to get a hold of, and responded quickly to any questions or concerns we had. Very professional. It proved very convenient to handle both the musicians and audio through the same contact. Come the day of the ceremony, the quality of the sound and the music were excellent.

Special thanks to the Dorothy Dean Trio. We had a specially requested song for the ceremony, one outside the trio's repertoire. They learned it specifically for our ceremony and it sounded excellent! I would highly recommend this group to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Unique Services
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Matthew
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We hired Backthird's "trio" (violin, cello, piano/guitar) to perform the ceremony music for our wedding. We were looking for someone willing to accommodate our taste in indie music, which we knew would require custom arrangements. We couldn't be happier to have chosen Backthird.

When we started out the process, we knew we wanted to use "Wake Up" by the Arcade Fire for the bride's procession. We had a bunch of other possibilities for the main processional and the recessional, but we weren't sure what would work best. Benjie at Backthird walked us through the process with enthusiasm and great concern for our satisfaction. For "Wake Up," Benjie not only managed to arrange the piece beautifully, but he was very attentive to the way we wanted the piece to sound, and I can say without hesitation that the trio nailed it. For the other pieces, Benjie was extremely helpful in discussing with us which of our choices would work best with the trio's instruments. We settled on "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the main processional and "In the Aeroplane over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel for the recessional. The arrangement of "Maps" was excellent, and though I didn't get to hear much of the recessional (since we were the first to recess), I'm told it was great as well. We also received numerous compliments on the songs that Backthird played before the ceremony while the guests were entering from their large catalog of pop and indie songs

Overall, Backthird's performance really pulled the ceremony together and helped make it feel so uniquely "us." It was great to see friends in the audience nodding in recognition as the trio started to play "Wake Up." And hearing the song arranged so beautifully added so much drama to the moment when my bride first appeared at the doorway.

Whether you have unique tastes in music or are just looking for someone to play your favorite pop songs as you walk down the aisle, you'd have a hard time doing better than Backthird!
We hired Backthird's "trio" (violin, cello, piano/guitar) to perform the ceremony music for our wedding. We were looking Read more...
We hired Backthird's "trio" (violin, cello, piano/guitar) to perform the ceremony music for our wedding. We were looking for someone willing to accommodate our taste in indie music, which we knew would require custom arrangements. We couldn't be happier to have chosen Backthird.

When we started out the process, we knew we wanted to use "Wake Up" by the Arcade Fire for the bride's procession. We had a bunch of other possibilities for the main processional and the recessional, but we weren't sure what would work best. Benjie at Backthird walked us through the process with enthusiasm and great concern for our satisfaction. For "Wake Up," Benjie not only managed to arrange the piece beautifully, but he was very attentive to the way we wanted the piece to sound, and I can say without hesitation that the trio nailed it. For the other pieces, Benjie was extremely helpful in discussing with us which of our choices would work best with the trio's instruments. We settled on "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the main processional and "In the Aeroplane over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel for the recessional. The arrangement of "Maps" was excellent, and though I didn't get to hear much of the recessional (since we were the first to recess), I'm told it was great as well. We also received numerous compliments on the songs that Backthird played before the ceremony while the guests were entering from their large catalog of pop and indie songs

Overall, Backthird's performance really pulled the ceremony together and helped make it feel so uniquely "us." It was great to see friends in the audience nodding in recognition as the trio started to play "Wake Up." And hearing the song arranged so beautifully added so much drama to the moment when my bride first appeared at the doorway.

Whether you have unique tastes in music or are just looking for someone to play your favorite pop songs as you walk down the aisle, you'd have a hard time doing better than Backthird! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anne
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
It was quite refreshing to have traditionally classical instruments play modem music. They were great during dinner. Everyone thought it was quite unique and enjoyed it a lot. The only thing was that there was a minute of awkward silence as they found the next song to play. DJ Derek was really flexible and so nice to work with. He was really responsive to what we wanted and made appropriate suggestions. Overall, it was a great experience!
It was quite refreshing to have traditionally classical instruments play modem music. They were great during dinner. Read more...
It was quite refreshing to have traditionally classical instruments play modem music. They were great during dinner. Everyone thought it was quite unique and enjoyed it a lot. The only thing was that there was a minute of awkward silence as they found the next song to play. DJ Derek was really flexible and so nice to work with. He was really responsive to what we wanted and made appropriate suggestions. Overall, it was a great experience! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Natalie
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We used a live piano trio led by Louise Kelly (the Pianist) for our outdoor garden ceremony and a DJ, Derek, for the rehearsal within a tent. The Piano Trio was amazing, I had asked them to keep it lively and upbeat and they were able to adapt that to all the songs we choose. I am obsessed with Jurassic Park and they actually learned how to play the theme song just for our wedding...how amazing is that!
Derek, the DJ was super funny, he came to our house before hand to talk about what kind of music we wanted and was great at keeping the speeches, cake cutting, and all that early stuff moving quickly as we requested. He did play a few songs that I was not familiar with and were not good dance songs where people stood around saying "what is this" but he caught on quickly as to what our group liked and kept people dancing throughout the night!
We used a live piano trio led by Louise Kelly (the Pianist) for our outdoor garden ceremony and a DJ, Derek, for the Read more...
We used a live piano trio led by Louise Kelly (the Pianist) for our outdoor garden ceremony and a DJ, Derek, for the rehearsal within a tent. The Piano Trio was amazing, I had asked them to keep it lively and upbeat and they were able to adapt that to all the songs we choose. I am obsessed with Jurassic Park and they actually learned how to play the theme song just for our wedding...how amazing is that!
Derek, the DJ was super funny, he came to our house before hand to talk about what kind of music we wanted and was great at keeping the speeches, cake cutting, and all that early stuff moving quickly as we requested. He did play a few songs that I was not familiar with and were not good dance songs where people stood around saying "what is this" but he caught on quickly as to what our group liked and kept people dancing throughout the night! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Catherine
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Meet with Backthird and you won't need to meet with any other DJs!
We were VERY happy with our experience with Backthird Entertainment. I would say we all got a good feeling about the company just from meeting with the owner, Benjie, at the studio. Honestly, we didn't even meet with any other DJ companies after BackThird. We trusted the Backthird would do a nice job from the initial meeting. Mark (our DJ) was great to meet with as well and he was exactly what we were looking for in a DJ. After meeting with him, we were confident that he would create a fun reception atmosphere. He did a great job and everyone had a fabulous time dancing at the reception. We thought Backthird was very easy, professional, pleasant to work with. I would certainly recommend Backthird to friends and family members getting married.
Meet with Backthird and you won't need to meet with any other DJs!
We were VERY happy with our experience with Read more...
Meet with Backthird and you won't need to meet with any other DJs!
We were VERY happy with our experience with Backthird Entertainment. I would say we all got a good feeling about the company just from meeting with the owner, Benjie, at the studio. Honestly, we didn't even meet with any other DJ companies after BackThird. We trusted the Backthird would do a nice job from the initial meeting. Mark (our DJ) was great to meet with as well and he was exactly what we were looking for in a DJ. After meeting with him, we were confident that he would create a fun reception atmosphere. He did a great job and everyone had a fabulous time dancing at the reception. We thought Backthird was very easy, professional, pleasant to work with. I would certainly recommend Backthird to friends and family members getting married. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Jillian
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
We decided to go with Backthird Entertainment and hired a trio from them for our outdoor garden wedding and can't say enough wonderful things about the company and the musicians! We were really impressed by the music selections from the trio and the ability for them to play them accurately or with a twist. They helped us with our selections and gave us advice about what would work and what wouldn't work in regards to our choice and taste in music. When it came time for our wedding day our Trio was dressed very professionally, we received so many compliments from our guests about our choices of music for our ceremony and about the musicians themselves and how well they played. Soon to be Brides and Grooms don't let this company ofF of your vendor list.
I want to say thank you to our Trio for helping us make our dream wedding and for Backthird entertainment for providing this service.
We decided to go with Backthird Entertainment and hired a trio from them for our outdoor garden wedding and can't say Read more...
We decided to go with Backthird Entertainment and hired a trio from them for our outdoor garden wedding and can't say enough wonderful things about the company and the musicians! We were really impressed by the music selections from the trio and the ability for them to play them accurately or with a twist. They helped us with our selections and gave us advice about what would work and what wouldn't work in regards to our choice and taste in music. When it came time for our wedding day our Trio was dressed very professionally, we received so many compliments from our guests about our choices of music for our ceremony and about the musicians themselves and how well they played. Soon to be Brides and Grooms don't let this company ofF of your vendor list.
I want to say thank you to our Trio for helping us make our dream wedding and for Backthird entertainment for providing this service. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Make the right decision and hire Twin Strings!!!!!!!!!!!!


I contacted Benjie because we wanted live music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. After reviewing Twin Strings and listening to songs on their website, we were hooked. The trio was absolutely perfect, and their range of selections is unbelievable. We had a very classic ceremony (think Canon in D). For our cocktail hour, they played everything from Coldplay to Mumford and Sons and so many more awesome songs. They obviously keep up with current music as they played lots of new releases too.

In terms of organization and planning, Benjie is second to none. He made the entire day seamless. As the bride, I worried about nothing with Benjie and his team. They took care of everything and helped make our day so, so special.

Finally, Twin Strings went above and beyond when they played There is Love at our ceremony and my cousins sang with them. Benjie spoke with my cousin ahead of time to work out details and again, I was left with nothing but excitement.

Cheers to Benjie, Twin Strings and their staff. Trust me, you'll be happy you hired such a professional, fun and talented team!
Make the right decision and hire Twin Strings!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Make the right decision and hire Twin Strings!!!!!!!!!!!!


I contacted Benjie because we wanted live music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. After reviewing Twin Strings and listening to songs on their website, we were hooked. The trio was absolutely perfect, and their range of selections is unbelievable. We had a very classic ceremony (think Canon in D). For our cocktail hour, they played everything from Coldplay to Mumford and Sons and so many more awesome songs. They obviously keep up with current music as they played lots of new releases too.

In terms of organization and planning, Benjie is second to none. He made the entire day seamless. As the bride, I worried about nothing with Benjie and his team. They took care of everything and helped make our day so, so special.

Finally, Twin Strings went above and beyond when they played There is Love at our ceremony and my cousins sang with them. Benjie spoke with my cousin ahead of time to work out details and again, I was left with nothing but excitement.

Cheers to Benjie, Twin Strings and their staff. Trust me, you'll be happy you hired such a professional, fun and talented team! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
My now-husband desperately wanted a DJ and I am a musician and really wanted a live band. When we asked BackThird about this, Benjie suggested a dj-band combo. I had a solo pianist playing for the cocktail hour which was really nice. It was SOOOO awesome when my reception room opened and a multi-piece ensemble was playing. Little by little the band members left and the DJ took over until it was just the DJ for the last hour or so. So cool that my husband and I were able to get exactly what we wanted, and I've never seen any other group do this.

The best part about using BackThird was being able to pick some songs that we wanted played at the reception and letting the group pick some. They really seemed to get our taste in music because every song they played was one of our favorites.

I've been to a lot of weddings recently and my wedding by far had the most people dancing and the most people stay to the end of the night, and it was definitely because of BackThird. They really get it!
My now-husband desperately wanted a DJ and I am a musician and really wanted a live band. When we asked BackThird about Read more...
My now-husband desperately wanted a DJ and I am a musician and really wanted a live band. When we asked BackThird about this, Benjie suggested a dj-band combo. I had a solo pianist playing for the cocktail hour which was really nice. It was SOOOO awesome when my reception room opened and a multi-piece ensemble was playing. Little by little the band members left and the DJ took over until it was just the DJ for the last hour or so. So cool that my husband and I were able to get exactly what we wanted, and I've never seen any other group do this.

The best part about using BackThird was being able to pick some songs that we wanted played at the reception and letting the group pick some. They really seemed to get our taste in music because every song they played was one of our favorites.

I've been to a lot of weddings recently and my wedding by far had the most people dancing and the most people stay to the end of the night, and it was definitely because of BackThird. They really get it! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Megan
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Backthird Entertainment was FABULOUS. Benjie and his crew provided us with a piano player, a band, and DJ . . . all perfect for different parts of the night and all very talented. Also, they are the EASIEST vendor to work with and so enthusiastic about their work! With all the stress of wedding planning, Benjie makes the music part easy to rely on. Our guests had so much fun and even tried to book them at our event for future events! I wish I could give Backthird more than five starts . . . they deserve more than that!
Backthird Entertainment was FABULOUS. Benjie and his crew provided us with a piano player, a band, and DJ . . . all Read more...
Backthird Entertainment was FABULOUS. Benjie and his crew provided us with a piano player, a band, and DJ . . . all perfect for different parts of the night and all very talented. Also, they are the EASIEST vendor to work with and so enthusiastic about their work! With all the stress of wedding planning, Benjie makes the music part easy to rely on. Our guests had so much fun and even tried to book them at our event for future events! I wish I could give Backthird more than five starts . . . they deserve more than that! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
DJ Chris Rayford performed ceremony and DJ services for our wedding in July, and we couldn't be happier. We got the best service within our budget, and Backthird was very flexible with our contract (allowing us to extend the time, even on the day of the event!). Chris really listened to what we were looking for and what's more important is that he followed through. He has a talent for reading the crowd and keeping them coming back for more. Our guests stayed on the dance floor for 6 hours! We were truly blown away by the service that we received, and we couldn't have asked for a better DJ.
DJ Chris Rayford performed ceremony and DJ services for our wedding in July, and we couldn't be happier. We got the best Read more...
DJ Chris Rayford performed ceremony and DJ services for our wedding in July, and we couldn't be happier. We got the best service within our budget, and Backthird was very flexible with our contract (allowing us to extend the time, even on the day of the event!). Chris really listened to what we were looking for and what's more important is that he followed through. He has a talent for reading the crowd and keeping them coming back for more. Our guests stayed on the dance floor for 6 hours! We were truly blown away by the service that we received, and we couldn't have asked for a better DJ. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
We got married back in June of this year and our DJ Chris Rayford was AMAZING and truly gifted! He was the BEST DJ I had ever seen in a wedding or for any occasion and several guests of ours agreed. Even though we had a traditional American wedding, we had wanted Chris to play some Indian dance music to pay tribute to my culture and he did such a great job mixing this in. He even got out on the dance floor and was teaching our guests Indian dance moves-WHAT?!? He was authentically good too! Everyone loved it and still talk about that! He got the crowd moving for sure and made sure everyone was having a great time. Also, Chris was so technically savvy that he even made sure that the music wasn't too loud that older guests couldn't talk. We also had a violinist and cellist from Backthird and they were fantastic as well! I would highly recommend Backthird Entertainment for any occasion and felt the service was superb. It was well worth the cost which was relatively reasonable for FANTASTIC service and talented musicians/DJ's. Benjie, the manager, was always quick to respond to any questions and provided great service for all of my needs. Hands down, this was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!
We got married back in June of this year and our DJ Chris Rayford was AMAZING and truly gifted! He was the BEST DJ I had Read more...
We got married back in June of this year and our DJ Chris Rayford was AMAZING and truly gifted! He was the BEST DJ I had ever seen in a wedding or for any occasion and several guests of ours agreed. Even though we had a traditional American wedding, we had wanted Chris to play some Indian dance music to pay tribute to my culture and he did such a great job mixing this in. He even got out on the dance floor and was teaching our guests Indian dance moves-WHAT?!? He was authentically good too! Everyone loved it and still talk about that! He got the crowd moving for sure and made sure everyone was having a great time. Also, Chris was so technically savvy that he even made sure that the music wasn't too loud that older guests couldn't talk. We also had a violinist and cellist from Backthird and they were fantastic as well! I would highly recommend Backthird Entertainment for any occasion and felt the service was superb. It was well worth the cost which was relatively reasonable for FANTASTIC service and talented musicians/DJ's. Benjie, the manager, was always quick to respond to any questions and provided great service for all of my needs. Hands down, this was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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muscles86
Wedding:
1/21/2012
5.0/5.0
These guys are true professionals. They made all of the planning a breeze with their online planners, and Benjie (bandleader) and Chris (DJ) were both easy to work with.

For the most part, we gave them free reign to read the room and play what felt appropriate. They did an amazing job! The band sounded great, transitions were seamless, and I don't think there was a single song where the dance floor was empty.

If you are looking for a DJ, band, or any combination, I would definitely recommend these guys.
These guys are true professionals. They made all of the planning a breeze with their online planners, and Benjie Read more...
These guys are true professionals. They made all of the planning a breeze with their online planners, and Benjie (bandleader) and Chris (DJ) were both easy to work with.

For the most part, we gave them free reign to read the room and play what felt appropriate. They did an amazing job! The band sounded great, transitions were seamless, and I don't think there was a single song where the dance floor was empty.

If you are looking for a DJ, band, or any combination, I would definitely recommend these guys. Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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kbarra
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
My wedding was 3 days ago, and we booked Scott to be our DJ at our reception. He was absolutely amazing! He knew how to get everyone involved and dancing, he played songs that the crowd loved, and made sure I didn't have to worry about a thing so I could enjoy my night. I highly recommend Scott and Backthird Entertainment!!
My wedding was 3 days ago, and we booked Scott to be our DJ at our reception. He was absolutely amazing! He knew how to Read more...
My wedding was 3 days ago, and we booked Scott to be our DJ at our reception. He was absolutely amazing! He knew how to get everyone involved and dancing, he played songs that the crowd loved, and made sure I didn't have to worry about a thing so I could enjoy my night. I highly recommend Scott and Backthird Entertainment!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Gabrielle
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Backthird Entertainment. For our wedding we chose the DJ+ option and it was just perfect for our needs. The combination of live music and DJ's is a brillant idea and made for extremely convenient one stop shopping! We had a string trio for our ceremony, a solo keyboardist for cocktail hour, a jazz trio for dinner and a DJ for dancing- all under one roof, one contract, one vendor to keep track of! Each of the groups performed beautifully and our DJ kept the dance floor PACKED (no exaggeration) all night long. Even the captain at our reception hall said that he has never seen a dance floor that full for that long. Backthird went out of their way to accommodate us and keep the whole process worry free for me. I highly recommend Backthird Entertainment, they truly made our special day even that more special.
I cannot say enough good things about Backthird Entertainment. For our wedding we chose the DJ+ option and it was just Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Backthird Entertainment. For our wedding we chose the DJ+ option and it was just perfect for our needs. The combination of live music and DJ's is a brillant idea and made for extremely convenient one stop shopping! We had a string trio for our ceremony, a solo keyboardist for cocktail hour, a jazz trio for dinner and a DJ for dancing- all under one roof, one contract, one vendor to keep track of! Each of the groups performed beautifully and our DJ kept the dance floor PACKED (no exaggeration) all night long. Even the captain at our reception hall said that he has never seen a dance floor that full for that long. Backthird went out of their way to accommodate us and keep the whole process worry free for me. I highly recommend Backthird Entertainment, they truly made our special day even that more special. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Backthird did a FANTASTIC job! They created the perfect mood for both the ceremony and reception - very easy to work with :-) Thank you!
Backthird did a FANTASTIC job! They created the perfect mood for both the ceremony and reception - very easy to work with Read more...
Backthird did a FANTASTIC job! They created the perfect mood for both the ceremony and reception - very easy to work with :-) Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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lcecchi82
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
They were an absolute joy to work with! Fair prices, GREAT service, and wonderful musicians.
They were an absolute joy to work with! Fair prices, GREAT service, and wonderful musicians.
They were an absolute joy to work with! Fair prices, GREAT service, and wonderful musicians. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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mewilk222
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
We hired backthird to play live pop strings at our cocktail and dinner hours. Everyone was blown away! They were the perfect touch to our wedding day and we received so many compliments on them. Backthird was easy to work with, understood our needs/wants, and definitely had the right price!
Thank you Backthird!
We hired backthird to play live pop strings at our cocktail and dinner hours. Everyone was blown away! They were the Read more...
We hired backthird to play live pop strings at our cocktail and dinner hours. Everyone was blown away! They were the perfect touch to our wedding day and we received so many compliments on them. Backthird was easy to work with, understood our needs/wants, and definitely had the right price!
Thank you Backthird! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Sandra
Wedding:
12/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Our DJ was absolutely a huge help in soliciting ideas and making recommendations for music that would fit our personalities and our ceremony.We received many compliments about the music.Thanks!!
Our DJ was absolutely a huge help in soliciting ideas and making recommendations for music that would fit our Read more...
Our DJ was absolutely a huge help in soliciting ideas and making recommendations for music that would fit our personalities and our ceremony.We received many compliments about the music.Thanks!! Read less
Services Used: Band
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Savana
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
We used Backthird Events for our ceremony and reception! They were amazing! It's been over a month since our wedding and we still get compliments on how awesome the music was. I would't have picked anyone else. They were great to work with and very flexible.
We used Backthird Events for our ceremony and reception! They were amazing! It's been over a month since our wedding and Read more...
We used Backthird Events for our ceremony and reception! They were amazing! It's been over a month since our wedding and we still get compliments on how awesome the music was. I would't have picked anyone else. They were great to work with and very flexible. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Steph
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
We LOVED them! We were able to have live music for the Ceremony and a DJ for our reception, and I really didn't have to do much. All I did was tell them the few things I absolutely wanted and they came up with the rest! When they announced everyone, it was the first time in my 26 years I had ever hear my parents last name (my maiden name) pronounced correctly (And that is saying a lot...my mom worked at our elementary school and my brother and I both attended the same district K-12 and NOT ONCE did they get our name right!!!!)...the DJ, Chris, made sure he knew how to say everyone's name before introducing us! I didn't have much time to sit in front of my computer, so Benjie called me and went through everything on the phone so I didn't have to find time to do one for thing...they took care of it all! It was SO wonderful not having to coordinate 2 companies, they did both for us! Thank you SO much!!!! We will be calling them back again when we celebrate my parents� 30th anniversary!
We LOVED them! We were able to have live music for the Ceremony and a DJ for our reception, and I really didn't have to do Read more...
We LOVED them! We were able to have live music for the Ceremony and a DJ for our reception, and I really didn't have to do much. All I did was tell them the few things I absolutely wanted and they came up with the rest! When they announced everyone, it was the first time in my 26 years I had ever hear my parents last name (my maiden name) pronounced correctly (And that is saying a lot...my mom worked at our elementary school and my brother and I both attended the same district K-12 and NOT ONCE did they get our name right!!!!)...the DJ, Chris, made sure he knew how to say everyone's name before introducing us! I didn't have much time to sit in front of my computer, so Benjie called me and went through everything on the phone so I didn't have to find time to do one for thing...they took care of it all! It was SO wonderful not having to coordinate 2 companies, they did both for us! Thank you SO much!!!! We will be calling them back again when we celebrate my parents� 30th anniversary! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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MegO
Wedding:
9/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Our DJ from Backthird Events was awesome! He met with us a few weeks before the wedding to help us plan the reception music and completely delivered on his promise for a great reception. We didn't have to worry about a thing as far as the music went at all during our reception. Several of our guests also commented on how great the music was! We would highly recommend Backthird Events to anyone.
Our DJ from Backthird Events was awesome! He met with us a few weeks before the wedding to help us plan the reception Read more...
Our DJ from Backthird Events was awesome! He met with us a few weeks before the wedding to help us plan the reception music and completely delivered on his promise for a great reception. We didn't have to worry about a thing as far as the music went at all during our reception. Several of our guests also commented on how great the music was! We would highly recommend Backthird Events to anyone. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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MissTheaB
Wedding:
8/16/2009
5.0/5.0
We used a DJ and a pianist for our ceremony, and hired them both thru back third. Benji from backthird did an amazing job with availablity and followup, and the DJ and pianist did not dissapoint. The music was magical, and our DJ took a bunch of people that I never thought would dance, and had them dancing all night.
Great job! do yourself a favor and hire backthird!
We used a DJ and a pianist for our ceremony, and hired them both thru back third. Benji from backthird did an amazing job Read more...
We used a DJ and a pianist for our ceremony, and hired them both thru back third. Benji from backthird did an amazing job with availablity and followup, and the DJ and pianist did not dissapoint. The music was magical, and our DJ took a bunch of people that I never thought would dance, and had them dancing all night.
Great job! do yourself a favor and hire backthird! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/19/2008
5.0/5.0
We were VERY happy with the service provided by Backthird. We had a 3 piece trio perform our ceremony music and they did a fantastic job. We also had a DJ for our reception named Scott who was awesome. He played all the requests that we wanted and also played a lot of songs that kept everyone on the dance floor. Plus he was just a great guy. We talked with a lot of companies before decided to use Backthird but we really liked their personal service and the level of attention they provided. It was a real convenience to be able to book the trio and the DJ through one company and their prices were very resonable.
We were VERY happy with the service provided by Backthird. We had a 3 piece trio perform our ceremony music and they did a Read more...
We were VERY happy with the service provided by Backthird. We had a 3 piece trio perform our ceremony music and they did a fantastic job. We also had a DJ for our reception named Scott who was awesome. He played all the requests that we wanted and also played a lot of songs that kept everyone on the dance floor. Plus he was just a great guy. We talked with a lot of companies before decided to use Backthird but we really liked their personal service and the level of attention they provided. It was a real convenience to be able to book the trio and the DJ through one company and their prices were very resonable. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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yentil22
Wedding:
5/17/2008
5.0/5.0
I had started working with them at about ten months before my wedding. The manager Benjie was great!! He was so accomadating! The day of they definitely worked hard and made the day go by very smooth. The music was awesome. My guests were dancing all night. I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone.
I had started working with them at about ten months before my wedding. The manager Benjie was great!! He was so Read more...
I had started working with them at about ten months before my wedding. The manager Benjie was great!! He was so accomadating! The day of they definitely worked hard and made the day go by very smooth. The music was awesome. My guests were dancing all night. I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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jenniferstanko
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
I loved everything about this company. They were a one stop shop for music and would recommend them to everyone!
I loved everything about this company. They were a one stop shop for music and would recommend them to everyone!
I loved everything about this company. They were a one stop shop for music and would recommend them to everyone! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Jacline
Wedding:
5/2/2008
5.0/5.0
Beautiful music! completed the wedding.
Beautiful music! completed the wedding.
Beautiful music! completed the wedding. Read less
Services Used: Band
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danzr13
Wedding:
11/17/2007
5.0/5.0
Scott was a wonderful DJ. He kept the party going all night long and kept all ages dancing. Benji was also very easy to coordinate with. A great great experience. I would recommend them to my sister!!
Scott was a wonderful DJ. He kept the party going all night long and kept all ages dancing. Benji was also very easy to Read more...
Scott was a wonderful DJ. He kept the party going all night long and kept all ages dancing. Benji was also very easy to coordinate with. A great great experience. I would recommend them to my sister!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
What a great experience we had at both our ceremony, where we had the harpist and violinist, and our reception, which was Derek.

Everything went perfectly from start to finish. Backthird was very responsive and really was our best vendor throughout. Constant small reminders kept us on top of timelines and personal interactions really made it a much better process. We were not in town for most of the time before the wedding but we did a lot of video conferencing that was great for our situation.

During the ceremony the music was perfect for our entrances and made the whole atmosphere even better. We would highly recommend the harp duet.

The reception was even better. The entrances were funny and Derek was able to get the crowd going. He was perfect throughout the night with timing and music selection. We gave Backthird some direction, but let them decide what worked best and we were thrilled. I was actually told on numerous occasions that the music was perfect.

Overall, I couldn't think of anything they could do better. Great DJ, the harp duet was great, the communication was perfect, the price was great, and the whole process was stress free.
What a great experience we had at both our ceremony, where we had the harpist and violinist, and our reception, which was Read more...
What a great experience we had at both our ceremony, where we had the harpist and violinist, and our reception, which was Derek.

Everything went perfectly from start to finish. Backthird was very responsive and really was our best vendor throughout. Constant small reminders kept us on top of timelines and personal interactions really made it a much better process. We were not in town for most of the time before the wedding but we did a lot of video conferencing that was great for our situation.

During the ceremony the music was perfect for our entrances and made the whole atmosphere even better. We would highly recommend the harp duet.

The reception was even better. The entrances were funny and Derek was able to get the crowd going. He was perfect throughout the night with timing and music selection. We gave Backthird some direction, but let them decide what worked best and we were thrilled. I was actually told on numerous occasions that the music was perfect.

Overall, I couldn't think of anything they could do better. Great DJ, the harp duet was great, the communication was perfect, the price was great, and the whole process was stress free. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Nicole
Wedding:
5/21/2011
4.9/5.0
They were fantastic to work with. I got so many compliments on the great D.J. and his music selections from guests. I couldn't be happier. I also used them for a jazz trio during my cocktail hour. They provided great ambiance and character to that time. Also a big hit!
They were fantastic to work with. I got so many compliments on the great D.J. and his music selections from guests. I Read more...
They were fantastic to work with. I got so many compliments on the great D.J. and his music selections from guests. I couldn't be happier. I also used them for a jazz trio during my cocktail hour. They provided great ambiance and character to that time. Also a big hit! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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KellyandJoe
Wedding:
2/19/2011
4.9/5.0
We had Back Third Entertainment provide our ceremony music, cocktail hour music, and live band and DJ for our reception. The service was great. We worked very closely with Benji to coordinate all details, and he was great to work with. He was very receptive to our wishes, but also had great suggestions based on his experience. Our guests loved the live band during the reception. Back Third is a great vendor to work with and we highly recommend them for your wedding.
We had Back Third Entertainment provide our ceremony music, cocktail hour music, and live band and DJ for our reception. Read more...
We had Back Third Entertainment provide our ceremony music, cocktail hour music, and live band and DJ for our reception. The service was great. We worked very closely with Benji to coordinate all details, and he was great to work with. He was very receptive to our wishes, but also had great suggestions based on his experience. Our guests loved the live band during the reception. Back Third is a great vendor to work with and we highly recommend them for your wedding. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Ben
Wedding:
7/24/2010
4.9/5.0
Backthird events was awesome! The owner Benjie was very responsive, called back almost immediately every time we tried to get a hold of him, and was just a great guy. We went with strings for the ceremony and DJ for the cocktail hour and reception. Much as we would've liked to, it would've been too costly to go with the full package with DJ and band.

Chris (our DJ) was amazing! We were impressed by his enthusiasm and the time and effort he placed in getting all the details right - this includes the music, all the names, all the technical sound stuff. He even got out on the dance floor and led the crowd in song and dance. At one point, we looked around and realized that no one was sitting down and everyone was on the dance floor. When does that ever happen at a wedding? We can't tell you how many people told us, "your DJ is awesome!"

We couldn't have been happier with Backthird events, and would highly recommend them to anybody who's getting married in the Chicago area!
Backthird events was awesome! The owner Benjie was very responsive, called back almost immediately every time we tried to Read more...
Backthird events was awesome! The owner Benjie was very responsive, called back almost immediately every time we tried to get a hold of him, and was just a great guy. We went with strings for the ceremony and DJ for the cocktail hour and reception. Much as we would've liked to, it would've been too costly to go with the full package with DJ and band.

Chris (our DJ) was amazing! We were impressed by his enthusiasm and the time and effort he placed in getting all the details right - this includes the music, all the names, all the technical sound stuff. He even got out on the dance floor and led the crowd in song and dance. At one point, we looked around and realized that no one was sitting down and everyone was on the dance floor. When does that ever happen at a wedding? We can't tell you how many people told us, "your DJ is awesome!"

We couldn't have been happier with Backthird events, and would highly recommend them to anybody who's getting married in the Chicago area! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Joseph
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.9/5.0
Very efficient, friendly and accommodating. I couldn't have handpicked a better DJ for our wedding I have had so many compliments from guests , "best wedding we have ever been to", they say. Thanks for everything!
Very efficient, friendly and accommodating. I couldn't have handpicked a better DJ for our wedding I have had so many Read more...
Very efficient, friendly and accommodating. I couldn't have handpicked a better DJ for our wedding I have had so many compliments from guests , "best wedding we have ever been to", they say. Thanks for everything! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Melody
Wedding:
11/8/2008
4.9/5.0
Our main focus for the reception was that everyone would enjoy themselves completely and remember the evening as a wonderfully unique night on the town - Back Third helped us conquer that! All of our guests couldn't stop telling us what a great time they had, and more than a few people commented, "Now THAT was a wedding."

The flow of the Total Package (DJ/band) was seamless, and people were dancing from start to finish (especially me!). It was AWESOME to see everyone on the dance floor - even those we didn't expect! Benjie was GREAT to work with, and everyone was fantastic throughout my experience - it was literally effortless because I was NOT an articulate bride, though I knew where to spend my focus. If dancing, entertainment and a fantastically enjoyable evening are your top priority, BOOK THEM. I know that you won't be dissapointed. :)
Our main focus for the reception was that everyone would enjoy themselves completely and remember the evening as a Read more...
Our main focus for the reception was that everyone would enjoy themselves completely and remember the evening as a wonderfully unique night on the town - Back Third helped us conquer that! All of our guests couldn't stop telling us what a great time they had, and more than a few people commented, "Now THAT was a wedding."

The flow of the Total Package (DJ/band) was seamless, and people were dancing from start to finish (especially me!). It was AWESOME to see everyone on the dance floor - even those we didn't expect! Benjie was GREAT to work with, and everyone was fantastic throughout my experience - it was literally effortless because I was NOT an articulate bride, though I knew where to spend my focus. If dancing, entertainment and a fantastically enjoyable evening are your top priority, BOOK THEM. I know that you won't be dissapointed. :) Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Linda
Wedding:
7/26/2014
4.8/5.0
Even though we did not end up using Backthird Entertainment, I can say that Benjie is a top notch professional and did everything in his power to make our process easy and pain free. Ultimately, we decided to go another direction due to our budget. However, had music been my top priority, I would have chosen Backthird without a doubt. Benjie and his team have everything you could possibly want for music and DJ entertainment. Good Luck with your search.
Even though we did not end up using Backthird Entertainment, I can say that Benjie is a top notch professional and did Read more...
Even though we did not end up using Backthird Entertainment, I can say that Benjie is a top notch professional and did everything in his power to make our process easy and pain free. Ultimately, we decided to go another direction due to our budget. However, had music been my top priority, I would have chosen Backthird without a doubt. Benjie and his team have everything you could possibly want for music and DJ entertainment. Good Luck with your search. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
We very much enjoyed working with Backthird Entertainmnet. Everyone from their front office to the DJ were very friendly, helpful and responsive. I have already recommended them to a friend. We had a complicated setup which included the ceremony, cocktail hour and multiple dance floors. Our DJ (Chris) seemlessly moved over 250 people from room to room. The music never stopped and the dance floor was packed all night. Our wedding would not have been the same without Backthird.
We very much enjoyed working with Backthird Entertainmnet. Everyone from their front office to the DJ were very friendly, Read more...
We very much enjoyed working with Backthird Entertainmnet. Everyone from their front office to the DJ were very friendly, helpful and responsive. I have already recommended them to a friend. We had a complicated setup which included the ceremony, cocktail hour and multiple dance floors. Our DJ (Chris) seemlessly moved over 250 people from room to room. The music never stopped and the dance floor was packed all night. Our wedding would not have been the same without Backthird. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Nick
Wedding:
4/19/2014
4.6/5.0
This is a mixed review: we worked with Reece as our DJ, and Twin Strings as our ceremony music.

DJ Reece: Nothing but net. The guy worked with us on a separate setup for dinner, and a full setup for dancing - he kept us on schedule as much as possible. He was also extremely flexible with regard to music - lots of people literally brought USB sticks with Bollywood music (mixed western and indian wedding) and he happily and comfortably obliged, mixing it well with the western music he/we'd selected.

He managed the crowd well, with one minor negative note - the intro to dancing was a bit jarring (straight into Daft Punk). Fast recovery though :-)

Twin Strings: We booked the Twin Strings for the ceremony itself. I admit, we were too busy running around to interact with them much during the ceremony itself, but they were pleasant and professional leading up to the event. Joy reached out about two months in advance of the date to advise on music selection, we chose our pieces, and they arrived on time and performed as requested. Not virtuosic, but beautiful just the same.

The only downside was that we could only choose from a pre-set list of pieces - any other requests cost extra.
This is a mixed review: we worked with Reece as our DJ, and Twin Strings as our ceremony music.

DJ Reece: Nothing Read more...
This is a mixed review: we worked with Reece as our DJ, and Twin Strings as our ceremony music.

DJ Reece: Nothing but net. The guy worked with us on a separate setup for dinner, and a full setup for dancing - he kept us on schedule as much as possible. He was also extremely flexible with regard to music - lots of people literally brought USB sticks with Bollywood music (mixed western and indian wedding) and he happily and comfortably obliged, mixing it well with the western music he/we'd selected.

He managed the crowd well, with one minor negative note - the intro to dancing was a bit jarring (straight into Daft Punk). Fast recovery though :-)

Twin Strings: We booked the Twin Strings for the ceremony itself. I admit, we were too busy running around to interact with them much during the ceremony itself, but they were pleasant and professional leading up to the event. Joy reached out about two months in advance of the date to advise on music selection, we chose our pieces, and they arrived on time and performed as requested. Not virtuosic, but beautiful just the same.

The only downside was that we could only choose from a pre-set list of pieces - any other requests cost extra. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Mitchell
Wedding:
10/27/2012
4.2/5.0
We hired Backthird for to provide music for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Our biggest reason for hiring them was because we wanted both a DJ and a band for the reception. First the positives, the planning was super easy. Everyone at Backthird was really nice and they understood the feel of the wedding we wanted. The string trio was great, they play a great mix of classical as well as hits from today. The Band was great during our reception.

Now the negatives...
Our microphones kept feeding back during the ceremony even though we paid for someone to 'monitor' the audio. A handheld microphone was handed over, not ideal but seemed to work out okay. Maybe next time we should pay extra to make sure they setup the room properly.

On to the reception and the DJ.... The band played for the first three hours of the reception and they were awesome! Everyone loved the band and so did we! Once the DJ started things took a bit of a turn. First of all, he was setup in the back corner of the stage and he had his back turned to the dance floor which I thought was odd because how can he see how people are responding to the music he was playing. Second, the volume level of the music he was playing was all over the place, some songs were to loud some were not loud enough. Third he seemed to be playing the most random songs, as if he just hit random in ITunes and just let the playlist play out. It was so bad that I wanted to leave my own wedding because I couldn't stand the noise! I had even thought about playing my own IPod just to make my ears stop from bleeding. The dance floor stood empty as most of us were at the bar for the last hour of the wedding.
So, I've read other reviews on this site as well as other sites and they have all been positive about their experiences with DJ's at Backthird. So I can't explain why my experience was so negative maybe it was his first day, maybe he was in a bad mood and just didn't care.
We hired Backthird for to provide music for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Our biggest reason for hiring them Read more...
We hired Backthird for to provide music for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Our biggest reason for hiring them was because we wanted both a DJ and a band for the reception. First the positives, the planning was super easy. Everyone at Backthird was really nice and they understood the feel of the wedding we wanted. The string trio was great, they play a great mix of classical as well as hits from today. The Band was great during our reception.

Now the negatives...
Our microphones kept feeding back during the ceremony even though we paid for someone to 'monitor' the audio. A handheld microphone was handed over, not ideal but seemed to work out okay. Maybe next time we should pay extra to make sure they setup the room properly.

On to the reception and the DJ.... The band played for the first three hours of the reception and they were awesome! Everyone loved the band and so did we! Once the DJ started things took a bit of a turn. First of all, he was setup in the back corner of the stage and he had his back turned to the dance floor which I thought was odd because how can he see how people are responding to the music he was playing. Second, the volume level of the music he was playing was all over the place, some songs were to loud some were not loud enough. Third he seemed to be playing the most random songs, as if he just hit random in ITunes and just let the playlist play out. It was so bad that I wanted to leave my own wedding because I couldn't stand the noise! I had even thought about playing my own IPod just to make my ears stop from bleeding. The dance floor stood empty as most of us were at the bar for the last hour of the wedding.
So, I've read other reviews on this site as well as other sites and they have all been positive about their experiences with DJ's at Backthird. So I can't explain why my experience was so negative maybe it was his first day, maybe he was in a bad mood and just didn't care. Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ

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