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Sutherland Entertainment

Berkeley , CA

LOCATION

2703 7th St
Berkeley, CA US 94710 (map)

PHONE

415-309-4126

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Spencer Sutherland is a pro Bay Area wedding DJ and classical guitarist who specializes in mixing wedding favorites with songs that are creative, sexy, and unexpected. Most of his... Read more
Spencer Sutherland is a pro Bay Area wedding DJ and classical guitarist who specializes in mixing wedding favorites with songs that are creative, sexy, and unexpected. Most of his clients simply want a hip, polished wedding that stands out and avoids cliche. Spencer’s best-selling music packages cover every wedding essential. Options include: live classical and Latin guitar, ceremony mic service, a club-style DJ service that gets rave reviews, one of the Bay's hottest photo booths, and event lighting.

Please visit SE's site for samples and photos. Consultations given M-F, noon to 8p. We have some exciting things waiting for you and we think you'll love our pricing. Please request a quote today. Read less

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Solo
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar

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

INFO FOR RENTALS & PHOTOBOOTHS

What items are available for rental?
Lights, Photo Booth
Do you offer delivery, setup, and breakdown services?
Breakdown, Delivery, Setup

INFO FOR LIGHTING & DECOR

What type of events do you produce?
Corporate Events, Private Parties, Weddings
Which of the following services do you provide?
Entertainment, Event Lighting

REVIEWS

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Lydia
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Spencer Sutherland is a top notch professional DJ. He is very in tune to what gets the crowd moving and makes sure he plays the songs you want played. Our dance party could have gone all night! It was wonderful and I would definitely recommend Spencer to anyone looking to have a great party!
Spencer Sutherland is a top notch professional DJ. He is very in tune to what gets the crowd moving and makes sure he Read more...
Spencer Sutherland is a top notch professional DJ. He is very in tune to what gets the crowd moving and makes sure he plays the songs you want played. Our dance party could have gone all night! It was wonderful and I would definitely recommend Spencer to anyone looking to have a great party! Read less
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Jon
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have found a better DJ. We met with him in person and he explained what he does and offers in plain english. Once we signed him up, he was willing to meet with the father of the groom, the bride, and groom a month beforehand to go over details. A week leading up to the wedding he brought things to the attention of the bride and groom that other vendors neglected to mention. For example he had great input on the flow of the evening to make sure the guests would be entertained all evening.

We had him do live guitar for the ceremony and DJ for the cocktails and reception. The guitar was great. It was said to be "incredible" coming from a musical family member. I had guests come to me and say how great the DJ was without being asked. There were people on the dance floor from the minute dancing started all the way to when the DJ was required to stop by the venue.
We couldn't have found a better DJ. We met with him in person and he explained what he does and offers in plain english. Read more...
We couldn't have found a better DJ. We met with him in person and he explained what he does and offers in plain english. Once we signed him up, he was willing to meet with the father of the groom, the bride, and groom a month beforehand to go over details. A week leading up to the wedding he brought things to the attention of the bride and groom that other vendors neglected to mention. For example he had great input on the flow of the evening to make sure the guests would be entertained all evening.

We had him do live guitar for the ceremony and DJ for the cocktails and reception. The guitar was great. It was said to be "incredible" coming from a musical family member. I had guests come to me and say how great the DJ was without being asked. There were people on the dance floor from the minute dancing started all the way to when the DJ was required to stop by the venue. Read less
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sydney
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Spencer for services as DJ and Musician for any wedding event. He played the classical guitar during our ceremony, which people raved about afterwords. Most importantly, he had the whole crowd dancing until the party was over. Not only in the moment of the wedding was he reliable but also in the planning process. I found him very easy to work with. He responded to all my email quickly and professionally. He was also very organized in making sure all details are communicated before hand, which on your wedding day is a dream come true. To put it lightly... Spencer Rocks!!! 5 Stars all the way!
I highly recommend Spencer for services as DJ and Musician for any wedding event. He played the classical guitar during Read more...
I highly recommend Spencer for services as DJ and Musician for any wedding event. He played the classical guitar during our ceremony, which people raved about afterwords. Most importantly, he had the whole crowd dancing until the party was over. Not only in the moment of the wedding was he reliable but also in the planning process. I found him very easy to work with. He responded to all my email quickly and professionally. He was also very organized in making sure all details are communicated before hand, which on your wedding day is a dream come true. To put it lightly... Spencer Rocks!!! 5 Stars all the way! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Spencer to DJ at our wedding and he did a fantastic job! He was very responsive and helpful throughout the whole planning process. He showed up at our venue early to setup and made sure everything was smooth from start to finish. His song choices were great and his mixes were flawless. He got people on the dance floor who we never saw dance before! We highly recommend Spencer because he’s good at what he does. We had a blast at our wedding thanks to him!
We hired Spencer to DJ at our wedding and he did a fantastic job! He was very responsive and helpful throughout the whole Read more...
We hired Spencer to DJ at our wedding and he did a fantastic job! He was very responsive and helpful throughout the whole planning process. He showed up at our venue early to setup and made sure everything was smooth from start to finish. His song choices were great and his mixes were flawless. He got people on the dance floor who we never saw dance before! We highly recommend Spencer because he’s good at what he does. We had a blast at our wedding thanks to him! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Suzie
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
If searching for a DJ, search NO MORE. Spencer is not only the best DJ I've ever heard at a wedding, his planning skills are easy to use and he is SO organized, which in the midst of wedding planning, is a must! A DJ can make or break a crowd, Spencer did everything I paid him for and SO much more. He was attentive to our wants and needs and made everything run so smoothly! His music had the dance floor jammin the WHOLE night, and we didn't want him to leave!! This is hard to do with wedding guests of ALL ages! His flow of music couldn't have been better and we felt like he was a part of the party!! I only hope I have a reason to hire him again in the future!! THANKS SO MUCH, SPENCER!!
If searching for a DJ, search NO MORE. Spencer is not only the best DJ I've ever heard at a wedding, his planning skills Read more...
If searching for a DJ, search NO MORE. Spencer is not only the best DJ I've ever heard at a wedding, his planning skills are easy to use and he is SO organized, which in the midst of wedding planning, is a must! A DJ can make or break a crowd, Spencer did everything I paid him for and SO much more. He was attentive to our wants and needs and made everything run so smoothly! His music had the dance floor jammin the WHOLE night, and we didn't want him to leave!! This is hard to do with wedding guests of ALL ages! His flow of music couldn't have been better and we felt like he was a part of the party!! I only hope I have a reason to hire him again in the future!! THANKS SO MUCH, SPENCER!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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savvychunsf
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Spencer was recommended to us by our venue and after just one meeting, we knew why: he's incredibly talented, genuinely passionate about what he does, and a pleasure to work with. He talked to us about our likes and dislikes, listened to us about the kind of wedding we wanted, and gave us amazing guidance about how to make it happen. My fiance and I both care about music and wanted what was played at the wedding to reflect our taste; Spencer totally understood where we were coming from and made some great suggestions about how to incorporate what we wanted while still keeping the party going (he's great at feeling out the crowd and playing just the right song to get people on the dance floor). In addition to handling the reception, he played pre-ceremony guitar and people are still raving about how beautiful it was -- it really set the tone for everything that followed. He's a total pro. 5 stars!
Spencer was recommended to us by our venue and after just one meeting, we knew why: he's incredibly talented, genuinely Read more...
Spencer was recommended to us by our venue and after just one meeting, we knew why: he's incredibly talented, genuinely passionate about what he does, and a pleasure to work with. He talked to us about our likes and dislikes, listened to us about the kind of wedding we wanted, and gave us amazing guidance about how to make it happen. My fiance and I both care about music and wanted what was played at the wedding to reflect our taste; Spencer totally understood where we were coming from and made some great suggestions about how to incorporate what we wanted while still keeping the party going (he's great at feeling out the crowd and playing just the right song to get people on the dance floor). In addition to handling the reception, he played pre-ceremony guitar and people are still raving about how beautiful it was -- it really set the tone for everything that followed. He's a total pro. 5 stars! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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KariM
Wedding:
5/27/2011
4.7/5.0
Spencer is the coolest! The greatest thing is that he is not your typical DJ... he isn't shouting over the mic or playing cliches. He sticks to what you request and is able to read a room and deliver the right song to keep the party going. Spencer had his work cut out for him with our diverse, yet small, wedding party- lots of different age groups, lots of different requests, and lots of personalities. But, somehow he was able to keep us ALL dancing, and he stuck to respecting us as a couple and playing what we wanted to hear.

His skills on the guitar are unbelievable, as well. It was the perfect accompaniment to our Napa nuptials. He set the atmosphere with his Spanish guitar and provided something different for us and our quests than the typical songs you hear at most events. We highly recommend using Spencer for your event- ceremony music or as a DJ!!
Spencer is the coolest! The greatest thing is that he is not your typical DJ... he isn't shouting over the mic or playing Read more...
Spencer is the coolest! The greatest thing is that he is not your typical DJ... he isn't shouting over the mic or playing cliches. He sticks to what you request and is able to read a room and deliver the right song to keep the party going. Spencer had his work cut out for him with our diverse, yet small, wedding party- lots of different age groups, lots of different requests, and lots of personalities. But, somehow he was able to keep us ALL dancing, and he stuck to respecting us as a couple and playing what we wanted to hear.

His skills on the guitar are unbelievable, as well. It was the perfect accompaniment to our Napa nuptials. He set the atmosphere with his Spanish guitar and provided something different for us and our quests than the typical songs you hear at most events. We highly recommend using Spencer for your event- ceremony music or as a DJ!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Jaymi
Wedding:
12/11/2010
5.0/5.0
We chose Spencer based on a recommendation from another vendor that told us that if we wanted a Dance Party...to hire Spencer.
Wow...was that the truth!!!
Spencer was completely professional, responsive and helpful during the planning process. He was accommodating and patient with any budget constraints and gave me a lot of great advice.
As for the day of...he played the guitar for the ceremony beautifully and then was nimble enough to switch over and make sure to play the songs we needed from his sound system for our recessional. He came and scouted our location the day before (because we hired him to play down in L.A.) and was totally fired up and prepared to make sure everything went smoothly.
He did a fantastic job of MC'ing the wedding...not talking too much but just making sure the guests knew what was going on.
He helped us pull off a fun choreographed first dance on an entirely different dance floor and even helped my husband surprise me with a serenade by having a sound system/mic ready for that... and he kept the secret!!! :D
He kept our dance floor absolutely PACKED all night!!! We thought that was going to be difficult because our dance floor was on a slant and we thought guests would not dance...forget about it! Spencer had them dancing so much that we actually pooled money together and paid him to stay an extra 3 hours (and he even threw in an extra half hour for us because he is so cool!)

You can't worry about every little song that is played...if you do, then you should have an IPOD list and hire a friend to man it. Spencer has the gift of music and the ability to read a crowd. Let him do his thing and you won't be disappointed!!!
We chose Spencer based on a recommendation from another vendor that told us that if we wanted a Dance Party...to hire Read more...
We chose Spencer based on a recommendation from another vendor that told us that if we wanted a Dance Party...to hire Spencer.
Wow...was that the truth!!!
Spencer was completely professional, responsive and helpful during the planning process. He was accommodating and patient with any budget constraints and gave me a lot of great advice.
As for the day of...he played the guitar for the ceremony beautifully and then was nimble enough to switch over and make sure to play the songs we needed from his sound system for our recessional. He came and scouted our location the day before (because we hired him to play down in L.A.) and was totally fired up and prepared to make sure everything went smoothly.
He did a fantastic job of MC'ing the wedding...not talking too much but just making sure the guests knew what was going on.
He helped us pull off a fun choreographed first dance on an entirely different dance floor and even helped my husband surprise me with a serenade by having a sound system/mic ready for that... and he kept the secret!!! :D
He kept our dance floor absolutely PACKED all night!!! We thought that was going to be difficult because our dance floor was on a slant and we thought guests would not dance...forget about it! Spencer had them dancing so much that we actually pooled money together and paid him to stay an extra 3 hours (and he even threw in an extra half hour for us because he is so cool!)

You can't worry about every little song that is played...if you do, then you should have an IPOD list and hire a friend to man it. Spencer has the gift of music and the ability to read a crowd. Let him do his thing and you won't be disappointed!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Jackie
Wedding:
11/7/2010
5.0/5.0
I hired Spencer on the recommendation of a friend. I thought that the overall VALUE of his services was great. I read the other reviews, and I will say that there were some songs from my "must play" list that I do not remember hearing. Spencer is professional, and accomodating, I think that he did a GREAT job, both in his guitar playing and as a DJ, he was also REALLY REALLY excellent on the announcing/MC part of my wedding. Would I hire him for another event? - ABSOLUTELY! Would I recommend him? ABSOLUTELY! Again, I think that his whole package is a great value and worth the price.
I hired Spencer on the recommendation of a friend. I thought that the overall VALUE of his services was great. I read the Read more...
I hired Spencer on the recommendation of a friend. I thought that the overall VALUE of his services was great. I read the other reviews, and I will say that there were some songs from my "must play" list that I do not remember hearing. Spencer is professional, and accomodating, I think that he did a GREAT job, both in his guitar playing and as a DJ, he was also REALLY REALLY excellent on the announcing/MC part of my wedding. Would I hire him for another event? - ABSOLUTELY! Would I recommend him? ABSOLUTELY! Again, I think that his whole package is a great value and worth the price. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Candice Meng
Wedding:
11/6/2010
4.5/5.0
My husband and I hired Spencer Sutherland to play the acoustic guitar for our ceremony. We also requested two songs we wanted him to play specifically for our wedding, which were not on his standard play list so he charged us extra for those two specific songs. What he charged us was more than what we expected, but in the end, the songs worked out beautifully in our ceremony. Spencer is a very talented musician.
My husband and I hired Spencer Sutherland to play the acoustic guitar for our ceremony. We also requested two songs we Read more...
My husband and I hired Spencer Sutherland to play the acoustic guitar for our ceremony. We also requested two songs we wanted him to play specifically for our wedding, which were not on his standard play list so he charged us extra for those two specific songs. What he charged us was more than what we expected, but in the end, the songs worked out beautifully in our ceremony. Spencer is a very talented musician. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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dobador
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Choose Spencer! Spencer was simply fantastic from the planning to the execution! He was extremely professional, punctual and makes the daunting task of planning wedding and reception music really, really easy, and even fun.

He played guitar for the wedding and cocktail hour, and then DJ'd for the reception. The guitar playing was absolutely perfect. My only request for the reception was our guests have a good time. Boy did Spencer deliver! He played songs from our request list, but definitely played music appropriate to the age group. He really pays attention and plays music to the crowd on the dance floor, which was awesome. He is respectful of your desires for your wedding and does everything he can to make sure his part of your day is nothing less than perfect.

Related to this review is that I planned my wedding and worked with all the vendors. Spencer was consistently the most responsive, and required the least amount of "checking-in". It was an absolute relief to have him as a part of my wedding day. Without any reservations, I highly recommend Spencer Sutherland.
Choose Spencer! Spencer was simply fantastic from the planning to the execution! He was extremely professional, punctual Read more...
Choose Spencer! Spencer was simply fantastic from the planning to the execution! He was extremely professional, punctual and makes the daunting task of planning wedding and reception music really, really easy, and even fun.

He played guitar for the wedding and cocktail hour, and then DJ'd for the reception. The guitar playing was absolutely perfect. My only request for the reception was our guests have a good time. Boy did Spencer deliver! He played songs from our request list, but definitely played music appropriate to the age group. He really pays attention and plays music to the crowd on the dance floor, which was awesome. He is respectful of your desires for your wedding and does everything he can to make sure his part of your day is nothing less than perfect.

Related to this review is that I planned my wedding and worked with all the vendors. Spencer was consistently the most responsive, and required the least amount of "checking-in". It was an absolute relief to have him as a part of my wedding day. Without any reservations, I highly recommend Spencer Sutherland. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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joanna7681
Wedding:
8/22/2010
5.0/5.0
Spencer is the best! From the time we met him, we knew he was the one we wanted to DJ at our wedding. Spencer is a multifaceted entertainer. He DJs and plays guitar. He played guitar prior to our ceremony and for the cocktail hour. He also helped me playing a song during the ceremony. He is not the average DJ. He played to the crowd and made our reception a true success.
Spencer is the best! From the time we met him, we knew he was the one we wanted to DJ at our wedding. Spencer is a Read more...
Spencer is the best! From the time we met him, we knew he was the one we wanted to DJ at our wedding. Spencer is a multifaceted entertainer. He DJs and plays guitar. He played guitar prior to our ceremony and for the cocktail hour. He also helped me playing a song during the ceremony. He is not the average DJ. He played to the crowd and made our reception a true success. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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hdijulio
Wedding:
5/29/2010
3.9/5.0
Spencer had a lot of challenges on our wedding day! Our venue had many noise constraints because of its proximity to homes. Spencer was extremely professional when working with the venue staff and staying within the limits. We also got a very late start with the dancing, so some of the songs we requested got cut out. I was disappointed, but I understand that he had to work with the time he was given. He apologized the next morning for not getting to all our songs. We were very pleased with his professionalism and would definitely hire Spencer again!
Spencer had a lot of challenges on our wedding day! Our venue had many noise constraints because of its proximity to Read more...
Spencer had a lot of challenges on our wedding day! Our venue had many noise constraints because of its proximity to homes. Spencer was extremely professional when working with the venue staff and staying within the limits. We also got a very late start with the dancing, so some of the songs we requested got cut out. I was disappointed, but I understand that he had to work with the time he was given. He apologized the next morning for not getting to all our songs. We were very pleased with his professionalism and would definitely hire Spencer again! Read less
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The Missus
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
If I could give Spencer more stars I would! We hired Spencer to pay Latin guitar at our ceremony/cocktail hour and then DJ the rest of the reception. Not only was the guitar amazing, Spencer kept the dance floor packed (packed!!!) all night! He was courteous, helpful, and professional. I had a million questions leading up to the wedding and he was patient with me. He has planning software on his website which is so helpful because you can take your time filling out the timeline and developing your song lists and save as you go. I would highly recommend Spencer for anyone who wants to have a great reception!

At MOTB - the wedding day isn't about playing what the parents want to hear, it's about what the bride and groom want. One way to kill a dance party is to play a waltz!

Hire Spencer ladies and gentlemen! You will NOT be disappointed! :)
If I could give Spencer more stars I would! We hired Spencer to pay Latin guitar at our ceremony/cocktail hour and then DJ Read more...
If I could give Spencer more stars I would! We hired Spencer to pay Latin guitar at our ceremony/cocktail hour and then DJ the rest of the reception. Not only was the guitar amazing, Spencer kept the dance floor packed (packed!!!) all night! He was courteous, helpful, and professional. I had a million questions leading up to the wedding and he was patient with me. He has planning software on his website which is so helpful because you can take your time filling out the timeline and developing your song lists and save as you go. I would highly recommend Spencer for anyone who wants to have a great reception!

At MOTB - the wedding day isn't about playing what the parents want to hear, it's about what the bride and groom want. One way to kill a dance party is to play a waltz!

Hire Spencer ladies and gentlemen! You will NOT be disappointed! :) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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caylor7
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Spencer plaid for our ceremony and cocktail hour and was fantastic. I requested a few specific songs, which he learned and played beautifully! I highly recommend Spencer if you are looking for a great guitarist.
Spencer plaid for our ceremony and cocktail hour and was fantastic. I requested a few specific songs, which he learned and Read more...
Spencer plaid for our ceremony and cocktail hour and was fantastic. I requested a few specific songs, which he learned and played beautifully! I highly recommend Spencer if you are looking for a great guitarist. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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amylouna
Wedding:
12/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Spencer did a great job at our wedding reception; he played guitar during the cocktail hour and provided DJ service for dinner and dancing. He was super helpful during our first meeting, giving useful tips to help us choose our play & do not play lists, and even sharing recommendations for caterers and other vendors during our early stages of planning.

Our reception presented a few challenges for any DJ . . .

For instance, our venue had a very strict noise policy, and we were warned several times by our venue manager that the DJ absolutely must adhere to it. Spencer patiently answered my questions about this, and during the reception made sure we had music everyone could hear and enjoy without incurring the wrath of our venue manager.

We also had a pretty mixed group of guests, with some wanting after-dinner conversation and others wanting to dance - Spencer kept both groups happy and kept us happy too. I especially appreciated the way he checked in with us during the last hour just to make sure there were no songs we especially wanted to hear that he had not played yet. Thanks for everything Spencer!
Spencer did a great job at our wedding reception; he played guitar during the cocktail hour and provided DJ service for Read more...
Spencer did a great job at our wedding reception; he played guitar during the cocktail hour and provided DJ service for dinner and dancing. He was super helpful during our first meeting, giving useful tips to help us choose our play & do not play lists, and even sharing recommendations for caterers and other vendors during our early stages of planning.

Our reception presented a few challenges for any DJ . . .

For instance, our venue had a very strict noise policy, and we were warned several times by our venue manager that the DJ absolutely must adhere to it. Spencer patiently answered my questions about this, and during the reception made sure we had music everyone could hear and enjoy without incurring the wrath of our venue manager.

We also had a pretty mixed group of guests, with some wanting after-dinner conversation and others wanting to dance - Spencer kept both groups happy and kept us happy too. I especially appreciated the way he checked in with us during the last hour just to make sure there were no songs we especially wanted to hear that he had not played yet. Thanks for everything Spencer! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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sherriejac
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Spencer of Sutherland Entertainment did an absolutely fantastic job in every way. Our event was very challenging in that he had to perform in four different locations in five hours. We read our vows to his romantic Spanish guitar and closed the night to the famous New Orleans Second Line. Spencer has range and was a true pleasure to work with.

Our guests were from all over the country as well as some from abroad and all sang praises about the music.

Best of luck!!!
R & S
Spencer of Sutherland Entertainment did an absolutely fantastic job in every way. Our event was very challenging in that Read more...
Spencer of Sutherland Entertainment did an absolutely fantastic job in every way. Our event was very challenging in that he had to perform in four different locations in five hours. We read our vows to his romantic Spanish guitar and closed the night to the famous New Orleans Second Line. Spencer has range and was a true pleasure to work with.

Our guests were from all over the country as well as some from abroad and all sang praises about the music.

Best of luck!!!
R & S Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Stacie
Wedding:
8/29/2009
3.4/5.0
Spencer performed at our wedding at Oceano Hotel (Half Moon Bay) in August. Overall, his role as a guitarist was well received by all and the music sounded beautiful. He was very organized and professional at all times. As a DJ, I would have to report that he was our least favorite of all of the vendors. After I created the "must play" list for our reception, I found that he played a number of songs not on our list that didn't go over so well with the crowd (dance floor empty). I expected that he could read the crowd better than I, however, his songs did not necessarily bring people out to dance (which begged the question as to why he wasn't playing any of our requested songs at that time). In addition, many people had requested songs and later came up to me to report that he refused to play these songs (sometimes indicating that I didn't want those songs played-untrue). For the record, I did not have any songs on my "do not play" list. Some guests were not very happy with him. I had also requested that he announce two of my guests' anniversaries during dinner. Spencer did not want to do this and recommended that he hand me the microphone to announce it myself (which I preferred not to do). When I inquired about the announcement he reported back that he had done so, however, not one of our guests even heard the announcement, especially the intended guests. In addition, I had made note in my paperwork that we may want to extend our reception for 1 hour (to 11pm), yet at 10pm he played the last song and shut down without ever contacting us first. The dance floor was packed at the time and by the time the song ended, he had taken off his equipment and was starting to wrap up. We were pretty disappointed and would have definitely kept the party going for another hour had he checked in with us.
Spencer performed at our wedding at Oceano Hotel (Half Moon Bay) in August. Overall, his role as a guitarist was well Read more...
Spencer performed at our wedding at Oceano Hotel (Half Moon Bay) in August. Overall, his role as a guitarist was well received by all and the music sounded beautiful. He was very organized and professional at all times. As a DJ, I would have to report that he was our least favorite of all of the vendors. After I created the "must play" list for our reception, I found that he played a number of songs not on our list that didn't go over so well with the crowd (dance floor empty). I expected that he could read the crowd better than I, however, his songs did not necessarily bring people out to dance (which begged the question as to why he wasn't playing any of our requested songs at that time). In addition, many people had requested songs and later came up to me to report that he refused to play these songs (sometimes indicating that I didn't want those songs played-untrue). For the record, I did not have any songs on my "do not play" list. Some guests were not very happy with him. I had also requested that he announce two of my guests' anniversaries during dinner. Spencer did not want to do this and recommended that he hand me the microphone to announce it myself (which I preferred not to do). When I inquired about the announcement he reported back that he had done so, however, not one of our guests even heard the announcement, especially the intended guests. In addition, I had made note in my paperwork that we may want to extend our reception for 1 hour (to 11pm), yet at 10pm he played the last song and shut down without ever contacting us first. The dance floor was packed at the time and by the time the song ended, he had taken off his equipment and was starting to wrap up. We were pretty disappointed and would have definitely kept the party going for another hour had he checked in with us. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Steve
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have had a better experience. We asked Spencer for the "Gold Package": live guitar for the ceremony, and then DJ music for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. From a planning point of view, using Spencer for all of our music and sound system needs was incredibly convenient.

I worked as a caterer for more than 10 years, so I've seen hundreds of wedding DJs, most of which are fairly underwhelming. Spencer, on the other hand, is EXACTLY what a wedding needs. He struck the perfect balance between being totally present and on-point for the necessary logistics, while being seemlessly in the background at all other times. He worked the crowd by being a great DJ foremost, not by being some kind of wedding goofball. There was no YMCA and no chicken dance, just people dancing endlessly to music they were excited to hear. Spencer respected our requests, and got the mood of the crowd perfectly. A number of our guests were people who care about music (and DJs specifically); they had nothing but great things to say.

Our wedding space (Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin) was logistically challenging; it required quite a bit of advanced set up as well as timely movement from room to room. Spencer handled it totally. The timing and execution of transitions from ceremony to cocktails, cocktails to dinner, and dinner to dancing were flawless.

And to the most important point: the dance floor was packed all night, and no one wanted to stop dancing -- exactly what you want at your wedding.

Spencer is very, very good at his job. Get him for your event.
We couldn't have had a better experience. We asked Spencer for the "Gold Package": live guitar for the ceremony, and then Read more...
We couldn't have had a better experience. We asked Spencer for the "Gold Package": live guitar for the ceremony, and then DJ music for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. From a planning point of view, using Spencer for all of our music and sound system needs was incredibly convenient.

I worked as a caterer for more than 10 years, so I've seen hundreds of wedding DJs, most of which are fairly underwhelming. Spencer, on the other hand, is EXACTLY what a wedding needs. He struck the perfect balance between being totally present and on-point for the necessary logistics, while being seemlessly in the background at all other times. He worked the crowd by being a great DJ foremost, not by being some kind of wedding goofball. There was no YMCA and no chicken dance, just people dancing endlessly to music they were excited to hear. Spencer respected our requests, and got the mood of the crowd perfectly. A number of our guests were people who care about music (and DJs specifically); they had nothing but great things to say.

Our wedding space (Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin) was logistically challenging; it required quite a bit of advanced set up as well as timely movement from room to room. Spencer handled it totally. The timing and execution of transitions from ceremony to cocktails, cocktails to dinner, and dinner to dancing were flawless.

And to the most important point: the dance floor was packed all night, and no one wanted to stop dancing -- exactly what you want at your wedding.

Spencer is very, very good at his job. Get him for your event. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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gunn
Wedding:
1/31/2009
4.8/5.0
My fiancee and I booked Spencer for our wedding reception at the Park Chalet restaurant at the recommendation of the event manager there.

After checking up on several other DJs, we picked Spencer because he offered a well defined service and seemed quite professional. Sure, i could have saved a few bucks by renting my own speakers, bringing an ipod, and putting one of my friends in charge of making sure the tunes kept coming but with Spencer, all of this was taken care of for us.

I'm no music guy but I definitely appreciated the service and professionalism Spencer offered. Via his website, we sent him a list of music we wanted played (mostly 80s at the request of my wife), a list of music that we didn't want played (chicken dance and all of the cheezy wedding standards), and list of people to speak and times. Spencer called me to confirm the pronounciation of names, double check the schedule, and then took care of the rest. I didn't have to worry about anything else and my guests did appreciate the energy he brought to the dancing and drinking after dinner.

Best part of the night? I didn't have to hear the chicken dance once.
Thank you, Spencer.

-g

PS. His latin guitar music is quite good. We played it during the dinner hour.
My fiancee and I booked Spencer for our wedding reception at the Park Chalet restaurant at the recommendation of the event Read more...
My fiancee and I booked Spencer for our wedding reception at the Park Chalet restaurant at the recommendation of the event manager there.

After checking up on several other DJs, we picked Spencer because he offered a well defined service and seemed quite professional. Sure, i could have saved a few bucks by renting my own speakers, bringing an ipod, and putting one of my friends in charge of making sure the tunes kept coming but with Spencer, all of this was taken care of for us.

I'm no music guy but I definitely appreciated the service and professionalism Spencer offered. Via his website, we sent him a list of music we wanted played (mostly 80s at the request of my wife), a list of music that we didn't want played (chicken dance and all of the cheezy wedding standards), and list of people to speak and times. Spencer called me to confirm the pronounciation of names, double check the schedule, and then took care of the rest. I didn't have to worry about anything else and my guests did appreciate the energy he brought to the dancing and drinking after dinner.

Best part of the night? I didn't have to hear the chicken dance once.
Thank you, Spencer.

-g

PS. His latin guitar music is quite good. We played it during the dinner hour. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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lexiecarol
Wedding:
1/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Spencer was our dj at our wedding reception this past January 2009 and I can’t say it enough - he was incredible! He obviously loves music and is just so talented. We had so many guests comment on how awesome the music was at our reception. Spencer was extremely professional to work with. He made sure to understand what we wanted and also recommended music to us. At the end of the day, we had a few requests and we let him do his thing and he had hit after hit – classic, old school to current music. It was awesome. He can definitely read a crowd and knows which songs are crowd pleasers. We had all age groups at our wedding and everyone was dancing! Also he did a very good job as MC at our reception. It was a wonderful night and we are really glad we picked Spencer for our dj. I highly recommend him.
Spencer was our dj at our wedding reception this past January 2009 and I cant say it enough - he was incredible! He Read more...
Spencer was our dj at our wedding reception this past January 2009 and I can’t say it enough - he was incredible! He obviously loves music and is just so talented. We had so many guests comment on how awesome the music was at our reception. Spencer was extremely professional to work with. He made sure to understand what we wanted and also recommended music to us. At the end of the day, we had a few requests and we let him do his thing and he had hit after hit – classic, old school to current music. It was awesome. He can definitely read a crowd and knows which songs are crowd pleasers. We had all age groups at our wedding and everyone was dancing! Also he did a very good job as MC at our reception. It was a wonderful night and we are really glad we picked Spencer for our dj. I highly recommend him. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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LEllwood
Wedding:
4/28/2007
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough good things about Spencer Sutherland and his company. I found him online and was a little leary as I was not referred, but after emailing back and forth he put me at ease. After listening to clips of his guitar playing, I knew I wanted that for my ceremony music, it is beautiful. He also has other bands as I wanted a band to play for our cocktail reception. He had some cool sounds on his site, but I wanted something a little different. He recommended this Gypsy Jazz group, they were also so wonderful. Spencer is very professional and courteuos and a wonderful musician. I let him pick the songs to play during our ceremony and they were just right.
I can not say enough good things about Spencer Sutherland and his company. I found him online and was a little leary as I Read more...
I can not say enough good things about Spencer Sutherland and his company. I found him online and was a little leary as I was not referred, but after emailing back and forth he put me at ease. After listening to clips of his guitar playing, I knew I wanted that for my ceremony music, it is beautiful. He also has other bands as I wanted a band to play for our cocktail reception. He had some cool sounds on his site, but I wanted something a little different. He recommended this Gypsy Jazz group, they were also so wonderful. Spencer is very professional and courteuos and a wonderful musician. I let him pick the songs to play during our ceremony and they were just right. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Spencer is a wonderful classic guitar player, setting the appropriate tone for our son's outdoor wedding. He is also an astute and extremely engaging DJ who reads a diverse wedding reception house (140 people of all musical tastes), and both cradled and rocked the place. Everyone danced (8 months to 80 years old).
Spencer is a professional in every aspect of his business, preparation, support for the day, and execution.

Five stars are not enough.
Spencer is a wonderful classic guitar player, setting the appropriate tone for our son's outdoor wedding. He is also an Read more...
Spencer is a wonderful classic guitar player, setting the appropriate tone for our son's outdoor wedding. He is also an astute and extremely engaging DJ who reads a diverse wedding reception house (140 people of all musical tastes), and both cradled and rocked the place. Everyone danced (8 months to 80 years old).
Spencer is a professional in every aspect of his business, preparation, support for the day, and execution.

Five stars are not enough. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ

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