DJ'S AND MC'S performs at a variety of events each year, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result, our company's experience exceeds merely playing the music. Our DJs possess a solid understanding of wedding and event coordinating, public announcing, crowd interaction, and audio visual design. We realize that planning any event can be a stressful and time consuming process for our customers. If the entertainment and ambiance are a priority for your event, consulting with our staff initially can help alleviate many of your questions and concerns. Allow us to share over 25 years of experience and take advantage of our FREE consultation!  After listening to your input, we'll know your expectations so you can relax and enjoy the party!

As a professional full-time DJ service, we are committed to upholding the highest standards within the entertainment industry. We're proud of our reputation and consistently earn rave reviews and repeat customers for our performances.  Our DJs understand that their most important show...is your show. You'll receive a polished and memorable performance every time...guaranteed!



The average wedding reception lasts five hours.  Your budget, venue, and the local noise ordinance will decide if the party goes longer than that. Prior arrangements need to be made for the possibility of overtime or many venues and vendors will not extend the reception.

If you’re wedding day is starting early in the morning with make-up and hairstyle appointments, photographs, and other last-minute preparations…you may not want the reception to last more than five hours.

In order to maximize the time available at your reception, it is essential to create a “Tentative Schedule”.  A “Tentative Schedule” will depict a general outline of how things will progress, within the five-hour time frame.  It also allows you some flexibility, “IF” things don’t proceed exactly as planned.

I understand for some of you a “Tentative Schedule” is unfathomable. Everything that you plan always goes perfect, because you’re a perfectionist and failure is not an option.  I understand, because I also prefer structure and strive for perfection.  However, at a wedding reception, there are way too many variables that are either unforeseen or beyond your control.

Perhaps a relative, who was not scheduled to speak, suddenly requests the microphone? “Wow! I didn’t see that coming?  How do I say no? I haven’t seen this person in years.  I think…it’s ok? Sure DJ, no problem. Let ‘em have the microphone…”

Once the unscheduled speaker has everyone’s attention, they proceed to do a 20 minute stand-up comic routine about your childhood, entertaining everyone in the crowd, but also throwing off your entire schedule.  At a wedding reception, things like this happen frequently. Accept that there’s a possibility of some contingency changes to your program that you did not foresee and…ENJOY the day!

Yes, a “Strict Schedule” is possible to implement…but if things don’t happen exactly as planned, you’re setting yourself up for a big disappointment.  The most important thing on this day is the union of you and your spouse…not the Cake Cutting at 6:45pm.

Ultimately, you and your spouse will have to decide what activities will take precedence during the reception.  Make a list of things that are important to both of you (1. eat a great meal 2. take photos with all my guests 3. dance into the night 4. introduce my family and the bridal party 5. toss the bouquet & garter, etc…).  Compare your lists and see if there’s an area where you can save some time or omit things that aren’t essential to you.

Once you have selected your preferred activities, it’s time to set-up your schedule and choose someone to “run the show”.   The obvious choice here is the DJ.  They have the microphone and need to make all the announcements anyway.  There’s a long list of potential candidates, however, who are all qualified to tell people what to do. The wedding coordinator, the caterer, the photographer, the venue manager, your best friend, and your mom all have an important role on this day… but only ONE person should be in charge of timing and events.  Decide who will coordinate the schedule and then make sure everyone knows who that person is.  Choose wisely, because everyone will have to defer to this person during the reception, and this reason alone may decide whether you’re maximizing time…or not.

There are 3 phases during the wedding reception schedule:  The Cocktail Hour, The Meal, & The Party.  Each phase has certain traditions which can be employed, depending on what’s important to you and your spouse.  When deciding on what to do, keep in mind the demographics of your guests and the total attendance.  A well planned reception will be enjoyable for your guests, as well as highlight your style and personality.

In my next post, I will discuss some suggestions for THE COCKTAIL HOUR.



Spotify + Facebook Party 

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DJ's and MC's Performs Opening Set at Spotify Party!



Sean Parker's lavish S.F. party celebrates Spotify

Sean Parker got 300 "likes" from the people who attended a lavish party he threw together Thursday night at a converted warehouse in the flats of Potrero Hill.

The Napster co-founder and Facebook founding president was celebrating the arrival of his latest venture, Spotify, the European-based music-streaming service that launched in the United States earlier this year and quickly picked up more than 10 million subscribers.

Facebook chief and T-shirted dude Mark Zuckerberg had just taken the wraps off the company's partnership deal with Spotify (as well as a dozen similar services) at the F8 developers' conference that day, and the 31-year-old Parker was in the mood to party.

"More people than ever will listen to more music than ever," he announced to a few hundred exclusive guests who through the night were treated to intimate live sets by multi-platinum acts the Killers, Jane's Addiction and Snoop Dogg, as well as a DJ set by Kaskade.

Taking the stage alongside Spotify CEO Daniel Ek for a quick question-and-answer session about the future of music and social media before the festivities officially kicked off, Parker discussed the importance of Napster and its divisive effect on the stagnant music industry. He and Ek agreed that the company, which allowed the open and free exchange of music files, was ahead of its time.

"For 10 years, I watched and waited for a service that had the same dynamics as Napster," Parker said, as that company's co-founder Shawn Fanning looked on from the crowd. "Spotify was able to deliver on that original promise of Napster. Meeting Daniel was one of the most important moments of my life."

Spotify allows users to easily play music and share it with their friends in real time via their Facebook profiles. The collective hope is that increased access and exposure to new music will result in a boost in sales for record companies and maybe an incentive to subscribe to the full-fledged versions of the services on offer.

"What we discovered is the product consumers were willing to pay for was convenience," Parker said. "Solving the piracy problem can't happen unless you build a service that will compete with it."

The party drew many Silicon Valley and music industry luminaries, including the managers of Top-10 pop acts such as Eminem and Bruno Mars.

Zuckerberg made a brief cameo in the pit during Snoop Dogg's raucous, expletive-laced set while socialites, including author Danielle Steel and former Mayor Willie Brown, mingled with guests on the long white couches that lined the room. (Lady Gaga was rumored to be making an appearance, but that didn't happen.)

The extravagant setting felt like a throwback to the glory days of the dot-com era. The exterior of the building was covered entirely by professional graffiti artists. Inside, makeshift chandeliers dangled from the converted warehouse roof. There were several open bars stocked with a dizzying array of top-shelf liquor; two roasted whole hogs; a butcher from Parma, Italy, slicing prosciutto; endless trays of sushi; and a veritable mountain of seafood, courtesy of McCalls catering.

Event planner Stanlee Gatti said his crew had to pull the whole thing together in less than two days. "I got the phone call at 12:08 a.m. on Monday night," he said.

The Killers performed hits like "Mr. Brightside" and "When You Were Young" with two auxiliary members because the group's drummer and bass player couldn't adjust their schedules in time to make the show.

"How we convinced four of the biggest artists in the world to do this in less than 48 hours is a mystery," marveled Parker, who was famously portrayed by drug-addled egomaniac Justin Timberlake in the film "The Social Network."

"I owe a great debt to Justin Timberlake," he added. "All of the recording artists here might not have shown up if they knew I was a nerd. Maybe they saw the movie and thought I was one of them."

As the musicians performed, Parker raced around the room urging people to get up, dance and, occasionally, jump on the furniture. He rushed the stage at the end of Jane's Addiction's set to swig wine with the band's singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell, who hugged him and proclaimed, "This guy is my friend for life."

Then, maybe slightly tipsy, Farrell leaned toward the audience and said, "You know what it's all about? F- money."

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 Jerry Nowaski was an unsatisfied career accountant. Like most people, he longed for a job that was both challenging and rewarding.  Unfortunately, the stability of his current  job discouraged him from looking into other avenues of employment.

One weekend, during the summer of 1977, Jerry attended a house party. Throughout the evening, it became painfully obvious that the dance music would not play continuously on the home stereo system. While watching the beleaguered host fumble through an assortment of tapes and records, Jerry was inspired with a new business idea. After careful planning, he invested some of his money into professional audio equipment.  His purchases included two turntables, an audio mixer, a microphone, two speakers, amplifier, tape deck, and an assortment of various records. Soon he began marketing his new idea to the public as an affordable alternative to live bands. Specializing in wedding receptions and working from the garage of his home, Jerry had created a market niche that would spawn the San Francisco Bay Area’s original mobile disc jockey service!

Predictably, competition arose from others wishing to copy the novelty of the idea. Motivated to build his advantage over these other upstarts, Jerry continued to reinvest his money into more marketing and equipment. By 1985, the success and demand for his business had grown substantially. No longer working from a garage, Jerry’s operation now required a full-time office staff and two warehouses to store his equipment and growing record library.  At its peak, the company was regularly booking gigs for fifteen sound systems.  The average DJ employee for Jerry performed 2-3 times per week.  With over fifty employees and a fleet of ten full-size vans, Jerry had built the largest mobile DJ company in Northern California!

In 1986, my senior year in high school, I had the privilege of joining Jerry’s team .

New employees were basically recruited as entry-level road crew, before they earned an opportunity to become a DJ. The road crew was responsible for transporting and setting up the equipment and assisting the DJ at the gig. Due to the volume of shows the business was generating, a “roadie” job provided an excellent opportunity work with different DJs and learn their styles and techniques. As a result, everyone associated with the company learned and benefited from the early experience of Jerry and his original core of DJs.

Unfortunately, in 1989, Jerry contracted cancer and became very sick. The stress of running his business eventually became too much for him. Jerry bravely fought for his life, his family, and his business before eventually passing away in January of 1990. During his relatively short life, Jerry helped train many people to become professional mobile DJs. This training, experience, and opportunity provided by Jerry inspired myself and many others to continue in his work.

In 1991, I founded DJ’S AND MC’S, LLC.  Several of the original employees from Jerry’s company helped me on my journey as a DJ and I am still friends with many of them today. Since the beginning, our mission was always to offer the customer with a reliable, customized, and quality DJ service.  We’ve always taken great pride in arriving on time with a plan for success and a commitment to carry it out… regardless of any obstacles.  As a result, DJ’S AND MCS, LLC has built an impeccable record for delivering many memorable performances.

I will always be very thankful to Jerry for the training, experience, and opportunity he provided me early in my career.  Future postings of “DJ AUTHORITY” are dedicated to his memory and will contain stories of past adventures, DJ profiles, wedding and event planning advice, music charts, DJ equipment reviews, upcoming events, and other various DJ related subjects.

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself, this party has just begun…

Midwinter Gala 

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This party was... AMAZING!

Mid-Winter Gala brightens de Young

Surveying the splendor of the Stanlee Gatti decor in Wilsey Court during the Mid-Winter Gala March 5 at the de Young, honorary event chairman Trevor Traina was thrilled.

"After eight years, we've finally grown up," the Fine Arts Museums trustee said. "We've gone from linens borrowed from my mother (FAM President Dede Wilsey) to tonight's brand-new banquettes. I'm calling it 'Stanlee unfettered.' "

Actually the theme was El Morocco, an homage to that bygone New York nightclub, with its signature zebra stripes adorning tables and hand-crafted palm tree fronds.

Dreamed up by Traina and his gala gals - Vanessa GettyKathryn Lasater and Allison Speer - this FAM Junior Committee event raised $370K for museum programs.

While "doing good" is great, the event's unspoken draw is the designer glitz and glamour adorning the soignee shoulders of local swans.

Juliet de Baubigny shone in a red-hot Andrew Gn. Marissa Mayer was pretty in a hot-pink Herrera. And Getty added the "va-va" to "voom" with her red and black, subtly skin-baring Michael Kors dress.

The event saluted the museum's "Olmec" exhibition. But the real action was upstairs in Wilsey Court. Supporters supped on a McCall Associates meal, sipped primo Swanson vino (supplied by creative director Alexis Traina) and got down to DJ Jason Aquino.

So 400 guests were thrilled that Trevor Traina kept his speech short and live auction to one lot - a trip to Morocco that garnered a $17K bid.

"But I want you all to know," Traina joked, "no actual zebras were harmed for the construction of these tables."

Miraculous meal: While the menu differed slightly from that old biblical fish feed, none were disappointed by beef tenderloin during Catholic Charities' CYO Loaves and Fishes dinner March 4 at the St. Regis Hotel.

Chaired by Craig and Maureen Sullivan, the event raised $900K in support of CYO programs and honored the work of the Rev. Gregory Boyle.

"Catholic Charities is a century-old ministry to those who carry the burden of poverty and neglect," Maureen Sullivan said. "Its mission is to believe in the humanity and dignity of every human being."

Boyle is founder of Home Boy Industries, the wildly successful East Los Angeles gang intervention and job training program whose mantra is "Nothing stops a bullet like a job."

"Mannie and Snoopy used to shoot at each other. Now they shoot each other text messages," Boyle said about two clients. "By standing with the demonized, they learn they are no longer demons."


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