2019 DJ Expo – Atlantic City

Every year, my DJ buddy, Joe Griffith, and I go to the DJ Expo in Atlantic City.  It is a time to hang out and have fun and check out the latest in DJ Equipment and Lights.  Plus, we always get some free T-shirts and some 10 day trials of New Music.  We did it this year on August 13, 2019 and did not spend any money.  But we did get some ideas for lighting and got some questions answered by some product experts who were at the show.

 

Here is a picture of me from one of the Robot Cameras that can be used like a Photo Booth.

Thoughts on Choosing A DJ for a Wedding or a Party

I have been a Mobile DJ since 2000 and have done many, many events. The other evening, I did a wedding and one older gentleman came up to me and asked me how I keep up with today’s music as well as the stuff that the parents and grandparents would also want to hear and dance to. It got me to thinking. Too many of the young DJs you can hire do not really have the knowledge of which older songs (both upbeat and slow) to play for both the older crowd and the younger crowd.

 

This gentleman’s comment made me realize that a Bride and Groom might want to consider a DJ who truly knows the music of today as well as the oldies from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

 

I am just that DJ. I grew up with the music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, but I also am a big, big fan of much of today’s music. I follow it, subscribe to a DJ Pool service that provides me with the latest Pop Songs and I follow the current Billboard charts the same as I did in the 80s and 90s. I also have a photographic memory when it comes to music and I am what is referred to as a Musicologist.

 

At the same Wedding, another gentleman came up to me to request some songs and candidly said to me “I can tell this is not your first rodeo!!” This was after I had done the Bridal Party introductions and the entire room was into it with applause, laughter and cheering. It set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Neither Rain nor Mud can Stop the Party!!

On June 2, 2018, I was the DJ for the Wedding Party for Kristina Conway and Nate Sharrow.  The party was outdoors at their house and it was under a monstrous tent in their backyard.  The weather forecast was for rain.  The party started at 5PM and at 5:45PM, we had the first of two torrential downpours that evening.  It rained so hard, I was standing in 2 inches of rain.  But that did not stop us.  We wiped down the dance floor and the first dance and a special dance for Kristina’s parents took place without any problems.  The entire yard got very muddy and about 10PM, we got the second heavy downpour and once again, I was standing in 2 inches of rain.  But we danced, ate and drank and partied until Midnight.  I thought there was lightning, but fortunately, it was only the flashes from cameras.  Mission accomplished.  Everyone had a blast and had to clean off mud for days.

Great News On Preferred DJ Vendor Status

Recently, I have been chosen as a Preferred DJ at both the Prestigious SunnyBrook Ballroom in Pottstown and the Newly Renovated Farmhouse Bistro at the People’s Light Theatre in Malvern.

 

This is truly exciting news for me as I continue to grow the business.

5K Runs on November 4 and November 5, 2017

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, I was the DJ at the Second Annual Chester County 5K Color Run.  This year, over 900 runners and walkers participated. 

Then on Sunday, November 5, 2017, I was the DJ for the 5th Annual Valley Forge Elementary School 5K Run that was held at Wilson Park in Chesterbrook.  This year, over 300 runners and walkers participated.

New Eagle 3rd Grade “Sock Hop Party” 3/21/17

For the 4th year in a row, I had the chance to DJ the New Eagle School in Wayne, PA's annual 3rd Grade "Sock Hop Party."  What a blast!!  Most of the kids came dressed in 50s type clothing complete with poodle skirts for the girls and slicked back hair for the guys.  They danced to "The Stroll," "The Twist." "The Pony Time", "The Limbo Rock," "Shout." and many other songs from the 50s and 60s.  Jeff Bradley works with the 3rd Graders every year and has them perform for all of the parents.  Prizes are given out and it is a fun time for all.

 

Jeff even told me I have a lifetime contract from now on.

 

New Eagle 3rd Grade "Sock Hop Party."

 

2016 Wrap-up

Well, 2016 was an interesting and fun year.  I had a wide mix of events including weddings, corporate parties, school events, Holiday parties and charity events.  I had the chance to play a wide range of music and it is interesting just how many good songs there have been since the 1950s.

 

I was selected as a Preferred DJ Vendor at the Farmhouse Bistro at the People's Light Theatre in Malvern, PA.  I did the Katey Anderson and Corey Mui wedding in June 2016 and "knocked it out of the park."  I am very happy with this selection.

 

I am looking forward to another great year in 2017.

2015 Wrap-up

Well, 2015 was another very successful year.  The mix of events was wild.  Weddings, Proms, Homecomings, the Pope's Visit and lots of Holiday Parties.

 

As 2016 starts up, I bought the latest IPAD Air 2 with 128GB of space.  What a fantastic backup device this will be!!

Tom Dalton, DJ at the Paoli Train Station for the Papal Visit

On Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th, I had the great pleasure to be an on-location DJ entertaining the thousands of passengers who travelled to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis.  I was there each day from 7AM to Noon and kept everyone happy, including the passengers, the SEPTA staff and all of our Law Enforcement professionals.  I played a great mix of music and we had fun singing and dancing to such favorites as Sweet Caroline, Love Train, We Are Family, Celebration and of course, the YMCA.  I also had such favorites as My Sweet Lord, God Only Knows, I Say A Little Prayer and My Blue Heaven among others.

 

It was a great day and everyone raved about it.

 

Article by Kathy Boccella of Philly.com

 

Finally, check out the Love Train Dance video being done by the passengers and SEPTA staff on the Paoli Fire Company’s Facebook page.  What a hoot!!