Monday, March 7, 2011

Gig Log - Flood Warnings Super Sweet 16

On Friday March 4th, Ambient DJ provided musical entertainment for Danielle's Broadway-themed Sweet 16 Party held at the Hamilton Manor.  What an appropriate theme, as Danielle's passion in life is spending time at the studio where she studies dance, voice, acting and the piano!

The producers (Mom, Dad and Danielle) named the show, "Flood Warnings" and produced an authentic Broadway-style Playbill that was distributed to all guests.  An extensive cast and crew was listed, but of course Danielle was the star of the show!  To the back wall of the Grand Ballroom, the family ambitiously constructed a beautiful New York City skyline of skyscrapers, illuminated with Christmas lights (see photos below).   

Ambient DJ created a custom package for the event that helped to deliver the "Wow Factor" of a Super Sweet 16.  Elements of the package included:

* Intelligent lighting show with six Martin SCX 500 scanners and two industrial strength lasers;
* 14 uplighting fixtures (7 on each wall) that were linked by a combination of wired and wireless DMX signal so that they could be manipulated during the evening (i.e., color, fades, strobing).  The Grand Ballroom's 20 foot walls are ideal for uplighting!;
* Bliss Lighting Effect (i.e., "Dancing Under the Stars") - this lighting fixture projects twinkling green stars and shifting cloud nebulae on the ceiling;
* South Beach-style FaCIED facade, backlit with LED lighting;
* 90 inch screen, with Ambient projecting 4 separate video slideshows during the evening, as well as using the screen for playing music videos by the likes of Lady Gaga and Usher.

The room looked spectacular!  Danielle selected songs from some of her favorite Broadway shows such as Wicked, Hairspray and Mamma Mia to play as guests arrived. At approximately 7:30 PM, guests were asked to rise.  Diana DeGarmo's "I Believe" was played.  At about a minute into the song, we shined our theatrical spotlight to the mezzanine level of the Ballroom.  Shortly thereafter - and in dramatic fashion - Danielle emerged through the curtain and then walked down a long staircase that curved around and landed on the dancefloor where she was greeted by her parents and guests.

An evening of culinary delights and festive dancing ensued.  Ambient's staff for the evening included DJ Gregg Hollmann, aka DJ Jagged, mixing dance music and videos; and DJ Brian Dzbenski, aka DJ Extreme, operating the lights and co-emceeing the event.  Danielle blew out the candles on her Broadway-themed cake (provided by Peace of Cakes of Roselle Park, NJ), with guests also enjoying a chocolate fountain!  Our final two songs of the evening were Sinatra's "New York, New York" followed by the Broadway tune "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent.   

Please check out some photos and video footage from the event, along with a copy of a thank you note from Mrs. Flood.  We also thank the Flood Family for entrusting Danielle's special day to our company and applaud you on your award-winning production! 

Note from Mrs. Flood to Ambient DJ:

Hi Gregg,

I just want to thank you again for a wonderful time last night.  You both did an outstanding job.  I'm a strong believer in following one's own instincts and I knew from the moment I met you that I was making the right decision by selecting you as the DJ for Danielle's Sweet 16.  That's why I continued to trust you and follow my heart when I told you that we were leaving it completely in your hands on the music selection and the overall flow for the night. There's a lot that goes into planning a party and we had done a lot of different things to make the night special, but if the DJ isn't good, no one has a good time and that certainly was not the case last night.  Everyone has told me what a wonderful time that they had and how wonderful you were.  Thank you again and if I ever need a DJ again, I'll be sure to call you.



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