Variety is the spice of life. I like a little variety when it comes to DJing weddings here in lovely Charleston. My aim as a professional wedding DJ has always been to help couples create their own personal soundtrack for their wedding day. This day (which is the biggest of their lives) should include music solely about them. I met Kate with her mom back in June and they introduced me to a new and quiet place to meet clients over in the Mt Pleasant area. Vintage Coffee Cafe During our initial meeting Kate briefly mentioned that her and Jon would want to hear a tropical house playlist during their cocktail hour after their ceremony at Coleman Hall & Chapel in Mt Pleasant. At the time, I took notes, but it wasn't until I met Jon with Kate in early September at one of our consultations that I learned a little more about tropical house. I've always been a big fan of house music, as Charleston used to have a pretty nice house music scene with some great DJs spinning all sorts of house at various areas around downtown Charleston. I knew there were many different sub-genres of house, I am just glad that Kate & Jon allowed me to get more acquainted with the tropical house genre. These are some of the tracks that got played during their Sunday, October 15, 2017 wedding and some I will be adding into my future cocktail hour playlists and receptions.

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If you are a music connoiseur like I am, you probably know that the past 24 months have been extremely difficult in terms of the passing of many iconic musicians. From David Bowie to Glenn Frey to Prince and George Michael, and so many more, the loss has been truly great in the world of music. And now, as we extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of the great city of Las Vegas after their horrific tragedy, another American icon in the world of music has left us way too soon. Tom Petty passed away on October 2,2017 in Los Angeles, just 18 days shy of his 67th birthday. His family and bandmates were by his side. He had just wrapped up his 40th anniversary tour with his legendary band the Heartbreakers. His influence is VERY far reaching. John Mayer tweeted. "I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted to know what it felt like to fly. "you belong somewhere you feel free"

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The inspiration for this blog post came to me as I was listening to some old radio airchecks (shows) from an all request Totally 80s show that I did at various stations around Charleston. I remember it, it was actually an 80s Girl Power weekend way back when and the 80s were jam-packed with a huge amount of female talent, both from a solo artist standpoint, as well as all-girl bands. The ladies of the 80s that show up on this post are women of rock, women who showed up on the Top 40 and R&B charts, as well as new wave and alternative genres. Some of the women that appear on this list were some of the most influential ever and extended well past the 80s into the 90s and beyond.

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Katie & Paul were married back on September 23rd and had their wedding reception at the Francis Marion Hotel inside the Gold Ballroom. They are one of the many, many destination wedding couples who choose Charleston's history and beauty for the backdrop of their most special and important day. Katie grew up in North Carolina and says she used to come here for family trips, so she knows the beauty and charm of Charleston. Paul grew up in the Chicago area. Currently, they reside out in Arizona as Katie proudly serves our country in the United States Air Force. After you doing so many weddings, you thought I had seen it all. After the first dances on Saturday, Katie's father did a quick welcome speech and at the end of it thanked all the men and women who were present as guests serving in the military, which was about 1/3 of the guests. After the mention of the service men and women, there was a standing ovation and tremendous applause. Mike Bills Entertainment has always been a professional wedding DJ company in the Charleston, SC area who is proud to support our active duty military. The Gold Ballroom at the Francis Marion Hotel created an atmosphere of elegance for the entire evening. Also, a tremendous thank you to the staff at the Francis Marion Hotel for making the entire evening run very smoothly.

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Hello there! You wouldn't really know it, but the autumnal equinox (the beginning of the Fall season for those of you who are not weather nerds) happened a few minutes past 4 o'clock on Friday afternoon. You wouldn't know it because we had temperatures in the 80s with a bit of humidty still. It's certainly not July or August Charleston humidity, but there is enough to keep us from giving the air conditioner a much needed break from this summer. The beginning of Fall coincides very nicely with the start of the Fall wedding season here in Charleston at Mike Bills Entertainment. "Katie & Paul" will have a huge gala at the Francis Marion Hotel tonight and then we move over to the magnificent Creek Club at Ion on October 1 for "Katie & Ricky". Be on the lookout for more upcoming "real wedding stories and playlists" about these lovely couples and many more to come up on the blog in October and November as the season in Charleston really gets cranked up.

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Let me first begin this post by congratulating all the brides and grooms and wedding vendors in the greater Charleston area who had their wedding spared by the wrath of Hurricane Irma.  While the greater Charleston area ended up getting a strong tropical storm, things could have been LOTS and LOTS worse had the city seen a direct hit by a Category 4 or 5 hurricane. I lost some sleep last week thinking about the weddings that could be ruined by a major hurricane like Irma. But, let's all breathe a sigh of relief right now and keep our fingers crossed that we can make it through the rest of the Fall wedding season without any cancellations caused by a hurricane or natural disaster.  You know one of the biggest questions I get from bride and grooms is when the optimum time is to do their first dance. The first dance is absolutely one of the biggest moments of your entire wedding day.  Should the first dance be done before dinner or after dinner?  Each option has with it some benefits and drawbacks and we'll discuss both in this post.

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Charleston wedding vendors, as well as brides and grooms who have had their wedding planned for this weekend and in the coming weeks can breathe a sigh of relief. Throughout the past week, I know I have personally lost some sleep in regards to the track of this incredibly catastrophic hurricane. For a few days there, it looked like one of the top wedding destinations in the country and world (Charleston) was going to be in the crosshairs of a major strike by the incredible power of Category 5 Hurricane Irma. No Category 5 has hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew did in August 1992 when it ravaged the Miami, Florida area. As I write this post, the South Carolina coast is out of the danger of catastrophe that we could have been looking at had this track not changed. Tropical storm conditions are looking to move into the greater Charleston area with heavy rains and coastal flooding possible. My thoughts are down in the great state of Florida as Irma sets her sights on the southwestern coast of the state near Naples and Key West. The storm looks to move up the entire Florida peninsula, with major cities like Tampa and Orlando in it's path. Let us keep the people of Florida in our prayers over the coming days. 

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Here we are at the unofficial end of the summer of 2017. I sure hope it's been an incredibly great summer for you. It's been another incredible summer season of weddings in Charleston and as I'm in the midst of another Labor Day weekend, I am beginning to get ready for the upcoming Fall wedding rush in Charleston. In previous blog posts, I've talked about the longevity of "Despacito" and it's stake on being the song of Summer 2017 (especially on the dance floors of Charleston weddings), and it remains at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on this Labor Day weekend. "Despacito" is a Spanish word meaning "slowly", but it's rise to fame on the dance floors at Charleston weddings has been anything but slow. It's video reached 3 billion views on You Tube in just a little over 6 months after its debut. Justin Bieber had been travelling in Colombia back in the spring and he had heard the song in a club and it wasn't too long after that Erika Ender and Luis Fonsi received a call from the pop star about cutting a remix. The Labor Day weekend means just a few more beach days for brides and grooms in Charleston, and my calendar is booking up now with in-person consultations for my upcoming Fall wedding season. This means some definite playlist creation and music gathering sessions on the horizon. I love meeting with my clients to discuss music. You should always meet with your wedidng DJ for an increase in peace of mind as your big day arrives.

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Your eyes are NOT playing tricks on you, I promise. That's right you read it properly. "The perfect 80s "Rock" Cocktail Hour Playlist. Before settling down into dinner and after the ceremony, this is another cocktail hour playlist designed to loosen your guests up rather nicely and what better way to do that than with some of the best 80s rock on the planet. Mike Bills Entertainment is the one DJ company in Charleston who has a strong affinity to the 80s music genre and it's many sub-genres. From the hard rock and glam metal scene to 80s alternative rock to just straight up classic rock, this version of cocktail hour playlist has all of that and then some more. Remember, this 80s Rock Cocktail Hour playlist is just one of the many avenues you could go for the cocktail hour playlist at your Charleston wedding.

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Here we are now in the latter part of August and if you stand on your tiptoes, you can see the Labor Day weekend right around the corner, which of course is the unofficial ending of the summer season.  And when Labor Day passes, cooler weather is generally not too far behind. I've been enjoying some downtime through out the month of August and are now preparing for the upcoming Fall wedding season here in Charleston. I'm looking forward to some shorter days and cooler temperatures in the coming weeks. I wanted to share with you an absolutely excellent video making the rounds on Facebook that has gone viral having received over 60 million views at last check.  The video shows the song of each summer for the past 60 years, spanning from 1958 - 2017. As a professional wedding DJ, we're always looking out for what "the song" of the summer might be and "Despacito" was definitely that song and has set the record for the most streamed song of all time. But as I write this blog post for you, people are still digesting the eagerly anticipated new single from Taylor Swift's forthcoming album "Reputation". The album will not be officially released until November 10th, but the opening single "Look What You Made Me Do" just broke a You Tube record. It was posted late on Thursday night (August 24th) and received over 19 million views within a 24 hour period. "Reputation" the much anticpated follow-up to her mega-selling "19989", which was released nearly 3 years ago. 

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