Gary L. Gerdes Seattle, dj, deejay, DJ and Karaoke, Swing, 50's, 60's, 80's , honky tonk, caribbean, mardi gras, Halloween, theme, theme party, car show

Providing DJ and Karaoke Services for events in the greater Seattle Area

 
  • Full DJ Services for Weddings, General Celebrations and Events, or Themed Parties.

  • Hosting of Karaoke Events - Company or Organizational Parties, Private Parties, "Karaoke Kruises"

  • "Mixed" Events - e.g.:
    • DJ for dancing with karaoke entertainment interspersed
    • Sound System for auctions/meetings followed by dancing or karaoke
    • Sound System for Live Music followed, preceded or interspersed with DJ.

  • Optional Dance Floor Lighting for DJ Events
    Lighting on Performers (and dance floor?) for Karaoke Events

NEWS:
NEW Theme - "On the Road Again" - Car Clubs & Shows

We've done hundreds of events, and we treat each one as a unique opportunity to meet your needs completely and creatively. Please contact us using the Request form or by phone or e-mail. We'd love the chance to apply our talents to the success of your event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ Services and "Stuff to Think About"

 

OK, everybody and their siblings offer DJ services. What somewhat distinguishes us from many of the others?

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Like other mobile DJs - We are available for company or private parties, weddings, etc. with a general or contemporary mix of music.

But our well-planned Theme Events make us a very attractive choice for that special birthday, anniversary, reunion or costume party

 

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It seems a lot of folks concentrate on current urban dance grooves, rap, hip-hop, house, etc. If that's all you want, sure we can do that - but you should be able to find a DJ most anywhere (and if that's all they do - maybe they'd be better at it).

We are fairly conversant with over 7 decades of popular music.
(No, that doesn't mean we're 85 years old. We also know Beethoven's stuff and we're not 220 either)

I think the most valued compliments I've gotten have been from the folks who own or manage the venues I've played - I've been frequently told what a 'breath of fresh air' I am compared to most of their previous DJ entertainers.

 

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Like many DJ's, I offer Karaoke as either an add-on or an alternative. But we have developed a few fun twists.

 

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Experience: I've been gigging as a musician, DJ, live sound engineer, and recording engineer for decades. I've written and performed music from almost every style imaginable. I know good sound, I know room and outdoor acoustics, and I understand song selections and pacing to keep the dance floor active.

The ability to "read the crowd" is key for any DJ. e.g.:
- the host thought all his guests wanted nothing but techno - nobody danced until some disco and 80's hits were played.
- the host thought her guests wanted all hip-hop - a switch to country filled the dance floor all night.
These two are somewhat rare. If our host has initially asked for a certain style - but it's not 'working' - we'll seek consent before we try alternatives to get the party moving.

 

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Lighting: Most DJ's now offer a variety of dance floor lighting - because it works!
In the hundreds of events we've done, we see an overall average result. Overall, when there was dance floor lighting - the dance floor was more active, exciting and stayed full longer.

We take it maybe one step further - we usually work as a two person team - one DJ (reading the crowd) - and the other running the lighting (setting a fitting mood for each song, and sometimes following the changes within a song)

 

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Contests: If you are having an event with a lot of kids (or maybe a number of inebriated adults) - contests can get things moving. We do a number of benefit events for schools and a limbo, hula hoop and/or twist contest is always well received. We can provide some prizes as well as other contests.

 

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If you have another DJ lined up (say from out of town) or just want to run your own iPod or laptop mix - we can provide a sound system and/or lighting.

 

You could save money and just use an iPod?

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Well, maybe.

Though you'd likely need to rent a sound system with a mixer, possibly with subs and a crossover. This may end up costing you almost as much as hiring a DJ.

True - you can totally control every song played - playing only the stuff you love. OK - if you're sure your guests have pretty the same tastes.

If you don't have lighting - it's usually not as much fun.

But - Don't write this option off totally - we've supplied sound systems for parties like this and they went well. For some others we've also brought and run the lighting - and the host played their tunes through our sound system.

 

RATES: My rates range from about $250 to $1000. There are too many variables along with your individual preferences to make a rate table practical. Size of room, choice of options, choice of packages, decorations, room access, travel distance, special requests, can all effect the fee I have to charge.

 

We'd love the chance to help make your event a success. For more info or specifics - Please contact us using the Request form or by phone or e-mail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We offer detailed and complete "themed packages".

We'll help you go as far as you want in creating an appropriate environment with lighting selections, decorations and sources- and of course the right selection of music for the theme. To really have it work great - make it a costume party!

Although most of our theme-based parties have been for company or private parties. We've done a few for school/charity auctions and fundraisers. These have been very successful, especially when the attendees come in costume and the organizers have decorated ambitiously.

You can also add our Karaoke services to any of the themes. For most themes, if you want to keep the theme consistent, we can limit the karaoke choices available to fit within the theme.

 

Don't forget to check out the "Fashion Tips" and "Contest, Activities"
on many of the theme parties listed below!
HAVE FUN EXPLORING OUR THEME PARTY IDEAS:

New Moon Ballroom Sock Hop at The Gym Summer of Love
Schizophrenic Scheventies Big 80's
Sh*t-Kicking at the Honky Tonk Caribbean Punch
Mardi Gras at the Gumbo Swamp Spook Central
Hooray for Hollywood Loony Toonz
On the Road Again
"Black & White Parties"
Mixed Bag

PLUS:
American Travelogue (4th of July) or Polka-Palooza (Oktoberfest)

And of course we can provide affordable DJ, Karaoke, Lighting Services for:
Wedding Receptions, Anniversary, Birthday & Special Occasions

 

RATES: My rates range from about $250 to $1000. (average has been in the $400-600 range) There are too many variables along with your individual preferences to make a rate table practical. Size of room, choice of options, choice of packages, decorations, room access, travel distance, special requests, can all effect the fee I have to charge.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ THEME EVENTS ~

 

dj swing karaoke New Moon Ballroom Swing Music

Nothing but swing, swing and swing (OK, maybe a tango or fox trot). All the best swingin' stomps and ballads for dancing cheek to cheek. This is a great theme for a "Black & White Party" !!

Big Bands of 30's & 40's Great Jazz & Swing Singers
Western Swing The Newer Swing Bands
Rockabilly, Rock and Jump that swings out

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Floods & Spots for Dance Floor, Mirror Ball, Bubble Machine and ??

Optional Swing or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations are included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: Zoot Fedora**
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50's,60's,dj ,karoke,Seattle Sock Hop at the Gym Early Rock and Roll

From the 50's days of rock through the middle 60's (the 'innocent' and fun days of rock) - even though it was the "devil's music".

The Early Guys Doo-Wop Girl Groups The Crooners Motown and Soul British Invasion American Answer
and much more

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Floods & Spots for the Dance Floor, Mirror Ball, Bubble Machine, Rope and Themed String Lights and ??.

Optional 50's-60's or General Karaoke

Some theme decorations are included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: Johnny Night Train**
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pyschedelic dj karaoke Summer of Love

A trip back to the Psychedelic Psixties - Feed Your Head. Rock and Roll gets spacy.

The San Francisco Bands The Sunset Strip Scene
Guitars Push the Limit
The Beatles Take 'Tea'
Peace, Love & Flowers Neo-Psychedelia

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Floods and Spots; Black Lights and some florescent decorations, face paint; Oil Blob lights, Strobe and ????.

Optional Psychedelic or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations are included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Lotsa fun blacklight party items can be pretty cheap. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: Uh...jes' a sec...I know this ..Oh Yeah - Granola Bongwater ** - that's it.
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The 1970's were a tough period for Americans. Aside from conflicts about the Vietnam 'war' - an even larger breach ripped asunder the fabric of American society. Social upheaval and carnage were rampant: Either you liked disco or you hated it.

Disco FM Radio "Underground" Disco
Disco FM Radio "Underground" Disco
FM Radio "Underground" Couple of Other Things

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Spots and Floods, Disco Lights, and of course a mirror ball.

Optional 70's or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations are included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: The Schizoid Brothers**
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80's Eighties dj karaoke The Big 80's

Wow! There were a lot of great memorable and danceable songs from this decade. Put on your big hair, your razor shredded clothes, or your leg warmers.

Punk kicks it out New Wave & MTV Metal goes Mainstream The Synth and Studio Bands Son of Power Pop
The Man in the Glove The One-Hit Wonders

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Floods and Spots, Disco-Rotating Beam Lights, Black Lights, Strobe, Rope Lights, Beacons and ????

Optional 80's or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations are included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: D.J. Rags, Esq.**
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Well, shout "Wa-Hey!". This is not that sappy limp country/pop music, where a last-minute steel guitar is added to make it sound country. This is the real deal! A boot-stompin, yahooin', two-steppin', long-neckin', pickup load of fun!

Honky Tonkin', Truck Drivin', Roadhouse Kickers
Outlaw & Progressive Country Swing & Boogie
Tough Guys and Hard-assed Women
Of course, a good handful of "Cry in Your Beer" weepers.

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Dance Floor lighting, Mirror Ball, Rope and Themed String Lights.

Optional Honky Tonk or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: Slim Chances**
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DJ, karaoke, Caribbean, Hawaiian, tropical, party, Seattle

All you Rastafarians, Parrot-Heads and Sun-Worshippers: Here we go! Maybe some of you Club Med-ites as well. It's February (the armpit of the year - but at least it's short) and the winter blues are hittin ya. Maybe it's summer and you're ready to celebrate it in proper style. Time to be jammin mon.

Reggae Salsa Soca Calypso Ska Steel Drum
Merengue Parrot-Head and other songs of the Caribbean

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Flood and Spots for Dance floor, Moonbeam Lights, Rope and Themed String Lights, and ???

Optional Caribbean & ParrotHead or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: SPF 50**
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Seattle, DJ, deejay, dee-jay, mardi gras, New Orleans, karaoke, Fat Tuesday

French for Fat Tuesday, it's the single-day culmination of the Mardi Gras Carnival season. But let's not stop with Mardi Gras - there's a great range of movin groovin music from the "Big Easy" and the swamps and bayous. This is a great theme for an upbeat masquerade party anytime of the year. (If you're not French - who cares anyway - I certainly won't tell.)

Cajun Zydeco Creole Dixieland and swing marches
Bayou, Swamp, Delta, Voo-Doo songs

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Dance floor lighting, lots of Themed String and Rope lights (purple, gold, green), and ???

Optional Louisiana or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations are included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. For example: Mardi Gras 33" "throw" bead necklaces can be purchased for as little as 4 or 5 cents each! Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: Gator Gris Gris**
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Halloween dj karaoke

OK, it's not something you'll probably want in the middle of April*, but for Halloween week - this one gets booked up fast!
* well, maybe April 15 - Income Tax day - or April 20 - Hitler's birthday - they're both kinda scary.

Happy, bouncy songs of: Monsters & Evil! Witches & Magic! Madness, Mutations & Depravity! Death & Murder! Tons of Light-Hearted Fun! Plus - special sound effects and spooky instrumental music during breaks

Optional Themed Lighting Package - General Floods and Spots, Smoke, Wild Stuff, Black Lights, Rope and Themed String lights (bones, etc.)

Optional Halloween/Spooky or general Karaoke

Some theme decorations included. If you'd like, I will consult with you on additional decorations and/or party favors. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: Mr Bones**
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Ah, yes! Nothing like fame & fortune in the California sun (and mudslides and brush fires). Even then - it beats anonymity & poverty in the Seattle rain?

This is great theme for a "Celebrity Look-Alike" Costume Party, a "Black & White Party" (have you ever done one of these - pretty cool) , a pre/ post Oscar Party, or Cast Parties for local theatre groups.

Songs from Movies, TV, and the Stage Songs about Movies, TV, the Stage, and Stardom Songs about Hollywood, So-Cal, ambitions, & lifestyles of the rich and miserable

And Don't worry - there's plenty of good dance tunes in this bunch!

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Flood Lights for Dance Floor - Spot lights - mirror ball - chasing lights.

Optional General Karaoke or just in the above areas.

Some theme decorations included - will assist in planning and wholesale purchase of additional decorations as requested. E.g.: You can devise your own contests/prizes. You can buy 8" Oscars for about $9 each or personalized for a buck more. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: Billy Crystal (yeah, right - More like Gerry Geode) **

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loon·y or loon·ey Informal adj. loon·i·er, loon·i·est 1. Extremely foolish or silly. 2. Crazy; insane.

"We're all Bozos on This Bus!" Oversized rubber shoes, rubber chickens, rubber rooms - they all connect here; as does genius, madness, and comedy.

Laughter is the best medicine (or is it an apple-a-day?). Have you ever met a village idiot who wasn't blissfully mad? Have you ever met any kind of village idiot? (I know you've met regular idiots.) Have you ever seen a village? Ah, but I'm digressing - one sure sign of lunacy. It's always April Fool's Day here.

Funny, Crazy & Silly Songs about Funny, Crazy & Silly things
Parodies and "Novelties" Mad instrumentals Bouncing off-the-Walls Happy Little Ditties of Lunacy, Eccentricity and Madness Maybe some standup comedy during breaks And still a heap of good dance songs

"Let's Go Crazy" (don't you deserve it?)

Optional Themed Lighting Package - Colored Flood and Spot Lights - Lots of moving and flashing lights, Black Lights, and ??

Optional General Karaoke or just in the above areas.

Some theme decorations included - will assist in planning and wholesale purchase of additional decorations as requested. Or I will take care of the entire decoration area for you within your budget.

Your Host: P.T. Beetlebaum**

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A fuel-injected audio extravaganza with a hemi. Nothing but songs about cars and/or bikes - plus a handful about hitting the highway. And maybe a few pickup or 18-wheeler truck songs to haul all the others around in.

Hours and hours of songs make this a perfect choice for your car or motorcycle show (indoors or out). Sound system and microphone provided for announcements, etc.

And/or we can provide a full sound system - for live entertainment!

For your club's parties - we can add lighting and decorations to enhance the vehicular theme.

Your host: P.T. Croozer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O.K. - What is it?

 

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Maybe this is the best deal for you if you are having an event
where there will be a wide range of ages and demographics. We'll develop a play list that meets your needs, including advance requests for songs or styles.

All the music from the Themes above Urban and Dance
Newer Hits Standards Whatever

Optional Lighting Package
Optional Karaoke

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your special day, we not only go the "extra mile" - but a few furlongs beyond that.

- We keep it affordable. We're don't inflate our rates thinking "well, they're spending so much already....."

- It's your day - not ours. We'll do everything we can to provide all your "must-have" songs as well as catering to your choices regarding general musical styles.

- For almost all events, we try to meet in advance with the client at the venue. Of course, for these very special events that service is also happily provided.

Dance floor lighting is available - as well as highlight or decorative lighting in other areas of the room. Wireless microphone(s) are provided for toasts and announcements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's the feature attraction for a whole night or as 20-30 minute blocks between dance sets. It's for a company or private party or for a school event or fund-raiser. Karaoke lives. We've had a blast doing this in all the above situations, on land and on charter boats (sorry, we can't supply the boat).

Our basic setup includes:

* Quality sound system directed to audience (main speakers, amp(s))
* Karaoke rig - player / mixer / effects
* 1-2 speaker monitors (so performers can hear themselves and music)
* 1 video monitor (so performers can follow the lyrics)
* 2 or more microphones for performers
* Approx 3500 selections (old standards to recent - plus kids' songs)
* Binders listing all songs by Artist & Title
* Sign-up cards
* Prizes (see below)

Depending on the size of your room - you could also add

* Colored spot/flood lights on performers
* "Kinetic" effect lights on performers

* The "Prop Bag" - a big duffle bag full of hats, glasses, feather boas....
We learned early on that some folks gain confidence by putting on a funny hat - it might be like "Well, if I look stupid, than it's OK if I sound stupid." I don't know - I just know that people (especially kids) have a lot of fun with it - you'd need to have at least an 8' table available for us to set out all the props.

We usually work as a 2 person team. One of us operates the equipment - cues the songs, adjusts music and mike settings as needed for the different singers. The other person coordinates the requests - so everyone gets a fair share of time. If we are using lighting - the second person sets the lights to match the song mood.

 

So to have us make your next karaoke party a "screaming" success, please use our Request form, or contact us via phone or e-mail.

Maybe you'll win the coveted silver mike lapel pin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Client Feedback:

(a totally non-biased selection of unsolicited comments - of course!)

"You are the most professional DJs that we've ever seen" - Denise Lee, wedding photographer - www.hope-haven.net

"Thank you so much Gary! We had a wonderful time! You were great! It was exactly what we wanted--a fun party with everyone dancing til the end. Thank you for doing such a great job as an integral part of our wedding ceremony and reception."

"Thanks again for doing such a fine job spinning tunes at Tina's party! Not only was the sound great but Anne did a wonderful job with the lights. We've received many compliments on the party, and your effort in no small part contributed to our guests enjoyment! "

"OMG!! You and your lovely wife were awesome. The talk on the email loops
are all about the karaoke and how much fun it was. So thank YOU! I will
recommend you to anyone who wants a great evening with a super deejay."

"I really want to thank you again for all the help you gave me before the party that was in addition to what you were paid for. I'm not sure we could have gotten it all ready in time for people without that help. I would certainly hire you again when I have another party."

"We would like to express our thanks for the tremendous job that you and your staff did for our Annual Father/Daughter Dance. Your light and sound systems were excellent.
Your staff was very obliging to those seeking special request songs, and we very much appreciated the fact that no song was played that would have been seen as inappropriate for an event featuring young ladies and their dads. The disco lights were fun, and your interaction during the announcements was just right.
As you could see by the crowded dance floor, your song selections were a hit! We look forward to many more events with your company."

"You guys did a fabulous job as usual. The music choices were delightful and the lights make for a much more festive atmosphere.Cheers!"

"Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did. It was a great time and I would definitely recommend you to anyone I know who may need a DJ. Great job and thanks again!"

"Gary and Anne,Thank you again! The Karaoke was such an enjoyable component of the party cruise -- we got rave reviews from the group. We appreciate your professionalism and willingness to have fun! We will not hesitate to recommend your services."

 

 

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