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    DJ's, I need a few suggestions/recommendations please.

    Next weekend, I'm supplying the PA gear for an annual fund-raiser. The PA will be used for background music thru dinner, then door prizes will be announced. After dinner, most guests leave, but roughly 50 or so people stay for drinks and partying. Karaoke was very popular at last years' fund-raiser. Age group is roughly 40-60.

    I'm looking for a few recommendations for background/dinner music, and for Karaoke. I was thinking perhaps some light jazz for dinner. I won't be "DJ'ing as such, just put an album on, and let it play through. At home, I'd generally tend to put on some latin-american jazz, Getz/Gilberto and the like. Anything else come to mind? What are your favourite "go to" recordings for this scenario?

    As for Karaoke, last years' most popular discs were classic-rock. Mostly girls 30-45 singing, and they usually sing in groups. Songs like Steppenwolfs' "Born to be Wild" were very popular last year. What karaoke discs would you recommend?


    Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

    (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

  • #2
    * disclaimer at end.

    Sinatra works well at dinner, as does Dean Martin. Find songs themed appropriately for the event and the sponsoring organization. Lots of artists recorded old standards from the American Songbook in recent years. A great example* is Willie Nelson's Stardust http://www.amazon.com/Stardust-Anniversary-Legacy-Willie-Nelson/dp/B0017V8PKS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1243263748&sr=1-3

    Age 40 -60 should like disco as well for later. Popular disco groups include KC & the Sunshine Band and many more.

    Check out this site where you can spend all day looking through specialized lists if you are so inclined: http://www.popculturemadness.com/Music/index.html

    Mobile Beat's most popular songs at the moment in private events and wedding parties <> This is from current requests to the dj made over the Internet by people planning parties including mixed ages and is compiled by computer from a nationwide service for djs.

    1 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
    2 Timberlake, Justin Sexyback
    3 Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
    4 Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl
    5 B-52's Love Shack
    6 Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
    7 Bon Jovi Livin' On A Prayer
    8 ABBA Dancing Queen
    9 Journey Don't Stop Believin'
    10 Diamond, Neil Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
    11 Rihanna Don't Stop The Music
    12 Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back
    13 Sister Sledge We Are Family
    14 Outkast Hey Ya!
    15 Kool & The Gang Celebration
    16 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
    17 Commodores Brick House
    18 James, Etta At Last
    19 Black Eyed Peas Let's Get It Started
    20 Jackson, Michael Billie Jean
    21 Beatles Twist And Shout
    22 DJ Casper Cha Cha Slide
    23 Bee Gees Stayin' Alive
    24 Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup
    25 Brooks, Garth Friends In Low Places
    26 Village People Y.M.C.A.
    27 Temptations My Girl
    28 Big & Rich Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
    29 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
    30 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
    31 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
    32 Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
    33 Lauper, Cyndi Girls Just Want To Have Fun
    34 Loggins, Kenny Footloose
    35 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
    36 Presley, Elvis Can't Help Falling In Love
    37 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
    38 Lonestar Amazed
    39 Grandmaster Slice Electric Slide (Shall We Dance) '92
    40 Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
    41 50 Cent In Da Club
    42 Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil' Jon Yeah
    43 Jackson, Michael Thriller
    44 Aerosmith I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
    45 Cupid Cupid Shuffle
    46 Adams, Bryan Summer Of '69
    47 Nelly Hot In Herre
    48 Checker, Chubby The Twist
    49 Flo Rida Low
    50 Isley Brothers Shout
    51 Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band Old Time Rock & Roll
    52 Buffett, Jimmy Margaritaville
    53 Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z Crazy In Love
    54 KC & The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight
    55 Romantics What I Like About You
    56 Jackson, Michael Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
    57 Rednex Cotton Eye Joe
    58 House Of Pain Jump Around
    59 Cheap Trick I Want You To Want Me
    60 Prince Kiss
    61 Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z Umbrella
    62 Mcgraw, Tim With Faith Hill It's Your Love
    63 Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    64 Journey Faithfully
    65 Franklin, Aretha Respect
    66 Big & Rich Lost In This Moment
    67 Jones, Norah Come Away With Me
    68 Springfield, Rick Jessie's Girl
    69 Gaye, Marvin Let's Get It On
    70 Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson The Way I Are
    71 Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine
    72 Young M.C. Bust A Move
    73 Green, Al Let's Stay Together
    74 Johnson, Jack Better Together
    75 Pink Get The Party Started
    76 Black Eyed Peas My Humps
    77 Rihanna Disturbia
    78 Earth, Wind & Fire September
    79 Sinatra, Frank Fly Me To The Moon
    80 West, Kanye Feat. Jamie Foxx Gold Digger
    81 Brown, Chris Forever
    82 Gaynor, Gloria I Will Survive
    83 Sorta Crackers Band Chicken Dance
    84 Cash, Johnny Ring Of Fire
    85 Four Tops I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
    86 Taylor, James How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
    87 Brooks & Dunn Boot Scootin' Boogie
    88 Paisley, Brad She's Everything
    89 UB40 Red Red Wine
    90 Adams, Bryan (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
    91 Madonna & Justin Timberlake 4 Minutes
    92 U2 Beautiful Day
    93 Buble, Michael Everything
    94 Timberlake, Justin Rock Your Body
    95 Kid Rock All Summer Long
    96 Fergie Feat. Ludacris Glamorous
    97 Mr. C The Slide Man Cha-Cha Slide
    98 Violent Femmes Blister In The Sun
    99 Beatles All You Need Is Love
    100 Baby Bash Feat. T-Pain Cyclone
    101 Los Del Rio Macarena
    102 Medley, Bill & Jennifer Warnes (I've Had) The Time Of My Life
    103 Rascal Flatts Life Is A Highway
    104 West, Kanye Stronger
    105 Idol, Billy White Wedding
    106 Furtado, Nelly Feat. Timbaland Promiscuous
    107 Rascal Flatts My Wish
    108 Jackson 5 ABC
    109 Buble, Michael Save The Last Dance For Me
    110 Aerosmith Walk This Way
    111 Gnarls Barkley Crazy
    112 Dion Runaround Sue
    113 White, Barry Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
    114 Eagles Hotel California
    115 Tone Loc Wild Thing
    116 Krauss, Alison When You Say Nothing At All
    117 Madonna Like A Prayer
    118 Heartland I Loved Her First
    119 Lifehouse You And Me
    120 Salt-N-Pepa Push It
    121 Mraz, Jason I'm Yours
    122 KC & The Sunshine Band (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty
    123 Shakira Feat. Wyclef Jean Hips Don't Lie
    124 Cascada Everytime We Touch
    125 A-Ha Take On Me
    126 Beach Boys Kokomo
    127 Hot Chocolate You Sexy Thing
    128 Sean Paul Temperature
    129 Prince 1999
    130 White, Barry You're The First, The Last, My Everything
    131 Tone Loc Funky Cold Medina
    132 Mcgraw, Tim My Best Friend
    133 Metro Station Shake It
    134 Simon & Garfunkel Cecilia
    135 Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O'donis Just Dance
    136 Martin, Dean That's Amore
    137 Keys, Alicia No One
    138 Travolta, John & Olivia Newton-John Grease Megamix
    139 K-Ci & Jojo All My Life
    140 Pussycat Dolls Don't Cha
    141 Spears, Britney Gimme More
    142 Queen Another One Bites The Dust
    143 Smith, Will Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
    144 Beatles I Saw Her Standing There
    145 Weather Girls It's Raining Men
    146 Stefani, Gwen Hollaback Girl
    147 Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    148 Digital Underground The Humpty Dance
    149 Madonna Holiday
    150 Aguilera, Christina Ain't No Other Man
    151 Akon Feat. Eminem Smack That
    152 Idol, Billy Mony Mony
    153 Connick, Jr., Harry It Had To Be You
    154 Strait, George I Cross My Heart
    155 Gap Band You Dropped A Bomb On Me
    156 Jackson, Michael Beat It
    157 Spears, Britney Toxic
    158 James, Rick Super Freak (Part 1)
    159 Right Said Fred I'm Too Sexy
    160 Cash, Johnny I Walk The Line
    161 Soulja Boy Tell'em Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)
    162 Cherry Poppin' Daddies Zoot Suit Riot
    163 Beastie Boys Brass Monkey
    164 Setzer Orchestra, Brian Jump Jive An' Wail
    165 Journey Open Arms
    166 Sledge, Percy When A Man Loves A Woman
    167 Orbison, Roy Oh, Pretty Woman
    168 Sade By Your Side
    169 Soft Cell Tainted Love
    170 Temptations Ain't Too Proud To Beg
    171 Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart
    172 Brown, Chris Feat. T-Pain Kiss Kiss
    173 Rihanna Pon De Replay
    174 Fergie Feat. Will.I.Am Fergalicious
    175 ABBA Take A Chance On Me
    176 Checker, Chubby Let's Twist Again
    177 Prince Let's Go Crazy
    178 Sinatra, Frank New York, New York
    179 Wang Chung Everybody Have Fun Tonight
    180 Urban, Keith Making Memories Of Us
    181 Black Eyed Peas Pump It
    182 Morrison, Van Moondance
    183 Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply
    184 Beatles In My Life
    185 Summer, Donna Last Dance
    186 Sinatra, Frank Come Fly With Me
    187 Bangles Walk Like An Egyptian
    188 Jackson, Alan & Jimmy Buffett It's Five O'clock Somewhere
    189 Ne-Yo Closer
    190 Madonna Vogue
    191 Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing
    192 Presley, Elvis All Shook Up
    193 Gabriel, Peter In Your Eyes
    194 Caillat, Colbie Bubbly
    195 Rascal Flatts I Melt
    196 Meat Loaf Paradise By The Dashboard Light
    197 Kelis Milkshake
    198 U2 With Or Without You
    199 Jackson, Alan Remember When
    200 Manilow, Barry Copacabana (At The Copa)

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    If you are starting from scratch on this, you might try searching EBAY for this:

    +/- 3,700 SONGS

    They play off windows, so you can use a computer instead of getting specialized karaoke equipment.

    A word of advice: put a compressor/limiter in the system and if you hand a bunch of drunks a microphone, you can expect all sorts of interesting things to happen to your microphone and none of them are all that good. Keep them away from the speakers while they are singing....

    Good Luck!

    * disclaimer.
    By nationwide or any reference to nation, I mean the USA (and sometimes I mean Texas) with no offense to Canada. Music preferred in Canada might be somewhat different and there are regional bands and regional artists and hits which can not be ignored. In Texas, Willie Nelson works in a great variety of settings not only because he is a great artist, but because there is a national identity among Texans and all the folks down here were given a dose of Willie with mother's milk.
    Shelby Hoyl
    A Wedding DJ


    • #3
      Here's some Great Albums that I Love to listen to all the way through.

      Bob Seger
      "Do you know that 'if' is the middle word in life? If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you"


      • #4
        Great suggestions guys. Keep 'em coming.

        I'm basically looking at this event in two parts;

        First, guests will be arriving for dinner and the awarding of prizes for the golf tournament which will be held earlier that day. There probably will be a lot of noise and conversation going on at the tables, and for that part of the event, I was thinking "soft background music", almost like "Muzak" (elevator music ) The folks will be more concentrated on what's going on at their tables, not listening to or concentrating on the music per se. I was also thinking that instrumentals would work better than music with vocal content for this segment of the evening. Something along the lines of "The Boston Pops plays the Beatles classic hits" if ya catch my drift.

        After dinner, and the awarding of prizes, the crowd starts to thin out, and roughly 30-50 people should stay for the remainder of the evening. Noise level drops appreciably, and folks are more inclined to focus on the music. This is usually when a few folks express interest in Karaoke.

        This segment of the evening is very loosely structured. The Karaoke is not really a "show" aimed at an audience, but rather, for the amusement of the participants themselves. Some of the crowd may watch the karaoke, but most of them will be chatting in small groups, or hanging around at the bar. I'll probably be turning the speakers inward (toward the performers, like monitors) for this part of the evening. There will most likely be only a half dozen or so people doing Karaoke, and usually a "group" of 3-4 girls will be doing the bulk of the singing. The party can get pretty rowdy at this point.

        Getting back to the "background music", it's been 15 years since I've bought new music. I'm simply not current. I'm thinking Diana Krall or the like, would be a good buy. "Easy listening" type of music. I'd like some mellow jazz instrumentals as well. Any really smooth sax players you can recommend?


        Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

        (I came, I saw, I stuck around)


        • #5
          What does this thread have to do with live sound and production.


          • #6
            I have always found the band "4play" to be very good during dinner. Light jazz instrumentals. Good stuff musically.
            Dale Christenson Sound4U A local sound provider serving Oklahoma and surrounding areas. http://sound4u.co Presonus: RM32ai mixer, CS18ai control surface, SL16.4.2 mixer SL328ai speakers X4 Presonus ULT15 speakers x4 JBL: SRX728 Subs x2 Driverack PA2 (for subs)


            • #7
              What does this thread have to do with live sound and production.

              I worked with a great all around wedding, festival, show band where I had to provide production before the band started. I had a great collection of smooth jazz for these types of events.

              It's all connected.
              Dale Christenson Sound4U A local sound provider serving Oklahoma and surrounding areas. http://sound4u.co Presonus: RM32ai mixer, CS18ai control surface, SL16.4.2 mixer SL328ai speakers X4 Presonus ULT15 speakers x4 JBL: SRX728 Subs x2 Driverack PA2 (for subs)


              • #8
                A mix of Diana Krall, Norah jones and Micheal Buble works well while people are mingling. Mix in some instumental - good sounding jazz (or elevator music) and you should be fine. Even good quality lounge music can work. Check the songs quickly before hand and choose the ones with less dynamic range OR/AND avoid songs with louder trumpet/saxophone as these can be distracting to people who are mingling. If you can ''normalize'' your CD/mix so the volume is not continuously fluctuating, people will appreciate. As for karaoke, it is pretty easy to find some ''Party Packs'' filled with the classics : YMCA, Love shack etc... Even Wal Mart will usually have these.

                Best of luck,

                Al - Party-Time! DJ Services
                KV2 KX12s - Yamaha DXR15s, RCF ART 310A , Yamaha DXR8 - Yamaha DXS12 subs, Wharfedale Titan 12 actives, Yamaha MG12/4 mixer X 2, Peavey PV10 mixer, Yorkville PGM8 mixer - Many Sony MD players (home and portable), Shure cordless microphone and a variety of LED lighting effects.


                • #9
                  For mingling and dinner music you want to shy away for anything with lyrics. It interferes with conversation. Piano, bass and small kit (brush) or these plus (or exchance with piano) sax. I recommend David Benoit, David Foster, Kenny G (Yes, Kenny G) and others. Weed out the faster tempo ones. Musak (types) are too sterile and cheezy. You want an intimate feel.


                  • #10
                    That's basically what I'm thinking too. I want the music to go largely un-noticed, but create a "mood" during dinner. Folks will be conversing/joking around, etc.

                    I don't mind vocals, as long as it's non-intrusive, such as the Getz, Gilberto, Jobim style.

                    After dinner, it's a different setting. I can go to more "attention grabbing" music.

                    As for the karaoke discs, I just want to avoid buying cheesy-sounding discs. I have no experience choosing karaoke discs, and the last thing I want, is to buy versions of songs that are played on a single instrument, like some cheesy keyboard. I want discs that sound exactly like the original "hit", but with only the vocals removed.(drums/bass/guitar, etc). I suppose like anything else, there are good and bad karaoke discs. My problem is, I just don't know what "good ones" to look for.

                    Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                    (I came, I saw, I stuck around)


                    • #11
                      See if you can rent discs for the night. I don't know if they do that but you really need 3-4K tunes to have anything useable for a party. I compiled about 4K worth of tunes (buying CDG's) right before I divorced, I didn't keep them but noticed that under 2500 or so tunes there wasn't enough to pick from.

                      bassist and sound reinforcement


                      • #12
                        Well guys, the gig has come and gone for another year. It was a resounding success, and I have a few points I'd like to mention.

                        The Yorkville NX55p's sounded just bloody amazing. I am soooo pleased with these speakers. I had them mounted on stands, and no sub, and still, plenty of bottom-end for the needs at that venue, I actually had to run them with the 100hz low frequency filter engaged, and a slight reduction in LF on the speakers' EQ. I got quite a few compliments on the sound quality.

                        The vocal mic which was used for karaoke, was a Sennheiser MD 416 u. Mic was awesome. virtually zero sibilance, despite the inexperience of many of the users. There was very little, if any, problem with proximity effect. I was tickled pink about that. The performers just had a blast, and the whole place was swinging. We had a GREAT time.

                        As for background music selection during dinner, the most compliments came when I played a Sade disc which I had forgotten I owned; a perfect choice for the situation and demographic. Some David Sanborn went over well too.

                        It was a very modest set-up; just a pair of NX55p's, and the mic and disc player plugged into the NX55p's mixer. Frankly, anything more would have been unnecessary. The results were fantastic. I'm really looking forward to next years' event.

                        Thanks for all your help.

                        Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                        (I came, I saw, I stuck around)