Photo Credit: Rick Jennisch
On October 1st, I had the pleasure of hosting Stephanie and Josh’s wedding at the Stern Center in Rock Island. We provided uplights, photo booth, DJ services, and the walking on clouds effect. They were both wonderful to work with and the whole event was beautiful. The is a very special wedding because exactly 5 years ago on this date I got married. Stephanie is the hair stylist who cut my hair for my wedding and has continued to do so. My wife and I were honored to be able to celebrate with them and share October 1st as our anniversary.
Congratulations to Steph and Josh!
-DJ JoCo, Alyssa, Brittany, and the Master Entertainment Staff
Holidays from all of us at Master Entertainment! As we wrap up the year and spend some time with family and friends we reflect upon our blessings. You are a very important part of our company and I want to thank you for your business, support, and referrals. Our company truly is nothing without you.
At the same time, we look forward to what the future will bring. In November, we officially launched DJ Trivia. This has been our largest change for the year. This division helps local bars and restaurants sell more food and beverage on slow nights by building a weekly trivia crowd. Check out locations at www.djtriviaquadcities.com and make sure to let us know if you know a location that could benefit from this. Also, 2017 will mark the official closing of Master Event Design. While we will still continue to provide event lighting, pipe/drape, and a few other services; our in-house full service design will be shutting down. We will continue to work with and refer these services to other local quality vendors. We will also be having a huge “garage sale” with lots of vases, some linens. and décor items soon.
We look forward to what the new year will bring and what new ideas and people will walk through our doors. It is always an adventure and we are always striving to be better and constantly changing.
With that, I wish you a happy remainder of 2016 and a prosperous 2017. Be thankful for all that you have and always be striving for more. We are here to serve and help in any way we can. Happy Holidays!
John, Kayla, DJ JoCo
On August 27th, we had the pleasure of working on Kayla (Williams) and John Ledbetter’s ceremony and reception. I met these two at Ducky’s Formal Wear a while back. I was in getting my tux fitted and they were in looking for groomsmen’s tuxedos. We got to talking about their wedding and we made a great connection. We were able to step in and make their dreams come true. We DJed and emceed the night as well as had our photo booth there and did some awesome lighting with both Bistro and uplights. Our Designer, Alyssa, made Jumer’s look amazing with rustic center pieces, candles, card box, and backdrops while décor floral and wedding party flowers were designed by Kathy Mistic from the Silvis Hy-Vee. It was an amazing night and we are so happy they chose us to be a part of it. Everything came together perfectly!
Congratulations Kayla and John!
-DJ JoCo, Alyssa, and the Master Entertainment Staff
3 Doors Down at the Fair
My favourite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.” -Groucho Marx
September is upon us and it one of my favorite months. First off, it is my birthday month. Secondly is starts the bridge between summer weather and fall weather. It marks the beginning of autumn. Changes are evident and life keeps moving.
August was of course busy though I did get to so some fun activities. I sat through a severe thunderstorm while watching 3 Doors Down at the Mississippi Valley Fair with my wife. We also got a chance to take the kids to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque. If you haven’t seen this place, it is worth checking out. Way more than I expected in terms of size and quality.
Of course this time of year, weddings are plentiful. September and October are both crazy busy as we both work for and attend weddings. We are seeing a lot of rustic decor trends right now which I think fit well with fall.
When I think of fall, I also think of Halloween being just around the corner. I enjoy this so much I even owned a haunted house one year and continue to consult with a couple to this day. While I do not like the blood and gore, I am a huge fan of the production and behind-the-scenes of these “shows”. If there is one thing we love at Master Entertainment, is it big productions.
As I write this our staff is prepping for several large events: testing equipment, finishing decor, meeting with clients to plan, and pulling together all the details of the normal day to day right now. That being said, we also have our eye to the winter and start to book up with holiday parties right now. If you haven’t checked out what we do for these events, give us a call. We have a way to make the event very fun… really!
Until next month..
DJ JoCo, Andrea, Marion, Brittany
Andrea and Marion’s ceremony and reception were held at their private lake house in Alpha, IL. We had so much fun working with them to plan this amazing day. We started with a beautiful ceremony across the lake where they arrived on hayracks and large tractors. The reception building and tent were decorated wit h a rustic feel: hay bales, mason jars, burlap, and lace. The building, measuring 40’x80’ and built for the reception, was used for the dinner buffet, band, and dancing. Along with uplighting the building and the 60’x120’ tent, we also hung bistro lights, brought in a lighted LED dance floor, and set up the “dancing on clouds” effect! Once the band finished, it was time to start the party. After a couple hours of DJing, we turned everyone’s attention to the sky above the lake where we were all treated to a private fireworks show. This was truly a fantastic day.
Congratulations Marion and Andrea!
-DJ JoCo, Brittany, and the Master Entertainment Staff
Cars lined up and ready to go!
Greetings Loyal Master Entertainment Fanatic! I hope that your summer has been going great and you are taking some time to enjoy the summer months. Here at the Miller household things have been as busy as ever (as any of you with kids know).
While I tend to stay inside and hide when the temp is over 90, there have still been some chances to get outside and have some fun. Our two boys have enjoyed being pulled around behind our bicycles in their child trailer. Only problem is they seem to think they are in a chariot and Mom and Dad are their horses. I hear “wheeee” and “go faster” quite often our of Logan’s mouth.
I also got a chance to head to Las Vegas yet again this year for another public speaking gig. Temps out there were something ridiculous like 115 degrees. Guess I have never been there in the middle of summer, but it felt like someone had a blow-dryer turned on high pointed at me.
Despite the heat, I got outside and spent a morning at Speed Vegas. SV is a racetrack designed just for people to rent and drive exotic cars as fast as possible while being as safe as possible. Take your choice of Mustang, Corvette, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche… you name it. I chose a Mercedes and managed to get going 125mph on the straightaway. I highly recommend this activity if you are in Vegas and want to do something besides gamble. The place is brand new (still under construction) and the staff is great.
We have also worked some amazing weddings this past month including one that contracted a professional fireworks display over their private lake. We have had several new offerings out this month and continue to bring innovative ideas to our events with the addition of our in-house designer and décor rental services we added earlier this year. We offer a TON of different services now all in one stop with the attention to detail and high quality we are known for. If you have not already, I invite you to like us on Facebook (facebook.com/mdjqc) so you can see all that is new.
Until next month…
Brittany, Kelby, April, DJ JoCo
On June 11th, we had the pleasure of hosting April and Kelby’s state side wedding reception in the Blackwatch Room at Pebble Creek in LeClaire, Iowa. It was a hot day and we had just over 200 guests packed inside. We used up lights to light the whole room. We set up two TVs to play a slide show including pictures from their Dominican Republic wedding and reception. Later in the evening we mixed music videos on the TVs. These guys sure know how to throw a party! I was very excited to be a part of this reception because of how excited April and Kelby were. They were a blast to talk and plan with in the months leading up to their wedding.
Thanks for having us join you for your big day!
-DJ JoCo, Brittany, and the Master Entertainment Staff
Enjoying some pool time with our oldest son, Logan.
Summer is officially here and the days are now getting shorter again as the solstice has passed (unfortunately). During summer we take some time to meet up with and play with family and friends.
My wife and I celebrated our 6th Anniversary by staying at Jumer’s and eating at the steakhouse (and yes we even won some money gambling). We also spent some time eating and drinking at Greekfest (and trying to keep Logan from interrupting the dancers). We have also have spent some time swimming at my parents pool as well as Riverside Park. Beyond that we have had a couple cookouts, celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday (Happy Birthday Merle), and I got a chance to watch a live broadcast of a Drum Corps International show (hoping to see one in-person yet this year).
Yes, crazy, busy times the summer months are but they also help keep in perspective what is important. I encourage you to take time to play this summer. Try not to get overwhelmed but keep busy and create experiences for you and your friends/family. We are truly in the experience business at Master Entertainment and it should be no different in our personal lives.
In our newsletter this month, you will find some info on our outdoor movie services. This is an awesome way to get together with those you love and create memories. It is easy to setup and tear down and gets you out of the house for one evening. Check it out and we hope that you will take us up on the offer to have a little fun under the stars this summer. If you don’t subscribe to our newsletter, give us a call at 309-797-2702 to get more info!
That’s all for this month. I need to go finish refurbishing my deck at home in time for the annual Independence Day gathering.
Until next month..