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DJ Jose Castro is very friendly and easy to work with. He was punctual on our wedding day and did an amazing job with up lighting. His Bose sound system is flawless. He is a request DJ who will allow you to make a playlist and fills in some of your songs with requests from the guests during the reception. He stuck to our reception timeline and had the dance floor going all night!!
Overall, a great experience. Jose was the DJ for our wedding the other week and did a phenomenal job! He was on point and got everyone dancing throughout the reception. He even was able to find specific songs we requested that were not currently in his (massive) database. I really enjoyed the different music he played throughout, and he did a great job blending from one song to the next. He was able to do a satellite speaker system out on the patio to play music during our ceremony and cocktail hour. Everyone had a great time and danced the night away! Only thing to mention is - we sent a CD with foreign songs for him to play, and I'm not sure if it was lost in the mail, or he forgot, but towards the end of the night we realized he hadn't played a single song off the CD (which my husband's family was really disappointed over). Thankfully, my husbands uncle DJs on the side and was able to save the day. I'm so happy and thankful that Jose allowed him to take over for a little while to make all of our wedding guests happy; it really meant a lot to us.
I honestly couldn't say enough good things about Jose and Avalon Entertainment if I tried!! From the very first communication he was on point, he knows his stuff and is extremely professional. We had 2 planning meetings, one in person and one over Skype and Jose knew all the right questions to ask to make sure our wedding went smoothly. We talked about our families, introductions, ceremony, cocktail hour and a backup plan for if our string quartet didn't show up for our ceremony (all things he brought up). It's a good thing we had this discussion because lo and behold our string quartet DID NOT show up until 10 minutes after the ceremony was supposed to start. Jose was on the ball and already had the music we wanted queued up and started playing music as soon as he checked in with me (and I was totally panicking!) but he had it under control! The ease of selecting music online was excellent, as well as the forms he has together for planning the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception including who all the people in the wedding and families was incredibly simple. His breathe of music selection is also fabulous, he had EVERY song that my parents requested us to play as well as getting a song my dad requested for my dance with him. He kept us on our timeline but was flexible when we decided to change things around a bit. Everyone loved him, including my parents who are a bit hard to please ;) I would love to work with Jose and Avalon Entertainment again in the future and will be recommending him to everyone we know!
Avalon Entertain was a little more expensive than other DJs we looked at, but based upon the organization and professionalism shown during our first two skype meetings, as well as a face-to-face meeting (after payment was made) we were confident that the additional cost would be well worth it. Jose did not disappoint. He was easy to work with and was able to come thru in the end when we supplied him with a last minute song list (we really appreciated that Jose!). During our initial meetings, Jose quickly understood the "star" theme we wanted and recommended his "under-the-stars" lighting which added a really nice touch to the evening. He was a big part of a successful event.
DJ Jose Castro was absolutely amazing throughout the whole wedding planning process. He is wonderful to work with and very flexible! He gave us an hour of karaoke and discounts if we paid in full or paid a balance within a certain period of time! I'm willing to bet everyone loves a discount and even more so for a wedding!
Jose also created custom loops of our reception entrance song as well as providing the best quality microphones for our ceremony.
He has this really great online resource for songs that makes it really easy to have what you want played at the wedding. I loved this feature!
In regard to his DJ persona, Jose is a really fun guy and really knows how to read a crowd. He even came around with the microphones on the dance floor and had people singing along to some songs! It was so much fun!!!
If I could do my wedding over and over again I would hire Jose EVERY TIME!!! He really made the music part of our wedding stress free and enjoyable by being an excellent communicator, a very flexible individual and an awesome DJ.
Thank you for your wonderful services, Jose!!! We loved having you!!'
Jose, helped us with our son's Bar Mitzvah. He was extremely helpful, was always available and he was able to keep a lot of teenagers occupied for hours, which is no easy feat.
We had a mixed experience with DJ Jose (the owner of Avalon). He was very easy to work with throughout the planning process, and really knows his stuff when it comes to setting up speakers, planning how a day will go and walking you through what he needs from you.
On the actual wedding day though, we had some issues. To start, we had picked out a custom song that we would walk out to right after we were pronounced husband and wife (probably the song my wife cared about the most), and it simply didn’t play. Jose said that there was an issue with one of the speakers, but as the professional, we felt he should have tested things ahead of time, and not having the song was an issue (we basically just stood there awkwardly, waiting for it to play…and it never did).
For the music during the reception, Jose did a pretty good job of keeping everyone dancing, but we gave him a pretty strict list of what we wanted played, and while we told him it was alright to occasionally just play his own choices, it seemed to us like he did this more than we expected, and I actually had to go to talk to him at one point and remind him to play the songs that we had previously discussed and picked out.
Finally—at the end of the night, Jose was pretty aggressive in talking to my wife’s mom and made her feel like he was demanding a tip. This may not have been his intention, but my mother in law felt very uncomfortable…until she gave him $50, and then all of the issues went away.
All in all, if we didn’t have the issue with the one song not playing (which was a huge deal to my wife), we probably would have walked away feeling alright about Jose, but instead, that issue (and the passive aggressiveness around the tip) left us not feeling great.
Once we asked the DJ to play songs on our "must play" list (and to switch up what he was currently playing), things went much more smoothly. People got out on the dance floor at that point. I think there was some miscommunication somewhere along the way, as the wrong song played for my processional (right song, but instrumental instead of with lyrics). Would recommend, but make sure everything is very clearly laid out as far as the music you want played.
As the owner of Avalon Entertainment and DJ/MC at this wedding I am responsible for 80% of the success of the event based on my ability to engage the invited guests to participate in the Dancing and other activities.
On this evening in Baltimore MD. it was one of the hottest most humid days this season in an non air conditioned venue and initially when dancing portion of the evening began the guests were dispersed outside of the event space and were not ready or willing to dance. I always engage the crowd with the "must play" songs first and to my dismay this list was not working at all, I switched to today's top 40
and still had difficulty. as the evening progressed I was asked by the groom to switch to 90's hip hop and the crowd responded well and I was able to insert the remaining "must plays and "play if possible list"
I always strive to do my best in all kind of situations, weather. Ultimately it is my name and reputation on each client's event of a lifetime to provide the best outcome.
DJ Jose Castro
Jose does a great job consitently over the years. Reliable, professional, and very knowledgeable about music.
I searched at least ten different vendors and by and far Jose @ Avalon was the most responsive, responsible and reasonable. I felt totally comfortable throughout the whole process.
Jose was so thorough and supportive. He made a lot of suggestions and went out of his way to make us happy. We also liked how he interacted with our guests. He asks for a lot of feedback to be sure he is doing exactly what you want. He is an excellent DJ and the exact type of person you want to do your wedding!
DJ Jose is very professional and flexible. After telling him what we want, he completely fulfilled our requirement in the wedding. As we preferred no dancing, he helped us to prepare a game that made the guests entertained. We are glad that we had him as our DJ.
Avalon Entertainment was great! They were very flexible and helpful throughout the planning of our wedding. They did a fabulous job with our ceremony and reception music!
I knew that I wanted to work with DJ Jose after two of my relatives had him DJ their weddings. Both of those weddings were so much fun, with the dance floor packed the whole night and I knew I wanted the same one day. He was very good for our families, who share a Latino background. He mixed the American hits with Salsa, merengue, and other latin hits wonderfully!
I didn't even talk to any other DJs. I had heard his work and loved his approach. He isn't overly involved in the wedding and isn't a DJ who will be obnoxious and loud over the mic.
Jose is responsive, organized, and reliable. On top of all that, he is just a cool guy. He was a pleasure to work with, and also helped us make a video montage of the two of us growing up. It was very time consuming to scan the images and organize them, but Jose was kind and patient with me throughout the whole process. The video was a beautiful part of our day. And the best part....my dance floor was packed until the very last song, just like I always wanted!
I would recommend Jose to any bride. We loved him! Thanks Jose!
DJ Jose Castro did an absolutely fantastic job at our wedding. We wanted to incorporate songs that my husband's family from India would enjoy dancing to, as well as the songs that my family and our friends would love to hear, and Jose seamlessly combined them all. He downloaded every song we requested if he did not already have it, and seemed to know exactly what to play and when to keep everyone on the dance floor all night! My husband actually looked out from the dance floor at one point and pointed out to me that almost nobody was sitting down. On top of all of that, Jose did an excellent job moving our extremely complicated schedule along (2 ceremonies in one day with 2 cocktail hours and a reception). When a major traffic incident delayed our wedding by 1.5 hours and the schedule we had talked about went out the window, Jose rolled with the punches and was instrumental in keeping everyone comfortable and entertained as they waited. As the reception started, he adjusted the timing of every dance and speech perfectly so that we did not miss a thing despite the late start. Most importantly, my husband and I had an absolute blast and danced the night away, and many of our guests said it was the most dancing they've ever done at a wedding! I was so impressed with Jose's professionalism, calm demeanor, and talent in getting everyone involved in the fun. He absolutely nailed it! Highly recommended!
DJ Jose Castro was professional, easy to work with and helped make our wedding reception one that our guests raved about! His online planning tools for event timeline and playlists made it easy for my husband and I plan out our reception and communicate everything to Jose at once. He worked behind the scenes with our caterer and photographer to make sure everything went smoothly. I'd highly recommend him!