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EBE Spotlight: Brian Lizzi

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EBE’s Brian Lizzi:

Entertainment Representative &

Bandleader of Monte Carlo

 

EBE is made up of a myriad of people and personalities. Throughout this series of EBE Spotlights, we’re looking past the job title and learning more about what makes our team tick. We were able to sit down with Brian Lizzi this week, one of EBE’s Entertainment Representatives & the Bandleader and Drummer in EBE’s Monte Carlo.

Brian is one of EBE’s five Entertainment Representatives. He’s responsible for getting to know every client that comes across his desk, and helping them choose the perfect entertainment for their event. His laugh is incredibly contagious – In fact, you can often hear it echoing through the hall at our Live Band Showcases.

He has been a bandleader in the event industry for 20 years, and has been with EBE for 8 of them. Throughout those 8 years, he has been managing Monte Carlo, and has been consistently executing incredible events year after year. He plays the drums in the band, and has been playing them ever since he picked up a drum stick at five years old. To see Monte Carlo in action, watch their teaser video below and register for our any of our upcoming Bi-Weekly or Monthly Live Band Showcases!

I asked Brian a series of serious & silly questions to get to know him better. Check it out below!

What genre of music is your specialty?
All of the above… but I’m a Jazz Cat

What was the best event you ever worked?
I played at two Presidential Inaugurals

Who is your hero?
Buddy Rich

What is your favorite movie?
Goodfellas

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I’m a car detailer

What is your zodiac sign?
Pisces

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Gnocchi!!

What is your favorite thing about your career?
That I get to play my drums

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Joe Pesci

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?
Buddy Rich’s Big Band or Chicago




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EBE Spotlight: Dan Miller

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EBE’s Dan Miller:

Lighting Designer & Drummer

 

EBE is made up of a myriad of people and personalities. Throughout this series of EBE Spotlights, we’re looking past the job title and learning more about what makes our team tick. We were able to sit down with Dan Miller this week, one of EBE’s Lighting Designers & Drummers.

Dan has been in the event industry for 10 years, and has been with EBE for 8 of them. Throughout those 8 years, he has been designing and executing event lighting all over the Tri-State Area. If you catch the EBE Team setting up at an event and see someone climbing the truss to get the lights just right… you’ve probably met Dan Miller.

Dan is also an integral part of our DJ/Drum division, and you can catch him drumming at EBE events everywhere. When pairing a drummer with a DJ, you’re able to provide a live music feel while still having all of the benefits of booking a DJ! You can even add other instruments to your DJ/Drum Combo, such as an electric violinist, saxophonist, guitarist, etc. To see our DJ/Drum Duo in action, watch the video below and register for our upcoming Wedding DJ Showcase or Bar/Bat Mitzvah MC Showcase!

At our Live Band Showcases, Dan can be found in the Sound & Lighting Booth with our Audio/Visual Director, Chris Michalski. If you have ever seen one of our showcases, you can attest to the care and attention that is put into the perfect light show for each song and each band. If you have never been to one, what are you waiting for?! Check out our upcoming showcases here!

I asked Dan a series of serious & silly questions to get to know him better. Check it out below!

What genre of music is your specialty? Hip Hop & Current Top 40

What was the best event you ever worked? My personal favorite was designing and operating lights from Jimmy Van Zant, who performed a tribute for his brother Ronnie and the rest of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Who is your hero? My father

What motivates you to work hard? Knowing that you can accomplish anything if you work hard enough

What is your favorite movie? Point Break

What is your zodiac sign? Virgo

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tacos, easy.

What is your favorite thing about your career? Transforming an empty space/ballroom/event hall and creating a brand new atmosphere and vibe

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? I would like to be able to fly

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of love? I once drove across 7 states to tell someone I loved them in person




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EBE Spotlight: Jonathan Harwood – Rio Bandleader

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This week we would like to introduce you one of our EBE Entertainment Representatives and the Band Leader for EBE Rio, Jonathan Harwood.

Jonathan is a 24-year music industry veteran who has been with EBE Events & Entertainment for 15 years.  He plays both the guitar and bass, and loves getting a crowd hyped-up while performing.

In an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jonathan and interview him for this Q&A piece.

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

A: Rock / Dance / Pop

Q: Who is your hero?

A: Pete Townshend

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: The Highlander

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

A: Libra

Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

A: I’m a really good cook

 

Q: What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: “Slide” by the Goo-Goo Dolls

 

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Sushi

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

A: 1945, the end of WWII

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

A: All of them

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

A: Bradley Cooper

Q: If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

A: The Who

 

Q: If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be and why?

A: A Pitbull Terrier. Because they are extremely loving and gentle, but fiercely protective.

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

A: Union Transfer 4/26/17

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

A: My family

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: Getting the audience all hyped up

EBE Spotlight: Jon Mulhern – Emcee and DJ

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This week we want to introduce you to EBE Emcee & DJ Jon Mulhern.  Jon has been with EBE for 11 years and is an 18-year industry veteran.  

Music and entertaining have been in Jon’s soul since he was young; he continually finds himself to be the life of the party wherever he goes.  

In an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jon and interview him for this Q&A piece.

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

A: House, trance, breakbeat, EDM, top 40, throwbacks, 80s-90s hip-hop/pop/rock/dance, alternative, classic rock, mashups, remixes, and sing-a-longs

 

Q: Who is your hero?

A: Some of my favorite human beings are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Rogan, Tim Ferris and Ray Kurzweil. As for a hero; my dog was my hero. She saved my life and taught me how to live and love.

 

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: It’s a tie between “The Matrix” and “Stand By Me.”

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

A: Sagittarius

 

Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

A: I spin fire poi – even performed in front of members from Cirque du Soleil and at Woodstock ’99.

 

Q: What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: Sweet Home Alabama

 

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Steak and eggs with potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, spinach and broccoli – topped with cheese and salsa, and a tall glass of Goji Berry Green Tea!

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

A: It would be 1995 when I was 15-years old. I always think of my 15 year-old-self and how much “he’d” be freaking out over all the music and sound equipment I have. I’d go back and tell myself all I know today. I’d tell myself to continue to explore and examine my curiosities, to always work hard on developing tolerance and understanding, to take chances on things I love and want… and I would strongly advise against dating that girl Jaime when I turn 16! HA!

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

A: Cosmic manipulation

 

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

A: Dwayne Johnson, obviously!

 

Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

A: Not giving up when it gets rough and learning to be vulnerable.

 

Q: If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

A: Either Led Zepplin, The Talking Heads, or anything Brian Eno was working on – that dude is a genius and he changed the world of music!

 

Q: If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be and why?

A: I’ve learned a lot from dogs throughout my life. They are always present in the moment, capable of loving unconditionally, unwavering determination, fearless protectors, endless sense of adventure and playfulness. They forgive but don’t forget.

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

A: July 4, 2002. I did a friend’s Family and Friends 4th of July Reunion. It was my first private event; before that I was only in nightclubs. I was so nervous, but I had the time of my life. I felt a personal connection to the crowd that clubs never offer. It’s a sense of duty and responsibility.

There was a wedding I did in April 2012 that set the standard for what a good time at an event looks like to me. DJ Brickhouse knows what I mean – we still talk about it to this day! That’s what I strive for at every event. They made us feel like rock stars and they partied like they each won the lottery!

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

A: Teamwork, being valued and appreciated, my passion and love for what I do.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: Seeing people celebrate their love and commitment to each other is a very special and beautiful thing. It’s an honor to witness it and to help set the tone for their celebration. I love that every event is as unique as the couple’s love. I also love seeing so many different venues and locations.

EBE Spotlight – Tim Parsons: Drummer and DJ

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Pennsylvania’s own, Tim Parsons, has been an EBE Drummer and DJ for the past four years.  Along with the drums, he also plays the piano.

The Penncrest High School graduate has been fostering and growing his musical talents from a young age thanks to the ongoing support of his parents.  Due to his love of music and personal drive, Tim was able to further channel his musical abilities into becoming a top list DJ performer as well.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tim and interview him for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick.

 

 

Q: What genre of music is your ‘specialty’?

A: Hip-Hop

 

Q: What instrument(s) do you play if any?

A: Drums and piano

 

Q: Who is your hero?

A:  My parents are my heroes because they introduced me to music and have always supported my ambitions, even pushing me beyond what I thought I couldn’t accomplish.

 

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A:  Miracle

 

Q:  What is your zodiac sign?

A:  Capricorn

 

Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about you?

A:  I can clap with one hand…and I play lacrosse and hockey!

 

Q:  What is your go-to at karaoke?

A:  Ghost Town DJs “My Boo”

 

Q:  If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

A:  If I had to pick one year, it would be 1994. With all of the legendary hip-hop albums from many of my favorite artists, 1994 has to be one of the biggest years for the genre. If I could stretch the rules, I’d love to travel back to all of the 80’s so I could catch the end of the funk phase and the beginning of the East vs. West Coast hip-hop phase.

 

Q:  Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

A:  James Franco

 

Q:  If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

A:  The Roots

 

 

Q:  What motivates you to work hard?

A:  Knowing that playing music is a gift and that this gift is something that I’ve been blessed with to share with others.

 

Q:  What is your favorite thing about your career?

A:  Seeing people dancing and enjoying the music is something that never gets old to me, especially when clients express how much they appreciated having me play at the end of the night!

EBE Spotlight – Benjamin Ostroff: MC & DJ

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Benjamin Ostroff has been with EBE Events & Entertainment for 15 years as an Emcee, DJ, and Entertainment Representative.

With an unmatched knowledge of music and all things pop culture, Ben has been performing at a wide range of events since his early teens. Utilizing his talents as a Club DJ, Ben was the House DJ for both the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers from 1997 until 2015. He was a popular fixture at all home games, pumping up the crowd using a mix of music, trivia, and sound effects. He understands how to reach an audience, especially the youth scene, with the latest sounds.

Ben honed his skills on the weekends during college at American University. His talents are requested from Philadelphia to DC and everywhere in between.

In an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick, we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ben and interview him for this Q&A piece.

Q: What genre of music is your ‘specialty?’

A: Anything mainstream since the 1960s.

 

Q: Who is your hero?

A: Bruse Springsteen

 

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: Fletch

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

A: Leo

 

Q:  What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: Born to Run

 

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A:  Pizza

 

Q:  If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

A:  I’m more interested in the future, but otherwise 1973.

 

Q:  If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

A:  Invisibility

 

Q:  Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

A:  Kevin James (People often think I am him.)

 

Q:  What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

A:  My engagement proposal.

 

Q:  If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

A:  E Street Band

 

Q:  Do you have skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

A:  With a little more practice, I would have been a legendary NFL punter.

 

Q:  What motivates you to work hard?

A:  The immediate gratification from every bride and groom

 

Q:  What is your favorite thing about your career?

A:  Being around music all the time.

EBE Spotlight – Nick Centrella: Bandleader EBE Sydney

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Nick Centrella has been with EBE for 4 years and is the bandleader for EBE Sydney.  The Philadelphia native has been on the Philly cover scene for the past 20 years, performing in clubs and music venues up and down the East Coast.  Nick has fronted some of the biggest bands on the circuit.

Nick is an avid Philly’s sports fan and, when not performing, enjoys coaching.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Nick and interview him for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick.

 

Q: What genre of music is your ‘specialty’?

A: Rock / Pop / Top 40

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

A: Taurus

 

Q: What instrument(s) do you play if any?

A: Vocals

 

Q: How many years have you been in the music and/or event industry?

A: 20 years

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

A: I’m motivated by success.  I always try to be the best at everything I do.  I don’t believe in second place.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: I love entertaining people and being able to provide memories that will last a lifetime.  I love that my bandmates and I get to provide the soundtrack to the most important day of their lives.

 

Tom Hefferon | The Most Amazing Philadelphia Special Event DJ

EBE Spotlight – MC Thomas Hefferon

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Thomas Hefferon has been with EBE for almost 9 years and been in the music industry for 20 years.

Tom went to College in the summer of 1998 and during his time there he was immediately drawn towards music. He joined his college radio club and began interning and working at Philadelphia radio stations and even a local record label. Tom spent fifteen years in the radio industry.

Along the way, he started to DJ on weekends. Tom started as a wedding DJ in 2006 and has done hundreds of weddings since then. He truly loves his role as a wedding DJ because, unlike playing music on the radio, he can see an immediate reaction to the music he is playing and loves it when the dance floor is packed with people who are having fun!

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tom and interview him for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick.

 

Q: What’s genre of music is your “specialty”?

A: Early 2000’s Hip-hop and pop music (that was when I was working for to Q102 FM in Philly)

 

Q: What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: “Gettin Jiggy Wit It” For some reason I know all the words by heart!

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what power would you have?

A: The power to make people who hate to dance, dance. (Oh wait, I already have that one!)

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

A: There have been so many great events that it’s hard to pick just one.

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

A: My family!  I’m a father of two fantastic kids and a husband to my wonderful wife, Kristin.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: Making people happy!  Nothing is better than hearing someone that they had a magical night.

 

Spotlight: Dave Giorgio – Bandleader EBE Love 77

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Dave Papa Giorgio, born in Philadelphia, is an American singer/songwriter, professional musician, and Band Leader for EBE’s Love 77. He has been with EBE for 12 years.

Dave’s main instruments are Bass, Guitar, and Drums, though he also plays Piano and Cello. He majored in Jazz Improvisation as a music performance major at Temple University and worked for decades in the inner city. He also toured the country for 3 years, traveling as far north as Canada and as far south as the Florida Keys!

He has produced artists from diverse genres such as Indie rock, hardcore, pop, hip hop, r&b, and jazz. He’s also a top Audio Book Producer, and mainly writes and records indie rock as an original artist.

With more than 30 years in the industry, Dave Papa Giorgio has played over 2000 events all over the country and with many hundreds of different musicians.  He has 2 Gold records to date.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dave and interview him for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know him better and discover what it is that makes him tick.

 

Q: What genre of music is your “specialty”?

A: Classics: Van Morrison, Sinatra, Springsteen

 

Q: Who is your hero?

A: My dad

 

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Q: What is your zodiac sign?

A: Libra

 

Q: Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

A: Aside from being a vocalist, I am also an audiobook narrator.

 

Q: What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: Thunder Road

 

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: My home-made meatballs!

 

Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

A: 1875 so I could party with Mozart!

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

A: The ability to calm any situation. To bring order to chaos. To make people happy. Oh, wait. I already do that! 😉

 

Q: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

A: Bruce Willis

 

Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

A: Proposed to my wife on Action News (search youtube: “dave and merri get engaged”) or go directly to: https:
//youtu.be/gultD-RTK8c

 

Q: If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

A: Led Zeppelin

 

Q: If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be and why?

A: A bear. I go into hibernation and sleep during the months, then wake up and rock the world during the
busy season, lol!

 

Q: What was the best event you ever worked?

A: The Mann Music Center

 

Q: What motivates you to work hard?

A: My work ethic was instilled in me when I went to work for my father (I was 9 years old). It’s just a natural thing for me.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?

A: I get to work with amazing people, brides, and grooms, who are about to begin the most wonderful journey of their lives. Also, my other work in book publishing involves reading top books. Books and music, two great passions.

 

ATTEND AN EBE BAND OR DJ WEDDING SHOWCASE

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Dave, come out and meet him and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE wedding showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today!

EBE Spotlight: MC Ava Michelle

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Ava Michelle, MC and Dancer at EBE, is the focus of our spotlight this week.  After almost a decade of dancing for the private event industry, her desire to host transcended her love for dance.  Ava brings her high energy, professionalism, and talent to the microphone, and has been part of Team EBE for over 3 years.

In addition to her MC work, she currently teaches Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap throughout the Tri-State area, and has been doing so for almost 15 years! Ava is ecstatic to blend two passions together, as she keeps the dance floor moving while ensuring that the needs of every client are met.

She has not only danced for hundreds of parties to date but has worked behind the scenes as a lead dancer and assistant to the best emcees in the industry as well. Adults are often impressed by her eloquence and attention to detail, and kids are always drawn to her big smile and fresh dance moves! After an event with MC Ava Michele, you are sure to leave smiling, laughing…and STILL dancing!

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ava and interview her for this Q&A piece in an effort to get to know her better and discover what it is that makes her tick.

Q & A with Ava Michelle

Q: What is your go-to at karaoke?

A: ANY and ALL Stevie Wonder songs!

 

Q: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

A: Teleportation

 

Q: If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be and why?

A: A Scarlet Macaw! I would definitely be a bold, colorful bird who can’t stop singing or flying!

 

Q: How many years have you been in the music and/or event industry?

A:  10 years and counting!

 

ATTEND AN EBE BAND OR DJ SHOWCASE

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Ava, come out and meet her and several of the other EBE Events & Entertainment band members, DJs, and MCs at an upcoming FREE showcase!  You’ll be able to experience everything that EBE Events & Entertainment has to offer and enjoy a few hours of food, dancing, and fun!

Seats for each event are limited so register for one of our upcoming events today