From: I. Katz
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11:13 AM
To: David Swirsky
Subject: Re: Thank you!
Thank YOU so much, and your amazing crew and Charissa. Wow! What a party. I truly enjoyed it – the atmosphere was just right, the cues you took from the kids, the seamless and lovely interaction between your guys and the kids, the support you gave us with the details, before and during the party (and the support your guys gave each other – I hope Mac’s arm has recovered from holding up that mic – we were touched that he did that, and that Sean came in to spell him – such a nice team camaraderie).
We all look forward to seeing you at Sophie’s party!! She was at Romy’s party, but you probably didn’t meet her, and her little sister was the smallest little girl running around with my younger daughter.
p.s. Thought I’d mention, because Romy might not have come off as shy through the stories her friends told, but she often is very shy with adults when she first meets them, and I noticed that that wasn’t the case with you when you met her at our house. You put her at ease, and I’m sure in a subtle way that helped her feel confident about and excited for the party.
David and Charissa,
I want to thank the two of you as well as Alberto for making Julia’s bat mitzvah party the amazing success it was. We were just thrilled with how everything turned out, and your contributions turned out to be the greatest fun for Julia out of everything there. Alberto was a fantastic emcee, the music selection was perfect, the volume was better than any mitzvah event I have ever attended, Julia and the guests were delighted by all the dancing, the games, and the fun montage. In short – it was perfect. Better than we could have possibly imagined. Thank you for your creative ideas and all your efforts, as well as your responsiveness along the way as we planned the event. We will have great memories of the day for a long time to come.
If there is a particular website where I can write up a review, please let me know! I’d be more than happy to do so.
Thank you so much,
“Yelp does not provide enough stars to give proper credit to Dave Swirsky and Expressway Music. Five stars doesn’t do it.
When I started planning my daughter Julia’s bat mitzvah party over a year ago, I swore that we would not have a DJ. I have had so many miserable experiences as a guest at mitzvah parties (and weddings) where the music was deafeningly loud, so loud that the walls and floor seemed to vibrate and you couldn’t have a conversation with the person standing right next to you unless you literally screamed in their ear. I have been to more than one party where I sat there with earplugs, unable to socialize or enjoy myself or even hear myself think. So when Julia expressed a wish to have dancing and games, initially I said no. I said no the second, third, and fourth times she asked as well. Finally, I began to worry that she wouldn’t have fun at her own party and agreed to look into finding a DJ that both kids and adults alike might enjoy. I was skeptical, to say the least.
From the time I started my initial search for a DJ to the date of the party, Dave and his wonderful assistant, Charissa, were professional, responsive, courteous, thoughtful, and kind. They addressed my questions, listened to my wishes and concerns, put my mind at ease, and treated me with the kind of professionalism one can only hope for when planning a big event. Charissa also put together the most delightful photo montage of my daughter for our guests, unfazed by my requests for last-minute changes to it.
Planning a party like a mitzvah or a wedding is a substantial investment financially and an even greater investment emotionally because it celebrates a milestone of enormous personal and cultural significance. My daughter was so proud of what she had accomplished in preparing for her bat mitzvah and could not have found a better way to celebrate than with music and dancing guided by Dave and Alberto. I honestly don’t think I ever saw my child so happy. As a parent, one’s happiness is often determined by the happiness of one’s kids. That was certainly true here, but not entirely, because I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the moment as well and will remember it all for a very long time. I am really grateful to Dave and his colleagues and cannot recommend him highly enough.“
Really anything you can imagine that your kid might want or you might want he can arrange for you, if not personally provide. You can hand it all over to him and he’ll make it happen. He’s reasonable, friendly, funny, sweet natured, and bright. A real find.“I have to say, David Swirsky is absolutely the best! I have been meaning to post a review on Google for him, and will definitely do so. He was the DJ/entertainment guru for our sons bar mitzvah in January, and I only wish that we had known about him for our older child’s bat mitzvah four years ago.
I couldn’t recommend him more highly. Feel free to call me during the day tomorrow, if you would like to discuss further.
And Mazel Tov!
David and Alberto,
Cheryl and Spencer
With much love and appreciation,
Karen, Elliot and Alexis Lerner
Meaningful celebrations (Elegant, Fun and not Loud!)
Tasteful, Low Key, Fun. (and we really listen!)
Founded in 1992 as the alternative to the over the top and much too loud Bar/Bat Mitzvahs that leave you wondering if you are at a three ring circus or a meaningful celebration. Our Services include Disc Jockey, MC, Karaoke and Live Music Services, Photo Booth, Lighting, Dancers and more for exclusive and elegant Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and private events. Incredible Dance Parties!
Common Questions we get from Parents
- “Will the emcee pay too much attention to the more outgoing kids (or small children) and forget about my daughter? (After all, it’s her Bat Mitzvah.” )
- “My son is afraid of being embarrassed and doesn’t want to be the center of attention.”
- “I’ve never done a candle lighting ceremony before. What do I have to do?”
- “These are pretty sophisticated kids who like to dance and are up on all the latest fads.
- You’re not going to make them play a lot of childish games are you?”
- “In my son’s circle of friends, the girls always seem to end up on one side of the room and the boys on the other. I wish there was some way to break the ice.”
- “The last Bar Mitzvah I went to, the dancers were dressed like hookers.”
- “The lyrics of some songs they play at these things are clearly inappropriate for a Bat Mitzvah celebration.”
- “I hate it when the dj music is so loud that the adults can’t carry on a normal conversation.”
- “I hope they’ll have some slow dancing for us old folks too.”
- “Do we really need those party props that we see at every bar mitzvah?”
- We don’t want to be sold services we don’t need. Can’t we have a great party without spending an arm and a leg and another arm?
(@ Tribeca Grill)
And the Answers Are…….
Your concerns are justified But they’re not a problem.
The solution is a DJ /emcee who (a) listens well and (b) recognizes that since no two kids are alike.
Why should Bar/Bat Mitzvahs be stamped out of a cookie cutter?
The first thing we do is listen Seems simple, doesn’t it? But you’d be surprised at how many entertainment organizations are oblivious to your concerns or those of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah boy or girl. The last thing you want is to wind up with an event that zigs when everyone there wants to zag.
The next thing we do is sit down with you and talk it over. If you want a tight rein on song lyrics, we’ll be happy to pull them. If you’re concerned about the entertainment not being “too young” or “too old,” let’s discuss it. If your son or daughter likes to be the center of attention or conversely would rather not be in the spotlight, either way is fine with us. Just let us know. If your grownup guests are more likely to be talkers than dancers, let us know about that too.
We’re good at adjusting “on the fly” You never really know how a Bar/Bat Mitzvah will come off until it actually happens. And occasionally there are times when a quick change in direction is just what the doctor ordered. We’re good at that, and our emcees and DJ’s are trained to keep a watchful eye on the audience and to respond accordingly. This may be your first Bar/Bat Mitzvah; it’s our umpteenth! If you’re not quite sure how to deal with special ceremonies like candle lighting or the reciting of prayers over the challah or wine, not to worry we’ll go over it with you every step of the way.
A full time DJ who has years of event experience and who will makes basic announcements and introductions. This option is ideal if you want Music and Dancing to be the main focus of the party. Clients who choose this option usually also want the adults to be dancing as much as the kids. (With this option the dj does not emcee games or interactive activities with the kids). A great add on for this option is Karaoke.
A full time DJ who will play great music and emcee games and lead dances. This is an ideal option for clients who want the kids to be entertained but don’t require a full time professional, separate emcee. This option is also ideal for parties with less then 40 kids and who want interactive games. Clients often add our photo booth, sports games and/or karaoke to this package.
DJ and Separate Emcee. This is for those parties that have over 50 kids and where interactive games is requested and required. This option is also ideal for those Bar/Bat Mitzvahs that are having a candle lighting ceremony and an above average amount of details(our emcee will help with those in every way). Our additional services (photo booth, karaoke, dancers magician, sports games, lighting are often added on this package as well)
Expressway Music Bar/Bat Mitzvah Blogs
Please visit our Mitzvah Blog Pagewhich displays the Many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs we DJ in NYC (and DJ outside NYC). The Blog includes Photos, Videos and Letters of the many Mitzvahs we provide DJ and Entertainment to. CONTACT us to discuss! 212-953-9367 or firstname.lastname@example.org