Master of Ceremonies
Dee Jay at over 1800 events since 1984
A magical music mix, the rootsy, romantic, fist-pumping, dance-floor bumping sound of a celebration in Charlottesville, calls for a classic Dee Jay and Emcee, not a computer programmer.
You’ll love the warm, vibrant sound of an actual disc jockey spinning tunes, playing the latest and most popular songs with silky-smooth segues between musical genres, bringing together a variety of wedding guests.
Creating and capturing wedding memories at over nineteen hundred events, a University of Virginia professor since 2007, I believe there’s no substitute for experience – and no wedding like yours.
The MP3 files a computer plays, standarized in 1993, compress and distort artists’ original recordings, a UVA study shows. Those fractured files don’t mix like compact discs. My mix unfolds like chapters in a story, uniting everyone you love, sparking a dance party for the ages and the compliments that bless a marriage.
Spinning tunes in steamy, salsa-inflected South Florida, filling dance floors at Wahoo Weddings since 2005, I offer a unique musical menu, featuring your requests, honoring your Do Not Play list and flavored by your guest list, a recipe for merriment and memories.
When you stand at the doorway to your reception, introduced by your new name, applauded by those who made you who you are, you are in the hands of history, and your deejay – playing the fanfare you selected, standing behind the music, timeline and insights gleaned from our planning time. Presenting all the special dances, toasts, announcements and formalities you await, working hand in hand with your caterer, servers, photographers, toasters, and everyone playing a part in your day, an experienced wedding entertainer gives you real peace of mind.
What kind of music should fill your dance floor? A wide variety of tunes, delighting all the people you love, should still sound like you two.
Consider that most songs are three or four minutes long; older hits are shorter, jam bands play longer. You’ll hear around sixty to eighty songs over four epic hours. Ever selection is crucial, keeping guests guessing, yet building to a transcendent ending.
Most couples have friends and family as diverse as songs in a jukebox, with Drake next to Willie Nelson, Jay-Z beside Bon Jovi. Yet the underlying connections a good deejay hears connect crooners with Motown, raising the roots in Blues and Reggae beats that electrify Modern Dance Music, Hip Hop and rock – all originating in a garden in Africa, no doubt. The differences between any of us amount to less than .04 per cent of our DNA – especially while dancing with a couple celebrating their wedding day.
Above all, enjoying an eclectic, electrifying music mix is a sacrament, bringing everyone closer by the end of the evening, making memories to enhance a lifetime. That is a sacred calling, beat for beat. Amplifying the heart, soul and sound of Charlottesville, I am the Dee Jay for your Wahoo Wedding.
Ran Henry, deejay and emcee— $1,000 for four hours of performing time and $1,200 for unlimited time
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Dear Ran and Linda: Thank you for making our wedding such a special event. I loved seeing everyone out on the dance floor from the youngest kids to our older guests. Families and friends had such fun dancing together. You provided us with just the mood we wanted for our celebration. Please know that everyone had a blast.
We also appreciate how Linda was able to take photos of the event without being at all intrusive. We will treasure the pictures from what was a wonderful evening. Please know that Philippe and I are so happy and will recommend you highly to friends.
Cori, Boar's Head Inn Resort
The man, the show, the legend! Talk about the perfect personality for my small but blast of a wedding! He nailed the music selection with just a few emails, phone convos, and a list of about 30 songs (only about 1/4 of what we listened to). Perfect job! 10/10/19
CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!
Ran - we’re just now leaving Charlottesville and headed back to reality after the most wonderful wedding weekend and it was in no small part due to your work on the dance floor on Friday night!!! We wanted to say THANK YOU for a job so well done! We’ve gotten so many compliments on the music and what a great DJ we had!! And “Sweet Caroline” at the end?? PERFECT!!
We’d love to write to a review if possible - let us know where we can do that to let others know what a joy it was to work with you! Additionally, I would like to send an additional tip as well which I’ll drop in the mail when we’re back in DC this week!
Thank you again, you truly made our wedding so special!
Stephanie and Tom
Stephanie , married on 11/15/2019
Couldn't ask for a better DJ at our wedding
Ran is the best! He was an excellent DJ - from the very start he was incredibly easy to work with, open to all of our requests, helpful with suggestions, and kept our dance floor packed. He's a kind person and wonderful to work with - we could not have made a better choice! Thanks so much, Ran!
“You are flat out the best deejay I’ve ever seen. All the others are cheesy.”
Billy Hunt, Charlottesville wedding photographer
“Thank you so much for all of your help at our wedding. We are so lucky to have found you to DJ and couldn’t have asked for anyone better. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for making our weekend perfect. We really appreciate it!”
Lauren and Patrick Estes, at Oakencroft Winery
Thank you for all your help and professionalism yesterday ensuring that the reception flowed smoothly, and for keeping our guests jamming on the dance floor. Everyone had a great time! We will be sure to give you our highest recommendation.
Lauren & John Chiles Hermitage Hill
Thank you again for helping to make our special day even more special! Ran, your music was on point and all of our guests had so much fun dancing, they said over and over again how great the music was!
Again, thank you so much!
Steffi & Mike Crosskeys Vineyard
Ran was terrific and truly a pleasure to work with. We all enjoyed the music and my feet have yet to recover. Thanks again for all your help.
Best, Jenn Corbey, Charlottesville’s Critter Ball