Lindsay Kazin Advisor for Umass Amherst's Student Alumni Association

Mullins Center Arena Amherst, MA

Jon recently DJ'd the UMass Amherst senior ball which is no easy task, trying to keep 2500 people dancing... but he succeeded! His energy was contagious and there was no doubt he was also having the best time. Jon also was very approachable and accessible leading up to the event which meant one less thing for me to stress about and for that I am grateful. I will be referring him to anyone who is in search of a DJ because he is just a great guy with the best attitude and energy. Looking forward to having him back next year!

 

Ben & Sarah 

Bourne Farm : Salt Pond Sanctuary Falmouth, MA

"There is no other choice for an event DJ than Jon Strader. Seriously, look no further. Jon DJ’d our wedding last month and absolutely blew us away. Not only did Jon put in the work on our wedding day, but he worked with us leading up to the event to be sure everything was perfect. Being a huge music fan myself, I was very particular about what genres of music were played throughout our event from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner to dance floor. We decided to invite our guests out to dance for a couple songs before dinner and Jon had 195 of our 200 guests out on the floor before dinner even started! Jon played Motown, soul, funk, and flawlessly threw in some future-funk by Griz (a personal favorite) at dinner. The night really turned up when the dance floor opened up after dinner for 3 full hours. No joke, the dance floor was packed for the entire 3 hours. It didn’t peter out like it sometimes does. Our dance floor had to be shut. down! Jon has a gift for reading a crowd and knowing what’s going to keep them going. It was absolutely unreal! Our niece also sang at our ceremony and Jon was able to track down instrumentals for the song we wanted and did a full sound check with her before the wedding. Jon has a passion for his craft and it shows in his professionalism, creativity, and energy. A true talent! A+! 5 Stars! 100000%! Don’t think twice, book this dude!"

 

Chris Holquin Asst. Director Student Involvement Holy Cross

DCU Center Worcester, MA

"Jon is a great person & DJ to work with! He was very enthusiastic from the start. He DJd one of the larger scale Senior events for the College of the Holy Cross at the DCU Center. He was very professional, and prompt with his responses. He wanted to accommodate us the best way he could. Not only did he set up his equipment in the ballroom area, he also set up a speaker in the cocktail area. He went above and beyond to give the students the best experience possible. The students were very fond of the DJ-crowd interaction, as well as the music he played. Students stayed on the dance floor for the duration of the event. He knows how to read a crowd, and that was a huge part of the success of our event. Jon is not only a great DJ, but also a very positive, passionate, and outgoing person. I highly recommend Jon for any college event, he makes it work!"

 

Kristen & Tim

Wedding  Wachusett Village Inn Westminster, MA

"Jon DJ'd my wedding and came highly recommended by a friend who used him for their wedding a few years back. Upon meeting, my husband and I knew he was our guy. His upbeat personality and knowledge of music won us over immediately. From start to finish he was professional, helpful, and a blast to work with. From the first song played to the end of the night the dance floor was never empty. Young and old, people are still telling us how great the music was. Watching Jon work, you can tell he is truly passionate about music and really loves what he does. I highly recommend Jon to anyone that asks for any event they may be planning!"

 

Will & Sarah 

Wedding  John Peter's Estate Blue Hill, Maine

"Simply put, Jon is the BEST. My wife and I were married on the coast of Maine last month. We did not have a formal "wedding planner," so we were doing a lot of the logistical stuff on our own. Jon met with us a month before the wedding to help us nail down a timeline for our day and finalize all our tech needs. He made sure our officiant was mic'd up, he set up and sound-checked the person playing our processional and recessional, and he kept everyone entertained throughout cocktail hour while we were off taking pictures. Jon knew exactly when to make announcements (he introduced us, worked with our caterers to call each table in order to the buffet, and introduced each speaker throughout the night). As for the reception - Jon is not just a DJ; he is a PERFORMER!! Everyone loved him! People (young and old) were tearing up the dance floor all night. He provided the perfect balance of music for our wedding, and he took time to talk to the guests and take requests. The guy is incredible. Looking back, we couldn't imagine having anyone else provide the entertainment for our day. He really made our wedding amazing. Don't sleep on this guy! Thanks, Jon!"

 

Heather & Kylie 

Wedding  The Publick House Sturbridge, MA 

“Jon, oh my goodness. Everyone that attended the wedding had SO much fun. We keep hearing it from more and more people! Thanks to you and your talents for making it a great time from beginning to end. We appreciate it so much and are so glad we found you!”

 

Kelly & William, Kelly’s Uncle George, fellow musician and dj of over 30 years 

Wedding  The Hawthorne Hotel Salem, MA 

Irish Accent  “Tonight, I compared you to a fightah. You got ‘em on the ropes and kept beatin’ ‘em and beatin’ ‘em until they fell down. Amazing job.” 

 

Mandy & Mike 

Wedding  Fruitlands Museum Harvard, MA

“Picking a good DJ can really make or break a wedding. I couldn’t be happier with our decision to have Jon, DJ our wedding. We had pretty detailed requests on timing of music and unique entrances, Jon executed them all perfectly. He helped execute the soundtrack to my dream day. On top of fulfilling all of our requests, the dancing at the reception was amazing.  I had not seen some of my family members get down like they did. The dance floor was always packed and never disappointed.”

 

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