Wow, is it May already?? This is what happens when you are so busy you forget you have a blog page! We are so sorry that we have neglected our blog and our keeping in touch with you all here. Most of our communication is done through our Facebook page, so of course we've been busy there. But overall a LOT is going on with Days of Vinyl! And we continue to move along at a great pace with all that we are doing.
The biggest change that has happened even since January is that we have really begun to move more into the event realm than ever before! At one time we were doing a pretty good split of gigs in restaurants and bars vs. events. But this year in particular we are doing many more events. And they continue to book even this late in the spring. From our friends at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Catholic Church, who had us out for their Shrimp Feast last month and has booked us for their Crab Feast in September, to Loyola University who is having us out for our third Milestone Reunion picnic in a couple of weeks. This weekend we are playing our first carnival for Our Lady of Hope in Dundalk, which we have found out from outside sources is a huge thing and worth lots of exposure. The International Electrical Contractors Association was so impressed with us last year with their own Crab Feast that we are coming back again for them as well! These just keep coming.
And some of our events have been just stellar successes! This past Saturday we did a Bat Mitzvah party in Newark, DE. The party was rockin'! The kids had a fantastic time not only playing games and activities thanks to Emcee Mike Mullis, but danced all afternoon to everything! It's always impressive when you start playing "Jesse's Girl", and 13 year olds start putting their hands in the air! The parents raved about us, and even did a video testimonial for us which we're going to put up here shortly. This is what we live for. These are the events that make us who we are.
Musically, we are still continuing to expand. We were able to add a slew of new songs to our repertoire like "I Gotta Feeling" (Black Eyed Peas), "Dynamite" Taio Cruz, "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" (Big and Rich), "Sharp Dressed Man" (ZZ Top), and more! And in July we're going to go back to work getting even more songs under our belt. We want to continue to be one of the most versatile bands in the area, and we keep ourselves sharp!
So keep with us, things are definitely heating up for the summer! We've starting doing open houses at The Cloisters Castle, and we are looking at more places to get our name out there. All that info is on our Facebook page. And we promise to try to do a better job with our blog. :)
Have a great week everyone! Oh, and BTW we forgot to mention...........November 25th, 2012. Boordy Vineyards!
Happy New Year! Welcome to the new-and-improved Days of Vinyl! Your complete entertainment solution! Yes, we have begun to make our turn towards the party market with a couple of huge changes as you can see. First and foremost, you will notice our completely redesigned and re-imagined logo. While the jukebox was great 5 years ago when we were just playing 50's though 80's and not offering more than just ourselves as a live band. But now we are becoming something much more, much bigger than that. We have begun to expand our songlist repertoire to reach into some of the hits of the 90's, and the last decade. Songs like "Forget You", "Life is a Highway", "All Summer Long", and "Firework". And we are going to be adding more, like "I Gotta Feeling" and "Hey Ya". Don't get scared, we're not getting away from our core music. But we have to reach a wider audience if we are going to do more than just play restaurants and the occasional party. We need to appeal to a younger crowd as well. So that changes the music we need to perform. And then beyond that, we are adding a "DJ Style" service offering to play the modern hits that a band can't perform but the teens want to hear, as well as the multitude of step-dances like "The Electric Slide", and "The Cupid Shuffle". So we are going to literally be able to offer non-stop dancing music all night long. Add to that our new lights including a really cool roving light for the dance floor, and we have a complete entertainment package that appeals to all ages. The Timonium Bridal Expo was a great start for us. It gets our foot in the door not just in the wedding market, but we got to meet some awesome vendors to network with. It was a great experience, and they even allowed us to play on their stage once an hour to showcase our music! We are in the process of working out joining the Maryland Wedding Professionals Association, which will give us some clout as well. All in all, our 2012 is looking like it could start the ball rolling for us to enter the wedding market for real. We did some weddings last year, but now we want more! We're also shoring up a number of return private events as well. We have two crab feasts, and Loyola University Alumni's Milestone Reunion Picnic. And we're working on a number of other similar events. So hopefully we can continue this trend. Don't worry though, we still have a number of public events still in the pipeline for this year. We will have our regular nights at the American Legion in Havre de Grace, and the Shamrock Inn in Baltimore. And we just picked up a new venue which looks to be a regular rotation at the Bird River Inn in White Marsh. We also will be debuting a Saturday night dance for the "Sunday Singles" group in June over in Sykesville. So those of you still trying to come out and see us live, you will have plenty of opportunity. All of these are on our calendar, so check us out! Talk to you soon! Mike
Happy holidays everyone! We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas and enjoying your Hanukkah, and preparing for the upcoming New Year! We're prepping for ours as well, and it's going to start with our second year in a row at Harford County's Temple Adas Shalom where we're entertaining their members for their NYE party on Saturday night. It was a great time last year, and we're glad to be back.
2011 has been a great year for DOV, and we have our fans and our venues to thank for that. You can't be a successful band if no one wants to have you come out and play. This year has been a mixture of finding new places to play and creating long-term relationships with establishments. We've had some great gigs at places like Boordy Vinyards, The Shamrock Inn, Liberatores, The American Legion, and The Woodstock Inn; which by the way was where we finished out the year with a "House is Rockin'" Holiday Party that turned out to be the best bar gig of the year. The place was packed and they didn't stop dancing until we stopped playing, literally! I don't think we played that much music in one night in our entire career. It was crazy.
But where we really excelled this year was in the place we really like being; the parties. We've done numerous parties and Crab Feasts this year, and we've been asked back for all of them in 2012. In fact, they liked us so much at the St. Alphonsus Chuch's Crab Feast that we didn't even get halfway through the night before the even coordinator was telling people she wanted us back in April for their Shrimp Feast. So we're doing that. The Independent Electrical Contractors Association was also a big hit and we were asked back to that one this coming year too. Also, we have to mention the Loyola College Alumni Picnic which we did for the second year in a row, and have already been asked back for year three.
We also got our feet wet in doing some wedding work as well. We played at the gorgeous Harrington on the Bay for a beautiful water-side wedding reception, and at the Severna Parks Elks Lodge for a wedding BBQ. We didn't even get out of the first set of music before the lodge event coordinator booked us for THEIR Crab Feast. And we even did a Bar-Mitzvah, which was a lot of fun.
So what's on tap for 2012? Well, we're looking to build on our success and keep pushing for bigger and better things. The market we now want to make our big push in is the wedding and party area. We're starting off the year by setting up shop at one of the big Bridal Expos, where we're going to get ourselves out there in front of prospective brides and grooms, and show them exactly why Days of Vinyl is the perfect band for their wedding. It's going to be great and we're going to start conquering the part of the market where our abilities and talents really shine. Don't get us wrong, we're still going to have our public venues for everyone to come out and see us play. January and February are already filling up. But our shift in focus is going to allow us to really grow as a band. And we're excited.
We're also looking at the possibility of adding some newer music to our repertoire. We're not 100% sure where that is going to take us yet, and we're not going to alter who we are in the process. Days of Vinyl will still be geared towards that great music of the last 50 years that everyone gets up and dances too. But we also know it doesn't hurt to add a little Kid Rock or Big and Rich to the songlist. We've added some music from the last 10 years already like "It's 5:00 Somewhere". A couple more can't hurt, right?
So, we're looking ahead to 2012 with great ambition, and a full head of steam. And we hope you'll be in for the ride with us!
Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year from Mike and Wayne @ Days of Vinyl.
Wow, can you believe it is already the end of November? Where has this year gone? Feels like it was just Summertime, and already we're looking ahead to 2012.
And looking into 2012 is what we're doing right now. Days of Vinyl has had our best year since starting out in 2008. We have done Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Crab Feasts, and on top of that picked up a number of regular spots to play; including great places like The Shamrock Inn and The Woodstock Inn. In 2102 we are making the big push for marketing ourselves to brides and grooms, Bar/Bat Mitzvah parents (and kids), and more. And we're already set to play some repeat gigs like Loyola College. 2011 we felt was a breakout year for Days of Vinyl. Now we want to make 2012 even bigger!
So tomorrow, when we sit down and feast and ask ourselves "What are we thankful for?" The answer is obvious. It's you. Thank you for being fans. Without you, we can't do what we do. Thank you for your support and love. It means a lot!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a rockin' good time! (Oh yeah, and Go Ravens!!)
Hello Days of Vinyl fans! We hope everyone is having a great summer! Since our gig today at the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival was more or less cancelled due to Mother Nature deciding to throw a temper tantrum in Harford County we've taken the now day off to do some website re-designing and cleaning up as well as take a look at blogging. Sometimes you just want to get a couple ideas out there and posting 400 characters on Facebook doesn't do it. So this looks like a good place to try, right? Do you read other band's blogs? Do other band's even blog?
Anyway, for those that weren't completely dumped on by rain and wind today, here's what happened in Havre de Grace. It had been pouring since around 10am, and just continued to pound on the area for a good 2 1/2 hours straight. Last year when we played the festival it rained too (dejavu), but it was more a steady rain and we played through it in a nice tent with about 100 people crammed in it, but it was manageable and we really had a great time. Seeing as how we were slated to play from 3pm-5pm, around 12:15 I decided to take a ride over to the festival grounds to see what was going on, in case we were going rain or shine again.
When I got there, the band that was scheduled for that timeslot was in the middle of packing up. The tent was set up differently from last year and smaller, so less people could fit in there. And the ground was absolutely soaked with an inch of water on it. The sound guys were packing up too. They came over to me and said the power had blown and he was packing up and going home. The band leader and I got to talking and he said they got about 4 songs in and then was knocked out. So needless to say we weren't going to make our 3-5 slot. The sad part? About 5pm the sun started shining again. The skies are nice and clear now. Go figure. But it's ok. What are you going to do?
So that's our adventure for the day. Our next gig is at a new venue called The Woodstock Inn out near Interstate 70. I think we're going to have a great night! I know we're going to have some folks coming out to see us, so we'll make up for not playing today.
Well, until next time!
Mike Mullis Days of Vinyl