Mike was the DJ at our daughter’s wedding. I contacted Mike because he was recommended by the Monte Verde Inn where the wedding was held. Our thoughts were that if the Monte Verde Inn recommended him, we could not go wrong – and we were definitely right. He makes you feel at ease and he takes his role very seriously.
We met with him three times and whenever we were unsure about anything, he had plenty of suggestions. His experience with so many weddings is very valuable for any couple on their special day. Our daughter and her fiancée were unsure about which songs they wanted and he was able to give feedback. He gathers information about the couple to know what they do or do not like. A few days before the wedding, our daughter and her fiancée still had not selected some of the important songs. He told them not to stress about it and not to worry as he would have backup songs selected for them just in case. This definitely relieved some stress for them and he had the songs ready.
The wedding was to be held outdoors and there was concern of it being too cold that evening – Mike was ready to make the switch to go indoors if we needed to. He knew it was very important for the bride to have an outdoor wedding and he suggested that we could wait until later in the evening to make that decision if he had two setups ready to go. He had everything set up so that he could make a smooth transition if needed, and we were very happy that we were able to wait. We were very lucky – we were able to stay outside!
We wish we had another wedding to plan so that I could book Open Tab Productions again – we had lots of fun!
– Doug and Luz Daisy Loree (Monte Verde Inn, Foresthill, CA)
There are no words to express how grateful we are for Mike. Mike took our wedding from the grass, through the rain, to a cave…seamlessly! The excitement of the unforeseen thunderstorm created an amazing energy to begin our reception. Mike had to work off-the-cuff as some of our “plans” were drenched. He was perfect! From the beginning, Mike understood our fun-loving spirit and boisterous family and was able to work the room every moment. From our family sing-along, tearful speeches, special dances, to the spontaneous multi-generational keg-stands, Mike was there with the perfect song. I never expected to hear so many people say “BEST WEDDING EVER!!” Every single person was dancing…the toddlers, grandparents and everyone in between. My mom said it beautifully, “I think everyone left the wedding more in love than when they came.” What more could you want? Mike made our wedding more than we ever expected!
– Matt & Becky Patterson (Vina Castellano, Auburn, CA)
When beginning the DJ search, my fiancé (now husband) and I had absolutely no idea where to start. So as most people do, we turned to Google. Mike was just one of the dozens of hits that popped up, and something that helped him stand out among his countless competitors were his awesome prices. After meeting with Mike in person, we really knew that we had made the right choice. He came to the meeting prepared with an entire outline of the night that pointed out when we would need songs for each event and transition of our wedding. From there we just filled in all the blank spaces and met up one last time before the big day to coordinate a more general idea of what we wanted (and didn’t want) to hear at our wedding.
On the day of, Mike was incredibly professional and checked in with us several times throughout the evening to remind us of the schedule and make sure we were happy. He was even able to quickly procure requests that were not currently in his library, and was totally on top of our MUST- and DO-NOT-PLAY lists. All night long I received compliments on how great the DJ was and I couldn’t agree with our guests more!
Open Tab Productions really are the cat’s pajamas!
– Zach and Katie Wheaton (Courtyard D’Oro, Sacramento, CA)
Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful events a person experiences. The DJ will either add to that stress or help minimize it. Having Mike as our DJ made the “DJ experience” completely stress-less. Mike is not only friendly but professional as well. He is very flexible about when and where he can meet you (He can even do online Skype meetings for people living far away or unable to meet in person!). He is also very organized. Mike will give you an outline/suggestion of how the music will be played throughout the wedding/reception. Of course, you pick all of your own songs for special events like bouquet toss, garter toss, first dance, etc. but if you are having a hard time picking a song, he will make appropriate suggestions based on your music taste. Mike allows you to create a list of songs you don’t want played at your wedding and he strictly abides by it! On our wedding day, we did not even worry about the music. There was never a moment of “Where is the DJ?” or “What happened to the music?” Mike was just absolutely fantastic. We loved having him at our wedding and if we had to do it all over again, he would definitely be there playing our songs he helped us choose. Thanks Mike!”
– Ryan and Jamie Hunten (Monte Verde Inn, Foresthill, CA)
I hired Open Tab Productions for my wedding a few weeks ago. He did an incredible job both in the planning process and on the day of the event. Although he was located in a different town than my fiance and I, he worked with us over Skype to make sure he understood all our requests and ensure we got some face-to-face interaction prior to the wedding. He was easy to work with, offering suggestions when asked but always respecting our requests. He was awesome at the wedding, keeping things moving along but always in a pleasant tone and always based on the agreements we reached in advance. And he even found some pretty obscure ABBA tunes that I requested for the playlist.
I thought he was nice, helpful, and just a million times better than most DJs I’ve seen in action at weddings and other events. I’d highly recommend him for your event.
– Jonah and Greta Stahl (Monte Verde Inn, Foresthill, CA)
I knew Mike personally growing up but when we looked into his DJ services for our wedding, my husband and I were so impressed by how professionally he handled our special day! We had great pre-wedding meetings with him to plan the song list and the itinerary for the reception. Mike’s years of experience were so helpful in getting my reception on track and in order! And then on the day of the wedding itself, we couldn’t have asked for a better DJ! He played straight from the lists of songs we discussed, no matter how hard they were to find, and he did an amazing job of emceeing our event to keep the party of track and enjoyable and relaxing for all! My family even had some crazy “special requests” for him which he handled flawlessly! I can’t even tell you how many people commented that night, and for months after our wedding, about how great the music was! Mike was such a pro and so instrumental in making our reception exactly what we wanted! When folks talk about how great the music was at your reception and how well the activities of the night all went, you know you picked the right DJ! Thank you Mike! You’re the best at what you do!
– Jay and Laura (Napa Elks Lodge, Napa, CA)
My company was looking for a professional DJ for our annual Holiday Party that could manage the evening. When I first called Mike he said that he wanted to meet with me to discuss how we wanted the party to go. Not only did we meet but he came to my office to meet.
The evening finally came and Mike was there early to get set up and to get the party started. Mike kept the flow going just as planned and not to mention flawlessly. In the past, our staff doesn’t always dance a lot. However, on this night, they literally danced all night. They loved the music choices that Mike played.
We could not have been any happier how the evening went and we will be contacting Mike to DJ our next event.
– Shannon Miller of Pine Creek Care Center (Woodcreek Golf Club, Roseville, CA)
From our very first meeting with Mike very comfortable and at ease knowing that this vendor would not try to take over or ruin our big day. He gave us great advice and the worksheet he provided was a big help allowing us to see all of our options. All of our meetings and correspondence were in great detail and he was very good at following up. Mike always had a professional disposition and he also made us feel like we were hanging out with an old friend talking about our favorite songs! I can say with no doubt that Mike was the best and most reliable vendor we had at our wedding! He made our day a little more special!
– Brandon and Heather McKay
(Flower Farm Inn, Loomis, CA)
I did a google search to find a DJ for our wedding and Mike Smith was one of the first listed, I then did a search on him and found nothing but incredible reviews. A week or so later my husband and I met with him and instantly knew he was the right choice. Mike was the first DJ we had met with and turned out to be the best choice we could have made. He is very experienced, very decently priced, organized, personable, professional, fun, and incredibly talented. He worked on every single little detail with us until we were completely happy and covered every base to meet our needs. The day of our wedding he kept people entertained, kept in communication with us regarding the schedule and any changes, and helped us throw an amazing party. Our guests still talk about what an incredible DJ we had. We are telling you, DO NOT look any further, you won’t find anyone better than Open Tab Productions. Thank you so much Mike for helping make our day absolutely perfect!
– Jeremy and Kayleen Cook
From the time that I signed Mike on to be the DJ for our Wedding, until the end of the Wedding day, he was absolutely amazing! Mike is the perfect combination of professional, organized, punctual and lots of fun!!!! His demeanor and industry knowledge are a perfect combination to work with. I had quite a few requests for songs that were off the “beat and path” and he did an amazing job at finding them, making the day so much more special because of it. I recommend Mike with TWO THUMBS up!!!!
– Loren and Jessica Kaplan
Mike did such a fantastic job as our wedding DJ! Prior to our wedding, we had two sit down meetings with Mike to discuss all our DJ wants and needs. He was very organized, professional, and always arrived on a timely manner. He was very quick to respond to all our emails in regards to the wedding and any last minute changes we had. He even drafted up a timeline for us, which saved us a lot of stress. There are not enough words to describe how pleased we were with Mike’s performance as our DJ. He was very personable, has a phenomenal speaking voice, and he definitely knows how to get the crowd dancing. From the ceremony to the reception, everything went smoothly, thanks to Mike! Throughout our wedding night, we had numerous guests come up to us to compliment the DJ. Our caterer even called us after the wedding to get Mike’s number. Mike is worth every penny and more. Thank you Mike for all your hard work and for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding! We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ!
– Laura and Trevor Jobson
(Empire Mine State Park, Grass Valley, CA)
Simply put, Mike is the all-around DJ you’re looking for. He’s a professional at making sure your guests are having a great time, and that you’re getting exactly what you want. He was thorough from start to finish – regular Skype meetings at our convenience, understanding what “other songs like that” meant for our play/do not play lists, checking in with us at key parts of the night and keeping the whole wedding running smoothly while we had a little distraction from another vendor. I would hire him again for any event and think you’ll feel the same.
– Matt and Heather
(Cornerstone, Sonoma, CA)
What can we say to help you understand, you need this guy at your next event! Mike is successful at being as involved as you need him and with all of his experience, he’s great to have around. He is respectful of your time and attentive to all of your emails. His ability to read a (dancing) crowd, did not disappoint. We received raved reviews from many of my friends and family about the wonderful music selection at our wedding. Thank you, Mike, for helping us create and execute our dream wedding.
– Janette and Austin Wilson
(Monte Verde Inn, Foresthill, CA)
Mike was an AMAZING DJ at our wedding on July 16th, 2011. My husband and I were immediately impressed with his thorough knowledge of music and his organized work ethic. His prior meetings leave a couple excited and enthused about their wedding music! A DJ can either make or break your wedding…He is in charge of organizing, entertaining, taking charge of tables and time constraints. Mike Smith is a fun, spirited and energetic DJ that creates a perfectly even flow to a wedding crowd! He is not overbearing and makes people at the wedding yearning for more with his energetic and perfect music sets! He is a family man at heart and understands the dynamics of families and children and being able to maintain a schedule of events so incredibly at a wedding! Thank you for being awesome and being part of our perfect and special day! YOUR AWESOME!
– Matt and Yesenia Kristoff
(Capital Plaza Ballroom, Sacramento, CA)
We can not begin to thank you enough for being so amazing throughout our wedding planning process!
We planned our wedding from Indianapolis, Indiana. It was April and we already secured a DJ… The DJ started NOT returning calls/emails/voice mails… So we decided to forfeit our deposit and find a new DJ and BOY ARE WE GLAD WE DID!
Mike is incredibly personable, genuine, down-to-earth, no-BS with a touch of Hollywood in him. If you decide to talk to him, the first thing you’ll notice is that he has an amazing voice! To go along with that voice he was able to work with us to accommodate our “eclectic” music style; I’m in love with country music and my husband likes top 40 and hip-hop. Mike did an AMAZING job blending the music and it flowed SO well and was NOT choppy at all.
Mike is the TOTAL PACKAGE!!! About a month before my wedding one of my bridesmaids asked about my DJ. I referred her to him and she had one more DJ to interview after Mike… within the day she decided to go with Mike.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Mike and hope to work with him again in the future!
– Jason and Stephanie Rosenberg
(Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Complex, Sacramento, CA)
We could not have asked for a more professional, polite or organized DJ for our wedding. No matter how strange my requests for ceremony music, DJ Mike found it and had everything ready. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. He worked very hard to make sure everything ran smoothly before and during the wedding. It helped me to feel calm and in control as he checked in with me throughout the night. He even helped me make a few decisions when I felt stuck choosing songs. Everything turned out perfectly! I loved all the music from our wedding and I could not believe the preparation, and professionalism we received for such a great price! Thank you Mike!
– Jamison and Retta Mefford
(Croatian American Cultural Center, Sacramento, CA)
First, I wanted to say thank you. You did an absolutely fantastic job at our wedding and Lindsay and I couldn’t be happier. You have such a great ability to connect with the audience and since have received many compliments from our guests. Thank you so much for your hard work and keeping us involved with every aspect of your planning.
Secondly, your organization and communication was outstanding. We really appreciated your planning sessions, both the face-to-face in Auburn, and via Skype (since we live in Southern Cal). Your planning sheets covered all important segments of the ceremony and reception which allowed us to choose the atmosphere we wanted to create. It allowed us to plan effectively so that nothing caught us by surprise.
I enjoyed picking the song selections with you during our planning session. Your library of music is so extensive. I feel that we have similar tastes in music which made the session very enjoyable. Lots of laughs.
And lastly, your attitude and professionalism. You were punctual, well mannered, and considerate of our agenda. You catered to our needs, and never lost sight that this was our special day. We made a great decision to choose you as our wedding DJ.
Mike, a very sincere Thank You. We had such a great time and would recommend you to any of friends, or family.
– Danny and Lindsay Votel
On behalf of the Class of 2011, I would like to thank you for the great work you did on Saturday! I really appreciate all you did and I have heard nothing but good feedback on yours services! Thanks again!
– Riley Stoltenburg
(Senior Class President – Placer High School)
Mike was the DJ for our wedding on April 16, 2011 and he did a fabulous job. We had two meetings before the wedding, one via skype, and exchanged countless emails. Prior to the wedding Mike did a great job of helping us organize our timeline/itinerary and gave us a lot of helpful suggestions on the order of events. He had a huge library of music, everything we asked him to play he already had, and he also provided song suggestions when we needed them. The day of the wedding Mike did a perfect job, he managed to keep things running and get the crowd moving without being cheesy. I do not hesitate to recommend Mike as a DJ for any event!
– Dana Goodgame
(Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz, CA)
Open Tab Productions did a great job at our 2011 Valentine’s Party in Sacramento. He was polite, professional, and prompt. He kept everyone dancing until the party was over. We will definitely use Open Tab Productions services again.
– Kevin Yang
(Third Rock Entertainment, Sacramento, CA)
Open Tab Productions did a fabulous job as our wedding DJ! Mike met with us prior to the wedding to discuss music specifics and our wedding night timeline, and on the wedding day – he performed exactly as planned… even better. He gracefully switched songs when one was not so movin’ with the dance floor crowd, checked in with me (the bride) numerous times to make sure things were as planned and to remind me of the next event he would introduce. He was polite, professional, dressed perfectly, and worth every penny. Thank you Mike, for making our evening a success! I had a wonderful time dancing to your great music!
– Aimée Haddon
(San Francisco Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA)
Mike was phenomenal. New to the Rocklin area, we were not sure where to begin looking for a DJ to play at our son’s 18th birthday. With about a week’s notice, Mike was available. We provided a play list of requested songs and he was able to include in the music played at our event. Mike’s was prompt, setup was quick, and he ensured he kept a room of 40 guests dancing until the party ended. We will definitely be using Mike’s services again. Thanks Mike, for making a milestone birthday a most memorable event for our son.
– Paul and Melinda J.
My high school alma mater recently held a reunion – ranging from the class of 2000, 1990, 1980 and a few classes in between. The evening was everything we could of hoped for and more… the “and more” part is completely attributed to the amazing music and the atmosphere it created. Open Tab Productions was able to bring the multigenerational group together out on the dance floor with his amazing DJ skills. Once someone stepped foot on the dance floor they couldnt leave. Mike kept the night going and everyone wanting more. Thank you so much for making this night “and more”.
– Alley White
(San Jose, CA)
Dear Mike,We want to thank you for providing music and emcee services at our wedding and reception. Your prompt and professional interaction with all the guests was much appreciated. Your audio acuity put everyone at ease. There were so many great touches – being introduced at the reception to our favorite Jack Johnson song, watching the kids “Get the party started”, seeing the family do the electric slide, and of course, Cyndi’s favorite, our bride and groom dance. She still gets teary-eyed when she hears that song. We are so grateful for your help in creating memories that will last forever.
– Chris and Cyndi Whitecotton
(Sunset Whitney Country Club, Rocklin, CA)
If you’re looking for some great music to liven up your next event I highly recommend Open Tab Productions! We’ve had the pleasure of having him spin for us at our last few block parties and he rocks! We have a large age range at these events and with his huge collection of music, he’s got something to please everyone.
– Tami Akkerman
Over the past three years, Mike has been the DJ at our annual fundraising BBQ. I have always found him to be extremely easy to work with and very accommodating to all our needs and requests. Mike does a great job of reading our audience (often our events have folks of different ages and music tastes) and providing appropriate music to keep the event moving. Over the years, our organization has tried different types of programs for the events and this has required Mike to deviate slightly his role in the program and every time Mike has quickly adapted himself and provided a quality product for our guests. Regardless of your music needs, I strongly recommend Open Tab Productions for your next event.
– Mike Gordon of Sacramento Cursillo
(St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sacramento Diocese)