About this Vendor
A Seamless Soundtrack For Your Perfect Day!
Our team of quality DJ's will work with you to create the perfect personalized soundtrack so your wedding represents you! We'll get your guests raving about how much fun they had on the dance floor without stealing the show. Your full service solution with event planning, lighting & ceremony sound.
$$$ – Moderate
Dance, Disco, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Rock
After Party, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding
MC Services, Recorded Music, Sound Equipment, Music, Audio/Visual Equipment, Equipment, Rentals + Equipment
We have been to many weddings, both in CT and in Canada. We can confidently say that there is not a single DJ who even remotely approaches the skill and dedication of DJ JD (Jason Dawson). From the moment our wedding ended, through our honeymoon, and now several weeks removed from the big day - we have been talking about how amazing DJ JD was. Quite simply, he provided the soundtrack for the best party of our lives. During the planning stages, Jason was very attentive to the vibe we were striving for. He provides a thorough survey where you can select what songs to play / avoid. After our initial meeting he was quick to respond to any inquiries we had. He was always willing to hear our ideas, but we also felt comfortable deferring to his expertise and advice. From the grand entrances and beyond, Jason had everyone on the dance floor. Other reviews have mentioned this - it is not an exaggeration. Literally every single one of our guests was up and dancing, and it stayed that way for the entire night. As it was our special day, we may be a little biased in this description. However we have had several people, both our close friends and older guests, comment that it was remarkable how few people were left sitting at their chairs. In addition, Jason doesn't simply move from one song to the next - he links them together in inventive ways. He also provides coloured strobe lights and hooked us up with both lasers and a cryo (white smoke) cannon. At several points my wife and I were simply laughing hysterically, overcome with joy at just how awesome all of this was. Honestly, the worst part was when the night ended. We have slowly come to the realization that never again will we have our family and friends under one roof, enjoying ourselves in a way that Jason was hugely responsible for.
We couldn't have asked for a better guy to keep the dance floor packed on our wedding night at Saltwater Farm Vineyard. Not only does he know his stuff from a musical standpoint (he teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston), but he also knows how to put on a great show and kept our guests dancing all night. That was our main goal, and nailed it! We first heard Jason play at Shrine in Foxwoods Casino, and when we heard he was a wedding DJ, we had to reach out. After emailing back and forth a few times and having our first phone call, his professionalism and experience as a wedding DJ left us completely at ease. We knew we were in good hands, and he did not disappoint throughout the entire process. As an engineer, I ask a LOT of questions (maybe too many sometimes), but regardless, he was super timely, honest, and detailed with his email responses. This is a very important quality to have as a wedding vendor, as there are so many pieces and parts to juggle along the way; the last thing we wanted was to wait around for weak responses. Along the way, he met us in person twice. First, before we even booked him, to introduce himself in person and go over the whole process, explaining every detail to a tee and answering any questions we had. Second, closer to our date to go over our final wedding day timeline, provide recommendations and feedback on some of our specific song requests, and to talk through the logistics of everything (ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception). Being so close to the event, we were worried (as most couples are) about how all of these moving pieces would come together. Again, he kept us at ease. He had everything under control, and he was calm and confident about it. It was truly amazing how his experience and professionalism shined through. Lastly, we wanted more than someone standing up at their laptop and clicking PLAY on a pre-made playlist. While we gave Jason a handful of specific song requests to sprinkle in at the right time, we wanted him to play and adjust to the crowd throughout the night like he would at a club, while appealing to all generations at the right times. He absolutely delivered on that request, and our friends and family raved about his performance. Everyone was impressed (and sweating!). We would recommend Jason to anyone looking for someone who has the wedding expertise, music knowledge, and crowd reading ability to make their wedding night one to remember, for everyone. Thanks again Jason, you're truly the best!
Jason was an INCREDIBLE DJ for our wedding this past weekend. Music was important to us, so we spent quite a bit of time researching various DJs. I first heard of Jason (DJ JD) when a friend recommended him (Jason had been the DJ at her wedding, as well as her sister's wedding). After looking over his website and talking with him on the phone, we were sold. Our reception was so much more than we could have ever imagined, and I credit Jason for that. We received SO MANY compliments from our guests (of all ages) on how amazing the party was and how great the music was. Not only did Jason play amazing music, but he helped us plan out a timeline for our reception, giving us the idea to add in a short dance set after our first dance (right before dinner) to set the mood for the night. This was the BEST idea. Our dance floor was packed all night, and the overall energy level was high and people ready and excited to dance! We highly recommend Jason and his team to any couple looking for an incredible wedding DJ!
Where do I even begin? DJ JD, is by-far the absolute best, and top DJ anyone can have for their wedding or event. We had him for our wedding this past July on 7/1/17. My now husband, and I, used to go to Shrine at Foxwoods years ago when we were younger and that's when we first heard him DJ. I realized years later, that he actually DJ'd for weddings, and I was beyond excited. He is not only extremely professional, but he knows what he is doing, and is extremely organized, yet knows how to party and listens to what you want. We wanted our wedding to be exactly like a party at Shrine, only a little classier, with some oldies thrown in for our older family members. He did exactly that. The amount of people that came to our wedding and complimented the music was insane. They all couldn't stop talking about how they had so much fun dancing all night, and how they had never been to a wedding where everyone was up dancing. Not only did he provide our music and entertainment, but he also created a custom monogram light for our venue, and he provided the uplighting. We also had him put bistro lighting above our dance floor, and it perfected our tent. He is a little on the pricier side, however, it is worth every single penny. DJ JD made the party, and without him, I can't even imagine what it would have been like. At the end of the evening, there was a gift left, and it said "From DJ JD", his gift was the only gift we opened on our wedding gift, and it was one of the most thoughtful gifts we received. I won't tell you what it is, you'll just have to hire him to find out. If you want the absolute best wedding around, hire DJ JD with Dawson Entertainment. My wedding was perfect, because of him. Here's my highlight wedding video link, you can see him, the monogram, the bistro lighting, uplighting and then how people are dancing all night long! https://vimeo.com/240158505?ref=fb-share&1 At min 5:41, you will see the monogram and the bistro lighting. Min 7:19, you'll see the monogram when it's dark, then him, and you'll see how EVERYONE was dancing. Promise you won't be disappointed.
Hire Jason (DJ JD). Jason DJed at a friend's wedding and he kept the dancefloor packed all night, so he was my first and only choice (other than price checking another popular local DJ). He's on the high end as far as price, but it's worth it. He was our "music mediator" when we met with him, as my fiance and I had a hard time nailing down must haves as we both love so many eras and genres of music. Jason didn't try to persuade us to in any way, but offered advice when it was solicited. He coordinated with our live musician (who played for ceremony and cocktail hour) so that I didn't have to worry about a thing as far as transitions and coordinating! The day of the wedding went off without a hitch and he played all of our must have songs,, it was such a fun night! He even gave us a sweet gift the day of the wedding (I won't say to ruin the surprise).
Can not begin to express how happy my husband and I were to have Jason be part of our big day. From the first time we met him he made sure to get to know both of us as well as our vision of our wedding day. He offered professional opinions as well along side our special requests. From the moment the music started to the very last song of the night - the dance floor was never empty. I have been to weddings where the dance floor would empty out from time to time.. not with Jason.. we have been married for two weeks and our guests are still talking about what an amazing time they had dancing to the great music. Jason - thank you for making our day so perfect. It was such a pleasure working with you!!!
Jason was awesome--so professional and respectful while keeping the party going all night. The dance floor was never empty and the songs blended smoothly. At least five separate guests came up to us to say he was the best wedding DJ they had ever seen, and we have to agree.
We had a wedding on 9/2/2017. He truly was amazing and was the best part of the wedding! I cannot say enough good things about him. He kept us calm and made sure the timing of the night was perfect. He kept the dance floor full and made the night flow smoothly. Everyone was raving about the playlist.
Jason is so talented and professional. He loves what he does and it definitely shows! My husband and I couldn't have picked a better DJ for our wedding. Music was so important to us and he without a doubt made our night! Everyone was on the dance floor the entire night. We are both still hearing from our guests how fun that dance party was! Do yourself a favor..book him now!
Jason recorded our vows over our first dance and edited in a few surprise dances. His mix was seamless and made our first dance special. Jason is very professional, prompt responding to emails and calls and provided us with the edited song quickly. Would highly recommend!
Talented, professional, dedicated.....the list could go on! Jason (DJ JD) went above and beyond to make our wedding a spectacular event. He took the time to sit down and get to know us on two different occasions and tailored a wedding to meet our needs. We knew we were in great hands from the first time we met him and we honestly did not have to worry about a single detail when it came to the services he provided. Jason played fantastic music, was a great MC (in a very professional manner), arranged the sound for our ceremony and provided beautiful lighting. He kept the dance floor alive all night by providing a playlist from a range of genres well mixed together. This was not an easy feat with guests ranging from ages 5 to 90. Our guests also raved about his "very cool" bistro lighting. I unequivocally recommend Jason for any event you may have. No need to look further.
If you are reading this review right now and looking for a DJ for any occasion stop right here, you have found the man. My husband and I got married in July at Priam Vineyards and DJ JD blew us away. Many of our guests even commented house great the DJ was. He played everything we wanted and made it all flow seamlessly, we literally could not step off the dance floor. I am so happy we found him, the music was by far one of the best parts of our wedding. Thank you so much!!! XOXO
DJ JD is no ordinary wedding DJ! He was one of the first vendors we booked- mainly because my fiancé had followed his work and we knew he was great. Jason skyped with us before we booked, to discuss the type of wedding music we wanted, answer our questions, etc and gave many great suggestions that we loved. The day after the wedding, we received a ridiculous amount of complements on the music. Seriously, people did not sit down! He went above and beyond to get to know us, our wedding guests and the kind of “vibe” we saw for the day. Hands down Jason and his team know how to keep a party alive and I highly recommend!
Jason has an incredible ability to read a crowd very well. We originally chose to shorten our first dance, instead he responded to the crowd response and played it in its the entirety. It was better than I expected! He energized us on the dance floor to a stellar mix of 80s, 90s, early boy bands, and great dance songs. My friends raved about the experience and we had a blast dancing! As the night went on, the songs got better, based on how many wanted to dance. By the end of the night, almost all the guests were dancing until the reception ended. Jason is by far the best DJ I have ever heard spin. He knew what got us up and dancing, and kept with that theme the whole night. Book him as soon as you can!
Dawson Entertainment was absolutely amazing for our wedding! Jason was so cool and laid back throughout the entire planning process of our wedding (which is quite helpful during such a stressful time!). He was always available to jump on a call or meet in person and answer any of our questions. You can tell that he knows what he is doing- any question that we had, no matter how big or small, he always gave a clear and professional answer- always keeping in mind our wants for the wedding but also giving us the best, logical advice! He has a great selection of lighting options for the venue, and has a very detailed spreadsheet that makes it so easy to organize everything for you when picking songs, structuring your ceremony, etc. The best part about working with him, was that it was very clear that he wanted our vision to shine through, and he made that happen! We got countless compliments on how we had the best music at a wedding, ever! All thanks to Jason and his team- we had an amazing time, with awesome music, fantastic transitions to different songs, and to top it all off- Jason gave us a wonderfully thoughtful gift as a thank you for choosing him as our DJ for our special night. You will NOT REGRET choosing Dawson Entertainment! I will recommend Dawson Entertainment 100% to anyone, no matter what your style is- Jason will make it happen!
Where do we even begin!? Jason was the DJ for our Linden Place wedding on October 8th, 2016. He came to us as a recommendation from our wedding planner, Elizabeth Lutz (Glass Event Planning) and her recommendation was the perfect way to describe Jason- "Simply the best!"- and we could not agree more! Jason goes above and beyond his required levels of service, which starts well in advance of the actual day. After our first call we decided to hire Jason, however he got a sense that my husband was very particular about music and sent us several music mixes to ensure we were comfortable and secure in our decision to hire him. As the day got closer, Jason was incredibly accommodating with all of the nuances of our big day and so low maintenance! As for the actual day, there was not a SINGLE song played that didn't match our musical taste or the event and every single generation amongst our guests was on the dance floor from the very beginning to the very end. We were thrilled with Jason's service but the icing on the cake was coming home from our honeymoon and finding amongst our wedding presents, a gift from Jason- he had framed the sheet music to our first dance, which was an unusual arrangement of a classic song. We were completely blown away and touched. One of my favorite parts of our wedding video is the the dance party montage, where you can truly see all of the different generations of our guests having the most epic of dance parties in celebration of the best day of our lives and Jason's soundtrack made that possible. We cannot say enough about Jason and would highly recommend him for any wedding or event!
We chose Jason for our entertainment because we had attended a wedding where he did an amazing job! Everyone at the wedding was on the dance floor the entire night and that was exactly what we were looking for on our wedding day. He did not disappoint! Jason was extremely easy to work with. From replying to emails or texts in a very timely and informative fashion to meeting in person at a very convenient location to get a feel of our vision for our wedding. My husband and I have a variety of taste in music. Jason gave us a questioners that was very easy to fill out. He was able to capture all the music we wanted played, while having a great awareness of what the crowd was responding well to. We also LOVE how he included new beats to some of the older songs, giving them a fresh feel and making them easier to dance to. During the planning process, We were feeling a little overwhelmed with all the small details before meeting with Jason. His questioners included a timeline and he gave suggestions of the order important speeches and dances should take place. Everything during cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing was timley and organized thanks to him. We are still receiving compliments about the music at our wedding today! I cannot recommend Dawson Entertainment enough. Jason will truly make your day even more special!
Jason was our DJ for our wedding on September 23, 2016 at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT. I can't thank him enough for doing such an amazing job not only with his music choices and making it a fun night for all of our guests, but also having everything run so smoothly. From the timing of the ceremony music, to the bridal party introductions, announcement of the speechs, dances, and cake cutting - he had everything down to a tee. He also coordinated and hung bistro lighting for us, which was the perfect touch to make our venue space absolutely beautiful. He made sure to check in with us a couple of times throughout the night to make sure we were happy. He was reasonably priced for the quality of his work and I would recommend him to any bride who doesn't want to have to worry about any of the things I mentioned above on her wedding day!
Jason's music was a hit at our wedding. We got compliments on it all day long. He also did the perfect amount of hosting, by introducing us and our families, our first dance, etc. His judgement of timing during the event was impeccable and he helped make our special day even more special. Our wedding was in the middle of a snow storm but he was amazing -- he stayed the whole time even though some people left early to avoid the weather. Jason made the party great -- highly recommend!
Jason was hands down the best DJ we've ever seen and we were so lucky to have him on our day! We also used him for our uplighting, which was perfect all night. He was always very accessible and answered emails very quickly. He was honest and helped us make sure that all the music was perfect for our day. The dance floor was packed all night and he played all the hits of every genre we asked him to play, and kept with the tempo of that time in the night. He was amazing!! During the night and still we have guests asking who he was and commenting that he was the best DJ they had ever seen at a wedding! Some even said they wish they had him at their wedding! We already have friends of friends asking for his information for their own weddings. Jason was highly recommended to us and we are so glad we worked with him! It certainly was one last thing we didn't have to worry about on the day of knowing how professional he was. It was the best day ever, made only better, with having Dawson Entertainment as part of our day! Many thanks again to Jason and his team, it was the best day ever!!
Jason was hands down the best DJ we could have possibly hired for our wedding. Working with JD was an absolute pleasure, and he made everything so easy from day 1. We chose to work with a band and DJ, and JD took care of everything and it couldn't have gone smoother. He really made it a point to get to know us over the months and it showed through his work. We trusted JD with playing music that would get everyone on the dance floor and he crushed it. The dance floor was packed from beginning to end and people are still raving about what a good time it was. I HIGHLY recommend JD if you are looking for a DJ for your wedding. Thank you so much JD!!!
Wow! We couldn't be happier with your choice to have DJ JD be part of our wedding day! From the first meeting it was clear he was down to earth, calm and confident that he could provide us with the music we wanted. Although we only met a few times, I was blown away with how he was able to learn our styles of music. He played songs that we had forgotten to request. Throughout the night many people came up to me or my husband to ask who he was because he was "great!", or "wow, he is so good!". Our photographer also mentioned how great he was and also what a please he was to work with. I would recommend his professionalism, calm nature and ability to keep you dancing for your wedding!! Thank you again Jason!
We know DJ JD from the club world. I worked with him and we hired him on several nights so I knew the skill, talent, and passion he puts into his craft. The night went flawless and everything he was required to do went off without a hitch! We have received countless compliments on how the dance floor was busy all night long and would recommend Dawson Entertainment to anyone.
Jason was terrific at our wedding! So easy to work with, well prepared and flexible with any changes we requested. We involved a piano at the end and Jason went above and beyond to help with the transition and performance. I'd recommend him to anyone, really knows how to rock the room!
We hired DJ JD (Jason) for both our ceremony and reception at the Branford House this past August. I want to preface my review by stating that we decided early on that the DJ was one of, if not the most important vendor. Once we met Jason, we knew we found our DJ! It was apparent right away that he isn’t the typical wedding DJ - music is his passion, and he has such a wide breadth of experience that set him above the rest. Jason was great to work with – laid back, yet highly professional. He was incredibly helpful whether via his quick responses to emails, or through our in person meetings where he offered invaluable suggestions based on his experience with what works well. On the day of our wedding, Jason provided the music and microphone equipment for our ceremony, and was even flexible to our last minute change in plans to move our ceremony inside due to the weather. We also did a surprise first dance which consisted of a slow/fast dance mix and Jason cut the music flawlessly ahead of time. He had our guests – young & old on the dance floor the whole night, even on a 90 degree humid day. We had several friends who are around our age and attend a lot of weddings mention how DJ JD was the best DJ they had ever heard at a wedding, and we would agree! As a part of the planning process, Jason asked for 8-10 songs that we’d like and from our short list of songs, he truly exceeded our expectations, and completely delivered on the vibe we were going for during each portion of our wedding. This is a true testament to how talented Jason is as a DJ, and his extensive knowledge of music! Most importantly, Jason is just a wonderful and kind person who really makes you feel like you are in good hands, but also working with a friend. Throughout the entire process, we really enjoyed getting to know Jason and were so happy that he was a part of our wedding day. We are so looking forward to heading to Shrine to relive our wedding night all over again!