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The Port of San Diego spent $28 million on the new cruise ship terminal on Broadway Pier. But with the decline in cruise activity, the downtown terminal sits vacant much of the time. But KPBS Metro reporter Katie Orr says the building is still getting some use.

San Diego’s Port Pavilion has been open for about a year. It’s designed for cruise ships. Its opening coincided, however, with a fall-off in cruise-ship visits here; drug-war violence in Mexico and a down economy are to blame.

But the new pavilion may have found its calling with something else.

With views of both San Diego’s bay and skyline, the pavilion has caught on as an events center.

In the last year more than 40 events have taken place at the center, bringing in more than $240,000 in revenue. The Port’s Rita Vandergaw said that’s happened without a formal marketing campaign.

“It has really exceeded our expectations,” she said. “We really didn’t know what kind of activity would be in the building and how many people would be interested in it.”

“If you want to have a wedding, you want to have a bar mitzvah, you want to have an anniversary, you just want to have a celebration, this is place where you can come and enjoy the bay,”

Officials said the port has spent about $229,000 this year on maintenance for the pavilion and the pier it sits on. And event planners requiring security must pay for it themselves.

Vandergaw said the Port has 18 parks around the bay and that the pavilion provides another option.

“This is an amenity that we don’t have on the bay. We do not have a facility, a building,” she said. “When people have a wedding they’d like to have it in a covered facility.”

Vandergaw said event revenue brings in about $10 thousand a day when the pavilion is rented out. But she acknowledges that does not make-up for the decline in cruise-ship activity, which brings in about $30 thousand a day when a ship is docked.

With a poor economy and continued drug-war violence in Mexico, cruise lines don’t figure to expand service in San Diego anytime soon. It may be time to start marketing the harbor-side pavilion to party planners.


Photo by:

Ashley Gabrielson


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What Makes Us Good Wedding DJs

Three Things That Make a Wedding DJ Good

  1. Caring. “Caring” feeds passion. “Caring” motivates and creates action.Very little can happen without it.

  2. Talent. Defined many ways, but is easily recognized when experienced.

  3. Love. Love fuels all great performers. Unconditional Love with no expectations. That’s why they “give” a performance – it’s an act of giving. When a wedding DJ loves her/his clients, everything stems from that – every action; every decision; everything.

True talent is indicated by a performance that removes the need for sales/marketing/advertising.


    1. Caring.  Her/his website and online presence reflects caring.  Most content and posts will reveal ideas that benefit clients first. It will not be about self-interests.  The actions of a “caring” wedding DJ are noticeable.  She/he will actuallyput the clients needs above her/his own. “Putting the client first” is not an advertising slogan or “sales” trick. They ask themselves, “Does it benefit the client? Or does it benefit me?”  If the answer is, “me,” it’s abandoned immediately.  This applies to the “sales” process, consultations, performance, and follow-up.  Stay away from DJs that scream, “Me! Me! Me.”

    2. Talent. There will be proof of talent development and background.  If not an employment history in the entertainment industry,  there will be a history in entertainment and talent training and education, i.e. college courses, community theater, talent agency workshops, private workshops/coaching, etc.  True talent is indicated by a performance that removes the need for sales/marketing/advertising.  The performance itself becomes the strongest and most effective sales/marketing/advertising – it sells itself.  DJs who do not “care” do not develop their talent.

DJs who do not “care” do not develop their talent.

  1. Love. High demand, regardless of price, is one indication of Love.  Clients feel Love and respond to it.  They can feel when a DJ has their best interest in her/his heart. And they see it when the choices made obviously put the client first. Responsiveness before, during, and after the engagement. Staging. Choice of words. Working to be the best s/he can be for the benefit of the client. These are a few indicators.

  2. Price.  Price is another indicator. You might think that a “high” price is an example of “self-interest.” It’s not. You will find that Wedding DJs with a great deal of passion, caring, talent, and love for you – the client – and for what they do as artists and service providers, also feel the same way about their families. This love, caring, and passion for life is reflected in all that they do. Naturally, they would work very hard to provide well for their families while doing something that they love doing for people – clients – they love too. That means that they’ll do all that they can to make sure that their clients are well-cared for – as mentioned before. They also want to make sure that their families are well-cared for. And if I can be candid with you… A “high-priced” wedding DJ isn’t really very high-priced at all. It may only seem high when compared to wedding DJs that don’t exhibit the qualities I’ve described here.

A “high-priced” wedding DJ isn’t really very high-priced at all. Talented, Loving, and Caring wedding DJs cost more, which is to your benefit.


Talented, Loving, and Caring wedding DJs cost more. And that is to your benefit too.They have to live up to your higher expectations or they go out of business. Find a “high-priced” wedding DJ that’s in demand, and you’ll find someone who has what it takes to make your event spectacular – TLC.


Source:  Mark K. Ferrell

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Best Tips for Dancing the Night Away

Let your DJ/MC be interactive

To revive a dead dance floor, have your MC get a bit more interactive, suggests DJ Earl Henry. “As a professional DJ my job is to make sure everyone is having a good time celebrating the guests of honor.” DJ “Hot Chocolate” moves out into the crowd while singing, even dancing with grandma! DJs can orchestrate some fun competitions or games.”

It’s all about YOU!

A good wedding DJ & MC knows that it’s all about YOU!  It’s not about the DJ.  Every wedding should be custom tailored to what each bride and groom are looking for.-Says DJ Gill Sotu. No one can resist a smiling bride and groom on the dance floor,.


Bottom line, interview your DJ& MC and make sure that you have that ying and yang with them, that warm and fuzzy feeling! MY DJS is fully dedicated to giving the highest possible quality of entertainment and professionalism. We invite our clients to our studio for a live performance and professional interview environment!

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