ROCKstar of the Month of August: Dominick Ferlito

Congratulations to August’s ROCKstar of the Month, Dominick Ferlito! Since joining RTH as a technician over two years ago, Dom has never stopped learning and improving his skill set. He recently worked a series of large-scale events and truly went above and beyond in his role, all while getting great feedback from his team members!

RTH ROCKSTAR OF THE MONTH, DOMINICK FERLITO

“I like that I learn something new almost every day. Each day I get stronger as a technician and that’s because I work with great people that come from diverse backgrounds that make everyone a well-rounded technician.” – Dominick Ferlito, ROCKstar of the Month

Dom’s interest in production began while doing tech crew in high school and journalism in college. What began as an interest in audio evolved and, after joining the team at Rock The House, he began to work in lighting and some video as well. When not at RTH, Dom enjoys having a beer with friends or participating in his bowling and softball leagues.

A Few Fun Facts About Dominick Ferlito:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Summer Girls” by LFO
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Dave Matthews Band or Chance the Rapper
  • Favorite movie? Ocean’s Eleven
  • Favorite TV show? White Collar
  • Favorite pre-event snack? Chipotle
  • Favorite post-event snack? Sleep!
  • Biggest fear? Raccoons and all rodents
  • Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Last summer I took a month off work to travel in Europe and went to Caronia, Sicily where my family is from. That is, by far, my favorite place, but Florence is a close second.
  • How do you take your coffee? Black
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Flying because it’s faster than driving and who doesn’t want to fly?!

RTH ROCKSTAR OF THE MONTH, DOMINICK FERLITO

“Dom is a well-rounded member of the team and is always willing to take on a new challenge and step outside of his comfort zone. This is great in that while he is still learning, he is able to also teach some of those around him in different areas of what we do every day.” – Ryan Durfee, Production Manager

Congratulations to Dom on being August’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Dom to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of July: Anthony Miozzi

July’s ROCKstar of the Month is Anthony Miozzi. In just under a year, Anthony has evolved from a part-time technician to working as an audio engineer, learning video, rigging lights, and even getting certified to operate Sparkular!

Anthony Miozzi, Rock The House Technician

“I enjoy being a part of and seeing something really cool come together, like when lights are timed perfectly with music or flawless screen transitions happen at a big conference. When a show goes well, it’s a great feeling and you always learn something. The ability to constantly learn new things is one of my favorite parts of this job.” – Anthony Miozzi, ROCKstar of the Month

Anthony went to school for Audio Engineering and has played in bands, so he’s very familiar with studio and live audio. But as someone who loves learning new things, he’s always looking to expand his knowledge of both the technical and performance sides of an event. When not at Rock The House, Anthony loves to play and write music of all genres and enjoys learning new languages – he’s currently learning over five of them!

A Few Fun Facts About Anthony Miozzi:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Avenged Sevenfold
  • Favorite movie? Thor Ragnarok
  • Favorite TV show? The Office
  • Favorite post-event snack? Protein bar and then sleep.
  • Favorite cartoon character? Archer
  • Biggest fear? Situational heights – I can go up on a mezzanine, but not a 12-ft ladder.
  • Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? The 1000 Islands near Alexandria Bay, NY. It’s really pretty, and there’s an island in the middle of the lake that’s right on the border of the US and Canada. There’s a huge mansion there called Boldt Castle that’s really cool.
  • How do you take your coffee? With cream and chocolate syrup.
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Telekinesis –It would be fun to lift heavy things with my mind. So, if a car is parked badly in a parking spot, you could move it over and then be able to park next to it.

Anthony Miozzi, Rock The House Technician

“Since Miozzi joined the team, he has gone from helping out part-time in the shop and with load in/outs to being the main audio engineer for all the Rock The House LIVE! gigs! While we knew he had audio experience, he has blown us away with his skill level and his customer service! Not only is he always on time and works hard on every event, but he is also such a ball of positive energy! I don’t think there is anyone on our team that doesn’t enjoy working with him.” – Tricia Adams, Production Assistant

Congratulations to Anthony on being July’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Anthony to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

 

ROCKstar of the Month of June: Libby Jackson

Congratulations to June’s ROCKstar of the Month, Libby Jackson! While still fairly new to the RTH team, it feels like she’s been part of the family for a while! As the Director of First Impressions, Libby is not only the smiling face who greets our office guests, but she also assists the sales team and recently became part of our photo host team. What can’t she do?!

RTH ROCKstar of the Month: Libby Jackson

“I love working with this team. Everyone is super fun and friendly to work with, but also so hardworking. It’s rewarding to assist with producing amazing events. There’s something really special about being a part of these important moments and events in people’s lives.”

As a theatre major, Libby knows all about producing incredible entertainment on stage and working hard behind the scenes. So, the event industry was a natural fit! When she’s not at RTH, Libby enjoys spending time with friends, going to see plays, and serving as a registrar for Olmstead Performing Arts.

A Few Fun Facts About Libby Jackson:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Best Song Ever” by One Direction
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Janelle Monáe
  • Favorite movie? Currently, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  • Favorite TV show? The Office
  • Biggest fear? Spiders or getting lost in the dark.
  • How do you take your coffee? With lots of sweetened hazelnut creamer!
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I would like to stop time so that I could have more of it!

RTH ROCKstar of the Month: Libby Jackson

“Libby has stepped up every time there is a new project or task that needs to be accomplished. The most notable achievement is her filling in while one of our teammates has been on maternity leave for the past month. This enabled us to continue providing our ROCKstar teams with what they need to be successful at each and every event. If you haven’t connected with Libby yet, take a moment to walk in the front door of our office during regular business hours and introduce yourself!” – Amy Van Duyne, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Congratulations to Libby on being June’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Libby to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of May: Nate Diggins

May’s ROCKstar of the Month is Nate Diggins! Since joining the RTH team three years ago, Nate has grown from being a dancer to an MC, DJ, and technician! He’s a jack-of-all-trades and the kind of coworker who puts a smile on your face and always makes you feel welcome.

Rock The House, Rockstar of the Month, Nate Diggins

“The people I get to work with are really interesting, different, and all bring something to the table. When I’m working an event with my RTH teammates, I’m confident that we can get whatever is needed done!” – Nate Diggins, ROCKstar of the Month

Nate has always been interested in entertainment, so when a friend who worked at Rock The House brought him in to be a dancer and party motivator, he was excited. But what started as a side job has now turned into, as he puts it, “What I want to do for the rest of my life.”

“It’s amazing to be able to share memories with so many different people and be a part of cornerstone events in people’s lives. These are events they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives and being able to share that with them is very rewarding.” – Nate Diggins, ROCKstar of the Month

Rock The House, Rockstar of the Month, Nate Diggins

A Few Fun Facts About Nate:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “A Little Less Sixteen Candles” by Fall Out Boy
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Blink 182
  • Favorite movie? Anything Marvel
  • Favorite TV show? Arrow
  • Favorite pre-event snack? Chipotle
  • Favorite post-event snack? Taco Bell or Steak & Shake
  • Biggest fear? Spiders. Or not having enough XLR on a show.
  • What’s something not many people know about you? From my freshman to junior year of college, I was a competitive male cheerleader.
  • How do you take your coffee? Very sweet
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Super speed – for a quick event loadout!

Of the over 200 events that Nate has worked while at Rock The House, he shared that his favorite was the Girl Scout Lock-In at the SouthPark Mall. Growing up visiting that mall, Nate was amazed to see the space transformed to feel like a concert venue. “It was a blast getting up on stage, introducing people, and watching everyone go crazy,” he said.

When not at RTH, Nate enjoys catching up on sleep, hanging out with friends, and bowling.

Rock The House, Rockstar of the Month, Nate Diggins

“Nate is one of the hardest working employees I have on my team. His communication and willingness to step into many different roles is a testament to his work ethic and talent. He exceeds my expectations and is a great example of someone who puts in the time and effort to earn opportunity.” – Nick Duvé, General Manager, Entertainment Division

Congratulations to Nate on being May’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Nate to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

RTH Signature Event: Rock Your Prom 2018

Rock Your Prom Sign - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

It’s prom season and that means students are busy getting gussied up, so they can get down on the dance floor! Rock The House has been a part of over a dozen proms so far this season and while each is an amazing night, we love highlighting one in particular – Rock Your Prom 2018!

Rock Your Prom DJ and MC - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

Every year since 2012, we’ve teamed up with 96.5 KISS FM for an epic contest! Students from around the region are encouraged to nominate their school to win a $5,000 Ultimate Prom Package from RTH. This year’s Rock Your Prom entertainment team with the most was none other than DJ Mattitude and RTH’s own Signature MC, Nick Duvé.

Rock Your Prom Students Dancing - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

This year’s winner, with an overwhelming number of votes, was Cleveland Heights High School! Students rolled up to Landerhaven in style for their Met Gala-themed festivities, which featured a red carpet and photographer. After receiving the celebrity treatment and a delicious dinner from the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven team, it was time to ROCK the dance floor!

Rock Your Prom 2018 - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

In addition to spinning the hits all night long, Rock The House provided custom lighting for the room as well as SocialCast screens so that students could hashtag and share their experience throughout the night.

Special thanks to our additional Rock Your Prom 2018 sponsors: Cuyahoga County Safe Communities Coalition and the UH Rainbow Injury Prevention Center.

Photos courtesy of The Rock The House Photo Archive.

Want us to ROCK your next school dance? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started!

ROCKstar of the Month of April: Ryan Durfee

Congratulations to April’s ROCKstar of the Month, Ryan Durfee! For over six years, Ryan has been an essential part of the production team. As Production Manager, he constantly works to improve our inventory system, translate client visions into reality and continually goes the extra mile for clients and teammates.

Rockstar of the Month Ryan Durfee

“My favorite thing about being on the Rock The House team is being a part of such a large variety of events. It’s really rewarding to know that the work we put in makes some of the most important days of people’s lives better.” – Ryan Durfee, ROCKstar of the Month

While there are many roles to play and reasons to work in the event industry, Ryan appreciates the “man behind the curtain” aspect of the job. He enjoys the opportunity to be a part of large, important events, while not having to be the person on stage talking.

Of the many events that Ryan has worked, his favorite was the Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium fundraiser. This event features all sorts of theatrical elements wrapped into one day and happening simultaneously across multiple stages.

A Few Fun Facts About Ryan Durfee:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Barbie Girl” by Aqua… Not because I like the song, but because when I was in school, I programmed my automated lighting design final to that song. I’m pretty sure it’s the reason I aced the exam.
  • Favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption
  • Favorite post-event snack? Anything that’s open at 3AM. Usually, it’s Taco Bell.
  • Favorite cartoon character? Archer
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I’d be Batman.
  • Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? I once went to Guatemala for a mission trip. We moved 80,000 rocks up a hill to build a patio!

Rockstar of the Month of April, Ryan Durfee

“When Ryan started at RTH, he was part of a three-person team overseeing 700 events. He now oversees a staff of 25, executing 1,800 events. Ryan continues to see down the pipeline and knows what is needed for the department to grow. He works hard to develop his skills and is always bettering himself as a leader and team member. Ryan’s focus is always people first, equipment after.” – Ryan Konikoff, Chief Operating Officer.

Congratulations to Ryan on being April’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Ryan to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of March: John Vlach

How do we survive the madness of March?! With help from our ROCKstar of the Month, John Vlach! In just under 3 years, John has grown from part-time intern to full-time Graphic Designer. A vital member of our Marketing Team, John works on everything from event highlight videos to photo station designs to print media and collateral.

Rock The House ROCKstar of the Month, John Vlach

John says his favorite part about being on the Rock The House team is being a part of a diverse group of people who all do different things, but work together to produce amazing events.

“We all pull together as a team and help in the ways that we can. Different team members specialize in different things, but we all have the same goal. As the graphic designer, I enjoy that I get to create media for clients that highlights their events and then get to see them pleased and enthusiastic about it.” – John Vlach, ROCKstar of the Month

A Few Fun Facts About John Vlach:

  • Guilty pleasure song? “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
  • Pre-event snack? Cookies from Subway
  • Post event snack? Nothing is open that I like, so I go home and make a sandwich – like a BLT.
  • What’s your favorite movie? Forrest Gump
  • What’s your favorite TV show? Monday Night Raw
  • What’s your favorite song/artist? Envoi
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? When I was in vocational school, I did a short film about a watch that allowed the user to freeze time. The main character got greedy with the power and abused it. As a consequence, the watch disappeared, and he was stuck in frozen time. So, I would like that power, as long as I didn’t get stuck.

Rock The House ROCKstar of the Month, John VlachIn addition to working in-house to create amazing content, you can frequently find John on-site filming or photographing events. Of the many events that he’s had the pleasure to capture, John shared that the MetroPCS Dealer Summit in Dallas was one of his favorites!

“Working with MetroPCS allowed us to expand our capabilities as a company and I got to do things I’ve never gotten to do before. Usually, we’re in Northeast Ohio and so going to Dallas was an exciting new experience.” – John Vlach, ROCKstar of the Month

John loves being on big events with the team but also thrives on solo videography outings. Another event he enjoyed took place at the Mansfield Reformatory. There, he had the opportunity to film the Entrepreneurs Organization during one of their educational programs. John loved the unique location of the shoot, as well as the fun elements that EO incorporated.

“John is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. You can see the passion he has for his craft in every detail of what he does. He is meticulous, creative, committed and so supportive of this team. John is the media-savvy engine that propels the marketing department forward, allowing us to be imaginative and innovative. I’m so proud to have him on this team and can’t wait to see what he creates next!” – Stephanie Rose, Marketing Manager

In his free time, you can find John honing his craft by shooting stock footage, reading articles, or watching tutorials. John also enjoys watching WWE wrestling and NFL football.

Congratulations to John on being March’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like John to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started!

You can also check out some of John’s most recent work for us on our YouTube Channel. Keep up the great work John, and thanks for everything that you do!

Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

 

 

ROCKstar of the Month of February: Matt Heyl

February’s ROCKstar of the Month is Matt Heyl! Since joining the RTH team five years ago, Matt has continued to fine-tune his skills as a DJ and deliver phenomenal entertainment. No matter the event, when he’s behind a set of turntables, we know the event is in great hands!

Matt Heyl, Rock The House DJ and Rockstar of the Month

“My favorite things about being on the RTH team are the opportunities to meet new people, work in different venues, and experience first-hand the planning and execution of amazing events. It’s rewarding to have a job that I truly enjoy and look forward to doing every weekend.”

– Matt Heyl, ROCKstar of the Month

Matt’s interest in entertainment began at a young age when he received his first set of turntables and he hasn’t stopped fueling that passion since! When he’s not spinning tracks at an event, Matt enjoys riding his motorcycle and customizing his sports car.

Of the many events that Matt has worked, he shared that his favorite was the Belkin bat mitzvah at the House of Blues.

“I have attended many concerts at the House of Blues, but to see the entire venue decorated pink was surreal. On stage as a DJ, it was an incredible feeling knowing that I am standing on the same stage as world renowned artists that have performed at the House of Blues. It was a night I will never forget.”

– Matt Heyl, ROCKstar of the Month

Matt Heyl, Rock the House DJ and Rockstar of the MonthA Few Fun Facts About Matt:

Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Favorite movie? The Japanese anime classic, “Akira”

Favorite TV show? Cowboy Bebop

Favorite song/artist? Eminem

Favorite pre-event snack? Wendy’s or McDonald’s, whatever I can fit in before a show

Favorite post-event snack? Any fast food place that is open

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I’d like the ability to fly, just so I could experience the freedom of floating in the clouds

What’s something not many people know about you? I support the Cleveland arts scene by attending shows at Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Symphony

How do you take your coffee? On the rocks (iced)

Matt Heyl, Rock The House DJ and Rockstar of the Month

“I am proud to have Matt on our entertainment team. He is the kind of employee that everyone wants on their team. He works hard, is always on time, listens to our clients’ needs, and understands his role. He is always willing to learn and is now training to become an MC as well. I look forward to watching Matt continue his growth at Rock The House.”

– Nick Duve, General Manager, Entertainment Division.

Congratulations to Matt on being February’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Matt to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

Today’s Bride 2018: Wedding Show Recap

Almost half of all couples get engaged over the holiday season. That makes January the perfect time for couples to kick start their wedding planning. And what better way to get inspired than at the Today’s Bride Wedding Shows!

Each year, the Today’s Bride team gathers quite an impressive group. Vendors come from all over Northeast Ohio for the annual bridal expos at John S. Knight Center and the I-X Center. These shows attract thousands of engaged couples from all over the region and the Rock The House team made sure we were more than ready to “WOW” them!

RTH Weddings Today's Bride Wedding Show Booth

Our 2018 I-X show booth featured three display monitors, a gorgeous chandelier, uplighting, and a low-lying fog effect to make guests feel like they were walking on clouds! Our brand-new LED wall panels lined the top of our booth in a “ticker” style and were the perfect way to showcase the RTH Weddings signature logo, exclusive show specials, and information about our services. Inside the booth, our team of friendly wedding professionals answered questions and helped couples to plan their special day.

RTH Weddings Mirror Booth Collage

Across the aisle from our booth, you could find guests enjoying our Mirror Photo Booth, an interactive, state-of-the-art photo station that captures guests’ memories as they stand in the reflection of a full-size mirror! This novelty also prompts users to doodle and sign their masterpiece once it’s taken and allows the photos to be printed live on-site, sent digitally via SMS or email, or directly posted to social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Rock The House LIVE perform at Today's Bride Wedding Show

Our corporate audiovisual division, RTHAV, is also a proud sponsor of the Today’s Bride fashion show, providing production, audio, lighting, and staging for the event. In addition, our in-house party band, Rock The House LIVE!, kicked off each fashion show with a high-energy performance to get the crowd excited. The two-day expo featured a total of six fashion shows, so our team worked diligently to ensure the production went off without a hitch.

RTH Weddings Nick Duve hosts Today's Bride fashion show

Our MC with the most (and recent celebrity), Nick Duve, hosted each fashion show, welcoming guests, playing interactive games, and announcing the featured outfits and sponsors. As the models hit the runway, DJ Flightz, spun the hits and kept the energy up. Guests viewed gorgeous dresses by David’s Bridal, Lavender Bridal Salon, and American Commodore Dress Shoppe, as well as dapper tuxedos by American Commodore Tuxedo and Men’s Warehouse. Hair and makeup was provided by La-Freya Beauty and flowers were by Hirt’s Greenhouse.

Today's Bride Fashion Show

From weddings to fashion shows, and every event in between, Rock The House can do it all! To learn more about how you can work with our team of event professionals, visit our contact page by clicking here!

Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive

Fashion show photo by Jay Kossman Photography 

 

 

ROCKstar of the Month of January: Evan Guffin

New year, new ROCKstar! This month’s honoree is Evan Guffin, one of our Lead Technicians. Evan has been with Rock The House for over six years. Since joining the team, he has progressed from working as an audio technician to leading a team. He is willing to lend a hand to anyone in need and strives to make everything around him better.

Evan Guffin, Rock The House Technical Lead

Evan grew up around performance and performed as a kid, but eventually realized that he liked the behind-the-scenes factor more than being on the stage. His interest in the technical side of things even led him to study event production.

“Evan has excelled in and helped develop and mold our audio department in a positive way. He continues to make improvements on the look, feel, and sound of all of his events. His knowledge and attention to detail has given him the opportunity to project manage several Signature Events successfully.” – Ryan Durfee, Production Manager

Evan Guffin, Technical Lead at Rock The House

While Evan works in many areas and on many types of events, he shared that his favorite event to work on was the Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Celebration. “The Metroparks is a great organization and client of Rock The House,” said Guffin. “Their event was a great display of many of Rock The House’s audiovisual aspects.”

A Few Fun Facts About Evan Guffin:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls
  • Favorite movie? Blues Brothers
  • Favorite TV show? The Office
  • Favorite song/artist? Foo Fighters
  • Favorite pre-event snack? Banana
  • Favorite post-event snack? Chips and salsa
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I’d like to fly, I hate sitting in traffic.
  • What’s something not many people know about you? I’ve been drinking coffee since I was a little kid.
  • On that note, how do you take your coffee? Black.
Evan Guffin, Rock The House Technical Lead, Crowd Surfing

Yep, that’s Evan getting a “lift” from the RTH team!

“One of my favorite things about being on the RTH team is seeing the concept that a client has imagined for an event come together and then seeing their reaction to it when it is done.” – Evan Guffin, ROCKstar of the Month

When not at work, Evan can be found working out at the gym, enjoying craft beers, and spending time with his friends and family.

“Evan is someone who we know can handle whatever we throw at him. He personifies RTH culture by always being willing to step up and help out. He does what needs to be done and is more than willing to help anyone that asks!” – Tricia Adams, Production Assistant

Congratulations to Evan on being January’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Evan to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.