A Few Good Groomsmen

By: Jessa Goodworth

This has been a crazy summer for RTH staff members. Of course, we work in events and every weekend is filled with them, but after being in business for 10 years, we have grown accustomed to having somewhat of a slow summer… a couple events here and there but mostly planning and plotting for the coming year’s busy season. This summer did not fall into the regular, “chill” category as, for the past 3 years, we have been launching a wedding marketing campaign and really enjoying our new roll as a Wedding DJ and Production Company – which left us performing, hosting and producing 75 weddings this summer.

Not only were we involved in planning these events as vendors, but many of our most recognizable EMCEE’s were also front and center at RTH produced weddings in other ways – rather than being a wedding vendor- They were members of The Bridal Party!

Matt Radicelli - Founder/Owner of Rock The House was honored at the wedding of long-time buddy, Travis Roe.

Jeff Kutz - Vice President of Sales - Rock The House helped out long-tim friend and event professional - Rick Smith Jr.

Tim Frankish – EMCEE and creative services manager, was approached by long-time friend and RTH wedding EMCEE – Kevin New to be honored as a groomsman.


In a sit-down interview with my fellow co-workers, I wanted to get the dirt on what being a Groomsman at a Rock The House event was like…

RTH – For each of your respective grooms, how long have you known the groom and how did you meet?

Matt – I’ve known Travis for 15 years. We met in HS, started working together after we graduated.

Jeff – I have known Rick for 5 plus years. We met while working an event together.

Tim – I meet my buddy Kevin when we were in middle school. That was about 13 years ago!

RTH – At the wedding that you were in, which vendors were used?

Matt – RTH DJ’d the wedding… it was at stambaugh auditorium… beautiful.

Tim – They used LCD photo and video for capturing their memories. Not sure about the limo service, it was very tight inside the limo…I think they tell people their bigger then they really are.

Jeff – LCD Photography, Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, Rock The House

RTH – What was it like, seeing RTH from a guest’s perspective?

Matt – Hard to contain myself… I notice everything. We did a great job and was proud to provide the products and services to a dear friend.

Tim – It was hard at first to relax…but after a few drinks and hitting the dance floor…I truly got to enjoy myself. I can honestly saw Rock The House is amazing at what we/they do!

Jeff – Amazing…not being biased.  I had the time of my life!

RTH – Were you tempted at all, as a groomsmen, to get on the mic and do your thing?

Matt – Yes, and I did get on the mic once… couldn’t stop myself.

Tim – Not at all.

Jeff – Thought never crossed my mind!

RTH – What were you most impressed with as a groomsman in the wedding that you were in?

Matt – I was impressed by how much everyone danced and that the lighting was breathtaking.

Jeff – I was too busy having fun to notice!

Tim- The one thing that impressed me the much was how much thought my buddy and his wife put into the whole day. Everything was thought through…and carried out exactly how they wanted their special day. It truly is a lot of work…but in the end…it was exactly what they wished for!

High School ROCK Off

2009 was a great year for Rock The House and Live Nation. On both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, we brought The Rock The House Party Pavilion to both The 18th Annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off & Music Festival and Taste of Cleveland.

Rock The House started 2010 off with a Bang as well when Barry Gable from Live Nation requested our presence at the 2010 Tri-C High School Rock Off. Throughout the months of January and February, 19 of North-Eastern Ohio’s up-and-coming musicians came together to put on live performances at The House of Blues.

At Rock The House, we believe strongly in music education and loved supporting these talented young musical groups.

Jeff Kutz, our VP of Sales and Headlining Entertainer says:

I was overwhelmed by how gifted the young performers were. These high-schoolers represent one of the most talented groups of musicians I have ever seen live. I loved working and emceeing the event. Working with sponsors such as Live Nation, Kiss FM, Tri-C, Ohio Natural Gas and House of Blues was a thrill and an honor.

At the event finale on February 7, Maddie Finn won the grand prize and also was named the first female- fronted band to ever to win The High School Rock-Off.

Read an article about Maddie Finn by Chuck Yarborough of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, here.

Rock The House Wins a World Class Customer Service Award!

For the Rock The House Team, June 8, 2010 offered us a reason to celebrate. After a long and thorough application process, we were recognized at Smart Business Magazine’s 2010 World Class Customer Service Awards, presented by Metro Lexus. Rock The House staff members were thrilled to be guests at this prestigious event.


RTH full time staff members, Matt Radicelli, Jeff Kutz and Jessica Goodworth arrived in style during cocktail hour-where we were kindly greeted by old friends and people we had not yet met. While sipping on top-shelf beverages and taking bites of the fantastic finger food- provided by Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, we were also offered the opportunity to mix and mingle with other professionals with whom we don’t normally get to hang out with, such as:

Skoda Minotti

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Corporate College

Flique Creative

Le Chaperon Rouge

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Your Teen Magazine

The awards ceremony consisted of hilarious banter between the hosts- Metro Lexus’s Dan Pyle and John R. DiJulius of The DiJulius Group. We enjoyed hearing them crack jokes, while watching behind-the-scenes video coverage of all of the companies’ interviews.

While only some Rock The House staff members were able to attend the event, all of us were on a mission this year to offer over-the-top customer service to our clients, colleagues and fellow staff members. We have developed a customer service system that is unheard of in our industry – if it’s not right… it’s free!

Matt Radicelli accepts award for, "No Risk" customer serviceMatt Radicelli accepts award for, “No Risk” customer service 

This new program that we implemented proved to be risky enough to win the, “No Risk” Customer Service award at the event! Congrats to Rock The House Staff members and thank you for all of your dedication and support.