Times Gone By Entertainment

Reading, PA

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How does your business stand out?

Hello. I am an all around music supplier service. I am an entertainer with a love for music. My service includes: DJ, Karaoke, Live Oldies Shows and Trivia Quiz Shows. With my DJ service, I have a vast assortment of songs for your listening and dancing pleasure, and more is added every week. The songs range from the 1940's through todays top forty hits. The music genres range from Rock, Pop, Adult Contemporary, Country, Dance/Club, Latin, Rap, Soul and R&B, just to name a few. Do you want karaoke? I can provide that as well. My karaoke library is filled with songs that you grew up with, along with today's top hits. My live oldies show consists of songs from the '50s through the '70s. I have all of my own equipment. I do not rent anything. All of my music is digital and downloaded on a laptop computer for ease of mobility. I utilize three different set-ups that allow me to choose the proper size for the venue. I can also provide lights for the dance floor. I am a member of the National Association of Mobile Entertainers and I carry liability insurance.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I truly enjoy entertaining and providing a good time for my clients and their guests. It allows me to share my passion for music with others in a fun and fulfilling way.
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Location

Reading, PA 19606

Background check

Complete

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

101

Reviews

56 Reviews
  • Dawn M. Aug 28, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard was highly professional and did a phenomenal job of entertaining everyone at my husband's surprise 50th birthday party. He was really in tune with what the guests wanted to hear and accommodated special requests. Everyone had a fabulous time, and I know Richard's DJ skills and music had a lot to do with that. :-)
  • Stefanie C. Aug 22, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Was awesome played everything I wanted.
    Richard W. Aug 22, 2017

    Thank you, Stefanie. It was a great time. I appreciate the great review and hope that I may be of service to you again some time in the future.

  • Harold P. Jul 16, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    He was great gave him a play list and he played every song it plus to request in between
    Richard W. Jul 17, 2017

    Thank you, Harold, for the great review. I do hope we cross paths again in the future.

  • Jawanna M. Jun 5, 2017
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Rich is great! Did a fantastic job!
    Richard W. Jul 17, 2017

    Jawanna, I had a very nice time at your event. Thank you for the nice words. Hope to perform for you again in the future.

  • Jesse G. May 31, 2017
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich was very accommodating and very well organized. He was everything we hoped for the DJ at our wedding. He played all the music we wanted and would recommend him anytime!
    Richard W. Jul 17, 2017

    Thank you, Jesse, for the kind words. It was my pleasure to provide my services for your wedding. If you are ever in the need for a dj in the future, or know somebody who may, do not hesitate to call me. Thanks again.

  • Shelly W. May 14, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich was amazing. He sets up quickly and immediately starts playing great music. He had any song we wanted and when we asked for him to do anything, he went with it. His energy is great and he reads his audience. So thankful we found him.
    Richard W. May 15, 2017

    Thank you, Shelly, for the wonderful review. I try my best to reach my customers expectations and go beyond that. I had a wonderful time and hope to perform for you and your family again sometime.

  • Lynn E. May 8, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We had a great time, especially the kids. He played a variety of genres for all age groups.
  • Christine R. Apr 24, 2017
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review Updated
    Amazing
    Rich was incredible and I would hire him again in a second. He had such a great variety of music and such a wonderful personality. He was so flexible and accommodating and our guests loved him. 1000 stars
  • Verified Review Original
    Amazing
    Rich was incredible and I would hire him again in a second. He had such a great variety of music and such a wonderful personality. He was so flexible and accommodating and our guests loved him. 1000 stars
  • Caroline P. Mar 28, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    St Thomas the Apostle Fundraising Event
    Richard was great! He took many many requests and had a great selection of music. He was professional and fun!
  • Richard C. Feb 23, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Make sure he brings the right equipment
    He was very entertaining, but didn't provide the karaoke which is the main reason we hired him. He tried improvising, we still had a good time! We will still use him again!
    Richard W. Feb 24, 2017

    Richard: As we discussed that evening, I was not informed that you wanted karaoke. It was NEVER part or the agreement and I do have the emails to back my claim. Fortunately I was still able to provide it. It is very unfair of you to point out about bringing the right equipment. I did bring the appropriate equipment for what I was hired for.

  • Nikki K. Jan 8, 2017
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
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    Richard DJ'd and did karaoke for my moms 60th birthday party. There was a mix of ages 24-60 and he did a great job playing music from all genres! He is reliable and even drove an hr in the snow to make it to the party! I could tell he really loved what he does! I would hire him again!
  • Stephanie T. Dec 15, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Holiday Party
    Rich was a pleasure to work with. He kept our party dancing and played everything we requested. Thank you!
  • Steve Y. Dec 12, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Wonderful DJ & Karaoke!!!
    Rich was wonderful and very helpful with the karaoke. Everyone had a blast! Thank you Rich!
  • Jeri K. Dec 4, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Oldies are Goodies
    Rich arrived on time to set up and later to play his records. The group enjoyed the music very much a there even was some dancing.
  • Jacqui D. Nov 3, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Great time
    Thank you Richard for a great job!
  • Brittany M. Oct 9, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    The Soundtrack to my life!
    Perfection with a capital P! What can I say about Richard that hasn't been said on many many reviews. He is absolutely a dream to work with. Always on time, always accommodating! He made my wedding day magical. He played everything I asked, exactly how I wanted it. He listened and was helpful when things didn't go as planned (not his fault by the way) he took everything in stride and with a smile. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him for any event I would ever need. A++++ Thank you again Richard for everything!!
    Richard W. Oct 10, 2016

    Thank you, Brittany, for the great review. It was an extreme pleasure to serve as your MC/DJ. I wish you and Jose a long, happy, healthy life together. Have fun on your honeymoon.

  • Kellyann C. Oct 1, 2016
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Rich mad our party fun!
    Rich was super fun and able to cater to the choices my guests were making... played wonderful music while the "non-karaoke" fun was being had, and then switched to karaoke in a flash. As a hostess, he made that part of the party super easy and super fun.
  • Kimberley R. Sep 17, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Fantastic!
    Fantastic service, awesome music. Would hire him again.
  • Elaine B. Sep 8, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ scores a 10
    Rick did a great job at our special "60" birthday party...he was accommodating, friendly, and hardworking...did not take a break during the five hours we was with us. I recommend Rick without hesitation.
    Richard W. Sep 8, 2016

    Thanks Elaine for the great review. I truly had a fabulous time. Karaoke was loads of fun.

  • Sierra D. Sep 7, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Amazing
    Great job done! Great sense of humor, punctual, very attentive! Will be booking for all future events!
    Richard W. Sep 8, 2016

    Sierra. I had a fabulous time. You, the bridal party and guests were all fantastic.

  • Michelle M. Aug 28, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Sherrie S. Aug 22, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard was great to all my team employee's and played the music that they requested. I would hire Richard again. Thanks!
    Richard W. Sep 8, 2016

    Thank you, Sherrie. I had a great time. Looking forward to working with you again in the future.

  • Lynne P. Aug 7, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Very pleasant and enjoyable person. Music was just perfect for our party. Crowd was easily entertained! Communication was well kept from the time of hiring until actual party. Would recommend highly.
    Richard W. Aug 8, 2016

    Thank you, Lynne, for a great time. You were wonderful to work with. I do hope to have the opportunity to dj for you again in the future.

  • Shaun G. Jul 31, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich did an amazing job! Played a great mix of music and kept the party moving and was super professional. Awesome experience!
    Richard W. Jul 31, 2016

    Thank you, Shaun, for the great review. It was my pleasure to provide my dj services for Lori's surprise birthday party. I hope I can be of service to you in the future.

  • Robin K. Jul 3, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    He did a great job. Played all the music we asked for
  • Mike S. May 31, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We had a "party" with friends & family to celebrate our wedding. Richard did an excellent job - very professional, fantastic music selection, he had the equipment, speakers, monitors, etc set up so that all could enjoy the music/karaoke. He did a great job!
    Richard W. Jun 1, 2016

    Thank you, Mike. I had a fantastic time. It's always great to see family and friends come together and have a fun day/evening of dancing and singing.

  • Devon C. May 26, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard was on time and very professional. Everyone loved the karaoke and he stayed till 10 an HR after the party was over!!! Awesome job!
    Richard W. May 26, 2016

    Thank you, Devon. It's gratifying knowing that the time spent to provide good service is appreciated. You and Frank were great to work with and I do hope to provide my services in the future if the need ever arises.

  • Sean C. May 8, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich did a great job for our Union dinner/dance. Everyone had a great time and he had all the music that people requested. He kept the party going and was very professional. We will use him again and we recommend him.
    Richard W. May 9, 2016

    Thank you, Sean. The attendees were great to work with and they seemed to have a fantastic time on the dance floor. Looking forward to working with you again in the future.

  • Tyler A. Mar 1, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
  • Michelle V. Nov 2, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard came on time and did a wonderful job. I would use his services again. Michelle V.
  • James D. Oct 12, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich had the perfect selection of music for our age group and he was right on cue for accompaniment of speeches and toasts.
  • Kathy S. Aug 3, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich was a great choice for our large family birthday party. He arrived early and stayed 2.5 hours past his scheduled engagement as the party was a bit late in getting going with the dancing. He had every piece requested spanning the generations back to the 1940's. Everyone had a wonderful time.
  • Dawn M. Aug 1, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    While Richard played the great 80's tunes we requested, his karaoke left something to be desired. There was too much feedback which he blamed on both the people singing and interference from my wheel chair. It wasn't until HE sang that he heard the interference and turned down the mikes, which a fellow karaoke DJ who was a guest at our party had suggested to him but he blew it off. My partner, who this 50th birthday surprise party was for, was very upset she couldn't sing because of the feedback, and said she would never hire Richard if she needs a Karaoke DJ in the future. I can't be that harsh because he did lower is price form me because I had a budget. I thought that was very nice. Overall, he's a great DJ, but his Karaoke needs tweaking.
    Richard W. Aug 1, 2015

    I take my reviews very seriously, so I must respond to this review. First of all, karaoke services were not part of the original agreement. I was asked for karaoke on the day of the event and I went back to the office (45 minutes away) to retrieve my karaoke gear. Second, I do not recall anybody introducing themselves as a karaoke jockey at the event when the feedback occurred. And finally, I do not have control over interference with such items as metal wheelchairs. When people do get close to each other while singing, or stane too close to the speakers, there will be feedback. That is uncontrollable with the type of microphones that is standard in the karaoke industry. A better mic system, costing $500 - $1,000 dollars may eliminate that problem, but very few karaoke jockeys will put out that kind of money with the abuse the mics go through from karaoke singers. I will not apologize for the performance. I feel that I went above and beyond what I was hired to do.

  • Diane W. Jul 22, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard did a great job at our wedding reception. We were very satisfied and would hire him again if we needed a DJ for another occasion.
  • Brooks D. May 29, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    while speaking with Richard he impressed me as professional and capable I am happy to have him included in my families event. brooks diggans
  • Linda C. Mar 23, 2015
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Rich did a great job by keeping the event moving, alternating between dancing and karaoking. It turned out to be one of the best events our community has held. He was on time and very professional.
  • Beth A. Mar 9, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich did a very nice job at our Anniversary Party. He played all of our request and was very easy to work with.
  • Dianna J. Mar 1, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Excellent job DJing. Was on time and had everything set up in advance. Played all requests. Formulated playlist based on genres requested beforehand. Great job communicating with me.
  • Jessica C. Dec 5, 2014
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    We had a fun time singing karaoke and even though our crowd wasn't a dancing crowd everyone had a blast at the bday party! Thank you so much Rich:) and Great Elvis impression!!!
  • Joselle T. Aug 25, 2014
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
  • Shanna C. Aug 10, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Great everything we asked for & more! We had Rich & invited his wife of 39 years as well beings it was their Anniversary! Very pleasant great people & he does whatever music you ask for! Definitely reccomend Times Gone By Entertainment !
  • Craig R. Aug 2, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard was a nice guy but lacked the ability to take control of the reception. His work was average and needed a little more planning on his part.
    Richard W. Jun 1, 2015

    The bride and groom did not have the wedding reception planner worksheet filled out as requested. The brides family was uncontrollable. I did not want to upset the bride by complaining about her family.

  • Diane B. Jul 27, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard was very professional and personable. He arrived on time, set up very quickly. He had my mother's favorite song ready for her when she entered for her 90th surprise birthday party. Even played it again after we sang Happy Birthday. Everyone that did kareoke had a great time. He had every song that we requested. He even played a little longer that expected. We would hire him again. Thanks Richard for making our mom's 90th a wonderful day!
  • Kathleen R. May 11, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We had a prom for grown ups last evening. Richard did an outstanding job . His music selection kept the party moving. I would recommend! Kate
  • Gary S. May 4, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Lisa D. Mar 17, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Mrs. M. Feb 3, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard did an excellent job for my husbands birthday party. He played all the music that was requested. He was very professional by being there early. I will be using Richard for his DJ services again. His prices are very reasonable. Everyone at the party had nothing but good things to say about Richards DJ services. I have no complaints at all. I would definitely recommend Richard for DJ services.
  • Mary F. Jan 1, 2014
    Karaoke Machine Rental
    Verified Review
    Richard did a great job entertaining at our event. He is a very nice man and had a great variety of songs. I would recommend him and look forward to working with him in the future. You will enjoy having Richard as your DJ.
  • Erin F. Dec 16, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich did a great job. He worked with our schedule changes and kept the evening flowing nicely!
  • Amy G. Dec 5, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard provided DJ services for my father's birthday party last weekend. I cannot say any negative points and can'teven come close to mentioning all the positive as there are just too many about his services. Richard was on time, professional yet laid back, and was prepared with the exact genre of music we requested. He was friendly and helpful of getting our guest on the dance floor and open to any requests. He had books with all music he had available and was willing to have some karaoke performed (from both the talented and not so talented)! In short, I would recommend Richard to anyone for tier Dj needs and will certainly keep his contact information for any of my future functions.
  • Britany H. Oct 13, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich was great, he was very nice, he played great music and kept everyone happy and having fun. He also had a large variety of music to keep everyone pleased. I would definitely use him again!
  • Kristy K. Sep 30, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Justin S. Aug 25, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard did a very nice job and was very respectful and curtious. Richard played very well and played everything we asked him to and we all had a very Nice time we were all pleased. I would recomond him to anybody.
  • John D. Aug 6, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Richard is a nice guy and means well. Also, his prices are good. With that being said, you get what you pay for and if cost is your main objective, use him. However, if you don't mind spending more for a special occasion, don't use him.
    Richard W. Jun 1, 2015

    Unbeknownst to me, the wedding ceremony was outdoors. I was not given any shade and was not able to view my computer screen to cue up the music at the proper moments. The bride was to give me a cd with Thailand music, since her family was from Thailand. She decided that it was not needed. Naturally, her family complained there was no Thai music.

  • Lisa F. Jul 21, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Rich was great, very proficient helpful with song picks, and suggestions, worked with us and all our needs. Really got our party movin loved by all our guest. Great job and well done!! Lisa & Mark Speciale thank you Rich!
  • Beth A. Mar 19, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Was wonderful to work with; actively involved with different times and announcements during the wedding.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I do not use a standard pricing procedure. My price is based on the type and size of the event and what extras they may request. It is what I feel to be the best price and most accurate for my client. The client is not being overcharged for travel or for any other extras they didn't request or don't require.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
After initial contact, I try to meet with the client and go over their expectations and desires. I then recommend or offer suggestions that may help in making their event more pleasurable and memorable. I work with my customers to help them achieve their expectations.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Music has always been my hobby. I enjoyed music since I was 5 years old, Listening to my mother's Elvis Gold Records album got me hooked. I always wanted to be an entertainer, but never really put the emphasis into it until several years back. I started out by lip-syncing to Elvis songs, then I started singing in public. All the while, family and friends would ask me to DJ for them at a party or function they were having. That's when I decided to start my own entertainment business, offering DJ and karaoke services, and live performances.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have provided DJ services for weddings, birthday parties, sweet 16 parties, holiday parties, family reunions , class reunions, corporate functions and private picnics. I have also provide live performances for restaurants & night clubs, family reunions and Christmas parties
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't always go with the first quote you get or the cheapest price. Talk to the DJ and find out what they provide with their bid and what options are available. Request a face-to-face meeting.