DJ Neekola and DJ Hi Def shred the decks at Heist!

Modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJNeekola.com 9/17/14

Last Saturday was completely nuts (in an awesome way!) as Pelonkey‘s DJ Neekola and DJ Hi Def spun out some crazy beats at one of DC’s most popular night clubs, Heist, one of Pelonkey’s partner venues!

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DJ Hi Def opened up the night with his heavy house style, adding a kiss of hip hop and modern jams, making the crowd go crazy!

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Around midnight, Neekola rolled in with her pink hair a’blazin’, creating waves with her bass beats!

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The dance floor was full the entire night, with people still partying when the lights turned on. Nobody was ready to go home! Make sure you check out Heist the next time this Pelonkey duo hits the decks – the party doesn’t stop!

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Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Tony Cord

Tony Cord is our awesome connector and thinker here on the Pelonkey Advisory Board. Not only does he love to find interesting people and business to introduce us to, he is also very strategic about his advice. Years of experience in different DC sectors allow him to truly analyze Pelonkey‘s developments and figure out how to best help us reach the next platform of strong company formation!

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In addition to serving as one of our wonderful Advisory Board “cheerleaders”, Tony is on the board for multiple non-profits and organizations, including DC Innovates, which harbors the Digital DC Tech Fund, and the National Crowdfunding Services. Coming up is the first DC Crowdfunding Challenge, hosted by the National Crowdfunding Services, and Tony is very excited about it! In a format best described as Shark Tank meets Power to the People, “communities will be empowered like never before as the crowdfunding democratizes raising capital for projects, causes, and businesses, harnessing the power of social media and the Internet”.

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Tony has always been a go-getter and purveyor of helping people realize and accomplish their goals. He frequently volunteers in his community and promotes various local causes. Tony is also an angel investor and an entrepreneur, himself! He sees the need in the growing DC creative community for a business platform like Pelonkey, which will help so many entertainers get a better hold of their business and maximize on all the opportunity Pelonkey provides for them!

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When he is not working (rarely, he is always ready and looking for opportunity!), Tony likes to kick back to a nice glass of wine and cigar, preferably on a rooftop to watch the sunset with his guitar.

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Also a huge lover of beaches and the water, Tony aspires to travel the world. Enjoying his time with his four children and partner, Tina Palmer, Tony tries not to take himself too seriously and make sure he’s really living his life!

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We here at Pelonkey thrive off of Tony’s zest and energy! We are so proud to have him on our Advisory Board!

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is at Nordstrom Tyson’s Corner Center with Pelonkey’s DJ Neekola!

Article modified from Ciera Gallub’s post on djneekola.com.

Last Friday, Pelonkey‘s very own CEO, DJ Neekola, performed for an in-store specialty event at the Nordstrom of Tyson’s Corner Center, with special guest Sarah Jessica Parker!

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The beautiful SJP was showing off her fabulous line of designer shoes, each and every one of them making you feel like you were SJP herself!

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While all the Nordstrom shoppers eagerly got in line to meet the beautiful Sex & the City actress and icon (and maybe even snag a pic and an autograph!), DJ Neekola kept the vibe upbeat, bouncy, and totally girly!

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After her performance, SJP told Neekola that her music was amazing! She loved her pink hair and even asked Neekola if she could get a picture with her! How awesome!

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This was definitely a highlight of DJ Neekola’s events at Nordstrom – we love SJP!! A big thanks to the wonderful Nordstrom team for having Pelonkey’s DJ Neekola perform for this super opportune reveal event!

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For more on SJP’s appearance at Tyson’s Nordstrom, check out What Do I Wear, DC Racked, 94.7 Fresh FM, Guest of a Guest, Tyson’s Corner Patch, Yahoo News, City Shop Girl, A Diva State of Mind, ZIMBIO, The Fab Empire, Obsessed Magazine, TPWP DC Guide, and A Loyal Love.

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Eddie Fam

Written by Ciera Gallub, COO and Staff Writer

Meet Eddie Fam, one of our awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board Members! Eddie is also the President of IMPACT Marketing and Events, the founder of the Meant 2 Live Foundation, and the Marketing Director at the Winery at Bull Run. All these activities, you would think he’d be exhausted! Not Eddie; he is always lively, spirited, encouraging, and ready for the next challenge!

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With all of his great insight and experience, Eddie likes to connect private event clients to Pelonkey‘s many talented entertainers, whether for a wedding, corporate event, festival, or charity fundraiser, to name a few. Eddie has a real passion for Pelonkey and the company’s future impact. Pelonkey is going to change the way clients and entertainers do business together, making both sides more easily accessible to each other within a secure, trusted environment. For Eddie, this streamlined process will make the client’s event that much more wonderful and special!

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In his spare time, Eddie enjoys drinking wine, going to awesome rock concerts (here’s to U2!), and traveling the world. One of his favorite places to travel to is Africa.

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Every year, Eddie and the Meant 2 Live Foundation go out to Africa on a missions trip. In his most recent trip this past July, Eddie reunited with his brother, a Mission Priest who has dedicated his life to care for more than 220 orphans in Zambia. He is already hard at work planning next year’s trip to Zambia! M2L plans on continuing the expansion of their orphans project into three more communities.

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If you’d like to go on the next missions trip to Zambia, book your wedding at the Winery at Bull Run, or just have a smashing conversation with a genuinely happy, passionate guy, do not hesitate to introduce yourself to Eddie Fam! After all, humans are his favorite animal. They can impact every other animal out there! We are so proud to have someone like Eddie Fam on our Pelonkey Board of Advisors! Catch Eddie at any upcoming Networking For Good event!

Pelonkey DJs rock the decks at Heist for Industry Tuesdays!

Written by Ciera Gallub, COO and Staff Writer

Our amazing DC DJs were back at it again last Tuesday night! DJ Oz, DJ Vicious, Phlipz, and Pelonkey‘s very own CEO DJ Neekola shredded the decks at Heist for their Industry Tuesdays!

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Switching back and forth for various sets, some heavy house, hip hop, electro, and modern hits were mixed and mashed, keeping the bottles popping, the tables full, and the dance floor packed the entire night! We can’t wait to have our awesome Pelonkey DJs rock the night at Heist again! Catch different peeps every Tuesday night, making magic happen. To make your table reservations, click here – see you there!

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Rich Shea

Our awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member, Rich Shea runs HiBall Events, which owns 7 different event companies operating in 6 states, and Washington, DC. Most noteworthy within HiBall is the Big Night America New Year’s Eve events, which produce 5 of the largest NYE celebrations in the country! Bigger news than that party, Rich is a new daddy!

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Rich brings great insight to the Pelonkey Advisory Board with all of his event planning and venue experience. Being neck deep in the entertainment industry and managing different artists across the nation on a regular basis gives him a very focused understanding of all levels of company operations. Specific to Pelonkey, Rich brings insight to the relationship between the artist, the promoter, and the venue from the promoter’s perspective. He also has a good degree of marketing/sales expertise, especially in regards to the online world, which can be helpful to Pelonkey as it scales up.

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Marketing is Rich’s strongest skill – he has extensive experience in opening new markets by connecting people with unique event environments. Rich believes that Pelonkey will bring all event industry people closer together, since the back business content is easily automated and taken care of, allowing more time for everyone to do what they love best: entertain!

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HiBall has many exciting events coming up, and the one Rich is most excited for is a new Big Night America in Chicago! Located at one of the best hotels in the city, the Hilton Palmer House, this event is sure to be huge and super awesome!

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One thing you may not know about Rich from the outside is that he loves bananas. They are fruity perfection. Rich also plays hockey in his free time with DC Street Hockey, making sure he maintains a great summer bod all year round! If you would like to email Rich, you should customize your font to Helvetica, which is his favorite due to its aesthetic appeal. We love having Rich on our Pelonkey Advisory Board as a great power player!

Digital DC teams up with Pelonkey for the Summer Kickoff Reception at Capitale!

Last month, Pelonkey provided two of our awesome DC DJs, DJ Costi and DJ Hi Def, to mix and mash up some super dope beats for Digital DC‘s Summer Kickoff Reception!

Hosted by Carlos Gray, Mayor Vincent Gray‘s son, the event brought together awesome people from the DC government, including 1776 mentor Erin Horne McKinney!

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Starting off the night was Pelonkey’s DJ Costi, feeling out the crowd with some upbeat lounge and house music. Halfway through, DJ Hi Def kicked into club mode, mixing in some hip hop and a little modern house. What a great vibe from the two of them!

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Capitale proved to be an excellent space for the networking party, which consisted of NFL Pro Sports, startups (mostly from WeWork, another event sponsor), and real estate members.

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St. Louis Rams Safety, Rodney McLeod, was in attendance with a few of his football buddies, attracting quite a crowd!

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With Lulu’s ice cream also in attendance sharing the delicious love, it was quite a successful event all around!

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Pelonkey was happy to be a part of the Summer Kickoff Reception!

@DJNeekola Spins for @ChefArtSmith’s #PowerBearForEquality #Party at @LiaisonCapHill #Rooftop to #Benefit @HRC’s #ProjectOneAmerica and @TheDCCenter’s #LGBT #Community

This past Thursday, DJ Neekola performed at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel’s rooftop poolside for the Power Bear for Equality party, hosted by Chef Art Smith.

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Benefiting both the Human Rights Campaign’s Project One America and the DC Center for LGBT Community, the event featured exquisite little bites from Art and Soul as well as gourmet hot dogs, and a fully stocked bar for the cocktail connoisseur!

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The event sold over 200 tickets, packing out the pool house rooftop! Pelonkey’s very own DJ Neekola very much enjoyed spinning upbeat lounge and house music for all of the guests, eager to grab a second with Chef Art!

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The beneficiaries for the evening lay close to Chef Art’s heart. The Human Rights Campaign launched Project One America in attempts to bring more equality to the Southern states of the US, where LGBT rights are discriminated against and often times ignored. The DC Center of the LGBT Community is also looking to advance rights in the local city area.

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It was a great party, and DJ Neekola can’t wait to spin for another amazing event later this month at the Liaison, Chefs Behind Bars, which is benefiting Share Our Strength. Grab your tickets here: http://chefsbehindbars.eventbrite.com, and also look for Neekola’s twitter contest, where she will be giving away two free tickets to a lucky winner! Just tweet a pic of your favorite cocktail and recipe with #ChefsBehindBars to @DJNeekola for your chance to win! See you there!

Chef Art Smith: http://www.chefartsmith.net/chef_art_homepage/index.htm

Liaison Capitol Hotel: http://www.affinia.com/Washington-DC-Hotel.aspx?name=Liaison-Capitol-Hill

Human Rights Campaign: http://www.hrc.org

HRC’s Project One America: http://www/hrc.org/campaigns/project-one-america

DC Center of LGBT Community: http://www.thedccenter.org

@Pelonkey’s Very Own @DJNeekola Performs for @1776DC #SmartCities Gala at #Dock5 @UnionMarketDC

Pelonkey’s wonderful headquarters currently reside at 1776, DC’s top tech startup incubator! Last week, 1776 hosted thousands of international guests in the city for the Challenge Festival, a week-long event/competition bringing together the worlds finest in tech startup innovation within the categories. Pelonkey’s very own Founder and CEO, DJ Neekola, was asked to use her artistic talents to perform for the Smart Cities Gala at the Dock5 at Union Market!

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After a long day of competition and pitching, these tech people were ready to wind down with a good networking sesh accompanied by great music, which is where DJ Neekola excelled. She had a wonderful time spinning for such an interesting and ambitious group of people, all different yet like-minded individuals. Playing for this eclectic crowd was a welcomed challenge for her, and we here at Pelonkey are so proud to have her on the team! Thank you to 1776 for such an awesome festival and allowing us to provide you the best talent!

1776: http://1776dc.com

Challenge Festival: http://1776dc.com/blog/2014/05/09/beyond-the-panels-and-parties-why-challenge-festival-is-an-ideal-successor-to-dcweek/

Dock5 at Union Market: http://unionmarketdc.com/dock5/