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DJ Sued for Breach of Contract
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NEW YORK -- We signed a contract with Kevin Colangelo Premiere DJ's to perform the DJ services at our daughter's wedding one year in advance of her wedding date. We paid him $1500 -- by far the most charged by anyone we interviewed -- because of his claims of being a 37-year-veteran in the business, DJing events with super stars, accuspot lighting, uplighting, 8 array sound system. We selected the 'Kevin Colangelo' package because it guaranteed that he, himself, would perform at our wedding. His name was typed into the contract. It included 6 hours of play time.

3 weeks before the wedding, when my daughter submitted her wedding planner, the hours he was asked to play became an issue. We already paid him to play for 6 hours. We changed that to 4-1/2 hours play time, with 1-1/2 hours 'wait' time. Even though the math equals 6 hours either way, he told my daughter we would have to pay him $450 more. When she complained because she couldn't understand why she owed him more money, he told her she could avoid the $450 by having a different DJ perform at her wedding. Our only other choice would have been to cancel the contract and lose $400 -- and then try to find another DJ 3 weeks before the wedding.

Under duress, we agreed to the alternate DJ. Kevin assured us that the DJ had worked for him for many years and would have the same equipment. The DJ's name was Ben. After we agree to the change, Kevin then admits that he would not have been able to make our wedding anyway because he had booked another event the day before and would not have had the time to travel to our site for our wedding.
Subsequently, we try to contact Kevin to arrange the lighting, names, etc, but he fails to respond.

Two days before the wedding, Showcase Sound calls us (Showcase Sound is a DJ service from Rochester. Apparently Ben-- the alternate DJ -- is the CEO and owner of Showcase Sound.). They tell us that we would not be getting Ben, instead we would be getting two different DJ's -- neither of which are even old enough to claim to be veterans of the trade. With no time left, we run through the specifics with Showcase Sound.

At the wedding we find that we did not receive the accuspot lighting, nor the 8 array sound system clearly spelled out in the package information on his website. After the wedding, we send him a 'demand' letter asking for 1/2 of our money back for Breach of Contract.
After a series of e-mails back and forth, Kevin Colangelo admits that he was not aware that Ben did not DJ our wedding. He also tries to tell us that he had the right to change DJ's because of the clause in his contract that states that he can change staff if circumstances arose that were beyond his control. Plus, he says, we agreed to the changes so that altered the contract. We argued that he created the circumstances, so they were not beyond his control-- and that we did NOT even get the DJ we agreed to under duress.

We end up taking him to court. The judge rules in our favor. He awards us $650. Kevin is given 30 days to pay or appeal. He does neither. We then had to go to the courthouse to have the judgment docketed.....We then had to fill out paperwork to give to the sheriff dept so they could intervene for us. We have now been told that the form we filled out gives the sheriffs dept the authority to send Kevin Colangelo forms to fill out in the event he has financial reasons not to pay. This could take 30-60 days. And, after that, if he still doesn't pay, there are more hoops for us to go through.

Bottom line is that Kevin has still not paid us. It's apparent that people can snub our justice system and suffer no recourse (other than impact to credit reports and liens...). The person that 'wins' judgment in a small claims court is NOT guaranteed payment. The onus falls on them to master the long and onerous maze of legal paths.
My guess is that Kevin already knew that.
Company Response 07/02/2013:
Oh and John who are you?
Perhaps another DJ service making up story's to make me look bad?
Post the DATE only of your daughters wedding here and we will see if YOU are a scam or not;
But like I suspect you John are another DJ Service;
FOR EVERYONE reading this - it is NOT uncommon for a DJ service to reassign or change the actual DJ doing an event PRIOR to or even the day of - it is in actual fact quite common practice in the industry, and one of the questions people ask especially brides - is - what happens if your sick or unable to be there on our day and ALL - ALL DJ services ALL say the same thing - we have BACK UP in case of this rare occurrence but it seems that when that back up is implemented to make sure people have the service it does not seem to suit people!
Also you will find out online that the FOLLOWING DJ services have ALL changed who was doing the event prior to or on the day of just in the Syracuse area never mind Nationally;
Skip Clark Entertainment
Marty Santy The Music Machine
Whirlin Disc
1 800 Disc Jockey
and there are more;
I also researched this issue Nationally and after 45 minutes of searching came up with 67 instances posted on various sites of where the DJ changed last minute, the week before or the day of;
SO as you see this is not an issue but people are MAKING it an issue;
     
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melissa253 on 08/23/2012:
Why would you pay that much money so far in advance? Anything can happen in a years time.
unhappy999 on 08/23/2012:
Sounds like a big mess. I hope you get the money you are due. Thanks for warning others about this guy.
JISCal2 on 08/23/2012:
A contract is a contract is a contract. It doesn't matter if it was a year in advance. This customer got the shaft and this guy should pay up. If I was this customer I would post on as many websites as possible... if he's ever Googled let his name pop up with BAD reviews!
Nohandle on 08/23/2012:
It's not unusual in my area to book something a year in advance for a special occasion. Photographer, Florist, Entertainment, Venue..you name it. Some require payment in full, in advance, some just a percentage which is not refundable if your plans change.

I honestly believe if I was going through a wedding planner I would have let them worry about the details once I told them exactly what I wanted. That's what they are being paid for. To take the concern off you.
copper_works_ on 08/23/2012:
Slap a lien on something. Does he own a house or condo? He can't refinance or sell without paying the lien first.

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/judgment-liens-new-york-46849.html
Donna Caruso on 08/24/2012:
Regarding the 'wedding planner' -- that was the logistical 'tool' Kevin supplied for us to keep track of everything. It was not a hired professional. Sorry for the confusion
Donna Caruso on 08/26/2012:
Docketing the judgment does place a lien against his property -- plus it negatively impacts his credit rating. To many people, that would be enough to want to satisfy the judgment. Apparently, Kevin is not concerned.
Additionally, regarding the post about paying the $1500 upfront -- we paid $400 upfront. $1100 was paid 4 weeks before the wedding -- 1 week before Kevin decided he needed more money.
Kevin Colangelo on 08/26/2012:
My oh my...All one sided here.
MY contract with ALL my clients has a CLAUSE in it and we are ALLOWED in that clause to CHANGE the member or staff or any DJ that we want to on that contract and RESERVE the right to do so and when this client SIGNED the contract they agreed to that term
Kevin Colangelo on 08/26/2012:
Also the bride KNEW and AGREED BEFORE the wedding about the change because she did not want to pay me extra to do additional hours SO I offered her a deal and not to charge her extra time IF she also accepted a change from ME doing it to other DJs and she AGREED and that is the whole of it
Kevin Colangelo on 08/26/2012:
Correction Ms Caruso you cannot have it all your own way here...I asked for more money 1 week before YES of COURSE because YOU decided to add more time to the actual time and change the times needed!!
Therefore like anything there is an additional charge..if you decide to extend your hotel room 3 hours before to another day then you pay more don't you or it it free for another day?
DebtorBasher on 08/26/2012:
Mr. Colangelo, I'm sure all of that was brought out in court, and they ruled in her favor.
Kevin Colangelo on 08/27/2012:
Courts are many times wrong and a ruling in court when you know the Judge also helps
Donnajcaruso on 08/27/2012:
Mr. Colangelo knows we paid him for 6 hours of his time. whether that's 6 hours of 'play' time or 4-1/2 hours of play time PLUS 1-1/2 hours of wait time -- it's a total of 6 hours either way. And, no Mr. Colangelo, we did not know the judge. You lost the case because it was overwhelmingly evident that you breached the contract. Nice try though....
Donnajcaruso on 08/27/2012:
No, Kevin, we did not know the judge. You lost the case because of the overwhelming evidence that you breached our contract. Nice try though..
Kevin Colangelo on 08/27/2012:
Unfortunately the contract was NOT breached as you allege
Father of the Bride on 08/28/2012:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Sometimes we really do not know who we are dealing with. I will be looking for another more reptuble DJ service for my daughter's spring wedding.
"Courts are many times wrong" Oh Please!
Why don't you just man up and pay the lady
Liz on 08/28/2012:
Mr. Colangelo, a judge ruled against you. Regardless of the facts of the case, knowing you lost in court and are refusing to pay the claimant $650 seems to me to be a very poor choice for a businessman whose success is based on reputation and word of mouth. In addition, I find it unethical. I truly appreciate the power of the internet and the fact that other unsuspecting consumers can get important information about your business practices--and avoid your services.
Donnajcaruso on 08/28/2012:
On a final note, if Kevin truly felt the court was wrong -- or if, for whatever reason, he felt 'collusion' was an issue --the judge gave Kevin 30 days to appeal the verdict. Kevin did not appeal.
HeatherB. on 08/28/2012:
Thank you for posting your story! A lot of my friends are in the process of looking for DJs and I will be sure to pass this information along.
Kevin Colangelo on 08/29/2012:
Yes you pass this information along....make sure when you do you email me for the right story and the evidence...kevincolangelo@aol.com
Have a great weekend!
John on 06/14/2013:
Kevin the scammer.
He pulled the same crap with my daughters wedding. Stay clear of colangelo he is a scoundrel.
Kevin Colangelo on 07/02/2013:
Oh and John who are you?
Perhaps another DJ service making up story's to make me look bad?
Post the DATE only of your daughters wedding here and we will see if YOU are a scam or not
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