“The noblest art is that of making others happy” - P. T. Barnum
Ellie and Dave
"We booked Rick as the DJ for our September 2015 wedding based on a referral. We are so glad we went with him! In the months leading up to our wedding, Rick maintained consistent contact with us so that he could build us the perfect wedding playlist. We talked with him on a few occasions about what type of music we wanted him to play at during our cocktail hour and reception and what type of vibe we wanted our wedding to have. He always had great input and suggestions when we felt like we didn't know what to do. By the time our wedding day arrived, we had changed our minds multiple times about what type of music we wanted him to play. Each time we changed our minds Rick was very accommodating and modified his playlist to reflect our new choices.
On our wedding day, Rick far exceeded any expectations we had. He was fantastic! He played all of the songs we requested and did an excellent job of filling the space in between with the perfect mix of music. Our favorite part of the night was when Rick obliged our request to play Reel Big Fish’s cover of “Take on Me” during the reception. Ska music has always been important to us and when Rick put that song on all of our friends hit the dance floor with us and we danced up a storm. Not only did we think Rick did an amazing job, but our friends and family couldn’t stop raving about how incredible he was. Everyone loved the energy and enthusiasm he brought to our wedding and how well he interacted with our guests. The dance floor was packed the entire night because Rick did a phenomenal job of reading the energy in the room and always picking the right songs to keep the party going.
Not only did we have Rick DJ our cocktail hour and reception, but we also had him play some music at our ceremony as our guests were being seated. We had two of our musically inclined friends play our processional music, but when it was time for them to play the recessional music our friends weren’t ready. No one noticed this, however, because Rick didn’t miss a beat and stepped in to save the day by playing Ray Lamontagne’s “You are the Best Thing”.
One thing people often overlook is how important it is to have a good MC for your wedding. Not only was Rick a wonderful DJ, but he did an excellent job of announcing us to our guests, making sure the transition from cocktail hour to dinner went smoothly, and introducing the people who gave speeches at our reception.
We couldn’t recommend a better DJ/MC for a wedding, or any party for that matter, than Rick. He played a huge role in making our wedding day the success that it was. Thank you, Rick. You are awesome!"
Gillian and Troy
Rick dj-ed our wedding this past summer and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better! He spent a great amount of time in the weeks leading up to the wedding communicating with us, and discussing our music likes and dislikes to really be sure that our playlists represented us as a couple. On the day of the wedding, he worked along with our wedding planner to keep everyone on track, keep speeches flowing, and keep people moving in the right direction. And most importantly, the dance-floor was PACKED the entire evening! Nobody wanted to go home! Originally, we had planned to have live music, and I’m so glad we didn’t!
Abby and Josh
Best. DJ. Ever. DJ Rick is not only a legend in Mammoth (I legitimately didn't book my venue until I confirmed he was available), but he's perhaps the best wedding DJ in the world. How do I know? 1) My very international guests could not stop talking about his fresh tracks, often asking "where did you find him?!" and 2) the entire evening culminated with everyone on the dance floor, jumping up and down and dancing like I had never seen them dance before (my husband included!). Thanks to DJ Rick, my wedding turned into a giant dance party and the best night of our lives. Beyond his insane spinning skills, Rick is hilarious, responsive, organized, thoughtful, and incredibly adaptable. He was an absolute pleasure to correspond with and incredibly timely in his responses. He had a clear plan of what songs we needed to choose for what parts of the day, he had an excellent strategy for managing energy flow throughout the many hours, and he was able to strike an incredible balance between generations of music and my husband's (country/coffeehouse) and my (hip hop/dance) varying tastes in music. We also rented a photo booth from him (I think this is a new business for Rick) and our guests seemed to love it! We never made it to the booth, though- too busy dancing. :) Rick provided all of the above at a great price. If DJ Rick is available, book him immediately. You will never regret it.
Lara and Blake
From the moment I heard Rick's voice on the phone I knew he was going to be perfect. High energy, positive vibe, and a great knowledge of all types of music - even the rarest of stuff. My wedding attendees and myself mostly hail from NYC and LA, and I was worried I would have trouble finding a musically savvy DJ. This was not an issue. We spoke on the phone, and then he sent me a music mapping outline, where I could include as much - or as little - as I wanted. He took this outline and not only did what I asked, but picked up my style and musical taste and made it even better. He was able to drop an exact moment of an exact song I wanted right after the first kiss, and all while standing outside in the middle of winter (yes, I had an outdoor winter wedding, and he still pulled it off for us). He met with us the day before the wedding, and made everything very personal. He really got to know us in that short time, and I can tell he did because his music literally blew my mind. He fed off the crowd hour to hour, he modified what he was playing as the night went on to fit the energy, and I got more questions about "where I flew my DJ in from" than imaginable! Besides the music, he kept our wedding on track and basically ran the whole thing - grand entrances, seating, first dances, introductions, speeches - he was a complete professional. As a group of people who REALLY take our music experiences seriously, everyone was impressed by him. I am not trying to boast about my own wedding, but I am pretty sure my wedding had the best music I have ever heard. And my guests agreed. Overall, if you have Rick as your DJ, it doesn't matter if the flowers are gorgeous, if the linens are white, or if the cake gets delivered - your wedding is going to be amazing, just like mine was. He truly was the key and most central element to what turned out to be the best day and night of my life. And I will always be thankful to him for that. The. Very. Best.
Casey and Justin
Thank you so much for helping make our special day amazing. You were so great to work with from the planning and coordination with Double Eagle and our Officiant, conducting the ceremony, keeping everything on track at the reception and of course… keeping the party going all night! So many of our guests commented on how on point you were and how much energy you brought to the party. FreshTracks will be highly recommended to anyone we know looking to put on any kind of event in the Mammoth area.
Kelly and Marc
DJ Kunkel was THE BEST! From the ceremony to the last song of the reception, his attention to detail and energy was perfect! He got to know us and our vibe pre-wedding which made everything day-of very smooth. We have a very eclectic group of friends that are performers and theatre folk, so we had very specific cues we needed Rick to hit during the ceremony, maid of honor speech, reception, and a surprise performance at the end. He nailed everything flawlessly!! I doubt you'll be able to find a better DJ then him! 1000% recommend!!! So happy we chose him!
Amanda and Jake
Rick was our DJ for our wedding at Convict Lake this past May 2018 and we were so happy we found him! Coming from SoCal we were unsure of 1. the quantity of vendors and 2. the quality, but we were pleasantly surprised (and relieved) with what Rick had to offer. From the first phone call he was full of energy and excitement about our big day. He was very supportive and patient with us in the planning process. He kept us organized with his music mapping document and offered helpful suggestions when we were unsure which songs to pick. On the big day, he played music throughout the entire day that kept the mood and energy just right! From the ceremony, to cocktail hour, and throughout the reception. The dance floor was always full and the party kept going all night long. Everyone said (and keeps saying) that they had so much fun at our wedding and we know that Rick and his dj-ing were a big part of that! Thanks again!!
Heidi and Kyle
Best DJ - Made our wedding perfect. When you’re planning a wedding, you have to make a lot of decisions…. One of the BEST decisions we made was hiring Richard (Rick) Kunkel with FreshTracks Entertainment. From our first initial meeting, when he didn’t shy away from the fact that I wanted more Rap and R&B than a typical wedding, I knew he was the one. Rick went above and beyond for us on our wedding day. He had to set up two different locations, outside, while providing his own power source. We utilized him and his perfect personality & charm to release our guests to dinner, to cheer us on during our bridal party flip cup matches and most importantly to keep our dance party going. My husband and I often reflect on the wedding and we constantly talk about how Rick was the perfect person for the job. If you’re looking for a DJ that is professional, talented, goes with the flow and most importantly is FUN, then Rick is your guy. Truly the best decision we made: our guests had an incredible time, our dance floor was always full and the music was perfect. Thank you again Rick!
Allysha and Ted
"DJ RIck is hands down the best. My husband and I have been to many parties and weddings with DJs and none of the DJs at those events come close to DJ Rick. During our first consultation meeting with him, he had such a positive and exciting energy, my husband and I knew we had to book him. He has a very wide selection of music and is incredibly easy and fun to work with. Our wedding guests absolutely loved him too! During our wedding, they kept coming commenting on how amazing DJ Rick was. The dance floor was constantly packed and our guests had so much fun! Thank you so much DJ Rick for making our wedding better than we could have hoped and dreamed."
Allysha and Ted Shin
Jill and Jamison
Rick was the DJ for our wedding in July 2015. We initially picked Rick because of his very positive demeanor, energy level, and sense of humor. He was very easy to work with, and provided a great “music map” for us to dial in all of the music for various events on our wedding day. Plus, we were quite particular on a lot of music, but he was able to provide excellent suggestions for a varied taste and selection of music. Rick was the perfect fit for us, we couldn’t be happier with how the wedding turned out and all his music selections. Plus, he helped to make the event run smooth and very seamless! We would highly recommend him for a wedding or variety of other special occasions. Great job Rick!
Becky and Ryan
We are extremely grateful for how great RGK2 Entertainment planned and performed for our wedding this October. We were lucky to have met DJ Rick in person ahead time to discuss our personal tastes in music, what our goals were for the big day, and left confident that he was going to customize everything to us. He had great advice and suggestions when he ran short of ideas, and his high energy will leave you feeling positive and stoked nonetheless.
Of course, our ceremony was running a little behind and this guy improvised to keep things seamless. He was super professional and kept our announcements, toasts and dances on track and was on point ALL night. Our dance party was epic. This guy played all the songs we wanted, all editions totally fit our crowd, and had our whole party dancing till the tent closed. He catered to our guests and their requests like a champ and for that, we all had an amazing time. We got nothing but great feedback from our friends and family and would recommend RGK2 Entertainment to anyone having a special event in the Mammoth Lakes area. Awesome Person, Awesome Service.
Ryan and Becky Curtis
Chelsea and Joel
Our planner (Green Fox Events Mammoth Lakes) helped us book Rick's services very late in the game -- only weeks to go until the wedding! He contacted us right away to find out exactly what we wanted. He was both very enthusiastic about our wedding, and very open to the syle we wanted. We had a tiny wedding, but he kept everyone up and dancing the whole time! Highly recommend.
Check out Chelsea and Joel's wedding feature on Aisle Society
Erin and Chris
The Wedding day was everything Chris and I could have ever hoped for. You seriously made it the party we envisioned on the dance floor. People are still talking about how much fun they had that night and how no one wanted to leave the dance floor. Thank you Rick!
Charlotte and James
We can not thank you enough for being the DJ for our wedding! You were amazing at the wedding and our guests Loved how up beat you were. We were very impressed with your dedication and attention to detail. We will highly recommend you whenever we can.
Kellie And Ryan
"My husband and I planned our wedding in Mammoth from out of town, on a rather tight schedule. We didn't have any recommendations for a dj, so I started calling from a list provided by our venue to see who was available. From my first conversation with Rick, I instantly trusted him and knew he would be a good fit for us. Rick's positive personality and strong music background helped make planning our wedding ceremony and reception music so much easier. My husband and I live about 6hrs from Mammoth, and we didn't have much availability to come to town to plan our wedding. Rick readily worked with us over the phone and via email, and he also made time to meet with us on a quick visit to assure we had just the right mix of music (since my husband and I have differing tastes in music!). Rick offered awesome suggestions when we were unsure of how to build the mood/ atmosphere we wanted to create at our wedding, and he helped it turn out even better than I could have imagined! Rick's positive energy, upbeat personality, and willingness to work with a variety of music created the perfect mix for our wedding. He helped me plan several details that I was unsure of, and assured that we had exactly the right music for all the special moments of the ceremony. Our guests had a great time, spoke very highly of Rick, and the dance floor was hopping all night! Rick's energy and dance mix encouraged dancing from both young and old. When I made some last minute music changes for important songs, Rick said "no problem!" and flawlessly incorporated my changes. I would highly recommend Rick as a wedding dj, his positive personality and enthusiastic approach were greatly appreciated!" -Ryan and Kellie
Shannon and Garrett
Thank you for your amazing performance at the Rooker-Griffin Wedding November 11th 2017. You really went above and beyond! Not only did you keep everything moving right along so we could get to the dancing and enjoyment, but really maneuvered us through Dinner, Cake Cutting, Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss well! We absolutely loved your time line and for any others inquiring about DJ Services for weddings, you’re time line was the best! We had such a diverse invited group, and really enjoyed the music and fun that you brought to our event. Anyone looking for a DJ, please look no further than DJ Rick. You truly are the best and we thank you from our hearts for a wonderful evening. Thank you again for everything, Mickie.
Kathi and Terry
We’re so happy we decided to hire a DJ for our small wedding, and Rick was a welcome addition to our day. Not only did he jump on board with less than 2 weeks to prepare, but he showed so much interest in our choice in music, doing his best to accommodate my playlist of classic rock and country and random eclectic songs. His enthusiasm and motivation to please us was both inspiring and appreciated. His sensitivity of being an “invisible” source of music at the ceremony, and his fun (and energetic) reception style was infectious to all. Although the dance floor was not always full,(mostly older crowd, early wedding) he still rocked it, all the same. He even chose a tie that matched our color scheme! (not sure how he figured that one) Thank you Rick for your creative, energetic style that enhanced our wedding celebration!
Jilana and Chris
It was truly a pleasure to have you as the DJ for our wedding. Things could not have fallen into place any better. And with only 2 weeks notice?!
Initially I had found a DJ that we were a bit on the fence about in regards to his questionable professionalism. Jilana and I both agreed after dealing with him and his poor communication skills, we needed to find someone else, post haste! We were on the 2-week countdown to our ‘I do’s’, and we were hoping Mike would be able to help us out in this clutch situation. This is the point when our situation turned for the best…You came into the picture!
When it all comes down to it, you simply did exactly what we asked you to do. We provided you with a Playlist/Do-Not-Playist, and a special playlist, aka the “mash-up," for the married couples amongst our group of 96 guests. We were so pleased at your execution of the “mash-up.” Thank you for tackling the task of gathering a large handful of love songs and mashing them up into one medley. This not only shined a spotlight on the married couples, which we wanted, but it also kept the evening moving. It prevented any dead space and was well received by everyone.
Your experience as a DJ shined throughout the day. Particularly at the reception, you not only took musical requests from our guests, but you also made logical suggestions where appropriate based on your experience. Even after Jilana and I had left for the evening, you kept the people dancing all night. Our wedding ceremony and reception was a full day in which you were a huge part in making so much fun and truly successful. You also added a charming and vibrant presence to boot.
Overall, you planned, kept in contact with us, met us in person before the wedding to solidify things, and you perfectly executed, all in little time. Also, due to unpredictable weather and the need to make last-minute changes, you were completely flexible and were able to add/omit things as necessary and do it in such a willing and effortless way. You were easy to talk to, easy to work with, and you were always easily accessible. Rick, from the bottom of our happily, newlywed hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Dale and Zandy
With just two short months before our wedding, my wife and I secured our venue, and had not secured any vendor yet for our wedding. I had contacted Rick, and was greeted by a friendly voice where "no" simply wasn't an answer. Rick did everything that he could to make our wedding day perfect, and worked around everything that we wanted.
Living in Orange County, we couldn't meet Rick in person. This wasn't a problem for Rick, however, as he prepared a timeline for us to fill out for the entire day. There were so many points in our wedding where we didn't even think of a song, but thanks to this worksheet, we were able to select all of the music exactly to our tastes. We did leave out a few areas, with the assurance from Rick that he would fill in the rest. We submitted the completed worksheet just days before our wedding, but again, this was no problem to Rick. He worked with us from start to finish, and always answered me back via email or phone within minutes of me posing a question...even in the late hours of the night and on weekends.
Our wedding date came, and no words can quite describe how incredible Rick was while performing his services. I strongly was against having a DJ at our wedding simply because I did not think we needed one. After hearing Rick for our ceremony, I knew that we had made such a great choice to not only have a DJ at our wedding, but to have Rick as our DJ. The entire ceremony and wedding went without a flaw, and was simply perfect. Rick was not only professional, but so much fun. Even during our wedding, he was very flexible with our requests, and manned our karaoke station.
If you need an affordable, professional, flexible, and fun DJ at your next event - please take my word and choose RGK2 Entertainment. Rick sets the bar very high, and I doubt that you will find a more compassionate company to host DJ services. Rick cares about each and every event, and you can see the passion and the willingness to do whatever it takes to make it the best day possible.
Thank you again Rick - our wedding wouldn't have been as amazing and perfect without you!
Vicki and John
Rick was the dj for our wedding and he was amazing! He kept the party going and did everything we asked for as far as our song choices. He kept our taste in music in mind throughout the whole night! He was patient with all the little ones giving him new request during the reception and he was so much fun, kept us all dancing for sure! We will definitely be using him for any Dj services in the future!!
Stephanie and Steven
We heard about Rick from some locals in Bishop, CA. They had seen Rick at a local wedding faire. They said that he really knew what he was doing and that he was fun. I was told that they'd seen him at a couple weddings since then and had a great time. When we were first introduced to Rick via e-mail and phone he has a really bubbly personality and you can tell he really enjoys what he does. We did throw him a few curve balls along the way that he took in stride, which was great. We asked him to announce one of our groomsmen using a colorful word. He wasn't thrilled about the idea, but was willing if that's what we really wanted. We also had some more adult music that he didn't know how it would go over and last but not least, my Mother in Law secretly had asked him to wear a mad hatters costume during the reception. He rocked it at the wedding, everything went very well and we couldn't have asked for it to go smoother. After everything was said and done, Rick had mentioned to me that we had a lot of different things going on that he had not encountered before. After getting to meet us all and see how everything came together, he completely understood all the decisions we had made and enjoyed it very much. We are very glad that Rick was the one who handled the DJ service for our wedding. Thanks Rick!