Geoff Rafferty

Sounds Abound DJ and Master of Ceremonies
Geoff Rafferty

Geoff's Bio

Hi there. My name is Geoff (Sounds like Jeff. Strange I know, but it wasn’t my idea). I’ve been working with Sounds Abound since 2013, learning under all of the other awesome DJs at weddings and events all over the Chicagoland area. I love working with people to put on a great evening of music and dancing that everyone can enjoy. It’s not just my job to DJ; it’s my job to make sure you have the perfect night. I’ve handled a fair share of weddings, and I’m confident that together we can create an event no one will be forgetting any time soon. I am a big fan of all types of music and will be able to take your favorite songs and turn them into a dance floor playlist no one will be able to resist. Thank you for taking the time to consider me for the DJ of choice for your big day, and rest assured that whoever you end up going with, you are in the right place at Sounds Abound.

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What Clients Say About Geoff

From the moment we met Geoff from Sounds Abound, we knew we were in good hands. His passion for music and his ability to read a crowd were evident from the start. He was incredibly easy to work with and took the time to understand our vision for our wedding.

On the night of our wedding, Geoff exceeded our expectations. He kept the dance floor packed all night long with an eclectic mix of music that appealed to all of our guests. He was also a master of timing, seamlessly transitioning from one song to the next without missing a beat.

In addition to his DJ skills, Geoff was also an excellent host. He had a warm and engaging personality that made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. He even helped us to orchestrate our wedding party entrance, first dance, and dances with parents.

We also rented the digital Photo Booth from Sounds Abound, and it was a huge hit with our guests. The booth was equipped with a ring light, which produced stunning photos. It also allowed guests to take GIFs and boomerangs, which were a lot of fun.

Tony, who designed our photo booth template, did an amazing job. He incorporated the design from our wedding invitations, which made the photo strips feel even more personal.

We couldn't be happier with the service we received from Sounds Abound. Geoff and Tony were both professional, talented, and easy to work with. They truly made our wedding dreams come true.

Samantha & Layten
July 8th, 2023

Awesome Entertainment

Geoffrey did such a great job for our event on 10/15. It was a bit chilly as it was outside at the Slammers stadium but he never missed a beat and kept everyone engaged and having fun! So nice and extremely professional! Would highly recommend Sounds Abound!

Kate on behalf of Angels on Deck
October 15th, 2023
We wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for the amazing job you did at our wedding! So, so many people came up to us to tell us how much they loved the music and how the music/playlist made this one of the most fun weddings they’ve been to! We were with a friend yesterday who said she had been to another wedding you were the DJ for. She said the music at the other wedding was perfect for the other couple and this music was perfect for us. She said if she ever gets married, she’s decided you’re the guy for the job! You did amazing and helped ensure that the best time was had by all and we appreciate you!
Zabes & Richard
October 6th, 2023

Thank You for a great night! You had an exceptional playlist! You kept the people dancing and we loved the music played during cocktail hour and dinner.

You were well organized and kept us all on schedule. Thank you for helping the night go so smoothly and wonderfully. We are so glad you were our DJ!

Lisa & Rob
September 29th, 2023

We're so glad that we chose Sounds Abound/Geoff to be our DJ! From the booking to the night of the wedding they/he was so great to work with. I loved using the portal to add our preferrences and do not play songs too. Geoff stuck to those playlists and played great music during our reception. He was also super organized and friendly. I would recommend him for any wedding! Our guests commented on how fun our wedding was and how great the music was. Thanks Geoff!

Emily & Adam
September 1st, 2023

Geoff was the best DJ we could have asked for at our wedding! It was also a pleasure working with the entire Sounds Abound staff throughout the wedding planning process (Nicole, Tony). They were very friendly, organized, and they helped me customize our photo print outs to match the theme of our wedding. They turned out great! Our photobooth attendant Joe was great and we got SO many comments about the how awesome our DJ was. He did a great job explaining any instructions necessary throughout the night and picked the best songs and transitions. Highly recommend Geoff if you're looking for a DJ and we loved working with Sounds Abound.

Lauren & Cody
September 16th, 2023
On behalf of The Homestead 1854 team, I want to  extend gratitude for Geoff's outstanding service at Frani and Brian's wedding September 9th, 2023. Geoff is a rockstar, who's  professionalism, energy, and ability to keep the party alive did not go unnoticed and we couldn't be happier with the experience he provided.
With an intimate gathering of around 40 guests, we understand that keeping people on the dance floor can sometimes be quite the feat. However, he managed to do just that and had people dancing until the very end. Franki and Brian had a vision for their wedding and Geoff was, in my opinion, the perfect fit DJ for their wedding!
We appreciate Sounds Abound dedication to making events at The Homestead 1854 exceptional, and we're honored to partner with you.
Mary Kay Sergo, Owner The Homestead 1854
September 9th, 2023

We had the pleasure of Geoff being our DJ and MC for our wedding. He had done another wedding we attended, so it was an easy choice from the start! Prior to our wedding day, we had a request of a mash-up for the father/daughter dance. Tony delivered the perfect combination of songs to meet our needs and ensured our day-of DJ had the track ready to play. On our wedding day, Geoff was cool and calm, yet kept our timing on track. Many of our guests told us that he did a great job keeping the party alive. He took everything we requested of him and made it a reality on our dance floor. We would strongly recommend Sounds Abound and DJ Geoff to anyone who wants their wedding to be a real party!

Jake & Lindsay
July 1st, 2023

Book DJ Geoff immediately! He was absolutely fantastic! We gave him a few must plays and a few suggested songs and basically told him to play whatever keeps the dance floor hopping. The dance floor was packed literally all night. We got so many compliments from our guests and several weeks later people are still commenting on how much fun the dance floor was. The two of us had promised to take a few minutes to step back from everything together and just take it all in. We had such a hard time tearing ourselves off the dance floor because Geoff was playing hit after hit. He did a great job playing a few special requests during dinner, helped MC the night like a pro, and helped with a surprise shoutout. He was professional, super fun, and absolutely rocked as a DJ. Don’t hesitate another minute!

Nicole & Matthew
June 24th, 2023

Our experience with Sounds Abound was fantastic! Their online form is very extensive and helpful to plan out everything needed for our special day regarding the music, and Geoff, our DJ, did a great job MCing the day, helping everything flow smoothly, and incorporating all of our requested music into our ceremony and reception.

Cara & Brad
May 27th, 2023

Sounds Abound came highly recommended by my wedding planner and it was easy to see why. From the beginning, the owner was extremely helpful in getting our date booked and selecting a DJ for the day of our wedding. Their online system was such a life saver in terms of layout of the evening (ceremony music, first dance, entrances, etc) to helping find all the amazing music you could imagine for your reception. My now husband felt that people "just don't dance at weddings anymore" and was concerned, however, Geoff kept the energy up all night long. We had constant movement on the dance floor for a night we will forever cherish.

Brooke & Rick
April 30th, 2023

5 Star Experience

DJ Geoff did an amazing job from start to finish. He guided us through the planning stages and double-checked everything during the event. He’s very professional and made sure that our guests had the best night of their life. I highly recommend DJ Geoff and the entire Sounds Abound team. Highly responsive and very easy to work with. I’d give the entire team a 10/10. Thank you so much for making our wedding memorable and special!

Oscar & Aljeianne
April 29th, 2023

We cannot say thank you enough for being our wedding reception DJ! You did an INCREDIBLE job and kept the dance floor packed the entire night! We are so thankful we chose you as our DJ! And we were so happy you were able to accommodate our request to play "Tank" from Cowboy Bebop as our bridal party entered the reception! We will always remember dancing the night away until the bitter end! Thank you for all that you do - it is such a talent.

Monican and Ryan
October 21, 2022

12/10 Job!!!

We cannot say enough positive things about Sounds Abound and Geoff specifically! They were great at communication, tool was easy to use, and overall amazing to work with. we didn’t have to worry about anything. Geoff was our DJ and he absolutely crushed it. As soon as the music started everyone was on the dance floor. People did not leave it all night, and people all keep telling us how fun it was and how great the music was. He did a perfect mix of oldies/new music, and all ages were out there all night. AND we threw 2 new things in right before we needed them during the speeches and the introductions and he had it down perfectly. Also a big shout out to Vince who handled the photo booth people loved it!! We cannot say enough about them, would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!!!!

MacKenzie and Peyton
November 12, 2022

We had Geoff for our wedding this last couple weeks at the Bolingbrook golf club and he knocked it out of the park. Had a couple hidden surprises in the day for the guests and he did a great job really personalizing the event.

Mark and Lisa
October 22, 2022

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us on our wedding day. It was a fantastic experience working with you and your team. We are so grateful for you spending your Saturday with us. We will be recommending you to everyone we know. THANK YOU!

Austin and Val
September 24, 2022

We hired DJ Geoff and he was fantastic!! They provided sound equipment for our ceremony and then did our cocktail hour and reception. Every step was smooth as can be from booking through the day of. We received so many compliments on the music and the photo booth was a huge hit. 10/10 would recommend!

Erin and Jordan
August 19, 2022

Sounds Abound was awesome and the best to work with! The online portal was easy to use and helped us to arrange all the music for the entire event. Our DJ Geoff was awesome to plan with and felt like he understood what type of music we would like as a couple. He orchestrated the entire night perfectly! We got many compliments from our guests.

Katrina and Chris
May 28, 2022

Thank you so much for all that you did for us! We couldn't imagine a nicer & more talented person to work with! You are incredible and you helped us to have an amazing night! Everything was perfect thanks to you! Thank you sooooooo much!

Lindsay and Dave
July 22, 2022

So good that I wanted to add more...

Geoff DJ'd our wedding at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Saturday June 11, and I still cannot stop thinking about how perfect of a day it was! Sounds Abound is an amazing company to work with! I requested a special "mash up" of songs for a surprise mother-daughter dance, and Tony Ho gave up a lot of his time to make this for us. The day of, there was risk of rain at the time of our outdoor ceremony, but Geoff worked with our day of coordinators and was able to set up the sound system for us to have a perfect ceremony. Every single guest was surprised by our mother daughter dance, and it was the highlight for many of the guests. The reception was a blast, and people couldn't leave the dance floor all night (including me!). The photo booth was also a major hit! I was happy to have a simple photo booth (no tacky decorations, etc.), and everyone loved it! I love looking back at all the photos, as well! I have so many great memories from that night, and I thank Geoff, Tony and Sounds Abound for making it happen.

Becca and Ryan
June 11, 2022

BEST day ever

We wanted to send a thank you for spending your Saturday with us and allowing us to have the BEST day ever. I know your set up started early in the Saturday afternoon, and your efforts did not stop until the end! I admit, I was a bit taken aback by the sudden risk of rain (when it wasn't predicted all weekend or during the day!). I KNOW you worked with our coordinator and David, the officiant, to make the sound system outside work. It ended up being the most perfect ceremony, thank you. The intros and speeches went off without a hitch! (even my mother who gave the most on-par speech for her). Thank you for making our mother daughter dance exactly what I had envisioned. Finally, the dance floor! It is always my favorite part of weddings, and you helped our guests of all ages have something to dance to.

There are so many great memories I have of the dance floor, from Elton John to seeing all my silly girlfriends sing along to Celine Dion. Neighbors said goodbye to me and then I see them dancing 15minutes later, saying they couldn't leave yet because they had to dance to "play that funky music". Also the Schumacher aunts ( health issues/ walkers and all!) got up on the dance floor. Ryans aunt said it was the first time she had seen her husband dance in so many years. Can't forget my 96 year old great aunt dancing in her chair as well.

Thank you for being so organized and professional. We had such a fun day, thanks to you! Hope you can find time to rest between all the weekend summer weddings.

Becca and Ryan
June 11, 2022

Thank you so much for your help making our wedding day special! We appreciate your time and hard work! Thank You!

Cassie and Miles
June 4, 2022

Great Time

Geoffrey was a terrific DJ. He played the music we requested and even played requests by our guests. I have heard of other vendors not taking requests, so I was glad when Sounds Abound does that. Geoffrey also played songs in a certain order that my husband specifically requested.

Geoffrey also gave us a bit longer between dinner and the first dance so we could finish our meal since we walked around to thank everyone for coming during the dinner part of the reception.

We had a live performance, or our first song and Geoffrey was accommodating for that special time.

We had a special song request for my father-in-law that everyone stopped to watch him and my husband dance. It was one of the highlights of the night.

We did postpone our wedding due to the pandemic and had to make adjustments to our original plans and Geoffrey, as well as the Sounds Abound team, were flexible with the changes.

Audrey and Geoffrey
November 13, 2021

We had such a great experience with Sounds Abound. Geoff was our DJ and was so amazing. Our dance floor was packed all night and everyone commented on how great the music and dancing was. I would highly recommend Sounds Abound and Geoff!

Ana and Brian
October 2, 2021

Geoff Rafferty did a great job! We had so many compliments from our guests

Misha and Christopher
October 9, 2021

Sounds abound was amazing to work with! We had run into a few issues with DJs trying to plan our wedding during the peak of covid and sounds abound was there to save the day! We had Geoff as our DJ. He listened to our very specific requests and had great energy the whole night! He truly made our wedding the dance party of the year! I would highly recommend!

Meredith and Matt
August 28, 2021
This message is for Geoff, and the rest of the Sounds Abound Team.
We just wanted to say thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding.  The night was everything that we hoped it would be, and it wouldn't have happened without you!!  We genuinely appreciate all the hard work that went into planning and pulling off the reception.  We got SOOO many compliments on the evening, and the DJ was at the top of the list.
Thanks again 🙂
Bailey and Chase
September 4, 2021

Geoff, You're the man! We appreciate you so much for making our day so special and for putting up with some of our crazy requests. Thanks for the memories.

Kyle and Sarah
August 20, 2021

We loved working with Sounds Abound! They were within our price range and really delivered. They were super personable and allowed flexibility even with our date change due to COVID. Geoff did an amazing solo job. He was supposed to have an assistant and ended up working by himself. He did an amazing job with organizing everything with intros and speeches, as well as keeping the dance floor jam packed all night!

Liz Ryan
August 7, 2021

Sounds Abound was perfect from our very first phone call. They were so professional, informative, and made our decision a very easy one. We were walked through the online planner and had no problems whatsoever. We had Geoff as our DJ and he was amazing! Before the wedding he offered to meet with us and was always available to answer any questions we had. Our dance floor was packed the entire time and all of our friends and family complimented on the music. Overall, this was one of our best vendor experiences and would recommend Sounds Abound and Geoff to all! -Kevin and Allison

Allison and Kevin
July 17, 2021

Rescheduled Wedding: 2020 Bride

When we first saw Sounds Abound, we knew we wanted to hire them. We were at a Wedding Expo of sorts at our venue and the DJ, Geoff, was fun and positive. We knew the S.A. would be a great fit for us.

After the pandemic hit and we had to do a lot of replanting, S.A. were very understand and worked with us as we rescheduled and figured out what we needed for our final receptions.

We did get them to DJ our event and we also included their Social Booth in our package, which was a huge hit with our guests. It comes with images, GIFs, and Boomerang options that guest can then text to themselves. We, as the couple, also get an online gallery web link to view all the fun!

I recommend this company!

Shannon and Kegan
July 15, 2021

I hired Sounds Abound Entertainment for my wedding ceremony and reception. The music was incredible throughout. We had a small 50 person pandemic wedding and the dancefloor never seemed anything less than full. We loved working with Geoff and would highly recommend him to everyone!

Rachel and Keegan
April 10, 2021

Geoff, Thank you so much for DJing our wedding at the Haight! Everyone had so much fun and the dance floor was full the whole night! We had a Blast! Thank You!

Sydney and Zach
July 6, 2019

Holiday Party

Dear Sounds Abound and Geoff, Thank you so much for making our corporate holiday party a success. The music provided was an excellent mix, and everyone loved the Photo Booth.

Teledyne Storm Microwave
December 13, 2019

Geoff was our DJ at our reception and he was absolutely fantastic! The dance was packed all night long! He understood the crowd and the music our guests were into. He was on time and extremely professional. We couldn't asked for a better DJ!

Leslie and Brian
October 19, 2019

We were very happy with using Sounds Abound for our wedding! We used them for our DJ, up lighting, and photo booth. Geoff was our DJ and he did great! He was always on top of things and was great to go to for advice while wedding planning. The photo booth was a big hit and very easy to use.

Jaimie and Jason
July 20, 2019

Sounds Abound provided the DJ, photo booth and up lighting for our wedding on 5/4/19. They were amazing! Everyone was super helpful and professional. They were willing to work with us to get a fun design on our photo booth pictures. Geoff, our DJ, was AMAZING! He was able to read the room and kept the dance floor going all night long. I would HIGHLY recommend working with them.

Allyson and Bryan
May 4, 2019

Geoff, Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding reception so much fun! We were so happy that everyone was on the dance floor all night. You have received so many compliments from our family and friends. Thank you again!

Patty and Mike
September 7, 2019

Geoff We wanted to say a quick thank you for all of your work to make our wedding a success!! Everyone keeps telling us that they had a blast and it is thanks to the amazing party atmosphere you provided!! Thanks for keeping us on track and rolling with the chaos! One of our favorite memories will be everyone joining us for the last "500 Miles" dance!! Thank you again for making it all happen.

Lisa and Adam
September 14, 2019

Geoff killed it

We had Geoff as our wedding DJ- he did phenomenal!! He read the room and played the songs that were on the list and made sure people stayed dancing the whole night. He was so kind, he was purposeful with learning how to pronounce everyone’s name in our wedding party! I would recommend Sounds Abound to anyone, Geoff was Awesome!

Breanna and Alex
August 9, 2019

Sounds Abound was amazing! We had Geoff as our DJ and he was awesome! Everyone was on the dance floor all night! I was very impressed with how accommodating he was with doing the music for our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception since they were all in different areas at the venue. He helped keep everything on track along with our day of coordinator. The website is also easy to use to pick your must play songs, all of the first dances, and even songs that you do not want to be played. I truly enjoyed working with him and this company!

Teresa and Santino
July 27, 2019

Geoff, Thanks so much for making our day so special! You did a great job! Thank you for taking the time to meet with us and create our vision!

Mark and Megan
July 28, 2019

My husband and I used Sounds Abound for our wedding and could not be happier. A few of our friends had used them before, so we knew we'd find a great DJ. Sounds Abound has videos of all their DJs on their website, which was awesome to look through and help us pick someone who we thought went with our vibe. Geoff was awesome! I've had multiple guests tell us they've never seen a dancefloor that full. Geoff played all our must plays and added other similar music for every generation that was there. He did a great job!

Sheri and Matt
May 11, 2019

Sounds Abound and Geoff Rafferty did our wedding and we absolutely loved them! We picked our own music and they kept the dance floor going! They took the time to get to know us (and we met with them 3 days before the wedding!) They were so wonderful to work with!!

Jacquelyn and Charlie
October 6, 2018

Sounds Abound was great!! We loved that you can choose a DJ amongst a long list to find someone to fit your personality. Our DJ was Geoff R. and he was an awesome DJ! We wanted to play a good mix of Spanish music and he was able to meet our request perfectly. He also took the time to meet with us before the wedding to make sure everything was in the right order. We also asked for him to do the shoe game (where bride and groom hold up either the bride or the groom's shoes to answer questions) and it was perfect! Lots of compliments on the game. Thanks for being an awesome DJ! We have already recommended Sounds Abound multiple times.

Anna and Tass
December 16, 2018

Really happy we chose Sounds Abound and Geoff as the DJ for our wedding in August! Geoff did a great job with communicating with us throughout the planning process, making sure he understood our hopes and our requests for the music at our reception. He was great with announcing the wedding party and the speeches, and keeping the dance floor moving! The dinner service from our caterer was slow and got the reception behind schedule, and Geoff checked in with me just enough to make sure we kept things moving. We did end up losing an hour of dancing because of dinner and long speeches, but Geoff was awesome with making great song choices for our more limited dance time, making it totally worth it!!

Erin and Greg
August 24, 2018

Geoff was wonderful! So professional, easy to work with, and fun! Any song we found or wanted they were able to get for us, even more unknown artists. Our wedding had a lot of close family, so quite a few elderly people, and even they came on the dance floor! My sister is using them for her wedding too! My husband and I both would highly recommend them!

Erika and Jim
October 5, 2018

Geoff was the DJ at our wedding and he was AMAZING! He made the planning process super easy and had great energy the night of our event. He put together a fantastic playlist for our cocktail hour and reception. We received a TON of compliments on the songs he played as well as the attitude he had the entire length of our event. We, and all of our guest, loved him!

Brittani and DJ
September 8, 2018

Our DJ Geoff from Sounds Abound was awesome!! He knew exactly what we wanted to hear all night and definitely did a great job doing it! I danced the whole night because he played great music!! Did a great job with all the uplighting as well.

Amanda and Patrick
September 7, 2018

I recently got married on 8-18-18 and we hired Sounds Abound for our music. We hired Geoff and he was terrific. We gave him a list of songs with different music that we liked and he took it from there. He was very professional, and had our dance floor full the entire night. I would highly recommend this company as well as Geoff our wedding and reception was beautiful.

Stephanie and Lamarr
August 18, 2018

We gave Geoff a lot of free reign within some general guidelines. He made fantastic music selections, and read the crowd incredibly well. Towards the end of the night, he saw the demographic of the dancers and tuned the music for their generation. The energy was great all night, and we never expected that the dance floor would be so crowded for so long. He was incredibly flexible when I wanted to surprise everyone (including my wife) by playing my guitar and singing a song for my wife. He came through with all of the sound equipment and it couldn't have gone smoother. I have heard endless compliments for him from all of our guests.

The Knot & WeddingWire Review
July 6, 2018

We Danced the Night Away!!

We had Geoff as our DJ for our wedding. He was awesome! The only thing I wanted for my wedding reception was for people to be dancing and my guests and I danced the night away. This was no ordinary wedding, our dance floor was PACKED! People danced all night and we had to expand outside of the dance floor because so many people were dancing. The songs the DJs played were fun and kept people of all ages on the dance floor. Everyone complimented our DJs and told us what a great time they had at the wedding. I would highly recommend using Sounds Abound for your wedding!

Kimberly and Adam
June 16, 2018

Geoff was our DJ for our wedding last week. He did an amazing job, was so easy to work with and kept our dance floor full the entire night! We had an amazing evening and couldn't have asked for anything more! Highly recommend Sounds Abound to anyone planning an event.

Angela and James
May 18, 2018

Geoff and Matt were excellent DJ's for our wedding. They were prompt and professional for the evening, and checked in with us during the event. They played all of our favorites, and kept the dance floor moving when the time came. We received so many complements on the evening, and the DJ was at the top of the list! Thank you guys for a wonderful night!

Cheryl and Paul
May 19, 2018

My wife and I chose Sounds Abound because of all the good reviews and recommendations we saw while organizing our wedding. We had Geoff as our DJ and we couldn't be happier. He did a fantastic job emceeing and was very accommodating to all our requests, he was even able to naturally work in special music requests that really had no place in a wedding reception! He was great and took a lot of the stress off of a pretty hectic time for both us. I would recommend Sounds Abound above anyone else!!

Bryan and Kristen
October 21, 2017

Fun and smooth wedding DJ experience!

SoundsAbound was recommended to us by our venue as one of their preferred vendors and we're so glad! We chose DJ Geoff Rafferty for our services and he was fantastic. Everything about the music from start to finish was easy, accommodating and reasonably priced.

Geoff was very lax, which is great on the day of when you don't have time to worry about vendors. We mostly had him stick to our own playlist we created through their online portal, but what he added was very appropriate and he always had people dancing. Geoff was very good at reading the room.

I highly recommend SoundsAbound and particularly Geoff for any special occasion!

Zach and Liz
September 9, 2017
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