The Story Behind DJ Josh Erie
Josh Bennett (pictured above) is the 32-year-old owner of Lake Erie Events.
Josh grew up in Harborcreek PA, just outside of Erie. At the age of just 6 years old, Josh started his entertainment career helping local karaoke DJs and bands in 1997. Josh's professional career began in 2005 at the age of 14, when he worked his first wedding! Josh worked for several local DJ companies through his teenage years, including weddings, dances, private events, and corporate functions. In 2009, Josh began to document his career and VLOG on his YouTube channel, which now has over a million combined views across his videos. At the age of only 19, Josh got behind the turntables at a few local bars and nightclubs and began to infuse his professional experience with the nightclub and nightlife experience that he delivers today. Josh launched Lake Erie Events in 2015, and the rest is history.
Behind the turntables, Josh has opened on stage for, or played official afterparties for several national recording artists, including Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Bret Michaels, Eli Young Band, Billy Idol, Color Me Badd, Salt N Pepa, Rob Base, and Digital Underground... just to name a few!
Josh is an internationally known DJ across the business. Josh has been a working part of national DJ shows including, Midwest DJs Live, the Mobile Beat DJ Conference, YouTube DJs Live, and The DJ Times Magazine DJ Expo. Josh is a featured Crate Gang Editor, meaning Josh produces remixes, "DJ edits", and video edits of songs that thousands of other DJs download and use across the USA every day.
Josh has become a trusted name in the local radio industry, featured on Erie's Star 104, WERG, as well as Meadville's COOL FM, MAJIC FM, and WGRP! Josh has also spent time on Walmart's nationally syndicated in-store radio!
Josh has served as a consultant or a resident DJ at several different night clubs in Erie PA including Sluggers, Coconut Joes, Docksider, Sullivans, The Metropolitan, Park Place/Sherlocks, Boardwalk Club Dream, and currently McCoy's Barrelhouse where he is a current resident DJ and entertainment manager.
Josh has also worked in cities outside of the Erie area, including Pittsburgh PA, Cleveland OH, Buffalo NY, Youngstown OH, Houston TX, Orlando FL, Detroit MI, Chicago IL, Milwaukee WI, Atlantic City NJ, Kansas City MO, Fayetteville AR, and Las Vegas NV.
Since starting his career, Josh has performed at over 2,500 private events and that's before counting any of the weekly bar and nightclub bookings over the last 15 years.
In 2023, Josh relocated his family to Bentonville Arkasnas, where he currently works as an engineer behind Walmart's national TV and Radio teams. Josh is still working nationally as a DJ, including his hometown area of Erie Pennsylvania and northwest Pennsylvania.
For more information about Josh's start in the business, including an interview featured in American DJ's magazine back in 2016, Click here!