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  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Milwaukee, WI 53224

Kara H.

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This was the best decision we could have made regarding our reception! They were amazing, better than we even hoped. We highly recommend hiring this band for any event where you want to have great music and tons of fun! All our guests were so impressed... one kept saying they would listen and forget it was band for a moment the songs sounded so perfect. Everyone will always remember the band at our reception!!

  • 14 years in business
  • Chicago, IL 60647


We booked the John Paris Band for our wedding and they were wonderful! From the planning phone calls, to the actual event, everything went great. Everyone was asking us where we found the band, they told us we should hire them again for a party just because, told us they never dance but the band was so good they ended up dancing, etc. They allowed our little nieces to dance with them up in the performance area, which made their entire year. They also did a great job on all of the emcee work. Start to finish, we could not have asked for better wedding entertainment!

  • 20 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60611


Peter and his pianist David were outstanding at every level. There isn't anything that could have been improved. Quality, professionalism, and ability to adopt to any situation. Every guest was impressed and inquired about how they could hire him. Fabulous! Would hire again without any reserve.

  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Woodstock, IL 60098


Potts and Pans Steel Ensemble is a professional-level steel band. Comprised mainly of musicians who were trained in steelpan performance at Northern Illinois University, we are not your typical beach band. We play many styles of music, ranging from classical to pop to calypso and more. The group can be vary in size from 1-10+ performers. Whether you need a solo steelpan, or a full band for your next event, Potts and Pans will make it happen for you. Our ability to play a wide range of genres makes us perfect for: - Birthday parties - Weddings (have a unique wedding band for your service and reception) - Graduation parties - Retirement parties - Parades - Fairs - Public events - And more For more information, check out our website.

  • 19 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Bartlett, IL 60103

Yari D.

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They were awesome!! Played all the hits, the sound was great, and the vocals were perfect! Very easy to work with and all the guests loved them. Would hire them again.

  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Yorkville, IL 60560

Lisa C.

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I hired them for my boyfriends birthday party ....they are an amazing band and great ppl....everyone liked them so much that the bar owner where we had the party contacted me for their Info so they can hire them to play on band nights......I would recommend them a million times.....I just want to thank them for making his birthday memorable. ...awesome band awesome members....

  • 30 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Morton Grove, IL 60053


Brassworks Music Productions provides excellent music and entertainment for weddings, ceremonies, corporate events, private parties, receptions, concerts, and church services. Wedding reception bands that perform many styles are available. Jazz duos, trios, quartets and quintets, including a male or female singer, are also a popular option. We specialize in brass: soloists and/or herald trumpets, trios, quartets, quintets, and even full-brass bands. Dixieland and German bands are also requested entertainment options. Strings, pianists, vocalists, harpists, and specialty acts are available upon request. Brassworks Music Productions has been providing professional, first-rate performances for over two decades! From a single soloist to a full orchestra, almost any combination of instruments can be tailored to your special event and are comprised of Chicago's most in-demand and talented musicians.

  • Elmhurst, IL 60126


Makin Memories is a full-service entertainment and decorating company. The services we provide are balloon decorations, floral arrangements, live bands, live entertainers, rental equipment, games, and concession equipment. Also available are: - Tables and chairs - Bounce houses or jumpers - Inflatable games - Interactive games - Custom balloon imprinting - Custom banners or signs made from Styrofoam - Custom bows for church, tulle, and lighting - Special effects - Balloon release/drop - Balloon arches - Balloon columns - Balloon sculptures - Themed parties and events - Decorations for bar/bat mitzvah, baby showers, weddings corporate events, festivals, and church functions Visit us on the web, or call us for a quote and response. We service the entire Chicagoland area.

  • Woodridge, IL 60517


We are a 2 or 3 piece band (keyboards, drums and trumpet) that plays music from the 50's to today. Genres from Motown to country, standards to rock, oldies to pop. We are available for any occassion, private or public. With over 25 years experience, we have been playing in the Chicagoland area for over 10 years. It's very reasonable for a small band with a big sound including state-of-the-art HD sound and lighting. We play music to please all age groups. Rates are flexible pending on the event. Check out our website for more info. and a sampling of just some of the music we play. We are also on Facebook.

  • Chicago, IL 60647


Looking for a party band? No matter what type of event you are having, The Mashed Potatoes are ready to make it even better by playing a great mix of your favorite oldies music! We have hours of material to perform. We are ready to go, professional, affordable, and fun!

  • Skokie, IL 60076


I am a leader violinist who acts as an agent, as well as a bandleader. I will make your special wedding an absolutely memorable event. Please check out the versatility of this wonderful group at the website. The guests remember good food and great music.

  • 5 years in business
  • Chicago, IL 60660


I'm a Chicago based fiddler who is available for any genre any style and any time! I can play classical, blues, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, country, rock, and everything in between. This is perfect for restaurant entertainment, weddings, parties, lessons, festivals, and more.

  • 7 years in business
  • Naperville, IL 60540


Soul 2 The Bone Band is a well-versed band that works with corporations, nonprofit organizations, wedding planners, brides and grooms, anniversary parties and private parties who may have a limited resources or budgets. Overall, we are a melting pot of musicians, with music influences from at least four different nationalities and four parts of the world. Our sound is harmonious music with a mixture of Motown, R & B, jazz, disco, pop music and a sprinkle of blues, covering music from Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Etta James, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Prince, KC and the Sunshine Band, Santana, Al Green and Earth Wind & Fire to Jill Scott and the Black Eye Peas, Beyonce, Robin Thicke and more. We are the band that can cover all of your entertainment and music needs. For more information, contact John Williams.

  • 9 years in business
  • Chicago, IL 60611


It's all about the party! We provide you with non-stop, pulse-pounding music you and your friends can move to. Chicago Music Machine cranks it out - all night long! Chicago Music Machine knows what it takes to set the stage for a great and successful event. Merging the music-blending talents of experienced DJs with the dynamic, vibrant energy of live musicians, CMM keeps the music flowing non-stop throughout the night - it's the best of both worlds! Whether you are planning a wedding, private party, or corporate event, or if you are looking to fill a spot on your calendar for a festival or club, Chicago Music Machine has what it takes to make you look like a rockstar event planner! So take a look around - listen to the demos - then make Chicago Music Machine your choice for the very best in live entertainment!

  • Chicago, IL 60634


Bella Angel Music has been serving Chicago and Chicagoland since 1986, providing music lessons for all ages and levels -- piano, guitar, singing/voice, bass, sax, drums, and more! Bella Angel Music also provides beautiful music for weddings, parties, and other special occasions. The founder, Ellen Bartolozzi, has a music degree from DePaul University and is also a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Award for her contributions to the arts. "Music is well said to be the speech of angels." -- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)


Rachel is a versatile vocalist and sings various styles of music, including classical, cabaret, opera, musical theater, pop, and jazz. She has the voice of an angel. Rachel Sparrow also plays violin. (See below for details) Specific requests of songs to make your event special are welcomed. Sparrow is often accompanied by the gifted pianist, Jason Carlson. This duo produces sweet music to enhance atmospheres and custom music for other events. Rachel has performed in every venue imaginable, from sports arenas, to grand opera houses, to nursing homes. Rachel has surprised countless persons with a special birthday song, or brought tears of joy and laughter with moving performances at weddings and other special events. Her ability to connect with those around her as she performs is transcendent. View her website today to hear her beautiful voice and view past performances. Network: Rachel also has a fantastic network of many other professional singers and musicians who may perform with her upon request. For other music requests that may require additional instruments such as guitar or strings, or singers, don't hesitate to ask! She can most likely come up with the requested ensemble, whether it be other singers- or a string quartet. Violin: Rachel has played the violin for over 19 years. In her undergraduate music degree she was on scholarship with her violin as her secondary instrument. She played in professional symphonies during her college years in Idaho, and taught many students in orchestral settings as well as privately. The violin is now a very dear hobby and she enjoys playing for weddings, ceremonies, celebrations, often featured as a singer/violinist !

  • Blue Island, IL 60406


I provide a perfect blend of functionality, skill, feel and melody. I have over 15 years of experience. I play all genres. I read and improvise. I have a perfect ear. I can do straight jazz or improv. I play a 5 string fretless bass. Sounds like a stand up or jazz bass or p bass, but I always say, its not the instrument, its the player.

  • Chicago, IL 60606


We provide classic entertainment for special and corporate events. This dynamic trio will serenade their way into your hearts, as they perform their classic favorites from back in the day. This is perfect entertainment for: - Corporate events - Award ceremonies - Trade shows - Fundraisers - Society galas - Dinner dances and receptions


Chicago's Skip Towne & The Greyhounds personify hard-driving, heartfelt classic blues, jazz, swing, ballads, and downright good time rockin' blues that you can't refuse! The band has been regularly performing acoustically as a 3-piece up to an electric 10-piece band around the Midwest and frequently in Chicago area clubs, such as The Park West, Buddy Guy Legends, Famous Dave's, Beale Street Blues Cafe, Frankie's Blue Room, Penny Road Pub, The Brat Stop, Porter's Oyster Bar, Cubby Bear North, Flatlanders, Port of Blarney, Blarney's Island, Pete Miller's, and The Firkin. The band also plays for any type of concert, festival, wedding, private, and corporate event.

  • Chicago, IL 60656


Why hire PARTY BLVD. BAND? "PARTY BLVD. BAND is a high energy five-piece band featuring a female up front to interact and connect with your guests and audience, as well as four other musicians who lend their voices for a powerful blend of leads and five-part harmonies. Additional vocalists and musicians can be added, for example, a sax player. "PARTY BLVD. BAND" brings the best of various genres to the stage in a crowd-thrilling performance sure to thrill the senses! This professional cover band performs only the best that music has to offer with a mix of classic rock, Motown, R&B, country, 50s and 60s rock and roll, rockabilly, standards and some current hits, just to name a few. They mix up fast songs to sing and dance the night away with some slow songs to share a dance with a special someone. This eclectic, fun-filled, professional band will bring their best to your event! "PARTY BLVD. BAND" includes musicians and vocalists who have been performing for decades, having played many styles of music and many types of events, such as festivals, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings, restaurants and more. Equally comfortable at formal and informal events, these band members will help you in providing an exciting and memorable event for your guests. We can tailor a show to your specifications and we can include iPod/CD music during breaks, cocktails or dinner. We provide continuous music for your event!

  • Niles, IL 60714


We offer string quartet, trio, and duet services for weddings and special events. We also offer a good-quality sound system for outdoor ceremonies (where it's a bit more difficult to hear) and cocktail hours. We specialize in classical music, but below is a list of some of our contemporary, pop and rock music, as well: * A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles) * All My Love (Led Zeppelin) * All You Need is Love (The Beatles) * Baby Elephant Walk (Henry Mancini) * Back in the USSR (The Beatles) * Belle of the Ball (Leroy Anderson) * Blackbird (The Beatles) * Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) * Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley - sung by) * Chicago (Fred Fisher) * Clocks (Coldplay) * Come Fly With Me (Van Heusen) * Danube Waves (Ivanovici) * Day Tripper (The Beatles) * Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles) * Forrest Gump (Theme) (Movie: Forrest Gump) * Gabriel's Oboe (Movie: The Mission) * Going Up The Country (Rock/Blues Standard) * Happy Together (The Turtles) * Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison) * Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles) * I Feel Pretty (Leonard Bernstein) * I Got Rhythm Variations (George Gershwin) * I Will Be Here (Steven Curtis Chapman) * I'm Gonna Crawl (Led Zeppelin) * In My Place (Coldplay) * In the Mood (Joe Garland) * Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) * Kashmir (Led Zeppelin) * Layla (Eric Clapton) * Love and Marriage (Frank Sinatra) * May It Be (Enya) * Moon River (Henry Mancini) * One Hand, One Heart (Leonard Bernstein) * Only Time (Enya) * Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen) * Palladio (De Beers Diamond Commercial) * Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) * Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) * Ribbon in the Sky (Stevie Wonder) * Saturday Night Waltz (Aaron Copland) * Somewhere in Time (John Barry) * Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen) * Summertime (George Gershwin) * Sunshine of Your Love (Cream and Eric Clapton) * The Ludlows (James Horner) * The Orange Blossom Special (Ervin T. Rouse) * The Prayer (Josh Groban-sung by) * The Rose (Amanda McBroom) * Viva La Vida (Coldplay) * What is Love (Haddaway) * Wedding Song (Kenny G.) * Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton) * Yellow (Coldplay) * Yesterday (The Beatles) All of these arrangements can be performed by quartet; most are available for string trio and a few for string duet. For a mixture of classical, jazz, and rock, I would recommend violin and guitar.

  • Chicago, IL 60606


MOJO is gonna get you! MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies' all-original American roots music a la Zydeco will engage and thrill your audiences with energy and joy! This is a total experience from the first note to the last! Thrilling audiences worldwide since 1985, MOJO has brought happiness to millions of people and enriched the lives of thousands of children. As a historian, Mister MOJO got the Zydeco Rubboard into the Smithsonian. We have been featuring hundreds of original songs on 13 MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies albums as seen on PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, Superstation WGN, and FOX TV networks! We have been inducing wild behavior since 1985! Lifetime memory is guaranteed!

  • Riverside, IL 60546


We are a full-service musical ensemble of studio-level players and singers with the flexibility to fill the requirements of any occasion -- be it corporate, wedding or multimedia. We can produce and arrange and even compose, if necessary. Though the band (8-10 pieces) is wonderful, we can also fill the bill from a solo pianist to duos, trios, quartets, etc., with versatility to fit any style of music. Bobby Schiff and The Bobby Schiff Band

  • Harwood Heights, IL 60706


We are an all-original alternative rock band from the Chicagoland area. We are currently playing around all the great venues in Chicago.

  • Carol Stream, IL 60188


The Big Eagle Band was established in Chicago, IL, in January 2008. Covering a range of jukebox favorites from the 1970’s to present day, The Big Eagle Band sets its sights on recreating what is in your establishment’s jukebox, live on stage. The Big Eagle Band features John Beniacs on bass and vocals, Matt Stone on guitar and vocals, Mark Sibincic on drums and Phil Valenti on guitar. All members are in their early 30's, jamming the music everyone loves. John, Matt, Mark and Phil have a long sordid history of playing in original bands dating back to the mid-90’s (most recently Mark and John in Government Warning and Matt and Phil in Killie McGee and Point 08). While styles and genres fade in and out, hits remain, and this idea brought the four members of The Big Eagle Band together. With everyone’s prior experience, it was a matter of weeks before the band was armed and ready to bring its show to the masses. The Big Eagle Band’s performance is guaranteed to electrify and stimulate any crowd with their diverse catalog of jukebox favorites and humorous banter — the perfect ingredients that make any show not just fun, but a blast! The Big Eagle Band is professional and is available for booking not only for bar gigs, but also for corporate events, festivals and public or private parties. Offering well over 6 hours of music, The Big Eagle Band can provide entertainment all night long.

  • Chicago, IL 60645


Invite the Human Jukebox to your holiday party or other event. He will wow the crowd with a special combination of comedy and his knowledge of old time rock n' roll. He is the Human Jukebox because he can play any old rock n' roll song. Feel free to test his knowledge.

  • Chicago, IL 60625


We play year-round in and around Chicago, Illinois. During weekdays, we all have day jobs that we'd all love to quit one day. We meet for practice as often as we can. Sometimes, we meet 3 or 4 nights a week, and we were always learning new songs. Above all, our interest is to enjoy performing some of our favorite songs to an appreciative audience. We love playing our entire repertoire, and we take pride in our passion to present our listeners with authentic, close-to-the-original sounding presentations. Music, as an art, is our passion and lifelong interest. Boom Shakalaka is a Chicago based cover band that was formed in January 2008. In the band, we perform a variety of rock covers spanning the last 6 decades. We all have diverse musical interests, from blues to rock, pop, hip-hop and metal. In fact, we take pride that each member of the band also has original musical projects that are as diverse as our repertoire. The band can provide professional PA sound and can work with any venue's existing setup. Boom performs with top-of-the-line instruments and equipment. Here are some of the places where we have played: * AmpRock Lounge - Chicago, Illinois * Bobby Mcgee's - Crest Hill, Illinois * Character's Bar - Chicago, Illinois * The Charley Horse - New Lenox, Illinois * City of Champions Sports Bar & Grill - Joliet, Illinois * Club Impulse - Midlothian, Illinois * Emerald Isle Bar and Grill - Chicago, Illinois * Escape Entertainment Center - Buffalo Grove, Illinois * Field House Sports Bar & Grill - Crest Hill, Illinois * Front Street Tap - Harvard, Illinois * Hickory Hills Campground - Edgertom, Wisconsin * Nitecap Lounge - Chicago, Illinois * Maple Avenue Pub - Lisle, Illinois * Risque Cafe - Chicago, Illinois * O'Shaughnessy's Irish Pub - Chicago, Illinois * Otto's Niteclub - DeKalb, Illinois * Pap's Tap - Chicago, Illinois * Timber Lanes Bowling - Chicago, Illinois Here is a list of the bands that we cover: * 311 * Alice in Chains * The Beatles * Billy Joel * Black Sabbath * Blue Oyster Cult * CCR * Chuck Berry * Eric Clapton * Coolio * Cream * Dire Straits * The Eagles * Elvis Presley * Fleetwood Mac * Foo Fighters * Jimi Hendrix * Kansas * Red Hot Chili Peppers * Rush * Smashing Pumpkins * Soundgarden * Steve Miller Band * Stevie Ray Vaughn * Kings Of Leon * Led Zeppelin * Muse * Nirvana * Pantera * Phil Collins * Pink Floyd * The Police * Radiohead * R.E.M * Steely Dan * Sublime * Stone Temple Pilots * Talking Heads * Toadies * Tom Petty * Tool * The Turtles * Weezer

  • Milwaukee, WI 53207


Organic Arts Ltd. is a non-profit resource for performing artists who present music, storytelling, history, science, heritage, social justice, environment and grassroots programs for kids, churches, communities, and elders care facilities. All artists are lifetime veteran performers of public service and family-friendly arts programs. These are the folks who have performed on the Family Stages at Summerfest, the Gathering Waters Fest, State Fair, Irish Fest, Bayview Bash, and hundreds of schools, libraries, elder communities, parks, and events over the past 25 years who love bringing wholesome and multi-generational performances to the Midwest.

  • Evanston, IL 60201


We offer elegant harp, flute, violin, and string ensembles for weddings and special events. Find out why so many of our clients repeat and recommend Adams Magnificent Music for their special events. Visit our website to find out more.

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