Chicago Wedding Bands & Special Event Entertainment-What You Want To Know & What You NEED To Know!
You are visiting our site because you are searching for experienced groups specializing in performing for weddings, corporate events, or special events within Chicago, Illinois or beyond. As you browse through all the websites for performers and orchestras, they all say the exact same thing…best band in Chicago, top wedding band, Chicago’s most awarded band, the only wedding band with an officially designated emcee, blah, blah, blah…. This list can go on and on. These are bold claims to make with no quantifiable way that anyone can actually prove them. We are not going to make these desperate and competitive claims. Instead, we are going to be REAL with you, giving you valuable information you need to know to make the most knowledgeable decision to hire the right musical group for you. In this process, you will encounter a lot of smoke and mirrors and we are going to help you see through them RIGHT NOW! Most likely, you want to know the following first in your search for established and reputable ensembles or corporate combos: ~ What do we look like and what type of energy & vibe do we share? Please CLICK HERE to watch our live music videos. ~ What do we sound like? Please CLICK HERE to listen to our live audio samples in addition to our videos. ~ How do we handle weddings? Please CLICK HERE to learn about our process regarding our weddings. ~ How do we handle corporate events as well as special events? Please CLICK HERE to learn about our process involving corporate and special events. For additional questions you’ll WANT answers to, please CLICK HERE for our FAQ Page. LET’S DISCUSS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW! READ ON!
Wedding/Corporate Packages & Rates Should Be Customized To Your Event & Should NOT be “Cookie Cutter”.
In order to receive a quote, a music group should be asking you for information about your event before blindly sending you packages and rates that may not be suitable for you and your event. Entertainment companies prove both their value and experience and show they care about you by asking you specific questions about your event. We encourage you to fill out our contact form CLICK HERE before contacting us, so we obtain a clear picture regarding the logistics of your event. We then will set up a phone appointment with you to discuss the variables and music to provide you with a customized quote. Speaking via phone is personable and is the best method of clear communication. Tone is often lost through email and text messaging. Please don’t underestimate the importance of speaking via phone!
Do You Know What Backing Tracks Are? Beware Of The Trickery And Ask Your Band/Wedding Orchestra if they are using Karaoke Tracks BEFORE You Hire Them. PLEASE READ THIS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!
The dirty little secret among most wedding groups & companies, both throughout the Chicago area, as well as regionally and nationally, is that they use backing tracks when “performing” music. In many instances, the musicians will pretend to perform to the recordings or backing tracks of songs, “acting” and attempting to fool the couple and all of their guests. Sometimes they are bold enough to use recordings of background vocalists and even horns when they are not actually present. Don’t be disappointed on your special day only to discover your musical entertainment is pretending to perform live music rather than truly playing their instruments or singing. Most importantly, don’t overspend for a band that is using karaoke recordings and doing less than professional sounding covers to your favorite songs. Always hire genuine musicians like us…. We provide REAL musicians, with REAL music. Our performers are high-level professionals passionate about every song. All of our tunes are authentic, pure, and true. Every note you will hear is coming from our singers and musicians.
Wedding Etiquette-Wedding Crashers & Interviews Are Invasive. Your Privacy Is Our Priority!
Please remember, if your potential entertainment is inviting you to see them perform live at someone’s wedding reception; they will most certainly invite complete strangers to crash your wedding. This is a move displayed by desperate and unprofessional bands and groups that prioritize self-promotion. They should be 100 % focused on entertaining you and your guests, as well as protecting your privacy! If you visit websites of groups you are considering to potentially hire for your wedding, you will see that many band leaders and music company owners in videos interviewing the couple immediately after the conclusion of their weddings. At first glance this may appear appealing and fun to you…. However, if you take the time to really think about this, you will probably feel differently. Will you want to be questioned and interviewed on camera on your special day by the band regarding how great they are? Band leaders and groups should be worried about giving you the time of your lives during the few precious hours you have at your reception rather than interviewing you about it. We strongly emphasize that musicians and music companies that interview their couples onsite are more concerned with self promotion and personal accolades than they are concerned with you, the couple getting married. YOU SHOULD BE the main focus of everyone! If you see these invasive videos displayed by a musical group, you may have to think twice about even contacting them. We respect your privacy and we are only focused on making sure you and your guests have the best time of your lives. With us, you don’t have to worry about uninvited wedding crashers or interviews. We are not concerned with self-promotion; we only care about you and your guests!
Utilize Modern & Convenient Technological Resources at Your Fingertips-Reviews, Awards, Video, & Audio. Don’t Waste Your Time Viewing Bar Bands & Going to “Showcases”.
You want the best possible musical performance for your special day, but how do you find outstanding musical talent? Reading reviews is one of the best ways to gauge the quality. However, just a few reviews won’t be enough to decide. You NEED to see HUNDREDS of excellent five-star client reviews to know that your entertainment is experienced and exceptional. Alongside the sheer number of reviews pay attention to the quality and quantity of text in the reviews. Truly read the content of what the couples write about. If couples consistently rave about a band or orchestra in great detail, you’ll know they are of very high value. Please CLICK HERE to read our reviews and we promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Ensure that the music company you are looking at has awards listed on their website, as this indicates they are elite talent. If you see they have a large number of prestigious awards over a period of at least several years, the chances are high that group you are looking at is stellar and unquestionably one of the finest in the industry for a sustainable amount of time. Please CLICK HERE to view our awards.
Finding quality talent is easy and convenient because you don’t even have to leave the conveniences of your own home to do it! If you want to see and hear live music, you are clicks away from doing so by viewing video and audio. If a group has a large collection of video and audio, you can watch and listen to hundreds of clips within a very short period of time. You also have the ability to re-watch or re-listen to song-list clips as many times as you’d like. In this regard, the internet is reliable, convenient, and instantaneous.
If a band or orchestra doesn’t feature both video and audio clips, the music company is probably not tech savvy, and the group itself is both figuratively and literally outdated! Furthermore, without a website, video, or audio, you may have to question if they have something to hide….
Attempting to see bands perform live can be very time consuming, disappointing, and doesn’t make much sense with the convenience of the Internet. You could scout a number of performers via the Internet in the time it takes to drive one way in the Chicago area with crazy traffic, construction, and weather. Also, can you imagine driving a long time in horrible traffic and dangerous weather, only to find out the show you traveled to see was canceled?
If a band invites you to see them at a bar, this is the first problem that needs addressing immediately. If a band is of superior quality they wouldn’t be performing at a bar in the first place. High-demand groups will be performing weddings and wouldn’t have much time to perform live. Garage bands that perform in bars most likely don’t specialize in what you are really looking for-danceable wedding music!
Lastly, please don’t be fooled if a band mentions they are going to have a “showcase” performance open to the public. Don’t be blinded by the word “showcase”, as most likely, a group that uses this clever word is trying to sound professional while simply performing at a bar. If you are browsing a website and the band uses “showcase” to describe their show, immediately look to see WHERE they are performing. Ninety-nine out of one-hundred times the performance will be at a bar. If you find this is the case, save yourselves a wasted trip! They simply will not have the experience or the capability of coordinating, emceeing, or performing the most danceable music for your big day.
Make the clear and obvious choice and hire an award-winning group that specializes in weddings, such as us! We trust you’ve found this information insightful as well as helpful! We are here for you and to describe our popular services to you in detail. We have so much more advice and beneficial information to share with you. Please contact us to learn more about the wedding marketplace. We’d love to hear from you and learn about you and your event!