Entourage is an eight-piece band that delivers contagious energy and unmatched musical versatility. Led by top 20 American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt, this band brings a dynamic dance floor experience to every party, guaranteed to leave your guests talking about it for years to come. Through their love of pop music and the boundless energy of their singers, they stay up-to-date with the latest top 40 hits, while also mixing in popular songs from each decade and genre. This something-for-everyone approach ensures that all of your guests will feel connected to the experience. From the flow of the evening to the timing of the musical elements, you can expect Leslie Hunt to have a very production-minded, team-player approach to the planning process. She brings over ten years of experience in the special event industry and will work seamlessly with the team you have assembled or take the reigns and help you plan it from scratch. Entourage brings the fun, talent and precision required for a successful event every time. Come see what makes them the hardest working band in the land!Read More
Leslie Hunt is a musical phenomenon, an outstanding vocalist and a natural bandleader who has been performing professionally since she was ten years old. By the time she was fifteen, she was already an established songwriter, working alongside songwriting legend Jim Peterik (Eye of the Tiger, Vehicle, Hold On Loosely). At seventeen, she inked a development deal with Sony and went on to write and release three solo albums by the time she was in her mid-twenties. In 2007, she was a semi-finalist on American Idol, landing a spot in the top ten females out of over 104,000 contestants. Leslie has also been touring the globe with her rock band District 97 as their high-energy front person since 2008. Before she became the leader of Entourage in 2014, she was the female lead singer, music director and co-leader of the Ken Arlen Orchestra, as well as vocal producer for Arlen Music Productions. Leslie is beyond thrilled to be leading Entourage, as her detail-oriented, quality-focused and fun band leading style promises to make every event a successful one.Read More
Singer/songwriter/producer/musician, Jerome Matthews Jr. is a passionate young artist who is no stranger to the music industry. Some early career highlights include performing at dozens of major Chicago festivals (Lollapalooza, The Taste of Chicago, etc.), singing with world-renowned violinist and conductor Andre Rieu at the sold out Allstate Arena, performing as a guest artist in Motown The Musical (NYC), and winning Bar1's Big Break $20,000 vocal competition. Jerome has had the privilege of opening for and performing alongside many well-known artists including Chris Brown, Twista, and Ashanti, and has co-written songs with Grammy award nominated/winning artists Snoop Dog, RhymeFest, and Tor Hyams. He is also a featured artist on Michelle Obama's compilation album "Songs for a Healthier America", which includes contributions from Ariana Grande, Jordan Sparks, and DMC (of Run DMC). From today's high energy chart toppers to smooth Motown classics, Jerome puts his own unique touch on every performance. We are thrilled to welcome him to Entourage!
Steve began his career as a guitarist and songwriter in Solana Beach, California before moving on to Northwestern University for musical studies. After moving to Chicago, Steve began performing rock and jazz at the hottest venues in the city as well as a busy schedule of solo classical guitar dates. Steve's performing career has taken him from Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco to the Chicago Jazz Fest to the Iridium in NYC, as well as musical sojurns in Portugal, Brazil and Cuba. Shows and recording projects over the years include original music as a leader and collaborations with Spider Saloff, Matt Geraghty, and Zvonimir Tot among many others. Steve's vast musical range and experience brings the right touch of elegance and a soulful edge to Entourage.
Patrick Mulcahy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but has been playing bass professionally in Chicago for 8 years. During his time in Chicago he has had the pleasure of performing with many great musicians, most notably: Patricia Barber, Fareed Haque, Paul Wertico, Orbert Davis, Maurice Brown, Corey Wilkes and Grazyna Aguscik. He has performed at all of Chicago's most prestigious venues, including The Auditorium Theater, The Jazz Showcase, Symphony Center, and The Green Mill. He has toured extensively in the United States and overseas, most recently to Poland, Turkey and Macedonia.
Phillip Beale is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he majored in Percussion Performance/Jazz Studies under Professor Robert Chappell, Associate Dean Richard Holly, and Professor Ronald Carter. Some of the artists Phillip has had the opportunity to tour and record with are: Ray J., Wayne Brady, Euge Groove, Bobby Brown, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Etienne Charles, Michael Lington, Nikki Jane, Panoramic, Liam Teague, Eddie Henderson, Mindi Abair, Donald Harrison, Orbert Davis, Willie Pickens, George Duke, Victor Mendoza, Michael Spiro. As a result of these performances, Phillip has been able to travel to such places as Taiwan, Italy, Japan, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia and Peru. His music has been featured in the motion picture “With or Without You" and in addition to teaching several high school drumlines in the Chicago area, marching in the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls Drumlines, Phillip has an active private lesson studio of all ages. He currently endorses SABIAN cymbals, Evans drumheads, Pro-Mark drumsticks and Phat-Phoot drum harnesses.
Known for his versatility and sensitive musicianship, pianist Matt Long plays in a variety of styles with spirit and ease. A native of Kansas, Matt graduated with highest distinction from Northwestern University's School of Music in 1994. Since then he has been a busy free lancer in the Chicago area. As a vocal and choral accompanist Matt has played for the Too Hot to Handel concert choir, the Community Renewal Chorus, Old St. Patrick's Church concert choirs, and DePaul University among many others. For ten years he has been the pianist for Lyric Opera's Meet the Artist outreach programs, and has accompanied several singers in recitals at the Chicago Cultural Center. Matt's own annual solo recitals feature music from Beethoven to James Brown and have thrilled larger and larger audiences over the last 5 years. Matt provides elegant music for weddings, parties, and special events, including a two year stint playing for afternoon tea at Chicago's Peninsula Hotel. He has recorded and performed with Milwaukee-based psychedelic rock band The Danglers and created shows with local cabaret favorite Scott Montgomery. Matt joined the staff of the Community Church of Wilmette as organist in 2008.
James is a trumpeter and composer who is comfortable in a wide variety of musical environments. Originally from the Dallas area, he has now become involved in a diverse blend of musical communities in Chicago, playing in bands ranging from Rock and Folk groups to Big Bands and noisy Free Jazz. James' performance experience includes engagements with the The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chuchito Valdes, The Chicago Skyliners Big Band, Julie Meckler, Matt Ulery, Grazyna Auguscik, and others. He is currently on faculty teaching Trumpet and Jazz at Triton College and Wheaton College. We are excited to welcome James to Entourage!
Thomas has been performing on the saxophone for most of his life, having studied at the renowned Music School of the University of North Texas. While in the Dallas area, Thomas performed and recorded with several award-winning ensembles, even garnering recognition from the prestigious jazz publication Downbeat Magazine. In addition to performances around the country, Thomas spent several years in Australia, producing and performing in award-winning shows at The Base Cabaret, one of the hottest music spots on the Gold Coast. He has toured the world, performing with musicians such as The Drifters, The Platters, Bob Mintzer, Steve Houghton, Rob McConnell and many others. Entourage is pleased to add Thomas’s combination of experience and fresh sound to our ranks.
Natalie Blackburn and Nick Fosko Wedding (Ivy Room) – July 20, 2019
Hope all is well!
I wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for the wonderful performance you and the band did at our wedding last Saturday. Everyone couldn’t stop saying how amazing you guys are!!
Nicole Pinelli and Brian Kucera Wedding (Hotel Inter-Continental) – July 13, 2019
Our guests thought they were at a concert. That's how good Entourage with Arlen Music Productions is. Honestly, the best band. Our guests danced and danced to the incredible music of Leslie Hunt and Entourage. Everyone wanted to know the name of this band. I wanted them to play all night long!Sue Pinelli, Mother of the Bride
Lindsey Ottaviano Wedding - May 18, 2019
Good morning Leslie-
Words cannot describe the joy and fun your musical talents, along with the superb group of musicians and co-lead singer, brought to Lindsey and Dan’s reception….. but I will try.
There were people in attendance at the reception who have performed in Broadway musicals, professional musicians, etc.
EVERYONE was amazed at your level of musicianship, song selection, range of genres that you performed at a very high level of expertise.
A comment from the Broadway singer the next day- “no matter what song they chose…it was performed to perfection.”
A comment from a professional musician- “ I listen for any musical mistakes, missed notes….every note that every musician played on every song was perfect…..they didn’t miss anything. This band is one of the best…where did you find them?”
The gentleman who sang the prayer was Lindsey’s 89 year old grandfather on her mother’s side. We had no idea he was going to do that and appreciate your ability to go with the flow.
We have one more daughter who will be getting married and when that day arrives there is only one band that can perform for the event to make the evening as memorable as it can be…..Entourage!
Julie Arends and Matthew Thorson Wedding (Galleria Marchetti) – December 30, 2018
Hi Leslie - You guys were amazing, amazing, amazing!! So happy with everything and we got a million compliments we accepted on your behalf :) I kept saying that if I wasn’t looking at you, it could have been a DJ because you sounded just like the original songs... but way more fun, of course. THANK YOU!!
Thank you again!
Sarah Goldberg and Ben Fiedler Wedding – October 28, 2018
Thank you so much for making Sarah and Ben’s wedding such a fun and memorable event! Everyone seemed to be having a great time (I certainly did) and of course you and the band were a big part of the evening's success.Beth Kling Goldberg, Mother of the Bride
Christine Ryndak and Jim Gottfred (Harold Washington Library – September 21, 2018
Hi Leslie & Entourage,
We can't thank you enough for how outstanding you all were at our wedding, we are beyond pleased and had such a wonderful time. All of the guests are raving about you as well :)
Brittany Huppert and Greg Chapin Wedding (Chicago Illuminating Company) – September 8, 2018
Thank you so much for last night. You and the rest of Entourage was unbelievable and everyone would not stop talking about how good you were.
We hope to have another party in Chicago where we can hear you guys again soon!!!
Commit2Change Gala (Rockwell on the River) – September 7, 2018
Wanted to Thank you for a spectacular performance on Friday evening! You guys were fantastic... everyone has been raving about the music!!!
Thanks again for your presence and energy for the evening!
Andrea Kiely and Grant Smith Wedding (Ivy Room) - August 11, 2018
Entourage made our entire wedding night!! They absolutely killed the playlist and the performance. People were on the dance floor the entire night and are still raving about the band. Leslie was the perfect MC and so engaging – she kept the party going even when the band had to take a break. If you are looking for an amazing, engaging band to turn your wedding into a memorable evening, you must choose Entourage!!!Andrea, Bride
Allison Ducharme and John Brackmann Wedding (Ivy Room) – August 4, 2018
Leslie and Entourage,
Thank you so much for playing our wedding! We were blown away by the performance and received countless compliments from our families and guests about how great you guys were. Without you our night wouldn’t have been nearly as special and memorable. We appreciate the professionalism start to finish and will certainly recommend you to others.
Anna Weinketz and Matt Dowling Wedding (Chicago Athletic Association Hotel) – July 28, 2018
On behalf of my wife Marilyn, Anna, Matt & I, we wanted to reach out & thank you for making Anna & Matt's wedding a night to remember.
The ceremony, cocktail hour & reception all had different musical elements, but all were on point & were knocked out of the park.
The feedback from our guests was lights out POSITIVE!!
Leslie, you & Jerome (as well as the rest of the band) had everyone rockin’!!
Entourage is one of the All Time Greats.
Thank you very much & hopefully we can cross paths again,
Allie and Seve Gonzales Wedding – July 21, 2018
Seve and I wanted to say thank you again to you and Entourage for an AMAZING performance at our wedding (in Naperville on July 21st). Your voices were incredible, and you kept the energy up and everyone on the dance floor throughout the entire night. We had the best time at our reception thanks - in large part - to you guys. We cannot tell you how many of our friends and family told us that you were the best wedding band they've ever heard. We wholeheartedly agree!
John Churchwell Wedding – April 20, 2018
Leslie – I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the amazing performance at our wedding last Friday. We could not have imagined a more fun reception, and Entourage was the best part of the reception. It came as no surprise to me how great you are because I have got to see you in action a couple of times, but it has been awesome to hear the response from our family and friends. All of the following have actually happened:
My groomsmen decided we will never have another wedding without you performing.
The receptionist at the hotel where most of us stayed, told me in the morning everyone who checks out is talking about the band.
People are amazed by the range of music you can play, especially being able to flawlessly play DJ (EDM) music on live instruments. Plus you played enough variety of music to keep our parents and older folks on the dance floor all night. There were people dancing last Friday that may have not been on a dance floor in decades and they were out there all night!!!
Countless, and I mean countless people have been texting us even days later saying it was the most fun that they had at a wedding.
Thank you for being very easy to work with. Thank you for giving an amazing performance, on the most important day of our life. I feel lucky that I will get to see you again at the Travelers party. I also hope to see you perform in the future at friends’ weddings or any other performances you have. Trust that I will recommend your band to anyone I hear that is planning an event, as I already did for the Travelers party.
Thanks for everything, and please extend our heartfelt thanks to rest of the band. Jerome and you are very special talents, as well as all of the musicians.
Courtney Sissine and Mike Slavich Wedding – Saturday, April 14, 2018
Thank you so much for making Courtney and Mike’s Wedding so very special! I enjoyed working with you immensely and all of your suggestions were perfect!
You are truly a professional in every sense of the word and anyone would be crazy not to have you MC and select Entourage for the entertainment for their special day!
You are a fantastic entertainer and I am sure this will not be your last Wedding at Notre Dame!
Thank you again for being a special part of a day my daughter will never forget!
Brittany Grecco and John Jameson Wedding (University Club) – Saturday, January 20, 2018
I just wanted to say thank you again for making our reception so amazing. Everyone is STILL talking about you guys, and we couldn’t have made a better decision for our wedding!!