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!
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.
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!!
Alexandra Rast and Michael Rosenmeyer Wedding – October 28, 2017
I just wanted to thank you and band for an awesome party last Saturday! Everyone LOVED you guys. We got so many compliments. I don't think our wedding day would have been quite the same without you guys, so thank you very much!
Alexandra Bream and Zachary Richards Wedding (The Lakewood) – October 14, 2017
Arlen Music's Entourage is absolutely amazing. I could not imagine my daughter's wedding without this band. My daughter and son-in-law chose the band because of the components, but my wife and I almost felt like the band chose us! Leslie and the band were spectacular. From learning some unique songs for our special dances and our closing song to keeping the party up and moving all night long Entourage delivered. The energy from the band was palpable and the connection with the guests was amazing. At times I looked over and it seemed that the band was having as much fun as we were and I think you could really ask for nothing more! The band makes the night and Entourage made our night everything we had hoped it would be.Jim, Father of the Bride
Melissa Burnett and Mac Hendrickson Wedding (Union League Club) – September 22, 2017
My wife and I got married at the Union League Club, and we found Entourage online. I got a great feeling from their sample videos, and the price seemed very reasonable. I couldn’t have made a better choice! They were musically jaw-dropping. Infectious energy from start to finish. Leslie and Jerome are phenomenal singers, and the band possessed that very rare sort of cohesion and same mindedness that makes for a dynamic sound. In short, they are an OUTSTANDING band. As soon as the first dances were over, 80 percent of our guests rushed to the dance floor. If you don’t attend many weddings, let me assure you: that never happens. There wasn’t a hint of the standard wedding guest reticence to get up and dance. Quite literally everyone I spoke with at the wedding raved about Entourage. “How did I find them?” “They are amazing.” “I’ve been dancing all the night.” The highlight of the evening was when Leslie and Thomas, their sax player, came out to the dance floor for a ground shaking rendition of Proud Mary.
Everyone at Arlen was welcoming and communicative. They were also very self-sufficient. If you are getting married, you know how much of a positive that is. Leslie was incredibly accommodating to our requests and even helped us figure out the schedule for the evening. I could keep going, but I don’t want to distract you from booking Entourage right now!
Hailey Hartman and Alex Helin Wedding (Morgan Manufacturing) – Saturday, August 26, 2017
Thanks so much for all your help on Saturday for the Hartman wedding. You guys killed it! Everyone was complimenting the band all night and (as you know) the dance floor was packed all night. Thank you so much, I always love working with you!!
Lisa Jaimovich and Mitch Hamer Wedding (Crystal Gardens) – July 22, 2017
Leslie! We can't stop smiling thinking about the wedding. You guys were so great. I think many referrals are headed your way. I'm definitely biased, but by far the best live band performance I've ever seen. The Crystal Gardens did a great job keeping the room cool, but I think there were gallons of sweat on the dance floor afterwards. Thanks for MC’ing and rocking out an incredible evening!Mitch & Lisa, Bride and Groom
Sharyn Graves and Sam Meisel Wedding (Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI) – Monday, July 3, 2017
Entourage was FANTASTIC! The dance floor was packed the entire evening. Such great energy, voies, and musicality! Leslie and Jerome are EXTRAORDINARY! Didn’t want the music to end! So grateful for helping make Sharyn and Sam’s wedding a magical evening.
Oh, and the volume was perfect! Thanks to sound guy and musicians!
Nicole Hallarman and Ethan Wais Wedding (University Club) – Saturday, July 1, 2017
Nicole and Ethan couldn't have been happier with their wedding reception. Nicole told us from Day 1 that the band was the most important thing to her. Entourage did not disappoint. Everyone told us that the band was great, phenomenal, fantastic, etc. You kept people on the dance floor the entire night. Nicole's goal was a high energy evening and you nailed it.
I was especially impressed with how you not only played many of the songs on her song list (all three versions!), but played them at the right time and supplemented with songs that fit the moment. You read the crowd to perfection. I can't imagine that any other band could have done any better. So many people told us it was the best wedding ever!
Nicole could not have had a more magical evening, and Rindy and I know you played an enormous role in fulfilling her dream. Many, many thanks. We hope we have an opportunity to dance the night away with you at some future event. Thanks again.
Nicole Daureli and John Wallace Wedding (The Rookery) – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Entourage was AMAZING! Leslie and crew were fantastic - the music was great, she totally did everything we asked for from the ceremony music to the reception. Everything was seamless. I didn't leave the dance floor the whole night! The guests couldn't stop talking about it. I wanted to hug each and every band member after the night was over!! Thanks so much guys!
Lindsay Katz and Andrew Arndt Wedding (Hilton Columbus at Easton) – Sunday, May 28,2017
Hi Leslie and the entire Entourage band!
We just wanted to take a minute to thank you for making our wedding night so memorable. The music was so important to us and you guys nailed it! You were all so amazing, talented and entertaining! We didn't leave the dance floor all night (which is exactly what we wanted), and we know the guests felt the same way. The dance floor was packed all night because of you all! We heard so many people say they felt like they were at a concert all night long. I know we didn't want it to end.
Thank you again for traveling to Ohio to help celebrate Andrew and me. Our wedding was a night we will remember forever, and thanks to you our party rocked!
Please make sure to let all the members of the band know how awesome they were from the ceremony, to the cocktail hour, to the reception. We truly appreciate you all making the trip and making all of our wedding dreams come true!
If anyone ever asks us for a wedding band we know exactly who to tell them to reach out to!
Marisa and Igor German (Gallery 1028) – Friday, May 26, 2017
We could not be happier that we chose to go with Leslie and Entourage for our wedding band. Even before the night was over, I had people in my ear from every angle telling me how amazing the band was. Leslie sat down with us a month or two before the wedding and helped us plan out a timeline that worked within our constraints, and we were happy to have her expertise in the general flow of a reception. Their song catalog is extensive, and they played every song with confidence and grace. The night of the wedding, she was totally in control, kept the dance floor packed the entire night, and made us feel completely at ease. There is literally nothing we would have changed about the band.
We admit that we were quite nervous choosing to go with a band over a DJ, but after spending the night with Entourage, we are 100% confident we made the right choice.
Liz DeMar and Scott Schaff Wedding – Saturday, May 6, 2017
You guys were AWESOME! Thank you so much for making the night perfect. You guys nailed the song selections and sounded great. We could not have hoped for anything more. We hope to see you at many future events. Thanks again!
Glickson Wedding – Sunday, March 26, 2017
From the opening songs, our guests started telling us how wonderful you and the band sounded. This went on all evening. Even the Marriott event coordinator in charge of our party told us she had never seen everyone on the dance floor, young and old, absolutely everyone! Thank you so much!
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Fundraiser (Chicago Hilton) – February 25, 2017
We had such an amazing time Saturday evening. It’s always a pleasure to hear you sing. You and Entourage killed it.
Thank you for making the FDL ball such a success.
Katie and Vince DiBenedetto (Montgomery Club) – Saturday, December 31, 2016
We had the pleasure of having Entourage play at our wedding on 12.31.16. All I can say is; WOW. From 6:30pm-1am, it was non-stop great music. After dinner the dance floor was full the ENTIRE time! I don't think I've ever been to a wedding where I've seen that to that extent. The band's energy was so contagious and every single person in Entourage is extremely talented. I can't tell you how many times people told us that night and after the wedding how incredible the band was. Leslie, the lead singer was perfect to work with. She knows exactly how to pick songs that will all blend into the next one and was on spot with everything. I would recommend Entourage to any and everyone!!