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As one of the hottest dance bands in Chicago, Indigo has been featured on New Year's Eve at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and has earned repeat performances at premier events in Chicago including the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Opening Galas, among others.

Indigo is built upon young veteran talent hand-selected by producer Ken Arlen to bring an exciting presence and youthful energy that our clients have come to expect from an Arlen Music experience.

As the featured bandleader, arranger and saxophonist, Dan Nicholson is well known for his personable and energetic style and his ability to call a great dance party while incorporating a client's vision with a fun and easy flare. He also has instilled a fresh yet authentic sound to the full spectrum of Indigo’s repertoire through his spectacular and exciting arrangements.

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Dan Nicholson is an accomplished bandleader and virtuoso musician hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Before making his home in Chicago, Dan attended the University of North Florida where he studied saxophone and flute under the legendary Bunky Green, who called Dan "a musical force to reckon with." Dan developed his bandleading skills on the East coast and in Chicago before he joined the Arlen Music organization four years ago as the lead arranger and music director for Front of House. Dan also serves as the lead saxophonist and soloist to the nationally renowned Chicago Jazz Ensemble. With a Master's Degree in composing and arranging from DePaul University, Dan creates spectacular and exciting arrangements for all of the Arlen Music bands, including the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Dan is well-known for his personable and energetic style, his fun and easy flair, and his ability to call a great dance party while incorporating a client's vision.

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Russell Pike

Lindsay Frystak

Wally Swiatly

Cherise Thomas

Christopher Mahieu

Matt Thompson

Steve Gillis

Zoey Witz

Scott Anderson

Dylan Rehm

 Signature Events

Boys Hope Girls Hope Fundraiser

Little Company of Mary Hospital Gala

Community Cancer Research Foundation Gala

Holy Name Cathedral Gala

North Central College Homecoming

Booth School of Business Graduation Ball

Loyola University Gala

Society of Trial Lawyers Gala

New Years Eve Gala at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Fantasy of the Opera – Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Annual Gala


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indigobandchicagoMonday, April 16th, 2018 at 12:47pm
indigobandchicagoSunday, April 15th, 2018 at 2:59pm

Jenna to my left, Mike on my right. What a great night!

Thank you so much Flanagans and Maddens, you were a really fun group!
@ameliacoleevents @mirarweddings @jennaeflanagan #indigobandchicago @arlenmusicproductions

indigobandchicagoMonday, February 26th, 2018 at 11:57am
indigobandchicagoMonday, February 26th, 2018 at 11:46am
indigobandchicagoMonday, February 26th, 2018 at 11:16am

We had another great dance party with the generous guests at this year’s Boys Hope Girls Hope Gala! Thank you all for your generosity and for being such a fun group! Looking forward to next year already!
#BHGHGAGA2018 #arlenmusicproductions...

indigobandchicagoSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 3:40pm

What a great #januarywedding @interconchicago celebrating @annaturek and Matt Grancher’s wedding! And what beautiful flowers from @stevesflowermarket Congratulations Anna and Matt!! @arlenmusicproductions #chicagodanceparty #chicagoweddingband #indigobandchicago

indigobandchicagoTuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 8:30am
kenarlenWednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 8:12pm

Dan Nicholson relaxing with #puppylove on a rare night off from leading #indigobandchicago @indigobandchicago @arlenmusicproduction #bestchicagoband #bestchicagosax

kenarlenThursday, January 26th, 2017 at 5:23pm

#indigobandchicago killing it! This band is soooooo good! If you haven't heard in awhile check then out @arlenmusicproductions

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