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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
Vocalist

Lindsay Frystak
Vocalist

Wally Swiatly
Vocalist

Cherise Thomas
Vocalist

Christopher Mahieu
Keyboard

Matt Thompson
Bass

Steve Gillis
Drums

Zoey Witz
Guitar

Scott Anderson
Trumpet

Dylan Rehm
Trombone

 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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Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 6:14pm

So fun celebrating with Anna and Matt last night at the Hotel Intercontinental! Really fun group of people! @stevesflowermarket @interconchicago @annaturek @arlenmusicproductions #chicagoweddingband #chicagodanceparty

Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonSunday, 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

Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonTuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 8:30am
Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonTuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 7:27am

We had a blast at the Stritch School Of Medicine’s 67th annual awards dinner @hilton_chicago_hotel this weekend. We even got asked to the prom! @arlenmusicproductions #chicagoweddingbands #chicagoweddingband #chicagodanceparty

Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonSunday, November 12th, 2017 at 11:28am

Lots of energy on the dance floor last night for Kathleen and Joey’s wedding at the North Shore Country Club! @arlenmusicproductions #chicagodanceband #rockingthesuburbs

Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonMonday, November 6th, 2017 at 9:41pm

What a great hang @wishuponawedding tonight @moganmanufacturing

Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonSunday, November 5th, 2017 at 11:42am

What a great time at #universityclubofchicago last night! Non stop party!
@arlenmusicproductions @elle.hickey #chicagodanceparty

Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonSunday, November 5th, 2017 at 11:39am

A dance party that includes all age groups is the best! Such a great group of people last night celebrating Maggie and JT’s wedding! @arlenmusicproductions @elle.hickey @universityclubofchicago #chicagoweddingband

Indigo Led By Dan NicholsonTuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 4:50pm

We’re all ready for trick-or-treating or wedding crashing, whichever the night may bring!

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