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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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caitsimone4 days ago

From AC/DC...to Wilson Phillips! Preparing for another busy weekend with @kenarlenevolutionorchestra!
🎥: @lkeventschicago at @revelspace

#KenArlenEvolutionOrchestra #EvolutionOrchestra #DanceBand #ACDC #WilsonPhillips

hebartonviolin3 weeks ago

Gig number two - outdoors and plugged in (but the closest we’ll get to rock is Beatles)! #indigoband #kenarlenevolutionorchestra #weddinggig #violinadventures #giglife

kenarlenevolutionorchestra1 month ago

Looking forward to a repeat performance at the LP Zoo Ball tonight! Raising $$ for the country’s best public Zoo! #kenarlenevolutionorchestra #arlenmusicproductions #chicagospecialevents #lincolnparkzoo #lpzoo #lpzooball

caitsimone2 months ago

Me pictured with all my fans at @lyricopera 🤣😐

But seriously- a beautiful event for Beth and Lee with @kenarlenevolutionorchestra !
#kenarlenevolutionorchestra #evolutionorchestra #singer #vocalist...

kenarlenevolutionorchestra2 months ago

The incredible @michael.avery.5 was channeling Prince in Minnesota for Nikki and Zack’s wedding at @thehuttonhouse - we had such a great time! Congratulations Nikki & Zack! 💜

@arlenmusicproductions #ArlenMusic

kenarlenevolutionorchestra2 months ago
kenarlenevolutionorchestra3 months ago

#sirensrockviolins warming up for #northmoorcountryclub 100th Anniversary Event! Saturday night #kenarlenevolutionorchestra @arlenmusicproductions #arlenmusicproductions #revanathanandassociates Also featured The Jersey Boys and Evolution Orchestra! Congratulations Northmoor!!!!

kenarlen3 months ago
kenarlenevolutionorchestra3 months ago

Mark & Bess wanted an acoustic set during dinner, but then of course we still had amazing dance energy later in the evening! Congratulations, Mark & Bess, we had a blast! 💗
Planner: @the.creative.planners
Venue: @exmoorcc

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