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Winner of the BizBash Entertainment Act of the Year and voted by Chicago Magazine as the “Top Choice” for a dance band in the city, the Ken Arlen Orchestra has ignited thousands of special events with its unique style, stage presence and contemporary music selection.

Building on tradition and evolving into the future, the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra incorporates all of the greatest elements of the past in conjunction with several new featured performers, and an incredible energy geared for today's brides and grooms! Imagine a band with 6 incredible vocalists, our Sirens rock violins, sizzling horns, and the tightest rhythm section in the country. Using the latest technology, this band is able to perform from any part of the room and make it sound like a live concert of the original artist.

The centerpiece of Evolution brings the experience and energy of two bandleaders to the stage, Ken Arlen and Caitlin Simone, which gives our clients unrivaled ability to live out their perfect musical vision. Arlen Music Productions also offers the opportunity for clients to experience the power of Evolution under Caitlin's solo leadership, as she has quickly become one of the most sought after bandleaders in Chicago.

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As a sought-after orchestra leader and saxophonist, Ken Arlen has been a featured entertainer for numerous celebrities and dignitaries, from the President of the United States to Hollywood stars. Ken is also the founder of Arlen Music Productions, a Chicago-based entertainment company that specializes in providing live customized music for special events. He has led the transformation of the impact of music on this industry in Chicago, and over the last decade has brought this force to the national event scene through his performances with the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra.

After 3 successful years of leading Arlen Music's Skyline, Caitlin Simone is thrilled to bring her versatility and charismatic presence to the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra! Prior to beginning her tenure with Arlen Music, she developed her unique abilities as a musician and bandleader through a variety of opportunities, including featured roles in musical theatre, leading and performing in multiple pop, jazz, and cover bands at legendary venues both nationally and throughout Chicago, arranging and singing with a female a cappella quartet, and engaging clients as a spokesmodel and performer for Toyota. Her dedication to her clients, attention to detail, and powerful voice make Caitlin the perfect addition as Co-Leader of the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra!

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Mike Avery
Vocalist

Cristina Sanchez
Vocalist

Ben Scott
Vocalist

Neil Artwick
Keyboard

Mark Beringer
Bass

Frank Alongi
Drums

Wes John
Guitar/Vocalist/Saxophone

Chris Neal
Sax

Victor Garcia
Trumpet

Andrew Zelm
Trombone

Rick Purro
Percussion

Sylvia Myintoo
Violin

Rebecca Richey
Violin

Caroline Curtis
Violin

 

Signature Events

Commander-In-Chief’s Ball
Democratic National Committee Fundraiser (attended by then-President Bill Clinton)
Bellagio Hotel & Casino International New Year’s Eve Gala – Las Vegas
Goodman Theatre Gala
Catholic Charities – Spirit of St. Nicholas
The Children’s Ball (Medical Research Institute Council of Children’s Hospital of Chicago)
Misericordia Heart of Mercy Ball
Chicago Botanic Garden Summer Dinner Dance
Commander-In-Chief’s Ball
Democratic National Committee Fundraiser (attended by then-President Bill Clinton)
Bellagio Hotel & Casino International New Year’s Eve Gala – Las Vegas
Goodman Theatre Gala
Catholic Charities – Spirit of St. Nicholas
The Children’s Ball (Medical Research Institute Council of Children’s Hospital of Chicago)
Misericordia Heart of Mercy Ball
Chicago Botanic Garden Summer Dinner Dance

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kenarlenTuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 3:33pm

Wouldn’t want to get tackled by Richard Dent! #kenarlenevolutionorchestra performing at the #ritahayworthgala Saturday night. Incredible cause to raise $$ to #fightalzheimers #chicagohilton #1985superbowlchamps #chicagobears

eventscapeincSunday, May 13th, 2018 at 3:32pm
kenarlenevolutionorchestraFriday, May 11th, 2018 at 9:29am

We had a blast performing for the 2018 #KelloggReunion at the @fieldmuseumspecialevents! The raised stage took the party to new heights 😉!
@arlenmusicproductions #arlenmusic #arlenmusicproductions #kenarlenevolutionorchestra #evolutionorchestra #danceband...

caitsimoneFriday, May 11th, 2018 at 9:23am

#FlashbackFriday to hitting the stage at the @bellagio with @kenarlenevolutionorchestra! Our crazy busy event season is here, so who wants to hang on a weekday? •


@arlenmusicproductions #arlenmusic

kenarlenevolutionorchestraMonday, May 7th, 2018 at 3:34pm

#KenArlenevolutionOrchestra played a Latin infused dance set on Friday at the @nationalmuseumofmexicanart #GalaDeArte at @radissonbluaquachicago! We were honored to play for such a great crowd, benefitting #NMMART!



kenarlenevolutionorchestraMonday, April 30th, 2018 at 10:13am

#Finesse at the @unicef Gala #AfterParty at @thegeraghty in Chicago! We love being a part of this fundraiser for such a great cause - and the after party crowd never disappoints!


kenarlenevolutionorchestraFriday, April 13th, 2018 at 7:43am

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