Led by vocalist Erik Martinez, Velocity performs an expansive repertoire, including jazz standards, R&B, Soul, Motown, Classic Rock, Contemporary Top 40, and everything in between. The band features world-class talent who have performed alongside Chaka Khan, Common, Wynton Marsalis, and Dianna Krall!

The inclusion of 3 lead vocalists in a 7-piece band is unique in Chicagoland, and it allows Velocity to perform with uncommon versatility. The band can be expanded by adding horns and violins as well. At any size, Velocity is a perfect choice for your special event!

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Well-versed in rock, pop, R&B, and jazz, Erik Martinez is thrilled to be a part of the Arlen Music family. He has performed all over the United States at many of the finest venues from Los Angeles to New York with artists such as Kurt Elling, Fred Hersch, Norma Winstone, Darmon Meader, and Bobby McFerrin. He has performed in 80's bands, funk bands, and party bands and has 15 years’ experience as a professional singer. Before singing professionally he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and toured with the acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company all over the United States and abroad. He has also been seen entertaining audiences in Mexico, the Bahamas, Spain, South Africa, and Turkey. He now enjoys using his experience singing all over the world to create amazing customized musical experiences for Velocity's fantastic clients. When not singing Erik enjoys working as a Physical Therapist, coaching baseball for his twins, and running ultramarathons.

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Carya Holmes

Leslie Beukelman

Paul Bedal

Tim Fox

Lucas Gillan

Jim Tashjian

Signature Events

MacNeal Hospital Gala

Misericordia Heart of Mercy Ball

Barrington Area Conservation Trust Fundraiser

Visions Ball

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Erik MartinezThursday, March 8th, 2018 at 8:09pm

Newlyweds that like to rock! We never figured out who the kid was though...
Congrats Amy and Brandon!
#chicagowedding #chicagoweddingband #beyoncé #crazyinlove

Erik MartinezTuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 8:27pm

Our Australian Sicilian special guest Paulo! He said he didn’t really want to sing. (Yes, he did) @olympiafieldscc #holidays #buble

Erik MartinezMonday, November 6th, 2017 at 9:59pm

@wishuponawedding what a great cause, great hang, and great party! @401morganmfg

Erik MartinezSaturday, November 4th, 2017 at 7:41pm

What a great party at @northcentralcollege! Love this band! #homecoming @arlenmusicproductions

Erik MartinezWednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 8:06pm

Wedding parade NOLA style! Great way to end the night! #horns #hankies #chicagoweddingband

Erik MartinezSaturday, September 9th, 2017 at 6:57pm

Ready to rock at @401morganmfg! We love this place! #homefieldadvantage @soireechi @hmrdesigns

Erik MartinezSunday, August 6th, 2017 at 12:05pm

Now that's an entrance! Congrats Chris and Sydney! @lowdownbrassband @citygirlevents @401morganmfg

Erik MartinezWednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 10:40pm

What bandleaders sometimes do with a weekend off #adventureracing #wetandcold #tights @ribmountaincycles

Erik MartinezMonday, June 19th, 2017 at 11:12pm

So glad to be playing at @401morganmfg several times this year. The room was stunning for Carey and Jacob's wedding. Well done team! @laurenknuepferrozum @lkeventschicago @revel_decor @limelightcatering @amybeckcakedesign

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