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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
Vocalist

Leslie Beukelman
Vocalist

Paul Bedal
Keyboard

Tim Fox
Bass

Lucas Gillan
Drums

Jim Tashjian
Guitar

Signature Events

MacNeal Hospital Gala

Misericordia Heart of Mercy Ball

Barrington Area Conservation Trust Fundraiser

Visions Ball

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velocitybandchicagoSaturday, April 14th, 2018 at 9:51pm
velocitybandchicagoSaturday, April 14th, 2018 at 9:49pm
caryaholmesSaturday, April 14th, 2018 at 9:44pm
caryaholmesSunday, October 1st, 2017 at 12:30am

Tonight's gig was soooo much fun! #ISing #velocity #velocitybandchicago
Hair by @mytoyart thanks for hooking me up Pooh! ❤️

caryaholmesSaturday, July 1st, 2017 at 8:08pm

Last gig of the day and then the #Chilling will commence #giglife #singing #velocitybandchicago

caryaholmesSaturday, June 17th, 2017 at 10:39pm

My Les and me 😍❤️👭 #velocitybandchicago #velocity #gigtime @les_beukes @velocitybandchicago

velocitybandchicagoTuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 4:09pm

@caryaholmes slaying as usual! Beautiful wedding and a beautiful couple. Congrats Lindsay and Phil! @lolaeventpros @langhamchicago @arlenmusicproductions #velocitybandchicago #chicagoweddingband #arlenmusicproductions

velocitybandchicagoThursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 7:48pm
Arlen Music ProductionsFriday, January 13th, 2017 at 1:58pm

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