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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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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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