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At Arlen Music Productions, we often hear the question, “Do you travel?”, and the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Not only do we perform outside of Chicagoland, we also handle all of the logistics related to travel. Our office books flights and hotel accommodations, arranges ground transportation, and coordinates with local vendors. We make travel incredibly easy and hassle-free for our clients, which allows them to focus on the important part – having a great party!  From Las Vegas, Nevada to Des Moines, Iowa, here are a few highlights from 2013!

 

The Ken Arlen Orchestra rang in the New Year at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for the 7th consecutive year. As in past years, the Orchestra created customized music for 5 exciting production numbers, which featured dancers performing show-stopping choreography. This year, the band was situated behind a “rain curtain,” a specialized screen made of water that projected various designs throughout the evening!

 

 

 

While the Ken Arlen Orchestra was making a splash (literally!) in Las Vegas, Indigo played an elegant New Year’s Eve wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, TX. The band kept the dance floor packed until 3:00AM, with only a short break for a featured performance by Jim Brickman, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist!

 

 

 

In February, the Ken Arlen Orchestra returned to Des Moines, IA for the BRAVO Awards Gala. This year had a jam-packed program including a troupe of Irish dancers and an opera performance. Once the Ken Arlen Orchestra began, the dance floor was never empty!

 

 

 

 

 

March was a very busy month for Indigo. The band played for the Speed Art Museum Ball in Louisville, KY for the second consecutive year, and the following week, they flew to Denver, CO for a fundraiser benefiting National Jewish Health.

 

 

 

 

This summer, our newest piece band Skyline performed at the Blue Dress Barn in Benton Harbor, Michigan and the historical Terrace Hill in Des Moines, Iowa. We are proud to report that in its first year, Skyline will perform 40+ events and is starting to make a presence nationwide.

 

 

 

 

In July, Front of House performed for a beautiful beachside wedding in Anguilla! The band had quite an exciting travel experience, as it required them to fly to St. Maartan and then take a ferry across the Caribbean to Anguilla! There wasn’t a single complaint about the transit time, though – check out the pictures, and you’ll see why!

 

 

 

 

We look forward to many more successful events in 2013, wherever they may be!

 
 
 
 

Posted by on in Sirens

What an amazing first quarter for the Sirens! In January, Chicago’s original rock violin show was featured at several high-profile events ranging from the Chicago Bulls Charities Dinner on the floor of the United Center, to The Master’s Brunch at The Special Event at Venue SIX10.

In February, the Sirens partnered with Frost Lighting, Creative Consulting, and Stage Factor to put on a completely customized show, including original medleys of new music and unique wardrobe.

That same weekend, the Sirens were on the dance floor at the River East Art Center in front of a crowd of 300 guests performing for Lara and Jeff’s Wedding. We had the pleasure of working with BCR Events to produce this amazing show.

 

The Sirens are known for their engaging personalities, versatile repertoire, and the ability to entertain a wide demographic with their performances. This applies not only to social and fundraising events, but also to corporate awards functions.

The Sirens were fortunate to entertain the crowd at the Wrigley Corporate Awards Show in February at the Civic Opera House, in addition to customizing music for the entire awards ceremony. Some of the fun repertoire included original arrangements of the company’s jingles, such as Big Red, Doublemint, and Juicy Fruit!

Often imitated, but never duplicated, the Sirens look forward to the rest of 2013 as they rock Chicago one gig at a time!

Posted by on in Front of House

 

“As a bandleader, I’ve tried to create a space where we can all contribute to the sound of the band in a personal way that features our creativity and passions.- David Sherman

 

 

 

 

While all five of our bands at Arlen Music are built on a model that has proven successful — a vast repertoire ranging from Motown to Top 40, high-energy performances, and the perfect mixture of fun and elegance — each band offers a unique flavor. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with David Sherman, the bandleader of Front of House, to discuss what makes his band so distinctive.

 

 “As a bandleader, I’ve tried to create a space where we can all contribute to the sound of the band in a personal way that features our creativity and passions,” says David. “Several years ago, I discovered a band called Girl Talk that performed mash-ups of Motown and rock songs by adding electronic dance beats and hip hop onto the original tracks. I was inspired by that sound and worked with the rest of the band to incorporate it into our repertoire.” Bret Zwier, the drummer of Front of House, was up to the challenge of creating such an effect. Using a state-of-the-art sampler, Bret searches for new beats to layer onto standards like Don’t Stop Believing and You Shook Me All Night Long. The result, according to David, is something that’s “familiar but also a little bit unexpected.”

 

Like Bret, other members of the band find unique and personal ways of approaching the repertoire, such as our vocalist LeTroy Jackson adding an original rap verse in a rock song, or our guitarist Don Stiernberg showcasing his bluegrass mandolin playing on occasion. “When the band is excited about the music they’re performing, the audience can feel it, and it creates a synergistic feedback loop that is contagious to everyone in the room,” says David. 

 

Considering this mix of raw talent and enthusiasm, it's no wonder Front of House has been selected as the entertainment for high-profile events like the Peninsula Chicago New Year’s Eve Gala for four years running (2010-2013). The band has also performed at countless weddings, corporate events and fundraisers over the last 8 years. When I asked David if he has any goals for the future of the band, he said, “My main goal is to make sure that each performance is unique and exciting for both the musicians and the audience. I feel that each party is the most important party I’ve ever played, so it’s important to me that the band stays, current, vibrant, authentic and fresh.”

For the second consecutive year, the Ken Arlen Orchestra was privileged to be the featured entertainment at the Children's Ball, an event sponsored by the Medical Research Institute Council (MRIC) of Children's Memorial Hospital. This elegant event, named "The Second City's First Party," by Town and Country Magazine, raises critical funds for pediatric medical research at the Children's Memorial Research Center. The theme of this year's event was "Superheroes: Going Above and Beyond," and Arlen Music proudly supports the heroes who dedicate their lives to providing first-rate care to children in need.

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kenThanks to the help of our loyal friends and clients, we are proud to announce that Arlen Music Productions/Ken Arlen Orchestra received BizBash Chicago's Reader's Choice Award for Entertainment Act of the Year 2012!

BizBash is the leading trade organization for the special event industry. Through their magazines, electronic media, and trade shows, they advise professionals on how to create effective special events and meetings.

Each year, BizBash invites its readers to nominate their favorite local event professionals in 13 categories. Thanks to the support of all of our friends and clients, we received the most votes in our category and won the award!

We appreciate your loyalty, and will continue to produce the first-class musical entertainment that this award  has recognized!

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