MacNeal Hospital Gala (Morgan Manufacturing) – Saturday, September 9, 2017


Another year, another rousing success for MacNeal! We're so glad we got to work with you again on this. Everyone was thrilled and had a fantastic time.

We look forward to the next great time with you!

Tiffany, Jennifer, and MK, Soirée Weddings & Events, Inc.

Carey Goldenberg and Jacob Crows Wedding (Morgan Manufacturing) – Saturday, June 17, 2017

My husband and I booked Velocity for our wedding on June 17th at Morgan Manufacturing, and we cannot say enough wonderful things about Erik (band leader) and the entire band! From the beginning of our interaction, communication was clear and constant, and Erik dedicated time and effort into making sure that the music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception was what we had in mind. We had a few special requests for songs for our processional, recessional and first dance/parent dances, and Erik and the band arranged the songs for us as part of our contract (at no additional charge). When we booked the band, we were a bit nervous because we only saw the promotional video on their site, and since they are a wedding band, it is not appropriate to go to others' weddings to see them play live. However, I think we both agree that they were even BETTER than the video on the site, as evidenced by people on the dance floor the entire night! The party never thinned out, and this was in large part to how amazing Velocity was. Several of our guests commented on how great they were, and friends of ours even inquired with Erik about playing at their wedding in Madison next year! We had a specific list of songs we wanted played, not played, and songs we were indifferent about (based on their song list), and they listened to our requests and did a wonderful job at keeping the music varied, and keeping the party going. I cannot recommend them enough- they truly rocked!

Carey, Bride

Molly Schlultz and Matt Gillis (Bridgeport Art Center) - Saturday, June 3, 2017

My daughter in law chose Velocity as the band for their June 3rd wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center. Erik and the band were PHENOMENAL! I can't say enough good things about them. Their mix of music was perfect and the dance floor was full the whole evening. We are still getting calls about how fantastic the whole night was and how much everyone loved the band. I would use Velocity and Erik again in a heartbeat! :-)

Gary and Monique Gillis, Parents of the Groom

Lindsay Schwartz and Phillip Jacobson Wedding (The Langham) – Sunday, May 28, 2017

We booked Velocity for our wedding at The Langham and I cannot say enough amazing things about them! They listened to our requests from the planning meeting, played a great mix of music and had the dance floor packed the entire night! We are still having guests comment how amazing the band was! We highly recommend Velocity!

Lindsay, Bride

Heart of Mercy Ball (Misericordia) - Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Velocity band was wonderful! Erik is gracious, talented and has a lovely presence. I think having the band at Misericordia really helped us all to focus on why we were all there. All the folks I’ve spoken to (ages 22-80) raved about the music, which is a departure from past reviews.

Much love and thanks to you, Erik, Arlen Music Productions and the Velocity band!

Eileen Sethna, Co-Chair

Alex Pavlishin and Mark Jablonski – Sunday, October 16, 2016

All we can say is wow, you guys killed it! From the moment we entered the ballroom to the last song of the evening, everything was specatular. We could not have asked for a better group of musicians to not only play at our wedding, but celebrate with us. The whole evening was magical, and we owe a lot of that to you.

Alex and Mark, Bride and Groom

Ronit Lever and Jonathan Efron – Sunday, September 25, 2016

We hired Velocity for our wedding and it was one of the best wedding decisions that we made! The dance floor was packed all night long. Our guests are constantly telling us how great the band was. Erik the bandleader was wonderful to work with, very flexible and professional. The band learned our first dance song just for our wedding. We had their pianist do our ceremony music and we were very happy with his performance. Highly recommended!!

Ronit Lever, Bride

Hilary Johnson and Michael Marano Wedding (Drake Hotel) – Saturday, September 3, 2016

Eric and the musicians were FANTASTIC  !!  The dance floor was FULL the whole night!!!

It was a happy and wonderful celebration --

Nancy Marano, Mother of the Groom

Monica Caine and Alan Lippert Wedding (Renaissance Hotel) –  Saturday, August 27, 2016

Erik and his bandmates in Velocity were terrific this past Saturday night at Monica and Alan’s wedding. From the wedding ceremony to the last song of the night, they earned so many compliments. A number of guests came up to Robin and me during the function and also the following morning telling us how much they enjoyed the band.

From my vantage point, the dance floor was never empty. All of the music Monica and Alan requested was played, and then some. Erik, especially, did a great job with Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel,” for our father/daughter dance, where, once again, a number of guests came up to me, not only complimenting the selection of this particular song, but especially mentioning how they enjoyed Erik’s rendition.

Stuart Caine, Father of the Bride

Amanda Labus and Dan Gelwicks Wedding (Hotel Inter-Continental) – Saturday, August 13, 2016

Our band made our wedding! We worked with Velocity at Arlen. The dance floor was packed and our guests were walking away saying "best wedding ever!" Erik, the band leader, is a seasoned professional. There wasn't a worry once the night started knowing that Erik was the MC.

Amanda, Bride

Lori Rakita and Andrew Klein Wedding – Sunday, June 26, 2016

I just wanted to personally thank you again for making our wedding so magical!!  It was a dream come true, and everything was absolutely perfect.  Thank you for all your effort in making our day better than we could've imagined.  The musicians were incredible...you are all so talented.  (And your voice is even more astounding in person than the video!).  Truly, it was spectacular.  Everyone, as you could probably tell, had the time of their lives.  We got so many compliments on you all!  Thanks again for listening to our requests, and making it all happen seamlessly.  You are true professionals, and we couldn't be happier with how things went. 

Lori and Andrew, Bride and Groom

Lauren Benjamin and Jeremy Wishne (Blackstone Hotel) – Saturday, June 18, 2016


I wanted to let you and the rest of Velocity know how absolutely incredible we thought you were!!!!! Everything you guys did was perfectly on point!!!! Your energy was contagious your sound was perfect!!!! We could not have possibly had more fun!!! Three months later and our guests are still talking about the best band of all time!!!!! Jeremy and I keep saying we want to have another party just so we can hire you guys to play!!!! We can't thank you enough for all your hard work and for knocking everyone's socks off!!!! You and Velocity made it a night to remember and we couldn't be happier!!!! Thanks for everything and I look forward to seeing Velocity again!!!! Thank you so so so much!!!! Absolutely love you and Velocity!!!!


Lauren and Jeremy Wishne, Bride and Groom

Samantha Gitelis Wedding (Union League Club) – May 28, 2016

Erik, I want to thank you and the entire Velocity band for all of your prep work and performance on Samantha and Chris’ wedding day. You were so great to work with and clearly everyone had a blast! Hope to work with you again soon!

Jennifer Crouch, LK Events

Lusher Wedding – March 5, 2016

I wanted to reach out to provide my sincerest thanks and appreciation to Velocity and Erik for making our wedding truly an event to remember. I cannot even begin to express how absolutely amazing, high energy and fun these guys were at our wedding- they had every single guest dancing! Ryan and I have been fielding questions about where we found such a great band and who did we know that we were able to get such great entertainment... Obviously I've been telling people Velocity is super exclusive and we found them overseas- kidding!

Erik was absolutely the best, he put Ryan and I first throughout the entire process and made us feel very comfortable. He was very flexible as we made changes, even the night of! I did not leave the dance floor for the entire night, the energy and song selection were on point. I love the girls too- I'm pretty sure after the band left some of the bridesmaids took to the stage pretending to be members of the band! We loved them.

I could go on and on, but I will spare you. I have told Erik how much we appreciate them, but I just wanted you to know that Arlen has been the best since day 1. It is difficult to plan a wedding and spend a significant amount of your budget on a band when you're not 100% sure how the performance will go or how the crowd will respond. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, I would choose Velocity again and it was worth every dollar. It made the night and our day- thank you thank you! 

Claire & Ryan, Bride and Groom

AT Kearney Company Party – January 23, 2016

Thank you ALL for what was an extremely wonderful evening for A.T. Kearney on Saturday night. At least from my perspective, the night went off without a hitch and I have already received many compliments on it being the “best holiday party yet” from many of my colleagues. The venue was incredible and received many compliments. The food was delicious. The flowers were gorgeous. The band sounded flawless (and people danced!) And everyone seemed to get their cars back at the end of the night.

Thank you for your hard work and for making my job easy.

Look forward to working with you all again in the future.

Kristin Johnson Boswell, Associate

Jennifer Matecki and Todd Morton – November 14, 2015

Choosing the Velocity Band was the best decision we made for our wedding! We had heard them play at my cousins wedding the year we got engaged and we knew we had to book them for ours. My husband and I had guests coming up to us all night telling us this was the most fun wedding they have ever been to and I know it was because of the great music and energy from the band. I worked with Erik, the band leader, and he did such a great job planning the details for the night with us but also feeding off the energy from the crowd that night. Every song was done so well and we all danced the night away. They play every music type you could want! You will not find anyone better if you are looking for a live band at your wedding!

Jennifer and Todd, Bride & Groom

Margaret Watson and Jared King (Chicago History Museum) – October 17, 2015

Thank you for sharing in our special day! You were truly the life of the party and made our wedding day one to remember! Everybody is still raving about you all! We so appreciate all that you did! We have nothing but amazing things to say about you!

Margaret and Jared, Bride and Groom

MacNeal Hospital Gala (Drake Hotel) – September 12, 2015

I want to make sure you all know how amazing the event was on Saturday. I received constant rave reviews from the physicians, their spouses and the leadership team from the Hospital. The excitement and joy was palpable. They were all impressed by the location, the beautiful décor, the food and the spectacular band. The band brought the house down and I loved seeing my boss lose her mind and jump up and down on the dancefloor as you played Pitbull.

Raul Campos, Manager, Physician Relations, MacNeal Hospital

Lindsay Connell and Bill Farley Wedding – July 25, 2015

My husband and I have been to a bunch of weddings that hired an Arlen Music band.  We loved all of them, and when it came time to plan our wedding we were hopeful that we could find a band in their group that was within our budget.  Velocity fit the bill, and they were AMAZING!!!!  They are their newest band so we had not heard them before we hired them, but we were so confident in their company, and we are so glad we took a leap of faith with them!  Our planning meeting went very well.  They were professional and so nice.  We had a few song requests that weren't on their list, and they didn't hesitate to learn any of them.  All our wedding guests loved them, and we're still hearing people rave about them weeks after our wedding!  Thank you Velocity!!!

- Lindsay and Bill, Bride & Groom

Molly Grovak and Nikhil Abraham – May 30, 2015

We had Velocity play at our wedding, and it MADE the wedding!  It was such an amazing experience -- beyond just phenomenal music, the bandleader Erik made the evening flow such that I didn't check the time once or worry that things were on track.  Arlen Music really understands the flow of a wedding and how to make sure the guests have a great time.

Velocity was worth every penny and then some - we continue to get amazing compliments on how fun the wedding and dancing was, and it just took the entire event to the next level.

We are so grateful to Erik and the entire band for making it such a memorable experience.

- Molly and Nikhil, Bride & Groom

Carly Kuzma and Ben Settle Wedding - May 16, 2015

The band was absolutely beyond amazing last Saturday! Their performance and energy really made the night.

Our guests are still raving to us about the music. We will definitely spread the word on Velocity's talents!

Carly Kuzma, Bride

Joan Slavin Birthday Party - February 7, 2015

I just wanted to tell you how happy I was with the performance Saturday night.  The songs played were exactly what I wanted and the quality of the vocals and band was excellent.  Great music makes a party and everyone had such a good time.

- Rick Slavin

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