We work with a number of local artists and entertainers to bring the very best music to your event. Below, you can see an quick snapshot of each of our bands that we work with as well as links to in-dept descriptions and recordings of each group. Don't see the perfect band for your event? No problem! We work with other artists outside these groups and can help you seek out the entertainment your guests want and deserve. We can book multiple bands for a single show or multiple bands for one show. Not sure which band to book? Give us a call and tell us what you are looking for, and we will match you up with just the right group.
This is a fun, laid-back group out of Lincoln, IL. They have a kind of folk rock feel that includes upright bass, acoustic guitars, beautiful harmonies, and a sax player (because why not). This group will entertain with their collection of original works and their uncanny ability to play most requests thrown their way. Whether you are looking for a group that can put on a show, a concert, or a bar band, this group is sure to delight.
This little group can fit into nearly any venue and liven up the place. It's rare to come across someone who doesn't enjoy gypsy jazz. It is the perfect music (ok, we may be a bit biased). It is perfectly simple and happy, with the just the right amount of expression to be great background music to the everyday listener. At the same time, it is infinitely complex the closer and deeper you listen. Whether you want to liven up an event with background music or are looking for a group to put on a good show, this little group will leave you happy and whistling a tune on your way home.
Prairieland Dixie Band
This group has brought the sounds of Bourbon Street to Central Illinois for over 20 years. They feature 4 horn players, including trombone, bari sax, clarinet, trumpet, bass trumpet, and superbone. They stick with the traditional sounds of tuba, banjo, and drum set in their rhythm section to bring their audiences the traditional New Orleans sound. Their style is a mix of Brass bands, such as the Rebirth Brass Band, and more traditional early jazz, such as Sidney Bechet and Kid Ory.
Illinois Central Jazz Train
The Jazz Train was started by Larry Harms in 2005 and continues to this day to create some of the most interesting Big Band jazz in Central IL. The Jazz Train is the artist in Residence group at IL Central College and the members include a diverse range of musicians from the entire central IL area. Every performance is filled with both jazz standards from the likes of Sammy Nestico, Louis Bellson, and Duke Ellington, and contemporary works such as those by Gordon Goodwin, Frank Mantooth, and our very own Tom Fatten. Still under the direction of Larry Harms, the band maintains a strong foothold in the traditions of jazz while continuing to perform works that push big band jazz to new levels
Leah is a Central Illinois Native who has been singing most of her life. Her contemporary style ranges from top 40 hits to expressive ballads, all with her own style of piano supporting her beautiful voice. Along with great hits, she also performs many of her own original songs. While specializing in popular music, she is ready to take requests and play nearly any genre! Her small setup can fit nearly any venue; all she needs is an outlet for her keyboard! Whether you are looking for a charismatic performer to wow audiences or some quiet background music at your event or business, she is sure to be an audience and patron favorite. Contact us to book her for your next event.
JC and the Redemption
This 11-piece band was formed in 2012 by drummer and bandleader Jeremy Clark. Clark desired to play in a high caliber Funk band featuring a professional-grade horn line that played all the classic Funk, Soul and Stax charts. The band is influenced by Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Hornheads, among others. JC and The Redemption operates out of Peoria, IL. The band performs at a variety of places including The Fieldhouse, Peoria Pizza Works, and The CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront
Glory Days was started in 2008 as a tribute to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. As a Springsteen Tribute they have played throughout the Midwest over the past few years playing such events as the Taste Of Chicago, Ribfest in Naperville, The Castle Theater, The Lincoln Theater, Decatur Celebration, Battle Creek MI Field of Flight and many more, along with numerous corporate functions. Over the past 2 years Glory Days has expanded into a Classic Rock, Americana and Funk party band as well, so whether you are looking for the best Springsteen Tribute available or a good time party band, Glory Days will deliver.
Heartland Jazz Orchestra
Formed in 1999, The Heartland Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to preserving and furthering the classical music of America – Jazz! Their concerts feature some of the finest musicians in Central Illinois who join with regional and national artists to create a wide variety of Jazz experiences.
Jim Markum Swing Band
The Jim Markum Swing Band is an 11-piece group that features very talented musicians on every part. Though small by "big band" standards, this band packs a HUGE punch! From screamin' brass to wailin' saxes, jammin' rhythms to rippin' ballads, this band has it all. Featuring Jim Markum on lead trumpet, their signature sound includes screamin' high notes and technical prowess other bands can only dream about.