Chicago wedding band leader Derrick ProcellChicago Groove Collective’s dynamic and multi-talented bandleader, Derrick Procell, will be performing from Noon to 1pm at the Summer Courtyard Concert in Waukegan on  July 11, 2014.  Sponsored by the Waukegan Public Library, Derrick will entertain the lunchtime crowd with his unique blend of Country, R&B and Rock & Roll.  You can check out more about Derrick by visiting his web site at http://www.derrickanamerican.com/

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I am generally not a fan of new bands and when I say new, I mean bands that were formed after the year 2000.  One Republic is an exception to that rule, as are the Black Keys, but that is a post for another day.

One Republic got it’s start in 2003 according to Wikipedia, but they didn’t hit my radar until my daughter hit her teen years.The band’s recent hit “Counting Stars” has become a highly requested song at the weddings where the Stitely Orchestra performs.  I heard their latest single from their 2013 album Native called Love Runs Out.  That title doesn’t scream “wedding song”, but there is just something about it that makes me think it will be requested by more than one couple.

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Stitely Orchestra, Chicago Groove Collective and 312 Chicago all get a kick out of learning fun new songs for our clients.  What do you think?  Will Love Runs Out be the next big wedding hit?

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Saturday, June 21st was 2014′s summer solstice.  What better day to begin a life together than on the longest day of the year marking the beginning of summer? Stitely Entertainment was thrilled to be a part of the special day of 5 very special couples.

Rod and Kim’s fabulous wedding reception was held atMaggiano’s in Oakbrook and featured the rockin’ sounds of the Stitely Orchestra.  Rod and Kim chose Chicago’s classic hit, “Your’re the Inspiration” as their first dance and wrapped up the evening with Chicago’s “Beginnings”.  The perfect choice for the beginning of their new life together.

Colleen andBrett both work at Notre Dame so they chose the lovely Morris Inn on Notre Dame’s beautiful South BendCampus as the location fortheir wedding reception.  Chicago Groove Collectiveset the tone for the evening’s festivities with the couple’s first dance song, Edith Pilaf’s La Vie en Rose and ended the night with the one of Journey’s greatest hits, “Don’t Stop Believin’”.

DJ Vincent kept Randy and Will’s guests dancing at Lincoln Park’s elegant North Pond Restaurant.  A gourmet meal by Chef Bruce Sherman, the love of family and friends and great dance music!  What better way to celebrate?

Philip and Victor chose the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago on Chicago’s beautiful Magnificent Mile as the location for their celebration.  Stitely’s DJ Kyle Mann provided sound, lighting and music to get their guests up on the dance floor!

Mark and Luis chose an elegant home in Glencoe to share their vows with family and friends. A Stitely Clasical Trio provided music as guests arrived and during the ceremony. The couple’s eclectic taste in music shone through in their musical choices for the trio. Their ceremony began with Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky” as their guests gathered to witness their vows and ended with the Flaming Lips beautiful song “Do You Realize”. Mariachi Ameca entertained guests during cocktails and dinner.

Congratulations to all our couples and Happy Summer!

 

I’ll bet when this bride was planning her beach wedding, she didn’t see this coming…

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It’s actually pretty cool. Check out the full story here

 

This song has been everywhere since its release in October 2013. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams has been super successful, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and charts in 23 other countries. It started as the background music for the On Demand trailer of Despicable Me 2, and in 2014, the song was covered in the 100th episode of Glee. 

To coincide with the single release, 24hoursofhappy.com was launched to broadcast “the world’s first 24 hour music video.” The four-minute song is repeated with people dancing around Los Angeles and miming along.

Williams himself appears 24 times on the hour, and there are a number of celebrity cameos including Kelly Osbourne, Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Ana Ortiz, and JoJo, along with the minions from Despicable Me 2.

The original video spawned many cover videos on YouTube in which people from different cities throughout the world dance along with the song, like this one from Paris.

I’m thinking we’re going to be getting a good amount of requests for this song at weddings. I hope so! What an amazing message for one of the happiest days of a person’s life.

Check out the official music video below, and clap along!

We are totally loving this song!

Pompeii

Bastille are an English rock band formed in 2010 in London.  The four-piece consists of members; Dan Smith, Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band comes from Bastille Day, which occurs on the same day as Smith’s birthday, July 14th.

In December 2010, Bastille signed a record contract with Virgin Records, and started gaining steam. Their debut single, “Overjoyed” was  released in April 2012. Their second single followed in August 2012, and shares the name as the band’s first studio album: “Bad Blood.” That song gained moderate success in the UK, charting at ninety. “Flaws,” the third song from Bad Blood, debuted at number twenty-one.

That brings us to this killer song, “Pompeii.” This jam was released to huge demand in February 2013.  It charted at number two in the UK and number five in the US.  The band has been nominated for four Brit Awards in 2014, including for British Breakthrough Act, British Group, British Single of the Year and won British Album of the Year. As of February 2014, Bastille have sold over 2.07 million records in the UK alone.

I first noticed them when they performed on Saturday Night Live on January 25, 2014. Kill City.

Check out the official video:

The future is here: tech-savvy couples are live video streaming their nuptials online.

In this age of destination weddings, and when brides and grooms hail from different parts of the country, it’s a way for friends and family who can’t attend the event to watch from afar. Also, it’s a heck of a lot less expensive to watch from the comfort of your couch in your jammies, than spend the average $539.00 it costs to attend a wedding. But…

… What about the loss of intimacy, excitement, and enjoyment that guests experience by being present at the wedding? Hugging and congratulating the bride and groom, dancing alongside them, eating the cake!!! Are these moments that should be experienced firsthand?

What do you think? Would you live stream your wedding?

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Not into sports? Really into sports? Either way, this sounds like fun.

For the third year in a row, Billboard.com is asking pop fans to vote for their favorite songs on a bracket that looks pretty familiar…

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Visit the website HERE to get started. Let the games begin!

Singer and Impressionist Christina Bianco has done it again. The YouTube sensation has posted another video, the Academy Award Winning Song “Let It Go,” from the Academy Award Winning Disney Animated Film “Frozen.” Since it was posted on February 13th, it has received over 2.5 million views.

Christina Bianco

In the song, she does impressions of  Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem, as John Travolta calls her), Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, Adele, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Liza Minnelli and as herself – which ain’t too shabby.

Ms. Bianco has been killing it for awhile. She starred in the off-Broadway shows Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab and Newsical. She also originated the role of Dora in the national tour of Dora the Explorer Live, and was a contestant on Season 6 of America’s Got Talent. In August 2013, her rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” in which she does impressions of 19 different singers, led to an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Here’s her take on “Total Eclipse of the Heart,”

 

Most people can’t imagine celebrating their most special day without loved ones by their side. For some animals lovers, that includes the family pet. You can definitely include your animals in your wedding day, but make sure to take the following into account before sending Rover his invitation.

Get permission

Make sure your vendors, the venue, and the officiant are cool with it. You don’t want to find out it’s not OK when your pooch is walking down the aisle with your rings.

Get a baby-sitter

Assign a person who the pet is already acquainted with your animal to keep an eye on him. Make sure he isn’t chewing on anything belonging to the venue, or on anything poisonous like plants. Instruct them on what he can and cannot eat, so guests don’t feed him toxic foods. A wedding feast is a veritable smorgasbord of bone-in meats, alcohol, and chocolate, and those are just a few treats that don’t sit well with Fido.

Get his hair did

You have spent so much time preparing to look your best. Don’t detract from all your efforts by standing next to a mangy mutt. Take Spot to the groomer so he looks and smells like a dapper gentleman, also minimizing shedding all over your beautiful dress. And don’t make him wear that adorable tux jacket for too long! He’ll be very creative about getting back at you – I’m thinking something in the Chewing Your Shoes department.