At Stitely Entertainment, we have some of Chicago’s top musicians in our live bands and ensembles. When they are not performing in one the best Chicago wedding bands, like The Stitely Orchestra, Chicago Groove Collective, and 312 Chicago, these Stitely musicians are out rockin’ the Chicago music scene.
We love showcasing our musicians and sharing what great things they’ve been up to. They have been recording albums, performing all over Chicago, and opening for some of the greatest performers of all time.
Interested in what the Stitely musicians have been up to? Check out their recent releases and upcoming shows below!
Nicholas is the band leader of 312 Chicago and has a unique sound that you can’t get enough of. The personal flavor he adds is one of the many reasons couples hire 312 Chicago for their weddings. With Nicholas they find an organic and genuinely soulful experience that’s not cheeseball and expected unlike some Chicago wedding bands.
Nicholas is consistently performing throughout Chicagoland and his shows are not something you want to miss. Information for all of his concerts can be found on his website event page.
One show in particular is certainly going to be a crowd favorite. On Saturday, April 14th Nicholas will be opening up for none other than the great Willie Nelson. They’ll both be at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, Illinois. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, the BMO Harris box office, the Coronado Performing Arts Center Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.
To see full event information, please visit Coronado’s website here.
Frank is the amazing bassist of 312 Chicago. With an incredibly deep groove, Frank has a way of making everyone in the room feel the music and have a great time. Ever since he started playing the bass at the age of 14, Frank has continuously added to his resume of experience including work on Grammy-nominated albums and performances at numerous jazz festivals.
His latest CD is on the Top 200 list for Jazz hits. “Frank Russell Influences“ is a tribute to the legendary bass guitarists in jazz. The album features Russell’s contemporary jazz interpretation of compositions written by or associated with his bass guitar heroes including; Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Darryl Jones, Stanley Banks and Paul Jackson.
Just last month, Frank was in Los Angeles for an event honoring legendary dancer/actor/producer Debbie Allen. At the event, Frank had the opportunity to chat with one of the special guests in the audience which just happened to be the amazing Stevie Wonder. Wonder expressed how much he loves Frank’s bass playing and Frank returned the praise by saying what a big influence Stevie had on his playing.
Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene began to play professionally with many local pop/rock and jazz bands as a teenager. He has since collaborated with some of the most creative and versatile musicians including Common, The Temptations, Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Maysa Leak, Ten City, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, The J. Davis Trio, Typhanie Monique, Chris Rob, Vic Lavender, Jesse De La Pena, Liquid Soul and The Mighty Blue Kings.
Chris also leads his own critically-acclaimed group, the Chris Greene Quartet. The group was voted “Best Jazz Band by readers in the Chicago Reader’s 2017 “Best of Chicago” Poll. You can pre-order their new album “Boundary Issues” to receive a digital bonus version or physical copy signed by the band! Get your copy now before the official release on April 14th. Then, don’t miss the Quartet at Constellation, Saturday, April 21st at 8:30 PM. Find tickets here.
Continue to read the Stitely Blog for more music news on our wonderful Stitely musicians! Interested in having them at your next event? You can book one of our live bands or contact us about soloists and small ensembles.