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Cage and Aquarium Productions

Chicago , IL
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1803 W Byron #104
Chicago, IL US 60613 (map)

PHONE

312-725-2243

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ABOUT US

Cage and Aquarium is Chicagoland's premier event deejay/emcee service. Our crew is committed to making your event unique while pulling off a stylish formality you can appreciate. Our... Read more
Cage and Aquarium is Chicagoland's premier event deejay/emcee service. Our crew is committed to making your event unique while pulling off a stylish formality you can appreciate. Our passion for music makes us who we are, and we understand how the music of your event can set a vibe, change a mood, or define a moment. And most importantly we are committed to partnering with you every step of the way. Read less
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Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.9/5.0
We LOVE Cage & Aquarium!!

From the beginning of our planning process, they were responsive, helpful, and FUN! Once we listened to some of their online samples, we were hooked and a signed contract with them was one of our first vendors solidified. Once we got closer to our date, the worked closely with us to learn about our music tastes, must-play and do-not-play songs, and specific genres that we wanted to have played at our wedding.

Our DJ was Tyler, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about him!! Fantastic, fantastic, FANTASTIC DJ!! He listens to you, he has a great personality and sense of humor, and he is VERY, VERY talented!! Not only were we on the dance floor the entire night, but he had our friends and family of all ages dancing (he even got my dad to do a solo to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"!). Our reception was absolutely amazing, and we would recommend Cage & Aquarium -- and Tyler -- any day!!
We LOVE Cage & Aquarium!!

From the beginning of our planning process, they were responsive, helpful, and FUN! Read more...
We LOVE Cage & Aquarium!!

From the beginning of our planning process, they were responsive, helpful, and FUN! Once we listened to some of their online samples, we were hooked and a signed contract with them was one of our first vendors solidified. Once we got closer to our date, the worked closely with us to learn about our music tastes, must-play and do-not-play songs, and specific genres that we wanted to have played at our wedding.

Our DJ was Tyler, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about him!! Fantastic, fantastic, FANTASTIC DJ!! He listens to you, he has a great personality and sense of humor, and he is VERY, VERY talented!! Not only were we on the dance floor the entire night, but he had our friends and family of all ages dancing (he even got my dad to do a solo to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"!). Our reception was absolutely amazing, and we would recommend Cage & Aquarium -- and Tyler -- any day!! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We met with Shelley after a few friends and friends of friends recommended them. After our visit, we were certain this was the team for us. The quality of the photography is fantastic Shelley and her assistant, Katie, captured the exact style we were hoping for even though we were pretty inept at explaining it! I was worried about taking photos because we weren't able to do an engagement session, but we were both made to feel very comfortable and relaxed. The photos with my parents before the ceremony are amazing; they captured some very sweet, emotional moments on film. Amazing photos at a great value. Tyler kept everyone dancing and chose awesome music for the pre-ceremony and dinner time segments. We gave him a short list of our favorite music and bands and he took it from there. We had to schedule some pretty crazy times to meet in person, but Shelley and Tyler were so accommodating. We were referred to this business through word of mouth and we'll continue to pass on referrals for C&A. Seriously, look no further.
We met with Shelley after a few friends and friends of friends recommended them. After our visit, we were certain this was Read more...
We met with Shelley after a few friends and friends of friends recommended them. After our visit, we were certain this was the team for us. The quality of the photography is fantastic Shelley and her assistant, Katie, captured the exact style we were hoping for even though we were pretty inept at explaining it! I was worried about taking photos because we weren't able to do an engagement session, but we were both made to feel very comfortable and relaxed. The photos with my parents before the ceremony are amazing; they captured some very sweet, emotional moments on film. Amazing photos at a great value. Tyler kept everyone dancing and chose awesome music for the pre-ceremony and dinner time segments. We gave him a short list of our favorite music and bands and he took it from there. We had to schedule some pretty crazy times to meet in person, but Shelley and Tyler were so accommodating. We were referred to this business through word of mouth and we'll continue to pass on referrals for C&A. Seriously, look no further. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Rebecca
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We used Cage and Aquarium for our wedding photography and DJ and we could not have made a better choice. Shelley was our photographer and contact from the beginning. She responded to our initial inquiry within a couple of hours and we scheduled a meeting right away. Every crazy request or question I asked, she had an answer right away and was very accommodating. We loved her photojournalism photography style too and loved having her for our wedding photographer. She even put up with our ridiculous families for pictures. Tyler was our DJ and we were a fan of him from the beginning as well. He had the perfect solutions to all of our ceremony music questions, and right away again as well. We tried not to be too picky because he seemed like he could perfect exactly what we wanted without us having to be too specific. I couldn't even leave the dance floor because my song(s) kept coming on one after the other!! I highly recommend C & A for any event.
We used Cage and Aquarium for our wedding photography and DJ and we could not have made a better choice. Shelley was our Read more...
We used Cage and Aquarium for our wedding photography and DJ and we could not have made a better choice. Shelley was our photographer and contact from the beginning. She responded to our initial inquiry within a couple of hours and we scheduled a meeting right away. Every crazy request or question I asked, she had an answer right away and was very accommodating. We loved her photojournalism photography style too and loved having her for our wedding photographer. She even put up with our ridiculous families for pictures. Tyler was our DJ and we were a fan of him from the beginning as well. He had the perfect solutions to all of our ceremony music questions, and right away again as well. We tried not to be too picky because he seemed like he could perfect exactly what we wanted without us having to be too specific. I couldn't even leave the dance floor because my song(s) kept coming on one after the other!! I highly recommend C & A for any event. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Beth
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
I had DJ Scott for my wedding and he was the BEST.
He spent many hours with us going over our ideas and thoughts for the way our wedding should roll. He listened and took good notes and kept everything in line with what we were looking for. I had several guests tell us this was the best wedding they had ever been to, and that the music was stellar, many times saying "that's the only time I've ever heard (such and such) at a wedding before - awesome!".
Thanks DJ Scott!
I had DJ Scott for my wedding and he was the BEST.
He spent many hours with us going over our ideas and thoughts for Read more...
I had DJ Scott for my wedding and he was the BEST.
He spent many hours with us going over our ideas and thoughts for the way our wedding should roll. He listened and took good notes and kept everything in line with what we were looking for. I had several guests tell us this was the best wedding they had ever been to, and that the music was stellar, many times saying "that's the only time I've ever heard (such and such) at a wedding before - awesome!".
Thanks DJ Scott! Read less
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Errin
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
I selected my DJ late in the process after I decided that another DJ service would not work for me. I contacted Shelley at Cage and Aquarium and was very impressed at her responsiveness and willingness to work with me and my budget. The information form they provided was an excellent way for me to outline my song selections, timeline for the reception and to make sure that the music we liked was played at the reception. Our DJ for the reception was Kevin Price and he was EXCELLENT from being willing to meet my fiance and me virtually since we live in another state, to accomodating last minute name annoucement changes. I also appreciated how willing they were to provide me with cocktail hour music as a last minute request. I would highly reccomend their services again and was thoroughly pleased with Cage and Aquarium as a company. Five star service all around!
I selected my DJ late in the process after I decided that another DJ service would not work for me. I contacted Shelley at Read more...
I selected my DJ late in the process after I decided that another DJ service would not work for me. I contacted Shelley at Cage and Aquarium and was very impressed at her responsiveness and willingness to work with me and my budget. The information form they provided was an excellent way for me to outline my song selections, timeline for the reception and to make sure that the music we liked was played at the reception. Our DJ for the reception was Kevin Price and he was EXCELLENT from being willing to meet my fiance and me virtually since we live in another state, to accomodating last minute name annoucement changes. I also appreciated how willing they were to provide me with cocktail hour music as a last minute request. I would highly reccomend their services again and was thoroughly pleased with Cage and Aquarium as a company. Five star service all around! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Cage & Aquarium Productions are a great company to work with and we utilized their DJ services on our wedding day. We met with Shelley to introduce ourselves, and she was very organized and got a good feel for what we were looking for. We were then paired with our DJ, Scott Schaefer, a few months out from our wedding. Scott was a PHENOMENAL DJ. His timely correspondences to emails was great, and he was open to new ideas/genres of music to play during the cocktail hour. He always had great suggestions and was very helpful during the music-planning process. When it came to the reception, there was never a dull moment on the dance floor. Scott mixed the perfect songs together to keep the reception flowing with great tunes so people were always dancing. He did a spectacular job with going off the vibes of the crowd! There were many compliments made about our DJ, and I would have to agree that he is one of the best ones I've experienced so far at weddings!!! We are very happy with our selection of C & A, and we would highly recommend Scott for any DJ services needed!!!
Cage & Aquarium Productions are a great company to work with and we utilized their DJ services on our wedding day. We met Read more...
Cage & Aquarium Productions are a great company to work with and we utilized their DJ services on our wedding day. We met with Shelley to introduce ourselves, and she was very organized and got a good feel for what we were looking for. We were then paired with our DJ, Scott Schaefer, a few months out from our wedding. Scott was a PHENOMENAL DJ. His timely correspondences to emails was great, and he was open to new ideas/genres of music to play during the cocktail hour. He always had great suggestions and was very helpful during the music-planning process. When it came to the reception, there was never a dull moment on the dance floor. Scott mixed the perfect songs together to keep the reception flowing with great tunes so people were always dancing. He did a spectacular job with going off the vibes of the crowd! There were many compliments made about our DJ, and I would have to agree that he is one of the best ones I've experienced so far at weddings!!! We are very happy with our selection of C & A, and we would highly recommend Scott for any DJ services needed!!! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We had such an amazing experience with C+A! Shelley was fun, responsive, and helpful throughout the process. When we filled out all of our preferences, we were a little worried - we had Motown, oldies, top 40, and a little bit 'o country. We were so nervous that it would end up sounding like a hodge-podge! Luckily, we were assigned to Twan who knew just what we wanted. We had guests coming up to us in the first half of cocktail hour raving about the music! Couldn't have asked for a better DJ - kept the crowd on the dance floor all night long!
We had such an amazing experience with C+A! Shelley was fun, responsive, and helpful throughout the process. When we Read more...
We had such an amazing experience with C+A! Shelley was fun, responsive, and helpful throughout the process. When we filled out all of our preferences, we were a little worried - we had Motown, oldies, top 40, and a little bit 'o country. We were so nervous that it would end up sounding like a hodge-podge! Luckily, we were assigned to Twan who knew just what we wanted. We had guests coming up to us in the first half of cocktail hour raving about the music! Couldn't have asked for a better DJ - kept the crowd on the dance floor all night long! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Jamie
Wedding:
6/22/2013
4.8/5.0
My fiancee and I had our wedding this past weekend, and we had contracted Cage and Aquarium for both photography and DJ. Shelley was great to work with during the contract process, she was extremely responsive, and very friendly and helpful. We ended up having Justin Ferranti as our DJ, and we were so pleased with his performance. He got every song right that we had asked for, and the online form made planning so much easier for us (especially as someone who was planning an out-of-town wedding). Justin was a little slower to respond than Shelley on email, but he always did write back, and he assured me that everything would be right on the wedding day, and it was! He even had to navigate a tricky situation when one of our guests fell and the EMTs came with a stretcher, he handled the situation well and had the dance floor packed again in no time. I would hire Justin, and Cage and Aquarium, again in a second!
My fiancee and I had our wedding this past weekend, and we had contracted Cage and Aquarium for both photography and DJ. Read more...
My fiancee and I had our wedding this past weekend, and we had contracted Cage and Aquarium for both photography and DJ. Shelley was great to work with during the contract process, she was extremely responsive, and very friendly and helpful. We ended up having Justin Ferranti as our DJ, and we were so pleased with his performance. He got every song right that we had asked for, and the online form made planning so much easier for us (especially as someone who was planning an out-of-town wedding). Justin was a little slower to respond than Shelley on email, but he always did write back, and he assured me that everything would be right on the wedding day, and it was! He even had to navigate a tricky situation when one of our guests fell and the EMTs came with a stretcher, he handled the situation well and had the dance floor packed again in no time. I would hire Justin, and Cage and Aquarium, again in a second! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Carlee
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Tyler & Shelley Anderson came down to Cancun for our June 2013 destination wedding at ME Cancun Resort & Spa

We were impressed when we met Shelley and Tyler at Cage & Aquarium’s office during our first session. For photography, we knew we wanted a more photojournalistic, creative approach to our pictures and Shelley’s portfolio more than demonstrated that she has a knack for it. DJ-wise, we could tell Tyler was interested in what we had to say and dedicated to making our party one to remember. Also, we were impressed with the company’s requirement that all DJ’s must work in the industry.

Throughout the process, I don’t think Shelley took more than 12 hours to respond to one of our emails. It definitely helped us feel at ease and that she had everything under control.

As our wedding day got closer, we got together to discuss the day’s details in person. They had taken the initiative with the A/V company in Cancun to arrange equipment, from the mixer down to the extension cords. Walking out of that meeting, we were confident that we had nothing to worry about and he had everything covered.

The end result was a packed dance floor for 4.5 hours that had the whole resort looking on. Our guests could hardly even wait until after the salad course to hit the dance floor (and some didn’t).

From bridal suite all the way through the reception, Shelley worked her butt off to capture our special day. In total, she took 5200 pictures! She turned around our pictures 2 weeks sooner than promised and we couldn’t be happier with what we got.

Shelley, Tyler, and Cage & Aquarium are professional, creative, and client-focused. We would recommend them for anyone’s special day.
Tyler & Shelley Anderson came down to Cancun for our June 2013 destination wedding at ME Cancun Resort & Spa

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Tyler & Shelley Anderson came down to Cancun for our June 2013 destination wedding at ME Cancun Resort & Spa

We were impressed when we met Shelley and Tyler at Cage & Aquarium’s office during our first session. For photography, we knew we wanted a more photojournalistic, creative approach to our pictures and Shelley’s portfolio more than demonstrated that she has a knack for it. DJ-wise, we could tell Tyler was interested in what we had to say and dedicated to making our party one to remember. Also, we were impressed with the company’s requirement that all DJ’s must work in the industry.

Throughout the process, I don’t think Shelley took more than 12 hours to respond to one of our emails. It definitely helped us feel at ease and that she had everything under control.

As our wedding day got closer, we got together to discuss the day’s details in person. They had taken the initiative with the A/V company in Cancun to arrange equipment, from the mixer down to the extension cords. Walking out of that meeting, we were confident that we had nothing to worry about and he had everything covered.

The end result was a packed dance floor for 4.5 hours that had the whole resort looking on. Our guests could hardly even wait until after the salad course to hit the dance floor (and some didn’t).

From bridal suite all the way through the reception, Shelley worked her butt off to capture our special day. In total, she took 5200 pictures! She turned around our pictures 2 weeks sooner than promised and we couldn’t be happier with what we got.

Shelley, Tyler, and Cage & Aquarium are professional, creative, and client-focused. We would recommend them for anyone’s special day. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Katie
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Cage and Aquarium MADE our wedding reception. They are all of the things you hope a DJ can be and none of the things you have come to fear.

We knew that we needed a DJ who would work with us to break the rules we wanted to break, not leave the old aunts and grandmas in the cold, create some memories, play with our inside jokes, and most importantly: turn our wedding reception into a sweaty dance party.

Cage and Aquarium exceeded all of our hopes and wishes. Our first meeting with Shelley demonstrated that these people were down to earth, knowledgeable, capable, kind, and impossibly cool. They have an online planning guide to help you express your musical tastes and keep everything organized. They encourage you to create "must play" and "do not play" lists- very helpful.

Our DJs Tyler and Mike K. were outstanding. Tyler went above and beyond for us in so many ways: he created a loop so that the song our friend composed that we wanted to use as the processional song would be long enough to get me down the aisle. He picked just the right point for the new Justin song "Mirrors" to swell up as we were pronounced man and wife. He cleaned up some dirty lyrics for us. ;) He mixed The Godfather theme into a Paul McCartney song as a surprise for my first dance with my Godfather obsessed, Sicilian father. Tyler and Mike made it a point to play this random video game theme song that no one but Jay and I recognized because we fell in love dancing to it. And for 6 hours they played perfect song after perfect song, creating a dance party that kept everyone on the dance floor until the very end! It was one of those "Oh I LOVE this song! I'm so thirsty I should get another drink when this song ends, ok it's ending I'm gonna go try to grab tha--oh my GOD I LOVE THIS SONG TOO!" type of parties. With every song Jay just kept saying, "These DJ's are the TRUTH!"

Cage and Aquarium are so good at what they do. They got us, they broke some rules with us, we loved them.
Cage and Aquarium MADE our wedding reception. They are all of the things you hope a DJ can be and none of the things you Read more...
Cage and Aquarium MADE our wedding reception. They are all of the things you hope a DJ can be and none of the things you have come to fear.

We knew that we needed a DJ who would work with us to break the rules we wanted to break, not leave the old aunts and grandmas in the cold, create some memories, play with our inside jokes, and most importantly: turn our wedding reception into a sweaty dance party.

Cage and Aquarium exceeded all of our hopes and wishes. Our first meeting with Shelley demonstrated that these people were down to earth, knowledgeable, capable, kind, and impossibly cool. They have an online planning guide to help you express your musical tastes and keep everything organized. They encourage you to create "must play" and "do not play" lists- very helpful.

Our DJs Tyler and Mike K. were outstanding. Tyler went above and beyond for us in so many ways: he created a loop so that the song our friend composed that we wanted to use as the processional song would be long enough to get me down the aisle. He picked just the right point for the new Justin song "Mirrors" to swell up as we were pronounced man and wife. He cleaned up some dirty lyrics for us. ;) He mixed The Godfather theme into a Paul McCartney song as a surprise for my first dance with my Godfather obsessed, Sicilian father. Tyler and Mike made it a point to play this random video game theme song that no one but Jay and I recognized because we fell in love dancing to it. And for 6 hours they played perfect song after perfect song, creating a dance party that kept everyone on the dance floor until the very end! It was one of those "Oh I LOVE this song! I'm so thirsty I should get another drink when this song ends, ok it's ending I'm gonna go try to grab tha--oh my GOD I LOVE THIS SONG TOO!" type of parties. With every song Jay just kept saying, "These DJ's are the TRUTH!"

Cage and Aquarium are so good at what they do. They got us, they broke some rules with us, we loved them. Read less
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Maggie
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Exceptional service! Prompt! Great attention to detail! Wonderful to work with! We had Nick Campion - and he was awesome! If you want your music done right - seriously use Cage & Aquarium. You will not be disappointed.
Exceptional service! Prompt! Great attention to detail! Wonderful to work with! We had Nick Campion - and he was awesome! Read more...
Exceptional service! Prompt! Great attention to detail! Wonderful to work with! We had Nick Campion - and he was awesome! If you want your music done right - seriously use Cage & Aquarium. You will not be disappointed. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We used C&A for both our photography (Shelley) and DJ (Justin). They did a great job and handled all the details. The photos turned out awesome and it was nice to have 2 photographers to go to different locations before the ceremony. The DJ did great and played all the songs we wanted. The dance floor was packed the entire time.
We used C&A for both our photography (Shelley) and DJ (Justin). They did a great job and handled all the details. The Read more...
We used C&A for both our photography (Shelley) and DJ (Justin). They did a great job and handled all the details. The photos turned out awesome and it was nice to have 2 photographers to go to different locations before the ceremony. The DJ did great and played all the songs we wanted. The dance floor was packed the entire time. Read less
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Roshelle
Wedding:
8/17/2012
5.0/5.0
we LOVED our DJ. The whole process was super fun! We met 3 times before the wedding- he listened to all of our needs. What made them stand out were the pricing, the personal connection, and the online planning form. We were able to ensure that all the songs we wanted to hear where played and what we hated wasn't anywhere near our wedding. They matched us with the perfect DJ and we couldn't of been happier. Our guests raved about 2 things the most- the venue & our DJ! There was not a moment when our guests were not on the dance floor until the end!
we LOVED our DJ. The whole process was super fun! We met 3 times before the wedding- he listened to all of our needs. What Read more...
we LOVED our DJ. The whole process was super fun! We met 3 times before the wedding- he listened to all of our needs. What made them stand out were the pricing, the personal connection, and the online planning form. We were able to ensure that all the songs we wanted to hear where played and what we hated wasn't anywhere near our wedding. They matched us with the perfect DJ and we couldn't of been happier. Our guests raved about 2 things the most- the venue & our DJ! There was not a moment when our guests were not on the dance floor until the end! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We used C & A for our DJ and photography needs! Shelley was our photographer (along with Mike and Katie) and they couldn't have been nicer! Our engagement photos were taken in November and were stunning! On our Wedding Day, Shelley and her team arrived in the late morning and stuck with us through our reception. They were so attentive and fun to be around!
DJ Avi was our DJ for the Reception and was AWESOME! She played every single song we requested and had guests on the dance floor the entire evening! On of our guests said "This is my 61st wedding reception and THE BEST music I have ever heard!"
We used C & A for our DJ and photography needs! Shelley was our photographer (along with Mike and Katie) and they couldn't Read more...
We used C & A for our DJ and photography needs! Shelley was our photographer (along with Mike and Katie) and they couldn't have been nicer! Our engagement photos were taken in November and were stunning! On our Wedding Day, Shelley and her team arrived in the late morning and stuck with us through our reception. They were so attentive and fun to be around!
DJ Avi was our DJ for the Reception and was AWESOME! She played every single song we requested and had guests on the dance floor the entire evening! On of our guests said "This is my 61st wedding reception and THE BEST music I have ever heard!" Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.8/5.0
We're still waiting to see our wedding photos, but it's only been a few weeks since the event. I'm sure the quality of service will be 5 stars as well once we see them. Shelley and her assistant were very flexible, not pushy, and un-obtrusive while shooting our wedding. We wanted great photos, but nothing cheesy on our big day. Shelley considered my ideas for locations and shots and provided guidance when needed.

We loved the engagement photos that Shelley took and we are hopeful that the wedding photos are just as good and hopefully even better!

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Chris (DJ Moppy) was our wedding DJ and we absolutely loved him. Our guests were on the dancefloor all night and loved the music. He played a great mix during the cocktail hour and dinner, took our suggestions, and then mixed in his own selections - it was perfection. His assistant was helpful as well and overall our experience was fantastic.
We're still waiting to see our wedding photos, but it's only been a few weeks since the event. I'm sure the quality of Read more...
We're still waiting to see our wedding photos, but it's only been a few weeks since the event. I'm sure the quality of service will be 5 stars as well once we see them. Shelley and her assistant were very flexible, not pushy, and un-obtrusive while shooting our wedding. We wanted great photos, but nothing cheesy on our big day. Shelley considered my ideas for locations and shots and provided guidance when needed.

We loved the engagement photos that Shelley took and we are hopeful that the wedding photos are just as good and hopefully even better!

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Chris (DJ Moppy) was our wedding DJ and we absolutely loved him. Our guests were on the dancefloor all night and loved the music. He played a great mix during the cocktail hour and dinner, took our suggestions, and then mixed in his own selections - it was perfection. His assistant was helpful as well and overall our experience was fantastic. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Amy
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Cage and Aquarium was absolutely awesome! I planned my wedding from VA (not an easy task) but they made it so effortless that I was totally cool, calm and collected....a bonus! Neville was our music man and after a phone meeting where we discussed my wide range of musical tastes and what I envisioned, he coordinated the most incredible play list ever. It was EXACTLY what I wanted. I was the happily dancing all night long!!! I cannot thank Neville enough for his work that night ~ I still smile about how much fun it was on the dance floor! Book them!!!
Cage and Aquarium was absolutely awesome! I planned my wedding from VA (not an easy task) but they made it so effortless Read more...
Cage and Aquarium was absolutely awesome! I planned my wedding from VA (not an easy task) but they made it so effortless that I was totally cool, calm and collected....a bonus! Neville was our music man and after a phone meeting where we discussed my wide range of musical tastes and what I envisioned, he coordinated the most incredible play list ever. It was EXACTLY what I wanted. I was the happily dancing all night long!!! I cannot thank Neville enough for his work that night ~ I still smile about how much fun it was on the dance floor! Book them!!! Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
While they were not the cheapest, the value of what they provided was far beyond what either of us would have ever expected. Working with scheduling hiccups (not their fault, someone else's) they kept things running seamlessly. We had given them guidance on what we wanted them to play and they matched it perfectly to their own ability to read the crowd on the dance floor. Our guest list spanned several generations and we had everyone here from ravers to indie kids to folks that loved northern soul. Everyone was happy all night long.
While they were not the cheapest, the value of what they provided was far beyond what either of us would have ever Read more...
While they were not the cheapest, the value of what they provided was far beyond what either of us would have ever expected. Working with scheduling hiccups (not their fault, someone else's) they kept things running seamlessly. We had given them guidance on what we wanted them to play and they matched it perfectly to their own ability to read the crowd on the dance floor. Our guest list spanned several generations and we had everyone here from ravers to indie kids to folks that loved northern soul. Everyone was happy all night long. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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kspicer
Wedding:
9/17/2011
4.8/5.0
We had a great experience with Cage and Aquarium as our wedding DJ. We are very into electronic music, and wanted a DJ who would be willing to do a complete 180 and substitute the typical wedding music favorites for a variety of dance music. Daniel was spot on in fulfilling our wishes - he was right on target with a mix of drum n bass and dubstep tracks (that were still appealing to the non-electronic music fan) and dance remixes of top 40 songs. He was more than happy to play specific tracks that we provided, and did a great job mixing them in with the rest of the tracks. We got so many compliments on our twist on the usual wedding dance, and a number of guests told us they really felt like they were at a fun club for the night. Exactly what we wanted!
We had a great experience with Cage and Aquarium as our wedding DJ. We are very into electronic music, and wanted a DJ who Read more...
We had a great experience with Cage and Aquarium as our wedding DJ. We are very into electronic music, and wanted a DJ who would be willing to do a complete 180 and substitute the typical wedding music favorites for a variety of dance music. Daniel was spot on in fulfilling our wishes - he was right on target with a mix of drum n bass and dubstep tracks (that were still appealing to the non-electronic music fan) and dance remixes of top 40 songs. He was more than happy to play specific tracks that we provided, and did a great job mixing them in with the rest of the tracks. We got so many compliments on our twist on the usual wedding dance, and a number of guests told us they really felt like they were at a fun club for the night. Exactly what we wanted! Read less
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Jerry
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Kevin Price had the crowd dancing the whole night! We have had so many compliments on the music from our wedding and have Kevin to thank for that! Even at midnight, all of our guests wanted Kevin to continue the party due to how great the music was. For that, we cannot thank him enough. My wife and I have already joked that we need to have another celebration and request Kevin to DJ!!! Thank You Kevin and Cage & Aquarium, Jerry Voit & Nivi Rao.
Kevin Price had the crowd dancing the whole night! We have had so many compliments on the music from our wedding and have Read more...
Kevin Price had the crowd dancing the whole night! We have had so many compliments on the music from our wedding and have Kevin to thank for that! Even at midnight, all of our guests wanted Kevin to continue the party due to how great the music was. For that, we cannot thank him enough. My wife and I have already joked that we need to have another celebration and request Kevin to DJ!!! Thank You Kevin and Cage & Aquarium, Jerry Voit & Nivi Rao. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Awesome! I think the DJ was my biggest concern in finding a vendor, but when we met Tyler from Cage and Aquarium, all of our worries subsided. He and Shelley matched us with DJ Stolie who was so not what I expected in a DJ, but absolutely a perfect fit for us! She was detailed in planning and everyone loved the music and danced all night. To save on cost we decided to have the DJ for the ceremony as well, which could easily not go well, but Stolie did an amazing job with each of the songs and blending of music. She kept us on target with timing and toast and was flexible when we changed things up in the middle of the reception.
Awesome! I think the DJ was my biggest concern in finding a vendor, but when we met Tyler from Cage and Aquarium, all of Read more...
Awesome! I think the DJ was my biggest concern in finding a vendor, but when we met Tyler from Cage and Aquarium, all of our worries subsided. He and Shelley matched us with DJ Stolie who was so not what I expected in a DJ, but absolutely a perfect fit for us! She was detailed in planning and everyone loved the music and danced all night. To save on cost we decided to have the DJ for the ceremony as well, which could easily not go well, but Stolie did an amazing job with each of the songs and blending of music. She kept us on target with timing and toast and was flexible when we changed things up in the middle of the reception. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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jdewitt
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
I was so happy with our choice of DJ! Cage and Aquarium is awesome! Our DJs were Ryan and Twan and they had the dance floor hopping from beginning til end. Ryan was a great emcee and they also did a great job with the ceremony.
I was so happy with our choice of DJ! Cage and Aquarium is awesome! Our DJs were Ryan and Twan and they had the dance Read more...
I was so happy with our choice of DJ! Cage and Aquarium is awesome! Our DJs were Ryan and Twan and they had the dance floor hopping from beginning til end. Ryan was a great emcee and they also did a great job with the ceremony. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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meganandmike2010
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
We could not have been happier with our Cage experience from meeting with Shelley at the beginning to having incredible wedding reception music!! The combo of live music with Acoustic Sideshow during cocktail hour and DJ Rich the rest of the night was fantastic. Acoustic Sideshow is just awesome and so much fun, set a great tone to the night. We loved the way Rich incorporated bands/genres we liked throughout the night, even during dinner, while still keeping all of the guests happy. And he just blew it out of the park when the party started after dinner; people were dancing all night long and were still talking about how awesome the music was long after the wedding!
We could not have been happier with our Cage experience from meeting with Shelley at the beginning to having incredible Read more...
We could not have been happier with our Cage experience from meeting with Shelley at the beginning to having incredible wedding reception music!! The combo of live music with Acoustic Sideshow during cocktail hour and DJ Rich the rest of the night was fantastic. Acoustic Sideshow is just awesome and so much fun, set a great tone to the night. We loved the way Rich incorporated bands/genres we liked throughout the night, even during dinner, while still keeping all of the guests happy. And he just blew it out of the park when the party started after dinner; people were dancing all night long and were still talking about how awesome the music was long after the wedding! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Aly
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Anthony (Twan) was our wedding DJ in August at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Overall, we were extremly happy with what we got. The caliber of Cage's DJs is top notch, and we really liked that they aren't just full-time wedding DJs - far from it. They did a great job selecting a DJ that would be a good fit for us, and Twan really cared about matching the music style to what we liked. He was very reassuring and friendly, as well. Picking a DJ was the vendor choice we were the most nervous about, but it ended up being a easy process and we weren't nervous after meeting him at all. Also, after weeks and weeks of looking for a good first dance song, we ended up picking one that Twan recommended, which neither of us knew, but we both loved - "I'll Be Your Mirror" by Clem Snide. We would recommend Cage and Twan to anyone who wants a great DJ without any guessing or stress ahead of time.
Anthony (Twan) was our wedding DJ in August at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Overall, we were extremly happy Read more...
Anthony (Twan) was our wedding DJ in August at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Overall, we were extremly happy with what we got. The caliber of Cage's DJs is top notch, and we really liked that they aren't just full-time wedding DJs - far from it. They did a great job selecting a DJ that would be a good fit for us, and Twan really cared about matching the music style to what we liked. He was very reassuring and friendly, as well. Picking a DJ was the vendor choice we were the most nervous about, but it ended up being a easy process and we weren't nervous after meeting him at all. Also, after weeks and weeks of looking for a good first dance song, we ended up picking one that Twan recommended, which neither of us knew, but we both loved - "I'll Be Your Mirror" by Clem Snide. We would recommend Cage and Twan to anyone who wants a great DJ without any guessing or stress ahead of time. Read less
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JJ
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
One of my favorite moments of my wedding day was watching my usually reserved, non-dancing new husband do the worm across the dance floor. Someone made a comment that they looked around at one point and the only person not dancing was my great-aunt...who is on an oxygen machine. Even my grandmother got out on the dance floor. Two weeks later, she's still recovering. This never would have been the case if we didn't hire Cage and Aquarium to DJ at our wedding. You'd be crazy not to hire them.

I found Tyler and Shelley's team via Yelp and they impressed us from the get-go. We sat down with Tyler at the beginning of the process to find out what Cage and Aquarium was all about, and we were ready to book them after that first meeting.

We kept in contact via email and sat down for about 2 hours in the weeks before the wedding to go over our timeline, our must-play and do-not-play lists and give Tyler an idea of what we were looking for. We didn't have anything too specific in mind, but Tyler was able to put together a playlist that was perfect for us and our guests. Tyler visited our site beforehand to see what was needed in terms of sound systems and lights.

The reception was perfect. Tyler and Shelley kept us on schedule and got the party moving. The music selection was great and everybody had a great time. At one point, several people were requesting a song we had on our "do not play" list. Tyler read the crowd, decided to throw the song in and I have to say: we were wrong. It was a big hit and they were all so happy we relented and let the song play. I had nothing to do with it. It was all Tyler and Shelley. Our guests were so happy and had a great time, and that's all we cared about.

You may have read in other reviews that the night ended with everyone yelling "ONE MORE SONG!!!!" That was definitely the case at our wedding. Everybody had a great time and no one wanted to leave. It couldn't have been any better. Hire Cage and Aquarium.
One of my favorite moments of my wedding day was watching my usually reserved, non-dancing new husband do the worm across Read more...
One of my favorite moments of my wedding day was watching my usually reserved, non-dancing new husband do the worm across the dance floor. Someone made a comment that they looked around at one point and the only person not dancing was my great-aunt...who is on an oxygen machine. Even my grandmother got out on the dance floor. Two weeks later, she's still recovering. This never would have been the case if we didn't hire Cage and Aquarium to DJ at our wedding. You'd be crazy not to hire them.

I found Tyler and Shelley's team via Yelp and they impressed us from the get-go. We sat down with Tyler at the beginning of the process to find out what Cage and Aquarium was all about, and we were ready to book them after that first meeting.

We kept in contact via email and sat down for about 2 hours in the weeks before the wedding to go over our timeline, our must-play and do-not-play lists and give Tyler an idea of what we were looking for. We didn't have anything too specific in mind, but Tyler was able to put together a playlist that was perfect for us and our guests. Tyler visited our site beforehand to see what was needed in terms of sound systems and lights.

The reception was perfect. Tyler and Shelley kept us on schedule and got the party moving. The music selection was great and everybody had a great time. At one point, several people were requesting a song we had on our "do not play" list. Tyler read the crowd, decided to throw the song in and I have to say: we were wrong. It was a big hit and they were all so happy we relented and let the song play. I had nothing to do with it. It was all Tyler and Shelley. Our guests were so happy and had a great time, and that's all we cared about.

You may have read in other reviews that the night ended with everyone yelling "ONE MORE SONG!!!!" That was definitely the case at our wedding. Everybody had a great time and no one wanted to leave. It couldn't have been any better. Hire Cage and Aquarium. Read less
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tubesy
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better DJ than Stolie, and a better DJ company than Cage and Aquarium. Music was pretty high on our list of important things at the wedding and Stolie delivered everything we asked for and more. The dance floor was packed, we heard everything we wanted to hear, her timing was perfect, her instincts are great. I think our guests killed her with requests but she kept a smile on her face and kept the great tunes coming, as did her awesome assistant/boyfriend :) As far as the company goes, Tyler is great manager who matched us really well with Stolie, and the optional online payment system is super convenient.

Unless you want to hear crappy/corny music at your wedding, you should hire Cage and Aquarium immediately. We were completely satisfied and had an absolute blast/rockin party, which is exactly what we wanted!
We could not have asked for a better DJ than Stolie, and a better DJ company than Cage and Aquarium. Music was pretty high Read more...
We could not have asked for a better DJ than Stolie, and a better DJ company than Cage and Aquarium. Music was pretty high on our list of important things at the wedding and Stolie delivered everything we asked for and more. The dance floor was packed, we heard everything we wanted to hear, her timing was perfect, her instincts are great. I think our guests killed her with requests but she kept a smile on her face and kept the great tunes coming, as did her awesome assistant/boyfriend :) As far as the company goes, Tyler is great manager who matched us really well with Stolie, and the optional online payment system is super convenient.

Unless you want to hear crappy/corny music at your wedding, you should hire Cage and Aquarium immediately. We were completely satisfied and had an absolute blast/rockin party, which is exactly what we wanted! Read less
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april
Wedding:
8/21/2009
5.0/5.0
We worked with Shelley and Tyler at Cage and Aquarium. When we first met them, it was like we were hanging out with friends talking about music. They just seemed to "get" our music styles and knew what would work with the crowd. I also appreciate that they don't play cheesy music unless you specifically ask for it.

At our wedding, the dancefloor was hopping all night. There wasn't a dull moment or awkward empty dancefloor. Most guests said it was the best party they've been to in years and couldn't believe these were wedding DJs.

I highly recommend Cage & Aquarium's services. In addition to being great DJ's, they are also pleasant to work with. They are on top of things, unlike many wedding vendors. They are proactive and make sure you know what is going on at all times.
We worked with Shelley and Tyler at Cage and Aquarium. When we first met them, it was like we were hanging out with Read more...
We worked with Shelley and Tyler at Cage and Aquarium. When we first met them, it was like we were hanging out with friends talking about music. They just seemed to "get" our music styles and knew what would work with the crowd. I also appreciate that they don't play cheesy music unless you specifically ask for it.

At our wedding, the dancefloor was hopping all night. There wasn't a dull moment or awkward empty dancefloor. Most guests said it was the best party they've been to in years and couldn't believe these were wedding DJs.

I highly recommend Cage & Aquarium's services. In addition to being great DJ's, they are also pleasant to work with. They are on top of things, unlike many wedding vendors. They are proactive and make sure you know what is going on at all times. Read less
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happybride
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
I'd give them 6 stars if I could. Cage and Aquarium Productions did a phenomenal job DJ'ing our wedding. From start to finish, they were easy to work with, responsive to our needs and concerns, professional, and the end product was amazing. The best thing about working with them was, with all the other details I was trying to juggle to plan this wedding, this was one area I did NOT have to worry about because from the beginning you can just tell they're on top of it, and they will not let you down. We worked with Tyler - he was friendly, a great listener, patient, and very accommodating to any requests. My husband is a self-proclaimed "music snob" and very hesitant when entering into the DJ selection process, but when the wedding was over and we were talking about the music, all he could say was "Wow." After each meeting and interaction with Tyler, we just got more excited about the wedding and the fun times we knew our guests would have with Tyler leading the way. If you're looking for a flashy DJ to crack jokes on the mike, lead you in the limbo, and heckle your guests to get them to dance, this is not the right company for you. If you want a classy event, one with such great music that your guests don't want to leave the dance floor at the end of night, these are the people for you. We literally had to shut the party down at the end of night or it would have just kept going. Their pricing is very competitive with other DJs (believe me we shopped around) and a great value considering the high quality of service you'll receive. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Cage and Aquarium, for helping make our reception perfect.
I'd give them 6 stars if I could. Cage and Aquarium Productions did a phenomenal job DJ'ing our wedding. From start to Read more...
I'd give them 6 stars if I could. Cage and Aquarium Productions did a phenomenal job DJ'ing our wedding. From start to finish, they were easy to work with, responsive to our needs and concerns, professional, and the end product was amazing. The best thing about working with them was, with all the other details I was trying to juggle to plan this wedding, this was one area I did NOT have to worry about because from the beginning you can just tell they're on top of it, and they will not let you down. We worked with Tyler - he was friendly, a great listener, patient, and very accommodating to any requests. My husband is a self-proclaimed "music snob" and very hesitant when entering into the DJ selection process, but when the wedding was over and we were talking about the music, all he could say was "Wow." After each meeting and interaction with Tyler, we just got more excited about the wedding and the fun times we knew our guests would have with Tyler leading the way. If you're looking for a flashy DJ to crack jokes on the mike, lead you in the limbo, and heckle your guests to get them to dance, this is not the right company for you. If you want a classy event, one with such great music that your guests don't want to leave the dance floor at the end of night, these are the people for you. We literally had to shut the party down at the end of night or it would have just kept going. Their pricing is very competitive with other DJs (believe me we shopped around) and a great value considering the high quality of service you'll receive. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Cage and Aquarium, for helping make our reception perfect. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Amy
Wedding:
4/1/2009
5.0/5.0
Cage and Aquarium were the perfect choice for our wedding- we have picky tastes in music but they didn't blink an eye at our requests. Our DJ's name was Erik and he had a great understanding of our tastes in music and made some wonderful recommendations for us. He was so much fun, he obviously loves his job. Almost everybody danced all night and had a blast, which made our reception the best part of the whole wedding experience!
Cage and Aquarium were the perfect choice for our wedding- we have picky tastes in music but they didn't blink an eye at Read more...
Cage and Aquarium were the perfect choice for our wedding- we have picky tastes in music but they didn't blink an eye at our requests. Our DJ's name was Erik and he had a great understanding of our tastes in music and made some wonderful recommendations for us. He was so much fun, he obviously loves his job. Almost everybody danced all night and had a blast, which made our reception the best part of the whole wedding experience! Read less
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