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UpBeat Music Productions - UpBeat Band & UpBeat Orchestra

Chicago , IL
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3615 North Ashland Avenue, UpBeat Music Productions | Chicago Wedding Bands
Chicago, IL 60613 US (map)

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773-296-9296

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ABOUT US

Looking for a Chicago Wedding Band? UpBeat packs the floor with our Dance party by design Our Professional Emcee takes care of everything. Reviews. Read about our consistent high quality... Read more
Looking for a Chicago Wedding Band? UpBeat packs the floor with our Dance party by design Our Professional Emcee takes care of everything. Reviews. Read about our consistent high quality work. Our customized planning administration is all about you. Your wedding should be a joyous occasion - we help organize the planning process and make it easy Classics. Contemporary. Customized. See our UpBeat Chicago Wedding Bands & Chicago Wedding Orchestra Videos!


The UpBeat Band and UpBeat Orchestra is one of Chicago's most exciting and creative party bands. The quality of our preparation, performance and musicianship is the reason we get so many referrals, and I invite you to see for yourself. Our 5-7 piece UpBeat Band, and 10-14 piece UpBeat Orchestra is a great value with proven reliability. We take pride in creating an amazing dance party celebration, and for myself, Kari, Ebonie, and our entire group, we really care about personalized attention and details that make your event truly special. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you! –Michael Cascio

Why Choose UpBeat?

Quality Musicianship

Our group is a real family of exceptional and versatile talent – and having played together extensively, you won’t see our musicians “buried in the sheet music.” Our musicians are career pros, most with music degrees. Our front line has national performance credits ranging from The Temptations to R Kelly. Also, our front vocalists project a warm, distinctive, and fun presentation, making the dance floor inviting, and when appropriate, will tastefully interact with the audience. We take pride in creating an amazing dance party celebration.

Dance party by design

Our orchestra rehearses song medleys that seamlessly segue from one song to another, and create a balanced “dance party” momentum by design. With our insight, experience, and musical preparation, we go the extra mile to make sure all the important music and hosting details you choose are executed perfectly. Also, we like to plan music and dance party concepts that makes the event special and distinctive–for example, at a recent dance party, we had the bridesmaids join the band on stage for the last chorus of the salsa party song ‘Hot Hot Hot’ – this was a huge hit with the family. Also, with our commitment to customized wedding planning, we put great care in organizing tasteful music selections, specialized arrangements, and dance party concepts that you envision for your event, including swing/jazz, R&B, Motown, Disco, Salsa, Rock, Funk, ballads, contemporary pop and classics – our large and versatile song list spans the last five decade

A great value with proven reliability

Are you looking for a world class band at the best price? UpBeat's five members are all lead vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, and we achieve a big polished sound at the best value in Chicago. When we say we are ‘Chicago’s entertainment source,’ what we mean is that you are not paying a group of salespeople, a middleman, or exorbitant premiums to get a world class group – including all administration, sound and lights. The complete service we provide is all ‘in house’ – we don’t job out sound or AV, we have a dedicated pro sound engineer, and with our insight, experience, and preparation, we go the extra mile to make sure all the important details you choose are executed perfectly – including necessary rehearsal, specialty songs, and custom arrangements. You can view our extensive client list and sourced references on our site, and we invite you to come see us perform! Complete planning, necessary hosting, pro tech support – such as use of cordless mics, is always included at no extra charge. Chicago's UpBeat Wedding Band! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
4/2/2016
5.0/5.0
NCREDIBLE!! We were amazed with the orchestra's performance on the night of the wedding. They absolutely rocked. Not only did we not leave the dance floor, but I do not believe anyone left the dance floor. We were surrounded by friends and family of all ages the entire night, as the band did an incredible job of mixing up the music to attract all ages. Their song selection was great and timing was absolutely perfect. During their break, we noticed the dance floor cleared and thought many of our guests had left. However, as soon as the band got back on the stage, our guests came storming back.

We had Michael's musician's (violin and piano) at the ceremony, a jazz trio during dinner and the 10 piece orchestra at night. The ceremony music was beautiful (but honestly, I did not get to hear as much as I was in the zone). The jazz trio was great as well during dinner, mastering the volume, so guests could have their own conversations during dinner.

The lead-up to the event also was a great experience. Michael had a lot of enthusiasm and was genuinely excited about the event. He was super organized and led us, to collectively, figure out the perfect schedule and music for our wedding. AND then he followed the schedule to the T.

We would recommend the band to anyone and everyone and really hope that one of our friends uses them down the road so we can experience the music again (I'm sure we will as we are still getting compliments.....no joke, everyone raved about the band)!

Thank you Michael and the rest of UpBeat Music Productions!!
NCREDIBLE!! We were amazed with the orchestra's performance on the night of the wedding. They absolutely rocked. Not only Read more...
NCREDIBLE!! We were amazed with the orchestra's performance on the night of the wedding. They absolutely rocked. Not only did we not leave the dance floor, but I do not believe anyone left the dance floor. We were surrounded by friends and family of all ages the entire night, as the band did an incredible job of mixing up the music to attract all ages. Their song selection was great and timing was absolutely perfect. During their break, we noticed the dance floor cleared and thought many of our guests had left. However, as soon as the band got back on the stage, our guests came storming back.

We had Michael's musician's (violin and piano) at the ceremony, a jazz trio during dinner and the 10 piece orchestra at night. The ceremony music was beautiful (but honestly, I did not get to hear as much as I was in the zone). The jazz trio was great as well during dinner, mastering the volume, so guests could have their own conversations during dinner.

The lead-up to the event also was a great experience. Michael had a lot of enthusiasm and was genuinely excited about the event. He was super organized and led us, to collectively, figure out the perfect schedule and music for our wedding. AND then he followed the schedule to the T.

We would recommend the band to anyone and everyone and really hope that one of our friends uses them down the road so we can experience the music again (I'm sure we will as we are still getting compliments.....no joke, everyone raved about the band)!

Thank you Michael and the rest of UpBeat Music Productions!! Read less
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Darcy & Andrew
Wedding:
10/2/2015
5.0/5.0
We had the 10 piece Upbeat Orchestra and they were outstanding! Michael walked us through everything and was a tremendous help from the beginning to the end. He was extremely knowledgeable of how weddings run, which was a great help to us because we were overwhelmed. He constantly assured us everything was going to be perfect and he was right! Everyone from the wedding came up and told us how great the band was. They were also a great price, much more reasonable than other 10 piece bands. We would recommend Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra to anyone getting married or having a function that needs music. Thanks for letting my cousin sing 'Mustang Sally' with you all, he had the time of his life! Thanks again Michael & the Upbeat Orchestra!
We had the 10 piece Upbeat Orchestra and they were outstanding! Michael walked us through everything and was a tremendous Read more...
We had the 10 piece Upbeat Orchestra and they were outstanding! Michael walked us through everything and was a tremendous help from the beginning to the end. He was extremely knowledgeable of how weddings run, which was a great help to us because we were overwhelmed. He constantly assured us everything was going to be perfect and he was right! Everyone from the wedding came up and told us how great the band was. They were also a great price, much more reasonable than other 10 piece bands. We would recommend Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra to anyone getting married or having a function that needs music. Thanks for letting my cousin sing 'Mustang Sally' with you all, he had the time of his life! Thanks again Michael & the Upbeat Orchestra! Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Upbeat band was amazing and really made our wedding so special. My wife and I were looking for a Jazz Band, and we are really happy that we were able to work with Upbeat. Michael and his group of amazing musicals are so talented and very professional. They played great music before, during and after the ceremony as well as they put on a dance party to remember. Our family and friends were all blown away by how awesome Upbeat was. I would recommend them to anyone. Michael is very easy to work with and he is extremely organized and will deliver with an amazing performance. I can't thank Upbeat enough for helping to make so many lastly memories of our wedding day.
Upbeat band was amazing and really made our wedding so special. My wife and I were looking for a Jazz Band, and we are Read more...
Upbeat band was amazing and really made our wedding so special. My wife and I were looking for a Jazz Band, and we are really happy that we were able to work with Upbeat. Michael and his group of amazing musicals are so talented and very professional. They played great music before, during and after the ceremony as well as they put on a dance party to remember. Our family and friends were all blown away by how awesome Upbeat was. I would recommend them to anyone. Michael is very easy to work with and he is extremely organized and will deliver with an amazing performance. I can't thank Upbeat enough for helping to make so many lastly memories of our wedding day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This band (although they call themselves an orchestra) MADE our wedding. They were extremely reasonably priced, which made me a little bit nervous, but they were worth more than every penny. They were worth the entire band dipped in gold! Not only did they play the music that we requested, they read the crowd and played fun music so that the dance floor was packed the whole night. I've had FOUR friends who were at the wedding who asked for their own weddings coming up. Book this orchestra, and you won't be sorry. I'm still thrilled thinking about them, with a giant smile on my face.

We modified the contract two days before the wedding, because my mother insisted that we have more time with the band, but the option to end early. They were extremely flexible and understanding. We also had a last minute cancellation from a friend who was going to do the ceremony music, and they stepped in to save the day. Their band director does have a lot to say, but his advice is very accurate. Give yourself some extra time when you call him, and prepare to take notes. He also may not seem to be listening, because he does a lot of talking, but he hears every word. Every single song we wanted to hear, they either knew and played, or learned to play. They even found out the name of the song from an odd movie that my husband wanted, and they learned it. Our photographer and orchestra were tied for BEST decision we made at the wedding.
This band (although they call themselves an orchestra) MADE our wedding. They were extremely reasonably priced, which made Read more...
This band (although they call themselves an orchestra) MADE our wedding. They were extremely reasonably priced, which made me a little bit nervous, but they were worth more than every penny. They were worth the entire band dipped in gold! Not only did they play the music that we requested, they read the crowd and played fun music so that the dance floor was packed the whole night. I've had FOUR friends who were at the wedding who asked for their own weddings coming up. Book this orchestra, and you won't be sorry. I'm still thrilled thinking about them, with a giant smile on my face.

We modified the contract two days before the wedding, because my mother insisted that we have more time with the band, but the option to end early. They were extremely flexible and understanding. We also had a last minute cancellation from a friend who was going to do the ceremony music, and they stepped in to save the day. Their band director does have a lot to say, but his advice is very accurate. Give yourself some extra time when you call him, and prepare to take notes. He also may not seem to be listening, because he does a lot of talking, but he hears every word. Every single song we wanted to hear, they either knew and played, or learned to play. They even found out the name of the song from an odd movie that my husband wanted, and they learned it. Our photographer and orchestra were tied for BEST decision we made at the wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Hire them now!!!
Deciding on the band was probably the most time consuming process of the entire wedding planning process for us. We were planning our wedding from a distance and so we could only rely on the website and videos as a reference for the bands. We stumbled onto Upbeat after talking to some of the major "wedding bands" like Steadman and Rothstein. I am SO HAPPY we kept looking and found Upbeat.
Honestly, don't overthink this! Upbeat had BY FAR the best pricing and were much more flexible than some of the other bands. We had a significant "do not play" list and they adapted to it without complaint or loss of quality of the playlist for the night. Michael was very easy to work with and the band sounded amazing.

A bunch of members of my family kept telling us to get a DJ instead because bands can be a risk, but EVERYONE loved this group! So many people said they thought it was the real artists singing because are that good! I would hire them again tomorrow with the only thing being maybe asking them to play longer. Most of our guest stayed for the entire night and the dance floor was packed! Upbeat also played the music for our ceremony and were completely cool and kept the music going even though we started about 15 minutes late. I cannot say enough good things about them!! Please please contact Michael to ask about your wedding. I was concerned because they didn't have the huge # of reviews of some of the other "wedding" bands do, but I have to believe that is because they spend a majority of their time playing for all kinds of events, not just weddings. I think this actually proves how good they are because they can appeal to a wide range of audiences. Honestly, the absolute best!! My dad was already trying to figure out how to get them to play at our next family event.
Hire them now!!!
Deciding on the band was probably the most time consuming process of the entire wedding planning Read more...
Hire them now!!!
Deciding on the band was probably the most time consuming process of the entire wedding planning process for us. We were planning our wedding from a distance and so we could only rely on the website and videos as a reference for the bands. We stumbled onto Upbeat after talking to some of the major "wedding bands" like Steadman and Rothstein. I am SO HAPPY we kept looking and found Upbeat.
Honestly, don't overthink this! Upbeat had BY FAR the best pricing and were much more flexible than some of the other bands. We had a significant "do not play" list and they adapted to it without complaint or loss of quality of the playlist for the night. Michael was very easy to work with and the band sounded amazing.

A bunch of members of my family kept telling us to get a DJ instead because bands can be a risk, but EVERYONE loved this group! So many people said they thought it was the real artists singing because are that good! I would hire them again tomorrow with the only thing being maybe asking them to play longer. Most of our guest stayed for the entire night and the dance floor was packed! Upbeat also played the music for our ceremony and were completely cool and kept the music going even though we started about 15 minutes late. I cannot say enough good things about them!! Please please contact Michael to ask about your wedding. I was concerned because they didn't have the huge # of reviews of some of the other "wedding" bands do, but I have to believe that is because they spend a majority of their time playing for all kinds of events, not just weddings. I think this actually proves how good they are because they can appeal to a wide range of audiences. Honestly, the absolute best!! My dad was already trying to figure out how to get them to play at our next family event. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough good things about this orchestra. They were absolutely amazing. My guests raved about them and many even asked for the information for future events. Guests at our wedding hardly sat in their seats. Best wedding band I honestly have ever heard or seen performed.
I can not say enough good things about this orchestra. They were absolutely amazing. My guests raved about them and many Read more...
I can not say enough good things about this orchestra. They were absolutely amazing. My guests raved about them and many even asked for the information for future events. Guests at our wedding hardly sat in their seats. Best wedding band I honestly have ever heard or seen performed. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I don't normally write reviews on things but I had to on this group as they were nothing but amazing. From the beginning Michael worked with us on the type of wedding party we wanted to have and was able to put together a great set list for the night. The band was amazing and even took the time to learn a few songs for us including our first dance song. I can not tell you how many of our guest came up to us at the end of the night saying that the band was amazing and wished they could have played all night. Michael took the time at each to really get to know us and our music style and was able to work around our schedule.
I don't normally write reviews on things but I had to on this group as they were nothing but amazing. From the beginning Read more...
I don't normally write reviews on things but I had to on this group as they were nothing but amazing. From the beginning Michael worked with us on the type of wedding party we wanted to have and was able to put together a great set list for the night. The band was amazing and even took the time to learn a few songs for us including our first dance song. I can not tell you how many of our guest came up to us at the end of the night saying that the band was amazing and wished they could have played all night. Michael took the time at each to really get to know us and our music style and was able to work around our schedule. Read less
Services Used: Band
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Michael Cascio, UpBeat Band & UpBeat Orchestra were the perfect band for our wedding! They were very professional and are extremely talented musicians. My wife and I had the time of our lives dancing the night away at our wedding. I am a drummer and I sat in with the band for a song. It was a lot of fun. I highly recommend UpBeat to everyone! Thanks Michael!
Michael Cascio, UpBeat Band & UpBeat Orchestra were the perfect band for our wedding! They were very professional and are Read more...
Michael Cascio, UpBeat Band & UpBeat Orchestra were the perfect band for our wedding! They were very professional and are extremely talented musicians. My wife and I had the time of our lives dancing the night away at our wedding. I am a drummer and I sat in with the band for a song. It was a lot of fun. I highly recommend UpBeat to everyone! Thanks Michael! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra were simply phenomenal. They put together a great plan ahead of time for the wedding so that everything flowed smoothly. They used our preferences for music and also suggested certain other songs to make sure there was an eclectic mix everyone would enjoy. They even learned a couple of songs that we requested. They promised that people would be out on the dance floor and enjoying themselves, and they truly lived up to it. I have never seen a bigger crowd consistently out on a dance floor for an entire evening. Simply put, everyone at the Upbeat Orchestra was fantastic and I highly recommend them!
Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra were simply phenomenal. They put together a great plan ahead of time for the wedding so Read more...
Michael and the Upbeat Orchestra were simply phenomenal. They put together a great plan ahead of time for the wedding so that everything flowed smoothly. They used our preferences for music and also suggested certain other songs to make sure there was an eclectic mix everyone would enjoy. They even learned a couple of songs that we requested. They promised that people would be out on the dance floor and enjoying themselves, and they truly lived up to it. I have never seen a bigger crowd consistently out on a dance floor for an entire evening. Simply put, everyone at the Upbeat Orchestra was fantastic and I highly recommend them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Where to start?! UpBeat performed at our wedding and they were TRULY amazing. Michael took a lot of time with us and our wedding planner in preparation for the day to make sure the music and timing was exactly what we wanted. They assisted with audio for the ceremony (on the same site) that turned out beautifully and then it was time for the dancing to start. My husband and I were nervous because we had only seen videos of their performances but from the first note we were COMPLETELY blown away by the sound, quality, and professionalism of the band. Not only did they provide the amazing non-stop dance party we were looking for, but they stuck it out through a crazy rainstorm to make the most memorable day of our lives even more so. People are still talking about the dance party and how the band was the best they've ever seen. We really can't say enough about them and would hire them all again in a heartbeat. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU UpBeat!
Where to start?! UpBeat performed at our wedding and they were TRULY amazing. Michael took a lot of time with us and our Read more...
Where to start?! UpBeat performed at our wedding and they were TRULY amazing. Michael took a lot of time with us and our wedding planner in preparation for the day to make sure the music and timing was exactly what we wanted. They assisted with audio for the ceremony (on the same site) that turned out beautifully and then it was time for the dancing to start. My husband and I were nervous because we had only seen videos of their performances but from the first note we were COMPLETELY blown away by the sound, quality, and professionalism of the band. Not only did they provide the amazing non-stop dance party we were looking for, but they stuck it out through a crazy rainstorm to make the most memorable day of our lives even more so. People are still talking about the dance party and how the band was the best they've ever seen. We really can't say enough about them and would hire them all again in a heartbeat. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU UpBeat! Read less
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