Aug 24 2011

UpBeat Band Performs Dance Party Concert at Stage 151!


The UpBeat Band took Stage 151 by storm on August 12, 2011.  Many long time fans came to this exhilarating concert, and UpBeat made a great many new friends too!  Stage 151 is Chicago land’s premier live concert stage at Harrah’s in Joliet, and UpBeat is a great fit for this venue, performing a versatile playlist for a variety of guests, and musically connecting with everyone.  UpBeat delivered a high energy dance party set, including requested  ”I Gotta Feeling,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Living On A Prayer,” “Proud Mary” contemporary fav’s including “California Gurls,” Lady Gaga,  also Motown R&B classics, 80’s retro, and 70’s funk.

This special concert featured UpBeat’s “vocal funkmaster” Curtis Bryant, soul-singing-superstar Victor Bryant, vocal virtuoso Karla Beard-Leray, insanely-multi-talented (3 musicains in one!) pianist/vocal Reid Spears, UpBeat’s secret weapon guitar virtuoso Casey Ostrowski (aka “KC”), funky bass by Tyrone Allen, soulstress Precious Taylor, and Mike Cascio on Drums.


Photography by Diana Gordon

UpBeat Band Stage 151 8-12-11

The UpBeat Band Performs At Stage 151!

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Chicago IL 60613

Jun 29 2009

The UpBeat Band Featured On!

The UpBeat Band performs a wedding celebration!

The UpBeat Band is proud to be featured on one of the top web standards for vendors in the wedding industry, Martha Stewart Weddings.  We are pleased to post that our band received a five star review just after our web launch from one of our previous wedding clients:

“Amazing band, tons of fun. They really made our day special!!! A year later, we still get comments on how awesome the band was. Choosing the Upbeat Band was definitely one of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding.”

Megan and Jeff, Notre Dame Wedding Celebration

Photography By Joanna Kozek

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  3615 N. Ashland Ave. Suite 1S
  Chicago IL 60613

Jun 11 2009

The Best Of Chicago…Summer Showcase Jazz Performance for Chicago Corporate Event Meeting Planners

UpBeat was proud to provide the Michael Cascio Jazz Trio for this HeresChicago special event. This was THE planner event for the summer of 2009, and featured Chicago’s newest and most innovative meeting and event ideas. This VIP event was for event and meeting planners and DMC’s to showcase the Best of Chicago aboard the newly renovated Anita Dee II cruise ship each level had a different theme filled with music, specialty drinks, food, prize giveaways and goodie bags for everyone!

The event was produced by HeresChicago, Anita Dee Yacht Charters, and Industry Elf Marketing.
Live music entertainment was provided by
Photography and Video was provided by Joanna Kozek. View photo gallery at

Here is a complete list of all the producers, sponsors and exhibitors who really brought this event to life:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,

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  Chicago IL 60613

May 27 2009

The Chicago R&B Machine Premiers on YouTube!

Here you see The Chicago R&B Machine doing it’s magic at the Taste of Chicago…

Soulful world class vocalists, dynamic horns, and a cooking rhythm section. Our team of veterans perform musical drama with creative arrangements and originals in the tradition of Chicago’s Blues, R&B, and Soul legends, and the group performs an immensely fun and dynamic party atmosphere. The R&B Machine is also known for it’s interactive show, so be prepared to sing along with our group and answer the the call: “Let The Good Times Roll!”

Our Blues/ R&B groups band comes in several sizes and flavors – you can see these options on our Blues Page.

Apr 29 2009

The UpBeat Band premiers on YouTube!

A special event!

Apr 22 2009

PCMA Nathalie Salmon House Chicago Event

UpBeat Music Production’s pianist Gregg Opelka performs a charity event at the Nathalie Salmon House Chicago!  The event was organized by the Chicago local chapter of PCMA, which is the Professional Convention Management Assn.  Jen Arndt from Talking Point, Rhonda Chesney from Four Seasons, and all the pros with PCMA organized a wonderful event for the senoir citizens at the Nathalie House – it was like a holiday party with smiles everywhere, and included a raffle – pianist Gregg took many requests, mostly the swing era classics… let the good times roll!

Talking Point

UpBeat Music Production's pianist Gregg Opelka performs a charity event at the Nathalie Salmon House Chicago!

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Apr 4 2009

UpBeat Jazz Trio @ Hyatt Regency O’Hare

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UpBeat Jazz Trio @ Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago

UpBeat Jazz Trio performs a mix of sophisticated, soulful jazz standards, latin, and pop arrangements for a On the Scene Chicago Special Event!

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Special Event Manager, Jamie Orr
On The Scene Chicago 

Apr 2 2009

Rave review from MCO wedding performance!

“Fan Freakin Tastic!!

You guys absolutly ROCKED!  Everyone who I have talked the first thing out of their mouths was how good the band was!! 

Please feel free to use us as references on your website or how ever you see fit.  Thanks again so much!!  Please dont forget to let us know when and where you guys are playing.”

Dan and Katherine Zigmunt
bride and groom
Michael Cascio Orchestra at Belvedere Chateau, Palos Hills, IL

Mar 22 2009

Michael Cascio Orchestra @ Belvedere Chateau

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Michael Cascio Orchestra @ Belvedere Chateau

The Michael Cascio Orchestra performs an unforgettable wedding celebration at the Belvedere Chateau Grand Ball Room.

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Mar 18 2009

Hello and Welcome!

Exceptional musical entertainment can really make your event come alive…

UpBeat MUSIC PRODUCTIONS provides a comprehensive live music entertainment service, whether your event requires a full orchestra, UpBeat Orchestra for dancing, a 5-8 piece UpBeat Band, a jazz group, Michael Cascio Trio or jazz quartet for reception music, a string quartet for classical ceremony music, solo piano or strolling violin, a blues group, or a custom theme for a corporate gala. We know how important your special event is – creating just the right party atmosphere is what we do. Outstanding musicianship will make the difference for your special event – our artists create a distinctive, unforgettable party atmosphere. And, we are also a group of really fun people!

Looking for a Chicago Wedding Band?

UpBeat Orchestra 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 personalized planning administration is all about you.
Your wedding should be a joyous occasion – Our Chicago wedding orchestra helps organize the planning process, making music preparation fun, simple, and thorough.

Classics. Contemporary. Customized. See our UpBeat Chicago Wedding Bands & Chicago Wedding OrchestraVideos!

Looking for Chicago Corporate Event Music?

With a diverse variety of musicians, ensembles, and theme party entertainment, UpBeat Orchestra is a trusted standard for creating the perfect atmosphere for your customized event. View our extensive Client List and Sourced References.

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  3615 N. Ashland Ave. Suite 1S
  Chicago IL 60613