May 25 2009

Insightful article on choosing wedding reception music


Music director Michael Cascio publishes an article on Project!

With my years of experience and insight, I’ve decided to write an article outlining a method for choosing and refining custom music for the components of your wedding reception party. Music is a major part of your reception, and plays a key role in creating the atmosphere of your wedding…

Your wedding should be a joyous occasion–and planning your wedding should not be stressful. We help organize the process and make it easy. An accurate and organized time line is important. We provide a detailed check list for our clients, where every possible traditional or contemporary option for music and hosting choices is covered, including: wedding party introductions–music and hosting production, first dances, traditions (we have tasteful, fun music for these), toasts, specialty dances, when to cut the cake, an explanation of hosting style and choice of wording for bridal introduction, and much more…

You see the full article at

Click here to read about other helpful guidlines, including wedding ceremony music organization and reception hosting.

Apr 29 2009

The UpBeat Band premiers on YouTube!

A special event!

Apr 28 2009

UpBeat Band Performs a Wedding Celebration at The Chicago Cultural Center

Our 5-7 piece group, The UpBeat Band, is always committed to customized wedding planning, and last weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center we performed a very specific play list created by the bride and groom which focused on the swing classics, including standards by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as R&B/Soul classics, especially Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.  This was a very elegant party, and the finale was “Dance To the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone.
–Michael Cascio

UpBeat performs Wedding Reception @ Chicago Cultural Center

UpBeat performs Wedding Reception @ Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

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Mar 11 2009

UpBeat Band @ Allerton Hotel

The UpBeat Band performs an intimate and unforgettable wedding celebration at the Allerton Chicago Renaissance Ball Room.

photography © joanna kozek