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Bands in Chicago, IL,
(630) 771-0212
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 65 Reviews


    Gina

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  • From a musician....These guys were phenomenal! Every single guest who thanked me to the invitation, commented on how fabulous the band was. "What is their name? Where did you find them? Best wedding reception music I've been to this summer!" Their set list was incredibly comprehensive - from Motown to 70's, 80's, or 90's pop to Sinatra and Torme to rap, and current hits. They always had the perfect mix of instrumentation and vocals. They had a guy in the crowd constantly monitoring the sound from each instrument and speaker and constantly adjusting the mix wirelessly. Upbeat, easy to work with. The orchestra package included three brass (a must!) and the trio's music during the dinner was perfect - a bass, a guitar, and a fantastic sax. Would hire them again in a heartbeat! Our kids were so happy.

    Robert

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    5 out of 5
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  • Standing Room Only was amazing! From the first time we contacted them to the last song on the dance floor, this band was exceptional. They were professional, personal, and extremely talented! Our guests never left the dance floor and were in awe with the selection of music and the quality of the musicians. I hired this band for my daughter's wedding and have used them on several other occasions as well for charity events. I can always count on them to be at their very best!! They are truly the best band EVER!!!

    Paige

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  • Standing Room Only played at our wedding, and I cannot express how great they were! They played at my brother's wedding, and when it came to my turn - they were the first decision I made. SRO traveled from Chicago to Indy to play, and I am so excited they did. The band chooses the best set list (you know the songs no one can resist dancing to...), phenomenal sound, and way about them that keeps everyone engaged. By the end of the night, EVERYONE was dancing! Also, Kara is amazing to work with pre-wedding. She made everything run so smoothly. She helped with all the logistics for the ceremony (shout out to String of Sound!), intros during dinner, and other reception requests I had. SRO is simply the best :)

    Chris

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    5 out of 5
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  • We can not speak highly enough about the Standing Room Only Orchestra. Not only are they exceptional musicians, they also excel in all the "little things" that helped make our wedding day so much more than we could have imagined. Starting from day one, Kara was a wonderful communicator and made sure all of our questions were answered and made the planning process ever so smooth. On our actual wedding day, the band went above and beyond by providing microphones, speakers, and a sound specialist for our outdoor wedding ceremony prior to our reception. Our wedding singers were delighted to work with such professionals. During the reception, they took care of all of the M.C. duties and made sure we were moving through introductions, first dances, speeches, etc. in a timely manner. And finally, the party....oh what a party! The bands promotional information says that they are masters of getting people on the dance floor and we're happy to report that that is no lie. Our dance floor... Read more

    Christina

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    5 out of 5
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  • We requested the services of Standing Room Only for the reception event at our association's annual conference. The DJ provided by Standing Room Only came well prepared, arrived early and was able to provide both cocktail and dance music all evening. The process from the beginning of when we first inquired, through the contract signing, to the end of the event, all went seamlessly. I definitely recommend Standing Room Only for any corporate events or receptions.

    Michelle

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    5 out of 5
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  • Standing Room Only played at my ceremony / cocktail hour (piano) and reception (9 piece band) in Rock Island, IL. I was so grateful they were willing to travel 3 hours from Chicago. The lead male singer was not available for my date but they told me before booking and were able to bring in an excellent replacement for the night. Andrea was the lead female singer and MC and she did a great job running the show. I didn't have a lot of time to pick out songs and Kara planning the whole thing and did a great job. The dance floor was packed the whole night!!! Everyone loved the band! After shopping around for a good band, I think Standing Room Only brought a lot of value for their price. Thank you SRO!

    Tess

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  • Many compliments to the Band!! They were great!

    Danielle

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    5 out of 5
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  • My mom and I worked with Mike and then Kara, and we loved working with both of them. They were both very sincere, professional, and wanted to make sure our wedding was exactly what we wanted. All of our guests told us how wonderful our band was (during the wedding and after the wedding, repeatedly), and my husband and I were incredibly impressed with their voices, instrumentation, and ability to play to the crowd for five hours. They stayed until midnight as promised, and the dance floor never lost energy or enthusiasm throughout the night. My parents were incredibly happy with the price we paid too. A lot of bands we looked at were not as talented, and their packages were more expensive for less amount of hours. SRO's package was incredible, and we are so, so happy we chose them! Please consider SRO for your wedding!

    Leslie

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    5 out of 5
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  • This is the most amazing live band around!!!! Our wedding guests were on the dance floor from the second they started playing. The music was truly the best part of our night. We also had the pianist during the ceremony, guitarist during the cocktail hour, and jazz trio during dinner- every single performer was outstanding. The band also MCd the event and he kept our whole night on schedule. We are SO grateful for these talented musicians for making our wedding the best night of our lives!!

    Anthony

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  • Standing Room Only was EXCELLENT for our wedding on August 6th. Very professional group of people. They played a perfect set list which kept everyone on the dance floor the entire night. The energy level was amazing. I received so many great comments from our guests that this was the best wedding band they had ever seen. Do yourself a favor and book this band for you wedding!!!

    amanda

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot say enough about SRO. They were flexible, responsive, and most importantly, SO FUN! I have gotten so many compliments on SRO from our wedding guests. We had someone playing piano at our rehearsal dinner, a trio for our cocktail hour, and the 9-piece band for the reception. In all three settings, we were absolutely blown away! They played a huge variety of music that got everyone on the dance floor. In addition to making sure the wedding guests were having fun, the band appeared to be genuinely enjoying their evening which made it even more special. I cannot recommend them highly enough!

    Katie

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  • We saw this band perform at a friend's wedding a year before ours. We had so much fun and they were so good we didn't even consider any other band options. We love dancing and they kept everyone (kids and grandmas) dancing the entire night. Great mix of genres and styles! We had multiple people comment on his great the band was. Could not recommend them more!!

    Megan

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    5 out of 5
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  • Standing Room Only did an amazing job keeping our dance floor full. They played music across genres that was enjoyed by all generations. We had grandparents, parents, and young adults all boogying down. They were so easy to work with and learned all of our special songs. Their pricing was very reasonable and certainly more affordable than the other Chicagoland bands we considered. We were so glad we invested the extra money to have a band and STRO was the best choice we could have made!!

    Stephanie

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  • The band was great for our non-profit fundraiser event! They were lively and played lots of fun songs that kept the crowd dancing. They also learned "GO CUBS GO" as a special favor for us and that was a huge hit!

    Jenna

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We really enjoyed having SRO for our music and entertainment!! We had a solo pianist during our ceremony outside and they provided a microphone and stand for our officiant and readers which was a huge help!!! We had a jazz trio during cocktail hour and then had the performer plus band package..our guests were on the dance floor the entire time and it flew by!!! We've received lots of compliments from wedding guests for the band saying the music was just fantastic! This is the third family wedding with standing room only as the band, one in 2009, 2014 and 2016! Truly amazing to work with, they helped to customize our wedding songs and worked with us to have special dances beyond the daddy daughter and mother son! Overall great experience and wish we had another party to plan to have SRO as the band!!

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