Posts Tagged ‘Chicago wedding entertainment

17
Jun
11

Stitely Soundboard: the pure joy of hitting things

I had the privilege of being invited to Lawrence University in Appleton, WI as a guest clinician a few weeks ago. I love teaching because it always reminds me of what I need to work on and it brings me back to basics. Music is a lot like sports, in that basic fundamentals are the building blocks of what it takes to be really good. I guess that’s true with just about everything.

It was really inspiring for me to work with such dedicated and hungry-to-learn students. My favorite moment of the 4 hour drumming session was working with a student who had not played much drum set at all, though she was a very proficient mallet player and classical percussionist. We turned the lights off and I asked her to pretend she was 4 years old and to just hit the drums like there was no right way to do it. The idea is to move through some of the intimidation factor of sitting at a drum set and not knowing what to do. She started to hit the drums and after a few moments this big grin came across her face. It was amazing as the whole room felt the pure joy of making sound.

I realized at that moment why I started playing drums in the first place. It’s so cool to hit something and have sound come out! Then to top it off, hitting drums usually makes people smile or even dance! It’s really a magical kind of experience that is easy to forget once you get into serious studying and practicing. So I’m in this room with this college student hitting the drums and I’m experiencing it like I’m 10 years old again, feeling like I’m the luckiest person on the planet.

–Jeff Stitely

02
Mar
11

Official Opinions: And the winner is…

We are very proud to announce that Stitely Entertainment has been voted by our 2010 wedding clients to the The Knot’s Best of Weddings for another year!  We’ve received this honor in both 2008 & 2009 as well.  We are also the recipient of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award for 2011.  Both of these awards  recognize top wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism, as voted by past clients.

Thank you to our clients for selecting us for this award and to all of our musicians and staff for their contributions that made this year so successful.  Congratulations to all of our vendor partners who also received The Knot’s Best of Weddings award. These are just a few of the great companies on the list:

18
Feb
11

Stitely Soundboard: Stitely’s Valentine’s Dance- Oh What A Night!

I don’t know that there are enough words to describe the scene at Stitely Entertainment‘s Fourth Annual Valentine’s Day Dance last Saturday night. The Mid-America Club was an phenomenal host, with great views both inside and out.

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The festively decorated interior was filled red and pink balloons, while guests marveled at the view of the city from the 80th floor.  The evening began with a delicious dinner prepared by the Club’s gourmet chef.  While the diners enjoyed their meal, a Stitely soloist serenaded the happy couples with romantic violin music.  It was after dinner that the dance party really began.

The Stitely Orchestra, Chicago Groove Collective and DJ Vincent did a fantastic job of getting everyone, old and young, on the dance floor and keeping them there all night.  As a company with a passion for celebration, it was so great to see everyone out there enjoying themselves, losing themselves in the music and ambiance of the affair.  Everyone had a great time dancing the night away with their friends and/or valentines. Some of the highlights of the evening include the Stitely Orchestra’s showstopping rendition of Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope.”  Joan Collasso’s voice really brought the house down! And we could not have been happier with the debut of the revitalized Chicago Groove Collective. Their versions of “Raise Your Glass” by Pink and “Only Girl” by Rihanna brought a ton of energy to the dance floor and collected any remaining wallflowers.  Another treat for the younger crowd was “California Girls” and “Groove is in the Heart.”

Stitely guests feeling the music

Another people-pleaser was the photo shoot area provided by Best Friend Photography and Design.  In another area of the Club, Ingid set up a blank background and box full of fun props and let the guests’ goofy antics do the rest.  A huge shout-out to Ingrid and her crew for the fab photos she took of the evening too!

Thank you to everyone who made this evening such a success! It was so great to see some of our past clients, interns and friends dance the night away.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, including our very own Peggy Latko, we missed you and hope to see you next year.

Cheers,
Jeff and the Stitely gang

14
Feb
11

Official Opinions: Thanks and happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Valentine’s Day Dance this past Saturday night! And thanks again to our fantastic host, The Mid-America Club!  We had so much fun and it was great to join all of you dancers who packed the floor. We even managed to capture a picture of some of the Stitely staff & interns…

What a good looking group!

We’ll be posting more fun party photos and videos so don’t hesitate to check back later in the week. Also, if you have any great pictures of your own, we’d love for you to share them with us! You can email them to Emily@stitely.com or post them to our Facebook page.

To continue with our Valentine’s Day celebrations, here’s one of Rachel’s favorite love songs, Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

11
Feb
11

Official opinions: Snowed in? 5 Movies I Would Recommend If You Can’t Leave Your House

Snow day anyone? Last week’s storm went down in the books as the third largest snow storm in history, resulting in 20 inches of snow!  Most people refused to leave their houses (and I am one of them) because of this extraordinary amount of snow. What does one do when they are bound to their homes you may ask? Personally, I sit on my couch and watch movies all day long! Here are the 5 movies I watched on my snow day. Give them a try!

Cheers,
Lauren

1. My Best Friend’s Wedding–Click here to see my favorite part!

2. Despicable Me–This one has THE BEST theme song! Check it out!

3. When Harry Met Sally–The famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene. Classic. Everyone should see it at least once. Look here!

4. 10 Things I Hate About You

5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off–A great musical moment in this one as well!

08
Feb
11

Official Opinions: Cupid’s Revenge Valentine’s Day Party at McCormick and Schmick’s

Hey all you single ladies (and gentlemen)! This Friday, February 11 from 8:30pm-11:30 pm, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant is having an awesome Valentine’s Day event, Cupid’s Revenge! If you’re looking to meet new people, hear live music (provided by Stitely Entertainment, of course) and enjoy drink specials, hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts, head on down to the  41 East Chestnut Street location.  Call (312) 397-9500 to reserve $15 tickets, or swing by on Friday for $20 tickets at the door.  Hope to see you there!

McCormick and Schmick’s is located on Chestnut and Rush Street in Chicago’s famous “Gold Coast.” They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu which is updated twice daily so that they are able to offer the best and freshest selections. These selections include more than 30 fish and seafood selections from U.S. and international waters as well as an assortment of beef, chicken and pasta entrees.

And for all you soon-to-be brides out there who are no longer single, McCormick and Schmick’s accommodates both small and large wedding receptions , as well as bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. There are a number of properties that offer beautiful venues and ideal settings for these special events. Their staff is dedicated to providing assistance with the smallest details and offering a unique, stress free and enjoyable planning experience.

07
Feb
11

Music Monday: Marry Me By Train

For this music Monday I chose Marry Me by Train. The song is on their newest album “Save Me, San Francisco” which came out in 2009. It’s great for all you soon to be  brides out there! It’s one of my favorites right now and seems to always put me in a good mood. The music video is also so so cute so you should check it out!




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