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You and the Catz are honestly the most phenomenal live band ever and you made our entire wedding!!! When we kicked off the planning, it was incredibly important to both Nate and I that our band be exceptional and that the dance party never stop. Well the Catz exceeded our expectations and as you know I don't think the dance party would have ever stopped!
Nate, my parents and myself could not be more grateful. Thank you for your flexibility, working with Benny the Bull (that must have been a first), tackling of newly requested songs (hopefully you have added Rubberband Man and Fame to your wedding must play list) and your enthusiasm for what you do. Thank you for agreeing to not take a band break, your scheduling of the group and their stage time was seamless. The Chicago Catz truly are a special group of VERY talented people.
Our guests are still complementing the Catz. We have constantly heard "best wedding band EVER", countless people have asked for the name of our wedding band and my aunt even told me she went around and collected autographs!
I really, really hope we get to work together again soon. Please extend our thank you to the entire band.
Our wedding wouldn't have been our wedding without the Chicago Catz!!!
They ABSOLUTELY ROCKED our wedding on 9/26. You know you have a good band when your 57-year-old mother-in-law says "the band played all the songs that I knew" and then your 27-year-old bridesmaid says the SAME THING!
They really know how to read the crowd and throw a good party.
NOT your typical cheesy wedding band- these are true artists. Nothing fake here - many wedding bands play tracks from their computer but these musicians do nothing of the sort.
They specialize in funk but my husband asked (ahead of time) if they could play Wagon Wheel, a pop country song. They not only played it perfectly, they even mastered the harmonica.
They played "Can't Feel My Face" and "Uptown Funk" better than the artists themselves. We asked for "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes for our first dance, which is a very indie, fast-paced track. They crafted a version with their own style that slowed it down and made it more R&B. It was so special and absolutely perfect.
On top of all of this, Richie is a dream to work with. One of the best vendors I dealt with. He's a seasoned professional whom you can always count on for timely responses. He made me feel taken care of from day 1.
My guests raved about this band...they truly made our wedding unforgettable. THANK YOU!
We can't thank you enough for being the absolute best. Thank you for being so accommodating and awesome. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you. We literally have had at least 25 people ask us about you guys, and the comments/questions about the band still haven't stopped—no kidding. Special shout to Symbrit, too. She is not only unbelievably talented, but I also could easily make her my best friend! You all are the coolest and absolutely THE BEST Chicago Wedding Band.
Below is the Yelp review we just wrote about you guys. Feel free to use it (as well as anything I said above) as a testimonial for your website.
All the best,
5 stars really isn't enough! From the moment the ceremony ended, the compliments about the Chicago Catz haven't stopped. We expected amazing but have no words to describe how unbelievable the Catz were at our wedding two days ago. We slept all day yesterday, and the first thing on our agenda today was to write this review. They truly had the place rockin' all night. From friends to grandparents, everyone absolutely loved the music and energy. As I'm writing this this review I'm literally still getting texts from friends and family asking for the name of the band and expressing how great they were.
They really made the night special and we couldn't have asked for more. This review can't reflect how happy we were with the Catz. Such a real, cool, and hip group that delivered on their promise of a full dance floor all night. They showed serious range in their performance abilities and were so accommodating and attentive to our every request. Thank you so so much for making our wedding a night that everyone will truly remember! You guys are the best.
Mollye and Ross
The day after we got engaged I called Richie to ask what Saturdays he had open.
It wasn't even a conversation with my parents or fiance on the band we were going to have.
Being in the industry, I am grateful to work with wonderful vendors including other bands, but NO ONE can compete against the Catz.
Everyone thinks they have a "Dancing Crowd" but not all do, unless the Catz are on your event stage. Richie, Mark, Tony, Devin and every other band member that worked with us leading up to the wedding were so amazing.
The night of the wedding, I can't really put into words how INCREDIBLE this band was. With the songs we picked together and the songs they picked for us, no one wanted to sit and eat, they all just wanted to dance.
With the voices up front and each musician on stage jamming out, we had a concert, a dance party and a music festival all in one. There truly isn't another band better.
As a planner, I know all the details of the event, but the Catz and my husband got one past me when my new husband surprised me by singing 2 songs with the band. He had met with the band in the months before our wedding and they worked together to surprise me like no other, it was amazing!
This band is the first suggestion I give to clients and the reason our wedding was so incredible. Our ceremony music was beautiful, the cocktail music was the perfect accent and as soon as the doors opened, the Catz did their thing and boy did they make us look good.
People ask me all the time, was it hard to plan your own wedding and without hesitation, I say "no, I had the Chicago Catz, your music makes your party and I knew mine would be incredible."
Thank you Richie and Mark and thank you to the Catz Family. You are the best at what you do and anyone who is lucky enough to have you at their wedding will be in the best hands musically.
Can we do it again?!?!!?
Stacy Saltzman Swislow
I just wanted to send you a note of MAJOR THANKS for helping to create our spectacular wedding. From beginning to end, you and the rest of the band created an atmosphere of love, fun and celebration and I will always remember the sounds of our night! You are the best chicago wedding band we have ever heard.
The music during the ceremony was beautifully played and sounded just as it had in my dreams. We were all dancing and getting so excited hearing our favorite tunes as we were about to walk down the aisle (Mike and I shared a glance I'll never forget as he got so excited hearing his favorite rendition of One Sweet World.)
Please let me know when you're all playing a 'public' gig so we can some see you again! We are definitely your newest groupies!!
With love and thanks,
If we could give the Catz 6 stars we would! We hired them for our wedding and it was, without question, the best investment we made for the entire day. From the first time we spoke with Richie, the process of working with the Catz was phenomenal.
They are professional, reliable, flexible and an incredibly fun & friendly group. Now, onto the show - they ROCKED and our had dance floor packed the entire night. They are amazing performers who perfectly blended together oldies & new, hip hop & pop, rock & funk.
They've got a great ability to read the floor and put together a fantastic set list. Richie & the band even learned a few songs for our day and we were blown away by how they came out.
No question this is the band you should hire!!
Caitlin and Sam
from Wedding Wire
OHHHHH RICHIE. You guys are the talk of our wedding!!!! Literally, everyone was blown away by you guys!!! You have to be the best chicago wedding band, hands down! You all nailed it and we cannot thank you and your extremely talented members enough. I mean....you even got the bride doing push ups (her signature move) on the dance floor!!! We love you guys very much and truly hope we can work together again..oh we will find a way!!
THANK YOU again Richie. It was such pleasure working with you!!!
As we look back on last Saturday and talk to friends and family, the most consistent compliment we are receiving was: "the band was AMAZING!!" Seriously, you and the Catz made the wedding ceremony and reception so incredible. One of my co-workers told me she had never seen so many people consistently on the dance floor! Great chicago wedding band.
We had the greatest night of our lives and we can't thank you enough for helping to make it as such.
Thanks for the specificity. We'll probably come for the after dinner portion. We are really looking forward to it.
Side note. We were looking for the best Chicago wedding band and our wedding planner had sent us a few other wedding bands to check out. They are all so horrible that I've had to go to the Catz youtube channel to cleanse myself from the other wedding bands. That's not an exaggeration. I literally had to purge them from my brain by listening to you guys.
We'll see you on Saturday night (even thought you won't see us). Let's plan on talking some time next week.
The Catz are incredible. They are without a doubt the best Chicago wedding band! They made our wedding!
Music was pretty much our most stressed over piece of the wedding puzzle. We are music snobs and thought we wanted a DJ in order to pick the exact songs to be played.
Choosing the Catz allowed us the freedom to just enjoy the party.
They know how to get people dancing and keep them dancing all night.
They also worked with us for the style of the ceremony and cocktail hour and made it exactly what we wanted. They brought in the right musicians for the styles we requested.
Richie Davis is so easy to work with, and is not shy to tell you if something is going to work or not. Then, if it isn't, he gives you amazing suggestions for what will and makes everything awesome. Seriously could not have been happier with the Catz. I would choose them again and again.
Dear Richie (and The Chicago Catz)
Just wanted to send you a quick note now that the dust has settled. You have a spectacular thing
going with the Chicago Catz! I am so happy you guys played Cory and Lisa's wedding. Everyone
is telling me that it was the best band ever!
One of my friends who has been to 16 weddings this year commented that you guys were the best !!!
In fact the only problem I had was that I danced so much that I missed the wedding cake and actually woke up the next day and thought the hotel had forgot to serve it. For that I hold The Chicago Catz responsibel !!!
Seriously, thank you so much. Every member of your band was friendly, upbeat and so talented.
I wish we could do it all over again this weekend !!
They say the only thing you need for a succsessful wedding is a great band and alcohol.
I think you guys could carry it off without the alcohol!
We all had the best time ever.
Sherry and Phil Goldman
Hey man, you are more than welcome!
My thanks to you and the band are long overdue –
thanks again to you all for making Jenna and Isaac’s wedding night
the event we dreamed it would be. We expected good, we expected very good, we expected great – and yet you still just topped all our expectations.
We want to thank YOU for making the wedding such a success!!!!!! No one wanted to get off the dance floor even though our feet were killing us! The thing that impresses me most was that not only did my core friends (55 +) love you, but all the 20 somethings thought you were the best band they had ever heard, not to mention the best Chicago wedding band!!!!! We are going to try to make it to Chicago on the 4th of July, because you are playing near Winnetka, which is where my daughter lives, and see you playing in the park ( we are reaching groupie-status!) Thanks again and keep doing what you do.
The fact that you are wildly talented is the icing on the cupcakes. You were able to take regular people, not what I would call born dancers and take them to the dance floor.
It is almost a week later and besides my daughter being the most beautiful bride, came praises for Chicago Catz.
Dear Richie and the Catz,
I want to re-iterate the sentiments that my mom in law sent this morning.
It's now been 2 weeks, but we continue to get compliments on how beautiful the wedding was and how exceptional our band was. Every single one of our guests was blown away by your performance! After seeing you guys at Nick's Beer Garden, we knew you'd be special, but there are no words to describe the joy you brought during the most important day of our lives. We've heard a lot of Chicago wedding bands, but nothing to compare to you guys.
Brad and I would like to sincerely thank you guys for making our special day unforgettable! You got our guests up and dancing and had my groom and I smiling from ear to ear all night!
We are forever grateful!
All of our love,
Just wanted to let you know how awesome the Catz were last night! You guys rocked and kept everyone dancing all night long. Countless people told me how amazing our band was and wanted to know who you were. I've gotten many phone calls today about how great our wedding was and a big part of it was due to you guys!
Thanks again for making our Chicago wedding so special and fun.
Lee & Simon
I saw you and the Catz perform at Sam Schiller and Rebecca Stevens' wedding at Salvage One on August 9th, and I just wanted to let you know that I haven't stopped talking about you guys to everyone who's asked about the wedding since. You were PHENOMENAL, and I wish you all the success in the world!
TO: Richie Davis
Lauren and I just want to thank you and your bandmates for the wonderful show you guys (and gals) put on last Saturday night.
We simply can't convey enough how great you all were, and how happy we
We have had countless friends and family remark to us that you were the best band they had ever heard.
On a personal note, I can't help but pat myself on the back for
The only thing that could have messed it up would be someone like me,
The Stone and Lapins will refer you whenver possible, as we can only hope
Thank you for helping us make our big day more special,
Kyle and Lauren
Dear Richie & all the Catz,
Cory and I want to thank you all for making our wedding the absolute best day of our lives!
It was such a pleasure working with you guys and all of the music was fantastic.
All anyone could talk about after the wedding was how great you were.
We had so much fun dancing through the night!
Lisa and Cory Nanus
I have finally been able to get organized with things from the wedding and return from travels. I wanted to personally thank you and the rest of the Chicago Catz for doing such a great job at our wedding. I knew that you guys were going to be great, but I was truly blown away. It was such as special evening. And the surprise of the extra horn- Wow!!!! If there is anything that I can do in the future to help you guys out- please let me know- testimonials, references etc. It was simply the best day of my life. You guys are so much more than just a Chicago wedding band. Thank you
Amy F. Soltysiak
Wow. what an event. everyone thought u guys just nailed it. the energy level was through the roof. u guys were so receptive to the songs and requests we made all night. again, please put me on the recommendation list. u know you will get amazing reviews from me. you are welcome for the tip. i wanted everyone to know how appreciative we were for making the event that much more special.... i do have one request though. any chance you guys can send me a play list. knowing what u played will help put all the puzzle pieces of the night together. thanks so much and stay in touch.
We've flown halfway around the world for the honeymoon and are just now getting over jet lag, so apologies for the delayed response.
Shannon and I and our parents have received countless emails well after the event saying that you guys were far and away the best Chicago wedding band they've ever heard. Many of these people are musicians themselves, are in bands now, are dj's, or come from places like new orleans or memphis. We agree with their views entirely.
One of the said musicians helped me review the online clips of several band candidates, and he called out those whose youtube clips had their soundboards reworked or resynthesized to sound good. Obviously wasn't the case with you. Admittedly there was a bit of doubt but that was erased the moment we saw the scale of equipment you brought and the care with which you were tuning it.
You all completely dominate. Thank you for sounding so awesome, for thinking through a great and seamless set list (can you send me a copy please?), and for having so much fun also. It made our party so much fun and simply unforgettable.
There were a few weddings to be in the crowd, so hopefully our paths will cross again soon. In the meantime, please forward anyone my email for a reference (firstname.lastname@example.org is permanent one) and let's think of a good testimonial for your website.
Hope you had a painfree trip home and thank you all again for such a great party.
Chris + Shannon
Kevin and Richie,
Thank you for a wonderful event on Saturday night. The client was very happy with the music and the band’s performance. They really thought you rocked the house! It took some of them awhile to get out there, but the last hour the dance floor was packed. Thank you for making us look good and for making our client extremely happy. The buzz around the office today is that everyone had a really wonderful time. Thanks for your flexibility onsite. Your team was great to work with. We’ll keep you in mind for future events.
The Catz were amazing last night. Thank you for keeping the party going. Everyone was talking about the band at brunch this morning.
You were right when you told us that if people don't dance there is something wrong with them. You got everyone out on the floor and it was so great to see everyone from nieces and nephews to our parents and their friends on the dancefloor.
We had such an amazing time. Thank you all for learning our new songs. We could not have asked for a more perfect celebration.
Amy and Mark
It's Alison Weinberg. I just wanted to tell you how AMAZING the Chicago Cats were for our wedding last Saturday night, what a wonderful, wonderful evening.
I just wanted to thank you again for the spectacular performance last saturday night. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that EVERYONE from our wedding has been complimenting on how incredible the Chicago Catz were. (I've never heard people complement the bass player of a wedding band before....there were many!) A few of my friends compared it to being at a concert. You guys did exactly what I wanted for our wedding and made this process so easy for us. It was an honor to have the Chicago Catz perform at our wedding. Thanks again!
Happy New Year and I hope you had a WONDERFUL holiday!
This email is way overdue. Adam and I want to thank you so much for helping make our wedding the best night of our lives. We were hoping that our wedding would be a fun night for us and all of our friends with everyone out on the floor dancing. Because of you guys, we got exactly what we had hoped for. You guys are truly amazing and talented.
We have and will continue to refer you to all of our friends.
Thank you again and again......
Jen & Adam Rabin
We just wanted you and all the members of your band to
Not only are you the best Chicago wedding band, you are the best party band on the planet!!
Thanks again, Richie!
I ran into Thomas Kolaris (VP of Marketing), Andrew Young (Aciphex Product Director) and Lucy Hutchison (Aricept Product Director) a few hours after their meeting yesterday. Thomas called me over and was incredibly generous with his praise for our team and the work we have done for them. He thought we made his people look great and really appreciated the work we did; our creativity, control and organization, responsiveness and attitude. Andrew and Lucy jumped in on the same vain. He was so genuine it made me blush! But he wanted to make sure that I passed his gratitude on to the team which starts with you all. So thank you for all that you do as I also appreciate what you have brought to this event. Not sure MJM could have done it with any other team!
What a night. My sincerest thanks for stamping an exclamation point on an incredible experience. Please offer my gratitude to everyone of the band members - you guys truly killed it.
I hope to have an opportunity to work together again and remain truly appreciative of everything you did leading up to the night as well as how well you rocked it! From Georgia during dinner to the last song that had me jumping out of my shoes everyone was captivated.
There aren’t words adequate to describe how much fun I had at Lauren and Adam’s wedding and how fantastic your band is. The Catz made the night fly by and everyone had the best time dancing to your incredible music.
Your explanation in the Stony Island documentary is very true – you heal people through music. What a gift.
Thanks for being part of our celebration.
We hired the Chicago Catz as our wedding band and they were outstanding. SO much more than just a standard Chicago wedding band!
Your Chicago Catz team did you proud at Ali and Michael's "Wedding in the White City" at the Museum of Science & Industry Saturday night. I'm confident there hasn't been a more rocking evening in the history of the Museum going back to its opening at the 1893 World's Fair. The music selection and overall vibrancy were spectacular, my desires were fulfilled in spades and everyone in attendance enjoyed participating in one of the most successful parties and joyous occasions ever.
I personally thanked all of your musicians, but I'd appreciate you sending Kevin, Michael and the rest of the team a copy of this note.
I'll give you a phone call a little later, but until then, thank you and congratulations!
I have to tell you that Friday couldn't have been more perfect!! Your taking care of all of the music at the three different locations took a lot of pressure off of me, and the reception was fantastic!!
Dear Catz members,
My wife and I had the honor and privilege of attending your 25Th Anniversary celebration, and as usual, all of you were simply fantastic. Your group is highly skilled in every aspect of vocal and instrumental music. I sincerely hope that you can hold the entire group, as it exists today, together because I envision much greater success for the band in the future. You guys may have done these things already, but I would hope to see you at Summerfest and some of the larger
I do not know how you ladies and gentleman can summon the energy to go into song after song in your rapid fire style, but I love it. Your professionalism and talent makes any evening with the Catz a wonderful and memorable experience. We look forward to seeing the group many more times.
Rick & Charlene Parris
Thank you so much for all of your superb efforts on Saturday night! I have never in my life heard such a wonderful dance band! You absolutely made our party the best reception ever. We could have had it in the parking lot and everyone would have been wowed! Leigh's sister/maid of honor, Kelby, is so worried that her wedding in May won't compare, just because of you all.
Thanks again for a beautiful, memorable, spectacular addition to our reception. You were wonderful and absolutely amazing!
It’s funny, my girlfriend took me to Soldier Field last night. I’ve never been a “dead-head” and frankly don’t really get it. I listened intently and found the solos lame, out of tune and the singing really bad (except for the imported lead from Phish, Trey Anastasio or whatever his name is).
And I sat there and thought about what a difference those two nights were. Between the Catz which was so fulfilling musically and the Dead, which I’d say is an appropriate name for them! But I’m grateful for you guys!
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