About this Vendor
Chicago's Only Full Service Wedding Band!
The Walk-ins will make your wedding the most memorable and stress free experience you can imagine! We offer a multitude of whole day services including ministry, ceremony, cocktail, dinner, dj, and reception packages with up to 9 musicians at down to earth prices to suit your exact needs!
$$ – Affordable
Classical, Country, Pop, R&B, Rock
After Party, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding
Live Music, MC Services, Music
Best. Band. Ever.Reviewed on 1/08/2015 Katie H
The Walk-ins were great. My guests were on the dance floor from dinner until they yelled for one more song at the end of the night. Joe worked with us all along the way and made us feel confident he was going to make sure our guests had a good time. Three months later, people are still commenting about the band from our wedding. I looked at many bands, and you could not beat their quality, dedication to your event, or value for your dollar. They played for six hours in varying configurations, and my 450 guests enjoyed every minute! I highly recommend them. They made one of the best days of our lives, that much better. Thanks Joe and The Walk-ins! Katie O'
Best Band EVER!Reviewed on 1/07/2015 Arleigh F
Joe and band made our wedding day/night unforgettable! We met with Joe a couple times before the wedding and he helped us achieve all of our music goals. When we've asked our guests what their favorite part was they say " The Band". We highly recommend them to anyone that's looking for wedding music.
The best part of my night (aside from getting married!)Reviewed on 1/07/2015
Every time someone brings up my wedding, the first thing they mention is how incredible The Walk-Ins were. In fact, THREE of my guests immediately booked them for their weddings after seeing them perform at ours. I appreciate this band on several levels, because I work and have worked both in the entertainment industry and the wedding industry, and can speak to how comprehensive they are in the services they provide. Their lead singer Joe Matise essentially RAN the entire day for us so we didn't have to, and we had several curve balls that he dealt with throughout the night (due to inclement weather). They had a part in everything: pre-wedding music, live acoustic music during the ceremony, announcements and being master of ceremonies during dinner, and then entertaining our guests for the remainder of the night. If I didn't already have a good friend as our minister, I would've had Joe perform the services! The Walk-Ins are consummate professionals with incredible resources at their disposal, and they are a blast. Everyone was dancing all night, they learned additional songs that were specific to my wife and I, and Joe does not REST until the dance floor is packed. They are experts at drawing the crowd in and KEEPING them there, which is no easy feat. My wife and I were careful in every choice we made for our wedding day, and nearly every decision we made worked great. But the BEST decision we made was having the Walk-Ins at our wedding.
What an amazing band!!!!! They let me sing with them! They took our Jr. groomsman to wendy's (he was hungry before the reception started) Joe serenaded just about every woman there! All my guests are non stop talking about the walk-ins!
Let me start by saying you're absolutely crazy if you don't hire The Walk-ins! I have now had the pleasure to see The Walk-ins perform as both a wedding guest and now as a bride. Words can't describe how amazing they are! I first saw The Walk-ins perform at my friend's 'wedding several years before I met my now husband. They MADE her wedding! Throughout dinner, Joe would walk around the tables singing and chatting with all of the guests. He would even sit down at your table and have an entire conversation with you during an instrumental break, and pick the song right back up without missing a beat. As a wedding guest, I couldn't wait to get out on the dance floor with them. And, once we did, they did not disappoint. The dance floor was packed until the very last note was played. Shortly after my friend's wedding, I moved to Seattle where I met my husband. After much debate, we decided to get married in Chicago. The Walk-ins were a major factor in that decision. As soon as we had a date set, I immediately contacted The Walk-ins. I called them before any other arrangements had been made. Had they been unavailable, I probably would have changed my date. I HAD to have them! I talked them up so much, my fiance' let me hire them without ever meeting them, let alone hearing them perform. Of course, they made our wedding as well. Joe is presence every bride needs on her wedding day. He is calm, helpful, and really knows what he's doing. It's true what they say about the day being an absolute whirlwind, but Joe helped us through every step of the way. He had everything timed perfectly, and would explain everything we needed to do when the time had come. He was very good about explaining things twice and emphasizing the important things to know when we were getting pulled in a million directions and couldn't think straight anymore. He was constantly telling me to let him worry about this and that. With no wedding planner, I don't know what I would have done without him. I can't thank The Walk-ins enough for making my wedding day such a huge success. The guests loved them. Even a member of the catering staff said they were the best wedding band she had ever seen, and she has been in the wedding business for 35 years. I will find another reason to hire them in the future, or crash all of their future weddings, maybe both!
The Walk-Ins were a HIT! We are so glad that we were introduced to Joe and the Walk-Ins - they definitely took our reception to the next level. During cocktail hour and dinner, they played a quieter acoustic set that was a mix of Sinatra to the classiest rendition of Journey you've ever heard - it really set an incredible mood for the night. They surprised us by learning our sort of obscure acoustic first dance song in 3 days --- and it was perfect... A totally memorable surprise. They kept the party going from the get-go and people never left the dance floor. They even helped with a serenade song from the groom to the bride -- so much fun! Everyone who was there raved about what an awesome time they had --- including the venue coordinator who was blown away by them. Beyond all that, Joe MC'd and coordinated the schedule for the whole dinner and reception to make sure everything ran smoothly and nothing was forgotten. We're trying to figure out another party we can throw and have the Walk-Ins play -- they were honestly a BLAST! We love you guys!
So many guests have told us that the band was amazing. The dance floor rocked the entire night, and The Walk-ins were instrumental in making sure that everyone had a great time. On top of that, they were also super helpful in planning and making sure that the entire ceremony and days set of events ran smoothly. Definitely a band we will want to work with again when we have another event!
The walk-ins are awesome! We are still hearing guests from the wedding tell us how FANTASTIC our wedding band was! While I wish I could take credit, all credit goes to Joe Matice and the rest of the guys. From the moment we contacted them, Joe provided us with reliable and trustworthy advice for all aspects of the wedding (not just music). Joe also officiated the ceremony and he did a great job. On the day of the wedding, he provided kind words to help calm my nerves, and had suggestions for how to help the day run more smoothly. If there were any hiccups to the flow of the day, it was barely perceptible, because Joe and the rest of the band rolled with us, and kept the party moving. They even x suggested we do a fun “speed photo” thing where Mike and I ran from table to table, with our photographer in tow; taking pictures with each group of guests, racing to get it done in one song. The guests l
The Walk-ins are absolutely incredible! My wedding was a blast and it's because Joe and the band kept the party going! All of my guests raved about how great the band was and how much fun the night was. And people stayed on the dance floor until the very end. Also, Joe was amazing to work with throughout the wedding planning process. We spoke with him a few different times about the music we like, our song choices, and the flow of the night. He was very helpful and always fun to talk with. He was a great MC on the night of our wedding as well, so we truly could be guests at our own wedding and I didn't need to worry about any of the logistics. The band went above and beyond to personalize our wedding music to our requests, and even allowed my cousin to play guitar with them for one of my favorite songs, "Purple Rain." It created a great moment for family and friends that will forever be unique to our wedding. I truly cannot say enough good things, as The Walk-ins made our wedding unforgettable and everyone had the best time! I'm so glad we had them as a part of our special day.
Oh man, are you glad you stumbled on this particular review. Stop your search. All of these other bands are jokes. From a couple that had a ~220 person wedding at a large concert venue where music was THE prominent theme of the night, THIS BAND IS THE ABSOLUTE X-FACTOR in planning and executing a party. Most all of these live bands/DJs on these websites are very talented and probably a good time to listen and dance to. Beyond that, the comparisons stop and THEY CAN'T DELIVER WHAT JOE MATISE AND HIS BOYS ARE CAPABLE OF. The Walk-Ins aren't phased by your last minute requests and they can shift their plan on a dime. Got a song that absolutely needs to be included in the set and there's only an hour before reception? Consider it done. Want to have the band take a back seat and grab the mic to guest sing on any number of songs? They prefer it. Need to bring your barely musically inclined family members up for a random song but you need to borrow the drummer and bass player? They'll make you look like rock stars. Need all of the guests seated immediately and suddenly need several announcements made about this and that? They've done it a thousand times and they'll make it look like it was planned the whole time. THIS BAND HAS AN EXCEPTIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTANTLY CHANGING FLOW AND MOOD OF ANY GIVEN PARTY, AND THEY UNDERSTAND HOW TO CATER AND SHIFT TO THE NEEDS OF SAID PARTY. A couple of things if you aren't already convinced. We're hiring this band for my 30th birthday party because we've still kept in touch. Joe and his band mates are super personable and just great dudes to be around. Also, this band charges an EXTREMELY reasonable rate... it's actually laughable. These guys love what they do and have been doing it for awhile; you can also tell they love playing together. When you have that rather than a stage full of guns-for-hire, you've got an absolutely killer atmosphere. You're. Welcome.
If I could give these guys a 10 out of 5, I would. We actually moved our wedding date when we found out they weren't available for the original day we picked - I couldn't be happier with that decision. These guys are amazing. They made the night. I had 3 people ask for their contact information. Joe is amazing to work with and he definitely made me feel comfortable. He had everything under control and he had everyone in the crowd engaged. We had them doing it all - ceremony music, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. You hardly even knew when the band took a break and the DJ music started. I would recommend these guys to anyone and everyone.
We had a great experience from start to finish. We first met with Joe about a year before our wedding. He sat down with us and asked us about our music tastes, anything special we wanted in the ceremony, etc. Over the next year, Joe was available via text whenever we needed to update him on something. The day of the wedding, Joe was incredible. He basically acted as our one-man wedding planner, directing everyone before the ceremony, for the reception introductions, and did a great job running the show. We had a request for some Latin music, and Joe was able to accommodate us by adding them to his playlist during the band's breaks. They played from 8-12 with only a few short breaks and kept the dance floor rocking all night. Our guests were all very complimentary of the band and we've had a few of them ask for their information. I would HIGHLY recommend the Walk-Ins for your wedding. Besides being a great band that plays fun music that everyone will get into, Joe makes the ceremony and reception virtually stress-free. If there's an expert at throwing a fun wedding, it's Joe!
Best wedding band ever! I set out to get a 'non-cheesy' wedding band that would do covers and not have a corny MC. Mission accomplished and exceeded. One (or a few) guest said it was the best cover band they had ever seen! Joe was amazing through the whole process to make sure everything was exactly how we wanted it- they are super flexible with everything! I would recommend adding the horns/female vocals to your package - it really took the sound to the next level. It may take a little bit to get in touch, but once you do, it's 100% worth it! I can not recommend them enough!
The Walk-ins helped make our wedding absolutely perfect!! I honestly could not have been happier when it came to Joe officiating our ceremony, the live music throughout ceremony and cocktail hour, and the awesome entertainment during the reception. Joe made it all flawless and fun, and I never had a worry with him in charge. They were the talk of the night, and I am so thankful and happy that we chose them!
We saw The Walk Ins at a family members wedding and knew we had to have them. Working with Joe throughout the whole planning process was such a breeze. We really appreciated his advice on certain situations and was always prompt to respond back when we had a question. We got the female singer and the 3 piece horn set as well, which blew all our guests away. We wanted to have specific versions of certain songs which Joe was all for. We had a few songs that aren't in the normal group of songs you hear at a wedding that they let us add in as well. We had so many of our guests stop us and comment on how amazing the band was and how it was great not to see just a do standing behind a table. You will be so amazed by them. We can't wait to see them again soon!
Book them... RIGHT NOW! Not only are they phenomenal from a price standpoint, but our guests could not stop talking about Joe and how wonderful the band was. So - not only did our guests have a great time, but we couldn't dream of having worked with anyone else. Joe was so helpful throughout the entire process... we entrusted him with most of the musical choices. We gave him a few guidelines of types of genres we liked, and he just blew us away. He provided us with music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, as well as dinner and the reception! Talk about bang for your buck - and the QUALITY. We had guests tell us that they thought he was karaoke-ing at first! Haha. He has a wonderful voice and a wonderful range. We can't speak highly enough of Joe and the Walk In's - something that is especially fun about them is that this is a side gig for them. This is just something that they enjoy doing on the side, and it really SHOWS how much they enjoy it. That being said, don't expect to receive same day e-mail responses (seriously, not an issue...), but if you're one of those brides that expect that, just go into it knowing that it may take a day or so for an e-mail back - Joe is great about texting though - just shoot him a text or a phone call. He'll get back to you in a timely manner. Also - just a side note - HE IS SO INSANELY ORGANIZED. He had our day down to 'T' with specific timelines and would constantly be updating us with where we were at with the day. He was just so calm, confident, and reassuring throughout the day and I couldn't imagine having had a better band to work with. We really can't speak highly enough - don't think twice about booking with them. You won't regret it.
I wish I could give more than 5 out of 5! This is the best band ever! Words cannot even describe how amazing they were at our wedding! We went with 8-piece band which included the horns and female vocalist and I would recommend to anyone on the fence! Weeks after the wedding we are still receiving compliments about our band. Joe is extremely talented and he just knows weddings. Joe ran the entire show- from the music, to the timing, to the engagement with the crowd- Joe and the rest of the band were just absolutely wonderful. We can't wait to see them again.
I can hands down say that this band made my wedding (Married on March 17, 2017). Joe Matise, the lead singer/manager, was incredible, and made me feel so comfortable right from the get-go. So let me start this review from the the beginning since I know that the whole experience with vendors, not just the day of, is important... The only thing that my husband wanted for the wedding was a live band. So we went looking for a band, but every single one we looked at was WAY out of our price range..so we basically gave up. Then my sister happened to attend a wedding where The Walk-Ins were playing, and she called me the next morning ecstatic about us having to check them out, also hearing from her friend (the bride) they were affordable on top of it. I reached out to Joe, and the first time we talked on the phone we talked for 30 mins, and he was awesome. He was so thorough and straightforward about pricing and the type of services they can offer (he can also officiate if you need that!), I immediately felt good about the situation--they were also EXTREMELY reasonably priced, only slightly more than a decent, full-time DJ for all-inclusive of ceremony, MCing, and entire reception (dinner/dancing) for 5 piece band. We then set up a time to "shadow" a wedding reception in order to hear them play. I knew that we had hit the jackpot with the band when the bride and groom came out of there way to tell us how awesome the band was, and so did their photographer...who had never worked with them before. We stayed for probably a little over an hour, but I loved their set so much that I could have partied the whole rest of the night at the wedding! So I set up my first meeting with Joe, and it was so refreshing to have it be in a relaxed, informal setting. We just met at a local bar by our house, and he brought his computer to go through the basics, and also to walk us through the whole wedding day from start to finish to help us plan out details we hadn't even thought of (and I consider myself an extremely detailed person). He created a shared Google Doc for us to continuously update all the way until the day of the wedding. On the wedding day, Joe and the band were phenomenal. He stopped in the bridal "waiting room" area before the ceremony to let me know he was there setting up and everything looked and sounded (from sound check) fantastic. From the moment the reception started, Joe was in full control and kept everything on track down to the minute. He was in contact with my banquet captain and event coordinator at the hotel to make sure everything ran smoothly. We even ran AHEAD of schedule!! He was such a comfort to me during the whole reception because I knew he was taking care of things the whole time, and I could just sit back and relax. And when it came time for the music during dinner/dancing -WOW!! My wedding guests told me it was like being at a concert. They were blown away. Because we had saved money in other places, I was able to spend a little more and add on the female singer and the 3-piece horns. They seriously knocked it out of the park. Joe was in the crowd getting people involved, he allowed my husband to perform a song with the band, and even got the older people dancing! They played songs from every genre--I would say at least 80% of our wedding was still there listening/dancing by the time the reception ended. I can't recommend The Walk-Ins more - do yourself a favor and hire them! Worth every penny!
The Walk-ins performed at our New Year's Eve wedding and are a truly phenomenal and talented band that went above and beyond our expectations. From the moment we met Joe, (manager and lead singer) he explained to us that he would literally become the day-of coordinator, if needed, and he surely did not disappoint! From guiding our friend on how to officiate, to organizing our wedding ceremony, to adjusting the length of my first dance song on VERY short notice (day of), and singing it for me beforehand in my Bridal room with his bandmate (basically a private performance) to make sure it was perfect, Joe and his band did everything they could to make sure my wedding day went as smooth as possible. The Walk-ins was also so talented to the point that they were able to free play my Dad's favorite song (a song they never played before) for him to live out his dream to sing with a live band! Better yet, at the end of the night, the venue coordinators were so impressed with them, they told me that they were the best band they had ever dealt with that they put them on their preferred vendors list! My venue has weddings and events every week for the entire year, so they are SUPER picky. My guests all raved about them as well, and said they were the best part of their night. I PROMISE the Walk-ins will be the best and most memorable part of your wedding (besides the getting married part, of course)!
BEST. BAND. EVER. No need to keep searching, this is the band you need. We had an amazing experience with this great group of guys. Not only are they incredibly talented, but they brought so much fun energy to our wedding reception. From my 94 year old grandma to my 18 year old cousin, everyone praised this band. Our dance floor was packed the entire night. They can play everything from classics like the Beatles, 90's jams, country and even some super cool mash ups. They made a personalized 90's DJ set list for our cocktail hour. The Walk-ins even learned a couple of songs for us and personalized our reception introduction. I also thought the price was super reasonable for a 5 person band/DJ. Not only are they an awesome band, but they helped make announcements throughout the night, which was very helpful and less coordination for me. We couldn't have picked a better band.
The walk-ins are absolutely the best! Every person from young to old is still giving us numerous compliments about our band. A large group of our guests are even planning to see them when they are playing at a near by venue. Joe was wonderful to work with and will do anything to help you have stress free planning. The band was so accommodating to anything we needed to make the day go as planned. My wedding was a perfect day, and they are defiantly apart to thank for that! If you want guests on your dance floor all night long and have a night they wont forget, hire the walk-ins!!!!
If I could give them 10 stars I would!!!! The Walk-ins were amazing and Joe was fantastic to work with!!! Our dance floor was packed from the first song until the reception ended with all of our guests chanting, "ONE MORE SONG, ONE MORE SONG." Joe really knows how to engage the crowd and we got so many compliments on how awesome and fun the band was. The acoustic set during cocktail hour and dinner was also fantastic. We met with Joe before the wedding and he stayed in touch via email throughout the planning process so we had no worries going into the day. He obviously knows what he is doing and took control to make sure everything ran smoothly and on time the night of the wedding. We had so many of our guests tell us that The Walk-ins were the best wedding band they had ever seen and we agree. Hiring them was one of the best wedding planning decisions we made. They really helped make our wedding the best day ever!
If I could give them 10 stars I would!!!! The Walk-ins were amazing and Joe was fantastic to work with!!! Our dance floor was packed from the first song until the reception ended with all of our guests chanting, "ONE MORE SONG, ONE MORE SONG." Joe really knows how to engage the crowd ans we got so many compliments on how awesome and fun the band was. ThE acoustic set during cocktail hour and dinner was also fantastic. We met with Joe before the wedding and he stayed in touch via email throughout the planning process so we had no worries going into the day. He obviously knows what he is doing and took control to make sure everything ran smoothly and on time the night of the wedding. We had so many of our guests tell us that The Walk-ins were the best wedding band they had ever seen and we agree. Hiring them was one of the best wedding planning decisions we made. They really helped make our wedding the best day ever!
This band is a Great choice. I have had numerous comments on how great the Band was at our Wedding! Not only did they perform great, they were awesome to work with. I highly recommend them and will certainly use them for other events.
We had a fun fall wedding with The Walk-ins as our live band. Our guests enjoyed an acoustic set during happy hour in the adjoining bar at our venue, sang into the microphone with Joe and danced with him as he wandered the room during and after dinner, and danced the night away after dinner to classics and recent hits. Joe made sure to play all of my specially requested songs, including a line dance for my sisters and me. He also chose a perfect song for my husband and mother-in-law when my husband asked for a recommendation. The band knew how to bring EVERYONE out on the dance floor, even my boss and shy mother-in-law. In addition to keeping the energy up all night, The Walk-ins are affordable to help you remain in your budget. We highly recommend this band for a wedding reception.