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4.9 out of 5.0
Reviewed On 11/20/2018 by Madeline V
I knew I wanted a live band at our wedding and was having the hardest time finding one that was decent and that was also within our price range… So when I found velocity I knew I had found a rare gem.
The band is incredibly talented! Even afte...
r we had booked them we bought tickets to hear them play at Summerfest regardless of the 4 hour roundtrip drive.
We were disappointed to learn only on the day of our wedding as we arrived at our reception venue that the lead female singer we had seen and heard in the videos and at Summerfest was not with the band that evening and had been replaced by another female singer, who although talented and could out sing most, was a bit of a let down compared to the female singer we had seen live. I would have appreciated a heads up from their management about this arrangement ahead of time and was saddened that the lady we had bragged about for months “No one can belt Proud Mary like she can!” wasn’t present.
The other thing that frustrated me slightly was in the months/weeks leading up to the wedding we had a back and forth about songs to be played. They said they preferred a more open list so they could “read off the crowds energy” so they had to freedom to switch it up if the crowd wasn’t feeling a certain song or genre. We are a younger couple for sure, and the set-list the band brought, with the exception of the 5-6 songs I requested as “Must plays” were mainly 70’s and 80’s. While my husband and I enjoyed them, they didn’t resonate with many of the guests and many times during the night the dance floor was completely empty. I was hoping this might be a clue to the band to abandon their set-list and opt for either some Motown or more modern songs, but they stayed playing songs from their set-list instead of “reading the crowd” like they had said they preferred. The songs I requested were all played right at the beginning of the reception, all in a row, and the floor was packed.
While I would hire this band again in a heartbeat, and encourage you to hire them for your wedding, I would make sure as the client that you are getting the singers they advertise in their promotional videos and at Summerfest. I would also not be afraid to give them a longer list of “must play” songs that you know will be a hit with your guests or ask them to switch up the set-list mid-reception to keep people on the dance floor. Had they notified me ahead of time of the singer switch, or had the original, along with reading the crowd better it would be an easy 5 stars.
Reviewed On 10/14/2018 by Jessica M
They are amazing! Played at our wedding and were awesome. People were dancing non stop and they were so friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 11/02/2017 by Jennifer P
Velocity was amazing! You get so much for the price and they are so easy to work with. A band was a must for us and they truly knocked it out of the park. We received a ton of compliments on the band!!! We partied all night and they stayed unti...
l the very end. Highly recommend!!!
Reviewed On 7/05/2017 by David H
We learned about Velocity through a friend of ours, and boy are we ever grateful. A live band was high on our wish list if we could find room in the budget, and we were elated at how competitively Velocity is priced. The maxim is you get what y...
ou pay for, but Velocity bucks the trend: They are a top-quality band available for a very reasonable price by Chicago wedding standards. And I mean top-quality! We thought maybe we'd bit off a little more than our venue could chew with a seven-member band, but Velocity made due with the tight squeeze they were given and never complained. They set up without a hitch while the upright bassist and keyboardist provided the perfect background jazz accompaniment to our cocktail hour for a modest extra fee. Using their PA system for speeches was easy, and the band crafted a fantastic playlist right in line with our preferences (which they surveyed beforehand). My wife and I both love to dance, and some of our best memories from our wedding are of the band absolutely rocking the night away. They were a huge hit among our family and friends; we saw folks on the dance floor who haven't kicked back in years. Having two singers really expands their repertoire, and the multitude of instruments gives them such a full, diverse sound. Wedding bands can be hit or miss, but we hit a home run with these guys and couldn't recommend them more highly.
Reviewed On 11/04/2016 by Kaitlyn M
We were so thrilled with Velocity and would book them again in a heartbeat. They really added that extra special something to our wedding reception, and the dance floor was full all night. We could not believe how great the band sounded, and th...
ey even learned our first dance song the week of the wedding. The song was not in their current repertoire and we did not expect them to do that, as in my opinion it was not a very easy song to learn and perform. They not only learned it, but crushed it! We had multiple guests comment on the quality of the band and how much fun they were. They were a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process as well. Matt at ACA Entertainment was extremely responsive to any questions we had and even worked out an arrangement with us to help us get a microphone set up at our venue for the ceremony. Again, we would recommend working with Matt and Velocity to anyone. Your wedding will be taken to a whole new level!
Reviewed On 10/16/2016 by Kimberly G
I was so nervous booking a band because it's such an important part of the wedding reception - velocity far exceeded our expectations.
Initially was a little put off by the conversation I had with north coast management but Matt and the veloci...
ty team were amazing. Our guests were dancing all night long. Played the perfect amount for family, old and young and friends. So affordable as well!! Highly recommend.
Reviewed On 8/24/2016 by Nev V
Absolutely amazing and affordable!!!!!
Reviewed On 7/13/2015 by Lindsay K
The band was beyond incredible! My friend commented that if she had known about them she would have flown them into NYC for her wedding! Our friends and family danced the entire night and when the band was over people shouted "one more song!" b...
ecause no one wanted the night to be over! Totally reasonably priced, great to work with, and awesome music!
Reviewed On 8/05/2013 by Jenna M
This band was amazing. We saw them at a friend's wedding and decided to go with them as well.
They were super accommodating and easy to work with. Great price for similar style bands!
Reviewed On 7/29/2013 by Sarah W
Our guests couldn't stop raving about how much they loved the band. They dance floor was full all night! Much better than a dj.
Reviewed On 1/15/2013 by Sara S
Velocity was such a hit at our recent winter wedding! Our guests are still talking about how much fun they had, and how they danced all night. Matt Anton of Velocity is very professional and easy to work with, as well as very responsive durin...
g the months before the wedding as we planned the music. Velocity offers great packages to meet a variety of budgets. Overall, there were such a great value for any band in the Milwaukee and Chicago area!
Reviewed On 10/18/2012 by Kathy K
This band was outstanding! They had the dance floor full the entire night and had high energy throughout. Worth every cent!
Reviewed On 7/21/2011 by Michele M
We really wanted a live band for our wedding but had a tight budget to stay within. Velocity provided 3 hours of awesome, dance-floor-filling entertainment for less than $2500.
The band has a great song list to look over, and once we gave th...
em a general sense of the type of songs we liked and which ones we wanted to leave out, they created a set list that stayed pretty true to our wishes. The floor was full the whole time the band was playing, and everyone had wonderful things to say about them. We only wish we had booked them for longer!