800 Custer Ave. Suite 6
Evanston, Illinois 60202
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Based in Chicago, Stitely Entertainment works throughout Illinois and the Midwest including Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Missouri.
Jeff Stitely and his talented team firmly believe that the “music matters; it engages emotions, enhances events and has the power to transcend the ordinary.”
With their comprehensive online planning system and hands-on customer service, Stitely will take your musical choices and tastes to the next level—completely customizing the entertainment for each couple in a way that totally reflects your personal style. Their expert planning combined with their world-class musicians result in incredible performances that will have all your guests dancing—and talking about your event for years to come.
Stitely Entertainment features four exceptional bands for weddings: the Stitely Orchestra, Chicago Groove Collective, 312 Chicago and the Stephanie Rogers Band. Stitely Entertainment also features DJs, numerous jazz groups, acoustic ensembles, string quartets, and soloists. Even with their variety of musical options and enormous repertoire, Stitely Entertainment is open to learning new songs specifically for your wedding or special event. Contact them today to get your party started!
Questions and Answers
Answered by President Jeff Stitely:
What 3 words best describe your work?
Fun, dynamic and personalized.
What are the common misconceptions about your services?
People often equate the number of musicians with the quality of the group. Quantity doesn’t necessarily guarantee the quality of the band; the level of professionalism and excellence of the musicians do. It’s better to hire a smaller group of pros who know what they’re doing than to hire a larger group of amateurs.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started?
A transformational event in my career was the opportunity to study and perform African drumming and dance with Ghanaian master drummer Gideon Foli Alorwoyie. I was inspired by the joyous African musical traditions surrounding weddings, harvests and initiations and I started Stitely Entertainment in 1995 to bring this level of joy to American celebrations.
Why should someone hire you?
Our clients hire us because we are exceptional at listening to them and use our expertise to help them develop their vision for their wedding. Then we prepare and execute that vision flawlessly. Bottom line is that a couple can relax and sleep well knowing that their wedding will be a great party.
Tell us about a favorite, unusual or very interesting moment at a wedding:
One of my favorite weddings was for a couple who were huge Phish fans, along with 40 of their college friends. We played six Phish songs for them in addition to our normal repertoire and the party was crazy fun! An interesting wedding memory was one in which the groom’s family had an unusual family tradition. The family asked all of the guests to line up with their legs spread apart, and the groom appeared almost completely naked, just down to his boxer shorts. Then he crawled on his stomach underneath their legs while they spanked him. I’ve never seen anything like that again!
What makes a wedding memorable for you?
When a couple has a specific musical taste that is not the norm, it can really make an evening memorable for me since we love learning new music. Also, I love when the father of the bride makes a particularly moving toast to his daughter. I imagine myself doing that with my 10-year old daughter down the road and it gets me every time.
What's your favorite book/movie/work of art?
I love by Paulho Coehlo! He’s a wonderful Brazilian author. I also love reading fantasy and action books to my son every night before bed.
Stitely Entertainment Covers These Areas:
- Central Illinois
- Downtown Chicago
- North Chicago Suburbs / Schaumburg / Evanston
- South/Southwest Chicago Suburbs
- Southern Illinois
- West Chicago Suburbs / Naperville
- And other areas by special arrangement.
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