Entourage is an eight-piece band that delivers contagious energy and unmatched musical versatility. Led by top 20 American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt, this band brings a dynamic dance floor experience to every party, guaranteed to leave your guests talking about it for years to come. Through their love of pop music and the boundless energy of their singers, they stay up-to-date with the latest top 40 hits, while also mixing in popular songs from each decade and genre. This something-for-everyone approach ensures that all of your guests will feel connected to the experience. From the flow of the evening to the timing of the musical elements, you can expect Leslie Hunt to have a very production-minded, team-player approach to the planning process. She brings over ten years of experience in the special event industry and will work seamlessly with the team you have assembled or take the reigns and help you plan it from scratch. Entourage brings the fun, talent and precision required for a successful event every time. Come see what makes them the hardest working band in the land!Read More
Leslie Hunt is a musical phenomenon, an outstanding vocalist and a natural bandleader who has been performing professionally since she was ten years old. By the time she was fifteen, she was already an established songwriter, working alongside songwriting legend Jim Peterik (Eye of the Tiger, Vehicle, Hold On Loosely). At seventeen, she inked a development deal with Sony and went on to write and release three solo albums by the time she was in her mid-twenties. In 2007, she was a semi-finalist on American Idol, landing a spot in the top ten females out of over 104,000 contestants. Leslie has also been touring the globe with her rock band District 97 as their high-energy front person since 2008. Before she became the leader of Entourage in 2014, she was the female lead singer, music director and co-leader of the Ken Arlen Orchestra, as well as vocal producer for Arlen Music Productions. Leslie is beyond thrilled to be leading Entourage, as her detail-oriented, quality-focused and fun band leading style promises to make every event a successful one.Read More
Thomas has been performing on the saxophone for most of his life, having studied at the renowned Music School of the University of North Texas. While in the Dallas area, Thomas performed and recorded with several award-winning ensembles, even garnering recognition from the prestigious jazz publication Downbeat Magazine. In addition to performances around the country, Thomas spent several years in Australia, producing and performing in award-winning shows at The Base Cabaret, one of the hottest music spots on the Gold Coast. He has toured the world, performing with musicians such as The Drifters, The Platters, Bob Mintzer, Steve Houghton, Rob McConnell and many others. Entourage is pleased to add Thomas’s combination of experience and fresh sound to our ranks.
Singer/songwriter/producer/musician, Jerome Matthews Jr. is a passionate young artist who is no stranger to the music industry. Some early career highlights include performing at dozens of major Chicago festivals (Lollapalooza, The Taste of Chicago, etc.), singing with world-renowned violinist and conductor Andre Rieu at the sold out Allstate Arena, performing as a guest artist in Motown The Musical (NYC), and winning Bar1's Big Break $20,000 vocal competition. Jerome has had the privilege of opening for and performing alongside many well-known artists including Chris Brown, Twista, and Ashanti, and has co-written songs with Grammy award nominated/winning artists Snoop Dog, RhymeFest, and Tor Hyams. He is also a featured artist on Michelle Obama's compilation album "Songs for a Healthier America", which includes contributions from Ariana Grande, Jordan Sparks, and DMC (of Run DMC). From today's high energy chart toppers to smooth Motown classics, Jerome puts his own unique touch on every performance. We are thrilled to welcome him to Entourage!
Steve began his career as a guitarist and songwriter in Solana Beach, California before moving on to Northwestern University for musical studies. After moving to Chicago, Steve began performing rock and jazz at the hottest venues in the city as well as a busy schedule of solo classical guitar dates. Steve's performing career has taken him from Jazz at Pearl's in San Francisco to the Chicago Jazz Fest to the Iridium in NYC, as well as musical sojurns in Portugal, Brazil and Cuba. Shows and recording projects over the years include original music as a leader and collaborations with Spider Saloff, Matt Geraghty, and Zvonimir Tot among many others. Steve's vast musical range and experience brings the right touch of elegance and a soulful edge to Entourage.
Patrick Mulcahy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but has been playing bass professionally in Chicago for 8 years. During his time in Chicago he has had the pleasure of performing with many great musicians, most notably: Patricia Barber, Fareed Haque, Paul Wertico, Orbert Davis, Maurice Brown, Corey Wilkes and Grazyna Aguscik. He has performed at all of Chicago's most prestigious venues, including The Auditorium Theater, The Jazz Showcase, Symphony Center, and The Green Mill. He has toured extensively in the United States and overseas, most recently to Poland, Turkey and Macedonia.
Phillip Beale is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he majored in Percussion Performance/Jazz Studies under Professor Robert Chappell, Associate Dean Richard Holly, and Professor Ronald Carter. Some of the artists Phillip has had the opportunity to tour and record with are: Ray J., Wayne Brady, Euge Groove, Bobby Brown, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Etienne Charles, Michael Lington, Nikki Jane, Panoramic, Liam Teague, Eddie Henderson, Mindi Abair, Donald Harrison, Orbert Davis, Willie Pickens, George Duke, Victor Mendoza, Michael Spiro. As a result of these performances, Phillip has been able to travel to such places as Taiwan, Italy, Japan, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia and Peru. His music has been featured in the motion picture “With or Without You" and in addition to teaching several high school drumlines in the Chicago area, marching in the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls Drumlines, Phillip has an active private lesson studio of all ages. He currently endorses SABIAN cymbals, Evans drumheads, Pro-Mark drumsticks and Phat-Phoot drum harnesses.
Known for his versatility and sensitive musicianship, pianist Matt Long plays in a variety of styles with spirit and ease. A native of Kansas, Matt graduated with highest distinction from Northwestern University's School of Music in 1994. Since then he has been a busy free lancer in the Chicago area. As a vocal and choral accompanist Matt has played for the Too Hot to Handel concert choir, the Community Renewal Chorus, Old St. Patrick's Church concert choirs, and DePaul University among many others. For ten years he has been the pianist for Lyric Opera's Meet the Artist outreach programs, and has accompanied several singers in recitals at the Chicago Cultural Center. Matt's own annual solo recitals feature music from Beethoven to James Brown and have thrilled larger and larger audiences over the last 5 years. Matt provides elegant music for weddings, parties, and special events, including a two year stint playing for afternoon tea at Chicago's Peninsula Hotel. He has recorded and performed with Milwaukee-based psychedelic rock band The Danglers and created shows with local cabaret favorite Scott Montgomery. Matt joined the staff of the Community Church of Wilmette as organist in 2008.
James is a trumpeter and composer who is comfortable in a wide variety of musical environments. Originally from the Dallas area, he has now become involved in a diverse blend of musical communities in Chicago, playing in bands ranging from Rock and Folk groups to Big Bands and noisy Free Jazz. James' performance experience includes engagements with the The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chuchito Valdes, The Chicago Skyliners Big Band, Julie Meckler, Matt Ulery, Grazyna Auguscik, and others. He is currently on faculty teaching Trumpet and Jazz at Triton College and Wheaton College. We are excited to welcome James to Entourage!