Winner of the BizBash Entertainment Act of the Year, voted 2014-2021 Best Band by Better Magazine, and acknowledged by Chicago Magazine as the “Top Choice” for a dance band in the city, the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra has ignited thousands of special events with its unique style, stage presence and contemporary music selection. The Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra delivers an incredible energy geared for today’s brides and grooms! Imagine a band with 6 incredible vocalists, our Sirens rock violins, sizzling horns, and the tightest rhythm section in the country. Using the latest technology, this band is able to perform from any part of the room and make it sound like a live concert of the original artist.

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Ken Arlen

As a sought-after orchestra leader and saxophonist, Ken Arlen has been a featured entertainer for numerous celebrities and dignitaries, from the President of the United States to Hollywood stars. Ken is also the founder of Arlen Music Productions, a Chicago-based entertainment company that specializes in providing live customized music for special events. He has led the transformation of the impact of music on this industry in Chicago, and over the last decade has brought this force to the national event scene through his performances with the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra.

Lloyd Snyder

Known as one of the most talented guitarists in Chicago, Lloyd has been key in leading special event bands over the last 6 years with great energy and attention to detail for his clients. Locally, he has performed with Girl Next Door, Green 14, Rendition, Hello Nuvo, and Hey Jimmy. He has also shared the stage with major artists such as Blues Traveler and Nate Ruess. As one of the great young front men in Chicago today, Lloyd’s style is inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, among other great virtuosos. Lloyd has already made a huge impact on Evolution, and we are excited to promote him to co-leader with Evolution beginning in 2019.

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Caitlin Simone

Mike Avery

Cristina Sanchez

Ben Scott

Neil Artwick

Mark Beringer

Frank Alongi

Neil Carson
Musical Director/Sax

Connor Bernhard

Andrew Zelm

Rick Purro

Rebecca Richey
Violin Chair

Meghan Parker

Signature Events

Chicago Lights Fundraising Gala

Loyola University Founders Dinner

Loyola University Commencement

Hollister, Inc. Centennial Celebration

Illinois Bar Association Foundation Gala

Bears Care Gala

Almost Home- Share the Care Ball

Catholic Charities St. Nicholas BallCommander-In-Chief’s Presidential Inaugural Ball

Bellagio Hotel International New Year’s Eve Gala – Las Vegas (including a performance with Bruno Mars!)

Governor of Iowa Inaugural Ball

BRAVO Des Moines Gala

Catholic Charities – Spirit of St. Nicholas

Democratic National Committee Fundraiser (attended by then-President Bill Clinton)

The Children’s Ball (Medical Research Institute Council of Children’s Hospital of Chicago)

Rita Hayworth Gala – Alzheimer’s Association

UNICEF Chicago Gala

Lincoln Park Zoo Ball

Kentucky Derby Museum Ball


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