Live Greek Music in Chicago

Cagen Music is proud to have performed at the finest Chicago Greek-American weddings, church and Hellenic community functions for over 25 years.

There is no need to hire both a Greek DJ and a band, or two separate bands. At Cagen Music we perform live Greek music with the same band that will performs all of the other music styles you require. One band, and a whole world of music!

We have partnered with vocalist and bouzouki player John Linardakis to bring authentic Greek music to your event. John serves as our Greek Music Director, providing expert knowledge of traditional and contemporary Greek music. We will provide you with a full Greek sound, without hiring another band. The Greek performers may be added to the versatile Big Beat, Orchestra ChicagoIncognito, or Don Cagen Orchestra for the Chicago Greek wedding of your dreams!

Each client receives a consultation to discuss the amount of Greek music you require, and to give you our recommendations for the best combination of Greek instrumentalists and vocalists to meet your music needs.

Our extensive song list includes all of the traditional Greek wedding dancing favorites, Greek dinner music, as well as contemporary songs by artists such as Antoni Remos, Pashali Terzis and Notis Sfakianakis.

By using one band there is only one sound system and bandleader (and dare we say, one ego!). This ensures smooth planning, perfect timing and transitions between the Greek and American music, and provides our clients with the best entertainment value.

john-linardakisMeet John Linardakis, our Greek Music Director

For over 20 years, John has appeared with his three brothers Dino, Christos, and Nikos as "The Linardakis Brothers Band" performing at hundreds of Hellenic events throughout the Midwest. John is a vocalist and bouzouki performer. He studied bouzouki with John Fotopoulos and Stratos Aripaglou, and Cretan lyra with Frank Savakis.

John has provided entertainment for the National Hellenic Museum, Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois, United Hellenic American Congress, Hellenic Medical Association of Chicago, Hellenic Professional Society and the Hellenic Dental Society of Chicago, as well as church and community festivals.

John has performed with Greek entertainment stars Mario Frangoulis, Vasilios Gaitanos, Jimmy Damon and John Stamos. He has entertained prominent figures such as Prime Minister George Pappandreou, Mayor of Athens Dimitri Avramopoulos, and Archibishop Spyridon.

We are proud to provide John's knowledge, experience and talented Greek colleagues for our clients.

Wedding of Shannon Lehner & Michael Farmikais

I want to thank you for the outstanding performance of your band at Shannon and Mike's wedding on Saturday. Your talent, professionalism and your ability to perform the Greek music made for a most enjoyable evening for my family and for all of our guests. We really enjoyed ourselves with your music, singing, and with your seamless choreographing of the event. Every detail went smoothly for us. I sincerely appreciate your efforts on our behalf. Please pass on our compliments to your performers.

Margaret Lehner (Bride's Mother)
Drury Lane Oakbrook


Wedding of April Gelber & Michael Freiberger

Thank you - it wouldn't have been such a great party without you! Your introductions and music were fantastic. Managing the Greek dancing couldn't have been easy, but the transition was flawless! Working with you was such a pleasure. I'm sure we'll do it again. (Three more daughters!) Thank you.

Brian and Coleen Gelber (Bride's Parents)
Hotel InterContinental