Big Beat Party and Wedding Band Raves

read the crowd perfectly

5 STAR REVIEW from The Knot:
Big Beat was absolutely fabulous! They kept the dance floor at our 105 person wedding
full all night, and read the crowd perfectly. We received so many compliments from our
guests on how great the band was. Don and Becky Cagen were a pleasure to work with –
professional and efficient. Highly recommended.

Katie Ossman & Dan Vidican
Museum of Contemporary Art


brought the house down!

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com:
We were lucky enough to have “The Big Beat” as our wedding band this past September. They literally brought the house down! We still have friends and family talking about how good they were. Besides the actual even, Don and Becky were amazing people to work with and totally understood our vision from the first time we met and throughout the planning process. I feel like the music can sometimes make or break the evening and I knew I had nothing to worry about once we found “The Big Beat”.

Cara Gorman & John Minor
Chicago History Museum

 

The dance floor was completely packed all night!

Big Beat is the most phenomenal band I’ve ever heard and they made our daughter’s wedding day even more perfect! The dance floor was completely packed all night! They did such a wonderful job of reading the crowd and always playing the perfect song. They were so much fun! Guests still come up to me asking about them.
It was such a pleasure to coordinate with Becky. There was such a high level of professionalism and kindness. We are so incredibly grateful.
Many of my guests mentioned they did not sit down all night and countless people asked me for the name of the band (Seriously wanted to know and ended up calling me after the wedding to get the name and contact info for the band).
Everyone from the wedding is still raving about them! Would highly, highly recommend! Thank you so much!

Susan Gorman (Bride’s Mother)
Chicago History Museum


amazing

Just wanted to pass along our thanks to Big Beat! We had an amazing time and so did all our guests! Everyone was saying how amazing the band was all night long! I’ve mailed out their tip for all their hard work, so please make sure they get it! Thanks again!

Sindhu Kurian & Jon Aderson
Hotel InterContinental


absolutely stellar!

Becky,
Incredible evening highlighted by your music! All the musicians, Big Beat & Chitarra, were absolutely stellar! Both of us and our families and all of our friends had so much fun dancing – it really made our big day! So happy we went with Cagen Music. Everything was incredibly beautiful. Thank you!!

Annie Delaney & Jared Laskowski
Cuneo Museum

 

our guests could not stop raving about the band

Dear Becky,
We just wanted to thank you for making Annie and Jared’s wedding extra special. Your musicians did a fabulous job and our guests could not stop raving about the band. We had all ages from 2yrs to Chuck’s 83-year-old mother dancing till the end! Extra thanks to Larry for stepping in when we needed direction. With appreciation,

Laurie & Chuck Delaney (Bride’s Parents)
Cuneo Museum


The music at our wedding was amazing

5 STAR REVIEW from weddingwire.com: BEST WEDDING MUSIC EVER!
If you envision a band for you wedding, I highly recommend working with Cagen. The music at our wedding was amazing from the guitar/violin during the ceremony and cocktails through the non-stop music late into the night.

Katie Richardson & Norbert Viranyi
The Edgewater, Madison WI

 

Chitarra and Big Beat were both wonderful

Becky,
Everything was just awesome! Everything was great! We couldn’t be happier! Chitarra and Big Beat were both wonderful-can’t say enough good things about them-especially Larry, he was just amazing, incredible! Thank you for everything!

Katie Richardson & Norbert Viranyi
The Edgewater, Madison WI


Big Beat was fabulous!

Thank you so much – Big Beat was fabulous! The dance floor was filled all night and we received so many compliments! At midnight the dance floor was still full so we had to extend the band yet another half hour! Again, thank you so much and I would recommend them in a heartbeat or Big Beat lol!

Barbara Barton (Bride’s Mother)
Blackstone Hotel


the dance floor was at full capacity all night!

Just wanted to let you know that the band was outstanding last night! They made a perfect day even better! I’ve never been to a wedding where the dance floor was at full capacity all night! We will highly recommend your company and Big Beat in the future. Thanks!

Caitlin Siedlecki & Bob Slezak
Art Institute


The dance floor was packed the entire night!

Becky,
Thanks to you, Larry and all of Big Beat for making our reception amazing. We had the night of our life it was perfection. The dance floor was packed the entire night! It was the best wedding we have ever been to. Thanks for all your help throughout this process. With gratitude!

Colleen Pastouvic & Lance Kingston
Skokie Country Club


 

best dance band they had ever heard

5 STAR REVIEW from Yelp:
Larry Eckerling and his band “Big Beat” performed at my daughter’s wedding this past Sunday 11/12/17. It was incredible. We had requested a band who could play varied styles focusing on swing and ethnic wedding music. There was a seamless shift between genres. Larry and I worked together over more than a year planning the event. And while he made suggestions and offered advice when asked he was NEVER pushy. We ended up with a large ensemble to get the sound we wanted. We added a trombone at the last minute but it was so worth it.
So many people came up to me during the reception and told me it was by far the best dance band they had ever heard. I’m only sorry it’s over because I will miss my chats with Larry. He is the real deal!!!

Linda Stern (Bride’s Mother)
The Merion


 

very impressed with “Big Beat”!

Becky,
Excellent! We were very impressed with “Big Beat”! Thanks again!

Nancy & Joe Adams
Chicago Club


perfectly beautiful and fun

I can’t express how happy I was with the band “Big Beat” at the reception and with Don playing the trumpet in the wedding ceremony. It was all so perfectly beautiful and fun. Such positive energy came from all associated with your team. I would have all of you all over again. Maybe I will, if I ever marry again.
Thanks Becky! So glad to know you…..

Dede Daves (Bride’s Mother)
Ruth Lake Country Club


So much fun!!!

Bravo!!! I just wanted to tell you how awesome you and the Big Beat band were last Saturday. Laurel and I are still buzzing from the party. So much fun!!! You kept building the momentum and the party kept getting better and better! We are so grateful. Thank you!
Does the band ever perform down in Florida? My country club in Marco Island has a huge fundraiser for cancer research every April and one of my guests who attended last Saturday, is the primary organizer and wants to bring you there! I gave her your contact information.
Please pass along my thanks to the other band members.

Laurel & Larry Flinn
Marriott Lincolnshire


Everyone raved

We are heading out for our honeymoon today but just wanted to thank you for everything! Everyone raved about how good Big Beat was and we are so happy!!!

Kat Purta & Laird Stabler
University Club


the dance floor was packed until the bitter end!

It was amazing!!! Michelle and Alex had their dream night!!! Larry and the band did a great job! I think the dance floor was packed until the bitter end!
Being a musician myself, I was listening very attentively to the musicians and appreciated their artistry. Please make sure they know they did a wonderful job and that the band was great. It really couldn’t have been a more perfect evening. We would be happy to be a reference for you anytime. Thanks so much.

Dave & Erin Dubin (Bride’s Parents)
BJBE


the crowd loved them

I just wanted to tell you that Big Beat was GREAT at Cate’s wedding this past Saturday! They kept everything moving and the crowd loved them. Larry was a terrific emcee and the music during the cocktail hour was the right touch. Thank you for making Cate’s wedding so memorable!

Randy Gula (Bride’s Father)
Hotel InterContinental


 

The dance floor was packed all night

Thank you for making our wedding truly unforgettable! You and Big Beat were unbelievable and we received so many compliments from the guests at the wedding! Everything was perfect!!! The dance floor was packed all night, which was exactly what we hoped for!!! Thank again for such a wonderful night!

Alexandra Siedliecki & Corey Hardie
The Rookery


WOW…AMAZING!

Thank you for making Lauren and Derek’s wedding so special!
Big Beat …WOW…AMAZING! Thank you for being so great!
Becky, you are a gem and we really appreciate all that you have done for us. You made this day wonderful!

Jaunda & Lars Kneller (Bride’s Parents)
University Club


 

vocalists are out of this world IMPRESSIVE

Big Beat performed at my wedding reception on March 12th, and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience. I knew that I would get a lot of compliments on the band, just by looking at all of their videos online and from word of mouth from others who have seen this band perform. But I was shocked by all of the phone calls and emails I received the next day from my family and friends who said that not only did Big Beat ROCK, but they also helped to make our wedding the best one they had ever been to. Honestly, I don’t think there can be any higher praise for a band. I always wanted to hear the song Tightrope by Janelle Monae performed by a band with a horn section. Not only did they learn the song (and dedicate it to me while I was on the dance floor), but they performed it so amazingly well, I’m almost disappointed when I hear the original track now. Their horn section is INSANE, their guitarist is AMAZING (yes, I heard that little tribute riff to Jimi during the set), their vocalists are out of this world IMPRESSIVE… but most of all, they are unbelievably talented in arranging a great party.
Bottom line, if you want your wedding to be an incredibly memorable experience, and a true dance party, hire Big Beat!

Samantha Moore & Fredo Aguilar
Orrington Hotel


 

Big Beat was great!

Becky,
We had a fantastic party! Big Beat was great! Loved it! Thanks again for everything!

Lauren Gardner & Eric Leigh
Waldorf Hotel


in awe that you did not take one break

Thank you Big Beat so incredibly much for making our wedding so special and memorable. The energy and excitement you provided during the reception was amazing! We had so much fun dancing and singing along with you and were in awe that you did not take one break the whole night! I cannot tell you how many compliments we’ve received from our guests – they all told us this was the best wedding they have ever been to because of the band! Thank you!!!

Molly Potter & Kale Schnettler
The Langham


 

AMAZING!!!

Big Beat Was AMAZING!!! From the music at the ceremony, to the cocktail hour, to the reception, they were nothing but outstanding. I am STILL receiving compliments on the band and I’m being told that Big Beat made my wedding one of THE BEST weddings my guests have ever been to! Thank you so much Larry all the band!

Kelly Flynn & Adam Miller
Esplanade Lakes

 

dance floor was packed all night long

We used Big Beat for our church service, cocktail hour, dinner and reception. The music was perfectly selected and beautiful. For the reception, Larry and his talented musicians and singers delivered on their promise to “continuously elevate” the party during the course of the evening. The dance floor was packed all night long. It seemed every song played was perfect for that moment of the evening. It was a celebration our guests will always remember, so much fun! The next morning, everyone was commenting how awesome the band was. Larry, great job!!!! Thanks!

Larry Flynn (Bride’s Father)
Esplanade Lakes


 

every musician in the band was fantastic

By far, the best choice I made was to have live music at our wedding. Larry and Big Beat delivered everything we wanted: gorgeous ceremony music of cello and piano, jazzy piano music during cocktails, and finally an outrageously awesome 9-piece band for the best dance party ever. Not only did they bring the heat, they bought beautiful talent: every musician in the band was fantastic. My husband and I are musicians ourselves and had specific requests, which they met flawlessly. The best thing: I requested they play one of my favorite German punk rock songs and they ROCKED it! My German friends and I couldn’t believe our ears!!! Also, because we got married in a space with poor acoustics, Larry saw to it that everyone (officiant, speakers, bride & groom) were properly mic’d. It was an absolute pleasure working
with you and a blast dancing and singing along with this fabulous band!

Rebecca Dohme & Amitai Schleier
Crystal Gardens


 

so happy!

Thank you!!! The party and Big Beat were great and the client so, so happy! Thanks for putting this together so fast.

Jan Ehrenberg (Consultant)
Ritz Carlton


 

Everyone raved

Big Beat did an outstanding job with our daughter’s wedding! Our older daughter got married six years ago and we loved Big Beat so much, we HAD to have them for out second daughters wedding! Larry was very professional, adaptable, but most importantly, his music rocked! The dance floor was never empty, and they played a great mix of contemporary and classic’ songs. Everyone raved how great the band was and that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! Great job, one more child to go!!!

Nancy Coleman (Bride’s Mother)
Evergreen Golf Club, Elkhorn, WI


 

phenomenal

We hired Big Beat to play at our wedding from the ceremony, to cocktails, to the reception. They not only did a phenomenal job, were great to deal with and totally “got us” as a couple. Our wedding was a bit different as we had a traditional Jewish ceremony and also incorporated some of my Chinese heritage during the reception, AND my husband and I are big fans of rap, hip/hop, and R&B. I thought we’d be a challenge for them, but not at all. They arranged a piano/violin rendition of Kanye West’s “Homecoming” for the recessional — truly one of my favorite moments of the day. They also did a great job working with my day-of-coordinator and the traditional Chinese Lion Dancers to transition between performances seamlessly. Big Beat learned Bruce Springsteen’s “When You Need Me” for the father/daughter dance, Big Pun’s “Still Not a Player”, and my favorite of the night – Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison”. Some old school BBD. and they killed it!

Janie Chan & Lee Wolf
Knickerbocker


 

the best band they've ever heard,

Big Beat made our wedding day. I can’t tell you how many people came up to us to compliment the band. So many were telling us it was the best band they’ve ever heard, and we couldn’t agree more. We were SO lucky to have them as part of our wedding day…one of the best & easiest decisions we made!

Chloe Bender & Russell Johnston
Blackstone Hotel


The band was an absolute smash

We want to thank Big Beat so very much. The wedding was amazing and we could not have asked for anything more. The band was an absolute smash. We received so many compliments about them, just fantastic! Thank you again, you made our wedding a great time we will never forget!

Kim Paul & Chad York
Turnberry Country Club


 

could not have been happier

Our feet may be mad at us, but we never stopped dancing on the night of our wedding. Big Beat was a pleasure to work with and listened to our music suggestions. We were amazed to see that both older adults and our friends never left the dance floor all night. Big Beat helped create a great atmosphere and we could not have been happier with them.

Michelle Short & Jonathan Kaylor
Exmoor Country Club


 

exceeded our highest expectations!!

Best Band ever! We wanted to ensure fabulous music all night long… Big Beat exceeded our highest expectations!! The dance floor was packed all night!!! Highly recommend the continuous music package!!! Amazing band!! Made the night spectacular!!!

Erica Lindner & Joe Fridlin
Columbia Yacht Club


 

couldn't stop raving about the band!

We hired Big Beat to provide music for our wedding ceremony and our reception. We choose a ten piece set up that was inclusive of 4 vocalists. We could not have been happier!! The band played continuously through dinner until 1am. The dance floor was packed. They literally had to kick us out of the ballroom and the end of the night. What was especially refreshing was the passion with which the band played … they were having a great time and it was contagious!! At our brunch the next day, our guests couldn’t stop raving about the band! Big Beat made our wedding special!

Laura Young & David Gould
W Chicago City Center


 

our reception was a blast

We used Big Beat for our wedding and we recommend them! Larry was great to work with. He took the time to understand our needs for both the ceremony and reception and helped to make them both beautiful. Thanks to Big Beat, our reception was a blast with everyone dancing til the very end. The band excelled with both traditional Jewish music and with popular music. So many of our guests remarked to us how fun the band was. We thank Big Beat for helping make our wedding celebration truly memorable.

Lindsey & Zach Seeskin
Arboretum Club


 

Everybody loved them

We knew from the minute that we met, you were the entertainment that we wanted at our daughter’s wedding. You were so professional and flexible throughout the entire process. The orchestra was able to accommodate us for the cocktail party, the dinner, and the reception music.

Everyone loved them and we are still getting calls and e-mails about them!

Rita Wilkinson (Bride’s Mother)
Evanston Golf Club


 

exceeded our expectations

Big Beat an amazing job at my daughter’s wedding. The music went on and on and exceeded our expectations. Because of the variety of music we needed there were guests who thought we had two separate bands. Larry was very professional and pleasant to work with. I have already recommended the band to other people. I would not hesitate for a second to hire them again. They did exactly what the bride and groom wanted. The dance floor was full of happy, dancing guests the entire evening. Big Beat made the celebration what it was.

Debra Green (Bride’s Mother)
Marriott Lincolnshire


 

The dance floor was packed the entire night

Big Beat provided music for my daughter’s wedding ceremony, cocktail hour at the reception, and the dance music after the dinner was served. I chose Big Beat because they have a work ethic that knows no limits and a quest for musical perfection. They have the highest standards when it comes to musicians and performances. I knew that whatever they did, it would be of the highest quality. And I wasn’t wrong. For the wedding ceremony, they provided a string quartet, a vocalist, and Larry at the piano. Tears were shed at the Ave Maria because it was so moving. The classic wedding ceremony songs were played with exuberance and joy. Just what I asked for. And the cantor was not to be believed. Her voice was so beautiful, emotive, her range was amazing. I’ve been to a lot of Masses and heard many cantors, and she is heads above anyone I’ve heard before.
The trio played during the cocktail hour, providing background music to conversation. I heard snippets of classics. They trio added to the ambiance of the party.
The show stopper was the band. Every song got people up dancing. The dance floor was packed the entire night. From the 20- year olds, the teenagers, the little flower girls, the aunts and uncles, grandmothers and great grandfathers… everyone was dancing. Big Beat played all the specific songs we requested, and mixed in some classics and new hits. Truly, I’ve never seen a crowd react to a band like our guests reacted to Big Beat. I can’t describe how good this band was. The 4 singers, the horns, keyboard, drums, bass… I know I’m missing some, but they were unbelievable. Music can be a major expense at a wedding. And we wanted to have great music for my daughter’s wedding. I know that in order to get the best product, you have to pay the price. In my opinion, Larry and Big Beat are the best out there, so he’s going to be more expensive than a DJ, or a pick-up band. They are professionals. We couldn’t be more pleased with the music from start to finish.

Julie Zuercher (Bride’s Mother)
Wilmette Residence


 

You kept our dance floor packed the entire time!

You definitely know what you’re doing and you do it to perfection! You kept our dance floor packed the entire time! So many of our guests commented on how good your band was! Your very versatile style works well for everyone. You were always very prompt in responding to emails and communicating in general. It was a pleasure dealing with you. We always felt as though you were out to please us in any way you could. You were a huge help in recommending music pieces in the areas we were unsure of and your knowledge and expertise really shows through. Your Baroque Trio for our church ceremony was enchanting! Again, so many commented on how beautiful the ceremony was.

Silvia Biella and Gaston Zilleruelo
Wyndham Chicago


 

The band was fantastic

The band was fantastic — I think the only reason why people even danced at the party! Thank you!

Tali Byrne and Travis Snow
Ecology Center


 

the whole crowd dancing the whole night

Thank you for helping to make our wedding such a fun party. You were great to work with and helped us to come up with the perfect music plan for our evening — from the ceremony to the reception and to a DJ for the after party. You set the tone perfectly and had the whole crowd dancing the whole night. Thank you!

Deanna Pihos and Cary Heckman
Art Institute


 

Your orchestra was perfect

Thank you for making our anniversary party such a wonderful evening. Your orchestra was perfect—and nonstop—all night starting with the cocktail hour before dinner right until midnight.

My wife and I really appreciate how you helped us think through the flow and categories of music. Also, your suggestion for us to use the Cover Girls was perfect. Equally, the individuals in your 15-piece orchestra were incredibly talented. Everyone made the evening easy for us, and a lot of fun for our 130 guests.

It was just great working with you. You made it all come together perfectly and, as promised, you delivered on every commitment. I can’t imagine what our party would have been like without you. With appreciation and best wishes!

Frank & Barbara LaFasto
Deerfield Hyatt


 

You absolutely nailed it

You absolutely nailed it on the night of our wedding. You are the perfect wedding entertainment! You were extremely professional and willing to go the extra mile throughout the planning and execution on the big day. Our dance floor was packed the entire night, and the texts and messages keep pouring in about how great your band performed. Our hats are off to your group! Great job!

Sarah Zelenka and Mark Mcilduff
Westin


 

the best band they had ever heard

What a pleasure and honor to work with your band at our wedding last evening. We enjoyed every second, from the music during cocktail hour and throughout dinner to the amazing sets played during the dancing! You were extremely responsive, helpful, and flexible during our planning process. We appreciated the group’s professionalism, expertise and experience in playing together. Our family and friends said it was the best band they had ever heard at an event, and they literally danced for 5 straight hours! Thank you!

Tracy Tuyn and Michael Trumbell
School of the Art Institute


 

Absolutely AWESOME!

WOW! The band was superb!!! Absolutely AWESOME! You are incredible!!! SO VERY professional, and very organized, AWESOME! Your musicians are ‘top notch’!!! Having “The Cover Girl Violinists” play with the band was a complete musical package!!! We had guests from all over the states including a guest from out of the country and they stated they have attended many weddings, receptions in Long Island, Hampton’s, Manhattan, etc. and this band and the Cover Girl Violinists was the best band they had ever heard!!!

We were a tad concerned initially because we had not heard you in person. We were very conscientious about the choices we made and our need for quality in all areas. OH MY WORD — YOU EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS IN EVERY WAY!!! You Rock!!! Flawless!!!

Lana Whited (Bride’s Mother)
The Commons, IN


 

You made our night so special

The band was the most exciting part of our wedding day! The dance floor was packed and people still continue to talk about how AMAZING you were! Hands down the best investment we made on the wedding! Thank you to you and your team! You made our night so special!

Ami Bukowski and Greg Garcia
Narnia Estate


 

Great sound, awesome energy

Your band is amazing! Great sound, awesome energy — you made our reception everything we could have possibly wanted. You did an incredible job of gaging the audience to keep the dance floor PACKED all night. You played a mix of music that not only reflected our own tastes but that all our guests enjoyed, from 80s music to top chart songs on the radio. Weeks after the wedding our guests are still raving about the band and how much fun they had dancing at our reception. You were a delight to work with throughout the planning process and played a key role in helping us plan a great evening. Thank you and the rest of your team for an unforgettable night!

Meghan Basic and Chris Collins
Galleria Marchetti


 

I couldn’t imagine my wedding with any other band

Not only is your band a group of incredibly talented people, you read the crowd very well. The mix of music was perfect for the event — very contemporary mixed in with some wonderful oldies that everyone in the room just loved. People were up dancing all night long. I couldn’t imagine my wedding with any other band. You were just spectacular.

Eills Anderson and Josh Lester
Durham Woods Riding Club