Live Greek Music in Chicago

Presenting Greek Beat – Chicago’s high energy authentic Greek music band!

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

Greek Beat is our latest Greek music production, led by amazing vocalist and bandleader Demi Michalopolous, with bouzouki player and vocalist John Linardakis.

Greek Beat performs all the traditional Greek wedding dancing favorites, plus contemporary songs by artists including Nikos Kourkoulis, Giorgios Tsalikis, Antoni Remos, Glykeria and Eltheria Arbanitaki.

Looking for both Greek and American music for your wedding or event? Cagen Music has three fantastic options!

• Add our American singers to Greek Beat

• Add our DJ to Greek Beat

• Add Greek performers to other Cagen Music bands and ensembles.

By choosing Cagen Music you will insure smooth planning, the best combination of Greek and American vocalists and instrumentalists to meet your event's needs, seamless transitions between the Greek and American music, quality sound system and engineering, and the best entertainment value.

One company, one band, and a whole world of music!

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Demi Michalopolous, Bandleader and VocalistMeet Demi Michalopolous, Bandleader and Vocalist

Vocalist, actress and educator Dimokratia Michalopoulos is the bandleader of Greek Beat. Demi is a Chicago native and started singing at the age of 4 at her families Greek restaurant, walking up to diners and asking, "would you like to hear me sing?"

Demi received her BA in Musical Theater Performance from Columbia College. She has sung at many Chicago Greektown clubs, Horseshoe Casino, and as a cabaret artist at Davenport's Piano Bar. Demi has performed on NBC-5 Chicago, at the New Orleans Crescent City Jazz Fest, and as a back-up singer for Joan Osborne. Demi is also a lead vocalist for Cagen Music's Big Beat band.

As an educator and actor, Demi performs and produces for Imagination Theater, and educational children's theater that presents interactive social issues programming for both ages K–12 and college students. "I am incredibly lucky to do what I love and make a difference in people's lives through art and music."

 

John Linardakis, Bouzouki and VocalistMeet John Linardakis, Bouzouki and Vocalist

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 talent for our clients.

Wedding of Michael & Shannon 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 (Bride's Mother)
Drury Lane Oakbrook

 

Wedding of April & Michael

Thank you - it wouldn't have been such a great party without you! Your introductions and music were fantastic. Managing both the Greek  and American 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 (Bride's Parents)
Hotel InterContinental