About

Sway Chicago is one the most respected and sought after Chicago wedding bands and dance bands. Featuring some of Chicago's top vocalists, Sway Chicago was featured in the 2008 Dennis Quaid movie "The Express," and has been an established presence at Chicago's top corporate and private events. We work very hard to customize every event, so our clients unique personal tastes are evident to their guests throughout every performance. Sway Chicago can vary its size from 7-15 musicians to accommodate different events and budgets and plays a wide variety of music, including Top 40 through the decades, Motown, Classic Rock, R&B, Funk, Disco, Jazz, Swing, Big Band and ethnic music. For special events, Sway can perform everything from smooth ceremony, cocktail and dinner music to pack-the-floor dance music.

Steve

Founder of Sway Chicago, Co-Bandleader, Vocalist

Marcus

Co-Bandleader, Vocalist

Patricia

Vocalist

Janvier

Vocalist

Precious

Vocalist

Tom

Pianist, Musical Director, Arranger

Leander

Drummer, Percussionist

George

Guitarist

JoJo

Bassist

Dan

Saxophonist, Arranger

Woody

Trumpeter

Ben

Trombonist

Mike

Tubist (Tuba player)

Katherine

Violinist

Gena

Co-Managing Partner

Videos

SWAY Chicago Trailer - Downtown Chicago

Top 40

SWAY on WGN - WGN Studios

Top 40

Signed Sealed Delivered (iPhone) - Lake Forest

Motown/R&B

Swaylist

Reviews

Murphy Auditorium Wedding - 6/11

We absolutely recommend SWAY to anyone in search of a band for their wedding! SWAY was recommended by our wedding planner. We first met Steve and the rest of the band during one of their performances at the Drake and we were sold! Our wedding was only 5 days ago, but we have already received countless compliments about the band. People have actually told us that SWAY was the best part of our wedding. The song selection was excellent - people of all ages were dancing the whole night.

- Loie and Domenic, Weddingwire

Salvatore's Chicago Wedding - 6/04

Sway shows a willingness to commit fully is essential, especially with music as haughty as this. “Solomon’s Song” could easily fit on a later-period Nick Cave album with its gothic gospel melodies and subject matter: standing before God, waiting to be judged. Call By Night is replete with soaring pronouncements as this, where the stakes are grand and the gestures grander. Known primarily for his guitar work, Miles pivots towards more stoic, piano-centric songs reminiscent of Leonard Cohen. When paired with restraint, such as on the title track, it can lead to stately, elegant results, but at times the bombast can be overbearing.

- Megan and Jay, Weddingwire

Chicago wedding - 12/30

Sway Chicago 100% made our wedding. The dance floor was packed the entire night and everyone raved about how amazing the band was. I love Steve, he worked with me before the wedding to accommodate all my special requests for songs and a singing guitarist during cocktails. Sway was completely worth the money we spent. If you want to have a rockin' awesome wedding, hire this band!!

- Rachel, Weddingwire

FAQ's

Once you decide Sway Chicago is your entertainment of choice, we will send you a simple 1 page contract based off the initial proposal that we agreed upon. If the contract is agreeable, then typically, a downpayment of 50% is required at the time of a contract signing.

Yes! Although we do not invite potential clients to attend other couples weddings, we do schedule public band showcases that you can preview the band live. Please check our Sway Events page for the next public performance, or call us to schedule a video viewing.

Sway performs a wide variety of music. We specialize in Top 40 through the decades. We play everything from Current Top 40, Latin, Big-Band, Motown, Classic Rock, etc. For a sample of the songs we perform and the different genres, visit the SWAYLIST page.

We are a scalable band from 7-15 pieces, depending on the size of the event. Our core band consists of our rhythm section (Keys, Bass, Drums & Guitar, and 3-5 vocalists. From there we add 1-4 horns and 1-3 violins.

We do have limited liability insurance. If a venue needs to be named on the policy for a specific event, our insurance company will issue a COI of our policy, including who needs to be named on the certificate.

See Us Live

Location Date Time Free Reservation
Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL 04/07/2017 9PM - 12:30AM Request

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