Category Archives: Unplugged Vocal Quartet – Dinner Music

Molly & Angelo

July 15, 2017
The Drake Hotel

Molly & Angelo met while working together at NBC in South Bend, IN, and they chose one of our very favorite ballrooms for their wedding day, the Gold Coast Room at the Drake.


From our first conversation together, we knew that this party merging Irish, German, and Sicilian traditions was going to be off the charts! There were so many special moments to remember: Artistrings pop string quartet kicked things off for cocktail hour, family friend and tenor Tony Milioto brought down the house with O Sole Mio and Nessun Dorma during dinner, dancing featured an extended tarantella for all guests to enjoy, and we learned Allentown/Billy Joel for Angelo’s home town. Check out Angelo and his dad singing a special Italian song together – the sweetest moments ever!


Molly & Angelo wanted to celebrate with an East-Coast style (New York style) wedding, so once we entered the Gold Coast Room for dinner service, we got everyone up to dance for a few minutes. We love how a NY style wedding gets the energy of the wedding up from the minute the reception starts, it’s so much fun! Here’s an uncut video clip of part of this dance set, so you can see how we transition between tunes to keep everyone on the floor.

We featured this smaller 8 piece band for dancing between courses, and then our Unplugged vocal quartet with acoustic guitar and cajon during dinner service. For dancing after dinner, we expanded to the full 11 piece band (with horn section). More video coming up soon, and our most sincere thanks to Nicole Zenner and her team from LK Events for making everything so easy 🙂

Caidi & Steve

December 31, 2015
Union League Club of Chicago

Happy New Year, everyone!

We can’t imagine a better way to begin 2016, and all our thanks to smooth coordination from the team at Soirée Weddings & Events. Celebrating Caidi & Steve with friends, family, and lots of great music was an incredible honor for us. Music began at the club with our Artistrings violins welcoming guests up the stairs for cocktails. Dinner started with tons of energy from the 17 piece Chris Sarlas Orchestra. We danced, and then the bride and groom shared their first dance: the DMB version of In My Life.


During dinner, we had fun creating a few different moods – our strolling violins on the dance floor serenaded with a set of holiday classics and standards. A little later, we featured our vocal quartet with cajon and acoustic guitar for a conversation friendly unplugged set.


Some dancing highlights from this fabulous celebration:

Every once in a while, we like to post an uncut video to show how we transition from tune to tune and keep the dance floor packed. Here’s what we did in the minutes leading up to the countdown to the New Year. Enjoy!

Of course, we had a few minutes for selfie stick fun at the end of the night. Love this band!





And….we’re blushing. Yes, we got a little misty reading this Wedding Wire review from Caidi’s parents. Can’t thank you enough, Marika & Evan!

OH WHAT A NIGHT! The Chris Sarlas Orchestra reached its consistent high level of achievement at our daughter’s New Year’s Eve wedding this December 31, 2015. They demonstrated their extraordinary dedication to insuring that this magical evening would be spectacular from the onset. True to form, guests danced the night away from the moment they entered the venue to well after midnight. No one wanted to leave and they kept chanting “One more song!” A true testament to their talent . . their energy . . and their interaction with the guests. From the strolling violins to the strong band performance, they were simply put . . . “incredible”.

Highly accomplished and multi-talented, their musicians with the leadership and perseverance for perfection by Chris and Carol Sarlas, made the evening of what dreams are made of and our guests have not stopped praising their performance. Job beyond well done!

Vicki & Jason

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
November 7, 2015

Oh how we love Vicki & Jason! We’ve gotten to know Jason over the years, and it’s been such a pleasure to work with Vicki too and to get to know them together as a couple. This pair is so well-loved, it was clear from the first minute that everyone came from near and far to celebrate with them. And, it’s always such a blast to parter with with Tom Manikas of Manikas Designs.

Since they wanted to start the celebration with high energy and keep it going throughout the night, a New York style reception was perfect for them. We began the evening dancing…

and then transitioned to conversation-friendly dinner music with our vocal quartet.


Check out Vicki & Jason’s dinner music – Unplugged!

Interspersed throughout the evening, we danced:

Vicki & Jason, thank you for including us in this amazing celebration. WHAT A NIGHT!!

Nora & Christian

The Drake Hotel
October 24, 2015

From the first minute speaking with Nora & Christian, we knew that this was going to be an absolutely amazing wedding! Celebrating New York style was a perfect fit for them, and when we weren’t dancing between courses, guests enjoyed conversation friendly dinner music with our vocal quartet, cajon and acoustic guitar Unplugged set. With expert coordination by Megan and her team at North Shore Weddings & Events, Nora’s megawatt smile lit up the night, and we loved every.single.second.

Fleury, our super awesome mother of the bride, left these words for us on Wedding Wire. HUGS to all!!

Of all of the things that guests remember from a wedding reception the MUSIC tops the list and the Chris Sarlas Orchestra is TOPS! My husband said, the music made the evening!

I contacted Chris Sarlas 14 months before my daughter’s wedding because he had been praised by an event planner at one of the venues we were considering. I called him and he responded immediately. He was pleasant, informative and was interested in hearing what our thoughts were about the tone and style of our wedding. He sent several very helpful emails about the process of hiring music for a wedding, etc. He suggested that my daughter and her fiance, who live in NYC, set up a phone call “meeting”; they called and had a long, informative conversation after which, they were so excited about working with Chris and his wife Carol. The next time they came into town, we met with Chris and Carol at their home for coffee and talked more about the “feeling/atmosphere” that they wanted for their reception. Chris suggested an “East Coast” style format in which right after the bridal couple is introduced, they dance their “First Dance”, just as they finish, all the guests are invited to dance and the band plays several sets. This gets all of the guests involved in the party immediately. There is such energy; people are engaged and into the party from the beginning! With East Coast Style, there is dancing between courses and this keeps the energy level high.

All of our guests raved about the music, everyone was up and dancing! One of my friends said that her husband , who never dances, was up on the dance floor enjoying himself! One of our New York guests sent me a note and said that The Chris Sarlas Orchestra was by far one of the BEST BANDS that he had ever heard at a wedding! Chris and his wife are true professional and equally important, very nice people! They are interested in making your event exactly as you have dreamed it would be.