Brooke & The Nice Things:
“…we want something different from the typical wedding band-for-hire…we want people to dance all night…” is the common theme we hear from our clients planning their weddings or other private events. While this 8-piece soul band makes people dance and move throughout many of Chicago’s premier music venues and festivals, we continually embrace the opportunity to play many private events throughout the Midwest and beyond including weddings, corporate events, and other special events where the mission is to create something fun, fresh, unique, exciting and truly memorable.
While the band never set out to play private events, the first request came shortly after the band started playing out at venues throughout Chicagoland… and was followed by the next request, and the next and the next… The vast majority of Brooke and The Nice Things private event engagements continue to come from attendees of prior performances or simply by word-of-mouth. These new clients want to put their unique spin on what they just saw and heard from Brooke and the guys to make their own event or that of friends, family and colleagues special and different.
We are constantly honored and flattered to be asked to help celebrate such an important event as a wedding...
The Brooke Reams Jazz Trio and Jazz Quartet:
For a more laid back vibe during cocktails, dinner, or a social or corporate gathering, Brooke and the guys perform an array of jazz standards, mixed with some contemporary tunes to create the perfect atmosphere for a more intimate gathering. The Trio is comprised of Brooke's smooth vocals, accompanied by keys and a muted horn. More often than not, we add a stand-up bass for a fuller, deeper vibe and pulse.
We had Brooke & The Nice Things perform at our wedding and they absolutely rocked it! They put on an amazing set ranging from Aretha, to Amy Winehouse, to Queen to Etta James. I couldn't imagine a better first dance with my new husband while Brooke belted out At Last and our guests cheered. We loved every minute and have had so many people reach out and tell us how amazing the band was. We've heard "best wedding band we've ever heard", "loved how they played Motown all night and didn't switch to the poppy stuff that kids like these days" and "how did you find them?!?". Well, we are so glad we found them and that they could play for us - will definitely be recommending Brooke & The Nice Things any chance we get. --- Danielle
We were so happy to have Brooke & the Nice Things play at our son’s wedding on August 20th at our home in Lake Delavan. From the first minute that Brooke took the stage, the dance floor, everyone jumped on the dance floor. Let's say 125 people at all times. Brooke and her fabulous musicians brought their best game---best performance, unique and amazing sound and energy all night long. If you want to have the best soul/dance band for your private event, you have to call Steve to book Brooke and her band. --Carol
Dear Steve & Brooke: Thank you guys so much for being a huge part of what has clearly become the best night of our lives. You all KILLED it, and the complements are still coming in about how amazing you were! Although our priority for the night was to dance as much as possible, we wish we could have done more. Every second not spent on the dance floor was was agony. Thanks again, you guys! Can't wait to catch up to you again sometime later this summer. --Taylor & Justin
Hi Steve -- I met you briefly this past Saturday at the Wisconsin wedding. First of all, let me say that Brooke and the Nice Things were absolutely INCREDIBLE!! You all kept the dance floor rockin' all night...it was unlike anything we've ever seen. There were many points in the night that Pat and I looked at each other and said "We have to get them!!" We are getting married in Indianapolis, IN. We're hoping that you travel that far south. Keeping our fingers crossed you have our date free and we can go from there! Thanks again for keeping us moving all night long last Saturday. Looking forward to hearing from you! --Sara and Pat
Steve - …I should tell you that there is a real risk when the word gets out that you guys are the band for the wedding… you know when you invite 300 folks to a wedding you figure 20% won’t show. But with YOU guys, with your reputation in this family, it will be more like 2%. If YOU’RE looking forward to this, I tell ya, multiply it by ten and that’s where our family is… -- John
“If there's one really important thing to get right at a wedding, it's the music. And if there's one band in the Chicago-land area to trust with 100% confidence - it's Brooke & The Nice Things. It’s been two months since our wedding and I'm still hearing from aunts, cousins, friends, and siblings. It was that damn good. If you want a wedding band with authenticity, funk, and action - look no further.” – Mark
Hello! You guys have played at two of my cousins’ weddings and I have loved you! I will be getting married in December and was wondering if I could talk to you about your availability and prices! Looking forward to hearing from you. –Maddie
Hello Brooke and Steve, Thank you. You guys totally killed it and were the perfect addition to our event. I loved the music, how you activated the room, and how you read the crowd. Thank you as well for being so pleasant to work with. Photos of our event will be posted on Wine Enthusiast's Facebook page in a few days, but please let me know if you need any hi-res versions. Thank you again and cheers to you! Sincerely, Adam
WOW, this young lady can sing, and her band ain't too bad either. We enjoyed the concert this evening in Lisle. Can't wait to see them again! LOVED your choice of songs as well as your originals. New Fan – Eileen
Brooke and Steve -- You all put on an INCREDIBLE show this past Thursday. I talked to a lot of people who said you all were the stars of the whole night. Have you all thought much about doing weddings? For one, I think you all could be crushing it there. For two, I’m planning on getting hitched sometime (about a year from now) and would love to work with ya. Anyways, props for the great sound and presence. Hope to stay in touch! –Marc
My fiance and I recently caught you all at the Bassment and were absolutely blown away. We would love to talk about having the band perform at our wedding next year! –Jake
Hi Steve – Thank you so much again for everything last week! The band was awesome and the client just loved it! --Maddie, The Underground
Beautiful voice, excellent horns, boss strings: GREAT BAND! Loved the originals! – Karyn