April 22, 2014

We love weddings, but the truth is our DJs are so much more than wedding DJs. Want proof? Come see us at some of Chicago’s most credible music spots!

Tuesday, April 22nd – 9:00pm – Neville (aka DJ Elliven) @ Tonic Room – 80s/90s Night

Tuesday, April 22nd – 10:00pm - Dan (aka Demchuk) on WZRD - Open Format

Tuesday, April 22nd – 9:00pm – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon- Country Night

Thursday, April 24th – 9:00pm – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon - Country Night

Thursday, April 24th – 9:00pm – Avi (aka Avi Sic) @ Grid – Open Format

Friday, April 25th – 9:00pm – Tyler @ Dark Horse – Open Format

Friday, April 25th – 10:00pm – Kevin (aka DJ K.Price) @ Holiday Club – 80s Videos

Saturday, April 26th – 9:00pm – Victor (aka DJ Limbs) @ Northside Bar – Open Format

Saturday, April 26th – 10:00pm – Dan (aka Demchuk) @ Evil Olive – Open Format

Sunday, April 27th – 9:00pm – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) @ Harbee’s – All-Vinyl

Sunday, April 27th – 9:00pm – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon - Country Night

Sunday, April 27th – 9:00pm – Tyler and Adam @ Lizard’s Liquid Lounge – 1up Throwback residency (80s/90s)

Monday, April 28th – 9:00pm – Victor (aka DJ Limbs) @ Cage and Aquarium Studio – Ustream – Open Format

Monday, April 28th – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Adam on WLUW (88.7) - Open Format

Tuesday, April 29th – 9:00pm – Neville (aka DJ Elliven) @ Tonic Room - 80s/90s Night

Tuesday, April 29th- 10:00pm - Dan (aka Demchuk) on WZRD - Open Format

Tuesday, April 29th- 9:00pm - Scott (aka Bloodshot Scott) @ The Hideout – Open Format

Tuesday, April 29th- 9:00pm – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon- Country Night

Wednesday, April 30th- 9:00pm - Scott (aka Bloodshot Scott) @ Live Wire – Open Format

Thursday, May 1st – 9:00pm – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon - Country Night

Thursday, May 1st – 9:00pm – Dan (aka Demchuk) and Justin (aka Select Inverse) @ Beauty Bar – Velvet Revolution

Friday, May 2nd - 10:00pm – Kevin (aka DJ K.Price) @ Holiday Club – 80s Videos

Friday, May 2nd - 9:00pm – Lexi (aka DJ Lecks) @ Roka Akor – House Music

Saturday, May 3rd – 9:00pm – Dan (aka Demchuk) @ Northside Bar – Open Format

Saturday, May 3rd – 9:00pm – Avi (aka Avi Sic) @ Minibar – Open Format

Sunday, May 4th - 9:00pm – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon - Country Night

Sunday, May 4th – 9:00pm – Dan (aka Demchuk) @ Subterranean – CIMMfest with Psalm One

Sunday, May 4th - 9:00pm – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) @ Harbee’s – All-Vinyl

April 22, 2014

David is a former member of the C+A team, and when one of our own gets married it is certainly a special occasion! He moved away a couple of years ago to pursue an MBA, but he and Ellen recently returned to Chicago. We were more than honored when they asked us to be a part of their big day in early April and also excited they picked one of our favorite venues for the wedding…Osteria via Stato! Here are a few of our favorite shots.

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Katie Ricard and Hadassah Bullis

Cage and Aquarium DJs: Kevin Price and Adam Peindl

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April 18, 2014

Kerrie and Blake had Cage and Aquarium be a part of their wedding day in 2012. We are so excited that their new baby Lily has arrived and honored they asked us to photograph her in her first month of life! Here are just a few of our favorites. Congrats guys!

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April 15, 2014

Cara and Eddie had a beautiful early April wedding ceremony at St. Hyacinth Basilica in Logan Square, the same church Eddie’s parents were married in 39 years ago! Afterward everyone headed to the reception at the Ravenswood Event Center, which was stunning as always. After a delicious meal, the guests danced the night away beside the vintage cars. Here are a few of our favorites!

Cage + Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Kristin Parra

Cage + Aquarium DJs: Neville Allen and Martin Rodriguez

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DJ and Photography: Cage + Aquarium
Reception Venue and Catering: Ravenswood Event Center
Ceremony: St. Hyacinth Basilica
Flowers: Virginia Wolff
Cake: Dinkel’s Bakery
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Hotel: Public
Bride’s Dress: BHLDN
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

April 8, 2014

If you haven’t heard already, Cage and Aquarium offers an upgraded service where wedding guests can be hugged by the warmth of true vinyl sound, and observe DJs performing on the original format of wax throughout the evening. We are thrilled about how popular Wax Weddings has been recently so we decided to showcase it during the perfect time of the year – Record Store Day. Or more to the point, the week leading up to it…

Here is a list of our “Monsters Eat Laptops” all-vinyl series shows during the week of April 19th:

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Annual Record Store Day is upon us this month and it’s a chance to celebrate a beloved music format, real and authentic vinyl records. Cage and Aquarium’s DJs are celebrating the week leading up to April 19, 2014 with these unique events:

Monday, April 14 – Justin Ferranti, aka Select Inverse, is playing an all-vinyl set broadcast live on the web from the Cage and Aquarium studio. Couch potatoes can hop on-line from 9-10 pm to see turntable techniques and hear an open format set where anything goes!

Tuesday, April 15 – Tyler Huffman, Neville Allen (aka DJ Elliven) and Ajay Harding (aka DJ Shade) are taking it back at the Tonic Room with retro vinyl jams from the 80s, 90s and Y2K. A throwback dance party is sure to ensue at 2447 N Halsted, 9 pm to close.

Thursday, April 17th – Why not start buying early? Join us in the ‘burbs where Tyler Huffman will be playing records at the new location of Rediscover Records in downtown Elgin, IL. He will be playing Soul, Funk, Reggae, and World from 6Pm-8pm. Pick up some plates for that turntable in your life.

Friday, April 18 – With just one day to go before crowds hit Chicago’s record stores, Cage and Aquarium will be celebrating all day long with three events.

Foodies unite every Friday for a unique pop-up Nosh Lunch Market at Block Thirty Seven Shops on State. Christopher Thomopolous (aka DJ Moppy) will be flipping records for the crowd’s entertainment from 11 am – 2 pm.

Anyone looking to pick up the perfect craft brew to sip while listening to their Record Store Day gems should stop by Bottles and Cans, 4109 N Lincoln, on Friday. Tyler Huffman and Kevin Price (aka DJ K. Price) play all vinyl sets for guests 5:30-8:00. Come through and take a look (and better yet, make some purchases) at the best beer store in Chicago.

Late night wanderers should meander toward the Elbo Room’s basement at midnight for an all-vinyl 80s night. Created by Scott Schaefer (aka Bloodshot Scott) and Tyler Huffman, 1-Up is a monthly dance party inspired by all things 80s. Madonna, Debarge, and The Human League are all making a come-back and you don’t miss the wax edition of this night.

We hope to see you out to help us celebrate music in it’s purest format.

April 2, 2014

We had so much fun with Erika and Nick for their March wedding at the beautiful Pazzo’s 311 in Chicago. We loved that they incorporated their ethnic Mexican and Ukrainian backgrounds throughout the event. A Mariachi band entertained the guests during dinner and then the dance floor kicked off soon after with Tyler from Cage and Aquarium. Here are a few of our favorite photos!

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Kristin Parra

Cage and Aquarium DJs: Tyler Huffman and Adam Peindl

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April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1st – Neville (aka DJ Elliven) @ The Tonic Room – 80s and 90s
Wednesday, April 2nd – Dan (aka Demchuk) on WZRD 88.3 – 10PM-1AM – Open Format
Wednesday, April 2nd – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon – Hip Hop Night
Wednesday, April 2nd – Scott (aka Bloodshot Scott) @ Delilah’s – Bloodshot Records Night
Thursday, April 3rd – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon – Country Night
Thursday, April 3rd – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) @ Harbee’s – All-Vinyl Night
Friday, April 4th – Scott (aka Bloodshot Scott) @ Johnny O’Hagan’s – Cubs Home Opener – Open Format
Friday, April 4th – Justin (aka Select Inverse) @ Taco Joint (River North) – Open Format
Friday, April 4th – Kevin (aka DJ k.price) @ Holiday Club – 80’s Video Mixing
Friday, April 4th – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) @ The NOSH Market/Block 37 – All-Vinyl - 11am-2pm
Friday, April 4th – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) @ The Whistler (w/Garret David) – Open Format
Saturday, April 5th – Dan (aka Demchuk) @ Northside – Open Format
Saturday, April 5th – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) @Door #3 (Double Door) w/Beyond Luck, Dario X, and Sev & Cos
Saturday, April 5th – Scott (aka Bloodshot Scott) @ Halsted Harp – Open Format
Sunday, April 6th – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) and Justin (aka Select Inverse) @ Harbee’s – All-Vinyl Night
Sunday, April 6th – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon – Country Night
Tuesday, April 8th – Neville (aka DJ Elliven) @ Tonic Room – 80s and 90s
Wednesday, April 9th – Dan (aka Demchuk) on WZRD 88.3 – 10PM-1AM – Open Format
Wednesday, April 9th – Avi (aka Avi Sic) @ Castle – Open Format
Wednesday, April 9th – Brian @ Houdstooth Saloon – Hip Hop Night
Thursday, April 10th – Brian @ Houndstooth Saloon – Country Night
Friday, April 11th – Kevin (aka Dj k.price) @ Holiday Club – 80’s Video Mixing
Friday, April 11th – Avi (aka Avi Sic) @ Bar Louis – Open Format
Friday, April 11th – Scott (aka Bloodshot Scott) @ Johnny O’Hagan’s – Open Format
Saturday, April 12th – Ajay (aka DJ Shade) @ Murasaki Lounge – Open Format
Saturday, April 12th – Dan (aka Demchuk) @ Northside – Open Format
Saturday, April 12th – Avi (aka Avi Sic) @ Minibar – Open Format
Saturday, April 12th – Maggie @ Maria’s – All-Vinyl Night
Sunday, April 13th – Brian @ Houdstooth Saloon – Country Night
Sunday, April 13th – Chris (aka DJ Moppy) @ Harbee’s – All-Vinyl

STAY TUNED FOR ALL OF OUR RECORD STORE WEEK HAPPENINGS STARTING APRIL 14!

March 30, 2014

We are excited to partner with Room 1520 and many other fantastic companies for the upcoming Bride’s Choice wedding event this Thursday, April 3! We’ll be providing the music as couples meet prospective vendors for their wedding day. RSVP for this event and please stop by to say hello!

 

March 12, 2014

While it snowed on Lorraine and Mark’s March wedding day, there were hints of spring coming through this elegant event at the Chicago Illuminating Company! Misse Daniels of Honeybee Weddings kept the day moving smoothly, while Calihan Catering provided a fantastic dinner. The floral and decor ambiance was provided by HMR design and the evening was all pulled together with a great Cage and Aquarium dance floor at the end. Here are a few of our favorite photos!

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Katie Ricard

Cage and Aquarium DJs: Scott Schaefer and Martin Rodriguez

 

March 7, 2014

We are excited to share some very important news! Cage and Aquarium entered a recent partnership with Scratch Events, a nationwide DJ company based in New York. Scratch Events was founded by two men: Rob Principe (the CEO presently) and late, great Jam Master Jay of RUN DMC, and we are beyond excited about the creative lineage of our new partners. Cage and Aquarium will continue under the direction of Tyler Huffman and Shelley Anderson, but we will have a much larger pool of resources, talent, event management tools and connections within the field.

We are still in charge of all things at C+A, so expect “business as usual” with some added benefits exclusive to our staff and clients. Some of the benefits include stronger event oversight, full access to the Scratch DJ Academy for new staff training and continuing education for veteran DJs, and additional planning resources for clients among other resources.

The photography division of Cage and Aquarium has grown tremendously over the last three years. Shelley is excited to continue to lead a team of photographers for weddings, events and other opportunities.

We are very excited to share this information with you! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Shelley and Tyler can be reached by email at office (at) cageandaquarium (dot) com.