August 27, 2015

When music and cinema come together in tandem, genuine entertainment happens. As such, we are proud to announce our new residency: “Real to Reel: Cage and Aquarium Turntable DJs at The Logan”. After you’ve had your fill of tunes and vibes, stick around and catch a throwback film at the prestigious and charming Logan Theatre. Our DJs’ sets will often coincide with the era of the film being played and the sets go from 8:30-10:30 PM every Thursday starting on September 3rd.

Stay tuned for another blog detailing our special DJ showcase: “Date Night” where clients can catch a movie at The Logan (on us), then listen to our entire staff perform. We will be playing music in the Lounge all night. Many couples use this opportunity to pick out a DJ, or check out the staff that has been assigned to their big day (depending where they are in the process). “Date Night” happens four times a year and will be making a quarterly appearance in November. Stay tuned for the exact date and further details. Here are some shots from our last “Date Night” at The Logan.14_073115 16_073115 01_073115 09_073115 12_073115 03_073115 05_073115 11_073115 22_073115 18_073115 10_073115 20_073115 15_073115

 

August 26, 2015

Reba and Peter’s July wedding at Room 1520 in Chicago was a stunningly beautiful event. It was a pleasure to partner with Soiree Events, D’Absolute Catering, Exquisite Designs Floral, Amy Beck Cakes, Shutterbooth, and Rent Vintage Chicago for a fantastic wedding.  We are so excited to share a few of the photos on our blog today!

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Katie Ricard and Hadassah Bullis

Cage and Aquarium DJ: Kevin Price

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August 26, 2015

We are excited to share Falon and Chris’s wedding photos on the blog today! They held a beautiful July wedding at the stunning Hyatt Lodge in Oakbrook on the McDonald’s Campus. We loved all the details and working with such a lovely bride and groom! Here are a few of our favorite photos.

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Christina Pawlak

Cage and Aquarium DJ: Lexi Zajdel

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August 20, 2015

Cage and Aquarium places a premium on real DJ services for your wedding. We believe your big day deserves it. That is why we only employ turntable DJs who possess the talent of actual mixing and beat matching and the professionalism it takes to work in the high pressure wedding industry. In this day and age, DJs who choose to practice their craft in its highest form are rewarded with two options for their audiences: digital (Serato) and analogue (vinyl). Many clients ask us “What is the difference between Serato DJs and Vinyl DJs?” Our answer is below:

 

Wax DJ

A DJ using only vinyl/wax

Serato DJ

A DJ using Serato

 

 

Wax VS Serato

 

 

 

 

 

The world of DJing is frequently stylized in popular culture as a very singular art form; There’s typically a man or woman perched behind a turntable setup mixing away, with very little elaboration beyond that. As a result, most people typically assume that real DJing (i.e. on actual turntables) has gone the way of the DoDo bird and they are destined to have a DJ who looks like they are checking their email instead of rocking your dance party. Thanks to a DJ software named “Serato”, the art form has opened up significantly on turntables, allowing for a number of possibilities performance-wise at your wedding or special event (Click here to learn more).

Of course, there is always the purist option of DJing using solely vinyl. This excludes any software elements, or anything computerized at that. This leads to clients giving away much of the control that they want on their big day. We refer to weddings that opt for this package simply as ‘Wax Weddings’. Unfortunately, in our computerized world, these vinyl sets can definitely be thought of as somewhat of a dying art form. However, we look to buck that theory. Cage and Aquarium is proud to be one of the only companies in the country that offers this service to clients at this level. We have spent several years piloting our program and curating a huge collection of records for weddings. We have several options to make this a reality.

DJs possessing the highest skill level are the ones called upon to perform these Wax Wedding sets. There is an increased performance aspect with these analogue sets too. As such, it’s been our observation that older, more seasoned guests have expressed appreciation for Wax Weddings for any number of reasons. The art form is arguably more “true”, and the general feel of it often resonates with the old-school wedding-goers among us. The DJs who are able to churn out vinyl sets are typically held in higher regard in the eyes of your guests.

The introduction of Serato, however, brought with it the best of both worlds. A Serato set implies the ability to harness a digital catalog while maintaining the analog appearance and skill level or real DJing, in an incredibly convenient way. DJs can compile playlists that are centered around exactly what a specific client wants, or has requested. Serato’s popularity can largely be credited to it’s consistent and stable functionality. There is no adverse trade-off either here, as it’s interface is nothing less than intuitive. Serato is such a great option for DJs, that it is our default package. “Wax Weddings” are an upgrade that only clients seeking an elevated option should consider.

In the effort to be all inclusive, Cage and Aquarium offers the “Wax Wedding” options of an all vinyl cocktail hour, the hybrid (our most popular package), or an all vinyl reception. Should the client desire the warmth of vinyl for the atmosphere of their cocktail hour only, but the consistency of a Serato-aided set during the reception, we can accommodate. At the end of the day, the offering of three options is all about flexibility. At an event as momentous as a wedding, no client wants to have their options restricted – and we strive to realize this in every aspect possible.

August 20, 2015

We had a beautiful summer day for Lauren and Jordan’s engagement session at the end of July! The session began at some of our favorite downtown locations, but we loved that they took us to Farmhouse Restaurant as well…the site of their first date! We also made a final stop in Wicker Park to take photos in their neighborhood. It goes without saying, we can’t wait for their December wedding at the Revolution Taproom!

Cage and Aquarium Photographer: Shelley Anderson

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August 12, 2015

Thursday – August 20th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – August 21st

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Holiday Club (4000 N. Sheridan) | 80s Videos

Tyler @ Dark Horse (3443 N. Sheffield Ave) | Open Format

Saturday – August 22nd

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) @ Northside (1635 N. Damen Ave) | Open Format

Sunday – August 23rd

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Flagship (1622 W. Belmont) | Open Format

Monday – August 24th

Adam on 88.7 FM (WLUW) – 6PM-8PM | Open Format Radio Show

Tuesday – August 25th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – August 26th

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) on 88.3 FM (WZRD) The Wizard – 10PM-1AM | Open Format Radio

Thursday – August 27th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – August 28th

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Holiday Club (4000 N. Sheridan) | 80s Videos

Tyler @ Dark Horse (3443 N. Sheffield Ave) | Open Format

Saturday – August 29th

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) @ Northside (1635 N. Damen Ave) | Open Format

Sunday – August 30th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Flagship (1622 W. Belmont) | Open Format

Monday – August 31st

Adam on 88.7 FM (WLUW) – 6PM-8PM | Open Format Radio Show

Tuesday – September 1st

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – September 2nd

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) on 88.3 FM (WZRD) The Wizard – 10PM-1AM | Open Format Radio

Thursday – September 3rd

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

August 9, 2015

We are excited to share Jenny and Nick’s wedding on the blog today! We began the day at the Dana Hotel for getting ready photos and a first look at the Vertigo Sky Lounge. Then we visited some beautiful locations for photos with the bridal party before the ceremony including Millennium Park Lurie Gardens and the Art Institute Gardens. The June rain stayed away until we arrived at Ignite Glass Studios. The back up rain indoor rain plan for the ceremony was equally stunning. The reception was beautiful and the evening ended with a fantastic dance party! Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day.

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Kristin Parra

Cage and Aquarium DJ: Lexi Zajdel

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August 7, 2015

When Ann and JD decided to get married in Chicago, they knew exactly where to host their June nuptials, the Drake Hotel. They had recently stayed in the Princess Diana suite at the Drake and knew it was the perfect place to stay in Chicago for their wedding weekend. We met them in the Suite that afternoon while they prepared for the upcoming events. The intimate ceremony and reception were both held at the hotel, the reception taking place in the Palm Court of the Drake. Here are just a few of our favorite shots from the day!

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Hadassah Bullis

Cage and Aquarium DJ: Justin Ferranti

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August 3, 2015

Thursday – August 6th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – August 7th

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Holiday Club (4000 N. Sheridan) | 80s Videos

Tyler @ Dark Horse (3443 N. Sheffield Ave) | Open Format

Cody Messick (aka Aft Trax) @ Roka Akor  (456 N. Clark St) | C+A Residency

Saturday – August 8th

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) @ Northside (1635 N. Damen Ave) | Open Format

Sunday – August 9th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Flagship (1622 W. Belmont) | Open Format

Monday – August 10th

Adam on 88.7 FM (WLUW) – 6PM-8PM | Open Format Radio Show

Tuesday – August 11th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – August 12th

Ajay (Aka DJ shAde) Art Institute Vinyl Gig – 6-8PM

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) on 88.3 FM (WZRD) The Wizard – 10PM-1AM | Open Format Radio

Thursday – August 13th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – August 14th

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Holiday Club (4000 N. Sheridan) | 80s Videos

Tyler @ Dark Horse (3443 N. Sheffield Ave) | Open Format

Martin Rodriguez @ Roka Akor  (456 N. Clark St) | C+A Residency

Saturday – August 15th

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) @ Northside (1635 N. Damen Ave) | Open Format

Sunday – August 16th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Kevin (aka DJ K. Price) @ Flagship (1622 W. Belmont) | Open Format

Monday – August 17th

Adam on 88.7 FM (WLUW) – 6PM-8PM | Open Format Radio Show

Tuesday – August 18th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – August 19th

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) on 88.3 FM (WZRD) The Wizard – 10PM-1AM | Open Format Radio

Thursday – August 20th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

July 31, 2015

We are excited to share Diana and Mark’s gorgeous June wedding on the blog today. They had a beautiful ceremony at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church in Oak Park, IL. Before heading to their reception at the Art Institute of Chicago we took some photos with their bridal party in downtown Chicago. We loved stopping at the Corner Bakery where they had their first date! The evening ended with a fantastic C+A dance party and some Latin classics from Diana’s home country of Colombia. We enjoyed working with Clementine Custom Events for this event. Here are a few of our favorite photos!

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Hadassah Bullis

Cage and Aquarium DJs: Trois Shavers and Neville Allen

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