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September 26, 2016

Weddings and beer…two of our favorite things mixed together made for an excellent wedding show, Wedtoberfest! The event was held at Artifact Events in the Ravenswood District of Chicago. We were honored to be selected to be a part of the show curated by founders of Naturally Yours Events and Indiewed. Here are a few images that captured this fun fall event!

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June 13, 2016

It was an honor to be the photographer for this summer’s Do Division Street Festival in Wicker Park. Highlights of the June 3-5 weekend included talented music acts, great food, beautiful weather and eclectic vendors. Here are a few highlights from each day!

Cage and Aquarium Photographers: Shelley Anderson and Kristin Parra
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March 28, 2016

On Friday night we hosted a Cage and Aquarium DJ showcase “Date Night” at the Logan Theater. Fifteen of our DJs performed throughout the night for our guests. This event gives couples that have booked with Cage and Aquarium for their wedding a chance to view our DJs in action. Here’s a brief photo recap of the event!

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March 16, 2016

Every year we look forward to joining the Green Wedding Alliance for the Committed Wedding Show. This year’s event happened last Sunday and had a great time meeting and mingling with brides and grooms to be! Tyler Huffman DJed that afternoon to guests at Greenhouse Loft with lots of vinyl thrown in! Here are a few photos from the day.

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March 7, 2016

Every few months Cage and Aquarium hosts “Date Night,” a DJ showcase event. Our next showcase is coming up Friday, March 25, 2016 from 6-11 pm at the Logan Theater (2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago). This event is a chance for our clients to get to know our DJ’s styles in a relaxed atmosphere. DJs will be rotating sets all evening while our guests enjoy drinks in the lounge and catch a flick afterward. To RSVP for this event please email office@cageandaquarium.com. Here are a few photos from our last Date Night in November!

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February 8, 2016

We were thrilled to take part in another fantastic Indiewed event at the Ravenswood Event Center on February 6. We look forward to taking part in this show of curated wedding professionals every year. Indiewed is an alternative to a traditional wedding expo event, exactly the type of event where we feel at home! We enjoyed having our booth on the first floor among the main action this year. The third floor “Camp Indiewed” lounge was pretty amazing as well! Here are a few shots recapping the day by Cage and Aquarium photographer, Alex Friedland.

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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.

July 22, 2015
Thursday – July 23rd

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – July 24th

Andrew (aka DJ Cold) @ Kirkwood Bar & Grill (2934 N. Sheffield) | Open Format

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

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

Trois (aka DJ Trois) @ Roka Akor  (456 N. Clark St) | C+A Residency

Saturday – July 25th

Andrew (aka DJ Cold) @ Bullpen (Schererville, IN) | Video DJ Set

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

Sunday – July 26th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

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

Monday – July 27th

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

Tuesday – July 28st

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – July 29nd

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

Thursday – July 30th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – July 31st

Cody @ Emporium (2363 N. Milwaukee) | Open Format

Andrew (aka DJ Cold) @ Kirkwood Bar & Grill (2934 N. Sheffield) | Open Format

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

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

Cooper Thomas @ Roka Akor  (456 N. Clark St) | C+A Residency

Saturday – August 1st

Justin @ Genesis Art Supply: Slanted Canvas (2525 N. Elston Ave) | Open Format

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

Sunday – August 2nd

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

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

Monday – August 3rd

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

Tuesday – August 4th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – August 5th

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

Thursday – August 6th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

July 8, 2015
Thursday – July 16th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – July 17th

Andrew @ Gaslight (2450 N. Clark St) | Open Format

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

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

Lexi (aka DJ Lecks)  @ Roka Akor  (456 N. Clark St) | C+A Residency

Saturday – July 18th

Andrew @ Toby Keith’s Rosemont (5441 Park Pl) | Open Format

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

Sunday – July 19th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

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

Monday – July 20th

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

Tuesday – July 21st

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – July 22nd

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

Thursday – July 23rd

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) @ Five Star Bar 10PM-2AM | Open Format

Friday – July 24th

Andrew (aka DJ Cold) @ Kirkwood Bar & Grill (2934 N. Sheffield) | Open Format

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

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

Trois (aka DJ Trois) @ Roka Akor  (456 N. Clark St) | C+A Residency

Saturday – July 25th

Andrew (aka DJ Cold) @ Bullpen (Schererville, IN) | Video DJ Set

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

Sunday – July 26th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

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

Monday – July 27th

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

Tuesday – July 28th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – July 29th

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

Thursday – July 30th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

June 29, 2015
Thursday – July 2nd

E-Town Get Down: Chris (aka DJ Evil Vince) @ Prairie Moon (1502 Sherman Rd) | 90s Jams

Ajay (aka DJ shAde) @ The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee) | Open Format

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Friday – July 3rd

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

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

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

Saturday – July 4th

Justin (aka Select Inverse) @ Northside (1635 N. Damen Ave) | Open Format

Sunday – July 5th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

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

Monday – July 6th

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

Tuesday – July 7th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – July 8th

Beats on Bluhm: Tyler Huffman @ Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago – 6PM – 8PM | All-Vinyl

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

Thursday – July 9th

Glappitnova Big Night: Lexi (aka DJ Lecks) @ Moonlight Studios 9:30PM – 11PM | Silent Disco

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) @ Five Star Bar 10PM-2AM | Open Format

Friday – July 10th

Ryan (aka DJ Claud10) @ Roka Akor (456 N. Clark St) | C+A Residency

Andrew (aka DJ Cold) @ Kirkwood Bar & Grill (2934 n. Sheffield) | Open Format

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

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

Saturday – July 11th

Cody @ The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton) 10PM-Close | Open Format

Ajay (aka DJ shAde) @ Murasaki Sake Lounge (211 E. Ontario) | Open Format

Andrew (aka DJ Cold) @ Bullpen (Schererville, IN) | Video DJ Set

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

Sunday – July 12th

Ajay @ The Art Institute: ArtFEED (Nichols Trustees Suite) 11AM-1PM | Open Format

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

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

Dan (aka DJ Demchuk) Guest DJ Set @ Crocodile 9PM – 2AM | Open Format

Monday – July 13th

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

Tuesday – July 14th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country

Wednesday – July 15th

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

Thursday – July 16th

Brian @ Houndstooth (3369 N. Clark) | Country