Controlled Chaos

Why book Controlled Chaos?

Controlled Chaos is a fun, high energy, 5 piece rock cover band, devoted to live entertainment throughout the Baltimore, Annapolis, and D.C. area. Regardless of the size of your party or event, our 5 piece band guarantees an evening of great entertainment and fun. Chaos brings an original style to popular cover tunes, covering artists as diverse as the Goo Goo Dolls, REM, The Killers, Prince, The Beatles, U2, The Smiths, Bare Naked Ladies, Sublime and Michael Jackson. Chaos displays tight 3 part harmonies, quality musicianship, and an infectious and energetic stage presence. Controlled Chaos is guaranteed to entertain your party, event or fundraiser with crowd engaging energy and class.





Absolutely Perfect Band for our Event!

The name Controlled Chaos is so fitting for such a high energy band that rocked our Annual Bull Roast @ Archbishop Spalding High School while meeting our dinner, fund raising, then dancing format. They started out low key and built up to sets that had the dance floor packed and attendees not wanting to leave at the end of the night.....they were that in the zone! We're already hoping to book them for next year based on all the excellent feedback our organization is receiving about them.....

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Reviewer: Scott K.
Organization: Spalding Cavalier Club
Event: Fundraiser in Severn, MD
Event Date: Jan 25, 2014
Hired As: Cover Band

Response from Controlled Chaos:

This was indeed a great gig and we really appreciated the opportunity to support the Spaulding Cavalier Club in their booster and fundraising efforts for the school. We locked in for next years Bull Roast and are looking forward to the event.
Joe with The Controlled Chaos Band.
FYI, we will be posting video from the event real soon!

Controlled Chaos rocked the pavilion!!!

A class act from beginning to end...CC had a fabulous mix of songs and created the perfect energy to our event. Great guys with a fabulous talent.

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Reviewer: Betsi D.
Organization: Wellness House of Annapolis
Event: Fundraiser in Arnold, MD
Event Date: Oct 6, 2012

Controlled Chaos made our 40th birthday Perfect!

My husband and I hired Controlled Chaos to play at our 40th birthday bash in our backyard. I did not sit the entire night, They ROCKED it! Everyone had the BEST time and everyone danced. The song choice was perfect and everyone was singing along. It was the best gift a girl could ask for! They are truly professional and such talented musicians. I am a Superfan! LOVE Controlled Chaos. FABULOUS!

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Reviewer: Susan W.
Event: Birthday Party in Severna Park, MD
Event Date: Sep 24, 2011
Hired As: Cover Band, 1990s Era Entertainment, Alternative Band, Party Band, Rock Band

Entertaining the Russian Ambassador to the US

I had the dubius task of engaging a band to entertain the Russian Ambassador and 150+/- of his staff, along with 150+/- Chesapeake Bay sailors, at the Russian Dacha on Labor Day 2010. I was not sure how our American band (Controlled Chaos)would be received, but when the Ambassodor said to me, 'I like that band, and want them again next year", I was relieved. Need I say more?? Charlie Ford. Committee Chairman, Sailing Club of The Chesapeake.

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Reviewer: Charlie F.
Organization: Sailing Cub Of The Chesapeake
Event: Private Party in Queenstown, MD
Event Date: Sep 1, 2010

Just makes you want to jump, jiggle, and dance!

Controlled Chaos always provides an extremely entertaining experience! This group of musicians plays a wide range of music that draws you in and gets you moving. I highly recommend them (and hope I'm always invited to wherever they are playing) but beware they have a huge and loyal following!

Reviewer: Lisa B.
Event: Bar/Lounge in Annapolis, MD
Event Date: Apr 9, 2011

Chaos Rocks!!

We've seen Controlled Chaos many times over the years and they always put on a great show. In addtion to being talented musicians, they're also great fun to hang out with. Chaos rolls and you will too, check them out sometime at the Whiskey in Naptown!

Reviewer: Bill C.
Event: Club/Nightclub in Annapolis, MD
Event Date: Sep 11, 2011

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Insurance: 500K - Liability coverage.
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: Non-union


We are a high energy band with a great live sound, with 4 part harmonies and we thrive on getting the audience into the show. Our frontman Stu is a master entertainer and showman. He has an amazing lead voice and is an energetic and engaging personality both on stage and off. Our bands mission is to provide the best entertainment for your event, so we work with you to make sure your entertainment goals are met. We play a broad array of music from the oldies to current popular tunes. Additionally we have many loyal fans in the area and would be happy to provide references at your request, so give us a call at 443-534-5034.

Additional Booking Notes

We provide our own sound and lighting system.

Upcoming Booked Events

08/30/14 Eastern Shore, MD
10/04/14 Prince Georges County, MD

Past Booked Events

03/29/14 Delaware
11/02/13 Severna Park, Maryland
10/19/13 Archbishop Spaulding high School
09/28/13 Kent Island Yacht Club
09/21/13 Federal Hill, Baltimore
09/07/13 Chartwell Golf and Country Club
08/31/13 Centerville, Maryland
08/25/13 Edgewater, Maryland
06/27/13 Columbia, Maryland
06/21/13 The Whiskey in Annapolis
04/20/13 Annapolis, Maryland
03/23/13 Catonsville, MD
01/19/13 Severna Park, Maryland
12/29/12 Savage, MD
12/11/12 Savage, Maryland
10/19/12 Columbia, MD
10/16/12 Annapolis, MD
10/13/12 Severna Park Mom's Club
10/06/12 Annapolis, Maryland
09/22/12 Severna Park, MD
09/02/12 Severna Park, Maryland
09/01/12 Eastern Shore, Maryland
08/25/12 Arnold, Maryland
08/04/12 Darnestown, PA
07/04/12 Silver Spring, MD
06/23/12 Arnold, Maryland
06/16/12 On the Severn River

Controlled Chaos

Controlled Chaos is a 5 piece band we have performed and entertained at numerous private parties and fund raising events throughout the Maryland area. We are experienced musicians and entertainers, with over 20 years playing live music. We show up at least 2 hours before the gig, provide our own equipment and sound man. We require a deposit prior to the show and full payment the day of the show.

The team providing the talent:

Stuart Ainsworth

Lead singer and frontman

Joe Stephens

guitar and vocals

Mike Geist

guitar and vocals

Bruce Simpson

bass and vocals

Brian Trevey


Set List

Slide Goo Goo Dolls
Hey Jealousy Gin Blossoms
Follow You Down Gin Blossoms
Back in the USSR Beatles
Save Tonight Eagle Eye Cherry
Ooh La La Faces
Collide Howie Day
Use Me Hootie/Bill Withers
Rockin in the Free World Neil Young
Million Miles Away Plimsouls
What I Got Sublime
I’m Gonna Be Proclaimers
I Will Survive Cake
One I Love REM
Superman REM
Behind the Wall of Sleep Smithereens
Only a Memory Smithereens
Happy Rolling Stones
Vertigo U2
I Will Follow U2
Running to Stand Still U2
Substitute The Who
The Kids are Alright The Who
Better of Now Will Hoge
Runnin Down a Dream Tom Petty
American Girl Tom Petty
High and Dry Radio Head
Suedehead Morrisey
Sick of Myself Matthew Sweet
Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett
Jammin Bob Marley
Silence Gomez
I Don’t Wanna Be Gavin DeGraw
Learn to Fly Foo Fighters
Lips Like Sugar Echo and the Bunnymen
Moses Cold Play
Good Better Than Ezra
If I had a $1,000,000 Bare Naked Ladies
Falling for the First Time Bare Naked Ladies
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
You’re All That I Have Snow Patrol
Fall Down Toad the Wet Sprocket
Purple Rain Prince
Little Wing Sting/Stevie Ray Vaughn/Jimi Hendrix
Stars Go Blue The Corrs
Laid James
Part Of Me Mike Geist
Use Somebody Kings of Leon
I Want You to Want Me Cheap Trick
Always Love Nada Surf
Rush Big Audio Dynamite
Always Where I Need to Be Kooks
Just Like Heaven The Cure
Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
Something So Strong Crowded House
Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz
Let Her Cry Hootie & The Blowfish
Hey Ya Outkast
Mr. Brightside The Killers
Billy Jean Michael Jackson
Wild Rover The Irish Rovers
Livin on a prayer Bon Jovi

Influences & Inspiration

REM, the Goo Goo Dolls, The Cure, Bon Jovi, The Kooks, The Smiths, U2, the Beatles, the Killers, Morrisey, Sublime, Gomez, Bare Naked Ladies, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Big Audio Dynamite, Smithereens, Radiohead, Lenny Kravitz, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Foster The People, Matthew Sweet, The Gin Blossoms, Prince, The Black Keys, Hootie and The Blowfish,The Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Eagle Eye Cherry, Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffett, Outkast, Cheap Trick, Kings of Leon.

Setup Requirements

access to electrical

water and bar