We are based out of Chicago, IL, and perform nationally and internationally for weddings, festivals, corporate events, universities, private parties, and live music venues. Providing a variety of appropriate music at concert quality is our specialty. Whether we are keeping dance floors filled, adding the right amount of ambiance to a laid back atmosphere, or performing a concert for discerning listeners, we add the elements of style, versatility, and fun! We feature grammy award winning talent and the finest musicians in the world.
Since we perform numerous styles of music for many different types of events, each performance varies. A festival will vary greatly from a corporate event, as the expectations are different. We can adapt to any situation & guarantees consummate professionalism & the highest quality in music & performance.
We specialize in a variety of music including:
bluegrass, blues (swing), classical, country, funk, Irish (Celtic), jazz, New Orleans (Zydeco), r&b, reggae, rock, rock & roll, & romantic.
We offer soloists, a duo, a trio, 4 piece, 5 piece, 6 piece, 7 piece, 8 piece, 9 piece, 10 piece group, 11 piece, and 12 piece groups.
The team providing the talent:
For a listing of our group members
please visit www.mattstedmanband.com
Matt was great to work with. His enthusiasm and love of music is priceless. It is obvious Matt and his band have done a lot of weddings, he help guide us through the process which made the event much less stressful. He really took charge and facilitated the reception nicely. The music for our ceremony was beautiful (Violin and Pianist), and the 5 piece band played at the reception was great too. The wide range of music kept the dance floor full until the very end. I would highly recommend the Matt Stedman band to anyone who is looking for fun and lively music for their event.
– Beth S.
I cannot even seem to find the right words to describe what a beautiful wedding reception The Matt Stedman Band contributed to. They blew our guests away and gave everyone an enjoyable evening. As a bride, I was able to put 100% trust into Matt Stedman and had no problem allowing him to help organize the music for the ceremony and reception...he was absolutley wonderful!!! I was satisfied with the price, their performance, and most of all their professionalism. We will most definitely recommend The Matt Stedmand Band to our friends here in Northeast Ohio. Thank you guys, we had the time of our lives!!!
– Danielle D.
Matt Stedman was Amazing. Matt was professional, kept on top of things and accommodated our every request. They set the backdrop for the elegant, simple yet multicultural wedding that we wanted, incorporating all sorts of classical and international music. It turned out Perfect--we would recommend them Anyday!!!
– Elisabeth H.
The Matt Stedman Band was awesome! I was in charge of planning a Silent and Live Auction for about 300 people. The Matt Stedman Band accomodated my every request from utilizing their microphone to taking breaks either ahead of schedule or a little behind schedule. I received at least 20 compliments on the band and would love to have them at another event in the future.
– Kerri C.
We we're extremely happy with Matt Stedman Band - We really felt that they made our event great - they gaged who they were playing to and what the event needed to feel like and the music could not have been more perfect - All of our guests, a very diverse crowd, loved them...we'd call them again in a heartbeat - Thanks again to the band!!
– Vicki P.
The Matt Stedman band was not only the best wedding band ever, but also helped put my mind and worries at ease with his organizational skills. Matt acted as an "emcee" and helped with the time line of the day and was willing to work with the other vendors to make sure the day ran smoothly. Everyone LOVED dancing to the sweet sounds of the super talented band, and I would recommend them over and over again to my friends and family. The dance floor was packed all night long and everyone kept telling me what an awesome band they were. Thanks for a memorable event.
– Kelly J.
We hired Matt Stedman and his band for an anniversary event and was so pleased by their performance. What a diverse range of music they play...they are so very talented and enjoyable to listen to. We would use them again and recommend them as well. Matt was a delight to work with! We received so many compliments on the band by those that attended the event. We wish them much success.
– Sara M.
Matt Stedman and his band were awesome. They are excellent musicians, very professional, good mannered. Everyone had a lot of fun. People that never danced before were on the dancing. We had an unforgettable night. The party was a real success and Matt and his musicians were the main reason for. I would recommend them without hesitation to anyone who is looking for a great party. Thank you Matt!!!
– Violeta A.
I would definitely work with The Matt Stedman Band again. They were very professional, easy to work with, and accommodating to what I had requested. Thank you so much for making our company picnic one to remember!
– Jennifer P.
The Matt Stedman band played exactly what I was looking for and fit the theme of the event. Many people came up to me and asked me how I heard of the band, where I found them, etc...because they were so impressed! They were fun and extrememly professional. I plan to use them again for future events.
– Becky L.
On a scale of 1-5, the Matt Stedman band is a 10! This talented group of muscians has an eclectic repertoire that can entertain any audience. From classical to zydeco, there wasn't any genre that they did not seem able to play. Matt's electric violin added to the unique sound of the band. As a corporate event planner with limited time, I also appreciated the professional business manner in which Matt handled our event. Thanks Matt & the band for a great performance.
– Judy T.
I cannot tell you how happy I was with Matt Stedman Band. Setting up the contract was easy, and Matt listened to my plans, and worked with me to make sure everyting was what I wanted. They were early for set up which was very important because I was having a surprise birthday party for my wife. Most importantly they sounded great and played great music. My wife and I still cannot believe we had such an awsome professional band right in our family room. I think the web site is great as well. Thanks again, and now I just need to figure out where I can go see the band play. Brian Larson Downers Grove, IL
– Brian L.
It was a pleasure working with Matt. He was nothing but professional from the start. The Matt Stedman Band played a great variety of music, from a Louie Armstrong instrumental to an Irish jig to the Violent Femmes! This extremely danceable music kept the wedding party on their feet all night long!! A++!!!
– Sheila C.
Truthfully, I was somewhat nervous on what to expect when hiring a performer I had never heard in person and, though, I listened to a few of their songs on the website, I was still "concerned" what to expect for the full evening. From the second these musicians came to my door, I felt a huge relief!!! They were dressed "GQ"-like and had great personalities. The song list was exactly what I wanted and Matt Stedman met every expectation plus so much more. I knew this band was something special when I had several of my musician friends ask "where did you find these guys" "their awesome"!!! To Matt and the other members who performed: I can't thank you enough for such a wonderful party - personally, I feel the most important part of throwing a successful evening is the music and I really hit it on the head hiring you. I hope you enjoyed our party!
– Pamela M.
Matt was VERY flexible and helpful. Their music was outstanding and I received incredible feedback from the attendees.
– Shannon F.
We hired the band for our presidential inauguration and I can't tell you how wonderful it was! Everyone, including the new president and first lady were thrilled with the band and the energy they had. They were very talented and I would hire them again in a minute. A big thank you to gigmasters and the Matt Stedman Band for making our event great!
– Wabash College
If ever there was an original band with a great attitude and talent to no end, it's matt's band. They made our convention booth into the coolest spot in the whole place. The passion and pleasure that they exude when playing is sure to get them opportunities to play with some the brightest rising stars and maybe some old heavies too. Dave Matthews, Coldplay, Rocco Delucca, this is your opening act.
– Ray C.
Matt and his band were absolutely perfect for our outdoor, casual event. The music was perfect, the guys were really friendly. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who likes live music. Next time we have an event, we're calling Matt first!
– Anna G.
Matt Stedman Band was so much fun to have at our wedding! They were full of energy and kept us moving and singing and dancing all night. They have great talent and are able to play so many genres of music. Matt was a pleasure to work with, and was consistently kind, generous, and professional throughout the planning process and our event. We thank them for making our wedding an incredible success.
– Nicholas D.
The Matt Stedman Band played at our wedding and it was truly a wedding to remember. They played great music that got everyone on the dance floor. From the classical ceremony music to the blues for dinner and the rock/blues for the reception, their diverse music selections were well suited for our guests. Matt was very friendly and easy to communicate with which helped make planning the wedding less stressful. Even three months after the wedding we are still hearing from guests about the great music that made such a memorable wedding night!
– Jessica K.
This band was incredible - very talented and played a wide variety of music very well. Many guests commented on how great they were and how they reallly made the event special. Thank you so much!
– Carolyn J.
He played our wedding and it was fantastic. On the dance floor, people would dance up and ask "where did you find these guys?!?!" And just when people would start to sit down and take a breather, they'd hit a song that would bring them all back. We wanted our wedding to be full of dancing, and we got it!
– Rob A.
The Matt Stedman Band was great at our wedding reception. They were very accomadating, playing requests and even providing accompanyment to a bride/groom performance. The band's wide selection/style range, performance talent and ability to 'read the crowd' kept the dance floor full of enthusiastic participants all night. Several attendees commented on how much they enjoyed the band, and some requested information on how to book them for their own events. We highly recommend this group.
– Kim M.
Matt Stedman Band was fantastic - everything I hoped for and more! We received so many compliments on the music at both our wedding ceremony and reception. Our guests were impressed by how versatile Matt & and band were. Matt played the violin so beatifully at our ceremony and then hit the harmonica for blues later that evening - truly a gifted musician. If you are looking for a band with talent, genuine personality and professionlism...then this is it. Thank you for being such a big part of our day!
– Lori K.
Matt Stedman from the start was a professional and personable individual to work with. We actually booked him without ever seeing a performance. We did eventually see him before our wedding, but it was the performance at the ceremony and wedding that blew us and our guests away! The ceremony music was beautiful and the reception music was appropriate, unique and extremely well performed. One wedding guest is already talking about booking the band for her Christmas party, while another wants to know if they have a CD he can buy. Tons of compliments all around! Thanks Matt Stedman and the Band for creating the PERFECT tone for our wedding
– Melanie D.
Matt and the group were excellent, just the perfect touch to a perfect wedding. Matt was very professional all the way from the start and always welcomed our questions and concerns. The group was able to accommodate all the music styles that we requested and played wonderfully. Thanks for such a great time!
– Ryan G.
Each time we saw the band before out event, they were impressive. Matt and the band took time to speak with us about how our wedding planning was going and if we needed anything from them. Matt was always available to answer questions and was VERY organized with his questions for us. He had pre-made lists for songs and went over every detail. The wedding was amazing! They were fantastic! All our guests wanted to know who the band was and where we found them. There were even a couple people who wanted to book them soon. Long story short, if you want a fun band that plays great music, really reads a crowd, and is super accomomodating, these are your guys!
– Ashley A.
This guy knows what he's doing. Bow to the master - Matt Stedman. Everyone kept asking us where we found this band. They're amazing and Matt functions as not only a band director, but also a half-wedding planner. We hadn't thought through the details of our actual evening at all (in terms of when we'd cut the cake, when we'd do toasts, dance the first dance, etc.) but Matt walked us through it. Thanks so much!
– Rebecca R.
Matt and his band were absolutely fantastic!! I cannot stress enough that this was the best party band I have ever experienced in my life -- if only I knew about them for our wedding!! Matt's violin, combined with recording-quality vocalist and drums and mandolin combined for a completely unique sound and festive mood. We requested some bluegrass, some country, some funk and he combined all of them for a smashing, knock-down night of music. Everyone was raving about the band, and likewise, everyone was dancing and having an absolutely great time. We loved them, and actually want to go out and see them perform again!!
– Caroline V.
The band was fantastic. They played for our corporate "Mardi Gras" themed party and were just perfect. Great dinner music to start the evening, and then opened it up after dinner for dancing. Highly recommended!
– General Mills Corporation
We cant say enough about Matt & the Matt Stedman band. From the 1st time we heard them play in Chicago, we knew we had found a jewel-and were not disappointed. We were looking for a REAL band, not wedding singers. They have an amazing amount of talent, & we were fortunate enough to have them play at our wedding. They learned songs that were special to us-talked to us on the phone on numerous occasions to get a feel for what we were looking for at our wedding-& he and the guys were right on. They played the ceremony beautifully, & totally rocked the reception-EVERYONE was dancing!! THANK YOU MATT AND FRIENDS! YOU WERE AWESOME!! cant wait to come see you play again!
– Christa K.
One word, OUTSTANDING!!! Where do I start, the professionalism, the talent, the diverse music, the appearance, the communication, the vibe; This band accomplished what few bands can, which is entertain a multi-cultural wedding to where everyone raved about them. My new bride and I had the time of our lives on the most important day in us becoming one. The live jazz, the irish, the blues, the funk, the classical, and soft rock music selections were perfect. Matt Stedman truly listened to my wife and I and performed perfectly at our wedding. Thanks Matt, you and your band performed superbly!!!
– Cornelius B.
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