- Chicago, IL
- Acoustic Band
- Travels up to 120 miles
- Contact for rates
Bowtime is a violin and marimba ensemble that promises to make your event unique! We offer a wide variety of musical styles, covering classical, latin, jazz, pop, rock, and more. Audiences are amazed and captivated by the versatility, beauty, and energy this pairing brings to each performance. Special music requests are also welcomed!
We used Fretless Music’s Bowtime Duo for the ceremony music and cocktail hour at my daughter’s wedding. We were all thrilled with the music, and working with Stephanie was easy and a pleasure throughout the process. We had fun selecting music from their repertoire, and they learned one piece for the processional at our request. The combination of violin and marimba gave a festive atmosphere to the cocktail hour. For her walk down the aisle, my daughter chose solo violin playing Pachelbel’s Canon. The sound was breathtaking. Our daughter (the bride) said, “Fretless Music added that something special to our ceremony that brought everything together,” and that they listened to Fretless audio recordings online for days afterward.
Stephanie Young is not only a talented violinist but made Bowtime's performance seamless. Her attention to detail, along with her professionalism makes this Duo the one I will hire over and over again. Stephanie.....you made my wedding so special and set the tone for the entire evening. Thank you again!
Thor and Stephanie of Bowtime did such a wonderful job providing beautiful music for our ceremony! From the beginning, they were very involved and helpful with all of the different details we needed to work through related to the music for our big day. They were very accommodating with all of our requests and were very quick to respond to any of our questions and concerns. The best part with having Bowtime perform at our wedding was that they played exactly what we wanted! We didn't really want the traditional wedding sound and wanted music that better fit our personalities. They played Adele, Guns N' Roses, The Legend of Zelda theme, and many other great songs. So many of our guests have asked if there are any recordings of the music the played! You won't be disappointed if you choose Bowtime to play for your event!
We were looking for a duo that would be able to play our personal songs, and we were especially looking for a percussionist. We found exactly what we wanted with Bowtime. They were very quick to respond to our questions via email, and they were open minded and professional through the whole process.
Don't mean to toot our own horns, but we were their #1 wedding all summer because they loved the music we selected for them to play, and it came through in their excellent performance!!! If you are looking for two unique musicians to add beauty and character to your event, look no further than Bowtime.
The end result was the most beautiful sounding songs for our wedding ceremony. Our guests gave compliments on the rare pairing on instrumentation and how lovely it all sounded. We will definitely recommend Bowtime to our friends and family and anyone else that is in need of two awesome and incredibly skilled musicians. We are even thinking of having another event in the future just to have the opportunity to hire Bowtime again! We wish nothing but the best for Bowtime, you guys were awesome!!!!
Sam & Steve
We called upon the talents of Bowtime (violin and marimba) for our wedding in Milwaukee, and were VERY pleased with all our communications and the beautiful music provided. I admit, as the bride I don't remember hearing the music as much as I'd like, but guests raved over the fun songs setting the mood. Stephanie worked up a special request for our processional (Florence & the Machine) and I was so pleased to hear our song. They were good communicators, had a clear contract, a very reasonable rate, and were a delightful addition to our wedding day. Our highest and warmest recommendation.
Bowtime performed beautifully during my wedding ceremony. Stephanie was excellent with communication prior to the event. She let me know exactly what was required in order to perform to the best of their ability. I received so many compliments from my guests.
Stephanie and Thor played during our wedding ceremony and we could not have chosen a better duo. Not only are they incredibly talented, but the combination of violin and marimba creates a unique sound that sets them apart from your traditional string quartet. They have an extensive repertoire to choose from and will even play something special to the couple if they have advance notice. Also, Stephanie is extremely organized and was very helpful in choosing the music. We appreciated how professional they both were. All of our guests were very impressed by their playing and we would recommend them to everyone we know. It was really special to have them play instead of having recorded music. I highly recommend them and can't wait to see the wedding video and re-live their playing!
We were very pleased and received good feed back from people.
My wife and I chose Bowtime to play our ceremony music at our wedding in Madison, WI. They exhibited every possible good quality you can imagine from professional musicians. Amazingly talented, on time, well dressed, self-sufficient (as in, they needed minimal guidance from us to know exactly what, where, when they should be playing)...the list goes on. Our favorite part of the whole experience was how they were able to accomodate every musical request we had. My wife and I had some very specific songs (not classical at all) we wanted played and Bowtime was able to turn them into music appropriate for a wedding ceremony.
I will recommend Bowtime to friends and family, and I will go with them again when we need some live music!
What to Expect
Due to the sensitive nature of our wooden instruments, outside performances must have shade from direct sunlight and protection from extreme cold/heat/moisture/wind.
If sound equipment is needed, musicians can be amplified using the Bose L1 Model 1S with B1 Bass Module at no additional cost.
Thor Bremer and Stephanie Young started Bowtime in 2012 so the husband and wife duo could do what they love the most - make music together! Both received a B.A. in Music from UW-Milwaukee and currently reside in Forest Park, IL teaching and performing throughout the Chicagoland area. Besides being a highly skilled drummer and percussionist, Thor also composes for various ensembles such as orchestra, band, and Bowtime Quintet. Stephanie also runs Fretless Strings, a special event string ensemble which provides music for various events throughout the Midwest.
Bowtime can be hired as Duo (violin and marimba), Trio (violin, marimba, and guitar or bass), Quartet (violin, marimba, guitar, bass), or Quintet (violin, marimba, guitar, bass and piano). Piano can take the place of guitar or bass in Trio or Quartet as well.
We love to let the client choose our set lists! Here's an example:
Can't Buy Me Love
Killing Me Softly
Brown Eyed Girl
Every Little Thing
Don't Stop Believing
Officiant&Family: Across the Universe
Bridal Party: Have I Told You Lately
Bride: I'll Be There
Lock & Key: Time After Time
Recessional: We are the Champions
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
I Can't Help Myself
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Come On Eileen
Take A Chance On Me
Repertoire lists can also be found on the About Us page of our website.