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Griffo is one of the most booked piano players in Chicago with 15+ years of experience as a professional pianist.
Griffo works to craft the best musical experience for any event, whether it's performing in secret Chicago speakeasies, wowing audiences in historic venues like the Palmer House or Drake Hotel, or even playing in your home. Beyond piano, he's also a talented singer & ukulele player. As a composer, he performs his original comedy music both locally & internationally.
Griffo can play almost any song you might request & can even improvise original songs for your event. He’s available as a soloist on piano or ukulele, as a duo with a cellist, & can add in vocals to any performance.
Matt did an amazing job at our Murder Mystery Engagement Party! His music selection was on point, he played beautifully and he did a great job interacting with our guests. Would absolutely recommend using him for your event!
Response from Matt Griffo:
Oh, thank you so much! It was truly such a creative and memorable event. You did an amazing job putting it together.
We hired Matt for a socially distanced neighborhood party, where we had friends in our driveway and several of our neighbors had friends in theirs.
Matt was easy to work with and possesses a great repertoire of songs. He was prepared to play to a large and spread out audience, yet gave our event an intimate ambiance.
By the end of the evening, everyone wanted his business card!!
I found Matt on gigsalad for my mother's celebration of life. He knocked it out of the park!! Was so kind and thoughtful throughout the process. Our guests were blown away. Thank you so much!!
Matt has a great voice and really plays well! Everyone at our party was so impressed with him that we would hire him again.
Matt was terrific for my husband’s physically distant 40th birthday party in our front yard. Our party of 5 had such a memorable time dancing to Matt and Layla on cello. The neighbors enjoyed the music too. Matt was also super easy to communicate with to ensure physical distancing. Thanks for a great time!
Perfect night with Matt.
Matt gets right in there with the party vibe. Played a hot Xmas piano alternating with funky ukulele. Perfect for our holiday party. Definitely going to use him again.
Matt was great for my mom's birthday party. And he was incredibly responsive and helpful during the planning.
Played the piano and sing at our private party. Came on time and very accommodating with request.
Matt was great at our Christmas party. Everyone enjoyed him and they especially loved getting up and singing with him.
Response from Matt Griffo:
It was so much fun! Your party was a blast
Overall we were really happy with Matt's work on our wedding. His additional musician posted some things on social media that were a bit rude about the venue and seemed a bit mocking. Also he did provide music for the cocktail hour even after we had declined it, but then asked for a partial payment for it even though we had told him we didn't want it--so that was odd. Other than that we had a lot of fun, he stuck to exactly what we wanted, and made sure the volume was perfect and that everyone had fun dancing! Super happy with his services.
Matt came to our Theater in Edison park to fill up four weekend show slots we had open last minute due to a cancellation. We had intended to book Matt anyway at some point and boy did this work out in our favor. People came out from 20 somethings to older people and everyone laughed and clapped along and got into it so fast.
He performed four shows with us over two weekends, and not only did he put on a fantastic, original show, but he even helped me on the first night as I got lost on how the tech should be set up and he stepped up and just handled it with a smile.
His crew are so talented as well. I can't possibly recommend him highly enough for your venue. I know he's done private events as well, and his ability to improvise songs catering to his surroundings is hands-down one of the most impressive parts of his full performance.
Director, Black Box Comedy
The WIP Theater
Matt and Marilynn provided exceptional music for both our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. They are both very talented musicians that can play a wide range of musical styles. Some of my favorites from our event...The Luckiest by Ben Folds, a wonderful version of George Winston's variation on Pachalbel's Canon , Hallelujah (originally by Leonard Cohen, but probably made more famous by Rufus Wainwright). Obviously, these songs were not really written for Piano and Cello, but Matt and Marilynn were able to put together really beautiful renditions. If you are a fan of the Piano Guys or Brooklyn Duo, this is a perfect group for your event. I received a lot of comments about how great the music was, and that was obviously thanks to them. Probably the best part about choosing them for our wedding was getting to work with them. Matt is extremely responsive and organized. He was very willing to learn new songs if given enough time, and basically to do whatever he could to provide the kind of music we wanted. I talked to him several times by phone and then met up in person to go over final details (he really pays attention to the details, which is great). By the time our wedding day rolled around, we had a ton to worry about, but music was not on that list. Due to some rain concerns, we had to make a game time decision whether or not to do the ceremony outside. I saw Matt and Marilynn not long before making that decision, and they put my mind at ease. They could be flexible and do whatever we needed. I think that is very important when determining who you want to work with for your wedding, as not everything will go exactly as planned. It's important to have people that can roll with things and get the job done. Matt and Marilynn certainly did that. We gave them a final decision, and they were set up, playing beautiful music from Chopin to Damien Rice as our guests arrived.
We've booked Matt Griffo for our show, Brass Chuckles Comedy many times, and couldn't be happier. Matt is consistently on time, organized, and gives our audience an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience. His musicians are talented and beautifully support his unique comedic music style. They have an easy and entertaining rapport that our audiences love. I recommend Matt and his musicians to anyone looking for a rewarding experience when it really matters.
Matt Griffo is above and beyond what you normally would see in entertainment. I've booked Matt a number of times for events and the results are 100% PERFECTION. Super talented and entertaining. Look no further!
We had matt perform for our dinner party of 20+ guests, and they loved every moment of his set! He did some fun covers, and hilarious originals and an interactive song that got everyone involved. Matt and his team of musicians showed up on time, looked great and the small sound system they travel with is great for an intimate or larger crowd. We are looking forward to the chance to hire him again.
Matt Griffo and his band have played a variety of live music at our annual fundraiser.
Our guests ranged from young artists to older patrons, and the band entertained them all. Matt is very personable and was happy to talk with everyone, even while he was playing piano.
The band played excellent cocktail music to start the evening and later created improvised songs that were personalized to the VIPs names. They loved it!
It made the event something everyone was talking about the next day.
I've hired them for a second year!
As the producer of The TOMFOOLERY Show, a comedy-based variety show, we pride ourselves on offering only the finest in clever and creative talent. We have been fortunate to have had Matt Griffo perform in several of our events over the past two years and the audiences continue to ask, "When is Matt Griffo coming back?" Matt always puts on an amazing show, combining his fine muscial ability with an amazingly quick wit! The combination makes for a most entertaining evening which has never failed to delight our audience! Tom Byelick ww.tomfooleryfunclub.com
What to Expect
PRIVATE EVENT PIANIST/SINGER: At private events you'd hear me playing instrumental versions of contemporary songs from The Beatles and Van Morrison to Rihanna and Taylor Swift depending on what the client wants to hear. I can also sing contemporary songs like John Legend, Frank Sinatra, Mumford and Sons and Rufus Wainwright. Each event is different and I cater the set list to each event.
COMEDY MUSIC ACT: Matt Griffo's shows make you think, feel, and most of all, laugh! Adept at a broad range of musical genres, Griffo seamlessly blends indie rock, classical, and folk song styles. If the Flight of the Conchords and Ben Folds had a baby, Matt Griffo's show would be that.
An electric performer with excellent audience interaction, Griffo's surprise twists turn serious issues into satirical romps of joy. Whether he’s playing solo on piano or with his band (drums, cello and trumpet) the show is captivating and hilarious.
Most gigs booked through gig salad, Griffo is playing as a piano player and not doing comedy.
Along with that, Matt Griffo is a unique musician & comedian who plays funny original songs on piano and ukulele and also does private events playing contemporary covers on piano.
A former Musical Director of Second City, he’s performed at the Black Box Comedy Festival Atlanta, LA Comedy Festival, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Big Little Comedy Fest Cleveland, Chicago Sketchfest, The Laugh Factory Chicago, and the Charleston Comedy Festival, and opened for Reggie Watts. His videos have been featured on Funny or Die and YouTube, and he's co-created musicals ranging from Slamazons! to the long-running hit Jersey Shore The Musical. When he's not selling out Donny's Skybox and Studio BE, Matt Griffo can be found playing piano for weddings and sketch shows.
Additional Booking Notes
I can provide all my own equipment if it's not available at the venue.
Influences & Inspiration
Tom Lehrer, Bon Folds, Muse, Stephen Lynch, Flight of the Conchords