World Music Bands


From Weddings to Funerals & everything in between!

Want quiet background instrumentals or upbeat dance music? Whether your event is a name-giving party, a wedding ceremony, a wake, a Bar / Bat Mitzvah, a Corporate presentation, or a Private party, our super-wide choice of ethnic and American styles provides something suitable for every setting and for everyones taste.

Choose the ethnic style or styles that you prefer for your event by clicking below on the bands title.

Our bands pay close attention to you and your interests. We’re happy to play it your way!

To make sure folks connect with the powerful roots music, our bands teach and lead circle and lines dances when requested and circumstances allow it. The audience is encouraged to drum along on percussion as well as sing along. Everyone, from toddlers to seniors, gets to join in the very accessible fun!

Still life of some of the instruments played.
Some of the instruments played: Mandolin, Guitar, Darabuka, Tupan, and Kaval. Not shown: Violin, Saxophone, Bass, and Ocarina.

Unique sound

Most of our musicians are multi-instrumentalists, a fact which allows the band to create an ever changing color, but whatever the sound, every number grabs your attention, gets your feet tapping, urging you to dance.

Jutta & the Hi-Dukes (tm) performing as a quintet at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Jutta & the Hi-Dukes

These eclectic troubadours play everything from magical medieval Danish songs to dance-invoking Danubian grooves to delightful Dixieland ditties. Wolves, rabbits, ravens, and nightingales abound. “… listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dance” so, when asked, they lead you thru fun yet easy trad circle / line dances. This Earwig Music Company artist has something for every mood, from quiet background for private parties to engaging music for fests and concerts.

Ensemble M’chaiya as a quintet standing along a brick wall.

Ensemble Mchaiya

Traditional Roots and Gypsy Beats to move your heart and feet! The uplifting energy of Chicagolands first revival Klezmer band will get your heart and feet dancing to its eclectic repertoire of hot Klezmer tunes with Gypsy grooves, swinging Sephardic and Yiddish songs, and energetic Israeli dance tunes.

Terran’s Greek Band  (tm) leading a dance

Terrans Greek Band

Greek music beyond boundaries — Rembetica, Laïki, Demotiki, Eipirotika, and more…

Nordland Band  (tm) at a Field Museum of Chicago exhibit opening

Nordland Band

Warm music from cool lands to melt your heart — Scandinavian music from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.

Razzemetazz  (tm) as a trio


Swingin’ Songs from Pops Golden Era — Swing, Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland, Bluegrass, 50s Rock, and more…

Les Beaux Chemins (tm) as a duet – Jutta Distler playing violin, Terran Doehrer playing guitar. Photo by Dan Tong. Copyright Modal Music, Inc.

Les Beaux Chemins

This unique French language music program, with everything from Medieval and French Canadian songs to Edith Piaf-style Cabaret “Chansons”, will add sparkle and fun to your event.

Die Chicago Stadtmusikanten (tm) as a trio – Jutta Distler playing mandolin, Terran Doehrer playing guitar, Zoi Doehrer playing drums. Photo by Photo by Betina Distler. Copyright Modal Music, Inc.

Die Chicago Stadtmusikanten

An eclectic German language music program by Jutta & the Hi-Dukes that ranges from Medieval songs to Oktoberfest Blasmusik-style tunes with a fresh approach to this traditional music!

Flexible and affordable

We fit the bands size to your budget, needs, and interests.

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Folks say…

Thank you so much for helping make our wedding our best day ever! … I really, really appreciate you making it happen and going with the flow throughout the whole process.” Jen Kouba

Your responsiveness to our advance requests was a large factor in the success of Aryehs party.” Charles Primas

Excellent. Professional, easy to work with and enjoyed by all.” Lesa Ukman

Your music filled the room with warmth and joy. The musical quality was outstanding and yet did not drown out the conversation and family atmosphere for which we had hoped. I especially want to commend you for how easy it was to work with you. You spent the time to understand what we wanted … Your flexibility to improvise in key situations really provided us with quality transitions and a highly successful event.” Earon S. Davis

[Their] music is exciting, and listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dance.” Natalie Wainwright, Arts & Life reviewer, Round Table

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