If you really want to know about an artist, nothing is more revealing than personal testimony......
"Working with you this past summer to make our Chicago and Minneapolis tour stops HUGE successes was a real pleasure,
especially as I began to work with some not so wonderful performers. Thanks and I look forward to working with you again."
- April Lisonbee, Ferrazzi Greenlight
“Before Tony and I head off on our honeymoon, just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for doing such an amazing job last night
and blowing all our guests (and us!) away. I can't tell you how many people told us how great you were and asked how we found you.
(Hopefully you'll get some gigs out of the deal!) :0) We only wish we had been able to take a moment to chat with you and let you know in
person how grateful we both were.” - Sara Marma (Heiserman)
“You performed at my daughter's wedding in September, everyone is still telling me how great you were!!!
I love your music and your voice.” - Darlene Galassi
“THANK YOU! My brother [a musician] (who is a very tricky one to please) said that you were a phenomenal musician
and didn't play any cheesy chords. Whatever that means. I just thought you sounded great.....
Everyone commented on how great you sounded and it was the perfect music for the party.
Looking forward to hearing you again. You have a great gift!” - Jen Czupek
"We recently had the pleasure of having Cary play at our party. If I could sum up his contribution to the festivities I would say – Wow!
Throughout the evening people kept coming to me asking me where we had found Cary and complimenting his voice, playlist
and his ability to get the crowd in a party mood. The first thing I do the next time I plan a party is to check
Cary's availability and plan the date around it. Cary, thanks for making my husband's birthday celebration extra special! Thanks again!"
- Jorie Cummis
Cary was outstanding. He "made" our event. He showed up early, was ready to go.
He was a total professional. He has a great personality that works well with all crowds.
Everyone asked about him, everyone wanted to know where we found him.
I would without question hire Cary again and recommend him. -- Tae H, North Barrington, IL
Cary was a great entertainer and many of my guest wanted to know how I found him.
He worked very well with the crowd and took on request, even the same song several times.
I would use Cary again in the future!!! -- Frank P, Lemont, IL
Cary was a fantastic addition to our holiday party. He is very talented and knows
how to work with a diverse crowd. I highly recommend him. - Jill C, Chicago, IL
Cary was exactly what we were looking for to bring some fun and lively entertainment to
a potentially stuffy business dinner. He got the group singing and bonding and everyone walked
away feeling like they just spent an evening with close friends - instead of the business associates they are.
I'd highly recommend him to anyone and I'm definitely planning on using him in the future.
-April L, Celebration, Chicago, IL
"He was awesome, it could not have sounded or gone any better than it did. People
were dancing and having a great time, everyone was asking where I found the musician" - Melissa and Tim Achman
"One of the best musicians we have had in the bar" - Wrightwood Tap
"Amazing" - GM of Sideouts
"it was a pleasure to work with you at the adler planetarium.
You did a really phenomenal job and I'm definitely going to be recommending you!" - Nick Gerber (photographer)
Cary has been playing music for over 14 years. He has logged over 1000 stage performances as a solo act and with multiple bands. As an acoustic solo act (guitar & ukulele) he has performed at bars, clubs, private functions, weddings, colleges, restaurants, and coffee shops. His library of over 500 songs cover the gamet from rock to funk to folk, to pop.
He is a very strong guitar/ uke player, using a loop sampler to lay down multiple guitar and vocal lines in a live setting.
Whether playing at a wedding or a college bar he is always good at reading his audience and playing songs that appeal to crowds.
Do a google search on Cary Kanno. You will see that he has made an impact in the music scene. He has been written up in The Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Reader, New City, Illinois Entertainer, Pioneer Press, The Onion, Timeout Chicago, Red Eye, Red Streak, etc.
Checkout his website at:
* Cary offers the option of adding a percussionist and/or female singer/ guitarist.
** He also has a wireless mic for use (at a small additional cost).
*** Cary also plays the Ukelele
Children's Birthday Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Aimee MannSave Me
Al GreenHere I Am
Al GreenTake me to the River
Al GreenTired of Being Alone
Alison KraussWhen you Say Nothing at All
Alisone KraussWhen you Say Nothing At All
Allman BrothersLittle Martha
Allman BrothersRamblin' Man
Allman BrothersWhipping Post
AmericaHorse With No Name
Animals (the)House of the Rising Sun
AqualungBrighter Than Sunshine
Arlo GuthrieComing Into LA
Bad CompanyI Feel Like Making Love
BanglesWalk Like an Egyptian
Barenaked LadiesBrian Wilson
Barenaked LadiesIf I Had A Million Dollers
Barenaked LadiesWhen I Fall
BeatlesAcross the Universe
BeatlesAll you Need is Love
BeatlesBack in The USSR
BeatlesFor No One
BeatlesHappiness is a Warm Gun
BeatlesHere Comes the Sun
BeatlesHere there and everywhere
BeatlesIn My Life
BeatlesI’ve Just Seen a Face
BeatlesI'm only sleeping
BeatlesI should have known Better
BeatlesIts only love
BeatlesI've got a feeling
BeatlesLong Long Long
BeatlesMother Natures Son
BeatlesShe came in through the bathroom window
BeatlesStrawberry Fields Forever
BeatlesThe Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
BeatlesTicket to Ride
BeatlesTwo of Us
BeatlesWhen I'm 64
BeatlesWhile My Guitar Gently weeps
BeatlesYou Never Give me Your Money
BeatlesYou’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
BeatlesI am the Walrus
Bee GeesStayin Alive
Ben E KingStand By Me
Ben HarperBurn One Down
Ben HarperBy My Side
Ben HarperThe Woman in You
Big Audio DynamiteInnocent Child
Big Head ToddBittersweet
Bill MonroeBlue Moon of Kentucky
Billy JoelStill Rock and Roll to Me
Billy JoelWe Didn't Start the Fire
Black CrowsShe Talks to Angels
Blind FaithCan't Find My Way Home
Blind MelonNo Rain
Bob DylanA Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
Bob DylanBaby Let Me Follow You Down
Bob DylanDon’t Think Twice
Bob DylanFollow You Down
Bob DylanHighway 51
Bob DylanI shall be released
Bob DylanIf Not For You
Bob DylanIt Aint me
Bob DylanMy Back Pages
Bob DylanShelter from the Storm
Bob DylanSimple Twist of Fate
Bob DylanTangled up in Blue
Bob DylanWhen The Ship Somes In
Bob DylanYou Aint Goin' Nowhere
Bob MarleyI Shot the Sheriff
Bob MarleyMellow Mood
Bob MarleyNo Woman no Cry
Bob MarleyRedemption Song
Bob MarleyStir It up
Bob MarleyTrenchtown Rock
Bob MarleyWaiting in Vain
Bob SeegerTurn the Page
BodeansCloser to Free
Boys II MenEnd of the Road
Bruce HornsbyThe Way it Is
Bruce SpringsteenBallad of Jesse James
Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run
Bruce SpringsteenDancing in the Dark
Bruce SpringsteenGrowin' up
Bruce SpringsteenI'm On fire
Bruce SpringsteenSecret Garden
Bruce SpringsteenSpirit in the Night
Bruce SpringsteenTenth Avenue Freezeout
Buena Vista Social ClubChan Chan
Buffalo SpringfieldFor What its worth
Canned HeatGoing up the country
Cat PowerSea of Love
Cat StevensHere Comes My Baby
Cat StevensThe Wind
Cat StevensWild World
Cat StevensPeace Train
Chantal KreviazukFeels Like Home to Me
Chris DeBurghThe Lady in Red
Chris IsaakWicked Game
Chuck BerryAround and Around
Chuck BerryJohnny B Goode
Chuck BerryRoll Over Beethoven
Chuck BerryRun Run Rudolph
Citizen CopeSons Gonna Rise
ColdplayIn My Place
Collective SoulThe World I know
Counting Crows40 years
Counting CrowsA Murder of One
Counting CrowsAnna Begins
Counting CrowsEinstein on the Beach
Counting CrowsLong December
Counting CrowsMr. Jones
Counting CrowsPerfect Blue Bldgs
Counting CrowsRain King
Counting CrowsRound Here
Counting CrowsThe Ghost in You
Counting CrowsWise Blood
Creedence Clearwater RevivalBad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater RevivalHave you Ever Seen the Rain
Creedence Clearwater RevivalI heard It Through the Grapevine
Creedence Clearwater RevivalLookin out my back door
Creedence Clearwater RevivalLong as I can see the Light
Creedence Clearwater RevivalWho'll Stop the Rain
Crosby Stills Nash4 and 20
Crosby Stills NashHelplessly Hoping
Crosby Stills NashMarrakesh Express
Crosby Stills NashTeach your Children
Crosby Stills NashWooden Ships
Crosby Stills NashOur House
Crowded HouseDon't Dream It's Over
Dave MatthewsAnts Marching
Dave MatthewsCrash Into Me
Dave MatthewsGray Street
Dave MatthewsI'll back you up
Dave MatthewsJimi Thing
Dave MatthewsLie In Our Graves
Dave MatthewsLover Lay Down
Dave MatthewsOne Sweet World
Dave MatthewsSay Goodbye
Dave MatthewsSeek Up
Dave MatthewsSo Much to say
Dave MatthewsSong that Jane Likes
Dave MatthewsTripping Billies
Dave MatthewsTwo Step
David BowieZiggie Stardust
David GraySail away
David GraySay Hello Wave Goodbye
Death Cab For CuttieI will Follw You Into the Dark
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Counting Crows, The Beatles, James Taylor
Graduation Party in Skokie, IL on 07/05/2009
"Cary is a very talented performer. His music selection was perfect for all ages - from young to the older guests. I had so many compliments on how nice he sounded and what a wonderful addition he was to the party. Hearing his music put everyone in such a good mood! My 18 year old graduate continues to tell me what a nice voice Cary had and how good he sounded and I heard similar comments from older guests and my younger 12 year old as well! I would definitely hire him for another event. He's not only talented but a very professional and pleasant person to have around. "
- Sandra L.
Graduation Party in North Barrington, IL on 06/06/2009
"Cary was outstanding. He "made" our event. He showed up early, was ready to go. He was a total professional. He has a great personality that works well with all crowds. Everyone asked about him, everyone wanted to know where we found him. I would without question hire Cary again and recommend him. "
- Tae H.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Lemont, IL on 03/21/2009
"Cary was a great entertainer and many of my guest wanted to know how I found him. He worked very well with the crowd and took on request, even the same song several times. I would use Cary again in the future!!!"
- Frank P.
Christmas Party in Chicago, IL on 12/13/2008
"Cary was a fantastic addition to our holiday party. He is very talented and knows how to work with a diverse crowd. I highly recommend him."
- Jill C.
Celebration in Chicago, IL on 06/04/2009
"Cary was exactly what we were looking for to bring some fun and lively entertainment to a potentially stuffy business dinner. He got the group singing and bonding and everyone walked away feeling like they just spent an evening with close friends - instead of the business associates they are. I'd highly recommend him to anyone and I'm definitely planning on using him in the future."
- April L.
Graduation Party in Burbank, IL on 08/17/2013
"Awesome enjoyable music! Everyone loved him!"
- Liz G.
Celebration in Chicago, IL on 09/27/2013
"We hired Cary for a patio party and he was awesome. Extremelly professional and very talented. The variety of songs he played was also more extensive than any other guitarist I could find. I had several guests inquire about where I found him and commented on how he provided a great atmosphere for the party. I would not hesitate to hire Cary agin. "
- Jeff M.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Chicago, IL on 09/06/2013
"Great performer. Very professional! My friends LOVED him and many asked for his card after the party. Would not hesitate to recommend! "
- Enna A.
Celebration in Chicago, IL on 08/24/2013
"Cary is a true professional and gentleman. He is an incredible talent and everyone at the party raved about him. We had about 50 people on a roof top deck and Cary arrived on time, set up his equipment, and played wonderfully. He played such a wide variety of music that everyone was able to enjoy the evening. He took requests from the crowd and got everyone dancing by the end of the evening. We will definitely hire him again for our next party. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for entertainment of any sort. Thanks Cary!!"
- Keith M.
Oktoberfest Party in Chicago, IL on 11/15/2012
"Cary was professional, punctual, friendly, and his performance was excellent. Highly recommended. "
- Christina S.
Wedding Ceremony in Chicago, IL on 09/25/2012
"The performance was great exactly what we wanted."
- Dirk-Jan V.
Wedding Reception in Grayslake, IL on 09/14/2012
"I've been having a hard time coming up with words to explain how perfect Cary helped make our wedding. We hired him to play indoors for our reception but he ended up popping outside and playing our cocktail hour too! He learned a few new songs for the reception and they were incredible. We were so touched by the obvious effort he put into learning them, and learning them well. Between his laid back personality and great play list, we could not have asked for a better performance. He was the highlight of our wedding. Well, after the whole getting married part. Thank you!!!"
- Ellen R.
Graduation Party in Cary, IL on 05/27/2012
"Cary was fabulous! He was prompt, courteous, professional and exquisite in his performance. Guests from 18 – 70 enjoyed the music and asked me “Where/How did you find him?!” Everyone was thoroughly impressed. As several of our guests had been members of the high school musical groups, Cary was enthusiastic & welcoming when a few of our party-goers wanted to sing with him. He performed a wonderful variety of music – engaging everyone’s taste in music. I wished he could have played for many more hours…..He was great! Cary was an absolute hit at our party. I would recommend him highly and I certainly would hire him again for another event."
- Catherine C.
Holiday Party in Wheaton, IL on 12/17/2011
"Cary did a fantastic job at our holiday party. He arrived right on time. Everyone loved the music and had a blast. We would recommend him to others for sure!"
- Chris K.
Wedding Reception in Madison, WI on 10/01/2011
"Cary was a HUGE hit at our wedding. We couldn't have been more pleased. His voice and guitar playing abilites are amazing. He was professional, courteous, flexible, accomodating, and knew how to read the audience. We had kids and adults of all ages dancing throughout. Never an empty dance floor. Wish we could have another party soon so Cary can come back! Thanks so much for making our event so memorable. (Highly recommend "Angel Dream" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" both acoustic covers - his renditions were better than the originals!) -- Brian and Marilen, Madison, Wisconsin"
In addition to Chicago, Cary Kanno will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge
and many other locations in and around the Chicago area.
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