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, harmonica, kick drum) 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.
He has written original music for commercials, film, & TV. Checkout his website or his youtube page (search "Cary Kanno").
* 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 Ukulele
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)