Matt Lewis and The Union

Matt Lewis and The Union - Group Photo Since it’s inception in 2006, Great Life Music has emerged as the hottest, hippest and most forward-thinking music company in Chicago.

Now, meet the hottest, hippest and most forward-thinking new band to join our organization – Matt Lewis and The Union

Matt Lewis and The Union is an 9- to 11-piece band (1 or 2 horns, 3 vocals, and 4 instruments) that combines the fresh and sophisticated musicality our clients want, with the professionalism, knowledge and experience they require.

Building on 10 successful years as a working band in Chicago and across the country, Matt and his crew of top-flight musician come to GLM with a new name and a new look, but the same rock solid grooves and magnetic chemistry that have made them a highly sought-after ensemble for parties of all shapes and sizes.

As led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Matt Lewis, a fixture on the Chicago music scene for over 15 years, Matt Lewis and The Union places a premium on the same qualities that have been the hallmarks of every GLM ensemble: authentic and inventive musical arrangements, world-class vocalists who connect with each audience, and a seamless and flowing performance style that reflect the perfect mood for every event and the vibe every client desires.

Just as important, we take great pride in our collective commitment to customization – our willingness to work closely with our clients and map out their musical needs, collaborate on new ideas, and then go the extra mile to reflect our clients’ musical passions and preferences throughout their event.

But don’t just take our word for it. Email us to check availability to schedule an in-person meeting, and an opportunity for an up-close and personal look at this exciting and exclusive new addition to the GLM family of bands. You won’t regret it.


August 23, 2014 - Sydel Wedding - Saddle and Cycle Club

We have gotten so many complements about you guys!!! You totally rocked it out and the night was exactly what we hoped for. So BIG BIG thank you!!!

— Allie and John (Bride and Groom)

July 12, 2014 - Macey Wedding - Peninsula Hotel

I cannot tell you enough what a wonderful job you did on Saturday night and how many people complemented us on the music. As they say" you rocked it"! We were blown away by your music and your professionalism . If you ever need a reference, do not hesitate to call us!

— Georgiana Macey (Mother of the Bride)

June 14, 2014 - Rowley Wedding - Onwentsia Club

We wanted to send you a quick note thanking you and your band for an exceptional performance at our wedding on June 14th. It is very rare that you go to a wedding and everyone that started on the dance floor at the beginning of the night was still on the dance floor 3 consecutive hours later and then chatting, "one more song, one more song" when the evening was over.

You and the band performed every song perfectly, played the songs that everyone was dancing to and you all truly rocked it all night.

Thank you for everything you also did leading up to the big day. You were personable, responsive and so easy to work with. All of our family and friends are still talking about how exceptional the band was.


— Carley and Mike (Bride and Groom)

April 6, 2013 - Crowell / Wojcik Wedding - Fulton's on the River

Hi, Matt.


Hope you had a great weekend!! Jeff and I just wanted to say thank you to you and the band for an amazing wedding reception performance! You guys were great -- and as you could probably tell, our guests didn't want to get off the dance floor as we were all having the time of our lives!


Your band set the perfect mood for our celebration -- fun, lively, exciting and personable. We really appreciate you taking the time to listen to what we wanted to hear (even if it is was the Michigan State fight song!) and making the night so memorable. From bringing back the 90's with Montell Jordan to bopping around to Paul Simon with my dad to Jeff's Rolling Stones dance with his 96-year old great aunt, we had the time of our life and thank you for all of your help leading up to and on the special day.


You have a very calming (yet energizing) factor and you made us feel at ease and know everything was taken care of.


Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you -- serve as a referral or whatever. Also, keep us posted on upcoming gigs -- we'd love to hear you guys again!


Thanks again for sharing your talent, energy and creativity with us! 4.6.13 was a night to remember!


All the best,

— Erika and Jeff (Bride and Groom)

February 8, 2013 - Grand Chef's Gala - Fairmont Hotel

Thank you Matt.  We have been hearing great things about the band and the music you played.  Our guests could not have been happier.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Grand Chefs Gala.



— Kim Mills (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)

December 8, 2012 - Corporate Holiday Party - Scoozi

Thank you so much for everything on Saturday, you guys were amazing! Everyone has given me rave reviews about your performance!


Thank you again!

— Tosha Kiss (Associate Consultant)

September 15, 2012 - Wedding - Indian Hill Country Club

You guys were AH-MAZING!

— Katie Goggin (Designer Event Chicago)

September 8, 2012 - Collins / Goldberg Wedding - Modern Art Wing

Hi Matt!


You've been on our minds too, so thank you for the email.


You and your band did an unbelievable job on 9/8. You made our wedding SO MUCH fun for us and all of our friends and family. We had so many people tell us how awesome you guys were. AND, I think it's a huge testament to your awesomeness when young and older people alike stayed until your encore was over. I mean, what band gets asked to play an encore at a wedding!!?? And trust us, we wish you could have played 20 more encores that night. I am seriously blown away by the amount of talent you and your band members have. Thank you for sharing that with us!


Thanks also for taking the time to learn all the songs we had mentioned to you. We loved the Robyn song (particularly me:) and Montel Jordan was amazing (that was an early concert for Frank, so has soft spot in his heart). Carly Rae Jepsen was a huge crowd pleaser, and the Jessie J song was so great to hear since that was our jam when we drove around New Zealand just after getting engaged. And thank you for learning the Mariah Carey song for me to walk down the aisle to. It meant so much to me that I didn't have to pick something already in your catalog. Your level of customization was absolutely incredible and much appreciated.


It's very clear that you understood our vision and knew exactly how to bring it all to life. We felt like we didn't articulate our vision to you very clearly, but you were able to work magic and thrill us! The ceremony music and cocktail hour music were perfect, and you emceed the event just the way we wanted. 


Also thank you for organizing and providing such an awesome musician for our Friday night event. Your bro totally nailed our vision and we were so thrilled to have his talent at our event.


A million thank yous and I'd be happy to be a reference should a future client ever want to chat with a past bride. You delivered a flawless (and FUN) evening for us, and we won't ever forget that.


All the best,

— CC (Bride)

September 2, 2012 - Hood / May Wedding - Peninsula Hotel

Our car is coming soon to whisk us away to the airport, but Lauren and I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your incredible band for providing the most magnificent soundtrack to the best day of our lives.  You went above and beyond the call at every step of the way, and words cannot express how humbled, moved and genuinely awe inspired we were by you and your band's performance. For me especially, the music was the thing I cared the most about and you exceeded my expectations and then some.  The music at the ceremony was breathtaking. The Bulls introduction and Black Keys kickstarter to the evening was so "rockstar" I get an adrenaline rush just thinking about it.  And being able to get on stage with the woman I love and rock out to I Got You, will always be one of my most cherished memories of the evening.  You guys nailed it on Loving Cup and (surprise!) Johnny B. Good.  I have been waiting to get back up on stage with those guys since the day we graduated about 7 years ago.  Your rendition of California Stars was perfect - I wish I had a recording!  And your set list, was outstanding - even Call Me Maybe, which I have been humming all day!

You didn't have to do any of these things.  You could have said "no, this is too much" or "we don't do that type of thing."  But you didn't.  You genuinely wanted to make the music an element of our wedding experience that we would always remember, and guess what - you succeeded.  We will always be grateful that we chose Matt Lewis & The Union as our wedding band.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

— Andrew and Lauren (Groom & Bride)

July 28, 2012 - Wedding - MCA

Hi Matt, They were really happy! Thank you so much for everything. It was a pleasure working with you. I loved when everyone was just chilling on the couches and you sang low-key songs like Wonderwall - felt like I was at a concert! You did a great job of changing gears as needed. Thank  you!!!

— Liz (Reva Nathan & Associates)

January 6, 2012 - Maloy / Ferri Wedding - Ritz Carlton

Dear Matt,

Thank you so much for you and your bands  wonderful performance you gave at our wedding. We were really just blown away and so was everyone else! People had a great time, and our parents were so pleased. Thank you also for taking on a new 1st dance to sing, as well as cocktails duties at the last minute. It was such a great experience, Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!



— Kate and Dan F. (Bride and Groom)

December 17, 2011 - CTCA Holiday Party


I did not have a chance to congratulate you on the fantastic job you did at the CTCA Holiday Party on Saturday, December 17th.  …My client was extremely happy as was I.  (see their comment below)

From the Client:
Everything was awesome and the staff has not stopped talking about “GREAT” the band was….Matt himself was so personable – I sure hope we can get them again and again !!!!

— Alan Spencer - Williams Gerard Productions (Event Producer)

November 19, 2011 - Wedding - The Drake Hotel

Thank you once again for a wonderful performance. We appreciate your thoroughness and care for our client. Our team had an excellent experience and the guests had a great dancing night!
We look forward to welcoming you back again to The Drake soon.

— Antoinette Cahill (Senior Catering Manager, The Drake Hotel)

October 21, 2011 - Stewart / Apostolovich Wedding - West Loop Studio

Just want to send you a quick "thank you" for doing such a great job on Claire and Adam's wedding.  All of the music was terrific…Please extend our thanks to the rest of the band.  You really MADE the party.  Several people said it was the BEST wedding they had ever been to, mostly because of the band!


Thanks again,

— Val Stewart (Mother of the Bride)

August 13, 2011 - Stroud / Lucas Wedding - Art Institute Modern Wing

I am so sorry it’s taken me this long to thank you for making our wedding so absolutely unforgettable.  I can’t tell you how many compliments we got on the band – everyone loved you, but most of all WE did!  You kept everyone dancing and the band members were so gracious (not to mention talented).  Thanks for letting us get up and sing as well – that was definitely a great memory from the evening.   And everyone LOVED the ceremony music!!!  Kudos all around!!  Plus, there is a hilarious video of my cousins screaming all the words to “Wonderwall” at the top of their lungs – song choice was so spot on and everyone really enjoyed themselves.  They don’t say “the band makes the wedding” for nothing – and you all truly made ours!
Amazing, amazing, amazing – I cannot say it enough.  Thank you for helping to make the best night of our lives such a success!!

— Allison (Bride)

July 3, 2011 - Moss / Thompson Wedding - Four Seasons

We cannot thank you enough for the incredible performance you put on at our wedding reception. We had no doubt when we booked you that it would be fantastic, but you all exceeded our expectations! We had a fantastic time and never once stopped to worry about the flow of the evening or whether our guests were happy - it was an amazing evening! You were playing for a room full of musicians and they remarked to us during and after that they were all incredibly impressed with the level of musicianship you all displayed. Every single member of the band was flawless, and we love that you took time to showcase each musician. "Busta Move" was especially remarkable. Thank you for your flawless emceeing as well and of course, for the ride to the hotel! We could go on and on, but please just know that you all made our night completely unforgettable! And those transitions! So sick! We love you guys and will nver stop singing your praises!

— Nora and Logan Thompson

May 29, 2011 - Wedding

As you know Matt played on Sunday, he was great! Tons of energy, very showy and they sounded great. Please let him know how much we appreciated his communication with our banquet manager and the timing of serving the dinner. Have a good day, I just wanted to share this information with you.


— Wayne Harth (Director of Catering, Fairmont Chicago)

Create Your Matt Lewis and The Union Songlist


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Long Train Running

Ain't No Mountain

Use Somebody

Crazy Love

Save The Last Dance For Me

Billie Jean

Teenage Dream

Sing A Song

The Luckiest

Send Me On My Way