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Chicago wedding band SODA

For more info and bookings
contact Rob at:
630-247-3519 (cell)
e-mail: sodamusic@sbcglobal.net

1273 Horseshoe Lane
Bartlett, Illinois 60103

We send out an e-mail newsletter a few times a month called The Soda Fountain. Here you'll find some amusing Soda stories and all the latest news from Soda Land. Just type in your e-mail address below and you'll stay current with all the Soda news that's fit to print!

Fri, Oct 28th 2:00pm
The Broken Oar
614 Rawson Bridge Road
Port Barrington
Just Added!
Fri, Oct 28th 6:00pm
2525 W. Higgins Road
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Rob and Mike perform acoustic faves. Diet Soda Baby, Yeah!
Sat, Oct 29th 9:00pm
250 South Grove Ave.
Elgin, Illinois 60120
Fri, Nov 4th 8:00pm
27W150 Roosevelt Road
Winfield, Illinois
Sat, Nov 5th 8:00pm
Antioch, Illinois
Fri, Nov 11th 8:30pm
8 N. Vail Ave
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
Sat, Nov 12th 9:00pm
1727 Freedom Drive
Naperville, Illinois 60563
Rob and Mike playing acoustic favorites!
Fri, Nov 18th 8:30pm
2251 W. Lake Street
Addison, Illinois
Sat, Nov 19th 9:00pm
4018 Roberts Road
Island Lake, Il
Wed, Nov 23rd 8:30pm
26400 N. Rand Road
Wauconda, Illinois 60084
The night before Thanksgiving. Party with all your friends before spending the next day with family.
Fri, Nov 25th 8:30pm
1 W. New York St. Bridge
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Sat, Nov 26th 8:30pm
705 North Ave.
Glendale Heights, Illinois 60139
Fri, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
Michigan City, Indiana
Sat, Dec 3rd 8:00pm
Boulder Ridge Country Club
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Fri, Dec 9th 8:00pm
27W150 Roosevelt Road
Winfield, Illinois
Sat, Dec 10th 9:00pm
Oak Park Country Club
Oak Park, Illinois
Fri, Dec 16th 8:30pm
2251 W. Lake Street
Addison, Illinois
Sat, Dec 17th 8:00pm
North Barrington, Illinois
Fri, Dec 23rd 9:00pm
858 S. Route 59 (corner of 59 & Stearns)
Bartlett, Illinois 60103
With the divine Miss Tammy!
Fri, Dec 30th 5:45pm
4100 Rt. 53
Lisle, Illinois
Come check out their awesome Illumination event and after join us. We'll be playing inside where you can come rest and enjoy a hot beverage and snacks.
Sat, Dec 31st 8:30pm
Blumen Gardens
Sycamore, Illinois
Sat, Jan 7th 8:00pm
Dubuque, Iowa
Sat, Feb 25th 8:00pm
City Winery
Chicago, Illinois
Sat, Mar 4th 9:00pm
The Q Center
St. Charles, Illinois
Sat, May 27th 8:00pm
Dubuque, Iowa
Sat, Jun 3rd 9:00pm
The University Club
Chicago, Illinois
Sat, Jun 10th 7:00pm
Dubuque, Iowa
Sat, Jun 24th 8:30pm
Winnetka Community House
Winnetka, Illinois
Sun, Jul 2nd 4:00pm
Long Beach, Indiana
Sat, Jul 8th 8:30pm
Patrick Haley Mansion
Joliet, Illinois
Sat, Jul 22nd 8:00pm
Meson Sabika
Naperville, Illinois
Sat, Jul 29th 8:00pm
Sand Creek C.C.
Chesterton, Indiana
Sat, Aug 5th 9:00pm
The Heidel House
Green Lake, Wi
Fri, Aug 11th 9:00pm
Independence Grove
Libertyville, Illinois
Sat, Sep 16th 8:30pm
Loft On Lake
Chicago, Illinois
Sat, Oct 14th 7:00pm
Hermann, Missouri
Fri, Nov 24th 7:30pm
The Allure
La Porte, Indiana


Rob and the members of Soda,
I cannot tell you what an incredible impact you had on our reception! So many people came up to us exclaiming that they hadn't danced like this in years, and that this was the most fun wedding they'd ever been to. And it's all thanks to YOU! From day one when we first started communicating, you were so helpful that you instantly had us at ease. And at the reception we were totally blown away by the group's talent and energy! We can't wait to refer you to all our friends!

Alexandra and John Baxmeyer
Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook
September 12, 2015

I cannot imagine a better band for our wedding than Soda. You were absolutely incredible!!!! Every song was awesome - I have never seen a dance floor packed so consistently throughout the night! And it was so awesome that you continued to play later into the evening - THANK YOU for that! And, the first "fun song" (I Gotta Feeling) was AWESOME. It worked out perfectly - even better than I'd imagined!!! I could honestly go on and on.
Thanks again for an absolutely perfect evening. We will remember it forever!

Mallory and Anthony
Kankakee C.C.
July 18, 2015

We wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for how amazing you guys made our wedding. It meant so much to have you perform on our special night. You were a joy to work with and sounded amazing! Our family and friends are still raving about how incredible you guys were. Thank you so much for making our ceremony and reception so amazing and unforgettable!
We will definitely see you around!

Robby & Ashley Grunwald
June 27, 2015

Dear Rob,
Tim and I wanted to thank you and the band so much for making our wedding last Saturday awesome! Thanks so much for learning our first dance song...this made it really special for us. We had so many positive comments about how great the band was and how it seemed like you guys never even took a break the whole night. One guest said "When they started off with Uptown Funk, we knew it was going to be a good night!"
There was not a moment where the dance floor was anything other than packed and everyone (from young to old) seemed to be having a great time dancing. We would definitely recommend the band to anyone I know having a wedding in the Chicago area.

We found you guys based on all of the good reviews on Wedding Wire and I'm so glad that we did!!

Thanks again so much!

Stephanie and Tim
Swiss Hotel Chicago
June 6, 2015

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In SODA you'll find exactly what you need to get the party started. Formed in 2008, this all-star lineup has quickly become one of Chicago’s most booked and beloved bands. If you like variety in your musical experience, you’ll find that Soda captures the heart and soul of one of the most diverse play lists you'll find anywhere.

What's your flavor? Because you'll get everything all the time with Soda. From Johnny Cash to The Zac Brown Band, and from John Mellencamp to Bruno Mars, this band can do it all. Multiple lead singers, each with distinctive styles, work to bring authenticity to all your favorite songs. The possibilities are endless. Classic Rock, 80's New Wave, Motown, Disco, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Alternative--the list goes on and on.

When you gotta dance and no matter what the occasion--weddings, corporate events, private parties--Soda has the tunes to get your guests on the dance floor and keep them there the whole night long. There is nothing quite like the energy of a real band—and when that band has been together as long as Soda there is a tightness and chemistry to the sound that is hard to find anywhere else!

Soda has appeared at many famous Chicago locations including Arlington Park racetrack, and at U.S. Cellular Field for the White Sox. This past year Soda performed for The National Oral Health Conference at The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The band has performed at the Renaissance Center in Schaumburg for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, where they shared the evening with nationally recognized swing band The Cherry-Poppin’ Daddys (of “Zoot Suit Riot” fame).  Soda has performed at Buckingham Fountain for The Annual Bank One Shamrock Shuffle road race, and in the Ballroom at Navy Pier for St. Viator High School’s Night Of The Lion Annual Fundraiser event. Most recently the band performed for CASA Kane County at The Q Center in St. Charles, where they shared the stage with local legend Jim Peterik (of Ides of March and Survivor fame).

From 2010 through 2015, Soda has been awarded every year the Bride’s Choice Award at the Wedding Wire website in recognition as one of Chicago’s favorite wedding ensembles. Their past wedding engagements have taken them to such familiar locations as The Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, The Morton Arboretum, Loyola University, Medinah Country Club, and the famous ballroom at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago.

Soda is a full-time professional band and you can see them perform any weekend of the year at some of Chicagoland's favorite clubs. You can also check out more reviews of Soda by clicking on the Wedding Wire logo at the top of this page. Get a little taste of Soda and we’re sure you’ll be back for more!

Soda - Halloween 2015

Rob Loar
(Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet)
From the deep baritone of Johnny Cash to the soaring falsetto of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”, Rob has it covered. His smooth vocal style on country ballads and those quirky 80’s New Wave tunes make him truly the man of a thousand voices. His trumpet graces many Soda covers, including crowd favorites from Chicago and The Ides Of March. New for 2014, Rob brings his classic jazz stylings in the tradition of Miles Davis and Chet Baker to a combo setting available for cocktails or dinner at your private event. Look for the track entitled “Cocktail Jazz” on the Soda audio player.

Erik Swanson
(vocals, bass guitar)

A self-confessed (and now recovering) former bass guitar "shredder", Erik won several local bass contests early in his career. Those early pyrotechnics have since evolved into a style that is passionate yet still very precise. His playing has graced the stage with many favorite local artists, including Cathy Richardson and Scottish McMillian. Erik also displays his evocative vocal talents with Soda on covers by Tom Petty, Dave Matthews and John Mayer.

Jeff Decker
(drums, percussion, vocals)

A drummer's drummer, Jeff brings his considerable chops and experience to the band. As a teacher at the area's premier drum shop "The Drum Pad", he stresses a substance over style approach that truly anchors the Soda rhythm section. And his fundamental sense of good taste has made him a "first call" session drummer for many of Chicago's finest jazz ensembles.

Mark Yde
(Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)

After touring the west coast for many years while living in Seattle, Mark returned to his native Chicago, and Soda is lucky to have him. He brings his rich “Whiskey Tenor” to songs by Bon Jovi, Kenny Loggins, and many other classic favorites, and his blues and country influenced guitar playing complete Soda’s All-Star lineup!

Mak Yde - guitarist

Tammy Binetti
A veteran of the Chicago music scene, Tammy brings her infectious energy and dynamic power and range to all the classic and current hits that get you up off your seat and moving. From Patsy Cline to Katy Perry and everything in between!


Hi Rob,
I just wanted to send a personal note to say Thank You for the great performance on Saturday night at Courtney and Nick's wedding.  As I'm sure you could tell by the jam-packed dance floor and the fact that no one wanted the night to end, we thoroughly enjoyed the music.  I saw people dancing that haven't danced in years and it was all because of the great sounds and pumped up atmosphere Soda created. Thanks again for helping to provide a great time for everyone!

Kindest Regards,
Laura (Mother of the Bride)
July 12, 2014


Rob & Soda
Thank you so much for making our wedding a memorable event.  All of your song selections were spot on and kept our guests entertained throughout the evening. We were so pleased with the variety of music played, and that it kept our guests on the dance floor all night long.
Even though our guests were familiar with your music as we used your band for my brother’s wedding in 2011, our guests still had the time of their lives dancing the night away. Thank you so much again for everything!

Pam & John Blyschak
June 28, 2014


Dear Soda,
Thank you so much for your wonderful performance at our wedding.  We appreciate the time you took to make sure everything was just right to our liking, including the cake-cutting song, our first dances—even letting my Dad sing some fun songs with the band—we loved everything! We wish you all the best of luck in the future!

Thanks again,
Amanda and Mike Pfeiffer
June 21, 2014


I am so sorry it has taken me this long to get back to you. I just wanted to say that I am so thankful you were able to perform at our wedding. It was the highlight for us and our guests. Our wedding wouldn't have been the great night it was without your guidance, professionalism and talent. You helped to make the planning process simple and I had no worries about how things would go on the day of. We will continue to recommend your services to our friends and family.

Best Wishes,
Mr. & Mrs. Giannini
March 15, 2014

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Chicago White Sox
Arlington Park
Bartlett 4th Of July Festival
Women’s Club Of Inverness
Crystal Lake Service League
St. Viator’s High School
The Signature Room at the John Hancock Bldg.
The Arboretum Of South Barrington
Lake Carroll Resort
Independent Insurance Agents Of Illinois
Onward Neighborhood House
River Forest Country Club
Stone Manor in Lake Geneva
Mundelein Community Days Festival
Taste Of Wheaton Festival
Lockport Canal Days Festival
Church Of The Holy Spirit Family Festival
Highland Park Park District
The Glentown Center
Genoa Days Festival
Barrington Junior Women’s Club
Oak Brook Park District
Village Of Winnetka
Village Of Hawthorn Woods
Illinois Association of County Officials
Community Bankers Assc. Of Illinois
Valley Lo Country Club
Exmoor Country Club
Birchwood Country Club
Sunset Ridge Country Club
St. Andrews Country Club
Blue Chip Casino
Empress Casino
Metropolitan Industries
Petroleum Equipment Institute
Shogren Performance Marine
Connelly Electric
Northfield State Fair
Oak Park Park District
Renaissance Convention Center
Deerfield Park District
St. Donatus Feast And Carnival
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Church
AAR Corporation
CASA Kane County
West Chicago High School Alumni
D.A. Blodgett For Children
Barrington National Night Out
Cary Park District
Lindenhurst Park District
Village Of Niles
Dundee Concert Series
Palatine Park District
Glenview Summer Concert Series
Villa Park Summer Nights

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Ainít Too Proud To Beg / The Temptations
A Little Respect / Erasure
All About That Bass / Meghan Trainor
All Night Long / Lionel Richie
All Star / Smashmouth
All Summer Long / Kid Rock
Amazed / Lonestar
American Girl / Tom Petty
Ants Marching / Dave Mathews Band
At Last / Etta James
Beverly Hills / Weezer
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree / K.T. Tunstill
Blister In The Sun / Violent Femmes
Blurred Lines/ Robin Thicke
Boogie Nights / Heatwave
Brickhouse / The Commodores
Brown Eyed Girl / Van Morrison
Build Me Up Buttercup / The Foundations
California Gurls/ Katy Perry
Call Me Maybe/ Carly Rae Jepsen
Canít Help Falling In Love / Elvis Presley
Cecelia / Simon & Garfunkel
Centerfold / J. Giles Band
Cheeseburger In Paradise / Jimmy Buffet
Chelsea dagger / The Fratellis
Chicken Fried / Zac Brown Band
Closer To Free / The BoDeans
Crazy / Patsy Cline
Dancing With Myself / Billy Idol
Dancing Queen / Abba
December í63 (Oh What A Night) / Frankie Valli
Does Anybody Really Know / Chicago
Donít Stop Believing / Journey
Dynamite / Taio Cruz
Every Rose Has Itís Thorn/ Poison
Faith / George Michael
Faithfully / Journey
Fins / Jimmy Buffet
Fly Me To The Moon / Frank Sinatra
Friends In Low Places / Garth Brooks
Footloose / Kenny Loggins
Forget You / Cee Lo Green
Get Down Tonight / KC & The Sunshine Band
Get Ready / Temptations
Good Loviní / Young Rascals
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) / Greenday
Good Times / Chic
Hang On Sloopy / The McCoys
Heaven / Los Lonely Boys
Have I Told You Lately / Van Morrison
Hey Ya / Outkast
Hey Jealousy / Gin Blossoms
Hey Soul Sister / Train
Hit Me With Your Best Shot / Pat Benatar
Honky Tonk Women / Rolling Stones
The Humpty Dance / Digital Underground
Hurts So Good / John Mellencamp
Ice Ice Baby / Vanilla Ice
I Canít Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) / Four Tops
Iíll Be / Edwin McCain
Iím A Believer / Smashmouth
I Cross My Heart / George Strait
Inside Out / Eve 6
In The Midnight Hour / Wilson Pickett
I Canít Get Next To You / The Temptations
I Feel Fine / Beatles
I Gotta Feeling / Black Eyed Peas
I Like To Move It / Crazy Frogg
I Love Rock And Roll / Joan Jett
I Melt With You / Modern English
Iím Yours / Jason Mraz
In The Mood / Glenn Miller
I Want You Back / Jackson 5
I Want You To Want Me / Cheap Trick
I Will Survive / Gloria Gaynor
I Saw Her Standing There / Beatles
I Wish / Stevie Wonder
Jack & Diane / John Mellencamp
Jailhouse Rock / Elvis Presley
Jessieís Girl / Rick Springfield
The Joker / Steve Miller
Jump Around / House Of Pain
Jump In The Line / Harry Belafonte
Just A Girl / No Doubt
Just Dance / Lady GaGa
Just Like Heaven / The Cure
Keep Your Hands To Yourself / Georgia Satellites
La Bamba / Los Lobos
Laid / James
Landslide / Stevie Nicks
Le Freak / Chic
Life Is A Highway / Tom Cochrane
Letís Get It Started / Black Eyed Peas
Letís Groove / Earth, Wind & Fire
Letís Twist Again / Chubby Checker
Liviní On A Prayer / Bon Jovi
Loser / Beck
Love & Memories / O.A.R.
Love Shack / The B-52ís
Mambo No. 5 / Lou Bega
Man, I Feel Like A Woman / Shania Twain
Mary Janeís Last Dance / Tom Petty
Margaritaville / Jimmy Buffet
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard / Paul Simon
My Prerogative / Bobby Brown
Moves Like Jagger / Maroon 5
Mustang Sally / Wilson Pickett
My Girl / Temptations
One Love / Bob Marley
Only Wanna Be With You / Hootie & The Blowfish
Party Rock Anthem / LMFAO
Peppermint Twist / Joey D.
Play That Funky Music/ Wild Cherry
Pokerface / Lady GaGa
Pour Some Sugar On Me / Def Leppard
Pretty Woman / Roy Orbison
Raise Your Glass / Pink
Rapperís Delight / Sugar Hill Gang
Ring Of Fire / Johnny Cash
Roadhouse Blues / The Doors
Rock And Roll All Night / Kiss
R.O.C.K. In The USA / John Mellencamp
Rolling In The Deep / Adele
Santeria / Sublime
Save A Horse Ride A Cowboy / Big & Rich
Save Tonight / Eagle Eye Cherry
Say Hey (I Love You) / Michael Franti & Spearhead
Semi-Charmed Life / Third Eye Blind
Send Me On My Way / Rusted Root
Shake It Off / Taylor swift
Shut Up And Dance / Walk The Moon
Sex On Fire / Kings Of Leon
Sexy Back / Justin Timberlake
Shake It / Metro Station
Shake Shake Shake / KC & The Sunshine Band
Short Skirt Long Jacket / Cake
Should I Stay / The Clash
Shout / Otis Day & The Knights
Signed Sealed Delivered / Stevie Wonder
Smooth / Santana
Still The Night / The BoDeans
Surfiní U.S.A. / Beach Boys
Some Kinda Wonderful / Grand Funk
Starships/ Nicki Minaj
Stuck In The Middle With You/ Stealers Wheel
Summer Of 69 / Bryan Adams
Suspicious Minds / Elvis Presley
Sweet Caroline / Neil Diamond
Sweet Home Alabama / Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Chicago / Blues Brothers
Tainted Love / Soft Cell
Thatís The Way I LIke It/ KC & The Sunshine Band
Think / Aretha Franklin
Tik Tok/ Ke$ha
Talk Dirty To Me / Poison
Toes / Zac Brown Band
Twist & Shout / The Beatles
Tubthumping / Chumbawumba
Unforgettable / Natalie Cole
Uptown Funk / Bruno Mars
Vehicle / Ides Of March
Volcano / Jimmy Buffet
Wagon Wheel/ Darius Rucker
Walk This Way / Run DMC
Wanted Dead Or Alive/ Bon Jovi
The Way You Look Tonight / Frank Sinatra
We Are Family / Sister Sledge
We Found Love / Rihanna
What I Got / Sublime
What I Like About You / The Romantics
Wonderful Tonight / Eric Clapton
Wonderwall / Oasis
Wooly Bully / Sam The Sham
Word Up / Cameo
Your Love / The Outfield
867-5309 (Jenny) / Tommy Tutone


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