current projects

Sugarcreek Road

Original Americana, hint of bluegrass, a dollop of harmony, sprinkle of experimental, dash of humor, speck of unexpected.

Sugarcreek Road blends a modern potpourri of folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel to create a sound that is as raw and compelling as America itself.

They have been likened to groups such as Crooked Still and the Wailin’ Jennys. Kara’s vocals and vintage Wurlizter sounds have been compared to Norah Jones.

Catch their authentic approach to Americana throughout the Chicago music scene at venues such as Martyr’s, Mayne Stage, Uncommon Ground, Chicago Folk & Roots Festival, and more.

Standing Room Only Orchestra

Standing Room Only








You’ll never leave the dance floor!

The Standing Room Only Orchestra is one of Chicago’s most versatile wedding bands, providing superb musicians for your wedding reception or other special event. SRO’s talented and inspired musicians love to perform a wide variety of music including Swing, 50′s & 60′s, Motown, Disco, 80′s, Top 40; anything and everything you can dance to!

Nationally ranked in Modern Bride Magazine’s “150 Hottest Bands” for multiple years!


String of Sound Trio

String Of Sound is an eclectic trio of Chicago based female musicians. With backgrounds in Classical, Pop, and Jazz music, String Of Sound is the perfect ensemble for your next wedding ceremony, holiday party, or private event. These three lovely, charming and talented ladies take the stage with energy and verve.  Kara, Naomi, and Veronica bring music to your event in a new, beautiful way. Whether you prefer Bach and Handel or Coldplay and James Taylor, String Of Sound can provide all music for all needs. Visit String of Sound‘s website for demos and a comprehensive list of classical and secular music selections.

Please contact Kara Kesselring for rates and availability.

String of Sound is:
Kara Kesselring- Piano (and/or vocals)
Naomi Culp-Violin
Veronica Nettles-Cello


Kara Kesselring Solo

Kara Kesselring presents a soulful musical repertoire. She specializes in setting the mood for weddings, receptions, cocktail hours, private parties, club dates, or corporate events.

Contact her to customize the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.



Providing Music & Entertainment for Corporate Meetings and Events.

theSOUND blends a unique style of vocal arrangements, stage experience and comedy to produce a tailor-made, entertaining presentation for your company or group. The talented a cappella group gathers information on your company, group, and key employees to personalize their presentation for you. Their popular parodies are sure to please your crowd.

theSOUND performs for corporate clients such as McDonald’s, Purina, and Mass Mutual; at comedy clubs including Catch A Rising Star in Vegas, The Chicago Improv, and The San Francisco Improv; and has opened for The Beach Boys, Al Green, Chubby Checker and many more.

“Fire up” your meeting’s participants or make evening entertainment memorable with theSOUND’s refreshing, one of a kind act.


My Baby Just Cares For Me

Sparks fly as irresistible man and wife duo Michael and Angela Ingersoll share the spotlight for a scintillating night of classic pop favorites. He’s the affable crooner from JERSEY BOYS and the PBSvocal group sensation UNDER THE STREETLAMP. She’s the vivacious starlet from SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD with two JEFF AWARD nods. Together the playful pair woos audiences with all the candor and chemistry of a modern day George and Gracie. Their hilarious and heartwarming soiree features unforgettable hits from The Beatles, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Johnny Cash, Judy Garland, The Jackson Five, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, and many more. It’s love in concert, live in concert.

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Under the Streetlamp

Kara occasionally joins America’s hottest new vocal group, Under the Streetlamp as they tour cities across the nation. Direct from their breakout PBS concert special, the fetching foursome delivered an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, Under the Streetlamp proves why retro never sounded so now.

REcent Projects

Jersey Boys

Kara is proud to be performing with the 2nd National Tour  of the Broadway show Jersey Boys for the second season.  She was also in the Chicago production of the Tony Award-winning mega-hit Jersey Boys which started its Chicago run in 2007.  Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.