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Nostalgia Entertainment sets the bar high in terms of excellence and fun!  Our guests enjoyed every minute of their show!  Cynthia brings so much talent and energy to their performance and Matt’s musicianship is extraordinary!  Together they make the perfect team!  Nostalgia Entertainment is sure to delight at any occasion!

Marge Uhlerik-Boller

Artistic Director, Steel Beam Theatre - St. Charles, IL

I made a terrific discovery at the Cole Porter Festival—an attractive and very talented couple from the Chicago area whom I had not been aware of before.  Matt Gruel is…a talented pianist who can sing. His wife Cynthia is a knockout performer with a very powerful voice…They did a set at the Miami County Museum…and another at the main weekend event…including the best rendition of “Miss Otis Regrets” I’ve ever heard and the best Porter Song rendition of the weekend. It’s so encouraging to find younger performers who are so into this kind of music and appreciate the history as well. I’ll be seeing more of them in the Chicago area, and I suspect many of you will be too!

Charles Troy

Musical Theater Historian - Chicago, IL

Your performance at our LLI Luncheon was beyond words.  We have never heard such praise!  (We want) to express our deep appreciation for an absolutely amazing performance. Comments received from our members... best we have had, bring them back, fun and uplifting.

Mary Maiers

Lifelong Learning Institute

Matthew and Cynthia Gruel delivered a flawless performance at the 2016 Cole Porter Festival in Peru, Indiana, Porter's hometown. With Matt's artistry on the keyboard and Cynthia's sophisticated vocal style, this duo's interpretation of “Hot ‘n’ Cole” was simply bona-fide!

Ellen Mock

Chairman of the Cole Porter Festival - Peru, IN

Matt and Cynthia - It was a pleasure to host your performance last week at our library. Our patrons were absolutely delighted by your show!  On top of a fantastic performance, I really appreciated how you engaged with our audience. They left with huge smiles! I look forward to working with you again at our library.

Roz Topalski

Vernon Area Public Library

I want to commend you and thank you for your excellent performance before the members and their family members, primarily their spouses, of our group of former members of the Illinois Air National Guard, which we call “Silver Circle”.  I received a number of positive responses from our members in attendance.  I assure that this does not occur often, if fact, over the last 4 years, you group is the only one that received several accolades of those in attendance.  Thank you! For your information, I have given your name and contact information to another military group which also hires people to entertain its members over the holidays.

Jim Haley

Illinois Air National Guard

Matt and Cynthia provide a great and affordable program! They entertain the audience with wonderful music and songs as well as interact with the audience.  My patrons thoroughly enjoyed their performances here at our library. I will definitely be asking them to come back!

Julie Harte

Director, Somanauk Public Library - Somanauk, IL

“Excellent female vocalist,” “Wonderful… Please have them come back,” “I could have stayed a couple of more hours,” “Lively, warm-hearted young people,” “Very entertaining and educational,” “They were absolutely ‘the tops!’”

Comment Cards

Helen Plum Library

Cynthia and Matt have been bringing their Nostalgia Entertainment programs to Belmont Village for several years.  Originally, Cynthia and Matt were known for their “Festive Singers” program, which our Carol Stream Belmont Village has booked every year for our Holiday Open House.  We were so excited when Nostalgia Entertainment expanded their repertoire to include more shows that showcase the talents and professionalism of Cynthia and Matt.  Our residents enjoy Nostalgia Entertainment programs and ask, "When are they coming back?"

Karen McArdle

Activity Program Coordinator of Belmont Village - Carol Stream, IL

I just heard and saw you at Belmont Village in Buffalo Grove. You two were wonderful. The best entertainment I've heard at any faculty. (I'm a nurse and go to several facilities in the area). I especially enjoyed the songs from "Cats." I heard everyone talking about how wonderful you were!  Keep up the good work!!!


Belmont Village of Buffalo Grove

Our residents truly enjoy the shows, and their quality and professionalism can’t be beat!

Dawn Monroe

Activity Director of Brookdale Niles

The concert was great. I watched it right in front of my Christmas tree. You and Cynthia are terrific entertainers and I'm hoping next time you perform it will be in person.

Janet Collins

Rolling Meadows Public Library

Thank you so much for giving my family and friends such a memorable Christmas. They were delighted and surprised to see "Hallmark" up close and personal.  We all were "wowwed."

Jozette Williams

Thank you so much for performing at our Winter Reading Kickoff event this past Sunday—you guys were absolutely wonderful!!  Our patrons and staff really enjoyed your music as well as your costumes—you really added a special, festive touch to our event!!

Mary Hauserman

Poplar Creek Public Library

Everyone enjoyed both shows! Thanks again for making this so fun during this most difficult time for all!

Alisha Van Kampen

Brookdale Glen Ellyn

Thanks to you and Cynthia for a festive performance last night.  I was impressed with your set-up - the countdown, the stage set, the props, even the PRPL logo - and you kept up the energy the whole time.  Most importantly, my patrons enjoyed it.  I was greeted this morning with several compliments in my e-mail.

I don't need to wish you good luck with the rest of your program season, because I know you'll do great!

Sarah Vessalo

Park Ridge Public Library

Our residents in our nursing center loved it! And we had several residents in our pub watching.

Gerald Farinas

Three Crowns Park

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Past Clients


Fox Television Network

Chicago Bulls United Center

Chicago Botanic Garden

Microsoft Store

Merchandise Mart

Honor Flight Chicago

Palmer House

Tiffany & Co.


Bath and Body Works

Verizon Wireless

True Value Hardware

Abbott Labs
Morton Arboretum

Chicago Yacht Club

Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook

Cole Porter Festival


Benedictine University

Motiv Sports

Wintrust Bank

Noteable Events

Chicago Loop Allicance

Driehaus Museum
U. S. Equities

Central Dupage Hospital

Delnor Hospital
Beverly Arts Center

Convergint Technologies

Colony Brands

Cornfields, Inc.

Provost Financial Services

Zenith Insurance

Onpath Financial

Lifelong Learning Institute
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Geneva Chamber of Commerce
Office Max

Joe's Bar

Orso's Restaurant

Wendella Boats
City of Hinsdale

City of Forest Park

City of Evanston
Itasca Park District
Charlestowne Mall
Sara Lee
Kodak Marketing

Prete Apartments

Cambridge Lakes



Orland Memorial American Legion

Illinois Air National Guard

Elmhurst Historical Museum

Village of Country Club Hills

Village of Montgomery

Village of Berkeley


Plano Community Library District

Fox Lake District Library

Vernon Area Public Library

Northfield  Library

Prospect Heights Public Library

Gail Borden Public Library

Cary Area Public Library

Woodridge Public Library

Messenger Public Library

Helen Plum Library

St. Charles Library

Bloomingdale Public Library

Wheaton Public Library

Wilmette Public Library

Mokena Community Public Library

Somanauk Public Library

Glenview Public Library
Park Ridge Public Library

Batavia Public Library

Glenside Public Library
Lansing Public Library

Waukonda Area Library

Winfield Library

Homewood Library
Oak Brook Library   

Country Clubs:

Ridge Country Club

Royal Melbourne Country Club

Naperville Country Club

Conway Farms Golf Club
Wesmere Country Club
Park Ridge Country Club

Riverside Golf Club
Indian Lakes Resort
Royal Fox Country Club

Retirement Communities:

Belmont Village of Carol Stream

Belmont Village of Glenview

Belmont Village of Buffalo Grove

Brookdale Niles

Brookdale Oak Park

Brookdale Hoffman Estates

Brookdale Olympia Fields

Brookdale Lisle

Brookdale Northbrook

Brookdale Glen Ellyn

Brookdale Lake View

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive

Brookdale Vernon Hills 

Brookdale Burr Ridge

Bickford Cottage

Alden Gardens of Waterford

Autumn Leaves of Glen Ellyn

Asbury Gardens
Carriage Oaks Retirement

Clare Oaks

Covenant Village of Northbrook

Heritage Woods of Batavia

Heritage Woods of Yorkville

Heritage Woods of South Elgin

Heritage Woods of Ottawa

Lake Barrington

Plymouth Place

Brighton Gardens of St. Charles

Brighton Gardens of Wheaton

Plum Landing
The Holmstad

The British Home

Park Place of Elmhurst

Oak Park Arms

Lincolnwood Place

The Sheridan at Tyler Creek

Three Crowns Park

Westminster Place
Lexington Square

The Community House

The Seasons at Glenview Place

Mather Wilmette

Tabor Hills 

Windsor Park
Monarch Landing

Franciscan Court   

Delnor Glen
Little Brothers
Clare Oaks Retirement Community
Friendship Village
Countryside of Aurora

Sunrise of Crystal Lake
Sunrise of Palos Park

Sunrise of Gurnee

Sunrise of Flossmoor
Sunrise Church Creek

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