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Great Party Ideas That Create Lifelong Memories – The Cure for Presidents Day

So I have finally found one of the most perfect party ideas AND it will cure your next President’s Day.

Throw a party. Yes. That would be throw a party during Presidents Day and bring in a piano player and a award winning chef and see where that would lead.

I have many items on my bucket list. I frequently get new party ideas along with all my new song ideas and lyric ideas. But I don’t think I ever came up with throwing an afternoon party on Presidents Day. 

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No Need To Wait Until Next Year for Great Party Ideas

Well it happened for me yesterday. And what a success! Not a lot of people. Only about 10, maybe 12 folks. A few of their kids showed up. We ate great food, we sang some great songs, we sat down with friends and made great memories. You can too.

Plus, and here’s the good part, you don’t have to wait until next year’s Presidents Day. Start thinking about your outdoor BBQs and your graduation party ideas and your anniversary party ideas. We can make this another fantastic event filled and life long lasting memory creating event that will last a lifetime.

Call me to see what kind of ideas I can come up with for you and your memory tank.

PIano Music Maker Satisfies The Masses

As a piano music maker in the piano bars around Chicago  

I get the opportunity to meet and greet some of the finest of citizens.

It is my pleasure to introduce to one such group of fine patrons from the late night gig last week. Just a warning Poison Squirrels, I mean, Boys and Girls, alcohol was involved in this particular encounter.  

This is just one cute little tale I’d love to pull on your coat tails about, Gather ’round kids . . .


I took a break and walked around the room to talk with people at the club and see what they wanted to hear for the next set.

One highly energetic and slightly giddy trio of young women had a request of sorts.

The first one said, “Let’s find you some good songs to play. Do you play any Shania Twain?”

No. I haven’t played any of her songs in years.”

The next wanted to know, “Do you do any Taylor Swift?”

Do I look like I know any Taylor Swift?”

So the next one says, “How about some N’Sync?”

I said, “I thought you wanted to hear something good.”

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To All My Friends

They finally laughed. In fact, it was as if someone flipped a switch because then the first one said, “Well I just thought you could spice things up. What Lionel Richie do you know that will really rock the house?”

I smiled and told them, “Ummmmm … how ’bout none?” They got the joke.

I quickly changed the subject by getting someone to take our picture. I love my job!


The best part is I get to play to all kinds of people. When folks have an idea about what they think is going to be a good song, I can usually play it. But as a professional, I know which songs are going to work. Stress the word ‘KNOW’. I’ve been doing this awhile now. I’ve got a repertoire that expands decades. Anything you want to hear will fit. However, as a profession piano music maker, I can tell you, without a doubt, that Lionel Richie will never get the room rocking. Sorry my dear.  Thanks for playing along though. We sure appricate the thoughts and condolences.


Have you completed your search for holiday entertainment ideas?

… Glad to hear it. Most people wait until the last minute and then they can’t find quality professional entertainment for their company office party. It makes it extra hard to come up with quality holiday entertainment ideas under the pressure of the calendar deadline.

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Holiday Party Planning ideas

It’s simple really. Most of the best entertainment agencies have their bookings solid by the time the leaves start to change their colors. But that’s because they have a limited number of options available for you to choose from. Not here. We don’t want you to be left out in the cold. We have a versatile entertainment company to assist you.

If you’re looking for corporate Team Building activities you can include in your company Christmas party, try a dueling pianos show.

We also have live music in the form of world class bands, jazz trios and hoola hoops.

Okay NOT hoola hoops. But when it comes to great party ideas, of course we’re going to recommend live music and comedy. It’s what we do best and it’s what we’ve been doing for well over 30 years now.

But if you’re in charge of organizing your company Christmas party for all the other Cubers, then think about a couple of these ideas.

Gingerbread Decorating Station. Everyone gets to decorate their own cookies. even take some home to the wee ones. Or better yet, build a bunch of fruit baskets that you can hand out to your friends as gifts.

Yes we know that when you call us with your date and you’re looking for holiday party planning ideas, we can deliver. It’s not an easy task being in charge of coming up with holiday party ideas for a small office — or a large one for that matter.

Give us a call right now. Let us know how we can help.
You’ll be amazed out how simple this can be.

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Do Dog Lovers Love Winter More Than Cat Lovers? Piano Player Wants To Know

I would like to interrupt your viewing of the latest cat video and call the attention of
 all the dog lovers out there. 

I wonder if this is how you feel? So let me start by saying ….

I cant even begin to tell you how much I love snow and winter. Here it is the first week of January and we finally got our first measurable snow fall of the entire season.

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Beauty in Snow


Don’t get me wrong. As a piano player not having to move gear and music equipment through snow banks in freezing cold weather for the entire holiday party season made our lives infinitely easier.

I’m just saying that I know a lot of people love to complain about the cold and the wind and the snow. I’m not one of those people.

Tonight the temperature is expected to dip down below zero with -30 wind chills. Dangerous weather no doubt. But honestly, I have no problem with it. I actually went for a walk tonight.

I got my boots on with warm socks, tied ’em all up tight, dressed in layers, grabbed my warmest pair of mittens, the kind that make your hands sweat, scarf (to keep my singing voice healthy) wrapped tight with no possibility of air getting in through my coat, nice warm hat, a gaiter to go around that and hit the sidewalks at a brisk pace.

I love the sound of crunching snow underneath my feet. I love the sting of the air on my exposed cheeks. I love the feeling of independence I get from being able to be out in this kind of weather.

Maybe this is how dog owners feel. The freedom to get out doors no matter what kind of weather we have.

I also love listening to the weathermen and women go on and on with such consternation about “Oh my God, It’s gonna be so dangerous out tonight!”

Who cares? Dress warm. Enjoy winter. What a beautiful scene the snow makes on the trees.

Get out and enjoy it.

And while you’re at it go out and catch some cool live music or a piano player in your neighborhood. Haven’t got good piano music and comedy in your neighborhood? Give me a call. I’ll stop by no matter what kind of weather we have. Really!

Okay. Now back to your cat videos. 

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Enjoy The Moments of Beauty



Company events after The Holidays?

What a great idea. Company events don’t always have to be during Christmas season. Holiday parties after New Years are a great idea too. You’re probably going to have better attendance. You can invite more friends. People are going to have more time to show up because they don’t have as many commitments. Plus, you’ll probably get a better rate at your local venues.

Company events with live music is going to provide way more long lasting memories than with a just a DJ. So give us a call. Great piano music, great dueling pianos entertainment and great live music and comedy. Laugh all night long.

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Piano Player Dan Gillogly

So think about it for next year. Or better yet, just do it this year. Get your people together for a memorably fun night of live music and comedy. Piano music with style. Chicago Piano player Dan Gillogly travels all over the place to bring more fun than is legally allowed by law. Do it now.


Chicago Piano Player Has Some Fun w/ 29 yo Woman Celebrating Her 23rd Birthday

So I’m working a gig in Chicago as a piano player and there were probably 6 or 7 women in the room tonight who were VERY opinionated about what I was playing and singing at the piano. It was kind of sad. This was one of my favorite Chicago bars. Last night was the same way. Women who would give the thumbs down to the song I was playing or give the universal signal to cut the song. I didn’t know why that was happening. It was rare that I had that many young ladies who were so eager to express their views so openly. Luckily, and as is most often the case, for every one dissatisfied patron, there are at least 3 or 4 VERY happy people to more than balance things out and maintain equilibrium.

So after the third time of the yucky face being made by this woman who didn’t look a day over 35, I finally had to tell this one girl, who was celebrating her “23rd birthday” (Yeah, Right!), that it was okay to make a request instead of just putting down and dismissing what was already requested by someone else. She seemed offended that I would make that recommendation to her. It was like she expected me to KNOW what she wanted to hear or something.

I handed her a pencil and a request pad and said let me know what you want to hear. She appeared perplexed. Positively mystified. Befuddled even. No. I take that back. She was kind of befuddled anyway. I mean, alcohol HAD been consumed in great quantities by this time of night. Even so, she was searching her meager conscious memory banks for a song to ask me to play.

As she started to pull out her phone “to look up songs” (or so she said), the women on either side of her came to her rescue.

They saddled up to her and started talking her through the various selections that may or may not be within a definite possibility of being performed by me; the Chicago piano player in the bar. (It does help that I put out a song list of over 1000 songs that I know.)

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These were Not the Only Women Having FUN on the Gig Last Night

She eventually came up with a song request, scrawled it down on the pad and placed it on the piano.

I pretended not to notice.

She pushed it closer.

I continued playing ‘Desperado’.

Then she picked it up again and waved in front of me beckoning me to take the piece of paper from her pasty hand.

I looked right at her, smiled … then continued singing.

One of the ladies next to her whispered in her ear and pointed towards the tip jar.

Now I have to say here, that I usually don’t “play to the tip jar”. It’s crass and it doesn’t really make a difference. Some people tip and other people don’t. Besides, I really do want to play everything everyone asks for. It’s one of the reasons I’m a decent entertainer. I want everyone to have a good time. But I was having too much fun with our Birthday Girl to stop.

She placed a crumpled up 5 spot on the request and grimaced at me.

I immediately stopped and looked at her request. It was ‘Baby Got Back’. Not your typical piano bar request but a frequent one nevertheless.

I didn’t even announce the song. I just looked her in the eye and said roundly into the mic, “Oh My Gawd Becky! Look at Her Buu-utt!!!”

She exploded into a gleeful shriek along with 3 of her friends and started jumping up and down and hugging each other.

The women who had helped our Birthday Girl out just looked at me and we laughed.

Balance had been restored in the world of live music entertainment in Chicago.