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.
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.
The lights dimmed. The crowd quieted down. And as the spotlight hits me onstage, 700+ people in the audience at Navy Pier waited for me to begin.
The rest, as they say, was history.
Make that excellent history.
Make that decibel-busting laughter, applause, singing and clapping history for everyone who was in attendance at that particular show.
As an entertainer, I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s as if everything I strived for in my career came to a head that evening.
Was the client happy? If I’m telling the story, do you even have to ask?
(The answer was an unequivocal “yes.”)
The key was my being able to put everyone at ease, so they were engaged. They were leaning in from the very beginning, enjoying themselves in ways they never expected.
So it wasn’t just entertainment, it became an experience for the audience.
How did I do it?
The kind of experience that ten years of improv at Second City gives you. You learn a lot on how to engage an audience using improv.
It teaches you how to read the audience’s responses. You hear what they laugh at, you see their reactions and you play off their energy and build on it.
But a memorable event doesn’t start when the lights dim. It starts in the planning.
I’d like to tell you more about building a memorable event, and the best way I know is to talk to you about it.
Why not give me a call at your convenience, at 773-527-7417.
I promise that it’ll be time well spent!
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.”
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.
… 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.
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.
Live music entertainment for events and holiday entertainment ideas.
Glo Glee Music from Chicago
I was playing piano music the other night and I had a guy at the piano bar who sang like a leaky balloon. Either that or he sang like he had just sucked all the helium out of it first. I think the first one is a better description.
He was really hammered and about 20 years older than the people around him. Not that that matters when it comes to playing live music.
Music is the Universal Language. So there are no boundaries or requirements. Just be willing to have some fun and the music will take it from there. This isn’t American Idol here. With that definition, this guy qualified.
These were Not the Only Women Having FUN on the Gig Last Night
Since I do my best to include everyone, his exuberant and passionate singing still made it a little difficult to get anyone to join in with him.
Everyone else was looking at him thinking, “Well, I’m not going to sing along if I got to do it like that guy.”
So they didn’t. Not at first. Then they realized I wasn’t going to be making fun of him all night. I just cracked a few jokes to acknowledge him and moved on. There were plenty of other people there to have some fun with.
Like the one guy who thought he was the leader of the band. He kept giving out vocal cues to the audience. I don’t usually mind. In fact, I welcome that kind of behavior. Keeps things fresh. He had all the qualifications too; a loud, booming voice, the alcohol fueled energy – however, he had none of the rhythm. At least not to lead.
No mind. It was a Sunday night of a 3 day weekend. Most people weren’t going to work the next day. So we were all out having some fun and letting the music take over – at least for a little while.
Coulda been worse. Coulda been a sick day. But in that case, we woulda all fit in anyway.
Live music. Allowing sick people to feel good too. Go figure.
So I think I’m finally figuring out how to use Priceline.com to my advantage. Since I travel so much as a piano player for hire, I figured it’s worth making it work for me and our family budget.
But I’m wondering something …
Who the hell picks these paintings?
Not that they’re bad or anything. I’m just kind of wondering cuz they are exceptionally non-descript.
There’s nothing about them that make you go, “Oh. That’s really cool. I think I should get some for my collection. Let me call my art broker and see if he can cut me a deal on a bulk purchase.”
And what the hell is with this smell?
These NON-SMOKING rooms smell all perfumey. And not that good kind of perfumey, like wow I need some of this funk in my house right now too. It’ll go great with those paintings I just bought.
I would rather have the old stale cigarette smoke from yesteryear.
No. Wait. I wouldn’t. That was REALLY disgusting.
But this new smell seems like it’s designed to be cat house friendly or something. I can hear the voice over on the radio spot: “It smells like a brothel, but bring the kids anyway. It’s safe and won’t deform their growth. Plus, it’ll create all kinds of fresh and special memories you can share for a lifetime.”
Oh well. The price was right. Here’s to shopping on the Internet.
Bye for now.