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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.

How Do You Spell 60th Birthday Party Ideas?

Everyone Loves A Good Celebration — Birthday Party Ideas 

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Celebrate Now!

Celebrations are to be remembered. With all that can happen in the course of life, the good fortune to be able to come together with friends and family to commemorate a milestone like a birthday or an anniversary is to be relished with a party. But what can I say? I’m a professional entertainer. So there’s that. 

With that said when I get invited to come to your event as a piano player, I am humbled to know that first of all, you value good music, and second of all that you have allowed me to be a part of an intimate family memory that will last a lifetime.

That is exactly what happened last year in the summer when George and Colleen invited me to their home to celebrate George’s 60th birthday party. A little back story first …

George is happy to be celebrating anything above ground. Especially a 60th birthday party. George had had a major heart attack a year earlier. Like as in MAJOR. The weird part is George is one of those health nuts. Apparently he is quite active riding his bike and taking long tours for fun. He’s been doing this for years. In fact, George looks like one those guys who is healthy. Fit, tall, muscualar and full of life and energy.

If you were to put George in a line of 20 other men his age, you would pick him last as a candidate for “The Big Grabber”. But you would have picked wrong.

At the fateful moment he was blessed to be around his family and his wife, who is a registered nurse and knew how to administer CPR, thus keeping him alive long enough to get him on the table and get his operation that allowed him to live.

Now jump ahead a year later and everyone is happy to celebrate a surprise 60th birthday party for him.

So as part of his surprise party his wife, Colleen, and his kids, now grown, prepared this party under the radar. The misdirect (every surprise party needs a misdirect – where you get the celebrant out of the house long enough to get everything prepared) was to take him on a “short” bike ride down around Chicago to the lakefront and back. Nothing too strenuous.

We were all assembled in the backyard when he came around back towards the garage on his bike when we yelled “SURPRISE!!!” to which George was startled so severely that he fell off his bike.

It was then that we immediately realized maybe this whole “SURPRISE!!!” thing might not be good for his health lest we wanted to inflict another hear attack on the unsuspecting birthday boy. 

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No … THANK YOU!

All was well though. Laughter and some memorable video footage will be enterted into the family archives for future laughs.

I was invited to be the piano player because George loves the Beatles and good music all around. Hence, the addendum at the end of the thank you note I received.

As you can see music reaches and heals all of us no matter where we are at. It helps during celebrations as well as times when Mother Nature rears her inevitable patterns.

So when considering party ideas, whether the good celebrations or the not so good, remember music will touch the soul of everyone who is there. It is an honor to not only play piano music for your birthday party ideas but also to be invited to your intimate family event. Thank you.

Dan – your performance not only touched & thrilled me,
it reached everyone’s soul who was there.
Love George”

Who Is Going To Get Your Party Entertainment Going Tonight?

I gotta admit. It was not my best night of live music. I was feeling a little off. I felt like I was a beat behind. Even tho I was playing solo piano, I didn’t think I was keeping the groove too honestly. It felt like I was dragging the tempo in places. But I was the one who started it off. I set the tempo. There was no drummer on the gig. So what gives? party entertainment

I had worked all day in the studio. I wasn’t really tired. But this was the late set at The Redhead piano bar in Chicago. I started just before midnight and I was going until 3 in the morning. So maybe I could have slept longer last night.

The place was packed. People were having a really good time by the time I got there. I settled in behind the piano and got people rocking and singing along. There were lots of dancers on the floor. Always cool to see that. But I was still trippin’ on my tempos. And then I started forgetting whole verses. Like entire chunks of lyrics. I could nail the choruses. But the verses were elusive. For example, I couldn’t remember the first verse of ‘Folsom Prison’ by Johnny Cash. “I hear the train a-comin’ ….”

Then came Justin a.k.a. Captain Energy. He was the guy tonight. The Alpha Male. He had the impetus to get things goin’. He was my savior. My go to guy. He knew every lyric to every song I sang, or started to sing.

He brought the house down. It was amazing! Every lyric. No exceptions. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant? Nailed it. Africa by Toto? No sweat. Plus he was willing to jump up and dance. He got people dancing by pulling them into his vortex on the floor. He pulled off Elvis impersonations with no problem. Then he imitated Neil Diamond during our rendition of “Forever In Blue Jeans” by adapting the Will Ferrell line, “I wrote this song on the back of a dixie cup …” and added the line himself “after I stabbed a homeless guy to get an erection.” Captain Energy was on fire!

I was rescued. I fed off of his energy. I got my groove back 3 ½ hours went by in no time. I didn’t want to leave when I was done. No one did. Except Captain Energy. When he left we all felt like it was time to turn in.

Every room needs a a Captain. Justin was ours tonight. Every party needs a ring leader to get things going. Who is going to be your ringleader? Call me to find out how to get your party going. 773-527-7417 

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Country Club Entertainers

We do so many gigs day in and day out that we occasionally run into other entertainers. Tonight we are at Barrington Hills Country Club getting ready to do a dueling pianos show.

Tonight it will be Mexican theme party so during cocktails we have an authentic Mexican band playing. Check back here and I’ll send up some video of these guys!

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Party Ideas Piano Music

We get a lot of calls for varied and sundry entertainment for events. We try to handle all of them. Birthday parties, anniversaries, wedding and wakes. It doesn’t really matter to us. Music is music and a gig is a gig. Everyone loves a good song sung at the piano, right?

The phone rings a lot this time of year for our high quality, professional party entertainers. Unfortunately we can’t handle all the requests. So sometimes we have to send in a sub.

But I just want to go on the record as saying I can promise you we WON’T send in any dogs. Some performers can be a real bitch. Or they only sing the blues. Like this one …

Unless of course you like her, then we can talk about a contract

Piano Player for Hire from Chicago

I love living in Chicago. It’s been a great summer in so many ways. The weather has been fantastic! Lots of warmth and only occasional (sometimes heavy ) rain.

I love the diversity of this city. I love the diversity of my gigs. This weekend was no exception.

Thursday we played a Dueling Pianos gig in Plainfield, IL. It is turning out to be a regular gig because the response has been overwhelming. Word is getting out about the fun to be had at Gruben’s on Thursday.

Friday we got a call to play a last minute slot in Rockford, IL. All American Dueling Pianos went out to Franchesco’s for a Cabaret-esque kind of show. It wasn’t packed. There were only about 100 people there all night. But we got to stretch out a little bit. I got do some comedy because people were sitting theater style. It sort of forced them to actually pay attention to the punch lines. My dueling partner for the night got to do a whole bunch of Sinatra and T Bennett. Then later the dance floor filled up and we went through all the current hits that got requested.

Saturday Night turned into a long day. I started by playing an 8 hour shift of background music for the supermarket opening in Arlington Hts, IL on a beautiful Steinway grand.  Then I headed out to Barrington Hills, IL for a hot and steamy pool party. Our friends Jackie & Tom had us out to their home was for their Third Annual Bash. They wouldn’t let me leave. We partied until close to 3 AM.

Then Sunday afternoon was a surprise 50th Wedding Anniversary in Gurnee, IL. VERY low key and the perfect end to a long and pleasurable weekend. Playing all the standards from 50s, 60s and beyond was a true test of my versatility. But it was the joy of seeing old friends and family connect again over lunch and laughs. There was a video montage of photographs playing on the TV. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing. SO I played the soundtrack. Very low key and extremely cool to be part of such a celebration.

I must say it is an honor to be able to play music every day of every week. Bringing joy and laughter (and sometimes tears) is a gift I am truly grateful for and I wouldn’t be able to do it without you.

Thank you.

Dan Gillogly
Glo Glee Music, Inc.