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More On Chicago Mayoral Election Results 2015

Hi There and Welcome to Another Installment The Piano Bench Blog Cast:
Chicago Mayoral Election Results  

Today’s broadcast comes in the form of some more great piano music and comedy. Our topic? Chicago mayoral election results. I certainly hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed writing and recording.

Chicago politics has no shortage of great comedy material. So tune in regularly.
And be sure to contact me, Dan, for your custom written music and comedy for your client appreciation night, your corporate event or hospital visit.

Country Club Entertainment With Dueling Pianos

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Country club entertainment

Yes we are at Tippecanoe Lake Country Club Entertainment
tonight for a dueling pianos show.

This is our 6th year in a row. 6 YEARS!!!

A lovely club. They have increased their membership by over 20% in the last year. I guess we’re both doing something right.

And sure enough… the next morning we got a call from one the members who saw us here. He asked us to come back and perform at his house in the summer. Whdd’ya think wee said? Of course we said yes. What a great time they’re going to have. We bring our own piano and we can go anywhere.

Call us for your next party 773-527-7417 

Vicki Update: Live Music Gig Transportation

Just a quick update on Vicki my lovely cargo van for pulling gear to out live music gig. She is all better now. It was the ignition that needed to be replaced. But my mechanic Scott was so spectacular at going the extra mile, we also wound having to swap out the fuse box. Apparently, in that model of Chevy Express Van, the fuse box is under the master cylinder and gets all corroded and wet throughout the years.

So he had to pull that out and replace it with all new fuses after cleaning it out.

So here’s to safe travels to tonight’s corporate entertainment event in Chicago.

Where will Corporate Entertainment be 5 years from now?

Where will corporate entertainment be 5 years from now?

To answer that question successfully, perhaps it would be better to think about where we were 5 years ago with corporate events instead of thinking about 5 years into the future.

I mean, seriously, it’s mind boggling to think of how far technology has come. Were you as active on social media 5 years ago as you are now? Probably not. It wasn’t as firmly entrenched in our day to day lives as it is today. I know I wasn’t blogging from my phone 5 years ago.

Even our gear wasn’t nearly as it cool as it is today. The LED stage lights we use are much more affordable. That leaves bigger savings to you. Our sound systems are amazing! We can now custom design our PA to form fit your venue. It fits like a glove eliminating any cause of feedback and providing evenly distributed sound throughout the room or arena no matter where anyone is sitting.

So where will we be in 5 years when comes to corporate entertainment? Its hard to tell what will be expected of live music performers at corporate events. How will today’s audiences respond to a show that doesn’t use sequences or doesn’t lip sync? Will they want the rich full sound of their favorite recordings like you would get from a DJ? Or will they continue to respect, desire and demand real time performances of human beings singing and actually playing their instruments?

Time will tell. One thing we do know is Music is truly the Universal Language. No matter where you go, people have music in their lives on a daily basis. We use music to get us through the bad times as well as celebrate the good times.

So technologically speaking there is no telling what kind of gear we will have a available to us 5 years from now. But chances are we will still be playing our pianos and singing live to our audiences because we interact and engage your customers. Real time entertainment for events. No streaming. No recordings. Live music and comedy at corporate events will live one. See you in 2019

Is Stevie Wonder the Best Piano Player?

I don’t know if Stevie Wonder is the best piano player or not …. That’s not for me to decide …. but …

I had a really awesome day today.

I didn’t know if it was all going to work out or not. But it did and on the way home with a big smile on my face from a very complicated tech rehearsal for a corporate event. I wasn’t sure what to do. I was not in control of things. I was supposed to be the leader. I hate when that happens. I got all worried about how I looked; to the client, to the other musicians.

What I did is what I was supposed to do. Let the people I had hired to do their jobs. The show was written. The songs were arranged. But the technical stuff was not my area of expertise. That’s why we hire really good people for these corporate event entertainment packages. Entertainment for events is a lot like riding a bicycle wearing a blindfold. You know where you’re going to go. You just don’t what might be in your way.

This is why we have tech rehearsals. To find out what’s in our way.

It all turned to be a sweet and successful rehearsal for a corporate seminar that is going to be massively successful. coming up later this week …

and on my way home after the rehearsal …

I heard this Stevie Wonder song very clearly in my head …

This was the tune Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing –Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder best piano player?

Stevie Wonder

Thanks for playing along. Feel free to dance around like nobody is watching. I won’t tell.

Did You Have As Much Fun This Weekend As Me While I Played Piano Music?

I had yet another fascinating weekend playing piano music last week that I would love to tell you about if you give me about 5 mins of your time.

This last weekend I played a series of gigs that reminded how, as an entertainer I get to see all kinds of cool stuff. I get to view the power of
piano music on a daily basis.

Thursday I provided charity event entertainment in the Sears Tower (a.k.a. the Willis Tower, but I’m from Chicago so I still call it the Sears Tower). People came together to raise money for detection and prevention of some very rare disease that tragically took the life of a teen aged boy a few years back. The father of the boy gave a moving speech about the tragedy and the ensuing life saving research that has been come out of his son’s dying wish; to find out what happened to him and to save others’ from contracting his disease. They have raised over $100K to date. And this Fall their findings are going to be published in a major medical journal. They have already saved hundreds of lives.

Oh yeah … there was a sunset that night above the rain clouds I witnessed from the 67th Floor that I will remember forever!

sunset_sears_towerFriday night I played a party for a family celebrating Dad’s and daughter’s birthdays. The young lady was 17 (the same age as our oldest daughter). Her friends we’re all into music and dance and theater and were charming and talented and polite and knowledgable about different genres of music. Of course, we all know what youthful energy looks like. But to see it firsthand from the piano bench on the bandstand is, once again, a reason to keep playing live music.

Instead of just playing solo piano and singing, I had the phenomenal guitarist, Chris Winters, onstage with me that night. Chris and I rambled through a menagerie of popular music ranging from current Pop hits to ancient R&B, Jump Blues, Classic Rock hits back to Ballads and everything in between. The kids knew several American Classic Songwriters like Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael and all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody. They had a choreographed bit they did to Footloose.

The reason I mention all this is in case you were worried about the youth of America these days — don’t! They are in good hands from the music teachers in public schools in the western suburbs.

Saturday afternoon I played at a Moose Lodge. I hadn’t been in one of those in years. I started out many moons ago playing Moose Lodges and VFW Halls. This week I was hired by a gentleman who (let’s see if I can get this right) was “installed as a Pilgrim for the Moose Hearts.” It took 35 years of charitable works to achieve this level. Whew!

I played some background solo piano music and believe me if I had let my false pride get in the way I would have found this gig kind of boring. But as I said earlier I have found the power of music to be truly enlightening.

The crowd was generally older. But there were middle aged men and women there as well. I must have received 30 compliments from the possibly 40 people in attendance. I received applause after numerous songs and medleys throughout the evening. When I play background piano music, I don’t expect applause. That’s the whole point of playing background music. Be in the background

What I’m saying is people appreciate good live music. “It is rare to hear it much these days, except at weddings or funerals”, one lady told me. Our guest of honor told me later, “You filled the void that could not have been filled any other way. Thank you.”

No. Thank you David for all you do for your community.

Later that night I played a “hip and trendy” restaurant gig where the majority of people didn’t even realize I was there through all the lights and glitz.

Then Sunday night I played a house party in the NW burbs, my old stomping grounds. I was invited by the children of a woman celebrating her 70th birthday party. I was a surprise.

Since she is a student of the piano, she was appreciative of what I do on the instrument. I had ’em all singing along and, of course, dancing in the living room. The grand kids joined in including the toddlers. The Cute Quotient was at an all time high that night. But that was not the highlight.

At the beginning of the music hour, young 12 year old Emma sang ‘Desperado’ to her Gramma. She was very talented and a little nervous and she did an excellent rendition! When she finished there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

I could say this was a normal weekend and on some levels I would be right. I get to see these occurrences on a daily basis. Live music is usually celebrated at happy occasions; birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, charity events, etc. You invite me into your homes and to your private family events.

But this weekend had some major evidence presented to me that what we do week in and week out as musicians is important. People need live music, bands, piano music, dueling pianos, jazz trios more than they realize. It doesn’t matter where or when or how.

We all need music. I know I do.

I need to perform. I need to play piano. If I don’t, I don’t feel right.

And so I want to thank everyone of you, especially those of you who called and hired me and the other musicians this week. Thank you. You allow me to do what I was put on the Earth to do. And you make my life fuller by allowing me to come enrich yours.

Corporate Entertaiment – Dueling Pianos – Corporate Event

Dan and “Frisbee” play dueling pianos for your corporate event entertainment. Courtesy of Central Illinois Dueling Pianos

Illinois Dueling Pianos

 

Every Friday & Saturday

There is a new piano bar in the Quad Cities. The Establishment Theatre is open for business with Dueling Pianos. Rock Island IL hosts this live music sensation right after ComedySportz every Friday & Saturday. This is one of the most historic towns in all of Illinois. Dueling pianosused to be right across the river in Davenport IA but now The Establishment takes front and center stage with this interactive live music event.

Host your company event with entertainment that utilizes cutting edge team building actives and games that will guarantee everyone will have fun. Interactive, team building and care free music and laughs.

The Establishment Theatre – Illinois Dueling Pianos — Every Friday & Saturday.

Dueling Pianos Benefit Plays Hospital for Jim Thome

This is a wonderful night of music planned. Over 850 people are expected to attend. Last year $250K+ was raised for the Joyce Thome Benefit for Children’s Hospital hosted by Jim Thome! charity event entertainment ideas

Dueling Pianos  is an excellent way to bring together your guests in one unified voice. We consistently help raise substantial funds for benefits across the country. Ask us how we can benefit your charity event or fundraiser. Everybody loves dueling pianos. It is live music entertainment for events.

Jim_Thome_Charity_Event2Jim Thome is a future member of Baseball’s Hall Of Fame. He was born and raised in Central Illinois. Dueling pianos is being produced by The Waterhouse of Peoria. If you can not make the event for any reason, your contribution is always welcomed in Joyce Thome’s name. Thank you.

 

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