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How do you make that corporate event a memorable one?

Event planners often have some “go-to” ideas when it comes to hiring a headline act for their big corporate event.

Maybe it’s a magician, or a cover band, or an impersonator.

There’s just one problem with all of those types of acts: they’re not improvisational.

And not only is the audience not connecting with the entertainment, (they’re just sitting and watching), they’re not connecting with each other.

Unfortunately, that means it’s not going to be a memorable event.

Think about it: would you rather watch a magician perform some tricks, or watch an entertainer that has your colleagues laughing, singing and having a terrific time?

The more you can make the entertainment memorable, and the more you can forge an emotional connection with your audience, the more meaningful the experience becomes.

It’s not just my opinion; it’s the opinion of “experts” as well. Take a look at this article and you’ll see what I mean.

Speaking of making your event a more personal experience, check out this  article too.

What I offer is a one-two-three entertainment punch: music, comedy and improv.

Working together, those two unique talents helps to ensure that the event experience invites, embraces, engages and delights the audience.

They’ll walk away with happy, lasting memories of having had a wonderful time for themselves as well as with their colleagues.

That’s exactly what you want to happen!

And whether you’re planning for a product rollout, sales seminar, trade show or other type of company event, I deliver an interactive entertainment experience that has your audience clamoring for more.

Sound exciting? You bet it does. And the best way to see how it fits into your overall strategy is to talk about it.

How about giving me a call me at your convenience? You can reach me at 773-527-7417.

Talk About One of The Longest Music Gigs!!!

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(c) Jens Wolf/dpa/Corbis

Right now, in St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany, there’s an organ playing a song that has no end—in our lifetime, anyway. Even though the sheet music for minimalist composer John Cage’s “As Slow as Possible” is only eight pages long, the song will take 639 years to complete. It’s part of Cage’s larger exploration of how music exists in time and space; he wrote the piece for an organ because the pipes can last for thousands of years. A machine, called a blower, constantly supplies air, and a weight holds down the pedals. The first three-note chord, which was played in 2003, lasted for a year and a half. The church is committed to playing the song until it’s over. If you can’t wait for the full version, don’t worry: The club remix will drop any day now.

Now that’s one of the longest music gigs ever! Call for a shorter one +1773-527-7417

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