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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.

Am I The Best Chicago Piano Player?

I don’t think so. I’d like to think I am but I am not. I will tell you a little story first though, before I explain that is …


It’s always a pleasure to play piano in front of people. But I got to admit, I do get a bit tired some nights. A little short tempered if you will. I almost snapped at a guy who was just being polite last night at the end of a long day that included a recording session that went VERY well, a solo gig for some seniors which was well received and a sing along gig that went all night and revealed not one chance to take a break.

He was just being nice, yet he was also inquiring about a gig. Of course, he wanted to talk prices and availability.

I never discuss price at a gig. Two different parts of my brain.

I’ll talk business during the day when I’m wearing my business hat. When I’m out gigging I have a completely different mind set – entertaining.

So this guy was asking about a festival date in July and I thought, well I can’t not talk to him. He was being very polite for so late at night, a rare trait indeed.

I was saying how yes I do travel all over the place. And yes I do have a band I could bring. And yes with a day of rehearsal time I could bring a new band up to speed.

But I wasn’t going to talk price. I did talk about needing to include travel and lodging. That part was logical. At least to me it was. But I couldn’t mention a price because I didn’t know how much gear I was going to have to bring or how big of a crowd I was required to perform in front of.

I get calls all the time from people who are looking to get a price quote. They’re shopping strictly on price. I understand that.

We are all on some sort of budget.

But I don’t base my price on the what others’ are charging for their services as a Chicago piano player or musician. I am setting my price based on what I bring to the party. And what I bring to the event is extremely unique. Just ask the people who hire me as a piano player over and over again. Year after year. Fund raiser after holiday party entertainment. And it’s not just my services as a premier Chicago piano player. I charge based on the caliber of entertainer I am. I base it on the quality of musicianship I can bring to you through my years of experience on the scene knowing who to call when you need a first rate band to back me up.

The thing is I know I’m not the best piano player in Chicago. I know I’m not the best entertainer. I do know I am in the top tier of performers.

So if you’re looking for cheap, go somewhere else. If cheap is important to you I’m not the guy you want. I’m also not the most expensive. So give me a call. If I cant do it, I know a Chicago piano player I can call who will give you what you’re looking for in a great evening of entertainment.

Holiday Piano Music w/o the Nausea

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Holiday Music Entertainment That Doesn’t Make You Sick!

If you think piano music for company parties is nauseating, then you haven’t heard me play piano. Entertainment for events is always entertaining when you have Dan Gloglee behind the piano singing and cracking jokes. Holiday party entertainment now

Themed Party Ideas – Company Christmas Party

It is never too early to start planning party entertainment. Right now I am writing this post the Friday before Labor Day. It is hot and balmy and the phone is ringing with Holiday party ideas.

Some of the most common requests center around your company Christmas party. This one call I just got right now expressed concern that “We can never get anyone excited about the entertainment.”

Team building activities are VERY difficult to do successfully. Most people in your company don’t feel like it is safe to join in the fun when surrounded by co-workers they need to be working with the rest of the year. That makes sense.

But with our style of entertainment, interactive sing along and Christmas party games, no one is forced to join in, no one is going to be embarrassed and even the folks who do not join in will have a great time watching everyone else participate.

The interactive corporate team building activities fosters good will and camaraderie for the rest of the year. Everyone will be talking about your christmas party for the entire year. Office party games are not always easy to accomplish successfully. Yet we have the experience and the expertise to do it EVERYTIME!

We supply dueling pianos, solo piano entertainers and live music for your corporate event and private party entertainment. Give us a call. You’ll be glad you did.

Party Entertainers – Chicago, IL – 08/04/11

I’m back at The Redhead Thursday Night. Late. late show. 50 years ago I would have been competing with Jack Parr. or was it Johnny Carson by then? Ah well.

Hey it’d be great to see you down there. It’s been a couple of weeks since I was singing and playing piano down there. I wonder who’s going to show up tonight? We always have fun no matter who shows up.

You never know who you're going to meet at The Redhead Piano Bar


I can tell you we always have fun. The redhead always throws a first rate party. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of it too? Then come enjoy the fun. Open till 4 AM.

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It certainly looked like just another company Holiday Party. But it sure didn’t turn up like that.

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We got the call back in July to book this holiday entertainment for Parkson Corporation to celebrate their 50th year together.

I knew when they called they were smart to book us so early because the phone was already ringing for company Christmas party entertainment. As it turned out this was one of the busiest days of the holiday season.

There were about 50 people; employees, spouses and significant others. It started off kind of calm. Dinner. A speech by the boss. A few accolades and a raffle or two.

I asked people to make requests by handing out request forms. And very few had come up. The ones I did get were quite eclectic. Brubeck, Dean Martin, Steely Dan, Squeeze, even Kanye West. I got to most of them before I could see everyone getting a little restless. Restless as in looking at their watches. Fidgeting in their seats. Conversations ended.

So I did what I do best. I got people going with a little interaction.

I started with one of the requests I had gotten from the Online Request Jar; ‘Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding. I didn’t really announce anything until I got to the part at the end of the song that has the whistling. Then I said, “Who knows how to whistle?”

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One or two folks started into it. That’s all I needed. I re-introduced myself, said a few words and let them know we were going to have fun – so pay attention, follow along and no one would get hurt. It worked.

Since it was small group it didn’t take long to identify the “Alpha People” in the group.

The next tune built into a hand clapping bit, then I got the group singing two part harmony on ‘Lion Sleeps Tonight’. Even the ones who didn’t think they could sing were able to join in and blend in to the group. No one gets embarrassed and everyone becomes a singer at my piano.

There were only one or two holiday song requests, but no one seemed to want too many Christmas Carols

Party Entertainers Bring people Together for Great Memories

So I continued with the Pop Standards and a few classics from the Great American Songbook, like ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘Fly Me To The Moon’.

By the end of the night, everyone was gathered around the piano singing arm in arm.

It was a great night for all especially me. I never get tired of doing all the same requests because the energy is always positive and warm. When people come together even tho they don’t know everyone in the room, it makes it all that more special to me.

I have the coolest job in the world; helping people have fun during one of the most festive times of the year. The emotions of the season come together through the music and it is a true honor to be included in your holiday parties and events.


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