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Music and Comedy was a Calling for this Piano Player

People ask me all the time how I got into this? By ‘this,’ they think they mean “playing the piano.”

But by ‘this’, I think they mean ‘entertaining.’

When I was a youngster growing up, I was the middle child. So that’s one reason why I’m so good at making people laugh. The middle child was always in need of attention. They aren’t as important as the first two. The newness of parenting has worn off. So the middle child needed to resort to other tactics.

I picked music and comedy. Or maybe music and comedy picked me.

We had dinner as a family every night at the same time. Dad came home on the 536 train out of downtown Chicago. After saying grace, my main task was to crack the stern veneer of my Father’s deadly gaze. Manners were very important to him. Not so much to me.

My first comedy clubs were the family dinner table. It was a packed room of 8 every night. I was ecstatic when someone was invited over for dinner. I could go through my old routines all over again.

My sister told me later. We should have never laughed at your jokes. It only encouraged you.

It was not until my early 20s that I realized what a jokester my Dad was. He loved to sing and laugh and always enjoyed a party. But he died too young for both of us. I only have his memory and his letters from home when I was away at camp to remind me.

There was a pizza joint in a neighboring suburb. There was a piano player and a banjo player every weekend. They performed “Follow the bouncing ball,” Sing-along. We would get to eat pizza for dinner — with a Coke. My Dad would have a beer with his friends.

And we would sing. Loud!

We also sang at the Catholic school and in church. But nothing beat the pub for really kicking it out. Even if I didn’t know the ‘old fogey’ tunes they were playing, I still learned them and remembered them for the next time. Or figured ’em out before the song was through.

That’s what happens now when I have a mixed age room. I’ll pick current songs the youngsters want and pack them in with the standards the old folks want.

It doesn’t feel like a gift. I had to work at it. Lord knows, my family was a tough crowd. Mom, Dad, all my siblings didn’t fall for anything.

I can’t Dazzle them with Brilliance. Nor Baffle them with Bull.

The same holds true for every audience since.

I still view it as a gift when I see the joy in the crowd’s collective faces. Hear their laughter. Enjoy their compliments, handshakes, and hugs.

I feel like a kid riding his bike for the very first time. Every time I step on stage.

Let’s be kids again together. Give me a call for your next event.

Business or pleasure.

Company events and private house parties.

I have theme party ideas galore.

Ice breakers for conventions to let your prospects sales staff get to know each other.

Surprise birthday parties that create long-lasting memories for all.

It’ll be a blast!

Why Chicago Remains The Second City

Why Chicago USA Remains The Second City 

This news release caught my eye … for obvious reasons … we are a Mecca of The Midwest for tourism.
https://www.bestcities.org/rankings/americas-best-cities-large/chicago/

We’ve got it all here Chicago. As a lifelong professional piano player for hire, I am honored to be surrounded by World Class Talent everywhere you look. 
Theaters abound. Not only Broadway caliber shows, but over 250 small theaters. We feature original productions, stock theater, improv and cabarets. That’s just a tip of the iceberg. 

Not Just For Warm Weather Either

The spring and summer are when most people come to see us here in Chicago. But anytime of the year works just fine. Our winters have been milder and milder as the years go on. You’ll have access to some good hotel deals. Transportation has never been easier. Getting around on public transportation is a viable alternative. Take the bus if you really want to see the neighborhoods. Ride share got perfected here. The bike lanes are getting respect from other drivers. Plus it helps that they are being built up with curbs and clearly marked areas like you would see in Europe. 

 

Chicago Live Music 

Many of the downtown hotels and restaurants hire live music to perform. Two great examples are …. 

The Drake Hotel. The iconic hotel was used as a location for such notable movies as Flags of Our Fathers, Risky Business and Mission Impossible 

You will find me every once in a while at the Coq D’or Room playing solo piano and singing along with everyone. Upstairs in the Palm Court a wide variety of genres are represented from around the city for your listening and dancing pleasures. 

The The Signature Room at the top of the Hancock Building has got a splendid array of pianists. Plus, you really can’t beat that view! 

There are countless bars, clubs and lounges available too. Check with the hotel’s concierge for the latest sighting of who’s who in town for the week. 

Be sure to drop me a line when you’re in town. I can always give you some of the latest updates. I love bragging on my hometown Sweet Home Chicago!  

Let’s make this Valentine’s Day extra special. Live music & comedy always creates great memories that last well beyond your visit to our fine city.

 

 

Chicago Live Music 

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Chicago Piano Player Learns A New Word

 

The Word of The Year for 2018 is …Nomophobia.

Did you know what it means? I didn’t. So I had to look it up. Living in in Chicago as a professional piano player for hire, I found this year’s Word of The Year to be quite important.

 

It means a fear of not having your mobile phone with you.

Sounds real to me. Most fears are not real. This one could be potentially dangerous.

  • Not having a new lead be able to contact you quickly could be a deal killer.

  • Missed last minute gigs from other musicians.

  • Follow up calls from corporate event gigs that are usually built on trust and communication.

  • Notifications of certain special emails.

  • Text messages which most people feel like are to be instantaneously returned nowadays.

Nomophobia. Career killing.
Momentum choking.
Financial catastrophe Danger.

 

Working Chicago Piano Player

Or at least I thought so until I went without my phone for a few days.

I was working on the cruise ship gig. It was back in 2016. I didn’t think I was going to be able to last out there without it. There was little to no wifi available. The ship wifi was unreliable. The wifi in foreign ports was useless unless you went to a Burger King. (BTW The Burger King both in Jamaica & in St. Thomas had horrendous wifi.)

The thought of being unable to return calls and book my next gig was next to impossible to fathom. But I forged ahead.

I found that in a very short amount of time I was able to function just fine. Of course, it helped that I got a better data package. I also made sure I had more than one choice available.

For example, if the ship wifi was out, I could text or send a Facebook Messenger text. But this was back in 2016. So much has changed in that short amount of time.

I’ve noticed through our online marketing that more than 75% of our leads come through mobile. The uptick in videos is skyrocketing. The planned imbalance between land lines and cell phones is practically complete. 

Cruise Ship Entertainer 

If I hadn’t been on the cruise ship for those 2+ years, I don’t know how I would be able to function without my phone. Seriously. It’s one of those things right now. I’ve been back on land since March of 2018. It is now Winter of 2019. I have my blue tooth in my ear all day long. I need to keep charging my phone up every chance I get.

My kids are constantly on the phone. Telling “stories” on their pages and anxiously searching out likes for their pictures. I hate using my phone for that. But I don’t think my adult children are about to change their habits. Their phones are rarely used to actually ‘tele’-phone me anymore. Its usually some sort of group text designed to set up a time for meeting.

So next time you want to call me up and book a gig, I will probably answer right away. Quicker if you’re texting. It’s the way things are these days.

Nomophobia. The future of our lives – exaggerated. 

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Don’t Trust Your Next Event Entertainment to an Amateur

Get the only entertainer who will deliver your message that will last for months – not days, with custom written music and comedy created specifically for you, your employees and your company’s culture. Interactive music and comedy that creates good feelings and memories that will last a lifetime.

Book The Piano Music Show for Your Next Holiday Event or Party

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Here’s your one chance to get your event entertainment done right

Surprisingly, we have something in common.

We both want to make your company’s next big event a huge success – we just go about it in different ways.

You do it by hiring the best talent available, and I do it from the stage, making you look good for hiring me.

That’s a win-win for both of us.

But just in case you haven’t heard of me (pretty rare), or you’d like to learn more about me (most people do), I’m happy to oblige.

I’m Dan Gillogly, aka “Dan the Piano Man.”  I’ve been providing music and comedy entertainment for company events, product rollouts, sales seminars and trade shows for many years.

I’ve been successful because I deliver the three main things that you and other event planners want: unique entertainment, attendees who really enjoy themselves, and a truly memorable event.

I offer live piano music, featuring original and parody songs that drive your message home faster than a ballot box getting stuffed during a Chicago election.

I honed my craft at Second City in Chicago, where I was hired for a 3-week fill-in stint and ended up staying for 10 years. I joined the ranks of Bonnie Hunt, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Chris Farley, Tina Fey and Dan Akroyd, just to name a few.

Understanding improv and how to relate to an audience in personal ways is what sets me apart from all other entertainers.

With my live music, it becomes a truly interactive show, engaging the audience in a truly memorable way.

Everyone at your event wants to join in and be a part of the fun. It makes for a very successful event.

I’d love to talk to you about what I bring to the table, er, piano, and a short conversation is the best way to do it.

I call it “phone improv.” I promise it’ll be enjoyable.

Please call me at your convenience at 773-527-7417.

I could have been in the Olympics but I’d rather be here

Olympics Rant

You know I qualified for the Olympics again this year. But I decided not to go. It wouldn’t be fair to the other athletes. I would have won all the medals especially on Track &Field. I mean that would be selfish of me.

Oh this sarcasm doesn’t look too good in print. Honestly, I’m surprised at how much of an expert I’ve become in sports I don’t know anything about. I was watching the platform divers last night and I had no idea how dangerous that sport could be. Those divers hit the water at 30+ mph. One wrong move and Ouch!

Olympics Day 3 - Diving

Then there’s me from my recliner in my living room looking to relax and I can only think there is not enough tape in the world to protect my wrists from hitting the water the wrong way. Then I find myself becoming VERY opinionated about the Splash Meter. When I used to watch this sport on the Wide World of Sports years ago, I don’t remember having it so easy. Yet here I sit with a beverage and a meter to gauge how much liquid should be acceptable in my life when it comes to platform divers.

You should have heard me last week during 2 man kayaking!