Another beautiful frosty day in November here in Chicago. We had another successful corporate event last night. It was a dueling pianos show in Peoria IL courtesy of Central Illinois Dueling Pianos. Thank you very much Andrew
We entertained a whole bunch of government officials. Some newly elected. Some newly un-elected. And of course all of their staff. We had a lot of laughs.
I love that part of our job as a musician, as an entertainer for an event.
When Was The Last Time You Had A Good Laugh?
Getting people to laugh. Sometimes we’re just improvising. Sometimes they’re routines that we have been doing for years. But the thing about dueling pianos is we are always going to have something different.
It’s because of the audience. Every audience, tho similar, is different. Different requests. Different celebrations. Just different.
But we know you’re going to have fun. We know we’re going to get you to where you want to go. You want to have fun and you need to laugh. We just have to organize the deck chairs, if you will. Alphabetize the chaos.
We had that rolling laughter last night. That interactive banter that keys off of people in the audience and their responses. A quality dueling piano show allows for that to happen. It’s so flexible.
I feel like the laughter is the key. I have always been looking for that laugh. As long as I can remember. Its a key component of what I do. Getting people to laugh.
One of the ways to do it is to be able to laugh at myself. That right there is probably the top way to get others’ to join me in laughter. I don’t take this whole music and comedy thing too seriously. I know, comedy is a serious business and all. But I just don’t take myself too seriously.
I hope you don’t either. And don’t take it too personally either. We’re all human. We’re all really kind of the same – for the most part. We all do and think the same stupid stuff. So it’s okay to laugh at yourself sometimes. It lightens the load we have to carry.
I think I read something somewhere about how laughter releases a chemical into our systems that keeps us young. I hope that’s true. Because there are times when I absolutely crave hearing laughter and having a good laugh – at myself most of all.
I hope you have a great Holiday season. We are busy busy busy again. Yet there are still a few dates open. I’d love to help you laugh some night too. Call me and we’ll see what we can do.
We played a corporate event with our dueling pianos show last week.
We are up in Wisconsin providing entertainment for events like these all the time. While every night is special, I need to tell you about this one.
We were performing to a group of law enforcement folks.
Sheriffs and deputies and their office staff. There were about 130 people in attendance. We took one look at the room, noticed there were mostly men in the house and thought, “Keeping 50% of these guys would be a major success.” Usually in a corporate event keeping 25% is successful. It’s just the way it is.
Let’s face it most folks go to a convention or a conference to meet other people in their industry and to reacquaint with old friends. So live music entertainment is the last thing on their minds.
So we went up there on stage and tried something a little different. We didn’t go up there and do our usual, “Hey! Here we are! We’re going to rock the house!” Instead we just went up there, laid down a saucy groove, played a couple of solos and listened to them get quiet as they began to listen. We introduced each other, waited for the applause and then went into our show.
It was remarkable! We kept over 90% of the people in the room.
We know we’re good at what we do. We know we will get people feeling good and singing along (even if they’re not inclined to sing). We just don’t always know how you’re going to get there. Our methods are to take chaos and organize it somehow. But honestly the audience tells us everything we need to know and we adjus from there.
By the end of the night, we had everyone gathered around the pianos, arm in arm singing at the top of their lungs. An organized chaos if ever there was one.
Handshakes all around and platitudes galore.
You call it Live Music Entertainment. Your Soul calls it Stress Relief!
One of the quotes from one of the wives said, “You don’t kow how much these guys needed this!” Someone else explained, “These guys are under intense pressure everyday. You gave them some much needed relief.”
I’ve kept thinking about that all week. These folks in law enforcement see the rest of us at our worst. Either as perpetrators when we are guilty or as the victims when we are not. I have no idea how they do it, how they hold empathy and compassion while doing their jobs. In essence, how they maintain their humanity.
Again, it wasn’t us. We were the guys behind the pianos that night and we are good at what we do. But it is the music. It is the power of the music that speaks to all of us – when we bother to listen, it is the music that heals and nurtures and pulls us all together in the face of our day to day trials.
So let us help you. Let us come to your next event and take your guests and friends and family to a relaxing, soothing place. Let us do our jobs so you can do yours. Thanks.
You call it Dueling Piano Music. Your soul calls it Stress Relief.
I will be going to a 40th birthday providing live music and party entertainment Ideas like this are really spot on for small gatherings and festivities. I can bring everyone together in song singing arm in arm by the end of the night. Background music filters in through the conversations throughout the night with comedy mixed in with live music on the piano. Singing piano entertainers can really bring a party together. Call to see how we can help you create lasting memories of the good times.
Dueling pianos this Saturday at The Wisconsin State Fair featuring Dan Gillogly.
Come on out for some great family fun, music & laughs.
I’m not sure who I’m gigging with. But I’ll be there with some superior talent that is to be sure. Some of my best memories were from this stage a few years back with the best performers I’ve ever worked wit. This year will be no exception.
Get your fill of food, fun and music all week long at The Wisconsin State fair with dueling pianos of Wisconsin.
We do live music production for corporate events.
Last week we were at the Milwaukee Marriott West. I’m going to tell you this story because it has a lot of similarities to what we do on a nightly basis.
Whenever I perform, whether as a solo pianist, a band leader or during our dueling pianos shows, we create an environment of camaraderie. We do our best to create a feeling of togetherness and unity that will carry over into the work place or the rest of the trade show or sales seminar. It is possible to do that. We have numerous team building games that are fun and easy to do.
So when I see another leader engaging in a very visible role as a team builder, I must comment on it. It always begins at the top. I’ve performed for corporations that really have their act together. Some companies are just downright ridiculous.
The Marriott was on top of things. We were doing an awards banquet for WICPA . It was our 2nd year in a row performing for their members. As we were loading in our gear, the difference from the previous year was astounding!
From the moment we walked in the door we were greeted by every hotel staff member we passed. When we went to run our electric line, we asked the maintenance man a question and he was helpful and courteous.
Such was not the case the year before. The janitor was irritated and short tempered. We wondered what the change was. Our question was quickly answered.
We saw the manager had assembled all the employees for some corporate team building – in the front lobby! He was rewarding them with team building games and prizes; gifts for those who answered procedural questions correctly. And everyone got a chance to join in and win!
It always begins at the top. And their leader was outgoing and pleasant.
So it reflected on the rest of the staff.
We do the same thing whenever we can. Going for the extras is a difference maker. And we are always willing to help out our clients by customizing our live music entertainment so you get the most bang for your buck.
We can help you raise funds at your charity event. We can increase morale. We have fun team building activities for everyone during our shows that everyone will like.
When doing your event planning ask us about our team builder activities included in all our entertainment packages. They’re fun. They’re hilarious and they’re all easy with live music at your next event.