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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!

Valentines Day Ideas

21 Romance Sparking Valentines Day Ideas  

These are 21 Romance Sparking Valentines Day Ideas. These might be some new ideas. Or maybe some these are some old ones you forgot about. Everyday life tends to get in the way from time to time. Taking a look at this list may spark a bit of imagination; possibly a bit of romance, on this heartfelt holiday. Besides, you might look like the hero for coming up with the best date ever on Feb 14.

Date Night Ideas for Lovers 

  1. Get your astrology fix: If love is in the air, it probably started with the stars. See if your stars are truly aligned. Go to a planetarium or get astrological chart read. Fun for both. Another one no one really knows about but is gaining in popularity … get your Akashic Records read. Don’t know what it is? Neither did I. It’s really cool. My friend Christina does it and it was really fun and insightful. Tell her I sent you. https://akashicloveandlight.com/
  2. Sign up for a cooking class: Food. Glorious food. Try some new recipes. Go together and see what you two can come up with.
  3. See some great live music together: Nothing like going out and hearing your favorite band. Or since this is about trying something new … go see a band or visit a club you haven’t been to yet. Live music always changes the way we feel. I know what I’m talking about. I am the Dan the Pianoman after all.
  4. Take a yoga class: Many to choose from. Acroyoga is partners yoga. Kundalini is very sensual and focuses a lot on breathing you can use later … Wink*Wink*

 

Valentines Day Ideas 2019 

5. Watch the sunset or sunrise: Find a hotel bar with a great view. Or take a trip up to the top of a skyscraper like the Willis Tower Skydeck. https://theskydeck.com/

6. Explore part of your city you’ve never been to: Large cities have restaurants and night clubs that are off the beaten path and frequently well worth the effort.

7. Book a Hotel room: Order room service. Need I say anymore?

8. Take a spa day: So nice in the middle of winter. Relax. Rejuvenate. Sometimes you could get a massage. Kick those endorphins in gear. Mmmmm ….

9. Watch a comedy show: Funny you should ask. Yes of course I do get out to see some live comics. Stand up is a great way to go. Laughter is great foreplay. Or so my wife tells me. I don’t always do a ‘stand up’ act. Because I’m more of a ‘Sit Down’ comedy act. I play the piano and sing silly songs. So let’s book a Valentine’s Day event where you are at this year.

10. Go karaoke: I see how much you enjoy singing along. If you’re not heading out to a really good piano bar for some sing along … or is you’re going to call me to come on over at another time … Karaoke is a great date night on Valentine’s Day. Singing gets the blood flowing and we all know that can lead to other great things flowing with a romantic date night.

11. Poetry reading: Have you guys heard of Poetry Slams? They’re taking off all ovoer the place. Look one up in your neighborhood. Writers get up on stage and read their material in front of a live audience. No Poetry Slam where you’re at? Curl up under a blanket and read some to each other. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.

12. A burlesque show: These are cool too. Not a striptease per se. More like a vaudeville show celebrating beauty, movement and entertainment in a cabaret setting.

13.Rollerskating: This one of the first dates I ever went on in junior high school. Of course we were surrounded by 20 or 30 of our closest personal friends at the time. But still. 

14.Ice-skating: No matter the weather … ice rinks are now so modernized, we don’t have to wait for the weather to be cooperating. On the other hand … have you ever been skating out on a frozen lake?
Just sayin’ …

15. Go to a basketball or hockey game: Living in Chicago we have two pro teams. But there are also some pro teams at the level below the NHL or the NBA. Womens basketball leagues and semi-pro teams are in abundance.

16. A theme dinner: Not like a costume party. But close. Themes can include ethnic fare you wouldn’t normally try. Besides guys, we can never go wrong if you’re the one who likes to provide for your partner. It can trigger deep rooted primal patterns in our lovers that pay off when the time is right.

17. A night at the museum: There are so many variations on what used to be the archaic museums we grew up on. Interactive museums can be so much more exciting. For example, Art Museums where you get to create some art. Music history museums that will allow you to set up some instruments and jam along.

18. Ghost tour: Maybe more of Halloween date. But … hey … a good idea is a good idea, right?

19. Chocolate tasting and Truffle making: Yummy, yummy, yummy get some love in your Tummy

20. Have a bonfire: I know it’s winter. But what about a walk out into the woods and I’m sure it’s colder than you’re used to. But a bonfire can be so spiritually connecting and invigorating. If not, try blazing the wild fandango out back. Or perhaps in one of the forest preserve shelters. I’m in Chicago USA. We have a ton of natural wildlife places to go – even in winter.

21. Or my personal favorite idea … Hire Me !!!  Bring 20 other couples. We’ll have a blast! I go everywhere and everywhere I go we have fun. My pianos are portable or I can play your piano. 

Let’s make this Valentine’s Day extra special. Live music & comedy always creates great memories that last well beyond the holiday.

So give me a call and let’s see what kind of fun we can create.

 

 

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New Years Eve 2019 Chicago

You’re thinking about what to do this year for New Years Eve 2019? Chicago has a whole entire host of things to do.  Anyone of these ideas will do just fine — depending on your thirst for action and fun. For example … 

  1. Navy Pier Fireworks
  2. Hotel parties
  3. Special venues
  4. Concerts
  5. Restaurants
  6. DJs
  7. Dance Clubs

If you want to hassle with the crowds and the parking, the choices are endless here in Chicago. We can easily list a wide variety of possibilities. 

Or we can offer an exciting and energetic alternative to big crowds and all you can eat buffets.

Try a private party at your home or at your venue. Sing along fun. Dancing all night. Laughs and great memories.

Exceptional Sing-Along Piano Music Show!

Your guests will certainly recognize the songs, but the piano/comedy formula will make every note and lyric seem like the first time.

People always ask us, “How do you do that?”

The answer is both annoying and true-to-the-bone: It’s Magic.

The alchemy that happens when a group gathers, puts down their collective smartphone and surrenders to their human need for connection, laughter, movement, and music.

Of course, there is the rarely-seen skill of a talented musician actually playing their instrument – live and unprocessed. Who does that anymore?!

No backing tracks. No drum machines. No auto-tune. You and your guests feel the difference – and that love comes back to you.

Decision made. Make a call. Leave the rest to us. And Happy New Year 2019!

New Years Eve 2019  Chicago Style! Make it real. Make it yours. Make it the best one ever.

When you build your own Piano Bar, There’s no need to let me leave. We partied until close to 3 AM.

When you Absolutely, Positively Must Have Fun! Exceptional Sing-Along with a Piano Music Show that Guarantees You Will Look Good B’cuz We Sound Good!

 

Holiday Party Stress?

Music and Comedy was a Calling for this Piano Player

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Holiday Party Stress?
No need to worry … yet.

But there are only so many days in the Holiday party schedule. If you don’t act now to get your party entertainment squared away, you may regret it for a long time to come. Way past this year. 

Send us a quick note with your date and your location. Everything will be okay … as long as I have the date open. Too many years go by when I get a call for a date I am already booked for. So give me a shout now. 

ANOTHER PLANNING TIP: Many people are making Holiday party plans for after the 1st of the year.
You’ll get better rates on venues, caterers and .. of course … entertainers.

Give me a call right now before you forget and get distracted. 773-527-7417 Let’s get you all booked so it’s one more thing you can cross off of your Holiday party planning list. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Small Company Holiday Party Ideas

company eventsSmall Company Holiday Party Ideas That Rock

Wondering what you’re going to do this year to save the company Christmas party from being boring, stupid and lame?

Get the Live Music entertainment that is Energizing, Exhilarating and Exceptional —
Sing-Along Piano Music Show at your company parties.

Dan plays the music everyone knows the words to, keeps people engaged with interactive comedy and songs written especially for your company. A lively evening of good music, lots of laughs and memories that will live on for months and months to come.

Building Better Business Relationships — One Song At A Time.

Improve employee production with laughter and music that will carry you home through the final months of the year.

this is NOT some lame ass Karaoke Show. Nope. This is the kind of sing-along where everyone joins in … and even those who don’t join in will find themselves smiling at those who do. The endorphins will kick in, the smiles will last for miles and music will ring on forever. .

If you’re looking for party ideas for your small company, look no further.

You’re not going to want to wait. There are only so many dates available in the Holiday party season. Don’t settle for 2nd best.

No backing tracks. No drum machines. No auto-tune.
You and your attendees feel the difference – and that love comes back to you.

With Dan the Pianoman at the helm of The Exceptional Sing-Along Piano Show you get a fully customized show for each event:

  • Custom lyrics to well-known songs to celebrate or roast a guest of honor
  • Audience requests – Just try stumping this piano entertainer.
  • Custom jokes that will leave the guests wondering if Dan is an insider who works with you

Make the call now. 773-527-7417 Amber will get back to you right away. Do it now and you’ll be all set.

Company Party Entertainment Ideas

Have you thought of the best company party entertainment ideas you possibly can? Have you made all your final plans for the Holiday Season? I doubt it. Nobody but the most advanced planners would. Which is why it’s important to ask.

Your next company event (after Halloween) may be the biggest company party you host this year. That’s why it’s important to get it right this year.

Were last year’s company parties the best you’ve ever been to? Or did you get some cheap band … or a crummy DJ that plays all the same songs?

This year will be when you give Dan the Pianoman a call. Exceptional Sing-Along Piano Music.

Great live music and comedy. Sing along to the songs everyone knows the words to and even the ones you don’t know.

Feel Good. Laugh Loudly. Sing Louder.

It’s all possible with one phone call. 773-527-7417. Talk to Amber and see if your date is available. There are only a few weekends available in this upcoming holiday party season. Better get yours fast.

Or you might be stuck with the same old boring DJ you had last year.

“We had the best time with Dan the Pianoman. He got us all up around the piano singing and dancing. I don’t think we sat down all night.”

Company events with live music is going to provide way more long-lasting memories than with a just a DJ. So, give us a call. Great piano music – holiday party entertainment everyone will enjoy. Great live music and comedy.

So think about it for next year. Or better yet, just do it this year. Get your people together for a memorably fun night of live music and comedy. Piano music with style. Chicago Piano player Dan Gillogly travels all over the place to bring more fun than is legally allowed by law.

Not only will you be glad you called this year, everyone in your office will be thanking you for too. Call now before the choice dates are gone.

Sing Laugh. Dance. Great memories One Song At A Time.