The “dueling piano sing-a-long” concept had its modern origins at Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans. The styles of choice were Dixieland, 40’s, and 50’s music. The true roots surely go back further than that because as long as there has been at least one person to lead a song, there has almost always been someone to sing along. Modern day Dueling Pianos is the evolution of this deceptively simple idea, smartly packaged for the new Millennium.In many states, dueling piano clubs are open seven nights per week, with maximum attendance on weekends. This interactive concept has grown rapidly in the past few years and has shown no sign of letting up. Why? One very simple reason, people love to interact and especially have fun.
The focal point of all this fun is a pair of grand pianos on stage. The piano players are the ring masters – they run the show. Known as the Entertainment Directors, they are responsible for maintaining the enthusiasm that keeps the concept fresh. Hand-picked from only the finest regional talent, they are thoroughly trained and motivated to keep the audience happy, developing fresh new routines around familiar songs.
A Dueling Piano show may include bringing the wait staff up on the pianos for a Showtime, or bringing up a whole party for The Unicorn Song, or some other interactive skit. Depending on the amount of pianists working on any given night, the piano players may all get up on stage at one time and form a band or 4-Way, jamming and showing off their abilities to play other instruments.
So who are the fans of this interactive concept? For starters, they are of all ages. Although there are many regulars who frequent the same clubs, you will never find exactly the same people at many of these establishments on any given night. You may see traveling business people and conventioneers in search of local color. You will see singles and couples. Many people find the venue perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, conventions, bachelor, and bachelorette parties.
Not only is this the newest craze in nightclub entertainment, but this concept is especially great for receptions, holiday parties and corporate events. Everyone is drawn together by the camaraderie and nostalgia to form one large, synergistic party, swaying to the music, bellowing out familiar lyrics. This concept bases itself on the simple fact that everyone wants to have a good time.
The Dueling Piano “experience” is not only incredible fun, it is also very unique. The guests are not just entertained by the piano players; they become part of the show!