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Audrey is stuck!

Pinstripes has leather chairs AND dueling pianos!?

Ok, so here’s how it all went down.  First, we arrived at the location where we store our wonderful trailer, affectionately named “Audrey.” After shoveling her out of the snow, we drive to the venue.   It’s called “Pinstripes,” located in South Barrington.  It’s awesome.  You get there, and there are these bowling alleys, bocce lanes (if you call them lanes), and leather chairs everywhere.  I have never sat down in a leather chair after bowling a strike but I imagine it feels amazing. This was also a show where the client requested our beautiful “piano shells.”  The load in for these babies is always exciting when you have a very sizable, winding staircase to climb before reaching the stage. Luckily, we had help from several bar-backs, so no big deal.

Piano Shells!

Setting up our beloved shells!

The show for the evening was for a group from Ticketmasters.  They went with us because they wanted something different than the usual drill at the same old conventional holiday party, and different we gave them!  We started off the show by trying to win and keep the attention of a crowd that was given the option between us, bocce, and bowling. The idea was to charm them long enough to forget the bowling alley with leather chairs (still can’t get over this) on the first floor.  For the most part this was a success. We pulled off a guys v. girls “sha la la la la” shout out competition to Brown Eyed Girl.   I would be lying if it didn’t say that we lost a few good men to the leather chairs at this point, but it was still a victory for us!  From there on out, it was sing-a-long city! Lots of requests written out, shouted out, and even sung out, which kept us on our toes all night and in every genre.  At one point, there was some confusion in the crowd (and on stage) as to the definition of “hip-hop.”  Apparently I was wrong when I directed Fingers into  JT song when this “anything hip-hop” request came in…


Pinstripes dueling pianos!

The view before the show 🙂

The show really took off in full form when our good friend and partner in crime, Mr. Michael Sherman, aka Felix 2.0, entered the room and rocked out to “Great Balls of Fire” within 30 seconds of being there.  He seriously rocks that song.  After that, there was a good deal of dancing, kung-fu fighting, and at one point we digressed into karaoke rap, which I thought we would regret immediately, but it turned out really great.  The performer in question was the last person in the room/planet I would have ever suspected of knowing almost the entirety of “Shoop” by Salt-n-Pepa.  It was refreshing and fun to have all three of us on stage and in the audience performing the show together.  If it weren’t for Felix2.0’s arrival, I never would have learned that there was a group dance that you do quite well to the song “Vanilla Ice.”  It involves a good deal of “jumping pushups” to the right and left which leaves you sore, but so worth it.

Why not Dueling Pianos?

We love playing these events.  Lots of folks have never seen a dueling pianos show before.  It’s always nice to hear someone say “you guys were great!,” or “people stayed longer this year than any other I can remember.”  Our show is fun and something your audience will love.  If you have questions about how a dueling piano show “works,” feel free to shoot us an email or call us at 815.245.3623 for a free quote and conversation with Mr. Mike Potts himself, aka Fingers. 

Thanks for reading, friends!  Til’ next time, this is Felix, signing out.

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