As a resident not too far away from the Peoria Heights, IL area, I’ve made the rounds at some point or another as a solo musician or with a band. Pour Bros is one of those places that I heard about often in recent months. Some of my musician colleagues had already played there. Everyone had good things to say about it. But I had become so busy with my work as a dueling pianist, that it seemed unlikely that I’d ever have the chance to check it out.

That is until I looked on my calendar about a month ago, and learned that they had hired Felix And Fingers Dueling Pianos to entertain in conjunction with a fundraising event (T.R.A.I.N.) It seemed my friends knew about it before I did, as I head heard about it through the grapevine. I was pumped! Not only would I have a chance to finally visit and perform at Pour Bros, but in addition, I had a soft spot for the fundraising event that was going on (Team Rescuing Animals In Need.) My family and I have rescued many animals in the past, and currently own 7 rescued pets.

French Quarters style pour brosPour Bros Craft Taproom (in Peoria Heights, IL) has a French Quarters style to it. On a nice day you can sit on the upper balcony and enjoy the entertainment from the outdoor stage below. Or if you prefer to be closer to the “tap wall”, there is plenty of seating both inside and out on the main floor.

Pour Bros One-Of-A-Kind Tap Wall

tap wall pour brosIf you like a lot of options when it comes to your beer, you’ll love the “tap wall” at Pour Bros. With numerous options in craft beer, customers can purchase a radio frequency card that will allow them to activate the tap of their choice. A small computer screen identifies the beer and it’s qualities. How do you work it?  Easy, just swipe and pour!

A Bit Of N’awlins in Peoria Heights

As a traveling company, Felix and Fingers has certainly made the rounds. It was just some months ago that I was in New Orleans, performing for a wedding event.  As a “historian” of dueling pianos, I can tell you that the first dueling piano bar began in New Orleans.  And here I was again, in a French Quarters setting, outdoors and on stage providing dueling piano entertainment – but in Peoria Heights!  What a blast!  To make matters even better, we had a sound guy (named Greg – an awesome name if I do say so myself) who set us up with some remarkable sound.

Dueling Pianos At Pour BrosThe energy and excitement was brewing, along with the many flavors of beer.  The stage and sound was top notch.  All that was left and really needed was a perfect sunset, a perfect temperature and a great crowd…  And just like that it happened.

This was truly an enjoyable show, and I’ve been told that we’d be invited back for their New Orleans event.  Will those French Quarter balcony’s live up to the Mardi Gras reputation?  Something tells me they will.

To learn more about Pour Bros, please visit their Facebook page.

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