THE DREAMEvery working musician at some point in their lives saw themselves as a star. I know I did….and I have the unbearably hard to look at photos to prove it.
Needless to say, one of the quintessential perks of being a huge music star is that you get to see the world while on tour, catching praise from your insanely dedicated fans. For Robert and I, the end of August saw all of our N’Sync inspired dreams of glory come to fruition as we traveled to Amarillo Texas to play.
You might not suspect that Texans know what a Dueling Piano show is, but after playing there for only one night, approximately 100 people in Texas now know what Dueling Piano show is. We are the first of the Amarillo Dueling Pianos breed. As I mentioned, our gig was contracted out of Amarillo, TX, and if you’re sitting there, scratching your head wondering, “How close is that to Dallas?” let me be the one to let you in on a secret. TEXAS IS HUGE! We honestly had no idea just how big it is, but after reaching our to a couple of friends “in the area” we were informed of it’s girth and length using this map.
Just for clarification’s sake, it would take you 5 hours and 32 minutes to drive from Amarillo to Dallas. 7 hours and 31 minutes to get to Austin from Amarillo, and a full 9 hours and 4 minutes to drive to Houston. [Our friends in Houston politely declined our invitation to “Just come up and say hi!”]
WHAT TO DO FOR 6 HOURS
We had a bit of time before we had to go the the venue and grab the gear we rented from New Day Productions, so we decided to drive around the town and see all the sites! We got bored being in the car though, and came across a guitar center. Knowing that a golden opportunity was upon us to make a vlog for the company, we ran inside and recorded this little beauty!
This particular wedding was one of the most interesting weddings I’ve ever played. Our two grooms, Chad and Chad (#teamchad #duelingpianos) were incredibly gracious hosts who had actually been married a week or so before we came down to play their “reception”. When we spoke to the on the phone ahead of time to figure out what they wanted from us on the gig, and to get some specifics about the venue, they told us that they really just wanted an excellent Dueling Pianos show after a great dinner music set. Robert and I, already living the traveling-on-airplaines-for-gigs dream, had a great time taking requests all night, and basically being rockstars.
The venue was a beautiful old store front furniture store that has been renovated for any event. In This Moment is a great place for any event or party, and everyone there commented on how beautiful the space was. People loved the show and the space! They danced and sang along the whole night, and when it was time to go, they all cried uncontrollably for hours. [not really, but they did invite us out afterwards, so we couldn’t have been that bad…]
TIPPING FOR TREVOR
#teamchad asked us ahead of time to donate all of the tips we made throughout the night to a charity called “The Trevor Project” which helps at risk LGBTQ youths through crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. We ended up raising $350 dollars for this organization, and having heard from both Chads about the impact, we couldn’t imagine a more deserving cause.
ON THE WAY OUT….
As we were leaving to go to the airport and head home the next day, we were informed that Amarillo was actually a stop on old Route 66, and that a fairly famous cultural landmark was only a mile or two outside of the city. Obviously, we had to go and leave our mark on america….
SPECIAL SONG FOR #TEAMCHAD
Do you have a song that you and your fiancé love, and would love to hear at your event? Don’t hesitate to ask! The Chad’s sure didn’t, and we performed “Like I’m Gonna Love You” by John Legend and Meghan Trainor near the end of the night just for them!
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