Hoboken Dueling Pianos

11/20/2007:

Today’s arts & entertainment review comes from Hoboken411 reader Laura.

She checked out a new kind of event in town, which started running this month. Thanks, Laura!

“Rasslin’ Pianos”

Eddie Lawrence & Paul Leschin

eddie-hoboken-piano.jpgWhen most people think of piano entertainers they automatically think of Bill Murray’s Saturday Night Live lounge lizard, belting out cheesy covers of pop songs. But there’s so much more than Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and Elton John being played these days. Dueling piano shows are really starting to pick up steam around the country, there’s even a chain of bars specializing in this type of entertainment. I personally love piano bars, so I’m thrilled that this dueling piano act has landed in Hoboken at last. I have high hopes for it.

During a dueling piano show, the performers trade off songs, playing whatever inspires them, or better yet requests from the audience. Audience participation makes for a better show, when the crowd gets into it, it can become a great big sing along with everyone belting out familiar tunes. So a Tuesday night show can be a tough night right in the middle of the work week.

paul-hoboken-piano.jpgEddie and Paul have an easy going camaraderie and wide repertoire. The request list ranges from the old standards of Manilow and Diamond, 60’s pop and rock like the Beatles, Stones and Monkees, to eyebrow raisers like AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Prince and the Violent Femmes. Even modern artists like Radiohead, Coldplay and current pop faves The Plain White T’s make it into the playlist.

Eddie has been playing gigs around the area for the last 11 years. Paul has played in NYC at Sweet Caroline’s in Times Square and the famed Duplex down in the West Village among other places.

This is just getting started here in Hoboken, the Hobson’s gig started Tuesday 11/06/07 and the Dubliner’s gig started this past Thursday 11/15/07. I hope it catches on, it’s so much nicer to only have to stumble home a few blocks at the end of the night.

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8 Comments on "Hoboken Dueling Pianos"


emarche
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8 years 10 months ago

[quote comment=”54716″][quote comment=”54715″](John Valby, anybody else remember that name?)[/quote]

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Eisenhower. ;)[/quote]

…I thought it was Tijuana…or Gladiator.

emarche
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8 years 10 months ago

[quote comment=”54738″]Woot! Bird Parker gets the free beer next time we’re out! (If I ever meet him in the first place.) Bravo. I was afraid I’d be the only person to know the reference.[/quote]

Wow. That takes me back. I wonder how Yukon Pete and Barnacle Bill are these days…

😈

divetrash
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divetrash
8 years 10 months ago

[quote comment=”54699″]Will there be a show this Thursday since it is Thanksgiving?

-J[/quote]

No, there is no show on Thanksgiving.

These guys are pretty good. I’m not sure the people really knew what to make of it the first couple of shows.

They can play just about anything. Paul even tossed off a credible version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” and then another until he was tipped to stop it.

bmacqueens
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8 years 10 months ago

Woot! Bird Parker gets the free beer next time we’re out! (If I ever meet him in the first place.) Bravo. I was afraid I’d be the only person to know the reference.

CharlieAParker
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8 years 10 months ago

[quote comment=”54715″](John Valby, anybody else remember that name?)[/quote]

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Eisenhower. 😉

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