Hoboken Dueling Pianos
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!
Eddie Lawrence & Paul Leschin
When 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.
Eddie 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.
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.