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HOT DUELING PIANOS FROM KANSAS CITY !!

tep on up and make a request...

Write it down or just yell it out!  Whether it's a song request or some good old fashioned heckling, Roll Over Beethoven thrives on crowd participation.  They are a big hit with corporate events, weddings, nightclubs, and small intimate gatherings.  Only Roll Over Beethoven offers entertainment that will actually bring your audience closer together through comedy and song.  Requests are encouraged from the audience allowing everyone to get involved in the show!

o LIMITS...

There are NO LIMITS to where our show can go.  We can do everything from classic dueling piano material to full blown dance music complete with music tracks (drums, full band sound, etc) to turn the party into a dance club atmosphere.  We add just the right dose of comic relief into every show to bring out smiles and laughter from everyone.  No two shows are alike!  We cater to the goals of your event's agenda and provide you with a unique and personalized experience.

oll Over Beethoven wants YOU to get involved!

We want your group to come together as one and join in the fun.  The most satisfying thing that can happen to your group is to see them all singing and clapping along to their favorite songs together as one.  You will feel a great sense of reward as you watch your group bonding and having fun together making a memory that will last a lifetime.

ig Sound, Small Set Up

Roll Over Beethoven is much more than your normal dueling piano show.   They use a state of the art speaker system and digital accompaniment tracks to create that "full band" sound without the burdensome stage requirements or unacceptable volume levels that come along with a large band.

as Experiencia!

Roll Over Beethoven is made up of two of the most well known musicians in the Kansas City area; Spike Blake and Adam Blue.  Both members have been band leaders and/or performers for some of Kansas City's biggest name acts including Karma, The Automatics, The Groove Agency, Spike Blake and Earthquake, The KC All Stars and more.  The combined references of the two are unmatched and include accounts such as ESPN, HBO, Wal-Mart, Sprint, Cerner, The Argosy Casino, numerous charities and many other long term client relationships.

One of the things that makes Roll Over Beethoven a special treat for your event is the act's extensive knowledge of music spanning every generation and every style.  Samples from Roll Over Beethoven's songlist include Jerry Lee Lewis, Prince, 80's hits, Elton John, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, The Doobie Brothers, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffet and yes, they even play disco.

a hero at your next event and hire Roll Over Beethoven to get your party rollin' !

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ABOUT DUELING PIANOS
A little history on how we discovered
dueling pianos and the dueling piano bar.  Check out an article called "About Dueling Pianos".

HOW TO SET UP A DUELING PIANOS ENVIRONMENT
Kansas City, notorious for being slow to catch on, is just now beginning to discover dueling pianos and the dueling piano bar.  Over 20 years behind, but at least they finally got dueling pianos!  Many local Kansas City nightclub owners have had delusions of grandeur and have tried to install a dueling pianos act in their venue but have failed miserably for several key reasons, which are explained in an article called "How to Set Up a Dueling Pianos Environment".
THE REAL STORY OF THE DUELING PIANO BAR
Most of the dueling piano bars that are out there are chains.  Like most chains they are flavorless and odorless and are run by a handful of owners who are probably sitting on a beach somewhere and never even visit their own venues.  They pay the absolute minimum to their local employees and absorb all of the profits.  Chain dueling piano bars are no exception in that they take away from the small local business owner who doesn't stand a chance of overcoming the large bankroll that a chain dueling piano bar owner walks in with.   Basically, any large chain type business is successful before they even open the doors of a new location.  This has an adverse effect on it's local employees in that it takes away any incentive for local management to please the customer as they are on a fixed income and are easily replaced.  How does this affect us as customers?  The up and downside of a chain dueling piano bar is explained in an article called "What is a Dueling Piano Bar?".
MEET "THE PLAYERS" - ABOUT DUELING PIANO PLAYERS
Dueling Piano players come in all shapes and sizes, from sexy to dorky from highest paid to chain piano bar slaves - learn about the men and women behind the keys in this article about dueling piano players called "About Dueling Piano Players".


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Dueling Piano Bar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A piano bar (also known as a piano lounge) consists of a piano or electronic keyboard played by a professional musician, located in a cocktail lounge, bar, hotel lobby, or office building lobby. Usually the pianist receives tips in a jar or basket on or near the piano, especially from patrons requesting a song. Some piano bars feature a baby grand or grand piano surrounded by stools for patrons (or, somewhat humorously, an upright piano covered by a counter that makes it appear to be a grand piano). Others have a bar surrounding the piano or keyboard.

There are several different types of piano bars:

  • "instrumental only": the professional piano/keyboard player plays strictly instrumental music, which is usually classical, semi-classical, or "easy listening"; this type of piano bar is often found in hotel lobby lounges or "fine dining" restaurants.

  • "only the musician sings": the professional piano/keyboard player sings to his/her accompaniment, usually on microphone, but no other singers are generally allowed.

  • "the musician and waitpersons sing": the professional musician sings and also invites waitpersons to sing solos.

  • "sing-along": patrons surrounding the piano/keyboard sing as a group, usually without any microphones, often preferring "standards" and "show tunes", or very old songs like "Down By The Old Mill Stream", "Bicycle Built For Two", etc., but in some cases pop or rock.

  • "dueling pianos": usually on stage with two grand pianos, each played by a professional player who sings and entertains; humor and audience participation are prevalent; usually these types of piano bars have substantial sound systems, and most of the songs performed are rock and roll, "classic rock", Top 40, R&B, or country, sometimes played by request. Popular clubs like Pete's dueling pianos, Shout House dueling pianos, Ernie Biggs Rock & Roll Dueling Piano Bar, Rum Runners, Jellyrolls and Sing Sing perform high-energy interactive sing-along shows, while Howl at the Moon Piano Bar features full performance shows by the pianists. Popular dueling pianists include Roll Over Beethovenfrom Kansas City.

  • "open mic": individual patrons sing (on microphone) to the accompaniment of the professional musician; in some ways, this type of piano bar is like karaoke, except that the music is live and dynamic, and there are usually no lyrics available (although some piano bar players do supply some lyrics); like karaoke, the songs performed may cover a wide, eclectic range ("show tunes", "standards" from the 1920's forward, jazz, country, R&B, rock'n'roll, blues, folk, soul, disco, hip-hop, etc.); the patron singers are usually called to the microphone in a rotating order; often, each singer is allowed 2 or 3 songs each time he/she is called to perform.

  • "combination": some piano bars include the characteristics of two or more of the above, either on different nights or combined on the same night. For instance, at a "sing along" piano bar, a patron or wait person might sing a solo from time to time.

Before becoming famous, Billy Joel sometimes worked as a piano bar performer. His classic hit "Piano Man" is based on his experiences as a piano bar player.

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