It’s BACK TO THE FUTURE Day!!!

As you may know, we here at Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos, have a long love affair with all things 80s.  And if you have been anywhere near social media today, then you know that today is Back To The Future Day – the day that Marty Mcfly actually traveled to in Back To The Future II.

And who are we to let this momentous occasion in human history go uncelebrated?

So now, we present your dose of 80’s nostalgia, courtesy of our pals, Huey Lewis & The News.

 

 

Dueling Pianos Weekend Schedule 10/23-24

Marisa's Ristorante

Marisa’s Ristorante, Trumbull CT

Friday 8pm – Marisa’s, Trumbull, CT

spa city tap & barrel

9pm – Spa City Tap & Barrel, Saratoga NY

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9pm – Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub, Mechanicsburg PA

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930pm – Arooga’s, Hershey PA

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Saturday 9pm – Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub, Mechanicsburg PA

Tavern 1757

9pm – Tavern 1757, Seymour, CT

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10pm – Arooga’s, Harrisburg PA

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10pm – THE CELLAR @ 22 WARREN ST. NYC

Are Millennials Leaving the Nightclubs Behind?

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Why are nightclubs across the USA reporting their worst numbers in years?  One word – millennials.

That generation that was born between 1977 and 1994, that grew up with cellphones and social media, and in record numbers, favors experiences over material things.  In other words, the group that nightclubs salivate over.  So why is attendance down at nightclubs from coast to coast?

Multiple studies show millennials are seeking their entertainment elsewhere.  A survey by ULI/Lachman Associates show that only slightly more than 60% of all millennials spend time at nightclubs. Of that 60%, only 25% spend time at nightclubs more than once a month.  And then, it’s typically for a special occasion, or featured performance.  Only in tourist meccas like Las Vegas and New York City is the nightclub world faring better.

According to another report issued by IBIS World Bar Business & Nightclub Business Industry, bar and nightclub revenue fell 9.3% in 2009 following The Great Recession.  While other segments of the entertainment industry have been able to climb back out of that hole, nightclubs are still suffering.

Other factors include a difficult job market for millennials in recent years, coupled with a growing market for social engagement and coupling on apps like Tinder.  The need for face-to-face meet up spots is just not as necessary for this generation.  Instant gratification has moved into the social space, making immediate swipes and selfie approvals the new normal.

Fortunately, the interactive entertainment industry, which offers a higher degree of customized involvement and personal choice, rather than the primarily passive experience of most nightclub atmospheres, is benefitting from an increased market share of millennial customers.

At SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL Dueling Pianos, 2015 has brought in record numbers of customers in the 21-38 age demographic, from birthday groups, bachelorettes and girls’ nights attending the ongoing Saturday night Dueling Pianos shows, and bookings for private events, where the coveted millennial market is looking for an activity that gives them more control and engagement.

With a flexibility in music options that include current country, top 40 and hip-hop, Dueling Piano bars seemed poised to appeal to this plug-in-and-play generation, who no longer needs to head to the disco to hear the latest hits.

 

The End of Tipping???

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Earlier today, New York restauranteur Danny Meyer, announced that he is ending tipping at all 13 of his restaurants, beginning in November.  These venues include the Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, two of NYC’s most revered eateries.

While some restaurants around the country have instituted various measures to remove tipping, this is the largest, and highest-profile restaurant group to announce such a measure.  To provide the extra compensation to the staff, menu prices will be raised.  According to Meyer, this will cover the loss of tip income to floor staff, while also providing a income boost to his kitchen workers, whose pay in the past few decades has not risen in step with tipped employees.

“The gap between what the kitchen and dining-room workers make has grown by leaps and bounds,” Mr. Meyer said. During his 30 years in the business, “kitchen income has gone up no more than 25 percent.”

“Meanwhile,” he added, “dining-room pay has gone up 200 percent.”

One of the motivations behind the plan was the culture barrier between American and European diners.  Too often, service staff would lose their gratuity simply due to the misunderstanding of foreign visitors who were unaccustomed to adding a tip to the check, when back home the service charges were typically already included.

With such a high-profile move, what will the repercussions be throughout New York City?  Will other restaurants follow suit?  And can a trend like this extend beyond the dining market, and into bars and live music venues?

While the piano bar and Dueling Pianos markets do not typically face these concerns, and currently do not see a huge percentage of European customers, only time will tell if this venture is a renegade action, or the start of a new dining attitude.  Stay tuned!