This past week, was the first ever gathering of Piano Bar Performers, hosted by Tim Buie and Ticklers Dueling Piano bar in New Orleans.
Dozens of international performers met over four days, for panels, performances, and a parade through the French Quarter, among the notable events.
The event was so successful, that plans are already underway for the next convention, in 2017, to be held here in New York City. Hopefully, the excellent work of this first event will be the seed that inspires many future get-togethers, for performers and fans alike.
At the convention, Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos was honored with an award for our work on preparing and helping develop the program.
The video above, was shot at Ticklers, with four of the phenomenal entertainers from the convention…ENJOY!
A rock n roll story that has drifted into legend is now resurfacing on the internet.
Back in 1989, The Rolling Stones were winding up their Steel Wheels tour, and they got booked to play Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City. The event was sponsored by Donald Trump, and the band categorically stated that they would only do the gig if the Donald had NOTHING to do with the show. The deal further stipulated that he not even be allowed on the premises for the show.
Sure enough, he showed up.
The story continues, as recounted by tour manager, Michael Cohl –
“I get word that I have to come to the press room in the next building. I run to the press room in the next building and what do you think is happening? There’s Donald Trump giving a press conference, in our room!”
Cohl told Trump to leave; he initially obliged, only to return five minutes later.
When Richards got wind of Trump’s actions, “he pulls out his knife and slams it on the table and says, ‘What the hell do I have you for? Do I have to go over there and fire him myself? One of us is leaving the building – either him, or us.’”
Ultimately, Trump left the band’s press room, but not before “three shtarkers he’s with, in trench coats, two of them are putting on gloves and the other one is putting on brass knuckles.” Cohl said to he responded by calling the band’s head of security who “got 40 of the crew with tire irons and hockey sticks and screwdrivers.”
Trump and his men left.
For the record, the Rolling Stones are my favorite band in the world.
It was such a HUGE success last week, that we’re doing it again this week!
At the bottom of this blog post is a code for 2 FREE tickets to our Friday Night show, March 18th 10pm, downtown at The Cellar @ 22 Warren St., our regular Saturday Night home.
If you’d like to come, simply be one of the first ten people to click over to our contact page, and message us with the code TRIBECA for your two free tickets (limit 2 tickets per table/group/reservation)
Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos Video of the Week! From our SOLD OUT show at The Cellar @ 22 Warren St., NYC, Frankie Turner does a dance-off by the decades, with IT TAKES TWO, and the macarena! NSFW..
One of the most prolific rock keyboardists, Keith Emerson, passed away last night at the age of 71.
Synonymous with the progressive rock movement, Emerson was one third of the supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He was widely considered one of the most technically proficient keyboard players in rock history.
He frequently inserted classical music idioms into his compositions and solos, and has contributed some of the keyboard’s most demanding music to the rock canon, such as Karn Evil 9.
A recent study posted on Pricenomics.com learned that song titles are getting MUCH shorter as time goes on, and the prevalence of one-word song titles is more rampant now than at any time in pop history.
A look at the recent top 100 gleans titles like “Hello”, “Sorry”, and “Work”, just to name a few.
The article posits a few conclusions from the research –
In a more competitive marketplace, a shorter title is likely to be more memorable
Branding has become such a critical part of the music marketplace, that shorter titles (and hooks) are necessary
With singles replacing albums as the prime sell-able commodity, every factor must be considered to increase the chances of a song’s success
So, basically, the days of the “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” are behind us. Now, she would just be “Elderly”.