Your Rock N Roll Christmas Present Has Arrived. From Liverpool.

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At midnight TONIGHT, the long-awaited catalog of The Beatles will finally be released to multiple streaming services online.  The lads from Liverpool are giving this Christmas present after years of negotiations.

Announcing the news in a 35 second video medley, the band has finally relented in a year where the Warner Music Group announced that its streaming revenue would outpace its download revenue for the first time ever.

They now join the ranks of other famous hold-outs who have eventually allowed their catalogs to be streamed, including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and AC/DC.

Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos Holiday Party 2015

Happy holidays everyone!

From all of our players and professionals at Shake Rattle & Roll, we want to extend to all of you our happiest wishes for a joyous holiday season, and an even better 2016 to come!

Our NYC office got together last night for it’s annual holiday party (since we’re all piano players, the only way to get everyone together was to have our party on a Monday!) at Frames Bowling Lounge, one of our NYC client venues.

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It’s always nice to get our rock n roll gang together for a night away from the stage.  But this time, we enacted a new SR&R tradition, and as far as we know, something that no other Dueling Pianos company does.

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We awarded our first-ever Employee of the Year award, to the VERY deserving Andrew “Po-Po” Potenza.

If you’ve ever been to our long-running NYC Dueling Pianos show, then you’ve witnessed the drumming prowess that is Andrew.  A master percussionist who has been with Shake Rattle & Roll since it’s very inception, he also works behind the scenes to help us get ready every Saturday night to melt your faces.

Andrew received a certificate, and a cash award (to be misused on something frivolous).

Congratulations Andrew, and to all the Shake Rattle & Roll team, for our biggest and best year yet –

455 shows, including over 40 different venues scattered across 12 states and DC.

And we’re only getting started!!!

See you in 2016!

 

Happy Holidays!

We’d like to pause, amidst the rush of last minute shopping, meal-planning and gift-wrapping, to wish all of you the happiest of holidays, no matter what you celebrate.

Because, at the end of the day, the only holiday that really matters in late December is:

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NYC City Council Moving to Enact New Protections for Freelancers

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A bill introduced to the NYC City Council yesterday would add some legal protection for freelancers, who are often stiffed by employers trying to keep from upholding their ends of contracts.

The legislation, introduced by Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), would require that employers draw up a written contract specifying the amount the freelancer is to be paid, along with the deadline for payment. Failure to comply could mean $5,000 in fines, and employers found to be willfully violating the contract could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Though one of every three workers operates independently, freelancers still sorely lack basic protections enjoyed by full-time employees. Horror stories of short-changing, as told to the Freelancers Union, include companies declaring bankruptcy to avoid payment, non-payment up to $17,000, and workers facing eviction because they couldn’t make rent. (The New Republic’s Max Rivlin-Nadler reminds us that the Freelancers Union is more of a lobbyist than an actual union, and wonders what a real freelancers’ union would look like.)

“New York City is the freelance capital of the world,” Lander said in a statement. “We have the opportunity to lead the nation in recognizing the vital contributions independent workers make to our economy—by ensuring freelancers get real protections against payment theft.”

According to the release, more than 70 percent of freelancers experience late or nonpayment at some point in their careers, and they’re stiffed an average of $6,390 every year.