What Makes Dueling Pianos Unique?
Updated: Aug 24
Dueling pianos is like if a cover band and improv troupe got together and decided to create a majestic new art form that combines music with comedy and audience interaction. Although the main source of our comedic delivery is through music, we’re essentially the court jester and musical bard rolled into one package. As entertainers, we strive to make a show that is entertaining for everyone in the audience, whether they’re 5 years old or 85. We cover a large variety of music spanning multiple decades and realize that the term “an oldie, but a goodie” has a lot of truth to it and can give a classic song longevity that spans multiple generations. I’ve seen Gen X’ers sing along to Dion’s Run Around Sue and Baby Boomers that know every lyric to Ice, Ice Baby and One Direction.
With years of experience under our belts performing in bars, for weddings, corporate events, and on cruise ships, we as entertainers have built a repertoire of classics to the most recent top 40s singles that we know will get a crowd singing, dancing, and clapping along. The difference between us and DJ or wedding cover band is that we don’t have a setlist. We are merely shepherds, taking our audience on a journey of their choosing, and while we use all of the requests to formulate our show, we also cultivate our song selection to maximize the most fun out of the evening. As seasoned veterans with dueling pianos, we know what songs work and which ones won’t and work to keep the energy high and fun for everyone involved because we understand this little fact:
Good music is exactly that - GOOD!
The Fun of Dueling Pianos
Some songs and artists are just so iconic and unforgettable that they become earworms, capable of withstanding the test of time, weathering the tempest of hyper-churned pop chart-toppers that are merely a flash in the pan of an ephemeral zeitgeist. There’s a reason why Piano Man, Don’t Stop Believing, I Want It That Way, A Thousand Miles, Bohemian Rhapsody, and so many other songs get requested night after night. Whenever we get to stop singing and let the audience take over, we’ve done our job. Although we might be the ones on stage, the audience is the star of the show. When I first started learning the gig a friend and mentor told me, “Imagine that a bunch of friends are having a party and know that you can play piano; so they ask you to play some tunes for them that they can sing along to. That’s what dueling pianos is. You are a conduit for their fun and energy.”
When we perform, we try to eliminate any breaks in our show. A 15-minute break means a pause in the energy and a pause to the fun and dancing. As soon as we start playing, we want to keep the party going until the end. We hope we can be a source of entertainment for your next event and hope that you choose Lo-Fi Jukebox Dueling Pianos as your musical guests.