Live Entertainment and Nightlife -
Where do pianos fit in?
The piano was
the center of home entertainment and nightlife, during the late 1890's
into the 20th Century. In the early 1900's, pianos were everywhere.
People would gather around, make music, sing, and celebrate and party
with live music, in the theater and in bars or speakeasies.
Television, we decided to include Piano Bars as a sub-category of
interest for their historical significance in carrying over from the
past into the present the tradition of the piano serving as a hub and
source for entertainment, bringing people together with live music.
Nightclubs, pubs, sports bars, breweries, gay bars, casinos are a popular
destination for nightlife and social entertainment. They can be found in most
major cities and locals - Los Angeles, Boston, New Your, Chicago, Charlotte,
Denver, Baltimore, Atlanta, NC, New Jersey and many other metropolitan areas.
They feature cocktail hours, where you can hear the Blues, Jazz, Pop and many
other types of popular musical entertainment and the latest groups that perform on electronic keyboards
and/or acoustic pianos.
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. Others have a bar
surrounding the piano or keyboard. Jimmy Durante started as a piano bar
player, as did Billy Joel. His classic hit "Piano Man" is based on his
experiences as a piano bar player.