The Anatomy of a Call-Down

Some of the most fun and memorable parts of our Dueling Piano Shows and Solo Piano Shows are the spontaneous call-downs we do.  "What's a call-down?" you ask.  Well I'll break it down for you.


  1. You (The audience) decide who you want to put into the spotlight.  For corporate events and parties, we ask ahead who the key players are and who we might enjoy being the center of attention for a few minutes.  For weddings, we love to bring up the wedding party (with the permission of the bride and groom first, of course).  And for our public bar or club gigs, we let the audience know they can write down someone's name and we'll bring them up.
  2. We find out if they're celebrating anything special - a birthday, anniversary, job promotion, bachelorette party, etc.
  3. We together a little ditty to serenade them.  Potentially as a couple, if it's an anniversary or something.  We may ask them to participate by playing along, or doing an interpretive dance or singing along.  All in good fun, of course, but it's always a fun part of what we do.

So be forewarned, that if you have some mischievous friends when you go to the piano bar, they may have you called up on stage for a little special attention :)


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