Hard work, practice secret to Dueling Pianos' success
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —
Providence has a rich history of musical talent.
The musicians at the Pointe Street Dueling Pianos in Providence dedicate their time and energy hoping to make their performance the show to watch.
“It’s really hard to explain sometimes we feel like rock stars,” Musician Ken Young said.
They bring their “A” game every show and even their boss brings the heat on stage.
"It's kind of funny. I am a frustrated rock star so one minute be dealing with customers and the next minute I’ll be up on stage,” Owner Robert Morse says.
It is an all-request show so the audience picks the songs. A piece of paper and pencil is provided on each table. The musicians act as a team and will play each request on stage using two “dueling” pianos and a few other instruments. The requests range from the 50's to present.
"One minute it's the Beach boys and the next minute its Metallica," Morse said.
With teamwork, they strive to make each show a success and most importantly keep the crowd entertained and singing along.
"I am personally fueled by the audience. If they are into it then I am into it,” Musician Steven Luhmann said
It may look like a big party, but what it comes down to is a lot of hard work, practice, and reputation.
"It took a long time for me to get to the point where I felt confident going up there to fill requests on the piano.” Musician Jennifer Luhmann said.
If the audience requests a song they don’t know, they can ask for another song or they can attempt to learn the song from scratch. They will listen to it on YouTube during their break and then attempt to play it for the audience for the first time.
"Sometimes it's a train wreck and sometimes it works out,” Musician Brenner Campos said.
"When customers come up to us at the end of the night and say they had a great time, I think for me personally I get excited about this job,” Campos said.”
“When you get the crowd singing, start a song like “Don't Stop Believing” and hands are clapping and they know every lyric, it almost feels like the crowd is lifting you up on your shoulder,” Young said.