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Midwest Dueling Pianos perform at MC

October 8, 2010

The members of Association for Student Activity Programming are always working hard to bring entertainment to the Monmouth College campus every Wednesday.

This year, there have been several movie nights, a poker night and many other activities.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, ASAP brought a group to Monmouth called the Midwest Dueling Pianos for the After Hours event that was planned that night.

The Dueling Pianos is a group of pianists based out of Rochester, Michigan. They had two pianos set up and took turns performing songs that the audience requested.

The performers can play any song, such as country, rap or rock. Since the performers interacted with the audience the whole time, ASAP members knew the Dueling Pianos would be a hit.

ASAP After Hours Executive Board member, Kaity Washburn, was hoping for a good crowd Wednesday night.

“The guys (from Dueling Pianos) are something different,” said Washburn. “I don’t think anybody has seen anything like this before. I know it will be a good turn out.”

Scotland Yard was packed with plenty of students Wednesday night. Brian Griffin, the general manager and booking agent for Dueling Pianos was one of the performers at the show.

As soon as 9:30 hit, both performers were already starting to play requests.

The night started off with some classic hits, such as “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John. The audience was singing along with the piano players.

More recent hits like “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot, and Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” were also songs that got the audience singing along.

Then a Disney song battle broke out between the two performers. The first pianist started to play songs from “The Little Mermaid,” which was followed by “Part of Your World,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Under the Sea.”

Griffin then took a part by playing Disney’s “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. The Disney battle finally ended halfway through the night when several songs from “The Lion King” were played.

All sorts of requests were played. The theme songs from “The Fresh prince of Belair” and “Pokémon,” really seemed enjoyed by everyone who attended.

The Dueling Pianos had a good turnout. Plenty of students came to hear the music, enjoy each other’s company and eat the food.

After Hours events take place every other Wednesday. The next event sponsored by ASAP will be held in November and the theme will be Fear Factor.

Contributing Writer


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