Half of dueling pianos Show Structure options

Show length and structure depends on the event and the clients needs. 

They can be customized to fit any length or event.

Read why we structure the shows the way we do.  Below that are show structure examples & options for:

--- Corporate events and parties

--- Wedding receptions

--- Fundraisers and galas

--- Fairs and Festivals


OUR MULTI DIMENSIONAL APPROACH KEEPS IT FRESH!!!!

From years of experience I’ve found that too much of any one thing gets boring - I. E. playing mostly Billy Joel/ Elton John piano type songs for the entire event—SO having the ability to sound and feel like an entire band, several years ago I added that dimension to my usual dueling pianos and comedy show…( it was a huge success). – Then seeing over and over that later in ALL events the audience loosened up and was willing and ready to dance, sing and possibly get on stage; BUT they needed that undeniable and recognizable song  (not just plucked out on piano, but the original) that made them jump up and start singing and dancing...… So I added incredibly interactive DJ hits to the show and it took the whole event to another level. That is MULTI DIMENSIONAL and FRESH!

Typically bands are not interactive and play just a few of the songs people really want to hear. Magicians are fun for 30 minutes, but then typically get  boring. Vegas nights are also fun but it gets old. I'm sure you see the trend here.

Other forms of entertainment are 1 dimensional. NOT a Half of Dueling Pianos Show!

With Half of Dueling Pianos you get all request dueling pianos and comedy / a kickin’ dance band / and highly interactive DJ hits  ---- ALL IN ONE!!! --          -it's entertaining and fresh from beginning to end. 


Show Structure and length are critical to the success of any dueling pianos show

  • IMPACT & QUALITY are the most important considerations in determining the proper length and structure of any show.
  • With any professional world class entertainment, it's about QUALITY - NOT QUANTITY!  A 30 min. show could cost the same or more as a 2 hour show. It totally depends on the specific event and the goal trying to be achieved.
  • The old sticking a band in the corner to play for hours and hours is NOT entertainment, it "ambient music" and it's BORING-- to the band and the audience! --- NO IMPACT. We rarely get requests for a performance length of 4 to 6 hours --- whew!!!! Not only would the entertainer be worn out after that kind of marathon, but so would the audience!
  • Spike understands that most clients are not event planners (who know this structure doesn't work).  95% of the clients asking for 4 to 6 hours of music are really looking for music to fill the ambiance of their event.

Corporate Show structure example -  (just an example)

Let’s take a 6 hour corporate party where people start arriving at 6 pm --

  1. We offer customized background iPod music to start at that time; ( this is likely where the mingle and talk segment would be). This segment would probably last an hour.
  2. Then at 7 pm dinner is served. Customized background iPod music continues through dinner.
  3. At 8 pm there might be an awards segment or upper management speaking etc... this typically lasts from 30 to 60 min.( depends on how long winded they are :)
  4. At 9 pm Spike Blake - Half of Dueling Pianos Show is introduced and the show begins. Spike performs his interactive High Impact show for 60 min. This segment is comprised of playing requests,getting people to sing along, getting people up to sing and/or do fun or funny things, Spikes patented stupid jokes and phenomenal vocal and musical performances.
  5. Now it's 10 pm and the 30 min. interactive DJ dance hits segment begins ( I.E Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, Gangnam Style etc...) people ALWAYS pack the dance floor at this time.                      
  6. At 10:30 pm Spike takes the stage again with Half of Dueling Pianos. By this time people are revved up and partying. Because Spike has the ability to sound and feel like an entire band, he keeps the momentum going with dancing, singing, and sing along hits until 11 pm.                                                                                                      
  7.  At this time there is usually an encore immediately followed by "cool down" music as last call is generally about 11 pm.                                                                                                                                                  
  8.  Now if  the party is still “on fire” and the venue allows it, the client might request more music. For an additional charge, we offer another 45 min. set of dueling pianos entertainment –or— Spike’s highly interactive DJ hits getting people up to sing on multiple mics and dance for another hour. Our “overtime” offerings are specially designed for songs that usually are not played in regulation time and by their nature create yet another dimension to the entertainment of the event.

Clean Fun Corporate Show Options

  1. Corporate/company event- "sit down" concert style - 60 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show
  2. Corporate/company event- "party atmosphere" - 75 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show with 15 min. DJ cool down after
  3. Corporate/company party- 60 min.  High Impact Wildly Interactive Show followed by 30 min. interactive DJ hits segment, then a final 30 min. of all out fun, interaction  and dance hits from Spike
  • We offer pre-show background iPod music through our HD surround sound system (at NO CHARGE) from the start of your event until Half of Dueling Pianos Show takes the stage.
  • Extra time can be purchased - here are the options:
  • 1) 45 min set of Half of Dueling Pianos 

    2) One hour of interactive DJ hits.


Wedding reception Show structure example -  (just an example)

Let’s Take A 6 Hour wedding reception Where People Start Arriving At 6 Pm --

  • We offer customized background iPod music to start at that time; (this is likely where the mingle and talk segment would be). This is valuable time for relatives and friends who come in for the wedding from different parts of the country and would probably last an hour or so.
  • Then at 7 pm* dinner is served. Customized background iPod music continues through dinner.
  • At 8 pm* there might be speeches, slide show presentation etc... this typically lasts about 60 min or so.
  •  At 9 pm* Spike Blake - Half of Dueling Pianos Show is introduced and the first part of the show begins for a High Impact interactive 60 minutes.  If there are first dances, Spike emcees those and provides the specific songs here – then seamlessly launches into his incredible show comprised of playing requests, getting people to sing along, getting people up to sing and/or do fun or funny things, Spikes patented stupid jokes and phenomenal vocal and musical performances. Sometimes garter and bouquet tosses are done within this time.
  • Now it's 10 pm* and the 30 min. interactive DJ dance hits segment begins ( I.E Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, Gangnam Style etc...) people ALWAYS pack the dance floor at this time.                    
  • At 10:30 pm* Spike takes the stage again with Half of Dueling Pianos. By this time people are revved up and partying. Because Spike has the ability to sound and feel like an entire band, he keeps the momentum going with dancing, singing, and sing along hits until 11 pm*                                                                                            
  • At this time there is usually an encore immediately followed by "cool down" music as last call is announced generally about 11 pm*. And often times the Bride & Groom have exited- (as if they have something better to do--LOL).                                                                                                                                                 
  • Now if  the party is still “on fire” and the venue allows it, the client (Father or Mother of the bride usually) might request more music. If this happens( for an additional charge) we offer another 45 min. set of dueling pianos entertainment –or— Spike’s highly interactive DJ hits getting people up to sing on multiple mics and dance for another hour. Our “overtime” offerings are specially designed for songs that usually are not played in regulation time and by their nature create yet another dimension to the entertainment of the event.

* times are not exact and are subject to segments going long and skewing the time frame (typical reception fare) relax --Don't worry about!

Clean-Fun Wedding Reception show options

  1. 60 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show - followed by a 30 min. interactive DJ dance hits segment - then Spike sits down at the piano again for a final 30 min. of crazy all out fun, interaction and dance sing along from Half of Dueling Pianos
  2. (2) 45 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Shows -with a 30 min. interactive DJ dance hits segment in-between.
  • We offer pre-show background iPod music through our HD surround sound system (at NO CHARGE) from the start of your event until Half of Dueling Pianos Show takes the stage.
  • Extra time can be purchased - here are the options:

1) 45 min set of Half of Dueling Pianos 

2) One hour of interactive DJ hits.


Fundraiser Charity Clean-Fun Show Options

  1. Fundraising/ Gala event- "sit down" concert style - 60 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show
  2. Fundraising/ Gala event- "party atmosphere" - 75 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show with 15 min. DJ cool down after
  3. Fundraising/ Gala Party- 60 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show - followed by a 30 min. interactive DJ dance hits segment  then Spike sits down at the piano again for a final 30 min. of all out crazy fun, interaction and dance sing along from Spike Blake - Half of Dueling Pianos
    • We offer pre-show background iPod music through our HD surround sound system (at NO CHARGE) from the start of your event until Half of Dueling Pianos Show takes the stage.
    • Extra time can be purchased - here are the options:

    1) 45 min set of Half of Dueling Pianos 

    2) One hour of interactive DJ hits.


Fair Festival & Concert Clean-Fun Show Options

  1. Fair- festival / concert event- "sit down" concert style - 60 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show
  2. Fair- festival /concert event- "party atmosphere" - 75 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show with 15 min. DJ cool down after
  3. Fair- festival /concert event- "party atmosphere"- 60 min. High Impact Wildly Interactive Show - followed by a 30 min. interactive DJ dance hits segment - then Spike sits down at the piano again for a final 30 min. of all out crazy fun, interaction and dance sing along hits from Spike Blake - Half of Dueling Pianos
    • We offer pre-show background iPod music through our HD surround sound system (at NO CHARGE) from the start of your event until Half of Dueling Pianos Show takes the stage.
    • Extra time can be purchased - here are the options:

    1) 45 min set of Half of Dueling Pianos 

    2) One hour of interactive DJ hits.