Piano Bar Singers Are Flocking to Iridium

| August 10, 2015

A Piano Bar Reunion (‘80s & ‘90s)

Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm

1650 Broadway @ 51st Street

Benefit for Pal-O-Mine

piano-bar-reuniuon-cabaret-scenes-magazine_212ScoBar Entertainment is proud to present A PIANO BAR REUNION (‘80S & ‘90S) on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at 8pm at Iridium. The evening will be a benefit for Pal-O-Mine, which runs a horse farm in Ronkonkoma on Long Island that facilitates growth, learning & healing for people with autism & physical & emotional disabilities.

The pianists confirmed for the evening are Fred BartonMark HartmanRick JensenSteven LowenthalJohn McMahonBobby PeacoJoseph Regan and Tracy Stark.

Joining them are featured vocalists Aaron Lee Battle, Lisa Asher , Elena Bennett, Alison Briner, Michael Dundon, Phyllis Pastore, Luis Villabon, Maggie Wirth and Ruby Rims. But with Scott Barbarino, Michael Barbieri, Ruthann Bender, Kim Lee Hicks & Mark Hartman in the house, can a mini-Bev-Naps be far behind?

The ’80s & ’90s were an amazing two decades for the piano bar scene in New York City. When Erv Raible and Rob Hoskins purchased The Duplex in the late ’70s, they created a very special place that fostered an incredible team of talent, becoming a second home for those who worked there. As the piano bar scene and businesses grew, they added Brandy’s (1980) and Don’t Tell Mama (1982) to the circuit, expanding & revitalizing a genre that had been waning in the years following the disco rage, when mirror balls ruled the night.

The Five Oaks, Arthur’s Tavern and Marie’s Crisis, along with the original Duplex at 55 Grove Street, made that block a destination for all who were seeking live piano bar entertainment. With the opening of Waverly in 1981 &88’s in 1988, the scene expanded. Broadway Baby on the Upper West Side and Judys* in Midtown expanded the scene, with people going from one piano bar to another during the course of an evening, visiting with friends & catching great night of entertainment.

DATE: Tuesday, August 11 @ 8pm (doors open at 7pm)

PLACE: The Iridium ~ 1650 Broadway @ 51st Street

PRICE: $25 music charge ~ $15 food/drink minimum ($5 discount for MAC)

RESERVATIONS: (212)582-2121 ~ www.theiridium.com  

For info on pal-o-mine, go to www.pal-o-mine.org

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