Pop-Up Piano Bar

By on 4 December, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Montgomery’s got a lot of wonderful amenities, but one thing it doesn’t have that you find in many big cities is a piano bar. You know, where you can listen to accomplished pianists play live music and maybe even sing along if the spirit moves you? Local resident Christopher Raborn is on a one-man crusade to do something about this lack, and on December 22, he’s sponsoring Midtown’s second pop-up piano bar. The first was on November 17, and Raborn considered the trial evening to be a success, with more than 30 people coming to share in fellowship and song.

The event will be at the local B3 Venue, over at 1921 Walnut Street, from 6:30 to 9:30. Tickets are $7. There will also be beer ($2), wine ($3), a “signature cocktail” called Night Train  ($5) and eggrolls (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, 3 for $5). An earlier version of this post contained a mistake about the pricing.

Raborn originally considered “faking” the piano parts on his own, but ended up recruiting a local pianist to play at the event. “I can’t play, but I love to sing,” he says. There’s not a full piano, but instead music will be performed on a keyboard made to simulate the sound of a baby grand concert piano. “People tell me that it sounds like the real thing,” says Raborn.

The set list will consist of 34 songs that Raborn describes as “ranging from 90s hits to jazz to classics and music from the 1980s.” There will be several Christmas songs in the mix as well, because the party will be holiday-themed, with lights and a tree.

The way the party works is similar to karaoke, in that attendees are invited to put their name on a list to sing a song – or they can just listen, or sing along from the audience. Once your name is called, you go to the front of the room where lyrics are projected on a screen. “The difference between this and karaoke,” says Raborn, “is that there’ a real musician. In karaoke, there’s just lyrics on the screen, whereas here there’s an actual musician accompanying you.”

Judging from the reaction when Raborn posted the event on Nextdoor.com, there’s a lot of interest in an event like this – especially around the holidays, when people get into the mood for a party. For his part, Raborn says the event fulfills his love of designing and hosting parties with a musical flair.

“People should come just to try it out if it’s their first time,” he says. “They can sit back and enjoy or request a song and sing. It’s a casual, nice evening out to just relax and have something different in Montgomery.”

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with one cat, a dog, ten fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

 

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