PIANO BAR EXPERIENCE
A gathering of friends sharing music with songs, stories and requests
The Piano Bar Show with Bob Goldstick is a one-hour performance of songs, mostly from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, that everyone loves, presented with high energy and professionalism that guarantees all residents and staff will have a great time. Usually, people start tappin' their feet, clappin' their hands, and singing along from the very start of the show.
After performing about 30 shows a month since 1993, Bob has learned what works in every setting and can always provide an entertaining experience. He's performed shows at every type of facility you could imagine, including Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA (for about one thousand folks) to small Alzheimer's units (with only 5 or 6 residents). In all situations the show is finely tuned to provide the most entertaining experience possible. In all cases the reactions are similar.
* "You brought back the best memories of my life."
* "You made me feel like I was dancing in my husband's arms."
* "I felt like I was in high school again."
* "My feet never stopped moving."
* "You played all my favorite songs."
* "You really bring a lot of joy to us old folks."
* "Can't you come back tomorrow?"
One of the reasons the show is so universally enjoyed is that Bob takes requests. This is the essence of the Piano Bar experience. He introduces the show with the following -
"I call this The Piano Bar Show because it's like the old style piano bar where you could ask the piano player to play anything you'd like. I don't know all of the songs, but I do know most of them, and the ones I don't know, I go home and learn. So, don't be bashful. Ask me for your favorite songs and you'll be surprised how many I know."
This invitation brings the audience into the show and allows them to choose what they will hear. Most of the requests are included in the list of Top 100 Favorite Songs, so it's not hard to get at least nine out of ten requests.
Another reason the show is greeted with such enthusiasm is that Bob is a gifted piano player who has played these songs for years. People tell him he reminds them of Fats Waller, Eddie Duchin and Liberace. Because he's such a good piano player they even think he sings well. But, it's mostly his personality and approach to the show and the audience that make the experience unique and special
KCTS Seattle PBS did a program on Bob's show at a nursing home in Seattle in 2004 as part of their presentation of "The Forgetting". To view the show, click here
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