Philly Keys Hit the Right Note & Liven Things Up

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The Philly Keys is a dueling piano company that brings together trained dueling piano players and singers to perform at events like dueling piano bars, as well as corporate and private events. They incorporate crowd participation, audience roasts and requests into all of their shows to express their unique factor and relate directly to their audiences. 

“Once we started doing corporate and private parties and seeing how well they were going over, I knew I could turn this into a viable business,” says Brian Aglira, one of the dueling pianists. As working musicians, The Philly Keys perform together at least twice a week and generally stick to a traditional dueling piano show. The company consists of three teams of two players who travel up to three hours outside of Philadelphia to perform. “We bring top-notch musicianship and vocals to any client, and the fact that we can call people out and get them up in front of the audience and perform some funny and creative skits is what dueling piano shows do best,” says Aglira.  

The Pennsylvania Meetings + Events second annual Best of 2017 readers’ choice awards were held at The Fuge in Warminster on Oct. 4. The event was attended by 85 industry insiders who anxiously awaited the announcement of each category’s winners, selected online by the readers of the magazine. The Fuge, home to the centrifuge where the astronauts trained to adjust to the G-force of the rockets, played up its otherworldly theme with blue-and-white lighting and space-themed accents, including a bar tucked inside the base of the centrifuge.

 

Mark Ryan makes is mark and takes the lead at Robert Ryan Catering and Design.

 

Philadelphia's Festival O presents a new take on an old saw about how you get to Carnegie Hall (practice, practice, practice), but in this case, it’s plan, plan, plan. “We started planning for this four years ago,” says Frank Luzi, vice president of communications for Opera Philadelphia.