Bob Goldstick- The Piano Bar Show: Music, Requests, & Stories!
The Piano Bar Show contains three main ingredients; Music, Requests and Stories.
The music. First and foremost, Bob is an exceptional piano player with a great story-telling voice. The music is always first rate entertainment. Then, choosing from popular songs from all styles with an emphasis on the great American songbook of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin from the 30s and 40s to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Elvis, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dean Martin in the 50s into the rock and roll of The Beatles, Elton John and Billy Joel. Then, of course, there is the country music of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.
That’s the music. The rest is the interaction with request and stories.
Requests means the music always matches the audience. Everybody gets some of what they love and get to hear some of what others love to hear. Bob will start out with a few songs that everyone knows and then ask for requests. Often, especially for the first show, people are hesitant to ask for a song. Bob will then say,
“ Folks often don’t ask for requests because they think I won’t know it and I’ll be embarrassed. (pause for effect) Don’t worry about that. This is my job and I embarrass myself every day. If I don’t know it, I go home and learn it so I am ready for the next time. That’s how I learn all my new favorite songs.”
This often gets people into asking for the songs they want to hear.
Stories add the personal touch. Every song has at least one story – the one the writer used to create the song. But we all have our own stories for lots of songs. Sharing these stories adds to the shared experience of the piano bar. Bob has many stories associated with the songs people love either about the song itself or his experience performing the song.
The combination of music, requests and stories means every show is unique.
Bob has been performing this type of show for over 40 years, from New York City to Los Angeles with a 10 year run at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch in Carmel, CA. His music was also chosen by PBS for a special they did about Alzheimer’s disease in 2004 called The Forgetting.
Service Fee: $50/hr to $250/hr depending on the location and time.
Service Areas: OREGON- Clackamas County, Clatsop County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Yamhill County, Washington County
Service Types: Retirement Home/Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Adult Foster Home, Skilled Nursing/Rehab, Hospital, Senior Center, Adult Day Center, Seniors at Home, Private Parties/Locations
Availability: Weekdays, Weekends, Daytime, Evenings, Available on Short Notice.
Contact Name: Bob Goldstick
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This is a program from 2004 on KCTS in Seattle:
PBS program from Seattle
This is from a video made at The Rossmoor Community that gives a good idea
of the Piano Bar Show:
Selection of Songs from Piano Bar Show
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