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September

SARAH ANGEL

Sarah Angel is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and international performer, from Seattle Washington. Classically trained, Sarah began piano lessons at the age of three. Also beginning clarinet at age eight, Sarah won several competitions for clarinet, and for piano through junior high and high school – and in her Senior year of high school she won the prestigious KMTA Concerto Competition with Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto in C Major, and was honored to perform twice with the Bainbridge Island Symphony. After high school, Sarah began taking classical voice lessons while attending a private liberal arts college in Portland, OR.  After several years of vocal training, Sarah began performing in the Portland and Seattle areas, for piano bars, parties, weddings, and other events.Most recently, Sarah has been performing for the Holland America Line, as a piano bar entertainer. Sarah has worked all over the US and Canada in dueling piano bars, theaters and for corporate functions. In her spare time, she travels and blogs about her travels.

October

LAURA WILEY

Laura Wiley is a Los Angeles based piano bar entertainer who has performed at venues as varied as Seasons 52, Mastro’s, Red O and Sgt. Peppers Dueling Pianos. Her resume also includes Don’t Tell Mama, Paradise Piano Bar, the Winery and the Lucky Devils Band. Laura has been a pianist since her fingers were big enough to play. She took lessons when she was younger and then taught herself from sixteen on. Her first gigs were accompanying, performing at religious venues, and soloing at a local jazz club. When she turned eighteen she moved to London and that’s where it all really got started. She wrote numerous songs while abroad, and finished her first album when she moved home a year later. Also that year, she formed a band named The Essentials that played the LA club circuit. After the band broke up, Laura played music part-time while she worked on her second full-length album that was released in 2010. And that was followed by a third in 2012.  That same year she began my first residency at Paradise Piano Bar.  Since that time she has played at just about every piano bar in Orange County, Long Beach, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

October

SUSAN ERWIN

A pianist, singer, songwriter, international performing artist, recording artist, and painter, Susan Erwin is an artist whose home is behind a piano.  Susan’s versatile voice, impressive skills as a mutli-instrumentalist, dynamic stage presence, and rare ability to make every person in the audience feel a part of her show have made her successful in major venues worldwide.  Susan has over 250 international performance dates every year and has developed a loyal fan base. Susan succumbed to the gravitational pull of her life long love of music and left her corporate engineering job in 2005 to join the dueling pianos circuit in the Midwestern United States.  She’s never been happier, and there’s no turning back.  From Little Rock, Arkansas and Branson, Missouri to Los Angeles, CA, Las Vegas and beyond, she has performed for people all over the world.   In 2010, she began a yearly international tour booked in venues throughout the Caribbean and Europe. Says Susan, “Music is my life.  Music has saved my life.  It’s my job — and to me, that is total bliss!”

November

MIKE MCCABE

Popular cruise line and dueling piano bar entertainer Mike McCabe is a multi-talented musician known for his eclectic brand of music, comedy and sometimes-boisterous audience spontaneity. Playing the piano since he was 5, Mike also taught himself to play guitar, bass, drums and saxophone — and now he’s working on mastering the banjo! Mike was named one of the “top 5 entertainers” in Pittsburgh, where he played at Sing Sing’s and Jellyroll’s, two popular dueling piano bars. He also played The Shiloh Inn, Mountaineer Racetrack, LeMont Restaurant, and other fine establishments in the Pittsburgh area. In 2005, Mike moved to Florida, appearing in such venues as Jester’s and Sangria’s in St. Augustine, McKnight’s in Pointe Vedra and Culhane’s Irish Pub in Jax Beach. He also began “cruising” for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. During the last 5 years, Mike has become a “favorite entertainer” in the Schooner Lounge on RCL cruise ships the Enchantment of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, and most recently, the Adventure of the Seas.

December

TIM BUIE

Tim Buie is a renowned international piano bar entertainer who has performed in 40 countries, and he’s listed the Guinness Book of World Records as the world record holder for the longest nonstop piano bar performance — 63 hours and 11 minutes nonstop. As one of the world’s most recognized dueling piano performers, Tim’s repertoire consists of the greatest variety of musical genres. Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, this consummate professional piano bar entertainer mixes his world-class musical talent with his genuine, down-home personality to connect with audiences of all ages. Having devoted his entire professional life to being one of the world’s leading piano bar entertainers, Tim has developed a strong, vibrant vocal talent which fills any venue with energy and excitement. Tim keeps his audiences laughing with his parodies of the world’s most popular songs and encourages everyone to join in with his participatory sing-a-long format.

January 2018

LAURA WILEY

Laura Wiley is a Los Angeles based piano bar entertainer who has performed at venues as varied as Seasons 52, Mastro’s, Red O and Sgt. Peppers Dueling Pianos. Her resume also includes Don’t Tell Mama, Paradise Piano Bar, the Winery and the Lucky Devils Band. Laura has been a pianist since her fingers were big enough to play. She took lessons when she was younger and then taught herself from sixteen on. Her first gigs were accompanying, performing at religious venues, and soloing at a local jazz club. When she turned eighteen she moved to London and that’s where it all really got started. She wrote numerous songs while abroad, and finished her first album when she moved home a year later. Also that year, she formed a band named The Essentials that played the LA club circuit. After the band broke up, Laura played music part-time while she worked on her second full-length album that was released in 2010. And that was followed by a third in 2012.  That same year I began my first residency at Paradise Piano Bar.  Since that time she has played at just about every piano bar in Orange County, Long Beach, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

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