Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to provide to host Dueling Pianos?


88 Licks will bring our own grand piano "shells", full production (sound and lighting), and, of course, two of the best live entertainers you'll ever see. The only production need is power (minimum 2 x 20Amp Circuits), and a space at least 16'x12' Depending on the event timing, you may be asked to feed the players and crew, as we'll be onsite working well in advance (and after) your event. Your agent can provide the full rider. (don't worry it's simple)




Can Dueling Pianos be done "In the Round"?


Yes, but 88 Licks may charge an additional fee to support 360 degree sound and lighting. The ideal Dueling Piano setup is a 120 - 180 degree visual and acoustical range. This allows us to best cover large groups from an audio and aesthetic perspective. ("In the round" is more difficult to ensure all viewing angles are "clean", as there are more stands, speakers, and fewer options to hide cabling and equipment.)




Do you have an option for smaller events?


88 Licks Dueling Pianos can tailor a dueling piano show to any type of event and space. For those events where size or budget is limited, we offer a 'lite' version that uses smaller manufactured piano shells and a more modest production profile (lighting and sound). The smaller piano shells, still maintain the look and feel of a Dueling Piano show, but we can't sit guests or play piano solos from on top of them. Our 'lite' production profile can cover rooms with roughly 150 people or less. Whether its our full production show or the 'lite' version, the talent that sets 88 Licks apart, is always part of the deal.




Any tips for making my Dueling Piano event successful?


If you've hired 88 Licks, you've done the most important part. Our entertainers have decades of experience and we've learned a lot over the years on little things that make the events go even better. Here are a few:

  • Dueling Pianos is an interactive show. Expect our performers to engage. To that end, we recommend starting the show once your room is filled. While it sounds good in theory to have players performing as guests enter, this tends to establish the music as "background entertainment".
  • No dance floor is needed. While we fully expect some dancing, it's better to situate tables closer to the stage for crowd engagement. Dancing is only one part of the experience, as is the singing, clapping, and dialog. All of these things can be done in and around the tables.