Meet " The Hippie and The Redneck ". It is now 2015 and we have performed together for over 9 years, working almost every week of each year. We never use fill in partners which is common with traveling Dueling Teams. We specialize in entertainment for Corporate Events, Fund Raisers, and Weddings. At weddings, we offer the combination of our full disco light show and DJ services along with Dueling Pianos at no extra charge. The DJ music mixed in with Dueling Pianos becomes the best of both worlds. It's your call if we do so. We perform sober, no breaks, and are 100% clean for all ages, unless you specify the "Adult " show. This magical musical bonding and our experience assures a memorable and entertaining event.
John Griggs - AKA Johnny "The Mind" Griggs.
Farm boy gone wild. John discovered dueling pianos in 1993. Thinking that it looked like fun, he began learning the skills needed to be successful in this brand of entertainment. John has had many years of experience in live performance since 1970's. Although all of it is not piano, as John is a multi-instrumentalist. John has performed dueling pianos at the old "Bugsy's" in downtown Minneapolis as well as "L'tl Ditty's" at the Mall Of America. In 2000 he and a partner formed "The Ivory Kings". With a non stop schedule of night clubs, college bars, dance halls, casinos and corporate events, they were the original piano show in Kansas City, MO, Toledo, OH, Wilkes Barre, PA and Lake Okoboji, Iowa.
Just my opinion here - John is the Johnny Carson of dueling pianos. His personality, enthusiasm, awareness, and skill sets have earned him the nickname " The Mind". Everyone loves this guy. I mean it. John is joy, manifested right before your eyes. He is the best of all of us in this field and is the magical marriage of music and comedy.
rob vacanti (piano - voice - organ - synth - comedy),
john griggs (piano - voice - guitar- sax- harmonica- drums - flute - comedy)