The Long anticipated Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar is about to make it’s debut in Philadelphia: Jolly Weldon had a success with Jolly’s Piano Bar at the Latham Hotel, (Sam Maturo, Lenfest Media Group, Jolly Weldon , Michael DeBaecke , James Oliver, James Oliver Gallery at the Lippincott B&B kickoff with Brendan Smith Catering) It was at this event that Jolly first told me about his Dueling Piano bar. Also this Saturday 10/24, James Oliver Gallery presents a new Our new exhibit TRANSPLANT opens next Saturday. You can get a sneak peek here: It includes artwork previously banned by the Art Institute because of gun violence, but will be displayed for the first time at the James Oliver Gallery. but now will be opening his Dueling Piano Bar October 30 just in time to sing the Monster Mash, Thriller and The Time Warp Halloween Weekend. These windows open to allow the music to tickle the ears of passerbyers.
The pianos were in place, but because of construction it was a little messy on the floor so just know they are on the left side of this picture. This is the bar, which is situated in the front of the place. There is also a small bar/food preparation area in the back of the bar. Food will be provided by Brendan Smith, executive chef/owner of b*smiths gourmet catering & Smiths restaurant. I love the warm earth tones of Jolly’s and the modern look of the bar.
The 125 seat venue at 2006 Chestnut Street offers a live, loud and interactive experience in a festive colored atmosphere. In keeping with the history of dueling pianos – the concept debuted in New Orleans during the Great Depression – Jolly’s offers a recession-friendly happy hour, a small plates menu under $10, and no cover charge. Along the wall you will find booths that will set between 6 – 10 of your friends. I see a lot of after work happy hours and celebrations in their future. Across from these booths will be a dozen or so small cafe tables, next to them will be the Dueling Pianos. Last week Michael Klein’s Insider column went into greater details of what to expect at Jolly’s. Historically usually on stage with two grand pianos, each played by a professional player who sings and entertains; humor and audience participation are prevalent. Doors open at 3PM, happy hour is 6PM – 8PM and shows begin at 8:30PM Tu – Sat nights. Each night has a different theme. Check them out here.
My friend Christian DiCicco ,who’s law office is right next door, will be in ear shot of many of the great tunes to be sung there. Typically at a piano bar you might hear classic rock, Top 40, R&B, country, or my favorite show tunes. So shortly it will be “Tomorrow” from Annie, and then it will be opening “Tonight” from West Side Story and we can sing “Seasons of Love” for years to come.