Meet the Fishing Guide and the Redneck.
We are not the typical obnoxious Sam Kinison style bullying Dueling Show. We are a more casual Jeff Foxworthy comedic show . Funny, yes. Great music, Yes. Just listen to the music and see the audience fun photos as they tell the story.
We have performed together for over 11 years. We never use fill in partners which is common with Dueling Teams and we do not mooch tips. We specialize in Corporate Events, Fund Raisers, and Weddings. At weddings, we offer the combination of our DJ services along with Dueling Pianos at no extra charge. No breaks, 100% clean for all ages, unless you specify the "Adult " show.
Crazy Keys did a fantastic performance for our group event and would be happy to have them entertain again! They were easy to work with and professional. Thanks again guys!
Response from Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos:
Thank you Audrey for a great time. We always have a blast at corporate events like yours. It's what we specialize in and we'd be glad to party with you folks again in the future.
Rob and John
We had a great time at our company Christmas party with Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos! They had amazing talent and humor. They were able to read the crowd and customize song choice, off the cuff wise cracks and adult content. it was a great night!
We hired Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos for our wedding celebration. They were absolutely amazing, fun, keeping the crowd involved, and hard working!! They played and entertained for almost 5 hours straight without taking a break. Very interactive with the crowd. I would hire them again in a heart beat!
What to Expect
Greetings. What to expect? We perform a totally clean, humorous and memorable Dueling Piano show for all ages. Weddings are really fun and for the same cost, we can bring DJ music with a full disco light show just like local DJ's have. It's a mix and match option and it's your call. There are other Wedding Event things we do and provide that are special to us so please contact us for this information. Entertainment for Corporate parties and Weddings are what we specialize in.
Meet Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos.
First, John Griggs - AKA "The Mind".
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.
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 - North Woods Fishing Guide Gone Entertainer.
Fishing anyone? Rob lives in North West Minnesota and spends his time fishing and guiding people to trophy Walleye, Crappie, Bass, and Northern Pike. Lot's of fun but it gets better as every week includes entertaining in Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos. This pretty much sums up everything a normal human needs in life.
Rob began playing theater organ at age 13. Rob has played all over and in every band, blah blah blah, can we eat now?
We do not share the same performance skills or personality traits, which means there is a ton of variety and unique tools at our disposal. Modern society seems to lean towards eliminating individuality. We specialize in featuring it and this evident contrast between Johnny and myself is a huge entertainment plus. We are not your generic Dueling Team mooching tips and creating song wars where you end paying $5 - $10- wow, now it's up to $20, just to hear "Piano Man", "Sweet Caroline" and other favorites.
Our travel distance is coast to coast, north to south. We provide pianos, sound system, and lights. In front of the pianos, free to grab and use at any time, is our " Toy Store". I call it, The Crazy Keys Dueling Piano Day Care. Little ones enjoy this but they often have to compete with mom and dad because FUN is addictive, and we bring it in spades.
There's much more information to be had so please contact us and we'll send you the details. We're looking forward to having fun with you at your event.
Crazy Keys Dueling Pianos
218 - 371 - 7740
Additional Booking Notes
Requirements? An 8 foot by 12 foot stage is all we need. We prefer an open area or buffer in front of the pianos that is 6 or 8 feet x 20 feet. This is where you folks ( and us ) get out front and have fun with hula hoops, Y.M.C.A. and Chicken dances, air guitar fun and other such stuff.
Here's some tech talk. Our sound system is not your typical karaoke gear like JBL, EV, Beringher, so on. We purchased super efficient amplification with line array speakers and horn subs similar to what a pro touring concert act would use. At huge ballrooms and outdoor events, or when running the most demanding deep punchy DJ material, our system can provide low content of 40 hz at 110bd, 1 watt, 1 meter with the ability to go beyond 120 db, ALL FROM ONE CIRCUIT. The line array towers that we use have the ability to perform only 3bd down per doubling of distance vs 6 db which means the folks in front WILL NOT get their heads blow off so those in back can hear. It is very open and clean sound.
Upcoming Booked Events
|December 01, 2018 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Christmas Party|
Past Booked Events
|December 02, 2016 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|September 30, 2016 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 04, 2016||Wedding Reception|
|December 18, 2015||Christmas Party|
|March 08, 2014||Birthday Party|
Song list? We have to know over 500 songs but I wont spend time counting them. We try songs we've never performed and these can be more entertaining than the one we know as we boldly go where we have never been. " Dang, I hope my partner knows the chorus or I'll have to make something up. . ."
|Johnny " The Mind" Griggs and Rob Vacanti||Comedic Musicial Entertainers|
Rob, you and John really did a great job. We've had problems in the past with groups being offensive. Your show was different and entertaining and we couldn't be happier. Not one person complained or had one bad thing to say.
Dear Crazy Keys
Thank you sooo much for playing at our wedding. You guys were great and you were right when you said the light show and mixing in the DJ service would bring the event to the next level. Many of our friends want us to dupe them videos now. Thank you again for a great show.
Denise and Jeremy Stradford
We had John and Rob perform for our corporate event and everybody just loved them. They knew all the songs, and were very funny. We were very pleased and will most likely have them back in a couple years.
Des Monies, Iowa
Hello Crazy Keys. We saw you at the Clay County Fair. Our grand kids just loved showing off with your hula hoops and everything. Johnny Horton is my husbands favorite entertainer so you won him over. Can you email us back and let us know when you will be back again?