Whether you need a solo pianist for receptions and formal banquets, a raucus rock & roll sing-along "Dueling Pianos" act, an Italian "Rat Pack" cover band, or a subtle jazz trio, it's John the Piano Man! Great for Anniversaries, Awards Nights, Banquets, Christmas Parties, Clubs, Community Events, Conventions, Corporate Functions, Country Clubs, Dinner Dances, Festivals, Fund Raisers, Grand Openings, Hotels, Picnic, Private Parties, Resorts, Restaurants, Reunions, Weddings and receptions!
For the kids, it's Bonkers the Clown! Birthday parties, Scout banquets, schools! Magic, juggling, balloon animals! Voted Best Clown 3 years in row! Named Dallas Top Clown!
Price Range: $125/hr-$800/hr
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Solo piano for receptions, dinner banquets, etc. Quieter tunes, standards, ballads, softer listening music with a contemporary jazzy feel such as Billy Joel, Carol King, etc.
Sing along piano solo - rock and roll standards, silly songs, show tunes - meant for the audience to gather around the piano and sing along.
Dueling pianos - loud, raucus rock and roll, C&W, Beatles, Rolling Stones with audience encouraged to join in and sing as loud as possible!
Jazz trio - softer, easier background jazz standards for dinners, banquets, store openings, social events.
Marks Brothers tribute comedy show - loud funny tunes, audience participation, jokes and comedy routines - great for after dinner entertainment at awards banquets, casino parties, etc.
For the kids - Bonkers the clown entertains with comedy magic tricks, juggling, balloon animals and a live rabbit!
Voted Best birthday clown three years in a row, and named Dallas Top Clown by the Times Herald!
Rat Pack cover band - just like a lounge act in Vegas! Doing all the famous numbers by Frank, Dino and Sammy, also Bobby Darin and Louis Prima! Great for dance parties!
JOHN RAINONE is an actor, musician and unemployed wine connoisseur who has made his home in Dallas since attending Clown College (SMU) in 1972 from which he earned a BFA (Better Find Alternate) Degree. He has performed in variety shows for Mark Wilson Magic - Official Site in Hollywood, toured throughout the Midwest for a Chicago "booking agency" (don't ask), and traveled nationwide for Paul Osborne Magic & Illusion in Dallas. He has appeared on stage at Theatre Three, The Dallas Theater Center, Stage # 1 (now defunct), The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Stage West, The Barn Theater in Connecticut, and the Lortell Theater in New York as well as films and commercials produced in Dallas.
John has played sing-along piano bars including Alley Cats, Gator's, Billy Bob's Texas and West Side Stories, and served as musical director for several stage productions. He currently performs in a Marx Brothers tribute band - The Coconuts - as Chico, and a Rat Pack cover band called The Fratelli Brothers (the word "fratelli" in Italian means "brothers.") Most recently he can be seen as a visiting consultant with Corporate Comedy Works! (Four Out Of Five Doctors) an improv comedy troupe.
From 1988 - 1991 he and his ex-partner/ex-wife appeared as Bonkers and Poppy the Clowns on a daily children's TV show: Club 27, on KDFI Channel 27. See more info at http://bonkerstheclown.com/
Other characters John has performed and/or created over the years include: Super Irv for Irving Mall, The Burger King for the restaurant chain of the same name, Mr. Mime for Seventeen Magazine, Captain Crud for The Ft Worth Dept. of Sanitation, and Mr. See It for Texas State Optical for which he was co-winner of a Bronze Quill Award for Excellence in Public Relations Programs. He has also been named Top Clown by the Dallas Times Herald in 1990, Entertainer of the Year by Alex Burton on KRLD, and voted "Best Birthday Party Clown" an unprecedented three times by Dallas Child Magazine Readers.
He now resides in Lost Bridge Village, AR.
Additional Booking Notes
Need lighting, and need to know specifications of sound system. Contracts with deposit only.
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Louis, Louis - Kingsmen
Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
My Love Does it Good - Paul McCartney
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto
Desperado - The Eagles
Too Late Baby - Carol King
Come in from the Rain - Melissa Manchester
This Masquerade - Leon Russell
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
Honesty - Billy Joel
The Rose - Bette Midler
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Crazy - Willie Nelson
Shadow of Your Smile - Johnny Mandel
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
Since I Fell for You - Buddy Johnson
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
Embraceable You - George Gershwin
Paper Moon - Nat King Cole
Georgia on my Mind - Ray Charles
Our Love is Here to Stay - George Gershwin
Summertime - George Gershwin
Misty - Errol Garner
The Greatest Love - Whitney Houston
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington
All the Things You Are - Jerome Kern
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Pink Panther Theme - Henry Mancini
I Get a Kick Out of You - Frank Sinatra
Night and Day - Frank Sinatra
My Funny Valentine - Richard Rogers
The Lady is a Tramp - Frank Sinatra
All of Me - Bobby Darin
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
It Had to Be You - Harry Connick
Laura - Johnny Mercer
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
San Francisco - Tony Bennett
Willow Weep for Me - Ann Ronell
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
You Go to My Head - Patti Page
Yesterday - The Beatles
Faithfully - Journey
Free Falling - Tom Petty
Jack & Diane - John Mellencamp
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
Dancin' in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
Time Warp - Rocky Horror Show
Hotel California - The Eagles
Influences & Inspiration
Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Elton John, The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Liberace, Peter Nero, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Bobby Darin, Louis Prima, Nat King Cole
stage platform, electric power
"Both the stundents and teachers loved John. We will definitely have him back again!" -- Nikki R, Plano, TX, 12/19/2008
"Excellent experience--John went the extra mile and did a fantastic job. He was familiar with the Arboretum and played very well." Jona Steed -- Jona S, Dallas, TX, 4/11/2008
"John was absolutely perfect for our event. He accommodated my request to start out the evening with more "formal" music, but amp it up as the evening progressed. Highly Recommended!!" -- Jordan D, Highland Park, TX, 2/14/2009
"John was very fun. I had many compliments from my friends on him. I would hire him again." -- Keith S, Dallas, TX, 11/1/2008
"Excellent job for us at our annual meeting - we're still getting tons of compliments!"
- Lori Olds, Central Dallas Association
" He really did a super job for us at the N.A.H.B. expo in Houston!" - Ed Pincu, U.S. Brass
"John was fantastic. My family loved him and he was able to entertain all ages (we had ages from 3 to 91). We love entertainment that is interactive, and John brought the whole family to their feet. He accomodated our requests that were quite varied. He was also sensitive in dressing to meet our theme and provided me with material to prepare for in advance. He's one of the Best !!"
--Jane B. Private Party Colleyville, TX
"My vote for Entertainer of the Year!" - Alex Burton, KRLD Radio
"I've used John at a variety of functions, and because of his unique talents, he has been asked to do repeat performances many times!" - Tony Mitchell, Trammell Crow