"The greatest dueling piano show in the history of the entire planet earth" -Oprah Winfrey
Dueling Piano players Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson deliver headline-caliber performances every night in this Des Moines, Iowa based duo.
Will travel regionally, please please don't make us get into airplanes though.
Pianopalooza provides all production elements for up to 500 guest events/performances. This includes professional sound, lighting, sound engineer, two grand pianos, pre-recorded background music, and a 2-hr performance.
For 500+ guest events, "full band" add-on, or expanded performance times please contact us via phone/email.
Price Range: Packages start at $3000
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
All that you are about to read is completely true. Names have not been changed to protect anyones identity or self esteem.
To say Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson are star-crossed dueling piano partners would be the understatement of our generation. Don’t believe me? Well then sit tight reader, warm up your Keurig, and get ready to have your mind blown as you read—“The Ballad of Pianopalooza.”
At just 4 years of age, a classmate jerked Tony’s swim trunks down to his ankles at the Auralia City Pool in front of EVERYONE. In an eerily similar event, when Jerry was 4 years old, his mother accidentally HIT HIM WITH THE CAR in a grocery store parking lot. Determined to overcome early adversity, these lone wolves began to awaken their inner piano-beast with lessons from kind, elderly piano teachers that wore very strong perfume.
Fast forward to adolescence—at 15, while front row for The Smashing Pumpkins, lead singer Billy Corgan spit on Jerry during the show. For Jerry, this was transformative. He emerged from the concert anointed and reborn—like one half of a full Phoenix. Meanwhile—at The Outfield/Starship concert the summer before his freshman year, Tony recalls “the lights went up, and The Outfield started playing. I felt like I was floating above the crowd, and The Outfield was playing a private-but-not-in-a-weird-way show just for me.”
These early encounters with rock & roll royalty put Tony and Jerry on a collision course trajectory—destined to crash into each other like a cosmic Dave Matthews song 20 years in the making. Fate would finally unite them when Jerry moved to Des Moines and needed a place to stay. A thundering voice in his head told Tony to offer him a spare room— and they haven’t looked back since.
They have forged an unbreakable friendship built on fundamental elements like MarioKart and cigarettes. Although each has had success as solo artists and with other bands, Jerry sums it up nicely saying “I just pray each day that Tony and I die at the exact same time, like the end of The Notebook.”
So do yourself a favor. Hold your loved ones close, and go see Pianopalooza every chance you get.
Here’s a list of songs we know. Of course, we know MANY MANY MANY more songs than this, but these are the Top 40 that get requested most, in no particular order, just to give you an idea of what you’re in for.
If you’re at a show, ask for ANYTHING! Chances are, we know at least part of your request, unless it’s by your cousin’s friend’s band who no one has ever heard of. Plus, maybe it’s one we should add!
Don’t Stop Believing--Journey
Sweet Caroline--Neil Diamond
Brown Eyed Girl--Van Morrison
Tiny Dancer--Elton John
Piano Man--Billy Joel
Folsom Prison Blues--Johnny Cash
What’s Up--4 Non Blondes
Wagon Wheel--Old Crow Medicine Show
Living On A Prayer--Bon Jovi
Jessie’s Girl--Rick Springfield
Walking In Memphis--Mark Cohn
Fishing In The Dark--Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Friends In Low Places--Garth Brooks
The Joker--Steve Miller Band
Chicken Fried--Zac Brown Band
Lean On Me--Bill Withers
500 Miles--The Proclaimers
Joy To The World--3 Dog Night
American Pie--Don McClean
Jailhouse Rock--Elvis Presley
Leroy Brown--Jim Croce
Jack And Diane--John Cougar Mellencamp
Uptown Funk--Bruno Mars
Hey Jude-The Beatles
Paradise By The Dashboard Light--Meatloaf
Summer of 69--Bryan Adams
Your Love--The Outfield
Sweet Child O’ Mine--Guns N’ Roses
Only The Good Die Young--Billy Joel
Benny And The Jets--Elton John
Great Balls Of Fire--Jerry Lee Lewis
Old Time Rock N’ Roll--Bob Seger
Free Falling--Tom Petty
Take It Easy--The Eagles
Billie Jean--Michael Jackson
Every Rose Has Its Thorn--Poison