• Philly Keys Hit the Right Note & Liven Things Up

     
    POSTED September 26, 2017
     

The Philly Keys is a dueling piano company that brings together trained dueling piano players and singers to perform at events like dueling piano bars, as well as corporate and private events. They incorporate crowd participation, audience roasts and requests into all of their shows to express their unique factor and relate directly to their audiences. 

“Once we started doing corporate and private parties and seeing how well they were going over, I knew I could turn this into a viable business,” says Brian Aglira, one of the dueling pianists. As working musicians, The Philly Keys perform together at least twice a week and generally stick to a traditional dueling piano show. The company consists of three teams of two players who travel up to three hours outside of Philadelphia to perform. “We bring top-notch musicianship and vocals to any client, and the fact that we can call people out and get them up in front of the audience and perform some funny and creative skits is what dueling piano shows do best,” says Aglira.  

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.