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Tim Buie’s Piano Entertainer’s Convention 2017

The 2nd Annual Piano Entertainer’s Convention is in the books. Musicians, teachers, agents, club owners, managers, talent scouts and more from all over the world converged on Spirits on Bourbon from March 26th through 29th. It was a week of education, entertainment, networking and most of all FUN!! With classes held at the Sheraton and Chalmette High School and events at Spirits and Dmacs Bar and Grill, each night culminated in an all out jam session at Spirits on Bourbon until the wee hours of the morning. Some of the greatest talent in the world met and played on the Spirits stage including the convention’s Keynote Speaker and celebrity guest Liberty Devito. Mr. Devito is Billy Joel’s long time drummer of over 30 years. Industry leaders from all over the world came to Spirits including representatives from The Red Piano in Santa Barbara, Rockey’s in Gainesville, Rum Runners in Sandestin, Savannah Smiles, Carnival Cruise Lines, Red Piano in Norway, and many more!!

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Spirits house Piano Player Kyle Brody said “having the opportunity to play songs with Liberty Devito is a dream come true for a guy in this business”.

Convention Creator Tim Buie: “New Orleans and Spirits on Bourbon are a great fit for this convention.”

Brad Bohannan, Spirits owner: “We were happy to host Tim’s convention. Our regular great stable of piano musicians and regular shows plus the amazing talent that converged on us for the week led to some incredible shows”

“I met people in the industry from all over the world. It was a great networking opportunity and I met some people that will be friends for life. Most of all, our customers got a chance to see world class talent in addition to our regular awesome staff.  I can’t wait to host the convention again next year at Spirits on Bourbon!” said Steve Smith, Spirits owner

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Opening Day and sign in included  a New Orleans Crawfish Boil and Jam Session at Spirits. Visitors from all over the world got to experience  a real New Orleans Crawfish boil while meeting friends and colleagues both old and new.

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Monday began with a presentation by Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, Dr. Clark Rosen speaking on how these great singers can help preserve and maintain their vocals to flourish in the industry.

Next came a seminar by Piano Diva Susan Erwin on “Ladies in the Industry”. Susan was  a rock star all week Speaking, singing, and playing at Spirits every night  and in Monday evening’s second line parade that was a big hit with all of the attendees and led by the Spirits Hearse followed by a float featuring the convention talent.

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As the week progressed, convention attendees had the privilege of learning from long time Dueling Pianist Tom Basler. Tom has trained over 200 Dueling Piano Players. Also, presentations by Savannah Smiles owner Marty Richardson, Web instruction and  an Improv class by Music Social Media Expert Bob Baker, Performance by the Marine Corps Jazz Band, and a demonstration at Trinity Episcopal Church by organist Albinas Prizgintas.

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The convention headed to Dmacs Bar and Grill on Tuesday Night featuring a performance by Dr, Dirty John Valby.

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Again followed by a fun night of laughs,good times, and GREAT MUSIC at Spirits on Bourbon!

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The Convention’s last day included a presentation by legendary New Orleans Pianist Tom McDermott then a bus trip to Chalmette High School and their newly renovated world class auditorium for a demonstrations by Liberty Devito and David Clark as well as Grey Gregson.libertydevitodemonstrationgray gregson bobbakerstage

Of course the night culminated in another all star jam session at Spirits on Bourbon.

Stay tuned for updates on next year’s convention!!!

Spirits on Bourbon…Proud home of Tim Buie’s Piano Entertainers Convention 2017

 Tim Buie’s 2nd Annual Piano Entertainers Convention will converge on the French Quarter at Spirits from March 26-29.

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JOIN DUELING PIANO PLAYERS, GREAT PIANISTS, PIANO BAR OWNERS, AND MORE ON INFAMOUS BOURBON STREET FOR FOUR DAYS OF LIVE PERFORMANCES, MASTERCLASSES AND SEMINARS WITH CELEBRITY SPEAKERS, CELEBRATIONS OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE AND JAM SESSIONS!

The convention is both an informational and networking opportunity for those in the business. There will be classes, seminars, celebrity speakers and live auditions for those in the business. It’s a great opportunity for musicians, entertainers, club managers, owners, and agents to get together and learn from one another discussing all topics in the field.

Seminars will include classes by

Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel’s long time Drummer

Bob Baker, #1 Music Guru and Social Media Expert

Dr. Clark Rosen Vocalist Throat Specialist

Marty Richardson Owner/Pianist Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

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The event will include a Crawfish Boil at Spirits during check in on Sunday as well as a very special charity event. Beginning Sunday at 8pm. Spirits will be open 24 hours for the duration of the convention with DUELING PIANO MUSIC featuring some of the WORLDS MOST ENTERTAINING MUSICIANS playing LIVE at Spirits for 24 hours a day from March 26-29.

In addition to our great staff of musicians at Spirits on Bourbon, performances will include:’l

Billy Joel’s long time drummer Liberty DeVitto,

Dr. Dirty John Valby #1 Comedic and Parody Specialist in the World

Long Island’s own David Clark

Award winning singer/songwriter Chris Foster

Piano Bar Diva Susan Erwin

World Renowned Dueling Pianist Tom Basler

All these great talents and more will converge on Spirits on Bourbon for this 24 hour 4 day event.

Steve Smith, Spirits on Bourbon, “I can’t wait to host the 2017 Piano Entertainer’s Convention.  It’s a great opportunity for musicians from around the world to learn and network with the best in the business. It’ll also be a huge treat for our customers who will reap the benefits of having all this talent under one roof for 4 days. We are going to have great shows 24 hours a day for the entire event. It’s my hope that we can expand this convention into a Festival!!”

Brad Bohannan, Spirits on Bourbon, “With our already great crop of entertainers at Spirits, partnering with Tim Buie and his Piano Entertainer’s Convention was a no brainer. We are so proud of our staff of entertainers and we can’t wait to host this event”

Tim Buie, World Famous Piano Entertainer, “Spirit’s is a a natural host for our 2nd annual event. In the heart of Bourbon St and already with tremendous talent on staff. It’s going to be a great 4 days at Spirits”.

Please Visit PIANO ENTERTAINERS CONVENTION WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!!

 

 

 

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Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay giving Supplies to help Flood Victims.

With all the flooding roaring through Louisiana, Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay has joined the New Orleans  convention and visitors bureau  to help the victims of this natural Disaster.  
Spirits on Bourbon  has donated two truck loads of water and some clothing to help  

  their fellow louisianiansto get through this time of need.  
They looking for Non-Perishable Food Items. Needed food items include: canned vegetables, fruit, and meats (tuna and chicken), soups, stews, beans and chili. Peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, shelf-stable milk. Highly nutritious items such as protein bars, Ensure and PediaSure are also needed.  

  They are asking for Bottled Water and prefer in palettes of twenty four. Personal Toiletries and Cleaning Supplies are especially important. The loading dock at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau  

 is accepting donations from anyone beginning at 4:00 pm Monday, August, 15th, 2016. Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay  hope to continue to help out. If you would like to make a donation drop it off and we will deliver it for you!

Spirits on Bourbon Featured at Scaling New Heights Conference

Spirits on a Bourbon was proud to be featured at the 2016 Scaling New Heights Convention  held at the beautiful Caribbean resort, Atlantis, situated on Paradise Island in the tropical Bahamas.    
Spirits on Bourbon, represented by owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith , worked with Scaling New Heights to film a ten part Docu-Series called Tech Make Over. “We were able to work with the best in the business and receive some of the latest technology. This new technology has given us a competitive advantage over every other bar on Bourbon Street and increased profits 20 percent. We feel lucky to have been chosen to participate,” said Brad Bohannan to the packed audience.   
The series was filmed last December at Spirits on Bourbon. “We have had some growing pains in learning the new technology but at the end it all paid off,” said Steve Smith. He continued, “Not only have we received the latest technology, but we have formed some great partnerships with innovative companies like ‘When I Work‘  

 which will last far beyond the show.”
Joe Woodard reminded the audience that the latest technology wasn’t just about convenience, but about inspiring us to push the envelope even further.  We at Spirits on Bourbon will certainly be taking his advise.

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Recording Artist Drew Baldridge Celebrates Debut single with Crawfish boil at Spirits on Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon fired up the crawfish pot to celebrate the release Nashville recording artist, Drew Baldridge‘s debut single called ‘Dance With Ya 
This endeavor invited hit song writers, producers, radio professionals and fans to enjoy some crawfish and drinks at Spirits On Bourbon  
and enjoy the success of Drew Baldridge’s billboard rising single. We look forward to hearing Drew  more on the radio and seeing him coming back and playing New Orleans!  

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Health Agents for America and AGM second line down Bourbon Street to Celebrate at Spirits on Bourbon

Today Health Agents  Health Agents for America second-lined through the French Quarter with a brass band and the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse! 

  The second line started at the Monteleon Hotel with people taking pictures in the Spirits Hearse with Edward DeBoire.  

 Then we navigated our way through the streets throwing beads and waving handkerchiefs. 

  After, the party continued at Spirits on Bourbon with some great food prepared by Chef Rob Soper 

  Guests stayed for hours enjoying the courtyard and the dueling pianos.  

  We appreciate that Heath Agents for America has continuously booked their parties with us and we hope to see them all again real soon!

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Tau Kappa Epsilon celebrates The 58th Conclave at Spirits on Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon was honored to be a part of the 58th Tau Kappa Epsilon Conclave. Frater  Brad Bohannan hosted the staff’s Welcoming Dinner at his home in Kenner Louisiana.  

  We also thought we would do something special for the group so we surprised them with a special Spirits on Bourbon Conclave Cup that could only be purchased at the Spirits on Bourbon events.  

  


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felt honored to initiate his buddy Ej Snyder of Naked and Afraid into the bond of
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 The audience had the pleasure of watching him ‘pump the fraters up’ before heading for a fun night at Spirits on Bourbon

   
Most exciting, we were able to drive the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse down the French Quarter… 

 leading 1000 men for a reception on the Mississippi River!  

  Later that night we held receptions at Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon. We had a great weekend and have made some new friends and look forward to work with Tau Kappa Epsilon in the near future, including the 59th Conclave in New Orleans!