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Pete’s Dueling Pianos is Loud, But Fun

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It started 17 years ago in Austin, Texas, one of our county’s great musical cities , and now Las Vegas has it’s own “Pete’s Dueling Pianos” in Town Square. I stopped by the opening night celebration on November 18 which included drinks, peanuts, and loud music.

Pete’s does not serve food, so ashtrays abound. However, because the windows open to the outside, there was no sense of a smoke filled room. The atmosphere is party, party, party with songs like Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, Hotel California, and My Girl. Did I mention the music is loud? The two piano players on the facing baby grands don’t actually duel so much as compliment each other and keep the crowd revved.

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The talented musicians including Matt Newbold, Christine Cochrane, Joel Henry and Dean Edwards work in rotation assuring the crowd that there will be no stop in the action –or the music. Over the course of an evening, the pianos bang out everything from Elvis to Abba to Blink 182.

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Waitresses also take center stage, on the floor and on the pianos, to lead the inevitable sing-a-longs. But this is a bar so the sing-a-longs are accompanied by the drink-a-longs. The players are adept at playing the room, keeping the patrons happy.

Pete’s Dueling Pianos is not the place for a quiet conversation, but if your datebook calls for good clean fun, head to Town Square for a few hours at Pete’s.

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Pete's Dueling Piano Bar is located in town Square at 6605 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #152.

 

Where Else But Paris – a Celebration of the Harvest

Beaujolais Nouveau Flowed at Paris Las Vegas Event

You don’t have to go to Paris, France to celebrate the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau. I was among a group of guests and press who enjoyed the newest wine at a special event on Saturday, November 21 at the Les Artistes Steakhouse in the Paris Hotel and Casino.

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I am a complete novice when it comes to wine, but with the help of experts, we were guided from one wine to the next as we enjoyed a delicious assortment of artisan cheeses, breads, fresh fruits, desserts, and other tasty accompaniments.

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According to a release from the Paris Hotel, “Honoring the long tradition regulated by French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is released no sooner than the third Thursday of November, when it is ready for consumption just weeks after the harvest. Thus, at one minute past midnight, huge celebrations are held all over the world to taste the latest wine of the harvest. More than 65 million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau will be consumed in the months to follow.”

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Yann Bourigault, North America Export Director of Les Vins Georges DuBoeuf was on hand at Paris Las Vegas to unveil this year's custom designed bottle and guide us as we were among the first to sample the 2009 harvest. In addition, he taught us the five S’s of wine which I now share with any other novices who read this. See, Swirl, Sniff/Smell, Sip/Savor, and Spit (extricate) or Swallow.

Beaujolais Nouveau is made from hand-harvested Gamay grapes. The fresh, fruity red wine is known as perfect accompaniment to many holiday dishes. In the last harvest report, Georges DuBoeuf proclaimed that the 2009 harvest was one of the best in the last 50 years.

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Well, I may not be a connoisseur, or even know the right words to describe a good wine, but this year’s Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau has earned my vote. See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, and Swallow….

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