Piano Man...Again?!?! (Dueling Pianos - Harrahs Hotel & Casino)

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Matt Newbold

I really enjoyed watching Kim's friend Matt perform his piano show at Planet Hollywood on Friday and she mentioned there were a couple actual dueling piano shows in Vegas, one of which Matt performs at on Sundays at Harrah's.  We decided to go check it out and see how it was.  My only dueling piano experience to date was the Kansas City Meet Up and Howl at the Moon.  We got to Harrah's early as the Piano Bar usually fills up fast.  Not sure what time it started but they were doing karaoke when we arrived.  OMG, some of those singers were AMAZING.  Unlike the people who thought they were great on Friday at PH, these people really had talent! 

We were there only about 5 minutes or so when the weirdness began with people smiling and attempting to strike up little conversations with us.

Great face Kimmy! LOL
  A group of two guys and a girl came in and sat next to us and they were from Texas.  They seemed  nice and we chatted with them quite a bit.  The guy Jeffrey who sat next to meet was from the deep woods in East Texas and admitted he doesn't get out much, if at all. He had only been on a place a couple times and was rather shocked by the big city life in Vegas.   I think he was a little shocked by me and the fact that I try to travel the world, not to mention, I have tattoos.  He was really intrigued by that it seemed.  LOL.

My friend Kim (bundysmom) is from Dallas so I was basically surrounded by the Texas peeps so when things got heated between CA and Texas songs, I couldn't resist but to join in.  Ultimately, I gave Matt $40 to make them stop playing Texas songs and go back to CA songs which drew mean stares from Kim! LOL.

Kim and I
  The crowd was pretty intense in there and it was packed.  A number of people walking by would stop for a few songs and new groups would rotate but there was never an empty seat in the house.   The players never took breaks - they just rotated 3 of them so there were always 2 on stage.  Pretty slick idea! 

Towards the end of the evening, my dear friend from Texas was pretty drunk and not happy with me that I didn't want to accompany him back to his hotel room down the strip.  It was interesting to say the least.  His friend Jared and his wife Amanda ended up having to walk him back otherwise I think he was going to pass out right there at the bar.  Apparently he had been drinking since like 6am..

Me and my new "friend" Jeffrey
..I guess there is proof that one can actually get drunk off Coors beer! HA HA HA. 

As the night wore on, more interesting people watching opportunities presented themselves through various drunk girls dancing, one of which was about to strip to a good portion of the bar.  Nice.  The older gentleman who thought he was quite the ladies man and proceeded to make his way around the entire bar in his snazzy white sportcoat, buying women drinks, and kissing their cheeks! And then, there was a guy at the bar who was dancing around and talking to most of the ladies who looked incredibly familiar.  Can't figure out why or from where but even my friend Kim said he looked familiar.  She thinks I have a picture somewhere with the guy.

The random guy I thought I knew who ultimately planted one on me! HA HA
...geez, I have to go back through thousands of photos to figure out from where!  LOL. He was local and I think he recognized me as he wouldn't tell me how I knew him...uh oh.  Always a bad sign!  Later on towards the end of the show he tried to get me to dance with him and grabbed my face and planted a huge kiss on my lips and told me he loved me.  I was pretty stunned and my friend Kim almost looked horrified. 

There were other interesting tidbits to the night.  We saw the lady from Friday night at PH in her white top that was jiggling and dancing behind us.  There was some drunk lady that almost slammed into Kim's shoulder (she just had surgery and is in a sling...uh, hellooo) who came up trying to talk smack but was too drunk to really get out a coherent sentence!  And then my all time favorite was the large lady who kept dancing at the bar and continually hitting my head with her rear end.

OMG Adrian!! Saw this and thought of you....we were walking out of Harrahs and it was in a case!
I finally got tired of it and pushed her whereupon she finally realized what she had been doing and apologized.  It lasted all of 30 seconds before she was pounding my head again! LOL.  Oh well - what are you going to do? 

It was fun though - we stayed until the very end.  As we were walking out and Kim was saying goodbye to Matt, I accidentally ran into someone (literally) who turned out to be a very nice business man visiting from Orange County.  Who knows, I might see him on my trip down next month.....only time will tell! :-) 

Another long night though...by the time I got Kim dropped off and back home, it was well after 3am and I wanted to be up by 6am for work.  Dang that Kim!! HA HA HA

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Matt Newbold
Matt Newbold
Great face Kimmy! LOL
Great face Kimmy! LOL
Kim and I
Kim and I
Me and my new friend Jeffrey
Me and my new "friend" Jeffrey
The random guy I thought I knew wh…
The random guy I thought I knew w…
OMG Adrian!! Saw this and thought …
OMG Adrian!! Saw this and thought…
I think this piano player is named…
I think this piano player is name…
Ok, better smile! :D
Ok, better smile! :D
The ladies man of the night!
The ladies man of the night!
Matt again
Matt again
Scott the other piano player
Scott the other piano player
Gotcha Jared!
Gotcha Jared!
Jeffrey, Jared and his wife Amanda
Jeffrey, Jared and his wife Amanda
Kims friend the fashionista way i…
Kim's friend the fashionista way …
Matt again
Matt again
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