With nearly 25 years in the business, Dallas Reese has been a staple in the southeast music & entertainment industry. Dallas grew up in Concord, NC, right outside Charlotte, & got his musical start at a very young age. For Dallas, playing the guitar and the piano just came naturally to him.
Since this time, Dallas has gone on to graduate from Appalachian State with a B.A in Broadcast Communications & Marketing and has been fortunate enough to DJ/ MC for several top radio stations, including WRFX Charlotte, WGFX Nashville, TN and WTQR in Greensboro, NC, WCMC-FM Raleigh, NC, WESC FM Greenville, SC and WWNQ Columbia, SC, WKRO 93.1 Coast Country & 95.7 the HOG Daytona Beach to name a few. He's performed DJ services for the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournaments, The Shriners National Convention, Lowes Home Improvement, and hundreds other corporate, private and public events as well as weddings, birthday parties, graduation parties & proms. Musically he's performed as the house band for the Carolina Panthers at Southend Brewery Charlotte, also with Phil Vassar, Brooks & Dunn and opened shows for everyone from Hootie & The Blowfish to Edwin Mcain and The Allman Brothers.
With Dallas’ combined love and knowledge of music, it’s no wonder he has become a highly sought after DJ/Entertainer who truly loves what he does and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Dallas started performing dueling pianos shows in 2007 and has performed for everyone from the NHL All Star game to corporate functions forDuke University, NASCAR, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Firehouse Subs, Daytona Dodge, The Florida Physicians Association and many more.
Quotes from dueling pianos and DJ clients:
These guys rock. We booked them for Wednesdays for the past two years and they keep bringing the crowds. Lou at "Lou's Blues" Indialantic FL
"Perfect for your corporate event or fundraiser"
"Jack White - Jacksonville Party Company, Jacksonville FL
"They were perfect for our all ages festival crowd and had the entire audience singing along. " Amy Hall & Jennifer Marano, Port Orange Family Days Spring Festival, Port Orange FL
"Top notch entertainment with this dueling pianos show." Florida Physicians Association
Dallas did a wonderful job at my Daughters wedding. Everything went very smooth. Dallas was very easy to work with. Overall, we had a great experience.
~ Robin –Mother of the Bride
We couldn’t have asked for a better service and DJ for our wedding. Dallas was fantastic. The dance floor stayed packed all night and he even took requests from the guests. Thank you.
~ Jenni (Bride)
Dallas Reese did a wonderful job at our wedding reception! He was very flexible with even some of my very last minute decisions and requests (literally, last minute! lol!). He was very professional and my guests had an absolute blast! Highly recommend these guys!
~ Laura (Bride)
Dallas was a true pleasure to work with. He fit into our event just like one of the family. It’s nice to know there are still good people out there who understand where real rock & roll came from, and that it will stand the test of time. I truly appreciate his no-nonsense approach to the lost art of music.
~ Mary Katherine and Trey, Bride and Groom, 4.6.13
All members of the Dallas Reese "Electric Dueling Pianos" roster are outstanding performers who bring audiences a fun, fast-paced musical and comedy entertainment show. Our performers have been delighting audiences of all ages for 25 years—and have kept them coming back for more. If you haven’t experienced a dueling pianos event yet, you need to book a show today. Fun for all ages! Two Pianos. Two Players. One Great Time.
Each show includes two performers, pianos and full sound and lights! Rates vary depending upon length of performance, venue and audience. Call today for a free quote for your event and to discuss how we can help make it successful. 336-509-8009
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WHAT IS A DUELING PIANOS SHOW?
Dallas Reese performs as a Dueling Pianos Entertainer, offering a Las Vegas-style show of comedy, sing-a-long hits and extensive audience participation featuring a great mix of music and parodies that range from classic rock, pop, country and more. The key to this interactive fun show, however, is the unabashed participation of audience members from 8 to 80.
Are you ready for audience participation, sing-along, comedy, song requests, light-heated roasts, comedic skits and bits, knee slapping banter and the fun? Then book a show today with Dallas Reese. Call 336-509-8009 or email:
Here's a review below of a Hilton Head Island SC club Dallas played for a one year residency in 2014 that talks about the show and what to expect!
Fun Times Doubled at Electric Piano
Author: Michael Paskevich | Photographer: Photography by Anne
The Electric Piano bar already sports a well-earned reputation as a Hilton Head hideaway where a blend of evening libations and live music often leads to spirited audience sing-along celebrations. However, owners Adam and Kelly Nemetz are upping the ante with dueling pianos, a double-your-fun format featuring a pair of keyboardists entertaining crowds in a ragtime-era tradition that dates back to New Orleans circa 1930.
“It’s a more formalized concept, and we’ve been trying to do these shows since we opened (in 2007), but we just weren’t able to find the right talent for something this specific,” said Kelly Nemetz. “It requires a special sort of performer—not just a good piano player, but someone who is engaging and gives people a great entertainment value. It’s all about getting everyone involved, and these guys really want to get you singing along and maybe even up on stage dancing.”
Sterlin Colvin, well-known locally for his shows with his spouse Shuvette at the EP Lounge and elsewhere, is joined by fellow singer-pianists Dallas Reese and Charlie Dennison in rotating two-man duels from 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at the cozy night spot tucked away in Park Plaza shopping center at 33 Office Park Road. (Saturday shows will soon be added as island visitor counts increase; a $5 cover charge is waived for loyal locals with identification).
“The EP is small and intimate (1,000 square-feet) which is great, and it give us the chance to connect up-close with everybody,” said Colvin, who brings a classic Motown and rhythm and blues background to his roster of selections. “They want to have a good time, and it’s up to us to make sure they’re involved and always having fun.”
The “dueling” term is a misnomer these days, unlike those bygone nights in New Orleans dives where competitions would sometimes grow heated and fists would fly.
The genre has matured in more amiable fashion as pianists now play off each other in an effort to maximize audience excitement by trading familiar tunes and impromptu banter to foster a festive mood.
“It’s not about going out there and trying to top each other,” said Reese, a Charlotte-based performer and country DJ who, like fellow dueler Dennison, offers a musical counter to Colvin’s funkier vibe. “Sterlin will play some Earth Wind & Fire, while I’m at my best singing Billy Joel, Elton John and classic rockers,” Reese added. “We cover a lot of ground, from drinking songs to some modern dance music like Maroon 5 and Lady Gaga…and sometimes we just make things up as we go along.”
EP audiences anticipate familiar tunes from the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison and Elton John—what dueling pianos session would be complete without a sing-along to “Bennie and the Jets”?—and tunes at the dimly lighted venue are geared at rekindling fond memories among an older audience that’s surely heard most of them before. “We’re one of the few bars on Hilton Head that doesn’t market itself to a crowd that’s in their 20s,” said Kelly Nemetz. “We cater to a group that’s 35- to 60-years-old and up, and they don’t want to hear originals or stuff that’s way out there. In a lot of cases, especially during the summer when there are more tourists here with children, our customers have to hire a babysitter, and this is their one ‘date night’ out alone. So they expect a certain level of entertainment.”
Patron requests are obviously encouraged—there’s a tip jar for added incentive—and the interaction between artists and participants is what makes things special and indeed ever-changing on a given evening. “We encourage people to request anything they can think of,” Reese said, “so we never know what we’re going to get. We play things by ear and try to keep them in the groove.”
The “dueling” piano players started working out their sets in February, performing for gatherings of dedicated EP locals in preparation for the busy summer season. “They did a great job, and we’re excited about the summer,” noted Adam Nemetz, who married spouse Kelly in 2009 after the pair of food and beverage specialists settled firmly into their roles as hands-on business owners. The personable couple has enlisted added servers and doormen to prepare for the upcoming rush of visitors.
Dueling pianos shows on Fridays and Saturdays will be offset by ongoing appearances by the Simpson Brothers and other cover-oriented ensembles at the night spot, which caters to a friendly mix of tourists and locals every Wednesday through Saturday. “Our year-round customers are crucial, because they’re the ones who keep us going and tell visitors about us,” said Kelly Nemetz. “That’s really our best form of advertisement.”
So cue the lights and sound system and prepare for a pair of pianists to rock the house at a venue where letting loose is the order of the evening. “I think it’s going to be a great summer,” Reese said. “This is a great place to play, and if people aren’t singing along, we aren’t doing our job.”
The Electric Piano bar is located at 33 Office Park Road, Hilton Head Island and is open Wednesday-Saturday from 8 p.m. with music starting at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (843) 785-5397 or visit electricpianohhi.com.
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