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Jul. 7, 2009 at 8:21pm

Varsity Grill vs. Chopstix

Dueling Dueling Piano Bars

The entertainment gloves are coming off as Varsity Grill in downtown Tacoma celebrates it's 3rd anniversary this weekend with new offerings on the horizon. Most notable is the addition of dueling piano fun a la Chopstix on 6th Ave. From their email:

Join us this Saturday night, July 11th, as we celebrate the 3-Year Anniversary of Varsity Grill and the debut of our newest nightly show...Dueling Pianos!

Looks like they're kicking out shows featuring all 176 keys every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Whatever the quality of playing/singing or the success of the entire endeavor, happy 3rd birthday Varsity! May God bless your mac 'n cheese bites.

Link to Varsity Grill newsletter

comments [14]  |  posted under downtown, music, night life, restaurant, tacoma, varsity grill


by Erik on 7/7/2009 @ 10:06pm
Very cool. Varsity Grill was also so large of a place, they didn't know what to do with all of the space.

Now it looks like they have figured it out. We will see.

I know you have some Chopstix pictures somewhere in your repository Kevin.

by Mandiferous on 7/7/2009 @ 10:39pm
Ha! Those might include pics from my birthday last year. Had to hop up on the piano as several guys in my party sang "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".

I like dueling piano bars because they're not pretending to be high brow entertainment. It's loud and raunchy and a lot of fun!

by Dave_L on 7/8/2009 @ 9:14am
Not my kind of piano listening but there must be a market for it and I won't knock anyone for what they like. Piano jazz is under-represented in Tacoma. Give me Altered Chord's, piano any day, or other locals Joe Baque, Al Gord... I wish Barney McClure didn't move to Fairbanks. 20 years ago the octogenarian pianist for the Seattle Opera would occasionally leave the high-brow world and come to Tacoma to play with local jazz greats. We were lucky when the late great Jack Perciful played in Tacoma all the time. They all only need one piano. I imagine and concede dueling pianos might be a guilty pleasure, like listening to people having fun singing karaoke.

by seejane on 7/8/2009 @ 2:34pm
I bet it'll be easier to park downtown.

by KevinFreitas on 7/9/2009 @ 6:52am
Easier than 6th Ave? Suppose so but I've never had too much trouble finding something a block or two off the Ave. I admit that I completely soured on Chopstix music after a binge of going there more often than I'd like to admit. It's great for those once-a-year kinda' rowdy gatherings but not somewhere I'd head repeatedly. When the crowd chooses the songs you always get a heaping dose of Sweet Home Alabama, Margaritaville, anything Elton John or Bill Joel, and lots of desperate dudes hovering at the bar watching over tables of sloshed women throwing a bachelorette party.

by fredo on 7/9/2009 @ 7:56am
I hope the city council takes note of these developments. Think of the prosperity we would enjoy if they would establish the world's first International Dualing Piano Bar District.

by seejane on 7/10/2009 @ 11:02am
in all honesty... I live to near Chopstix and wish it would go away - and downtown seems like a perfect place. There are to many screeching drunk women, guys either fighting or urinating on lawns, doors, newspaper boxes or cars. Of all the bars on the ave the patrons at chopstix are the worst. I think the show gets them hyper and the liberal service of liquor makes them stupid. A close second is Rock-a-okie night at Jazzbones.

by Altered Chords on 7/13/2009 @ 3:53pm
Dave L. Thanks for the shout out but for screetching sloshed female fans I am strongly considering learning a few elton john and billy joel tunes.

Fredo - I love the IDPBD idea. We'll need more hotel space. Well, I guess motels would work in this district.

by AngelaJossy on 7/13/2009 @ 4:14pm
My brothers went to that show at Varsity Grill and their whole group left in the middle of the show. It was crass and terrible. Sound system was inadequate. Jokes were degrading. I suppose the one at Chopstix is exactly the same though. Never underestimate the appeal of low-brow entertainment in America.

by Erik on 7/13/2009 @ 11:15pm
It was crass and terrible. Sound system was inadequate. Jokes were degrading

That may be the genre Angela.

by Altered Chords on 7/14/2009 @ 8:30am
Good point Angela.

I hearby end my 1 day fantasy of learning elton and billy tunes and will stick to my current projects.

Come to think of it, I did not even attempt any of that material last evening. I worked out the tune "Warwick Avenue" by Duffy and hope to be able to bring it live w/ a singer that I'm rehearsing with. (poor grammar...very lowbrow) I know...a preposition is not something you end a sentace with.

by fredo on 7/14/2009 @ 9:17am
I'm too old to be a club hopper.

But I do applaud venues which provide live music. A thriving local music scene is a core component of community building...and yes, the dualing piano bars are an important element.

And (somewhat off topic) we should support the provision of band and choir in public schools.Cut sports, cut school busses, cut adminstrators. Don't cut music.

by thriceallamerican on 7/14/2009 @ 9:19am
It's always a fun day when fredo says something I agree with. :-)

by tacoma1 on 7/14/2009 @ 3:41pm
Oddly, I kind of agree with fredo too.

I especially applaud live music venues that provide the additional side benefit of many screeching drunk women.


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!

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