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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dueling Pianos Kansas City Bar Closes in Westport

On March 31st, one of the first dueling piano bars will close it's doors in Westport. After negotiations failed to renew their lease, the dueling piano bar chain Ernie Biggs was unable to achieve satisfactory lease renewal terms and ceased operations. The long standing Kansas City dueling pianos venue was one of only two dueling pianos bars in KC and will be replaced by Johnny Kaw's Yard Bar. This is a popular bar in Waldo and at Kansas State University's Aggieville in Manhattan, KS that features yard polo and yard Jenga as well as a full service restaurant and bar.

Kansas City dueling pianos got their start back in the early 2000's with a few KC bars offering "dueling pianos night" then eventually two major dueling piano chains set up shop in Westport, and then in the Power and Light District. Ernie Biggs was the first chain to move into the Kansas City area and they had a decent run until their recent closing. There is no word of another club opening here in KC, and there have actually been a few other dueling piano bar closings in the surrounding area including Branson, MO.

Dueling Pianos is a popular form of entertainment for corporate events, charity fundraisers and wedding receptions and one popular act continues to operate in Kansas City called BIG SHOW Dueling Pianos, who are available for hire. They perform select shows in KC including The VooDoo Lounge, The Kansas City Marathon, Crown Center concerts and they also opened for Billy Joel at Kauffman Stadium in July. BIG SHOW Dueling Pianos were also featured on the FOX 4 morning show with Mark Alford and Abby Eden.

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