There's a show returning to the Meridian Center next month, one that has been popular in the past — Dueling Pianos.
Two piano players, playing under the moniker of 176 Keys Dueling Pianos, will take center stage on July 14. Members of the audience can make requests and attempt to stump the players on stage.
“It is an interactive event,” said Michael Lunsford, manger of the Meridian Center. “To see people up out of their seats, laughing and singing, this is one my favorite events of the year.”
It is what he calls the center's signature event of the year.
One year ago the center sold out, filling 300 seats for the concert.
“I would like to squeeze more people in. I want to play with the floor plan and try and get 40 or 50 more people in,” Lunsford said. “.. We have a blast doing this event.”
The first two visits by the group were fundraisers for the then non-profit group renovate the Fox Theatre downtown. That group is now gone, and the theater is under the ownership of The Gathering church.
The city brought 176 Keys back, though chose to not continue the series a year later. However, Lunsford believed the show could become a key event on the Meridian Center schedule. He believed it would fulfill a need in the community.
“For some time I have heard from people in the community they needed …. the opportunity to have fun and just celebrate,” Lunsford said. “We are all in meetings and doing business all the time. I see all those people regularly. I heard that people wanted a chance to just socialize. …. This is a chance to get together during the summer when everyone is busy but we need to take time to socialize.”
Tickets for the show are $20 and are available by calling 284-3100.
A meal including cocktail shrimp with cocktail, creamy lemon, cucumber dill, ginger soy, and mustard lime sauce; a “Dip Station” with tortilla chips, wonton chips, fresh cut veggies, cucumber dill sauce, mango cucumber salsa and roasted red pepper chipotle hummus; and Vietnamese chicken meatballs with sweet chili and Asian barbecue sauce will be served.