Guest Author - Debra Conrad
Piano magician extraordinaire!!! Ryan Ahern caught us by surprise during our visit to the Freemont Experience. The music explodes of the Piano Rig © the piano is attached to. This rig gives new meaning to "on location" performance.
First, as we strolled down Freemont, with all the commotion any street event creates, we were unsure where the Boogie-Woogie was coming from. There was a crown drawn around a huge, shiny decked-out "Big-Rig", and this great music seemed to be coming from that direction. We drew closer and what a show we were fortunate to find. This gorgeous truck is topped of with a custom Metallic Chili Pepper Red Grand Piano, like a cherry plopped atop a sundae.
The magic didn't stop with the view; the ivory keys were being pounded on by Ryan Ahern. What a talent! He had the crowd mesmerized. From Broadway show tunes, Latin American to the Classical he appeals to all ages, which is just who the Freemont Experience attracts.
In a "Las Vegas Live" interview, Ryan shared how he always has looked up to the style and abilities of Liberace. He demonstrates some of the unique style in his playing that made Liberace such a favorite.
See more photos and read the story of the Piano Rig
CD's produced by Ryan Ahern
Speaking of Red Piano's…
Sir Elton John is auctioning off his touring piano that he has played on CNN's Larry King Live, American Idol and the 2004 Radio Music Awards. This auction will be held at eBay Feb 27 - March 9 2006. Opening bid is $85,000. WOW.
"The charity auction of this one-of-a-kind piano on eBay offers a unique opportunity for a fan or collector to own a major piece of music history while simultaneously raising funds to support the critical work of prevention, education and treatment of AIDS," said the Elton John AIDS Foundation Director Scott Campbell.
The piano, named "Fiona" by Elton, was featured in the publicity photograph used to promote "The Red Piano's" sold-out concerts at Caesars Palace. The piano was on display in the Colosseum Lobby, where Celine Dion also performs her show, "A New Day"
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