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About Us: The Piano Wars! Experience

Piano Wars! is the brand name of our premier dueling pianos show.  We're a nationally touring entertainment company based in Detroit, Michigan that has been delivering a high-quality alternative to generic dueling pianos for over 16 years.  It's crowd-pleasing entertainment, packed with your favorite music and audience participation.

Dueling Pianos is two entertainers leading the audience in familiar music and fun.  Sing-along, comic bits, song battles, dancing and diverse music styles are all used to engage the audience, making dueling pianos great for all ages and events.


Photo by Bethany Bickel

Photo by Bethany Bickel

  • Sing-Along: Throughout the night, the audience is encouraged to sing along with the entertainers, from their tables or from the dance floor

  • Song Battles: The room is divided into sections and each section competes to see who can sing and party the loudest

  • Choose an after-dinner dueling pianos show, live dance party entertainment with dueling pianos, or both 

  • A DJ option is also available

Meet Our Entertainers

Dave Caruso / Entertainment Director

Dave Caruso: Owner / Lead EntertainerFor over 25 years, master entertainer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Caruso has performed thousands of shows in hundreds of cities throughout the United States and Canada.

Since 2001, Dave's dueling pianos entertainment company, Piano Wars!, has entertained at countless special events, wedding receptions, fund-raisers, festivals and private parties, as well as at casinos, resorts, restaurants, and nite spots across the country.

Caruso's comic timing and audience rapport make him a standout among dueling pianos entertainers.  As the "Man of a Thousand Songs," he amazes audiences everywhere by his ability to effortlessly read and engage audiences of all ages and to play just about any song he's heard.

As Entertainment Director, Dave helped Pub 13 in Ypsilanti earn the award of "Best Piano Bar" by the readers of Real Detroit Weekly and he helped Rum Runners in Mishawaka, Indiana break a 4-year nomination streak by finally winning the Reader's Choice award for "Best Live Entertainment" in the South Bend Tribune.

Dave Caruso's emphasis on total entertainment -- with exciting, live dueling pianos, optional DJ dance party, and personalized entertainment planning included with every show -- ensures that Piano Wars! is commonly re-hired for their clients' recurring events for several years running.

Paul Stefan Frank

Where We've Played

Piano Wars! has entertained in these states:

  • Connecticut

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Kentucky

  • Michigan

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania

  • Texas

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

  • Wisconsin

 

...at these locations:

Addison Oaks Conf. Ctr / Leonard, Michigan

Adrian College / Adrian, Michigan

All Saints Cath Church / Fremont, Michigan

Allerton Park / Monticello, Illinois

American Legion / Hubbardston, Michigan

American Legion / Lincoln Park, Michigan

American-Polish Cultural / Troy, Michigan

Andiamo / Warren, Michigan

Angel Food Catering / Belleville, Michigan

Antheneum Suites Hotel / Detroit, Michigan

Armory Arts & Events Ctr / Napoleon, Ohio

Arnaldfo's / Riverview, Michigan

Auburn Cord Museum / Auburn, Ohio

Austin Club, The / Austin, Texas

Bayside B&G / Walled Lake, Michigan

B.O.B., The / Grand Rapids, Michigan

Back 40, The / Bourbon, Indiana

Bakers of Milford / Milford, Michigan

Ballpark, The / Waterford, Michigan

Belle Isle Casino / Detroit, Michigan

Belleville Yacht Club / Belleville, Michigan

Best Western / Sterling Hts, Michigan

Blissful Barn, The / Three Oaks, Michigan

Blossom Heath / St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Blue Heron, The / South Bend, Indiana

Boyne Highlands / Harbor Springs, Michigan

Boyne Mountain / Boyne Falls, Michigan

Brandywine Country Club / Maumee, Ohio

Briar Rose Estate / Shelbyville, Kentucky

Bridgewood Resort / Neenah, Wisconsin

Bubba O'Malley's / Burton, Michigan

Bucks Run G&CC / Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Bunker Hill / Medina, Ohio

Burton Manor / Livonia, Michigan

Bush Parish Center / Grand Blanc, Michigan

Caberfae Peaks / Cadillac, Michigan

Cafť Cortina / Farmington Hills, Michigan

Cascades Manor House / Jackson, MIchigan

Castle Farms / Charlevoix, Michigan

Catawba Island Cl / Port Clinton, Ohio

CenterPointe / Traverse City, Michigan

Central Mich Univ. / Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Cerruti's Catering / Fort Wayne, Michigan

Chateau on the River / Trenton, Michigan

Cherry Barc Farm / Vermontville, Michigan

Clazel Theatre / Bowling Green, Ohio

Club 55 / Troy, Ohio

Club Four One / Harris, Michigan

Club Venetian / Madison, Michigan

Cobblestone Farm / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Colony Club / Detroit, Michigan

Concordia University / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Country Club / Jackson, Michigan

Country Mill Orchard / Charlotte, Michigan

Creekside Conf. Center / Gahana, Ohio

Crystal Gardens / Southgate, Michigan

Crystal Mountain / Thompsonville, Michigan

Cultural Arts Center / Columbus, Ohio

Dale Fisher Galleries / Grass Lake, Michigan

Dearborn Inn / Dearborn, Michigan

Detroit Athletic Club / Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Golf Club / Detroit, Michigan

Double JJ Resort / New Era, Michigan

Doubletree / Holland, Michigan

Drummond IFF / Drummond Isle, Michigan

Dundee High School / Dundee, Michigan

Dutchess Manor / Beacon, New York

Eagle Eye Golf & C.C. / Lansing, Michigan

ECCO / Traverse City, Michigan

Elkhart Cty 4H Fairgrds / Goshen, Indiana

Elks Club / Flat Rock, Michigan

Elks Club / Sturgis, Michigan

Elks Club / Traverse City, Michigan

Ella Sharp Museum / Jackson, Michigan

Enchantment Banq. Hall / Utica, Michigan

Erie Conserv. League / Milan, Ohio

Essex Golf Club / Windsor, Ontario

Fairlane Club / Dearborn, Michigan

Falcon Head Golf / Big Rapids, Michigan

Farinaís Banquet Center / Berkley, Michigan

Farmington Fndr Fest / Farmington, Michigan

Fellow's Creek Golf / Canton, Michigan

Fenton Winery & Brewery / Fenton, Michigan

Fireman's Park / Newport, Michigan

Flint Farmer's Market / Flint, Michigan

Flint Institute of Arts / Flint, Michigan

Floral Valley CC / Howard, Ohio

Flushing Valley C.C. / Flushing, Michigan

Forrester's / Toledo, Ohio

Founders Hall / Archbold, Ohio

Four Points Sheraton / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fox Hills Banquet / Plymouth, Michigan

Fricano Place / Muskegon, Michigan

Gibraltar Comm. Ctr / Gibraltar, Michigan

Gable Hill / Marcellus, Michigan

Glen Gables / Flushing, Michigan

Glen Oaks CC / Lansing, Michigan

Grand Hotel / Mackinac Island, Michigan

Grand Traverse Resort / Acme, Michigan

Great Oaks CC / Rochester, Michigan

Grecian Center / Southgate, Michigan

Greek Orth. Cathed. / Columbus, Ohio

Grosse Ile CC / Grosse Ile, Michigan

Grosse Ile Yacht Club / Grosse Ile, Michigan

Hawk Hollow GC / Bath Township, Michigan

Haworth Inn & CC / Holland, Michigan

Hawthorne Valley CC / Westland, Michigan

Heather Downs CC / Toledo, Ohio

Hellenic Cultural Ctr / Livonia, Michigan

Henry Ford, The / Dearborn, Michigan

Hensville Park / Toledo, Ohio

Hilton Garden Inn / Perrysburg, Ohio

Hilton Milwaukee / Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Holiday Inn Gateway / Flint, Michigan

Holiday Inn / Marquette, Michigan

Home Builders Assoc. Hall / Maumee, Ohio

Homestead, The / Glen Arbor, Michigan

Horizons Conference / Saginaw, Michigan

Huron River Club / Farmington, Michigan

Hyatt Regency / Dearborn, Michigan

Inn At St. John's, The / Dearborn, MI

Inn Credible Caterers / Stony Point, New York

Iroquois Club / Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Island Resort & Casino / Harris, Michigan

Italian-American Ctr / Livonia, Michigan

Jay's Peak / Jay, Vermont

J.F. Walleye's / Middle Bass Island, Ohio

Jeep Fest / Toledo, Ohio

Jefferson Yacht / St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Kellogg Hotel & Conf. / E. Lansing, Michigan

Kensington Court / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kent State Hotel / Kent, Ohio

Kewadin Casino / Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

King's Court Castle / Lake Orion, Michigan

Klinger Lake CC / Sturgis, Michigan

Knights of Columbus / Gaylord, Michigan

Lake House, The / Muskegon, Michigan

La Malfa / Mentor, Ohio

Lafayette Grande / Pontiac, Michigan

Lakeland HS / White Lake, Michigan

Lansing Center / Lansing, Michigan

Lazy Hills Retreat / Ingram, Texas

Lazy J Ranch / Milford, Michigan

Legacy Golf Club / Ottawa Lake, Michigan

Leland Lodge / Leland, Michigan

Lenawee Country Club / Adrian, Michigan

Lighthouse Point / St. Ignace, Michigan

Little River Casino / Manistee, Michigan

Little Turtle Golf / Westerville, Ohio

Lourdes University / Sylvania, Ohio

Lovett Hall / Dearborn, Michigan

McRay Harbor / Harrison Twp, Michigan

Malarkey's / Westland, Michigan

Marriott Hotel / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Marriott Hotel / Cleveland, Ohio

Marriott Hotel / Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania

Marriott Hotel / Detroit, Michigan

Marriott Hotel / Fort Wayne, Indiana

Marriott Hotel / Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Maumee Yacht Club / Maumee, Ohio

McMorran Place / Port Huron, Michigan

Meadowbrook Hall / Rochester, Michigan

Meeting House / Plymouth, Michigan

Metrapark / Billings, Montana

Milford High School / Highland, Michigan

Mirage, The / Clinton Township, Michigan

Mohican Outdoor School / Butler, Ohio

MontanaFair Metrapark / Billings, Montana

Montana State Fair / Great Falls, Montana

Moose Family Center / Taylor, Michigan

Moose Lodge / Belleville, Michigan

MRCC Convention Ctr / Warren, Michigan

Myth Golf Course / Oakland, Michigan

Newport Fireman/s Park / Newport, Michigan

Nixon Farms / Dexter, Michigan

Northpointe Hotel & Conf. / Columbus, Ohio

Northwest State CC / Archbold, Ohio

NY Chiro. Coll. / Seneca Falls, New York

Oak Arbor / Rochester, Michigan

Oak Valley Mid Schl / White Lake, Michigan

Old Club, The / Harsenís Island, Michigan

One Seagate / Toledo, Ohio

Open Space / Traverse City, Michigan

Orchard Lake C.C. / Orchard Lake, Michigan

Orlando Familia Banq. / Riverview, Michigan

Our Lady Of Victory / Northville, Michigan

Paint Creek C.C. / Lake Orion, Michigan

Palace of Auburn Hills / Auburn Hills, Michigan

Parkway Place / Maumee, Ohio

Pinnacle, The / Toledo, Ohio

Pitstick Pavillion / Ottawa, Illinois

Portage Yacht Club / Pinckney, Michigan

Premier Catering Complex / Toledo, Ohio

Radisson Hotel / Lansing, Michigan

Ravines Golf Club / Saugatuk, Michigan

Regency Manor / Southfield, Michigan

Rensselaer Polytech Inst. / Troy, New York

River Crest Catering / Rochester, Michigan

Riverside Park / Ypsilanti, Michigan

Riverwalk Place / Gladwin, Michigan

Riverwood / Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Ritz-Carlton / Dearborn, Michigan

Rock Financial Showplace / Novi, Michigan

Roostertail, The / Detroit, Michigan

Royal Park Hotel / Detroit, Michigan

Royal Scot Banquet Hall / Lansing, Michigan

Rust Belt Market / Ferndale, Michigan

Sacred Heart School / Warsaw, Indiana

Saginaw Valley State U. / Saginaw, Michigan

Saint Cecelia Music / Grand Rapids, Michigan

Salvation Army Lk Camp / E Troy, Wisconsin

San Marino Club / Troy, Michigan

Santiello's Restaurant / Stevensville, Michigan

Scioto Reserve / Powell, Ohio

Scottish Right Temple / Omaha, Nebraska

Seven Bridges Golf Club / Woodridge, Illinois

Shanty Creek Resort / Bellaire, Michigan

Sheraton Inn / Romulus, Michigan

Sheraton Inn / Novi, Michigan

Shifting Sands / Virginia Beach, Virginia

Shiraz Gardens / Bingham Farms, Michigan

Sienna Heights Univ. / Adrian, Michigan

Silver Lake C.C. / Silver Lake, Ohio

Silver Shores / Wyandotte, Michigan

Simpson Building / Bowling Green, Ohio

Skyline Club / Southfield, Michigan

Snooks Dream Cars / Bowling Green, Ohio

Sommerset Inn / Troy, Michigan

Sophia's Banquet Ctr / Wyandotte, Michigan

St. Anne's School / Cadillac, Michigan

St. George Banq Ctr / Grand Rapids, Michigan

St. George Cultural Ctr / Monroe, Michigan

St. Joseph School / Sylvania, Michigan

St. Mary's Cultural Ctr / Livonia, Michigan

St. Mary's Hall / Carson City, MIchigan

St. Pius Parish / Wyandotte, Michigan

Stone Creek Banquet Hall / Flat Rock, Michigan

Stone Oak Country Club / Holland Ohio

Sullivanís Blk Forest / Frankenmuth, Michigan

SVSU Curtis Hall / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Swan Lake Resort / Plymouth, Indiana

Sylvania Country Club / Sylvania, Ohio

Syracuse Comm. Center / Syracuse, Indiana

Taylor Democratic Club / Taylor, Michigan

Temple Shir Shalom / W  Bloomfield, Michigan

Thomas Edison Inn / Port Huron, Michigan

Tiburon Golf Course / Omaha, Nebraska

Tivoli Tree Manor / Dearborn, Michigan

Toledo Club, The / Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Zoo / Toledo, Ohio

Townsend Hotel / Birmingham, Michigan

Trenton Hotel / Trenton, Michigan

Trenton Summer Festival / Trenton, Michigan

Tribute Restaurant / Farmington, Michigan

Trillium Catering / Spring Lake, Michigan

TV's Grand Event / Trenton, Michigan

University of MI / Ann Arbor, Michigan

U.S. Wine Imports / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vault, The / Columbus, Michigan

VFW Hall / Dundee, Michigan

VFW Hall / Wyandotte, Michigan

Village Club / Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Vintage House / Fraser, Michigan

Waldenwoods Resort / Hartland, Michigan

Warwick Hills G&CC / Grand Blanc, Michigan

Weber's / Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wedding Dreams / Antwerp, Ohio

Western School District / Parma, Michigan

Westin Book Cadillac / Detroit, Michigan

Westin Hotel / Romulus, Michigan

Willowbrook Mill / Northport, Michigan

Windjammer Restaurant / Lexington, MI

Windsor Park Conf. Ctr. / Mishawaka, Indiana

WK Kellog Manor / Hickory Corners, Michigan

Woldumar Nature Ctr / Lansing, Michigan

Woodhaven Comm Ctr / Woodhaven, Michigan

Wooly Bullys / Howell, Michigan

Wyandotte Arts Fair / Wyandotte, Michigan

Dave Caruso & Piano Wars! entertainers have performed
in dueling pianos shows at these casinos and nite spots:

526 Main, Dueling Pianos in Royal Oak Michigan

5th Avenue, Novi, Michigan

The B.O.B., Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dueling Pianos at Bar 145 in Toledo, Ohio by Piano Wars!

Dueling Pianos at Bar Louie in Livonia, Michigan by Piano Wars!

Bubba O'Malley's / Burton, Michigan

 

Royal Oak, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Toledo, Ohio

Livonia, Michigan

Burton, Michigan

 

Casino Aztar, Evansville, Indiana

Dueling Pianos at CJ's Lounge in Whitmore Lake, Michigan by Piano Wars!

Cleats / Marble Head, Ohio

Coco Joe's, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Dickie's at Swan Lake Resort / Plymouth, Indiana

Duel Novi, Dueling Pianos in Novi Michigan

 

Evansville, Indiana

Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Marble Head,
Ohio

Mt Pleasant, Michigan

Plymouth, Indiana

Novi, Michigan

 

Dueling Pianos at The Gate Entertainment Center in Big Rapids, Michigan by Piano Wars!

Great Baraboo Brewing Company, Clinton Township, Michigan

Hickey's Grill / Woodhaven, Michigan

Hollywood Casino, Toledo, Ohio

Island Resort & Casino / Harris, Michigan

J.D.'s Key Club, Pontiac, Michigan

 

Big Rapids, Michigan

Clinton Twp, Michigan

Woodhaven, Michigan

Toledo, Ohio

Harris, Michigan

Pontiac, Michigan

 

Dueling Pianos at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan  by Piano Wars!

Little River Casino Resort / Manistee, Michigan

Dueling Pianos at Malarkey's in Southgate, Michigan by Piano Wars!

Dueling Pianos at Malarkey's in Southgate, Michigan by Piano Wars!

MGM Grand Casino, Detroit, Michigan 

 

Plymouth, MI

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Manistee, Michigan

Southgate, Michigan

Westland, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

 

Monaco Bay, Kalamazoo, Mighigan

Odawa Casino, Petosky, Michigan

Pub 13, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan

Rum Bullions, Reno, Nevada

Rum Runners, Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Petosky, Michigan

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Reno, Nevada

Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

Rum Runners, Lansing, Michigan

Rum Runners, Mishawaka, Indian

Rum Runners, South Bend, Indiana

Dueling Pianos at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan by Piano Wars!

The Terminal, Traverse City, Michigan

Waves Restaurant, Sterling Heights, Michigan

 

Lansing, Michigan

Mishawaka, Indiana

South Bend, Indiana

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Sterling Hts, Michigan

 
   

     
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