Owner Ronnie Shelton owns a similar club in Long Beach, Calif. "I fell in love with Providence after visiting friends here and, when the chance to open a club surfaced, I jumped on it," said Shelton. "The city has an energy and vibrancy that is characteristic of a dueling piano audience. I think the area will really embrace us."
The rousing show is led by two piano players, each armed with an extensive catalogue of songs, who lead the crowd through the hand-clapping, foot-stomping, top-of-your-lung screaming good time.
General Manager Michael Mourachian, a longtime Rhode Island resident, worked closely with Shelton to bring the dueling piano concept to his hometown.
"We couldn't be more grateful to the City of Providence and the people of the Jewelry District, for working with us so closely. Through their cooperation and support, we have the opportunity to open our doors much sooner than anticipated," Mourachian said.
Point Street Dueling Pianos is located at 3 Davol Square at the corner of Point and Eddy streets, in the space formerly held by The Hi-¬Hat. The venue offers more than 10,000 square feet of space, with seating for more than 300 people. It includes two full service bars, along with a private event room. Parking for more than 200 vehicles is available at no charge for all patrons.
The venue will host two private, pre-¬opening events on December 30 and 31 and will open to the public on January 3, 2012. For more information, please visit www.pointstreetpianos.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 270-¬7828.