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Booking Contact:  Mallory Bangcroft email: bannedbooking.mallory@gmail.com

Hometown:  Des Moines, IA

Favorite Shot:  Tequila

Influences/Genre:  Billy Joel, Elton John, Classic 70s & 80s


All that you are about to read is completely true.  Names have not been changed to protect anyones identity or self esteem.

To say Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson are star-crossed dueling piano partners would be the understatement of our generation.  Don’t believe me?  Well then sit tight reader, warm up your Keurig, and get ready to have your mind blown as you read—“The Ballad of Pianopalooza.”

At just 4 years of age, a classmate jerked Tony’s swim trunks down to his ankles at the Auralia City Pool in front of EVERYONE.  In an eerily similar event, when Jerry was 4 years old, his mother accidentally HIT HIM WITH THE CAR in a grocery store parking lot. Determined to overcome early adversity, these lone wolves began to awaken their inner piano-beast with lessons from kind, elderly piano teachers that wore very strong perfume.   

Fast forward to adolescence—at 15, while front row for The Smashing Pumpkins, lead singer Billy Corgan spit on Jerry during the show.  For Jerry, this was transformative.  He emerged from the concert anointed and reborn—like one half of a full Phoenix.  Meanwhile—at The Outfield/Starship concert the summer before his freshman year, Tony recalls “the lights went up, and The Outfield started playing.  I felt like I was floating above the crowd, and The Outfield was playing a private-but-not-in-a-weird-way show just for me.”  

These early encounters with rock & roll royalty put Tony and Jerry on a collision course trajectory—destined to crash into each other like a cosmic Dave Matthews song 20 years in the making.  Fate would finally unite them when Jerry moved to Des Moines and needed a place to stay.  A thundering voice in his head told Tony to offer him a spare room— and they haven’t looked back since.  

They have forged an unbreakable friendship built on fundamental elements like MarioKart and cigarettes.  Although each has had success as solo artists and with other bands, Jerry sums it up nicely saying “I just pray each day that Tony and I die at the exact same time, like the end of The Notebook.”  

So do yourself a favor.  Hold your loved ones close, and go see Pianopalooza every chance you get.

Top 40 Requests

  1. Sweet Caroline--Neil Diamond

  2. Don’t Stop Believin’--Journey

  3. Brown Eyed Girl--Van Morrison

  4. Margaritaville--Jimmy Buffett

  5. Tiny Dancer--Elton John

  6. Piano Man--Billy Joel

  7. Folsom Prison Blues--Johnny Cash

  8. What’s Up--4 Non Blondes

  9. Wagon Wheel--Old Crow Medicine Show

  10. Living On A Prayer--Bon Jovi

  11. Jessie’s Girl--Rick Springfield

  12. Walking In Memphis--Mark Cohn

  13. Fishing In The Dark--Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

  14. Friends In Low Places--Garth Brooks

  15. The Joker--Steve Miller Band

  16. Chicken Fried--Zac Brown Band

  17. Wonderwall--Oasis

  18. Lean On Me--Bill Withers

  19. 500 Miles--The Proclaimers

  20. Joy To The World--3 Dog Night

  21. American Pie--Don McClean

  22. Jailhouse Rock--Elvis Presley

  23. Africa--Toto

  24. Leroy Brown--Jim Croce

  25. Jack And Diane--John Cougar Mellencamp

  26. Purple Rain--Prince

  27. Uptown Funk--Bruno Mars

  28. Hey Jude-The Beatles

  29. Paradise By The Dashboard Light--Meatloaf

  30. Summer of 69--Bryan Adams

  31. Your Love--The Outfield

  32. Sweet Child O’ Mine--Guns N’ Roses

  33. Only The Good Die Young--Billy Joel

  34. Benny And The Jets--Elton John

  35. Great Balls Of Fire--Jerry Lee Lewis

  36. Old Time Rock N’ Roll--Bob Seger

  37. Free Falling--Tom Petty

  38. Take It Easy--The Eagles

  39. Billie Jean--Michael Jackson

  40. Every Rose Has Its Thorn--Poison


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