Cherry Street: Not a Place for Lullabies

By on April 2, 2014

 

fullmooncafeduelingpianosPhotos Courtesy of Full Moon Cafe Facebook page

A quiet, introverted evening out on the town most likely doesn’t include Full Moon Cafe.

In fact, it’s described by dueling pianist Joseph Callery as all high-energy. “We really try to steer the audience to their favorite upbeat songs. Too many ballads will put a crowd to sleep,” he said.

Unlike other live shows, there is no set list. “There is a certain ‘Rain Man’ quality to be able to have hundreds of songs at your fingertips ready to roll out at any given second.”

The talented, multi-tasking musicians depend on the involvement of the onlookers because the show is driven by audience members writing down song requests and submitting them. Incentives are accepted for expediting musical numbers, or as they put it to the crowd, “sending up some love.” If the entertained desire to get bumped up in the proverbial line, they figure out quickly what to do. “Is a $5 or a $10 going to the get your song played faster? You bet. Will a $20 get it played next? Absolutely.”

Each pianist gets requests and doesn’t know what the other is about to play next. They just work together and feel the crowd.
It was news to me that the dueling pianos actually aren’t dueling at all.

“We support each other on every song…soloing, singing harmonies, walking the bass line.”

Did I mention they don’t take breaks?

Large parties are welcome and must make reservations. Callery has played for bachelorette parties, birthday parties and even divorce parties. People pay to have the guest of honor “roasted.”

You can catch a show every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. at 1525 E. 15th Street
 Tulsa, OK 74120
 918-583-6666

https://www.facebook.com/fullmooncafe

From Full Moon to a full, late-night belly…

kilkennysscotcheggsPhotos Courtesy of Kilkenny’s Facebook page

 

Can we please have a heart-to-heart about the first and fav restaurant I ate at when I returned to the States? (I was away in Eastern Europe stuffing my face with palacsinta).
So I discovered Kilkenny’s Irish Pub back in 2009. Besides the excellent bartenders and staff, this place has it going on for those who crave a late-night snack.
A full menu is offered until 1 a.m. with a select menu till 2 a.m.

The after-midnight munchers can choose from sweet potato fries, fish and chips, $5 burger and Scotch eggs, to name a few.

Have a sweet tooth? Baked with Irish whiskey-soaked raisins and topped with whiskey butter sauce, the Brown Bread Pudding might not get you ready for bikini season, but it sure feels right at the time.

They also serve brunch. That’s a different story for a different day. Happy ‘buds!

Kilkenny’s is located at 1413 East 15th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 582-8282

https://www.facebook.com/KilkennysIrishPub

Jennah Jane

About Jennah Jane

Jennah Jane is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. The Oklahoma-born, self-proclaimed food lover grew up in Fort Smith, Ark. but is proud to call Tulsa her home. Jennah has traveled to a number of countries and tried foods in Mexico, Canada, Austria, Croatia, Japan and Hungary, where she lived for a time. She grew up on Mom's home cooking which included Great Grandmother Florence's recipes along with tweaking of traditional southern dishes. "Eating is an adventure! It is life! It is a basic need, and meeting that need is loving others. I love to be able to share my journey!" she said. When she isn't enthralled by a plate of food, she enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, antiquing, shopping the Farmers' Market, live music and raising two boys in downtown Tulsa. Jennah also has the blog www.jennahreallyspeaking.blogspot.com.

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