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Kendra Meinert column: Piano man's lounge gig ends

6:36 PM, Oct. 23, 2013  |  Comments
David K. plays the River Pub Lounge one last time on Friday.
David K. plays the River Pub Lounge one last time on Friday.
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It'll be the end of an era for David K., who has been playing every weekend in the River Pub Lounge in the former Holiday Inn-City Centre/current Clarion Hotel for nearly nine years. The long-running engagement that began in 2005 and totals almost 700 gigs will draw to a close with his final performance at 8 p.m. Friday.

David K. (the stage name of Dave Pilz) isn't going anywhere, but his downtown Green Bay room is. With the Clarion sold to be renovated and connected to the KI Convention Center expansion, the lounge is going away and K.'s playing agreement will cease.

He'll dip into his 200-song catalog of music from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s for one last gig that's sure to fit in some of his most popular requests, including "Sweet Caroline,'' "Unchained Melody,'' "It's Only Make Believe'' and "Hey! Baby.''

He's well-known as a drummer and vocalist for the longtime 2nd Century Band, before that band ended in 1998 and he went solo as a keyboard player and singer. It's an act he has taken such former spots as the Backgammon Pub, Ivan's Lounge and Tesch's Bistro, but is most synonymous with the River Pub Lounge.

"Very few musicians have had such a long career at one place,'' said Pilz, who is hoping another venue might welcome him and his following. "I've been flattered and thankful to all my fans and supporters who are the reason I've been at the lounge for nearly nine years.''

Concert news

Comedian and "Chelsea Lately'' regular John Caparulo will play the Meyer Theatre at 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets are $27.50 and go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday through Ticket Star at ticketstaronline.com and (800) 895-0071

Gigs

The DOWGS make sure everyone has a howling good time at Saturday's Halloween party at the Avenue Bar 1745 Velp Ave., with an 8 p.m. gig.

If you show up in a costume on Halloween night at Phat Headz, there's no cover to see Beach Patrol, Rev. Norb and the Onions,
Harvey Brown and Sons of Kong. It's $5 to get in if you just show up as you. On Saturday at Phat Headz, it's Gary White and the Rockets, Christopher Gold, German Art Students and Holly and the Nice Lions at 9 p.m. No cover.

If nothing says scary good like a night of metal, then you'll want to be at Cool Hand Luke's, 1238 State St., on Halloween to catch El Diablo & The Hell Wigs. The 21-and-older show starts at 9:30 p.m.; no cover.

With drummer Peter Buxman in town for the weekend from St. Paul, Minn.,The Arrangement Jazz Quartet is taking advantage of the visit to do a reunion gig at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Black Boot, 100 S. Broadway, De Pere. The group played on the area scene from 1991-96 and also as the jam band UDUUDU. Along with Buxman, it'll be Green Bay native Mark Te Tai on vocals and sax, Tom Ditzler on piano and Andy Mertens on bass at 7:30 p.m.

The Pines return to St. Brendan's Inn, 234 S. Washington St., with their stark, haunting country sound at 9:30 p.m. Friday. No cover. The Red House Records artists based in Minneapolis payed St. B's earlier this year.

For the classical crowd, Michael Dewhirst on cello, Melissa Tschamler on viola and Ross Thomas Ipsen on violin perform Beethoven and Bach as Classics at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kavarna, 143 N. Broadway.

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