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Big Ivory Ticklers

The Townhouse Lounge, 907 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1085 Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover.



Papi Sorrelis and fellow pianist Jimmy Calanni are used to the looks.

They understand why they get them it's not every day that the workers at the venues around town see an act wheel two grand pianos off a truck and onto the stage.

By now, the responses are just as routine as Sorrelis' retort: "OK, let's get the third and fourth piano, guys!"

It always gets a laugh, Sorrelis says. And that's the Big Ivory Ticklers for ya: A couple of piano-playing hooligans just out to show the crowd a good time.

Of course, their antics haven't always been in favor. Dueling pianist acts have been around for a long time, and many of today's duelers are often forced by booking agents into simply regurgitating the classic bits. Sorrelis and Calanni, well ... they're not the conformist type. And their rebellion resulted in repeated firings.

It was a problem solved easily enough: In response, Sorrelis started his own booking company, IPAP Entertainment.

Now, it's the Big Ivory Ticklers show done the Big Ivory Ticklers way: new bits, impersonations, crowd interaction, taking song requests off the fly.

"We'll entertain your pants off without doing anything too vulgar," Sorrelis says. "And people go nuts."

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