Anthony “Tony T” DeCarolis and “Wildman Joe” Marchetti reopened Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar near Rittenhouse Square (2006 Chestnut St.),where any guest could enjoy a small-plates menu under $10 from Brendan Smith and no cover charge at his 125-seat venue during happy hour (6 to 8 p.m.),
The concept of dueling pianos harkens to New Orleans during the Depression.
“The dueling show is actually two pianists. They rotate two different pianists every hour; they play off each other and they give commentary. They really get the crowd involved. It’s fun, ” – explained the owner to CBS News. “You get people that are like ‘please let me sing a song, let me sing a song’. And it’s really fun.”
One more thing Jolly’s is also known for being bachelorette central.
“Bachelorette parties are the craziest girls’ nights in Center City. We get tons of bachelorettes every weekend. They just get wild, dance on the pianos, have fun. It’s great, really funny,” says Wheldon to CBS News. “During the week you get Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Elton John. Later on they play literally anything. It is all requests. We have all these little requests slips on the piano and you can request any song.”
They even do Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.