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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 5:46 pm | Updated: 3:30 pm, Tue Feb 4, 2014.

When the class of 1987 goes out to hit the town, these folks want to have fun. They want to sing “Livin’ on a Prayer” at the top of their lungs, laugh out loud, have a couple drinks, and get home after the kids have already gone to bed. They want to remember the good old days.

When the class of 1947 goes out on the town, they want to have a grand time. They want to hum along to tunes they haven’t heard in years like “Amazing Grace,” share a laugh and a smile with that special someone, and get home in time for dinner. They want to remember the good old days.

Whichever experience fits your personality, the Paradise Center of the Arts has a show to fit the bill on Feb. 7.

Dave Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld — the dynamic duo of dueling pianos — will perform two different shows on Saturday to cater two different types of audiences. The matinee show, “What a Wonderful World” will feature several timeless American classics like “Over the Rainbow” and “16 Tons.” The evening show, “Dueces Wild” will have more contemporary tunes and will be more lively. Both performances will have a lot of sing-alongs and audience participation.

“’What a Wonderful World,’ is like the distilled version of ‘Deuces Wild,’” Manderfeld said. “They’re both entertaining and energetic, but ‘Deuces Wild’ is like crazy amounts of energy like we have ADD or something, and ‘What a Wonderful World’ is after we’ve taken our medicine.”

The Feb. 7 performances marks the third time Manderfeld and Eichholz have performed at the Paradise. They last brought “Deuces Wild” to Faribault in March 2013. The duo came back for a private Paradise fundraising event and helped the arts center raise $104,000 toward the Paradise’s capital campaign fund. Executive director Ryan Heinritz said the duo has been very popular with the Faribault audience.

“Tickets for the evening show literally only have a handful left, and there are still some left for the matinee,” Heinritz said.

The Paradise hopes to have more matinee performance geared toward older audiences in the future. Manderfeld said he and Eichholz love to play for senior crowds.

“You can play a song and they won’t start playing Candy Crush halfway through the second verse,” Manderfeld said. “They’r so appreciate and gracious.”

Saturday’s matinee of “What a Wonderful World” starts at 2 p.m., while “Deuces Wild” starts at 7:30 p.m.

Reach reporter Cristeta Boarini at 333-3135. Follow her on @CristetaBoarini

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  • shamu posted at 2:23 pm on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    shamu Posts: 214

    Went to see these guys last night and if you want a good laugh and time please go see the 7:30 show. Worth every dime.


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