Since 1977, Bob Egan has entertained literally every single day of the year. But when the pandemic began, it was the first time he had no work.
“I have worked every day since I was a junior in high school. The first six weeks of this was a real shock to me,” said the self-described entertainer, pianist, impresario, teacher and owner of an entertainment agency from New Hope and Asbury Park, N.J.
When his longtime friend, Jon Richardson, created Virtual Piano Bar, it took a few weeks for Richardson to convince him, but finally Egan decided to give it a try.
Egan has brought back his popular piano bar, but online. Every Wednesday and Sunday at 8 p.m., Bob Egan’s Virtual Piano Bar is available for all to watch at facebook.com/onlinepianobar.
Egan’s piano bar attracts his regulars who would frequent clubs and restaurants in Bucks County, Philadelphia, North Jersey and the shore areas of Asbury Park and Atlantic City. It also attracts a whole new audience.
Egan has been enjoying the comments of happy listeners and by streaming, he’s able to bring back people he hasn’t seen in as long as 30 years, like singers who have moved away, including one in Oklahoma City and one in Puerto Vallarta.
In addition, Egan and his creative partner-singer-producer of this virtual piano bar, Michael Traupman, have inspired other talented performers like their dear friend and popular singer-bandleader Eddie Bruce. Bruce now has his own Friday night club “gig” on Facebook.
“Bob truly inspired me to do this,” said Bruce, a Philadelphia resident. “We were both in the doldrums six weeks into the quarantine. When I saw his Virtual Piano Bar, I thought, ‘Wow! This is very cool.’ Then, I realized I could do it too.
“I’m amazed at the connection people are making to the show. I’ve never done this before, but it reminds me of my days being a host on television and on radio.”
An advantage of these virtual performances is reaching more people than a club could hold. Plus, it’s a chance to expand their following – easily.
Bruce is on every Friday night at 8 p.m. and some shows are themed, like his show about the Tonys – not the award, Tony Bennett and Tony Newley. Egan is using themes, too. A recent show focused on the music of Burt Bachrach.
“The goal for me,” Egan said, “is to focus on the positives as much as possible. And, being able to share that with so many people is truly a joy.”
For information, visit Bob Egan Entertainment online.