The Shout House

Image courtesy Barbara Trainor Photography

The Shout House, located on the second level of Glendale’s sprawling West Gate complex, advertises its entertainment as “two piano players/singers performing at two, face to face grand pianos in front of two large mirrors.” Technically true, but don’t expect two stuffed tuxes trading sonatas Bach and forth (couldn’t resist). I prefer my wife’s explanation:

 

“It’s all the fun of karaoke, with the added benefit of an actual musician singing.”

 

Yes, for only an $8 cover, you too can join in with 2-4 professional performers, and a couple hundred perfect strangers, in belting out whatever popular (or, occasionally, obscure) piece the guys happen to know the chords to. Requests (and tips) are always accepted; in truth the evening becomes nothing but requests after the first hour or so.

 

There’s another frequently-requested piece whose title I won’t put here, but I will say that’s it’s an instructional piece in which the listener is directed to cut a hole in a box. Google it if you need to.

 

There’s no question as to *if* you’ll hear “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Piano Man,” and about a half dozen Beatles songs. It’s only a question of “how late do you plan on staying?” I have it on good sources that “Don’t Stop Believing” happens around eleven. Also, audience participation is mandatory; the musicians are armed with flashlights and will throw an improvisational spotlight on any sullen face they happen to catch. Of course it’s all in good fun, but still, my advice is to smile and pretend you know the words. Failing that, keep some chips or fries at the table and plan your bites strategically.

 

Food-wise, Shout House is on par with most casual dining establishments; same for prices. They don’t have anything approaching a “lite” menu, though I don’t think anyone at Shout House’s management will be offended if I say that I don’t think we’re going there for the food. Also, constant clapping, swaying, and shouting has got to negate some of those calories.

 

Parking is generally not a problem, but be aware that the northern edge of West Gate doubles as the main entrance for Jobing.com arena, so, on the night of a major event, plan accordingly.

 

Visit Shout House’s website [http://www.theshouthouse.com/az/] for more details.

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