2 • June 28 - 30, 2020 LOCAL • PIANO MAN Continued from page 1 in music right out of the womb,” Brooks said. “I remember as a little tyke rocking and bouncing to the music from the car radio. I guess I come by it sort of naturally. Both of my parents play instruments and sing. I had known about Branson since I was a kid and my family made trips up here periodically. I guess I was around 6 years old when I was put into lessons, after years of watching my mom play (piano) and I was banging around on it.” Brooks was about 12 when his mom took him to hear Gospel legends The Kingsmen. It was a focal point in his life. ”I watched the Kingsmen with Anthony Burger playing (piano), and I was dumbfounded,” he said. “I knew I wanted to be able to play like THAT. It was a show in itself. Brooks said he was “honored” to portray Jerry Lee Lewis for two years in the Branson production of the musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” ”You know, I still have people coming up to me and saying aren’t you the guy,” he said. “I take pride in that.” Brooks has garnered awards during his time in Branson. Brooks has also been awarded Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year more than once. In 2017 Brooks began performing “Piano Man Xperience” around the world. It was a show he created. “I got to see some amazing places and met some incredible people as well over these last few years. But there’s no place like home,” he said. “Piano Man Xperience” features music many piano entertainers have made famous, along with a few surprises. “I talk about some of my influences as well,” Brooks said. “Everything bransonglobe.com from Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Elton John, to so many more. We will also have a LIVE band. And, I’m sure Jerry Lee will be making an appearance.” Brooks describes his “Piano Man Xperience” as “exciting, entertaining and fun for everyone.” As I say in the show “we’ll treat you so many different ways you’re bound to like...something. I can promise you, if you know anything about me, you know this will NOT be boring. I can’t wait to see all my friends again and share my show with them.” Call the Branson Star Box Office at 417-320-3418 for tickets and more information. The “Piano Man Experience,” with David Brooks, will feature songs from Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Elton John and some Jerry Lee Lewis moves. (Photo by Marshall Meadows) Entertainer David Brooks says his show “Piano Man Experience,” that opens opens at 2 p.m. on July 1 in the Branson Star Theatre, 3750 W 76 Country Blvd, “will be anything but boring.” (Photo by Marshall Meadows)

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