Steve Kouba performing at The Sopranos Piano Bar Aruba
Published on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Lindsey Turnbull
Amsterdam – Aruba – Curaçao – St. Maarten
Chicago piano bar entertainer Steve Kouba is performing in Aruba April 1-30 at The Sopranos Piano Bar, located in Arawak Gardens at J.E. Irausquin 368.
Steve says he’s living the musician’s dream. He’s established his reputation as a recording artist and live performer. He makes a living as a piano player and rock entertainer, and his recent callings have been for music soundtracks and on-stage musical theater. Steve performs regionally and even overseas, playing solo piano or with guitar, live bands, and backing symphonic tracks and electronic beats. He’s been called a “bold producer with an ear for the colorful,” and his original music has been compared to a wide array of contemporary artists from Joe Jackson, Thomas Dolby, and Cat Stevens to John Mellencamp, Elton John, and Madness.
Born and raised in the Midwest rust-belt city of Lima, Ohio, Steve listened to AM radio and took piano lessons until he was 16. After graduating from Northwestern University, he traveled cross-country to record in New York and play rock music in the San Francisco Bay area. He now calls Chicago home and makes his living as a performing musician. He is known to many in the city’s music industry and has performed with some of Chicago’s best players, among them members of Poi Dog Pondering, The Bad Examples, Liquid Soul, The Good, Underwater People, Fareed Haque Trio, Trippin Billies, and Quantum Leap. He has recorded music in numerous professional studios, and is currently a co-founder of Chicago Dueling Pianos, Chicago’s premiere dueling piano group.
Steve’s performances this past year alone have included venues such as House of Blues, numerous street festivals, esteemed Chicago theaters like The Athenaeum and The Mercury, the city’s best piano bars (The Redhead, The Underground Wonder Bar, Zebra Lounge) and dueling piano clubs (Howl at the Moon, Rum Runners). His musical tours of Holland, Switzerland, Italy and Germany in recent years further demonstrate his will to achieve at constantly new musical endeavors.
He performs nightly, except Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.