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Who’s CharlieO?

Charlie Ollmann- AKA CharlieO, began his musical adventure in South Milwaukee, singing in bars at age 14.  He paid his way through St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN playing gigs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Iowa. He was a tenor soloist in the World-Renowned St Olaf Choir.  Charlie taught music in the Forest Lake Schools for 5 years, and in 1981, opened Music Connection, a full-line music store in Forest Lake, Minnesota, promoting Music Education, the Love and Magic of Making Music, and has served thousands of clients from Prince to The University of Minnesota Marching Band and Mall of America!     Music Connection was recognized as a TOP 100 Music Dealer in The World in both 2021,2022, & 2023 by NAMM.

 Charlie continues performing at nightclubs, events, churches, Dueling Piano venues, colleges, schools, and on riverboats. He has sung The National Anthem for The Twins, Vikings, Gopher Football, Basketball, Baseball and Special Olympics. Charlie’s 12-string instrumental solo “Waiting” was used often by National Publc Radio between stories on the national news program “All Thing Considered”. He also was the Choir Director at Hosanna Church for over 35 years. 

                          LISTEN:      "Waiting" By CharlieO

Charlie’s song list ranges from Billy Joel, Elton John, Styx, Avett Bros, & Bob Seger on his piano, to guitar tunes of Crosby Stills & Nash, The Eagles, John Prine, Bob Dylan,  and Johnny Cash.  Fan favorites include story songs of Harry Chapin, Jimmy Buffet  & CharlieO originals.  If you see him at a Dueling Pianos Show- He’s the one with the 12 String Guitar by the piano. CharlieO is available for corporate events, private parties, weddings, and club dates as a Solo Performer or….



Charlie's Dueling Pianos: ACES & 88'S DUELING PIANOS  are 2 Singing Pianists ready to make your event memorable! Referred to often as a “World Class Act”, shows include Concerts,Corporate Events, Weddings, Private Parties, Colleges, Festivals & Fund-Raisers; This Request-Centered, Audience-Inclusive Show often causes non-singers to sing at the top of their lungs! The performance is all about The Audience and a good time for all, making it memorable!            This show is tailor-madeby and for your audience.

Contact:  email    651-464-5252 ext 306

          "ACES & 88'S PUT ON A GREAT SHOW !!!"        

"The Audience was mixed-Casual and Formal, Cowboy boots and stilletto heels, long dresses and jeans with the rhinestone-studded butt pockets; But this Audience-Driven show  brought out The "BEST" in everyone.  Requests, Sing Alongs, Toasts, Roasts, Personal Messages, and  just plain liveley interactive entertaiment kept the entire crowd involved for over 2 hours nonstop! Great music, fresh comedy, and no one wanted to go home!"               t.j. City Pages Magazine  

      Aces & 88 at Bogart’s Apple Valley and Orchestra Hall Atrium Minneapolis

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