Chamber Banquet

O'Neill's Jordan Peterson Will Perform At the O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Jan. 14.

The Annual O'Neill Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Friday, Jan. 14 at the O'Neill Community Center starting at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by the annual awards at 6:15 p.m. The Chamber will present the ambassador award, community service award and retirement award.

Uptown Cooking Creations will be providing heavy appetizers during the event. New this year to the event is Dueling Pianos that will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events.

Ticket cost is $25 that covers the appetizers and the show. Tickets are available at the O'Neill Chamber Office, KBRX and the O'Neill Shopper.

The Dueling Pianos show is Fleix and Fingers and one of the performers is O'Neill's own Jordan Peterson. Peterson is a 2008 graduate of O'Neill High School and has worked in the entertainment industry.

Jordan went to his first piano lesson when he was 7 years old, but after that, his mother had to yell at him just to get him to stop. Jordan played classical music and anything his teacher assigned to him, but everything changed when his mom bought him an Elton John songbook.

"It didn’t have any words in it for some reason, but I had to sing. So I got the greatest hits CD, and just started belting them out. My love of singing and performing only grew from there. I performed in the high school musicals as well as performing original music for whoever would listen. I developed a love for all genres, though I have a particular fondness for 70’s funk/disco and musical theatre," said Peterson.

That love carried him into college, where he was a musical theatre major. He can’t help but go all out and perform every song he plays, whether it’s Barbra Streisand or Metallica.

After college, he went on to play with various cruise lines doing solo piano bar shows as well as full mainstage shows with a band. It was so much fun, but eventually he was ready to settle down on land. Luckily, a guest on one of the ships referred him to the guys at Jellyrolls, the dueling piano bar at Walt Disney World. There he worked with the legendary Ray McGee who taught him everything he know about entertaining a crowd.

Now he's with Felix and Fingers and having a blast! "My goal is always for the audience to have as much fun as I am having, and I try to find the fun in any song," said Jordan. Peterson will be performing his show with Ray McGee.


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