Entertainment
Need another reason to come out to the 20's Hideout Steakhouse? How about the most talented live pianists in the area. Every night, our restaurant features some of the best live jazz from local musicians sure to enhance your dining experience.

Be sure to check out the Entertainment Schedule for a listing of when to hear your favorite artist or click on the Entertainer Bio's section to learn more about our talented pianists.

Mel
Goot
Pianist
Pianist Mel Goot was born in San Diego, but spent his early years in Mexico City. Self-taught, he later attended San Diego State University where for four years he was the top pianist with the award-winning SDSU Jazz Ensemble. Following college, Mr. Goot gave jazz history presentations and jazz improvisation clinics at both San Diego and Los Angeles area schools under the...
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Mel Goot

Pianist

Pianist Mel Goot was born in San Diego, but spent his early years in Mexico City. Self-taught, he later attended San Diego State University where for four years he was the top pianist with the award-winning SDSU Jazz Ensemble. Following college, Mr. Goot gave jazz history presentations and jazz improvisation clinics at both San Diego and Los Angeles area schools under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Goot has appeared at various national and international festivals, including Monterey, San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Reno, San Felipe and Tijuana. He has performed numerous West Coast club dates or recording sessions with jazz artists such as Luis Gasca, John Heard, Carol Kaye, Abe Laboriel, Charles McPherson, Bobby Shew and Dave Valentin. Mr. Goot has also performed with big bands behind Solomon Burke, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Steve Allen.

Aside from his work with the NAJ, which he joined in 1995, Mr. Goot remains active performing and recording both as a solo artist and as a pianist with various other area groups and performers.

Mr. Goot has served as adjunct music faculty, most recently at John A. Logan College, and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator at various area jazz competitions, camps and festivals. In 1997, he was voted best keyboardist in the Southern Illinois Music Awards listeners/critics poll.

Upcoming Entertainment
Bob
Pina
Ivory Tickler
Bob Pina plays standards, jazz, blues, and requests on our grand piano every Tuesday and Saturday night. Well-known throughout Southern Illinois as an accomplished keyboard player and vocalist, he has played piano and saxophone with bands such as Coal Kitchen, Rolls Hardley, and Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, and currently plays piano with Southern Swing.
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Bob Pina

Ivory Tickler

Bob Pina plays standards, jazz, blues, and requests on our grand piano every Tuesday and Saturday night. Well-known throughout Southern Illinois as an accomplished keyboard player and vocalist, he has played piano and saxophone with bands such as Coal Kitchen, Rolls Hardley, and Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, and currently plays piano with Southern Swing. Bob’s self-produced CD, “Harvest from the Public Domain,” features him playing and singing his original arrangements of favorites from years past. Currently, Bob is in the process of recording a new CD merging his unique style with well-known blues standards.

Bob is also an accomplished artist, whose paintings have won awards in many area art shows, including the HerrinFesta Italiana Art Exhibit. He works mostly in oil, and to a lesser degree in acrylics and watercolors. In his travels around Southern Illinois, Bob says he is constantly awed by the region's natural beauty and charm, which have inspired many of his paintings.