City Sounds Brings Music to Downtown Des Moines

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Jeff Weimar (left) and Adam Miller with West Music unload the first of 10 pianos they are placing around downtown Des Moines on Tuesday outside of RAYGUN in the East Village. The pianos were installed as part of City Sounds’ annual public piano project, and will be in place through late September.

Jeff Weimar (left) and Adam Miller with West Music unload the first of 10 pianos they are placing around downtown Des Moines on Tuesday outside of RAYGUN in the East Village. The pianos were installed as part of City Sounds’ annual public piano project, and will be in place through late September.

Ryan O’Mara, a board member with City Sounds, anchors a piano in place Tuesday on the corner of Court Avenue and Water Street. Each piano was decorated by different Iowa artists.

Ryan O’Mara, a board member with City Sounds, anchors a piano in place Tuesday on the corner of Court Avenue and Water Street. Each piano was decorated by different Iowa artists.

RAYGUN owner Mike Draper (from left), RAYGUN head designer Jennifer Leatherby and Jennifer Boes with City Sounds, take a photo together Tuesday in front of the cat-themed piano installed in front of the East Village store.

RAYGUN owner Mike Draper (from left), RAYGUN head designer Jennifer Leatherby and Jennifer Boes with City Sounds, take a photo together Tuesday in front of the cat-themed piano installed in front of the East Village store.

A photo of a dog decorates the keyboard as Andre Drost with ACR Construction anchors the piano to the ground.

A photo of a dog decorates the keyboard as Andre Drost with ACR Construction anchors the piano to the ground.


City Sounds Des Moines Public Piano Project returns for its 4th year in 2017

(Des Moines, IA) – The day-long City Sounds Season Opener celebration, presented by MIDWESTIX,  will be held Saturday May 20th, 2017, with free mini-concerts at all 10 pianos installed in the Des Moines metro area. The day concludes with a grand finale after-party event featuring rock artist Dave Zollo & The Body Electric and a silent auction featuring art crafted from the 2016 public pianos. Tickets for the after-party are on sale now at MIDWESTIX.com and have a name-your-own-price cost.    

The public is encouraged to travel to each of the 10 public piano locations on May 20 and experience as many of the concerts as possible. “This year, we decided to go big and provide a concert at each piano,"  said Kathryn Dickel, City Sounds Board Chair. "We have an incredibly gifted talent pool in Des Moines, and we are excited to feature these performing artists on the vibrant pianos, each painted by a local visual artist.”

The Season Opener will be capped off with an 8:30 p.m. after-party concert event at The Conservatory, a new East Village hotspot located at 315 E. 5th Street in Downtown Des Moines. The after-party includes a silent auction consisting of deconstructed piano art from last season’s pianos, a set by piano troubadour Dave Zollo and the Body Electric, as well as food by Ted’s Coney Island and beer from Peace Tree. Tickets for the after-party concert event are available at MIDWESTIX.COM . Attendees can name their own ticket price and all proceeds benefit City Sounds.

Programming for the Season Opener is as follows. A map of the locations can be found at dsmpiano.org/locations:

About City Sounds

City Sounds Public Piano Project is a 501 (c)3 organization with the mission of installing and maintaining pianos for the public’s use and enjoyment in Des Moines, Iowa. Like City Sounds on Facebook at Facebook.com/DSMPianos and follow City Sounds on Twitter at Twitter.com/CitySoundsDSM.


City Sounds: Des Moines Public Project

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Des Moines Register
 

On her way to work in the East Village, Zoe Fey of Des Moines plays a piano being installed in front of RAYGUN for the City Sounds: Des Moines Public Piano Project. Photo by Rodney White/The Register  

On her way to work in the East Village, Zoe Fey of Des Moines plays a piano being installed in front of RAYGUN for the City Sounds: Des Moines Public Piano Project. Photo by Rodney White/The Register
 

West Music's Jeff Weimar and Tony Grimm, right, roll a piano up Grand Ave. in the East Village for City Sounds: Des Moines Public Piano Project Thursday May 19, 2016. Photo by Rodney White / The Register.

West Music's Jeff Weimar and Tony Grimm, right, roll a piano up Grand Ave. in the East Village for City Sounds: Des Moines Public Piano Project Thursday May 19, 2016. Photo by Rodney White / The Register.

West Music's Jeff Weimar, left, and Tony Grimm roll a decorated piano into position in Cowles Commons for the City Sounds Public Piano Project. Thursday May 19, 2016. Photo by Rodney White / The Reigister.

West Music's Jeff Weimar, left, and Tony Grimm roll a decorated piano into position in Cowles Commons for the City Sounds Public Piano Project. Thursday May 19, 2016. Photo by Rodney White / The Reigister.

GREAT VIDEOS!

Andre Drost, left, and Vasile Zama, right, install a pianl in front of RAYGUN for the City Sounds: Des Moines Public Piano Project. Thursday May 19, 2016. Photo by Rodney White / The Register.

Andre Drost, left, and Vasile Zama, right, install a pianl in front of RAYGUN for the City Sounds: Des Moines Public Piano Project. Thursday May 19, 2016. Photo by Rodney White / The Register.