Tickle the Ivories

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Des Moines Register  MICHAEL ZAMORA/REGISTER PHOTOS

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:
 
1-1:45 p.m.
Windsor Heights Town Center, Corner of 66th Street and University Avenue, Windsor Heights

NOLA Jazz band

Des Moines’ hottest jazz band will kick things off in Windsor Heights.

2-2:30 p.m.
Valley Junction, 217 5th Street, West Des Moines

Jordan Mayland

Jordan is one of the most prolific and best known songwriters from Des Moines. An in-demand artist, most recently appearing with with Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators, Jordan has performed on three albums, playing most instruments on every track.

2:45-3:15 p.m.
Ted’s Coney Island, 3020 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines
Jason Danielson

Jazz pianist Jason Danielson performs for a mid-afternoon session..

3:30-4 p.m.
NEW IN 2017: Drake Neighborhood: Woody’s Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines
Justin Appel

Justin Appel is one of the most diverse and talented pianists in Des Moines. Currently starring in regular gigs around town with fellow musicians like Heath Pattschull and Rob Ankum, Justin wows audiences with his talents.

4:15-4:45 p.m.
Sherman Hill: Smokey Row Coffeehouse, 1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines
Dorothy Hecht

After a long hiatus, Dorothy brings her deep and resonating original music to the City Sounds Season Opener. If you don’t remember Dorothy’s days as a solo artist and fronting Shawn Crahan’s Two My Surprise, just think of a little Ani Difranco or Sara Bareilles with your coffee.

5-5:30 p.m.
Downtown YMCA, 5th Street and Grand Avenue
Christopher the Conquered

Christopher has known what he wanted to do since growing up in an Iowa town of just 1,300. Without even an antenna for the family TV let alone cable, he became obsessed with music through listening to Motown and classic rock & roll with his parents and repeatedly watching Disney classics like The Lion King and The Jungle Book on repeat. He taught himself drums, trumpet, piano, and guitar. A prolific musician, come check out Christopher’s latest work and a few oldies but goodies.

5:45-6:15 p.m.
NEW in 2017: Des Moines Social Club, 9th and Mulberry Streets, Des Moines
Tanner Taylor

Simply put, Tanner Taylor is one of the best jazz pianist from Iowa. A native of Jefferson, Iowa, Tanner started classical piano at age six, began composing soon after and studied under famed Iowa Jazz educator Jack Oatts through high school. A long stint in Minneapolis had him playing alongside jazz greats such as Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Fred Wesley and Delfeayo Marsalis.

6:30-7 p.m.
Capital Square, Southwest Corner of Cowles Commons, Des Moines
Annalibera

Anna Gebhardt, known to most as the lead in dream-pop band Annalibera, will deliver the unplugged version of her talents through her original tunes and favorites from other artists. Check her out now before she stuns the Hinterland crowd with her awesomeness.    

7:15-7:45 p.m.
Downtown Des Moines Riverwalk: Court Avenue & Water Street
THE SNACKS

The Snacks are back! Des Moines’ favorite duo are bringing just what you need. 

8-8:30 p.m.
East Village @ RAYGUN
Leo and Espe

Nick Leo (piano) and Robert Espe (tenor saxophone) is a conversational and interactive duo that explores a variety of jazz music.

City Sounds is supported by the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: MIDWESTIX

West Music, All Spice, B2E Direct Marketing, BCC Advisers, Capital Chiropractic, Chip and Julie Lowe, Christensen Development, Cowles Montessori Parents Group, Downtown Community Alliance, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Mayor Diana Willits, Flynn Sweeney, Gusto Pizza Co., Mars Cafe in the East Village, Miller, Fidler & Hinke, Neighborhood Development Corp., Orchestrate Hospitality, Peace Tree Brewing Company, Quester, RAYGUN, SMIID, Star Bar, Staybridge East Village, Susan and Carl Voss, Ted’s Coney Island, The Avenues (of Ingersoll & Grand), The Mansion, Tim Rypma, TWG Development, West Des Moines Public Art Commission, Windsor Heights Town Center, WLC Architects, Wooly’s and Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure.  

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.

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.