pianos on parade

enjoy the music this june in downtown mpls

Pianos on Parade will place uniquely designed pianos throughout downtown Mpls in June. The pianos will be open for impromptu concerts as well as for programming with local musical talent.

Each piano is painted by local artists to evoke a downtown Mpls theme, including iconic buildings, neighborhoods, sports stadiums, art designs, bridges and must-see destinations.

Get to know the local artists who painted this year’s pianos. Check out their bios here.

Lorie Line to perform at Lakes & Legends on Thursday, June 29 at 4:30-5:30 pm

Stop by Lakes & Legends on Thursday, June 29 to see Minnesota music legend Lorie Line perform for FREE on our Pianos on Parade piano! She’ll be there from 4:30-5:30 pm. Lorie is a MN Music Hall of Famer who began playing at the age of 5 and has since recorded 49 CDs and published 46 books of music. She’s sold 6 million albums in the process and currently has 800,000 listeners on her Pandora station. Her music spins almost two million times per week. Stop by and listen to her perform as we wrap up Pianos on Parade for 2017!

Mark Mallman makes music video at all 25 pianos

Local artist Mark Mallman, known for his marathon music performances that once reached 78 consecutive hours of playing, performed his song, “Minneapolis,” and filmed a music video playing all 25 Pianos on Parade during the first weekend in June. Watch the video below.

play your own performance—or listen to one downtown
(june 1 – june 30)

weekly tuesdays performances (12 pm – 1 pm)

 

Stop by for piano performances each Tuesday throughout the summer during your lunch hour at Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza (300 S. 6th Street)! A piano at South Plaza will include programmed musical performances each Tuesday. Grab some food and enjoy a gift of music each week. You never know who will be tickling the ivories!

 

sheet music provided

 

Take a look at several PDFs with sheet music available for you to use at any of our Pianos on Parade locations. Play piano reading music off your phone or mobile device!  The beauty of the Pianos on Parade program is anyone can use the pianos to share their talents with the community. When you see a piano, pull up this sheet music and play!

get to know the artists

 

The Pianos on Parade were painted by local artists who helped showcase their visions of downtown Mpls through their art work. The pianos were painted in May before being placed throughout the downtown community. Click Here to learn more about the artists who helped make these pianos a vibrant showcase of visual arts throughout our downtown neighborhoods.

Location Artist
Bachelor Farmer Susan Hsu
Minneapolis Convention Center Kent Eklund
Orpheum Theater  Matt Blair
Thrivent Financial Benjamin Raye
American Academy of Neurology  John Horchner
Hennepin County Gov’t Center – South Plaza James Johnson
Fulton Tap Room 4:30-5:30 PM Lightnin’ Joe Peterson
AT&T Tower Adrienne Johnson
Brave New Workshop Taylor Breuer
Capella Tower Jon Iverson
City Center Matthias Murdych
Marquette Plaza Joseph Yé
8th Street between Nicollet & Hennepin Colin Doherty & Melissa Murray
1st Avenue Carlisle Evans Peck
YMCA Katherine Skoretz
YWCA Nate Hance
IDS Center Stephen Elsinger
3rd & Hennepin Abhi Ananda
7th Street Between Nicollet & Hennepin Mira Kehoe
5th & Hennepin Tom Kehoe
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company 4:30-5:30 pm Orv Pibbs
 12th & Nicollet Conie Borchardt
Location Artist
American Academy of Neurology Kent Eklund
Minneapolis Convention Center Julia Waletzko
Orpheum Theater John Horchner
IDS Center Zach Sands
Marquette Plaza Adrienne Johnson
Hennepin County Gov’t Center – South Plaza Mark Mallman
YWCA Yegor Ganshyn
Peavey Plaza Rebeccah Parker Downs & Benjamin Parker Downs
Location Artist
American Academy of Neurology Jon Iverson
AT&T Tower James Johnson
Bachelor Farmer Sue Hsu
Brave New Workshop Taylor Breuer
City Center Joseph Yé
Thrivent Financial Kent Eklund
Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza Carlisle Evans Peck
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot Jennifer Meles
5th & Hennepin Katherine Skoretz
Location Artist
Bachelor Farmer Susan Hsu
Capella Tower Benjamin Raye
YMCA Zach Sands
IDS Center Stephen Elsinger
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel Kent Eklund
1st Avenue  Matt Blair
Thrivent Financial Julia Waletzko
Minneapolis Convention Center Orv Pibbs
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company 4:30-5:30 pm Lightnin’ Joe Peterson
Orpheum Theater Joseph Yé
American Academy of Neurology Adrienne Johnson
YWCA Abhi Ananda
5th & Hennepin Nate Hance
AT&T Tower Jon Iverson
Brave New Workshop Taylor Breuer
7th Street between Nicollet & Hennepin Carlisle Evans Peck
12th & Nicollet Lynn O’Brien
8th Street between Nicollet & Hennepin Mira Kehoe
City Center James Johnson
Fulton Tap Room 4:30-5:30 pm Tom Kehoe
Marquette Plaza Katherine Skoretz
Hennepin County Gov’t Center – South Plaza Gail Olszewski & Kris Potter

Enjoy this 2016 music video by Jon Storm performed at our downtown Mpls Pianos on Parade locations

thanks to our partners and locations

This program is also supported by piano sponsors Thrivent Financial, and our host sites: American Academy of Neurology, AT&T Tower, Bachelor Farmer, Brave New Workshop, Capella Tower, City Center, First Avenue, Fulton Tap Room, Hennepin County Government Center, Orpheum Theater, IDS Center, Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, Marquette Plaza, Minneapolis Convention Center, Peavey Plaza Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, YMCA, YWCA, 3rd & Hennepin, 5th & Hennepin, 7th Street between Hennepin & Nicollet, 8th Street between Hennepin & Nicollet, 10th & Hennepin, and 12th & Nicollet.

don’t miss out on the fun

 

Last year we had a collection of surprise performances like Lorie Line and Nicholas David, a music video by Jon Storm and an incredible group of local (and visiting) piano players who shared music daily. Come find a piano and play throughout June!

While you’re here, don’t miss out on the opportunity to share your experience with others. Invite friends, family and colleagues to come with you, and post your photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #pianosonparade and #mymplsdt.

You can learn more by following @mplsdowntown on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Below are the 2017 pianos on parade locations. Stop by and play one throughout June!

pianos on parade is produced by:

in partnership with Keys 4/4 Kids

 

thank you to our promotional partners: