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Pianos in Public

A couple of years ago, an effort got underway that would have seen the concept of Play Me I’m Yours (Street Pianos) come to Buffalo. At the time, a certain tragedy prevented the dream from unfolding, but today we are seeing another attempt to procure a similar project for Buffalo. 
This time it’s writer/editor Mark Weber who is rallying for a number of public pianos to to be placed throughout the city, in districts such as Canalside and Larkin Square. The pianos would be situated outdoors and would be available to any passersby who might like to tickle the ivory whenever the mood sees fit. “When I went to New Orleans, there was music in the air,” said Mark. “Same thing with New York City. My thought was this: how much cooler would Buffalo be if you’d hear music in the air here? So Pianos in Public Buffalo came to me in a dream, and with people’s help, that dream can easily become reality.”
Mark also runs a website called, and just happens to be an accomplished singer and musician (see here). At this point, he is putting together the logistics in order to pull off the effort, but in the meantime Mark is also turning to the public in order to raise additional funds to acquire, fix, move, decorate the pianos. Here’s the link to the PayPal donation page. Mark has already acquired a number of pianos, and the money raised will go mostly towards moving around the beasts. 
Good luck to Mark and his efforts to bring his outdoor musical creations to Downtown Buffalo. We’ll keep you posted as progress is made.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • grad94

    do it. i saw these in downtown denver and it is a real kick.

  • wtupperguy

    Seems cool. As a pratcal matter, they don’t get all jacked up in the weather?

  • grad94

    i wondered that too. in denver, they’re rolled out in the morning and put away at night. they have funky paint jobs.
    plus the world is full of unwanted upright pianos. if one gets messed up, just check out craigslist, lots more to be had.

  • BuffaloQPublic

    Sounds good!

  • Lukia Costello

    I have a piano to donate, it needs some work but, I’m happy to let it go if someone wants it. Who can I contact to see if this is possible?