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Local Music Notebook: Public Pianos, Bad Ass Country, Metropian Invasion

A loose collection of whatnot.

1. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Keys to the City Piano Festival got under way this week and here's something we wish they would have promoted more and would do for just one day, which happened to be yesterday: Pianos in Public Spaces.

Steinway & Sons placed pianos at a few locations around the city (well, mostly inside museums) for anyone to play. What a wonderful idea.

Here's one performance captured on video. According to the CSO, the players are Mike Hudson (black hair, glasses) from Schaumburg and Steve Solomon (hat, striped shirt) from Chicago. They are at the Art Institute.


2. Bloodshot is promoting its Scott H. Biram/Lydia Loveless show at the Hideout on June 7th, and why shouldn't they?

Bloodshot reminds us that SPIN called Loveless "one of the most badass country or Americana songwriters working today" while Metromix said "The perfect bluesman for the 21st century, Biram filters classic American roots music through metal, hardcore and plenty of whiskey."

Here's new Loveless video:


3. Also in over the transom:

"Metropia, an exclusive event experience that merges regional artists and musicians in one exciting space, will make its debut in Chicago at the Atrium Events space (4325 N. Ravenswood) on Thursday, June 7 - Friday, June 8, 2012.

"Event attendees, aka Metropians, will enjoy new sounds and visually-stimulating art installations that are unique to Chicago. Metropia Chicago will not only encompass art, music, and technology, but will also be cause driven. Social and charitable causes play a vital role in Metropia, with a sizable portion of the event's proceeds benefiting the Chicago-based anti-bullying organization, The Bully Squad and WLUW-FM 88.7 - Chicago Sound Alliance, which broadcasts from the campus of Loyola University Chicago."

Click here for more information.


Comments welcome.


Posted on May 24, 2012

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