Why one man gave $1000 to this project:
"Mark - You're too kind and a bunch of
us are pulling for you. The idea to fund your project was a casual
conversation among my business partners here at Algonquin a few days ago
after we'd heard about what you're trying to do on the news. We're all
young, hugely-pro-Buffalo folks and I don't know-- this one just spoke
We've all grown up listening to people doubt Buffalo, its future, its development, its art scene, its weather, on and on...the kind of thing you're trying to do-- it's exactly the cool, quirky, fun things we need more of!
My company, Algonquin Studios, is a tech company right in the heart of downtown Buffalo (in the Brisbane Building) and we do a lot of non-traditional kinds of things with our teams-- food Fridays (we all cook a company-wide meal), taco Thursday, afternoon walks around the harbor, the list goes on and on--this one just seemed to be something that fit our personality and I'm glad people like you are out there trying hard and succeeding. To put it plainly-- you give a damn and I like that!
So, I'm beyond hopeful that others step up too. Looking forward to seeing where this goes and what others creative ideas it spawns!
--Steve Kiernan II"
Thank you WBFO radio-- hear the 6 minute interview here:
See one of the pianos "in action" here:
The piano at Canalside, played by project backer Tim Jimbo Dyet!
Pianos in Public Buffalo
As seen on WGRZ Channel 2 Buffalo, YNN Buffalo, Winging It! Buffalo Style on CW-23, tweeted about on @TrendingBuffalo, read about on BeautifulBuffalo.com, Buffalo.com and BuffaloRising.com, and heard about on WYRK Country 106.5, WJYE 96.1, and WBFO 88.7 FM.
Mark Weber, the Buffalo Crooner, has one aim: to make people feel good. Music unleashes people's creativity and puts smiles on young and old faces alike.
Weber has saved 5 pianos from being thrown away, with one already being "in public" at Buffalo's Canalside downtown. On June 26th, GRAMMY winning jazz legend George Caldwell will debut the Larkin Square piano, which was made in 1898 on Niagara Street in Buffalo!
Weber and his artist friends, including Jerry Lange, Heidi Brown, and Christina Reilly, are painting the pianos with colorful themes to surprise and delight locals and tourists, all of whom are welcome to play 'em and take pictures with them to share with people who think Buffalo's just snow and chicken wings.
Denise McCowan, one of the backers of this project, made her pledge because, "Music and the arts get cut from schools all the time. Either the
programs are downsized or totally cut. Having the availabilty to enjoy
them in the community would be nice. You never know, some kid may be
inspired to follow a music career from seeing the pianos and getting up
closed to them. Maybe the next superstar will be found on the streets of
Buffalo while playing for fun. I also loved the Buffalo idea, so I think the piano idea is another unique way to get people into Buffalo."
The $4,000 goal for this campaign is to cover costs of acquiring pianos, painting 'em, moving 'em, and storing 'em-- when needed. Moving costs eat up the bulk of the budget-- pianos are heavy and hard to move, as you can imagine!
Show your love for music, art, Buffalo and the outdoors by making a pledge today. The most popular donation level is $25, which involves you leaving an online dedication at BeautifulBuffalo.com to your loved one(s) who inspired you!
Risks and challenges
Everyone asks, "What about rain?" The piano at Canalside has a custom made canvas cover. Then they ask, "What about vandalism?" The Canalside piano is chained to the boardwalk's strong wall. Security guards and cameras watch over the area. Of course, people want to know, "What about tuning?" There are two piano tuners regularly checking up on the pianos to help make them sound decent. Remember, they're outdoors and old, so they're not perfect, and that's okay.
In the unlikely event that a piano is stolen, hopefully the police can retrieve it since it's colorful, big and unique-looking. If not, a replacement piano will have to be painted and placed at the site.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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